Black Cat #3

by Alan Rapp on March 3, 2021

in Comics

Black Cat #3 comic reviewWith half of the issue taking place inside the mind of the Black Cat, Black Cat #3 doesn’t do much to advance the overall tie to “King in Black” which turns out to be a good thing (and not only because I could care less able the larger event) as this single issue detour turns out to provide a hell of a lot of fun.

Black Cat #3 picks up with Felicia having taken up the Yggdrasill Staff to find herself temporarily imbued with the power of a god while the power. While she battles dragons on Earth, in her mind the Magic, assuming the visage of Black Fox, works to tempt her to accept the magic completely. Needless to say, once Doctor Strange finally awakes to see what has happened in his absence, he’s far from pleased.

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The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa

by Alan Rapp on March 3, 2021

in Essays 

Like Stories of Old examines the Humanistic philosophy and cinema of Akira Kurosawa.

  • Title: The Flash – All’s Wells That Ends Wells
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The Flash - All's Wells That Ends Wells television review

The first episode of The Flash‘s Seventh Season picks up the unfinished threads of last year’s truncated season with an hour filled with enough plot for three episodes and wild tonal shifts. Most notably, the episode features the breakthrough necessary to power the artificial Speed Force and restore Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) disappearing speed. However, there’s a catch as Nash (Tom Cavanagh) connection to the Multiverse turns out to be the only possible fuel, meaning The Flash has found yet another way for Tom Cavanagh to die. It’s sad to see Cavanagh exit again, although there still is one version of the character out there looking to tangle with the Flash (but Reverse-Flash doesn’t factor into this episode at all). Before exiting stage left, again, the episode includes a goofy sequence with the various versions of Wells stored temporarily within Barry’s body which is best forgotten as soon as possible.

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Go See Alexis Ren

by Alan Rapp on March 3, 2021

in Books & Magazines

Alexis Ren - GoSee (February 2021)

Alexis Ren is part of the February issue of GoSee.

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Batman: Black and White #3

by Alan Rapp on March 3, 2021

in Comics

Batman: Black and White #3 comic reviewBatman: Black and White #3 offers up five more Batman stories in black and white. The third issue is notable for the absence of Bat-villains (except as a cameo in a single panel of one tale), instead focusing on alternate realms, alternate Batmen, street punks, and the legacy of Batman.

Jace Fox as Batman battles the racist antigovernment Igloo Boys gang with the help of Tiff Fox in “The Cavalry.” “I Am the Bat” offers a regular evening for Batman with some minor skirmishes, with an unexpected twist at the end.

Both “A Kingdom of Thorns” and “Legacy” provide alternate timelines with Bruce Wayne as a medieval knight in the first and in the other fighting a world of monsters using a giant BattleMech in a dystopian future.

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