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Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List! Each Wednesday, we'll look at the best new releases hitting comic shops (but because of the Memorial Day holiday, shipments were delayed this week, so we're posting on Thursday instead).

This time around we've got picks from DC/Vertigo, Marvel and Kaboom!

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With some pretty serious finality, the last episode of the ratings-challenged "Fringe" effectively sewed up any dangling plot threads for Peter, Walter, and Olivia. It was the kind of finale that was satisfying to fans, inasmuch as it closed the loop on many of the show's mysteries, but poses a problem for anyone who wants to come along and do anything with these characters.

And that's how we end up with "Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox," the first of three prequel novels from publisher Titan Books this year, spotlighting the trio at the heart of the series. And writer Christa Faust, in constructing a tale about the origins of Cortexiphan delivers a clunky early adventure featuring Walter Bishop and future Massive Dynamics founder William Bell (and Nina Sharpe, too), as the action moves to the West Coast bringing the trio up against the Bay Area serial killer whose atomic fists and murderous appetites threaten all of San Francisco.

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Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull List! Each week We'll pick some choice titles that hit shelves on that holiest of holy days at comic shops both physical and digital: WEDNESDAY!

This week we've got picks from DC, Titan, and Marvel.

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On June 14th, Warner Bros' "Man of Steel" arrives in theaters with the power of an exploding planet (or a non-exploding planet, as rumors would lead us to believe) and as much as I enjoy movies, the accompanying toy lines can really influence the line between love and obsession I build for a franchise. "Star Wars", "Jurassic Park", "Batman Returns", and others would not be held nearly as dear to my heart if not for the childhood memories I gained from playing with the action figures, and vehicles, based on the characters I watched on the big screen. Today, I've matured enough (barely) to enjoy a movie for what it is-- but, that doesn't mean I also can't appreciate a well-made licensed toy. Mattel has released the first wave of collector-aimed "Man of Steel" Movie Masters and today I'm taking a closer look at Superman!

Read on to see if the Big Blue Boy Scout can live up to the excitement the trailers for the film have built up!

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By Patrick A. Reed

Art Baltazar and Franco have, over the last few years, gotten much-deserved recognition for their all-ages comics. They were the masterminds behind the widely-acclaimed (and much missed) "Tiny Titans" title for DC Comics, and when that series wrapped up after 50 issues, they launched the equally-wonderful "Superman Family Adventures." "SFA" was revered by kids far and wide, and was regularly referred to in reviews with some variation on the phrase "the best Superman comic on the stands."

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By Patrick A. Reed

Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull List! Each week We'll pick some choice titles that hit shelves on that holiest of holy days at comic shops both physical and digital: WEDNESDAY!

This week we've got picks from Image, Marvel, and Dark Horse.

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By Patrick A. Reed

This year's Free Comic Book Day is the biggest and craziest yet, with more than 50 different comics from various publishers vying for shelf space and room in your shopping bag. Some titles are geared for kids, some feature mature content, some are fit for everybody – and thus, we present this handy field guide, so you can know what to look out for.

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[Note: the screener of the film Well Go passed along didn't appear to have final subs--so some of the names and content may shift slightly in the theatrical cut as they get polished.]

The second chapter in director Stephen Fung's "Tai Chi" series ramps up the schmaltz (romances will begin, reconciliations will be made) and it's actually the better for it. "Tai Chi Zero" was a fun if half-baked movie that relied on clever text effects and tons of cameos to obscure what was essentially an introduction for this film.

"Hero," by contrast crisscrosses the story of the battle to save the hidden Chen village from the evil East India Railroad Company with a budding romance between kung fu prodigy Lu Chan (Yuan Xiaochao) and his wife/sifu Yu Niang (Angelbaby), and the return of the Grandmaster's prodigal son with his own mysterious agenda. Meanwhile, the outcast Fang has teamed up with an "British' railroad company rep (Peter Stormare, anything but) to get his revenge on Lu Chan, Yu Niang, and the whole of Chen Village.

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brillaince-coverReading "Dune" as a child, one of my favorite aspects of the distant future Frank Herbert created were the mentants--intense, human computational machines who functioned on pure logic. They were more human than human, a necessary function of the empire's prohibition against thinking machines, embodied and given such great flavor and detail through only a pair of characters--the conflicted Dr. Yueh and the half-mad Piter De Vries.

In just a handful of scenes, Herbert invested these characters with life and unique conflicts absent the entire cast of super geniuses and savants in Marcus Sakey's rote procedural "Brilliance," a potentially explosive mix of "Days of Future Past"-style mutant oppression mingled with the freedom vs. security paranoia of "24" which... sounds kind of good when you lay it out like that. Unfortunately, Sakey's fascinating alternate history where an increasing segment of the population has become mental savants capable of massive computations isn't worthy of the characters, putting a bunch of very smart people in a very played-out plot.

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Noel Clarke meets the monster in "Storage 24."

It's the utter randomness of the British "trapped in a building with a monster" movie "Storage 24" that ultimately undoes "Darkhunters" director Johannes Roberts' latest. The characters--a mix of lovers and friends who don't seem like they would talk to each other unless they were, you know, trapped in a huge storage facility together, are a poor match for the film's alternately 9-16' tall monster. And without that connection, without any theme linking the would-be victims of and victors against this splay-mouthed beast, "Storage 24" ends up one of the alternately better produced bad "Alien" knockoffs out there.

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Scream Factory gives this squishy/sexy/grotesque Lovecraft adaptation a lot of love in a gorgeous restoration packed with candid looks back by the cast and crew of this Stuart Gordon-directed film.

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Screenwriter and former film critic C. Robert Cargill's urban fantasy novel creates a rich universe full of dangerous and fascinating characters, even if the main conflict over the fate of a young amnesiac falls limp.

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"From Up On Poppy Hill" is screening as part of the New York International Children's Film Festival. For more details about screenings and tickets, head to the here.

"From Up On Poppy Hill" is such a small slice of hometown storytelling from Studio Ghibli that it's easy to dismiss it as fluffy melodrama from the "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke" animation house. And yet this 1960's-set melodrama carries such deep currents of emotion and so much affection for its sweet-natured characters, that by the end I was pretty sure it would rank among my two or three favorites from the studio.

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terrorvision-the-video-dead-bluIn a perfect world (without all of those pesky media rights), Scream Factory's double-feature disc with "TerrorVision" (1986) and "The Video Dead" (1987) would have included a better companion than the latter film--maybe Tobe Hooper's "Poltergeist" or "Anguish." The alien invasion via TV sci-fi comedy "TerrorVision" is effective in its own broad terms at poking fun at the kinky/strange side of life in the 'burbs in the 80's that it deflates the rather aimless (and toothless) "The Video Dead" by comparison.

"The Video Dead" has its fans--certainly someone at Scream Factory thought it was worth the time and effort to assemble the materials to make this movie look as good as it does over 25 years later. But it's really a movie of loose parts that betray the helter skelter way the film was put together on a shoestring budget by friends and locals out in the woods. This no-budget film (but it's got heart, I tell you) focuses on the Blair siblings, would-be aerobics instructor Zoe (Roxanna Augesen) and slacker Jeff (Rocky Duvall), encounter a bedeviled boob tube that spits out zombies when they move into their new home.

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For its first third, Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Wreck-It Ralph" is good--very good. Better than really any movie before it, this feature from writer-director Rich Moore is one of the finest, sweetest homages to classic gaming, with loving nods to arcade games of the past via its story of a video game bad guy who wants to go good (John C. Reilly, perfect).

It's when the CG-animated feature digs its heels into one of the games created for the film, "Sugar Rush," that "Wreck-It Ralph" starts to feel a little rote, going through the usual storytelling motions while (most distressingly) ignoring all of the rich video game history with a series of bloated subplots that lose a little bit of the initial charm.

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