After two months off the air Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to deal with the ramifications of the mid-season finale. “Aftershocks” is a mixed bag opening with one of most awkward scenes of the entire series (seriously, I’ve seen infomercials with better acting) involving the introduction of another Inhuman (Jamie Harris) and revealing what role Jiaying (Dichen Lachman) played in the group before her death.
“Smoak Signals” reunites the Flash and Felicity when Green Arrow‘s Girl Friday is target by killer robot drones known as Sky Lords who have been programmed to take out Ms. Smoak. I though the two shows gave up on the possibility of a Felcity/Barry relationship far too quickly so its fun to see the two thrown together here (albeit as friends). Given that the issue teases, but doesn’t offer the identity of, who wants Felicity dead I’m betting we’ll see the thread of this story picked up in the near future.
The first few pages of the issue also give us Felicity watching the Flash battle the Hydro Hunter whose origins and motivations aren’t explored here. The fight is fun but given the level of the villain’s powers he seems an odd choice for what boils down to a pre-credit scene fight. However, the sequence does illustrate how Felicity continues to keep tabs on Barry and offer a more a-hole version of the pre-Atom Ray Palmer than we’ve seen on the show so far (what a dick!).
Fans of both The Flash and Arrow should enjoy the crossover even if questions are left unanswered. Worth a look.
With Alison (Sasha Pieterse) in prison contemplating a plea deal A finally uses the stolen Liars blood to frame Hanna (Ashley Benson) as Ali’s accomplice in Mona‘s (Janel Parrish) murder. The episode concludes with Hanna’s arrest and A deleting years of texts to each of the Liars which was the only proof the girls had to back-up an alternate theory of who killed Mona. As we’ve seen before, the show again stretches credibility in A’s near omnipotent ability to stymie the Liars, but the twist does leave the girls without even the flimsiest of evidence to reveal A’s existence.
The show’s second episode sends Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) and Winston (Chi McBride) on-board a commercial flight to protect a hacker in possession of an Internet skeleton key which the wrong people will kill to get their hands on. Unsure as to what Casper (Ali Liebert) looks like or how the threat will unfold, Chance takes on the role of a passenger while Winston draws the short straw as one of flight attendants. Unfortunately for the good guys, the bad guys had the same idea putting members of their own team in the same locations. Chance is able to deal with the hitman among the passengers but Flight Attendant Laura (Courtney Ford) proves to be a bit trickier.
The First Season of Star Wars Rebels comes to a close with the crew of the Ghost laying everything on the line to rescue Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) from the Empire. With the help of an Imperial shuttle and the stolen T.I.E. Fighter (“Fighter Flight“) and Ezra‘s (Taylor Gray) Jedi senses the crew has their way onto the Star Destroyer and a way to find their missing Jedi although, as is the case with almost all their plans, things don’t go as smoothly as expected.
Secret Six Volume 1: Villains United collects the Villains United mini-series, which relaunched Catman as a major player in the DCU, along with the first Secret Six six-issue mini-series. The best part of Infinite Crisis, the Villains United series centers around a group of villains who refuse to join Lex Luthor‘s Secret Society of Super-Villains led by the most unlikely of characters – Catman.
Despite the depths the character had sunk to in the years previous to writer Gail Simone’s makeover, I’ve always been a fan of Catman and Simone does a terrific job in rebranding the character from D-list back to A-list while still acknowledging his fall from grace. Choosing to join the team on his own, Catman became a part of the Secret Six who were controlled by the mysterious Mockingbird and sent into action with the promise of reward (and the threat of death).