October 2016

  • Title: Elementary – Henny Penny the Sky Is Falling
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Elementary - Henny Penny the Sky Is Falling

Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate the murder of a mathmatician whose recent published work has thrown an entire industry into a tizzy. Usually using his skills to find sound investments for his firm, the victim (who ends up skewered to a wall) spent weeks on a scientific paper suggesting how the space community searches for and targets asteroids which could be potentially harmful to the Earth is wrong. While it will take nearly a decade to sort out the truth of the man’s work (which Holmes and Watson discovers may have ulterior motives) the detectives run in circles seeking someone who would have a legitimate motive for the man’s untimely demise.

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Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #1

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2016

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Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse #1The new Firefly mini-series takes place a couple of years after the events of Serenity. Malcolm Reynolds and his crew are still flying, although after their network of friends was culled during the events of the film Serenity’s crew has been forced to take mostly small-time jobs.

The first half of the comic gives us the crew in action during a heist and look at life aboard the ship with multiple relationships in full swing, a toddler on-board, and Jayne feeling increasingly isolated from the rest of his teammates. These pages work both to set the stage for what is yet to come and act as a primer for those who haven’t been following the group’s comic adventures since the film.

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Once Upon a Time – Dark Waters

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2016

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Dark Waters
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Once Upon a Time - Dark Waters

While the Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz) storyline gets pushed to one of the episode’s subplots, “Dark Waters” picks up a thread of Hook’s (Colin O’Donoghue) past as the pirate confronts the appearance of Captain Nemo (Faran Tahir) and the Nautilus in both the present and in flashbacks. Tying in the theme of the Evil Queen‘s (Lana Parrilla) attempts to sow dissension among the heroes, the villain reveals Hook’s refusal to destroy the shears to Henry. Bringing the kid’s resentment to the pirate’s growing role in his family, the pair eventually come to an understanding as Henry helps Hook deal with one of his biggest regrets which has coming calling.

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Teen Titans #1

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2016

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Teen Titans #1The new era of the Teen Titans begins here with Damian celebrating his 13th birthday by celebrating his individual victories over Beast Boy, Starfire, Raven, and Kid Flash (all of whom he’s keeping locked up in the Batcave). Gloating over his prisoners, Damian’s plan to forge the group into a new team is revealed when the young heroes begin to work together to free themselves.

The attempt to relaunch the Teen Titans during the New 52 was pretty damn awful so the bar has been set relatively low for this series to be a success. Teen Titans #1 gets off to a solid start, although there will still be a lot of team building in the issues to come.

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No Tomorrow – No Holds Barred

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2016

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  • Title: No Tomorrow – No Holds Barred
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No Tomorrow - No Holds Barred

I let out an audible sigh when “No Holds Barred” came to a conclusion. The episode falls into the trap of countless basic romcom cliches as Evie (Tori Anderson) discovers Xavier (Joshua Sasse) is still dating other women and decides to have a few dating adventures of her own. Because her choices do allow her to become a more self-realized person, and force Xavier to acknowledge how much he cares for her, I could forgive the convoluted set-up if the episode didn’t end in one of the preeminent romcom cliches of two people who obviously belong together failing to admit their feelings only because the plot needs to be extended another half-hour (or in this case several episodes).

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