Whovians around the world were treated to a team-up adventure of the highest order this past November when “Day of the Doctor” aired, marking the 50th anniversary of the long-running British sci-fi television show Doctor Who. What many Whovians are unaware of, however, is that IDW Publishing (the current holders of the Doctor Who license for comics in North America) had their own plans to ring in the celebration with a 12-issue mini-series entitled Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time.
Writers Scott and David Tipton (no strangers to sci-fi in comics with their numerous Star Trek series for IDW) take great care in including as much of the Doctor’s past and various incarnations as they can fit; while a different artist draws each issue. This may turn some of you away as there are some people who prefer to have the same creative team throughout a series, but let me assure you that the different art styles do nothing to take away from the story.
Without the constraints of television budgets to hold them back, where/when will the creators take the Doctor? Everywhere, of course! But what begins as paying a visit to an old friend quickly evolves into a mystery that the Doctor will struggle with; not only to figure out and stop, but to also remember that anything’s happening at all! Someone has been travelling throughout time, plucking the Doctor’s companions out of thin air, and worse yet, the mysterious manipulator has seemingly travelled with the Doctor before…
It should be noted that not all Whovians will enjoy this story. The die-hards that are familiar with the classic series and Doctors One through Seven will undoubtedly gobble this series up, whereas fans of only the current series will likely scratch their heads during the first batch of issues. If you fall in the latter category, I’d still recommend this series for you as a nice introduction to the Doctor’s colorful history.
One last thing for you back-issue hunters out there: yes, this story has been collected in two trade paperbacks with a hardcover coming along soon; but getting your mitts on the individual issues will net you another treat, which I’ve collected for you to see below. As far as comic covers go, you can do a lot worse than the talented Francesco Francavilla. In any case, once you’ve experienced this centuries-spanning tale, I’d love to hear what you think of it. Happy reading!
Chris and Joe are back once again this week with a brand new episode of The Flickcast. That’s right, three in a row! Amazing again, right? Speaking of amazing, this week’s episode (as they often do) includes lots of amazing topics covering all things geek.
Some of these include the new, awesome trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the next Avengers movie, Thor: The Dark World, Marvel movies in general, Lawrence Kasdan joining the new Star Wars writing team, The Walking Dead and a whole lot more. Plus, the boys again talk about their appreciation for Idris Elba, how The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie and Chris says something nice about George Lucas. Yeah, we don’t believe it either.
Picks this week include Joe’s pick of the ongoing comic book series Iron Man, which delves into the origins of Tony Stark, and Chris’ pick of Apple’s new free OS called Mavericks. That’s right, free — as in free beer.
As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, at Facebook, Google+ or via email.
Okay Star Trek: The Next Generation Fans, this one is for you. Without much in the way of introduction, let’s just say that not very many men can make something as ordinary as sitting down this artful and, yes, this manly.
So, thank you Commander Riker. We could all learn something from you. You are, indeed, a boss.
Click through to see exactly what we’re talking about.
As someone who made one or two commercials in the past, I can’t say all that much about the creative merits of this particular commercial except it didn’t really motivate me to buy an Audi. But that’s not really the purpose of this commercial anyway.
What’s the purpose then? Well, that’s debatable. However, to a Star Trek-loving geek like myself, I also say it’s pretty irrelevant. I just loved it because I get to see two great actors, who’ve played one of the most iconic characters in history, have a bit of fun. Plus, after today’s earlier sad news, I could use a bit of fun.
The two actors in question are Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto who, of course, both played Spock in various incarnations of Star Trek. The commercial in question is “The Challenge” and in it Spock battles Spock to see who can get to the golf course first. The loser buys lunch. Who wins?
Well, I won’t spoil it for you except to say that the solution found by Spock is highly logical, pretty darn funny and a great twist.
As we’re getting closer to the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness expect even more promo-type material to come out. This time around it’s a clip from the movie itself featuring the ensemble crew of the Enterprise.
It’s a fun clip and helps keep up the enthusiasm for the movie’s release. The pic opens in IMAX 3D on May 15 and in 2D/3D on May 17.
With the release of two completely freaking awesome trailers this week, the J.J. Abrams’ directed Star Trek: Into Darkness and the Zack Snyder directed/Christopher Nolan produced Man of Steel also release one viral advertisement each. Oddly enough, both viral videos have a similar production value to eachother.
First, the viral for Man of Steel launched, with heavily distorted imagery of General Zod warning Earth that “You Are Not Alone” and Zod demands Kal-El to surrender to him or watch Earth suffer the consequences. The video is insanely distorted, something like a scrambled message from an alien world might possibly look like if our primitive video software tried to encode it.
Most of the audio is pretty clear, stating Zod’s message loud and clear to the people of Earth. When I first saw it, I was ecstatic at what it looked like the Nolan/Snyder camp had put together for what could be a nice string of viral promotional ads.
Then, on Friday, the first viral for Star Trek: Into Darkness launched. Slightly more traditional, perhaps, with a viral video, with clips from the actual movie being shown in between distorted shots of lead villain John Harrison (played by Benedict Cumberbatch). This one plays out as more like you, the viewer, are seeing this message displayed on a screen, and Harrison is telling a tale of James Tiberius Kirk, and the misfortune that lies ahead for him and his crew.
As we get closer to the release date of J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel Into Darkness, expect to see more and more promotional material from the movie. This time said promotional material takes the form of a brand new trailer.
In this one we get more of what we’ve seen before but also there’s a couple new bits featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s bad guy who may or may not be Khan or Gary Mitchell. . . Or both.
Anyway, we really don’t care who he plays, he looks to be a great villain in his own right. And to be honest, we’re just exctied for the movie and can’t wait to see more.
On that note, look for Star Trek: Into Darkness to hit theaters on May 17 release in the U.S. with IMAX 3D screenings starting May 15. Check out the new trailer after the break.