The Flash: Season Zero #1

by Alan Rapp on October 13, 2014

in Comics

The Flash: Season Zero #1Tying in to the new Flash television show, The Flash: Season Zero offers storylines set in the Flash/Arrow universe. Promised to include more costumed villains, the comic has another advantage by being able to better hide the show’s mishmashed fabric costume of the hero that looks far better on the printed page than in High Definition.

Set just one week after the “Pilot” episode, Barry Allen takes on a Strong Man whose strength and invulnerability leave the hero with a busted ankle and a pair of cracked ribs (luckily he’s got that quick-healing factor).

Although the hero is far from victorious, the first issue does a solid job in reintroducing the characters and events of the “Pilot” while expanding this version of the Flash’s Rogues gallery with some colorful new villains. I haven’t been picking up the Arrow comic, but this one has a definite chance to remain on my pull-list as long as it keeps it’s $3 price-tag. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Here’s the official video for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” the final song multi-award-winning country artist Glen Campbell has stated he will ever record.

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  • Title: Doctor Who – Mummy on the Orient Express
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Doctor Who - Mummy on the Orient Express

Although it’s been mentioned on the show previously, this is the first time we’ve actually seen The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) take a companion to the space-traveling Orient Express carefully recreated to resemble the Earth locomotive of the same name (although no one stops to explain why that is). On what we’re told will be Clara’s final journey with The Doctor, the pair walk into an unusual situation where members of the train begins dying, being slowly murdered by a mummy who only they can see in the 66 seconds leading up to their deaths.

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Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #3

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2014

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Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #3The six-issue mini-series continues with the battle stalled and the surviving battlefield warriors dealing with the alien squid invaders whose high-tech weapons and giant tripod robots prove nearly impossible to stop.

With Usagi warning the closest village of the oncoming danger it falls to Jotaro and Gen to lead the remaining forces in hopes of slowing down the aliens’ destruction and stopping the creation of more giant robots whose path of destruction have already begun to claim several lives.

The third issue of Usagi Yojimbo: Senso is heavy on action and features the death of a well-known character. It’s the second alien rocket, however, which crash lands right the middle of the village Usagi is attempting to evacuate that is the more immediate problem for the rabbit ronin if he has any hopes to surviving. I can’t wait to see where the future adventures of Usagi Yojimbo go from here. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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Hawaii Five-0 – Kanalu Hope Loa

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Kanalu Hope Loa
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Hawaii Five-0 - Kanalu Hope Loa

The robbery of a Waikiki tour bus by a gang of three bikini clad thieves (Allie Gonino, Sumire, Sonya Balmores) offers the young surfers and Five-0 more than they initially bargained for. The shooting of one of the bus’ passengers who was being held-up by another woman (Erica Piccininni) at the time of the robbery forces Kono (Grace Park) to go undercover to find the surfers. After arresting one of the girls it takes more than a little convincing to make the young woman understand just how much danger the other two women are in if Five-0 doesn’t find them before the killers.

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Detective Comics #35

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2014

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Detective Comics #35I’m not going to lie, Detective Comics #35 suffers from the absence of the creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. Taking place inside the Gotham airport, Bruce Wayne‘s flight is halted by an out-of-control 747 crashing into the terminal in an emergency landing.

Batman’s choice to open the plane and investigate turns out to be the exact wrong move as the Dark Knight Detective spreads the virus that killed all the passengers on-board into the terminal and perhaps beyond. When and eco-terrorist claims responsibility for the attack it’s obvious Batman has only a few hours left to live to solve the mystery as the villain doesn’t want ransom but only to watch the people die.

Of the guest team, I’m a little more impressed with the writing of Ben Percy than the art of John Paul Leon, but that may just be my expectation to see Manapul’s exquisite art and getting a far different style. I’m on the fence about picking up the conclusion to the two-issue arc or waiting for Manapul and Buccellato to return. For fans.

[DC, $3.99]

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Scandal – Inside the Bubble

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2014

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

After returning from her tropical seclusion with Jake (Scott Foley) and choosing to stay and reopen Pope & Associates, Olivia (Kerry Washington) responds to a friend (Sonya Walger) concerned about the whereabouts of her missing teenage daughter. It doesn’t take long for Quinn (Katie Lowes) to find the girl in a posh D.C. hotel, however when the group discovers the mother was sleeping with the daughter’s boyfriend and the girl turns up dead in the hotel room after the mother was led their by Olivia things turn dicey very quickly.

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The Always Glamourous Keira Knightley

by Alan Rapp on October 11, 2014

in Books & Magazines

Keira Knightley - Glamour UK (November 2014)

Helping to promote her upcoming film The Imitation Game, Keira Knightley is the cover girl for the November issue of Glamour UK. In the interview with the magazine the actress discusses her wedding, turning 30, and why she would discourage a daughter from perusing acting. You can find the pics for her photoshoot, and a video of Knightley playing “Would You Rather…” inside.

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Once Upon a Dream

by Alan Rapp on October 11, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Sleeping Beauty
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“Not in death, but just in sleep, this fateful prophecy you’ll keep.  And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love’s kiss the spell shall break.”
 

Sleeping BeautyThe classic tale of a princess cursed by witch who falls into deep slumber on the night of her 16th birthday only to be awakened by love’s first kiss is, in many ways, one of Walt Disney‘s most amazing accomplishments. However, most people don’t remember that initially Sleeping Beauty was a box office disappointment. The film which took six years and cost $6,000,000 wasn’t an immediate hit in theaters and the overruns had even Walt Disney wondering if feature animation would continue to be a profitable enterprise.

Using new sound and visual technology, the film was the first Disney film to be created in Super Technirama 70 increasing the size and scope of the negative which called for more detailed backgrounds and artwork than ever before.  It’s also the first of the Disney films to put everything on screen in focus allowing the viewer’s eye to move freely between the lush sets and brightly colored characters.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38

by Alan Rapp on October 11, 2014

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38When Splinter‘s deal with Old Hob is brought to light it creates a rift in the recently restored family. As Donatello refuses to part of the vendetta against Shredder with the larger threat of the Krang invasion looming Splinter leads Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo to discuss Hob’s plans of a growing mutant army and meet his two latest creations.

The issue also continues Angel‘s training in the Exo-Suit (which draws the attention of a curious observer foreshadowing a possible new friend for the arctic fox?).

Donnie’s departure is unexpected but certainly makes sense from the his point of view weighing the severity of threats against the Turtles and the world. Along with a cameo from Pete and teasing the return of Rocksteady and Bebop in next month’s issue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38 introduces Herman and Mondo Gecko who despite their looks (and lack of training) have been well-armed to be a part of Hob’s army. Of course just how far Hob plans to take his mutants-first crusade, and how long Splinter will support him, will have to be seen. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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