Elementary: The Third Season

Elementary: The Third Season is where the show, for me, really demonstrated its strength. Elementary takes the beloved, well-known characters and modernizes them in ways that make sense, creating new, entertaining, suspenseful stories. In the original tales, Watson and Holmes were separate at various times, usually indicated by a throwaway snarky line about Watson picking his wife over his buddy, but we didn’t see much of those periods. That’s not the case here; a separation between the two is long-standing […]

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ComiXology Expands Distribution Monopoly With Two Big Manga Announcements

Kodansha Comics, the manga publisher, has added their entire digital catalog to ComiXology as of today. This consists of 350 volumes of 53 series, including their very popular Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, and Fairy Tail. The press release states that new releases will be available the same day as print, “as well as some digital-only debuts.” Kodansha joins Viz as the major manga publishers available through that digital distributor. Speaking of Viz, they’ve just announced that Weekly Shonen Jump, […]

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Zodiac Starforce #1

With the success of Lumberjanes, we’re seeing more comics with girl teams, a trend I welcome. Zodiac Starforce takes its influences from the manga-style magical girl group, such as that seen in Sailor Moon, but layering it with American schoolgirl life. There’s a twist here, as written by Kevin Panetta and illustrated by Paulina Ganucheau — the team has broken up, split apart after defeating a villain and now pursuing normal lives. Except, of course, that trick never works, and […]

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CBS Supergirl Marketing Not the Typical Superhero Show Package

Most of the superhero TV show marketing revolves around expected ideas: Gotham pushes a dark, mythic world, while the CW superhero shows, like Arrow, have a strong dash of relationship angst. Supergirl, coming this fall to CBS, aims to be different, which I welcome. I’d also expect as much — CBS viewers skew older than the “newer” networks, and they likely have higher expectations for their first superhero show. Their idea of a promo event goes like this: invite 400 […]

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Vixen Gets an Animated Series

CW Seed is an online streaming network focused on “animation, game shows, comedy, and digital personalities”. The main advertising point is that they have every episode ever of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (the American version). They’re also airing Almost Human (the scifi show with Michael Ealy as a robot and Karl Urban as his grumpy cop partner), Hellcats (a cheerleader soap opera that was surprisingly good), The (1990) Flash, the Veronica Mars spinoff Play It Again, Dick, and season […]

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The Fuse #13

Time for a new mystery in the dynamite science fiction series by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood! Or maybe more than one. The latest arc begins here, with Perihelion, which is the day the space station is closest to the sun. It’s also an excuse for a Mardi Gras-like party that takes over the whole place. You don’t need to get up to speed with previous issues, since there’s a helpful introductory piece kicking off this issue, but I do […]

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Black Canary #3

I love the premise of this Black Canary revamp — the hero’s on the road with a scrappy band — and I like the way we’re already learning more about the bigger picture. Kid-looking Ditto, who plays guitar, is being pursued by a mysterious group, and this issue lays out the back story, via Kurt, Black Canary’s estranged husband (!) and member of a secret military organization. (I hope it turns out to be related to what’s going on in […]

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Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1

What a neat idea! Take an intriguing character first published in 1943 (and now public domain) and make new stories about her. Jill Trent, Science Sleuth was a backup feature in Wonder Comics #8-20. (You can read them here.) Accompanied by her best friend Daisy Smythe, Jill used science to detect crimes, invent new technology, and stop bad guys. Typical of the era, the stories are action-packed, and it’s refreshing to see women fighting crime in regular clothes, winning out […]

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