October 2013

Castle – Get a Clue

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Castle – Get a Clue
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Castle - Get a Clue

Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate the possibly ritualistic murder of an accountant whose recent fascination with the occult and her death by stabbing of an ancient sword, not to mention the street footage of the woman being stalked by a monk (James MacDonald) and a college professor (Erik Jensen) who confirms the young woman was on a quest for lost Stonemason treasure, give Castle hope that they might have stumbled onto a real-life Da Vinci Code.

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Samurai Jack #1

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2013

in Comics

Samurai Jack #1IDW’s new Samurai Jack comic continues the hero’s quest to find a way to return to the past to his own time, defeat Aku, and erase the future in which he still finds himself trapped. The comic’s opening arc introduces the idea of the Rope of Eons which Aku shredded after using it to learn to control time.

Learning that the various Threads of Time can be rewoven to return the samurai home, Jack follows the directions of a less than trustworthy source who neglects to inform the samurai to win the first thread he will have to defeat an array of champions in the bottom of a gladiatorial pit.

As first issues go Samurai Jack #1 is a lot of fun. Writer Jim Zub captures the tone of the original cartoon, and I was also very impressed with the art by artist Andy Suriano and several of the panels that balance the action, tragedy, and offbeat humor of the character (although I’d love to see more of the cross-cut sequences the cartoon was known for). Fans of the character will want to track this one down. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Nova #9

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2013

in Comics

Nova #9Returning home from his encounter with Speedball and Vance Astrovik, Sam Alexander discovers Kalendra has captured his mother and little sister and is holding them hostage unless Sam agrees to fight her without use an weapons (including the Nova helmet).

Initially agreeing the fair fight (which is less than fair since Sam has received no actually hand-to-hand combat training), the newest Nova throws in the towel early, donning his helmet and kicking some serious butt all the way back to Kalendra’s home where her failure gets her caged in isolated confinement.

The heavy bondage themes not withstanding, Nova #9 provides a good example at the type of hero the newest Nova is. Honorable, maybe not, but certainly willing to do whatever is needing to save the ones he loves. And despite his repeated refusals, it seems Nova may have found himself a pair of new teammates (which I would be more on-board with if they clad Astrovik in Vance Astro‘s costume). Worth a look.

[Nova, $3.99]

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The Mentalist – The Red Tattoo

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Mentalist – The Red Tattoo
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The Mentalist - The Red Tattoo

The CBI is called in to solve the murder of a prominent member of Visualize who was killed in his locked hotel room. The case also brings in the cult’s head of security, and one of Jane‘s (Simon Baker) remaining five Red John suspects, Ray Haffner (Reed Diamond) as an observer. As Lisbon (Robin Tunney) sits down with Visualize’s second-in-command Jason Cooper (Robert Picardo), Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) investigates a nearby car-jacking that looks to be tied to the murder, and Jane and Cho (Harry Groener) head to the dead gymnastic coach’s gym to talk with his students, their parents, and the dead man’s partner (Ray Abruzzo) who hated the victim’s connection to the cult.

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Wonder Woman Fan Trailer

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2013

in Found on the Net

Directed by Jesse V. Johnson and featuring Nina Bergman in the title role, this fan trailer gives us Wonder Woman kicking some serious Nazi butt in this trailer set during WWII. Check out pics and a short behind-the-scenes look inside and learn more about the project on the official Facebook page.

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