June 2014

  • Title: Adventures of Batman – The Cool, Cruel Mr. Freeze
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“Batman and Robin have become crooks!”

Batman - The Cool, Cruel Mr. Freeze

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen turning our attention to The Adventures of Batman. One-half of the short-lived The Batman/Superman Hour, The Adventures of Batman featured the Dynamic Duo against Batman’s rogues gallery in 6-minute and 13-minute episodes. Casting Olan Soule as Batman and Casey Kasem as Robin the Boy Wonder for the first time, the pair would reprise the roles on Scooby-Doo and the various SuperFriends shows over the years.

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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2014

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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6Despite teasing us with a new Broancoat rebellion and an army of River-like assassins to fight, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6 wraps up the six-issue mini-series mainly concerned with the planning and execution of breaking Zoe out of an Alliance prison and introducing a dangerous new villain.

The series brings Jayne back onto the ship as well as two new members in Iris (another brainwashed assassin who, at least so far, is less wacky than River but no less deadly) and Bea who seems to have earned a spot on the ship with the halt to her rebellion and the help she provides while rescuing Zoe. How long either sticks around is anyone’s guess.

The only sequence I thought felt out of place was the confrontation between the frehsly-rescued Zoe and the Operative. It’s not that I don’t feel that scene would have taken place, I’m just not quite buying taking place at that particular moment which seems a bit shoehorned into the comi (plus it removes an intriguing character from the fold). Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Vengeance is Mine
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Vengeance is Mine

Despite Splinter‘s (Hoon Lee) objections, Leonardo (Jason Biggs) leads the team into the Shredder‘s (Kevin Michael Richardson) lair to break Karai (Kelly Hu) out of the Foot Clan’s dungeon. Although Michelangelo (Greg Cipes) is injured, the plan is a success. Reuniting father and daughter, Splinter attempts to curb Karai’s need for revenge while still being truthful and sharing his history with Shredder and the events which lead to the death of Karai’s mother.

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Superman #32

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2014

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Superman #32I haven’t been that big a fan of the New 52 boyish Superman who is far removed from moral pillar of the DCU he was before the reboot. Offering a new creative team in writer Geoff Johns and artist John Romita Jr., Superman #32 begins a new arc exploring Superman’s distance from humanity (even in the guise of Clark Kent) by introducing a new character in Ulysses.

Born on Earth but sent into the Fourth Dimension by his scientist parents 25 years ago, Ulysses returns home following a monster from the Fourth Dimension he helps Superman stop. The near-identical origin story feels a bit much, but it also gives Superman someone who to relate to. I have a suspicion where the storyline is headed but I hope I’m wrong and Ulysses doesn’t become he villain in yet another Superman vs. Evil Superman-lite tale.

Superman #32 doesn’t sell me completely on the comic going forward, but it does pique my curiosity as to where Johns and Romita will take the Man of Steel. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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Continuum – Last Minute

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Continuum – Last Minute
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Continuum - Last Minute

Capping what has been an impressive Third Season, “Last Minutes” forces Kiera (Rachel Nichols) into making some hard decisions both about her present and the future she’s been trying to return to for three years. It all begins when Kiera and Brad‘s (Ryan Robbins) escape from the world is interrupted by time-traveling Alec (Erik Knudsen) and Emily (Magda Apanowicz) who barely survived an attack orchestrated the other Alec Sadler. The attack added to Halo’s imminent launch decades too early force Kiera to seek out help from the most unlikely of places.

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