Artificial intelligence has developed into a source of limitless possibility for the human race. From eliminating repetitive tasks, to improving the way payments are processed, AI is at the forefront of technology, and sci-fi writers have enjoyed playing with the concept of AI as a force for good and evil.
But what happened If an AI gained emotional intelligence? What if it formed a genuine attachment to the people it was created to protect? Jeff Lemire’s Sentient series poses this idea through the lens of children trapped on a spaceship. Published by TKO Studios, Sentient grapples with themes of family loyalty, love and lost innocence. Continue reading “Sentient Review: A Poignant Story Of Lost Innocence And The Emotional Potential Of AI”
When it comes to superheroes, DC created some of the most iconic of all time. In the 1930s and ‘40s, the comic giant developed names like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. They became flagship characters, beloved by people around the world. Other superheroes like Green Lantern became popular too, but the identity wasn’t confined to one person. Mainstream audiences are familiar with characters like Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner and Simon Baz. Before all of them, Alan Scott wore a power ring.
The original Green Lantern, Scott debuted in 1940. In contrast to the sci-fi background of other Lanterns, Scott’s powers came from magic. A founding member of the Justice Society of America, Scott is an important part of the superhero community.
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As a city, Manchester has some of the richest cultural history in the world. Industry and creativity are driving forces and it’s safe to say that I love the place I grew up in. The history extends to comics, as Manchester has its very own superhero in the form of Dan Dare. Considered to be the British answer to Buck Rogers, Dare is arguably one of the greatest sci-fi characters of all time. I’m looking into the character’s background to understand how he represents the soul of his home. Continue reading “Celebrating The History Of Manchester’s First Superhero Dan Dare”
The Guardians of The Galaxy film franchise has been responsible for introducing a lot of obscure comic characters to a mainstream audience. The likes of Drax, Rocket Racoon and Groot have all benefited from the spotlight. Mantis is another superhero that’s had some great exposure, though the film version differs greatly to the comic portrayal. In the comics, Mantis is linked to The Avengers and her backstory makes her one of the most intriguing female superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Continue reading “How Mantis Offers A Different Take On The Chosen One Trope As The Celestial Madonna”
Living up to a legacy is difficult, especially when you’re trying to stand on your own two feet. For a long time, Richard Rider had to uphold the legacy of the Nova Corps after they’d been wiped out. After Rider died, Sam Alexander needed to carry the torch, not an easy feat for a teenager. The two Novas share a lot of similarities and they finally come face to face in Jeff Loveness’ Nova: Resurrection. A resurrected Rider tries to adjust to being alive, while Sam grapples with the perils of puberty. The graphic novel makes for an entertaining read, combining themes of family and adulthood. Continue reading “Nova: Resurrection Review: A Celebration Of The Lives Of Richard Rider And Sam Alexander”
Everyone wishes they had more time, whether to pursue their dream career or travel across the world. Imagine if you could extend your life and set out to accomplish everything you’d ever wanted. Imagine being able to maintain your youth for decades. What would you do if you had more time? Would you make the most of it? These questions form the basis of Rachel Heng’s Suicide Club, a novel that combines technology with the prospect of living forever. But there’s a dark side to immortality and Heng takes the reader on a journey through themes of loss, parenthood and what it means to be alive.
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A movement that’s gained a lot of popularity in recent years is steampunk, and with its mixture of old and new technology, it’s not hard to see why people are interested in it. The interesting thing about steampunk is that there are so many variations, such as the dieselpunk and weird west genres. Several of these genres were on display at the TimeQuake Steampunk Convention in Manchester. Given my interest in steampunk I was looking forward to seeing what was there and I wasn’t disappointed.
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