Comic Review: Cyborg 009 HC

Cyborg 009
Written by F.J. Desanto and Bradley Camp
Illustrated by Marcus To
Colored by Ian Herring
Lettered by Deron Bennett
Designed by Jon Adams
Edited by Stephen Christy
Created by Shotaro Ishinomori
Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Cover Price: $24.95

Archaia Entertainment has updated Shotaro Ishinomori‘s manga about a multicultural group of cyborg outcasts, Cyborg 009. A young man known only as Cyborg 009 wakes up in a top-secret research facility. He has no memory of his previous life. He is immediately told to destroy his predecessors Cyborgs 001-008.

Eventually, the cyborgs escape along with Dr. Gilmore, one of the more sympathetic scientists involved in the cyborg soldier project. Cyborg 009 learns about his origin and the origins of the other 8 cyborgs. Most of them were randomly kidnapped and they have very diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. He has a bit of a rival in the group in the New-York born Jet Link, and a potential love interest in the French-born Francoise Arnoul. Cyborg 009 has to deal with an emotional tug-of-war between a longing for his old life, and the pressing need to unite with his cyborg brethren against Sekar, the villainous leader of the group that turned them all into cyborgs.

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DVD Review: Under the Mountain

Under the Mountain
DVD | Instant Video
Screenplay by Matthew Grainger and Jonathan King
Directed by Jonathan King
Based on the Novel by Maurice Gee
Starring: Tom Cameron, Sophie McBride, Oliver Driver, Leon Wardham, and Sam Neill
Rated PG-13 | 91 minutes
Release Date: August 10, 2010

Under the Mountain is an adaptation of a popular children’s novel by Maurice Gee. The main characters are Rachel and Theo Matheson, twins who have a psychic bond that allows them to communicate with each other telepathically. The twins experience a family tragedy and are sent to live with relatives in Auckland. After moving to Auckland, they discover the Wilberforces, shapeshifting creatures who intend to conquer Earth. They are aided by their cousin and a mysterious older gentleman named Mr. Jones who has been battling the Wilberforces for a long time. The twins have to learn to rely on each other and rekindle their psychic bond in order to defeat the Wilberforces.

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Comic Review: Anomaly

Written by Skip Brittenham
Illustrated by Brian Haberlin
Anomaly Publishing
Release Date: November 15, 2012
Cover Price: $75.00

Anomaly is a massive, awesome graphic novel that takes place in a future where most of the nations on Earth have joined together as one entity called The Conglomerate. The Conglomerate is eagerly trying to take over worlds and spread their influence.

The story begins with an ex-enforcer for the Conglomerate named Jon. Jon disobeyed orders in combat and got demoted to a low-level worker, or a menial. Jon is given an opportunity to redeem himself when he is reinstated as an enforcer and ordered to accompany Sam, the daughter of a high-ranking Conglomerate member, on an interplanetary mission of “peace.” However, once they land on the plane that they named Anomaly, their peace mission turns out to be a suicide run. The atmosphere of the planet destroys most of their technology and the crew members find themselves in the middle of centuries-old conflict between several alien races. The would-be explorers are now fighting a desperate battle for survival.

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DVD Review: Marvel Anime: Blade

Marvel Anime: Blade
DVD | Instant Video
Directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara
Written by Warren Ellis
Starring Harold Perrineau, Kim Mai Guest, JB Blanc, Troy Baker
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: July 31, 2012

Marvel Anime: Blade is the last of the first wave of Marvel DVD releases of anime versions of their characters produced by Japanese animation company Madhouse. These anime series aired in Japan originally, were dubbed in English, aired on G4, and were then collected on DVD and Blu-ray.

Blade is Eric Brooks, a half-human, half-vampire hybrid known as “The Daywalker” because sunlight does not affect him. While Blade’s mom was pregnant with him, she was attacked by the vampire Deacon Frost, resulting in Blade’s unique nature. Blade struggled to control his bloodlust until he met Noah Van Helsing, an old vampire slayer. He taught Blade to control his urges and Blade began training and traveling the world, vowing revenge on Deacon Frost and seeking the destruction of the vampire race.

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Book Review: Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero

Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero
Paperback | Kindle Edition
By Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Release Date: January 1, 2012

Ghost Buddy is a very interesting story about a boy named Billy Broccoli who is going through a series of changes. His mom has recently remarried and now he has a stepfather and a stepsister. They all move to a new home and now Billy has to attend a new school where his mom is the Principal.

If that isn’t enough of an adjustment, Billy discovers that his new room is inhabited by the ghost of a young boy from the past named Hoover Porterhouse. Hoover Porterhouse, or “The Hoove,” as he prefers to be called, is a rambunctious ghost who is very confident and decides to help Billy be cool at his new school. Billy needs help because he is a nerdy kid who is very unpopular. Of course, Billy encounters a bully and Hoove also offers him assistance in overcoming his bully problem.

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