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Supergirl - Of Two Minds

Posted: 01 May 2018 12:00 PM PDT

When first animals and then humans start to show signs of being infected by Pestilence (Angela Zhou), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) butts heads with Saturn Girl (Amy Jackson) over what to do once they find the final world killer. While the Maid of Might believes Pestilence can be reasoned with, the Legionnaire instead wants to end the threat permanently before it grows powerful enough to become the creature that destroys the future. Meanwhile, Lena (Katie McGrath) continues working with Sam (Odette Annable) in attempts to prevent Reign from resurfacing and taking over her body once more.

When both Winn (Jeremy Jordan) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) become infected, and the Legion's cure doesn't stop the spread of the illness, Supergirl, Saturn Girl, and Mon-El confront Pestilence. Although the trio isn't enough to reason with or destroy the threat, they do get enough to improve the cure and buy themselves some more time. Unfortunately for them, with Reign joining her sisters, the world is desperately running out of that very limited commodity.

Despite their arguments, "Of Two Minds" offers some bonding between Kara and Imra and some much-overdue information about the Legionnaire. We also get a new look for Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) and some fun interactions between him and various members of the DEO. Kara's discovery of Reign's true identity may have come too late to help Reign, but it unites Lena's research with that of the DEO in the fight against the world killers. And since Supergirl and the Legionnaires haven't been able yet to stop a single world killer, it looks like they could use all the help they can get.

COSPLAY JAPAN: Niconico Chokaigi 2018

Posted: 01 May 2018 10:30 AM PDT

Elementary - An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains

Posted: 01 May 2018 09:00 AM PDT

After nearly a full year off the air, Elementary finally returns for the show's Sixth Season. Along with introducing a new case involving a missing person that leads to two separate murders, the season premiere picks up on the thread introduced at the end of last season involving Sherlock's (Jonny Lee Miller) deteriorating mental state. With the detective coming clean to Joan (Lucy Liu), we learn that although is condition likely isn't permanent it is effecting his ability to do his job which puts further strain on the detective in realizing that without his work there's a very real chance of losing his sobriety (which would further complicate him getting better). It's a vicious circle that is met with quiet frustration by the detective and concern from his partner.

Sherlock's issue, which causes him to lose focus at least twice during the case, is an interesting new wrinkle to the show that has always centered on the character's foibles as well as his strengths. As for the murder of the week, there's nothing all that special about the death of a sex tape star (Trevor Van Uden) and his former girlfriend (Trieste Kelly Dunn), but the investigation does lead our detectives through the usual hoops. Despite the distraction of his condition, Holmes is able to solve the case and nab a killer. One interesting takeaway from the episode is the introduction of a new character whose own sobriety was inspired by Sherlock's strength and hopes to return the favor. However, given the profession Sherlock's advice helped him pursue, I'm guessing we'll see some conflict there at some point this season (although Sherlock's form of morality may not necessarily rule out an AA sponsor who kills people for a living).

Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #2

Posted: 01 May 2018 06:00 AM PDT

The second issue of Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden delves more into Inspector Ishida and Miyamoto Usagi delving into the murder of Christians the night before. Once again we see strong foreshadowing that Ishida's boss is either culpable in the crimes or at the very least far more interested in finding someone to blame and closing the case rather than uncovering the true motives for the deaths.

Other than Usagi and Ishida stopping a group from killing the gate guards who let in the murder victims and those that pursued them (someone obviously doesn't want them to report on what they saw), there's little action in the second issue of the seven-issue mini-series which instead focuses on the pair discussing the crime and searching for clues.

So far the only answers Usagi and Ishida have uncovered have led to larger questions. Just what was the true motive for the crime, and what help can the local thief offer in solving it? Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]