Friday, June 23, 2017

Pretty Little Liars - Farewell, My Lovely


The penultimate episode of Pretty Little Liars answers some questions while still leaving plenty to wrap-up in the series finale. With the police breathing down their necks, the Liars will come together in time to let someone else take the fall for one murder and discover the person behind the other. Apparently the game is over. Charlotte's (Vanessa Ray) murderer is revealed, and despite their adversary's multiple attempts to get the girls arrested for the death of Dunhill, Mary Drake (Andrea Parker) steps up to take responsibility for the whole sordid mess. The episode even picks up a loose thread of unfinished business between Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) and sufficiently wraps it up. So... what now?

Doctor Who - The Empress of Mars


NASA's discovery of human writing on Mars leads The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill (Pearl Mackie) to the red planet in 1881 where they find British soldiers helping an Ice Warrior mine the planet. The group's effort leads to the discovery of a tomb that hides something far more dangerous than the riches the soldiers believe. The men's curiosity and greed, and the fact that the TARDIS takes Nadole (Matt Lucas) and leaves without warning, push events forward faster than The Doctor can control, especially once the Empress of Mars (Adele Lynch) is awoken and provoked by a trigger-happy captain (Ferdinand Kingsley) with delusions of grandeur.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Red Hood and the Outlaws #11


Red Hood and the Outlaws #11 wraps up the four-part Artemis arc with the Outlaws finding themselves on opposite sides of the the Qurac conflict. However, it doesn't take much more of Akila's out-of-control behavior for Artemis to recognize her friend, dead or reborn, is long lost to her. The tragic end helps cement a bond between the former Amazon and Red Hood, although the issue's final panel does suggest some serious fallout for the other member of the team. As for Artemis, she's not got a new godly weapon (one that drove her oldest friend into a murdering psychopath) to look after. Yeah... that should end well. For fans.

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iZombie - Conspiracy Weary


Heading into the two-part season finale, "Conspiracy Weary" features Liv (Rose McIver), Blaine (David Anders), and Don E (Bryce Hodgson) all on Zombie Truther conspiracy brains. While the joke gets a bit stale by the end of the episode, the single scene of the three arguing and building conspiracies off each other's wild theories is pretty damn entertaining (as is the visual of the unlikely threesome sharing a brain following the rescue of Don E). Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) attempting to wrangle the three to solve his homicide turns out to be about as helpful as it sounds. Love takes a double whammy in this episode as Major (Robert Buckley) discovers a disturbing truth about Shawna (Sarah Jurgens) and Ravi's (Rahul Kohli) decision to tell Rachel (Ella Cannon) more about zombies turns out to have unintended consequences for all involved. One thin is sure heading into the season's finale two episodes, the truth about zombies isn't going to stay hidden much longer.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #3


While the third issue of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider does offer a cameo of Kaine on the hunt for his clone brother, the majority of the comic deals with Ben Reilly's fucked-up Las Vegas adventure. With his lies buying some time from Cassandra Mercury, at the cost of a bomb in his neck, Ben is at least able to breathe again. However, when a group of spider-clad would-be heroes decides to show up in the casino our protagonist springs into action, playing the hero whether he wants to or not (at least for a little while).

Shadowhunters - Those of Demon Blood


When Shadowhunters begin showing up dead from apparent attacks by werewolves, vampires, and warlocks some believe that the downworlders are taking revenge for recent events. The Claive's overreaction of first demanding DNA samples and then attempting to forcibly implant GPS tracking chips in all downworlders only raises tension even further and even raises trust issues between the Shadowhunters and their closest friends. After starting the ball rolling, Inquisitor Herondale (Mimi Kuzyk) leaves events and the Institute in the hands of Jace (Dominic Sherwood) who Clary (Katherine McNamara) can't believe is so willing to go along with his new mother's edicts. The themes of the episode are a big hamfisted, but they do reinforce the fragile truce between the various groups and the underling resentments ready to boil over at even the smallest provocation.

Secret Warriors #3


On the run from Hydra and searching for one missing Inhuman, Daisy Johnson's band of warriors head to the mutant sovereign nation of New Tian where the group, understandably, has trouble making new friends. After dealing with the Beast and the welcome party who tell Daisy's team to leave, the group seek for answers in a secret outhouse. No, really. Where they encounter another Beast (seriously, how many versions of the same character does Marvel need).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Freemaker Adventures - Home One


Season two of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures begins with the Freemakers finding a new home with the Rebellion. While the humans prove their value with repairs and ability to trade for parts, Roger (Matthew Wood) ends up getting into trouble (although one of his stunts does earn him a medal when he unintentionally helps the Rebel Fleet take down a Star Destroyer). Another of Roger's screw-ups gets both the robot and Rowan (Nicolas Cantu) involved in a bombing run. Even Zander (Eugene Byrd) gets some short-lived glory by taking down an entire squadron of TIE Fighters... before blowing himself up.

Anaheim WonderCon 2017 Cosplay Montage

Detective Comics #958


Detective Comics #958 begins a new arc for the comic which will dive into a bit of Azrael's past while also bringing back a familiar face for DC fans (more on that later). While Bruce Wayne goes out of his way, even ingratiate himself to the Penguin, to get in position to attend a very private show, most of the comic centers around Azrael whose old friend shows up injured and with a warning. Tired of waiting for their avenging angel to take his rightful place, the Order of St. Dumas now has a new champion who it has let loose in Gotham to find their wayward warrior.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dark Matter - Welcome to the Revolution


A distress call from their handler Tabor (David Hewlett) leads the crew of the Raza to a mining colony on the edge of revolt against their corporate overlords. With Tabor nowhere to be seen, the crew meet his replacement Adrian (Mishka Thébaud). With no one to rescue, Two (Melissa O'Neil) wants to get off the rock as soon as possible, but Six (Roger Cross) can't help but insinuate himself into the friction between the corporate guards and the workers which leads to even further complications when blood is spilled on both sides and the force behind the more militant group of workers is revealed to be the General (Andrew Jackson).

Powerless - Win, Luthor, Draw


Cancelled because it was too smart, funny, and interesting compared to the rest of NBC's current line-up, one of the remaining unaired episodes of Powerless hit he Internet this weekend. Featuring Adam West (who previously provided the narration for the show's pilot episode) in a guest-role as Wayne Enterprises Chairman West, the episode marks one of the actor's last appearances before his death. While the circumstances for the episode finally seeing the light of day are unfortunate, the episode is one of the show's best and gives us glimpse at where the show could have gone in further exploring the DCU had it not been cancelled.

It's A-Kon 2017 (Part 1)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cars 3


I unapologetically love Cars and think Pixar's 2006 film is an underrated classic snubbed by those who have more trouble buying into its concept than any flaws in the film. It succeeds in creating a fully realized and imaginative world while providing us the best looking Pixar film to date. While I admit Cars 2 isn't in the same class, I still enjoy the sequel for the continued exploration of the world, its style, and the fun spy plot (even if it does feature too much of the franchise's most annoying supporting character).

Kill Switch

There's an interesting set-up in Kill Switch that sadly get lost by the one-note gimmick of the film's first-person presentation. While the flashbacks pull back and allow scenes to unfold naturally, every scene taking place in the present is shot like a first-person shooter (which becomes even more obvious once our protagonist starts to pick up weapons). Had director Tim Smit been more interested in making hard-core sci-fi the results could have been more compelling.

The premise of screenwriters Charlie Kindinger and Omid Nooshin's script is a company has found a cheat for clean energy. Their new invention will create a parallel Earth from which we will be able to steal all the resources we need. Will Porter (Dan Stevens) is aggressively approached by the group to join their team. And when things go wrong, like vehicles from the parallel Earth dropping from the sky through portals, it's up to Will to travel to the other side and set things right. And surprise, the world isn't devoid of sentient life as the scientists hypothesized. Instead it's full of doppelgangers (including coworkers Bérénice Marlohe and Tygo Gernandt) in a mirror reality devolving into chaos.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shadowhunters - You Are Not Your Own


While Simon (Alberto Rosende) is given the shock of learning that Clary (Katherine McNamara) and Jace (Dominic Sherwood) aren't brother and sister, and Alec (Matthew Daddario) is surprised to learn that Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) and Valentine (Alan Van Sprang) have switched bodies, the biggest bombshell is dropped on Jace who discovers his true paternity. Most of "You Are Not Your Own" centers around the body switch that almost every character is unaware of, or fails to believe. The torture at the hands of the Claive while in Valentine's body isn't likely to help Magnus' relationship with any of the Shadowhunters. Thing get basically set back to normal by the end of the episode, but will have to see how much fallout the temporary switch makes on Magnus and Valentine respectively.

Green Lanterns #24


While filled with appearances by several other Green Lanterns, the focus of Green Lanterns #24 remains on Earth's two newest ring slingers with Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz completing their training and earning full status as Green Lanterns. For Baz this means putting up with Kyle Rayner, a pretty awful thought (especially when he makes an endless supply of duplicates of himself - the horror!). For Jessica this means besting Guy Gardner which, if your name isn't Batman, can be a challenge.

Pretty Little Liars - Driving Miss Crazy / Choose or Lose


As Pretty Little Liars moves ever closer to its series finale, the show finally presents us with a lead suspect as A.D., but given its years of red herrings, could this really be the identity of the Liars nemesis? Or, with only two episodes remaining, does the show have time for one last twist? There's quite a bit going on here as Aria's (Lucy Hale) friends discover her working for A.D., Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) decide to tie the knot, an old face returns to helm Archer Dunhill's murder, and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) finds some much needed comfort from an old friend.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nightwing #22


While Tiger Shark works behind the scenes to further his influence in Bludhaven, Nightwing has a more immediate problem with the arrival of Blockbuster, however things aren't exactly what they appear to be.

Reel Hooligans versus Wonder Woman


A few days back I sat down with some Reel Hooligans to talk Wonder Woman. Take a listen.

Darth Vader #1


Set earlier than Marvel's previous Darth Vader series, the new comic begins shortly following the events of Revenge of the Sith with a newly resurrected Darth Vader sent out to prove his work to the Emperor and earn himself a new lightsaber. The logic of his mission seems a bit off, even for a Sith proving himself to his master, and I don't know how I feel about the comic's goofy explanation for where red Kyber Crystals come from.

Dark Matter - Being Better Is So Much Harder


Dark Matter returns for its Third Season with a premiere primarily focused on picking up the pieces of the crew of the Raza's failure in last season's cliffhanger finale. With the station destroyed, the blink drive stolen, Nyx (Melanie Liburd) dead, and war eminent, the crew is separated in a struggle to survive. Five (Jodelle Ferland) and Commander Truffault (Torri Higginson) manage to make it back to the Raza only to be forced to defend the ship from invaders without the crew's more skilled warriors. Thankfully for them, they have the Android (Zoie Palmer).

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jessica Jones #9


Things have hardly been easy for Jessica Jones since her new comic launched. Released from prison and working undercover to help Carol Danvers take down a dangerous threat, she finds herself right back in prison after choosing to antagonize Sharon Cater who comes calling when S.H.I.E.L.D. learns the missing Maria Hill has hired the private eye.

Batman #24


Batman #24 teases a major change for Batman. There's little to no action here as the comic focuses on two separate conversations. The first involves Batman discussing the future with Gotham Girl, where she might go from here, and his own reasons for crime-fighting. This conversation leads into the other part of the story with Batman seeking out Catwoman and making a very unexpected proposal.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Doctor Who - Knock Knock


"Knock Knock" puts a Doctor Who twist on a classic haunted house story. After Bill (Pearl Mackie) signs a release with five friends to rent a creepy old house The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) becomes concerned. Insinuating himself into their first night on the house, the Time Lord discovers there's more to the old home than just creaky boards and odd sounds. The house, or to be more precise the alien bug creatures in the house, it turns out consume the renters one by one for the Landlord (David Suchet) who has been feeding the creatures unsuspecting tenants for decades.

First Look - Black Panther


Marvel's first teaser trailer for Black Panther gives us our first look at the final Marvel film heading into Avengers: Infinity War. Chadwick Boseman reprises his role from Captain America: Civil War as the king and protector of Wakanda known as the Black Panther. Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis also star. Originally planned for the Fall 2017 slot now filled by Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther opens in theaters in a far less prestigious February 2018 release date (notably the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to be thrown into the dumping ground of films).

Deadpool vs Fanime 2017

Kill la Kill - If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle...


The first episode of Kill la Kill introduces us to the rigid structure of the Honnōji Academy whose student council and their supporters are clad in super-powered Goku Uniforms which are the envy of the rest of the student body. The arrival of a new transfer student, a talented fighter with half a scissor-blade sword, will show the students that there is a match for even the mighty power of the the school uniforms.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tom Cruise vs. The Mummy and Her Zombie Horde


It's been more than eighty years since the first Mummy movie was released by Universal Pictures. Over the years the studio has put out other versions of the story, most recently with the increasingly disappointing films starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. With The Mummy not only does the studio hope to reboot the entire franchise but use the film to relaunch several of their other classic movie monster properties as part of their new interconnected Dark Universe.

Megan Leavey

Based on the true story of US Marine Corporal Megan Leavey and her four-legged partner Rex who served two deployments in Iraq finding hidden explosive devices and insurgent weapons, Kate Mara stars as a lost young woman who finds purpose as a K9 handler. With the potential pitfalls of being both an uplifting military tale and a movie about a woman and her dog, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and screenwriters Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, and Tim Lovestedt do a fair bit of work to not let things get too schmaltzy over the film's 116-minute running time (although at certain times in the film this becomes a losing battle).

As someone who doesn't mind a little schmaltz, as long as it serves the story (and it certainly does here), Megan Leavey delivers an engaging tale. Kate Mara may not be the typical idea of a Marine, but Leavey's story is hardly typical and the casting works. While she and the dog are the true stand-outs here, a grizzled Bradley Whitford (who it took me a moment to recognize) steals a scene or two as Megan's father. Harry Potter's Tom Felton also has a small role as a fellow dog handler. Less effective are the one-note performances of Edie Falco and Will Patton as Megan's mother and her boyfriend.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jerry Maguire

Writer/director Cameron Crowe's quotable film is re-released on a 20th Edition Blu-ray set. Tom Cruise stars as sports agent Jerry Maguire whose late night epiphany about working better for fewer clients (and less money) costs him his job, his fiance (Kelly Preston), and all but a single client. Leaving his firm and striking out on his own, Jerry builds a new life supporting the difficult wide receiver (Cuba Gooding Jr., who took home and Oscar for his role as Rod Tidwell) and falling for the one woman (Renée Zellweger) and her son (Jonathan Lipnicki) who follow him to his new enterprise.

20 years later the film proves to still be highly entertaining. Cruise and Gooding are terrific, her role would make the fresh-faced Zellweger a star, and young Jonathan Lipnicki is ridiculously cute. Schmaltzy at times but with a big heart, the film is worth seeking out if you haven't seen it in awhile. It may not be Cruise's best, but it's certainly one of his most watchable films.

iZombie - Return of the Dead Guy


With no murder to solve this week the characters of iZombie have to find other ways to pass the time. For Liv (Rose McIver) that means hallucinating her old boyfriend after munching down on the brains of killer for Peyton (Aly Michalka). This puts more than a little crimp in her new relationship with Justin (Tongayi Chirisa). Major (Robert Buckley) has no such problems as his days and nights are full of lust and debauchery with his new friend Shawna (Sarah Jurgens). Ravi's (Rahul Kohli) time with the zombie truthers is a little less sexy now that they've captured Don E (Bryce Hodgson) and plan to expose the truth about zombies on a livestream. Oh, and Blaine (David Anders) gets an unexpected visit from his old boss.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #26


When the city is attacked by kung fu dragons Mystery, Inc. calls in some help to deal with the situation. Who do you call when kung fu dragons attack? Hong Kong Phooey, of course.

Shadowhunters - Mea Maxima Culpa


The end of the regular TV season and the slow roll-out of summer premieres has led me to give Shadowhunters another chance. Nothing has changed much since I last checked in on the show. Despite being captrued by the Institute Valentine (Alan Van Sprang) continues to scheme about collecting all the Mortal Instruments, the Institute remains remarkably dim when it comes to listening to its prize students, and Clary (Katherine McNamara) and Jace's (Dominic Sherwood) relationship hasn't gotten any less complicated now that they apparently aren't siblings (umm...what?). There are a few new storylines since I last peeked in, the first involves the new threat of the greater demon Azazel (Brett Donahue) wreaking havoc in the world and Isabelle's (Emeraude Toubia) addiction to vampire venom putting her in danger and meeting a new friend in a London Shadowhunter named Sebastian (Will Tudor).

Bambi

Released 75 years ago, Walt Disney's Bambi offers the coming of age story of a white-tailed deer named Bambi and friends Thumper and Flower. Because of the age of the characters varies ove the course of the story, multiple actors were brought in to do the voice work of Bambi and his friends. Although an older Bambi has a on-screen rival for the affections of his lady love, Disney goes a bit darker here with the looming threat of Man being the true villain of the film responsible for both the death of Bambi's mother and later the fire which threatens the entire forest at the end of the film.

Even with a focus on making the animals more realistic, Disney still lost money on the feature in its initial release. However, it made it's money back (and then some) with several additional theatrical releases over the years. Because of its darker themes the film was met with a mixed reception initially, but has earned it's spot over the years as one of the best animated films ever made.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #4


The penultimate issue of Dark Horse's five-issue mini-series offers a further look into the life of the mysterious Visitor. Set decades after the first issue, Hellboy has grown into the hero that the alien always hoped he could be. However, he and the B.P.R.D. still need his unseen help from time to time with anonymous tips and even taking down a cult leader when needed.

Batman: The Animated Series Catwoman Pop! Vinyl Figure


You can pre-order this Batman: The Animated Series Catwoman Pop! Vinyl Figure for the low, low price of $11.

Selena Gomez - I Feel What The Heart Wants ( feat. The Weeknd)


Here's Selena Gomez with the official video for "I Feel What The Heart Wants" featuring The Weeknd.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Rick and Morty (Free Comic Book Day 2017)


2017's Rick and Morty Free Comic Book Day issue reprints the opening issue of Oni Press' ongoing Rick and Morty comic. In Part One of the Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street, Rick overreacts to Jerry's suggestion that Morty should get a part-time job. After signing up Morty in the stock market, Rick uses a device to tell the future to make business blissfully good for the pair. Of course, there are a couple of problems.

Batman and Harley Quinn trailer


I've got to admit I love Bruce Timm returning to the world of Batman: The Animated Series, however the recasting of Harley Quinn leaves something to be desired. Batman and Harley Quinn. The movie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 29th.

KATSUCON 2017 COSPLAY SHOWCASE (4 OF 4)

5 Film Collection: Sci-Fi

The highlight of this three-disc set is Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity. While similar to Avatar in the movie experience isn't quite complete outside of an IMAX 3D theater, the compelling look at an astronaut's (Sandra Bullock) struggle for survival following tragedy high above Earth was compelling enough to earn the #2 spot on my best of 2013 list.

The rest of the collection certainly isn't up to that standard. However, Midnight Special is a solid film about a father (Michael Shannon) attempting to look out for his son (Jaeden Lieberher) who a cult wants for the boy's mysterious gifts.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Angel Season Eleven #5


Sent by Illyria through time into the vampire's past, Angel and Fred find themselves on a ship bound for the new world where its crew is being picked off by Angelus and Darla. As with the first opening arc, this isn't a walk down memory lane where Fred and Angel are observers to events, instead the pair are active in the timestream and able to make changes to the past.

Super-Heroes Card Trader - Wonder Woman Awesome Pack


For more super-heroes check out Super-Hero Pack 1, Pack 2, Pack 3, Black Cat Pack 1, Lara Croft Pack 1, and Harley Quinn Pack 1, Pack 2, Pack 3, Pack 4, Birds of Prey Pack 1, Memorial Day Pack 1, X-Men Pack 1, and the X-Mas Mega Pack.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Alamo City 2017 Comic Con - Memorial Day (Part 1)

Wonder Woman

Released on home video eight years prior to the character getting her own theatrical live-action film, the animated feature 2009's Wonder Woman offers an origin story for Diana (Keri Russell) loosely based on the 80s comic reboot by George Perez following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. While the film may have not been the critical or monetary success DC hoped for, it's held up fairly well.

As with the new theatrical film, Wonder Woman gives us the basics of Diana's origins, the arrival of Steve Rogers (Nathan Fillion) on the island of Themyscira, Diana winning the right to be called Wonder Woman, and the return of Ares (Alfred Molina) who plans to wreak havoc on Earth.

Pretty Little Liars - The Glove That Rocks the Cradle


While Aria (Lucy Hale) gets her first real assignment from A.D., the rest of the Liars rally around Spencer (Troian Bellisario) who has become Marco's (Nicholas Gonzalez) number-one suspect in the murder of Archer Dunhill. Despite the Liars' attempts to obscure facts or Spencer's heartfelt plea to Marco, it doesn't seem that he's going to give up this investigation any time soon. With Aria destroying the new baby room, while also dealing with the stress of the publisher's idea for a Nicole-centric approach of Ezra's (Ian Harding) and her book, and Spencer getting grilled by her recent lover, it's hard to say which has the rougher go of things.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wonder Woman


It took four movies, but the DC Extended Universe has finally delivered a true super-hero movie. With Wonder Woman, for the first time, DC gives us a protagonist who is actually a hero (rather than one brought up to be selfish about his gifts, a group of killers brought together for a good cause, or one obsessed with murder and vengeance). I doubt the limited input of Zack Snyder or the lack of involvement from David Goyer is a coincidence. There's a lesson to be learned there, if anyone at DC or Warner Bros. is paying attention.

Detective Comics #957


With the extended arc surrounding the invasion of Gotham first by an army of Batmen an then by the League of Shadows, Detective Comics has let the actions of Spoiler fall through the cracks. Detective Comics #957 picks up this thread to let us in on what Stephanie Brown has been up to since the apparent death of Tim Drake.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lucifer - The Good, the Bad and the Crispy


Lucifer's Second Season finale wraps up Mum's (Tricia Helfer) storyline which was first teased way back in the First Season finale. While Chloe (Lauren German) begins investigating a murder caused by Lucifer's (Tom Ellis) mother, the devil spends most of the episode trying to find and convince Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) to restore the sword and push dear old Mum back into Heaven to be their father's problem. Trouble is, now that Amenadiel knows Lucifer isn't necessarily God's favorite son he's less inclined to help. While this is really just an excuse to draw out an important plot point, it does eventually serve a secondary purpose in the angel finding a way back to something he lost along the way.

WonderCon 2017 - Cosplay Music Video

Infamous Iron Man #8


Infamous Iron Man #8 offers us a confrontation of two would-be Iron Men. Tracking Doctor Doom back to Latveria, Riri Williams is surprised by not finding a fight waiting for her but a talk with a weary former villain attempting to make good. I'll credit writer Brian Michael Bendis for offering something different other than the "make 'em fight then work things out" you expect to see in just such an encounter. Instead Risi is completely thrown off by Doom's stance and his vision of the future.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Arrow - Lian Yu


The Fifth Season of Arrow comes to a close in an explosive season finale that returns Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) to Lian Yu to save his kidnapped friends and put an end to Prometheus (Josh Segarra) once and for all. And with the deck stacked against him, he's not going alone. It's homecoming week in the season finale as Ollie enlists the help of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), Digger Harkness (Nick E. Tarabay), and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). The final choice is a bit odd, considering the last dozen times we've seen him Deathstroke has been murderously intent on killing Oliver. Apparently sometimes prison rehabilitation works, as Slade is less murdery and crazy than we saw him last. While one of Oliver's rag-tag band betrays him, Slade proves to be worthy of his trust.

Super-Hero Card Trader - Memorial Day Awesome Pack


For more super-heroes check out Super-Hero Pack 1, Pack 2, Pack 3, Black Cat Pack 1, Lara Croft Pack 1, and Harley Quinn Pack 1, Pack 2, Pack 3, Pack 4, Birds of Prey Pack 1, X-Men Pack 1, and the X-Mas Mega Pack.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

iZombie - Dirt Nap Time / Eat a Knievel


While Liv (Rose McIver) helps Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the murders of a preschool teacher and a reality-TV adrenaline junkie (Robert Ri'chard) "Dirt Nap Time" and "Eat a Knievel" bring a return to form for Blaine (David Anders). Depressed over his recent break-up with Peyton (Aly Michalka), Blaine's life gets no easier with his father (Robert Knepper) and Don E (Bryce Hodgson) pushing in on his business and attempting to murder him. Returned to zombie form with a righteous fury, revenge on his dad, and big plans for zombie-kind, it appears the old Blaine is back. While I'm not surprised with the turn, I'd have liked to see the reformed Blaine stick around for a bit longer.

KATSUCON 2017 COSPLAY SHOWCASE (3 OF 4)

Red Nose Day Actually (The Love Actually Reunion)


As part of this year's Red Nose Day, an annual fund-raising event organised by British Comic Relief, the cast of Love Actually was brought back together. Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, and Chiwetel Ejiofor all return.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales


How does a movie based off an amusement park ride end up with four sequels? Taking a page out of the book of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest entry into the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise goes back to the beginning to try and recapture the magic of its best film. Although it delivers not much more than a pale imitation of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, borrowing heavily from every major plot point, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is easily the least shitty sequel in a franchise that knows something about shitty sequels.