Sunday, July 31, 2011

Superhero alter-egos

Source: Danny Haas
lady-hawke on Tumblr pointed out something interesting in this picture. In Superman's picture, Clark Kent alter-ego is on the right side, while in the other pictures, the superhero alter-ego is on the right. This is because for the Silver-Age version of the Man of Steel, Clark was the alter-ego, the mask he hid behind. After the reboot following Crisis on Infinite Earths, roles were reversed and Superman became the cover for Clark Kent. It was the opposite for Batman, with the former being a cover for Bruce Wayne pre-Crisis, but was flipped post-Crisis, with Bruce being the cover.

I want this replica rifle from Mass Effect

Source: Destructoid
So frakking sweet!

Reading Robert Charles Wilson's Spin

Source: Golden Age of American Sci-Fi
I'm enjoying it so far. The plot is really interesting, centering around the "Spin", an event in which the Moon and all the stars (except the Sun) all disappear one October night. At the same time this happens, every satellite in Earth's orbit falls back to Earth. The Sun, as I already mentioned, doesn't disappear, but is seemingly replaced by an artificial one. The book follows Tyler Dupree and his two friends, Jason and Diane Lawton as they grow up in a world with no stars in the sky, having witnessed their disappearance. There are other revelations, but I don't want to spoil anything too much, so instead, I'll just recommend reading Spin for yourself.

Enjoy Torchwood while it lasts, there might not be a second helping

Unfortunately, according to io9, Starz might not renew Torchwood for another season, despite having solid ratings. According to their CEO, the main reason they even did it in the first place was because Russell T. Davies was showrunning it. He has other commitments, however, and he might not be able to do another season. Sci-Fi Storm makes an interesting point though:

But keep in mind – this is a British show that now has an American studio behind it. The BBC is still involved, and British TV productions don’t follow as rigid a production cycle. Starz could easily keep that concept, and produce Torchwood when desired.
I could live with that.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thunder! Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats! Hooooo!

Since the new Thundercats series premieres tonight and because I've managed to avoid anything relating to the show (I want to go into this with as unbiased of an opinion as possible), here's the intro to the original series. I do have to say though, it's about damn time. He-Man got a new series several years ago, the Transformers have had several, as have the G.I. Joes. Feed the nostalgia, networks. Feed the nostalgia!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 11: There needs to be more of this character

Source: Teletraan-1
Blaster. In the comics, he has a more prominent role, including leadership of the Autobots. I’d love to see him in a cartoon again.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 10: The character that appears too much

Optimus Prime
Source: Transformers wiki
Source: Transformers wiki

Source: Transformers wiki
I’m going to cheat here and go with three, because I couldn’t decide on just one. As much as I love Optimus, Ratchet, and Bumblebee, I think they appear too much. Just about every Transformers cartoon has these three and honestly, I don’t think it’s fair to the numerous other Autobots that exist. I’d love to see a series not featuring those three, especially Optimus, considering in both the Marvel and IDW comics, there have been other Autobot leaders besides him.

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 9: Favorite episode

Note: I forgot to do this one yesterday, so I'm playing catch up here.

Adorable, aren't they?
Source: Transformers wiki
Transformers: Prime - “Scrapheap”. I like this episode for no other reason than seeing Bulkhead scream like a little girl because of the scraplets. For reference, this is Bulkhead:

Source: Transformers wiki
 Now imagine him screaming like a slutty teen in a slasher flick. It's lultastic!

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 8: Favorite death scene

Note: Turns out I missed day 8, so I've reverted my previous day 9 to a draft and will report it later today, along with day ten. Sorry guys, I fudged up, lol.

Favorite death scene? There's only one worth mention: Optimus Prime's from Transformers: The Movie.

If anybody wants me, I'll be over here, crying like a bitch.

Roll a D6

A parody of Far Eastern Movement's "Like a G6", but far better than the original.

It's dangerous to go alone, take one of these


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 6: Worst Universe

Beast Machines. It was a sequel to Beast Wars, but was a failure. The series featured Optimus Primal and the other Maximals returning to Cybertron and some confusing and convoluted crap happening and I lost interest after the first episode. It was a little too preachy, with Optimus becoming obsessed with creating a green environmental paradise over a technological one. He eventually realizes there has to be a balance, which is achieved at the cost of his life. Not my cup of tea.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 5: Favorite Universe

Generation One, the original and in my opinion, the best. Beast Wars was a close second, though. Keep in mind that if not for G1, there would be no Beast Wars, Animated, Prime or anything else. That doesn’t mean the other universes aren’t good, but out of all of them, my heart belongs to the first. That, and it was the one I was exposed to as a kid. :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 4: Least Favorite Decepticon

Source: Transformers Wiki
Devastator from Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Why is he my least favorite?

Source: Transformers Wiki
That, and like all the other Bayformers, Devastator was just horribly designed.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 3: Least Favorite Autobot

Source: Transformers Wiki
Blurr. I just hate Blurr, he was so goddamn annoying in the Transformers movie. He was voiced by John Moschitta, the world’s fastest talking man. He was popular back in the 80s because of that er…skill and did commercials for Fedex, Micro Machines and other stuff. Someone thought it would be a great idea to have him voice an Autobot in the both the movie and the second season of the show and ugh, it was terrible.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 2: Favorite Decepticon

Source: Teletraan I
Soundwave. I’ve always liked this guy because like Perceptor, his altmode is just weird. Whereas the rest of the Decepticons turn into jets, tanks, guns, etc., he turns into a tape deck. The Mini-Cassettes were also pretty cool too, Ravage and Laserbeak being my favorites. I also liked the fact that despite his altmode, he was actually useful and was probably the most indispensable of Megatron’s troops. He was a spymaster, had his own posse and could create Energon cubes. And finally, his voice. Soundwave’s voice is just plain cool.

Transformers 30 Day Challenge - Day 1: Favorite Autobot

Source: Transformers Wiki
Perceptor. I think the main reason why I like him is because he’s a big ole nerd. I mean, the dude’s alt-mode is a microscope, for Pete’s sake! You can’t get any nerdier than that. I think it’s also because he’s overshadowed by the other Autobots who have “cooler” alt-modes, like sports cars and tanks and T-Rexes. Perceptor just turns into a microscope, handles the science stuff and blows people’s heads off with his shoulder cannon, NBD.

My Transformers 30 Day Challenge...of DOOM

Well maybe not of DOOM, but I thought it would be fun to transpose something I'm doing over on my Tumblr (NSFW) to here. The Transformers 30 Day Challenge is something that a blogger on Tumblr came up with and the concept is pretty self-explainatory: everyday I post one of the following:

day 1-Favorite Autobot
day 2- Favorite Decepticon
day 3- Least favorite Autobot
day 4- Least favorite Decepticon
day 5- Favorite Transformers universe
day 6- The Transformers universe that should have never been created
day 7- Best soundtrack
day 8- Favorite death scene
day 9- Favorite episode
day 10-The character that appears too much
day 11- There needs to be more of this character
day 12- Favorite comic series
day 13- Favorite pairing
day 14- Best character design
day 15- Worst character design
day 16- Favorite voice actor
day 17- Favorite comic book artist
day 18- Favorite comic book author
day 19- Favorite human character
day 20- Least favorite human character
day 21- Favorite combiner team
day 22- Favorite triple-changer
day 23- Favorite incarnation of Optimus Prime
day 24- Favorite subgroup
day 25- Favorite toy that you own
day 26- Favorite seeker
day 27- Frenzy and Rumble: who is red and who is blue?
day 28- Favorite intro
day 29- Favorite quote
day 30- Post your collection
Right now, I'm on day two. I'm going to post the first and second day as two separate posts after this so that way I'll be current with my Tumblr.

11 Most Essential X-Men trades

Topless Robot has a list of what they consider eleven of the most essential X-Men (and a couple of X-Men related titles) trade paperbacks up on their site and I totally agree with it. I highly recommend The Dark Phoenix Saga, I consider it almost required reading for comic nerds.