Where's that missing part? That's the question that hangs over the entirety of "The Hive," the second installment of Charles Burns' trilogy of surreal tales. "The Hive" follows 2010's "X'ed Out" and leads us into the not-yet-released "Sugar Skull." When I reviewed "X'ed Out" for this site I wondered just what exactly the graphic novel was about and whether or not its confusing nature was in itself the theme of the story. After reading "The Hive," I'd say that's big YUP.

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I'll be the first to admit that the 1980's animated "He-Man & the Masters of the Universe" veered into the realm of camp craziness more often than not and the vintage toy line upped the ante at every turn! As more and more action figures were released and sold, the need for variations on He-man and Skeletor continued to grow and one fateful day Dragon Blaster Skeletor was born unto this Earth in a fusing of water-spraying plastic unlike anything that came before! His bright colors and self-injurious concept (Having a dragon chained to your back is just simply a bad idea!) quickly gained favor with my young heart and he was immediately my go-to Skeletor during my childhood years. Now, Mattel has released an updated version in their Matty Collector-exclusive Masters of the Universe Classics line and I've finally found the time to properly review the one they sent. Join me as I take a closer look at Dragon Blaster Skeletor: Evil Leader & His Dreadful Dragon with Paralyzing Spray!

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For some viewers, the core visual joke of Iron Sky--Nazis on the moon--will wear out its welcome by around the halfway point. Maybe even a little earlier. That's a completely understandable reaction given that the movie goes big on the initial gag before about a planned invasion of Earth by displaced Nazis in the near future and then subsequently abandons the premise for a satire of American politics.

Stick in there, though--Iron Sky might not be the most incisive sci-fi comedy about a Nazi invasion from the moon, but it does deliver on the premise with some well-executed outer space battles and a surprising burst of sincerity in the final act.

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Here's some of the whiplash that the excellent sword-on-a-wire martial arts film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate might cause: in imperial China, it starts with a trio of killers hacking away at the abusive and cruel bureaucratic class of eunuchs, moves on to an identity stealing swordswoman protecting a pregnant escapee from the imperial palace, and then suddenly becomes a violent treasure hunt at a border crossing, bringing together barbarians, razor wire, unstoppable blades, and star Jet Li's fists.

If none of this sounds like something you're into, then we can't be friends, but for everyone else, read on about one of the most entertaining movies of the last year.

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Last year, Marvel Comics gave away an X-Force version of Archangel form Hasbro's Marvel Universe 3 3/4" action figure line for free with the purchase of a digital comic subscription. I missed my opportunity to own the winged bringer-of-death... and sadness ruled the day. Needless to say, when it was revealed that a Wolverine figure from the Mark Millar-penned Old Man Logan storyline was going to the next subscription figure beginning at New York Comic Con 2012, I knew there was no way in hell were pretty good odds I'd miss my chance to snag it! As fate would have it, Hasbro hooked me up (and all the other guests, cause I'm not special) with one for attending their press party, so I ripped Logan free from his package at the Javits Center for an on-site review!
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More awesome than The Avengers! Higher flying than The Amazing Spider-Man! Greater than Green Lantern! If Tiger & Bunny studio Sunrise were into the sort of old school style comics, hype, I'd hope this is the approach they would take with their superhero series, whose animated heroes' adventures get the digest treatment in Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning. Read More...

Last weekend, a huge box was sitting patiently outside my front door as I arrived home. The markings on the outside labeled it clearly as coming from Mattel, but instead of the usual Masters of the Universe Classics or Dark Knight Rises fare, it was from a brand I don't normally cover here on Geek: Hot Wheels! Inside wasn't the track set or small die cast cars I was expecting, not by a long shot. Instead, staring out at me, and my incredibly excited 4 year-old son, was the new Terrain Twister! Naturally, I charged up the included battery for a few hours and we made our way out into the wilds to put this thing to the test! Come along as I get muddy and take a closer look at the Hot Wheels' R/C Terrain Twister!


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The screen above is from one of my favorite transitions in the entire series, the jump from the flashback at the opening of The Last Crusade, to Indy, aboard a ship, grinning like the devil, even as he's about to take a solid punch to the face. It's a beautiful moment, segueing his first adventure to his then-latest, and the way John Williams' score swells here is simply one of the big, heart-bursting moments of joy in action cinema.

And across all the entire series, they've been wonderfully reproduced in this remastered, polished, and prettified Blu-ray release in the "Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures" five disc set from Paramount.

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Season 3 of AMC's "The Walking Dead" roams its way onto TV October, 14th, so what better time to bring you a closer look at the latest set of show-based action figures from McFarlane Toys?! Rick Grimes, Shane Walsh, The Bicycle Girl Zombie (from season 1), the R.V. Zombie, and the Well Zombie make up the latest assortment and are just as putrid and show accurate as the last ones. I'm packing all five figures into this one measly review, so make sure to scroll all the way through for a ton of gore-filled, plastic goodness!

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Six years after his collaboration with directors Katsuhito Ishii and Hajime Ishimine, Writer-director Shunichiro Miki put together this semi-sequel to 2005's "The Funky Forest" with the solo effort, "The Warped Forest." But instead of the out and out surreality of the low-key alien encounter fantasy "The Funky Forest," Miki goes for domestic comic situations that are just a little bit bizarre and often bittersweet.

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A pirate, a ninja, and a zombie walk into a bar. Yeah, there's no good ending to that joke, especially when aliens, dinosaurs, gnomes, robots, and a few other friends are all on their way. Publisher AEG took a big risk in cramming all of those tropes into a single game, but the geeky melting pot that is "Smash Up" lives up to its billing. "The Shufflebuilding Game of Total Awesomeness" uses a new innovative mechanic (we'll explain "shufflebuilding" in a bit) that is indeed quite awesome.

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Maybe the most unsettling thing about the HD release of 1988's Killer Klowns From Outer Space is that for 20 years I've been mispronouncing the names of indie filmmakers/animation and effects pros the Chiodo Brothers (the "Ch" has a "k" sound). There's not anything overtly scary about the Chiodos'--Charles, Stephen, and Edward--horror-comedy, although I can imagine the visual of their saw-toothed, grease painted alien invaders might have caused at least a few cases of coulrophobia over the years.

Fox and MGM have given the film a decent, if not spectacular HD upgrade with all of the features intact from the 2001 DVD.

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"Let the Right One In" writer, John Ajvide Lindqvist has created a true horror story with "Little Star." It's not a slasher, it's not about monsters, it's not about ghosts. It's a book about the horrors of existence. The horrors of loneliness. The horrors of fame. The horrors of youth. The horrors of violence. The horrors of life.

"Little Star" is almost unbearably stark, relentless in its decent into darkness, and fearless in its graphic violence. But most importantly, it's brilliant.

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Like the monster at the heart of the film, Victor Salva's Jeepers Creepers is made of borrowed parts from horror movies past. And like the Creeper, all of those borrowed parts are combined into a gruesome, but brutally efficient whole, one part Duel, with a little bit of Terminator, of all things thrown in at the end, and all sorts of creature feature nods strewn throughout, without showing the seams too much.

Revisiting the movie 11 years later on MGM/Fox's recently-released Blu-ray, Jeepers Creepers still holds a lot of the power it did over a decade ago thanks in large part to its ability to morph and change styles during its brisk 90-minute running time.

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When it comes to European-style strategy board games, The Castles of Burgundy is one of the best I've played in recent memory. What exactly does that mean, you ask? OK, so it has been a while since we reviewed a serious Euro game here, so I'll lead off with a refresher.

Euro games are known for: favoring skill over luck, taking 60-90 minutes to play (with no player elimination), avoiding direct conflict between players, and having short bite-sized turns that keep players interested in the game. The themes in Euros aren't as strong as typical American designs, with players usually competing for the most points rather than to accomplish some story-driven objective. The playing pieces are generally abstract as well, with Euro games packing wooden cubes and discs rather than sculpted models.

But while thematic games are undoubtedly popular, not every title on store shelves has to be about Cthulhu, Star Wars, or zombies. Just look at the Euro shelf and you'll find games that somehow manage to turn mundane tasks such as farming or construction into fiercely competitive experiences. It can sound odd to the outsider, but trust me, there's a lot of fun to be had here and The Castles of Burgundy is a great place to start.

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