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The Big Picture

Okay. So. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Wow. On paper, it shouldn’t have worked. Combining dozens of characters from a decade’s worth of films, picking up on plot threads and character beats going back years and years, and bringing them all together in a new story that spans not just multiple continents, but multiple worlds, and still […]

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Clashes, Revelations, and Reunions on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 16th episode (“Of Two Minds”) had a fair amount of humor (Yoda! Freddy Krueger! Winn recognizing Brainy when no else did! Post-illness Alex quipping that Winn is a suckup!), but plot advanced slower than I’d like. To be fair, there was a lot going on in the episode. Alex and Winn nearly died (leading […]

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Treasury Editions

Once upon a far away time, when superhero comics had just begun, comics were 64 pages long and cost a dime. Came the war and with it paper restrictions. Ended the war and with it expanding bureaucracy in government and businesses and with it, increases in the price of paper. Comic books got shorter and […]

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Captain Cold Lends a Hand on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 19th episode (“ Fury Rogue”) gave us Snart! Well, Earth-X Snart, but maaaan, I cannot get over how wonderful Wentworth Miller is. The writing for him is always stellar (and I love that the show doesn’t shying away from making it insanely clear that Nazis are bad, because Nazis? ARE BAD.), whether he’s quipping, […]

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Repeated Treasure

In the heyday of the giant-sized Treasury Editions from Marvel and DC in the 1970s, there tended to be two kinds of Treasury Editions. There was the mindblowing “you never thought you’d see this” type featuring all-new story and art, like, say, BATMAN VS THE INCREDIBLE HULK: And then there were the other kind, generally […]

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Love in the Age of Lost Time on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 15th episode (“In Search of Lost Time”) dealt with some heavy issues, all centering around loss. In a way, Kara, Mon-El, M’yrnn, and Sam have all lost time in different ways. For Kara, Mon-El has returned to her, grown up and a better man. And it kind of wrecks her. But it also (through […]

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Marvelous Treasures and Outer Space Pleasures

The 1970s and early 1980s were a golden heyday for comic book adaptations of popular films, and few could rival Marvel Comics in this regard. Marvel adapted a number of successful movies (and a few not-so-successful ones along the way), some as serialized miniseries, others as oversized comics or novel-sized digests. Several were offered up […]

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Loss and Addiction on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 18th episode (“Lose Yourself”) made me shout at the screen and eventually cry. From Harry going full-on Gollum to Caitlin losing her powers to DeVoe killing Ralph—it was an action-packed episode. There were robot samurais and heartfelt speeches (from both Joe and Ralph). The other remaining bus meta, Edwin, was a rather hilarious […]

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He Was the Greatest

Editor’s Note: If we’re talking Treasury Editions this month, we can’t leave out the greatest, so let’s spotlight once again the following offering from two years ago: With the news on Friday of the death of unrivaled boxing champion, social activist and philanthropist Muhammad Ali, I couldn’t help but think back to one of the […]

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Wild About Harry

We lost Harry Anderson today. He was 65. And it feels like learning about the death of an old friend. It’s no secret to those of you who read my stuff that my life has been heavily shaped by Star Trek, Batman, Ghostbusters, The Monkees, Universal Monsters, and any of a host of other geekish […]

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The Past Is Prologue on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 14th episode (“Schott Through the Heart”) is full of humor, heartbreak, and flying monkeys. No, really. (And it was a fantastic Wizard of Oz shoutout.) This episode was all Jeremy Jordan, front and center, bringing emotional depth, quickly followed by a wisecrack. His mother, Mary (the wonderful Laurie Metcalf), also had a thing for […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2018 at Blastoff!

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10 am to 8 pm 5118 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood, California 91601 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is here again at Blastoff Comics on Lankershim Blvd! As always, we’ll be giving away comics all day, both new FCBD releases as well as VINTAGE comics! Also back this year is our FCBD Sale! […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.