January 2020

Arrow – Green Arrow & The Canaries

by Alan Rapp on January 22, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – Green Arrow & The Canaries
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Arrow - Green Arrow & The Canaries television review

“Green Arrow & The Canaries” is an oddly constructed episode set 20 years after the events of Crisis. Following Oliver Queen‘s (Stephen Amell) sacrifice, Star City has lived in blissful peace for two decades, with Mia (Katherine McNamara) and William (Ben Lewis) growing up together in rich luxury. All that is threatened when evil starts to stir again with the kidnapping of Helena’s daughter (Raigan Harris) whose death could be the domino to lead Star City back down the dark future seen in previous episodes (although given the number of baddies the new Deathstroke, and the not-so-hard-to-guess woman behind him put together, it looks like future version of Star City has plenty of killers and malcontents to deal with).

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Here’s Camila Cabello with the official video for “My Oh My” featuring DaBaby.

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Red Sonja #12

by Alan Rapp on January 22, 2020

in Comics

Red Sonja #12 comic reviewFor one year, over twelve issues, Red Sonja has matched wits with the conqueror Dragan The Magnificent. Whittling away at Dragan’s armies as they are forced to track Sonja and men across the Hyrkanian steppes, Red Sonja #12 offers a conclusion to the arc featuring a trap by the Hyrkanians and a final face-to-face between Sonja and Dragan.

I’ll admit to not following the contest of wills between the two warriors that closely as late, but I did want to check to see how writer Mark Russell and artist Mirko Colak brought things to a close. There’s some good action here, as well as nods to Sonja not just as a warrior but as a general who knows when to attack and when to parry and allow her adversary to blindly wander into her trap.

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The History of Batman Beyond

by Alan Rapp on January 22, 2020

in Essays 

Toy Galaxy examines the history of Batman Beyond

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Supergirl – The Bottle Episode

by Alan Rapp on January 22, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Supergirl – The Bottle Episode
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Supergirl - The Bottle Episode television review

I didn’t expect the first episode of Supergirl coming out of Crisis would be a Brainy (Jesse Rath) episode, but it works (and not only for mercifully killing the puppy-dog romance that had been used too often this season as B-story filler). With National City’s hero, CatCo, and the DEO all transplanted to the new Earth, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) struggles with the machinations of Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) who has managed once again to take advantage of the Crisis (this time setting himself up as the world’s most famous humanitarian). While Lex, and his team-up with Lena (Katie McGrath), is a looming threat to be dealt with later in the season, the more immediate threat is the sudden arrival of multiple versions of Brainac-5 all from former Earths who are slowly being killed off one by one.

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