Saturday, February 28, 2015

PHASERS SET TO STUN: Leonard Nimoy Passes At Age 83

In playing 'Star Trek' as a kid, I never wanted the yellow shirt - 'cool' was always defined by blue. Today, sadly, the man behind that colour, whose hand gesture has become a global sign for peace in both pulp culture and beyond, Leonard Nimoy has achieved peace of his own - passing away at the age of 83.

The unique tone of his voice and its phrasing, the other roles he took as both actor and director, as well as a lifetime as a living pop culture icon and ambassador long after the original Star Trek series had ended, Nimoy's legacy is as unmeasurable as the loss to the world his passing has created.

Comic wise, my core memory of Nimoy was in teaming with Neil Gaiman and Gene Roddenberry to launch the sadly short lived line of sci-fi titles from Tekno Comics. While his Primortals lost out on my pull-list in favour of Gaiman's Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man, I had the poster for Primortals #4 on my wall for years.

It always excited me in looking at it, that Leonard didn't abandon us fans after the cameras stopped, like many seem to do. Rather he embraced himself as one of us and consistently added to the universes we savour.

By cherishing his body of work and his spirit as 'one of ours' we won't abandon him either.

To close, it's best to share the last Tweet he sent out, just days before his last: "Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

 What do you think? 

Monday, February 23, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Image Comics' May 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Image Comics' May 2015 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  SONS OF THE DEVIL #1 From New York Times bestselling writer Brian Buccellato, comes a psychological horror story about Travis, an average guy trying to get by, who discovers that he has familial ties to a deadly cult. Told across three decades, explore cults, family, and the dark side of human nature. (W) Brian Buccellato (A) Toni Infante

 JUMP ON HERE:  NAMELESS #4 The world descends into chaos and the astronauts stranded in the Tunnels of Xibalba must endure unspeakable tortures when their captors finally reveal themselves. As all human hopes, fears, doubts, and dreams are subjected to the cruel and merciless scrutiny of an inhuman, sadistic intelligence, is reality collapsing? Or sanity? (W) GRANT MORRISON (A) Chris Burnham

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME:  ROCHE LIMIT: CLANDESTINY #1 The breakout hit of 2014 returns with volume two of the groundbreaking sci-fi trilogy! It's 75 years after the events that left the Roche Limit colony in flames. When a crew of military and science personnel are sent to the forgotten and desolate planet on a mysterious expedition, they quickly learn its dark secrets—and that their mission is not what they thought it to be. With danger lurking all around, the crew members fight to find a way off the planet and resist the mysterious presence that haunts them all... (W) Michael Moreci (A) Kyle Charles


THE WALKING DEAD #141 Opportunity. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard

SAGA #28 Alana Acts. (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Fiona Staples

LAZARUS #16 NEW STORY ARC: “POISON,” Part One The Families are at war, Malcolm hovers at death’s door in the wake of Hock’s assassination attempt, and Forever must hold the line against enemies from without as well as within...including her siblings.. (W) Greg Rucka (A) Michael Lark

What do you think? Full Image Comics May 2015 solicits here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

UNITE THE SEVEN: 1st Jason Moma As Aquaman

Today, Jason Moma as Aquaman from the March's Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, thanks to Zack Snyder's Twitter feed. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!! Momoa's Aquaman looks like a carnal badass — grittier, darker, and rougher than the clean-cut blonde in the orange suit that we've come to know. More 'Conan' than 'Super Friend' and man does it pay off!

The hashtag "unite the seven" seems to mean the members of the Justice League, meaning we could see Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) soon.

 What do you think? 

Friday, February 20, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 4 From Valiant's May 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Valiant's April 2015 solicits, these four make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:   BLOODSHOT REBORN #2 Lemire and Suayan continue their bold reimagining of this classic Valiant icon! The man once known as the unstoppable killing machine called Bloodshot must track down the impostors carrying out mass shootings in his former name. But the hunter becomes the hunted when an upstart FBI investigator and her grizzled partner believe the original Bloodshot himself to be responsible for the murders. Can Bloodshot elude the agents -- and his own inner demons -- long enough to take out a nanite-infused gunman? (A) Mico Suayan and Jeff Lemire (W) Jeff Lemire


NINJAK #3 Ninjak's to-do-list for May:1. Subvert the largest most dangerous weapons dealer in the world. 2. Focus on not letting your tortured childhood distract you. 3. Push your memories of loss so far down that you forget how to feel. 4. Betray everyone you know. 5. Don't get killed. (Repeat as necessary) (W) Matt Kindt (A) Clay Mann and Butch Guice.

X-O MANOWAR #36 Dead Hand descends on X-O Manowar! He may wield the universe's most powerful weapon, but not even X-O Manowar is enough to combat the unstoppable doomsday protocol called Dead Hand. To defeat this mighty army, Aric will need some might of his own...and an unlikely ally might be the key to victory! (W) Robert Venditti (A) Diego Bernard

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME:  UNITY #18 The truth is declassified! Discover what top-secret mission very nearly broke Unity and brought its heroes to the brink...and beyond. And has Major Palmer, the veteran field commander of H.A.R.D. Corps, come to lead Unity to a new day...or infiltrate it and bring it down? (W) Matt Kindt (A) Pere Perez

What do you think? For the full list of Valiant's May 2015 solicitations, click the jump.