May 2015

Community – Ladders

by Alan Rapp on May 27, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Community – Ladders
  • wiki: link

Community - Ladders

The first episode of the show’s Sixth Season introduces Paget Brewster as Francesca “Frankie” Dart, a consultant brought in to join the Save Greendale Committee following the latest Greendale fiasco when the cafeteria roof collapses under the weight of one too many Frisbees. Starting out its first online season without half the original cast leaves the show feeling early on like a shadow of its former self but a ludicruous underground speakeasy later and its clear that the show is in good hands with Dan Harmon back behind the helm.

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Usagi Yojimbo #145

by Alan Rapp on May 26, 2015

in Comics

Usagi Yojimbo #145Finally my rabbit ronin withdrawal is at an end. Usagi Yojimbo has returned! After three years of the series on hiatus writer/artist Stan Sakai returns to bring us the further adventures of Usagi Yojimbo with with first issue of a new three-issue arc “The Thief and the Kunoichi” which will reunite Usagi with a few familiar faces.

Usagi Yojimbo #145 begins with not one but two different thieves robbing merchant Inoyue’s heavily-guarded compound. The realization that neither is alone in the dead of night creates friction between the two thieves which eventually leads to guards and a nearby wandering ronin getting caught up in the night’s festivities.

Revealing Kitsune to be the less bloodthirsty of the the two thieves, the comic ends with the unmasking of Chizu as the other with Usagi likely being forced to step-in between the two women for the apparently worthless scroll that led to the night’s events unraveling. It’s good to see Usagi back in action, and entangled in another of Kitsune’s messes, once more. Best of the Week.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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Coming Soon – Batkid Begins

by Alan Rapp on May 26, 2015

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
  • IMDb: link

Here’s the first trailer for the new documentary looking back at the Make-A-Wish attempt to transform the city of San Fransisco into Gotham City for one day in November of 2013 in the most elaborate project the foundation has ever attempted to answer the request of a 5 year-old diagnosed with leukemia. A rousing success, it is estimated that perhaps as many as 12,000 took the streets of the city to urge Batkid’s adventures on while social media brought in support from around the world. The film is scheduled for release in select cities on June 26th.

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  • Title: Battle Creek – Sympathy for the Devil
  • IMDb: link

Battle Creek - Sympathy for the Devil

The series finale reveals the pivotal moment of Milt’s (Tad Hamilton) FBI career when a figure from his past hellbent on revenge shows up in Battle Creek. Still trying to hide his past from his new colleagues, Milt requests only Russ’ (Dean Winters) help in locating the man who blew up his car (with Milt inside). With Milt hiding the truth, there’s no immediate back-up when both he and Russ are kidnapped by the would-be killer who has a personal grudge to settle with the FBI agent.

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Astro City #23

by Alan Rapp on May 26, 2015

in Comics

Astro City #23In the first half of a two-issue storyline Astro City writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson put their own spin on DC’s Gorilla City with the introduction of a talking ape from a hidden city filled with intelligent talking apes who arrives in Astro City with plans on becoming a drummer but quickly learns why that may be problematic and that he may have more potential as a hero.

As a fan of the Silver and Modern age Flash comics I’ve always loved Gorilla City and it’s fun to see Busiek and Anderson come up with their own version of bizarre world set not in the jungles of Africa but in an impossible jungle climate hidden away in the middle of the Antarctic.

As is true with almost all of the comic’s best storylines, Astro City #23 leaves the reader wanting more of the central character’s story and Sticks’ adventures in his new home. Thankfully we will be getting at least one more issue with the simian hero/drummer, but from what we’re given here I’m hoping that won’t be all we see from the character for the foreseeable future. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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