Find Absolution With Original Sin #0 On The Wednesday Run–April 23, 2014

Now that this long, cold, North American winter has all but left us behind, we comic book lovers can turn our attention to the summer crossover event season.

Love them or hate them, the crossover event happens every year. It’s a money-maker: a new mini-series title that ties into virtually every comic book that one of the mainstream publishers (Marvel Comics and DC Comics), puts out over a span four to six months. Sometimes longer. At their best, they can be auctioned-packed and character-rewarding stories. At their worst, they derail already great comic book storylines for the crossover narrative.

So, which one of those two outcomes will Marvel’s 2014 offering, Original Sin be?

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01 E19: The Only Light in the Darkness

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The Agents of Nothing are on the run and have found refuge in a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base called Providence in the Canadian wilderness manned by Eric Koenig, played by Patton Oswalt, unfortunately Hydra is in hot and devious pursuit, as Agent Ward, secretly working for Hydra, has arrived at the base. All that and a super-villain and a love from Coulson’s past turn up as well. Things are looking grim for our heroes, check out my review of “The Only Light in the Darkness” after the jump.

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Bates Motel S02 E08: Meltdown

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Norma, so sure of her control over Norman, is shocked when her youngest gives her a taste of teenage A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E. Welcome to the real world of teenagers and their angst, Norma.  In last week’s episode, Norman learns that mother is keeping secrets and he’s not a happy camper. Norman may have gotten a ‘get out of jail’ card from the sheriff, but that was before the DNA results came in. Poor Dylan is in danger and Zane is out of control. Will Norman be arrested for Miss Watson’s murder? One never knows with the Bates family. Read the rest of this entry

Game of Thrones S04 E03: Breaker of Chains

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How do you follow up an episode in which a major (and hated) character is killed and the deck of cards that is Westeros is unexpectedly reshuffled?  Well, if you’re “Game of Thrones,” you pick up right where you left off and pull in some of the other dozen or so plot lines.  And do they succeed in keeping the ever-present taut story-telling, character development, and neck-stiffening levels of tension?  Come on, this is “Game of Thrones,” the show that’s led to a world-wide boom in therapy – both massage and mental.  More after the break… and yes, as always, there are spoilers here.

 

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Captain America Continues To Kick Butt – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Making box office predictions can be really fun, but as someone who likes observing the weekend trends and results, I always get a kick when we see surprises. It’s not about being right or wrong for when it comes to predictions. Good thing too, since I was off this weekend.

Captain_America_The_Winter_SoldierSticking around in the top spot for a third weekend in a row was Captain America: The Winter Solider, bringing in a solid $26.6 million. The film has now grossed $201 million in North America, seriously outperforming the first film and showing that there’s a huge appetite for Chris Evans in the role of Cap.

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Orphan Black S02 E01: Nature Under Constraint and Vexed

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They’re back! Yes, the clones of “Orphan Black” are back in all their genetic sequencing, patented genomes, and multiple copies glory! Or should I say, she’s back. I’m talking the amazing Tatiana Maslany who has made “Orphan Black” one of the best BBC American shows around. Tatiana Maslany is so adept at playing multiple characters that you find yourself believing each character is real. Last season ended with our favorite collective hive being hunted down by the Proclone Bee, Rachael Duncan. Someone has taken Sarah’s daughter, Kira. Who was it and why? Find out after we do a little splicing of your genes.

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Saturday At The Movies: Draft Day

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The other day my editor, Patti O’Brien, asked me to go to the movies with her. Since Patti is a romantic like me, I was expecting to see anything but the movie she picked. I don’t know anything about football except that once a year, my son-in-law has a big Super Bowl party at his house and I go there to party and watch the commercials. I got in trouble last year for calling a touchdown a home run. Hey! A player was running and there was a ball involved. So, now that you know how football challenged I am, the question is did I enjoy Draft Day? Meet me at the goal post to find out.

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The GAR! Podcast: Camden Comic Con Part 2

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s a nerd exploration of a nerd world. Last week I told you about the Camden Comic Con, and you heard the first episode recorded live there. This week’s episode, also recorded live at the Con, can be found right here, with more details is after the jump.

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