And War of Kings! They tried their best to do me in with their mad sickness but I'm alive and getting better! Today, we check out The Invincible Iron Man #10, Secret Warriors #1, Agents of Atlas #1, Black Panther #1, Punisher #2, Deadpool #7, Darkhawk #1, and then blast to the past for The Hood #1. Enjoy and spread the word! Spoilers Ahead!
In Space, No One Can Hear You Rock On This week we unlock Ripley's hibernation pod to find out why she hates Joss Whedon. Then, we wrassle with the issue of Marvel trying to swine Mickey Rourke's bank account while they're also trying to heist you for your cash at the comic shop. Next, I'll tell you why you should avoid the calimari when you go see Watchmen. Finally, we will check out why the final frontier totally rocks hard tasty abs in the new Trek flick.
Another new LOST came and went, and theepisode “316” went off without a hitch last night as the OceanicSix finally made their way back to the mysterious Island. Havingspent about a third of this season trying to convince the rest of thesurvivors that they “have to go back,” Jack and Ben succeeded,albeit without even realizing it in the cases of some of the Six.Detailed Run-down The episode opened where last week's“This Place Is Death” ended, with the Oceanic Six (sans Hurley,Aaron and Sayid,) Ben and Desmond all meeting up at Mrs. Hawking'schurch in Los Angeles. After being led down to the basement of thechurch by Hawking, the LOSTies found themselves face to face with yetanother Dharma station – The Lamp Post – built by the DharmaInitiative decades ago in order to originally find the Island. Consisting of a giant Focault'sPendelum, maps, and various computers and pictures of the Island fromdifferent time periods, the Lamp Post contained a series ofmathematical formulas, which Hawking said could be used to determinewhere the Island would be at a given point in time. Knowing what weknow now, of course, this is because the Island has been jumpingaround in both space and time.Desmond, after recognizing Mrs. Hawkingas the jeweler who refused to sell him an engagement ring in “FlashesBefore Your Eyes,” had had enough, and after a brief spat, he madeit known that he wanted nothing to do with Ben or Mrs. Hawking andleft the group, refusing to be a pawn in whatever game was beingplayed by Widmore and Ben.According to Mrs. Hawking, however, therest of the LOSTies needed to recreate all the factors at play in theoriginal crash if they intended to return to the Island. As we sawlater in the episode, this meant that each character played a role,of sorts. With a time limit of 48 hours until the Island reappearssomewhere near Guam in the South Pacific, the gang seperatedfollowing their meeting with Hawking, ready to meet at the airportthe next day.It's interesting to note that we onlyknow for sure what one character did in his “down time” until theflight, so far – that being Jack. Leaving the church, Ben said thathe had a “promise to keep to an old friend,” who we can onlyassume was Charles Widmore (Ben promised to kill Widmore's daughter,Penny, in retaliation for his own daughter, Alex, being killed byCharles' men on the Island.) The rest of the episode followed Jack'sday, as he was told specifically by Mrs. Hawking that he needed togive Locke something of his father's for the flight, so that Locke'scoffin could play the role that Christian Shepard's coffin played inthe Pilot. This results in a quaint little tangent as Jack gets acall from a nursing home about his grandfather, who has attempted torun away. It's interesting to note that this is the first time wemeet Jack's grandfather, Ray Shepard (played by Raymond Barry) whogives Jack a pair of his dad Christian's old shoes, which Jack laterputs onto Locke's feet in the coffin.When Jack returned home, he found Katelaying in his bed, with tears in her eyes. He asked her where Aaronwas, and Kate told him that if he was going back to the Island, shewould go with him on the condition that he never ask her that,or talk about Aaron ever again. After a tearful, yet passionate kiss,the two seemingly picked up where they left off before Jack'semotional meltdown last season.. however, something seemed off aboutKate, and she practically stormed out the next morning.Jack, meanwhile, received a call from amysteriously bloodied Ben, who was calling from a pay phone in whatappeared to be a marina, telling him that he'd been sidetracked, andthat Jack would have to pick up Locke's body from the off-islandOther, Jill, at her butcher shop.So, with coffin in hand, so to speak,Jack and the two other members of the Oceanic Six who had agreed toreturn to the Island reunited at the airport with Ajira Airlinestickets to Guam. As it turned out, however, they were not alone. AsJack and Sun looked on with shocked and confused looks, a woman wasseen in the background walking a handcuffed Sayid to the planeentrance. Their shock and confusion was seemingly met by Sayid aswell, as they boarded the plane and walked past his seat. As Ben'splan was finally coming to fruition, another piece of the puzzle fellinto place when Hurley boarded the plane, carrying a big guitar caseand a Spanish version of the first volume of Y: The Last Man. The Oceanic Six had all reunited -except for the mysteriously-vanished Aaron - on the flight. After abrief panic attack from Hurley when he realized that a battered andbruised Ben would be joining them quieted down, the flight was onit's way. The pilot of the flight made the traditional introductionswelcoming everyone to Ajira Airlines, and introduced himself as afamiliar face.. Captain Frank J. Lapidus. Shocked to hear the name,Jack went up to the cockpit to see if he could talk to Frank.However, after a brief moment of pleasant surprise to see Jack,Lapidus noticed all the other members of the Oceanic Six and Ben, andput two and two together.... “We're not going to Guam, are we?”And so, as time passed, the inevitableindeed happened. Or did it? The plane experienced some turbulence,and moments later there was a giant white flash of light comingthrough the windows, blinding all of the Six.The next thing we saw was the familiareye-opening shot of Jack laying in the jungle as he awoke. There wasa sound in the background.. someone calling for help. Hero-complex infull gear, Jack started running through the jungle, eerilyreminiscent of his introduction in the Pilot episode, until he cameto a waterfall. In the lake underneath it, we saw Hurley clutchingonto his guitarcase for dear life. Jack dove in, and swamp Hurley tosafer waters, where we saw Kate laying on some rocks at the edge ofthe water. After awakening her, and with no one else from the flightin sight, and no sign of a plane wreckage anywhere, the three LOSTiesheard the sound of a car coming around a hill. As they looked up, wesaw the blue Dharma van, seemingly brand new, pull around and afigure in a Dharma jumpsuit jump out holding a rifle at them. Jack,Kate, and Hurley stood by the water, shocked.. as the camera pannedto the Dharma worker, we finally saw who it was – Jin! Thoughts There's so much to go through thisepisode.. so much anticipation and suspense had been built up thisseason, and all for this moment – to see the Oceanic Six return tothe Island. The very thing John Locke died in order to bring about.From Mrs. Hawking's Lamp Post station revelations to Kate's tearfulbedroom scene with Jack, and finally ending it with Jack, Hurley, andKate finally back on the island and meeting Jin! This episode got aneasy 10/10 from me. There were answers given, and therewere some new questions raised. Was Ben's promise to an old friendwhat we think it was? Afterall, if Desmond was in town, could Pennybe far behind? When he made that bloodied call to Jack, he wascalling from what appeared to be the Long Beach Marina.. surely, itcouldn't be a coincidence, considering that Penny and Desmond livedon Penny's boat, could it?And what of Kate's scene with Jack?What happened to Aaron? The scene had a very scared/angry/passionatevibe to it. Something spooked her. Something made her change her mindabout returning to the Island. Something made her give up Aaron - andto whom? Did she give Aaron back to Claire's mother? And if so, whycan't she tell Jack? Surely, that wouldn't result in such an angrydemand from her..What about the other two members of theOceanic Six who refused to return to the Island, but ended up on theAjira flight anyway? Sayid and Hurley both seemingly wanted nothingto do with Ben or the Island, yet they both shared the same scaredvibe that Kate had when we saw them on the plane. What brought thesudden change about? And why was Sayid in handcuffs?There are layers upon layers ofquestions and mysteries on the show, so I can't imagine any of thesequestions lasting very long. We'll likely see them answered inflashbacks this season, since the return of the Oceanic Six to theIsland will probably cut back on the flashforward possibilities nowthat everyone is seemingly in the same time period again.It was also interesting to note yetanother Chronicles of Narnia reference in the episode. The Lamp Poststation, for anyone who isn't familiar with the Narnia books, is areference to the lamp post that Lucy Pevensie finds when she makesher way through the wardrobe that leads to the Lantern Wastes, whichessentially leads her to Narnia. In much the same way, the Lamp PostDharma station originally led the Dharma Initiative to the Island,and was pivotal in the Oceanic Six returning to it in this episode.This was just the latest in a long lineof Narnia references sprinkled throughout LOST the past two seasons.The biggest one was probably Charlotte's name: Charlotte StaplesLewis. The author of the Narnia books was C. S. Lewis. Also, whenCharlotte first arrived on the island, after jumping out of Lapidus'helicopter, she landed in the small lake and seemed overjoyed, as ifshe'd been there before (which we now know that she had.) This wasreminiscent of how the Pevensie kids arrived back in Narnia in PrinceCaspian.TheoriesHere are some theories posted on ourLOST Thread this week by some of the regular posters:Posted by bob_at_york“Itis has been widely speculated that the O6 had to go back to theisland to save Sawyer and company (I want a name for them) because ofthe time shifts and nose bleeds. But what if they have to save themfrom Ben who is planning on gassing them at Dhrama?”I've seen this theory around at severaldifferent places online, and it sounds very credible, doesn't it? Benkilled all of the Dharma Initiative on the island. We know this. Ithappened. It will happen again, now that they're back in the 70's.The question is... does Future Ben have a say in this? We know thatwhen Ben told Hurley that he killed all of Dharma, he said it wasn'this idea, that he was basically just following orders. Would FutureBen maybe want to stop it also?On the flip side of that.. what ifSawyer & Co. aren't really with Dharma? What if they're justthere doing basically what we assume Daniel was doing when he showedup at the Orchid.. undercover, for whatever reason. Perhapsinfiltrating Dharma to try and get some answers..Kind of on the same topic,EW columnist Jeff 'Doc' Jensen theorized that perhaps Daniel Faradaywas the person that Ben referred to when he told Hurley he wiped allof Dharma out. Jensen's theory, which can be seen in a video clip inthe latest column prior to last night's episode, said that Daniel didindeed infiltrate Dharma, and knowing what he does about time traveland physics became somewhat of a head honcho. This would be why wecan hear him in the background of the orientation video we saw forthe Orchid at SDCC last summer, and it would also explain how Danielwould be able to just go up to a young Charlotte and command her tonever return to the Island. Daniel Faraday, was essentially Ben'sfirst 'boss'.. and he was working from within Dharma to put a stop totheir time travel experiments.I'll admit it is acrackpot theory.. it's out there, but then again, sometimes thosetheories are the best ones. Here's another theory, bymisac“IfBen did kill Penny I'm guessing Desmond will lead a second Widmoregroup to the island. He knows Widmore has the resources and he knowsEloise can get them there.”Thisis a very credible-sounding theory. We can only assume, at thispoint, that Ben killed Penny. We saw him make a phone call from amarina, and he was covered in blood.. this after telling Jack that hehad to go keep a promise to an old friend. The only thing standing inthe way of this, is LOST's tradition of misdirection. It just seemslike too obvious of a thing. If Ben was going to kill Penny, I thinkwe would actually SEE it happen first, rather than see theaftermath.. otherwise the actual impact of her death will belessened. And then there's the question of the cuts and bruises allover Ben's face.. Still,if he DID kill Penny.. I doubt anything would stand in the way ofDesmond from chasing him down. He would align himself with Widmore ina heartbeat if that's what it took. Of course, that would create aninteresting dynamic, as we've been told for a while now that CharlesWidmore is “the bad guy”.. The LOST Thread Rating: 8.00 Ours Favorite LOST episodes, season 3 - current (continued from OldRama): * 9.3 Through the Looking Glass * 9.29 There's No Place Like Home, Part 2 - Season 4 finale * 9.12 The Shape of Things to Come * 9.1 The Constant * 8.9 The Man Behind the Curtain * 8.8 This Place Is Death * 8.84 The Beginning of the End * 8.803 Confirmed Dead * 8.80 The Brig * 8.75 The Man From Tallahasse * 8.71 One of Us * 8.66 There's No Place Like Home, Part 1 * 8.65 Cabin Fever * 8.58 The Economist * 8.3 Flashes Before Your Eyes * 8.26 Jughead * 8.2 Greatest Hits * 8.13 Eggtown * 8.06 Further Insructions * 8.0238 Every Man For Himself * 8.0232 Enter 77 [b]* 8.0 316[/b]* 7.98 Meet Kevin Johnson * 7.954 The Little Prince * 7.95 Left Behind * 7.93 Par Avion * 7.87 A Tale of Two Cities * 7.8 Glass Ballerina * 7.74 Ji Yeon * 7.407 Because You Left/The Lie * 7.704 Tricia Tanaka Is Dead * 7.703 Expose * 7.702 I Do * 7.6 Something Nice Back Home * 7.4 D.O.C. * 7.3 Not in Portland * 7.1 The Other Woman * 7.0 Catch-22 * 6.9 The Cost of Living * 6.2 Stranger in a Strange Land Anyway..that's it for this week, folks. We've “The Life and Death of JeremyBentham” next week, which will finally tell us what happened toLocke off the island. Just judging from the title, I'm assuming thiswill be very similar to the Michael-centric episode we had in Season4, in that it'll focus almost entirely on Locke. So,tune in next Thursday for the next edition of The LOST Report!
This review from Zechs will have some grievous details on the newest General Grievous figure from Star Wars.
I was recently asked to participate in a Q&A for students in the LA Unified School District who are aspiring to be professional artists...
Reviewing Image's Proof by the team of Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo.
Just in time for the crazy mid-February thaw! Today, we check out The New Avengers #49, Avengers: The Initiative #21, Ms. Marvel #35, and then blast to the past for Amazing Spider-Man #17. Enjoy and spread the word! Spoilers Ahead!
Three bad boy Sith Lords? Screw the rule of two. Zechs wants them all! Zechs take's a look at Star Wars: Sith Evolution three pack.
Pros, Cons and a Real Doll This week we get a look at some geek news from New York's Comic-Con and find out that what's old really is not that new again. After that, we take a look at the most racist profession in the world: killing zombies. Then, we find out why Christian Baled on his tirade. And finally, a decidedly NSFW attempt to figure out what in the fuck is going on with joss Whedon's Dollhouse.
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The Toy Shed Strikes Back After searching for weeks and finding some of the latest hot figures. It has given Zechs new life and thus the dreaded Toy Shed is alive and well! In addition, with its return you’ll see Zechs review three figures from the DCU Wave 2 line. Yes, Wave 2. Zechs had to sell away his marriage to the devil to get some. However, where they worth it?
And so does War of Kings. They all have sharp and pointy knives! Today, we check out Dark Avengers #1, The Mighty Avengers #21, Thunderbolts #128, War Machine #2, Uncanny X-Men Annual #2, Guardians of the Galaxy #9, X-Men: Kingbreaker #2, and then blast to the past for Fantastic Four #5. Enjoy and spread the word! Spoilers Ahead!
Superbowl Shuffle That get your attention, fanboy? Of course it didn't, because it lacks warp nacelles! This week, Strictly Speaking provides play by play coverage of whores in the works of Frank Miller. Then, we go offsides with a particularly freaky auction of BSG stuff. For charity and shit. Then, we go into overtime with a look at some of the blockbuster movie trailers you can't wait to despise! Remember, I'm not here to cause no trouble; I'm just here to do the superbowl shuffle!!!
How about getting to know some good ol' artists for a change? Today a double dose of fantastic artists by the name of Yildiray Cinar and Mahmud Asrar, artists of Image's Noble Causes and Dynamo 5, respectively.
So here ya have it, the final three. It all comes down to this, everything we worked for comes down to this moment. Will Doom be the Top Villain in the Marvel Universe? It can only be found out here!!!
This is it, the big shocker for me. And I am pretty sure it will be a helluva shock for you. Unless you are Twigglet, who kinda predicted this. I remember back in the nomination thread he said, "Just watch, so and so character will surprise everyone". And you know what? He was right. Be prepared to be mocked by Pink Tigger folks, for that "so and so" character got more points then these two. I await the backlash.
Here we go, two more character and yet another shock on for me. Lets just do this...
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