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Review: Supergirl S4E15 – “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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The first eight minutes of the latest episode of Supergirl was full of emotion, trauma, drama laying down the groundwork and a promising start for a what would turn out to be a spectacular episode.

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” starts off four years in the past as a young and worried Lena is being held captive by a deranged Lex who is trying to take down Superman with one of his world-ending evil plans before he is defeated and jailed. We then find ourselves back in the present where Lex is delivered to Lena, with full light support regalia, and Supergirl finds a gravely injured Jimmy on the Catco floor. Lex and Lena’s snark-filled reunion is cut short by Lena’s assistant Eve and news of Jimmy’s condition. Alex tries to finagle human trials of Lena’s serum by using Jimmy’s condition to push her to begin human trials as J’onn and Supergirl go on a mission to find and stop Manchester before anyone else they care about ends up hurt.

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Manchester decides to literally mindf*** J’onn with ” The Punishments” in a way that will break our usually level headed Martian down. I find the interaction between the two of them of the most interesting aspects of the show. The characters give us a DC version of the Professor X/ Magneto duality and, it really works for not only the show but, as a mirror for the current state of real world affairs. Ultimately J’onn prevails against Machester to save the city and himself, he’s able to return Brainiacs ring to him and sets out to figure out who he is in this new world.

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In an effort to save the love of her life, Lena leans on Lex because two super genius brains are better than one.  We get to see a vulnerable side of Lena as she pleads for Lex to help fix the Harun-El serum because, while she wasn’t okay using it to help a dying Lex, she really needs it to work in order to keep Jimmy at hundred percent.  Jon Cryer’s Lex is a bit off-brand for the polarizing character, he comes off as a knock-off Joker instead of an entitled, off-putting genius. Lena is so blinded by her need that despite Eve’s warning and the collective viewer sigh of, “Girl, you in danger!” she allows Lex access to everything and, we can all count the ways that this can go horribly wrong. I also found the level of verbal abuse, disguised as sibling rivalry and highlights the nature of toxic familial relationships.

Without Alex’s connection to Supergirl, she has lost a lot of her humanity and it’s kind of hard to watch since we all know the great sacrifice she made to protect Kara. She’s all about the job and finds herself singular in her focus and work causing her to play agent a lot more than the friend and comes off more self-serving than compassionate. There’s something to said about Alex’s character shift, it highlights the very real problem of people not being equally compassionate to “others” unless it directly affects them or someone that they know. I think it’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out and if Alex can confront some of the underlying bigotry that she seems to have towards aliens.

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Sadly, Supergirl doesn’t get a lot to work with this episode which is kind of disconcerting, since it’s supposed to be her show and while I love the ensemble nature of the show, it’s kind of offputting that she’s routinely relegated to a side story than the main story. This season has been more about what everyone else has going on and how Supergirl relates in their world rather than how they relate to her and her humanity.  This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy the wonderful character development and, the friendships and fallouts that fuel them, it’s just a bit disenchanting to watch Supergirl become moral and problem-solving tech support in her own show. Especially, the male lead DC shows allow her male counterparts to make every episode about their hero’s journey, I  wish that she was afforded the same story arc structure.

The reveals in this episode were gold star, Lena thinks she’s one step ahead of Lex but, not only did we discover that Eve was a double agent and Lex had Jimmy shot ,  we saw what we suspected all along, Lex was playing her.  He, of course, has Lana knocked out for her troubles and manages to get away after killing a squad of FBI agents in the most comic book manner possible.

Favorite Quote:

“Microaggressions are their own form of trauma. ” – Braniac

When he said that, I think we all felt that one a little bit.

Overall this episode was pretty good and a lot of ground was covered. J’onn becomes the Manhunter that we all wanted, Lex gives us a bit of evil to look forward to, even if Cryer’s portrayal promises to make thing super campy and we seem to be poised to get more Superman to detract even more from the creators sadly prevailing sentiment that Supergirl doesn’t deserve to be centered in her own show.

Overall Rating: 8.7

Ashleigh Murray will Star in Riverdale Spinoff Katy Keene

Josie McCoy is heading to the big city as Riverdale gets a spinoff in Katy Keene. Ashleigh Murray will star in the series, which is getting a pilot, and will be from Riverdale creator/executive producer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions, and Warner Bros. TV.

A 20-something Jose McCoy will head off on a new adventure in the big city determined to break into the music scene.

The series will be written by Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi and follows the lives of four iconic Archie characters including fashion legend-to-be Katy Kene and singer/songwriter Jose McCoy (Murray).

If the series is picked up, Murray will exit Riverdale. Since the series takes place years in the future there won’t be a crossover episode the introduce the Archie universe to Katy Keene.

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Heroes in Crisis #5

The weekend is almost here and we’re still warming up from the cold. Hope you all are staying safe out there! While you wait for the work day to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Outhousers – Flushed Away… – We tip our hat to you.

Newsarama – The CW Renews Six Comic Book Series – We’re surprised?

Reviews

Geek Dad – Batgirl #31
Bam Smack Pow –
Heroes in Crisis #5
CBR –
Justice League Annual #1
Black Girl Nerds –
Naomi #1
ICv2 –
Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography
ICv2 –
The Prisoner: Shattered Visage
Comics Bulletin –
Shape of Elvira #1
Trek Movie –
Star Trek: IDW 20/20
Comic Attack –
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell #1

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Turok #1

The weekend is almost here! What fun things do you all have planned? Sound off in the comments. While you wait for the work day to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Newsarama – CW Announces 2019 Premiere Dates for Arrow, DC’S Legends of Tomorrow, iZombie – Mark your calendars.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics – Laurel Lynn Leake’s Emotionally Powerful Poetic Abstract Comics – Free comics!

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – Tumult
Comics Bulletin –
Turok #1

Batwoman Starring Ruby Rose Gets a Pilot Order by The CW

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It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise but The CW has given a pilot order for a new show starring Ruby Rose as Batwoman. The show will be guided by DC TV czar Greg Berlanti and being penned by Caroline Dries. David Nutter will direct the episode. Berlanti, Dries, Nutter, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns are exec producers.

Batwoman/Kate Kane debuted on the Arrowverse group of shows and their crossover event “Elseworlds.” Green Arrow and the Flash were forced to travel to Gotham in hopes of figuring out what was messing with reality. There, they meet Kate. In this version, Batman is missing (and a myth) and Kate has stepped in to fill the void. The event was a trial to see the reaction, which was overwhelmingly positive.

The character is described as an out lesbian and highly trained fighter who has no problem speaking her mind. With Batman missing, she’s forced into life as a crime-fighter when Gotham is overrun by chaos. She must “overcome her own demons” before she can save the city.

There have been numerous versions of the character who debuted in 1956 for DC Comics.

Crisis on Infinite Earths is Coming Fall 2019

The CW‘s “Elseworlds” crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl is over and throughout the entire event it hinted at an adaptation of a classic DC Comics event, Crisis on Infinite Earths. As Supergirl wrapped up, we now know next year’s Fall 2019 crossover is exactly that.

The event has been hinted at since the first season of The Flash where it was revealed The Flash disappeared during a “crisis.”

We’ve got a year to wait in anticipation.


The Mysteries of Riverdale Season 3 are Explored in a New Comic Series!

New mysteries connected to the Game and the Farm will be explored in the comic book companion to The CW‘s hit Riverdale TV series! The new comic book series, set to debut in March, will reveal tantalizing details of the mysterious “Gryphons & Gargoyles” plotline currently playing out on the third season of the TV show.

Novelist Micol Ostow, who also penned next month’s prequel novel from Scholastic, Riverdale: The Day Before, will be working with the Riverdale writer’s room on the series. Thomas Pitilli, who handled art duties on the previous volume of the Riverdale comic, will return, trading off stories with Archie Comics veteran Joe Eisma.

Riverdale Season 3 #1 hits comic shops on March 13, 2019.

The CW’s “Elseworlds” Crossover Gets the DC Comic Book Treatment

There’s a lot we still don’t know about this year’s Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash DCTV crossover event, “Elseworlds,” one thing readers are pretty clear on is what that title is a reference to. “Elseworlds” is the name of a popular line of comics from DC’s past that completely reimagined the worlds of DC’s greatest heroes. It’s a part of the company’s legacy, something that’s nodded to in a unique new image that’s promoting the three-night event.

Drawn by comic book artist Amy Reeder and designed to look like the cover of one of DC’s monthly comics, this illustration also includes the classic, all-lowercase “Elseworlds” logo. With LaMonica Garrett’s Monitor seen looming in the background, Reeder’s illustration portrays the heroes of the crossover—Green Arrow, the Flash, Supergirl, Superman and Batwoman—seemingly battling each other. Beneath them, Jeremy Davies’ maniacal-looking Dr. John Deegan can be seen looking up at them in delight, suggesting he might be the cause of the mayhem. Fans will also notice that the Flash in the image is actually Stephen Amell, while Green Arrow is Grant Gustinsomething already teased through photos.

Reeder has drawn several highly regarded comics for DC, including the bestselling New 52 Batwoman series, which helped to define the Kate Kane version of the character.

Look for the “Elseworlds” crossover event to kick off on Sunday, December 9 at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST), then continue at the same time on December 10 and December 11 on The CW.

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