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  1. Otaku, it's a word that many anime fans across the continent are split on. Some feel it's too self-absorbed. While others find it to be a term of endearment, one that is earned after hours and hours of devoted fandom. Personally I fall into the latter of these two categories. Unlike others who refuse to be classified as such, I feel I have earned the title. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/devolution-to-otaku
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    Jak 3

    My expectations going into each successive chapter of the PlayStation 2's Jak and Daxter saga have fluctuated like an unpredictable stock on a busy day. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/jak-3
  3. Several months ago I posted a thread over at the forums asking writers to help with a follow-up to last year's Ultimate Batman piece. It was quickly decided that we should focus on Ultimate Green Lantern, simply because the concept has endless potential — the power can be alien, magical, spiritual, mental, genetic, whatever. What follow then are three such updates, all of which provide a new starting line for the Green Lantern concept. Enjoy. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/ultimate-green-lantern
  4. You know, it's rumored that Blinx the Cat, star of both Blinx: The Time Sweeper and its eventual sequel, the imaginatively titled Blinx 2, was meant to be Microsoft's answer to Mario, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot -- a sort of unofficial franchise player for the Xbox. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/blinx
  5. Marvel's companywide event, Civil War, has sparked not only national attention and speculation as to the outcome, but also great debate amongst its readership. Is the Superhuman Registration Act beneficial to the nation, does it strip superpowered humans of their freedoms? Those are just two of the concerns raised in the following letters to Marvel's fictional George W. Bush. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/civil-war-open-letters
  6. Silent Hill is a franchise that I'd always managed to somehow avoid, though never deliberately so. Despite my curiosity about the cult following the series had developed and my lifelong affinity for similarly themed games, films and stories, the town of Silent Hill and I just kept narrowly missing one another. We were like two ships passing in the dark, not altogether unaware of the other's presence, but never really reaching out and making contact. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/silent-hill-2
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    Jak II

    I didn't care all that much for the original Jak and Daxter. Let's just get that out of the way right now. I found it was too short, the gameplay too straightforward and repetitive, the characters too sticky-sweet and friendly, and the visuals completely lacking for a first wave next-gen title. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/jak-II
  8. This is it, the moment we've all waited for: Superman versus Lex Luthor. The whole storyline has been building to this, and Superman #653 is essentially a 22-page title match for Metropolis. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/superm...-up-and-away-07
  9. With Jak and Daxter, Naughty Dog basically retreads over the successes of their past, stopping to make a few necessary tweaks that had been sorely lacking in previous efforts along the way. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. At a glance, the game presents nothing all that noteworthy: a gratingly bubbly cartoonish cast, a story pulled right out of a coloring book, bright and shiny graphics to match, the existence of an occasional power-up and a large cluster of bottomless pits. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/jak-and-daxter
  10. Once again, this book's plotting is magnificent. The story opens with an Infinite Crisis flashback. But instead of a simple recap, the authors take yet another opportunity to show the readers the soul of Clark Kent. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/superm...-up-and-away-06
  11. 76. Hidden Surprises: Anything over 50 feet tall can (and most likely will) conceal or transform into a giant robot / mech. Buildings are especially useful in such cases. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/anime-cliches
  12. Owly wasn't bitten by a radioactive spider, and imbued with all of its unique abilities. Nor was he rocketed from a doomed planet, destined to become the greatest champion his adoptive world would ever know. But he's a hero nonetheless; he's a hero to giggling children, as well as adults who have grown weary of violent superheroes. Whereas they sling fists to make the world a better, safer place, Owly lends a helping hand by selflessly giving his last scraps of food, sharing his home and, most importantly, hugging anyone in need of reassurance or friendship. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/interviews/runton-andy
  13. Some might suggest that it's unfair to review half a story. And that's true. After all, had I only read issues 148 and 149 of Robin, there's no doubt in my mind that the final score would have been around an eight. As it stands, however, I also read 150 and 151; those two books were so horrendous that they drastically sliced into my initial score. So the opposite could be true with The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive: while I've been turned off by the first two issues, the conclusion could turn everything around. But frankly, I'm not sticking around to find out. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/misc/flash-in-a-bottle
  14. "Up, Up and Away" is quite possibly the best Superman story in decades. In the first four parts we were reintroduced to the world of Clark Kent, an ace reporter who was once the costumed adventurer known as Superman. However, the book is called Superman, not Clark Kent: Ace Reporter. So, as expected, his powers returned at the end of part four. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/superm...-up-and-away-05
  15. I don't care what the cover says, Justice League of America #0 is not a Justice League story. It is, in fact, an homage to DC's Holy Trinity. And while I understand what writer Brad Meltzer was doing here (that is, reestablishing these three as both friends and the cornerstones of their superpowered universe), it didn't work under the Justice League banner. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/dc/jla/zero
  16. The latest PS2 chapter of the Grand Theft Auto legacy arrived amidst startlingly slim fanfare this summer in the form of Liberty City Stories, a PSP original ported over to its immediate predecessor. Rockstar didn't make any bones about this release - they knew it had been available for the portable a good six months, that fans might feel burnt by the exclusivity of the release, but that they also might have been turned off by a full-priced release on the PS2 six months after the fact. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/games/gta_lcs
  17. The latest PS2 chapter of the Grand Theft Auto legacy arrived amidst startlingly slim fanfare this summer in the form of Liberty City Stories, a PSP original ported over to its immediate predecessor. Rockstar didn't make any bones about this release - they knew it had been available for the portable a good six months, that fans might feel burnt by the exclusivity of the release, but that they also might have been turned off by a full-priced release on the PS2 six months after the fact. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/images/files/gta_lcs.jpg
  18. An anime music video by Kellen Scrivens. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/fan/videos/kellen/h...an_it_looks.wmv
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    FlatOut

    A novel concept is generally the first step taken by any developer with aims at creating a new franchise amidst the crowded market of today's gaming landscape. There's been a lot of ground covered over the last 30 years, but there's also plenty of room left for innovation. And if you're going to stand out on the shelves, you're going to need a hook. In FlatOut, that hook is certainly not lacking, but it falls into the very first pitfall in its way. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/games/flatout
  20. I remember the first time I tried to learn guitar: it was 5th grade. The reason: Nicole Neslein. Her deadly combination of raven black hair, Minnie Mouse backpack and general disinterest in my existence were more than enough to leave me smitten. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/games/guitar-hero
  21. This month, I'm going to start where I usually end: with the cover. And what a cover it is. Clark Kent, more powerful than a locomotive, stops a train. The cover, like the story, takes what has come before and makes it fun again. Superman is Clark Kent and Clark Kent is Superman. This theme is continued throughout the book, and is vividly told by this single, eye-catching image. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/comics/supe...-up-and-away_04
  22. For the first time ever Earth-2.net: The Show hits the road; listen in to hear Mike's daily audio blogs recapping Wizard World Philly 2006. The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/theshow/episodes/e2ts_035.mp3
  23. Gather your pack and howl at the moon as we kick off Feral February! This first episode in our month dedicated entirely to werewolves takes a look at some venerable, but perhaps not entirely well-known classics of the sub-genre. First off, Desmond and Darryll start what's going to be a comprehensive look at the most enduring werewolf franchise with 1981's The Howling. Then Devil Dinosaur Jr. goes back two full decades to take a look at Hammer's The Curse of the Werewolf before Rich the Monster Movie Kid goes back even further to 1956's science-y werewolf feature The Werewolf. There's some howling tunes for you, as well: "Up the Wolves" by The Mountain Goats, "Dirt Roads and Howls of Wolves" by Memento Mori, "Hairball Alley" by Rocket from the Crypt, "Of Wolf and Man" by Metallica, and "In the Hour of the Wolf" by Barishi. [ 1:12:29 || 35.0 MB ] [ download ][b]To listen, click here:[/b] [media]{url}[/media]
  24. This week, some important things are discussed: Desmond and Darryll discuss whether or not your sister is a werewolf bitch as they review Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf. Rich the Monster Movie Kid wonders if you can show a werewolf bum on television in his review of the TV movie Moon of the Wolf. Finally, is The Wolfman so angry because he got bit by a yeti? Devil Dinosaur Jr. investigates in his Stay Scary of Paul Naschy in The Fury of he Wolfman. And while the descriptions above may or may not be true, the songs listed here do, in fact, get played this week: "Sacramental Sister" by Powerwolf, "Howling (Club Mix)" by Steve Parsons and Babel, "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne, "The Wolf is Loose" by Mastodon, and "The Howling Man" by Night Demon. [ 1:25:50 || 41.4 MB ] [ download ][b]To listen, click here:[/b] [media]{url}[/media]