It’s been a bit since we did a Science Fiction Today post… so here’s a fun one. How about the end of the world?
Armageddon, the Apocalypse, Ragnarok, the Eschaton… these names and more could be thrown at it. I feel like I have grown up in an era when we’ve half expected the end – at the year 2000, in 2012, any number of times around and between. When we’re not expecting it for real, we seem to be thinking about it in fiction – in science fiction, in horror.
Maybe it’s the EMP Museum that got me thinking about it. They talked about how the current problems of the world tend to bleed into what happens in our horror stories – like the original Godzilla in the advent of the Atomic Age. So what are some of the things we’re worried about right now? Here’s my list of 5 ways the world could end!
Posted in IRL, Lists, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Today
Tagged Apocalypse, Appeasement, Armageddon, climate change, Crimea, GMO, Godzilla, Independence Day, Lucifer's Hammer, Pandemic, The Day After Tomorrow, the end of the world, The Windup Girl, Ukraine, World War 3, X-Men, Zombies
Heroes had one of the best first seasons of a show in recent memory, which in part stands out because it had such a decline thereafter. I have always held it was the writer’s strike that killed the show, as season 2 seemed to be going somewhere, and then in a rush to finish the season, they took all the easy ways out. They lost most of their viewership then, Holly and I included.
That all said, I am cautiously optimistic at the thought of Heroes Reborn, the reboot of the Heroes world, and it has me reminiscing on the show. And thinking back to that driving character: Peter Petrelli. While the early seasons never really had a “team” of Heroes or anything quite like that, there was nonetheless the obvious choice for who would find them, and who would lead them. Peter Petrelli, the man whose power was the use the powers of those he met. The one who knew, unlike the others, that they weren’t alone – that they were in it together.
Posted in Character Studies, TV Shows
Tagged A to Z Challenge, Agents of SHIELD, Apocalypse, Arrow, Charles Xavier, Five Years Gone, Game of Thrones, Heroes, Heroes Reborn, Magneto, Peter Petrelli, Sylar, X-Men
So, over the course of the blog, I have talked about my growing rediscovery of comics, which has been aided and fueled by the ease of access with mobile apps, and the fact that tablets seem like an almost perfect way to read a comic book. If you don’t believe me, check out a somewhat older comic that should be pretty cheap, like the two-comic Days of Future Past, and see what you think. And try out both the Guided View on and off.
It was an Avengers World… It was the first of many. Cover to Avengers World #1!
I’ve mainly been reading Marvel Comics, and blogging on them, and excited for them. I had such a great backlog of things to catch up on, and there were combined volumes to grab – the digital equivalent of trade paperbacks, and often for better prices. But then I found some comics I like, and then I got caught up on them. And then it’s the waiting game, and the new comics price – new comics tending to run $3-$4 each, with a new slew of titles coming out every Wednesday. But for most titles, only once a month, so the waiting, anticipation, cliffhangers… it gets you continuing to buy the titles as they come out, month over month.
However, Marvel seems to be going through re-branding and re-booting their comics lines AGAIN, something I discussed before has already happened a couple of times in the last few years. I got back into comics just as this last batch of re-boots started, but now as it happens again, while it might be a great time for someone new to come onboard… is it the best for an ongoing reader? For instance, as I was finally finishing reading Dominic Deegan, I noticed a comment in the news at the bottom, about the author going through the transition from the Heroic Age to Marvel Now, and being disappointed with the re-boot and author-swap of his favorite titles. I was like, well, I like where it is now… and then it’s going somewhere else. So consider with me for a moment while I consider my comics reading moving forward!
Posted in Comics, Rant
Tagged All New Avengers, All New Marvel Now, Amazing X-Men, Apocalypse, Avengers, Avengers World, ComiXology, Doctor Who, Dominic Deegan, iPad App, Jonathan Hickman, Marvel, Marvel Now!, Marvel Unlimited, New Avengers, New Avengers Illuminati, Nightcrawler, Rick Remender, The Heroic Age, The Manhattan Projects, Wolverine and the X-Men
When I decided to get back into comics, I immediately went one place. I looked up my favorite character, Nightcrawler. A great character in my youth, reading Excalibur until it ended… A great character in Ultimate X-Men, where he is a product of the Weapon X project… A great character in the video games, where he can practically solo bosses…
So I returned to the Marvel Universe to find that Nightcrawler died.
I’d like to do a character study of Nightcrawler, but there’s a lot of history there. Like with Wolverine, I think I will focus mainly on lately in the comics, and about what Marvel has done with my hopes and dreams around this character.
And believe it or not, spoilers to follow! Continue reading
Posted in Character Studies, Comics, Good and Evil, Movies, Rant, Science Fiction and Religion, Video Games
Tagged Age of Apocalypse, Alan Cumming, Apocalypse, Azazel, Bamf, Days of Future Past, Excalibur, Marvel, Nightcrawler, Teleportation, Ultimate X-Men, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-2, X-Men, X-Men Legends, X-Men: First Class, X-Termination, X-Treme X-Men
As I’ve mentioned in a few posts recently, I have been working on finding new comics to read. In part, because my summer has been so busy that comics are one of my main forms of entertainment. I love my Marvel iPad app, love new comics on Wednesday, and am loving what I have been reading working with our LitFlix so far.
I lost a few of the comics I got back into comics with – Uncanny X-Force, and X-Treme X-Men. It was the end of X-Treme X-Men that started my hunt for new comics, but today, let’s look at what I found by trying out the new Uncanny X-Force.
Posted in Comics
Tagged Apocalypse, Avengers, Charles Xavier, Kang the Conqueror, Marvel, Recommendations, Red Skull, Review, Rick Remender, Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, X-Men