June 2010

Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2010

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • IMDB: link

Seems Warner Bros. is raising the stakes with the final Harry Potter book, broken into two films, or at least that’s what their marketing department would have you believe. Trumpeting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I as “The Motion Picture Event of a Generation” may be just a wee bit much, but I’ll let you watch for yourselves. Harry’s final journey begins on November 19th with Part I’s release. Part II is set to follow next summer.

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Power Girl #13

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2010

in Comics

  • Title: Power Girl #13
  • Comic Vine: link
  • Writer:Judd Winick
  • Artist:Sam Basri

power-girl-13-coverPower Girl is a character that takes a bit of love to do right. She’s far from the most interesting DC character, often being pigeonholed as the “other” Supergirl, the lost girl, or the spunky sexpot, but there is a character in there worth exploring. I’ve stayed away from this series since the first issue which I found largely forgettable. But this new direction has me intrigued.

Issue #13 brings in the new team of Judd Winick and artist Sam Basri. Both are good choices. First, Basri’s art shows off the character without making you feel like a perv. And Winick immediately ties in the series to the current Maxwell Lord storyline from Justice League: Generation Lost to add to the daily confusion and craziness that Power Girl must handle.

Wait, am I talking about the plot of a Power Girl comic? Holey Moley! Aside from the Lord arc we also get some genuinely funny moments of Power Girl out of costume like the one above (there are so many good panels in this issue it was hard for me to choose which one to use).

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Green Arrow #1

by Alan Rapp on June 27, 2010

in Comics

green-arrow-1-coverI don’t know whether to giggle or groan. Green Arrow has always been a thinly-veiled modern day Robin Hood, but I guess the veil is gone completely now.

Oliver Queen is living in the forest (but still wearing his costume and mask), forever exiled from Star City, taking down any baddies who come his way, robbing the rich to feed the poor (I’m not making this up). Then you have this panel promising some Merry Men to help him out.

Had the entire issue been more lighthearted and campy this new path for our hero may have been easier to swallow. Instead the series seems to be stubbornly stuck on the path laid down for the character in the best-forgotten (and never, ever, mentioned again) Cry for Justice mini-series. I can’t help wonder if writer J.T. Krul is having a good laugh at all of our expense.

[DC $3.99]

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Detective Comics #866

by Alan Rapp on June 25, 2010

in Comics

detective-comics-866-coverHave I mentioned how happy I am to have Batman back in Detective Comics? Although the story itself is only so-so I like how Dennis O’Neil gives us a case that’s been bothering Dick Grayson since he first put on his Robin booties, and one he can now finally close as Batman.

Plus I love the flashback art from Dustin Nguyen. I’m even willing to forgive the mistake of Batman’s costume not fitting the period (Batman hadn’t yet added the oval when Robin first hit the streets).

Throw in Robin’s first encounter with the Joker and I’m pretty happy. Definitely worth a look.

[DC $3.99]

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Hulk #23

by Alan Rapp on June 25, 2010

in Comics

hulk-23-coverAfter skipping the last three issues of this title (seriously, I just couldn’t take any more) I decided to pick-up this one given the promise of answers considering the origins of the Red Hulk. Does this issue provide those answers? Yes. Do they make sense? Well…

The entire comic is from the perspective of Gen. Thunderbolt Ross, and one thing I did enjoy was the stylistic choice of recreating different panels in the comic style of the age in which they originally took place. In order to achieve this the comic called on the talent of several artists including Sal Buscema, Ian Churchill, Mike Deodato, Ed McGuinness, Tim Sale, and John Romita Jr.

I just wish the story was as well thought out as the art. After the explanations are over there’s still plenty of head-scratching to be done over the questionable logic involved in Ross becoming the Red Hulk, Betty becoming the Red She Hulk, and all the rest of the nonsense we’ve had to put up with for months. Even with its “revelations” it’s certainly nowhere near good enough to justify the $5 price-tag. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel $4.99]

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Avengers #2

by Alan Rapp on June 24, 2010

in Comics

The bad news? The time steam is broken. The good news? The Avengers, with the help of Noh-Varr, are ready to hop into the future and set things straight (unless Wonder Man can stop them). And any title that has a cameo from both the 2099 Universe and the original Guardians of the Galaxy gets a pass from me. Worth a look.

[Marvel $2.99]

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Superman #700

by Alan Rapp on June 24, 2010

in Comics

superman-700-coverTo be honest I haven’t been a regular reader of Superman for a very long time. Much like Batman #700 this issue gives us three tales, though here they are unrelated.

The first guest-stars the Parasite in the long awaited reunion of the Man of Steel and Lois Lane. The last is a grief stricken woman laying a planet-sized guilt trip on our hero causing him a level of introspection that seems odd given the length in his history (you’d think he’d have come to grips with such circumstances decades ago).

But it’s the middle story, guest-starring a young Dick Grayson as Robin, that works best. There are some fun moments including Superman trying to save Dick from Bruce’s wrath by quickly doing his homework and the Batman’s message to Clark in the epilogue. Worth a look.

[DC $4.99]

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Knight and Day

by Alan Rapp on June 23, 2010

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Knight and Day
  • IMDB: link

Tom Cruise is crazy. Crazy I tell you! And he’s soooo dangerous! Or is he? That’s the basic theme of Knight and Day which enlists Cruise to play the burned-out spy gone mad who happens upon the unsuspecting June (Cameron Diaz) on her way to her sister’s (Maggie Grace) wedding. One thing leads to another (don’t you hate it when a plane full of trained killers tries to take you out in mid-air?) and suddenly June is seeing much more of Roy (Cruise) than she bargained for.

In film, as in life, charm can both overcome and hide a number of flaws. And Cruise and Diaz make for a charming on-screen couple. Just not quite charming enough to hide a level of ridiculousness that even The A-Team dared not go. At no time should you attempt to think through the chain of events you are presented with which rely on the kind of dumb luck, chance, opportunity and fate you only find in movies of this genre.

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Covert Affairs

by Alan Rapp on June 23, 2010

in Nework & Cable TV News 

  • Title: Covert Affairs
  • tv.com: link

I’ve got to hand it to USA Network for churning out show after show that I want to watch. It doesn’t hurt that their latest stars Piper Perabo. I’ve been a fan of Perabo’s since she took a road trip with a certain moose and squirrel ten years ago. Covert Affairs is set to air on USA July 13th following the season premiere of White Collar.

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Incredible Hulk #610

by Alan Rapp on June 20, 2010

in Comics

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Guess who’s back? This entire World War Hulks storyline has been ridiculous but the latest issue does mark the return of one big, green, and very angry Marvel icon. It’s just about the only good thing about this issue, but the event which leads to his return is fairly well done. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel $3.99]

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