January 2011

Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2011

in Comics

darth-vader-and-the-lost-command-1-coverSet shortly after the events of Revenge of the Sith, this new mini-series sends Darth Vader on a mission into the mysterious “Ghost Nebula” to track down a missing Star Destroyer commanded by the son of Moff Tarkin.

In this first issue writer Haden Blackman gives us a glimpse into the mind, dreams, and regrets of the man who was once Anakin Skywalker as well as his growing pains at assuming his new role as the Emperor‘s right hand. One interesting note here is the early scene suggesting Vader’s mechanical limbs take far more (painful) maintanace than has previously been suggested.

The early scenes work well and as does the last half when the comic shifts into full-on action mode as Vader’s troops attack the planet of Atoa. The feel of everything is right here, even if the Atoans themselves are a bit disappointing – although we do get a glimpse of something more in the final page. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse $3.50]

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2011

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Soul Surfer
  • IMDB: link

Based on a true story (and more than a little reminiscent of Blue Crush) comes this tale of a young surfer (AnnaSophia Robb) struggling to find the courage to return to the water after losing her arm in a shark attack. Helen Hunt, Lorraine Nicholson, Carrie Underwood, and Dennis Quaid also star. Soul Surfer rides the wave into theaters on April 8th. Check out the official site.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2011

in Comics

It’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this week from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, BOOM!, Dynamite, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Batman Beyond, Black Terror, Gotham City Sirens, Hulk, Invincible, Irredeemable, I Zombie, Last Phantom, Secret Six, Sonic the Hedgehog, Spider-Girl, Warriors Three, the first issues of Daomu, DC Universe Online Legends, Deadpool & Cable, H2O, The Stand: No Mans Land, Ultimate Comics Captain America, Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever, and the final issues of Bomb Queen VI, Hellboy: The Sleeping and the Dead, Kane and Lynch, She-Hulks, Thor: For Asgard, Ultimate Comics New Ultimates, and Ultimate Comics Thor.

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Fantastic Four #587

by Alan Rapp on January 28, 2011

in Comics

fantastic-four-587-coverThe second to last issue of this incarnation of the Fantastic Four (Marvel plans to relaunch the title as FF) is a pretty good indication why it’s time to close the book on these characters. This isn’t a bad comic, but, for almost all of the issue, it misses the point.

The Fantastic Four aren’t the Avengers, they aren’t the Defenders, and they aren’t the Guardians of the Galaxy. They’re family, and the characters work best when their comic focuses not on the latest galactic threat but the interactions between its four main characters.

Issue #587 splits the team up into three separate tales. Reed Richards tries to save the inhabitants of a doomed world from Galactus (in what might be his most boring cameo in any Marvel book, ever), Sue Storm attempts to broker peace between Namor and the tribes of Old Atlantis, and Ben and Johnny try to save the Reed children, and the rest of the world, from an Annihilus Wave attempting to break through from the Negative Zone.

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Reason #36 Why I Love DS9 – Blood Oath

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2011

in Top Tens & Lists

  • Title: Star Trek Deep Space Nine – Blood Oath
  • tv.com: link

There are many reasons why I love Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and why it remains my favorite of the Star Trek franchise.

Reason #36: “Blood Oath”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fought against the squeaky clean future Star Trek: The Next Generation instilled. One way DS9 did this was to honor the spirit of the original Star Trek in many different ways. With only one exception, the biggest of these moments came in the form of “Blood Oath” which reunited three of the classic Klingon villains from the original series: Kor (John Colicos), Kang (Michael Ansara), and Koloth (William Campbell).

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Supergirl #60

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2011

in Comics

supergirl-60-coverAs someone who works in the social media space I’ve got to admit I’m intrigued by the first story new writer Nick Spencer chooses to tell. There’s no super-villains here, and (thankfully) no extra Kryptonian nonsense. What he does give us however is an idea how to use Facebook to kill the young heroes of the DCU with the willing help of the unsuspecting public.

Our baddie, whose name is never mentioned (unless I missed it), creates an open source Facebook app so people can immediately share sightings of super-heroes. Sounds great, right? Its real purpose is much more nefarious. Knowing their location leaves the heroes vulnerable to sneak attacks by groups of heavy-hitting super-villains (like the one Supergirl runs into here) ready to take out the heroes – for good.

I’ve got to admit I’m intrigued by the idea, and like that the app was created to look innocuous with a hidden purpose rather than stolen and later corrupted. The following issues promise all kinds of guest-stars as this on-going storyline unfolds.

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Uncanny X-Force #3

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2011

in Comics

uncanny-x-force-3-coverFor those who haven’t been reading this title this is a pretty good place to start. The X-Force team (WolverinePsylockeDeadpoolArchangel, Fantomex) makes their way to the moon to kill a small defenseless child. Why you ask? Well, it turns out that child is the recently resurrected Apocalypse with four brand spankin’ new Horsemen to do his bidding.

The story introduces all four of the new Horsemen and lets them wipe the face of the moon with these X-Men. This works well enough, even if it has one major flaw. As “edgy’ as Marvel wants us to believe this title is there’s no way it’s going to let any of these characters kill a defenseless child who isn’t even sure what he wants. This means the stakes here are far smaller than Marvel would like us to believe.

Even with this limitation the team itself works well in its own dysfunctional way. And I will give credit to writer Rick Remender for breathing some much needed life and charm back into Psylocke. For at least an issue I actually cared about the character again. Worth a look.

[Marvel $3.99]

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Fairly Legal

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Fairly Legal – Pilot
  • tv.com: link

I’ve been very pleased with the shows USA Network has put out in recent years. I was a big fan of Monk, and I love Psych, as well as Burn Notice and White Collar. I was impressed with the first season of Covert Affairs, and In Plain Sight has proved to be an engaging drama centered (as most USA shows tend to be) a deeply human, and deeply flawed, central character.

USA’s latest, Fairly Legal, revolves around a lawyer turned mediator (played by the lovely and charming Sarah Shahi) who works for the law firm started by her late father and now run by her step-mother (Virginia Williams).

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Doctor Who #1

by Alan Rapp on January 25, 2011

in Comics

doctor-who-1-coverIDW finally brings the Eleventh Doctor to his own monthly comic. The first issue surrounds Rory‘s misuse of the magic phone aboard the TARDIS which leads to spamming of an epic scale.

Although the set-up is rather silly, writer Tony Lee gets the tone of the characters right including Matt Smith zaniness and his mix of acceptance and incredulity at the situation which includes a magic talking stapler (I kid you not!).

If I have one complaint its the inconsistent art of Andrew Currie where Amy Pond is concerned. The Doctor, Rory, and the various aliens and spam creations come off well, but the quality of Amy seems to vary wildly over the course of the comic.

As first issues goes it’s certainly a bit of fluff, but it’s entertaining enough for Who fans to pick up. It’s not going to bowl you over, or compare with the best of Series Five, but it just may help tide you over until Doctor Who returns to the airwaves this Spring.

[IDW $3.99]

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White Collar – Burke’s Seven

by Alan Rapp on January 25, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: White Collar – Burke’s Seven
  • tv.com: link

White Collar returned last week with a strong mid-season opener which answered several questions (such as what happened to Mozzie, and who wants the music box) as well as unite several supporting characters to come to Peter’s (Tim DeKay) defense after he’s framed for a crime which would ruin his entire career.

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