September 2013

Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #3

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2013

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Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #3Tom Strong and Val Var Gram‘s journey to find Tom Strange on the plague infested world of Terra Obscura lead the pair into the deserts of New Egypt to encounter old friends, a pair of gods (in the form of former heroes Mystico and Scarab now acting as the living embodiment of Egyptian gods), and new troubles in the refugee slums.

While including appearances by several familiar faces, and introducing a few new ones, writer Peter Hogan and artist Chris Sprouse continue to deliver an engaging journey as Strong and Garm search for a way to help with the plague and find the one man who may be able to help save Strong’s daughter from dying in childbirth an entire universe away.

Although the get no closer to finding Strange, the pair are able to offer their support to the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. who will need their help to save the convoy which might hold another clue to bring the travelers from another world one step closer to their final goal. Worth a look.

[Vertigo, $2.99]

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The Crazy Ones – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2013

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  • Title: The Crazy Ones – Pilot
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The Crazy Ones - Pilot

The Pilot episode of The Crazy Ones is a trainwreck. At times an amusing trainwreck to be sure, but the over-improvisational style of David E. Kelley‘s latest leaves something to be desired. For the first time since Ally McBeal, Kelley goes all-in on zany with this tale of a crazy father (Robin Williams) and daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar) advertising firm attempting to save their biggest account with the help of a pop star who doesn’t sing jingles.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #26

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2013

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #26As “City Fall” continues Splinter is forced into a dangerous bargain with Old Hob and Slash which could cause all kinds of new problems for the Turtles down the line as the sesei procures mutagen for Old Hob in exchange for his help with the brainwashed Leonardo.

The rest of the Turtles seek for answers and assistance from various sources. Michelangelo hits up his old pizza buddy, Donatello and April look for help from a crazy inventor, and Raphael gets an offer of help from Angel (but learns the rest of the Purple Dragons are involved in their own issues).

As his brothers try to gather intel and resources, Leonardo leads the Foot into battle taking down the Savate and bringing the city one step closer to being completely under the Shredder‘s power.

Things are certainly looking bleak for our heroes as Leonardo (still struggling a bit against Kitsune‘s brainwashing) continues to help Shredder with his master plan. However, it appears Karai (perhaps with the assistance of Alopex) may have plans of her own. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Elementary – Step Nine

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2013

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  • Title: Elementary – Step Nine
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Elementary - Step Nine

Elementary opens its Second Season with the introduction of two familiar supporting characters, and a famous London address, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) head across the pond to help out Inspector Lestrade (Sean Pertwee) whose obsession with a murder has cost him both his job and good name. While visiting his old stomping grounds Watson suggests Holmes use the opportunity to make amends to those his addiction has harmed which Sherlock takes to heart and decides to help the disgraced detective rather than bring him to justice.

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Glee – Love, Love, Love

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2013

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  • Title: Glee – Love, Love, Love
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Glee - Love, Love, Love

Glee returns for a Fifth Season with the first of two Beatles episodes as Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) welcomes the New Directions back (from apparently some kind of mid-semester break as no one has graduated) with an assignment on the music of the band’s early years. Sue (Jane Lynch)  returns from her suspension as well to promptly frame and force Figgins (Iqbal Theba) out as she takes over as McKinley High’s new principal. Her first order of business is to demand national championships from both the Glee Club and the Cheerios if Will and Roz Washington (NeNe Leakes) want to keep their jobs past the end of the year.

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