Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Hardy Boys - In Plain Sight

As Frank (Rohan Campbell) and Callie (Keana Lyn) take part in the unorthodox testing for Rosegrave Preparatory School, Joe (Alexander Elliot) and Biff (Riley O'Donnell) attempt to learn something from the piece of fabric left behind at the brick factory. Only the final test of the day is notable, both for earning the pair acceptance to the school and in what Joe stumbles upon in their search. Each of the Hardy Boys learns something important as Frank discovers a hidden door in his Gloria's (Linda Thorson) house during the testing with ties to the symbol his mother was investigating, and Joe discovers the fabric left behind likely came from the coat of a police officer. Frank also meets his mother's high school sweetheart who may be able to provide some information about when his mother's search began.

Green Lantern #3

The Central Power Battery is offline, leaving Green Lanterns stranded across space without the use of their rings. While much of Green Lantern #3 makes use of John Stewart on a planet in the Dark Sector making due without the use of his ring, the rest of the comic catches up with other Lanterns taking us to Oa where Sojourner Mullein has returned from her mission in the Far Sector to try and rally what remains of the Corps.

The Flash - Good-Bye Vibrations

In a season that has often felt like both writers and characters are going through the motions, "Good-Bye Vibrations" puts larger storylines on hold, taking a welcome break from the Forces storyline, to say farewell to Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and to a lesser extent Kamilla (Victoria Park), as the couple prepare to leave Central City behind. The episode doesn't go crazy with flashbacks, but does offer a few callbacks as Barry (Grant Gustin) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) put on such a brave face that Cisco begins to wonder if his friends will miss him at all. The karaoke final scene fits the group well, and its intersting split on the most long-running members of Team Flash sticking with Vibe on his final night while the Citizen crew say goodbye to Kamilla.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Invincible Red Sonja #2

Red Sonja's return to Erkhara as the protector of Princess Zaria doesn't begin easily. Not only does she have to protect the princess against attack, but Sonja's return hasn't gone unnoticed by the kingdom's wizard who has put a bounty on Sonja's head as well. On the eve of the wedding, we also get an attack on Zaria's life and the theft of the crown jewels of the city. It doesn't appear things will get any easier for Sonja in the days to come.

Suicide Squad #4

Things go to hell pretty quickly for the Squad in issue #4. After the team returns with Red-X, Waller attempts unsuccessfully to break the new recruit up until he breaks free revealing he actually wanted to be taken captive.

Loki - Glorious Purpose

The new Loki follows the adventures of the version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), a "variant" from the normal passage of time, created during Avengers: Endgame. However, from the perspective of Loki, the events of his new series take place immediately after the events of The Avengers. This is an important distinction as this version of the character hasn't had the growth of over the years as the one seen over the remainder of the MCU. Loki is almost immediately captured by agents of the Time Variance Authority tasked with preventing branches in time and resetting variants such as Loki. Despite the TVA's plans to reset Loki, one agent sees the mischievous and untrustworthy character as a potential ally who they can use to track down a much more dangerous variant who has been killing members of the TVA while working towards some hidden purpose.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Black Cat #7

Black Cat #7 wraps up some long-running storylines concerning Black Cat's heist over the past couple of years and her rivalry with Odessa Drake and the Thieves Guild. Betrayed by the Black Fox, the Black Cat goes to extraordinary lengths to break her mentor's deal with Guilded Saint.

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Legacies - One Day You Will Understand

"One Day You Will Understand" offers a glimpse into the past of Cleo (Omono Okojie) to help explain her recent actions while Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) clues Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) into what he's been up to since his death and return from Malivore and the prison world, and Josie (Kaylee Bryant) offers Finch (Courtney Bandeko) a tour of the school. The result of the three stories will add a new student to the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted while two other characters will make their leave searching for ways to destroy Malivore.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #4

The four-issue mini-series comes to a close as Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm's time on the hidden island ends but not before Scarlett Santiago fights for the fate of the world by battling the raised vampire Vesperra who the ancestors of the island's current inhabitants locked away centuries before.

Kung Fu - Destiny

Kung Fu continues the show's tradition of a goofy set-up involving Nicky (Olivia Liang) helping someone in trouble while saving its best moments for character-driven scenes outside of the contrived set-up. The person in trouble this week is Chloe (Chelsea Clark) who disappears from Althea's (Shannon Dang) bachelorette party when she's blackmailed by an old friend (Richard Harmon) from her troubled past. Nicky and Henry (Eddie Liu) eventually track down the bling ring crew and stop them from robbing the Soong home as the main storyline ends with the show's only fight sequence. The bachelorette party, including Althea attempting to appease her mother-to-be, offers it's share of moments (as does the look-in at the groom's bachelor party), but it's what is happening with the Shen family which delivers the episode's best moments.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Money Plane

Money Plane is your typical B-movie action flick about thieves forced to take an impossible job. After the movie's opening heist goes bad, their backer (Kelsey Grammer) pushes the group into robbing a casino plane full of criminals wagering on anything dumb and/or repulsive. Led by Adam "Edge" Copeland, the team consists of Katrina Norman, Patrick Lamont Jr., and Andrew Lawrence with Thomas Jane as back-up. The modest budget and odd plot twists (some of which make absolutely no sense) are, I guess, to be expected from a movie called Money Plane.

When low-budget films work it's often on the charisma of its cast or the cleverness of its plot helping to overcome other deficiencies. Sadly, the cast gets no help from the screenplay. Some of the casting works. WWE Superstar Edge does all right for himself in the starring role, and his size is an advantage to several scenes (including the close-quarters fight inside of the plane's cockpit). I also enjoyed Norman as the team's resident ass-kicker. And Grammer is obviously enjoying himself playing the film's heavy. Sadly, the rest of the cast is mostly forgettable.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

How It Should Have Ended Kaiju Compilation

Marvel Vice Opening Titles

The Nerdist offers up some Miami Vice-style opening titles for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Black Widow #7

Black Widow #7 works as a transitionary issue moving the comic further from the opening arc and setting up a new group of fierce females (despite Black Widow consistently telling Yelena Belova that she's not interested in starting their own version of the Red Room). While offering Lucy, AKA Marigold, sanctuary, Widow hits up Anya Corazon to infiltrate Apogee.

Star Wars Adventures: The Weapon of A Jedi #1

Set between the events of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, the first issue of the four-issue mini-series offers a solo mission for Luke. The series is an adaptation of the young adult novel and the first issue puts Luke on the surface of the planet of Devaron pulled by a calling in the Force he doesn't quite understand after being shot down by Imperials.

M.O.D.O.K - If This Be... M.O.D.O.K.!

While Marvel's Cinematic Universe has been a tremendous success, Marvel Comics' attempts at animation have fallen far short. With Marvel's various animated projects falling somewhere between middling and truly awful, with a few exceptions, DC has had a decided advantage in the animated space for the last three decades. Into that space comes Marvel's M.O.D.O.K, delivered on Hulu rather than Disney+ for the more adult nature of the stop-motion series centered around the bizarre character of the same name voiced here by Patton Oswalt. In the first episode we see M.O.D.O.K. nearly bankrupt his evil organization A.I.M. forcing him to sell out to large tech company GRUMBL. M.O.D.O.K also has trouble at home where his wife, now a successful mommy blogger, is looking for some space from her husband.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Reyders of the Lost Ark


Batman: Black and White #6

The latest volume of Black and White ends with a quintet of stories featuring Batman from different writers and artists in black and white. While the issue doesn't include a stand-out story, perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is "The Abyss" in which Hugo Strange interviews three different people with recent interactions with Batman who are all left with decidedly different impressions of Gotham City's vigilante.

Cleopatra in Space - Akila Says No

There's a simple premise to "Akila Says No" as Cleopatra (Lilimar) and Brian (Jorge Diaz) try to convince the always agreeable Akila (Katie Crown) it's sometimes okay to say no. From time-consuming chores to a trip barter with space scavengers, it's a chore to get their friend to finally refuse to do something (a lesson she learns which backfires on the group after making it safely away from the scavengers). The episode's epilogue is also notable for introducing Cleo to Pharoh Yosira, foreshadowing more interacts to come.