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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 5, Episode 3: ‘A Matter Of Trust’


This week’s episode, “A Matter of Trust,” finds Oliver continuing his quest to save Star City both as mayor and as the Green Arrow --- but will his new team ever learn to listen? Will a news anchor make Thea’s life a living nightmare? Will Cody Rhodes make an absolutely dashing new villain? Gregory Smith directed the episode from a script by Ben Sokolowski and Emilio Ortega Aldrich.

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‘Night Of The Monster Men’ And The Re-Re-Re-Reinvention Of Hugo Strange

Batman: Night of the Monster Men, DC Comics

The Batman books tend to be at their best when they're working with self-contained storylines that focus on a different aspect of the character. That's been especially true with the Rebirth era, where Batman was relaunched with grand, over-the-top superhero action and Detective Comics put the spotlight on the Batman Family operating as a team under Batwoman, and where Nightwing was specifically about distancing Dick Grayson from his mentor --- at least for a while.

With that in mind, it was pretty easy to worry that "Night of the Monster Men," a six-part crossover that ran through all three books, would derail that focus. Instead, it shored everything up, tying those ideas together in a way that strengthened all of it, and managed to pull off one of the best revitalizations for a villain that I've seen in a long time.

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Batman: Arkham VR Review (PlayStation 4)

Rocksteady Studios
Rocksteady Studios

Though Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham series has already allowed us to feel how great it is to fight as Batman, Batman: Arkham VR literally puts you inside the cowl for the first time. It's so many dreams come true.

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Hedging Your Bets #1: Countdown To Genesis

Hedging Your Bets #1, background art by Patrick Spaziante

In Hedging Your Bets, Chris Sims attempt to get up to speed on Sonic the Hedgehog, the longest running uninterrupted American monthly comic on the stands, in the hopes of making it all the way to the finish line.

This week, we get started at Sonic #221, and folks... I have questions.

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Lego Dimensions Review (Xbox One)

TT Games
TT Games

Now back again one year later with a wealth of new content, Lego Dimensions is poised to cement itself as the preeminent toys-to-life game.

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Hedging Your Bets: ComicsAlliance’s Longform Critical Examination Of Archie’s ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’

Hedging Your Bets #00: Prologue

With almost 300 issues in the core series, Archie's Sonic The Hedgehog stands as the longest-running current American monthly comic book that hasn't been rebooted, restarted, or renumbered. Because of that, if stands as a surprisingly significant title in the annals of mainstream comics --- and it's also one that I know almost nothing about.

But never let it be said that I let a gap in my comics knowledge go unaddressed, no matter how wary I am of the subject matter. Thus: Hedging Your Bets, where I attempt to get up the speed on Sonic the Hedgehog, attempting to spite the odds and make it all the way to the finish line.

This week, we kick things off with a prologue that asks a simple question: What the heck is this thing's deal?

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‘Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders’ Takes ‘Batman ’66’ To The Next Level (And Outer Space) [Review]

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

This week marks the digital release of Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the new film that reunites Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar for an all-new adventure set in the campy, pop-art gotham city of the 1966 Batman television show.

The movie stands alongside projects like the Batman '66 comic and the home video release of the entire series as part of a new (and welcome) wave of appreciation that we're enjoying here at the 50th anniversary, but by its very nature, that sets a standard that ends up being very difficult to live up to.

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‘Supergirl’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 2 Episode 1: ‘The Adventures of Supergirl’


Welcome to Supergirl Talk, our regular feature breaking down the highs and lows of The CW’s Supergirl TV show, starring Melissa Benoist. Your travelling companions on this journey are Superman super-fan Chris Haley, and newcomer Katie Schenkel.

This week, the second season of Supergirl takes a few running steps and leaps into the sky with the super-team-up everyone was wondering if we’d ever see last season. “The Adventures of Supergirl” was directed by Glen Winter from a teleplay by Jessica Queller.

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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 5, Episode 1: ‘Legacy’


It’s time for another installment of Pointed Commentary, the feature where returning Arrow watcher Chris Haley and new recapper Emma Lawson dig into the details of Team Arrow cleaning up the filthy, crime-ridden streets of Star City.

This week’s season premiere, “Legacy,” brings us back to Star City and sets the course for where the fifth season is headed. Unless things take a number of dramatic turns. Anyone’s guess at this point really. James Bamford directed the episode, based on a story by Greg Berlanti with a script by Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle.

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Jill Thompson’s ‘The True Amazon’ And The Secret Strength Of Wonder Woman’s Confusing Origins


Gender is far from the only thing that separates Wonder Woman from her DC Comics peers Superman and Batman. One rather dramatic difference that has grown more and more pronounced over the course of the last three decades is the fluidity of the character’s origins.

Jill Thompson’s Wonder Woman: The True Amazon responds to the ambiguity around Wonder Woman's origins, not simply by filling a perceived hole with an analogue to Batman: Year One, but rather by capitalizing on that fluidity to tell a Wonder Woman story unlike any other.

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