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Gotham: “The Blade’s Path” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Bruce continued to pass Ra's al Ghul's tests this week, in "The Blade's Path," meaning that he also continued to fail at his own unspoken tests. By the end of the episode, Ra's was no more (though he managed to pass some sort of glowing power along to Barbara) and Bruce was out of the hero business.

It was another nice set of consequences for young Master Wayne as he continued to lose his way on the path toward something, presumedly, greater. Right now the boy's got a bit of a murder problem. He's too keen on taking a life and, I suppose, allowing a life to be taken in order to protect the greater good. I do think, however, there was probably a more direct way for Ra's to complete his quest to die at the hands of that dagger. It seemed overly complicated for him to be so vague about it all that Bruce would, at first, assume the knife shouldn't fall into Ghul's hands, and then figure out, on his own, that Ra's had to die by the blade. This was a plan that could have gone wrong many times over.

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Is Houston the Key to Walking Dead/Fear TWD Crossover?

Warning: Spoilers for AMC's The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead follow...

The news broke and New York Comic-Con that there will be an official crossover between The Walking Dead and spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead. It's always been a tricky concept to embrace as Fear, while airing simultaneously, takes place years before the events that are currently happening on Walking Dead. For a while, back at San Diego Comic-Con, it seemed like the crossover might just be relegated to a bit of Madison's southern backstory and, perhaps, a familial connection to the Daryl and Merle Dixon.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 Finale Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

"What a perverse family you have, Alicia from Los Angeles."

Fear the Walking Dead, a spinoff series that's now operating under the specter of "this will all somehow crossover with Walking Dead," went big with its double-episode Season 3 finale, circling the entire seasonal story back to the dam - for better or worse.

Firstly, the idea of having things tie back to the dam, Daniel, and the idea that a landmark so important and valuable would always bring trouble, was a great idea. As we've seen on both Dead shows, the solution to our heroes' woes is rarely "Well, if we can just find a place like X, Y, or Z, we've got it made." Having a secured town, camp, or base makes you a target in the zompocalypse. The dam adds an interesting element to the mix in the sense that it comes with a precious natural resource that everyone needs. Running the dam comes with an enormous amount of power over others.

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Gotham: “The Demon’s Head” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Penned by Gotham star Ben McKenzie, who's previously stepped behind the camera to direct an episode, "The Demon's Head" felt like a run-of-the-mill chase episode for the series (someone's being hunted, Jim has to find someone, etc) with the exception that Ra's al Ghul was the one doing the chasing (or, his dog-man Anubis was at least) and the outcome seemed to hold serious consequences for Bruce.

Admittedly, as soon as I saw that the story pivoted around the fate and well-being of a young boy (in this case, Benjamin Stockham's Alex), I expected the worse. But not only did Alex help us see just how much Bruce had changed and hardened, for a teen his age, compared to his peers, but we also heard from Alex what all the other kids think of him. That he's some sort of reclusive "weirdly cool" Howard Hughes-type who just holes up in his mansion all day and ditches school. Yes, the fact that Bruce doesn't go to school got a nice shout-out.

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11 Movies About Comic Book Creators

As the biopic Professor Marston & The Wonder Women‎, about the secret life of Wonder Woman creator Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, is set to hit theaters October 13th, check out these other movies and documentaries about famous comic book creators and cartoonists.

It's usually soaring superheroes who get the big screen treatment, but occasionally the people behind the scenes, the writers and artists, get their due as well. From icons like Stan Lee and Alan Moore to lesser known craftsmen and visionaries, these films give fans an inside look at lives and minds of the industry's most legendary storytellers. Scroll through the slideshow below for some really cool movies about comic book creators.

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The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Weeks out from The Walking Dead's 100th episode, the crew over at Robot Chicken, along with the cast and creators of Walking Dead, have swung their own version of Lucille at the show's noggin, lovingly taking shots at all seven seasons of the saga with "Look Who's Walking" - a rapid fire barrage of gags designed to skewer the show's most famous elements.

The results, as expected, were hit or miss, but if you know Robot Chicken (which I'm sure you do) then you know that the jokes come at you fast and you don't tend to linger too long on any one bit, whether they're killing or reaching. There's hardly time to catch your breath before you're onto the next morsel.

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Gotham: “They Who Hide Behind Masks” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Apologies for the day-after review, no advance screener was available.

Hey, so "They Who Hide Behind Masks" was a pretty good time at the Gotham multiplex. I mean, if you can overlook the silly Myrtle Jenkins storyline (which facilitated Edward's freedom and revealed that he CAN'T RIDDLE NOW!) and the fact that Bruce knew who Barbara Kean was but seemed to have no memory of her being the one up on stage with him and Jerome, acting all Harley, when the Maniax attacked the charity ball and tried to kill him. Still, I forgive those two things because Detective Harper (who's actually from the comics) transferred in from "the 3-5."

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Gotham: “They Who Hide Behind Masks” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Apologies for the day-after review, no advance screener was available.

Hey, so "They Who Hide Behind Masks" was a pretty good time at the Gotham multiplex. I mean, if you can overlook the silly Myrtle Jenkins storyline (which facilitated Edward's freedom and revealed that he CAN'T RIDDLE NOW!) and the fact that Bruce knew who Barbara Kean was but seemed to have no memory of her being the one up on stage with him and Jerome, acting all Harley, when the Maniax attacked the charity ball and tried to kill him. Still, I forgive those two things because Detective Harper (who's actually from the comics) transferred in from "the 3-5."

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WWE Women’s Revolution Comic Announced

Shhhh, no one tell Emma, but the latest WWE comic - from BOOM! Studios - is all about the Women's Revolution.

At New York Comic-Con, Boom! Studios and WWE announced that February's WWE #14 will kick off an all-new storyline revealing the truth behind the groundbreaking Women’s Revolution.

The acclaimed team of writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Serg Acuña will take readers on a journey, revealing the truth behind the ascension of Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Bayley as they transformed the face of sports entertainment, moving up from NXT to the main roster, changing the landscape so that female wrestlers were no longer called "Divas."

Below, take a look the cover for WWE #14, by Dan Mora (Klaus, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) - with variant covers by Adam Riches (Street Fighter X G.I. Joe), Brent Schoonover (Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell), and Daniel Bayliss (Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York).

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Gotham: “The Fear Reaper” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

"The Fear Reaper" pitted Jim Gordon against a rampaging Scarecrow as part of an unofficial bet between Gotham's top cop and Penguin over whether or not Jim could catch young Johnny Crane in 24 hours. All of it a part of Oswald's public plan to discredit the GCPD and save face in light of his embarrassment at the Iceberg Lounge opening.

What came of all this, aside from Jim heading into the belly of the beast solo and besting Crane and a dozen frenzied inmates, was a deeper analysis of the GCPD itself. After three seasons of abusing the city's police department (and its one solitary precinct), and giving the denizens of Gotham massive Batman-scale crises to contend with, the show is finally taking stock of just how feeble the cops are (or, how feeble they've been written to be). It's one of those meta-methods of course correction in which a show's ongoing flaw is turned into a storyline - similar to why so much of Batman v Superman had to directly deal with the amount of casualties created by Superman's battle with Zod.

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