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THE FLASH: (Re)Unions Are Hard

The Flash’s second episode (“Mixed Signals”) hit all the right notes (not unlike Shubert). It was funny, charming, and heartfelt—a lighthearted, but powerful confrontation of truths. The Flash Gang is back together again. Cisco is wonderfully quippy (“Dude, I’m protecting you from her. She would’ve vaporized you guys.” and “You just had to fall for […]

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He’s a Man of Wealth and Taste, Part II

For Those Who Came In Late: Last week, we introduced you to Spidey’s supreme homewrecker, Marvel’s answer to Old Scratch himself, Mephisto. We took a look at Mephisto’s first appearance in the pages of THE SILVER SURFER, and a supremely creepy Mephisto tale from John Byrne in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR. However, the Mephisto […]

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The Sum of All Fears on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s second episode (“Triggers”) packed an (emotional) punch in myriad ways. For one thing, Alex and Maggie seem to be slowly leaning into a rough patch. It starts off small, but then ends with Alex wanting kids and Maggie…not. That is, for a lot of people, a deal breaker. So, this is obviously the sad […]

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Meet Gregg Hurwitz, Author of LAST CHANCE!

Friday, October 20, 7pm – 9 pm BLASTOFF is pleased to welcome the author of LAST CHANCE, Gregg Hurwitz, here to North Hollywood! Copies of LAST CHANCE, as well as THE RAINS with its scary new cover, will be available for purchase. The Rain brothers fight for the survival of humanity in LAST CHANCE, the […]

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They Can Only Fly

There are writers who complain all Hawkman can do is fly. They say that makes him boring. If you could fly in real life, you would not sulk and ask why all the other kids got better Christmas presents. If you could fly, you would be free of the ground. Go back to the beginning: […]

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Dead Man Walking

You know, some superheroes have it better than others when it comes to origins. Spider-Man was bitten by a radioactive spider; irritating, but hardly traumatic. Superman’s rocketship ride to Earth from Krypton? Maybe crippling emotionally, but hey, he was young – he adjusted. When it come to origins, nobody had it worse than the Spectre, […]

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Legacy of the Batman—How The Animated Series Influenced Comic Books, Films, and TV

After nearly eight decades’ worth of Dark Knight tales, Batman: The Animated Series remains one of the most-respected non-print representations of the title character to date. It may even qualify as the definitive version. If that claim leaves you skeptical, consider for a moment the previous incarnations. Lewis G. Wilson and Robert Lowrey were both […]

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Getting Animated

Since nothing is ever really fully discussed without a Top 10 list, let us commence with the Top 10 in Comic-Book Animation! 10. BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, Warner Brothers Animation Didn’t expect to see this make the list, did you? To be honest, when the show was first announced, neither did I. But […]

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Animating Batman, Part III: Everything Old Is New Again

Previously, in COMICS 101: We’ve been taking a look at the first-rate Batman animated projects from Warner Brothers as produced in the mid-1990s. In our earlier installments, we explored the origins of the series and examined how the series handled Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery. As we begin this week, the completed series receives an unexpected shot […]

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JOURNEY WITH JACK, Part Six: Captain America #208

All right, folks… here we are at the end of our journey. We’re ending with Captain America #208, titled Captain American and Falcon: River of Death. Up until now, the Marvel comics that we’ve read of Kirby’s have been done in collaboration with Stan Lee, but this one is all Jack. Written, drawn, and even […]

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Animating Batman, Part II

For those who came in late: Last week, we began our examination of Warner Animation’s classic 1992 animated program BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and its various spinoffs and descendants. We left off having just started our discussion of the series’ treatment of Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery, and so there we begin: Not every character would be […]

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