Feb 12, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

For their third studio album In This Light and On This Evening, Britain's Editors have swapped guitars for synths and pessimism for nihilism. However, in their attempts to procure an oppressively dark ambience, they have bypassed heroes Depeche Mode and New Order, landing straight in standard-issue mall-Goth territory—a place with little thematic variance. More

Simon Dark Vol. 3: The Game of Life

DC

Steve Niles and Scott Hampton

Feb 11, 2010 Comic Books

Simon Dark Vol. 3 collects the final issues of the series of the same name. The story centers on a mysterious youth living in a strange, Bat-Family-absent corner of Gotham City, and is far from a typical super hero tale, even as it incorporates its fair share of slugfests and action. More

Eels

End Times

Vagrant

Feb 11, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

"I'll lock the world away/Haunted by my better days," Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, wheezes dejectedly on "Nowadays," exhibiting the dignified sense of resignation that colors End Times, the second Eels album in less than 10 months, and light years away emotionally from his most recent, Hombre Lobo. Lobo found E assuming the fictional werewolf character "Dog Faced Boy," waxing rapturously of unrequited love and desire. Here, he seems enmeshed in memory, consumed with the inevitable deterioration of relationships across time and distance, while still fitfully yearning for redemption. More

Forgetless Issues 1 – 2

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Written by Nick Spencer; Issue 1 art & colors by Scott Forbes and Marley Zarcone; Issue 2 art by Jorge Coelho & colors by Eric Skillman and Marley Zarcone

Feb 11, 2010 Comic Books

The several plots in Forgetless swirl around an event: some sort of epic club in New York that's about to open its doors for the last time. The book is rife with modern pop culture-isms—such as texting, tweeting, and viral video provocateursand age-old truismssuch as disaffected youth in search of counterfeit identification for the purposes of obtaining alcohol and such. Those elements, especially the pop culture stuff, can pretty easily muddle a story, let alone when you mix in the kickoff plotthat of a down and out model-turned-assassin coming to the event to commit her first kill. More

Feb 10, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

She was a sultry blues singer. He was an internationally admired beat-maker. They said it couldn't work. They were right. More

Feb 09, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

How quickly they grow up. On their sophomore full-length, Fullerton, CA band Cold War Kids embraced their dance-rock side, shrieking for all who would hear, "something is not right with me." Now, two years later, the wrongs have been righted and the "kids" are busy making their bid for VH1 immortality. More

Green Lantern: Agent Orange

DC

Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Philip Tan, Jonathan Glapion, Ivan Reis, and Oclair Albert

Feb 02, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

These days, Geoff Johns' work for Green Lantern (vol. 4) is almost beyond reproach in comcidom and even eclipses DC's Batman and Superman series. Agent Orange is no exception. It stopgap miniseries further illustrates the blockbuster scribe's adeptness for the comic medium after successful runs for 52, Infinite Crisis, Justice Society of America, and Teen Titans. And even as a prelude to the still continuing Blackest Night tentpole event, it is well written and expertly visualized space opera of the emotional spectrum. More

Feb 01, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

A timeless pop song never goes out of fashion. From The Beatles, to R.E.M., to The Shins, a simple three-chord track that raises goose bumps is perhaps the most alchemical device in music. Florida's Surfer Blood are acutely aware of these possibilities, and on their debut Astro Coast, they shimmy and sway through 10 tracks copiously laden with chill-inducing hooks. More

Fish Tank

Studio: IFC Films

Jan 30, 2010 Cinema Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

First-time actress Katie Jarvis delivers a wonderfully expressive and nuanced lead performance as Mia, an aimless Essex teen in English writer/director Andrea Arnold's superb second feature, Fish Tank. Mia, a foul-mouthed 15-year-old loner with a nose for trouble, lives in a council flat with her single mom (Kierston Wareing) and tween sister (Rebecca Griffiths). More