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Review: Street Fighter II Turbo #12

In September of 2003, UDON published the first issue of Capcom’s Street Fighter. This title takes the story elements from the popular fighting game and weaves a tale while including and respecting as much of the gaming history as they can. We follow Ryu on his quest to avenge the murder of his master, Gouken, at the hands of Akuma. Along the way Ryu is targeted by the world terrorist Bison to be a slave under his Psycho Power. Hot on Bison’s trail are Guile and Chun-li who want to bring him to justice as agents of an Interpol task…

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HERO HISTORY: U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A. Agent

Or “He Needs Either A Tambourine Or A Locker!” The one universal truth about government agencies is that there are always subdivisions, sub-contractors and related departments whose jobs remain unexplained to all but the most knowledgeable of operatives.  So it is with T.H.U.N.D.E.R.  The job of Defense Enlistment Reservations (or is that Enlisting Reserved Defenses) takes on many forms and many guises, and even consummate professionals like Dynamo, Lightning and The Raven can’t be everywhere at once.  Thus was formed U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A., the United Nations Department of Experiment and Research Systems Established at Atlantis.  Where T.H.U.N.D.E.R. handles trouble on land, U.N.D.E.R.S.E.A.…

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From the Vault: The Fantastic Four (1994)

Sit down, kids. Ol’ Sam’s going to tell you all a story. Once upon a time, there was a certain comic publisher who was on the verge of bankruptcy. To stay in business, this company sold the film rights of many of its popular characters to… well, whoever was willing to pay, to be honest. In 1992, Constantin Films was about to lose the rights on their property unless production began by December. This left Bernd Eichinger, the head of Constantin Films, with a real problem. He really wanted to make a film with these characters, but didn’t have enough…

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Review: God of War #1

God of War is based on the hit Sony Playstation video game series by the same name and tells the tale of Kratos, Sparta’s mightiest warrior and his adventures before he became a servant of the gods. This God of War comic is a prequel to the franchise and, just like the games, is rated for mature readers. For those of you, who are yet to play God of War 3, fear not. This comic spoils none of the game.

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From the Vault: The Muppet Movie (1979)

Citizen Kane. Gone With the Wind. Shaft. Sometimes a movie comes along that is considered an instant classic, beloved by the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants, and transcends mere popularity and becomes a staple in pop culture. Ladies and gentlemen… The Muppet Movie is one of those movies. It’s time to play the music… It’s time to light the lights… It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Movie tonight!

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Review: Superman/Batman #70

Superman and Batman are easily two of the greatest comic book characters ever to be created. Alone, they are legendary. Together, they are the World’s Finest. This comic is dedicated to telling various tales of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight’s friendship, adventures together, and comparisons on their often contrary lives.

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Review: Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki #1

The Street Fighter comics by Udon are known for taking the popular fighting games’ storyline and incorporating it as best they can into a cohesive tale without too many contradicting elements. However, the games don’t give us the story of many of the characters personal lives and triumphs outside of the Street Fighter Tournament. Street Fighter Legends is a way to take a character (usually female) and tell a unique tale that isn’t bound as tightly by the mythology of the games. While still in continuity with the core title, Street Fighter Legends is usually a lighter hearted and funny…

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HERO HISTORY: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent Raven

Or – “James Bond With Wings…” These days, it seems every super-team has a little bit of formula to its makeup.  A leader, a tech guy, an airhead, a quipster, a loner, and fill in with your favorite other guys.  Back in the day, though, there weren’t any such things  as “the loner character” (mostly because there wasn’t a whole lot of character to be found in many superteams.)  The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents set a number of precedents with their team, foreshadowing the modern tendency for heroes with feet of clay, the fascination with spycraft and intelligence work, and even the…

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From the Vault: Dick Tracy (1990)

For this week’s installment of From the Vault, I’ve decided to step away from the superhero genre (and poorly-made CBS TV-movies, apparently), and settled on a film a little more from the pulp side of comics. The movie for this week is (as you may have guessed) Touchstone Pictures’ Dick Tracy. I’m going to be honest for a moment – This film has been on my radar ever since I started writing for Major Spoilers. There is a lot to discuss here, both good and bad, so without further delay, let’s get to it.

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From the Vault: Captain America (1979)

Ahh, the ’70’s. A time of afros, bell-bottoms, and oddly enough, in the case of CBS television, attempts at superhero TV shows. Today, the most well-know of these shows are Wonder Woman starring____, The Greatest American Hero starring William Katt (a personal favorite of mine), and of course The Incredible Hulk starring Bill Bixby and (the eternal con-man) Lou Ferrigno. What many casual viewers today don’t know is that CBS also had the adaptation rights to many more of Marvel’s intellectual properties. Many of these characters were held onto until the mid-1980’s, where they were used as a way to…

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RETRO REVIEW: Action Comics #370 (December 1968)

Or – “What Happens In The Alternate Universe, STAYS In The Alternate Universe…” As comics readers, I think we tend to think of the retcon as a modern invention, something that Roy Thomas or Steve Englehart created to offset the changing tastes of comics readers who weren’t gonna stand for all them talkin’ tigers and cartoon sidekicks with which the Golden Age was rife.  But dating back to the very first comics books ever, writers were in the business of creating stories to fill in the gaps between what we knew and what we didn’t.  For instance, did you know that Kal-El was…

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Review: Girl Comics #1

It’s an all female creative goldmine as some of the best and brightest women in the comic industry create tales that range from Frank Castle dispensing some well deserved justice to Doc Ock going grocery shopping! Marvel’s Girl Comics #1 is out, is it worth your money?

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From the Vault: Justice League of America (1997)

What are superheroes like when they take off their masks and drop their “heroic” persona? It is a common theme found in many comic books today. In fact, some books are based solely around this question, and they all have varying degrees of success. One of the more noteworthy examples of this is the 1987 run of Justice League (International), created by the living legend Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. In it, the comic showed the reader the politics, the in-fighting, and ultimately the humor that is unleashed behind closed JL headquarters’ doors. Sounds like a great sitcom, right? That’s…

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