Thursday, August 16, 2018


Alpha is pretty much what you would expect. The screenplay by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt combines well-established tropes of the long road home and a boy and his dog for an inoffensive summer popcorn flick. If director Albert Hughes (who also wrote the original story) isn't that ambitious, he does succeed in producing a passable tale.

The film's opening scene introduces us to Kedo (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a young warrior on his first hunt. The son of the chief (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson), Kedo has the burden of the clan's expectations on him. Separated from his group, and believed dead, an injured Kedo is forced to travel the long distance home alone, that is until he befriends a wolf he names Alpha.

Darth Vader #19

One of the interesting concepts introduced in Star Wars Rebels was the role of the Inquisitors. Force-trained minions sent to hunt the remaining Jedi, the concept opened a new world of characters and potential stories to explore. Darth Vader #19 returns these characters (including an appearance by the Grand Inquisitor) as Vader and his Dark Side army show up to kill a former member of the Jedi Council and take his newborn for nefarious purposes.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

Things get pretty bleak for the Outlaws in the over-sized twenty-fifth issue. After fleeing from the police, the Red Hood runs into one pissed-off Batman who isn't too happy with his former partner's recent actions (such as murdering the Penguin on live television). Having broken their agreement that Jason could operate in Gotham City under the sole condition that he wouldn't take a life, the Red Hood must face the music. Lucky for him, his friends step in to avoid him from getting his ass kicked any more than necessary.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Domino #5

While the overall plot of Domino versus her new arch-nemeses doesn't progress much, there's still quite a bit to enjoy this issue including our girl grasping a measure of insight while fighting off a club full of enemies alongside Shang-Chi. Finding calm in the storm, Domino realizes that her powers can work for her (and why that can terrify all those around her).

Elementary - How to Get a Head / Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

Elementary gets a bit cheeky with its latest two episodes. The puntastically titled "How to Get a Head" centers around the discovery of a headless victim whose death initially appears to be linked to the occult. And in "Uncanny Valley of the Dolls" the sole witness to a murder turns out be a sex bot whose memories help Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) catch a killer. In each episode Bell (Jon Michael Hill) is the focus of the B-story, first in the search for a detective to replace him when he leaves the NYPD (foreshadowing some possible trouble for Holmes and the department in the future) and later in and old acquaintance (Ian Hart) of Sherlock holding up Bell's chances to get into the US Marshals out of spite. While Holmes' attempt to cherry-pick Bell's successor may have failed, he proves to have far more success in his carrot and stick approach to removing the vindictive roadblock to Bell's career change.

Catwoman #2

Catwoman's investigation into the impostor responsible for burglary and murder, tarnishing our protagonist's already bruised name, leads her to a warehouse full of fakes and more questions. Quickly dispatching the women, who turn out mostly to be unemployed actresses, Selena is left with a single breadcrumb to trail back to the man who hired them (but still no clue, as yet, as to why).

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Supergirl #21

Supergirl #21 is a transitional issue that gives Kara a new purpose and mission far from her adopted home. Recent events with Rogol Zaar have raised far too many questions for the Maid of Might, and after the discovery that even the Guardians of the Universe have something to hide about the mad man who claims to have destroyed Krytpton, Supergirl heads out to find answers.

Killjoys - What to Expect When You're Expecting...An Alien Parasite

"What to Expect When You're Expecting...An Alien Parasite" is a fun episode that finally features all the core characters together under one roof. While trying to figure out how to help Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), more of Dutch's (Hannah John-Kamen) time in the Green is revealed (although still not how she managed to escape). While we still don't understand why the Green crystallized following her return to the real world, we now know why Aneela stayed behind and what the Lady wanted from Dutch. As for Johnny, his attempt to kill himself not only revealed a way to de-Hullenize him but also how to deliver Delle Seyah Kendry's (Mayko Nguyen) baby, which it turns out isn't a tentacle monster ready to enslave the human race. I don't know if I'm relieved or disappointed.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Fantastic Four #1

The Fantastic Four don't actually appear in the first issue of their new series, at least not together. Nearly the entire issue takes place on Earth where the sudden appearance of the Fantastic Four logo in the sky causes very different reactions for the Human Torch (whose hope is dashed when he discovers the entire episode was nothing more than a prank of local kids) and the Thing (who knows all too well that his family is gone).

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #25

Taking a break from recent events, and stretching out new abilities, Leonardo travels to the Astral Plane where he encounters an unusual guide and an unexpected adversary. Tied to recent events, but very much a standalone story, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #25 is an interesting issue that takes place almost entirely in the mental/spiritual realm.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Star Wars Rebels - The Complete Fourth Season

The final season of Star Wars Rebels begins with the Rebels helping the Mandalorians rescue Sabine's (Tiya Sircar) father and ends with a final battle between the Rebellion and the Empire for Lothal. In-between, the season offers several highlights including the loss of a member of the Ghost, a large victory for Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen), the return of Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), and episodes exploring how Lothal's creatures are tied to Rebel's fate against the Empire. I know there are those that prefer The Clone Wars (and I'm happy to see it return in limited form), but I'd much prefer more episodes featuring these characters.

Elementary - Through the Fog

After a biological bomb is set-off inside the 11th Precinct, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) work to find as much about the attack as possible. When evidence begins to point that the person who activated the bomb is still quarantined on the floor, the group of suspects narrows as Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and Bell (Jon Michael Hill) begin to look both at the visitors caught in the quarantine and other cops. The bomb going off, and Bell's heroics while getting a heavy dose of the gas, set a high intensity level for the episode that forces Holmes and Watson to make some dangerous new friends in search for much-needed information. Following an episode that suggested Bell might be on his way out of the department in the near future, the show also manages to offer a plausible chance for him not to make it out of the situation.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #254

The focus of the latest "Special Mission" one-shot story turns its attention on Destro. We catch up to the weapons supplier in the middle of a sales pitch to a wealthy, but reluctant, prospective client. In a series of controlled tests, Destro showcases the inventions of M.A.R.S. Industries, but its not until an attack by the client's enemies who rips through existing defenses and leaves only Destro between the man and certain death that the true salesmanship begins.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #22

Ben Reilly and Kaine both follow their own leads which will lead both Scarlet Spiders to the Diogenes Initiative. For Kaine that means sneaking into the top secret facility and getting chased around by a giant two-headed dog before getting taking down by Nakano (although, to be fair, she did cheat).

Take Two - About Last Night

Take Two didn't waste much time throwing its stars in bed together, even if they don't remember just what happened the night before. Waking up in bed with no memory of their previous 24 hours, Sam (Rachel Bilson) and (Eddie Cibrian attempt to piece together what happened to them. Through a few breadcrumbs, and working around the misinformation offered by their client (Jewel Staite), the pair eventually trace their path to a rogue government agent and a missing vial of a deadly toxin capable of taking out the entire city.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Killjoys - Bro-D Trip

"Bro-D Trip" focuses on the Jacobi brothers and their search for Green while leaving Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) to fend for herself against Juno Clay (Billy MacLellan) who plans to hunt down the Killjoys and take her baby to recoup lost expenses. Throughout the episode, a more devious and murderous Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) continues to struggle with the effects of Hullen psychosis (even going so far as to actually shoot is brother in the back at one point). Dutch's (Hannah John-Kamen) appearance at the end of the episode saves D'Avin (Luke Macfarlane) but leaves all kinds of questions about what is happening in the minds of two of the show's three stars.

Voltron - The Black Paladins

With Shiro's (Josh Keaton) betrayal revealed, Keith (Steven Yeun) tracks his friend through a wormhole leading to a violent confrontation between the two Paladins of the Black Lion. The sequences between the two feature flashbacks to Keith's childhood, underlining the big/little brother relationship between the pair and the tragedy of their current confrontation. Despite being led to a facility full of Shiro clones, Keith continues to try and save what may or may not actually be his friend (while fighting for his life). Back on the Castle of Lions, Pidge (Bex Taylor-Klaus) and the rest deal with a virus unleashed by Shiro which threatens the destruction of the castle and all their lives. And there's more shifting alliances between Lotor (A.J. LoCascio) and his former lieutenants who choose to side with Lotor over Haggar (Cree Summer) as the season moves closer to its finale.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin is a safe, by-the-numbers, inoffensive Disney live-action film that is likely to appease (although probably not delight) its target audience. Based on the Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A. A. Milne, Ewan McGregor stars as the fictional character Christopher Robin (originally based on Milne's own son) who has grown-up and left his childish things long behind and currently is lost in a stressful job while struggling to connect to his wife (Hayley Atwell) and daughter (Bronte Carmichael). In the midst of a crisis, Christopher Robin is shocked by the sudden appearance of his old friend Winnie-the-Pooh (Jim Cummings) who arrives in London and enlists Christopher Robin to help find the rest of the old gang who have disappeared.

There's an interesting idea for a dark comedy in Christopher Robin about a middle-aged man having a psychotic break and running into the countryside with a make-believe talking bear made of felt. Sadly, that's nowhere near the film Disney was interested in making. Instead, Christopher Robin takes his pal back to the old stomping grounds and, while in search of the other characters, rediscovers a bit of his old self.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds is a mess. It's as if someone took an entire season of a Freeform sci-fi series made for a tweenage fanbase and condensed it into a single two-hour film. Based on the story structure and pacing you can tell immediately that the movie was adapted from a novel. Drawn-out events are presented in meandering fashion as we follow Ruby (played in early scenes by Lidya Jewett and later by Amandla Stenberg) through a troubling adolescence when she becomes mutated by a virus that leaves 98% of the world's children dead and the remainder gifted with poorly explained powers.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49 continues the war between the Green Lantern Corps and their various allies versus the Darkstars. In a coordinated assault, Hal Jordan and Hector Hammond attack the Controllers, disrupting the inter-connectivity of the Darkstars, giving their allies a fighting chance.

Elementary - Breathe

Unable to prove their suspect, a drug company owner who has made a career of buying life-saving drugs cheap before jacking up the price for a tidy profit, was responsible for the recent poisoning of a hitman, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) set out to discover who their suspect hired the hitman to kill four years ago. Surprised to discover that their suspect did indeed kill a scientist, but didn't use their victim to do so, the detectives follow the breadcrumbs left by the poison victim to find the truth and discover why a man whose life had been spent killing others for money would commit the most selfless act possible.

Aphrodite V #1

Set in the near future of Los Angeles which is experiencing a new wave of crime that has been spurred on by the rise of black-market technology comes Aphrodite V. A sentient, artificially intelligent robot created by a global creation bent on controlling the world, Aphrodite V escaped from her masters and is now free to determine her own fate. In Aphrodite V #1 that means saving the life of a single wealthy individual who can grasp just who and what she is.

Kalani as D.Va (Overwatch)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Charlie's Angels #2

The comic's opening arc continues with Charlie being attacked and abducted by the mysterious foreign agents who use the man's anonymity against the Angels by supplying just the right amount of disinformation to trick the trio into unintentionally helping out their interests. While their endgame is still unclear, we now see how they plan to toy with our detectives.

Coming Soon - Colette

Here's the first look at Colette starring Keira Knightley as the French novelist. Dominic West, Aiysha Hart, Fiona Shaw, and Denise Gough also star.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Take Two - The Devil You Know

Tattiawna Jones guest-stars as a bounty hunter acquaintance of Eddie (Eddie Cibrian who ropes the dectives into helping her track down a large bounty. Not listening to her partner's concerns, Sam (Rachel Bilson) jumps in with both feet which eventually gets the pair into trouble. "The Devil You Know" is a mostly forgettable episode highlighted by another Charlie's Angels style undercover turn for Sam (this time in a biker bar) and the return of Brian Markinson who plays Eddie into unintentionally helping the former judge's chances at trial through a convoluted subplot that does eventually lead to an interesting scene between the two actors. If he should be released, just how large a role with the judge turned criminal mastermind play in the episodes to come?

Action Comics #1001

Brian Michael Bendis' run on Action Comics begins with the writer quickly putting to rest the rumors that Superman is responsible for the rash of fires in Metropolis. The idea that a criminal would pay a kid to implicate the Man of Steel to shift the investigation offers some reasoning for the bombshell and also temporarily hinders Superman's investigation (although is likely a big mistake in the long term).

Monday, July 30, 2018

Killjoys - Johnny Dangerously

Last week's season premiere caught us up with Dutch's (Hannah John-Kamen) adventures in the Green and offered a flashback to how she and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) became RAC agents. "Johnny Dangerously" catches us up with the rest of the characters including the marooned Jacobi brothers and Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen), and lets us know what happened to the rest of the good guys following the sudden halt in the battle against the Hullen. Stuck in the middle of nowhere D'Avin (Luke Macfarlane) and Kendry take rash action to save a dying Johnny by injecting him with the Green. The process saves his life but also makes him more unstable and unpredictable.

Bikini Chain Gang

2004's Bikini Chain Gang was a made-for-TV erotic thriller. It's the kind of low-rent, poorly written and poorly acted, and highly sexualized movie you might find late night on Showtime or Cinemax. It appears this was made $12.50 on a lazy summer day by those with only a loose understanding of what a movie is.

We begin with a waitress (Beverly Lynne) unwilling to put out for her sleazy boss being framed as an accomplice to a robbery and sent to a Maximum Security Prison where she finds herself at the mercy of a sadistic prison guard (Nicole Sheridan).

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Very much a sequel to Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Mission: Impossible - Fallout brings back both heroes and villains from the previous film. As we saw in Rogue Nation, the various other government agencies are still struggling to work with the IMF. This isn't helped when three nuclear warheads slip through Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) hands in the opening action sequence and are about to be sold on the black market to a terrorist with delusions of grandeur.

Forced to work with CIA thug August Walker (Henry Cavill), Hunt and his team (Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg both return) accept their assignment, but, as usually happens, things don't go according to plan. Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris both return to reprise their roles from the last film as a potential love interest for Ethan and a villain harboring and even bigger boner for the spy who put him behind bars.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Since the show's introduction back in 2013, Teen Titans Go! has met with mixed reaction from fans. Some love the madcap feel of the short adventures while other felt DC strayed too far from the earlier (more serious take) found on the first Teen Titans animated series. Even if the show's writing has been somewhat inconsistent, I've enjoyed my share of Teen Titans Go! and my only real question was whether or not its slapstick style could work stretched out over a feature film? You bet your ass it can.

Voltron - The Colony

"The Colony" offers the turning point to the season that been foreshadowed for several episodes. The return of Keith (Steven Yeun) allows for the reveal of who Lotor (A.J. LoCascio) really is, and what despicable lengths he is willing to go to in his quest for quintessence (including harvesting Alteans as living batteries). It seems there's more than a little of his father in Lotor. Unfortunately for Allura (Kimberly Brooks), Keith doesn't arrive soon enough to spare her heartache.

Stellar #2

Issue #2 features Stellar squaring off against her old friends while intercutting the battle and its aftermath with flashbacks to Stellar's past and how, as children, they were chosen and turned into weapons for a higher purpose by a fascist government with their own agenda.

Elementary - Meet Your Maker

While on the search into a missing online dominatrix and part-time inventor, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) uncover the fact that both the woman and her boyfriend have been making illegal guns for a local gang (who have decided to cut out the middle man, kidnap the pair, and force them to teach the gang how to make the guns on their own). In an episode packed with quite a bit of plot, "Meet Your Maker" skips over the police taking down the gang and recovering the missing pair, instead of focusing on slowly unraveling why the motives behind her disappearance.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It's Anime Expo 2018 - Celebrate Cosplay Independence (Part 1)

Batman #51

It appears even Gotham's wealthiest bachelor can't escape his civic duty. Batman meets 12 Angry Men in the first issue of the post-Catwoman arc which features Bruce Wayne selected as one of the jurors for Victor Fries' trial for triple homicide. Tied to the courtroom, it falls on Nightwing to act as a stand-in for the Batman while Bruce struggles with listening to a defense attorney rip apart the case Batman built.

First Look - Shazam!

Here's our first look at the upcoming film featuring Zachary Levi as Earth's Mightiest Mortal. There's a little too much of the New 52 version of the character creeping in here than I'd like, but it looks like there may be some fun to have with the character formerly known as Captain Marvel getting his own film. Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, and Michelle Borth also star. The movie opens in theaters on April 5th.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Take Two - Death Becomes Him

With the help of former Castle star Seamus Dever, Take Two delivers a fun episode involving a client (Dever) who hires Sam (Rachel Bilson) and Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) to save him from a hitman he hired when he mistakenly believed he was dying of cancer. Even after stopping the hitman, however, the detectives discover he isn't the only one who wants their client dead. With a plot that could easily have been used for Castle (or a number of other shows), Take Two allows the mystery of the week to drive the show and its cast to support it (and allow for some wacky fun such as dressing up the client to attend his own funeral). Dever is enjoyable as the paranoid quality control engineer and there are more than a few false trails for Sam and Eddie to navigate before discover the true motive for the crime. While the previous episodes of the series have ranged from meh to okay, this is the first legitimately good episode of Take Two. Maybe there's hope for it yet.

First Look - Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season Seven)

News broke at Comic-Con that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would return for a Seventh Season on Disney's a 12-episode run on Disney's new streaming service. The trailer includes fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) who was written of the show at the end of its Fifth Season and appeared later on Star Wars Rebels.

Killjoys - The Warrior Princess Bride

While temporarily putting the bizarre adventures of the Green on hold, Season Four of Killjoys opens with a bedtime story for Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen). After she is wounded inside the Green by the Lady, Khlyen (Rob Stewart) offers the daughter he raised a bedtime story which he hopes will give Dutch the strength to fight back against their mysterious adversary. That story just so happens to be how Dutch and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) got to the Quad and became Killjoys. While I'm still very much on the fence about the Green and how much of the series the storyline has taken up, its fun to see the show return to simpler times for our two heroes.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Wild Storm #15

With The Wild Storm #15 the tensions between I.O. and Skywatch continue to escalate and Henry Bendix attacks the Earth from space in retaliation with of one of his little sticks. While a temporary ceasefire is put into place between the two agencies following Bendix's latest move, it is unlikely to last (especially as both sides continue to plan for the destruction of the other).

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Both sequel and prequel to 2008's Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again returns most of the core cast for another romcom plot set to the music of ABBA. Since we saw her last, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has managed to breathe new life in the dream of her recently departed mother (Meryl Streep) and is working towards the grand opening of the hotel. The return of her mother's best friends (Christine Baranski and Julie Walters) helps lessen the pressure of her estranged relationship to Sky (Dominic Cooper) and the absences of two of her three fathers on the eve of the big day.

There are some improvements here as co-writer and director Ol Parker limits the singing roles for some actors who struggled in the first film while allowing other actors to carry the bulk of the musical numbers. The flashback plot to Donna's original trip to Greece allows the casting of younger versions of all the characters in actors who are a bit more comfortable belting out the songs when called upon. Lily James is the stand-out as the younger Donna as the other actors look to have been primarily cast first for their physical likeness, second for their singing ability, and (unfortuantely) last for their ability to act.

Domino #4

Abandoned by their bestie, Domino's gal pals go in search of the villains targeting their friend. Unfortunately they find them. While the flashbacks suggest there might be a familial relationship between the two, Domino #4 reveals that there is indeed a connection between the powers of both Prototype and Domino. Domino's luck is derived from Prototype while making Domino hurt makes Prototype... well, honestly, I'm not exactly sure what his powers are yet.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Superman #1

Following up the pair's six-issue mini-series The Man of Steel, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the new ongoing Superman title. Superman #1 re-introduces readers to Superman's world, offers the creation of a new Fortress of Solitude, and includes cameos of Justice League members checking in after recent events.

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Elementary - You've Come a Long Way, Baby

Although she doesn't appear in the episode, Jaime Moriarty's (Natalie Dormer) shadow looms large over "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" as Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) mulls over his father's (John Noble) plea for Sherlock to help him kill the only woman his son has ever loved before she kills his father. Of course there's also a case of the week to solve, this one involving murder, cigarette smuggling, and an ATF undercover operation that has spiraled out of control, but it's Sherlock's dilemma which carries the episode.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Game Night

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in this forgettable comedy as competitive couple Max and Annie who host a weekly game night for their friends Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), and Gary (Jesse Plemons) and his girl of the moment. When Max's more successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) hijacks game night with an elaborate murder mystery trouble ensues as "coincidentally" Brooks just happens to be kidnapped for real on the same night he hired actors to kidnap him as part of the game. And no one realizes it isn't a game.

The script by Mark Perez (Accepted, Herbie Fully Loaded) offers some cheap laughs and chuckles, if you can swallow the absurd pretense. Lots of time is given to the relationships of the various couples, but it's really only when all are involved and the crazy is turned up to 11 (such as throwing a priceless piece of art around a gangster's mansion) that things get interesting.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #21

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #21 offers two separate storylines for Ben Reilly and Kaine, while leading each down a path which should bring both Scarlet Spiders back together in the next issue. Reilly's search for the doctor who can cure Abigail Mercury ends in a fight with Sauron, and a cryptic message from the dying scientist about the Diogenes Initiative.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Take Two - Ex's and Oh's

The latest case hits close to home when Sam's (Rachel Bilson) ex-fiance (Greyston Holt), the one who dumped her on the red carpet, shows up after his home was burglarized. One of the items stolen from the apartment was the actor's laptop which just happens to include a sex tape of the pair of them he never got around to deleting. Sam and Eddie's (Eddie Cibrian) search into the burglary turns up the laptop but also draws the attention of some very bad people and the DEA who believe Sam's ex may be into heroin smuggling and money laundering. While there's still plenty of room for improvement,"Ex's and Oh's" is the best episode of the series so far offering a rationale for Sam's overreactions and more enjoyable moments between Berto (Xavier de Guzman) and Monica (Alice Lee).

The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Although I like the character, the are a couple of reasons I haven't been a regular reader on one of his titles for quite some time. The character's convoluted, and often retconned, history (which has been patched so often you can't see what it was originally supposed to look like) and writers who focus on making Peter Parker's life a struggle without capturing the joy of being Spider-Man, have too often made Spidey comics a chore to read.

The New Legends of Monkey - Hope Must Never Die

Although the set-up in the first episode of The New Legends of Monkey is a bit awkward, there is some fun to be had. In "Hope Must Never Die" we are introduced to a young monk (Luciane Buchanan) who, after the death of her master and a group of four warriors at the hand of a demon (Jarred Blakiston), it will fall on to bring back the Monkey King who can help restore order to the demon infested lands. Initially our heroine has the crown of the Monkey King in her position but doesn't know his location and is preparing a long quest to find him, and then all of the sudden she lacks the crown but knows exactly where the trapped body of the Monkey King resides. Like I said, a bit awkward. The episode spends quite a bit of time introducing us to characters irrelevant to our monk or her champion, who she does free at the end of the episode and takes on the name Tripitaka to help fulfill her master's quest.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Voltron - Monsters & Mana

Okay, that was awesome! With their down time, the Paladins of Voltron sit down with Coran (Rhys Darby) for an Altean roleplaying game known as "Monsters & Mana." Almost completely separate from the other storylines of the season, the Dungeons & Dragons style episode proves to be the best of the series. Given the opportunity to play as different characters, we get Pidge (Bex Taylor-Klaus) as a Dwarf, Allura (Kimberly Brooks) as an archer, Hunk (Tyler Labine) as a mage, Lance (Jeremy Shada) as a thief, and (to the disappointment of all) Shiro (Josh Keaton) as a Paladin, as they work together to complete their quest and leave the larger issues of the galaxy to be solved for another day.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Star Wars #50

Issue #50 kicks off a new arc that shows the culmination of the Rebellion's hard work. The Rebel Fleet has finally been assembled. It's an impressive sight to behold. Finally, the Rebellion has a weapon to fight back against the Empire. While showing it off new toys and new level of unity to their closest allies, however, things begin to go horribly wrong.