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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Newsarama – The CW Sets DC & Archie Fall Premiere Dates – Mark you calendars!

The Beat – Crowdfunding campaign set up after writer Leah Moore suffers a brain injury – Go support it if you can!

The Comichron – X-23 leads advance reorders; Runaways HC, Justice League #1 top reorders – For those that enjoy the horse race.

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – The Amazing Spider-Man #801

Newsarama – The Amazing Spider-Man #801

The Beat – Luisa: Now and Then

The Flash Fourth Season is Out on Blu-Ray and DVD in August

Just in time for the fifth season premiere of the highest-rated series on The CW, you will be zooming into stores to pick up The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the Blu-ray and DVD on August 28, 2018. Fans will be able to catch up on the fourth season as they speed-watch all 23 electrifying episodes, including the epic DC Crossover, new featurettes, the series’ 2017 Comic-Con Panel and more. The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season is priced at $49.99 SRP for the DVD and $54.97 SRP for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy. The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

In Season Four, the mission of Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), is once more to protect Central City from metahuman threats. First, he’ll have to escape the Speed Force. With Barry trapped, the job of protecting Central City falls to his family – Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin); his fiancée, Iris West (Candice Patton); and Wally West/Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) – and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs – Dr. Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Carlos Valdes) and brilliant scientist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). When a powerful villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco risks everything to break Barry out of the Speed Force. But this is only the first move of a life-or-death chess game with Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker (Neil Sandilands), a mastermind who’s always ten steps ahead of Barry, no matter how fast he’s running.  Shocking surprises come fast and furious in all 23 action-packed adventures featuring The Fastest Man Alive.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. In addition to featuring all 23 episodes of season four in high-definition as well as a digital copy of the season, the 4-disc Blu-ray will also include all four crossover episodes, a tremendous value and collectors opportunity.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Arrow, Glee), Candice Patton (The Game), Danielle Panabaker (Justified, Necessary Roughness), Carlos Valdes (Arrow, Once), Keiynan Lonsdale (Insurgent), with Tom Cavanagh (Ed, The Following), and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). Based on the characters from DC, The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale), Todd Helbing (Spartacus, Black Sails) and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Riverdale, Black Lightning, Supergirl).

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017
  • Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X
  • The Elongated Man
  • Flash Time on Amunet Black with Katee, Eric and Sterling
  • The Fastest Mind Alive: The Thinker

23 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. “The Flash Reborn”
  2. “Mixed Signals”
  3. “Luck Be A Lady”
  4. “Elongated Journey Into Night”
  5. “Girls Night Out”
  6. “When Harry Met Harry…”
  7. “Therefore I Am”
  8. “Crisis on Earth-X: Part 3”
  9. “Don’t Run”
  10. “The Trial of the Flash”
  11. “The Elongated Knight Rises”
  12. “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”
  13. “True Colors”
  14. “Subject 9”
  15. “Enter Flashtime”
  16. “Run, Iris, Run”
  17. “Null and Annoyed”
  18. “Lose Yourself”
  19. “Fury Rogue”
  20. “Therefore She Is”
  21. “Harry and the Harrisons”
  22. “Think Fast”
  23. “We Are The Flash

DIGITAL

The fourth season of The Flash is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

Arrow: The Sixth Season Comes to Blu-Ray and DVD in August

The CW’s longest-running DC series will be coming to a city near you on August 14, 2018 as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray and DVD. The release contains all 23 exhilarating episodes from the sixth season, plus the show’s 2017 Comic-Con Panel, the crossover featurette and much more. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is priced at $44.98 SRP for the DVD and $49.99 SRP for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

Following the devastating explosion on Lian Yu, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to confront a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced: fatherhood. Oliver is determined to embrace this new role while continuing to serve and protect Star City as both Mayor and The Green Arrow. But enemies past and present, including Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), Vigilante (Johann Urb), Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), Cayden James (Michael Emerson) and others, threaten him on all fronts. And bonds within the ranks of Team Arrow—veteran John Diggle (David Ramsey); tech genius Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards); former police captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), plus newest team members Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez) and metahuman Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy)—have become dangerously decayed. The future of Star City is at stake in all 23 of Season Six’s ferociously fast-paced, can’t-miss episodes.

Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. In addition to featuring all 23 episodes of season six in high-definition as well as a digital copy of the season, the 4-disc Blu-ray will also include all four crossover episodes, a tremendous value and collectors opportunity.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows), David Ramsey (Dexter), Willa Holland (The O.C.), Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn), Echo Kellum (Sean Saves The World), Rick Gonzalez (Reaper) and Juliana Harkavy (Dolphin Tale), with Katie Cassidy (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Paul Blackthorne (The River, The Dresden Files) . Based on the characters from DC, Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Marc Guggenheim (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Wendy Mericle (Desperate Housewives) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Black Lightning).

BLU-RAY & DVD FEATURES

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017
  • The Split of a Man: Deathstroke
  • Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X
  • Revenge in Ones and Zeros: The Story of Cayden James

 

23 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

 

  1. “Fallout”
  2. “Tribute”
  3. “Next of Kin”
  4. “Reversal”
  5. “Deathstroke Returns”
  6. “Promises Kept”
  7. “Thanksgiving”
  8. “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2”
  9. “Irreconcilable Differences”
  10. “Divided”
  11. “We Fall”
  12. “All for Nothing”
  13. “The Devil’s Greatest Trick”
  14. “Collision Course”
  15. “Doppelgänger”
  16. “The Thanatos Guild”
  17. “Brothers in Arms”
  18. “Fundamentals”
  19. “The Dragon”
  20. “Shifting Allegiances”
  21. “Docket No. 11-19-41-73”
  22. “The Ties That Bind“
  23. Life Sentence

 

 

DIGITAL

The sixth season of Arrow is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

Recap: Supergirl S3E16 “Of Two Minds”

There’s a lot to unpack in Supergirl‘s “Of Two Minds” and even more questions about the future that the Legion is trying to prevent. Pestilence is on the loose and Imra and the rest of the legion is out to kill her with their weaponized blood before she becomes Blight. Lena is still trying to find a cure for Reign using pain to induce her alien state so she can study her. A dead bird leads way to five sick city council members and there’s a mysterious mark appearing on those affected.

While the team is dispatched to the nearest outbreak site, Winn uses humor to deflect (and hit on an unimpressed doctor) and J’onn J’onzz says some foreshadowing famous last words about “not causing a panic”, which in formulatic terms means, a panic is about to occur. Imra of course, is the cause of the panic thanks to her putting up a forcefield around the building in an bid to show Supergirl just how much she doesn’t know about anything. Lena discovers new intel about Reign and the parallel universe Sam goes to when she’s not Reign.

Mon’El and Alex reach out to Imra & Supergirl ,respectively to get them to compromise. There’s a hint of everyone knowing that this rivalry is jealousy based , Imra was at the site of the their discovery of a possible Pestilence who turns up dead. Supergirl expresses her displeasure with Imra going rogue and leaving to kill the suspect without telling anyone but, their talk is cut shot by Winn coming down with the disease.

While Winn recovers Imra and Supergirl have a passionate talk about murdering WorldKillers rather than saving the human part of them and Imra storms off refusing to give up her killing objective. Sam and Reign have it out verbally in parallel plane with Reign trying to get Sam to surrender to her dark side. J’onn uses his troubles of dealing with a parent with Alzheimer’s to correlate with Kara’s problem with Irma’s quest. Mon’El calls Imra on her mission statement based on her emotions and begins to question the whole League and mission with Braniac.

Alex falls ill from the precursor to Blight as Winn’s condition worsens, the DNA based vaccine from the future doesn’t work on what they have because, it’s not the full disease. Winn ruminates on his relationship with his mom and having great friends , like Jimmy who dropped everything to be by his side, seems to make peace with his seemingly inevitable end. Sam goes toe to toe with Reign and it isn’t pretty, Reign plays upon her worse maternal fears causing Sam to ask for to beg for death to save her. When Pestilence is discovered the team sets out to stop her and save her human half, while Braniac alerts Imra who is ready to kill her.

Pestilence breaks in to a board room and confronts the insurance company that has been ruining the quality of patient care , using her godlike capabilities to kill people she finds unworthy. Imra decides to attempt to kill Pestilence with a sneak attack while Supergirl is trying to talk sense into her. Her interference causes Pestilence to scratch Supergirl who falls ill which sucks for the team because it gives Julia time to show up and take her away. On the upside as Pestilence fled with Purity ,she drops her needle giving them her pure DNA which is enough to secure and create a cure. Winn and Alex wake up and Supergirl and Imra finally have an open, honest heart to heart that clears to air. Imra finally seems more real than competitive, giving her a bit more of a multidimensional portrayal than the writers have given her. The other two Worldkillers, Purity and Pestilence, sense Reign’s presence and descend upon L-Corp , which sends the team there to help Lena and her secret gets out , unfortunately so does Reign.

This episode was touching, there wasn’t a hint of male toxicity in the whole episode, there was a lot of emotion and tears from the male characters showing us something that we rarely see in modern media. There’s also something nice about Sam wanting to call in her girl crew to fix her in stark contrast to what seemed like the girl fight bound Imra and Supergirl. While his wasn’t one of the best episodes of the series, it was one of the most human, emotions were toyed with and the writing was less pop culture feminism and more real life applications of feminism. It seems like the writers are veering away from the show being all about Supergirl, like Arrow or The Flash, and more about the team as a whole. This veer isn’t a bad thing, it’s just that the story is more defined and very paint by numbers heartstring storylines with real world themes.

Overall Rating: 7.9

Recap: Supergirl S3E14 – Schott Through the Heart

The return of Supergirl in “Schott Through the Heart” starts off with the team getting ready to go to battle but, it’s not what you think. The team is gearing up for a karaoke battle that is and it is every bit of cheesy awesomeness that you’d expect. They kick things off with Kara doing the robot with spitting some Beastie Boys rhymes and includes J’onn talk singing some Whitney. Since we got off to a happy , fun times start we know the bad things are going to hit us hella hard with the furiousness of a gut punch. The writes did not disappoint in that regard. Winn’s rendition of “Take on Me” is interrupted with news of his fathers death appearing on the news before he gets to sing his first note.

Winn’s mother shows up at the funeral and attempts to reconcile now that it’s “safe” but, the would be heart to heart is cut short when the Toy Makers casket explodes. While Alex is off with J’onn and his dad having dinner , Mon’el and Supergirl have a talk and Winn tries to wrap his head around his father’s exploding casket. Mary attempts to reconcile with Winn but, it falls on deaf ears and this somber moment gets interrupted by “flying monkeys” calling Mary out over the sky of the DOE. When the monkeys finally break through , causing all manner of havoc inside and outside of the building, the team jumps into action , while the winged Monkeys try and take Winn.

Alex and the J’onzz men enjoy an interesting dinner that touches on appropriation and the troubles of black men on earth, especially in America. J’onn admits that while he chose Hank for survival, he kept it because he wanted to live authentically and be seen. We see glimpses that the senior J’onzz might have some form of early Alzheimer’s, either from years of isolation and torture or simple aging. Jimmy and Winn attempt to work through Winn’s emotions in regards to Mary’s return, speaking from experience Jimmy lets Winn know that forgiveness is needed to move forward , if that’s what he wants. For her part, Kara talks to Mary while Mary laments about all the things she wishes she would have said to Winn and Kara lets her know that he just needs time.

Alex and the senior J’onzz have a heart to heart about his condition and he kicks her out when she says it might be best to tell J’onn. It is heartbreaking and real, all he wants is to protect his son and all Alex wants is to protect them both. In other familial relationships, Mary shows off her talents for fixing things while dropping some truth on Winn about what she went through living with his father. Memory is a funny thing and the writers showcase the reality of domestic violence in a very real, thoughtful and non-exploitive way. J’onn confronts Alex to find out why she left and she refuses to let him know the truth in an attempt to keep the peace and protect the men who have become her default dad and grandpa.

Mary escapes the DEO and heads on a secret mission to confront the creator of the flying monkeys to protect Winn. Unfortunately, she does this without backup and gets captured and hostaged for Winn by the Toy Makers apprentice. While his protege monologues her devious plan, Mon’El, Jimmy, Winn and Supergirl head off to save Mary. I love that while running for their lives Jimmy and Winn stay true to character and keep up their witty banter. Mon’El and Supergirl take on a Jurassic robot while Winn uses his wit to try and get away from his fathers crazy protege and with his mom getting physical they are able to take down the villain.

The episode ends with a neat bow wrapped around all of the relationship drama and a feeling of closure. Mary and Winn join the team for karaoke night and finally tells him how happy he makes her and how proud she is of him before he invites her to stick around so that they can really get to know each other. Mon’El and Kara have that heart to heart they needed to have and, in typical Kara awkwardness she thinks the talk wasn’t about his wife but, about the Legions plan. We find out that the third world killer will evolve in 1000 years and the ship didn’t arrive in that time by accident. The J’onzz men finally have a heart to heart where the senior J’onzz admits his condition to his son and his regret at not being able to protect him from the pain and J’onn seeks out Alex, who without words gives him a knowing hug. We also find out why Lana was suspiciously missing from the episode and are left wondering if she’s up to her old Luthor trips again, when we see what’s on the other end of her call to Jimmy.

“Schott Through the Heart” is a decent midseason return for Supergirl. The episode is all about hard talks, reconnecting and relationships , making it one of the more human episodes of the show. There is a real but, touching awkwardness is Mon’El and Supergirl’s conversations that reaches it peak in this episode as the truth comes out. Not to be outdone Winn and his mother Mary have a heart to hear but, it’s going to be understandably hard for Winn to let go of some of their pain and come to terms with their estrangement. And, while these softball relationship tests are hard to watch the one that drives things home and hits the heart, is the relationships between J’onn and his father bringing real world problems into our fantasy world and drawing us into the amazing character development that goes into some of the Supergirl characters. Overall this episode was a somber but, interesting watch and relied heavily on character interactions and emotions rather than the usual battle scenes that drive the story forward.

Overall Rating: 8.2

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – Event Organizers in 2018 Demonstrating Some Unconventional Thinking – Some conventions you all need to check out.

Newsarama – CW Renews All But One Of Its Comic Book Shows – Not too surprising.

The Hollywood Reporter – Why ‘The Good Doctor’ Is Bad Medicine for Autism (Guest Column) – An interesting article and gets us thinking about comic depictions.

 

Reviews

Newsarama – Black Panther #171

Talking Comics – Dark Nights: Metal #6

Recap: Supergirl S3E13 Both Sides Now

SupergirlBoth Sides Now” starts off with the full scale assault, complete with lackluster door kicking in by Supergirl on the apartment of a suspected Worldkiller, who is so engrossed in her Lisa Loeb singalong that she doesn’t even notice the armed cavalry that has come into her apartment. The fear of the guns drawn squad unleashes her inner Worldkiller and she sends out some seriously destructive screams that shatter windows, peel paint, and the glasslike walls. Samantha is feeling slighted by Lena taking over more day to day operations to give her friend a break until they can figure out what’s going on with her medically. Mon-El and Winn set out to do some spaceship repairs before the Legion can’t go home again which feels like the start of some good old fashioned boy bonding and hijinks.

Supergirl and Alex have some very different feelings about how to deal with the first Worldkiller they’ve managed to capture. In typical Supergirl fashion, she wants to save her and find her humanity while Alex is hellbent on killing it, with fire or Napalm or whatever is clever and available. Since Julia is no longer in control and Purity seems to be in charge of this party, Alex and her go toe to toe verbally getting us ready for one of the sisters to be proven wrong. While the Danvers sisters are trying to figure out how to solve the Purity problem, Samantha is trying to enjoy a hopefully Reign free ditch day with Ruby.

It doesn’t take very long before Alex is done playing nice and calls Supergirl out on her brand of illogical, saccharine filled hope which adds a nice level of realism to the mix. She makes very valid and human points with her argument that cynicism is what keeps us humans alive and she makes it known that she is about to do things her way if that’s what it is going to take to save our world and keep them both alive. Alex and Purity continue their verbal sparring and Purity doesn’t pull any punches and goes for all the soft spots in her attempts at destroying Alex’s very soul since she can’t destroy her physically yet.

The crystal they recovered and took straight to heart of the DOE headquarters is activated while Supergirl is talking to Purity and Reign gets activated while Purity uses her sonic boom level vocals to tear the DEO headquarters apart in her escape. Which is kind of heartbreaking because Reign was out with Ruby at the time, luckily Lena was only a phone call away and she gets a bit more insight into what’s going on with her friend. But, with Reign out in the wild with the mission of finding and guiding a “newborn” Worldkiller, I get a sinking feeling in my stomach because, I’ve grown fond of Sam and Ruby and as a comic book reader, I have a sense of where this is all headed.

Purity and the DOE All Star team go toe to toe in a subway station, with Supergirl getting most of the WWE action, while Alex tries to save the commuters, Mon-El and J’onn J’onzz try to save the structure. In a change of pace, Alex is the one who coaxes Julia out of Purity just in time to save Supergirl from a crushing throat blow. The calm is short lived though because Reign shows up and is ready to kill them all, Julia agrees to go willingly with Reign to avert the oncoming slaughter and they speed away in search of their third sister, Pestilence. I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s kind of cool that you need four HorseMEN to run an apocalypse but only 3 women to kill a world. Lucky for us that isn’t the end of Reign tonight because we get to see Samantha and Lena get into a bit of a spat over Ruby and how much she should know about her moms mysterious condition and Lena gets a sneak peek into the fact that she might be Reign which, might be a good thing because Lena truly wants to help her friend.

What was supposed to be some quirky, fun, hijinks filled boy bonding over old cars and space ships takes a turn for the serious & the writers added a bit of relationship tension into the mix with Imra and Mon-El who seem to be in the middle of a marital spat. There was a lot unsaid when Imra walks in and makes some suggestions about how they guys can fix the cars and just as suddenly she storms out with a vague quip. Her actions seemed very boilerplate and gave off some serious , “women be crazy” stereotypical vibes that I wasn’t too fond of. The story of their marriage gets told to J’onn J’onzz and it isn’t a romantic one which opens the gate to will they or won’t they on the Supergirl/Mon-El tip. While the writers are clear on the reasons Mon-El has been having weekly chats with Kara, it also leaves a bad taste in my mouth because, I’m worried that the writers are veering towards an eventually reconnect which isn’t a bad idea because of the infidelity, relationships are complicated, it’s a bad idea because Kara is still finding herself and learning to live on her on. , sans male attachments and through heartache. I am happy that the writers keep things honest when it comes to emotions and the complexity of relationships but, the way things are headed, I worry about Kara retaining any sense of agency. Especially since the story hasn’t been too focused on her this season outside of to show her heartbroken or proving how girl power filled she is by focusing on every woman on screen who isn’t her.

Overall this episode was a whole lot of conversation and a little less action, Elvis would not have approved and for the most part neither do I. The problem of late with Supergirl is that it stays very formulaic and enjoys going as close to the girl power line and straddling it with pop feminism. Despite the show being called Supergirl, the other women in the show seem to be better written and take center stage. Most of Kara’s emotional complexity comes from a place of discovering herself through her romantic relationships and less about her own emotional growth and discovery. It’s been wearing on me in a way I can’t put my fingers on but, the show seems to becoming stagnant and I feel like the staff should get back to basics and make a Supergirl show about Supergirl. It’s not to say that they can’t have fun with the other characters but, they shouldn’t be the central focus of the show and they shouldn’t have solid storylines, emotional arcs and depth while the main character gets campy one note lines that seem to be the equivalence of an emotional Groundhog Day that’s been running on a loop for most of the season. I hope that things turn themselves around for the rest of the season because, while last nights episode was solidly written and not horrible, it wasn’t a standout and while I don’t expect every episode to be a home run, it should at least make me want to come back for more immediately without using the last scene cliffhangers in every episode just to give us a bait and switch.

Overall Rating: 7.1

Recap: Supergirl S3E12 For Good

The DEO is on the hunt for the rest of the Worldkillers, that’s the central story in the Supergirl episode “For Good.” But, the rest of the characters help to push the story along and whose plots ultimately intersect. Alex tries to diagnose what’s going on with the humor form of the super villain we’ve come to know as Reign. Morgan Edge is out for payback against our favorite Luthor after an attempt on his life.

The writers continue their formulaic approach to story set up, all the main parts of what’s going to happen in the episode are set up before the first commercial break. We know that Kara and Jimmy are going to have to defend Lena’s honor against Edge’s accusations and possible war on her. We suspect that Reign will become Reign full time and might possibly give Alex the child she’s always wanted and that the WorldKillers will be discovered one by one and set up the rest of this seasons arc. In true Supergirl fashion, we’ve come to expect that two of these story lines will be explored in depth and have real teeth and one of them will fall to the wayside until the last few minutes where we will get an AHA moment of a glimpse of the story to come.

“For Good” is all about Alex showing off her doctor chops and maternal instincts along with Lena and her Luthor family drama. Kara and Jimmy try to calm down a reasonably distraught Lena who is over all of the drama and toxic masculinity oozing from Edge’s every pore, while Alex finds nothing terminal in brain scans so she takes some blood and sends it and the scans out to a professional. Reign gets humanized as she talks out her fears about what will become of her and her daughter Ruby. Alex shows off her bedside manner and friendship, urging her to talk to Lena and let her friends in. Which might be hard because Lena is going through a lot on her end. Jimmy ends up chasing down a coffee cart thief after Lena ends up poisoned. While Supergirl still in Kara clothes breaks cover to take her friend to the DEO to save her life.

Jimmy goes full fledge vigilante and out of character attacking Edge on a carport rooftop and J’onn J’onzz reminds Kara that she needs to get Lena out of the DEO before she finds out where she is. He does his magical alien negro pep talk for the episode by retelling some of his life on Mars giving Kara a glimmer of hope about the things to come.

Lena wakes up and is ready to go to war but is talked down by Kara and Jimmy who remind her not to go full Luthor because she is better than that. After hearing of a magic bullet, she realizes that her mother is behind it and heads for a clandestine meeting involving those signature Luthor trench coats.

Mamma Luthor gives another sinister pep talk to her daughter trying to get them to join forces under the guise of love, while simultaneously demeaning all the good qualities that Lena has and her current career trajectory. Samantha (human Reign) opens up to Lena and Kara about the craziness going on with her, most of which has to do with her maternal instincts towards Ruby. There’s a nice bit of sisterhood and they rally around her and try and figure out what to do about her child. Lena having a change of heart and opens up to Kara about her actual attempt on Edge and let’s her know that her mother is back. The touching moment snaps Lena back to reality and she realizes she needs to integrate all sides of her because, there is nothing wrong with being cunning and strategic as long as you don’t go full Luthor sociopath.

After figuring out her mothers plan and looping Kara in for an assist, a call back to the realization that Kara is just as capable as Supergirl, the ladies make a plan to save Edge because Lena is better than that. Lena warns Edge that mad mamma bear is on the loose and coming for him because, she is a bit miffed at him trying to kill her daughter and also, because she’s crazy and likes killing people, aliens, things, whatever. After a drone attack Lena gets Edge to confess to trying to kill Lena and just when she thinks it is over, Edge tries to attack her to get the confession back, when mamma bear comes in with a super suit to finish the latest murderous plot she’s started. Edge makes a run for it and steals the recording with Lena in pursuit. Mon El goes in for to help Supergirl, since he has had some upgrades in his time in the future he can finally go toe to toe with the Luthor’s super suit. And and the end of this episodes battle Jimmy, as Guardian shows up and helps his lady Lena get the recording back.

“For Good” is an excellent reminder that Lena is one of the best characters on the show, she isn’t a replacement for Cat Grant, she’s something new and exciting. She’s a dark horse full of complicated feelings and actions and she’s wonderfully portrayed with every bit of nuisance by Katie McGrath whose talents are the only one’s not wasted this season. Everyone seems to be stuck firmly in their pigeonholed character tropes. Lena has a heart to heart with her mother and she comes to terms with every part of herself and enjoys the realization that she is better when she owns her good and bad parts. The ladies get together to hear Samantha’s test results and learn there is nothing medically wrong with her and they all agree to be there for her until they figure out what is going on. Mon El and Kara have their weekly heart to heart where he says the same thing he always does, how much he changed for her and how much she means to him.

The episode ends with its requisite come back to the pre first commercial break red herring and we meet the first world killer, the one who was activated at the end of the last episode before cutting to black and hitting us with the credits ensuring we tune in next week. The episode wasn’t bad, it was exactly what we have come to expect from Supergirl , the writers stuck with their, “if it ain’t broke” mentality and churned out another mediocre episode. There was no real tension or action but, there was a good story with pieces of heart. It was well written, a bit too much so, and so by the numbers that it was downright predictable. I realize the need for place holder episodes but, this season has been full of them and it’s had a lot of wait until next week build up in the last 2 minutes that turn into much ado about nothing.

Rating: 7.6

TV Review: Black Lightning S1E2 Lawanda: The Book of Hope

The community starts to suspect that Black Lightning may have returned; Jefferson Pierce struggles with his decision; Gambi urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning.

I was impressed with the first episode of Black Lightning. The second episode is all about the small details and that helps make the series continue to stand out from the crowded field of comic adaptations on television.

The episode picks up on the first with Jefferson Pierce figuring out if he really wants to dive back into the superhero world. There’s kids being held against their world in prostitution and the cops don’t seem to want to do anything about it… at least they come up with shitty excuses.

While that story is interesting, an exploration of the community and what one can do in their dual roles, it’s the small details of the episode that’s great.

What’s particularly interesting is a scene with one of Jefferson’s daughters Anissa. In it we see Anissa with her girlfriend in bed talking. Anissa talks about her destroying her sink in the previous episode but says she did so when she went to “go pee.” While that might seem like a minor thing, I can’t think of too many shows, if any, admitting bodily functions yet having a woman being the one who did it. It’s a small detail, but a detail that adds authenticity to the show and weirdly feels groundbreaking in some way.

And that’s the thing the show exudes is authenticity.

One gets the feeling from the the dialogue, the interactions, this is the writers and creators’ world. There’s nothing about what happens that doesn’t feel like something that’d actually be said in the real world and the series doesn’t go overboard in all of that. It feels natural and reel. There’s another relationship moment with Anissa’s and a boy and the awkwardness again feels so realistic.

There’s also a real sense of emotion through it all. In the triple exploration of relationships. There’s acknowledgement of PTSD. You feel the sense of struggle within Jefferson. All of that is on the shoulders of the cast who raise what they’re working with to the next level (and what they’re working with is really good).

Black Lightning is great. It takes the superhero live action formula and shakes it up in positive ways that makes it leapfrog the competition. A fantastic addition to live action comic adaptations that will hopefully help raise the bar.

Overall Rating: 9.0

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