Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Strange Attractors Gets A Rebirth!

Out tomorrow is a reprinting of Charles Soule's Strange Attractors #1.  It was originally released as a graphic novel from Archaia but will now be a five issue comic series from Boom! Studios, including a new short story, Antithesis.

The story is a chaos math problem, wrapped up with a compelling character in Dr. Brownfield, that he uses to continually try and save the city.  When he realizes he needs help, he calls upon Heller Wilson, a young math grad student.  The story is conveyed through amazing art by Greg Scott as well as Complexity Maps by Robert Saywitz that are one of the most fantasical things I have ever seen.     

Monday, May 30, 2016

5 Wishes for the new Star Trek Show

The new Star Trek series coming to CBS is a big deal. To get ST back on TV where it (arguably) belongs, to see new explorations and social commentary every week is a dream come true. I can't explain how excited and hopeful that I am to see what this will become. But I was still wary to get excited. However, once I saw that teaser trailer a week or so ago, I was hooked. Suddenly, all I could think about was what I wanted to see in the new show.

Here is my top 5 wishlist for the new Star Trek series. 

(Note: I decided to leave the "Continuing Roddenberry's vision" off the list. If his son, Rod Roddenberry, can't ensure that as an Executive Producer on the show, then I don't know who can.)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Star Trek: TNG Swimwear Has Arrived!

Set your eyeballs to stun! ThinkGeek has released a line of gorgeous Star Trek: The Next Generation swim/beach wear.

From ThinkGeek:
Whether your destination is the ocean world of Pacifica, the pristine beaches of Risa, or your local Y, take the plunge with these Star Trek:TNG One-Piece Swimsuits modeled after the ST:TNG uniform. Choose Blue, Gold, or Red, whichever suits you. (There will be a test later.) The suit comes in sizes small through 2X and has a back hook closure with two adjustment options for a custom torso fit. It also features soft bust cups for shape which are removable if you prefer the look without them. 

But that's not all!

They also have a Deanna Troi swim shirt, modeled after her lavender jumpsuit in seasons 2 and 3, as well as a cover-up romper. All items have an embroidered Starfleet combadge.

What do you think they should create next? Stick with ST:TNG or move to DS9? 

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NYCC '16 New Guest Announcements

New York Comic Con has announced a few more guests:

Amy Chu - Poison Ivy, Girls Night Out, First Law of Mad Science: Science Club Mixtape
Katie Cook - Gronk, My Little Pony: Friendship os Magic, Jim Henson's The Storyteller
Sanford Greene - Power Man and Iron Fist, Runaways, Dark Horse Presents
Erik Larsen - Savage Dragon, The Amazing Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Doug Mahnke - Superman/Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Superman: The Man of Steel
Alex Maleev - Daredevil, Scarlet, Moon Knight, Hellboy & the B.P.R.D.

And finally, for the Game of Thrones lovers, Jack Gleeson! That's right, King Joffrey will be gracing us with his presence. Luckily, everyone says Gleeson is nothing like his despised character, which means the fans are in for a treat. 

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Star Trek: Beyond Pops Up!

Funko announced today that they are releasing new Pops! for the upcoming movie Star Trek: Beyond!  

Check out the newest Pops! after the break!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Random Thoughts: Am I the Only One Who Noticed Snape taught Harry his Signature Move?

So, I'm going through one of my annual Harry Potter rereads, and after reading the Chamber of Secrets for the gazillionth time, it hit me. Snape taught Harry "Expelliarmus." The spell that went on to become Harry's "signature" move was introduced to him by a man he loathed.

When I say I've read the books a gazillion times, I'm only sort of exaggerating. Okay, I'm exaggerating a lot, but I really do reread the series at least once a year, usually two or three times, depending on how busy that year is. This is the first time I've made this connection. Maybe I'm a little slow, but whenever I see a post or listicle with Potter facts, I'm all over them, and I can't recall ever coming across anyone saying anything about the SnapeExpelliarmus connection.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Star Trek: The Wrath of Trailers

In the past few days, we've gotten not one but two trailers for upcoming Trek projects.  It's all part of building off of the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

First off, we got the tiniest teaser trailer for the TV show, which will be arriving early 2017.  I am digging the new logo, which is a modernization of the original symbol.  I don't want to influence anyone, but is the start of this remind anyone else of early seasons Stargate travel?  Still, super excited for this new show.  Check out the all too quick teaser after the break.

Friday, May 20, 2016

NYCC '16 More Guests Announced

New York Comic Con has released their second batch of guests, and if you are Batfamily fan, this is a group for you.

Listed as Spotlight Guests, NYCC is bringing us:

Amy Reeder -  Batwoman, Fool's Gold, Madame Xanadu Rocket Girl
Brad Walker - Batman:Legends of the Dark Knight, Guardians of the Galaxy, Detective Comics
Frank Tieri - Batman: Gotham Underground, Wolverine, Weapon X, Catwoman
Greg Pak - Batman/Superman, Incredible Hulk, Action Comics, Battlestar Galactica, 
Peter Tomasi - Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Brightest Day, Superman/Wonder Woman
Steve Orlando - Batman & Robin Eternal, Midnighter, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Undertow

Of the people so far announced, who are you most excited to see? 

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NYCC '16 New Guests - Cast of Gotham

It was announced today that cast members from FOX's Gotham will be stirring up some fun at this year's New York Comic Con. Among them will be Erin Richards, the delightfully disturbed and obsessive Barbara Kean, young Bruce Wayne himself, David Mazouz, and the fiendishly funny fan favorite, Oswald Cobblepot aka Penguin, or as he's known to the outside world, Robin Lord Taylor. 

As a fan of the show, I'm hoping more cast members will be added, but that's only because I would love to see them interact outside of the show. This is a great trio, and I'm sure they will sprinkle NYCC '16 with Gotham's dark, gritty, and twisted magic.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NYCC '16 Guest Announcements

New York Comic Con has released its first batch of guests. It's not a big batch, but it's an important one. 

Listed as Spotlight Guests are:

Amanda Connor - Harley Quinn, Power Girl, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre
Jimmy Palmiotti - Harley Quinn, Wool, Retrovirus, Power Girl, Jonah Hex, Deadpool
Jill Thompson - Scary Godmother, Wonder Woman, The Sandman, Death: At Death's Door
Charles Soule - Daredevil, She-Hulk, Death of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Superman/Wonder Woman
Humberto Ramos - Extraordinary X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man, Crimson
Nick Spencer - Captain America: Sam Wilson, Morning Glories, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents

And in what is being called his final New York Comic Con Appearance:

The one and only Stan Lee.

I'm a little sad this will be Stan's last NYCC appearance, but it's easy to understand. He's in his 90's, and the traveling takes its toll. Besides, he still has Comikaze Expo. Hopefully, he'll still put in an occasional appearance there.

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[IGH] at the Movies: Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War opened on May 6th. After anxiously waiting and trying to free up my schedule, I was finally able to see it this past weekend. I can’t tell you what a relief that was. I’ve been avoiding all mentions of Civil War on my social media. It hasn’t been an easy task. I’m really proud of my friends for not spoiling the movie, because it was worth the wait.

There are a lot of reviews out there that can better dissect what works and doesn’t work, so I’m not going to dwell on that. Instead, I want to talk about some of the things that made an impression on me. 

Obviously, this post will contain spoilers

Friday, May 13, 2016

Bye-Bye Agent Carter

In a move that surprises no one, but is still quite upsetting, ABC has officially given Agent Carter the axe. 

I’m having a hard time writing about this, because I don’t understand why ABC doesn’t realize how important Peggy Carter is. She’s a smart, wickedly funny, spirited woman who kicks ass, and who has to contend with being female in the 40s-50’s. The show had a great support cast, with atypical characters such as Jarvis and Sousa, and even better, the show wasn’t dark and gritty. That’s not to say dark and gritty events didn’t transpire, but this was show that also operated in the light with bright colors.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Killing Joke Goes Animated In The Best Way!

If there is one story every comic fan has ever wanted to see come to life, it is Batman: The Killing Joke.  This is the pinnacle of Joker stories and one of the best Bat-family stories ever.  To see this coming to animated release from Warner Bros., where DC Comics stories have consistently shined, is amazingly wonderful.  Just that is great news, since fans have been requesting this fan favorite to be created for a long time.  But then they announced who will be voicing Batman and The Joker.  I might have died from joy right there.

Big news after the break!  

Star Trek Online Makes a Big Move!

Coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Fall 2016 is the free-to-play MMORPG Star Trek Online.  
The game will feature a reworked user interface to accommodate the console’s unique controllers, as well as graphical improvements, with the goal of being more accessible to newcomers and more fun for gamers of all levels.
The press release reads:
"Star Trek Online is well into its sixth year and showing no signs of stopping. 
Over our storied history we’ve seen a new faction, two level cap increases, more episodes than any 5 seasons of any Star Trek series, the creation of over 100,000 player generated missions, and celebrity voice work from every era of Star Trek. 
With all of those accomplishments there is still another frontier yet to explore, the console space.This fall, Star Trek Online will be launching simultaneously on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. 
Our goal is to deliver the same high quality Star Trek experience to players on these consoles, with some additional upgrades to make the transition to the console space a smooth and natural experience. 
Our first major task was to convert a PC game that takes nearly an entire keyboard to play into a game that plays well with a 12 button controller. 
We focused on getting the controls right before we began work in earnest on this project, because we knew the game had to be as tactical, fun, and accessible as the PC game that preceded it.A combination of radial menus and streamlining of some HUD elements created a game that is easily understood, instantly accessible, and incredibly fun to play. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: House of Penance #2

By Reboot

After enjoying Dark Horse’s House of Penance #1 by Peter Tomasi (w) and Ian Bertram (a) as much as I did, I figured I should give issue #2 a go. So, did issue #2 keep the momentum going after House of Penance came charging strongly out the gate last month?

One of the first things I noticed as I read this issue is the pacing. As the first issue is a slow, methodical build-up to the unknown, the second issue wastes no time jumping in head first. References the characters bring up hints at the time period, such as how the construction workers mention the Spanish-American War and Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, but as the first issue takes the time to slowly drag you down into this world via the time period, issue #2 focuses nearly exclusively on the psychological horror of it all.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Star Trek: Mission New York April Guest Announcements

This group of guests are all from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Joining the previously announced guests will be:

LeVar Burton

Gates McFadden

Jonathan Frakes

Now we wait on Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner. Here's hoping ST: MNY can make it happen.

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