January 2020

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2020

in Comics

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1 reviewRed Sonja: Age of Chaos #1 begins the time-travelling crossover between Red Sonja and various characters Dynamite Entertainment acquired from the now defunct Choas! Comics. In her own time, Sonja takes steps to prevent Kulan Gath from resurrecting again. In another time and place, Mistress Hel inspires several different characters to go in search of the wizard’s recently-discovered amulet which she promises will deliver them powers beyond their comprehension.

Although we don’t get to see Sonja mix it up with any of the other characters on display, it isn’t long before Hel’s prompting has the various Chaos! characters at each others throats in procuring the artifact, the effects of which may reach back to Sonja as well.

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode XVI: Jack and the Smackback
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Samurai Jack - Episode XVI: Jack and the Smackback

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the adventures of the time-displaced samurai and his quest to make his way home. While offering quite a bit of action, “Episode XVI” isn’t one of the series more memorable episodes. The premise is simple enough, Jack (Phil LaMarr) is captured (offering some visuals of Jack in chains which reminded me of 1982’s Conan the Barbarian) and forced to compete in gladiatorial combat in the Dome of Doom. Jack’s first battle is with the talkative Gordo the Gruesome with successive fights against more fearsome competition ending in Jack squaring off against six competitors at once.

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Primal – Spear and Fang

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2020

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  • Title: Primal – Spear and Fang
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Primal - Spear and Fang television review

Genndy Tartakovsky, who gave us the brilliance of Samurai Jack, turns his attention to the “dawn of evolution” for a new series featuring a caveman and dinosaur. The pair are united in the first episode of the series, “Spear and Fang,” through tragedy and shared loss. Presented without dialogue and set to a classic score, the series doesn’t play with aspect-ration like Jack did, but does offer plenty of close-ups and slow-motion to underscore ideas and feelings. While I cringe at the thought of certain people mistakenly believing the show’s plot somehow legitimizes the inane idea that man and dinosaurs ever co-existed, Tartakovsky provides an intriguing set-up here that delivers on the show’s title given the emotions it puts on display.

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Scooby-Doo! – A Clue for Scooby Doo

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2020

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  • Title: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! – A Clue for Scooby Doo
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Scooby-Doo! - A Clue for Scooby Doo television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to Scooby Doo, Where Are You! for another mystery involving some meddling kids and their talking dog. A trip to Rocky Point Beach leads to the discovery of a glowing ghost haunting the shore in an old diving suit. While legend says the Ghost of Captain Cutler has been making yachts along the coast disappear, it’s actually not all that far from the truth as the ghost is in fact the very much alive Cutler who had been stealing ships to resell them. The episode is notable for Mystery, Inc. doing a bit of underwater investigating, Scooby-Doo (Don Messick) discovering a valuable clue, the simple yet visually-impressive glowing ghost, a trap which (as always) fails to work as intended but still nabs a ghost, a few red herrings (including a book of witchcraft), and the unmasking (notable for even surprising members of the Scooby gang).

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1

by Alan Rapp on January 29, 2020

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 comic reviewIf you are thinking, didn’t Marvel just reboot this series less than a year ago? You are not mistaken. Marvel Comics relaunches the title once more with Peter Quill and Rocket Raccoon being pulled into the fray by Richard Rider who is seeking any heroes he can find to help stop the sudden appearance of of the Olympian Gods who are making a deadly swath across the galaxy.

While I’m not wild with the art from Juan Cabal, especially the look of Star-Lord (what’s up with the slicked-back hair and skinny jumpsuit?), I will admit I do kinda dig Rocket in a suit. The choice of Peter to answer the call against Gamora‘s wishes, and without her help, also means the full roster isn’t going to be on display (at least not at the beginning of the adventure).

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