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The Flash: Rebirth

DC

(Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Ethan Van Sciver; Colors by Brian Miller and Alex Sinclair; Letters by Rob Leigh)

May 13, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

In the introductory forward of The Flash: Rebirth comic writer Matt Cherniss admits that when it comes to superheroes, “keeping them dead is often harder than actually killing them in the first place.” While ending the life of beloved character always carries a level of gravitas to it, death in comic books is more or less like hitting the creative reset button

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The Executor

DC/Vertigo Crime

(Written by Jon Evans; Art by Andrea Mutti; Cover by Lee Bermejo)

May 12, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Vertigo Crime delivers another pulpy treat, this time in the form of Native American exploitation thriller The Executor. Writer Jon Evans (Dark Places, Invisible Armies) and artist Andrea Mutti (Break Point, Le Syndrome de Cain) team up for the first time to tell the story of former hockey star Joe Ullen.

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May 12, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

In the case of Daria Morgendorffer, absence surely makes the heart grow fonder. Since MTV’s Daria finished its fifth and final season in 2002, the series spent years caught up in red tape regarding use of its original score.

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May 11, 2010 Music Kate Nash

At the end of “Don’t You Want To Share the Guilt” Kate Nash screams, “Not being able to articulate what I want to say drives me crazy!” This is just one outburst in a sophomore album full of stream-of-conscience rants that help brand her as the girl we all wish we cold befunny and brutally honest, even when plowing though life’s emotional cesspools. A perpetual Peter Pan, My Best Friend Is You finds Nash returning to the same self-deprecating source material that made her debut such an awkward yet admirable attempt at self-exploration.

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May 10, 2010 Music The National

The National is in danger of becoming another Spoon. Spoon is excellent, of course, and this is the kind of designation most bands would kill for, but the risk here is that by continually making solid records and not risking falling on their faces, the albums don’t transcend; without risk, where’s the thrill?

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Alan Wake Xbox 360

Remedy/Microsoft

May 10, 2010 Video Games Web Exclusive

Alan Wake finally arrivesfive years after the game was announced at the 2005 E3. That’s a long time to wait for a title, but is it worth it, considering that gaming has changed so much in that time? The answer is yes. Alan Wake is about the titular author who gets caught up in a living nightmare that is possibly of his own making.

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I, Zombie (Issue #1)

DC/Vertigo

Written by Chris Roberson; Art by Michael Allred

May 10, 2010 Comic Books DC Universe

Vertigo has this habit of launching new books at a $1 price tag. I, Zombie is the latest to get this treatment, and it’s certainly a better investment than other notable things you can get for a buck, like a McDonald’s Double Burger, for instance. I, Zombie is far meatier, brainier, and goes down a lot better.

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Booka Shade

More!

Get Physical

May 10, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

German electronic mainstays Booka Shade (Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier) return with their latest dance floor-ready album. More! is a sophisticated house record delivering danceable tunes that work on a packed dance floor as well as on your iPod.

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Iron Man 2

Studio: Marvel; Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Directed by Jon Favreau; Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson

May 07, 2010 Cinema Marvel

Sparks flyliterallywhen Robert Downey, Jr. and Mickey Rourke share the screen in Iron Man 2. Rourke’s character, the vengeful Russian physicist Ivan Vanko, is on the attack, with deadly electric whips of metal stemming from his arms, when he first confronts Tony Stark (Downey) on a Monaco speedway. But those expecting the figurative sparks to fly between Downey and Rourke, two of American film’s more daring actors and intriguing offscreen personalities, will be disappointed.

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