Trees #1, Image Comics
Warren Ellis (W), Jason Howard (A)
Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive.
GOOD: Nice changes in color palette between human stories. I especial liked the city of Shu’s psychadelic colors. The stories of these humans that are trying to continue to live their lives with these massive “trees” are interesting enought to warrant picking up issue 2.
BAD: The direction is very confusing. At first, you think the police brutality displayed in the beginning are the alien race… but we come to find out the aliens haven’t really done much since they landed. While the three human storylines are interesting, we get so little that there’s no real hook. You just have to accept the fact that Ellis knows what he’s doing and continue following the series.
FINAL RATING: 4 PEWS
Watch Dogs for Xbox One, Ubisoft Entertainment
Eleven months after a failed robbery that led to the unintentional murder of his niece instead of him, Aiden Pearce seeks revenge on those responsible with the help of hacking through the cities ctOS, central operating system.
GOOD: A great start to the sandbox style game for the next-gen consoles, The hacking in the game is smooth and allows for interesting gameplay, the shooting and driving is excellent (makes you want to drive around and shoot stuff even though it will take “karma” away). Last big plus is the soundtrack with artists like Wu-Tang clan, Smashing Pumpkins, Rise Against, and Gemini Club.
BAD: The story wasn’t really fleshed out, we go from the Merlot job then flash 11 months forward without knowledge of what the main character Aiden has done. There seemed to be a lot of story lacking from the characters and places perhaps too much emphasis on Aiden, yet not enough.
MISC: The Multiplayer from what I have played is great. There are different modes for different gameplay but none that lets you go around the world with friends and do missions.
FINAL RATING: 4 PEWS
KEEPIN’ IT REEL
A Million Ways to Die in the West, Universal Pictures
Seth MacFarlane (Albert), Charlize Theron(Anna), Amanda Seyfried(Louise), Neil Patrick Harris(Foy), Liam Neeson(Clinch), Giovanni Ribisi(Edward), Sarah Silverman(Ruth)
As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gunslinger, announces his arrival.
GOOD: Interesting story that had potential if it were not a comedy. Funny one-liner jokes, resembling the comedy from Family Guy. Funny, yet random, cameo appearances by Ryan Reynolds and two others. (Christopher Lloyd), (Jamie Foxx).
BAD: Cheesy jokes were intended to be cheesy yet fall short sometimes. Some camera shots felt too long for what they were showing/revealing. Relies heavily on toilet humor.
FINAL RATING: 3 PEWS
Maleficent, Walt Disney Pictures
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley
A vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.
GOOD: Gorgeous CGI. Really fun to watch, and I quickly regretted not seeing this in 3D. Origin stories are always interesting, and this one was no exception.
BAD: It’s like Disney had some time with Marvel, found out about retcon’ing, and then said “Hey! Lets do that with our old animated movies”. Original movie gets chopped up and butchered beyond recognition. Acting is horrendeous, and I’m having a hard time agreeing with people that Jolie’s acting was amazing. Worst of is the pacing… they have a skeleton storyline in the origins story that has to meet up with the skeleton storyline of the 1959 animated movie. In between the plot points is mindless waste of film, with scenes that don’t move the plot at all and really serve as filler.
FINAL RATING: 3 PEWS