Author Archive

Prototype 2 Video Game Review

by Shawn Hopkinson June 7, 2012
Prototype 2 Publisher: Activision Developer: Radical Entertainment Multiplatform (PS3 Version Reviewed)   Desensitized. That’s the word that popped into my head near the end of Prototype 2 when, after thousands of inventive slaughters and oceans of blood and gore, the protagonist helpfully offered to “skull-(expletive)” one of the villains to death. Prototype 2 is a game that gives you […]

Generator Rex: Agent of Providence Generates Minimimal Excitement

by Shawn Hopkinson November 10, 2011
Generator Rex: Agent of Providence Publisher: Activision Developer: Virtuos Multiplatform (Xbox 360 Version Reviewed) Does it pay to judge a game by its cover? Yes, Generator Rex: Agents of Providence gives every appearance of being a generic licensed kiddy cartoon game, from the uninspired cover art, to the underwhelming gameplay claims on the back such […]

The Last of the Greats #1 – Should You Really Take Candy From Aliens?

by Shawn Hopkinson November 8, 2011
At one of its most basic levels, what science fiction does is ask “Wouldn’t it be cool if…? questions. “Wouldn’t it be cool if there were humanoid robots?” “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could travel to other planets?” “Wouldn’t it be cool if an advanced civilization came to earth to share their knowledge with […]

Nicktoons MLB Video Game Review (Xbox 360)

by Shawn Hopkinson September 27, 2011
Nicktoons MLB (Xbox 360) If the presence of Spongebob Squarepants on the cover doesn’t give it away, Nicktoons MLB is not the game for people seeking a deep and realistic baseball experience. But it does do a good job of what it sets out to do, provide a fun and easy to learn pick-up-and-play baseball […]

Creepy, Cool “Severed” Explores the Dark Side of Childhood

by Shawn Hopkinson August 11, 2011
There’s a tendency to idealize childhood, to see it only as a time of innocence and discovery. Bright and sunny days filled with play. But for all but the luckiest of children, it’s more than that. It’s also a time to be really, really scared. When you’re a child you’re always at the mercy of […]

Jack Kirby Still Deserves Better

by Shawn Hopkinson August 3, 2011
When I first read that the heirs of comic book legend Jack Kirby were trying to gain some control of the copyrights to the characters he created or co-created, like the X-Men, Thor and the Avengers–maybe you’ve heard of them–I wrote an essay here I called “What Does Jack Kirby Deserve?” I came down on […]

Avengelyne – Issue #1 Review: Is This Bad Girl Any Good?

by Shawn Hopkinson July 26, 2011
Avengelyne #1 is a revival of a character that might be familiar to anyone who’s familiar with one of the sadder parts of the early 90s comics speculator craze. The Bad Girl glut. Spurred by the success of characters like Chaos Comics’ Lady Death, trend-following comics companies flooded the stands with comics starring “bad girls.” […]

Captain America, We Love You!

by Shawn Hopkinson July 21, 2011
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,R...

Reading Room: Captain America

by Shawn Hopkinson July 20, 2011
There are some characters that comic book creators feel the need to “try out,” to put in a backup story or a guest appearance somewhere to see if they garner any reader interest. That wasn’t the case with Captain America. Joe Simon knew he had a hit on his hands when he and Jack Kirby […]

“Mysterious Ways” #1 Comic Book Review

by Shawn Hopkinson July 15, 2011
Mysterious Ways is a new Top Cow title from writer Jason Rubin, a legend in video game circles as the co-founder of Naughty Dog, responsible for Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter and Uncharted, and artist Tyler Kirkham, who has done work for Top Cow, Marvel and DC on characters ranging from Lara Croft to Green […]