November 2014

Astro City #17

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2014

in Comics

Astro City #17The latest issue of Astro City borrows a bit from the Atom and his adventures in the Microverse. Turning the tale on its side, instead of a hero spending his time in a microscopic universe we get the story of a villain who grew from those worlds, growing in power and size with each victory to eventually become one of the Honor Guard’s most powerful enemies.

Tom Grummett steps in for Brent Anderson providing a beautiful issue that fits easily within the already established narrative. To go along with those panels Kurt Busiek offers a story both celebratory and melancholy about a race of pacifists whose actions saved their own world but also led to the death of a hero which all still mourn.

Told as the story by the one who witnessed it, first in dreams and later in reality, Astro City #17 delivers on every level with action, loss, true heroism, and a very Silver Age message about the nature of sacrifice. Best of the Week.

[DC, $3.99]

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2014

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • IMDb: link

We now have our first teaser for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens which will open in theaters December 18, 2015. Not much is given away in the the short glimpse we get here although we do see fleeting images of Daisy Ridley, the new-look Stormtroopers (including John Boyega), the Millennium Falcon, and the rising of the Sith (from which we get the cool, but rather impractical, new lightsaber and the film’s tile). Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

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Nina Agdal is one Great Dane

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2014

in Books & Magazines

Nina Agdal - 100 Great Danes

Nina Agdal was one of the models chosen for Bjarke Johansen‘s new book 100 Great Danes collecting images of 100 Danish models. You can find her pics inside.

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Star Wars Rebels – Gathering Forces

by Alan Rapp on November 26, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Gathering Forces
  • wiki: link

Star Wars Rebels - Gathering Forces

Picking up directly following the events in “Empire Day,” the Ghost is able to escape the Empire in the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels keeping Ezra‘s (Taylor Gray) old friend Tseebo, and the vast amount of Imperial knowledge rolling around his head, safe from the Empire. In order to buy time for the others to escape, Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ezra lead The Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs) and his Star Destroyer to Fort Anaxes where Ezra will have his first big breakthrough, and first huge misstep, as a Jedi Padawan.

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Supergirl #36

by Alan Rapp on November 26, 2014

in Comics

Supergirl #36Supergirl goes to Sky High? New writers K. Perkins and Mike Johnson start Kara’s latest adventure with another attempt to live among humans by attempting once again to carve out a normal life. Of course that soon goes to hell when Supergirl is abducted by an exclusive school for super-beings and put through a series of test to determine whether or not she is worthy to join.

The first offering from the new team is a mixed bag. Although I enjoyed the art by Emanuela Lupacchino, choosing to put Kara in armor defeats the purpose of the character and, as I’ve said with the New 52 Superman, is akin to putting Chewbacca in a fur coat. It’s not only completely unnecessary but it looks ridiculous.

Both her short stint as a super-barrista, including another argument with Clark (when will these two be NICE to each other?), and her testing in space continue the trend of an angry young girl whose rage (sadly) may not have burnt out during her stint as a Red Lantern (its only saving grace). I’m far from sold on the book’s new-ish direction which lacks the wit, humor, and style of the new Batgirl. Hit-and-Miss.

[DC, $2.99]

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