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Justice League of America
Justice League of America
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read, 9 July 2012
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This is an interesting story about the late-90's Justice League (and their mullets) battling the seemingly-perfect 'saviours of humanity', the Hyperclan. Honestly, I expected more. For one, the book is very short, and the story is a little too fast-paced. This could easily have been a more expanded mystery of, say, six or eight issues, but it ran for only four issues. This could just be me being an idiot, but it doesn't seem like the Hyperclan's ulterior plan is ever fully explained, beyond 'discredit the League, enslave humanity'. Generally, the story is good. The plot is sound, but could have been more expanded and explored. The characters are believable and compelling. The action is interesting and compelling. The League get to do a lot of badass stuff, which is always great. There is, however, room for improvement.

The other bad point is really just my personal opinion. I like the clean, bright, sharp art of recent years, and the art of this book is really, really, really not to my taste. I also didn't particularly like the character designs, but that's mostly because I don't like mullets, and I prefer superheroines/villainesses to have outfits that are a little more modest and believable.

For what it is, the book is really overpriced, but it's also the only way to read Grant Morrison's Justice League run. If DC were to do a reprinted collection of his era of stories, that would be awesome! Overall, it's a must-have for a die-hard fan, but for anybody else it's just an ok addition to their collection.


Batman - No Mans Land (Vol. 2) (New Edition)
Batman - No Mans Land (Vol. 2) (New Edition)
by Greg Rucka
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster in more ways than one, 30 Jun. 2012
This volume of No Man's Land picks up where the last one left off. Batman is slowly taking back Gotham, with varying success, and slowly but surely familiar characters break into No Man's Land to help him- most notably Cassandra Cain, Nightwing and Robin.

The stories now start converging into one, larger plot midway through the book, the last four or so stories happening at around the same time (so presumably there'll be only one or two more books left in this series). However, like the last book, the quality of the writing and art varies a lot- for instance, the Catwoman tale is written well, but drawn somewhat oddly; that is, most of the art is good, but women's bodies don't work that way (not even in comic books) and things like facial expressions and poses were too repetitive for me. Poison Ivy's appearance is beautifully rendered, but some dialogue makes it hard to work out what's happening with just one read through. The Young Justice story is a fun, light-hearted romp, full of nostalgia and cringeworthy costume designs- a much-needed break from the dark overall plot, but sadly most of the book is dedicated to pushing the plot onward rather than further explorations of No Man's Land through short stories... though I suppose the previous volume has covered that quite nicely. The book has a number of small cliffhangers, enough to keep my interest piqued for the next instalment.

It's an excellent read, but I feel that the overall quality could have been better. That said, this reprinting of No Man's Land apparently includes stories not included before, and is also a very important and ground-breaking story. It's an important addition to any Bat-fan's bookshelf.


Last Window: The Secret of Cape West (Nintendo DS)
Last Window: The Secret of Cape West (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Soprano Entertainment
Price: £44.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 Jun. 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Last Window is a sequel to Hotel Dusk, but you don't need to have played the previous game to understand the plot. The story is complex enough to hold interest, but not too hard to understand. It has a range of characters that you will grow to care about (well, most of them, anyway), and puzzles that usually fall perfectly between challenging and fun- though, like the last game, there are a couple of insanely difficult ones, and some game overs that are impossible to avoid first time playing (but don't worry, the game will take you back to just before your mistake. It makes devious usage of the DS's unique features, so keep that in mind while solving puzzles. Also be very careful in what you say to people- the wrong words can lead to an instant game over!

This game has a lot of replay value (there are all sorts of cool things hidden around the game to enrich the experience) and it has a satisfying, if slightly bittersweet, ending. The biggest downside is that with CiNG's bancruptcy, we won't see another game in this series, but rest assured that both this game and it's predecessor are works of art that are truly brilliant to play. Highly recommended.


Triple Layer Niqab Face Veil Hijab Burka for Muslim Women with Dual Fastening - Islamic Clothing
Triple Layer Niqab Face Veil Hijab Burka for Muslim Women with Dual Fastening - Islamic Clothing
Offered by Top Trendz
Price: £6.49

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, good service, 24 May 2012
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This niqab is sturdy and well-made. The first veil layer is really easy to see through but quite hard to see into, while the open layer has the gap just the right size, so a pair of glasses will fit nicely, but your eyebrows & nose will not show. The third layer is hard to see through, but if flipped up looks good, and with hair down falls to around the nape of the neck at the side, and around the shoulderblades at the back. Dual fastenings means more security, so in case one fastening breaks (unlikely, due to the high quality), there is another to use- the ribbon ties worked a lot better than I had expected, though I still prefer using popper fastenings. Despite the many layers, the niqab isn't as heavy as I expected and is cooler than I thought it would be.

Honestly, the only complaint I have is that the niqab I received was slightly faulty (the right-hand popper button was missing), but as the niqab also has ribbon ties, that isn't a very big issue. The customer service regarding this fault was absolutely impeccable, and they were very polite & efficient with providing a refund.

Overall, this product was much better than I expected for the price, and I will definitely be buying another niqab.

The second was equally as good as the first, the only difference being that the second fastenings were velcro instead of poppers, and there were no faults. Highly recommended.


Thor [DVD]
Thor [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Hemsworth
Offered by Sent2u
Price: £8.95

33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 3 May 2012
This review is from: Thor [DVD] (DVD)
As someone who hasn't read the Thor comics, I have no idea how faithful this film is or how in-character everybody is. But as a film fanatic, this is an amazing addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The viewer starts with little love for the main character, but I (and the people I watched this with) found that his personality was developed wonderfully, and that he's actually a really likeable hero underneath his arrogance and self-centred-ness. By the end of the film, he's one of the most relatable characters. Even the villain of this story is sympathetic, and it really is painful for the viewer to see him lose his way. I was apprehensive about the humans Thor meets- I don't really like romance or 'fish-out-of-water' movies- but they were all rather likeable and behaved realistically enough- well, except Darcy. I'd watch a film about that girl on her own, she's a brilliant cloud cuckoolander.

Some aspects of the story could have been explained better- like the Odinsleep- but most of these mysteries are cleared up with either watching the other MCU films or looking at some Norse myths (which is what this film and it's comic counterpart are loosely based on). I liked the way aspects of Norse legend like Yggdrasil, the World Tree, were incorporated into this movie. Also, unlike most MCU films, this is very character-driven, and I think that is what makes it such a good film. The action scenes are few and far between, but what we see is epic and I think it's done really well.

It's a film I'd recommend to anybody with an interest in superheroes (since it's a fresh breath for the genre) and also for anybody who likes fantasy or family/romantic dramas. There's a little of something for everybody.
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Marvel's Avengers Assemble [DVD]
Marvel's Avengers Assemble [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: £6.60

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I've seen, 30 April 2012
I'm a bit of a comics fan, so I'm usually pretty wary of superhero movies. Truthfully, I'm not usually into Marvel franchises. All this changed when I ended up being forced to see a couple of the lead-up movies to Avengers Assemble- Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. Then this film became one that I absolutely HAD to see, and it does not disappoint. In fact, I would argue that it's better than its predecessors.

The film is dark, but that's perfectly balanced with humour and plenty of jaw-dropping action. Even without having seen any previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we get to know them much better than you'd expect, and even the heroes I was apprehensive about (Black Widow and Hulk in particular) became my firm favourites. Seeing how they behave and interact with each other, especially outside of their comfort zone is interesting and pulled off wonderfully- nobody seems out of character, even though we're seeing vastly different parts of their personalities that we may be used to.

The film builds up tension and works its way toward a brilliant finale. A couple of scenes at the end of the film and the credits make me really excited for the sequel, even as a person who usually hates film sequels.

All in all, this is a film everybody should give a try. There's something for everybody to enjoy- hot actors and actresses, deftly handled character interactions, witty one-liners, epic battle scenes and an interesting plot.


Under Scarf Hijab Black Bone Bonnet Cap Bandana Hair Cover Ideal for Chemotherapy Leukemia Patients
Under Scarf Hijab Black Bone Bonnet Cap Bandana Hair Cover Ideal for Chemotherapy Leukemia Patients
Offered by Top Trendz
Price: £3.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, 13 April 2012
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Good-quality item, more ideal for wearing under a hijab than a bandanna in my opinion. Could have done with some instructions on the correct way to put it on, but it looks good either whether backwards or not under a hijab. Fabric is nicely stretchy, though not too much and it doesn't slip like I was afraid of.


L.A. Noire (PS3)
L.A. Noire (PS3)
Offered by Game Dealz
Price: £7.03

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but not without issues, 8 April 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: L.A. Noire (PS3) (Video Game)
L.A. Noire is an amazing game, especially in terms of visuals and detail, as many have previously stated. The cases are interesting and (most of) the characters very human and relateable- yes, even quite a few of the villains.

There are two major problems- one, is that the game is a little too linear, and the side missions could be more varied, letting us see more of Cole as a character and not just as that guy we control. The second is that the last quarter of the game feels like a completely different game altogether.

Don't get me wrong- the way the many different threads of plot are brought to a dramatic climax is breathtaking, but it could have been handled better and there are some parts that just feel forced (the shooting segments of the VERY action-heavy final mission, for example). Cole's behaviour in the last half isn't wholly out of character, but both he and Elsa could have been characterised better through cutscenes or side missions. Jack Kelso is an important character in the end of the game, and I think that gameplay segments involving him could have been scattered throughout the entire game rather than just the last few missions, which would have added more to the plot and made the last parts feel more connected with the rest of the games.

In terms of gameplay, more tips on finding clues would be helpful, and being able to keep intuition points between desks or getting them more easily would have been great. Still, at least you can skip impossible game sections after failing a couple of times.

Overall, I'd recommend this game to anybody that likes a good story, but be aware this game is not as polished or smooth in the last half as it really ought to be, a shame considering how wonderful it is to play- driving through LA like a maniac is ridiculously fun, especially with the snarky comments your police partners make at you.


Assassin's Creed Revelations (PS3)
Assassin's Creed Revelations (PS3)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: £9.03

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost awesome, not really Revelation-y, 24 Feb. 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
First thing first: the graphics are absolutely beautiful (Well, mostly. Not Desmond, though.) and the Ezio portions of the story and Desmond's maze sections are absolutely amazing! OK, it would have been better if the missions were colour-coded like in Brotherhood and finding side missions was actually possible, but the main Ezio story is pretty damn awesome. The missions are just right difficulty-wise, though some are fiendish until you find out exactly what you are meant to do (coughJanissaryCampcough). Altair's sections are flawless play-wise, with the controls changing as Altair ages being a really cool touch- though it could have been improved more by NOT following the books. Maria's fate is just plain wrong, guys. It could have done with some added Malik, just to give us a little more snark since Shaun is mostly out of the picture.

However, Desmond's (mostly cutscene) sections of the game are, well, pretty bad. For one, Desmond looks like a random homeless guy plucked off the street, and Sixteen is characterised really badly- where's the crazy, cryptic dude from II and Brotherhood? Not to mention, why have his maze and video from the previous games gone without mention or explanation? They were really interesting plot points that have just been dropped meaninglessly! The modern-set sections of the game are really disappointing, mostly because some amazing characters are killed off without good reason, and we barely get to see/hear Shaun and Rebecca at all! We learn next to nothing about William, as well.

There are some changes in controls, which while not awful, are annoying. After all, why fix what ain't broke? The amount of people I stabbed while trying to talk to them, or the amount of times I failed to activate my Eagle Sense and did something completely different...

While the historical parts of the game are great, the modern sections and the overall turn the plot of the series has taken means Revelations is a missed opportunity! The super-special-collectors-edition that I got is worth it's price tag only because of the gorgeous art book and the heart-wrenching Embers film that came with it. Otherwise, the game isn't worth even half the £50 I paid for it, unlike the others in the series. Hopefully, Assassin's Creed 3 will be better, since Ubisoft have recieved a lot of complaints about the worst of the changes.

Overall, I'd say to buy the game (but not for the £27 it is at the moment) and give it a go. Some people might find the Ezio and Altair sections completely make up for the Desmond and Sixteen sections, and others won't. You won't know until you've tried.


The Lost Room [DVD][2006]
The Lost Room [DVD][2006]
Dvd ~ Julianna Margulies
Price: £9.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think you've seen it all? Think again!, 8 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: The Lost Room [DVD][2006] (DVD)
The Lost Room is utterly unlike any other TV show I have watched. Perfectly balanced mystery and emotion, with wonderfully-done character development and a truly gripping plot, and just a smattering of horror, it is everything I want in my entertainment. Literally, the only bad thing about this is that it is a miniseries of three two-hour episodes, or six one-hour episodes, depending on your point of view, and that is just not enough. Unfortunately, there isn't going to be a second series, aside for a comic series.

If you liked Sherlock, it's a safe bet to say you'll like this as well. And at such a cheap price, you won't have anything to lose by giving it a go.


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