January 2012

Cobra #9

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2012

in Comics

cobra-9-coverThe “Cobra Command” crossover continues here as Snake Eyes, and his team (HelixIceberg, and Alpine) are successful in taking out one of COBRA’s bases in the Southeast Nation of Nazhao, but COBRA has firm control of the entire country and delivers an ultimatum to the entire population of the country to evacuate. At first the JOE’s believe COBRA plans to stay but the more intelligence they gather the more it looks like the new Cobra Commander‘s plan for Nazhao is complete destruction.

Honestly if this hadn’t been a continuation of a story from last week’s Snake Eyes (the only G.I. JOE comic I’m picking up on a regular basis), I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up.

It doesn’t appear that I’m going to have to keep up with all three titles to follow “Cobra Command,” but this issue does give a little more on the inner-workings of COBRA’s hierarchy (Desrto, Baroness, Major Bludd) as each are learning how to deal with the new Commander.

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Michelle WilliamsIn promoting her Oscar nominated role as Marilyn Monroe in My Weekend with Marilyn (one of my favorite films of 2011) Michelle Williams talked with GQ about her early acting career, growing up in Montana, working with Sam Raimi on Oz the Great and Powerful, being emancipated at 15 years-old, sexuality, Brokeback Mountain, Dostoevsky, her role as Marilyn Monroe, her daughter Matilda, Heath Ledger, living a sinful artistic career, Dawson’s Creek, returning to film with Blue Valentine, her parents seeing her on stage for the first time in New York, and the idea of being “rich in loss.” She also took the time to do a cover spread for the magazine. You can find the pics after the jump.

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White Collar – Upper West Side Story

by Alan Rapp on January 25, 2012

in Television Reviews 

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As Peter (Tim DeKay) struggles over his testimony of Neal’s (Matt Bomer) recent actions the team gets a new case brought to them by an unlikely source – a high school student (Graham Phillips) at an elite private high school who believes money set aside for scholarship students is being stolen by the men (Dylan BakerJohn Rothman) in charge of the account.

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Moon Knight #9

by Alan Rapp on January 25, 2012

in Comics

moon-knight-9-coverThe latest issue of Moon Knight gives us a rematch between Count Nefaria and out hero as Moon Knight tries his best to survive against a super-villain far outside his weight class. Inter-cut throughout the battle are sequences between Moon Knight and Buck showcasing Moon Knight asking for the various weapons he’ll use to try and survive the fight with Nefaria.

Once again Brian Michael Bendis gives us an issue full of great moments, including Buck’s realization why his boss is asking him for the weapons of Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. In true crazy hero fashion our hero starts hearing that personality as he uses the shield, web-shooters, or claws which means his tactics against the villain vary wildly from pulling him in front of a car to trying to cut his head off.

Aside for one panel with Echo where things get real very quickly (and which better be a tease!), I thoroughly enjoyed myself from cover to cover. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Young Justice #12

by Alan Rapp on January 25, 2012

in Comics

young-justice-12-coverThe follow up to last issue’s Batman and Robin adventure finds the Dynamic Duo battling Clayface. Although the villain is Matthew Hagen, he gets a new origin here as a member of the Legion of Assassins, and the former lover of Talia, who was locked in the Lazarus Pit when she discovered he was using his relationship with her for his own chance at immortality.

Although the rest of the Young Justice team makes an appearance here, as do Batman and Robin, most of the issue sets up Talia’s failed relationships with both Batman and Hagen and teaches readers a very valuable lesson – never trifle with the feelings of Ra’s al Ghul‘s daughter.

Next issue should see less flashbacks and more of the team battling this new version of Clayface but I’ve got to say I’ve enjoyed the past two issues focusing on Batman and Robin and now Talia. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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