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The Flash #29

by Alan Rapp on April 3, 2014

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The Flash #29The Flash‘s two-issue team-up with Deadman comes a close as the Scarlet Speedster fights off the Keystone Killer who discovers the hero is the perfect new host for the evil spirit. There’s less Deadman this time around and more dancing around the subject of Barry’s true parentage until the reveal that proves the teases were just that and that there is no blood connection between Barry and his mentor Captain Frye.

Agustin Padilla’s art seems a little more suited to the character than that of Patrick Zircher from last month’s issue, and given the ghost and the unusual team-up the two-part story does feel like something of a throwback issue to the Silver Age days.

Using his speed to shake off the killer as he had done with Deadman in the previous issue, the Flash wins the day but the issue does offer a final scene between Frye and Barry’s father suggesting the truth behind the murder of Barry’s mother is far more complicated than anyone knows. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Justice League: War

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2014

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  • Title: Justice League: War
  • IMDB: link

Justice League: WarBased on DC Comics’ New 52 reboot and the first arc of the current Justice League series by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, Justice League: War isn’t as awful as I suspected. It’s not actually a good movie, but most of the issues here have to do with the source material itself rather than any mistakes in the adaptation into the film.

Replacing the missing Aquaman with Captain Marvel (Sean Astin), who I still refuse to call him Shazam, the storyline is basically intact as the various heroes of the Justice League come together to defeat Darkseid (Steve Blum) and the invading armies of Apokolips. As with Lee’s original designs, everything looks and feels too muted including the super-hero costumes, particularly those of Superman (Alan Tudyk) and Wonder Woman (Michelle Monaghan), that lack any pop. And although (thankfully) the film chooses to stay away from that awful yellow piping on the Flash‘s (Christopher Gorham) costume we saw at the end of The Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern (Justin Kirk) is still stuck with the unnecessary light-up pieces of his costume.

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The Flash #28

by Alan Rapp on March 4, 2014

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The Flash #28After unintentionally releasing a spirit of vengeance and murder from his prison, the Flash teams up with Deadman to fight the Keystone Killer who plans on returning to his murderous ways by hunting down the surviving descendants of his original victims.

Offering no closure for Barry as the Fastest Man Alive learns the vengeful spirit had no hand in his mother’s death, the odd ghost story does allow for an unique team-up of heroes we normally wouldn’t see together. And although I like my Boston Brand a little more whimsical, the character is put to good use here (even if it feels like the storyline is being unnecessarily drawn out for one more month).

The issue’s backstory (without an ounce of subtlety) continues to suggest that the man Barry knows as his father isn’t who he thinks he is (in more ways than one). Patrick Zircher’s art is okay but doesn’t do much to add any flair to the storyline. For fans.

[DC, $2.99]

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on March 3, 2014

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The Flash

DC Comics released the first pic of Grant Gustin in the Flash costume of the CW’s proposed Arrow spin-off

Variety has revealed the four stars for 20th Century Fox’s new Fantastic Four reboot: Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell

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The Flash #27

by Alan Rapp on February 3, 2014

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The Flash #27Writer Brian Buccellato delves into the Flash‘s past with the discovery of grave filled with the victims of the city’s serial killer from two decades ago. Barry does a little investigating on his own and discovers the timeline and the man’s choice of victim point to what he believes may be the real killer behind his mother’s murder (which his father is still serving a jail sentence for).

First, although I’m still missing those beautiful splash pages from Francis Manapul, I want to thank artist Patrick Zircher for the minimalist approach to the New 52 version of our hero’s costume by only filling in the yellow piping when the Flash is in action. I can actual enjoy looking at the character again!

I don’t need Barry Allen needs a dark origin story help round him out as a character, but the issue does a good job of showcasing the drive that was born in him years ago. Although the reactions his captain and his father make me wonder if the comic is going to make his father ultimately responsible for the murder, I’m still holding out hope for Professor Zoom. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2014

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  • Title: JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
  • IMDB: link

JLA Adventures: Trapped in TimeAimed more to a kid-friendly all-ages audience than the much more publicized Justice League: War release, and available only at Target (as a tie-in to the store’s JLA toy line), JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time proves to be a hell of a lot of fun. Rather than adapting an existing mini-series or comic arc (which seems all that DC has been interested in lately), Trapped in Time offers an original adventure from screenwriter Michael Ryan and director Giancarlo Volpe that’s a bit of a throwback to the old Super Friends days.

The straight-to-DVD adventure begins with the Legion of Doom‘s latest plan of world conquest by expanding the polar ice caps which leaves Lex Luthor (Fred Tatasciore) stuck in ice for hundreds of years before his frozen remains are eventually discovered. Accidentally released by two junior members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Lex uses the knowledge and technology of the future to return to the past with a plan to stop the Justice League from ever forming by attacking Superman while he was still an infant.

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on January 20, 2014

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News and NotesUSA Today is reporting Wally West will race into the New 52 Universe later this Spring in The Flash Annual #3 which follows the confirmation that Stephanie Brown will also make her first New 52 appearance in Batman: Eternal #3

Variety is reporting that A24 has purchased the distribution rights to Laggies after its premiere at Sundance this weekend. The film starring Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Sam Rockwell should see release later this summer

The Playlist has a review for writer/director Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette which was filmed over the course of 12 years and should receive at least a limited theatrical release from IFC Films later this year

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The Flash #26

by Alan Rapp on January 7, 2014

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The Flash #26The Flash #26 kicks off a new arc with a new creative team in writer Christos Gage and artist Neil Googe. It’s going to take a little time for me to get used the drastic artist change (and I’m going to miss those amazing splash pages from Francis Manapul) but issue shows definite promise, even if it does adopt the continuous use of the Flash’s incredibly lame yellow striping on his New 52 costume.

I’ve hated that change ever since DC first showed the design, but Manapul’s choice to show the costume’s grooves as empty except when they were occasionally filled with lightning during the Flash’s heroics helped lessen the horrific and completely unnecessary costume change. I’ll be honest, If I’ve got to put up with those stripes in every panel than this is going to be a problem.

The main story is a mix of fun villain in Spitfire (who feels like a New 52 version of Roxy Rocket to me), the serious murder of Barry’s old mentor, and the dangerous threat of samples of several deadly diseases being stolen.

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Arrow – The Scientist

by Alan Rapp on December 5, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – The Scientist
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Arrow - The Scientist

As Moira (Susanna Thompson) returns to Queen Consolidated over Isabel Rochev‘s (Summer Glau) concerns, Oliver (Stephen Amell) investigates a break-in by one of Brother Blood‘s (Kevin Alejandro) enhanced soldiers (Graham Shiels) and Arrow gets one of its most prestigious guest-stars yet when a criminal scientist from Central City named Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) arrives in town to investigate the odd case. As Barry and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) work (and make goo-goo eyes) together, Oliver has Diggle (David Ramsey) look into the jumpy young scientist who hasn’t been completely honest with his personal reasons for coming to Starling City.

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The Flash #25

by Alan Rapp on December 2, 2013

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The Flash #25The Flash #25, a one-shot Zero Year adventure giving us Barry Allen‘s first meeting with Iris West in Gotham City, marks the end of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato’s run on what for me has been one of the rare highlights of the New 52. In his final issue Manapaul shares the art duties with Chris Sprouse for a Flash adventure that happens well before Barry’s accident or his first run in scarlet-colored spandex.

Although it takes place in Gotham rather than Central City, the comic is a nice wrap-up in terms of finally offering us not only Barry and Iris’ first meeting but the couple’s first kiss as well. The storyline of a highly inflammatory street drug name Icarus, and the corruption of the Gotham Police Department, takes a back seat to Barry’s heroic actions well-before receiving the gift of super-speed and his first encounter with Iris.

I’m going to miss Manapual’s beautiful kinetic style that fit the character perfectly. And given the continuing disappointment of much of the rest of the New 52 I’m a little scared to see where The Flash goes from here. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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