A couple of days ago, did you get a slight ringing in your ears late in the afternoon? Perhaps it sounded like a high-pitched whine. No? Well, then you were mercifully spared injury caused by the girlish squeal I let out after opening this figure of Hero Ash from NECA's "Evil Dead 2" line! It's the 25th anniversary of one of my favorite films, and this is the second series to bring Ash back to the pegs in all his groovy glory. I patiently waited for this figure for a long time, and then my addiction to toy hunts (and aversion to online ordering) caused me have to wait a little longer. "Why wait so long to get an Ash when there were two previous figures released?" Two words: Chainsaw hand! After finally finding this Deadite-killer at Hastings, I snatched him up and took him out for some review photos!

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After two cracking good weeks of epic, movie caliber episodes, "Doctor Who" finally settles down to being a television show again. That’s not a bad thing, and it’s not like “A Town Called Mercy” is a bad hour of "Who"... It’s just not as thrilling as weeks one and two.

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It is now Thursday the 13th, and I'm celebrating with a review of Jason Voorhees' latest action figure from NECA! He's based on his appearance in Fri-- crap. "FRIDAY the 13th!" Well, I'm still doing this review, regardless! As I was saying, the unstoppable killing machine is based on his appearance in "Friday the 13th: Part 3." There was a regular and "battle damaged" version of the figure on the racks, and I bet you can guess which one I'll be looking at today! I know quite a few Jasons and they're all bad eggs, so join me as I delve further into the details of the worst/best Jason of them all!

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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The cover for Paul Tobin's debut novel "Prepare To Die" from Night Shade Press bills it as a book about "Superheroes, sex, and secret origins." And broadly, this book by by the frequent "Marvel Adventures" writer is about those things, but it's also about very adolescent power fantasies: what would it be like to get super powers (and more importantly, what would the sex be like)? What kind of badass things could you or would you do if you knew you were going to die? Would the girl you loved in high school still want you?

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

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The writing-art team of Juan Diaz Canales and Junajo Guardino's "Blacksad" gets a second English-language volume in the U.S. thanks to Dark Horse. The publisher released the first volume of hard-boiled crime stories back in 2010 featuring the post-WWII anthropomorphic animal detective stories featuring the titular feline lead in the Blacksad. Over the summer, that volume was joined by "A Silent Hell" which, if I'm reading the copyright correctly, was originally released in Europe back in 2003 by original publisher Dargaud.

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Calling a movie "nuts" isn't really an adequate descriptor of its merits (or possibly lack thereof, depending on the movie) but man is "Vampire Circus" nuts. The 1972-released second feature from steady TV director Robert Young came out of the same equally troubled and brilliant period at Hammer Films that gave us "Twins of Evil." But where the 1971 film ratcheted up the sex and violence to the enduring Hammer formula of well-staged, breathless period horror, Young and screenwriter Judson Kinberg, either by design or accident, made something like an art film.

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Five years after their found footage horror film "[Rec]" trapped us in a Spanish apartment building with its increasingly cannibalistic tenants, and three years after the excellent "[Rec] 2" came back to the same night to spin those same events into something more unsettling and supernatural, co-directors/co-writers Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza have parted ways, with Plaza going solo on the latest film in the series up for discussion today, which remixes the formula yet again.

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"Small World Realms" is an expansion that can be used with the original "Small World" or its 2011 follow-up "Small World Underground" (or both sets combined). If you haven't played "Small World" before, stop reading this review right now and go play it. If you're skeptical, you can read my original review of "Small World," one of the first I ever wrote. Since that time, and 50+ other games reviewed, "Small World" has grown to become one of my favorites.

"Small World Realms" uses the same basic rules as the games it expands, but offers up plenty of gameplay twists to keep things fresh.

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This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

STORMWATCH #0
Written by Peter Milligan, Art By Will Conrad

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If nothing else, I can say that Aardman's latest is one of the best-looking movies I've seen in 2012. Now, it should be said that I'm biased here, being partial to stop-motion in particular, specifically the way that this style of animation has a level of texture and depth that CG hasn't quite reached yet. Pirates! Band of Misfits, from Aardman director Peter Lord (he wrote and directed Chicken Run and numerous stop-motion shorts over the last 30 years) is populated with distinctive characters and it's nuts to think how much time and effort has gone into bringing them to the screen along with backgrounds filled with all sorts of cute little side jokes.

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White Vengeance Blu-ray Trailer

It's about halfway into Daniel Lee's historical epic White Vengeance (aka Hong men yan) that its true leads emerge, and then another quarter of the movie still before they recede into the background. In the battle of military forces and wits, the true protagonists aren't seemingly upstanding rebel soldier Liu Bang (Leon Lai) or his ruthless, power-hungry brother-in-arms Xiang Yu (Feng Shaofeng); no, the real persons of interest are Zhang Liang (Zhang Hanyu) and Fan Zeng (Anthony Wong), advisers to their respective proxies in a battle of wits over the control of the imperial throne of China.

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As the release for Halo 4 reaches ever closer, like the Covenant's control of space, the anticipation for another mission for John-117 is becoming almost too much to bare! Thankfully, a s**tload of merchandise has started amassing on store shelves, including a ton of action figures and vehicles, of varying scales, from Halo mainstay McFarlane Toys, and they recently airdropped a full regiment of Halo 4 Series 1 action figures for us to review!

We know you're probably screaming at your screen,"Can they really be that much different from everything else McFarlane has put out before?" Well, read on to find out!-- and quit all that yelling! You're gonna freak out your co-workers.

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