Archive for January, 2014


Sherlock scenery A

Review by C.J. Bunce

There’s got to be a reason that the third season premiere of BBC’s Sherlock was the most downloaded episode ever at Youku.com, a major source of streaming TV content in China.  Whether it’s the writing, the stunning movie-worthy cinematography, or the stellar cast you return for, Sherlock’s new season began with a gripping, emotional, and downright compelling opener.  Of course, like seasons one and two (the Brits call them series one and two), we only get three episodes this season.  Which begs the question:  What the heck is wrong with the Brits???  (Ahem, we mean that in the nicest way possible).

But seriously.  Probably the best TV series of all time, the original Life on Mars, lasted only three seasons.  Why???  The Hour got cancelled after two seasons.  Why???  And instead of series in the U.S. that may have 13 or more episodes a season, Sherlock has only three episodes.  Why???  Does the BBC not realize what a goldmine it has?  If the theory is that the three annual episodes are so brilliant because the BBC takes its time and can focus on only three episodes to make them so dazzling… well that’s just not good enough.  Let’s devote more resources to Sherlock and other superb British series.  Just look at Mr. Selfridge– it has ten episodes in the queue this season.  That’s more like it!

Holmes and Watson

OK enough ranting.  Steven Moffat has said “We think of them as films because they are ninety minutes long and once we knew we weren’t doing hour long episodes they needed to be on that sort of scale. They have to have the size and weight of a movie.”  Since it’s the great Mr. Moffat we’ll just let him have the last word.  Sherlock is must-watch television, period, so let’s move along.

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T-1000 A

Enterbay, the Hong Kong-based toy company known for creating photo-real action figure likenesses of Bruce Lee and Al Pacino’s Scarface, has released photos of its next high-end articulated figure in its HD Masterpiece line. Fans of the Terminator franchise will be happy with the release of the best likeness to date of Robert Patrick’s T-1000 from Terminator 2. Of course, the craftsmanship comes at a price, since the figure will release at more than $400.

T-1000 B

Along with the great likeness of Robert Patrick, the next best feature is the box of accessories for posing the figure to match many of the T-1000’s key scenes if the film, including the creepy pointy metal finger and an alternate head with the liquid metal gunshot wound as delivered by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in the psychiatric ward scene. The shirt is tailored with soft metallic nets inside for magnetic attachment of the liquefy damaged bullet holes. Very cool!

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Masks trade cover

Review by C.J. Bunce

If you’re a connoisseur of classic superheroes, you’d be remiss not to grab the trade edition of Dynamite Comics’ Masks series for your bookshelf.  Inspired by a 1938 story by Norvell Page called The Spider vs. The Empire State, it’s an examination of pre-World War II Law vs. Justice, as nine classic pulp superheroes unite to fight a fascist political party blossoming in New York, bent on taking over the country.

Writer Chris Roberson looks at justice through the eyes of each of these classic superheroes, each having a different take on the evolving political climate, and how to deal with the story’s bad guys.  Where the original source material was a story featuring The Spider, here the heroes take a backseat to The Shadow, whose perfectly shadowy dialogue manages to allow him to steal the scene in each of the story’s eight chapters.  The book starts with a bang–a chapter we previewed here at borg.com in its original printing as Masks, Issue #1, back in November 2012.  Alex Ross provided the interior art for the first chapter, and as much as we’d hope for a full book featuring Ross’s art, artists Dennis Calero provides an excellent look at the 1930s with a very pulp novel feel.

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Dark Horse Digital Fantasy Sale

Get it while it lasts…

Dark Horse Digital’s online comic book service is now offering steep discounts on select fantasy titles.  Select from Amala’s Blade #0-4, Conan the Barbarian #1-10 (by Star Wars writer Brian Wood), Dragon Age: Those Who Speak #1-3, Dragon Age: Until We Sleep, #1-3, several Finder books, The Last Dragon, and even Issues #1-8 of one of borg.com‘s favorite series, Dynamite Comics’ Grimm series.

Most of the single issues are offered at 99 cents.

Conan Queen of the Black Coast Grimm1

Purchase and download your books here.  While you’re at it, download free copies of Dungeon Siege III and Falling Skies issues here.

The solicitation for the offer doesn’t include a timeframe, so get them now before Dark Horse Digital no longer has the offer available.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

door chime

Today pop culture online store Entertainment Earth is having a sale on the totally retro cool Star Trek Electronic Motion-Sensitive Door Chime, which looks like wall unit on the NCC-1701.  It’s 30% off, so just $21.  It comes with the classic door opening sound from the original Star Trek and the red alert.

A motion-sensitive door chime for any Trek fan, this prop unit can be mounted on either side of a door to alert you when someone crosses the threshold.  Whether it’s a bloodthirsty Klingon bent on revenge or just your boss looking for your TPS report, you’ll know the moment they appear.

Enterprise door chime

It measures 6 1/2-inches long x 5 1/4-inches tall x 1-inch wide and requires three “AA” batteries, which are included.

Click here to order, and hurry, because the sale is today only!

Trek switch plate cover

And while you’re at it, pick up one of these great switch plate covers here (I got some for Christmas and they look great).

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

A1_Annual cover

If you are looking for an introduction to critically acclaimed comics in one volume while also getting a dose of exposure to some newer talents, Atomeka Press has teamed up with Titan Comics to release a new hardcover volume, A1 Annual: The World’s Greatest Comics.  With such a loaded title, you’d expect the entries to be pretty powerful stuff.  You’ll certainly find a broad mix of story and art styles, but ultimately beauty is in the eye of the reader.  Does the volume live up to the title?

No doubt everyone, no matter how critical your eye, will find at least a few gems here.  When you realize you’re dealing with the likes of Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Dave Gibbons, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jim Steranko, Alan Moore, and James Robinson, it’s pretty easy to see why the editors had the chutzpah to come up with such a cocky title.

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fantasticfear

But did they really have to put the image of Simon Pegg in his underwear on the movie poster?

It’s the next Simon Pegg comedy, A Fantastic Fear of Everything.  Here’s the trailer:

It came out last year in the UK but is finally due to be released in the United States on February 7, 2014.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

Black Dynamite cover 1

Former CIA agent, international ladies man, and sworn ass-kicking enemy of The Man… he’s BLACK DYNAMITE.

IDW Publishing is releasing a new comic book series tomorrow that will be a must for many readers’ comic book store pull lists, Black Dynamite.  Based on the 2010 movie and Adult Swim animated series by Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, and Scott Sanders, the new comic book series is almost a mash-up of Shaft meets Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.  Black Dynamite is the first time the character has his own ongoing monthly series.  He is, of course, THE greatest action star of the 1970s–he has a way with the ladies and a way with getting in the middle of the action.  Written by Brian Ash with pencils by Ron Wimberly, inks by Sal Buscema and colors by J.M. Ringuet, the first issue has the retro look of the art and design found in Bill Cosby’s 1970s animated series featuring kids living around a Philadelphia junkyard.

Black Dynamite alt cover variant

He’s the biggest, baddest, meanest, most not to be trifled with dude in the history of the universe and he’s coming to comics!  Such superlatives could only describe one man.  A former CIA agent and expert in all disciplines of international ass kicking and a thirst for the sweet nectar of justice, hero to the downtrodden, sworn enemy of the Man… BLACK DYNAMITE!

BD alt cover

Black Dynamite is an off-the-wall introduction to the blaxploitation meets kung-fu films of the early 1970s.  It’s a series you could imagine coming from Quentin Tarantino, complete with the action and the look and feel you’d find in Grindhouse.  Is that Richard Roundtree and Pam Grier?

And check out that Marvel Comics circa 1975-inspired cover.

Click here for a seven-page look at Black Dynamite, Issue #1.

Black Dynamite, Issue #1 hits comic book stores tomorrow, January 15, 2014.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

CES 2027

The future is under control. 

What’s better at a Consumer Electronics Show than a peek at a Consumer Electronics Show of the future?  How about a flash forward to the year 2027 and a keynote lecture in the style of a “TED Talk” from an executive from OmniCorp, known for their police protection and security products?  Like 2012’s in-world commercial for the cyborg David 8 from the movie Prometheus, the marketing folks at MGM/Columbia Pictures have blended a week of Consumer Electronics Show-themed coverage from Las Vegas into its own teasers for this year’s theatrical reboot of RoboCop.

For those who missed the 2027 CES, this was evidently the highlight of the show:

We even have news coverage of the OmniCorp presentation from the future:

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Mythbusters SW logo

Last Saturday Mythbusters took on Star Wars story elements in one of its best shows in its long run.  How do Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman keep up the momentum?  By sticking to the show’s unique format, keeping the original duo of makers and breakers that got us hooked on mythbusting in the first place, and giving fans the only place they can see science presented like nowhere else.  Giving us a season opener with the greatest space fantasy of all time proves the series can continue as long as these guys want it to keep running.

The first Star Wars element they pursued in the Star Wars special was the chasm scene in A New Hope where Luke and Leia swing to safety in the Death Star while being pursued by Stormtroopers.  Instead of simply proving out each element–which they did by testing a grappling hook, and having Jamie swing across with and without a Leia stand-in–they went into full cosplay mode with Jamie in Luke’s outfit and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion cosplay group acting out the scene.  Although Jamie noted that in a life or death situation it’d be difficult to get that grappling hook to stick on the first try, they determined the whole scene plausible.  A big win for Star Wars considering these guys usually find movie myths don’t make the cut.

Savage and Hyneman SW special

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