February 2011

The Deadly Art of Science (Part Four)

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2011

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atomic-robo-deadly-science-4-coverAs the mysterious scientific robberies continue Atomic Robo and Helen take a night off to enjoy a movie and a leisurely stroll. It’s a perfect night, at least until they come across a massive robot committing another robbery. Robo’s attempt to help the police apprehend the thief is less than helpful.

There are some nice moments between Tesla and Robo and Robo driving Tarot a little more insane when the robot can’t remember not to keep using the secret entrance. And Helen makes the hard realization she’s dating a robot who is only seven years-old. Yeah… when you put it like that it is pretty creepy.

We also get a little more of the book’s villain this time around – Thomas Edison. We only get a short glimpse as to what his scientists are working on, but the final issue seems primed to wrap-up all these stories satisfactorily. Worth a look.

[Red 5 $3.50]

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Megamind on Blu-ray

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2011

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Megamind
  • IMDB: link

Anyone who ever enjoyed old Silver Age Superman comics and always wanted to see Lex Luthor beat the Man of Steel should go grab this movie right now. Megamind asks a simple question: What happens to a villain after he’s vanquished the hero? DreamWorks answer is as much fun on Blu-ray as it was in the theaters.

After giving us a short background on Megamind (Will Ferrell as our villain) and Metro Man (Brad Pitt as our hero) the movie quickly moves to the villain’s latest plot. Everything is going as usual, the hero is ready to save the day, rescue the girl, and thwart the bad guy. And then the unexpected happens – the villain wins.

The rest of the film focuses on Megamind trying to redefine his role in the world, his evolving relationship with intrepid female reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey), and his own hero’s journey to be the next champion of Metro City.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2011

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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, Archie, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Archie, Astonishing Thor, Batman Beyond, Bring the Thunder, Chew, Deadpool, Freedom Fighters, Green Lantern, House of Mystery, Irredeemable, Powers, Red Sonja, Secret Six, Thunderbolts, X-Factor, the first issues of 5 Ronin, Annihilators, Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth, Carbon Grey, Darkwing Duck Annual, Emma, Herculian, The Intrepids, Marvel Zombies Supreme, Venom, Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants, Wulf, and the final issues of Angel: Illyria, Azrael, Batman Confidential, and First Wave.

Enjoy issue #117

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All-Star Superman

by Alan Rapp on February 25, 2011

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  • Title: All-Star Superman
  • IMDB: link

Based on the comic of the same name by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely All-Star Superman gives us the world’s first super-hero in his final days. Lex Luthor (Anthony LaPaglia) has finally won. He’s found a way to slowly kill the Man of Steel, but the last son of Krypton isn’t going to go away quietly.

The movie begins with Superman‘s (James Denton) overexposure to the Sun’s radiation and follows a series of adventures in his final days including fighting with the Parasite, dealing with newly arrived survivors of Krypton, and finally admiring the truth to Lois Lane (Christina Hendricks).

The straight-to-DVD film is a good adaptation of the original series, but does make some changes to the story. We don’t get Jimmy Olsen / Doomsday story or Superman’s adventure to Bizarro World, and Krypto, sadly, finds himself on the cuttting-room floor as well.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on February 24, 2011

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Bad Teacher
  • IMDB: link

Cameron Diaz stars as one Bad Teacher who tries to steal both a bonus and a potential beau (Justin Timberlake) from a fellow teacher (Lucy Punch). Jason Segel, Phyllis Smith, and John Michael Higgins also star. The film was directed by Jake Kasdan (The TV Set, Walk Hard). The foul-mouthed shenanigans hit theaters on July 24th.

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Supergirl #61

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2011

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supergirl-61-coverBetter watch out Damian, you wouldn’t want Red Robin to find out you got saved by Supergirl. Although I’m still on the fence with Bernard Chang’s art, I’m always glad to see a team-up with Supergirl and Robin. I can hardly wait until Batgirl gets brought in to this story arc and the fun can really begin.

After fighting off her own gang of super-villains, who appear and disappear without a trace, Kara travels to Gotham to save Robin from the same fate. And if that’s not enough for you there’s a touching (if slightly forced) moment between Lois Lane and Supergirl that goes further in validating Kara than any super-villain knockdown ever could.

There are a couple of nagging issues here (the most obvious being the continuity issue surrounding Blue Beetle‘s involvement in this story), but it is FUN and a far cry from the dreary story arcs the character was stuck in just a few months ago. Definitely worth a look.

[DC $2.99]

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Darkwing Duck #9

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2011

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After a brief meeting with an image consultant in an attempt to clean up his image after the army of Darkwings helped demolish large sections of St. Canard. Next up for our hero: an unlikely team-up with an agent of F.O.W.L.

Things must really be bleak if Steelbeak is willing to turn on his own criminal organization and befriend the duck who has thwarted his criminal enterprises for years. So what could be so awful, so unthinkable? F.O.W.L. has decided to use dark magic to bring forth… Duckthulhu!

Okay, I’ll grant you that this isn’t a great idea for a story, but I actually enjoyed Darkwing Duck and Steelbeak together on the same side, and the plot for this story arc (even if it makes me groan) does allow this to happen. It also gives us a chance for a harebrained scheme and the pair behind overwhelmed by an army of Eggmen.

Throw in the funny opening with the Duck Draper (which goes over as badly as you’d expect) as well as the reactions of both Gosalyn and Morgana Macawber to being taken for granted, and there’s more than enough here that’s worth a look.

[BOOM $3.99]

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The Devaluation of a Hero

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2011

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The Silver Surfer is one of my favorite Marvel characters. Sometimes I lement that he goes long stretches without a monthly comic on his own, but then I take solace in the understanding that not everyone can write a good Silver Surfer story. And when the character is done poorly it’s excruciating to read. Take this comic as an example.

Writer Greg Pak’s “Devolution’ strips Marvel’s most noble hero of his adamantium skin and then shoots him several times in the chest. Honestly, I can’t imagine a worse Silver Surfer story, and I’ve read Ron Marz‘s take on the character. And we’ve got four more issues!

Pak’s writing comes off like someone who has read Silver Surfer stories in the past but didn’t understand them. In essence what he’s done here is given the Surfer the Michael Bay Transformers treatment. (And if you find a way to take that as a positive I hate you.)

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Green Lantern #62

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2011

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green-lantern-62-coverI will be so glad when Brightest Day is over. Hal Jordan and the rainbow corps come face-to-face with Krona (and get their asses handed to them in short order). Krona escapes with the entities and Hal wakes up hours later back on th JLA Satelitte with a concussion and broken ribs just in time for a scolding from Batman.

Needing all the help he can get Hal immediately turns down Superman, Batman, and the Flash (who all agree to help), and promptly disappears with the rainbow corps back into space.

There’s so much wrong with this issue I don’t know where to begin. The story is just gawdaful. Hal’s refusal of help makes no sense for a guy who’s known to use whatever advantage and leverage he can get over the years. Nor does his protection of Atrocitus given his most recent murderous offenses on Earth. I’ve also got to complain about the inconsistency of Doug Mahnke’s artwork over the issue – he can’t even get Batman’s costume right (he puts Bruce into Dick Grayson‘s costume).

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Get Low

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2011

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Get Low
  • IMDB: link

get-low-dvdRobert Duvall stars as a grumpy old hermit nearing the end of a lonely life who decides to hire a local funeral director (Bill Murray) and his assistant (Lucas Black) to plan a living funeral – something never seen before in Tennessee during the 1930′s.

Duvall is given a meaty role, and Murray has some fun moments, but eventually the film simply runs out of gas. The hermit’s deep dark secret, once exposed, is… kind of lame, and far less interesting than I hoped. And the promise of others gathering at his funeral to tell tales of this mean old hermit’s violent outbursts (which have become legend in the small town) is never fulfilled, at least on-camera.

Get Low gives you exactly what you’d expect (complete with a big bright bow wrapped around the ending) and nothing more. It’s ike so many uninspired films that play it safe and don’t cash-in on the chances offered them.

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