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[in response to this post, which got long so I’m putting it here]


Funnily enough, if you look at his bike it looks a bit battered/worn/aged - almost like the Lions in close-ups. I thought that was just from heavy wear and tear from Keith flying around the desert, but it could also be an indicator of age.

In addition, the fact that the bike has a number on the side is… weird. I don’t think Keith would bother putting that on there unless there was a reason for it - which he doesn’t have. It’s his. If he built it, why bother? (i don’t think he would.)

01 - out of a squad? a group of ugly little hoverbikes?

…Dang, that’s a really good point and now I’m really intrigued. 01? Is there an 02 out there? And once again that’s in Arabic numerals, not any alien characters when we know aliens at least consistently have different writing styles.

But yeah, on the topic of the bike being worn, the whole shack is rather beat up.

There’s cracks in the walls;

The couch, and the slab acting as a table both look pretty weathered. The Sico’s poster is actually peeling off the wall in one corner. Considering the uneven color (look at the second picture, between Shiro and Hunk) the walls are actually supposed to be white and are heavily discolored.

There’s no way this thing is only a year old. And I somehow really doubt Keith the lifelong orphan shuffled from place to place had a huge savings account to fall back on, so I’d have to guess most of the equipment here was already there.

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Talcott Dialogue (Chapter 14)

Here is the missable Chapter 14 dialogue at Hammerhead featuring Talcott. I missed the dialogue in my first two playthroughs—I was so ready to bash some heads in that I didn’t explore Hammerhead for long—and I figured some other people might have missed them as well.

This dialogue occurs when speaking to Talcott by his truck.

Talcott on …

More Chapter 14 Dialogue: Prompto | Gladiolus | Ignis

anonymous asked:

What's your general opinion on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ( the comic book not the godawful movie). I personally had never heard about John Carter or Gulliver Of Mars or The Sorns ( CS Lewis wrote a science fiction novel who knew?), before I read League.

I loved it, of course! America’s Best Comics was no idle boast. League was always interesting to me in that the point of writing it was right in the text: “the British Empire could never distinguish between its’ heroes and monsters.” This is true; you read about a lot of great heroes of the British Empire, you simultaneously admire, despise, and laugh at how weird they are, like “Chinese” Gordon, the hero of Khartoum lionized by British newspapers as a great hero, but who was responsible for horrible deaths in industrial quantities, and, who in the words of John Dolan, “was an obvious closet case who probably died a virgin.” The purpose of League was sharply satirical.

I was never entirely convinced by the idea that Mina Harker would, after the events of Dracula, have a Sarah Connor-like transformation into a badass who would lead a group of secret agents. In fact, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’s Mina is exactly like Sarah Connor: an ordinary everywoman who was in above her head when she encounters a European man with a goofy accent who can’t be killed. I always heard that Alan Moore wanted Irene Adler to be the female lead of the League, but he pulled back at the last minute because he thought she was not famous enough to be a main character. In retrospect, that was a bad move: after the approximately 1 billion adaptations of Sherlock Holmes since 2000, Irene Adler is pretty well known now.

And don’t be embarrassed that you’d never heard of Gulliver of Mars. This novel fell into total obscurity for decades, until superfan Richard Lupoff discovered its’ many similarities as the inspiration for John Carter of Mars. This wasn’t exactly Pollyanna; the only reason anyone remembers Gulliver of Mars is the John Carter connection. That, and the fact he was a way for a comic company that didn’t have the permission of the Burroughs estate to have a knockoff John Carter of Mars comic! 

There wouldn’t be a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen without two inspirations. The first is Kim Newman’s 1992 novel Anno Dracula, where the premise is that van Helsing failed to kill Dracula, and he became the consort of an undead Queen Victoria, with vampires ruling the British Empire. It featured dozens of literary and pop culture characters, including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows, the 19th Century lesbian vampire Carnilla (from a novel that predated Dracula, incidentally!), and even had Alan Quatermain as well as the Amhagger who worshipped She-who-must-be-Obeyed.

The other inspiration for the League is the body of work made during Philip Jose Farmer’s “pulp phase,” a period of about ten years in between his experimental novels that dealt with sexuality, and his later scifi novels like the Riverworld books. In his “pulpster phase,” PJF wrote a biography of Tarzan, as well as A Feast Unknown (aka “What if Tarzan and Doc Savage liked to fuck?”), where a big part of his project was worldbuilding by putting literary characters together.  

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On demand: iTunes ¦ Sound Cloud ¦ Stitcher ¦ This past week the first issue of Marvel‘s Secret Empire was released bringing together a year of build up revolving around Captain…

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If there’s anyone to keep an eye on, it might be Hiddleston, who went slightly Benjamin L. Willard at the start of the shoot, sequestering himself away in his hotel room to transcribe quotes from a DVD of Apocalypse Now. “I wanted all that amazing John Milius dialogue,” he says of his preparation for playing SAS tracker James Conrad. “I now have it on my laptop, so I can stew in the juices of that material.”
—  “Jungle Boogie”, Empire Magazine, March 2017.

Let’s see, Secret Empire so far has featured a faction of totally-not-Nazi “HYDRA YOUTH” throwing rocks at one of the most prominent Black superheroes, Miles Morales, and killed off long standing fan-favorite, star of multiple beloved solo series, and leader of multiple Avengers teams, She-Hulk, and tripled down on Nazi-Cap.

Fuck you, Nick Spencer. You’re a garbage writer.


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