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Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Blu-Ray Review

Posted on 13 February 2012 by Christian

So I love getting screeners in to review, not only do I get to see the film and special features early I also get to add another movie to my collection. On this go around, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to find a twilight fan surprise them with the Breaking Dawn Blu-Ray and have them review it.. Unknown to me I wouldn’t have to look too far.. Come to find out my sister-in law was just that person.. Se was so excited to see the movie and review it.. Below is her little review.. Give your comments below..

 

 

In the latest installment of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn pt.1. You finally get to see the much anticipated “for twilight fanatics” wedding between Bella and Edward. Much to my surprise didn’t disappoint, with fantastic special effects and slight comic relief this was definitely a solid performance by a developing cast and the best of the saga thus far. The special features include audio commentary with Director Bill Condon, a fascinating 6 part documentary on the making of breaking dawn-part 1, Take a look into Jacobs Destiny, relive all of your favorite moments of Edward and Bella’s wedding with their personal wedding video, and a jump to option to watch only your favorite scenes of the movie over and over. Blu-ray really brings this movie to life with the stunning quality and is definitely a must own for your personal library.

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App Junkie: JAZZ: Trump’s Journey iPhone Review

Posted on 20 January 2012 by @brihannajoi

JAZZ: Trump's journey - Bulkypix

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Movie Review: Contagion

Posted on 09 September 2011 by TH3 No08

Contagion

Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law

An action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is a modern day horror film that’s as scary as any movie I’ve seen this year. It’s a film that at times comes across like the most interesting science class you’ve ever sat through because you feel like if you don’t stay till the end you won’t know how to kill the monster and save the day when it happens to you. Unfortunately there is no big bad monster in this film you can kill in the last act in the hopes of saving your friends, instead life or death decisions are left to bureaucrats and government scientists who may or may not have your best interest at heart. What makes this film so scary is that it may be happening as we speak and there is literally nothing you could do to stop it from happening.

Contagion follows a world wide pandemic as it gallops across the globe leaving a trail of death and destruction in it’s wake. Soderbergh’s camera follows multiple characters throughout the film who have all been affected in one way or the other by the deadly virus. Some are struggling with the aftermath of the disease and it’s legacy of death, some are working night and day to find a cure and save our population from certain doom while others are simply looking to strike while the iron is hot and make a quick buck while the world burns around them.

Soderbergh has gathered an ensemble cast full of great actors who deliver performance that are usually relegated to much smaller character pieces. He does an amazing job of putting quality actors in a position to deliver solid, nuanced performances that in the hands of other directors may not have been nearly as effective.

Matt Damon’s conflicted portrayal of a man who discovers his wife’s infidelity only after she is killed by the virus is both heart breaking and inspiring. Having lost his wife and step-son on the same day he is now taxed with keeping his daughter safe and does everything he can to keep her safe. His restraint and dedication to his daughter while everyone else around him is losing it is admirable and inspiring to watch.

Also excelling is Jude Law in a role that is miles from anything he’s played in recent years. Law’s character is an internet celebrity of sorts who believes in government conspiracy and world wide collusion by the elites and spends his days trying to expose the hypocrisy of the people in charge all the while trying to profit on the tragedy around him. He believes he has found a cure for the disease and it just so happens that he is set to profit wildly as the masses search for a magic cure to the threat of death that now surrounds them. Laws character is both ruthless and cunning but he also has heart and even though he is profiting off of death, he truly believes the things that he is doing are going to some how save the world.

Contagion is a master class in film making that will inflict a paranoia upon you that will have you washing your hands and avoiding sick people in your office at all cost. Lingering shots of recently touched surfaces leave your skin crawling because you know exactly what it means for the next person to touch that surface. It’s also a film full of flawed characters put in a no win situation and yet it somehow is able to draw hope and strength from such a dire situation. Soderbergh’s directing skills are in top form as he weaves a tale that is both interesting, informative, inspiring, and terrifying all at the same time. It’s a film worth seeing because honestly it is a blueprint for a very real situation and how easily it could happen and how helpless we would all be. I would certainly recommend checking this film out, just remember to wash your hands first. I would hate to think that then next great pandemic could start in a movie theater while watching a movie about the next great pandemic.

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Comic Review: Zombie Outlaw #1

Posted on 08 September 2011 by TH3 No08

Zombie Outlaw Issue # 1

 

Written By: Brian J. Apodaca

Art By: B. Paul Jordan

Matt Naismith and Will Simers thought they had this College thing figured out. One trip into the depth of Irvine State University’s library has them rethinking everything!! Witness as they unearth the Tomb of the ZOMBIE OUTLAW!!!

With the recent runaway success of The Walking Dead it seems that zombie comics are suddenly everywhere again. A lot of writers are looking to jump on the bandwagon in the hopes of earning a quick buck by making something that looks like TWD but unfortunately for them they mostly comes off as what they are, a second rate knockoff. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I received my copy of Zombie Outlaw #1 in the mail. Zombie Outlaw is an interesting take on the zombie tale that’s not afraid to try something original and move away from what everything else is doing.

As far as origin stories go it was certainly nothing I’ve seen in any other comics before. It’s a bit of a romantic comedy setup mixed in with some wild west zombie attack flashbacks and what may be a promising bromance. When Matt Naismith is paired with the girl of his dreams as his lab partner he looks to his friend Will Simers in the hopes of getting some help wooing the lovely lady but Will’s research for his thesis does not go as planned and now they all find themselves on very unfamiliar turf.

I enjoyed reading this comic very much. Like I said before it’s an interesting and original take on the tired zombie concept. I enjoyed the quick pace of the writing and found the art style to be interesting and original which is not something you see every day in the comic world. I would certainly recommend picking this up and I hope to see more work from these guys in the future.

 

You can find more info on this comic at http://zombieoutlaw.com/

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App Junkie is into Navigation

Posted on 28 July 2011 by @brihannajoi

Gogo Navigator USA & CAN
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App Junkie Joins Google+

Posted on 21 July 2011 by @brihannajoi

Google+ for iPhone
By: Google
Price: FREE!

In case you have been living under a rock, Google’s new social media venture Google+ came upon the internet scene last month, launching with an invite only member program. It’s been the buzz of the social media community and the hype is good. All it needed to seal the deal was an app. Well Tuesday, it came to iOS.

Google+ for mobile is the compliment to it’s web counterpart. The design is very uniform, sticking to the Google color scheme on a white background. The new black bar is also present, as a notification bar. This bar is on the home page along with the Stream, Huddle, Photos, Profile and Circles options. Simply choose an icon to take you to the option. The Stream is much like
the familiar Facebook news feed, consisting of all the updates from your Circles. Swiping right or left gives you two more options, Nearby and Incoming Messages. Nearby displays updates and check-ins near your location and Incoming Messages will store exactly that.

The newest and most talked about inventions of Google+ is its organization feature Circles and messaging system Huddle.

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App Junkie Time Travels!

Posted on 14 July 2011 by @brihannajoi

Video Time Machine for iPhone
By: Original Victories, Inc.
Price: $0.99

 

Lately I have been perusing the Entertainment section of the app store. It is filled with wonder and yet asinine concepts. There are some true time killers among the selection, and some true wastes of time. After finding the highly stimulating Songify earlier this week, I went back looking to find some more entertainment gold. And then, eureka!

Video Time Machine. (Is there a more intriguing title?) Literally travel through time with this awesome video app that has been

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App Junkie Towers Above!

Posted on 29 June 2011 by @brihannajoi

Tiny Tower for iPhone
By: NimbleBit
Price: Free!

 

Games, games, games. Since the immense success of Angry Birds, the App Store is flooded with games. Some good, some bad. It has turned this little gadget we call a phone into a portable gaming system. And with most at .99, or even free, it

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BackStab iPhone App Review

Posted on 27 June 2011 by @brihannajoi

BackStab for iPhone
By: Gameloft
Price: $6.99

 

In Gameloft’s BackStab, the gamer becomes Henry Blake, an officer in the Royal Navy currently battling the Spaniards. Immediately thrust into battle, the beginning of the game gives a good tutorial in moving and battling with your new found hero. Armed with only a sword at first you thrust and slash your way through enemies, even sparring sword to sword with them in defense. You are tutored through your companion Kane, who you follow throughout the beginning levels. The missions involve multiple weapons including cannons and pistols, all which allow for a slow reloading time, giving it more of the period feel. You can aim at targets at a distance and are even challanged with adjusting for moving enemies.

The controls are very well done, giving you the feel of a console version, complete with analog stick control and attack buttons. I especially liked that that the analog button was able to be moved depending on your thumb’s placement. This made for less mistakes when moving the character around the world. The graphics are definitely Gameloft’s best, with the opening sequence a beautiful scene to watch. The world is 3D and as you move Blake you are able to adjust the camera. Though this is a nice touch, sometimes the camera angle would would cause you to fall if it wasn’t placed right. The option of an automatic follow for the camera, or at least a way to center it behind the character would have been helpful. There are a few other gliches with the geometry of the levels and some characters floating in air, but nothing that messed with the actual gameplay.

As the storyline progresses Blake finds out his buddy Kane has flipped sides, thus the name BackStab, and Blake is captured and imprisoned. On his day of his execution he is rescued by a busty heiress and escapes. Once back in his hometown, Blake changes his appearance and becomes a rogue killer seeking revenge. The story is basic but a good one to layer gameplay on. Once in the town the world is open and Blake is free to roam around, buying goods, weapons, houses – or even getting frisky with the ladies of the night. Though be careful, not all characters are as they seem and will rob you at the drop of a hat! The open world is very familiar bringing back all the enjoyment of a Grand Theft Auto type game with the freshness of a new time period and storyline. It makes for excellent replay value as there is always more to discover. At the price of just $6.99, BackStab is a great value and is sure to keep you coming back for more.

Rating: 4/5

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App Junkie’s Home Movies

Posted on 01 June 2011 by @brihannajoi

Viddy for iPhone
By: Viddy, Inc.
Price: Free!

How creative are you? Think you can make a stylized, interesting video in 15 seconds? This is the question asked by Viddy.

Viddy is a video sharing app from Viddy, Inc. Much like Instagram, it is all about creating and sharing with the world, but instead of a still picture, you get 15 seconds of video.

After creating an account, you are ready to record. You can record straight from the app or choose a piece of video that has already been recorded. Once you’ve filmed your 15 second masterpiece you can begin adding effects. There are tints, vintage looks and junked and scratched film cells. Each effect also comes with a music track. You can adjust the volume on the music including turning it completely down. You can also customize the opacity of the added effect. Once completed it’s time to share.

Aside from submitting your video for the Viddy community, you can add Facebook, Twitter and other social accounts. Even your location can be added once linked to Foursquare.

Shared videos can be liked and commented on like a mini YouTube. You can follow other users which will show in your stream and see the most popular and trending videos. The interface is very user friendly, especially if you are an Instagram fan.

I really like the concept of Viddy. It is definitely not as complex and feature rich as the Vimeo app, but it’s not trying to be. It’s a simple shoot and share idea that gives you an instant gratification and encourages you to create. And it does all this without bogging down your phone. There has already been an update of improvements with more to come. I expect to see more effect packs along the way, and I cannot wait.

Junkies, get Viddy and your phone will thank you.

Rating: 4/5

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The Hangover Part II Review

Posted on 26 May 2011 by TH3 No08

The Hangover Part 2 is exactly the type of movie that Film Snobs hate. First, it’s a sequel. Snobs hate sequels as much as they hate made for TV movies, It’s just beneath them. They’ll also hate Hangover 2 because on some level it seems to be a remake/ bigger budget re-imagining of the first one and lord knows that “Film Snobs” hate remakes of any sort no matter how good they may be. When I say that this movie is re-imagining, I don’t mean they touch on some of the same themes and the character arcs are similar, I literally mean they have taken scenes from the first movie and re-shot them for this movie without so much as a second thought. Remember that tiger in the first one? Now it’s a monkey. Remember when Stu married that prostitute in the first one, well let’s just say Stu has some issues and leave it at that. The one thing that Film Snobs won’t mention in their reviews of this film is that despite the trappings of rehashing/sequelizing the Hangover Part 1, The Hangover Part 2 is at times a very funny movie. It won’t win any awards or change anyone’s life with it’s message, but it’s really not intended to do that. This movie was made to make you laugh and it delivers that in spades.

People who have seen Part 1 will be very familiar with the plot of Part 2. Stu is getting married and has invited the gang to Thailand to celebrate and share his special moment. The gang’s all here, they introduce the curmudgeonly father in law, bla, bla, bla. None of that matters. The only thing you should care about in this movie is what happens between the time the guys wake up in a rundown hotel room with no memory of the night before and the photo montage that runs during the closing credits. Usually character development is important and we want to get to know everyone and their motivations but that doesn’t matter here. The opening 30 minutes of the movie is actually the weakest point of the film and if you can sit through that and not totally lose interest in what’s about to happen, you are in for some good laughs.

The plot of this movie seems to be based entirely on the premise of “bigger is better”. Director Todd Phillips has gone out of his way to try and outdo his previous film in every way possible. The gags are more risque, the action sequences are bigger, and the over the top characters are way more over the top and that’s not always a good thing. One of the things I enjoyed from the first film was the nuanced idiocy of Zach Galifianakis. His humor really stood out in the first film because it was restrained. He was a supporting character who popped in from time to time to move the plot along and say some awkwardly hilarious things and that worked really well. In part 2, not so much. While he is still funny at times, His character is much more in the fore front of the story therefore his lines and awkward jokes and dialogue are more the focus making his character very hit or miss. When the jokes work they are really funny, when they don’t it seems forced and at times very unnecessary.

The stand out in this film is definitely Ed Helms. His journey from awkward soon to be husband to a fearless wild man willing to take on the darker side of Bangkok Thailand was a joy to watch. The very thing that didn’t work for me with Galifianakis worked great with Helms. With the focus squarely on him and the search for his missing brother in-law he really shines. Ed Helms plays up the everyman on the verge of a breakdown as good as anybody in Hollywood. His ability to flip a switch and go from brow beaten loser to wild man rioting in the streets is entertaining and has me looking forward to seeing more from him in the future, as long as it’s not in The Hangover Part 3.

The Hangover Part 2 is by no means a perfect movie. It struggles at times to separate itself from part one and occasionally drags when moving from one joke setup to the next but what it does do well is deliver funny moments that fans of the movie will be quoting for a while. If you’re looking for a good laugh and don’t mind seeing an ample dose of penis then round up a group of friends and check this movie out. You won’t be alone in enjoying what will probably be one of the bigger movies of the summer.

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App Junkie Loves Custom Radio

Posted on 25 May 2011 by @brihannajoi

Slacker Radio for iPhone
By: Slacker, Inc.
Price: FREE!

 

Junkies, apps for music seem to be everywhere these days. Some far exceed others. Some crash incessantly and are more trouble than they are worth! But there are a few rare gems out there. One of these gems is Slacker Radio.

Slacker Radio is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and, more recently, iPad. Now, I am a longtime fan of Slacker Radio, my favorite feature over other apps being not the music, but the comedy stations. And not just censored comedy collections, but explicit as well. Their selection is varied and rarely do I hear repeats. Slacker Radio allows you to listen to their over 150 expert-programmed radio stations or create your own. This app gives you access to the entire Slacker music library featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists. And now there are brand new features added just this week.

You can now browse the songs and artists on Slacker stations and make your own custom stations within the application. Search or simply browse station and artist pages for new music. Slacker also offers subscriptions with additional features. A Slacker Premium Radio subscription, gives users the ability to create playlists as well as play songs, albums and artists on demand, a feature I would gladly pay for! In addition to being able to stream on-demand content, Slacker Premium Radio subscribers can also cache stations, playlists and albums to their device to listen without a network connection! No Wi-Fi or wireless needed. Enhanced music discovery featuring artist bios, album reviews & lyrics is also included with paid subscriptions.

With all these features, there

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Grimm Fairy Tales: The Dream Eater Saga

Posted on 23 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Grimm Fairy Tales: The Dream Eater Saga #0

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written by: Raven Gregory
Art by: Anthony Spay

When picking up a comic such as Grimm Fairy Tales by Zenoscope (who have been building the Grimm Fairy Tales brand since 2005) you often find your self behind the cart before you even get started. The characters in these books are not your every day super heroes or characters that you would usually recognize from other comics so you have to do a little research or pick up some back issues to get up to speed on the story. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a lazy reader but that’s a lot of catching up to do and a lot of old comics to go on the hunt for and I just don’t have the time for it. Well for all you time challenged readers like me who just can’t fit a day of research into your comic reading this book is for you.

Grimm Fairy Tales: The Death Eater Saga #0 serves as both a beginning to a new story arc, the before mentioned Death Eater Saga, as well a detailed compendium of characters and background information on the series sure to quickly get you up to speed. Much like the .1 series of comics by Marvel, if you want to jump into the Grimm Fairy tale world this is the issue to pick up.

The Death Eater Saga begins with a brief 11 page back story on one of the main characters in the Grimm Fairy Tales world, Baba Yaga and how she became who she is. I don’t know if this story line has every really been touched on in this series before but they do a great job here of setting up her character and giving here a reason for being the vengeful, angry witch she has become.

However, When i reached the end of the first 11 pages and the story ended with only half the book gone I was a bit confused, that is until I turned the page and found a detailed description of the earth and realms, classes and factions, bios, as well as a check list of all the previous books and volumes to catch up on. Nice.

While I was originally expecting a more detailed story with more than just an intro to the character of Baba Yaga I found myself more than happy with what I got, and that was a well done introduction to the Grimm Fairy Tale world that left me excited and ready to pick up the next issue.

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Kung Fu Panda 2 Leaves Me With an Empty Feeling…

Posted on 23 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Kung Fu Panda 2 had a lot going against it before I ever even took my seat in the crowded theater full of kids and parents eager to get an early look at what’s sure to be a summer blockbuster. I wasn’t a huge fan of 2008′s Kung Fu Panda when I first saw it and the subsequent viewings as my children watched it relentlessly over the summer of 2010 did little to change my opinion of it. I can certainly understand the appeal of it. It’s got a cuddly panda who learns Kung Fu and goes from being a fat goof to being the Dragon Warrior over the course of 2 short hours or so. What’s not to like about that? Jack Black, that’s what. And Angelina Jolie. And the

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Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1 review…

Posted on 20 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written by: Daniel Corey
Art by : Anthony Diecidue

I’m a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes series. I enjoy the complexity of the mysteries, the science used to solve the cases, and I really enjoy the character that inhabit the world of Sherlock Holmes. Moriarty is one of the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that has actually had a much larger role in the films and movies based on the original series of books than he ever did in the two books he actually appeared in and that’s not a bad thing. Writers and filmmakers over the years have expanded on the myth of Moriarty so much that he has now become synonomous with Sherlock Holmes and now you can follow his post Sherlock Holmes life in Moriarty: The Dark Chamber.

The Dark Chamber picks up some 20 years after the death of Sherlock Holmes. Having spent the last 20 years trying to escape the demons of his past, Moriarty has now taken on a new persona and picked up where Sherlock Holmes left off, just on the dark side. He is now an investigator of sorts for the criminal underworld who also dabbles in shipping to fill his free time and give him a legitimate front. Just when things are seeming to reach normality he is threatened by a force from his past when he is hired to find Sherlock Holmes’ missing brother as well as a former professor he once knew who has also gone missing. This of course leads him back into a world he has been very careful to avoid, putting himself and everything he has worked for over the past 20 years, in danger.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked this book up but I soon found myself engrossed in an exciting tale not unlike many of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries. While the dialogue was at times a bit wordy, I never found myself bored, I actually quite enjoyed the witty banter of the many back and forth conversations Moriarty had while trying to suss out clues from the crafty thieves and villains that populate this book. I would definitly recommend this to both fans of the Sherlock Holmes series as well as anyone just looking for a good read.

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Musical App Junkie

Posted on 18 May 2011 by @brihannajoi

Magic Piano for iPhone
By: Smule
Price: FREE!

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Hesher picks a fight and wins big time…

Posted on 13 May 2011 by TH3 No08

We’ve all had a Hesher in our life

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There’s Something About Thor…

Posted on 10 May 2011 by TH3 No08

There’s something about Thor I just couldn’t put my finger on. Something that sat in the pit of my stomach for a couple of days, keeping me from fully recommending this movie to you. It’s not that I didn’t like it. The story was interesting, the characters well developed, the sets were beautiful, even stunning at times. It was well paced, didn’t really get too bogged down in details, honestly I don’t even remember looking at my watch once to see how much movie was left. It actually took me a few days to figure out what the problem was but first lets take a look at what worked for me.

We all know the story of Thor by now from the numerous trailers and tons of promo done for this movie and if you don’t here is a short rundown on the story. Thor is the

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Planet of the Apes: The Long War #1

Posted on 04 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Planet of the Apes: The Long War #1

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written by: Daryl Gregory

Art by: Carlos Mango

Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes! Beginning an all-new series that takes place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie in the continuity of the first five films! Ape society has reached a new golden age. But there are ripples of dissent in both the ape and human ranks. Tensions will rise and soon all will be caught in chaos! And amidst all this uncertainty, what is the fate of The Lawgiver?

I’ve read a lot of comics lately that were adaptations of either movies, tv shows, or even video games and they all seem to make the same mistake when it comes to presenting material that we’ve seen in other forms and that is the constant rehashing of material. It seems that the writers are far more interested in sticking with tried and true story lines and formulas rather than taking on something new. Fortunately for us, Planet of the Apes: The Long War does not fall into that category. It is a fresh take on the old tale that has previously been covered by both movies, live action television series and cartoons as well as previous comics but with a perspective that makes it new again.

Planet of the Apes: The Long War takes place 1200 years before a man named Taylor fell from the stars. The humans and apes share the earth but with an uneasy co-existence. The dynamic created here is quite striking and sets up what’s to come very well. Humans are second class citizens, but they are not hunted, yet. There is a deep mistrust between the two species that we know will one day lead to bad things for the humans but at this point it is still relatively unspoken.

This is a well written book that takes place in continuity with the movies that came before it. This series basically fills in the history and provides us with an insight into what lead us to the situation that Heston encountered in the 1968 film. I enjoyed the characters and the back story between the ape, Alaya, and the human, Sullivan, who at one point lived as family members. These are the types of stories that make me excited about what’s coming up next. Even thought we know what the long term result is, the story was well written enough to make me want to know led them to that point. For Planet of the Apes fans, this is a must have and for comic book fans looking for a story with long term potential to create something very cool, this is certainly worth picking up.

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Young Justice #3: Hack and You Shall Find

Posted on 02 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Young Justice #3: Hack and You Shall Find

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Mike Norton

In issue three of Young Justice, Robin stumbles upon a plot by the League of Shadows to

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