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Avengers: Endgame

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

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  • Title: Avengers: Endgame
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Avengers: Endgame movie reviewMore than the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that began back in 2008 with Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame is the coda to the series that climaxed in the last chapter and now offers an opportunity for one last hurrah, for heroes to take their final bow, and for Marvel to usher out one set of lead characters and set the stage anew.

For my money, the most successful films of the past 11 years have been The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Excluding Winter Soldier, a great standalone film which cares nothing at all about larger continuity (it basically wrecked Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after all), both Avengers and Infinity War faced enormous obstacles in pulling together various threads of the MCU into a single story. And both succeeded brilliantly. Avengers: Endgame comes off like their less-successful younger brother. I’m not going to call Endgame the Frank Stallone of the Avengers franchise as it may outshine Avengers: The Age of Ultron, but it’s a messy final chapter that offers plenty of memorable moments while failing to live up to what has come before.

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  • Title: Game of Thrones – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
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Game of Thrones - A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms television review

It’s the quiet moments that stand-out in “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” as the inhabitants of Winterfell prepare for the arrival of the Night King and his legion of undead warriors. Perhaps my favorite of these involves the sudden impulse of Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to knight Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) after a night in front of the fire talking of impending doom among Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Davos (Liam Cunningham), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), and Podrick (Daniel Portman) whose song provides the background for a montage across the castle’s inhabitants on the eve of battle.

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Naomi #4

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

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Naomi #4 comic reviewBrian Michael Bendis is such a tease. The fourth issue of Naomi offers some answers but leaves just as many questions dangling. From her adopted father, who is actually a soldier from Rann, Naomi learns the true story of how her parents met and how he was sent here to track down a Thanagarian assassin (the same mechanic who had trouble hiding the truth from Naomi once she began asking questions).

As to who Naomi’s parents were, and who she is, well… that’s still a bit of mystery. That she arrived through a portal, hunted down by an undefined group, offers a deeper mystery. The fact that the woman who was running with her (her mother? or her kidnapper?) also left behind a little something extra in a small box will likely lead to its own series of questions.

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Supergirl – Crime and Punishment

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

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  • Title: Supergirl – Crime and Punishment
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Supergirl - Crime and Punishment TV review

While a trip to Lex Luthor‘s (Jon Cryer) prison doesn’t offer an immediate answers, Lena (Katie McGrath) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) confirm his comings and goings from the prison and the existence of a hidden lab behind his cell. The growing target on Supergirl’s chest also forces Kara to re-examine her current course of action as it appears Kara, rather than Supergirl, has the necessary skills to get to the bottom of the attack on the White House and Luthor’s ultimate goal. In putting Supergirl and her tarnished image aside, Kara instead turns to her reporter instincts and makes a valuable ally (Willie Garson) who offers the first clue towards what Lex Luthor may be up to.

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James Bond 007 #6

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

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James Bond 007 #6 comic reviewAfter being outsmarted by John Lee who was able to make off with the golden statue under 007’s nose, Bond plays catch-up and go after the agent who now both governments want brought in. As for Lee, despite his initial failure at turning his former comrade back from the clutches of ORU, he continues in his quest believing he can save the soul of Aria now brainwashed by Goldfinger’s secret organization.

Bond and Lee will reconnect at the secret ORU lab where 007 gets a good look at just what ORU is capable of. And despite the beliefs that there is some good left in his former friend, the new Oddjob looks like he may get a crash course in ORU’s power.

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