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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Welcome to the Jungle” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Sometimes I’m convinced there’s an unwritten law that we can’t have great episodes of both The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow in the same week. Even as The Flash’s fourth season finally picked up the pace this week, Legends suffered from an unusually weak outing. It’s all the more frustrating given that Gorilla Grodd played a prominent role in “Welcome to the Jungle.” Grodd has always been such a great addition to the mix on The Flash, but that appeal didn’t carry over to this series.

Watching “Welcome to the Jungle” raises the question of whether the Vietnam War setting was even a great idea to begin with. It’s not a conflict that really lends itself well to the genial, lighthearted tone of this series. There’s a reason they don’t make many Vietnam War comedy movies (other than Good Morning, Vietnam, and even that’s a pretty bleak film in its own way). There was a real sense that the writers were holding back with this one, neither leaning as heavily into the team’s zany antics as usual nor fully embracing the dark, psychedelic trappings of ‘Nam.

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The Flash: “Therefore I Am” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

There was a pretty stark tonal shift between this week’s Flash and the previous six episodes of Season 4. Where things have been pretty lighthearted and goofy this year, “Therefore I Am” felt much more reminiscent of the darker direction the series took in Season 3. And while it would be nice if The Flash could strike more of a balance between those two extremes, the darker approach definitely seemed justified this week.

As much as this season has frustrated with its reliance on the “monster of the week” formula in the last six weeks, at least the writers aren’t dragging their heels where Clifford DeVoe is concerned. The DeVoe conflict took a major leap forward in this episode, with Barry coming face-to-face with his latest grand adversary for the first time and getting a small taste of how dangerous the world’s smartest man can be. I appreciate how rapidly the writers are moving with DeVoe (more on that decision here). Just think how long it’s normally taken Barry to get to this point in previous seasons. Heck, Season 3 was practically over before we knew Savitar’s identity and back-story. Yet after a mere seven episodes, we already know a great deal about how Clifford DeVoe became the Thinker and what drives him as a villain.

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New Images for Arrowverse Crossover “Crisis on Earth-X”

Next week marks the point Arrowverse fans have been waiting for, as a massive cast of heroes are joining forces for a two-night, four-part crossover entitled "Crisis on Earth-X." The CW has released new images for all four episodes, and we've brought them all together in one place. Here's what you can expect from this superhero team-up.

First up is Supergirl with "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1," which airs Monday, November 27 at 8pm EST.

Next is Arrow's "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2" which airs immediately after Part 1.

The crossover continues with The Flash's "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3," which airs on Tuesday, November 28 at 8pm EST.

Finally, the crossover wraps up with DC's Legends of Tomorrow's "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4," which airs immediately after Part 3.

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Top Comics to Buy This Week

With dozens of comic books to choose from, let us show you which are the best coming out this week. Take a look at this list spotlighting our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.

Check out our picks, then head to the comments to let us know what you’ll be buying this week!

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By writer Geoff Johns & artist Gary Frank | DC

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Marvel’s The Punisher: All the Best Easter Eggs

Netflix's Marvel library continues to expand now that Frank Castle has a series to call his own on the streaming network. And like all the Marvel shows before it, The Punisher includes quite a few nods to the character's comic book roots.

If you've had a chance to binge all 13 episodes, check out our list of the coolest Easter eggs and Marvel cameos in The Punisher: Season 1. Full spoilers follow!

We've been busy reviewing the new series all weekend long. Check out our Punisher review hub for our thoughts on the season as a whole and for links to our individual reviews for each of the 13 episodes.

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Supergirl: “Wake Up” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

This year’s Arrowverse crossover is fast approaching. It seems as though this week is ushering in a wave of plot-driven episodes designed to prep these shows both for “Crisis on Earth-X” and the midseason finales that will follow. Given how Legends of Tomorrow is the only one of the four that really seems to have found its groove so far, that’s definitely a good thing. And “Wake Up” certainly helps kick Supergirl’s third season into gear, even if it makes a few questionable choices along the way.

Obviously, the big news this week involved the return of Chris Wood’s Mon-El, a character who’s been keeping pretty darned busy since his disappearance at the end of Season 2. Before I get into my problems with how Mon-El’s return was handled, I do want to focus on how well the reunion between he and Kara was handled. This episode included two very emotionally charged scenes, first with Kara coming face-to-face with her long-lost boyfriend in the spaceship and then when she began to realize the depth of his deception. That latter scene in particular was extremely well-acted. As much as I’m still ambivalent about the darker tone of Season 3, there’s no denying that Melissa Benoist has really made the most of this bleak phase in Kara’s life. You can really feel that combination of hurt, confusion and rage rolling off of her. And while Wood’s performance was comparatively more subdued, there was a nice, quiet agony to his performance as well.

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Every Justice League Member Ever

The Justice League isn’t the first team of superheroes to emerge in the DC Comics Universe, but it’s undoubtedly the most famous.

Read on for our brief history of the team, or watch the video above for the full rundown of ever character who has ever joined the Justice League!

The original Justice League of America was conceived and written by Gardner Fox and debuted in 1960’s “The Brave and the Bold - NUMBER 28”.

That comic united seven pre-existing heroes - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter - as they joined forces to battle the enormous alien villain known as Starro.

That original team lineup has become affectionately referred to by fans as “The Big Seven.” The exact origin story of the Justice League has changed quite a bit over the years, but for the most part, that founding lineup has remained the same.

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DCEU’s CinemaScores: What Audiences Think

The DC Extended Universe just grew in a major way thanks to the release of Justice league. But while some are celebrating the big screen debut of this iconic super-team, others are bemoaning the lukewarm reviews. Still, that's nothing really new for the DCEU. Since the release of 2013's Man of Steel, critics and fans alike have been very divided on the quality of this cinematic universe.

We thought it would be fun to look at the five DCEU films released thus far and see how their CinemaScore rankings (which are determined by polling casual moviegoers) compare to the Rotten Tomatoes scores and the total box office grosses. Check out our slideshow below to find out how each movie measures up:

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What Is Wolverine’s Startling Secret?

Wolverine's resurrection in Marvel Legacy #1 is just the beginning of the character's latest journey. Today Marvel hinted at some big things to come for the iconic X-Man in 2018, including the revelation of Wolverine's "startling secret."

Last week, Marvel teased Wolverine's role in a new Infinity Stone-focused storyline beginning in February 2018. But before that story begins, fans will be treated to a new Wolverine adventure serialized in the pages of several ongoing Marvel books. Marvel's press release referred to these story segments "after-credit scenes," clearly looking to invoke the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's post-credits teasers.

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Opinion: New EiC Is Good for Marvel Comics

The past couple weeks have been a real roller coaster for Marvel Comics fans. First came the news that writer Brian Michael Bendis is leaving the company for DC after 18 years. Now today, we learned that Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso has stepped down and will be replaced by C.B. Cebulski, who previously served as Marvel's VP of international brand management. It's a chaotic time for Marvel right now, with big changes happening behind the scenes and the company trying to reinvigorate its comic book line with the Marvel Legacy relaunch. But I take this latest news as a positive sign for Marvel's future in 2018. The company needed a major editorial shake-up, and Cebulski may be just the person to right the ship.

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