August 2012

Young Justice #19

by Alan Rapp on August 31, 2012

in Comics

Young Justice #19The latest issue of Young Justice concludes the Gorilla City arc including giving us an origin of the city unique to the title. The issue also stands out as the final issue with the original team as Robin‘s case notes transition to a final panel revealing Nightwing thinking back on the adventure. This means starting next month the comic, like the show, will move forward with the “Invasion” storyline set five-years in the future.

Although I’m not thrilled by the rewriting of the origin of Gorrilla City to be nothing more than the effects of the Ultra-Humanite and the Brain experimenting on gorillas in Africa, the story centainly plays out well within that design as the team works alongside Gorilla Grodd to stop the super-villains which leads to the creation of Gorilla City.

We get Grodd, the final adventure with the original core team, and even cameos by Congrilla and Nightwing. That should be enough to warrant fans picking this one up. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

Futurama – 31st Century Fox

by Alan Rapp on August 31, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Futurama – 31st Century Fox
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Despite his recent interest in fox hunting Bender (John Di Maggio) becomes incensed after he discovers the hunters (led by guest-star Patrick Stewart) are actually hunting a robotic fox for sport. When his attempts to end robot cruelty and help Leela (Katey Sagal) protest the hunt fail, Bender decides to step in and rescue the fox. But Bender’s plan backfires when he finds himself the subject of the latest hunt.

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The Flash Annual #1

by Alan Rapp on August 30, 2012

in Comics

the-flash-new-52-annual-1-coverIt’s all been leading to this. The Flash takes on The Rogues… with the help of Captain Cold? Presented in a series of chapters, each drawn by a different artist (sadly none of which are done by Francis Manapul), The Flash Annual #1 may not be a great issue but there’s plenty here to talk about.

The story begins with a little backstory on Barry Allen and his father (which, to be honest, does feel more than a little like filler). We also finally see some of the backstory of the Rogues themselves, including how they came to have their super-powers thanks to Darwin Elias. Sigh, I guess this character is here to stay despite no rational explanation for any of his actions.

Speeding up, the comic picks up where Flash #12 left off as the Scarlet Speester and Captain Cold take on Glider, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, the Trickster, and Heat Wave. Throw in plenty of action, a last second double cross, the return of Turbine, and a crazy ending involving Gorilla Grodd and and army of apes and even at $5 you’re going to get most of your money’s worth. Worth a look.

[DC, $4.99]

News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on August 30, 2012

in News

The Wrap is reporting that Michael Keaton has officially signed on to play OCP’s CEO in the new Robocop remakeDan O’Herlihy played the role in the original Robocop

Entertainment Weekly is reporting Ryan Gosling will make his directorial debut with a modern day fairy tale entitled How to Catch a Monster which he will also write. The film, about a mother whose teenage son discovers a creepy underwater town, will star Gosling’s Drive co-star Christina Hendricks

The New York Times is reporting Saturday Night Live has chosen their first three hosts for the upcoming season (Seth MacFarlaneJoseph Gordon-LevittDaniel Craig) and their musical guests (Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Muse)

  • Title: White Collar – Compromising Positions
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Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay) try to match wits with a political fixer (Perrey Reeves) who has been hired to sink the case of a criminal Peter is trying to put behind bars. To help take down the woman, who is behind the blackmail of the Assistant District Attorney (Michael Torpey) trying the case, Neal and Peter call on the help of an old friend, Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton), to help set-up a sting that doesn’t go quite as planned.

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