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As he’s done in the past, Kevin Eastman seizes on the opportunity to not only co-author the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual but do double duty and give fans of the original comic a taste of the co-creator’s artwork as well. Given the fact that time travel plays a large role in the annual, it shouldn’t be surprising that some leaves several questions unanswered as the Turtles are recruited by an old friend who they haven’t yet met to fight in gladiatorial combat against warriors from several other realms.

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Neither the return of Johnny (Manny Montana) and Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren) from Mexico nor the Sauce Night in their honor can scrub clean the stench of failure, suspicion, and secrets permeating Graceland. Despite finally selling Carlito’s father on the plane scheme to smuggle the cartel’s drugs over the border, Johnny is sick to his stomach for lying and leaving Lucia (Jamie Gray Hyder) behind. With the LAPD shutting down the human trafficking ring and killing Mike’s only connection to the Solano Cartel (Jon Sklaroff), all of Mike‘s (Aaron Tveit) hard work goes up in smoke and Paige (Serinda Swan) is left with unanswered questions and suspicions about what really happened to the scared young girl (Marina Shtelen) she promised to get out alive.

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In order to track down the missing Russian scientist (David Meunier) and his family before the man is forced to complete making the VX gas, Martin Odum (Sean Bean) assumes the role of arms dealer Dante Auerbach. Calling on an old business associate (Dominic Raines), Dante is given an introduction to the seller (Necar Zadegan) of the Chechnyans whom he must convincingly woo to get one step closer to stopping the gas from hitting the black market. In doing so he will eventually be led to the man (Alon Aboutboul) behind the scientist’s kidnapping and the creation of the gas whom is prepared to sell Dante the goods provided the man proves himself first.

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After making the hard call of going to the CIA with evidence that links Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop) to the Chicago bombing, Annie (Piper Perabo) chooses to ignore Auggie‘s (Christopher Gorham) advice and follow her heart which tells her that McQuaid is being set-up. With the spurned Hayley (Amy Jo Johnson) back on the case looking for a connection between the pair, McQuaid and Annie look into the motives of McQuaid’s top assistant Caitlyn Cooke (Perrey Reeves) whose actions suggest she has framed her boss for one attack while planning another which only Annie can stop in time.

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Continuing the trend of the comic in recent months Magneto #8 features an increasing number of flashbacks and panels from Magneto‘s complicated past narrated through the current version’s search for justice. The latest issue also offers up another group of mutant killers and traffickers for Magneto to track down leading to S.H.I.E.L.D. finally catching up with the vigilante and the reveal of the less-than-noble goal of Magneto’s quest.

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The second arc of Season 10 begins here with Buffy and the Scoobies dealing with the harsh realities of living in a big city out of their meager price range. Offered an opportunity at a new place to live, Buffy gathers the team to help exorcise a haunted house which isn’t so much haunted by ghosts as controlled by a demon who offers his victims idyllic visions of lives not lived while slowly draining their lives.

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elementary-season-two-dvdElementary‘s Second Season continued to build on the modern day Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) adventures in New York City by introducing new versions of classic characters, returning “The Woman” (Natalie Dormer) to trouble the detective once more, and offering plenty of mysteries for Holmes and Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) to solve.

Highlights include Holmes’ return to London and introduction of Lestrade (Sean Pertwee) and Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans) in the season premiere, murders surrounding an unsolvable mathematical problem, a murder from Holmes past effecting a current case, Watson discovering a link between Holmes and a girlfriend, the arrival in New York of the woman (Olivia d’Abo) who came between the Holmes brothers, Holmes considering returning to London, Holmes working to set things right after he frees a murderer from a frame job he deserved, the attack on Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hill) which threatens the man’s career and friendship with Holmes, and a dinosaur.

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Oliver Harper returns to take a look an the 1984 gem The Last Starfighter.

Retrospective / Review: The Last Starfighter (1984)

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Beginning a new arc, Samurai Jack #11 leads Samurai Jack to Soule the Seer who believes the samurai’s enchanted blade holds the key to finally sending the time-displaced warrior home. When Soule’s incantations go wrong, however, Jack is left without his trustworthy blade and the one weapon in all of creation which Aku fears.

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Alfred‘s (JB Blanc) absence begins to effect Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) as the Dark Knight pushes himself to the limits on a consistent basis with no one to pull him back from the edge. The introduction of Harvey Dent (Christopher McDonald) as the Gotham City District Attorney with a grudge against all costumed freaks including Gordon’s “pet” doesn’t help maters when Anarky (Wallace Langham) returns to frame Batman for a series of bombings which Dent is more than willing to attribute to the Dark Knight (even when witnessing evidence to the contrary with his own eyes).

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