Category Archives: comics

Titanium Rain Is Coming True

A few years ago, I was browsing around one of Columbus’ best comic shops and stumbled upon a great graphic novel. Titanium Rain, by Josh Finney (author) and Kat Rocha (illustrator), chronicles a combat pilot that’s a part of an elite unit that has undergone cybernetic enhancements to increase their combat potential.

The timeline: in the near future

The battlefield: a Chinese civil war (I love the name Jade Empire)

Throw in a few early prototype mechas & some UCAS (Unmanned Combat Air System) and you have the makings of a great story!

So while I wait on volume 2 of the story to be delivered, I read at Wired the other day that the next step in the evolution of the UCAS had its maiden voyage earlier in the week. Boeing’s Phantom Ray will have a 1500 mile range, will be able to fly up to mach 0.85 and will serve as a hunter/killer, a reconnaissance platform, and/or an electronic warfare sentinel. I envision that for many near-future battles, UCAS hardware like the Phantom Ray will become the military’s tip of the spear (a role currently served by cruise missiles).

Stealthy and quick, the looks of the Phantom Ray alone will strike fear into the hearts of any enemy on the wrong side of America’s wrath. I’ve said it before, I would not want to go up against the US anytime soon.

War of the Worlds: Goliath

war_of_the_worlds_goliath_posterWhile doing research for a new GeekDad article, I stumbled across an article on SciFi Scoop (my new favorite site) about an exciting straight to DVD movie (coming in 2010). War of the Worlds: Goliath takes the H.G. Wells story of Martian invasion and follows through with the Martians returning after a 15 year hiatus. Evidently, they’ve overcome their microbe issue and are ready to try & take Earth once again. But this time, we are ready! Steampunk mechas y’all!

Check out the trailer (below) and the official site.

NOTE: Not that I mind, but why does the brotha always have to be muscle-bound and pack major heat!

Last Emperor – Secret Wars, Part 1

The hotness…

Anybody know where I can get an MP3 for this?

Pancratia

Even with the puffs, I wouldn't cross him!

Even with the puffs, I wouldn't cross him!

Lifted this link from a post on the Black Science Fiction Society (big ups to Milton Davis!):

http://www.pancratia.com/

Ryan Benjamin, in collab with Sean Ruffner and Travis Williams, brings his version of a post-apocalyptic America to the webscreen. I snatched up a screenshot of one of the main characters, Zendes, at left. That alone should give you some of Mr. Benjamin’s flavor.

I love to see people doing their own thing. The internet is such a powerful medium! Check out more of Ryan’s work at deviantArt.