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Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #4

by Alan Rapp on July 18, 2014

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Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #4Wrapping up the latest mini-series, Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #4 features Green Arrow getting a measure of revenge against Prometheus and Superman calling on the help of Chloe and Tess to reboot the yellow rings and stop Parallax and his new army of brainwashed Yellow Lanterns who include John Stewart.

The final issue wraps up the various threads of the mini-series, although it does have to rely on a giant space whale fighting a giant space worm which began to make my eyes glaze over (as it did when Geoff Johns introduced the various space entities in charge of the color spectrum). Despite being impaled by a yellow-ring construct Superman comes out unharmed, and with the reboot of both Yellow and Green Lanterns rings he also says farewell to the responsibility of being a member of the Corps. Although Lex doesn’t actually get his hand on a ring he does learn the valuable lesson on the usefulness of allies which means we may see a legion or secret society in Smallville’s not-too-distant future. Worth a look.

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Justice League United #3

by Alan Rapp on July 17, 2014

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Justice League United #3The latest issue of Justice League United finds the team on Rann where they must not only save the young child from being corrupted into something true monstrous by Byth but also fix a damaged Zeta-Beam which threatens the lives of thousands. Although Martian Manhunter is able to reason with the child, Byth manages to escape capture and one member of the team will sacrifice himself to stop the Zeta Beam from destroying the city.

Much like the issues which have preceding it, Justice League United #3 works best when playing with the relationships of the new team – particularly the bickering between Animal Man and Green Arrow. The crazy alien space baby storyline hasn’t been as effective but that part of the tale seems to be concluded here.

The death of a major character seems a bit odd, especially as the title hadn’t even had time to properly work Hawkman into the group dymnamic (as nearly all of his storyline was separate from that of the League). I expect him to miraculously return next month (like his severed arm did earlier in the series). Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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Justice League United #2

by Alan Rapp on June 20, 2014

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Justice League United #2With the Justice League team transported to Rann the comic explains how the Ultra Project, meant to bring a group of constantly warring worlds together in peace, has been usurped by a madman who plans to use the product of the genetic experimentation and transform it into the ultimate weapon.

Introducing Supergirl to the team for the first time (but making no effort to explain why she’s not wearing a Red Lantern ring as she has been in her own comic for the past several months), Justice League United #2 gives us the still-not-quite fully-assembled team with more of the Green Arrow and Animal Man banter that so far has been one of its biggest strengths. With Supergirl’s arrival I’m hoping writer Jeff Lemire has plans to develop strong dynamic between the two younger female members as well as Kara may finally find the friend she’s been seeking in Stargirl.

The genetic plot is pretty goofy, but I’m willing to let this opening arc play out and see if Lemire and artist Mike McKone can make it work. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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Arrow – Unthinkable

by Alan Rapp on May 15, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Unthinkable
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Arrow - Unthinkable

Arrow‘s Second Season, along with the long-brewing battle between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), comes to an end with Deathstoke’s super-strong army tearing apart Starling City and Amanda Waller‘s (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) A.R.G.U.S. drones ready to turn the city into sinkhole rather than allow any one of Deathstroke’s men to escape. Thankfully there is some good news. Star Labs’ cure works on restoring Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) to normal, and Ollie and company receive some much needed back-up by Diggle‘s (David Ramsey) friend Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) as well as Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and the League of Assassins brought back to Starling by Sara (Caity Lotz) promise to return to the League should they survive the night.

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Arrow – Streets of Fire

by Alan Rapp on May 8, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Streets of Fire
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“I have failed this city.”

Arrow - Streets of Fire

Things are looking bleak for the heroes of Starling City. Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) are buried alive, the cure from Star Labs falls into Slade Wilson‘s (Manu Bennett) hands, Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) is alive and deadlier than ever, the city is on fire, Deathstroke’s super-powered insane army is killing indiscriminately, and Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro), naively believing he can still salvage the situation, refuses to call in for help leaving the city’s police force the only thing standing between Starling City and utter destruction.

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Arrow – City of Blood

by Alan Rapp on May 1, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – City of Blood
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Arrow - City of Blood

With Moira (Susanna Thompson) dead, Sara (Caity Lotz) leaving Starling City, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) under constant sedation, Slade Wilson‘s (Manu Bennett) army of Mirakuru-enhanced soldiers ready for action, Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) back from the dead and more dangerous than ever, Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro) sworn in as the city’s new mayor, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) turn to Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to find the missing Oliver (Stephen Amell) who is all that stands between the city and annihilation.

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Arrow – Seeing Red

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Seeing Red
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Arrow - Seeing Red

With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. riding high with the HYDRA fallout from the Captain America: The Winter Soldier I thought this might be the week that Marvel’s show might out-perform its rival DC’s weekly super-hero action-drama. Nope. Arrow‘s strong Second Season continues with an episode with lasting fallout not only for the season’s remaining three episodes but well beyond. This, as they say, is one of those episodes that changes everything.

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Arrow – The Man Under the Hood

by Alan Rapp on April 17, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – The Man Under the Hood
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Arrow - The Man Under the Hood

With Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) missing, Thea (Willa Holland) still pissed at him for hiding her parentage, his family facing potential financial ruin, Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne) in prison, and Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) in complete control of Queen ConsolidatedOliver (Stephen Amell) and his team turn their attention to an enemy they can fight: Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). Bombing his former company’s applied sciences wing, Oliver, Sara (Caity Lotz), Diggle (David Ramsey), and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) prevent Slade from getting his hands on the equipment he needs to synthesize the super-soldier serum and create his new army.

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Arrow – Deathstroke

by Alan Rapp on April 3, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Deathstroke
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Arrow - Deathstroke

Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) finally makes his move beginning with Thea (Willa Holland) abduction and using the traumatic series of events to steal Queen Consolidated away from Oliver (Stephen Amell), with the help of Isabel Rochev‘s (Summer Glau), and begin to drive wedges between Green Arrow and those closest to him by exposing one of Ollie’s secrets to his sister and another to Laurel (Katie Cassidy). “Deathstroke” works on several levels, first showing how surgical the assassins strikes can be without ever picking a weapon and also in playing on a running theme of the series that despite his physical skills honed on the island Oliver isn’t a brilliant strategist and is often his own worst enemy.

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Arrow – Birds of Prey

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – Birds of Prey
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“I think if the Huntress shows up you should totally kick her ass.”

Arrow - Birds of Prey

The arrest of Frank Bertinelli (Jeffrey Nordling) brings Oliver‘s (Stephen Amell) murderous ex-girlfriend the Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) back to town to kill her father who Laurel‘s (Katie Cassidy) has returned to work to prosecute. When the Huntress shows up to take her revenge she walks straight into a police trap, loosing her chance to kill Frank, but that doesn’t stop her, and several armed gunmen, from taking control of the courthouse and take hostages who include Laurel.

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