Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #5

by Alan Rapp on December 16, 2014

in Comics

Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #5Setting up the mini-series finale next month, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #5 brings Buichi Kubo to the land of the Komori Ninja Clan as old enemies will put aside their differences to work together to take on the invading aliens and their tripods of destruction.

Although there’s plenty of action, we don’t get as much of Usagi Yojimbo in this issue as the majority of the the issue focuses on the kamakaze attack of the Komori and samurai and most of the final few pages deals with Lord Noriyuki attempting to convince the Shogun’s emissary Minister Hina of an unconventional plan to destroy the last of the alien invaders.

As Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #5 comes to a close it teases us with what writer/artist Stan Sakai has in mind for the finale as everything involving the alien destruction has led to the creation of a weapon powerful enough to take on the enemy. That last panel is amazing! I can’t wait to see it unleashed! Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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Atlantis – The Day of the Dead

by Alan Rapp on December 16, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Atlantis – The Day of the Dead
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Atlantis - The Day of the Dead

Atlantis has zombies! Who knew? Picking up where the “The Marriage of True Minds” left off, the latest episode sees Jason (Jack Donnelly) make an uneasily alliance with Medea (Amy Manson) after their tumble down the pit leaves them surrounded by zombie soldiers raised from the dead by Pasiphae‘s (Sarah Parish) curse. His decision to trust his queen’s enemy, however, may well lead to the biggest regret of the champion’s life.

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Hawaii Five-0 – Ke Koho Mamao Aku

by Alan Rapp on December 15, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ke Koho Mamao Aku
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ke Koho Mamao Aku

When a rodeo cowboy dies on a Martian training facility Five-0 is called in to investigate in an episode that takes the opportunity to explore some more exotic locales of the Hawaiian Islands including HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) and Kalapana Lava Gardens. Eventually the investigation uncovers a connection to a missing prized race horse whose worth it turns out is more than enough to kill for.

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Covert Affairs – Frontforwards

by Alan Rapp on December 15, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Covert Affairs – Frontforwards
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Covert Affairs - Frontforwards

Hoping to beat Aleksandre Belenko (Shawn Dowyle) to the only surviving member of Auggie‘s (Christopher Gorham) unit he hasn’t tortured and/or killed, Annie (Piper Perabo), Auggie, and McQuaid (Nic Bishop) head to Buenos Aires. Finding former CIA Agent James Decker (Kenny Johnson) in prison and discovering Belenko has used them to discover the location of his illusive prey, the three put their heads together to come up with a quick and dirty prison break scenario to get the former CIA agent of out prison before Belenko’s men can find him.

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48th Loutzenhiser Award Winners

by Alan Rapp on December 15, 2014

in Film News & Trailers

Birdman

Last night the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, a group which I’ve been proud to be a member for several years, met to discuss and honor the films of 2014. Handing out awards in 12 different categories the night’s big winner was Birdman taking home Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), and Best Original Screenplay.

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Detective Comics #37

by Alan Rapp on December 15, 2014

in Comics

Detective Comics #37After taking down a delusional Mad Hatter, Batman turns his attention to a crime that Harvey Bullock has been persuing for weeks without any real leads other than graffiti left as a signature for each crime. The death of a Wayne Enterprises’ executive brings the detective and Batman both to Wayne Tower just in time to discover what explosive situation Anarky has left for them.

After a couple of months off, Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul return to Detective Comics with the opening of this new arc. I’ve never been a huge Anarky fan, but the villain does have his uses especially if (as this issue suggests) this is the first time he’s been active in Gotham City.

The method which the super-villain uses to turn the office building into a bomb works (at least for a Batman comic book), although we still don’t know why he has chosen to target a building full of Bruce Wayne’s employees or what Anarky’s end game might be. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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  • Title: Elementary – The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction
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Elementary - The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction

While running into an old flame that makes her reconsider her current long-distance relationship, Watson (Lucy Liu) helps Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond) on a case of a missing woman which becomes far more interesting than it initially appears. Connecting the disappearance of their client’s sister with several other unsolved crimes, all of which share one bizarre common characteristic (an odor of nutmeg found at the crime scene), Holmes deduces they aren’t looking for a single killer but an expert cleaner destroying any evidence of a crime scene the police might otherwise find.

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White Collar – Whack-A-Mole

by Alan Rapp on December 14, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: White Collar – Whack-A-Mole
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White Collar - Whack-A-Mole

“Whack a Mole” sets up next week’s series finale as uncertainty and distrust creep back into Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter‘s (Tim DeKay) relationship. Finally realizing the scope of the Pink Panthers’ plan, Neal relies on the assistance of both Mozzie (Willie Garson) and Peter to come up with an alternative (i.e. far less violent) plan that will allow the FBI to swoop in and catch the group with $500 million in stolen cash. And then of course there’s Keller (Ross McCall) and his his Interpol handler (Isaach De Bankolé) one of whom will turn up dead during the Panthers’ hunt for a mole inside their organization.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on December 14, 2014

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Terminator Genisys
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Rebooting the entire franchise (your nerd fury here), here’s the first trailer for Terminator Genisys starring Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Terminator Genisys opens in theaters on July 1st.

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Charli XCX – Breaking Up

by Alan Rapp on December 13, 2014

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s Charli XCX with the official video for “Breaking Up,” the latest single from the English singer’s third album Sucker.

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