Green Lantern #6

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2019

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Green Lantern #6 comic reviewHal Jordan‘s undercover operation to infiltrate the Darkstars comes to an end, although what happens to the universe’s greatest Green Lantern is something that is left unexplained. Opening with an old fashioned duel between Hal and Adam Strange, the Darkstar recruit manages to fake Strange’s death (in the kind of old school hero misdirection that is never adequately explained) and earn himself an audience with his new team’s Controller Mu.

Here we discover that Hal’s entire mission was a colossal waste of time as Mu easily saw through Hal’s purpose for joining the team. However, his arrival at this time and place does alert the Guardians of the Universe to the threat of a U-Bomb which could wreak devastation across the universe. Ordered to destroy the device at all cost, Green Lantern goes to work.

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Amber Blake #1

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2019

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Amber Blake #1 comic reviewAmber Blake #1 brings the French comic from writer and Jade Lagardère artist Jackson Butch Guice to American audiences. The stuff of pulp fiction, the comic jumps around quite a bit introducing us to the title character as we go from her being dropped off at an orphanage to her enrollment in a prestigious school through her graduation to the awful night that ends that relationship.

With pacing issues and a story that glosses over large chunks of the character, we really only get snippets of who Amber is up until the night when her girlfriend is attacked by the school’s predatory head. An attempt at exposing the truth leads to murder and a new job offer for Amber from a secret organization specializing it going after targets like the one that just slipped through her fingers.

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Highlander – Free Fall

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2019

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  • Title: Highlander – Free Fall
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Highlander - Free Fall television review

Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to a man born in the Highlands of Scotland more than 400 years ago and a murderous game between sword-wielding immortals where there can be only one. Joan Jett guest-stars as an apparently new immortal with eyes for Richie (Stan Kirsch) and in need of a teacher. Although MacLeod (Adrian Paul) agrees to instruct her, neither he nor Tessa (Alexandra Vandernoot ever trust Felicia completely. With a looming immortal named Devereux (Eli Gabay) hunting her, “Free Fall” reveals in flashbacks the Felicia is actually hundreds of years old and her method for targeting other immortals is to insert herself into their lives to attack their loved ones. Devereux has good reason to want her dead (although her skill with a sword, even if it was marginally improved by MacLeod’s lessons makes it seem like she could have taken Devereux’s head at any point over the past two centuries).

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Game of Thrones – Winterfell

by Alan Rapp on April 15, 2019

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  • Title: Game of Thrones – Winterfell
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Game of Thrones - Winterfell television review

Cersei‘s (Lena Headey) machinations continue, old acquaintances are renewed, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) rides a dragon, and the Mother of Dragons arrives in Winterfell. The final season premiere of Game of Thrones also drops last season’s bombshell on Jon as Sam (John Bradley) explains the truth about his best friend’s lineage. Eventually accepting the truth, it’s still unclear how the news changes Jon’s plans or his new love (which is all too easy for his sister to see). What is mentioned, but doesn’t make it on-screen, is the army of the Night King continuing to move south. While Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon manage the entire voyage North, and Circe’s army arrives from across the sea, in the time between last season’s finale and now, apparently the army of the dead are taking the scenic route south.

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Bumblebee

by Alan Rapp on April 15, 2019

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  • Title: Bumblebee
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Bumblebee movie reviewLook at that, a Transformers movie that doesn’t completely suck. While throwing caution to the wind and creating plenty of continuity errors with the current Transformers movie franchise, Bumblebee is a mix of old school Transformers and the suckage known as the Michael Bay films that forces a human story into the center of each film. Easily the best of the franchise, that’s still not saying all that much. Still, for what it is, Bumblebee provides some fun.

Opening on Cybertron, the story shoehorns in several fan-favorite cameos, while explaining Bumblebee‘s arrival on Earth and the loss of his voice. Taking place before the events of the first Bay Transformers movie, Bumblebee is centered around a tomboy named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) who discovers her clunker of a VW Bug is actually a robot from space. Sent to Earth to prepare it for the Autobots arrival (something he actually doesn’t do), Bumblebee is followed by Decepticons searching for Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and the rest of the Autobots. The film also throws in John Cena as a soldier in a secret government organization conned by the Decepticons into locating their prey.

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