The Flash: Season Zero #10

by Alan Rapp on July 2, 2015

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The Flash: Season Zero #10After breaking out of an A.R.G.U.S. facility where he was being held against his will and racing into a situation he didn’t fully understand, the Flash is forced to work with the Suicide Squad to hunt down a terrorist with plans of an imminent attack.

The introduction of King Shark (thankfully closer to his classic look than the New 52 revamp) and the addition of Cupid continues to round out the group and give the Task Force X a more comic book feel that works better on the printed page (but certainly raises some questions about whether we’ll ever see a character like King Shark appear on the television show). It also helps beef up the group in terms of giving them the heavy-hitter they have been missing.

Given its focus you could certainly argue that The Flash: Season Zero #10 is more a Suicide Squad issue than a Flash issue, but our hero still finds moments to shine (such as getting rid of the explosive device in the comic’s climax) even if it leaves limited opportunities for his supporting cast to earn much time. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Clipped – Go Below

by Alan Rapp on July 1, 2015

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  • Title: Clipped – Go Below
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Clipped - Go Below

The possible romantic relationship between Danni (Ashley Tisdale) and A.J. (Mike Castle) which has been teased since the show’s “Pilot” takes center stage as a resurgence in feelings for her co-worker leads Danni to make a series of bad decisions starting with inventing an attraction between A.J. and Charmaine (Diona Reasonover) that doesn’t exist and ending with a second one-night stand with A.J. that leaves her even further from the relationship she obviously wants.

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Usagi Yojimbo #146

by Alan Rapp on July 1, 2015

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Usagi Yojimbo #146Usagi finds his hands busy in the middle issue of “The Thief and the Kunoichi” dealing with an army of ninja and keeping Chizu from taking her aggression out on Kitsune all over the botched robbery of a worthless scroll that holds a secret tied to an old enemy of the rabbit ronin.

The reveal that the scroll leads back to Hijiki, whose actions led to the death of Usagi’s Lord and his fall from samurai to ronin, make this latest adventure hit close to home for the wandering warrior. As Usagi and Chizu attempt to keep the small group alive Kitsune tries to cash in on the situation by blackmailing Inouye and once again raising the ire of Chizu.

It seems Usagi’s thankless (but very enjoyable) job to keep the two women from killing each other is far from over heading into the final issue of the storyline. Usagi Yojimbo #146 is filled with the type of action and comedy Stan Sakai’s creation is known to deliver, I can’t wait to see how the story ends. Must-read.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – She’s No Angel
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Pretty Little Liars - She's No Angel

“She’s No Angel” brings Lesli Stone (Elizabeth McLaughlin) back to Rosewood in an episode that further confuses the truth about Charles DiLaurentis by suggesting, not for the first time, that A might be a woman. Spencer‘s (Troian Bellisario) nightmares about a young girl she believes may have been kept in the dollhouse leads her and Hanna (Ashley Benson) back to Radley where Spencer’s dream comes more into focus and, thanks to Mona (Janel Parrish), the pair make an important discovery linking Lesli to both Radley and Charles.

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  • Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Ambush
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Ambush

The first episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars builds on the setting introduced in the feature film set between the events of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Rather than center around Anakin (Matt Lanter) and his young padawan, “Ambush” is a separate Yoda (Tom Kane) adventure as the Jedi Master travels to the system of Toydaria in hopes of forming an alliance. Beaten there by Count Dooku‘s (Corey Burton) emissary Asajj Ventress (Nika Futterman) and an entire Droid Army, Yoda finds himself in a contest against the Separatists to win the support of King Katuunko (Brian George).

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Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2015

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  • Title: Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts
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Batman Unlimited: Animal InstinctsBatman Unlimited: Animal Instincts is odd to say the least. Cobbled together from a variety of Batman storylines over the years, Batman Unlimited cherry-picks pieces of DCU continuity to offer a new (but not really fresh) take on the characters involved. Set in the not-so-distant future of Gotham City (with a definite Batman Beyond vibe) the straight-to-video movie opens with Batman (Roger Craig Smith) clad in a Beyondish red and black costume before eventually donning his more classic colors.

The film centers around the a group of animal-themed villains in Silverback (Keith Szarabajka), Cheetah (Laura Bailey), Killer Croc (John DiMaggio), and Man-Bat (Phil LaMarr) all working together as “the Animalitia” under the leadership of the Penguin (Dana Snyder). The Penguin also has an army of robotic animals who range from nearly unstoppable to easily destroyed (in the climax our heroes easily dispense with a number of the creatures while they struggle to deal with even single one for most of the movie).

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  • Title: Atlantis – A Fate Worse Than Death
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Atlantis - A Fate Worse Than Death

Despite recent events (which is mostly ignored) and turmoil within her own court on her decision, Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) announces her plans to wed Jason (Jack Donnelly). Unwilling to see her son take the throne, Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) makes a bold to kidnap and murder The Oracle (Juliet Stevenson) before she can announce the Gods blessing of the union. To do show she will take advantage of Medusa (Jemima Rooper) and use the Gorgon’s ability to turn the Oracle to stone.

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Olympus – Door to Olympus

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2015

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  • Title: Olympus – Door to Olympus
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Olympus - Door to Olympus

With The Mercenary (Tom York) having completed all three of the sacrifices required of him, Medea (Sonita Henry) makes a sacrifice of her own giving her body and soul over to Circe in exchange for the witch leading the small band to the door of Olympus. Along the way the group will be set on by Furies and Hermes (Michael Daingerfield) before eventually leading back to where the journey began at the temple of the Oracle (Sonya Cassidy) who is far less sure of helping The Mercenary fulfill his destiny than when they first started their adventure.

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Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #10

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2015

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Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #10A museum putting on display of a cursed ruby in their Egypt exhibit brings both Mystery, Inc. and Johnny Quest‘s family to investigate. It doesn’t take long for things to pick up with the appearance of a mummy who steals the jewel.

In Scooby-Doo fashion the culprit is unmasked as a henchman of the evil Dr. Zin who has nefarious plans for the jewel which means a journey for all of the investigators to Monster Island (which thankfully is populated with man-made monsters, also keeping with Scooby tradition) in order to save the day.

To this point I’ve much preferred the issues of Scooby-Doo! Team-Up involving Scooby and the gang teaming up with various super-heroes than various Hanna-Barbara characters, but Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #10 is quite fun as the gang joins forces with the Quest family to solve a mystery. The mummy and the theft of the jewel create a natural crossover for the teams while providing some fun moments between various characters (including Scooby and Bandit discussing their crazy human counterparts). Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Rookie Blue – Open Windows

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2015

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  • Title: Rookie Blue – Open Windows
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Rookie Blue - Open Windows

Rookie Blue returns for its Sixth Season (with episodes technically shot for the second-half the show’s truncated Fifth Season) as Andy (Missy Peregrym) and Sam (Ben Bass) return from their romantic vacation to face new challenges. On their first night back Sam discovers Marlo (Rachael Ancheril) is four months pregnant with his child while Andy is attacked by a serial rapist in Traci‘s (Enuka Okuma) apartment (who was the attacker’s original target). To the surprise of no longtime viewer of the show, Andy and Sam’s romantic bliss certainly didn’t last long.

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