Clayton Neuman

‘Halo’ versus ‘Gears of War’
‘Halo’ versus ‘Gears of War’
Master Chief, or Marcus Fenix? It's been an ongoing and ever-bitter debate in the gaming community as to which grizzled gunner reigns supreme over their respective plagues (Flood, Locusts, whatever). With opinions relatively split (one poll gave Halo the slight edge with 51% preferring their combat evolved), much credence has been given to the simple fact that Gears of War now outranks Halo on Xbo
Toupydoops a Tinseltown Trip
Toupydoops a Tinseltown Trip
Not for nothing is Hollywood called the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. It's made on the backs of aspiring, former, and failed model-slash-actresses, or novelists-slash-screenwriters or, heaven forbid, comic-slash-screenwriters. Brian Michael Bendis, in fact, wrote an account of such a failure in his hilarious Fortune & Glory, which chronicles his attempts to get his 2001 graphic crime novel Torso
Batman Commits Suicide!
Batman Commits Suicide!
I've found that one of the most remarkable things about Web 2.0 is how it has opened up a whole new avenue for re-exploring the classics--by letting us make our own mark on them. As far as comics go, this could mean anything from rewriting the dialogue in Lichtenstein's "The Great Divorce" to making certain subtleties in Watchmen--*cough* Dr...
‘Fallen Son’ Rises Above
‘Fallen Son’ Rises Above
I've found myself curiously moved by Jeph Loeb's Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America one-shots, the third issue of which hit stands next week. It's not that I wasn't disheartened to hear of Cap's death, just that in the grand scheme of things there are bigger tragedies with which to burden myself (and let's be honest, no one is ever REALLY dead in the Marvel universe)...
Brian K. Vaughan Writes LOST
Brian K. Vaughan Writes LOST
My friends tell me I'm the worst person to watch LOST with. Apparently I'm too cynical, though I think with good reason. For one thing, the plot has gone too far and too wide for me to care any more about the mysteries of the island. And for another, the big "suprises" they throw at us every once in a while to keep us hooked have become totally predictable...
Fantastic Looking Not-So-Bad
Fantastic Looking Not-So-Bad
Against all reason, I'm actually looking forward to Fanstasic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. I've never really loved the comics--they've always seemed two steps behind in their evolution out of '80s superhero cheese, and even when my favorite writer, Brian Michael Bendis, took a crack at the first Ultimate Fantastic Four story arc, I was thoroughly unimpressed...

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