April 2016

Astro City #34

by Alan Rapp on April 28, 2016

in Comics

Astro City #34

Steeljack‘s three-issue arc comes to a close as the former super-villain turned private detective and one-time squeeze Cutlass come up against the arc’s true villain: a greedy collector grabbing and using super-villain tech for his own amusement (and to decorate his garish restaurant). Astro City #34 is the weakest issue of the arc but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty for fans to enjoy including a nice (if a bit hokey) epilogue as dejected Steeljacket is surprised by the support of his friends which helps the man of steel put the entire sordid mess behind him.

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The Flash – Back to Normal

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2016

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  • Title: The Flash – Back to Normal
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The Flash - Back to Normal

Barry (Grant Gustin) struggles to readjust to life without his speed which proves even more difficult when Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is kidnapped by a meta-human (Haig Sutherland) while searching for Jesse (Violett Beane). Even without his powers, Barry can’t sit back and do nothing. Gathering the team and Jesse together for a little old fashioned police work, and a bit of luck, the Flash races into action (albeit at a much more normal pace).

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – Season Six
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Pretty Little Liars - The Complete Sixth SeasonMuch like the Sixth Season of The Mentalist, Pretty Little Liars makes the unusual choice to break-up a single season into two separate parts with the first wrapping up the long-running mystery of the series and the second setting up the final season-and-a-half of new situations and newtrouble for our characters. The mid-season mark culminates in the (somewhat disappointing) reveal and capture of CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray) as A. It’s obvious that the show’s writers had chosen the character to be their villain early in the show’s run and chose to stick to their guns, but the lack of Cece’s impact in recent years made her choice an odd one six seasons into the series.

Highlights of the first-half of the season include each of the Liars struggling to deal with their captivity after being captured by A at the end of the previous season, the Liars going to prom, A turning Aria‘s (Lucy Hale) photography exhibit into another attack at the girls, and the Liars‘ search for evidence that Charles DiLaurentis is still alive (which leads to the revelation that Charles and CeCe are the same person).

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Selena Gomez - GQ (May 2016)

Selena Gomez sat down for both an interview and photo shoot for the May issue of GQ Magazine. You can find the pics from the photo shoot and a behind-the-scenes video inside.

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Castle – Dead Again

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2016

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  • Title: Castle – Dead Again
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Castle - Dead Again

With the threat of LOCKSAT once again looming in the background, Castle goes for goofy in the attempted murder of a safety inspector (Jonathan Silverman) who survives poisoning, electrocution, and being shot in the head. With Castle (Nathan Fillion) consumed by the man’s incredible survival, something the writer attributes to super-powers, Beckett (Stana Katic), Ryan (Seamus Dever), and Esposito (Jon Huertas) are more concerned with finding the would-be killer.

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