Madame Xanadu Vol. 2: Exodus Noir

DC/Vertigo

Written by Matt Wagner; art by Michael Wm. Kaluta

Mar 05, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Madame Xanadu: Exodus Noir collects issues 11-15 of the DC/Vertigo series. I mentioned when reviewing the House of Mystery: Halloween Annual No. 1 last October that the art of Amy Reeder Hadley in the Madame Xanadu chapter was a standout. Accordingly, I was excited to review a chapter of Madame Xanadu, and somewhat disappointed when I discovered that Hadley was not the artist in this trade. But that disappointment didn't last long. More

Mar 04, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Is it possible that certain traits are latent within every musician, rising to manifest themselves openly in some cases while lying dormant in others? If Of the Blue Colour of the Sky is any indication, the four men of OK Go have reemerged in 2010 for an unabashed unveiling of their funky side. More

Mysterius the Unfathomable

DC/Wildstorm

Written by Jeff Parker; Art by Tom Fowler

Mar 04, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Where to start with Mysterius the Unfathomable? I suppose it should be the creators, who were able to combine so many wonderful elements into this story that it must have been their clarity, vision, and cohesion that created this standout tome. More

Alice in Wonderland

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by: Tim Burton; Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover and Mia Wasikowska

Mar 03, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

Few contemporary directors are as consistent as Tim Burtonconsistently frustrating, that is. Though still blessed with an agreeably dark sensibility and a knack for striking visual design, Burton makes movies that are a treat for the eye, but it's been far too long since he's engaged the heart and head as confidently. Maybe that's why it's little surprise that his latest effort, Alice in Wonderland, is exactly what you'd expect from a Tim Burton filmunfortunately. More

Mar 03, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Depending on who you talk to, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is either a brilliant song cycle from the musical and lyrical genius of Roger Waters, or one of the most bloated examples of classic rock conceptual excess, '70s style. No matter on which side of the debate you fall, no one can argue the album's success in appealing to the masses and continuing to prove an important touchstone of musical youth. More

Mar 02, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

These New Puritans make songs that are spastic, harsh, and urgent, founded on coats of electronics and repetitive, vague, and half-spoken vocals from frontman Jack Barnett. Hidden, the young British group's sophomore full-length, was made much in the same vein as 2007's Beat Pyramid, but at times it's even less coherent. More

Parenthood

NBC, Thursdays 10/9 Central

Mar 02, 2010 TV Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Twenty-one years after the movie and one aborted attempt at a television show in 1991, NBC is giving Parenthood a second try. The 2010 version has infinitely more potential with updated storylines and (major) star power. The genuineness and grit of the original, however, is intact. More

Colt Noble and the Megalords

Image

Written by Tim Seeley; Art by Mike Dimayuga

Mar 01, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Colt Noble and the Megalords is a 64-page, $6 one-shot comic published by Image. At once, it is both paying homage to, and poking fun at, the He-Man line of action figures, and cartoons, that were popular in the 1980s (with a dash of Thundercats and Transformers to boot). More

Mar 01, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

If one wants to understand the difference between merely writing a song and composing a song, listen to 99.9% of contemporary music, and then turn on Clogs. Composed by Padma Newsome during a residency in 2005, The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton features some stirring compositions that walk the line between classical and something else entirely. More