October 2013

The Flash #24

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2013

in Comics

The Flash #24Issue #24 finally ties up the Reverse-Flash storyline (which, since it was teased for months before it ever began, seems like it’s taken nearly a whole year to get through) with Barry Allen taking back the power of the Speed Force Danny West stole from him to travel back into time and murder his father. Although co-writers Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato underline the moral of the story, and the reverse nature of the New 52 version of the character, he’s a far cry from the far more interesting original villain to use the name.

Following the return to the present there’s enough time for the Flash to threaten the duplicitous Dr. Elias and even do a little dancing with his girl Patty Spivot (while making an appropriate puntastic joke).

Two full years since the launch of the New 52, The Flash has seen its ups and downs but it has consistently offered (mostly) good stories and (always) great art. The latest issue of The Flash sets the stage to begin the new chapter with the hero back in control of his life and powers, and everything, at least for now, seeming back to normal. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Daredevil #32

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2013

in Comics

Daredevil #32Daredevil #32 begins with the anticlimactic result of the Jester‘s trap (which, as expected, is so obviously false it’s dispensed with in only a handful of panels). Mark Waid tries to see the humor in a villain refusing to believe Matt Murdock is truly blind, but the macabre nature of a lynched Foggy Nelson doll simply doesn’t work on any level.

From these humble beginnings the comic picks up as Daredevil enlists the help of Dr. Strange for information about the Sons of the Serpent and the cult’s magic book which offers the opportunity for a funny, if immensely cheap, stab at the people of Kentucky.

The comic ends with Daredevil interrupting a good ‘ol Southern lynch mob only to later realize the group is after actual monsters and he may have chosen the wrong side. The result is a somewhat forced Halloween adventure that ends in yet another cliffhanger and more trouble and no new answers for our hero. For fans.

[Marvel, $2.99]

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Larfleeze #4

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2013

in Comics

Larfleeze #4As Pulsar Stargrave finds himself meeting another (equally troubling) relative of the flighty The WandererLarfleeze is forced to deal with the legion of Orange Lanterns brought back to life by his former butler’s new master. Larfleeze’s incredulity at the anger of the other Orange Lanterns (who he murdered and imprisoned in the Lantern for years) doesn’t help mollify some very ticked off ring-slingers.

The off-beat sense of humor the collaboration between writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis that has made the comic feel like a throwback to the pair’s Justice League glory days is evident here again, especially in a single scene where the happy folks of Unicorn-12 meet a less than pleasant fate.

So far the comic has succeeded by giving us more of Stargrave than his master, but the latest issue proves both characters’ antics can be a hell of a lot of fun. It also looks like the other Orange Lanterns are here to stay, as is Larfleeze (who they can’t kill now that he is the living power battery for all their rings). Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • IMDB: link

We now have our first trailer for the X-Men: First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past which centers around Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) being sent into the past to try and save the future of mutants from a war with humanity. The movie returns actors from both First Class and the original X-Men movies including Halle BerryAnna PaquinJennifer LawrenceEllen PageNicholas HoultShawn AshmoreLucas Till, and both James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, both Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto. The movie opens in theaters everywhere on May 23rd.

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The Blacklist – Gina Zanetakos

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Blacklist – Gina Zanetakos
  • wiki: link

“I needed you to be wrong about him.”

The Blacklist - Gina Zanetakos

After having it out over the box under their floorboards Tom (Ryan Eggold) agrees to turn himself over to the FBI in order to prove his innocence. With Agent Keen (Megan Boone) suspended and sent home, Malik (Parminder Nagra) begins the interrogation of Elizabeth’s husband. Reaching out, Reddington (James Spader) informs Lizzie that if she wants answers she needs to find Gina Zanetakos (Margarita Levieva), a member of The Blacklist who specializes in untraceable corporate terrorism and, if Reddington is to be believed, she is also Tom’s mistress.

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