Astro City #11

by Alan Rapp on April 18, 2014

in Comics

Astro City #11The latest single-issue tale of the new Astro City offers a glimpse into the daily life of the assistant to the most powerful magic user in the realm of Astro City – the Silver Adept (a powerful sorceress with a bit of both Dr. Fate and Doctor Strange thrown in).

Although the Adept makes appearances throughout the issue, Astro City #11 focuses almost entirely on the sorceress’ assistant who keeps the mystic warrior’s house in order, tries to rearrange an impossible schedule allowing the Adept to appear when needed, and, when called upon (as she is here) step up for the missing Silver Adept to reconcile issues for very powerful other-wordly creatures.

Writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson have a flair for telling this kind of story focused on those on the periphery of the super-powerful individuals and eventful moments in the world of Astro City while continuing to deliver one of the best monthly comics available. Worth a look.

[Vertigo, $3.99]

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Arrow – The Man Under the Hood

by Alan Rapp on April 17, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – The Man Under the Hood
  • wiki: link

Arrow - The Man Under the Hood

With Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) missing, Thea (Willa Holland) still pissed at him for hiding her parentage, his family facing potential financial ruin, Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne) in prison, and Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) in complete control of Queen ConsolidatedOliver (Stephen Amell) and his team turn their attention to an enemy they can fight: Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). Bombing his former company’s applied sciences wing, Oliver, Sara (Caity Lotz), Diggle (David Ramsey), and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) prevent Slade from getting his hands on the equipment he needs to synthesize the super-soldier serum and create his new army.

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Star Wars #16

by Alan Rapp on April 17, 2014

in Comics

Star Wars #16With a grounded and disgruntled Luke heading off with some of the locals to change a fuel cell on a mountain outpost the latest issue of Star Wars shows us the farm boy from Tatooine and his friends are hardly the only ones with serious doubts about Leia‘s impending wedding and the new alliance between the Rebels and Arrochar.

As Leia fights pressure to act in a manner more befitting a princess from both her fiance and the aristocracy of the rich world which will make a powerful ally for the Rebellion, Luke spends time with the locals who are far less convinced that Arrochar should shed its isolation and get involved in a conflict which hasn’t concerned them until now.

Continuing to foreshadow the betrayal of Leia’s betrothed and Arrochar, the latest issue also gives us a glimpse at an Imperial Probe Droid making it a good bet that the Empire knows exactly where the leaders of the Rebel Alliance are to be found. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $2.99]

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  • Title: Person of Interest – Death Benefit
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Person of Interest - Death Benefit

With Shaw (Sarah Shahi) on a road trip with Root (Amy Acker) to deal with a relevant number, Finch (Michael Emerson) and Reese (Jim Caviezel) take a trip to Washington to protect a Congressman (John Heard). Not able to get close enough to determine the threat, Reese stages a shooting that allows Finch to implant him as the Congressman’s new Secret Service protection agent. The threat he and Finch actually discover, however, is unlike any The Machine has given them before.

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Brenda Song is a Glamaholic

by Alan Rapp on April 17, 2014

in Books & Magazines

Brenda Song - Glamaholic (March 2014)

In the March issue of Glamaholic actress Brenda Song discusses the season finale of Dads, the humor of co-star Seth Green, being a fan of Breaking Bad, low-key birthday celebrations, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You can find the pics from her photo shoot inside.

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Rocky and Bullwinkle #2

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2014

in Comics

Rocky and Bullwinkle #2Rocky and Bullwinkle‘s attempts to help a washed-up magician get back on his feet only make Boris and Natasha aware of the man who just happens to have the necessary skills to help the Pottsylvanian spies steal a secret new bomb.

The two-part story, complete with a cliffhanger of the moose being sent to his death in a tank filled with man-eating (but not moose-eating) piranha, is fun (even if it does rely on an unnecessary deus ex machina with the intervention of the Moon Men).

The intermission delivers another adventure of Dudley Do-Right who struggles with Inspector Fenwick’s orders to get his man. Snidley Whiplash‘s maneuvering to cause the mountie’s arrest of an insurance salesman (whose personality and salemanship drives both prisoners and mounties crazy) gives the villain temporary free run of the town but also comes back to bite the villain when he’s later forced to share a cell with the salesman. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Providence
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Providence

With S.H.I.E.L.D. loosing all but a handful of their facilities around the world to HYDRA and the U.S. Government officially branding it as a spy organization and sending troops to take over control of The Hub, Coulson (Clark Gregg) enacts Odyssey Protocol ordering all loyal agents to go to ground while ordering Skye (Chloe Bennet) to erase any record connecting any member of his team to S.H.I.E.L.D., and Antoine Triplett (B.J. Britt), flying them all out on his damaged, but still (mostly) operational, plane.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2014

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: X-Men: Days of Future Past
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We now have our final trailer for the X-Men: First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past which features Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) sent back in time to convince a young and disillusioned Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) to stop the rise of the Sentinels and the end of mutant kind (and perhaps all life) on Earth. The movie returns actors from both First Class and the original X-Men movies including Halle BerryAnna PaquinJennifer LawrenceEllen PageNicholas HoultShawn AshmoreLucas TillPatrick Stewart, and both Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto. The movie opens in theaters everywhere on May 23rd. You can also find a collection of movie character posters inside.

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Bones – The Cold in the Case

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Bones – The Cold in the Case
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Bones - The Cold in the Case

While the Jeffersonian squints deal with a confounding body found in a suburban marsh, which only begins to make sense once they discover that the woman’s body had been cryogenically frozen for months before her body was dumped, Cam (Tamara Taylor) and Vaziri‘s (Pej Vahdat) relationship goes through a rough patch with the arrival of his disapproving parents (Pej Vahdat, Braeden Marcott) with whom Arastoo has never gotten along.

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Daredevil #1.50

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2014

in Comics

Daredevil #1.50Feeling more than a little unnecessary and out of place for a comic that just relaunched with a brand new issue last month, and feeling more like an annual or special than part of the ongoing continuity, the over-sized Daredevil #1.50 is 50th Anniversary celebration of the character which takes a look forward rather than back with what Mark Waid has in mind for the character going forward.

Split into three separate tales, each of which take place years in Matt Murdock’s future introduces us to Matt Murdock‘s son Jack and the villain Jubula Pride who turns most of the city of San Francisco in order to push Daredevil out of retirement to confront a villain who he, but not the reader, knows all too well.

Featuring back-up stories of Murdock’s wife by Brian Michael Bendis by and artist Alex Maleev and wacky fake twin storyline in homage to the character’s goofier period by writer/artist Karl Kesel, Daredevil #1.50 is a curiosity more than anything else offering a glimpse of what Waid might do with the character given no constraints and several decades. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel, $4.99]

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