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Therapy and Other Support Systems on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 18th episode (“Crime and Punishment”) gave us two very good things: Alex, Lena, and Kara teaming in the best girl power way AND therapy (with Jimmy) shown in an excellent light. First, let’s talk about the ladies. The trio of them talking in the beginning was excellent. Kara being defiant in the name of […]

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All Good Things

So I got a call from a friend a couple of weeks ago. He’s not much of a pop-culture guy, more of an academic who sticks to his studies and rarely looks up. But he’d begun hearing about something a lot and it had piqued his interest. So he asked me: “What the hell is […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2019 at Blastoff!

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9 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 […]

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Team-Ups and Takedowns on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 20th episode (“Gone Rogue”) gave us two brilliant things: Ralph, trying to help everyone with their dating issues and grief (a mourning manual!), and Cisco and Sherloque getting kidnapped together. First, Ralph is a precious cinnamon roll, who must be protected at all costs. I mean, my heart broke when he told Caitlin, […]

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Rise Up: Heroes and Trauma on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 19th episode (“American Dreamer”) had a lot of interesting moments. For one, Dreamer/Nia got to shine, and I loved it. So much. Not only did she kick all kinds of butt (using “American Woman” during the bar scene fight was brilliant), but the humor was on point (“I’m your worst nightmare.”). It’s so fun […]

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The Past is Prologue on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 18th episode (“Godspeed”) was an interestingly framed look back on Nora, her motivations, and her experiences. It was a good, and heartbreaking way, to explain the choices she’s made. Meeting her hilarious friend Lia (Kathryn Gallagher) was so much fun. I mean, up until she got murdered by Godspeed (Lia had Cisco’s gift […]

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Sometimes, the New Order Stinketh

As has been discussed many times in these pages, a large part of the strength of THE AVENGERS as a concept is its ever-rotating roster of teammates. However, that doesn’t mean that every now and then, a real lemon doesn’t somehow find his or her way on to the team. Let’s take a look at […]

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The World’s Mightiest Movie

Shazam! (or the original Captain Marvel, as has been discussed ad nauseum all around the Internet, including many times here in these pages) has, for as long as I can remember, been one of my all-time favorite comic-book characters. One of my earliest memories is my dad telling me about the Shazam! comics he bought […]

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In Focus: With Friends Like These…

Let’s take a trip back to the heady days of the Silver Age of Comics, when the most important thing was how ludicrously attention-getting the cover of your comic book could be, and figuring out how to make sense of it on the inside was clearly secondary. Case in point? SUPERBOY #96 (April 1962), “The […]

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The Chaos of Family on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 17th episode (“All About Eve”) was fun, but it felt largely like filler. I was excited to see M’yrnn again (Carl Lumblyis always brilliant)! He was hilarious (the coffee line, etc.), but I found myself frustrated with J’onn’s identity crisis. It resolved with his dad’s visit, but the emotional tension didn’t land for me. […]

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And Harry’s Wild About Me

I caught Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN on TV the other night, and enjoyed once more the way Willem DaFoe and James Franco perfectly captured the fractured relationship between Norman Osborn (secretly Spider-Man’s arch-enemy the Green Goblin) and his son Harry, Peter Parker’s best friend and roommate. I was recently inspired to go back and take a […]

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