Arrow – Star City Slayer

by Alan Rapp on February 13, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – Star City Slayer
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Arrow - Star City Slayer television review

There are definitely pieces that work in “Star City Slayer” but also just as much that will likely frustrate fans of the show. With a large portion of the episode set aside to deal with William‘s (Jack Moore) return, it becomes obvious fairly quickly how the character has been mismanaged up to this point. Not fitting into the show’s larger plans, the only available option is to ship him off to his grandparents while a villain’s attack helps convince Oliver (Stephen Amell) that it might be for the best (and help explain his disconnect to the city and his family in the future plotline). And for that villain, Stanley Dover (Brendan Fletcher) returns as the killer threatening Oliver’s friends in a crazy attempt to reconnect with his former prison buddy. Dover actually works fairly well here, especially with the addition of his paralyzing agent that leaves his victims completely at the mad man’s mercy.

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Red Sonja #1

by Alan Rapp on February 13, 2019

in Comics

Red Sonja #1 comic reviewBelieving the prophecy that the day when his empire stops expanding he will die, Dragan the Magnificent has set his eyes on Hyrkania where a weary traveller known as Red Sonja has just returned home to an unexpected welcome. Dynamite Entertainment relaunches the title bringing the She-Devil with a Sword home from her travels and battles to face a new foe who offers either death or slavery under his rule.

There’s not much action in Red Sonja #1, other than our heroine rather brutally dealing with some trouble on the road. Instead, much of the issue is spent setting up the current situation in the region, Dragan as an illogical but bloodthirsty enemy, and offering a chance for Sonja to defend a home she really has little reason to fight for (until of course they make her a queen and Dragan’s insulting demand of surrender forces an equally strong response).

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Gulsina Kalimullina turns Heads

by Alan Rapp on February 12, 2019

in Books & Magazines

Gulsina Kalimullina - C-Heads (2019)

Photographer Sophia Sinclair‘s shoot with model Gulsina Kalimullina is collected by C-Heads Magazine. You can find the pics inside.

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Young Justice #2

by Alan Rapp on February 12, 2019

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Young Justice #2 comic reviewThe second issue of Young Justice picks up with our young heroes transported to Gemworld. The primary story here is Wonder Girl starring down the barrel of Jinny Hex‘s shotgun, and forming a shaky truce. Wonder Girl’s recent past is also explored here a bit, including her run-in with Zeus and explaining a bit about why Cassie was slow to initially join the fight that led the teen heroes to Gemworld.

From what we see in Young Justice #2 it’s apparent that this first arc of the relaunched Young Justice title is going to jump around quite a bit, filling in some back story while also bringing the heroes together in Gemworld and exploring their new surroundings.

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Dreams in Darkness
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Batman: The Animated Series - Dreams in Darkness TV review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to Gotham City. “Dreams in Darkness” is one of those episodes of Batman: The Animated Series I often forget about, which is surprising since it has such an unusual set-up. The episode opens with a ranting Batman (Kevin Conroy) incarcerated inside Arkham Asylum. Through an extended flashback we see the series of events which led Batman to be exposed to the Scarecrow‘s (Henry Polic II) fear toxin and the reason for his trip to Arkham to confront the villain the doctors mistakenly believe is still locked up in his cell. The set-up is clever as the doctors have every reason to question Batman’s ramblings, and the Dark Knight Detective’s hallucinatory state leads him to make the impulsive choice to head to Arkham without sharing his deductions with the GCPD.

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