Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs" Preview


Some weekend reading for ERB fans. Publisher Baen Books has posted the introduction and the first two stories-Krisitne Kathryn Rusch's "Tarzan and the Great War" and Mercedes Lackey's "The Fallen: A Tale of Pellucidar" on the official site.

 So hit here and select sample chapters and enjoy.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thor: The Dark World First TV SPOT


As we head towards the film's November debut, here's the first TV spot for the film, showing off more spectacle and action. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

"Tarzan and the Light of Knowledge"


I'm sure most of you might have seen this on The John Carter Files site but if not, here is a beautiful painting by artist Cynthia Sheppard showing the young Lord of the Jungle doing what he does best, learning. For more info about this go to http://thejohncarterfiles.com/2013/08/tarzan-and-the-light-of-knowledge-by-cynthia-sheppard-is-just-brilliant/ and you can also see early drafts of it.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Star Wars: Episode VII Updates


OK some news from a galaxy far far away. Quint at Aint It Cool News has posted that director of photography Dan Mindel has join the crew of Episode VII and will be shooting in 35 MM instead of digital, signaling a return back to the original trilogy. Mindel has previously worked with director JJ Abrams on his two Star Trek films and served as DP on John Carter as well. In addition the article also mentions that Industrial Light and Magic is building a model team so we'll see how it goes. For more info hit http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63813.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mars Rover: Under the Moons


Get ready to see Thuria and Cluros in action. In this short video from JPL Curiosity gets a good look at the two and its a cool sight to behold. So watch below and leave your thoughts. (Still waiting for that Barsoomian princess though Curiosity.)


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris and the Green Men #5


This issue proves Hell hath no fury like a scantly clad princess...

Following her escape from the Thark butchers, Dejah leads a manhunt to track down those involved in her kidnapping. Along the way she meets Kenda Than, a "murder master" who is investigating a thark's death and Rek, a royal advisor who it appears once carried a torch for Dejah. But as her pursuit for justice takes some turns she discovers that the truth is more violent than she thought and that it involves someone close to her and John Carter.

I'll give credit where it's due, this issue is quite good. Moving beyond the torture porn aspects of the earlier issues and into a revenge mystery story, it moves quickly and establishes Dejah front and center while throwing in some red herrings and possible suspects in well. Granted some of it comes across as a Barsoomian Death Wish but that's preferable to the Thark take on Saw from before.

The usual good work by Lui Antonio on the artwork, capturing the characters and darker subject, added by a more subdued color palette than the other Warlord of Mars series. The only nitpick is that the Red men and Dejah seem more pink and John Carter is a little pale here. Besides that a good job.

If you gave up on this series before I doubt this issue will make you change your mind but if you're open to it it's an improvement over the first four issues. That's something.



Thursday, August 15, 2013

The "Secrets" of John Carter


Following up a link from Diana in the "John Carter of Mars Decoded" post the blog the Secret Sun has an interesting piece on the "Secrets and Synchronicities" of John Carter. There is some interesting theories and mention of the influence of Theosophy on Edgar Rice Burroughs when he was writing A Princess of Mars-and some theories that just seem questionable (really NASA was involved in the film's failure?). 


Sunday, August 11, 2013

John Carter of Mars Decoded


For conspiracy buffs and those who love to find hidden meanings here you go: a video that reveals the secret and probably not so secrets lurking in John Carter. See if you agree and spot the surprise guest stars.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Comic Review: Lords of Mars #1


I'll just jump in with the latest take on the classic "what if" scenario: the meeting of Lord Greystoke and the Warlord of Barsoom.

Having settled into his role as lord, Tarzan finds himself trying to adjust to civilized life with Jane. When the two are invited on a hunt by a Lord Marchman, Tarzan finds himself the butt of their jokes about his inability with fire arms and then running for his life with Jane when he steps in to save a poacher being hunted by Marchman and his men, leading to a cave with possible secrets.

Meanwhile on Barsoom, John Carter and Kantos Kan are leading a raid on Korad to eliminate white apes until they receive a surprise visit from the Therns, who request their new leader have audience with Carter to stop the hunt. Kantos suspects they're up to something but Carter reassures him that the  fleet of Helium will be ready. 

The idea of bringing Tarzan and John Carter together has been explored before so I was curious where Dynamite and writer Arvid Nelson would take the story. This issue is mostly setup, showing Tarzan and Jane at home and the suspicious hunt that leads to their current adventure while setting up John Carter and the Therns' involvement in the tale. While I would have liked a more fast opening Nelson does a good job setting up the story and doing what all first issues do, entice the reader to come back. 

Handling the artwork is Roberto Castro, who previously did the work for Lord of the Jungle and some of the Warlord of Mars comics. His work is excellent, capturing the characters and the diverse settings of England and Mars well. Throw in some nice bright coloring by Alex Guimares and you have a bright vibrant look for this issue. I hope the next issue is just as good.

First issues are always tricky. Here Nelson and Castro pull off a good job that hopefully well go through the entire Lords of Mars run. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris #28



This issue more Machine Men. Nuff said.

With her grandfather and father held prisoner by Mortus, Dejah strikes an uneasy alliance with Ner Jon, the son of Yorn's current ruler, to rescue Tardors Mors, Mors Kojak and Ner Jon's father. Hearing that they are being sent to the arena, Dejah and company plan to attack and rescue them only to make two shocking discoveries...

Surprisingly for an issue with machine men and big shocks little really happens story wise as Dejah and bicker while Tardors and company await their fate. The first big reveal isn't a big shock but the last page throws a nice monkey wrench in. Otherwise be prepared for a lot of setup.

Same good art courtesy of Debora Carita. I know that's lazy but how many more adjectives can I come up with?

In short fans of Dejah while enjoy this issue. Next time a review of the new Lords of Mars series.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Thor: The Dark World New Trailer


Ready to return to Asgard? Well this trailer promises more action, more Loki and just more. So watch and leave any thoughts below.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Sherlock Season 3 Teaser


A late Friday night surprise for fans. If you haven't seen the previous seasons get them and watch one of the best TV series on the air. Until then take in this brief teaser and get ready!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

John Carter Featurette: From the Director Of...

 
OK here's one for the fans. I stumbled upon this clip, a "John Carter for Dummies" featurette and while most of it I've seen before it had one surprise: the words "From the director of Finding Nemo and Wall-E" in it. Now this could be some sort of fan edit trailer but still it brings up the fact that Disney even failed to use that in their bad marketing. Take a peek and see what you think.