• Title: The Pretender – Every Picture Tells a Story
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The Pretender - Every Picture Tells a Story

As Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) assumes the identity of a member of the San Diego Coast Guard, the show’s second episode begins fleshing out Miss Parker‘s (Andrea Parker) backstory and introducing a supporting cast who will play major roles over The Pretender‘s four years on the air. The first of those introduced is Jon Gries as Broots, a computer tech at The Centre who Miss Parker taps in her quest to bring Jarod home.

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  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Bleeding Through
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Once Upon a Time - Bleeding Through

Realizing she knows very little about Zelena (Rebecca Mader) or what motivates her, Regina (Lana Parrilla) organizes a magical seance to bring forth the spirit of her mother and finally get some answers. At first the night appears to be a bust, but when the ghost of Cora appears to attack Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) it falls on Regina to save her former foe. Before the end of the night Regina will have her answers and both she and Snow will realize their family trees were woven together well before either of them were born.

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Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #1

by Alan Rapp on April 21, 2014

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Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #1The return of Kryptonians to their sector in space on the new Argo colony (as seen in the Ninth Season finale) has awoken the Green Lantern ring of Space Sector 2813, to seek out a new host. Unable to find anyone acceptable on the colony made up of Kryptonian clones, the ring continues its search until it reaches Earth and finds Superman.

Although Kal-El has no intention of leaving Earth to defend a space sector half way around the universe, he finds it impossible to turn down his new calling as even chucking the ring into deep space only eventually returns it to his finger.

Along with offering a cameo from John Stewart, who as the Earths’ current GL appears to have been tapped to showing Superman the ropes, and a brief history of Green Lanterns in the Smallville Universe, the opening issue to the latest Smallville mini-series also foreshadows looming problems with the Manhunters who are awoken as well on discovering a new Lantern has been chosen. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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Wander Over Yonder – The Ball

by Alan Rapp on April 21, 2014

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  • Title: Wander Over Yonder – The Ball
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Wander Over Yonder - The Ball

Taking some time off at a luxurious relaxatorium on Balzaria 9, Wander (Jack McBrayer) and Sylvia‘s (April Winchell) vacation is cut short by the return of the dreaded Buster. Eight times previously the giant space dog has appeared to destroy the terraformed worlds of the fleas which, from his perspective, look like tennis balls.

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Uncanny X-Men #20

by Alan Rapp on April 21, 2014

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Uncanny X-Men #20After the latest Sentinel attack on his team, Cyclops pays Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. a visit to find out if they are directly responsible. With the help of the Cuckoos and Magik, the X-Men perform a telepathic attack on Hill aboard the Hellicarrier with no one else the wiser.

Although Cyclops doesn’t get the answers he seeks, he does have another avenue to explore as whoever planted the last fake new mutant sighting obviously not only knows about the existence of Cerebro but how to effect it. As the issue comes to a close Cyclops heads to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning to confront one of the few on the planet capable of turning Charles Xavier‘s invention against his former students – Hank McCoy.

With Cyclops basically declaring war on S.H.I.E.L.D. and antaganozing the other branch of X-Men he makes no friends here. Keeping the true identity of those causing the attacks under wraps, it’s unclear whether Mystique is directly involved or just using the situation to her own advantage. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Continuum – Minute to Win It

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2014

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  • Title: Continuum – Minute to Win It
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Continuum - Minute to Win It

After breaking Lucas (Omari Newton) out of his psychiatric prison ward, Liber8 puts him to work creating a series of bank heists using mind-controlled suicide bombers gathering confidential information, blackmail material, advanced technology, and secret patents on companies who will shape the world to come. As Carlos (Victor Webster) continues to struggle with the latest implications of time travel, he and Kiera (Rachel Nichols) attempt to stop the latest robbery.

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The Crazy Ones – The Lighthouse

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2014

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  • Title: The Crazy Ones – The Lighthouse
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The Crazy Ones - The Lighthouse

The First Season finale pits partner against partner when Gordon (Brad Garrett) finalizes a deal to sell the company to foreign investors for $47 million. With Simon (Robin Williams) unwilling to give up creative control of the business he founded, Gordon calls for a vote of the board of directors which brings Simon’s ex-wife (Marilu Henner), and Sydney‘s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) mother, back to town.

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  • Title: Scandal – The Price of Free and Fair Election
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Scandal - The Price of Free and Fair Election

Picking up only moments after the close of the previous episode when Cyrus (Jeff Perry) chose to not tell the President (Tony Goldwyn) about the bombing planned at the funeral which he hoped would take care of the Fitz’s rivals, Scandal closes its Third Season with an emotional roller-coaster of a season finale full of twists, turns, and an ending that leaves the future of multiple characters in serious doubt. Immeadiately backfiring, and apparently handing the election to Sally Langston (Kate Burton) who survives the attack in heroic fashion pulling well ahead in all polling, both Cyrus and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) are forced to admit defeat as election day looms.

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Body by Victoria

by Alan Rapp on April 19, 2014

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Victoria’s Secrets called on Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge, Lais Ribeiro, Adriana Lima, and Alessandra Ambrosio to help launch the campaign for their new Body by Victoria collection. You can find pics from the collection inside including other Victoria’s Secret models Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, Camille Rowe, and Bridget Malcolm.

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G.I. JOE: Special Missions #14

by Alan Rapp on April 19, 2014

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G.I. JOE: Special Missions #14The Special Missions series comes to close with this finale one-issue story involving Scarlett and her Special Missions team ambushed by Cobra while transporting a prisoner near the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. With both Roadblock and Mainframe injured, and a squad of Vipers descending on the position of their destroyed transport, the small squad splits up as Scarlett leads most of the team away from the action.

Staying with the injured Mainframe, the JOE’s sniper Low-Light takes center stage here providing the cover for his teammates to reach safety and take out a Cobra sniper whose skills nearly match his own.

Following the cancellation of G.I. JOE: Cobra Files and the nearing end of IDW’s main title as well it appears the company is set once again for a soft reboot of their various JOE titles. Special Missions may not have always been great, but it was consistently solid and goes out on a high note here. Worth a look.

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