Jan 302015
 
Writers: Erik Burnham and Tom Waltz
Artists: Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado
IDW PUBLISHING

Four-Color Bullet

Welcome to this week’s Four-Color Bullet, now coming at you on Fridays, since Thursday has become New Comic Day for digital titles. I want to make sure everything is covered for you, my comic book-obsessed, Four-Color fans. You Bulleteers.

This week from DC, Batman #38 brings Part Four of Endgame. The Joker is back, and fun time is over; The Multiversity Guidebook details each of the 52 worlds in the Multiverse in DC’s Multiversity event; Barry Allen is trapped in the Speed Force, while the all-new, all murderous Flash takes his place in Central City, in The Flash #38.

From Marvel this week, a new round of adventures for the Avengers Unity Squad begins in Uncanny Avengers #1; Peter Parker’s new job as guidance counselor at the Jean Grey Academy is off to a rocky start. His students are captured by Sauron and Stegron, Staten Island is in danger of being colonized by the Savage Land, and Shark Girl may be a traitor. All this, and a pteranodon/stegosaurus/shark love triangle, in Spider-Man and the X-Men #2; Spider-Verse continues as Miguel O’Hara and Lady Spider head to Lady Spider’s steampunk Earth, fleeing the Inheritors. But Doctor Octopus and The Six Men of Sinistry are waiting for them, in Spider-Man 2099 #8.

And from BOOM! Studios, Jack Burton, now the new leader of the Lords of Death, and Wang Chi return to San Francisco Chinatown to rescue Miao Yin and Egg Shen from Lo Pan, and put an end to Lo Pan and acolyte Qiang Yu’s magical foolishness. But someone will pay the ultimate price to rid the world of Lo Pan’s evil for good, in Big Trouble in Little China #8.

 

Epic team-up concludes: Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on defense, running out of time

Writers: Erik Burnham and Tom Waltz Artists: Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado IDW PUBLISHING

Writers: Erik Burnham and Tom Waltz
Artists: Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado
IDW PUBLISHING

The TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover has been nothing but fun since the get-go. And while it may sound ridiculous, it has been far from it. Ghostbusters writer Erik Burnham and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer Tom Waltz have teamed up to bring fans the ’80s crossover to end all ’80s crossovers. Knowing that this was the final issue of this titanic turtle team up made me sad, because now … there’s no more Ghostbusters awesomeness. But at least the writers ended it with a bang.

The comedy that has been present throughout was here as well, but nothing that made me laugh out loud. Plenty of chuckles, smirks, and chortles, but no hearty guffaws. But both teams merged and reacted with each other well, and I expected nothing less.

The action scenes, drawn by Dan Schoening Luis Antonio Delgado, also Ghostbusters alumni, were gorgeous. Everything is beautifully animated with a cinematic feel. While the Ghostbusters are focused on fighting our villain with unlicensed nuclear accelerators and other tech, they never engage in any fisticuffs. Leo and the gang, however, are providing ninja action at every turn. And while you won’t see the Ghostbusters use any of the Turtles’ weapons, the Turtles do get a chance to suit up in Ghostbusters gear. Donatello wore a proton pack last issue, in fact.

Chi-You, the series’ villain, is sadly kind of one-dimensional, but Burnham gives him enough juice to provide an action-packed finale that gets everybody involved. Burnham and Waltz have created a villain able to plague both the superior-tech Ghostbusters, and the up-close-and-personal ninja fighting of the TMNT.

With all that said, this issue isn’t going to WOW you. There’s no big shocker ending or jaw-dropping twist. Nothing to make you go “Oooooo” or have you scratching your head at the meaning of the universe. It’s just good, solid fun and the final issue of an ’80s romp, and the farewell to a comic series I thoroughly enjoyed. Here’s hoping IDW brings them back for another crossover. It just begs to be done.

And that concludes Four-Color Bullet for this week. Email and comment if you choose. Correspondence is always welcome.

It’s going to be a great year for comics fans.

Catch you guys next week!

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Jan 302015
 
Russ Adams:
"STEPPED ON! I was escorted out of the SLC Comic Con today. I stood up for my cast and paid the price."
#notfamousenough #steponlilguy
Russ Adams: "STEPPED ON! I was escorted out of the SLC Comic Con today. I stood up for my cast and paid the price." #notfamousenough #steponlilguy

Russ Adams:
“STEPPED ON! I was escorted out of the SLC Comic Con today. I stood up for my cast and paid the price.”
#notfamousenough #steponlilguy

Krypton Radio exclusive interview with Russ Adams with each broadcast of The Event Horizon this week

by Gene Turnbow, station manager

January 30, 2015 – This morning Russ Adams, creature creator and makeup FX artist made famous through his appearances on Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, posted the image shown at the right on his Instagram feed, with the text,

Russ Adams: “STEPPED ON! I was escorted out of the SLC Comic Con today. I stood up for my cast and paid the price.”
#notfamousenough #steponlilguy

Salt Lake City’s FanX convention’s security escorted Russ Adams, a makeup FX artist made famous by his appearances on Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, out of the convention. Adams was removed after a heated discussion he’d had with a convention representative when he claimed to have discovered by accident that the convention had allegedly misled him about the existence of a second-tier hospitality suite. Contrary to what Adams and his team had been told, there were allegedly multiple tiers of green rooms available for guests of the convention according to how famous the guests were. This was purportedly the culmination of a series of failures on the part of the convention to uphold promises of accommodations made to Adams and his fellow cast members. Instead of trying to make things right, FanX simply had Adams removed.

Adams, scheduled for several panels during the day, had his badge confiscated and his wrist band cut off before being escorted from the building, leaving his fans and co-panelists in the lurch. Adam’s cast members had purportedly been instructed by FanX event coordinators not to bring up his absence during the panels they were in, which would indicate that from the beginning they knew that this was going to be a severe public relations problem for them.

Adams and his team from Escape Design FX Studio had been donating their time and resources to provide content for the convention. FanX and its sister convention Salt Lake Comic Con are owned and operated by Dan Farr Productions, LLC of Utah. Representatives of Dan Farr Productions could not be reached for comment.

Tune in during the week for The Event Horizon to hear our exclusive interview with Adams. See our What’s On When page for airtimes.

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Jan 252015
 
Detail from Opportunity's panorama photo (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.)

by Cat Ellen, contributing writer

Oppy’s Anniversary Panorama

The panarama from Cape Tribulation, from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.)

The panorama from Cape Tribulation, from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.)

The “little rover that could” continues to mark newer and more impressive milestones. Just three weeks before the 11th anniversary of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity’s landing in January 2004, the rover captured a panorama photo from one of the highest elevations of its travels. In these 11 years on Mars, Opportunity has driven just under 26 miles, not only the furtherest distance of any off-Earth vehicle, but impressive for a rover that was originally slated for only a three month long mission.

Opportunity climbed to a raised section of the rim of Endeavour Crater, and this panorama spans the 14-mile-wide crater and extends to another crater on the horizon. The climb from the lowest portion of the rim, Botany Bay, to the highest point at Cape Tribulation totals approximately 440 feet in elevation.

Detail from Opportunity's panorama photo (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.)

Detail from Opportunity’s panorama photo (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.)

Opportunity extended a robotic arm so that the U.S. flag would be visible in the panorama photo. The aluminum cable guard on the rover’s rock abrasion tool was built from aluminum recovered from the site of the Twin Towers after the attack on September 11, 2001. The flag is intended as a memorial to the victims of Sept. 11. The rock abrasion tool was being built by workers at Honeybee robotics, less than a mile from the World Trade Center, during September 2001.

Photos from both Spirit and Opportunity for the past eleven years can be found on the NASA website.

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Jan 242015
 
A scene from '5th Passenger', featuring characters played by Manu Intiraymi, Morgan Lariah, Tim Russ

A scene from the new independent science fiction thriller ‘5th Passenger’, featuring characters played by Manu Intiraymi, Morgan Lariah, Tim Russ

This Saturday’s episode of The Event Horizon airs at 9 p.m. PST, and features guests Scotty Baker and Morgan Lariah of the upcoming science fiction feature motion picture 5th Passenger. Scotty is producer, director and writer, and Morgan is writer and actor, playing the role of Eve Miller. Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox host.

In the film 5th Passenger, five crew members and passengers flee in an escape pod meant for only four people when their starship is destroyed. Just as rescue seems imminent, the pod is boarded by an alien, who begins attacking the survivors. 5th Passenger features Star Trek veteran actors Tim Russ, Marina Sirtis, Armin Shimmerman, Hana Hatae, and Manu Intiraymi, along with science fiction and fantasy movie favorite Doug Jones.

For a full cast list, see the IMDB page. To find out more about this exciting new thrillervisit the 5th Passenger web page.

The show will air again on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 4 p.m. PST, and at various times throughout the coming week.

Tune in to hear it. We hope to see you there. The Event Horizon – it’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi.

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