#Critics Cinema

#Critics Cinema

The Flash - The Flash & The Furious

Posted: 17 Jan 2019 09:00 AM PST

With a couple of notable exceptions, the supporting cast takes center stage in "The Flash & The Furious" when the Flash (Grant Gustin) is sidelined by a new meta-human and forced to remain in the pipeline until his instability issues work themselves out. This allows Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) to step into the role of Central City's hero while dealing with her own issues after learning that her future mentor, and known Flash-adversary, the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) is responsible for the death of her grandmother. Her new distrust of evil-doers pushes the repentant Weather Witch (Reina Hardesty) into the arms of the dangerous Silver Ghost (Gabrielle Walsh) whose black matter infuse key fob basically gives her control of any vehicle she wishes (including a stealth car developed by Wayne Industries).

The episode has its goofier moments (only some of which seem intentional). The lack of the Flash is certainly felt over the course of the episode, but Nora's enlarged role allows for the character to get a bit more screentime while working through her own trust issues and still look to her father's example for answers. The B-story offers the full return of Cisco's (Carlos Valdes) powers and a discovery of how he might cure himself, and others, of their burdens leading to trouble with Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) who has finally come to peace with her alter-ego and sees Cisco's plans as an attack against Killer Frost and other meta-humans. While the show opens the door to a kind-hearted attempt to remove the powers of those who no longer want them (Cisco included), it also foreshadows the potential misuse of such technology which will no doubt rear its head in the future.

Criminal #1

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 07:13 PM PST

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have been telling Criminal stories off-and-on for more than a dozen years now. While I may selfishly prefer the pair spend more time on new Velvet or Fatale comics, it's impossible to not admire their return to the crime comic series.

The latest volume starts out with young teenage punk Ricky Lawless stealing a necklace from an elderly mark in a sequence that ends poorly for the old man in a brutal sequence of events. Recently released from prison, career criminal Teeg Lawless finds himself up shit's creek dealing with the ramifications of son's actions that he has no idea of how to put right.

The comic is packed with story, including the old man's story and Teeg's flashbacks which help fill in some backstory and context for the events which are currently unfolding. There's more than a whiff of desperation hovering over Teeg as the comic unfolds, as even the small comfort he takes in the arms of his former friend's girl fails to satisfy (as eventually he ends up battered, bruised, ticked off, and pissing on his old friend's grave). Worth a look.

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