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Friday, 17 September 2010

HALO REACH REVIEW!!


Been a long time since my last post but been too busy in the toy world. One toy in particular is Halo Reach which has been a very successful toy but I'm going to be talking about my experience with the game which I just completed 2 hours ago. Where to start, well once I turned the game on and the music started it felt like it was going to be an Epic Game and I had goosebumps. The Graphics, detail and layout is completly awesome it doesn't have that colourful look that halo 3 has, it is alot darker and has a feel of despair. This Game has a Fantastic storyline and I got really into it and I didn't want to stop playing I just wanted to know what happens next, it gives you a feel that when you have finished a mission and thats a good job something worse happens and thats when you know what this game is all about. I felt personally that the controls were a bit different but you get used to that within a couple of minutes, the Spartans weapons are good but felt like these should be different as the game is a prequel to Halo 3 so surely these should be older, then again I haven't checked the time frame between Reach and Halo 3. I have not played Reach online yet but will do soon, I have already heard that it is very good so I will give it ago soon. I would love to say more but I don't want to give away the story line and I really hope this is not the end from Bungie, if so I reckon they should re release Halo 1 and 2 until the time they will do another and bring back Mastercheif. Enjoy the game and if you dont thier is something wrong with you and if you haven't bought this game then what you waiting for go and buy it! This is Massive 10 from me.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Red Sun Comics & Collectables Store Opening 9th Of October!!!



Hey guys and gals. The time is almost upon us for my new superstore "Red Sun Comics & Collectables" to open. We launch on October 9th at 9am with guests signing at 10am. We have Jeremy Bulloch (original star Wars trilogy Boba Fett), Warwick Davis (Wicket in Return of the Jedi, Willow and Harry Potter) and Marvel, DC and 2000AD artist Lee Townsend attending. Prices will be up on the flyers and posters next week but should range from £10 to £15 per autograph. We'll also not only have our awesome mascot superhero "The Red Sun" in attendance (images from the recent Essex Chronicle photo shoot below) but also the fantastic guys from the 501st UK Garrison costuming group who will be attending in numerous Star Wars and movie costumes (including a stunning life-size remote R2-D2!).

We have two competitions on the day which are "Best costumed customer" and "best new superhero drawing brought with you" which will earn the winners a couple of large Krypto the Superdog and/or Bathound plushes. We also have retro plushes such as Dangermouse, Count Duckula and Captain Caveman etc if customers aren't too hot on the first two prizes!

Please spread the word for me and let people know about our launch day, it's going to be huge and we're going over the top to provide customers with not only a kick-ass opening day but also a kick-ass store to visit going forward.

To whet your appetites we also have 7 amazing life-size statues in store as well as two arcade machines, an X-box 360 pod (currently playing the brand new Super Street Fighter IV game) a PS3 (non-playable for shop floor customers but will be used to promote etc) and loads more. The store is over 2700 square foot and situated in High Chelmer shopping precinct in Chelmsford Essex. We are without a doubt the biggest and best store of our kind in the whole of Essex. Images will go up soon of the store launch, stock and guests.

I've created a new Facebook page and a new Twitter account purely for the store so if you're interested please join them using the links below.




Standard blog posts will continue here very shortly too. ;)

Thanks!


Oh and yes that's me dressed in the Red Sun armour with Carley from High Chelmer management and a passer-by with me!





Saturday, 4 September 2010

Otakon Video - Cosplay At Its Purest

As you may be aware I've not only visited the San Diego Comic Con twice in the past few years but also go to almost all of the UK based geek conventions too. Not only that but I'm opening one of Essex's biggest and best entertainment merchandise/comic book stores next month too, so I'm getting even deeper into not only the geek world with cosplay, manga and anime but all my staff are girls and they're all going to dress in various themed costumes at certain times too...

Where oh where is this leading you may ask? Well watch the video below of the many girls (and some freaky guys) at the Otakon event in the US and you'll see why I mentioned the above. Very cool... some of it anyway!.

PS: Is it me or is Katy Perry and Snoop Dog's newest song 'California Gurls' actually really good?


New Back To The Future Game From Telltale Games!

As if it wasn't enough for BTTF fans that we're getting a cinema re-release and the whole trilogy on Blu-Ray next month, now we're going to get a brand new 5 episode video game too!

Bob Gale (who wrote the screenplays for the trilogy) and Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) will work with Telltale Games (who recently released a series of Sam and Max games for Xbox Live etc) and the story will feature the DeLorean, Hill Valley and of course a plethora of supporting characters from the movies.

No date is set just yet but the character designs for both Marty and the Doc are below.

"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads..." Awesome!


Atomic Robo - Trailer

Atomic Robo is one of my favourite new comics of recent times. It reminds me of Hellboy and the Rocketeer and has a wit and charm that a lot of other comics in the mainstream market just don't have.

This trailer is actually for a short cartoon based on the comic and although you don't see much I'm sure if they can get the action, humour and snappy one-liners right they'll have a little cult cartoon on their hands in no time. It's all looking a bit more like a moving comic and in some parts like Beavis and Butthead (you'll see what I mean) at this time but it's early days...


Star Wars: Force Unleashed 2 - Video With Yoda On Dagoba

One game I'm seriously looking forward to is Star Wars: Force Unleashed 2. Being a sequel you'd think it'd be hard to use the same character that apparently died at the end of the last game... but then don't forget about Kamino and cloning. Yes that's right, the new protagonist is a supposedly mind-wiped clone of the original Starkiller who, after events of A New Hope, sets out to find his way in the world (or galaxy) with increased force powers and a whole bunch of bad guys to deal with, not least of whom is Boba Fett!

This scene is where Starkiller has been advised by General Kota to visit the Cave of Evil on Dagoba to seek direction and comes across a familiar face...

Looking good.

How Not To Test An Airbag... Video

I alost cried with laughter after watching this... and I probably shouldn't have as the poor guy who it happens to looks so out of it he was probably seriously hurt!


Live Action Video Trailers For Halo Reach And Metroid: Other M

Two video game trailers here for the upcoming Halo: Reach and Metroid: Other M releases, both with live action footage. Both very cool!





I've Got A Bad Feeling About This - 1980 Interview With Mark Hamill & Harrison Ford

Why is it that this video seems so damned embarrassing? I was two years old when these awkward yet serious and enthusiastic actors did their interview discussing the sequel to A New Hope. Crazy to think that not only would the movies become legendary but Mark and Harrison as well!





Star Wars Uncut Is Finally Finished!



Yes Star Wars Uncut, the massive project combining hundreds of mini Star Wars movie scenes into one whole movie, is finally finished.

You can watch the whole film HERE which is most definitley a sight to behold... in a good way!

Epic Mickey - New Opening Cinematic Trailer

Epic Mickey is a future game based on Mickey Mouse and the many lands of Disney that fall into darkness when the curious mouse accidentally releases evil magic into them.

There's a lot of online hate out there for this game already but personally I like the look of it and I've never really played a Disney/Mickey game before... I'm sure my eldest would love it!

Possessed Cat?

Had to put this vid up as it made me laugh. Is he possessed or just doing a Gollum impression? It's funny either way!

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Offcial Trailer

Oh yeah baby, can't wait for this new Superman/Batman movie featuring Supergirl and Darkseid... Loved the others, gonna love this one too!

Star Wars Coming To Blu-Ray Autumn 2011


At Celebration V recently George Lucas stated that Star Wars would finally come to Blu-Ray in Autumn 2011 which will include all 6 movies in one hi-def box set. The set will also include extensive special features including documentaries, vintage behind the scenes moments, interviews, retrospectives and never before seen footage from the Lucasfilm archives.

To be honest I'm collecting all my favourite movies on Blu-Ray at the moment having bought a PS3 at Christmas and there's no way in hell I'd miss out on having the Star Wars movies in my collection!

Blackstar Warrior Trailer!

Lando Calrissian from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as a 70's Blacksploitation character? Ultra cool...

Isn't the guy playing Lando the same guy who played Forrest from season 4 of Buffy and D.L. from Heroes?


Monsters - New Teaser Trailer And Poster

'Monsters' is a new low budget sci-fi alien movie from Gareth Evans which could be a sleeper hit not unlike the success District 9 gained after its release.

There's a hell of a lot of buzz around this movie and from the looks of it it's a 28 Days Later type of thriller rather than an all out action sci-fi movie.

Here's the synopsis:

Six years ago previously, a NASA probe returning to earth with samples of an alien life form, crashed over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear, and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"... The story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

And here's the poster and trailer:



Back To The Future 25th Anniversary Cinema Re-release & Blu-Ray Boxet


If you weren't aware the original Back to the Future movie is coming back to cinemas on October the 1st and the whole trilogy will be coming out on Blu-Ray too on October the 25th!

The missus and I are HUGE Back to the Future fans (as is Boy Wonder) so not only will we be going to see this re-release in the cinema as a family but we'll be buying the Blu-Ray box set too!

Awesome Star Wars Gif...

Gotta love this Star Wars themed gif. Finish him!!! ;)


Linda Hamilton To Play Chuck's Mum & More Chuck News!


As with Supernatural I watched all 3 seasons of Chuck in the last few months and got an unhealthy addiction to the show for my trouble.

The fact that there's a fourth season and that the pretty awesome cliffhanger of season 3 didn't get the Sarah Connor Chronicles treatment (being cancelled) is good news enough, but then we find out that none other than original Sarah Connor herself Linda Hamilton is playing Chuck's Mum and we're all a darn site happier.

Mama Bartowski was seen in the shadows at the end of season 3 but now we have images of her including one where she's looking quite at home with a gun in her hand.

Add to this news that geek-goddess Olivia Munn is appearing as CIA operative "Greta", Chuck is a civilian again and Chuck's also had a drastic haircut and we're all now info'd out!




Skyline - New Cool Looking Alien Invasion Movie - Trailer & Poster

Ya just gotta love alien invasion movies and the upcoming 'Skyline' is one of the newer ones that looks pretty frickin sweet. OK so it's made by the two brothers that did Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem but still you can't deny that just from this trailer (especially watching the humans getting sucked up a super Dyson ship) you want to see this film!







Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season 3 Preview Trailer

I really do like Star Wars: The Clone Wars (so much so that I'm having a Gentle Giant life-size Captain Rex in my shop next month) and even though I've not kept up with every episode of season 2 I was pleased to find out that season 3 was just around the corner.

Here's the preview:


Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D - 'Albert Wesker' Clip

Will this new Resi movie be any good? Probably not... Will I enjoy it nonetheless? Probably...

Here's a very short scene where we see Albert Wesker in action.

Jackass 3-D - Teaser Trailer

Personally I'm more of a fan of 'Dirty Sanchez' which I regularly watch on MTV but Sanchez wouldn't have even been a brain fart without the original Jackass crew...

Here the Jackass boys are not only releasing a new movie but it's in 3-D! I have to admit that this does look funny and that last scene with the high five makes me smile.

Quantum Leap The Movie? Oh Boy!


Sorry for the title to this post but Quantum Leap fans will get the in joke...

I say this a hell of a lot on here but Quantum Leap was yet another show I grew up on in the early 90's when I was roughly 10 - 11 years old and I loved it to its core. There was nothing that made me happier when sitting down to watch TV during meal times (apart from maybe Rolf's Cartoon Club before Neighbours murdered its time slot) than watching the time leaping adventures of Sam and Al with each engrossing episode giving you that weekly cliffhanger ending in the "Oh Boy!" moment.

So as you can guess I was totally ecstatic to find out that Quantum Leap is being turned into a big screen movie... But unfortunately Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell (Sam and Al) will probably only appear in cameos or at least minor roles due to their age. Probably not unlike the new Tron film it'll be a generation hand-me-down movie where a new Leaper takes over from where Sam left off. Although how many leaps one movie can cope with is obviously a question if we don't want to simply see another Back to the Future movie.

We'll have to see what happens.

Supernatural: The Animation - Official Trailer

Having recently become a true devotee to Supernatural (the missus and I have watched 4 seasons so far in less than 2 months) I have to admit to liking anything I hear about new seasons (yay to season 6!) and the recent news of an anime tv series... Yes that's correct, if you hadn't heard already Warner Bros. and Madhouse will release Supernatural: The Animation in Jan 2011 and here's the trailer:


The Avengers Movie - Teaser Trailer

Admit it, if you're a Marvel geek even this short and rather vacant teaser for the 2012 Avengers movie, with Samuel L Jackson doing the voice over, will give you goosebumps...



We know it made the SDCC audience go totally crazy! And below is the pic of the main Avengers cast that appeared on stage.


Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote 3D - Trailer

Yep that's right, not only will we be subjected to Yogi Bear in 3-D in the not too distant future but now Road Runner and his hapless predator Wile E. Coyote will star in their own big screen outing too... Except in this case it's only in the form of shorts which will be attached to 3 upcoming movies. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and then Yogi Bear 3-D.

Here's a trailer below:


Dr. Who Confirmed For 13 New Episodes In 2011

Even though the British tabloids stated Matt Smith was leaving the Who franchise already and that a new Doctor was being searched for as we speak it would seem that the BBC recently debunked the rumour and stated that 13 new episodes will air next year with Matt at the helm.

Bloody pleased to hear it too!

Green Lantern Movie Goodness...

During SDCC this July Green Lantern got a hell of a lot of focus, and quite rightly so, with numerous posters, pictures, props and videos going up almost every hour from the con floor...

Below are a few things that may take your fancy including Ryan Reynolds reciting the Oath to some lucky kid (love the bit where he shows the kid he's also wearing a ring), Abin Sur's body, the new characters posters and of course the official logo.










New Torchwood Character Info Revealed...

Already thrilled that another season of Torchwood is underway? Well here's some info on the new characters being introduced too:

First up is series regular Rex Matheson, a wickedly funny (operative word: wicked) CIA agent born to make waves. Almost as key to the new season are recurring characters Esther Katusi, a CIA grunt in her early 20s who learns what she's really made of only when she's forced to, and Oswald Jones, a convicted murderer and pedophile who will be as shocked as anyone to learn how easily infamy and fame can be exchanged for one another.

And here's the synopsis:

When C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy, he finds himself unearthing a threat which challenges the entire human race.
The answers seem to lie within an old, secret British institute, known only as Torchwood. But Torchwood was destroyed, years ago, and the keys to the institute are held by its only two survivors—former Police Officer Gwen Cooper, who has long since disappeared along with her husband and child, and the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, a man whose history seems to stretch back centuries.

With Rex under attack from all sides, in both the US and the UK, he soon discovers there are forces at work within every level of society, determined to stop Torchwood's return. As a chain of events across the world links together the most disparate and unlikely individuals—including a surgeon, a killer, senators and CEOs—a new Torchwood team takes shape. But this time, the threat is much closer to home, as they realize that their greatest enemy is mankind itself ...


I can't say that the last character on the description list is anything to get excited about, but then when did Torchwood pull any punches? Exactly. I'm sure it'll all work out in the end and give us at least one more season of one of sci-fi's greatest shows.

Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions - Opening Cnematic Video

Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions is a game I really looking forward to and having played every Spidey game ever released I can safely say this will be a purchase I won't regret.

This video below shows the opening cinematic where Spidey accidentally shatters the ancient Tablet of Order and Chaos during a confrontation with Mysterio in the halls of Empire State University...

Enjoy!


The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! - New Trailer


The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! comes to Disney XD this year and although the visuals currently don't touch DC in terms of quality animation and character re-design it still looks like a great comic cartoon with all your favourite Avengers characters present and accounted for.

Here's the trailer:

DC Young Justice Cartoon - Character Video

SDCC 2010 showcased a lot of new programmes and movies but one of the new shows that whetted my appetite considerably was "Young Justice".

DC's teen team has crisp animation, all the characters you want to see (OK so we would have loved Wonder Girl/ Donna Troy) and some awesome looking action. I'm a huge fan of the Justice League cartoons and the animated movies and I can't wait to see Young Justice when it finally airs.


Stargate Universe/Stargate Atlantis Crossover Coming Soon!

Yep that's right, as if to say "ha-ha SGU haters, we're shoving Atlantis characters in so you have to watch us!"executive producer Joseph Mallozzi confirmed recently that Stargate Universe will feature a Stargate Atlantis crossover episode very soon which will star "extra special guest stars".

He hasn't confirmed who just yet but I'm thinking Rodney McKay and John Sheppard are the most likely at this point. Although even seeing Teyla, Ronon or Carson would be cool. It'll be great to see any of the characters from Atlantis in any form and if they give us any news on what they've been up to since the last episode all the better.

One thing Mallozzi did say that might excite Atlantis fans was that the Stargate Atlantis movie "Extinction" is delayed but not forgotten...

Gatchaman - Teaser 2 (Shame It's Not Being Made!)

Gatchaman ('Battle of the Planets' to some) was yet another show I was brought up on as a kid and even though the studio who pitched this awesome CG movie has now disintegrated the trailers still make this "could-have-been" movie look great. And this 2nd teaser is something I hadn't seen before too.

Smallville Season 10 Teaser Trailer From SDCC

Two months late in posting but another trailer to put geeky tears of joy in my eye back in July was the short but quite spoiler-filled SDCC Smallville Season 10 teaser. Courtesy of Smallville-redblueblur.blogspot.com below is a cam copy of said trailer which starts off recapping season 9 and then jumps into season 10 goodness.

If you didn't notice in the trailer, how could you not, you'll find the return of 3 major characters: Kara Kent (Supergirl) Lionel Luthor and Jonathan Kent... And yes the last two are indeed dead. Or are they?

Enjoy!

DC Universe Online "Who Do You Trust" Trailer = AWESOME!

I have to admit to completely and utterly geeking out to this video for the upcoming DC Universe Online game recently, even going as far as to have tears in my eyes when you first see Alternate-Superman and then when the whole thing was finished to scream for the missus to sit and watch the whole thing... Oh and the kids... Twice.

Let's just say I love this video and it just reiterates my point about video game companies doing better quality video productions than the companies that deal with the actual DVD or movie releases. These guys know how to put on a show!


Star Wars Cupcakes...

I'll always remember when my colleague Tim (our first Emerald Knight on this blog) brought in a batch of Wookie Cookies and Wonder Woman cookies for the staff at work one day. Simple yet very effective for us geeks. And a while ago I found this pic online of some awesome cupcakes in the numerous visage's of Star Wars character faces. Awesome stuff, I'll have to the missus to whip up a batch for the opening of Red Sun next month!


Anna Chlumsky All Grown Up...

Remember the movie 'My Girl'? The one with Macaulay Culkin where he gets stung by a load of bees and... well, you'll know the rest if you've seen it. Anyway, back to my point: Remember Macaulay's little female friend 'Vada' played by Anna Chlumsky? Well Anna is now 29 and all grown up. It shocks me when I see kids from movies all grown up and remember that actors actually age too!

Disney's Tangled - New Poster

More for my two girls than me, but still 'Tangled' is a new Disney movie which doesn't look altogether too bad.

Here's the teaser poster.


Yogi Bear 3-D Trailer And Poster

I don't have much to say about the new Yogi Bear 3-D movie... Yogi and Boo Boo are a part of my childhood and I still have a Yogi action figure on one of my shelves right now, but this mix of live action and CGI just seems like another US classic cartoon cash-in that will go horribly wrong. Don't believe me? Watch the trailer and know that Yogi is voiced by Dan Aykroyd and Boo Boo by Justin Timberlake. Yep, y'heard me right.

Enjoy!







Thor Movie Trailer... Yes I know It's Late...

Having had an abscence on here for almost two months I thought I'd start again by posting what was possibly the biggest piece of comic book movie greatness in recent months... The Thor movie trailer.

Now this trailer has been posted up and taken down so many times since it first aired online that I simply downloaded it and I'm posting it up myself using blogger.com's own video uploading option so it stays up (even if it's now freely available online somewhere else), so apologies if the quality is crap or the size too small, or even if it gets taken down after I've posted it. If you're a Marvel/Marvel movie fan this trailer is a thing of beauty. There are questions after watching it of course, but the pros of the 5+ minutes outweigh any negatives!

While we're at it other Thor movie news states that Anthony Hopkins' role of Asgardian All Father 'Odin' may be larger than just this movie with his status being upped to the largest and most predominent God in the Marvel universe... Even though he seemingly dies in the Thor movie...

Rumours also say that various powerful artifacts such as the Infinity Gauntlet, The Cosmic Cube and The Casket of Ancient Winters will also appear (confirmed through footage and prop displays during SDCC'10), some of which may feature as the main Mcguffin/s in the Avengers movie in 2012 and even featuring in Captain America: The First Avenger where The Red Skull tracks down the Cosmic Cube held within Odin's own collection in Asgard.

Looking good Marvel, looking very good.











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Friday, 3 September 2010

SCOTT PILGRIM Vs THE CRITICS!!!!


It's taken me a while to digest SCOTT PILGRIM Vs THE WORLD, but I thought now was the time to post a review/thoughts on the movie.

If you've seen the movie already then you'll know what I mean when I saw it's a brilliant but confusing and psychedelic movie. It has flashes of brilliance and epic moments, but also has some WTF moments as well.



I loved the idea of the movie from seeing the trailer. I had heard of the graphic novel but never really read it, but from the first trailer I was hooked. Micheal Cera seemed like the ideal choice for the slacker/hero that is Scott Pilgrim, and Mary Elizabeth-winstead is truely hot and cool as Ramona Flowers should be.

DID THE MOVIE LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

Well.....yes and no. The first half hour was awesome and was funny and the last 45 minutes were really good.....it was just the middle 20-30 minutes that was a bit lack luster and washed out. The pace just dropped out of the movie and it let down the flow of the movie, but don't let this put you off.



The pop culture references were spot on, most of the evil ex boyfriends were funny and well cast (brandon routh is probably my fav) and the fight scenes were well shot and looked awesome. Micheal Cera had moments of brilliance as SCOTT although he sometimes comes across as too much of a geek.........Scott is also supposed to be cool which Cera isn't always capable of.



Scott's sister is very underused but it a superbitch and very funny when she is on screen. Actress Anna Kendrick is beautiful and almost outshines Mary Elizabeth-winstead....but not quite.





Although this hasn't set the box office on fire, I hope that the low budget (not that it shows) and the DVD sales will push it towards a sequel. It's a great cast, good story.....just look at the positives and forgive the little "issues".



Go see this movie!!!! It's awesome.....for the most part..........hey, no ones perfect!!!

DK

CROSSED - PUTTING THE GRAPHIC BACK INTO GRAPHIC NOVEL!!



THIS IS NOT FOR THE FEINT OF HEART!!!!

I saw this comic in a book shop and caught the blurb on the back cover....sounded really good. It was a new slant on the zombie/end-of-the-world/human struggle for survival story. An infection started and quickly spreads around the country (possibly the globe) and causes people to act out their most perverse and sick thoughts.....it also causes a cross shaped mark on their faces....hence them being called THE CROSSED.



The story follows a band of survivors that increases and falls in numbers as they travel around the country (America) looking for safety from the crossed. At first the crossed appear to be animals, consumed by their evil lusts for violence and sadism.........but as the story goes on they become more focused and start to hunt the survivors and become more intelligent.



As with THE WALKING DEAD the book focuses on what our survivors will do to ultimately survive as well as the evil which drives the crossed. Our survivors become hard pressed not to become as bad as the crossed, and their limits are pushed to stay human whilst surviving in a world that has become a breeding ground for the plague causing the crossed.



Let me first of all point out to anyone reading this....THE IS A VERY GRAPHIC BOOK WHICH EVEN I FOUND HARD TO READ AT POINTS.....there are children dying, torture and other things which illustrate just how base the crossed are. I would say that at times the violence is over used, but it really pushes the story forward towards a sad but powerful conclusion to the first volume of the story.

This is a great read, but definitely an adults only book. Keep this on a high shelf and out of reach of the kids...........but whatever you do, don't miss it.

Volume 2 is already in the works, and I will be getting it.....a compelling read if you can stomach the violence.

DK