Thursday, May 31, 2007

New Releases: May 31, 2007

Due to the holiday on Monday, new releases ship today (as opposed to their traditional shipping of Wednesdays). 52 is coming in TPB form, which essentially means it will be a tome of DC Universe goodness. Enjoy. New Releases - May 31, 2007

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Look to my coming, on the third day...

First off, let me take this chance to apologize for my absence. Wedding weekend, which is always a good time. Now that that's out of the way, on to the good stuff. Far be it for me to judge whether or not Kermit the Frog can successfully hold off the Oracai, but I think he stands a chance. Silver Snail Comics, a comic book store in Toronto (crazy Canadians), has taken it upon themselves to create an accurate representation of the Battle at Helm's Deep. The only inaccuracy is that it has Muppets fighting. And its now the Battle at Ham's Deep. But still, the display oozes authenticity. I have to say, I'm quite impressed with the setup, as it looks like all the popular Muppets are present and accounted for. As long as they aim for the neck or below the arm, I think they'll win the battle. The Muppet Show in Ham's Deep

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Watchmen casting news

Unlike the last bit of casting news I brought you regarding Zach Snyder's film adaptation of the Alan Moore classic Watchmen, this news comes with more definition to it. According to IGN (via Ain't It Cool News), three major roles have been cast for the movie, and it seems the choices are Keanu Reeves, Jude Law and Patrick Wilson. Reeves will play Dr. Jon Osterman, otherwise known as Dr. Manhattan (who has the best lines in the entire book). Law will play Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias, the playboy of the world), and Wilson will be playing Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl II, complete with feathers). Its very exciting that this movie is slowly coming together, and at least the cast is looking to be competent in their abilities to play roles in the big screen adaptation of one of the most important pieces of literature in history. Reeves sometimes picks roles that are great (Constantine, The Matrix), and other times some roles that are just horrendous (The Lake House anyone?), but he's a self-confessed comic geek, so at least his heart will be in it (and he tends to fare better with the sci-fi-ish roles). Law has always played his roles well (when he's not enjoying the company of his child's nanny on the side), and Wilson is definitely the most indie of the three actors. Three Watchmen cast

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

New Releases: May 23, 2007

Here's the new releases for this week (May 23, 2007). My pick, Captain America 26. Right now, anything involving the turmoil that is the Marvel Universe is going to be good, especially if it involves America's fallen son, Cap. Enjoy. New Releases - May 23, 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Review: Heroes How to Stop an Exploding Man

How do you stop an exploding man? Throw him deep underwater, so his blast is contained there? Shoot him in the head, hopefully ending his explosiveness? Or do something much less dramatic with very little fanfare to end what was fast becoming one of the best shows on television? (Hint: Heroes went the little fanfare route). Its next to impossible to review a season finale without spoilers, so consider yourself warned. I can't begin to express how disappointed I was with the season finale of Heroes. It seemed like they had about 10 minutes worth of actual ending, which was too much to tack onto last week's episode, but not enough for a full episode. The season finale just seemed too convenient and forced, and didn't even have a gripping cliffhanger (seriously, WTF was Hiro doing in feudal Japan under an eclipse at the end?). The entire season we've been teased about en epic Peter/Sylar showdown, yet it ultimately became a few punches thrown, and Hiro showing up to stab Sylar, and fulfill his "destiny." Which led to the "holy crap I can't control this power all of a sudden again even though I could earlier" moment in Peter, who was promptly flown away by Nathan (with an apparent change of heart) so they could explode together (as brothers) far above Earth's atmosphere. I'll admit, it was cool to see Peter using his new power (Nikki's strength in throwing said punches), and it wouldn't surprise me if he picked up Hiro's power while he was there. It was nice to see some resolution to Nikki/Jessica, as she finally found out how to control the emotions of Jessica, while maintaining her strength (to the point of kicking Candace's ass). The showdown at the beginning between Mohinder, Bennett (sorry, Noah) and Molly was quickly defused just by Molly recognizing Parkman, so that's always nice (or convenient, take your pick). And the somewhat extraneous flashback/dream Peter had about Simone's father (I'll save the discussion about his name being Charles and being in a wheelchair for later) seemed out of place, and completely unexplained. The interaction between Molly and Micah was cute, as they both had expressions on their faces of relief that there were others with powers like them that were the same age. And I don't know where Parkman got the sudden gung ho catch the bad guy attitude to just walk up on Sylar and unload a clip into him (which Sylar, of course, promptly used his powers of magnetism to return the bullets into Parkman's chest). Ando's attempt at killing Sylar was the only thing that seemed genuine, and Hiro proved he could do his "trick" faster than Sylar could do his. And isn't painting your own future kind of cheating, since you can basically go there anyway? Sylar needed a painting to tell him to go to the building where everyone else was at? All in all, the freshman season of Heroes had its ups and downs. Recently, it was definitely picking up steam, and setting up for a monster ending. What we got instead was Sylar crawling into the sewers (despite being stabbed by Hiro), and Peter dead (supposedly, although it wouldn't surprise me if he lived and Nathan died, giving him even more to be insecure about in the next season). And there was really no cliffhanger. I mean, I'll watch next season, but not because I have to know what happens next. I was impressed by the season, but I did feel a little letdown by the season finale. My thoughts are that Sylar is still alive, Peter teleported Nathan away, came back, blew up so all could see, and flew off. Next season, Peter and Sylar face off against the scarier version of Sylar. Review: 8.9 out of 10 Series Review: 9.6 out of 10

Monday, May 21, 2007

Transformers - Avengers in disguise

Jumping on the quickly accelerating Transformers hype train (see Friday's post for the full trailer of the movie) is none other than everyone's favorite comic publisher Marvel. In July, Marvel will release one of the best "what ifs" fans of Transformers or the New Avengers could possibly hope for, when New Avengers/Transformers ships. Holy crap. Ignore the fact that Transformers are awesome enough in their own right (and is a far better cartoon than most of the crap that kids have to watch these days), but throw in the turmoil that is the Marvel Universe now, and the New Avengers, and you have one kickass piece of work. Details are pretty scant as of now, but IGN has a mini-preview of the upcoming action. Oh, and July 4th will be here sooner than you know it. Transformers/New Avengers

Friday, May 18, 2007

Transformers Full Theatrical Trailer

If you were born in the 1980s, chances are you've heard of a show (and comic) about robots that can transform from vehicles to robots, and back again, and was appropriately named Transformers. Fans of the stellar show remember the Stan Bush laden animated movie where "The Matrix" originated, and have long been pining for a live action movie. When word came about that Micheal Bay was directing, there was some trepidation on behalf of the fans. Throw in the slated July 4th release, and many were wondering if the movie would simply be the explosion-fest heroic movie that most Bay movies are. Well, this trailer does something to alleviate those fears somewhat, as this movie just looks even awesomer now. Steven Spielberg's inclusion should add some meat to the story (although initially he was only added to lend credibility), so I think moviegoers will like what they see. In the mean time, enjoy the full theatrical trailer on Yahoo.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Marvel trading card game (not that one,the other one)

Long time comics readers (well, those who read during the late 90s anyways) will remember a Marvel collectible card game called Overpower. Collectible card games were all the rage back then (most of the kids were playing Magic: The Gathering), so it was inevitable that Marvel would get a taste and want some of that card-slamming goodness. So they did, and Overpower lasted all of about a year or so. The problem was that the mechanics of the game were pretty one-dimensional, and your chances of winning were vastly improved by having the more powerful (or popular, you decide) heroes/villains at the ready. Well, it seems Marvel wants to try this whole thing again; except this time, we're in the digital age. Konami is releasing an online version of Overpower called (fittingly) Marvel Trading Card Game. Release is planned for PSP (May 31st), DS in July, and PC at some point, so be sure to pick it up if it tickles your fancy. Honestly, I'm a little intrigued at the notion of standing at the T Stop waiting for my train and exchanging glances with someone else waiting. Then (as dramatic music hits), we both pull out our DSes and battle, Pokemon style. Amazing! Marvel Trading Card Game

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Review: Heroes Landslide

Heroes has been a show that has definitely had ups and downs. That's not to say the downs were necessarily bad, just a little, slow. The story has been extremely solid overall, however, there were a few stretches of episodes that really just seemed extraneous, and served very little purpose in advancing the story. Now that we're in the home stretch (the season finale is next week), things have tightened up tremendously. Nothing is wasted, and I'm actually a little worried if they'll get everything wrapped up before next seasons' 30 new episodes (with 6 origin episodes in there for good measure). This week's episode, "Landslide" really set things up to end in spectacular fashion. Spoilers ahead New York...apparently the city to be in. Parkman and Mr. Bennett decide to take out the tracking system, Claire, Peter and Ted head to Nebraska (with Sylar following them), and Hiro learns that his dad is a badass that teaches him to become one. There were quite a few "duh" moments in this one that make perfect sense, but for some reason didn't hit me until now (the tracking system being the little girl Molly, Micah's kidnapping to use his power on the e-voting, Lindermann's healing touch to allow Nathan's wife to walk again). Sylar finally got his wish to be special, as he overheard the Nebraska plans, and tipped off the FBI that Ted was in town, which prompted Audrey Hanson (Parkman's fomer partner) to magically appear in NYC for the takedown, and then led to Sylar getting Ted's power. Nikki and DL were in town as well, and they found Lindermann, who decided to put a bullet in DL (not knowing DL could phase in and out, and would get up and phase his hand into the back of Lindemann's head). Hiro is trying to get his sword repaired, when he finds his dad, who trains him to use it, and has known about Hiro all along, making Hiro that much awesomer. The ending was a phenomenal bit of writing, with Nathan giving his victory speech over a montage of everything else happening. There were some brilliant lines (Micah had the best, when he said "who said the world's sick" in response to Candace). The last shot of the episode was Sylar taking in all of NYC, while playing with his new radioactive powers, leading up to the potential for everything to go insane next week in the finale. Two minor gripes (other than the fact that I missed 10 minutes of the show because RCN went out for that long, which happened to be the 10 minutes when Sylar took out Ted). The first is the start of the episode in conjunction with the end of the last episode. Last week, Peter was freaking out because he was worried that he wouldn't be able to control the radioactive power. Fast forward to this week, where apparently he's learned to control it quite well, and no one seems worried he's going to lose it. The second is Hiro. While it was cool that he's training, its amazing (uncanny maybe?) that he would pick up so much so fast. Granted, we're not in real time like 24, but still, it didn't seem like that much time was passing while he was training. End spoilers All the pieces are in place for a great ending, and all the loose ends are getting wrapped up. As I mentioned earlier, my only concern is that there will be a few things hanging (beyond the inevitable cliffhanger) that should've been resolved. But we'll see I suppose. This is easily the best new show of the year, and should have a solid sophomore effort. Rating: 9.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

New Releases: May 16, 2007

For the benefit of your perusal, here are the new releases for tomorrow, May 16th (see, got them to you a day BEFORE they come out). Nothing too groundbreaking coming out this week, however there are quite a few trade paperbacks of some miniseries that we've all come to know and love. If I had to pick one that may be worth your time, it would probably be Fallen Son: Death of Captain America. Its always good times (well, at least a good read) when a major player in any comics universe dies. Enjoy. New Releases - May 16, 2007

Monday, May 14, 2007

Eagle Awards handed to the worthy by Captain Britain

Starting in 1976 (before this writer was born), the Eagles Awards were introduced as a way to recognize excellence in comics, whether it be writing, drawing, publishing, etc. On Saturday (May 12), the 31st incarnation of said awards was held at the Bristol Comics Expo across the pond (as those British like to say). Comic Book Resources has a tidy little list of all the winners from this year's extravaganza. Among them include Warren Ellis (Best Comic Writer) of Marvel/DC/Image fame, Alex Ross (Favorite Artist: Fully Painted Artwork), best known for anything that's epic and DC and Batman (Favorite Comics Character), who we all know really just kicks ass. Now, I'll be the first to admit, that I never knew there was such an awards show for comics in Britain, so that's just cool to start. Maybe next year, Comicality will have such clout that it can get some access. And no, the awards weren't really handed out by Captain Britain. But that would've been freaking awesome if they were, and you know it.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Some Shazam action for the ladies

The past few years have seen a surge in popularity of video games and comics among the ladies, for whatever reason (I guess it's hip to be square). So it would seem that more and more writers of comic-to-movie adaptations are looking to woo the female demographic. As if built male actors in tights weren't enough, the writers of Shazam are looking to go a step further.ComingSoon.net reports that The Rock has been approached to bring Shazam to the big screen. "Well, knowing Pete, he'd update it and make it fresh," Johnson says. "But that's his question; he's very excited about the project and talks about it passionately. Pete also understands the importance of getting that right; he's a big comic book fan." The Rock is currently working with Pete (Peter Segal) on the big-screen incarnation of Get Smart. The People's Shazam

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Top 100 Comic Movies of All Time

For some reason, people like lists. It makes grocery shopping easier. It makes taking roll easier. And it definitely makes discussion (or heated argument, depending on where you stand) among fans of any subject of a list that much more exciting. Its hard to put faith in any list, because they're completely subjective (most of the time), but they're really fun to jaw about. Rotten Tomatoes (that zany, everyone votes site that rates movies) has taken it upon themselves to compile a list of the top 100 comic movies of all time. And they actually used a spiffy formula to calculate a movie's spot on the list (something to the extent of "(r ÷ (r+m)) × t + (m ÷ (r+m)) × a, with "r" representing the number of rated reviews, "m" the minimum number of reviews needed for a movie to qualify, "t" the Tomatometer score, and "a" the average Tomatometer of all the qualifying movies"). In any case, hit the link, and see where your favorite comic movie falls. Of course, the list includes fan favorites such as Batman Begins (number 8...woohoo!), and V for Vendetta (22), but also those movies that you don't necessarily associate with comics, such as Heavy Metal (40) and Tank Girl (55). Enjoy. Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Comic Movies of All Time

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

New Releases: May 9, 2007

Seeing as how this is a comic blog and everything, I should inform you, the reader, about new releases. So, I will do so every Wednesday (maybe Tuesday, so you can plan ahead). Currently, it'll just be a link to Diamond Comics Distributor's release list, so you probably won't need me anymore to find out what's coming out when. But I promise, in the future, I'll get something spiffy going on. New Releases - May 9, 2007

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Review: Heroes "The Hard Part"

A problem I've had with Heroes from the start is that it seems they have an almost epic story, but have paced it horribly. This leads to a stretch of episodes that are pure movement in terms of story and action, and then stretches of episodes that are really more filler than anything. I'm happy to say that it looks like the season is going to close out on a busy note, if last night's episode is any indication. Spoilers ahead This episode revolved around multiple storylines (as usual), however, the most intriguing one was Sylar's (who has to be one of the greatest characters on in television in a long time). He spent the episode with his mom, and their dynamic was chilling, to say the least. Quinto (Sylar) showed so much fear and anxiety, as he desperately sought his mother's approval to essentially blow up half of New York (as he's convinced he will do, and I still believe he will). It was humanizing that have this episode revolve around Sylar, as you felt sorry for him briefly, and wondered if he really was that bad, or just struggling to gain the approval of his mom. Hiro and Ando had minor parts, which is odd considering Hiro is one that is destined to stop Sylar. He attempted to kill Sylar, but couldn't do it, and had his sword broke in the process. We all know that Hiro has yet to find that trait in him that allows for cold regard for actions, as he felt sorry for Sylar, while watching him and his mother through the window of their house. Nikki and DL were on the hunt for Micah, when they realized that their entire lives were followed (and one could say dictated) by Mr. Lindermann. Micah meanwhile is still hanging out with Candace, who we learn can do more than just shapeshift. It seems her power is illusions, and she can make people see what she wants them to see. So she just scored some points in my book, because that power is much cooler than being a shapeshifter alone. Suresh spent the episode looking for a cure for a girl who's power is she can instantly locate any person in the world. Props to the writer for bringing it back full circle, as the little girl was the same girl that Parkman found hiding in the beginning of the show, where Sylar killed her parents. Nathan learned that his mom was in on the plan with Lindermann, and it seems everybody but Nathan wants to be President. Parkman, Ted and Mr. Bennett make it to New York, where they come across Peter and Claire. This is good for Claire, because she gets to see her other dad, but bad for Peter, because he starts absorbing Ted's power. It was funny, seeing Parkman give Peter a strange look upon arriving, as if seeing if they'd mentally clash again. The episode ended with Sylar painting the explosion with his mom's blood on the floor at the house, using the future Isaac power. End Spoilers In my opinion, this has been the best episode so far. A lot of people may disagree, but I think the humanization of Sylar really changed the dynamic of the show. Prior to this, Sylar was a monster (and really still is). But having him doubt his actions, and showing weakness by being scared basically really made him seem mortal, and gives you the thought that things could end in any way possible. His relationship with his mom was completely dysfunctional (she has a penchant for snow globes), so it was only fitting that it end the way it did. Two episodes left, and I have to say, I'm stoked. Rating: 9.6 out of 10.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Spider-Man 3 shatters box office records

In a move that is surely surprising to no one, Spider-Man 3 shattered all the box office records to date. According to just about everyone (in this case, Reuters), Spider-Man 3 "sold an estimated $375 million worth of tickets worldwide, since opening internationally on May 1." That's a lot of money. It was the highest opening since Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, highest opening weekend opening over last year's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($148 million versus $135.6 million), and highest single day gross (once again over Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to the tune of $59.3 million to $55.8 million). And internationally, the $227 million it made bested the paltry $155 million The Da Vinci Code made last year. So it looks that despite there being 2 major villains, moviegoers were still all about Peter Parker's troubled life. Which is a good thing. How long these records will last is anyone's guess, as we're about to encounter a summer of blockbusters that likes of which we've not seen in a while. Spidey sense is tingling indeed. Spidey makes bank

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Review: Spider-man 3

Superhero movies are often ambitious in scope, but less grandiose in their execution. Most of the time, this really hurts the overall quality of the movie, because some parts that should get more attention are glossed over for other parts that may need to get less attention. While its not fair to say that Spider-man 3 is a victim of this problem, it does come awfully close. Spider-man 3 starts off with Peter Parker, seemingly in control of every facet of his life. He's got the girl in Mary Jane, the job (still freelancing at The Daily Bugle), doing great in class, and basically on top of the world. The city of New York loves Spider-Man, and just about every crowd shot features a couple of really hot chicks pining for him. But then, his picturesque life slowly begins to unravel, with the revelation that the man that really killed Uncle Ben has recently escaped prison, Harry's vendetta to avenge his father, and a new rival in Eddie Brock, Jr. It seems that what Sam Raimi was going for in the third (and possibly his final) installment of the grand trilogy was what happens when we're faced with those choices that impact not only ourselves, but those around us. Spider-man 3 is, at its heart, a story of redemption and forgiveness, and as far as comic-to-movie adaptations go, it's a tearjerker. In the movie, there is so much going on that its hard to give everything the proper attention it deserves. It really seems like the Venom storyline was added in to appease fans (similarly the Gwen Stacy storyline), but the Sandman storyline doesn't work without the Venom storyline, and Peter's troubles with Mary Jane and Harry Osborne don't work without Gwen Stacy. Don't get me wrong, what was there was phenomenal. Despite all the business, the storyline was cohesive, however, you have to wonder if one storyline was more fleshed out than another if it would have made for a better movie. Venom. Grace played him perfectly, as you'd swear that he and Maguire were mirror images of one another (with Grace being the evil one of course). People will probably be disappointed with his little screen time, but the special effects for him were freaking amazing (same goes for Sandman). It still makes you wonder if the next incarnation of the series will feature more of the Spider-man/Venom battles that make their's one of the best rivalries in comics. I was a little worried that we'd only see about five minutes of Venom, but he was a major player in the climatic battle at the end of the movie. The casting was spot on. Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have become so adept at their roles, there's really no surprises there (the same can be said for James Franco). The newcomers, Thomas Haydn Church (Sandman), Topher Grace (Venom) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Gwen Stacy) comfortably fit in with the rest of the cast, and do a great service to their roles. J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson), Bruce Campbell and Stan Lee make their requisite appearances (with Bruce Campbell stealing the movie with his scene), so all is well. The special effects were just jaw-dropping. Numerous other outlets have stated the huge distance the looks of the movies have come since the first one. Sandman and Venom are both seamlessly integrated into the settings, making you forget sometimes that their mostly CGI. In reading this review, you may think I didn't like the movie, but I actually loved it. Its the best characterization of Spider-man himself (the movie opens with a traditional Spider-man monologue, which was just beyond cool). For me, everything was done just right, and meshed well. I can see that some people may not be as pleased with it, but I think its rather unfair to the movie, as its coming in with tremendous expectations. It will still do well in the box office though, and is most definitely worth seeing. I loved it. So do yourself a favor, and check it out. Rating: 80 out of 100

Friday, May 4, 2007

Its a bird...its a plane...its Free Comic Book Day!!!!!

We all love Saturdays. We all love something that's free. We all love comics (I assume you have at least a passing interest in them if you're reading this). Put it all together, and you have something we can all get behind: Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5th. I could go into detail about what it is, but I think the name is pretty self-explanatory. Visit your favorite comic book haunt, ask where the pile is, and start digging. Its a great day for people to check out some lesser known works, and also just to chat it up with fellow comic book fans. There's a website for the event (of course), which has a nifty zip code lookup to find what stores near you are part of the promotion. Many stores also run mini-events in celebration of the day, so its a good time for all. And for those folks in the Boston area, New England Comics is having a massive spring sale that goes through May 17th. Have a great Free Comic Book Day. Make a shirt if you're feeling saucy. Free Comic Book Day

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Iron Man suit first look

Those crazy kids over at Entertainment Weekly have posted the first shot of the costume being designed for Robert Downey, Jr. to wear in Iron Man. Have to say, muy impressed. Its not that hard of a costume to get right, and it seems the designers went with the tried and true familiar costume. The creator of the costume is Oscar winning special effects guru Stan Winston (who just so happens to hail from Richmond, VA). He's been around the block quite a few times, doing make-up work on numerous superhero films (Batman Returns, The Incredible Hulk), and countless other sci-fi flicks (most notably Alien and Predator, but not surprisingly not Alien versus Predator). Although many readers may be pissed at Iron Man right now (what with that whole Superhero Registration Act thing), it is still promising to see a movie about him in the works (and moving quite tidily along). Directed by Jon Favreau, Iron Man is penciled in for a May 2008 release. Just remember to wear your Sunday best when you see it. Downey's sobering suit

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Spiderman 4?

We haven't even seen Spiderman 3 yet (well most of us haven't), but the rumor mill for Spiderman 4 is already building up steam. Numerous reports have brought into question who (if any) of the traditional trio of Sam Raimi, Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst would return for the next incarnation (Sony wants 7 incarnations, to be exact). Well, we can be somewhat assured that at least one of them will be back. Sam Raimi said that he's waiting on a script. That's it. Not exactly the "yes, I'll be back" we were all hoping for, but still...progress. Still no word on Maguire or Dunst, but hopefully they will realize that the following movies just won't work without them being a part. And check back in later this week (or early next week), as I plan on having a tasty review of Spiderman 3. Spidey sense tingles a fourth time

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Review: Heroes "Five Years Gone"

This week’s episode of Heroes was quite the doozy. It was set 5 years into the future, where the bomb went off, and the heroes were viewed as terrorists, with the steady Nathan Petrelli at the helm of the United States of America. Quite a few surprises carried this phenomenal episode.

Spoilers ahead

We follow Hiro (past and present) and Ando, as they try to piece together what happened. Apparently, the bomb went off, and it was Sylar that was the bomb (I think some great blogger hypothesized that last week). Nathan has become President, and all the heroes have been forced into hiding, with a few exceptions. Parkman has become Director of Homeland Security (or some other government related entity tasked with finding and capturing illegal heroes). Hank Mc…I mean, Mohinder Suresh is an advisor to Nathan, and is the man all things DNA related when it comes to the heroes.

Peter is sporting a sick scar across his face, which can lead one to think that Hiro may be involved, and is dating the lovely Nikki, who has seemingly rid herself of Jessica. The Haitian is Parkman’s right hand man, and Claire is in hiding in TX, while her dad relocates heroes so that they aren’t detected by the government. We’re treated to Round 2 of the Peter/Sylar face-off, as we learn that the President isn’t actually Nathan, but Sylar with shapeshifting powers. Future Hiro realizes where the timeline went wrong, and that was where he was supposed to kill Sylar, but didn’t (as he regenerated with Claire’s power). Past Hiro teleports back to the past in the climatic end scene where Peter and Sylar are going at it, Parkman is trying to get in, and Mohinder is screaming to Hiro about his fate.

One thing that confused me was the timeline part. In this future, Claire was killed in the past by Sylar, which is how he regenerated apparently (when Hiro supposedly killed him). But then, she’s fine, and Sylar kills her again, as she is found by Parkman, and thinks she’s visiting Nathan. But we know that Peter saved Claire, so Sylar never should have regenerated. Maybe I missed something, but it seems like there’s a certain lack of continuity in the Heroes space-time continuum.

End spoilers

In any case, this episode was great. Little too Days of Future Past for me (Marvel fans know where I’m at), but I’ve been saying all along that you have Marvel writers involved with the show, you’re going to get similarities. The episode gave most attention to Hiro, Sylar and Claire, as it’s clear that these 3 are the ones the show is really revolving around. Peter had very little time, however, you could tell that he’s the “x-factor” if you will, and pretty much holds the fate of the world (well, for the time being, New York City) in his hands.

Only 3 episodes left, and they should be fantastic. 9.1 out of 10.