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Comic Review: Sweet Tooth

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Vertigo has had many amazingly gritty and off-beat titles through the years; Hellblazer, Transmetropolitan, Preacher, and V for Vendetta to name a few. The stories they put out push the boundaries of the comic book medium and create worlds we would never get the chance to experience without the talented writers they have on board. One newer release that i believe has become highly embraced by the comic book community is Sweet Tooth, written by Jeff Lemire (Animal man, Jonah Hex, Superboy).

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Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic story about a boy named Gus who lives with his father in a cabin in the woods. The interesting thing about Gus is that he was born with antlers and thus opens the main mystery. Since he can remember, it has only been him and his father and that is all he knows. His father is a religious man who tells him that the world outside of the woods is dead and that there are evil people there who will harm him. Unfortunately, his father’s lunacy is not far from the truth, and we find ourselves in a torn world where people scavenged for food and survival of the fittest is king. This new world has become stricken with a plague that has wiped out most of the human population and many remaining survivors attempt to find out the cause. Eventually, Gus’s father passes from the plague, leaving him with his fathers journal alone to face the world; Gus’s curiosity of the land beyond the woods fascinates him, despite his fathers warnings of the evils that exist. His curiosity is cut short by the presence of a few men who attempt to capture Gus, they are slain by a man named Jeppard, whose sordid past has made him cold to the horrors of the new world. Jeppard deems Gus “Sweet tooth” for his candy obsession, and offers to take him along and protect him in the world outside the woods. Thus begins Gus’s journey through the wasteland and a long quest to find out what caused the plauge, where he came from, and who is Jeppard? The story takes tons of twists and turns, with a healthy amount of violent realism, and a lot of quirkiness to follow which makes it a really unique book.

Sweet Tooth is a fantastic piece of post apocalyptic fiction and fans of the genre can definitely appreciate the spin that Lemire has put on the genre. Where the story is going, I can only imagine what will happen next!

Check out issue #1 of sweet tooth here!

Dead Space 3 Rumors?!

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Will Issac Clarkes nightmare ever end?

Many rumors have been circulating on the net recently of a potential sequal to the survival horror nightmare dead space 2. Apparently publishers working with EA have always kicked around the idea of a dead space 3 and making a trilogy but nothing official has ever been announced. A video does exist on the net showing a tester playing some kind of Dead Space game, and the video also features a dead space 3 banner. South African retailer BT GAMES also features a pre-order for dead space 3. Is this real or a mistake?

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Fans would love to sink their claws into a final dead space horror story but when will we get the details? only time will tell and i for one cannot wait…until then check out the video and see for yourself!

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

I have been obsessed with this game since its release back in August 2011. It was praised by basically every possible gaming website and I love it for its challenge, fun factor, thought-provoking story, social commentary, and emotional attachment to the ideas and characters. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a science fiction first person shooter role-playing game. Like the games predecessors, it’s setting takes place in a neo-renaissance styled Detroit, where political and ethical concerns involving human augmentations and cybernetic enhancement have brought about social unrest, prejudice, conspiracies, and power plays for control. Deus Ex falls into the cyber-punk genre, which usually involve futuristic societies and cities and political conspiracies where corporate influence has more power than government. The main theme of Deus Ex: Human Revolution deals with the trans-humanism movement, and like the mythological story of Icarus, who with wings made of feathers and wax, flew too close to the sun only to fall to his death, the game carries an overarching message of humanity’s reach exceeding its grasp.

You play as Adam Jensen, an ex swat team member, now working as head of security for Detroit’s largest bio-tech company, Sarif Industries. Adam’s past is revealed through hacking computers, reading emails, and interactions with other characters in the game. As it is told,  Adam was once a member of the Detroit police department swat team, but was put in a violent situation and disobeyed a direct order involving a threatening augmented child. His disobedience of this order caused one of his friends to follow through, and to live his life with the guilt that decision cost him. This guilt follows Adam as well. Shortly after leaving the Detroit PD, Adam begins his time working for Sarif Industries, whose facility is attacked by terrorists. Adam is brought to the point of death, and to save his life, undergoes surgeries with revolutionary cybernetic augmentations. Upon his return after the attack, he finds himself immersed in the politics of the augmentation movement and a much larger conspiracy. Adam then begins his journey for the truth and to hunt down his attackers. As the game progresses, you find out a lot more about the importance of Adam Jensen and how he is a pawn in a much larger chess game then he could have ever imagined.

 The game puts Jensen in many different environments. One situation calls for him to investigate Sarif’s largest bio tech competitor Ty Yong Medical, whose believed to be the cause of the attack in order to capitalize on the augmentation market, and destroy Sarif Industries….but the rabbit hole goes much deeper than Ty Yong Medical and Jensen finds himself continuing his search.

     My favorite aspects of the game-play experience involve the freedom of choice and it’s effect on the outcome of the story. You can choose to play D-EX, as an action game and run into rooms guns blazing, or you can choose a stealthy approach. Taking enemies down silently (or violently) is challenging, and using your augmentations intelligently is important in order to get around security drones and cameras. At times, these stealthy situation may make you sweat with nervousness. Whichever style you choose, both grant the player an enjoyable and engaging experience that doesn’t feel tailored to one or the other.

     I feel that Edios captured the classic feel of past Deus Ex games but added a much-needed modern spin on the franchise. The story is phenomenal and is reminiscent of conspiracy/espionage style Tom Clancy writings. The cut scenes get to the point and are not long-winded like in the more recent Metal Gear Solid games. The action and gun play is  realistic and customizable with weapon mods. The player becomes Adam Jensen by creating a world they can interact with. You can blind fire from behind walls, toss different grenades, throw boxes, read newspapers, read e-books, hack computers (addictive as hell), and augment you body to make Adam more than human. The augments you can obtain include, cloaking system (invisiability), Icarus landing system ( fall from any height w/o taking damage + attack), various take downs, x-ray vision, the typhoon (military grade weaponry which is totally bad ass), hacking, and tons of other augments to make it easier and more effective for you to accomplish tasks. I love the character designs in the game and how supporters of the  augmentation movement dress in futuristic ” late medieval” garb, while neutral or those opposed fashion themselves in more contemporary swag.

     I think the most important thing you can walk away with after playing this game is not only the realistic nature of the argument that the story presents; that of trans-humanism and potential future problems as a result, but also that of the power play that lies beneath the surface of our society (control of information as power).  Through the game Adam is one step behind the conspirators who, through utilizing many different control mediums, attempt to shift popular belief about the augmentation movement. Weather it is large corporations fighting for control of their product market, the media spinning stories in favor of a higher agenda (which makes for an entertaining read while in the Picus facility), or the Illuminati pulling the strings, Deus ex shows us a reflection of our own society.

     Will people live in fear of those with mechanical augmentations? Will humanity destroy itself by continuing to playing God? Is humanity ready for the singularity that awaits us in the future? With the exponential progression of technology, these are questions that we may be asking ourselves very soon. Deus Ex: Human Revolution forces the player to become a free-thinker and puts each of us on our own quest for the truth.