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iZombie‘s Rahul Kohli guest-stars as Lena Luther‘s (Katie McGrath) ex who shows up in National City to unveil a new technological marvel (which when not dazzling the press is murdering those who know too much about the project). Despite recent setbacks, Kara (Melissa Benoist) is all sunshine and rainbows (when not grief baking) as she steps up after learning Lena’s ex may be hiding some dangerous information about his new nanite technology. Putting both hers super-skills and reporter instincts to work, our heroine quickly uncovers the truth. By the end of the episode her friend may be battered and bruised, but the city will be safe, and Kara will have earned her spot at Catco in the aptly titled “Ace Reporter.”

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Teased at the end of the previous issue, Josie and the Pussycats #6 involves Josie, Melody, and Val being arrested for plagiarism. Of course the people who take them aren’t actually police. And the place they are taken isn’t exactly a police station. Blaming Josie for his sister’s unhappiness, Alexander abducts the Pussycats and takes the to his Antarctic hideaway to stand trial for crimes against his family.

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Obsession can be deadly, and there’s plenty of obsession in “The Art of Sleights and Deception.” The death of a magician performing his trademark illusion sends Homes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) down the rabbit hole which includes tricks of the trade, a sixty-year old mystery, and Nazi memorabilia. Despite plenty of dead ends, the pair eventually discover the true motive for the murder. The mystery proves to have quite a few twists and turns before the killer is raveled, plus there’s the added fun of seeing Watson’s reaction to Holmes’ unannounced performance of the magician’s trick in the middle of the brownstone.

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Zelena (Rebecca Mader) is the star of “Where Bluebirds Fly” as the episode’s flashbacks give us a look back to her time in Oz and her friendship with a young boy who would grow up to be the Tin Man (Alex Désert) along with her first encounter with the Cowardly Lion. In Storybrooke, the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray) goads the Wicked Witch into rushing into a foolish mistake. The Zelena’s attempt to destroy the fairy unintentionally provide the Black Fairy with enough dark magic to make all her plans come true.

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“League of Shadows” continues as Batman confronts Ra’s al Ghul for the truth about the secret offshoot of the League of Assassins which he always believed to be a myth. Detective Comics #954 sees the Dark Knight Detective bested by the Demon’s Head whose cryptic answers on further infuriate Batman. Offered no other choice but to trust Ra’s, Batman soon regrets that decision as he’s almost immediately betrayed and turned over to Lady Shiva and her cult.

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Ashi‘s (Tara Strong) search for Samurai Jack (Phil LaMarr) leads her through the show’s past as characters from several episodes are referenced, including the Three Blind Archers, the Woolies, and the Ravers – each with their own tale of Jack’s heroics, and even a bar full of Aku’s former minions. It’s a fun walk down memory lane for fans of the show, while also serving the purpose of confirming Ashi’s change of heart concerning the samurai leading the young woman to literally washing away the last vestiges of connection to Aku (Greg Baldwin). Her journey eventually leads her to a hopeless samurai prepared to commit seppuku, spurred on by the words of the mysterious Horseman.

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Here’s what you may have missed on RazorFine Review this weekend. Check out the reviews of the latest issues of Darkwing Duck and The Wild Storm, and episodes of Marvel’s Rocket and Groot, The Blacklist, and iZobmie, along with the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer discussing the possibility of a reboot.

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I’ve been of the opinion that the time-displaced team of original X-Men has long outlived its usefulness. Brought to the present by the Beast in an attempt to control Cyclops, their purpose for being in their own future died with Cyclops (and most of my interest in the X-Men).

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Spending more time with Jack (Phil LaMarr), Ashi (Tara Strong) is slowly convinced that everything she has learned about the world is wrong. But is her conversion too late? Believing he has failed in saving children abducted by Aku‘s (Greg Baldwin)minions and turned into bloodthirsty weapons, Jack’s already fragile mind is shattered. Ashi actually is able to prevent the tragedy, and for the first time use her considerable skills to save lives rather than take them, but Jack walks off into the fog with the strange rider apparently willing to accept whatever fate has in store for him. Can Ashi find him and convince Jack to pick up the fight once more?

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As Once Upon a Time inches closer to the final battle, “Awake” returns to the events of the show’s First Season reveal an undisclosed truth about Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David (Josh Dallas). Revealing that the pair had recovered their memories before the Savior’s arrival in Storybooke, while the new scenes don’t over-convolute the show’s continuity too much, they do raise some red flags about why such events were never disclosed under now.

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