Star Wars Adventures #31

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2020

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Star Wars Adventures #31 comic reviewStar Wars Adventures #31 gives us a Rey and Poe Dameron team-up as Rey lives out a long fantasy of spending time flying a working X-Wing and gets some piloting pointers from the Resistance’s best pilot in this all-ages adventure.

The banter between the pair, something not seen much in the sequel films, is the best part of the story. As many of these stories do, “Squad Goals” brings in characters from other corners of the Star Wars galaxy. Issue #31 brings back the buzz droids from Revenge of the Sith who attack Rey and Poe while training as Rey proves an able student for Poe (even if her mentor only destroyed one Death Star).

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2020

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104 comic reviewI loved this issue. After keeping the Turtles separate following the death of their father, they reunite in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104 not to face some imminent threat but to finally share their grief with their loved ones. Donnie‘s trip to Mutant Town proves to be the catalyst needed to push Raphael and Donnie to returning to Leonardo and Michelangelo and tap into the strong family dynamic at the core of the title.

That alone would have been enough, but there’s plenty more story here as the Turtles together return to Mutant Town to set-up shop as protectors, mentors, and perhaps even senseis for a next generation of hero. There are some great moments among the foursome and with other characters including a nice back-and-forth between Alopex and Raph.

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Usagi Yojimbo #9

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2020

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Usagi Yojimbo #9 comic reviewThe two-part “Tatami” story concludes as the Neko Ninja attack the caravan carrying the ceremonial mats, destroying them and disrupting Lord Gifue’s tea ceremony with the Shogun. Despite the considerable efforts of Miyamoto Usagi and Chizu helping out to defend the mats against the ninja, the encounter ends with the mats destroyed and the villains triumphant.

We don’t often see Usagi fail when he sets his mind to a task, but although he and Chizu (and many of the soldiers guarding the mats) escape the encounter unscathed, the ninjas complete their task in undermining the upcoming ceremony between a rival lord of their employer and the Shogun.

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  • Title: Prodigal Son – Stranger Beside You
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Prodigal Son - Stranger Beside You television review

More than the murder of the week, which involves the dead husband of a mommy blogger (Heather Lind), “Stranger Beside You” is notable for revealing the truth about Eve Blanchard (Molly Griggs) and her connection to the Whitly family. The episode identifies the woman in the box as Eve’s sister (Anna Eilinsfeld), concluding that she is both dead and the 24th victim of Dr. Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen). The reveal would have more impact if it hadn’t been proceeded by Eve’s creepy fascination with the box last week, but it does clear the air between her and Malcolm and open the door for more investigation into her sister’s murder (which the show has hinted forebodes bad consequences for poor Malcolm Bright).

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Everything GREAT About Knives Out

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2020

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A movie so great it needed two videos to celebrate its awesomeness.

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