January 2012

Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2012

in Comics

It’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this week from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Archie, Dynamite, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Action Comics, Amazing Spider-Man, Animal Man, Batwing, Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes, Defenders, Detective Comics, Doctor Who, Fatale, G.I. JOE, Hellraiser, Hulk, Invincible, Irredeemable, Justice League International, The Lone Ranger, The Punisher, Reed Gunther, Savage Dragon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Stormwatch, Swamp Thing, Sweet Tooth, Uncanny X-Men, Venom, X-Factor, and the first issues of Alpha Girl, Infestation 2: Transformers, Magic: The Gathering, Warriors of Mars, and Winter Soldier.

Enjoy issue #164

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The Beta Test Initiation

by Alan Rapp on January 29, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Beta Test Initiation
  • tv.com: link

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As Sheldon (Jim Parsons) shares his love of flags and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) spends far too much time alone with his new phone, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) attempt to work the kinks out of the relationship now that the pair are dating again.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #5

by Alan Rapp on January 28, 2012

in Comics

red-hood-and-the-outlaws-5-coverThe latest issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws gives us not one but two battle scenes as the Red Hood battles the Untitled and Arsenal and Starfire take down the crocodile-Man-Bat-thing known as Crux. It’s not a great story, and (as has been the case for this comic) some of the writing may illicit unplanned groans or giggles from the reader, but (unlike a vast majority of the New 52) it is fun.

This issue puts Jason Todd on a path. It’s a murderous path to be sure, but at least we now know where writer Scott Lobdell is planning to take the Red Hood and the rest of the team. I’m confused by the blood blades and the reasoning why Starfire didn’t loose her powers, but let’s be honest – logic has never been this comic’s strong suit.

Even though I’ve stopped reading many of the New 52 titles I’m going to stay with Red Hood and the Outlaws for at least awhile longer. It’s never quite what I expect, and its not the direction I would take the characters, but I’m still intrigued by what Lobdell has planned for this motley crew he’s assembled. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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A Dangerous Method

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2012

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: A Dangerous Method
  • IMDB: link

a-dangerous-method-posterA slow moving drama centered around the science of psychology may initially seem an odd choice for director David Cronenberg‘s latest project, but A Dangerous Method proves to be an engaging study of the minds and hearts of three individuals, each of whom finds themselves at the mercy of their uncontrollable passions and foibles.

Based on the play by Christopher Hampton and the book by John Kerr, Cronenberg and screenwriter Christopher Hampton deliver a character study centered around three people central to the birth of psychoanalysis. Michael Fassbender stars as Carl Jung, a doctor who in the early 20th Century would expand on the ideas of Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) to create analytical psychology.

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Morning Glories #15

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2012

in Comics

morning-glories-15-coverIn the latest issue of Morning Glories Zoe takes center stage and makes a solid case why she might be the most screwed-up member of the freshman class (which, at this school, is saying something!) as the Wood Run storyline continues.

Zoe and Hunter work together to capture their flag, stopping to make camp and to give Zoe a chance for a not-so-comforting lecture the impossibility of a Hunter and Casey relationship. Along the way Hunter meets a new friend who not only has high nerd cred but a pretty obvious crush on Hunter as well. It’s too bad, given the shocking final panels, things between them will never work out.

Once again writer Nick Spencer and artist Joe Eisma give us another weird, but highly entertaining tale, and a terrific value. At an age when content seems to be shrinking as more and more monthly comics seem hellbent on a $4 price-tag, here’s 30 pages of (very good) story for $3. That’s pretty awesome, if you ask me. Worth a look.

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