Thursday, August 11, 2022

Swimsuit Cosplay Awesome Pack

It's been a hot summer, so why not celebrate a few cosplayers giving us the swimsuit version of some of their favorite characters?

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Hardy Boys - The Missing Camera

As Frank (Rohan Campbell) goes down a wrong turn snooping into a town recluse who he mistakes for the man responsible for Dennis' (Leonidas Castrounis) disappearance, Callie (Keana Lyn) makes a trip to see Gloria (Linda Thorson) who offers an opportunity to help with her scholarship problems (and what is she offering Fenton?), and Phil (Cristian Perri) helps Biff (Riley O'Donnell) look into finding her birth mother. The main takeaway for the Hardy Boys is that Frank's extra-sight turns out to be far less reliable than he was hoping, leaving the young detectives back at square one.

Zorro: Black & White Noir #1

Zorro: Black & White Noir #1 takes us back to 19th Century California for thee tales of Zorro in black and white. Although none of stories is a standout, each features a fun tale for Zorro fans with different takes on the character. An older Zorro near the end of his career makes an appearance in London to prevent the theft of a giant diamond from a technology exhibition in "A Thing of the Past" which features Zorro relying more on his wits against the giant robot.

Only Murders in the Building - The Tell

Returning supporting characters play key roles in "The Tell" as Charles (Steve Martin) begins corresponding with Jan (Amy Ryan) who puts his suspicions on to Mabel's (Selena Gomez) new friend Alice (Cara Delevingne) as the possible killer. Oliver (Martin Short) finds the timing of Alice's arrival so close after Bunny's (Jayne Houdyshell) murder suspicious, a theory he quite publicly during a party where he pulls out one his favorite games. Although he doesn't get the confession he sought, there is obviously more going on with Alice than meets the eye as a more than capable liar with the ability to keep her cards close to the vest (or hide them in her purse).

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Moon Knight #14

Marc Spector fights two battles in the latest issue of Moon Knight. The first is against the pair of assassins, Nemean and Grand Mal, the Tutor sends after Moon Knight. Hidden to the world, taking place entirely within his psyche at the same time of the attack, Marc talks through the concerns of Steven Grant and Jake Lockley who have allowed Marc to take the lead but have grown increasingly concerned with not only his choices but the reasons behind them.

Big Hero 6 - Issue 188

Hiro's (Ryan Potter) life at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology  gets more complicated when Professor Granville (Jenifer Lewis) pairs him up with another younger student. While similar in age, Karmi (Haley Tju) is certainly not similar in temperament wanting nothing to do with the student who took her spot as the youngest student ever accepted to the university. The relationship is further complicated by Karmi's huge crush on Big Hero 6's Hiro who she doesn't notice is the exact same person.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #296

Following up the events of "High Stakes" where the Joes infiltrated the new casino on Cobra Island, IDW's final arc of the G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero comic (which continues the storyline began years earlier in Marvel Comics) begins here on the journey issue #300. Deep under the casino, our team of outnumbered and outgunned Joes including Scarlett, Helix , Sean, Jinx, and Dawn are attempting to make a stand and hold out in Dr. Mindbender's lab until help can arrive.

Predator

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the summer of 1987 and the team-up between director John McTiernan and and action star Arnold Schwarzenegger which gave us Predator. While I wouldn't rank Predator as his best film, it's certainly worthy to be in the discussion coming during the greatest stretch of his career between 1984 and 1991 when he starred in The Terminator, Commando, Predator, The Running Man, Twins, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Monday, August 8, 2022

Blood & Treasure - Tales of the Golden Tiger

The search for Kate (Victoria Diamond) takes Danny (Matt Barr) and Lexi (Sofia Pernas) to Vietnam where they enlist the help of Shaw (Michael James Shaw) where they learn she isn't so much kidnapped as working for the CIA who staged her abduction to try and spur the pair into finding the Soul of Genghis Khan. Instead time is wasted looking into the people tied the shadowy organization after the banner including sneaking into an underground fighting ring where Lexi runs into her old partner Violet (Michelle Lee).

The New Champion of SHAZAM! #1

Mary has left her old life behind and started college Vassar, but it seems her old life isn't done with her just yet. Billy may be gone, but SHAZAM needs a new champion. Despite her protests, loud and awkwardly to a talking bunny only she can hear, that hero is Mary.

It's Star Wars Celebration 2022 Rise of the Costumers Part III

The Old Man - IV

Nothing goes exactly as planned for Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges) in the fourth episode of the series. After arriving in Los Angeles, his business dealings in hopes of putting him in touch with an enemy of his enemy are stymied, Zoe (Amy Brenneman) discovers she has some leverage in the situation after all and makes an outrageous demand, and our super-spy is unable to talk Emily (Alia Shawkat) of getting on a plane with Harold Harper (John Lithgow) for a face-to-face meeting with the boogeyman of our story.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Prey

Boys are so dumb. And Predators are cool again. With themes that simple, how can you go wrong? It only took 25 years, but someone finally found a way to make a really good sequel to 1987's Predator. Set in the 18th Century, our protagonist is a Comanche healer (Amber Midthunder) who wants nothing more to become a hunter for the tribe like her brother (Dakota Beavers). Struggling to prove herself, Naru (Midthunder) will come across our Predator cutting a bloody swath through forest creatures, the disbelieving Comanche, and the scummy French fur-trappers before turning its attention on our young warrior.

Returning our hunter to a natural setting, and setting it in the past against those with far less complex weapons, while offering a compelling emotional story focused on the human stars proves to be just the recipe for what is easily the best sequel of the franchise.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - A Quality of Mercy

After getting off-track for a couple of episodes, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds rights the ship for the season finale that touches on one of the major themes of the season as well as explore one of the original series episodes in a new way. In something akin to Marvel's What If..., "A Quality of Mercy" examines what might happen if you removed the Enterprise's most famous captain from one of his biggest moments of his early career and instead left Captain Pike (Anson Mount) in command. The time travel is made possible by the arrival of Pike's older self letting him know the consequences if he attempts to change the outcome of his accident several years in the future.

The Boys - Payback

It's been awhile since I sat down and watched The Boys. A few minutes into Third Season premiere reminds me why. I'll admit, the show works as gritty fun of awful people doing awful things to each other, but it's hard for me to stay invested in a show that doesn't have a single likeable character. Following the events of the previous season, Hughie (Jack Quaid) has a desk job and is now running Butcher (Karl Urban) and The Boys, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) is offered a major promotion, and Homelander (Antony Starr) is still in damage control mode for dating a Nazi. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Bullet Train

Brad Pitt is having fun. I wish I could say the same in watching his latest film. Sure, he's great, but sadly Bullet Train is neither as smart or fun as needs to be. There's plenty of talent here starting with Pitt as the unluckiest bad guy ever, and the setting allows for all kinds of crazy antics, but somehow it just never quite clicks. Rather than the film oozing cool, like Ocean's Eleven, you can feel the desperation of wanting to be cool from nearly every frame of the uneven story of a bunch of killers trapped together on a bullet train in Japan. 

G.I. JOE: The Movie

Wayback Wednesday takes us back to 1987 and the animated feature birthed from the G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero cartoon which is nearly as incomprehensible today as it was 35 years ago. Originally intended for a theatrical release, the movie instead went straight-to-video. It was also later split into separate episodes fitting the formula of several other multi-episode arcs of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

The Variants #2

There's quite a lot happening all at once to Jessica Jones. Some old lingering programing from the Purple Man has resurfaced threating everyone around her, variants of Jessica from around the Multiverse have begun appearing (although since Jessica is in no mood to talk with them, it's not clear what they are after), she's a little too happy to see Matt Murdock is still alive, and an old friend is attempting to recruit her into a new super-team.

Only Murders in the Building - Here's Looking at You

"Here's Looking at You" introduces Zoe Margaret Colletti as Zoe, the daughter from Charles' (Steve Martin) old relationship that walks back into his life on the shooting of the new Brazzos show. Although she plays coy over the reasons behind her visit, she does help our trio of amateur detectives discover the hidden passages within the Arconia. This explains how someone is planting evidence in attempts to frame them for Bunny's (Jayne Houdyshell) murder. It also allows them to spy on their neighbors including both Nina (Christine Ko) and the returning Teddy Dimas (Nathan Lane) who is back in the Arconia awaiting trial and promising to fuck Oliver (Martin Short) over.

Iron Cat #2

The team -up of of Black Cat and Iron Man begins as the unlikely duo begin to work together to stop Tamara Blake and retrieve the Iron Cat armor she stole in order to avenge their shared mentor the Black Fox. The second issue fills in gaps for readers, offering us flashbacks to Felicia and Tamara's shared past and plenty of examples how both characters think and act leading Felicia to set the kind of trap for her old friend she knows Tamara can't ignore. 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Big Hero 6 - Baymax Returns

Set after the events of the movie, the two-part opener to the Big Hero 6 series follows Hiro (Ryan Potter) to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology where he begins re-assembling Baymax (Scott Adsit) which he attempts to hide from Professor Granville (Jenifer Lewis). In an episode full of shenanigans, Hiro must steal from Granville in order to reclaim Betamax's skeleton from Yama (Paul Briggs) who, of course, quickly betrays them and forces the rest of the team to suit up for a rescue.

Detective Comics #1062

A new creative team arrives to kick off a new arc in Detective Comics #1062 as Gotham City is invaded by weird zombie hell-ish ash monsters. We small glimpses of several members of Arzen's family, some of whom have already arrived in Gotham and others who are on the way. While we don't get much detail of who/what they or what they are ultimately after, it's clear there's something supernatural about them.

The Failure & Redemption of The Secret of NIMH

Toy Galaxy takes look back at The Secret of NIMH.

Leverage: Redemption - The Muddy Waters Job / The Harry Wilson Job

The final two episodes of the returning and rebranded Leverage: Redemption play on themes introduced over the course of the year including the return of RIZ Security and the redemption of Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle). Harry plays a role in both the final two episodes of the season as his daughter gets him involved in the investigation of an oil company run by his ex-wife's current husband (John Hans Tester). Ending in pyric victory for the team as RIZ destroys all evidence of wrongdoing takes us into the season finale with Harry working undercover with RIZ with the help of an old friend (Aldis Hodge) while the rest of the team begin to question his loyalty.