Detective Comics #996

by Alan Rapp on January 23, 2019

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Detective Comics #996 comic reviewAfter learning nothing of interest from the Arkham Asylum menagerie, Batman‘s investigation into the recent attacks on the close allies of both Batman and Bruce Wayne leads to Paris and a reunion with Ducard who has already figured out the truth of attacks which the Dark Knight Detective won’t piece together until the issue’s conclusion: someone is systematically targeting everyone who had a hand in creating Batman.

While the mystery continues to deepen, and we also see nods to various aspects of Batman’s past (such visiting his old sensei in the Himalayas where a certain flower grows), there are still aspects of the arc I’m not fond of starting with the bizarre Clayface-ish nightmare creature that attacks Batman and Ducard. While there’s obviously someone quite intelligent behind the attacks on those who helped Bruce Wayne become Batman, I’m not wild about his stable of horror movie henchmen.

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Deadly Class – Reagan Youth

by Alan Rapp on January 23, 2019

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  • Title: Deadly Class – Reagan Youth
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Deadly Class - Reagan Youth television review

Based on the comic by Rick Remender, the pilot episode of Deadly Class introduces us to teenager Marcus Lopez Arguello (Benjamin Wadsworth) living on the streets and hunted by the police after burning down his orphanage (and the children inside). Lost and suicidal, Marcus is offered a new life by enrolling in a secretive school of assassins known as King’s Dominion. Run by the headmaster Master Lin (Benedict Wong), the school is compromised of the sons and daughters of mob bosses and murderers, and those (like Marcus) who have shown an aptitude for killing. With ruthless cliques of teenage killers and equally demented teachers (Wong, Erica Cerra, Henry Rollins), King’s Dominion may get Marcus off the street but offers a new host of problems including his classmates who don’t like child killers and his first homework assignment: kill someone who deserves it.

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Supergirl – Suspicious Minds

by Alan Rapp on January 22, 2019

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  • Title: Supergirl – Suspicious Minds
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Supergirl - Suspicious Minds  television review

More than any of the other CW super-hero shows, Supergirl has shown a willingness to push the envelope and take an unexpected hard right-turn to shake things up in unexpected ways. This season has seen the show continue to mirror real-life political divisiveness and immigrant issues with an anti-alien hate group movement and the new President’s (Bruce Boxleitner) anti-alien agenda which gets Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) kicked out of the DEO and creates an investigation to uncover the hero’s true identity. In an episode about invisible alien assassins bred by the U.S. Government for black ops, it’s the core relationships between characters and how far they are willing to go to keep secrets to protect each other that highlights “Suspicious Minds.”

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12 Angry Men- A Lesson in Staging

by Alan Rapp on January 22, 2019

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The Royal Ocean Film Society examines the lessons in staging one can learn from Sidney Lumet‘s 12 Angry Men.

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Red Sonja #25

by Alan Rapp on January 22, 2019

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Red Sonja #25 comic reviewA song in the woods and the sound of battle break Red Sonja‘s solitary travels in the latest issue of Red Sonja from writers Amy Chu and Erik Burnham, and artist Pasquale Qualano. The She-Devil makes short work of a pack of thieves attacking a small traveling party, but when the dust clears only one survivor remains.

Despite the pair’s philosophical differences, Sonja takes the job of seeing the last pilgrim to his destination. Running into more trouble while attempting to barter passage across the sea with pirates, Sonja discovers there is more to her charge than meets the eye as the power of his song is able to stop the bloodthirsty mercenaries in their path allowing Sonja to go to work.

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