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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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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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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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Backstory and Becoming on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 16th episode (“The House of L”) was largely backstory, filling in gaps and answering some outstanding questions. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed learning more about Lex—how far his manipulation spread and how much he’s wounded those around him without a thought (Lena’s “He used to say we were burdened with […]

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The Future Fraks Up the Present on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 17th episode (“Time Bomb”) is Cicada-centric. In a very Terminator-esque move, Grace has traveled back in time to save her uncle and avenge her parents. While Orlin is a total anger ball of a human as Cicada, Grace has a subtle, seething quality to her. She moves with quiet purpose, with an alarming […]

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Terror of “Hidden Island Lake”

Recently, while browsing the video offerings at the DC Universe streaming service, I was delighted/horrified to discover that this infamous special was available. Read this first, then check it out if you’re able, and brave enough. Originally published June 8, 2005. As the superhero movies come and go faster and faster these days, your humble […]

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Love, Lines Crossed, and Family Ties on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 15th episode (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) was an interestingly structured one, introducing us to a frenetic Lex, hellbent on madness and science. That was the Lex of the past. The present one is more contained, but no less sharp. Jon Cryer had a pinpoint delivery of every line, every look. Having him tell […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.