Archive for January, 2017

By: JD Hardin

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Red Dog #1 left us with quite the cliffhanger, and #2 definitely puts a nice finish on that. True to 451Media style, Red Dog #2 will pull the floor from beneath your feet.

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After the end of its first issue, I wasn’t sure what to expect in issue two. I thought the story might spiral into all sorts of new dangers, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Issue #2 gave me a wholesome, lighthearted story that elicited more than a few chuckles and even an “awe” from me. I don’t normally go for the “warm and fuzzy” books. Usually the “Slice of Americana” seems manufactured and disingenuous however, such is not the case here. The sheer amount of pure, kindhearted fun could only come from sincere writers who truly respect a “Norman Rockwell” society, rather than the usual scenario of just trying to profit off one.

The art is clean and crisp with that awesome “rust” coloring that helps keep the danger in the forefront of your mind. The inking is defined without being overbearing, and the emotion portrayed by each characters’ body language and facial expression should be the bench mark that the rest of the comic book industry is compared with. Red Dog #2 reminds us how incredibly entertaining and exhilaration a comic book can really be.

Written by Hollywood action king, Rob Cohen and adapted by the incredibly talented Andi Ewington, Red Dog is a twisting turning tale of adventure and mystery. Reminiscent of classic Americana such as Lassie, the story has a wholesome quality that so many other writers attempt to emulate, but comes as natural as breathing for the 451Media crew. The wholesome goodness is homogenized with overtones of peril. Rob Cohen and Andi Ewington portray the perfect balance of suspense and old fashioned fun. Danger and death seem to be writhing inches away from the reader at all times. Even in an upbeat and overall lighthearted issue such as this, it is never out of mind that doom is kept at bay by little more than a piece of glass.

A perfect 5 out of 5 capes!!!
Be sure to grab it January 11th, 2017!!! And look for it on next week’s What’s Out Wednesday!!!

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By: JD Hardin

 

It’s the first new comic book day of the year! It’s going to be a great year with lots of movies, crossovers, and new titles! Don’t forget, the Best of 2016 Poll closes this Saturday at midnight!! Don’t miss out on our Best Prize Pak of 2016, Click Here To Vote!!!

Let’s go RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By: Ricky Ramirez

So it’s been a small amount of time since the release of Apple’s iPhone 7, and Google’s Pixel. Both come in two sizes, have powerful processors, and pack enough RAM to keep their respective OS’s running snappy! We’ve managed to sway from the Windows Vs. Mac battle that began shortly after Apple hiring Bill Gates, to a mobile war between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Truth be told the gap between what a smartphone can do, and what a computer can do it getting much smaller by the minute. So what the big differences between the two flagships? And what makes a person buy one over the other? As a self proclaimed shifter, I have a deep love for both operating systems and the quality of these Image result for iphone 7two phones has me in limbo. On one hand the iPhone 7 packs the best benchmark scores, an amazing camera for both bright and low light, and an OS that barely sips battery life. The Pixel packs Qualcomm’s newest processor, has a beautiful AMOLED display, and features large batteries, with very fast charging. On the downside, both phones have built in batteries, and are not capable of wireless charging. Many have said the latter is for a niche market. I used a Samsung Galaxy S7 for a short time and loved the wireless charging feature. A big difference for me, is how iOS stores files within the apps, while Android allows storage anywhere within the file manager and in a folder just like a PC. I can download a PDF file, and open it in any app that’s able to read it.Image result for google pixel With iOS, I open the file in an app, and save that file to the app. I can read a PDF and save it to iBooks. It’s kind of annoying, but I make due. That’s just a small pain in the neck. The reason I’ve given both pros and cons, is because in my opinion, the perfect smartphone doesn’t exist. I’m completely torn, and would be happy owning, and recommending either phone. These two flagships are wonderful devices, and despite a few nit picky flaws, either one performs to excellent results. While both handsets are more expensive than most, these two are the best of the best. If this is an example of what’s to come in the world of smartphones, I’m excited for the future.