Titans – Conner

by Alan Rapp on October 14, 2019

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  • Title: Titans – Conner
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Titans - Conner television review

After being teased about the character since the end of last season, fans finally get their first look at Superboy (Joshua Orpin) in “Conner.” Except for the final few minutes, “Conner” is a standalone episode focused on the history of the character which introduces Cadmus Laboratories and Dr. Eve Watson (Genevieve Angelson) who are responsible for the half-human/half-Kryptonian clone that gives the episode its name. With agents of Lex Luthor hunting him, Conner flees to Kansas but ends up at the Luthor farm instead of that belonging to the Kents. Mostly a blank slate, Conner has flashes of memory from both his genetic father’s – Superman and Lex Luthor. The former gives him super-powers while the later offers glimpses of scientific knowledge and a dangerous temper.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on October 14, 2019

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Comic RackIt’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome back to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this month from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Archie, Dynamite, IDW, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Absolute Carnage, Aero, American Gods: The Moment of the Storm, Archie, Batman, Captain America, Chastity, Firefly, Life is Strange, Nightwing, Once and Future, Realm, Rumble, Spider-Man, Steeple, Teen Titans, Transformers, Vampirella, Zorro: Sacrilege, the first issues of Lady Death: Nightmare Symphony, Marked, The Mask: I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask, Metal Men, Robotech: Remix, X-Men, and the final issues of Absolute Carnage: Scream, Crow Hack/Slash, H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, and Superman: Year One.

Enjoy issue #281

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Doctor Doom #1

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2019

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Doctor Doom #1 comic reviewDoctor Doom, reinstated as the absolute ruler of Latveria (although not for long), gets a new comic as Doctor Doom #1 opens with Doom’s vocal opposition to using a black hole on the moon as a means of cooling the Earth and dealing with climate change. Ridiculed for his dissenting opinion, Doom is once again cast as the villain when all evidence to an attack on the station points back to Latveria and Victor von Doom.

Casting Doom as a victim wouldn’t be my first choice, and the miserly grumpiness of the character (really his defining characteristic here) leaves something to be desired. The thread of Kang, who is apparently tied to Doom on some level, is one of the issue’s bright spots foreshadowing something larger on the horizon.

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Stumptown – Rip City Dicks

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2019

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  • Title: Stumptown – Rip City Dicks
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Stumptown - Rip City Dicks TV review

Dex (Cobie Smulders) attempts to get her new career started by enlisting the help of veteran PI Artie Banks (Donal Logue) to show her the ropes. He ends up showing her far more than she bargained for. The case involves a divorce settlement between their client, a battered wife (Shoshana Bush), and the squeaky-clean husband (Robb Derringer) the pair are hired to find dirt on. The main story works well, although Dex’s 70s Starsky & Hutch hallucination misses the mark. Logue turns out to be a nice addition to the cast, and after screwing over both Dex and their client to make some extra money for himself, I’m curious to see where this plot thread goes from here. Of less interest is Hoffman (Michael Ealy) looking into Grey’s (Jake Johnson) involvement with the ex-con who just turned up dead, but it doesn’t look like this story is getting wrapped-up anytime soon.

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Gemini Man

by Alan Rapp on October 10, 2019

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  • Title: Gemini Man
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Gemini Man movie reviewNot finding any living actors worthy enough to share the silver screen with, Will Smith faces off against himself in Gemini Man. The action film with sci-fi underpinnings cast Smith as retiring government assassin Henry Brogan who is targeted by his own government (for mostly unintelligible reasons only important to draw him into the larger story). The man leading the hunt for Brogan is the assassin’s former boss Clay Verris (Clive Owen), now the head of a multi-national private security force with an oh-so-cute name chosen to reinforce the movie’s ridiculous plot. And with a name like Clay Verris is it any wonder he turned into a villain?

Gemini Man has all the ammunition in needs for a ridiculous, over-the-top action flick. Instead director Ang Lee and his cast take the entire series of events (Verris cloning Brogan and raising him as his son, who he then sends out to kill his genetic donor) seriously. While Brogan notices the odd similarities between himself and his clone, it takes the younger version (who gets quite a few up close moments with his target) far longer to suspect there is more going on than just another target to eliminate.

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