Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1

by Alan Rapp on June 19, 2019

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Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1 comic reviewAlthough still well known for her exploits, the version of Red Sonja we see in Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1 isn’t quite yet the legend she will become. The story reunites Sonja with Ozzyus in the search for her friend, and Ozzyus’ other pupil, Shashana. Also looming just over the horizon is the demon conqueror Raka as the next challenge in Sonja’s path.

Along with the current storyline, writer Luke Lieberman and artist Sergio Davila offer flashbacks to different moments of Sonja’s past including the first time Ozzyus encountered a young girl with bright red hair.

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The Graceful Adèle Exarchopoulos

by Alan Rapp on June 19, 2019

in Books & Magazines

Adèle Exarchopoulos - Grazia (June 2019)

Adèle Exarchopoulos is the cover girl for France’s Grazia magazine. You can find her pic inside.

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  • Title: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Black 22
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan - Black 22 television review

While the episode does continue the storyline in Paris following the bombing and Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) and Greer (Wendell Pierce) continuing to pursue Ali (Haaz Sleiman) across the city, the focus of the show’s third episode shifts away from its title character for much of the storyline. “Black 22” offers a long look at Ari spending time with an old friend who offers him temporary refuge and patches up his wounds while also struggling with Suleiman’s (Ali Suliman) orders to leave no witnesses behind. While Ali’s soul may still be saved, according to the Cold War logic of Tom Clancy adapted to the series, any attempt to portray Suleiman as a nuanced character is abandoned in this episode as it firmly entrenches him as the villain both overseas and in his own home.

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Silver Surfer: Black #1

by Alan Rapp on June 19, 2019

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Silver Surfer: Black #1 comic reviewThe first issue of Silver Surfer: Black catches up with the missing character after his disappearance in Guardians of the Galaxy #1. In the first few pages of the new mini-series, we see the Silver Surfer save other heroes from the black hole in space before falling into the abyss.

Tradd Moore provides some trippy art as the Silver falls into a new reality. While I don’t love the heavy-mascara rendering of the Surfer, Moore does provide and interesting backdrop for the story to unfold. Writer Donny Cates hits most of the right notes with the Surfer, including some CliffsNotes for new readers, as our hero attempts to find a peaceful resolution with the antagonistic creatures he finds in this new world.

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Batman & the Outsiders #2

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2019

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Batman & the Outsiders #2 comic reviewWith Sofia Ramos under the temporary care of Kaliber, Batman sends the Outsiders to reach the girl before the minions of Ra’s al Ghul can find her. Even with the timely arrival of the Outsiders as back-up, Kaliber can’t keep Ra’s acolyte Ishmael from Sofia who, given the chance to run, decides to stand her ground.

Batman & the Outsiders #2 certainly sells Ishmael as a legitimate threat who makes short work of the Outsiders and Kaliber. Once again DC can’t quite decide just how skilled to make Orphan, who (despite being pronounced the best fighter in the DCU during the current Rebirth continuity), is thrown away easily by Ra’s minion.

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