July 2011

Reason #24 Why I Love DS9 – Duet

by Alan Rapp on July 28, 2011

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  • Title: Star Trek Deep Space Nine – Duet
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There are many reasons why I love Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and why it remains my favorite of the Star Trek franchise.

Reason #36: “Duet”

Like most shows the first season of Deep Space Nine had its ups and downs. With a new show, especially one with as large an ensemble as this one, it always takes a little while to work the kinks out. The fact that one of the show’s best episodes took place during this first season makes it all the more special.

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Chuck versus Comic-Con 2011

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2011

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  • Title: Chuck
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Check out these two videos capturing the cast of Chuck discussing the show’s upcoming fifth (and final) season. During the panel we’ll learn what’s in store for Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), the new role for Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez) this year, the naming of the one of the final season’s villains, the possibility of a Morgan & Casey (Adam Baldwin) wacky sitcom spin-off, how everyone wants the show to end, and how Vik Sahay is exactly like Summer Glau. There are spoilers aplenty for those who haven’t seen all of last season but it’s worth a look. Here’s Part One. You’ll find Part Two after the jump.

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DC Retroactive: Batman – The 70’s

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2011

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dc-retroactive-batman-70s-coverAs DC Comics looks forward to the future and it’s 52 issue reboot of the DC Universe it also takes a look back with a series of one-shots featuring writers and artists returning the characters and stories they told in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s in an attempt to create new tales in the style of those eras.

The first of these Retoractive titles features Batman as Len Wein returns to the character. The story itself isn’t great. I wasn’t expecting a Joker story but I was hoping to get more than the Terrible Trio, but at least it gives me my favorite Batmobile and that old Batman title logo.

Tom Mandrake does a fair job in his artistic duties by given the issue the layout and feel of a 1970’s Batman title. As with all the Retroactive issues this one also includes a bonus issue from the same period (Batman #307). It’s overpriced and not nearly as good as I was hoping for (but still a damn shade better than pretty awful Flash Retroactive issue). Longtime fans of the character may want to pick this up, but others can give this one a pass (escpecially given the $5 price-tag). For Fans.

[DC, $4.99]

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Daredevil #1

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2011

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daredevil-1-coverMarvel’s latest reintroduction of Daredevil features the hero stopping a kidnapping by the Spot at a mobster wedding. Of course, our hero doesn’t leave before kissing the bride.

The comic, much like Matt Murdock himself, is less successful at attempting to reintroduce Murdock’s life now that everyone knows he’s Daredevil even though he still denies it publicly. His response is nothing more than “Am not!” If the choice isn’t to have Murdock embrace the public nature of his less-than-secret identity (as Tony Stark has) some form of retcon seems to be in order.

Although this gray area might provide plenty of ammo to help screw up Murdock’s personal life and his role as a lawyer, his response being nothing more than a blanket denial isn’t going to work for very long (nor should it).

The first issue is a good re-introduction to the character plopping the Murdock right back into his old life (even if it does skirt the consequences of Shadowland). Worth a look.

[Daredevil, $3.99]

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Cinderella: Fables are Forever #6

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2011

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cinderella-fables-are-forever-6-coverThe six-issue Fables mini-series concludes with a final confrontation between Cinderella and Dorothy Gale aboard a Zeppelin miles above the Deadly Desert.

We learn that though Dorothy (as a sociopathic mercenary) might be the more dangerous of the two, Cinderella knows how to outwit and opponent rather than just kill one. Cinderella proves there is a difference between a patriot and a mercenary (even if she does have to stoop to Dorothy’s level to get her victory).

Up until this mini-series I’ve never been all that interested in the Fables universe, but writer Chris Roberson has delivered a strong series centered around the idea of Cinderella as a super-spy that’s hard to not like.

Although I think it’s a good that the series was limited to six issues, I wouldn’t mind seeing Cinderella return (preferably without Dorothy) for a new adventure next year. Worth a look.

[Vertigo, $2.99]

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