Sunday, January 29, 2012

Buckaroo Banzai Comics and RPG

There have been an assortment of comics featuring Doctor Buckaroo Banzai over the years and even more recently.

In 1984, Marvel Comics adapted the film in two issues as well as one large sized special, Marvel Super Special #33.


Moonstone released several short runs, two to three issues each.
In 2006, Moonstone Books began publishing comic books depicting earlier and further adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers.
The first story, Return of the Screw, was written by Buckaroo Banzai's creator, Earl Mac Rauch. The black-and-white preview edition of the comic was released in February 2006, featuring a behind-the-scenes article by Dan Berger regarding the transformation of the rejected Buckaroo Banzai television pilot script Supersize those Fries into the present comic book miniseries. The three issues of this comic have been collected into a trade paperback.
In December 2007, Moonstone released a new Banzai comic story A Christmas Corrall in the Moonstone Holiday Super Spectacular compilation, also written by Earl Mac Rauch and drawn by Ken Wolak.
A two-issue prequel to the movie was released in early 2008 called Of Hunan Bondage. It was written by Earl Mac Rauch with art by Superman Returns storyboard artist Chewie.
In early 2009, Moonstone released Big Size, a special oversize one-shot comic, written by Earl Mac Rauch with art by Paul Hanley.

 But there was one comic that didn't exist. It was a prop for the film. The dialog in the film are from two hunters who come across the dead body of an alien who happens to have an issue of the (at the time) fictional Buckaroo Banzai comic book. One of the hunters recognizes it as the 'latest issue'. However, a closer look reveals that it was issue number 1. Which I guess would be the latest issue, technically.

And now there is a roleplaying game based on the franchise set to come out soon!
 | Monday, July 18th, 2011
Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game Coming In Spring 2012 From Adamant Entertainment
Adamant Entertainment, in association with the Banzai Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Strategic Information, has entered into a license agreement by which Adamant will be producing the Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game — a training manual for Blue Blaze Irregulars which uses the format of a tabletop role-playing game in order to prepare BBI recruits for the sorts of situations in which they may find themselves while aiding Buckaroo. The training manual will feature guidelines for taking on the roles of either your own Blue Blaze Irregular Strike Team, or the roles of Dr. Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers themselves. Familiarize yourselves with global threats ranging from Red Lectroids from Planet 10 to Hanoi Xan and the World Crime League; Learn about the specialized equipment available from the Banzai Institute, such as the Oscillation Overthruster and the Jet Car; And begin to embrace the motto of the Blue Blaze Irregulars: “Helping him to help us.”
“Buckaroo’s on sabbatical in the lamasery in Kathmandu,” said Reno Nevada, the Banzai Institute’s director of merchandising, and tenor saxophone for the Hong Kong Cavaliers, “But he’s pleased as punch about the Adventure Game. We’ve discussed the need for a training manual for the Blue Blaze Irregulars, outside of Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Hagakure. So yeah, Thumbs Up from Buckaroo, and from us here at the Institute.”
“As a BBI since the release of Docudrama in 1984, I am thrilled to be working with the Banzai Institute,” said Gareth-Michael Skarka, director of Adamant Entertainment. “It’s been a dream project of mine, and I’m honored that Buckaroo has seen fit to give us his blessing.”
The Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game will ship to game stores worldwide in Spring 2012, and will feature a cover by acclaimed illustrator Dave Dorman.

ABOUT ADAMANT ENTERTAINMENT: Adamant Entertainment has been at the forefront of the electronic publishing segment of the entertainment industry for seven years, offering innovation and standard-setting performance for digital delivery of tabletop role-playing games. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter at @AdamantEnt.
ABOUT THE BANZAI INSTITUTE: The Banzai Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Strategic Information is an independent, non-profit research organization of ranking scientists. Its East Coast campus is located an hour from New York City in Holland township, New Jersey. Founded by Dr. B. Banzai in 1972 to fulfill a need of the scholarly community for greater continuity of research, the Institute supports scientific endeavours in many fields that would otherwise go unfunded. Doctor Banzai can be followed on Twitter at @b_banzai

This blog post is dedicated to Sean Kinchlow who introduced me to the craziness of Buckaroo Banzai. His eye for good films and his unshakable love for this film is the only reason I gave it a 2nd chance. Glad I did. Thank you, Ranus.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Wrinkle in Time essay

The New York Times had a very cool article in it's Sunday Book Review (even though it was published on Friday) about science fiction and how it relates [and doesn't relate] to girls. The focus of the essay revolved around one of my favorite books- A Wrinkle in Time.
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and Its Sci-Fi Heroine
Published: January 27, 2012

Bookish girls tend to mark phases of their lives by periods of intense literary character identification. Schoolgirls of the ’70s had their Deenie and Sally J. Freedman and Margaret moments, muddling through adolescence in the guise of one Judy Blume heroine or another. And for almost a century and a half, girls have fluctuated between seasons of Amy and Meg and Jo March, imagining themselves alternately with blond corkscrew curls, eldest sister wisdom or writerly ambitions.

But for those who came of age anytime during the past half-century, the most startling transformation occurred upon reading Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning classic, “A Wrinkle in Time,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It was under L’Engle’s influence that we willed ourselves to be like Meg Murry, the awkward girl who suffered through flyaway hair, braces and glasses but who was also and to a much greater degree concerned with the extent of her own intelligence, the whereabouts of her missing scientist father, the looming threat of conformity and, ultimately, the fate of the universe.
Meg Murry, in short, was a departure from the typical “girls’ book” protagonist — as wonderful as many of those varied characters are. Meg was a heroine of science fiction.
In 1962, when “A Wrinkle in Time,” after 26 rejections, was acquired by John Farrar at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, science fiction by women and aimed at female readers was a rarity. The genre was thought to be down-market and not up to the standards of children’s literature — the stuff of pulp and comic books for errant schoolboys. Even today, girls and grown women are not generally fans. Half of 18- to 24-year-old men say that science fiction is their favorite type of book, compared with only one-fourth of young women, according to a 2010 study by the Codex Group, a consulting firm to the publishing industry. And while a sizable portion of men continue to read science fiction throughout their lives, women don’t. Thirty-two percent of adult male book buyers are science-fiction fans compared with only 12 percent of women. When Joanna Russ, one of the few successful female science-fiction writers, died last year, her obituary in The New York Times referred to her as a writer who helped “deliver science fiction into the hands of the most alien creatures the genre had yet seen — women.”
“A Wrinkle in Time,” the first in a trilogy that was later extended to include two more books, also defied the norm. Though a major crossover success with boys as well (with more than 10 million copies sold to date), the book has especially won over young girls. And it usually reaches them at a particularly pivotal moment of pre-adolescence when they are actively seeking to define themselves, their ambitions and place in the world.
“Part of what made it seem so liberating to so many girls is that it allowed those with an analytic mind and an interest in the pursuit of science to read about a subject that at the time was not perceived of as a suitable course of study for girls,” said Leonard Marcus, author of a biography of L’Engle, “Searching for Madeleine,” to be published this fall. “At the same time, at its core it’s about a girl’s love for her father, and that emotional level transcends the genre aspect of the book.”
“A Wrinkle in Time” follows three children as they cross the barriers of time and space via something called a tesseract. On a “dark and stormy night,” Mrs Whatsis (whose honorifics appeared, also mysteriously, without periods), a celestial being disguised as an old woman, visits Meg, her mother and her younger brother Charles Wallace. Soon Meg and Charles Wallace, a prodigy of some sort (today he might be labeled Aspergian), and Calvin O’Keefe, a high school boy, are tesseracting across the universe in search of Meg’s father. They encounter at various points Mrs Who and Mrs Which, who, along with Mrs Whatsis, are also enigmatic star creatures. But it is Meg, a girl who combines both the ordinary and the extraordinary, who overcomes the book’s villain — an evil disembodied brain called IT — with the power of a simple human emotion, love.
Perhaps it is this softer element that distinguishes “Wrinkle” from its rocketry and light-saber brethren. But that doesn’t make the book any less weighty or challenging. In her introduction to a 2007 edition, Anna Quindlen, an enthusiast since childhood, confessed, “The truth is, I’m not a fan of science fiction, and my math and physics gene has always been weak.”

L’Engle’s book shies away from neither topic. On meeting Meg, we learn she can perform square root functions in her head — a mark, not of wallflower status, but of moral distinction. Still, Meg harbors doubts about her own intellectual abilities, and her exacting expectations rub off on the reader. If anything, the book enchants readers who might not entirely grasp its concepts with the delight in not knowing; the realization that even the most know-it-all kids do not, in fact, have all the answers and that certain questions are worth asking.
“I loved Mrs Who’s cryptic quotations, and the math that went right over my head and the fact that Charles Wallace had powers I was always struggling to understand,” said Rebecca Stead, whose Newbery Medal-winning novel, “When You Reach Me,” was in great part a homage to “A Wrinkle in Time.”
L’Engle, who was born in 1918 and grew up a child of privilege in New York City, struggled academically at her private school, though she later graduated cum laude from Smith. She first got the idea for “A Wrinkle in Time” after reading Einstein’s writings on relativity. “I used a lot of those principles to make a universe that was creative and yet believable,” she said in an interview with her publisher before her death in 2007.
Of course, science fiction is not only about science; it is also often deeply informed by politics, and can be a vehicle for commentary on the complex effects of progress in all its permutations — medical, political, technological. Russ, for example, a graduate of Yale, wrote books infused with feminist messages and digressions on philosophy. “A Wrinkle in Time” can be read as a warning against communism. L’Engle, an active liberal Episcopalian who spent many of her later years as a writer in residence at the Church of St. John the Divine in New York, tended to write allegorical works in which, as in the books of C. S. Lewis, good inevitably triumphs over evil, a message as likely to appeal to girls as it is to boys.
What is it then that makes girls averse to science fiction? Could it be the pronounced boyness of the covers — the same signal that deters girls from switching to Superman after their Betty and Veronica days have passed? Science-fiction books, whether technologically elaborate, intergalactic stories by the likes of Arthur C. Clarke and Hal Clement or the so-called “soft” science fiction of Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick, often wear dark washes of black and navy blue with 3-D fonts and brutal images of fire and destruction.
Yet there isn’t anything inherently unfeminine about science fiction. Some might say the dystopic fantasy, apocalyptic tales and paranormal romance so popular with today’s teenage girls are actually couched “girl-friendly” variants of science fiction. Perhaps. But why should science fiction proper be any less welcoming to girls? It may be simplistic to suggest that reading science fiction will lead women to pursue careers in chemistry and quantum physics and information technology. But then, how many female authors say they were inspired to become writers because of Jo from “Little Women”?
Surely we don’t mean to imply that science fiction, or science, is really just for boys. It is, after all, Meg’s microbiologist mother, Katherine Murry, rather than her rescued father, who later in the series wins the Nobel Prize.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games was at times a difficult read for me. With all three books behind me now, I feel somewhat convicted. Zooming out to the big picture, this is a kind of a class warfare story told from the POV of the have-nots. Born and raised in the United States of America I could easily see I was a citizen of the Capitol reading this account. The series damns its readers. You want to enjoy the books and some of the most thrilling scenes are in the Games, but fear you'll be too much like the inhabitants of the Capitol for who enjoying the Hunger Games is quite a normal way of life. They don't even recognize the suffering that the Games cause. As a reader of the books you know liking the Hunger Games is wrong, but some of the best parts of the stories are in the Games. You want more, you're excited when the story is in the arena. There were many points through the story that I found this setting to be completely within the realm of possible for the future of this nation. It is just an exaggerated portrayal of the real reality now! These spiritual lessons were why I had some difficulty with the books. Suzanne Collins is an excellent writer.

Katniss Everdeen and Rue by rumonica
I found it interesting and a nice detail that the people of the Districts consider being slightly overweight a sign of prosperity and something desirable where in the Capitol it was exactly the opposite. This point was driven home in the scene where the Capitol citizens where throwing up their food in order to eat more. These were the scenes that made me think we're really not that far away.

There was a huge emphasis on media and entertainment. Having spent some time in that industry I was impressed with how realistic the media production elements were in the story. All three books have this flavor about them. They portray the mundane and tedious technical side with all the work that goes into a live production and at the same time you feel the energy of the audience affected by all the work. There's that thrill- we're live and anything could happen. I wondered what kind of media experience Collins has had.

I am a big fan of the Mad Max films and various post-apocalyptic video games, so I thought I was a fan of the genre. I need to re-examine this. One struggle I had with the book was how depressing it was and I attribute this to the post-apocalyptic setting.
The Mockingjay by mira-mcgrath
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I listened to the trilogy on audio book. The production was great, but the voice talent, Carolyn McCormick, was very stiff. It took some time to get used to her reading where almost all other audio books I've listened to had so much more emotion. This did lend to the bleakness of the setting effectively, perhaps.

I'll be watching the films when they come out.

May the odds ever be in your favor!

Olivia Thirlby read the Dredd comics

Olivia studied the comics to get a feel for her character, Judge Anderson.



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

no ElfQuest

Bad news. I just discovered there will now be no ElfQuest film made. Actually, I just discovered that there was one to cancel. They say ElfQuest is too much like the upcoming Hobbit film, which I can't agree with.

Elfquest too much like The Hobbit, says Warner Brothers

Warner Brothers has canceled production of Elfquest, a movie about the feral descendants of space-faring shape-shifters and their quest to uncover the truth about their ancestors' crash-landing on a primitive planet, because that sounds rather too much like The Hobbit.
These guys need to watch today's Die Antwoord video tailer and get a clue about how the fantasy sausage need not necessarily be made.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Ending of Sherlock

Moriarty by alicexz
Still a bit overwhelmed by the third episode of Sherlock, the last episode of the 2nd season and of the series (so far). 


The Reichenbach Falls. There's a lot in that title. Obviously it draws from the Conan Doyle story where Sherlock and Moriarty fall to their supposed deaths at the actual falls. There is the fall of Sherlocks reputation. And then his actual... fall off the top of a building. Before we dive into the clues, I just want to say how absolutely chilling and fantastic Andrew Scott's portrayal of Moriarty was! There was never a more menacing and unhinged character. 

Ok. There are clues as to how Sherlock pulled off his convincingly... convincing... death...
Explaining the ending of Sherlock series 2
Louisa Mellor
The finale to series 2 of Sherlock posed viewers one or two head scratchers. Luckily, the internet has risen to the challenge and provided these answers. Massive spoilers ahead...
Published on Jan 17, 2012
This article contains spoilers.
From Silver Blaze, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
“It is one of those cases where the art of the reasoner should be used rather for the sifting of details than for the acquiring of fresh evidence. The tragedy has been so uncommon, so complete, and of such personal importance to so many people that we are suffering from a plethora of surmise, conjecture, and hypothesis. The difficulty is to detach the framework of fact – of absolute undeniable fact – from the embellishments of theorists and reporters.”

You can say that again. Sherlock Holmes may have been on about a disappeared horse when he uttered the above, but a plethora of surmise, conjecture, and hypothesis is a pretty spot-on description of what the internet has steadily been filling up with since Sunday night.

The tragedy of Sherlock’s flappy coat seeming to have flapped its last flap in The Reichenbach Fall was of such personal importance to so many people that, unwilling to wait eighteen months or longer for an explanation, the web’s hive mind set about doing some deducing of its own. And by Jove, I think they’ve got it.
This round-up is indebted to the tireless work of the commenters on this site who have sifted through details to provide theories and observations galore. Here goes then, just how did Sherlock pull off the mother of all fake-outs?

As soon as the latter stages of Moriarty’s game dawn on Sherlock, it’s off to Molly he runs, to tell her not only that she counts, but that he needs her help.
We can assume then, that Molly Hooper is in some way instrumental to Sherlock’s false ending. Conveniently, she wasn’t one of Moriarty’s three targets, despite being on the Baker Street Christmas party invite list, and despite Moriarty knowing about her thanks to those three dates they went on (she sure can pick ‘em, that Molly Hooper).

Molly not being tracked by a sniper meant she could gad about falsifying coroner’s reports and fiddling with corpses to her heart’s content. Or to Sherlock’s content, we should say.
Her access to dead bodies, pathology reports and medical personnel make her a sure thing for some kind of involvement. But which was it? A corpse-swap? A false report? Both?
The rubbish truck

Killer7 was the first but by no means the last of our commenters to cite the significance of the red pick-up truck in Sherlock’s Houdini-like escape. Filled with rubbish bags (but is that all it's filled with?), the open-backed vehicle was parked next to the spot on the pavement spot where the body landed, and pulled away just as the crowd rushed to the scene.

That’s some damning evidence right there. Casually driving off when a man has seemingly jumped to his death mere feet away is unusual behaviour to say the least. Clever commenters have suggested that the truck – if it was indeed Sherlock who jumped – was a prepared and cushioned landing spot, parked precisely to block Watson’s view (and presumably that of the sniper Holmes was also trying to fool) giving Sherlock time to break a blood capsule or two and move relatively unharmed to the pavement where he played dead.

If not that, then the truck could still have been there to obscure a switch of some kind, and to carry off the non-Sherlock body, whoever that may be.
One interesting observation arrived from commenter Aranya, who remarked upon the clearly chalked out rectangle on the pavement surrounding the spot the body landed, a shape which tallied precisely with where the truck was parked. Chalk? Suspicious driving? Bags of rubbish? It’s got plan written all over it.
The cyclist

This was no accident, our commenters screamed. On his way to the body, Watson was knocked down by a timely cyclist, disorientating him and keeping him away for precious seconds.
Holmes made reference to his homeless network earlier in The Reichenbach Fall, and the consensus seems to be that that’s where the mysterious cyclist (again, who fails to stop when confronted with an apparent suicide just yards away) hails from.
Wilder imaginations have linked the cyclist and Watson’s discombobulation to a swiftly administered dose of fear gas from The Hounds of Baskerville, making Watson see what his mind expected him to when he eventually reached the body. We're yet to be convinced this last point isn't one complication too many.
The screaming girl

Now this is an interesting point. Part of Moriarty’s plot to discredit Holmes involved framing him for the kidnap of the ambassador’s children. To achieve this, Moriarty somehow conditioned the young girl to be deathly afraid of Holmes, hence her screaming when Sherlock entered the police questioning room.

There are various theories on how this was done, from the extreme: Moriarty using plastic surgery to make one of his goons into a Holmes lookalike, to the mundane: a bespoke Holmes mask or dummy (the latter of which does pop up in a later Conan Doyle story) or simply pictures of Holmes being used to traumatise the children. It wouldn’t be the first creepy video Moriarty had knocked together in that episode...
If there is a Holmes lookalike around, and one in the habit of kidnapping children, then it wouldn’t be a bad idea to chuck him off a building we suppose, though we’re going to need more convincing on the body double idea. It just doesn't seem, what's the word? Elegant.

Mycroft, remember, practically is the British government. He’d have the resources at hand to stage any number of fake public suicides one would imagine, and he's not squeamish around corpses as the flight of the dead proved. But Mycroft's involvement rests on this: would Holmes have gone to him for help?

Unlikely, we think, judging from Moriarty’s speech to John about there being too much history between them, too many old scores and resentments.
Though what are we to make of Mycroft’s pensive expression after reading his brother’s story in The Sun? Is that grief and regret we see flash across Mycroft in the Diogenes Club, or could it be the careful poker face of someone in on the plan?

Sceptical lot that you are, many just wouldn’t accept that a self-administered bullet through the brain could kill off Moriarty. There was talk of prosthetics, blanks, fake blood, and the suspicion that there wouldn’t a corpse by the time anybody came looking.

We’re not really sold on this particular conspiracy. The Reichenbach Falls have ever meant the death of Moriarty, and there seems little incentive for Moffat, Gatiss and Thompson to deviate from source on this particular point, especially when they’re at liberty to do as Conan Doyle did and move back and forth in Holmes’ timeline.
No, Moriarty’s not just resting, we know a dead parrot when we see one. But is his the corpse that gets lobbed off the building in Sherlock's coat? Well that rather depends on our next candidate...

After returning from the wild goose chase, Watson arrives at the scene and is made to fix his eyes on Holmes. Witnessing the fall, he’s then knocked down by the cyclist, and blocked by the crowd (of Sherlock employees?), before he eventually reaches the body.

If the body was indeed Holmes feigning death on the pavement after landing safely in the rubbish truck, his heart would be racing. How then, could a medical doctor be fooled into thinking he had no pulse?

A tricky one, this, with possible explanations being that either the body was indeed dead and made up to look like Holmes, or the more prosaic solution that Watson was in no fit state to make medical judgements.
There is precedent in the Conan Doyle story The Adventure of the Dying Detectivefor Holmes to trick Watson’s medical instincts, but we may just have to wait for series 3 to get the final part to this puzzle.
So there we have it. The curious case of the rubbish truck, the well-timed cyclist, and the faked coroner's report. Any advance on that?

Alan Moore's Doctor Who comic - Black Sun Rising

Here's another Alan Moore Doctor Who comic. Black Sun Rising. These are the continuing short back up series that appeared in a story arc called Black Legacy. (Thanks again to Combom for the link)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Not too long after the finale of our beloved Spooks we hear about another BBC espionage series in the works. Nemesis has been brewing for a while now with some interesting production people behind it. Frank Spotnitz was one of the big names behind X-Files and MillenniuM (oh, how I loved MillenniuM), he met with Stephen Garrett and Jane Featherstone, the people behind Kudos Film and Television- who made Spooks. The leading role given to Melissa George. Here's the description from Wikipedia:
Melissa George stars as Samantha, an espionage operative for a private intelligence agency. After an attempt on her life she realizes that it probably had been orchestrated by members of her own squad. After recovering and back in active duty, she must perform her secret missions without knowing who to trust and who wants her dead.

Reported from Double O Section:
More Details On Melissa George's BBC Spy Series, Nemesis
The BBC has revealed more details about Nemesis, their new Melissa George spy series from Kudos (Spooks/MI-5) and Frank Spotnitz (producer of the American version of Strike Back) that we first heard about last fall. The 8-part series, which will air on BBC One in Britain and Cinemax in America, stars George as Sam, a top operative for an elite private intelligence contractor who learns that someone on her team wants her dead, but doesn't know who or why. Other cast members include Adam Rayner (Undercovers), Stephen Dillane (Spy Game), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Elite, Strike Back), Lex Shrapnel (Captain America: The First Avenger), Uriel Emil (The Bourne Ultimatum), Patrick Malahide (The World Is Not Enough, The Long Kiss Goodnight) and Stephen Campbell Moore (The Bank Job, Johnny English Reborn). Location filming will take place in Scotland, London and Morocco. The usual Bourne comparisons are thrown around by the Beeb ("a complex and mysterious Bourne-style female spy unlike anyone we've seen on TV before"), but the such shorthand probably does the series a disservice. Spotnitz promises "huge story twists and turns, and intriguing characters who are both emotionally and morally complex." It sounds like a bit of a combination of Strike Back and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and if Spotnitz pulls that off, I'll be very pleased!

Conran's John Carter

Kerry Conran submitted a promotional vision for what he had in mind for John Carter of Mars. This video has surfaced around the internet lately. I only hope the new film coming will out shine this demo- this could've been amazing.

Conran is probably best known for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow which drips of pulp. Sky Captain was one of the first films to heavily use digital sets, etc. which is very common today.

Alan Moore's Doctor Who comic - Star Death

Here is another Alan Moore Doctor Who comic. Star Death. These are a short back up series that appeared in a story arc called Black Legacy. (Thanks again to Combom for the link)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sherlock series 3

Two amazing series complete. BBC confirms there will be a series 3.
Sherlock series 3 already confirmed
Simon Brew 
There's definitely more Sherlock on the way, as Steven Moffat confirms that a series three is happening...
Published on Jan 16, 2012
A short but sweet story, this.
After the terrific finale to Sherlock series 2, screened last night in the UK, the inevitable question was "will there be more". The answer? Yes. Yes there will.
The news has come directly from show co-creator and co-writer Steven Moffat, who Tweeted the following earlier on:
"Yes of course there's going to be a third series - it was commissioned at the same time as the second. Gotcha!"
As you might expect, there's no more news than that right now. But more Sherlock? That'll do very nicely.


More review about series 2 soon. (it was excellent!)

Alan Moore's Doctor Who comic - 4-D War

 Found on a Doctor Who blog, Life, Doctor Who, Combom a four page Doctor Who comic penned by Alan Moore. It takes place on Gallifrey during the Rassalon era. The artist is David Lloyd who worked with Moore on V for Vendetta. Thanks to Combom I present 4-D War:

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Superpower Wiki

The Watch House blog alerted me to a pretty neat wiki which could be useful for gamers or writers, The SuperpowerWiki.

This is simply a database of powers. No matter where it might have appeared, comics, movies, shows, books, it qualifies for a listing here. Being a wiki, Wikia in particular, anyone is welcome to sign up and add to it, correct it, and improve it in general. Each article explains what the power is and how it works, it's vulnerabilities, where they've appeared, which characters have them, and much more. I find it quite brilliant.

Here's an example of a power:

Enhanced Vision


Enhanced Vision
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Infrared vision through the eyes of a Predator
Power/Ability to:
See with enhanced clarity and various effects
The power of enhanced eyesight. May or may not containHeat Vision.



Also Called Edit

  • Optics


Users have eyes enhanced to see with amazing clarity, distance, or color, perhaps even in a different spectrum of light or into another dimension. Some may users may even upgrade to Heat Vision or X-Ray Vision. User can perceive things in a more detailed manner. In battle User can see incoming attacks and quickly find a way to dodge said attacks.


  • Users require their eyes, not Echolocation, orTelepathy unless temporily blinded may need them.
  • Users eyes may be sensitive, and require protection like sunglasses.


Users are often also granted Protected vision, so that enhanced sense will not damage tissue or neural receptors.


Many different types of eyesight enhancement may occour:
  • Infrared Vision: The ability to see heat radiation.
  • Thermograpic Vision: The ability to see heat
  • Ultraviolet Vision: The ability to see light humans cannot
  • Supercolor Vision: The ability to see in a wider range of color
  • Telescopic vision : The ability to see great distances
  • Microscopic Vision: The ability to see very small items
  • Aura Vision : The ability to see a person or object's spiritual aura
  • Chemo Vision: The ability to see pheromone output
  • Neutral Vision: The ability to see something invisible
  • X-Ray Vision: The ability to see through solid objects
  • Night Vision: The ability to see without light
  • Panoramic Vision : The ability to see 360 degrees
  • Multiple Vision: The ability to see in two different places at once.\
  • Emotion Vision: The ability to see the emotion of others.
  • Atomic Vision:The ability to see the bonds between atoms.
  • Inside Vision: The ability to see the inside beauty of someone.
  • Life Vision: The ability to see the lifespan of people.
  • Luck Meter Vision: The ability to see someone's "luck meter".
  • Probability Vision : The ability to see the outcome of something.
  • Energy Vision : The ability to see hidden and or unused energy/power in someone

Known UsersEdit

  • Brick Baxter/Cyber Shadow via Infared Vision (The Young Guardians book series)
  • Some Hunting Birds (Real Life)
  • King Bradley (FMA/Brotherhood)
  • Subject 16 (Assassin's Creed)
  • All Rinnegan Users (Naruto)
  • All Byakugan Users (Naruto)
  • Alex Mercer (Prototype)
  • Sharingan Users (Naruto)
  • Adam and Eve (Assassin's Creed)
  • Neo (Matrix)
  • Sun Wukong (Journey To The West)
  • Nikolai Orelov (Assassin's Creed)
  • Daniel Cross (Assassin's Creed)
  • Donna Dunlap (Heroes)
  • Sunfire (Marvel)
  • Predators (Predator franchise/Aliens vs. Predator)
  • Cyborg (DC Comics)
  • Superman (DC Comics)
  • Wildmutt (Ben 10)
  • Doctor Mid-Nite (DC Comics)
  • Whenua (Bionicle)
  • Riddick (Chronicles of Riddick Series)
  • Neji Hyuga (Naruto)
  • Hinata Hyuga (Naruto)
  • Ranmaru (Naruto)
  • Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad (Assassin's Creed)
  • Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin's Creed)
  • Desmond Miles (Assassin's Creed)
  • Shinigami & people with Shinigami Eyes (Death Note)
  • Richard B. Riddick (The Chronicles of Riddick)



Wikia is a fantastic site to chronicle geek stuff. There are wikis for pretty much any pop culture setting. Over the last several years, many of the main databases have migrated to Wikia. Here are some of the bigger ones and my favorites, you'll notice that they're quite customizable and not just clones of each other:

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