October 2018

Vampirella 2018 Halloween Special

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2018

in Comics

Vampirella 2018 Halloween Special comic reviewDynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella 2018 Halloween Special includes a pair of Halloween-themed tales of Vampirella. “Happy Death Day, Vampirella!” involves Lilith and Lord Chaos leading a group out of Hell into Salem. Why it may ruin one friend’s birthday, Vampirella is on the scene to do so massive demon bashing (and even gets some late help by others hoping to redeem themselves).

“Trick or Treat?” is a more lighthearted affair with Vampirella going on the warpath after some local kids tp her house for not going all-out on Halloween. When the kids get themselves in a nasty situation, Vampirella finds a suitable target for her aggression (and teaches the kids a lesson).

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Abby Champion strikes a pose in Spain

by Alan Rapp on October 27, 2018

in Books & Magazines

Abby Champion - Vogue Espana (November 2018)

Abby Champion is the cover girl for the November issue of Vogue Espana. You can find her pics inside.

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Daredevil – Please / No Good Deed

by Alan Rapp on October 27, 2018

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Daredevil – Please / No Good Deed
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“So the Devil is back.”

Daredevil - Please / No Good Deed television review

The second and third episodes of Daredevil‘s Third Season focus on Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) striking a deal with the FBI and Matt Murdock‘s (Charlie Cox) continuing struggle as he slowly recovers more and more of his gifts. In a poetic choice (or cliched, depending on your point of view), Murdock’s hearing returns at the exact moment for him to learn that Fisk is free once more. Stalking his prey, and even taking out a half-dozen members of the FBI protecting the Kingpin, Daredevil begins hallucinate a version of Fisk speaking directly to him, egging him on to bring the fight and fury back to his enemy. Even with his hearing know fully restored, it doesn’t look like the tortured soul angle is going to fade away any time soon. The two episodes are also noticeable for introducing an important supporting character in FBI Agent Benjamin Poindexter (Wilson Bethel) who comic fans will know by another name.

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The Flash – The Death of Vibe

by Alan Rapp on October 26, 2018

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Flash – The Death of Vibe
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The Flash - The Death of Vibe television review

Despite the episode’s title, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) will survive to banter sarcastically for another day (although his super-hero days appear to be over for the time being). Instead, “The Death of Vibe” is memorable for two things. First, the return of Tom Cavanagh as yet another parallel Earth version of Harrison Wells who is brought in to help find Cicada (Chris Klein). And second, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) coming to terms with her time travel affecting history, yep she’s definitely Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) daughter, and learning to slow down before impulsively racing into action. XS may have the makings of a super-hero after all (if she can get over those mommy issues the show keeps hinting strongly at).

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Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1

by Alan Rapp on October 26, 2018

in Comics

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 comic reviewAlthough exists as a tie-in to Marvel’s new Spidey event Spider-Geddon, Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1 is largely disconnected from its events (other than an appearance by Spider-Ham, which I’m always on-board with). Instead, the comic centers around the recently paroled Gwen Stacy who is just starting to get back into the swing of things before taking a large detour through Spider-Geddon (summed up on a single page) before being dropped back onto a different Earth.

The writing from Seanan McGuire, especially Gwen’s internal monologue, is fun and breezy and reminds me of old school Spider-Man. Rosi Kämpe’s art matches the writing and the spirit of the character. Although it starts out by acknowledging recent events and troubles for Gwen, dropping her off on a new Earth gives the comic (and character) a fresh start here that should work well for new readers not interesting in diving in too deep to her backstory.

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