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Marvel Movie Reflections, Issue #12 – X-Men: First Class

By 2011 the comic book movie age was in full swing. The Marvel Cinematic Universe had found its footing with two Iron Man movies and "The Incredible Hulk" already in the books, and both "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" on their way. The MCU had teased their ambitious ensemble "The Avengers" to audiences that ranged from excited to skeptical. On the DC side, Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" had paved the way for "The Dark Knight", a movie that promised to change the game as far as comic book films were concerned. But X-Men movies had been coming out for a decade, and this was one of the first comic book film franchises to truly stumble. "X-Men: The Last Stand" was still considered a laughingstock, and the only "Origins" movie was so middling that the planned series had been largely abandoned. Instead, it was up to "X-Men: First Class" to relaunch the series, bringing familiar characters back along with some new ones in a sort of prequel that vaguely connects back to the original trilogy's timeline (calm down, we'll get there). Rebooting a franchise to prove that there is still life in it isn't easy (I'm looking at you, "Amazing Spider-Man" and "Fantastic Four"), so how does "First Class" do?

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True Solo or Dual-Handed Solo in Arkham Horror – The Card Game, Issue 1: True Solo

True Story: I only started playing this game because my significant other convinced me to give it a try. She had watched the tutorial videos and read reviews and told me how great she 'THOUGHT' the game was, and that she wanted to play it. I bought the game and we tried it a few times. She is a Quick Learner *wink*, so she picked up the rules easily, while I struggled at first. She basically taught me how to play the very basics of the game. However, she soon found that the game wasn't really her cup of tea. She is fan of escape room and investigation sort of games, and she taught that Arkham Horror - The Card Game would be that game for her. To an extent, this is a game of investigation, but I think her expectations were that of escape room styles.

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Marvel Movie Reflections, Issue #11 – Amazing Spider-Man 2

The first time I watched this movie I went in already biased against it. I wanted Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where I believed he belonged. As far as I could tell, Sony (and by extension this movie) was preventing that from happening. From my perspective, the only thing keeping Spider-Man from joining the Avengers was sheer corporate greed. Nevermind that the only thing creating more Avengers movies was... sheer corporate greed.

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Marvel Movie Reflections Issue #10: Amazing Spider-Man

It's been a while, but Spider-Man is back. Last time we saw him he was... dancing? But now we've got a new cast and a new villain, you know what that means: ORIGIN STORY, BABY! Peter Parker is an outcast high school student who is going to become Spider-Man - but how on Earth will it happen?

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The Star Wars: Destiny Content Creator Corner, Issue 1: The Hyperloops

If you have been around Star Wars: Destiny, even for a short time, you have heard of these guys. They are easily one of the most dominant teams in the Star Wars: Destiny world. They have created decks that have caused rules to be changes and cards to be erratted. I had the privilege to have an interview with them, they are......The Hyperloops.