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TV Review: Lucifer S2E17 Sympathy For the Goddess

Lucifer TVWhen the man who had the final piece of the Flaming Sword is murdered and the piece goes missing, Mom joins Chloe and Lucifer on the case to track down the killer. But when Lucifer gets sidelined, Maze recruits him to help save Dr. Linda’s endangered career and confronts him about the secrets he’s been keeping.

Lucifer is an interesting one in that the episode focuses on Lucifer’s actions in the last episode that have gotten Dr. Linda in trouble and puts her ability to practice at risk.

But, what I think is the most surprising thing about it all is this is a huge episode for Maze. Out of all of the characters, she’s the one who has grown the most in the series and we’ve seen that with her being a roommate, but this episode is where she stands up and stands out because of it. Part of that is because she goes from Lucifer’s enforcer to Linda’s protector in a way and we get the real sense that she enjoys being on Earth and wants to stay. It’s a massive change from the first season and been subtlely down over the seasons in a way that it doesn’t become apparent until here.

The rest of the episode revolves around trying to get the rest of the sword and that ties into the murder. It’s decent but not quite as entertaining as the past. The mystery around Lucifer’s mother is slightly revealed giving us a better idea as to what she’s hiding, but as a whole, this aspect is one of the weaker episodes.

This episode is the Maze show and she stands out from everyone in so many ways. An otherwise meh episode is made solid by her and she steals the show.

Overall Rating: 7.65

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Preview: Lucifer #18

Lucifer #18

(W) Richard Kadrey (A/CA) Lee Garbett
MATURE READERS
In Shops: May 17, 2017
SRP: $3.99

A shocking death sows chaos in Hell and forces leadership over the kingdom into question. In Los Angeles, Lucifer takes radical measures to preserve his own domain on Earth as the staff of Ex Lux confronts their strange fate at the hands of Malphas. Not to be overshadowed by affairs below, God’s new pawns descend from Heaven with a mission to end Lucifer once and for all.

Preview: Astro City #44

Astro City #44

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Rick Leonardi (CA) Alex Ross
RATED T
In Shops: May 17, 2017
SRP: $3.99

A tale of murder, mystery…and a cat. Starring Nightingale, Sunhawk…and their cat. Did we mention the cat? The cat’s the lead character. Featuring guest art by Rick Leonardi (SUPERMAN, Spider-Man 2099). Mreow.

TV Review: Lucifer S2E16 God Johnson

Lucifer TVWhen a grisly murder takes place at an insane asylum, the prime suspect calls himself God (guest star Timothy Omundson). After realizing that this man could actually be his father, Lucifer struggles with his feelings towards him and tries to find the truth, all while trying to discover who the real killer is.

Lucifer meets his dad? This fun episode gives us a heavenly encounter that has Lucifer trying to figure out the truth about this “God” and also how to use it to his advantage to get back at his parents. In an episode that feels like One Flew From the Cuckoo’s Nest guest star Timothy Omundson steals the show which is saying something since Tom Ellis usually is heads and above everyone is charm and fun.

But the show’s humor and entertainment doesn’t just come from them. Ongoing jokes about “What if God Was One of Us?” keeps things lively and allows the rest of the cast to shine as well. Particularly fantastic are Chloe, Maz and Amenadiel… well the less said the better but threesomes and foursomes are joked about as Chloe attempts to solve the case. That itself is kind of blah and a little over the top, but everything else is utterly fantastic and brilliant.

What’s even better is how the show resolves and though I won’t go into detail it completely works, makes sense, and isn’t a gimmick. It feels natural in the puzzle that is this season and all makes sense even when dealing with God. I mean, to make that bit of over the top work is really impressive.

As usual, the series is its normal fun and the energy from the cast feels like it bleeds off the screen making me want to come back each week to see what’s next. The show also brilliantly is able to balance a meta-story with much more focused episodes involving procedural crimes and the various characters’ personalities. Lucifer continues to entertain and put a smile on my face like the little devil it is.

Overall Rating: 8.25

TV Review: Lucifer S2E15 Deceptive Little Parasite

Lucifer TVLucifer must ignite the flaming sword when it’s found to be the only hope for the family returning home safely; a therapist and head of admissions at a prestigious private school turns up dead.

Lucifer delves into the relationship between Lucifer and Chloe after the last episode where it was revealed that Lucifer got “married.” That, added on top of his disappearing act, have made things a bit tense between the two of them.

Through the mystery of a murder (a decent case with some solid humor and twists and turns) the episode forces both Lucifer and Chloe to deal with their relationship and their positions. Part of that is with Chloe and her daughter and part of that is Lucifer and his father and mother. It gets things a bit back to the point of the series where Lucifer spent a lot of time on his psychiatrist’s couch. He does that here and comes to somewhat of a revelation.

There is some great humor here as Lucifer is tasked with making his sword flame up and the thought is he can do that through anger. So, Lucifer gets slapped, attacked, and more in some rather funny segments.

The episode is a good one in that it both focuses on the relationships between characters and the greater story including revealing Lucifer’s plan concerning his mother and father. It opens up a hell of a lot of questions and sets up some interesting things to come.

As always, the cast is fantastic and brings the episode together. It feels like they’re all having fun and due to that, we the viewers have fun. It’s one of the strongest aspects of the series and continues to bring me back week after week.

Overall Rating: 8.05

Preview: Savage Things #3

Savage Things #3

(W) Justin Jordan (A) Ibrahim Moustafa (CA) John Paul Leon
MATURE READERS
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $3.99

New York is under attack. The Black Forest cell has hit the Big Apple with everything it has, creating chaos through random attacks. It’s panic in the streets as Abel and Kira race to stop the bad guys and stem the mayhem. Abel grew up with these killers and should know their every move, but that doesn’t mean taking them down will be easy-especially when fighting them also puts Kira’s life in danger.

Preview: Everafter From the Pages of Fable #9

Everafter From the Pages of Fable #9

(W) Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus (A) Travis Moore (CA) Tula Lotay
MATURE READERS
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Tension prevails and emotions flare as the Shadow Players monitor the hostage situation at Plano South Senior High. With options dwindling, Bobby Speckland intervenes with a message for the young captors. Across town, Tanner locks horns with Bo and Connor at the height of their breakneck escape from some vindictive giants of Texas folklore-who are hot on their heels with an arsenal of weaponized livestock.

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman, Superwoman & Everafter

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got two more volumes from DC Comics featuring Wonder Woman and Superwoman and one from Vertigo, Everafter!

DC:
Superwoman Vol. 1 Who Killed Superwoman? collecting issues #1-7 by Phil Jimenez, Emanuela Lupacchino, and Matt Santorelli.

Wonder Woman Vol. 2 Year One collecting issues #2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott.

Vertigo:
Everafter Vol. 1 The Pandora Protocol collecting issues #1-6 by Dave Justus, Lilah Sturges, Trave Moore, Steve Rolston, and Ande Parks.

Find out what the trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores May 3 and bookstores May 9.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Superwoman Vol. 1 Who Killed Superwoman?
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Wonder Woman Vol. 2 Year One
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Everafter Vol. 1 The Pandora Protocol
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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TV Review: Lucifer S2E14 Candy Morningstar

Lucifer TVTwo weeks after Chloe’s (Lauren German) near death, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) has gone off the grid, cutting off all contact from his family and the police department. He materializes just in time to help solve an up-and-coming guitarist’s murder and introduces the department to a ditzy stripper named Candy (guest star Lindsey Gort), a mysterious new woman in his life. While Lucifer’s mom (Tricia Helfer) desperately tries to contact her son, Chloe tries to push him away. Lucifer must find a way to prove himself in order to be invited back onto the team.

Lucifer returns from its winter break with a fun episode that has twists and turns and kept me guessing until the very end.

Where’s Lucifer been? Getting married apparently! Meet Candy, Lucifer’s new wife and the set up and antics after is absolutely amazing as everyone has to deal with this new individual. But, why did Lucifer get married? What’s his plan? Wait through the hour as it’s all explained and while 55 minutes will make you hate Lucifer (aren’t we supposed to?), those last five minutes will turn you around as all is revealed and makes what is an interesting episode a fantastic one. You enter the episode with one thought on Lucifer and leave it with a completely different perspective.

As always Tom Ellis delivers a performance that’s beyond entertaining where he balances being an ass and also being so charming. And this episode really shows it all off as he runs the spectrum. The cast is always wonderful too. Here it’s mostly anger towards Lucifer, a change from the exacerbation that generally is thrown his way. Everyone gets a bit of the spotlight as usual as this is a show where the entire cast delivers and it’s stronger with them all.

But, this episode is about the set up for the rest of the season. It’s a hard episode to review without ruining it, but fans of Lucifer will be beyond happy with the series return and I can’t wait to see where it goes. Things have been set up for quite some time and now we’re seeing a payoff.

Overall Rating: 8.65

Viktor Bogdanovic Goes Exclusive with DC and Vertigo

DC Entertainment continues to expand its talent roster, announcing today that it has reached an agreement with all-star artist Viktor Bogdanovic to create content solely for the company’s DC and Vertigo imprints.

Since the launch of Rebirth, Bogdanovic has teamed up with writer Gene Luen Yang to give the world a new hero, Kong Kenan in New Super-Man. From there, Bogdanovic will transition to working with Dan Jurgens on Action Comics, with his first issue (Action Comics #983) debuting on July 12.

Bogdanovic is the newest name to be added to DC’s roster of talent. DC has also recently signed artists Bruno Redondo, Liam Sharp, Andy Kubert, Javier Fernandez, Jorge Jiménez, and writers Amanda Conner, James Tynion IV, Dan Abnett, and more.

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