Arrow

by Ryan Rigley

There's been a lot of trust issues on "Arrow" so far, but never before have they been made so prominent. Last night's episode, "Betrayal," puts a spotlight on all of the liars in Starling City; whether it's Oliver Queen, who is lying to his family and friends about his alter ego, or Detective Lance, who is lying to his daughter about putting a tracer on the vigilante's phone, there just doesn't seem to be an honest person in the entire town.

Well, besides Tommy that is.

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Arrow

by Ryan Rigley

Picking up exactly where last week's episode of "Arrow" left off, "Vertigo" opens with a furious and hooded Oliver Queen chasing a low level drug thug through an alleyway. Pinning him to a nearby ledge with an arrow stuck in his wrist, the thug tells Oliver of a maniacal drug lord known only as the Count. He's the one that's been supplying Starling City with the deadly Vertigo drug. He's the one responsible for Thea's arrest.

The next day, the Queens and Laurel show up in support of the accused: Thea Queen. But despite the best efforts of the best lawyer in town, the judge moves the case to trial and deems Thea the new poster child for drug abuse in Starling City. With nowhere left to turn, Oliver pays a visit to the Starling City Police Department and bumps into an old friend, Detective McKenna Hall.

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Arrow

by Ryan Rigley

Trust has always played a crucial part on "Arrow," specifically with the Queen household. Whether it's Oliver Queen, who has thus far proven unable to trust anyone but his dead father's list, Moira Queen, who isn't as trustworthy as she seems, or Thea Queen, who trusts her mother just about as far as she can throw her. Obviously, Starling City's most watched family has a ton of issues to work out.

Last night's episode, "Trust But Verify," begins with an armored truck robbery as three unidentifiable men stop the vehicle with grenade launchers and gas masks. Soon, we discover that this is the third armored truck robbery in a series of connected crimes all around Starling City. But when Oliver's research point to Ted Gayner as the next target on his list, Diggle steps up to the plate declaring Gayner's innocence.

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Burned

by Ryan Rigley

After a month long hiatus, "Arrow" returns with a hot new episode firing us up for the rest of this season. "Burned" picks up just six weeks after the events of last month's mid-season finale, with Starling City plagued by a crazed pyromaniac and Oliver Queen lacking the courage to suit up as the vigilante. As he trains in the Arrowcave, it's quite clear that the infamous Dark Archer has broken not only Oliver's ribs but also his spirit.

"Burned" kicks off with a huge flaming building swarmed by firefighters. Danny, the only remaining firefighter in the building, is soon confronted by a mysterious masked fireman who proceeds to douse him in turpentine. The masked fireman watches in ecstasy as Danny burns alive. Later, we learn that Danny is Laurel's friend Jill's brother, which of course drags Laurel straight to the middle of another unsolved murder case.

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by Ryan Rigley

Just in time for the holiday season, last night's episode of "Arrow" saw Oliver and his family celebrating Christmas for the first time in five years. However, as you can imagine, Christmas time in Starling City doesn't come without it's fair share of homicide. "Year's End" also introduces a key antagonist into the "Arrow" universe: a rival archer with skills comparable to that of our beloved hooded vigilante.

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Dark Knight Rises

by Ryan Rigley

With the "Dark Knight" trilogy now complete, diehard Batman fans have been left wondering what the future holds for their beloved bat-themed superhero. But before we look too far forward, let us first reflect back on the end of an era.

Earlier this week, "The Dark Knight Rises" was released on Blu-ray and DVD with enough special features to fill an entire Batcave. Whether you've already seen the film in theaters or have yet to watch it, "The Dark Knight Rises" home video release is certainly worth its price. Read on for five reasons why you should pick up "The Dark Knight Rises" on Blu-ray and/or DVD.

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Arrow

by Ryan Rigley

In the aftermath of last week's episode, "Vendetta" picks up with Oliver and Helena post-coitus as Helena sneaks off to assassinate some triads. Oliver, who of course comes to Helena's rescue just in the knick of time, pleads with her to think about what it is that she's doing and even offers to train her in the ways of the vigilante.

As promised, this week's episode of "Arrow" showcases that inevitable transition from Helena Bertinelli, daughter of the mob boss Frank Bertinelli, into the Huntress, a crossbow-wielding anti-hero. But when Oliver takes Helena in as his protégé, Diggle threatens to leave the Arrowcave once and for all. Especially, if Helena means to create a deadly gang war between the triads and her father's mafia family.

Spoilers ahead.

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Walking Dead

by Kat Rosenfield

We can't say they didn't warn us: in the week preceding last night's episode of "The Walking Dead", executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara promised a mid-season finale that would blow the ever-lovin' minds of fans everywhere, full of action and angst and a frankly enormous cliffhanger. And considering the bar set by Season 2 — first with the mid-season shocker of Zombie Sophia, and then with the barn burner of a finale that included the actual burning of an actual barn — most of the show's avid viewers were coming at this one with expectations ramped up to eleven.

Did it deliver? Well, we'll get there. But we will say this: five seconds into the episode, someone is already screaming.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Huntress

by Ryan Rigley

Last night's episode of "Arrow" stands as a milestone for the show for a number of reasons. First and foremost being, there were absolutely no flashbacks! Go figure! "Muse of Fire" literally kicks off with a running start as Oliver attempts to chase down a masked motorcycle assassin (who almost kills his mother) on foot. Unable to catch up to mysterious cyclist, Oliver heads to the Starling City Hospital to check on his poor, injured mother.

The episode also introduces us to a new supporting character that is sure to mix things up in a big way: Helena Bertinelli (a.k.a. Huntress). Born the daughter of Frank Bertinelli (a high-profile mafia boss), Helena and Oliver reluctantly share a dinner together discovering that they have way more in common than meets the eye. They even share a very similarly warped sense of justice.

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Walking Dead

by Kat Rosenfield

Things aren't looking good for the captive Glenn and Maggie, who were taken in last week's episode by the bloody, angry Merle. Glenn is in typical prisoner position — tied to a chair in an empty room — and his one-time compadre is relishing the role of interrogator.

(Spoilers ahead!)

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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