April 2013

Morning Glories #26

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2013

in Comics

Morning Glories #26After months of leaving the fate of Casey Blevins up in the air, the latest issue of Morning Glories puts her storyline front and center as the comic kicks off it’s Second Season with a full-sized $1 issue which gives us a few clues as to how Casey has been spending her time since being sent back nearly two decades into the past.

As fans of the series have come to expect, an issue like this raises more questions than it answers. We get a montage of panels from artist Joe Eisma teasing the covert work Casey has been up to since we saw her last as well as a pair of shocking reveals following an odd dinner between Casey and Abraham.

The first big reveal is Casey is secretly Ms. Clarskon, one of Casey’s old high school teachers before being accepted into Morning Glories. And the second, is the scary resemblance to Ms. Daramount, once Casey embraces life as a brunette, and all of the insane implications that come with it. It’s certainly a memorable way to kick off the next arc. Worth a look.

[Image, $1.00]

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

On the red carpet for the premiere of Iron Man 3, The Avengers director Joss Whedon let slip a couple of interesting tidbits concerning the introduction of new characters in The Avengers 2 (a “brother and sister act” presumably referring to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch) as well as stating that the now completed pilot for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will explain how Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is still part of the Marvel Universe.

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The Mentalist – Red and Itchy

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2013

in Television Reviews 

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The Mentalist - Red and Itchy

After LaRoche‘s (Pruitt Taylor Vince) home is broken into and he manages to kill one of the perpetrators, he requests Jane‘s (Simon Baker) involvement on the case to find the man who got away (with the mysterious Tupperware box that Jane learned of when he hired someone to steal from investigator’s safe back in Season Three). With LaRoche being blackmailed to stop looking into a security leak within the CBI and Jane only has a single day to find the blackmailer before LaRoche must bend to his pressure of see his life and career ruined.

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G.I. JOE #3

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2013

in Comics

G.I. JOE #3Most of the action in G.I. JOE #3 is set inside Duke‘s mind as Dr. Mindbender tries to break the JOE and force him to give them the all-clear code which will allow Cobra to continue their plans. Various memories of Duke from childhood through the circumstances that led to him to enlist with the JOEs are used to try and break Duke, but Mindbender and the Baroness discover the process isn’t as easy as they had hoped.

The issue is a good excuse to delve into Duke’s past and present a new look at the road that led him to being the field leader of G.I. JOE. Most of the flashbacks have to do with Duke’s relationship with the love of his life who he lost twice, once by stopping her transfer into the field, and later when her bullheadedness got her the assignment she wanted only to die in an ambush set for Duke.

G.I. JOE #3 bucks the trend of “everybody breaks” in comics and movies recently by allowing Duke to hold out and even warn the JOEs that something is wrong. Now things get interesting. For fans.

[IDW, $3.99]

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The Shadow #12

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2013

in Comics

The Shadow #12In this single-issue tale The Shadow spends hours scouring the city looking for a deadly new gang of bank robbers who aren’t afraid to kill and have already gotten a taste for blood. Although it puts a crimp in his dating life and requires hours of work and a variety of sources at the vigilante’s disposal, The Shadow is eventually able to track them down though a call girl one of bank robbers frequents.

Needing to catch the gang, and make the whole thing look like the police set his trap, The Shadow performs a little hypnotism to plant the idea of a big score into the gang. That and a good deal of understanding of human nature and greed, allow The Shadow makes sure the bank robbers take the bait before sitting back and enjoying the show.

The Shadow #12 reminds readers of the resources the vigilante uses to in his one man war against crime along with plenty of action and some lighter moments between Lamont and Margo Lane. Worth a look.

[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]

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