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Green Arrow and Diggle storm the castle, or the bizarre floating bank museum, of the Ninth Circle. The ensuing battle not only frees Black Canary from her captors but also opens the door for Emiko to choose Oliver over her Shado and her obligations to the Ninth Circle.

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Despite the best intentions, Rowan‘s (Nicolas Cantu) plan to leave his family and hide the final Kyber Saber Crystal backfires when Naare (Grey Griffin) and Graballa (Dana Snyder) show up on the Wheel and target Zander (Eugene Byrd) and Kordi (Vanessa Lengies) for information. Not even R0-GR (Matthew Wood) and his first-hand knowledge of Jedi fighting techniques can prepare Rowan to make a proper rescue. The episode ends with Naare and the Empire one-step closer to reclaiming the last crystal and the Freemakers in need of a miracle.

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Not to be confused with the Charlie Sheen sci-fi thriller, the first trailer for Arrival starring Amy Adams as a linguist brought in to make contact when aliens arrive on Earth. Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, and Michael Stuhlbarg also star. Arrival opens in theaters on November 11th.

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Chasing some questionable intelligence, and removing herself from the circus of Hawkeye‘s upcoming trial, Mockingbird boards a super-hero-themed cruise ship where the source’s need for secrecy, an encounter with a former boyfriend, and a murder all stand in the way of Bobbi finding what she seeks.

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Keeping Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) on their own separate storylines, “Full Metal Monk” sends Dutch and D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) in search of another secret facility while Johnny and Pawter (Sarah Power) get into even more trouble snooping into the secrets of the wall. While both will find answers to what the company plans for Westerley, the cost proves much higher for Johnny and Pawter who find themselves trapped behind the wall which begins to force the entire populace into a more compliant state.

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Following the events of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1, Batgirl and Black Canary chase down Huntress whose vengeance over mobsters has criss-crossed their search into the new criminal Oracle. The comic’s events turn the adversaries into reluctant partners in the search for both Oracle and Fenice (whose snake soldiers are likely to give the gals trouble over the next few issues).

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castle-season-eight-dvdCastle limps to the finish line in its final season which separates the show’s couple by installing Beckett (Stana Katic) behind a desk and pushing Castle (Nathan Fillion) into the field as a private detective, often with the assistance of Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) and/or new recurring character Hayley Shipton (Toks Olagundoye).

Limiting Castle and Beckett’s time on-screen in several episodes removes much of the show’s trademark chemistry leading to a very up-and-down final season. The season is also saddled with another grand season-long conspiracy that is not fully resoloved. That said, Castle and Alexis’ father-daughter bonding proves entertaining and there is some fun to be had when Caskett is allowed to solve a few cases together.

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The Bat-break-out issue features Batwoman leading her time inside her father’s super-secret base to battle the Colony of Batmen to rescue Batman and expose Jake Kane‘s illegal war on domestic soil. Heavy on action, the issue spends the time to highlight each member as Clayface continues to prove useful, Cassandra Cain continues to kick some serious ass (although too much off it off-panel), and the back-and-forth between Red Robin and Spoiler continues to be a highlight of the comic.

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The first of five consecutive episodes all taking place with the Teen Titans stranded on a deserted island, “Coconut Cream Pie” plays like a cheap knock-off of Gilligan’s Island (complete with a generic millionaire and his wife thrown in to complete the crew of the S.S. Minnow). Of the five island episodes, this is one of the weakest forcing each member of the Titans into roles that don’t necessarily quite fit them, and beating a running gag to death involving Raven (Tara Strong) and coconut cream pies that never pays off.

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Supergirl: Rebirth #1 relaunches Kara Zor-El in the DCU beginning with Supergirl reclaiming her powers in a dangerous experiment involving being shot directly into the sun. The issue also delivers a Kryptonian werewolf for the returning Supergirl to best. As bizarre as all that sounds, it’s actually kinda fun.

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