Hmm, doesn’t seem to be any aliens or temporal anomalies around. Sooo, should we start killing each other?
Even those who haven’t watched much (or any) Star Trek know red is the most deadly color you can wear in the 23rd century. The nameless, disposable, very easily killed security/engineering guys all wore red shirts in The Original Series, which led to “redshirt” becoming a widely used term for any character who’s obviously about to bite it.
But is being a redshirt really all that bad? Recently somebody actually sat down and crunched the numbers and the results are surprising…
It turns out the most dangerous color to wear on the Enterprise is actually gold.
Matthew Barsalou of Significance Magazine counted up all the on-screen deaths during Star Trek’s original three seasons. There were 24 redshirt deaths, 9 goldshirt deaths and 7 blueshirt deaths.
Ah, so red = dead after all! Not so fast — according to blueprints officially endorsed by Paramount, the Enterprise has a crew of 430. 239 are redshirts, 136 are blueshirts and 55 are goldshirts. In other words, the show depicts are a lot of guys in red dying, but there were more guys in red to begin with.
All in all, 5.1% of the Enterprise’s blueshirts, 10% of its redshirts and a whopping 13.4% of its goldshirts died over the course of The Original Series’ 79-episodes. So there you have it, wearing gold on the Enterprise is slightly more dangerous than red, although honestly, the ship’s casualty rates are pretty bad no matter what color you’re wearing.
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Paul McCartney recently spoke to the New York Times about winning his 479th (or something) Grammy, where he keeps all the industry hardware, and his new album (“I’m actually working with George Martin’s son, Giles”), but the key Q&A came near the end of the interview, when the subject of Beatles: Rock Band came up.
Well, you’ve got my number now. Feel free to give me a ring if you’d ever like to jam in New York.
What do you play?
I play the plastic guitar in Rock Band.
Oh, cool. I bet you’re better at it than I am. My grandkids always beat me at Rock Band. And I say, Listen, you may beat me at Rock Band, but I made the original records, so shut up. (Via)
People would pay good money to get a smack down like that from a Beatle, so cherish that moment, kids.
(Via NY Times)
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At least four actors have reportedly tested for the role of Drax the Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy: Isiah Mustafa, Dave Bautista, Brian Patrick, and Jason Momoa. Latino Review claims Jason Momoa’s screen test “went so good [sic] that Marvel offered him the part and his reps have now countered, so the negotiations are ongoing.”
A writer for The Hollywood Reporter tweeted a contradictory statement that Jason Momoa had tested for the part but hadn’t been offered the role yet. Then the Latino Review writer countered that Marvel had offered the role, but Momoa’s negotiating for more money. Then they both wrote catty things about each other in their burn books, we imagine. GRRR, BLOGGING.
Appearing first in the pages of Iron Man, Drax was once once a human whose family was killed by Thanos. (The big guy introduced at the end of The Avengers.) His body destroyed, the human’s spirit was re-housed in a different body and rechristened Drax. The explicit reason for his resurrection: destroy Thanos. [/film]
You may know Jason Momoa from the Conan reboot or Bullet to the Head, but we’ll always remember him as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones. If he does get the job opposite Parks and Rec‘s Chris Pratt, this will finally bump up the pageviews on our Parks and Recreation / Game of Thrones crossover fanfic. We were just ahead of the curve on that one.
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A meteor has “exploded” over the Ural Mountains in the remote region of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Around 400 people are reportedly injured by glass blown out by the shock wave. Interior ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov says a 6,500 square foot roof at a zinc factory has also collapsed.
As seen in the videos below, the fireball was incredibly loud. We’re not yet sure if the meteor actually exploded (a “bolide” or “asteroid airburst”) or if the loud noise is a sonic boom. You’ll also see several news agencies rushing to fearmonger about the asteroid 2012 DA14 that is passing close-by today. So let’s be responsible and make something perfectly clear: This is very unlikely to be related to asteroid 2012 DA14. Don’t panic. (And remember to bring a towel.)
This occurred about 16 hours before DA14 passes. At 8 kilometers per second that’s nearly half a million kilometers away from DA14. That puts it on a totally different orbit. For another, from the lighting, time of day, and videos showing the rising Sun, it looks like this was moving mostly east-to-west. I may be off, but that’s how it looks. DA14 is approaching Earth from the south, so any fragment of that rock would also appear to move south-to-north. [Phil Plait]
Asteroid 2012 DA14 is 150 feet wide and expected to pass 17,200 miles from Earth today. Just for the hell of it, let’s discuss what really would happen if an asteroid of this size and composition hit Earth. Robert Marcus, H. Jay Melosh, and Gareth Collins calculated just this scenario. They estimated the asteroid would have 3.3 Megatons of kinetic energy at entry, with an airburst energy of 2.9 Megatons when it reached the same height as the cruise altitude of passenger jets.
If asteroid 2012 DA14 entered Earth’s atmosphere, it would likely explode midair, releasing energy similar to 138 of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. As Gizmodo sums up, “Civilization would not be destroyed. No global nuclear winter, no collapse of the ecosystem, nothing. Destruction would be entirely localized to wherever the asteroid hit.”
In other words, don’t panic. And don’t watch 24/7 TV news coverage either, for the sake of your sanity. They’re a bunch of douche canoes.
Now that the fact-checking is out of the way, let’s check out this meteor.
Here’s a dashcam video of it possibly exploding:
Here’s one with audio of the shock wave and glass breaking.
Another of the shock wave and glass breaking.
The shock wave hits at 0:27 into this one:
Pictures of damage from the shock wave:
Or this might be a normal day in Russia.
Numerous pictures and videos are also available at Zyalt and Chelyabinsk.
[Sources: Phil Plait, The Guardian, Gizmodo, Nerdcore, Zyalt, and Chelyabinsk]
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Frank Miller used to be one of the most respected names in comics. That’s kind of taken a slide over the last ten years or so, and apparently he’s been reduced to directing Skinemax-style short fi… wait, this is a perfume ad? Somebody actually paid for this?!
Here’s Miller’s latest ad, for Gucci Guilty Black. If you’re pressed for time, it’s basically Captain America having sex with Evan Rachel Wood. In fact, we’re pretty sure that was Miller’s ad pitch:
It’s a variation of a theme, considering this is actually the second Gucci ad Frank directed, which is also about Captain America having sex with Evan Rachel Wood, but with more tire fires:
Amazingly, this is actually not creepy in the sense that there’s only about a six-year difference in age between the two of them. That said, it’s a little hard not to wonder if Chris Evans is standing in for a certain Mr. Frank Miller.
Still, it is kind of depressing that Miller has gone from respected comics professional to… well, actually, Gucci probably wrote him a fat check to make these two ad spots, so it’s hard to blame the guy for going after the money, we guess, especially since after The Spirit bombed. That said, we’re kind of hoping this doesn’t reflect the creative direction of the Sin City franchise.
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Scott Snyder’s Death of The Family arc wrapped yesterday with Batman #17, an issue that’s got some far ranging implication for the Batbooks and a truly troubling ending.
Snyder was good enough to sit down with us in the middle of last week’s blizzard and answer a few questions. He had charge of his eighteen-month-old, but despite the added responsibility (and the cat video he was forced to watch over and over), he was genuinely excited to talk about the book. Here’s what he had to say about the Joker, working with Greg Capullo… and what he and Capullo have coming next.
Gamma Squad: What’s under the cloches is… well… really, really disturbing!
Scott Snyder: Thanks!
Gamma Squad: What made you decide to come to that conclusion?
Snyder: For me, I think the idea was really, it was tempting to mutilate or off somebody. A lot of theories online were so gruesome it was inspiring and terrifying, people want some really horrible things to happen to these characters. From go, it was really about the Joker trying to prove a point: At the end of the day, you love me more than you love them. And you will do the wrong thing because your deepest desire is to not have them around anymore.
Not that that’s true at all, but as a father, you can relate to the notion that you wish once in a while you didn’t have to worry about your family, and the Joker takes that kernel of truth where “God I wish I had one day if I didn’t have to worry about them” and says “I’ll give you that day, but for your whole life.” He does scare you with the truth in that way. To him, it was about proving he could drive a wedge between Bruce and the rest of his family, to say “Your relationship with me, if I show you the way you’ve acted, the way you love me, I’ll prove to the family you’re not the great father you think you are.” And that way he exposes Batman to a shocking criticism from them, he really does drive a wedge between them.
Gamma Squad: Does Batman actually know the Joker’s name, or is he just messing with the Joker for once?
Snyder: I don’t want to give it away, only in that I like people to make their own decisions. In my personal subjective opinion, I feel strongly about at least suggesting that if Batman knew who the Joker was, to not tell the rest of the family would show he hasn’t learned as much as I’d like him to have learned, about trusting them and allowing them to make their own decisions.
I really believe what Bruce says, that if he tried to figure the Joker out, Gotham will never let him. If you believe he knows, in your reading of it, that’s OK. That could be true. I believe in everybody getting their own truth out of these stories, but that’s mine, that Gotham wouldn’t allow him.
Gamma Squad: What are the implications of this going forward? The book ends on a note that hints that the Bat-Family is severely divided.
Snyder: It’s definitely going to have far-reaching implications into the book. We wanted to do something that wasn’t quite as sensational a scar, like Alfred getting his limbs chopped off, but that would really have repercussions throughout the book, and a deeper wound that makes it harder to bring them all together.
Gamma Squad: There are a lot of subtle Satanic motifs throughout the book. How do you make the call with Greg Capullo to bring that in and to what degree?
Snyder: What Greg brings to the table is this incredible creativity. What I told him was that in a lot of ways, the Joker is the Devil’s tongue. He’s a villain who is telling you these things that you hope are not true about yourself. And that’s why he’s such a great horror monster, he makes you afraid of yourself. It goes beyond just his being a scary clown.
So Greg came up with the idea of those visual motifs, especially flies. The fly in the ointment, flies as a symbol of pestilence, the fly in your ear buzzing at you, never letting you go, that torturous hint of the Devil.
Gamma Squad: One thing I noticed when I went back and read the arc that I didn’t notice before was the Joker’s face rotting. That was gross, in a good way.
Snyder: [Laughs] Super gross! We aimed to inspire and terrify, and also completely gross you out.
Gamma Squad: What can you tell us about what’s coming up next for Bruce?
Snyder: We’re not going to sit back and do small stories, we’re going to do the nuttiest stuff we can do next. What’s next is the boldest thing we’ve done and it touches on things that in some ways I’ve been reluctant to go towards, but I think this is the place and time. And on top of that, I get to use one of Batman’s classic villains, and it’s definitely going to be something you haven’t seen. I promise you, you see issue #21, you’ll realize I’m not B.S.ing you. What’s coming up feels at the same level of importance as Court of Owls.
I try to put a lot of myself in these stories, and when I can’t do that, I’ll happily pack my bags and leave Gotham.
Batman #17 is out today, and highly recommended.
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In the video below, a member of the Canadian Parliament
Funkadelic asks what Canada is doing to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. “I don’t need to tell you, Mr. Speaker, that zombies don’t don’t recognize borders and that a zombie invasion in the United States can easily turn into a continent-wide pandemic if it is not contained,” Pat Martin says, to a crowd of other MP’s at the House of Commons whose confusion turns to laughter and applause.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird responded, “Canada will never be a safe haven for zombies. I want to assure this member and all Canadians that I am dead-icated to ensuring that this never happens.” Later, Baird raised a point of order about placing a carbon tax on zombie survival kits.
Yes, this is a thing that happened in Canada’s House of Commons. It’s part of the official record. Someone had to transcribe that.
The video is funny enough on it’s own, but there’s also a great backstory to it. This was a roundabout (roundaboot?) way to mock Quebec. As National Post reports, “The exchange comes after Quebec’s public security department said it will be using a hypothetical zombie attack against the province as a preparation exercise during a symposium on civil security next week.”
Pontificating about zombies in the House of Commons and bashing Quebec? Oh, Canada.
In fairness to Quebec’s public security department, they’re a hard-working and competent bunch. Surely we have a GIF to demonstrate this.
And then everyone apologized. The end.
[Banner picture via Roboshark (Context).]
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You know what could save us from those spiders raining from the sky in Brazil? Squids that can jump out of the ocean and fly up to 100 feet through the air. Whew, that’s a relief. (And by “relief” we mean “horrifying new development oh Jesus kill it with fire.”)
Jun Yamamoto of Hokkaido University and his team have been tracking shoals of oceanic squid north of Tokyo, which have been rumored to be able to jump out of the water. They snagged what is likely the first picture of this natural phenomenon. In the photo (which we can’t post due to copyright reasons) more than 20 of the squids are launching themselves out of the ocean by shooting a high-pressure jet of water through one of their stems. While mid-air, they glide by spreading out their arms and fins. They retract their arms and fins before hitting the water to lessen their impact. Sneaky, sneaky squids.
The squid were in the air for about three seconds, gliding at speeds of up to 11.2 meters per second. For comparison, Usain Bolt’s gold medal winning speed was 10.31 meters per second. Yamamoto believes the squid do this to evade predators. We believe they do it to confuse the sh-t out of seagulls.
[Sources: Reddit and Telegraph]
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One of the ongoing themes of indie games is the fact that there are clever, even brilliant, indie game designers who seem to be pretty far up their own asses as human beings. So, is the designer of Antichamber, Alexander Bruce, one of those?
His game, that several of you requested we review, could go either way. One thing’s for sure: You haven’t played a puzzle game quite like this. A few minor spoilers are under the jump.
Antichamber is kind of the love child of Portal, Echochrome, and “exploration games” like Cosmic Osmo. It’s gorgeously designed with an austere design scheme and mixture of stark whites and bright colors, with a sketchy line. The game also uses sound design to incredibly clever effect; often the sound cues will tell you where you are in the maze.
Even better is the gameplay. Antichamber is immensely satisfying to explore and solve, and some important, and intelligent, design decisions were made along the way. The game takes place in a maze that offers a series of puzzles, ranging from the fairly simple to the utterly mind-bending. At any time, you can click Esc and you’ll be back at the central black chamber, looking at a map that you’ve laid out that will transport you straight to puzzles you haven’t solved yet, and showing you how the puzzles you have solved are connected. It also resets certain aspects of puzzles. This means you’re never stuck and can work on different parts of the game at your leisure, instead of going nuts, and often to solve puzzles you’ll have to return to them.
There’s also a useful trail of breadcrumbs, little tiles you can click on with images that will appear on your tracking wall, showing you your progress and allowing you to read the tiles in order. And here’s where the problem starts. These little tiles tend to be of a cutesy “motivational” image. When you click on them, you get a clue, phrased like a Successory. The fact that this abstract puzzle game was first called “The Journey Of Life” tells you a lot about what you’re in for.
They’re useful guides, but they’re often written to be simultaneously shallow and a wee bit condescending in how obvious they are. Worse, this is the closest the game gets to a story, and it also clashes absurdly, in both art and tone, with the game’s overall design. The overall effect is not unlike Franz Kafka and MC Escher getting together to design an art museum, and then discovering at the very end the art in question is kitten posters about hangin’ on in there.
Similarly, the puzzle design is built around two things that will annoy you at some point: Bruce is very, very fond of perspective tricks, and also very fond of using accepted tropes and basic assumptions against the player. These can make for some superb puzzles, but it also gives the game a tone of snottiness. This is a game that will flat out lie to you, and then punish you for taking what it says at face value by kicking you back to a different portion of the maze. Thankfully, as we mention, this mostly means hitting Esc and picking a new puzzle.
The gameplay itself, the part that genuinely matters, is a hell of a lot of fun, and puzzle game fans are going to spend hours on it. So, enjoy the game, but ignore the motivational posters. Until Bruce has something profound to say, only the gameplay is worth paying attention to.
Antichamber is Windows Only, and available on Steam for $20
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Ultra-Ever Dry is a spray coating with some sort of proprietary nanomaterial which makes it both ridiculously superhydrophobic and surprisingly oleophobic. It has the rare distinction of repelling both water and oil absurdly well, if the video below is to be believed (skip the first two minutes if ya nasty).
The Ultra-Ever Dry nanomaterial likely works via the Lotus effect, where it’s so rough on a microscopic level that it’s easier for the surface tension of water droplets to hold the droplet form than for the water to wet the surface. As seen in the video, liquids seem to roll right off this coating. Supposedly, it also prevents icing. If it weren’t toxic, I would spray that all over my car windows every winter. And all over my body. And your body (if ya nasty).
Unfortunately, it’s expensive. NPR (via BoingBoing) reports the base coat is $57.95 per quart and the top coat is $100.95 per quart. It’s also likely toxic. The top coat contains nanoparticle silica, which should never be inhaled or ingested. I guess we’ll just have to keep bathing for now.
This is going to revolutionize sledding…
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Robin Sachs, a noted character actor in video games and genre television shows, unexpectedly passed away February 1st. He was 61.
If you watched genre TV, or played video games, you probably knew Sachs’ work. He played Ethan Rayne on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, voiced Zaeed Massani in Mass Effect, and had roles on Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager, Galaxy Quest and innumerable other shows and movies.
Word of his passing comes from his official website, and unfortunately it seems that details are scarce at the moment. By all reports he was in good health and not suffering any medical problems.
Sachs contributed quite a bit to genre television, games, and movies in his career, and it’s unfortunate he left us before he could contribute more. We at Gamma Squad would like to take a moment to wish his family and friends our sincere condolences.
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Earlier this week, Disney confirmed they are working on non-trilogy spin-off movies based on individual characters from Star Wars. They also confirmed two of the spin-offs were being worked on by recently hired writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes). They didn’t, however, comment on rumors that a Yoda spin-off was a high priority. Now Entertainment Weekly has an update.
Several sources tell EW that two of the spin-offs in early planning stages are an origin story of a young Han Solo and a “bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett.” EW also says it’s very early and “the deal could always be altered further.”
The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope). [...] The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. [Ed.- THIS SHOULD NOT BE A SPOILER.] Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required. [EW]
This is very early in the planning and might go nowhere, so no directors or actors are rumored to be involved yet. In the past, Joe Johnston has expressed interest in doing a Boba Fett movie, while Robert Rodriguez wanted to do a Han Solo solo film. As for the rumored Yoda movie, EW writer Anthony Breznican tweeted, “There will be many spin-offs. I’m not negating the Yoda report at all.”
On a personal note: as much as I love Yoda, I’ll admit both Han Solo and Boba Fett would make for much more entertaining spin-off movies. Also, when they say “young Han Solo” they better not mean “snotty little Disney kid” young, or I am going to do some things involving a shovel.
[Thanks to /film and commenter JusttheBadassFarts for the assist.]
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The first Hitman starring Timothy Olyphant grossed almost $100 million back in 2007, based on the Square Enix video game of the same name. The movie made just enough money that a sequel was being planned as recently as 2009 and 2010. Now, just five years after Hitman, Fox is rebooting it as Agent 47 starring Paul Walker. Ugh. Yes, Paul Walker will take time out of his busy schedule filming Too Fast, Too Furio15: Poughkeepsie Drift, the 15th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise set in Poughkeepsie, New York. They’re on the fifteenth film right? If not, reread this paragraph in a few years. They’ll get there.
Fox hired commercials director Aleksander Bach to direct this, his first feature film. The script duties are going to Michael Finch (Predators) and the writer of the original Hitman, Skip Woods. Yes, the same guy who wrote the version they’re already rebooting. Hollywood, what, what, what are you doing? This could all be avoided if you had a sassy gay friend.
Paul Walker will shave his head in lieu of acting when shooting commences in Berlin and Singapore this June. This is definitely not Olyphantastic, but at least it’s not Cam Gigandet.
Here’s a video director Aleksander Bach directed to give you an idea of how he might shoot a feature film. As for the writers, well, did you see the first Hitman movie five years ago? Yeah.
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This week’s banner image courtesy ‘Harbinger’ #0
And what delights await us on the stands this week?
- DC relaunches Green Arrow with Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, and also has a one-off called Young Romance. There’s also more Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Earth 2, Dial H, and Insurgent.
- Marvel launches Fearless Defenders, an all-female team book, wraps up Hit-Girl, and has more Avengers, New Avengers, Superior Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, and All-New X-Men.
- Image launches a horror anthology miniseries, Dia De Las Muertas, anchored by artist Riley Rossmo, Son Of Merlin, and Snapshot, while finishing the latest Perhapanauts mini, ’68: Scars, and the latest Multiple Warheads mini. There’s also more Great Pacific, and we’ll be running an interview with writer Joe Harris tomorrow.
- Dark Horse has more Colder and Hellboy In Hell.
- IDW wraps up its surprisingly good Crow mini, Skinning The Wolves, and has more My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- Boom! launches Fairy Quest and has more Hypernaturals
And now for a few reviews!
Green Arrow #17
This book was not one of the better ones of the New 52 relaunch, something Jeff Lemire has addressed by pretty much rebooting the entire book. Ollie is broke, his trick arrows are all gone, and, needless to say, people are trying to kill him. Lemire ends the book with, well, you’ll have to see for yourself, but suffice to say, I’ll be giving this book another issue.
Meanwhile Andrea Sorrentino’s interiors compliment the story quite well. Sorrentino serves as his own colorist, as well, and the results are uniquely his, a mix of photorealism and abstraction.
Young Romance One-Shot
A collection of short stories around the DCU, set around the theme of, obviously, romance. They range from the amusing to the corny, with the Batgirl story by Ray Fawkes about a vigilante and a snitch with a crush on her being particularly engaging, although it’s hard not to laugh at Nightwing getting dumped. Again.
They’re not all cheese, though: Apollo and Midnighter struggle through a break-up in a story by Peter Milligan and surprisingly restrained art by Simon Bisley, and Andy Diggle writes a story of Superman and Wonder Woman dealing with the fact that they are, essentially, gods in love with all the baggage that comes with it. If you like the ongoings featured in this special, it’ll be worth picking up.
I’ve been off and on about Harbinger but this issue is absolutely worth picking up as a standalone story. It gets into the life story of overall antagonist Harada, and it gives him an enormous amount of dimension. Joshua Dysart makes it clear that Harada really does think he’s the good guy, and the tragic thing is, he’s got reason to believe that. Mico Suayan & Pere Perez do a good job balancing the art and catering to the story, but even if you’re not reading Harbinger, this will be worth picking up as a one-off book.
And now, the list…
Animal Man #17, $2.99
Batgirl Volume 1 The Darkest Reflection TP, $14.99
Batgirl Volume 2 Knightfall Descends HC, $24.99
Batwing #17, $2.99
DC Comics The New 52 Green Arrow Action Figure, $22.95
Detective Comics #17 (Jason Fabok Combo Pack Cover), $4.99
Detective Comics #17 (Jason Fabok Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Detective Comics #17 (Jason Fabok Regular Cover), $3.99
Dial H #9, $2.99
Django Unchained #1 (Of 6)(Jim Lee 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Earth 2 #9 (Nicola Scott & Trevor Scott Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Earth 2 #9 (Nicola Scott & Trevor Scott Regular Cover), $2.99
Fairest #12, $2.99
Green Arrow #17 (Andrea Sorrentino Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Green Arrow #17 (Andrea Sorrentino Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Arrow #17 (We Can Be Heroes Blank Variant Cover), $2.99
Human Bomb #3 (Of 4), $2.99
Insurgent #2 (Of 6), $2.99
Legends Of The Dark Knight #5, $3.99
Legends Of The Dark Knight Alan Davis HC (Corrected Copies)(Per DC Comics), $39.99
Looney Tunes #211, $2.99
New Deadwardians TP, $14.99
Phantom Stranger #5, $2.99
Scooby-Doo Where Are You #30, $2.99
Smallville Season 11 #10, $3.99
Stormwatch #17, $2.99
Superman For Tomorrow TP, $24.99
Superman The Man Of Steel Volume 7 TP, $19.99
Swamp Thing #17, $2.99
Wonder Woman Odyssey Volume 2 TP, $16.99
Worlds’ Finest #9, $2.99
Young Romance A New 52 Valentine’s Day Special #1, $7.99
Age Of Ultron Postcard (Promotional Item)(per Marvel Comics), AR
All-New X-Men #5 (Stuart Immonen 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Men #7 (Stuart Immonen Regular Cover), $3.99
All-New X-Men #7 (Chris Bachalo X-Men 50th Anniversary Variant Cover), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Humberto Ramos 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $7.99
Avengers #5 (Carlos Pacheco Variant Cover), AR
Avengers #5 (Dustin Weaver Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers #5 (Paolo Rivera Variant Cover), AR
Avengers Assemble Annual #1, $4.99
Avengers The Once And Future Kang TP, $29.99
Captain America #2 (John Romita Jr 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Captain America The Death Of Captain America The Complete Collection TP, $39.99
Daredevil End Of Days #5 (Of 8)(Alex Maleev Regular Cover), $3.99
Daredevil End Of Days #5 (Of 8)(David Mack Variant Cover), AR
Deadpool MAX Second Cut TP, $19.99
Disney Princess Magazine #11 (Disney Publishing Worldwide), $4.99
Fearless Defenders #1 (Blank Variant Cover), AR
Fearless Defenders #1 (Mark Brooks Regular Cover), $2.99
Fearless Defenders #1 (Mike Deodato Variant Cover), AR
Fearless Defenders #1 (Milo Manara Variant Cover), AR
Fearless Defenders #1 (Skottie Young Variant Cover), AR
First X-Men HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Hawkeye #1 (David Aja 4th Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Hawkeye #2 (David Aja 4th Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Hawkeye #6 (David Aja 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Hit-Girl #5 (Of 5)(Bill Sienkiewicz Variant Cover), AR
Hit-Girl #5 (Of 5)(John Romita Jr. & Tom Palmer Sketch Variant Cover), AR
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We need a lot of gold, and not because it makes sparkly jewelry. Gold is a valuable element in the construction of electronic devices due to its conductive properties, and you might have noticed we have more and more gadgets in our lives.
There’s a finite supply of gold on Earth, of course. So it’s a good thing we’ve discovered a bacteria that pulls gold out of a liquid environment with a lot of it.
It’s essentially a defensive mechanism: An environment rich in gold is not generally conducive to being a happy, thriving tiny organism. So Delftia acidovarans puts out a substance that essentially precipitates the gold out of the environment surrounding it:
Using biochemical and genome analysis, the researchers discovered a set of genes and a chemical metabolite that were responsible for precipitating the gold. Bacteria engineered to lack the genes no longer formed dark haloes, and their growth was stunted in the presence of gold. The team also isolated a chemical produced by the unengineered bacteria that caused gold particles to precipitate out of a solution. The chemical was dubbed delftibactin.
This keeps the gold from poisoning it, and also happens to pull all the gold in a surrounding area into one place. In theory, with enough delftibactin, you could dump it in, say, a tank of mine waste water and come back to find all the gold at the bottom.
That’s a long way away from reality, but it could mean a lot as the world’s gold supply comes under increasing pressure. Also, it’s kind of awesome bacteria did that for us. Thanks for making us rich, suckers. We’re going to keep using soap, though.
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Are you guys ready for yet another Star Wars rumor? AICN is saying — in their nearly-unreadable, every-other-word-capitalized way — that the first spin-off movie about a Star Wars character will be starring Yoda. Excellent news this is, if true. AICN also says Lucas has been considering a stand-alone film about Jabba the Hutt, but a Yoda film would come first.
In the past, Joe Johnston has expressed interest in doing a Boba Fett movie, while Robert Rodriguez wanted to do a Han Solo stand-alone film. And Zach Snyder recently denied rumors he was working on a Seven Samurai style Star Wars spin-off. We also heard recently that writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) would be involved in a future Star Wars project, but they aren’t writing episode VII.
In other words, Kathleen Kennedy and LucasFilm do seem to be planning multiple Star Wars projects, but a stand-alone movie about Yoda is still just a rumor. Slashfilm also brings up an obvious point that “merchandise is always going to be a part of any plans for the Lucas universe, and a Yoda film — complete with a collection of other cute but tough alien characters — could be a bonanza in that department.”
Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made. Yoda the T-shirt, Yoda the coloring book, Yoda the lunch box, Yoda the breakfast cereal, Yoda the flame thrower. And last but not least, Yoda the doll. Adorable.
[Banner image: "A (very) long time ago" by Vincent Bocognani.]
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You’re already familiar with Kate Upton if you’ve been perusing With Leather’s very busy Kate Upton tag. Now we have an excuse to talk about KATE UPTON NAKED JUICE SMOOTHIES PILLOW FIGHT EATING POPSICLES BIKINI CAT DADDY GIF AND HELLO GOOGLE SEARCHERS. Um, excuse me. Just a bit of search engine optimization. But enough SEO. Let’s get back to the super relevant Kate Upton news.
In a recent interview with GQ, Upton spoke about her love of spontaneously dancing and also of a hidden talent involving video games. ON TOPIC.
GQ: Do you have any hidden talents that people wouldn’t know about?
Kate Upton: I’m an amazing Mario Kart player. Seriously, I’ll beat anyone. I played a lot when I was a kid and I always remember how, so now I just come back and kick whoever’s ass I’m playing and boom! Done.
I’d like to formally challenge Kate Upton to Wario’s Stadium at dawn. 50 cc. Myself in the role of Toad. I will cheat.
Hey, you know what other things Kate Upton is good at? Eating things and doing the cat daddy.
This concludes the laziest, most click-whoring thing I’ve ever written. Gotta mark it on a calender.
[GIF via With Leather, pictures this NSFW slideshow. Thanks to our resident Kate Upton historian Burnsy for the assist.]
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One of the neat experiments DC has been doing on the digital side of things is reviving the title Legends Of The Dark Knight, and running the stories as weekly installments. And they’re bringing back one of their oldest heroes as well for the next (printed) issue: Slam Bradley.
Legends Of The Dark Knight started in 1989. The idea was to be a higher-end Batman comic, featuring more serious and grounded stories, sometimes outside continuity, and it ran until 2007. The arcs tended to feature stories that either wouldn’t fit in ’90s and ’00s Batman books, or were aimed at trades. The results were stories like Going Sane and Venom, as well as retellings and updates of classic Batman stories. The book has returned in digital form in largely the same method: Short stories about Batman varying from the somewhat comedic (a recent arc featured Batman dealing with the production of a Batman movie in Gotham) to the series.
Which brings us to the latest issue, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur on art, and the return of a character who predates Batman by a couple of years, Slam Bradley. Slam vanished in 1949, forced out of his own book Detective Comics by Batman, reappeared in the ’80s and has been featured off and on in books, most recently as the grandpa of Helena Kyle.
This is, as far as we’re aware, Slam’s first appearance in the New 52, and in many ways, he’s still the made-of-iron P.I., but he’s up against… well, Batman, who thinks he’s guilty of a murder. How’s that work out for him? Let’s find out…
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As you are surely aware of by now, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey might make you barf. Or so says people who couldn’t handle the 48 frames-per-second wonder of HFR 3D. Y’all need to handle your high.
Now Peter Jackson and Warner Brothers have responded to Barfgate , and we also have the video of a thirteen minute TV special, Return To Middle Earth, which includes new Hobbit footage. Feel free to spin in your office chair for several minutes before watching the video to simulate the HFR 3D experience.
First, here is Warner’s statement. SHOTS FIRED!
We have been screening the full-length HFR 3D presentation of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY extensively and feedback has been extremely positive, with none of thousands who have seen the film projected in this format expressing any of the issues described by two anonymous sources in media reports. We share the filmmakers’ belief that by offering filmgoers the additional choice of HFR 3D, alongside traditional viewing formats, they have an opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking advancement in the moviegoing experience and we look forward to having audiences everywhere share in this new way of storytelling.
Then Peter Jackson touched on Barfgate (among other things) at a press junket in New York yesterday:
I’m fascinated by the reactions. I’m tending to see that anyone under the age of 20 or so doesn’t really care and thinks it looks cool and doesn’t really understand it. They think the 3D looks really cool.
You hear that, naysayers? You’re just TOO OLD. The under-20 crowd is hip to it. Flip your hat backwards and DO THE DEW, grandma.
I’ve been watching [the footage] for a year watching hours and hours and hours of it. With 3D, your left and right eye are seeing two different pictures. And with 24 frames you’re getting strobing and motion blur, your brain is trying to put this stuff together. And the more artifacts in the capture, your brain is struggling to resolve those two images. And 48 frames reduces those artifacts and makes for a smoother picture. As human beings we always have resistance to things that are different. I was a Beatles fan and I remember in the eighties when CDs came out and there was a sound of vinyl that people loved and suddenly CDs were threatening the sound of vinyl. I remember reading something that the Beatles said that they would never have their albums on CD because it was too clear and all the bad notes would be exposed. So you’re never going to hear a Beatles tune on CD. There was all this hysteria.
I think Peter Jackson just told us to deal with it.
[Sources: The Film Stage, Deadline, The Playlist, Adrian]
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Most of this week’s number ones were good, but they were mostly set up. Matt Fraction and Alexander Aja started Hawkeye with a strong first issue and each one has just gotten better. This issue, the climax of a two-parter, might be some of their best work together yet.
Essentially, both get to show off in their own way. Fraction writes a caper that’s by turns hilarious, ridiculous, and sad. The story centers around a tape that shows Hawkeye just flat-out assassinating a bloodthirsty dictator in spectacularly brutal fashion.
So, Clint has to buy it back, at an auction with all of his most hated enemies. And using SHIELD’s credit card.
Yeah, this does not go according to plan.
Perhaps the best moment in the issue is a monologue a villain delivers about cigarettes and quitting smoking. It’s simultaneously threatening and hilarious, offering a brilliant insight into a character whose job in the story was to get beaten up.
Aja, meanwhile, is enjoying every minute of this. To avoid spoilers, here’s just one example of the fun he’s having throughout:
Marvel’s creative teams are doing some very strong work right now; this week’s launch of Thunderbolts revealing a team of Deadpool, the Punisher, Venom, Red Hulk, Elektra and Mercy, for example. But this is still easily among the best written, and most joyous. It’s not just some of the best superhero comics on the stand. It’s some of the best comics, period.
Weigh in below; if you don’t agree, tell us, what comic should everyone be reading this week?
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NASA’s Messenger probe has been orbiting Mercury since March of last year (the first probe to have done so). The surface temperature of Mercury varies between -180 C and 425 C (-292 F and 797 F), with some areas at the poles being extremely cold year-round despite the planet’s close proximity to the Sun. Earlier this year we reported the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory found evidence that ice may be present in the sunlight-blocking craters on Mercury’s north pole. The yellow in the photos above and below are the locations at which radar testing indicated a possible presence of ice. The picture below is a recent thermal map of Mercury’s pole; the red parts are permanently shadowed areas, which line up closely with the yellow spots of probably-ice.
In addition to thermal mapping and radar testing, a neutron spectrometer aboard Messenger also found strong evidence of water beneath the surface of Mercury in those yellow areas pictured.
The ice appears to be buried a few dozen centimeters beneath the surface, and may be from half a meter to 20 meters (20 inches to more than 60 feet) thick. That adds up to an amazing 100 billion to one trillion tons of ice! [...] The irony of finding water ice on such a hot planet is obvious, but also an indication that water is everywhere in our solar system, from close in to the Sun to the farthest reaches we can see, billions of kilometers out past Neptune. [Bad Astronomy]
Also, here’s a very technical, totally-real video showing one of these craters up close.
[Thanks to James for the video.]
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So far, the reported nominees for astronaut Peter Quill are Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne. You probably know Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies or as the fabulous Thranduil from the upcoming Hobbit movies; Huston is a regular on Boardwalk Empire; Joel Edgerton is pretty much everywhere right now; Jim Sturgess was the subject of the crappiest Beatles joke ever committed to film in a movie full of them; and Eddie Redmayne is an indie actor about to be featured in Les Miserables.
Of the current crop, Pace is probably the best choice, mostly because Sturgess and Redmayne look like they’re barely out of high school. In addition to playing an elf and a dude with an undead girlfriend, he was also the lead in The Fall, which is probably one of the heaviest dramas to come out in the last ten years and is anchored by Pace’s performance as a drug-addicted, self-loathing stuntman, putting him solidly in the category of “people who got massively robbed at the Oscars”. It’s on Netflix, and it’s worth seeing; how Pace didn’t break out as a star after that is kind of a mystery.
Either way, expect to see more casting news quickly on this one: It’s going to be effects-heavy and they need to get in front of the cameras, pronto.
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