Jonathan P. Kuehlein

Hellboy adventures tied together in a nice red bow

Hellboy Vol. 8: Darkness CallsMike Mignola, Duncan FegredoDark Horse Books$19.95 US (Paperback)**** (out of five)It’s been over 40 years since Hellboy took Baba Yaga’s eye — and she’s finally ready for a little payback.The eighth volume of Hellboy sees the big, red occult investigator falling prey...

Monday, June 23, 2008, 12:30 PM

Hellboy is bigger and better this summer

Hellboy Library Edition Vol. 1Mike Mignola, John ByrneDark Horse Books$49.95 US (Hardcover)**** 1/2 (out of five)Hellboy is bigger and better this summer — both in theatres and on your bookshelf.With just over a month to go until the release of the highly anticipated, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army,...

Monday, June 2, 2008, 5:58 AM

Jessica’s 50-year journey

Jessica Farm Vol. 1Author: John SimmonsPublisher: Fantagraphics BooksPrice: $14.95 US (Paperback)**** (out of five)Comic book creators truly are vagabonds nowadays.More and more in recent years, they work on a series for six or 12months and then scurry off to the next book. This leaves readers...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 12:30 PM

The Killing Joke is Batman at his best

Batman: The Killing Joke — The Deluxe EditionAlan Moore, Brian BollandDC Comics$21.99/$17.99 US (Hardcover)***** (out of five)The Killing Joke is one of the most perfect Batman comics ever published.Really. Ask anybody. Except for its artist.This stand-alone story, originally published in 1988,...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 12:30 PM

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

Gran Turismo 5 ProloguePublisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentPlatform(s): PlayStation 3Rating: E — EveryoneGame type: RacingRating: **** (out of five)What’s the premise?One of Sony’s greatest franchise finally makes the leap to the next-gen platforms… sort of. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue serves as an...

Friday, April 25, 2008, 5:21 AM

Ghost Stories mines the past

Essex County Vol. 2: Ghost StoriesJeff LemireTop Shelf Productions$14.95 US (Paperback)**** (out of five)Lou Lebeuf is an old man and his hearing is all but gone, but the voices from his past are as loud and clear as ever for him.Ashe whiles away his remaining days on his family farm in Essex...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 12:06 AM

Surviving the Condemned

Condemned 2:BloodshotPublisher: SegaPlatforms:PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Rated: M — MatureGame type:First-person shooter/actionRating: **** (out offive)What’s the premise?Former FBI forensics expert Ethan Thomas returns to thescene of the crime — but perhaps as only half the man he used to be....

Friday, April 11, 2008, 5:21 AM

Teenage tale Skim is a true gem

SkimMariko Tamaki, Jillian TamakiGroundwood Books$18.95 (Hardcover)**** ½ (out of five)The biggest problem with many books, films and TV programs that deal with what it’s like to be a teenager is that by the time a writer finally gets around to telling it, they rarely seem to remember what it’s...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 12:06 AM

Hit the court at Sonic speed

Sega Superstars TennisPublisher: SegaPlatforms: PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DSReviewed on: PlayStation 3Rated: E — EveryoneGame type: SportsRating: *** 1/2 (out of five)What’s the premise?It’s time to hit the hardcourt with the most ferocious competitors to ever hold...

Friday, April 4, 2008, 12:00 AM

Out Of Bounds a hole in one

Hot Shots Golf: Out Of BoundsPublisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentPlatforms: PlayStation 3Rated: E — EveryoneGame type: SportsRating: **** 1/2 (out of five)What’s the premise?Kiss your girlfriend (or boyfriend) goodbye and settle into that comfy old easy chair — Hot Shots Golf has arrived for the...

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 4:55 AM

Wonder Woman’s revival

Wonder Woman: Who Is Wonder Woman?Allan Heinberg, Terry Dodson, Rachel DodsonDC Comics$23.99/$19.99 US (Hardcover)**** (out of five)Wonder Woman was a hero, an icon and a legend and the world loved her for it.Then she was a murderer and the world was in shock.And then… she was gone.One year later,...

Monday, March 24, 2008, 6:33 AM

MLB 08 a grand slam

MLB 08 The ShowPublisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentPlatforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSPReviewed on: PlayStation 3Rated: E — EveryoneGame type: SportsRating: **** 1/2 (out of five)What’s the premise?“This is a very simple game. You throw the ball; you catch the ball; you hit the ball....

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 10:18 AM

God of war battles on

God Of War: Chains Of OlympusPublisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentPlatforms: PSPRating: M - MatureGame type: ActionRating: ***** (out of five)What's the premise?In the PlayStation 2 classic God Of War, we are told the mighty Spartan warrior Kratos served the gods of Olympus for 10 years. Now...

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:21 AM

Fishing tale captures life

Paul goes fishingCreator: Michel RabagliatiPublisher: Drawn & QuarterlyPrice: $19.95 CAN/US (Paperback)**** ½ (out of five)There is a remarkable complexity belied by the simple title of Michel Rabagliati's Paul Goes Fishing. This entrancing semi-autobiographical book, the fourth in the "Paul"...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 7:07 AM

Reel in a big one

Sega Bass FishingPublisher: SegaPlatforms: WiiRated: E — EveryoneGame type: SportsRating: **** (out of five)What’s the premise?You may be suffering through the cold and snow of February, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in a little time on the lake looking to land the big one. Sega Bass Fishing...

Thursday, February 28, 2008, 2:41 AM

Second chance to nab the Joker

Batman: The Man Who LaughsCreators: Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Zircher, Aaron Sowd, Steve BirdDC Comics$23.99/$19.99 US (Hardcover)**** (out of five)It all came down to money over matter.While Batman: The Man Who Laughs was an extremely well written, great looking stand-alone issue when it...

Monday, February 25, 2008, 3:03 AM

A Twisted blast from the past

Twisted Metal: Head On — Extra Twisted EditionPublisher: Sony Computer EntertainmentPlatforms: PlayStation 2Rated: T — TeenGame type: Driving/ActionRating: *** 1/2 (out of five)What’s the premise?The car-driving carnage is back as you take control of one of a pile of tricked-out, heavily armoured...

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 4:28 AM

Devil May Cry 4 a visual treat

Devil May Cry 4Publisher: CapcomPlatforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Rated: M — MatureGame type: ActionRating: **** 1/2 (out of five)What’s the premise?The classic action franchise explodes into the next-generation systems with sensational graphics, incomparable action and a twist: Dante, the hero of...

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 6:20 AM

Amulet holds mass appeal

Amulet Book 1: The StonekeeperKazu KibuishiGraphix/Scholastic$9.99 CAN/US (Paperback)**** 1/2 (out of five)Emily has had a very hard life for someone so young — and she has no idea just how much harder it’s going to get.After surviving a tragic car accident that cost her father’s life, Em, her...

Monday, February 11, 2008, 12:24 AM

Turok full of wonderfully nasty moments

TurokPublisher: TouchstonePlatforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Rated: M — MatureGame type: First-person shooterRating: *** 1/2 (out of five)What’s the premise?You are Turok, an intergalactic special forces agent packing a bow, a knife, some guns, grenades and a bunch of other nasty toys — and you’re...

Thursday, February 7, 2008, 5:51 AM