Thursday, June 30, 2011

Covert Affairs – All the Right Friends

When a simple spy exchange goes horribly wrong, Annie (Piper Perabo) finds herself in Argentina handcuffed to a man (Ignacio Serricchio) she's not sure if she can trust, in a country whose government hasn't been apprised of the operation, and with an assassin on her trail. Or, as Annie might call it, just another day at the office.

White Collar - Dentist of Detroit

Although this episode gives us a peak into Mozzie's (Willie Garson) past - including showing us where his nickname came from, I've got to say I was a little disappointed in the latest episode of White Collar. It's not bad, but it's also not up to the show's usual standards.

Leverage – The Long Way Down Job

Leverage kicks off its Fourth Season by sending the team up a mountain to help a widow (Haley Talbot) stop her husbands' business partner (Cameron Daddo) from mortgage fraud which is costing hundreds of people their homes every day. The trouble is the only proof, if it even exists, is a notebook on the dead man's body lost on the top of a mountain.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Flashpoint: Reverse-Flash

Comic readers who have absolutely no idea who the Reverse-Flash is, or need a little background into his history battling the Flash should find this one-issue primer worth a quick look. The trouble is, for the rest of us, there's no real reason to pick it up.

Although it's released as a Flashpoint one-shot, this single issue has absolutely nothing to do with the events inside this alternate version of the DC Universe, nor does it take any steps to explain how Professor Zoom was able to rewrite history to such a large extent.

That's not to say it's a bad read, but there's little here for those of us who already know the backstory between Barry Allen and Professor Zoom including Zoom's repeated attempts on Iris Allen's life, his attempts to rewrite history by stopping Allen from becoming the Flash, and his death at the hands of his hated foe. Worth a look (but only for those who need a brush-up on the character).

[DC, $2.99]

G.I. JOE: #2

Cobra Commander may be dead, but that doesn't mean COBRA is going away quietly. With Duke stuck in Washington for a series of bureaucratic meetings, COBRA sets out a two-pronged attack. The first sends in two of their best agents to infiltrate the Pit and the second attempts to take out the Joe's leader in the nation's capital.

Zartan creates all kinds of chaos here (although it's a little unclear if the Joes know about him or he's being reintroduced as a new character) taking out members of the team to assume their identities with one purpose - to silence the COBRA prisoner. As to what Storm Shadow's true mission is, I guess we'll have to wait for that to be revealed next month.

Meanwhile Duke and Dial Tone fight their way out of a government facility, not knowing who to trust. Anyone could be an agent of COBRA. Remember, it's not paranoia if they're really after you. Although I'm not totally sold on Javier Saltares' artwork, writer Chuck Dixon gives us pair of strong stories. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

It's official, Michael Bay can now be legitimately named the serial rapist of my childhood. Three Transformers movies and the man still doesn't know what the hell a robot is (let alone a Transformer). Short version: Despite showing a momentary early glimmer of promise of not totally sucking, the film wastes what little it had going for it by making a series of mistakes and beating you down with a level of stupidity it's hard to believe was done on purpose. For the first, but certainly not the last, time in this review, let me just say: Fuck you Michael Bay.

What works? The special effects are well done. The 3D isn't Avatar level but is still impressive. Everything else? Hold on to your seats boys and girls this is going to get messy. Spoilers be damned, I've got a hellova lot to talk about. You've been warned!

Ultimate Spider-Man #160

I've largely stayed out of Marvel Comics' Ultimate Universe. The revamped look at classic heroes never really caught my fancy. The one exception to this was Ultimate Spider-Man, which I read sporadically for a short while before eventually moving on to other titles.

The Ultimate Universe has gone through quite a few shakeups in recent years including the deaths of numerous heroes. This issue, however, delivers the death of the hero with the longest running on-going Ultimate title - Peter Parker.

Of all the choices involved in this version of Peter the best was took keep his youth intact throughout his run. This Peter never graduates high school, and after the events of this issue it's clear he never will. This also makes his death, at such a young age, much more tragic.

I liked this Spidey, but I was far less impressed with the Ultimate version of the Green Goblin, who plans the villain of this issue. After taking a bullet for Captain America in the previous issue our wounded hero makes his way to Queens to save his loved ones from the Goblin's latest attack. He's successful, but at a high price.

Suits - Pilot

Suits is one of the new slate of shows USA Network has premiering this year. The "Pilot" shows promise, but also quite a lot of room for improvement.

Princess of Thieves

When I learned there was a Robin Hood movie out there I hadn't seen that starred Keira Knightley I knew I had to track it down. Princess of Thieves isn't the most original tale of a headstrong young girl showing her father she can stand on her own, but it does provide its share of moments.

The film didn't have the biggest budget (it was a made-for-TV project which premiered on The Wonderful World of Disney), but in look and style (if not writing) it compares favorably to similar projects including the recent Robin Hood BBC series.

The film centers around the daughter of Robin Hood (Stuart Wilson) and Marian (Hannah Cresswell) who has grown estranged from her father, whom she sees rarely. When news reaches that Richard the Lionheart is dying the king sends his chosen heir, his only son Phillip (Stephen Moyer), into Robin Hood's keeping and away from the treacherous plans of Prince John (Jonathan Hyde).

Monday, June 27, 2011

Megamind: Bad. Blue. Brilliant. #2

Ape Entertainment's second issue of this Megamind mini-series gives us three more tales including the continuation of "Minion's Day Off" where Megamind has unintentionally activated and unused plan of evil to shoot Metro City into space. Whoops! Where's Minion when you need him? Limboing on the beach, obviously.

In "Bad Minion, Bad" one new experiments goes awry when his newest machine (designed to turn evil people good) has an unexpected effect on Minion - who becomes the new master villain of Metro City. With the help of Roxanne, Megamind tries to track down his sidekick and even attempts to replace him (in an effort to make him jealous), but in the end must face the new master of crime in battle.

The final short tale involves a field trip of school children accidently setting off various inventions in Mega Mind's lair. Much like with the first issue of the series (but thankfully without a high school story this time around), this one should provide some fun to fans of the character - even if it is grossly overpriced for a comic aimed at younger readers. Worth a look.

[Ape Entertainment, $3.95]

Captain America: The First Avenger 12in. figure

Okay this Captain America: The First Avenger 12 inch Figure from Sideshow Collectibles is pretty damn impressive. It almost makes me forget about the costume's over-indulgent use of unnecessary straps. Almost. Still, it's pretty damn sweet (and at only $170, making it far less than some of Sideshow's more expensive collectibles).

Burn Notice - Company Man

As the Fifth Season opens Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is back with the CIA. Well, sort of. After the fallout of the Season Four finale Michael has begun working with the man who recruited him (Dylan Baker) to take down the various members of the shadow government conspiracy that burned him.

Comic Rack 134

It's a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this week from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, BOOM!, Dynamite, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Amazing Spider-Man, Detective Comics, Drums, FF, The Goon, Gotham City Sirens, Hellraiser, Kung Fu Panda, Last Mortal, Scalped, Super Dinosaur, Uncanny X-Men, The Walking Dead, Wonder Woman, the first issues of All-Winner's Squad: Band Of Heroes, Brilliant, Captain America: America's Avenger, Flashpoint: Hal Jordan, Flashpoint: Project Superman, The Iron Age, Marvel Zombies Supreme, Witch Doctor, and the final issues of Captain America: First Vengeance, The Lone Ranger: Death of Zorro, and Transformers: Heart Of Darkness.

Enjoy issue #134

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cars 2

Let me get this out of the way first, for those who might not know, I absolutely loved Cars. How much? Enough for the Pixar film to top my Best Movies of 2006 list. I know some who would argue that it the original Cars isn't among Pixar's best. They're wrong. Very, very wrong.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost (in the Matrix) #1

So, Kid Flash is not only lost in the Flashpoint universe, he's also in the 31st Century. He's a time traveler, I guess that'll be okay. And, like Barry Allen he's disconnected from the Speed Force. Sounds kinda boring, but maybe the story will be good. The 31st Century is ruled by Braniac. Braniac? Sigh, okay. And he's turned the entire world into The Matrix. Wait, what?

Sigh. We begin with a scene between Barry Allen and Bart that is makes Michael Bay's Transfromers look subtle in comparision. Given the level of dickishness he's showing to his grandson it's obvious what Bart is experiencing isn't real. I mean, who does this fake Barry think he is, Hal Jordan?

It's too bad that story isn't real, because once Kid Flash is pulled into the real world (and starts disappearing) things get even worse. And that's hard to do when you've got an impressive super-villain base filled with killer robots. Of course it's made infinitely easier if you just steal your plot from The Matrix. Pass.

[DC, $2.99]

First Look – Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Cartoon Network has released the first teaser for Green Lantern: The Animated Series. I have to admit to a mixed reaction for this first sneak peek. On one hand they've kept the classic look of GL (unlike Green Lantern: First Flight and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) which I'm all in favor for. But on the other hand I'm much more a fan of old school animation than this streamlined CGI style (which always looks cheap to me).

White Collar - Deadline

Here's a peculiarity, an episode that doesn't revolve around either Neal (Matt Bomer) or Peter (Tim DeKay), but on Diana (Marsha Thomason) who finds herself sent undercover as an assistant to a difficult journalist (Jayne Atkinson) on the verge of expose that will likely get her killed. And you know what? It's pretty darn good.

Covert Affairs - Bang and Blame

When a CIA trainee's name is leaked Joan (Kari Matchett) sends Annie (Piper Perabo) back to the Farm undercover to expose the leak who they believe to be the weapon's trainer (Tim Guinee) at the CIA training facility. However, Annie soon learns her second stint as a trainee isn't as easy she remembers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hal Jordan, Total Dick

Don't fight over him all at once, ladies.

Burn Notice returns for Season Five

Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) got his old job back, so how's that going to effect his relationships with Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), his mother (Sharon Gless), and Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell)? Guess we'll find out tomorrow night when Burn Notice returns for its Fifth Season on USA Network.

Doctor Who #6

The Doctor visits on an old friend by taking Rory and Amy to Multiworld, a holosuite planet built on a Fluctuation Rift which allows the complex the ability to create 13 fully immersive realities built on top of each other. And then, as you would expect any story involving a "holosuite," something goes horribly, horribly wrong.

The Doctor and his companions sample a few of the realities including the Old West, the Prehistoric Age, King Arthur, and the Swinging Sixties before a damaged Sontaran ship comes too close to Rift while leaking Fluronic Gas which begins to destabilize the Rift and separates the Doctor and his companions in different eras. Yep, holosuites are trouble.

For a Doctor Who comic this feels an awful lot like a lazy episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it does have a couple of fun moments including the Doctor and Rory's duel, the talking dinosaur named Kevin, and Amy's attempt to get the Doctor to behave. Not memorable, but some Who (and STNG) fans might get a kick out of this one.

[IDW, $3.99]

Power Girl #25

The second half of "We Can Be Heroes" may not be quite as good as the first, but writer Judd Winick finds a way to wrap up Rayhan Mazin's storyline in more than satisfactory fashion. It's too bad the DC reboot is looming and we won't get to see what this character might have become.

Mazin fights off both Batman and Power Girl, causing storms across the city, in an attempt to get to his father's death bed for a few final moments together. Power Girl goes to the skies in an attempt to control the weather unleashed by Mazin's anger by doing her "Meteorological Girl Thing." Heh. Batman's attempts to slow down Mazin in the hospital are less effective.

The final scene between Mazin and his father works well, as does Power Girl's conversation with the hero branded a terrorist (even if it does feel slightly rushed). However, Kara's final pages with Batman feel a little awkward and don't flow nearly as well as similar scenes she had with Dick Grayson a few issues back. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rocket Raccoon, Master of Disguise

Avengers #14

This Fear Itself tie-in has quite a bit going for it, but in the end doesn't quite work when it asks the reader to care about a character that's only slightly less ridiculous than Rocket Racer. The entire issues centers around the retelling of the Red Hulk's battle with Hammertime Ben Grimm outside of Avengers Tower.

The fight itself works well, as does the opening capturing the uncertainty of the other members of the team at Steve Rogers' choice to make Red Hulk an Avenger. What doesn't quite work is the apparent (i.e. not really) end of the Red Hulk at the hands of the possessed Thing.

I don't mind the elevated nature as the heroes say kind words about the Red Hulk for apparently (but not really) giving his life in a futile cause, but given the level of reference displayed here you'd think they were talking about someone on the level of Captain America (all the more empty given the absence of any body foreshadowing that this isn't the end of the character). Good idea. Bad execution. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel, $3.99]

Darkwing Duck #13

As Darkwing Duck continues to search for answers to Morgana's disappearance by visiting every psychic and palm reader within the city limits a new villain takes St. Canard by storm. A former relief pitcher known for never throwing the same thing twice has gone, well, screwball.

Under the guise of of One-Shot, the town's newest super-villain, armed with a mysterious magic overcoat from which he can pull objects from other dimensions, throws everything he's got (literally) at the city's populace (but only once). Distracted by Morgana's disappearance, Darkwing's first attempt to stop the new evil-doer doesn't go quite as planned.

Never fear! Darkwing manages to pull himself together and save the city (and Gosalyn, who has gotten herself captured by the crazy former pitcher). Our hero also decides on a questionable new course of action that may prove to be his downfall. Worth a look.

[Boom, $3.99]

White Collar - Season Two on DVD

The Second Season of White Collar continues the adventures of con artist Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) working with FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) to bring down white collar criminals while attempting to solve the riddle of the music box and discover the identity of the man behind Kate's (Alexandra Daddario) death.

This season builds on the relationships created in the First Season and gives us the return of a few familiar faces, most notably Alex Hunter (Gloria Votsis) and Diana (Marsha Thomason), and the introduction of insurance investigator Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton). Mozzie (Willie Garson) will survive an attempt on his life while try to solve the code hidden in the music box. There are also a couple of episodes where Peter and Neal switch roles.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Flashpoint: Grodd of War

When I saw the list for the different spin-off titles for Flashpoint one that caught my eye was this one-shot centered around the character of Grodd, a devious genius with advanced telepathic abilities... who happens to be a gorilla. The idea of giving Grodd his own Flashpoint title seemed like a good one. The reality? Not so much.

Aside from the brutal beatdown and vicious murder of his own solider (alas, Congorilla we knew you well) there's almost nothing memorable about anything that takes place in these pages. The story centers around Grodd's vicious nature, his death wish, and total control of the African continent, but none of it leads anywhere. (Although he does still manage to pile up a body count without trying all that hard.)

This is a comic abot a telepathic talking gorilla. It should be fun. But when the only excitement you get is one gorilla ripping off another's head for no purpose other than to showcase what a bad ass he is, you know you're in trouble. Pass.

[DC, $2.99]

Keira Knightely is Flaunting her awesome

Keira Knightley took time out of her busy schedule for an interview for the latest issue of Flaunt Magazine.

In the interview "the Oscar-nominated, beguiling, flat-out foxy leading lady of contemporary screen and stage" discusses her latest film Last Night, her current role on the London stage in "The Children’s Hour," love and jealousy, why she enjoys doing plays in London, and her struggles to disassociate her own performance from the overall work. Oh, and she took some time to pose for a few photos as well (which you can find after the jump).

The Sheer Awfulness of the Immortals trailer

It's hard for me to wrap my brain around why everyone involved in a project like Immortals wouldn't use all of their considerable influence to prevent anyone from seeing this. Ever. Wow, this looks mindbogglingly awful. Is Uwe Boll now directing movies under the name Tarsem Singh? It's like 300, but not as stylish, or Troy but with more of a sci-fi/fantasy vibe. Oh, did I mention the main character has a laser bow. Did I miss a memo? Is it 1983 againHenry CavillMickey RourkeKellan LutzJohn HurtStephen Dorff,  Isabel Lucas, and Freida Pinto also star. You can start fearing for your sanity when the film hits theaters on 11/11/11 (oh, isn't that clever?).

Comic Rack 133

It’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this week from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, BOOM!, Dynamite, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Archie, Captain America, Cobra, Deadpool, DuckTales, DMZ, Fables, Green Arrow, The Guild: Bladezz, Incredible Hulks, Megamind, The Mission, The Spirit, X-Men Legacy, Zatanna, the first issues of All Nighter, Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search, Cars 2, Fantastic Four: The Last Stand, Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance, Flashpoint: The Reverse Flash, Infestation: Outbreak, Namor: The First Mutant, Rage, and the final issues of Carnage, Conan: The Road of Kings, The Outsiders, Penguins of Madagascar, Sigil, and Silver Surfer.

Enjoy issue #133

Sunday, June 19, 2011


...isn't the only thing Power Girl attracts

Friday, June 17, 2011

Green Lantern

Here's the thing, I've been waiting for a Green Lantern movie since 1980. That's a long time (and a big stack of comic books). On hearing Green Lantern was finally getting his own live-action franchise I was cautiously optimistic. And then every still, trailer, and commercial I saw made me increasingly less so. Was this really what I waited so long to see?

Director Martin Campbell unleashes a CGI extravangza which certainly isn't the Green Lantern of my childhood. However, the script by Greg BerlantiMichael GreenMarc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg gets enough of the character right and does a fair job of combining various story threads, told over several decades, into a single cohesive narrative that by the time the credits rolled, I'll admit, I had a slight grin on my face.

Of course it's also possible that my longtime love for the character and my growing unease at something during its marketing began to look all too similar to Marvel's botched Fantastic Four franchise may have caused a psychotic break.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Batgirl #22

After being tapped by Batman (the original) for an overseas mission Stephanie Brown soon finds herself in the UK only called on to save England from from a gang of ruffians pulling the sword from the stone and releasing anti-time across the world.

Tally Ho!

Once again writer Bryan Q. Miller makes a pretty darn good story without having anything resembling an A-list (or even C-list) villain to work with. And although I've never been that big of a fan of Squire I do like the pairing with Stephanie which provides some trademark Batgirl humor (and plenty of butt kickin'). And by the end you'll know the real reason why Greenwich Mean is so important.

Awesome Characters - Parker

"There's somethin' wrong with you."

There are characters we fall in love with. The perfect mix of actor and writer that breathes magic onto the screen or inside the television.

Truth is there is a lot that is wrong with Parker. She may be the world's best thief but she lacks the more delicate social graces. That, and she's completely insane. God, it's fun to watch her work.

We know Parker's troubled past included several foster homes and the tutelage of a master thief (Richard Chamberlain). She's incredibly impulsive, but also fiercely loyal to the small group of people she trusts. She gets far more joy in the heist itself than the possession of the stolen merchandise.

She's got a good heart and more than a little childlike innocence left inside her despite her rough upbringing and chosen profession. And she's got a little thing for Hardison (Aldis Hodge), whether she's able to admit it or not.

Covert Affairs – Good Advices

Annie's (Piper Perabo) latest assignment sends her to Paris on her birthday where she's given the task of cultivating a member of the Syrian Embassy (Helena Soubeyrand) as an asset for the CIA. The trouble is, she's not the only one with that assignment.

White Collar - Where There's a Will

"This is a centuries old book written to a man's dead twin brother donated by an equally eccentric recently deceased modern day Howard Hughes as part of a posthumous treasure hunt. There's nothing simple about this one."

This is a very odd episode, and the fact that the cast make it work makes it all the more interesting. When a wealthy man leaves two forged wills and treasure map for his sons (played by real-life brothers Christopher Masterson and Danny Masterson) it's up to Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay) to follow the clues and solve the case. And the clock is ticking as the man's granddaughter is being held for ransom by a kidnapper (William Sadler) demanding a piece of the estate.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kidnapped trailer

From writer/director Miguel Ángel Vivas comes this tale of a family held hostage in their own home by three Eastern European criminals (Guillermo BarrientosDritan BibaMartijn Kuiper). Fernando CayoManuela VellésAna WagenerXoel Yáñez. Kidnapped will get its first US screening in September at the Austin Fantastic Fest.

Morning Glories #10

Keeping in form with the recent issues, issue #10 focuses specifically around Jade. What do you say about a comic that has a character hang herself in the middle of a classroom of her peers at the prompting of her teacher?

What we learn in this issue is that Jade sees reality in many different ways including while dreaming, under some kind of forced hypnosis or sleep, and, even during brief moments of death (real or imagined). The way the story is presented its hard to get a handle on how much is actually happening to Jade and how much of it is in her mind.

What we do know is in this other reality she sees several interesting characters including what appears to be an older version of herself trying to help her along her troubled journey. Like most of the series so far this one raises more questions than answers, and I've got mixed feelings concerning the emotionally explosive hanging sequence, but it's certainly not boring. Worth a look.

[Image, $2.99]

Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1

In a world without the Flash who steps up to be the hero of Central City? Captain Cold, who else?

Under the the name Citizen Cold the villain we've known for years as one of the the Flash's Rogues Gallery is a meaner, far deadlier, less sunny and more opportunistic, version of Booster Gold when he first appeared. This Cold is out to save the world, but only if it helps line his pockets and glorify his name.

In reality Cold is two-bit hood from a broken and abusive family, something a noisy reporter's assistant has stumbled onto. Anybody else find it funny that Wally West is Flashpoint's Jimmy Olsen?

Interesting first issue which starts out with a battle between Cold and Mr. Freeze (pretty cool), a revelation that the Rogues are part of this reality as well (more of a miss), and ends with Wally West turned into a frozen Popsicle (okay that's kinda funny). I could have done with far less of the tortured back story, but it's still worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Once a Green Lantern, Always a Green Lantern

Avengers Assemble (for the first poster)!

It looks like this is our first look at the early poster art for next summer's The Avengers. Thoughts?

[via Topless Robot]

Annihilators #4 (of 4)

I'm more than a little sad this series is already over. Sure, I gave up trying to make sense of the main story's plot sometime during the last issue, but that doesn't mean it wasn't fun!

In the A story the Annihilators try to prevent the evil Skrull plot to release the Dire Wraiths... or something like that. Like i said, I stopped trying to make sense of this story awhile back. But it's got hugely powered characters like the Silver Surfer, Ronan, Beta-Ray Bill and Quasar kicking some serious butt. By itself this isn't enough to recommend but...

The B story also concludes as Rocket Raccoon and Groot attempt to prevent the Star Thief from escaping his prison. Their plan? Let's just say it involves one of the most humiliating (and adorable) moments of Rocket Raccon's life. Awesome.

The final panels of each story seem to suggest we'll be seeing both of these groups again (hopefully at a much-reduced cover price). Even though I love the Silver Surfer, I'm far more interested in a quirky comic about a new Guardians of a Galaxy than further adventures of the Annihilators. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $4.99]

Leverage – The 3rd Season

Season Three starts in high gear and never really slows down. We begin with the team breaking Nate (Timothy Hutton) out of jail and being given an offer by a mysterious stranger (Elisabetta Canalis) who will guarantee his continued freedom (and their lives) if the team agrees to take down untouchable criminal figure Damien Moreau (Goran Visnjic).

Although the Moreau storyline is integral to the overall story arc of the season, that doesn't mean we don't get plenty of episodes of the team doing what they do best. Over the 16 episodes Hardison (Aldis Hodge) plays a Stradivarius to take down the unscrupulous brother (Giancarlo Esposito) of a world leader, Pakrer's (Beth Riesgraf) past is revealed as we meet the thief (Richard Chamberlain) who trained her, Elliot (Christian Kane) gets a chance to play an up and coming country singer, Nate helps the team take down his father (Tom Skerritt), and they even take time to save Christmas from Wil Wheaton.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

The latest animated feature from DC Animation is a sequel to 2009's Green Lantern: First Flight. There's a little continuity juggling from the first film (Hal Jordan is a veteran and Sinestro is still part of the Corps). The focus here isn't on Earth's Green Lantern but other members of the Green Lantern Corps.

As the threat of Krona's return looms Hal Jordan (Nathan Fillion) takes new recruit Arisia (Elisabeth Moss) under his wing and regales her with tales of different Green Lanterns over the course of the Corps' history.

"The First Lantern" tells the tale of Avra (Mitchell Whitfield), a scribe chosen as one of first Green Lanterns and the first to use to ring to create a construct. "Kilowog" shows Kilowog's (Henry Rollins) and Tomar-Re's (James Arnold Taylor) first adventure with the hard-as-nails drill instructor Deegan (Wade Williams) who makes Kilowog look fluffy by comparison.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hal Jordan is Chosen

Birds of Prey #13

I've never been a big fan of Renee Montoya as The Question. Don't get me wrong, I love the character of Renee, but her stepping into the shoes of Vic Sage has never sat quite right with me.

What's interesting is I could make a similar statement about the Huntress. Until Gail Simone took over the first volume of Birds of Prey and breathed new life into the character I honestly didn't care what happened to Helena. Now I realize I'm going to miss her as much as the other Birds when this series comes to an end in August.

Sure the Birds (or some of them) will continue their adventures in a new title under a different writer, but this group's adventures are coming to an end.

Extended trailer for Cowboys & Aliens

A new extended trailer for Cowboys & Aliens debuted at the Spike Guys Choice Awards over the weekend. Take a look. The film stars Daniel CraigOlivia WildeHarrison FordSam RockwellPaul DanoClancy Brown, and Keith Carradine, and hits theaters July 29th.

Doctor Who – A Good Man Goes to War

"Demons run when a good man goes to war."

I've been pretty hard on Doctor Who this year, but I've got to say the Sixth Series mid-season break delivered the season's best episode and finally gave us the identity of River Song (Alex Kingston). If you haven't seen the episode yet go ahead and skip the review, because we've got spoilers.

Comic Rack

It’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this week from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, BOOM!, Dynamite, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Avengers, Batgirl, Batman, Cinderella: Fables are Forever, Darkwing Duck, Doctor Who, Emma, Generation Hope, Green Hornet, Hulk, Invincible, Power Girl, Snake Eyes, Teen Titans, Uncanny X-Men, Witchblade, X-Men, the first issues of Alpha Flight, Captain America Corps, Conan: The Island of No Return, Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons, Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies, Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths, Graveyard of Empires, Kirby: Genesis, That Hellbound Train, and the final issue of Ruse.

Enjoy issue #132

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Catman... listening.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Super 8

Writer/director J.J. Abrams sets out to make his version of a classic Steven Spielberg film in Super 8. Those who expected a Cloverfield sequel (which it thankfully isn't) may be disappointed. What we get instead is a little bit War of the Worlds, a little bit Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a little bit Jaws, and a whole lot of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - all filtered through J.J. Abrams lens-flare-filtered frame.

The story centers around a group of kids in a small Ohio town during the summer of 1979. In true Speilbergian fashion we get single parents, teasing shots of the film's monster, and many, many reasons to be wary of the United States Government.

The film begins with a son (Joel Courtney) dealing with the tragic death of his mother. After a short jump ahead we see a snapshot of Joe's (Courtney) life including his uneasy relationship to his father (Kyle Chandler), the town's deputy sheriff, and time spent working with his friends to create an 8mm film.

Covert Affairs - Begin the Begin

Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) is back to work for the CIA as Covert Affairs moves into its Second Season. I was really hoping the Ben Mercer (Eion Bailey) storyline died with him in the First Season finale, but it appears both will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.