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Darth Vader #12

Posted: 05 Mar 2018 10:00 AM PST

Returning from a missing to kill a Jedi where the Dark Lord of the Sith was ambushed by mercenaries, another attempt is made on Darth Vader's life when someone blocks his ship's communications and causes the Coruscant defense to shoot down Vader and Ninth Sister. Someone obviously very high up in the Empire wants Vader dead.

Although we don't get names for the collaborators, they are certainly not Rebels. It seems there's a faction in the Imperial aristocracy that has taken issue with the Emperor bestowing such trust and power to a complete unknown.

After eliminating the Emperor as a suspect, Darth Vader turns his attention to the Empire itself and arranges a little demonstration both to scare off these would-be assassins and begin the legend of Darth Vader with a forceful reminder that neither betrayal or failure will be accepted. While impressive, most impressive, I doubt that will stop our assassins (as the arc is still only getting started). Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - All the Comforts of Home

Posted: 05 Mar 2018 08:00 AM PST

Despite having made it back to the present Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team appear to be still stuck in the inevitable timeloop of the Earth's destruction and surrender to the Kree Empire. Aside from the authorities, there's also a death squad after the remaining agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. inexplicably led by General Hale's (Catherine Dent) bitchy teenage daughter Ruby (Dove Cameron). The final scene's reveal of the fact is surprising, but more from a WTF is going on perspective than any kind of clever reveal through good writing.

As someone who was desperately hoping for the show to go in a different direction once Coulson and his group were returned to their own time, I'm frustrated to see the lackluster arc of the first-half of this season continue. The attack on Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) is gruesome, but hardly surprising as the show has doubled-down on its awkward time paradox. Deke (Jeff Ward) as the cliched man out of time provides most of the episode's humor, but given the dark ending I'm guessing laughs will be harder to come by in the coming weeks.

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Posted: 05 Mar 2018 06:00 AM PST

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #39

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 01:30 PM PST

A severely-injured Kyle, only held together by the power in Hal Jordan's ring, has made it back to Oa with news of Hal's capture by Zod. While the Guardians hesitate to come to any rash response, Guy Gardner forms his own team and sets out with the cavalry to the planet Jekuul to lay some GL smack down on Zod and his family.

While we don't get much of Hal this issue, other than Zod threatening him, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #39 does continue to focus on his ring. Forged from his own will, the ring not only is strong enough to keep Kyle alive, conscious, and ready for action, but it also adds some of Hal's cockiness and personality quirks to Earth shittiest Green Lantern. (Sadly, these don't make Kyle that much more tolerable).

In terms of the larger picture, issue #39 is mostly set-up as it is primarily focused on laying the foundation for what is likely to be a far more-action oriented issue with Zod squaring off against the Laterns as this one comes to a close. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]