Comic Book Review: The Boys

 

The above trailer is for the show, not the comic book. This is a review for the comic book.

Details: Written by Garth Ennis. Initially published in 2006. There are seventy-two issues. More information can be found at https://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?CAT=DF-The_Boys and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boys_(comics)

Score: 7/10

The Boys is a very adult series that indulges in constantly showing nudity, sex and graphic violence. The subject matter also lightly touches upon issues such as race, politics, and religion. At its core, this is a raunchy series that seeks to tell a very adult parody of a superhero comic book universe.

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Video Game Review: Final Fantasy XIII

Details: Originally released in 2009. Spent about fifty-seven hours beating the game and playing through side quests. Official site is https://square-enix-games.com/en_GB/games/final-fantasy-xiii/

Score: 7.3/10

Final Fantasy XII is a notorious game. Many long time Final Fantasy fans point to this game as the exact moment the franchise went into the trash. I finally got a chance to play the game and there are many flaws. Even still, I enjoyed the game and found it to be a solid role playing game. I think the main issue is that most fans went into this game expecting a 10/10, when it’s really more of a 7.3/10.

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Video Game Review: Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Details: Originally released in 2010. Spent about eight hours playing through it. Official site is http://www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption/dlc/undead

Score: 6.5/10

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is a stand alone expansion to Red Dead Redemption. That means you don’t need to buy the base game in order to play this. If you loved the base game, then you should play this. Otherwise, you won’t miss anything by skipping this expansion.

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Video Game Review: Civilization V

Details: Originally released in 2010. Purchased the Game of the Year Edition through Steam for about $12.50. Bought the Gods and Kings Expansion for about $7.50. Bought the Brave New World Expansion for about $7.50. Bought the last few pieces of downloadable content I was missing for about $1.50. Played for about forty-three hours. The official site is https://civilization.com/civilization-5/

Score: 7.5/10

When Civilization V was first released, it received a ton of glowing reviews and near perfect review scores. Without really knowing much about the game, I subsequently purchased the game and all of its downloadable content never having played the game or any of its predecessors or any other game in this genre. I wish I had known at the time that Civilization V is simply a fairly complex electronic board game.

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Video Game Review: Paper Mario

Details: Originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 2000. It was subsequently released on the Wii U Virtual Console. Beat the game in about twenty-two hours. Official site in the UK is https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-64/Paper-Mario-269624.html#media_player_overlay_1016559

Score: 6.4/10

Many of Nintendo’s games can be considered classics that withstand the test of time. Paper Mario is not one of those games. It isn’t a bad game, it’s just that the visuals and gameplay are dated and kind of boring.

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Video Game Review: Red Dead Redemption

Details: Originally released in 2010. Spent twenty-one hours playing through it on the Xbox 360. Official site is http://www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption/

Score: 7.3/10

Red Dead Redemption is essentially Grand Theft Auto if it took place during the Wild West. I started playing this years ago and found it kind of boring compared to the Grand Theft Auto series. After my Xbox broke down on me, I gave up on the game. Fast forward to now and I’ve gotten my hands on another Xbox 360 and decided to give the game another try. Despite it’s age, Red Dead Redemption is mostly a fun game, though not too exciting.

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Movie Review: Captain Marvel

Details: More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154664/ and https://www.marvel.com/captainmarvel/

Score: 7/10

If you ignore the marketing trying to push this as an empowering feminist experience, you’ll see that Captain Marvel is yet another decent, but mediocre Marvel movie. I would place it at the same level as the first Captain America movie, Dr. Strange and Black Panther (if you ignore the racially empowering public relations effort behind Black Panther, then the movie is just okay).

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