March 2011

The Battle of the Super-Heroes

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Battle of the Super-Heroes
  • tv.com: link

After another short intro from the “Secret Files of Batman’s Greatest Cases” featuring King Tut and his armies of mummies which ar thwarted by Batman and Robin wearing mummy costumes (coated in buttermilk because “it’s the one thing that repels pharoh’s rays”)… wait, I have to stop for a second because this, yet again, is another opening that is equal parts awesome and insane. Anywho, the real story gets started when Batman shows in Metropolis on the trail of jewel thieves, only to stay around for a few days and hang out with Superman.

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Batman Incorporated #4

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2011

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batman-inc-4-coverThere are two different types of comic writers. The first attempts nothing more than to tell good stories month after month by understanding the characters, the world they inhabit, and working within that framework. The second attempts to deconstruct the existing reality of a hero in an attempt to create a definitive version. Grant Morrison is the later. And that’s why he so often pisses me off.

This comic has at least three separate stories going on (actually more, counting the multiple flashbacks of Kathy Kane) and is presented in the twisted half-assed teasing manner Grant Morisson thinks makes great storytelling, but, at least for me comes off as a fanboy who has seen Momento way, way too many times.

The story involves Batwoman, flashbacks to the early (and late) days of the original Batwoman, Batman caught in a death trap, and a villain who is somehow connected to it all. Oblique storytelling isn’t terrific in and of itself. If it were Grant Morrison might be the best author of all time.

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #164

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2011

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Although I enjoyed G.I. JOE: Cobra, it’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a regular on-going G.I. JOE comic. Seeing both Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow on the latest cover I decided to give this one a look.

Even though I hadn’t read much of IDW’s current G.I. JOE universe it was easy to pick things up. The Baroness had been captured and Destro and C.O.B.R.A. were using a homing device to locate her inside the JOE’s secret base.

We also get a battle between between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, part of which takes place in mid-air as they’re falling from a building. Okay, that’s kinda cool. This issue throws in Zartan and the Dreadnoks, which certainly isn’t going to hurt my opinion of the book.

In fact in many ways this entire issue feels like it’s playing on the nostalga of my youth. The trouble is, with as much fun as there is here to have, the story itself is somewhat empty. Am I glad I read this issue? Yes. Does it make me any more likely to pick up the next one? Not really.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2011

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: The Three Musketeers
  • IMDB: link

Old stories don’t die, they constantly get remade by Hollywood. In the new version of The Three Musketeers the hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson)  to stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom). The new version is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson who brings his trademark style and spouse (Milla Jovovich) to the proceedings. Oh, and this one’s in 3D. Anyone else feel the need to start drinking? The Three Musketeers explodes into theaters (apparently with woman and ships that can fly?) on October 14th.

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Justice League: Generation Lost #22

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2011

in Comics

generation-lost-22-coverWith only a couple issues remaining things really pick up here. Blue Beetle returns from the dead with information on Maxwell Lord‘s plan. Batman and Power Girl finally join the team, and Wonder Woman makes an appearance as well.

There’s quite a bit shoved into this issue as Max’s plan goes into motion and the JLI celebrates the return of Beetle and Batman and tracks down the Amazon princess before Lord can implement his plan of revenge. There’s also a somewhat surreal moment as Batman and Wonder Woman meet for the first time, again.

I’m still a little sad we aren’t getting a little Guy Gardner thrown in (he certainly could use the break from the Brightest Day nonsense he seems to be trapped in), but I’m happy to see the return of Blue Beetle so quickly. Also, I’ve got to say just having Batman back with the JLI is pretty damn cool. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Supergirl #62

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2011

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supergirl-62-coverWith the help of Robin, Miss Martian, and Blue Beetle, Supergirl tries to find out who has it in for the young heroes of the DCU. Her search leads to the ruins of a Cadmus facility and lands her team in some hot water. Let’s just say in terms of strategy Supergirl isn’t exactly Batman (or even the son of Batman).

As a standalone this issue is fine, but nothing special. The storyline involving the evil shadow group and the killer Facebook app is moved forward, and it’s interesting to see writer James Peaty give the character a little grit and chip on her shoulder as well as play on the whole rushing into danger trait her cousin has been known for over the years. It’s what you’d expect from a second issue in a story arc, but nothing more.

I was slightly disappointed with the harder Supergirl which takes away from some of the fun of the Girl of Steel/Damian relationship. However, I did enjoy the scene between Kara and Lois Lane which points out not only Supergirl’s hubris but and why you shouldn’t underestimate her.

[DC, $2.99]

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  • Title: WWE All Stars
  • Wikipedia: link

X-Play‘s Adam Sessler sits down with THQ Creative Director Sal DiVita to discuss WWE’s newest game WWE All Stars which hits stores today. The game includes wrestlers from multiple eras including Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Andre the Giant, the Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, Triple H, the Honky Tonk Man, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Edge, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and the Macho Man Randy Savage. OH YEEEEAAAAH!

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FF #1

by Alan Rapp on March 28, 2011

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ff-1-coverJohnny Storm is dead and, for at least now, so is the Fantastic Four. With FF #1 writer Jonathan Hickman launches the remaining members of the team, their extended family, and one Webhead into a new series of adventures.

In this first issue Spider-Man joins the team getting yet another costume change. The new group gets their first action by attempting to stop A.I.M. from breaking the Wizard out of prison. Things do go all that well.

On the plus side there are some nice touches throughout including Spidey’s hestitancy and troubling finding his place with the team, the Thing’s grief, a comment Reed Richard’s father makes over dinner, and a surprise appearance by an old enemy an unlikely new ally for the new team.

I’m not quite sold on the look of costumes (although I do like Sue’s explanation for the color scheme) and as first issues go it does a pretty good job of setting the table. I also find it humorous that Marvel went all Dynamite Entertainment with the crazy number of variants for this one.

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This Week in Independent Film

by Alan Rapp on March 28, 2011

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Cat Run
  • IMDB: link

Paz Vega stars as a high end call girl on the run with evidence of a government cover-up in this new thriller from director John Stockwell (Blue CrushTuristas, Into the Blue, Crazy/Beautiful). Christopher McDonald, Scott Mechlowicz, Tony Curran, Janet McTeer, D.L. Hughley, and Michelle Lombardo also star. Cat Run opens in limited release in select cities on Friday. As you’d expect, the Red Band trailer is NSFW.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on March 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, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Action Comics, American Vampire, Archie, Captain America, Deadpool Team-Up, Detective Comics, Doctor Who, Green Arrow, Green Hornet: Year One, Halcyon, Incorruptible, Kick-Ass 2, Secret Avengers, Sherlock Holmes: Year One, Star Wars: Legacy – War, Teen Titans, Thor, The Walking Dead, X-23, the first issues of Age of X: Universe, Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker, Cyclops, Undying Love, and the final issues of 5 Ronin, Incognito: Bad Influences, Jack of Fables, JLA/The 99, Punisher: In The Blood, and Suicide Forest.

Enjoy issue #121

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