Episode 23: This Episode is Bananas

SHOW NOTES

NEWS

THE STACK

TRANSLUCID #4, BOOM! STUDIOS & EVIL INK COMICS

Writer(s): Chondra Echert, Claudio Sanchez
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover: Jeff Stokely
Release Date: July 16th, 2014

The Navigator, New York City’s only superhero, has been slipping. Could the secret be found in his childhood? Boy genius Cornelius is creating the holographic technology that allows him to become The Navigator. But what dark family secret drives him?

THE GOOD: Art, as always, is on-point. But tip of the hat to the Sanchez/Echert writing duo, plunging us even deeper into a dark madness we thought we couldn't get darker since issue three! This one has an insane end and nicely ties up The Horse/The Navigator relationship even more tightly.

THE BAD: Not a thing we could put our collective finger on. In fact, the pacing on this was so perfect, it's hard not to think this series just hit its perfect storytelling stride.

FINAL RATING: 5 PEWS

KEEPIN' IT REEL

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, 20TH CENTURY FOX

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

THE GOOD: Impressive storyline that feeds off of our fears of self-annihilation. Fantastic character development as we are thrust ten years after the events of Rise of The Planet of the Apes. The acting is phenomenal with Andy Serkis having us forget (often) that Caesar was a CG character. The cinematography was gorgeous as almost every scene in this movie would be well at home as a desktop background. Shots that will have the industry gushing for weeks, no doubt.

THE BAD: We got another bait-and-switch trailer in the form of dangling Gary Oldman in front of us as if he'd play a huge role. This was similar to the B&S Godzilla pulled with Bryan Cranston. But this is easily dismissible as this is most definitely Caesar/Serkis' movie.

FINAL RATING: 5 PEWS