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  1. Thanks to an article by Mark Millar, last week I decided to buy Marvel Entertainment and inject my vast creative input. Or I would if I had, like, a billion dollars. Since I can barely afford to pay my bills, I can only use my platform here to speculate as to what I would do if I found a cold, hard billion laying around. In the first part of this article I took a look at Marvel's various imprints; today I'm retooling everything from Amazing Spider-Man through Deadpool.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/if-i-ran-marvel-02


  2. There is just something about seeing a huge mass of slowly moving people walking the streets in a dark neighborhood that warms my heart. I always loved Halloween. From a very early age I was dressing as various monsters both cinematic and made-up. While I wasn't the only first grader dressed as Dracula, I was the only kid in second grade dressed as Freddy Krueger and the only kid in fourth grade dressed as a nondescript grim reaper. I ate it up.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-04


  3. From the very moment I heard rumors of Square's possible relationship with Disney to the first time I actually sat down with that familiar black controller and tried to prepare myself for whatever I was about to take in, I didn't know what to make of this one. I'd seen the screenshots, I'd read the reviews, but I still wasn't quite sure what I was in for, nor how I should react to its release.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/kingdom-hearts


  4. Several years ago comic book writer Mark Millar wrote an interesting piece for Comic Book Resources entitled Mark Millar, President and Publisher of DC Comics. Having read said article earlier this year and having interviewed for an editorial position at Marvel late last year (where this eventually would have been one of my many duties), an obvious idea hit me: What if I ran Marvel... and DC? What follows then is the first part in the "If I Ran..." series of articles. Just as the title implies, part one will focus on Marvel's many imprints.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/if-i-ran-marvel-01


  5. It's 1987. Let me set the scene: The Iran-Contra was cooling down. The Unabomber was blowing up. Rudolf Hess was found dead in his prison cell two months after Ronald Reagan challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down that wall." In a show of stunningly poor judgment, the British people elected Margaret Thatcher to Prime Minister. The world's stock markets and the Peruvian soccer team's airplane plummeted while the world's population rose to a nice, round five billion.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-03


  6. Coordinating a massive crossover, such as Civil War, can't be an easy task. Counting lead-ins, direct tie-ins, indirect tie-ins and aftermath issues, Marvel will have meshed around 120 comic books and launched nine brand new titles by the time the event is over (or shortly thereafter). So mistakes are bound to happen.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/sosn/sosn-003


  7. After last week's introductory column I wracked my brain wondering where to start with my first article of content. Would I do a movie review? That would, in my mind, automatically pigeonhole this as a review column. It's not. Would I do a retrospective of a particular director or genre? No, but that will all come later. Instead, I will start at the very roots of horror, and filmmaking for that matter.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-02


  8. I think it's pretty safe to say that a large number of people reading this are diehard fans of something geeky, be it comic books, video games, science fiction, whatever. I also think it's safe to say that when something is created specifically for the fans of whatever medium (or genre) we're talking about, it can be enjoyed on a much deeper level. In the case of anime / manga, Genshiken is a great example of this; it is a series created by diehard manga fans for diehard manga fans about diehard manga fans.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/a/genshiken-01


  9. Fear is an emotion that is both instinctual and learned. Children are born afraid of falling and of loud noises. Any series of tests (ethically questionable tests, but tests nonetheless) can prove that. A child is not born afraid of dogs, but, for example, if they were to witness a pack of rabid dogs savagely tear their father limb from limb then developing a fear of dogs would be a natural reaction.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-01


  10. 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


  11. 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


  12. 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


  13. 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


  14. 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