Nov 092014
 
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Olivier Coipel and Giuseppe Camuncoli
MARVEL

Four-Color Bullet

Welcome to the third Saturday edition of Four-Color Bullet, the greatest comic book review column in the Multiverse.

From Marvel this week: Act Two of Axis begins with issue four. A founding Avenger quits. The birth of KLUH, the strongest one there is. Doom tears down Latveria and the X-Men join their greatest foe; Groot joins Rocket on his dangerously daring cosmic shenanigans, in Rocket Raccoon #5; and the Spider-Verse saga continues as alternate universe Spideys team up in two separate stories, in Spider-Verse Team-Up #1.

From DC this week: Olive joins the Order of the Bat, and we learn about her secret past, in Gotham Academy #2; Batman’s Scott Snyder and the legendary Jim Lee wrap up their run on Superman: Unchained with the extra-sized issue #9; and the Main Man defends Earth against alien attackers, in Lobo #2

Image brings us the second issue of the amazing new series Birthright.

The Eternal Warrior finally returns to the Valiant Universe, in Eternal Warrior #1

 

A family of powerful, nigh-immortal vampiric monsters. All of the Spider-People in the Multiverse are their dinner. The craziest team-up in the cosmos has begun.

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Olivier Coipel and Giuseppe Camuncoli MARVEL

Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Olivier Coipel and Giuseppe Camuncoli
MARVEL

Way back during J. Michael Stracynski’s run of Amazing Spider-Man, it was posited that perhaps the spider that bit Peter Parker did so on purpose. That the spider was, in fact, a totem. Then we were introduced to a cosmically powerful being named Morlun, who eats the life-force of anyone who has the Spider Totem. Morlun was intent on Peter becoming his next meal, but through about four issues, our hero fought Morlun to a standstill, finally beating him and almost getting killed himself.

Now, Morlun has returned, and writer Dan Slott has introduced us to Morlun’s family, all a group of terrifyingly powerful vampires who eat the Spider Totem. But now we learn that the family travels the Multiverse looking for their meal. Along with Morlun, the family has eaten a large number of Spider-Heroes from different Earths. But a select few have banded together and come to Earth-616 to rally behind the greatest Spider-Man in the Multiverse, the “mainstream” Peter Parker, and fight for their very survival.

Slott has been dropping clues and hints about this epic for some time, laying the groundwork over time in true Dan Slott fashion. And he wastes no time getting the story underway. As we see Morlun and his family stalking Spider-People from every universe, and the survivors come to Earth-616, the mainstream Marvel earth, to ask for Peter Parker’s help. On this earth alone, the resistance is joined by Spider-Woman Jessica Drew, the temporally out-of-place Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099, and Peter’s new foil, Silk, who was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter.

We're sorry. Our editor is a dork, and couldn't help herself.

We’re sorry. Our editor is a dork, and couldn’t help herself.

Half the fun is seeing all of the alternate Spider-People, from Spider-Ham, a cartoon pig with spider powers that Marvel created back in the 1980s for their kid-friendly Star Comics imprint, to fan-favorite and soon-to-get-her-own-book Gwen Stacy, also in possession of her own spider powers. And the presence of all of these Spider-People, coupled with the family of vampires pursuing them, makes one a little queasy as you realize some of the different Spider-Folk won’t make it out alive. And there are still more alternate Spideys to come.

Olivier Coipel’s art is fantastic. I’ve been a fan of his since his DC days when he worked on Legion of Super-Heroes. No stranger to drawing diversity in a team-oriented atmosphere, Coipel’s take on all of the different Spider-People is awesome and you’ll just want to pause for a bit to look at all of them. And if that’s not enough, it’s an extra-sized issue, featuring a 10-page story by Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that really drives home how freaking scary Morlun and his family are.

So, the Spider-Verse is here and is shaping up to be the event of the year. Even non-Spider-Man fans might want to take a peek. With so many Spider-Men and -Women you might find one to root for. I’m angling for Spider-Man Noir, the Spider-Man of the 1930s, myself.

And that wraps another Four-Color Bullet. Email and comment if you so desire, and check back here next week for the final Saturday edition (we’ll be back on Thursdays after that).

It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See you next week!

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Nov 082014
 
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Larry Nemecek

Join us this evening at 9 p.m. Pacific for a special edition of The Event Horizon as your hosts Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox speak with none other than Larry Nemecek and Johnny Steverson. They’re hear to talk to us about a special project called Enterprise in Space, the multi-pronged mission of which is to design, build, fly, and eventually return to Earth an orbiter containing student experiments.

Larry Nemecek is well known as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Star Trek, and is author of numerous books on the subject, and a producer of documentaries about Star Trek as well. He’s also an actor, most recently having portrayed Dr. McCoy in Vic Mignogna’s Star Trek Continues.  

Johnny Steverson is Chief Development Officer for the Enterprise in Space project, and he and Nemecek are both on the board of directors for the Hollywood Sci-fi Museum.

This episode will air at additional times throughout the coming week.  Consult our What’s On When page for show times in your area.

The Event Horizon – it’s Sci-Fi for your Wifi.

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Nov 012014
 
NASA's Orion spacecraft, completed Thursday, October 30, 2014, pictured in the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Image Credit: Lockheed Martin)

by Cat Ellen, contributing writer

Comet Flyby Gone By

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope composite image includes the comet Siding Spring in relative position as it flew by Mars, 11:28 AM PDT October 19, 2014. (Image Credit: NASA)

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope composite image includes the comet Siding Spring in relative position as it flew by Mars, 11:28 AM PDT October 19, 2014. (Image Credit: NASA)

Comet Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, provided a rare opportunity by passing extremely close to Mars while being observed by several scientific instruments on the red planet. The three orbiters–Odyssey, MRO, and MAVEN–each confirmed they were still in great health Sunday, October 19, 2014, after taking refuge behind the planet to avoid possible damage from comet’s dust. Mars rover Opportunity (the ten-year veteran Mars rover) captured some photos of the passing comet, which passed much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars, only about one-third the distance between the Earth and the moon.

“It’s excitingly fortunate that this comet came so close to Mars to give us a chance to study it with the instruments we’re using to study Mars,” said Opportunity science team member Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University, who coordinated the camera-pointing. “The views from Mars rovers, in particular, give us a human perspective, because they are about as sensitive to light as our eyes would be.”

 

Curiosity Photo Albums

Curiosity tweets from science walkabout, October 30, 2014 (image credit: NASA/JPL)

Curiosity tweets from science walkabout, October 30, 2014 (image credit: NASA/JPL)

After all the excitement watching the comet flyby, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity continued to explore and send photos from the current mission at the base of Mount Sharp. Raw images from the rovers provide plenty of material for the rover teams to examine, looking for evidence to further our understanding of Mars ancient history and the formation of the landmarks we see today. The rocky areas could present further opportunities to drill or offer indications of various stages of planetary development.

 

Deep Space Orion

NASA's Orion spacecraft, completed Thursday, October 30, 2014, pictured in the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Image Credit: Lockheed Martin)

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, completed Thursday, October 30, 2014, pictured in the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Image Credit: Lockheed Martin)

In the next step to launch people beyond the moon into deep space, NASA announced this week that the new Orion spacecraft received finishing touches as construction concluded at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Orion is the first spacecraft specifically designed for deep space manned flights, including a planned journey to Mars. NASA will host the pre-flight briefing November 6, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. PST. Viewers can tune in to the live broadcast on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

“This is just the first of what will be a long line of exploration missions beyond low Earth orbit, and in a few years we will be sending our astronauts to destinations humans have never experienced,” said Bill Hill, deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development. “It’s thrilling to be a part of the journey now, at the beginning.”

The Orion spacecraft rolls out of Launch Complex 37 on November 10, 2014, and heads over to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for the scheduled test flight on December 4. The first test flight plans to send Orion 3,600 miles from Earth. The two-orbit flight will help engineers verify that the critical systems are ready for deep space challenges.

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Four-Color Bullet

Four-Color Bullet

Welcome to another Four-Color Bullet, the only comic book review column not afraid to give out comics on Halloween. Thanks for joining me on Saturday as I race through the best comics in the Multiverse. Two more weeks, and we’ll be back to our regular Thursday slot. For now, though: COMICS!

From Marvel this week, the new Deathlok is here, in Deathlok #1; Steve Rogers and Deadpool team up to keep Logan’s DNA from falling into the wrong hands, in Death of Wolverine: Deadpool and Captain America #1; and the final chapter of what really happened in the Cancerverse, in Guardians of the Galaxy #20.

From DC Comics this week, the last time Deacon Blackfire took control of Gotham, it was almost the end of Batman. What happens now that he’s wielding unspeakable power? The answer, in Batman: Eternal  #30. The House of Mystery and the House of Secrets take human form, and the team is hard-pressed to contain the chaos, in Justice League Dark Annual #2; and it’s changes aplenty for the Amazonian Warrior in the grand finale of Brian Azzarello’s epic run on Wonder Woman in issue 35.

From IDW this week, the fate of the multiverse lies in the hands of Samurai Jack, the Powerpuff Girls, Dexter, and Ben 10. And if they can’t beat Aku and his League of Extraordinary Villains, hope may yet be found in the unlikely team up of Mojo Jojo and Ed, Edd, and Eddy, in the fifth chapter of Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! 

And the folks at Dark Horse Comics proudly presents Mike Mignola’s Baltimore: The Wolf and the Apostle #1

 

Students with mysterious powers. Mythical monsters lurking in the shadows. Enemies poised to make their move. Welcome to Weird Japan.

Writer: Jim Zub Artist: Steve Cummings Colorists: John Rauch, Jim Zub, and Tamra Bonvillain IMAGE

Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Steve Cummings
Colorists: John Rauch, Jim Zub, and Tamra Bonvillain
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Wayward just continues to freaking chug right along on the tracks of awesomeness,and I am almost ready to name it as Four-Color Bullet’s Book of the Year, and it’s still just November. We’re on issue three, now, and there’s no sign of slowing down. Every month, writer Jim Zub reveals a little more of the mystery. There’s no getting buried in plot details, no stumbling over character introductions … at least not in this issue. Everything is seamless and happens naturally.

Rori continues to deal with her powers, on top of being gaijin, and trying to figure out where she fits in the puzzle. We meet a new character named Nikaido, who will likely join our intrepid band of teenage monster hunters, after a quite accidental introduction. And we get a glimpse of the villains of the story. Not too much though. Just enough to give us a taste and how they’re going to get tangled up in the lives of our intrepid young heroes. And toss in a wicked cliffhanger of an ending, and readers will have little doubt that Wayward is going to deliver some pretty good things.

Steve Cummings’ art and his intimate knowledge of Tokyo makes Wayward more believable, and his action scenes are just fantastic. And with John Rauch and Tamra Bonvillain as part of the artistic team, the pages are eye-popping and visually pleasing, Regular readers of this column know how much I loved IDW’s Ghostbusters. Wayward is the replacement for that book. It’s just a really, well-done, can’t-wait-to-read-every-month book.

And that will wrap up the best comic book review column in the Multiverse for this week. Email and comment, if you choose. I hope everyone had a safe and scary Halloween.

It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See you next Saturday!

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