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The Law Is A Ass #443: Daredevil Has To Prove He’s The Devil You Know

How do you prove that you’re you?

Testimonials from family and friends. DNA tests. Those embarrassing Facebook photos that no one but you would ever post.

But how do you prove you’re you, if nobody other than you knows who you are?

That was the problem facing Daredevil in Daredevil v 5 #22. He had convinced a judge to let him testify in court against one Simon (Slug) Slugansky while still wearing his mask and without revealing his true identity. Okay, he hadn’t convinced the judge, Daredevil’s unrevealed secret identity of assistant district attorney Matt Murdock convinced the judge by way of a legal motion. How Matt did that, I don’t know, as I laid out in my last column. But he did. However, now, in order to testify, Daredevil had to convince the court that he really was Daredevil under that bright red costume, because, as the judge put it, “Anyone can put on a suit, Mr. Devil.”


Supernatural Season 14 Haunts Homes Sept. 10

BURBANK, CA (June 12, 2019) – Reunited, and it feels so good! Or does it? The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester brothers continues as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 10, 2019. The sets contains all 20 exhilarating episodes from Season 14 – including the landmark 300th episode “Lebanon,” featuring the return of Sam and Dean’s father John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)! The discs are loaded with over two hours of bonus content including two all-new featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and audio commentaries from the cast and producers.  Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season is priced to own at $44.98 SRP for the DVD (C$52.99/Canada) and $49.99 SRP for the Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy (C$57.99/Canada – Digital Copy not available in Canada). Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season is also currently available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. The boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones in all twenty thrilling new adventures, including a historic 300th episode, with a Winchester family reunion never to be forgotten.

After fourteen captivating seasons on the air, Supernatural remains a ratings leader for the The CW and retains an enormously loyal fan base,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “We’re excited to offer the show’s ravenous fans the latest season to add to their Blu-ray and DVD collections – loaded with over 2 hours of all-new behind-the-scenes bonus content – ahead of the highly anticipated final season on The CW.”

Supernatural has spawned several novels, magazines, comics, games and an anime series and stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th, Gilmore Girls) and Jensen Ackles (Smallville, My Bloody Valentine) as Sam and Dean Winchester, with Misha Collins (24; Girl Interrupted) as Castiel, Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Dexter, Capote) as Lucifer and Alexander Calvert (Arrow, The Edge of Seventeen) as his son, Jack. Created by Eric Kripke (Revolution, Timeless), the fourteenth season of the hit series was executive produced by Robert Singer (Timecop, Lois & Clark), Andrew Dabb, Phil Sgriccia (Smallville), and Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming (Lois & Clark). Produced by Kripke Enterprises, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural returns for its fifteenth and final season this fall on The CW.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season will be released in 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 3-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of all 20 episodes from season fourteen.


·       Supernatural Homecoming: Exploring Episode 300 (NEW Featurette)

·       The Winchester Mythology: The Choices We Make (NEW Featurette)

·       Supernatural: 2018 Comic-Con Panel

·       Audio Commentaries with Talent & Producers

·       Deleted Scenes

·       Gag Reel


  1. Stranger in a Strange Land
  2. Gods and Monsters
  3. The Scar
  4. Mint Condition
  5. Nightmare Logic
  6. Optimism
  7. Unhuman Nature
  8. Byzantium
  9. The Spear
  10. Nihilism
  11. Damaged Goods
  12. Prophet and Loss
  13. Lebanon (300th episode)
  14. Ouroboros
  15. Peace of Mind
  16. Don’t Go in the Woods
  17. Game Night
  18. Absence
  19. Jack in the Box
  20. Moriah


The fourteenth season of Supernatural is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.


Street Date: September 10, 2019

Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx. 880 min. /Enhanced Content: Approx. 127 min.

Price: $44.98 SRP
5 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1), Portuguese
Subtitles – ESDH, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Thai


Price: $49.99 SRP

3 BD-50s

1080p Full HD Video, DTS-HD Master

Audio 5.1 – English (5.1), Portuguese

Subtitles – ESDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Catalog # 1000733882

UPC # 883929657889



Price: C$52.99 SRP

Catalog# 1000733883

UPC# 883929657896


Price: C$57.99 SRP

Catalog# 1000744720

UPC# 883929684137

Win a Blu-ray Copy of Us

Win a Blu-ray Copy of Us

Director Jordan Peele made quite a splash with Get Out and then reinterpreted The Twilight Zone for a new generation. He continues that genre exploration with the creepy Us, which chilled audiences earlier this year.

The home video release is Tuesday and our friends at Universal Home Entertainment have provided us with a Blu-ray copy of the film for one lucky reader.

Peele said he made this film in part because doppelgangers are a personal fear. Tell us what spooks you, keeps you up at night, has you preoccupied.  Post your personal terrors no later than 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, June 18. The contest is open to North America readers only and the decision of ComicMix‘s judges will be final.

Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season Arrives Home in Sept.

BURBANK, CA (June 12, 2019) – Just in time for the fifth season premiere on The CW, catch up with one of TV’s favorite DC Super Heroes as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 17, 2019. Fans can purchase the sets which, in addition to all 22 super-powered episodes from season four, also contain the DC Crossover featurette, the show’s 2018 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes and a gag reel! All three DC Crossover: Elseworlds episodes will also be available only for fans who purchase the Blu-ray set. Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($51.99 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($52.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (Available in the U.S.). Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

In season four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before – a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty.  As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness.  But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of?

After four strong seasons, Supergirl continues to develop a strong fan following and soars in the ratings,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “We’re excited to release the Blu-ray and DVD with in-depth bonus content in addition to the 22 action-packed episodes. Fans and newcomers alike can catch up on all their favorite moments from season four and prepare for the highly anticipated fifth season of this hit series.”

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. In addition to featuring all 22 episodes from the fourth season in high-definition, as well as a digital copy of the season (Available in the U.S.), the 4-disc Blu-ray will also include all three crossover episodes, a tremendous value and collectors’ opportunity.

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Glee), Mehcad Brooks (About Last Night, Necessary Roughness), Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy), Katie McGrath (Jurassic World, Merlin), Jesse Rath (Defiance, No Tomorrow), Sam Witwer (Being Human, Smallville), Nicole Maines (Royal Pains), April Parker Jones (Jericho) and David Harewood (Homeland, The Night Manager). Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel family, Supergirl is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller.


  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018
  • Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds
  • Villains: Modes of Persuasion
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes


  1. American Alien
  2. Fallout
  3. Man of Steel
  4. Ahimsa
  5. Parasite Lost
  6. Call to Action
  7. Rather the Fallen Angel
  8. Bunker Hill
  9. Elseworlds: Hour Three
  10. Suspicious Minds
  11. Blood Memory
  12. Menagerie
  13. What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?
  14. Stand and Deliver
  15. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  16. The House of L
  17. All About Eve
  18. Crime and Punishment
  19. American Dreamer
  20. Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?
  21. Red Dawn
  22. The Quest for Peace


  1. American Alien
  2. Fallout
  3. Man of Steel
  4. Ahimsa
  5. Parasite Lost
  6. Call to Action
  7. Rather the Fallen Angel
  8. Bunker Hill
  9. Elseworlds: Hour One
  10. Elseworlds: Hour Two
  11. Elseworlds: Hour Three
  12. Suspicious Minds
  13. Blood Memory
  14. Menagerie
  15. What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?
  16. Stand and Deliver
  17. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  18. The House of L
  19. All About Eve
  20. Crime and Punishment
  21. American Dreamer
  22. Will the Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up?
  23. Red Dawn
  24. The Quest for Peace


The fourth season of Supergirl is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various retailers including iTunes, Amazon Video, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage (Available in the U.S.).


Street Date: September 17, 2019

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx 990 min

Enhanced Content: Approx 115 min



Price: $39.99 SRP

5 DVD-9s

Audio – English (5.1)

Subtitles – English


Price: $44.98 SRP

4-Disc Elite

BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

Subtitles – English



Price: $51.99 SRP

5 DVD-9s

Audio – English (5.1)

Subtitles – English


Price: $52.99 SRP

4-Disc Elite

BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

Subtitles – English

Hellboy Reboot Headed for Home in July

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 11, 2019) – It’s time to give evil some hell when Hellboy arrives on Digital July 9 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 23 from Lionsgate. Based on Mike Mignola’s smash-hit comic book series from Dark Horse and written for the screen by Andrew Cosby (TV’s “Eureka”), the horrifying vision filled with monsters and mayhem is directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and stars Golden Globe®  nominee David Harbour (2018, Best Supporting Actor – Drama Series, “Stranger Things”) as the iconic half-demon superhero, Hellboy. “A horrifyingly good time” (William Bibbiani, TheWrap), the film also stars Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil franchise, The Fourth Kind), Golden Globe® winner Ian McShane (2005, Best Actor – Drama, “Deadwood”), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Daniel Dae Kim (TV’s “Lost,” TV’s “Hawaii Five-O,” Insurgent), and Academy Award® nominee Thomas Haden Church (2004, Best Supporting Actor, Sideways). Additionally, the film features the talents of Academy Award®-winning special effects makeup artist Joel Harlow (2010, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Star Trek) and world-renowned prosthetics artist Norman Cabrera (Planet of the Apes, TV’s “The Walking Dead”), bringing Mignola’s wise-cracking demon and other creepy creatures to life.

Hellboy is back, and he’s on fire. From the pages of Mike Mignola’s seminal work, this action-packed story sees the legendary half-demon superhero (David Harbour) called to the English countryside to battle a trio of rampaging giants. There he discovers The Blood Queen, Nimue (Milla Jovovich), a resurrected ancient sorceress thirsting to avenge a past betrayal. Suddenly caught in a clash between the supernatural and the human, Hellboy is now hell-bent on stopping Nimue without triggering the end of the world.

Take home Hellboy and delve into his world with exclusive special features, including a three-part documentary, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and more! Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos® audio mixed specifically for the home, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead The Hellboy 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack,Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.


  • “Tales of the Wild Hunt: Hellboy Reborn” (3-Part Documentary)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Previsualizations


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Previsualizations


Year of Production: 2018

Title Copyright: Hellboy © 2019 HB Productions, Inc. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2019 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Closed-Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: English,Spanish, French, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 121 Minutes

4K Ultra HD™ Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16×9 (2.39:1) Presentation with Dolby Vision

BD Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 (2.39:1) Presentation

DVD Format: 16×9 (2.39:1) Presentation

4K Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Audio™, English Descriptive Audio

BD Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio

Review: Rifftrax Live – Star Raiders

Previously on ComicMix, we mentioned talked about how friend of ComicMIx and legendary comics creator Mike Grell makes an appearance in the latest movie that the RIfftrax crew did live, Star Raiders. While it’s no Space Mutiny (and really, what is?), Star Raiders has a lot to offer. I’ll be getting into that in the next paragraph though, so bare with me.

For those not in the know, Star Raiders is a Casper Van Dien starring science fiction romp put together with a modest budget. Though principle photography was finished in 2014, the team went to Kickstarter in 2016 to help offset the post production costs that ended up $40,000 over budget. Earlier this year, Star Raiders would appear on Kickstarter again through Rifftrax for their 2019 live riffing roster and to celebrate 10 years of Rifftrax.

Okay, okay, but what do I think about the movie? I was just getting to that I promise!

Basically, Casper Van Dien plays this guy Saber Raine who looks and acts kind of like Mal from Firefly and has to save this prince and princess who ended up getting captured by ancient bad people who have a plot at getting revenge because people were mean to them a while ago. There’s a bunch of other characters that do things sometimes, and a betrayal in the third act that feels pretty forced, and then a bunch of explosions, the heroes win, and they set up a sequel that we probably weren’t going to be getting, but now with the Rifftrax attention maybe that’ll be on the table.

The movie itself feels like a Sylvester McCoy era Doctor Who serial done today. Like, really, the special effects, the costumes, the filming locations, all of it seems about that quality. There were a few times that I genuinely thought I was watching the three parter Delta and the Bannerman. I wish they leaned more into how cheesy and campy it all was.

Honestly, one of the highlights in the movie was Mike Grell’s small role in it.

For Mike Grell’s acting debut, he plays the character of Jax Grymm (yes, we know, GrimJack), who steals the show for a precious couple of minutes when Casper Van Dien goes to him asking for help. The moment does feel like it could of been in Firefly or Blake’s 7 where a couple of morally questionable individuals are trying to work out a deal as you wait for one (or both) of them to double-cross each other. Everyone makes it out alive in this scene, however, so perhaps this means we’ll get more Jax Grymm if they ever make the sequel they tease at the end.

While this movie fails to deliver on its promise of the high adventure serials that it pulls inspiration from, it definitely delivers for the low budget sci-fi junkie crowd. If you’re into SyFy Channel Original Movies, this could make for some good Sunday afternoon watching.

If you’re watching this with Rifftrax, that’s another story.

This is one of the stronger Rifftrax Live events I’ve gone to recently. There are few if any boring lulls in the film like Octoman which gives our riffers Mike, Bill, and Kevin a lot to work with here. And like the best of MST3K and Rifftrax, they create a through-line with jokes going back to Casper Van Dien’s career having led him here and poor Gary getting killed all the time that honestly just never get old.

I highly recommend you check out the Rifftrax for this if you haven’t already. After it’s done showing in theaters, you can purchase it right on their website. For those braver souls out there reading this, you can check out the movie without Rifftrax on Amazon Prime.

Jackman, Saldana, Galifianakis Bring Vocal Talents to Missing Link

Los Angeles, June 11, 2019 – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents MISSING LINK, arriving on Digital July 9 and Blu-ray and DVD July 23.

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis lead an all-star voice cast in this globetrotting adventure from LAIKA, the makers of Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. Hugh Jackman is Sir Lionel Frost, a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is no one else seems to agree. Zach Galifianakis is Mr. Link. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s possibly the last of his kind, he’s lonely, and he believes that Sir Lionel is the one man alive who can help him. Along with the independent and resourceful Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a riotous rollercoaster ride of a journey to seek out Link’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

MISSING LINK Blu-ray™ and DVD Bonus Features Include:
• Commentary by Chris Butler
• Creating Mr. Link
• Bringing the Final Battle on the Ice Bridge to Life
• Animation Inspiration w/optional Commentary by Chris Butler
• VFX Breakdown Reel – Realizing the Potential of Stop Motion
• Oh What a Mystery: Pulling the Camera Back on Missing Link’s Magic
• Making Faces
• Inside the Magic of Laika
• Gallery x 24 Images

MISSING LINK Blu-ray™ and DVD Specifications:
Street Date: July 23, 2019
Pre-Book: June 19, 2019
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio: Blu-ray™: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1/ Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Total Run Time: 94 Minutes
U.S. Rating: PG (Action/Peril And Some Mild Rude Humor)
Closed Captioned: Yes

REVIEW: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Surprising to some, Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have some commonalities. After all, the half-shell heroes were initially created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird as a parody of Frank Miller’s work on Daredevil, before coming to DC and turning his talents to The Dark Knight. Both properties work best in the shadows and had the producers of this animated adventure leaned into that, this could have been a cut above an obvious cash grab.

The participants have met before, in three miniseries from DC Comics and IDW in addition to one strictly set in their “Adventures” incarnations, aimed more at all-ages readers. Now, we have Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a briskly paced story. It’s not bad, but boy, it could have been so much more had anyone made an effort.

The versus portion of the story is the most obvious bit of fan service since time immemorial has required crossovers to begin with a fight before a partnership can begin.  The Foot Clan arrives in Gotham City for nefarious purposes and gets discovered by Batgirl (Rachel Bloom) just before Leonardo (Eric Bauza), Donatello (Baron Vaughn), Raphael (Darren Criss), and Michelangelo (Kyle Mooney) arrive. As usual, they are on the trail of Shredder (Andrew Kishino) and the next target is, of course Wayne Enterprises. Enter: Batman (Troy Baker) and Robin (Ben Giroux). Mix, repeat.

And if the usual felons arrive for one team, surely we must have equal villains for the other so toss in The Penguin (Tom Kenny), Mr. Freeze John DiMaggio), Two-Face (Keith Ferguson), Ra’s al Ghul (Cas Anvar), Scarecrow (Jim Meskimen0, and of course, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn (both Tara Strong).  All of these are underutilized which is s shame since the turtles versus the rogues could have been as interesting as watching the Caped Crusader face off against Shredder.

This works when your young viewer knows both properties because introductions and backgrounds are the least concern to writer Marly Halpern-Graser and director Jake Castorena. Instead, it’s to keep things upbeat and moving for 84 colorful minutes. One thing rising above the sameness is Kevin Riepl’s score.

The film is out in a variety of formats including the 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray/ Digital HD combo pack, which was reviewed. The 2160p transfer works best with the colors and is acceptable all around, just not stunning. The Blu-ray actually might work a little better for overall balance. The audio is more than up to the task, just not in a noteworthy way.

In keeping with the same old feel of the main feature, the special features continue that with perfunctory features starting with Cowabunga Batman! When Comic Book Worlds Collide (12:31), Fight Night in Gotham (18:06); and A Sneak Peek at Batman: Hush (9:18). That’s it no extra cartoons from either property or anything about their comic book meetings, which is a shame.


The Law Is A Ass #442: Daredevil Shouldn’t Give A Testimony-Al

It’s nice to know Daredevil paid attention. I just wish he had stayed for the whole lecture.

For as long as there have been costumed heroes, there’s been the problem of what do those heroes do with the bad guys after the heroes catch them. Mostly they just left the bad guys behind for the police to arrest and hoped that the criminal justice system would sort it all out. As I have mentioned in the past, that wouldn’t work.

When the costumed hero was the only witness to the bad guys’ badness – as was frequently the case – the criminal justice system would need the costumed hero to testify. And that could be problematic. Problematic? Compared to that task, booking Alexander Hamilton himself to join the touring national company of Hamilton is just problematic.

Nevertheless, in Daredevil Vol 5 #22, Matt Murdock, Daredevil’s secret identity and an assistant district attorney, devised a plan by which masked heroes could testify without taking off their masks. His first step was to have Daredevil testify at the trial of Simon Slugansky, AKA Slug.

(Wait, wasn’t there already a Marvel villain, Ulysses X. Lugman, who went by the sobriquet Slug? We really have run through all the good names when we’ve got people claim jumping Slug?)

I’ll spare you the long-winded legal arguments that went down in the case, mostly because the story spared us those arguments. It didn’t actually tell us what arguments Matt made to convince a court that having a masked super hero testify didn’t violate the Sixth Amendment’s right of confrontation. All it did was play coy lip service to the arguments with lines like, “You like the section that responds to your Rovario argument and the U.S. v. Sanchez argument is particularly clever as well.”

So the story knew enough to know that Rovario and Sanchez were leading cases on the question of whether an anonymous witness may testify without revealing his or her identity but not enough to know what arguments could be raised to counter their holdings. That’s kind of like knowing that two plus two equals, without knowing what it equals.

All we know is that after an in-chambers hearing, the judge presiding over the case came out and said, “The prosecution has convinced me that the man who wears this mask is not anonymous. In fact he is very well known. He is Daredevil. We know his powers and his long-standing stance against crime. He has helped this city and this world in countless ways. Various courts have affirmed the idea that under certain circumstances, witnesses can offer confidential testimony – the Seventh Circuit, even the U.S. Supreme Court. In my view, Daredevil satisfies these conditions.”

Which is where I call BS, even though BS is usually called something a little bit stronger. It is true some courts have held that witnesses may testify while concealing their identities from the jury, the defendant, and their attorneys. In the 1987 espionage trial of Clayton Lonetree, the courts agreed to let a government intelligence agent testify without revealing his true identity to the defendant or his attorneys. In 2008, a Chicago court allowed Israeli intelligence officers to testify against a man accused of aiding Hamas without revealing their identities to the defendant or his attorney. But here’s the thing, in each of those cases, the witnesses testified confidentially but not anonymously. I say not anonymously, because somebody knew the witnesses’ real names.

In order to balance the prosecution’s need of the confidential witness with the defense’s right to cross-examine the witnesses, courts have required that before it would allow a witness to testify without revealing his or her identity to defense counsel, people who knew the witness’s true identity answer some preliminary questions about possible impeachment information. Information such as, Has the witness ever been convicted of a felony? Does the witness hold a bias in this case that would affect his or her testimony? In this way, the prosecution could protect its witness, but the defense would get some of what it needed for cross-examination.

So when the judge ruled that Daredevil was not an anonymous witness, the judge was just wrong. The court, the attorneys, the jury and the public at large might know what Daredevil stood for and how many times he helped the city or the planet. However, Daredevil was still an anonymous witness, because after the Purple Children used their mind control powers to make everyone forget Daredevil’s secret identity, no one knew who Daredevil was. Which meant that the prosecution could not supply Mr. Baden, Slug’s defense attorney, with any information which Baden had a right to know so that he could cross-examine Daredevil.

Had Daredevil ever been convicted of a felony? Who knows. Certainly not the state. Was Daredevil secretly dating Slug’s ex-girlfriend so had a personal reason to want to see Slug behind bars? Your guess is as good as mine and probably better than Baden’s. However, Baden shouldn’t have had to guess, he and Slug had a constitutional right to know the answers before Daredevil ever took his oath.

I think the judge was wrong in allowing Daredevil to testify when no one knew who he was or what impeaching information might exist in his background. The trial court didn’t agree with me – but after twenty-eight years as a public defender I’m more than a little used to trial courts not agreeing with my opinion, even when my opinion was correct. In fact, I’m a lot used to it.

The Law Is A Ass: All Rise by Bob Ingersoll

So the trial court ruled that Daredevil could testify as long as he could prove that he was actually Daredevil under his red costume and mask. How a masked super hero would actually prove that he was who he claimed to be under that mask is something I actually covered in my very first column back in 1983. A column you can read again in – here comes the plug – The Law Is a Ass: All Rise, a recently-published book that collects my first twenty columns and which you can buy right here.

Was Daredevil able to convince the judge that he actually was Daredevil under that costume and testify against Slug? I don’t have the room left in this column to answer that question. So be with us next time for “Who Was that Masked Man?” or “Witless For the Prosecution.”

Tonight on RiffTrax Live– Mike Grell???

Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are certainly familiar with RiffTrax, where MST3K alumni Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett pick on cheesy movies (the worst they can find, la la la) by creating play along audio files and occasionally taking their show on the road, doing live events that are beamed to theaters all around the country.

And tonight, to celebrate their tenth anniversary, they have a doozy… Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine.


It’s the year 2762. The galaxy is plagued with warring factions using hokey special effects to destroy each other. Out of this chaos a hero rises: the dashing, exquisitely bearded Captain Saber Raine (Casper Van Dien). Saber and his elite squad of commandos (other actors) embark on a dangerous quest to save the Prince and Princess of an unnamed planet from the clutches of the Evil Overlord Sinjin – an overlord so evil HIS VERY SKULL IS FILLED WITH CHERRY JELL-O.

Can our heroes fend off Sinjin’s army of mutant androids and rescue the Prince and Princess? Probably! After all it’s Space Opera, but you never know!

Now normally, even though we love the RiffTrax guys, this wouldn’t necessarily generate a mention on ComicMix. But this one is special. Because this movie also features, as one of the other actors, Mike Grell.

Yes, that Mike Grell, famed of Green Arrow, Warlord, Iron Man, Legion of Super-Heroes, and our own Jon Sable Freelance, playing a character name Jax Grymm. (If this reminds you of GrimJack, well…)

Take a look at the full trailer and see if you can spot him, starting around 48 seconds…

You can order tickets for tonight and June 11th at RiffTrax. And if you’re strong enough, you can also stream the movie on Amazon Prime.