Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Favorite Book:  Cryptonomicon
Favorite MovieYoung Frankenstein
Favorite Absolutely Everything:  Monty Python

I know how hard it is to find time to play video games. Jobs, partners, kids, sleep; these things can eat up your valuable time. If only there was a game that compressed the entire experience down to a half an hour or less.

Mind MGMT has freaking done it again. In a seemingly effortless move, Matt Kindt keeps bringing a tremendous emotional component to a series about a morally questionable underground psychic army and the morally questionable group that is opposing them. I won’t reveal a darned thing here, but the latest issue is a real standout.

I have read many comics that are inspired by pulp action stories, but none that embody the genre like Black Beetle does. Francesco Francavilla’s writing and illustration are so on point that the book feels as much like a relic of the '40s as a new and exciting crime story.

There are two reasons why I am not doing a traditional review for GTAV. The first is that the game came out three weeks ago and made over a billion dollars in the first three days that it was available, so many of the people who are looking to pick it up already have. The second reason is that after two weeks of playing (I picked it up a week late.), I am still only about 45% of the way through the game.

For those of you who haven’t gotten a chance to play any of the Scribblenauts games, they are a ton of fun. Maxwell is a young boy with a magic notebook that lets him create anything he writes or modify existing things with adjectives. The object of the game is to solve puzzles creatively. For example, in one puzzle, there was an injured person who needed to get to an ambulance. I could have selected him and added the “floating” adjective, and then create a rope to pull the floating injured man along. I could have made an ambulance and driven him to the other ambulance. Instead, I made him “portable” and just carried him.

Buffy Season 9 has been a treat. The new zompire threat returns some of the menace and danger of vampires, while the Siphon and other forces gather in the shadows. The thing that makes this season so good, though, is the emotional stakes (sorry) and relationship drama that Buffy has always done so well.

There is something special about a story where everything is familiar and nothing is predictable. This is why you should be reading The Star Wars. If you missed the first issue, it’s not too late. If you read it, then I expect you are going to be picking this one up no matter what I say. I will briefly sum up this weird experiment—George Lucas’ craziest and unedited ideas that eventually gave us Star Wars are contained in a spectacular comic book.

Part-Time Gamer: ‘Fez’

Fez answers the question that we have all been asking for decades. What happens to a 2-D character when they aren’t bound to just two dimensions? The answer is fantastic.

The latest issue of Mind MGMT delves deep into the tormented mind of Henry Lyme. Many of the highlights from the first six issues are revisited from Lyme’s point of view. This offers some interesting character insight, as well as some cool revelations.

A missing city councilman, his frightened movie star wife, and more suspects than you can count without taking off your shoes. Private Eye Nick Moss is on the case. There’s only one problem. He’s the last human PI in the city. His client is a shapeshifter, the missing councilman is a mummy, and most of the suspects would like to eat Moss.

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