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The Walking Dead

by Kat Rosenfield

After last season's languorous pace and dearth of zombies, we'd been hoping to see "Walking Dead" season three come flying out of the gate with the titular walking dead front and center. And in a delightful turn of events, the premiere didn't disappoint!

At the start of the episode, the lights come up on two cadaverous gentlemen, who appear to be enjoying a quiet afternoon of shuffling and moaning at home. But not for long! The door bursts open to reveal Rick, T-Dog, and a longer, leaner Carl, whose little-boy baby fat has vanished (along with his innocence, no doubt). The three dispatch the home's current residents with quick, quiet efficiency, and by the time they meet Daryl at the back door, it's clear that they've done this before — a fact confirmed by the appearance of the rest of the group and a now-immensely-pregnant Lori.

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Arrow

by Ryan Rigley

Look out Starling City! There's a new vigilante running around town, with a list of names and a score to settle. Last night's premiere episode of The CW's "Arrow" did not waste any time with a back story, choosing instead to pickup right when Oliver Queen is rescued and brought back into normal society. Almost immediately, we learn that Oliver is a billionaire playboy who comes from a wealthy and illustrious family.

However, being stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere for five years really changes a person, as made apparent by Oliver's desperate and mysterious need to eradicate the scum and villainy from his darling Starling City. Donning a green hooded cowl, Oliver takes to the streets in order to take down one of the biggest crime lords in town: Adam Hunt.

Click past the jump for our recap of the "Arrow" premiere! Also, SPOILERS. Obviously.

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Walking Dead

With 12 days to go until "The Walking Dead" returns to cable television, the folks at AMC were kind enough to come up with an easy solution to ease you back into the zombie apocalypse. Yesterday the newest "Walking Dead" web series, titled "Cold Storage," made its way online for our viewing pleasure.

It's definitely not the real deal, but "Cold Storage" has got plenty of great qualities to remind us that there's more than just our favorite group of survivors out there. They might not be doing anything as exciting as discovering the prison or killing zombies with a katana, but they still have stories worth telling. Without further ado, here are the reasons we think it's worth your time to check out "Cold Storage."

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Dark Knight Returns

by Ryan Rigley

Frank Miller's masterpiece, "The Dark Knight Returns," has been a huge inspiration for a number of Batman stories and films throughout the years. It's no wonder that DC Comics and Warner Home Video have finally decided to turn this critically-acclaimed graphic novel into not one, but two epic animated feature films. The second half doesn't hit until next year, but "Part One" hits shelves today (September 25), and it gets our wholehearted endorsement.

"The Dark Knight Returns" takes place in a Gotham we've never seen before; crime runs rampant throughout the city as the Batman remains on the side-lines, old and retired. But when a gang of "Mutants" threaten to take over the city, Bruce Wayne is finally compelled to take action and end their reign of terror once and for all. Read on for our list of five reason to watch "The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1."

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Dredd

Today, Karl Urban takes back Judge Dredd for all of those who knew the swift-justice hero in his comic book form and delivers "Dredd 3D," an ultra-violent, video game cut scene that entertains, shocks, and stays faithful to the masked man.

If you're contemplating heading to the theater this weekend for "Dredd 3D," here are the five reasons to pony up the cash and get your butt in the seat.

Karl Urban: Best Chin Actor
It's a sad symptom of modern comic book movies that if a big star plays a character who wears a mask, they still manage to find way too much face time. That is not a problem for Karl Urban and Judge Dredd, who stays in his helmet for the entire movie, but there is a reason most heroes lose their cover at some point. It makes acting really difficult, yet Urban brings Dredd to life in a way that may not be complex, but is entertaining as hell.

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Walking Dead Escape

Of all the spectacularly bizarre experiences I've had at Comic-Con this year, nothing was more surreal than surviving the zombie apocalypse. (Except for my Joss Whedon bathroom encounter. That was pretty surreal.)

We've been reporting on "The Walking Dead Escape" — the bloody obstacle course that took over Petco Park this year — for many weeks now. I was lucky enough … scratch that, I was foolish enough to run the course myself, where I encountered countless members of the undead, brushed up against death at every turn, and stained my hands, pants, shoes and more in the blood of a thousand men.

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The wait for the next entry of Telltale's "The Walking Dead" was almost unbearable. If you checked out our review of the first episode back in April, you probably noticed we were just a little smitten with the game's powerful narrative and pacing. But as the credits rolled on the freshman outing of "Walking Dead," there was just one nagging question: could Telltale keep you on the edge of your seat with each subsequent episode?

Amazingly, the next chapter in Lee Everett and company's perilous journey is even more intriguing than the first – a frequently gut-wrenching, occasionally touching walk through a world gone to hell.

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Spider-Man

You know that Spider-Man reboot that you don't quite understand? That one you said was way too soon? The one that tells the origin story of the wall-crawler again?

Well, it's actually pretty good.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" has been silencing doubters online for a few weeks now, but as the movie opens wide today, we figured we'd sneak in our five reasons to check out the latest visit from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Because This Spider-Man Acts More Like Spider-Man
Of all the superheroes in all of the publishing houses, multi-verses, and movie adaptations, no hero has a physicality as specific and unique as Spider-Man. For a hero who only came to the big screen in the last decade, his movements have always translated particularly well from the page to the imagination of readers. Whether it was the limitations of technology or a more creative issue, the movement of Raimi's Spider-Man never seemed as fluid or kinetic as the ink on the page. That problem no longer exists with Webb's take on Spidey. He's far more nimble than in the previous series, and he also whips his witticisms with as much ease.

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by Ryan Rigley

At this day and age, you'd be pretty hard pressed to find someone who isn't aware of Stan Lee. After all, Marvel movies are all the rage right now. With the release of "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" just on the horizon, and sequels to "Iron Man," "Captain America," and "Thor" in the works, it's safe to say that there is not a single person in this country that has yet to be affected by the likes of these superheroes.

Lee's place in the history of comic books and popular culture alone should be reason enough to watch "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story," the EPIX original documentary following the life and times of Stan the man himself. However, for those a bit more skeptical about the life of Stan, we've compiled a list of reasons why we think "With Great Power" is worth a watch.

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When I was a kid, I had a recurring nightmare. I would awake, startled by some mysterious noise, only to find a hideous monster in my room. No matter what action I took – the plot changed slightly from dream to dream – I invariably found myself unable to open the bedroom door, trapped inside to face an unavoidable fate.

Thinking about "The Walking Dead" – a videogame filling out a transmedia trio with comic books and live-action television – it's hard not to remember the sense of dread from that old nightmare. You'll make tough choices in the first episode of Telltale's brilliantly executed adaptation, decisions which provide a temporary feeling of safety, but you'll do so knowing the monster is always waiting across the room.

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