Ice, Fire, And The Sun, The Twelfth Doctor And Clara On Their Newest Adventures: Summary & Review Of Issue #1 

Ice, Fire, And The Sun, The Twelfth Doctor And Clara On Their Newest Adventures: Summary & Review Of Issue #1 

The Doctor is like ice and fire. His various character regenerations can be cold: apathetic and smarmy. And too hot to touch: deeply compassionate and ready to fight for everyone. The Twelfth Doctor is pervasively both. 

This Doctor does not have any catchy lines, what he does have is style and intelligence. Luckily Clara Oswald is there to make him be more human. For the Titan Comics’ “New Adventures With The Twelfth Doctor: Terrorformer, #1,” this is more of a thinking man’s Doctor rather than in previous “Doctor Who” comics. 

The Doctor and his resident companion Clara are simply continuing their adventures together. 

The story begins with two technicians, one robot and one alien humanoid, investigating a temperature descripency in the “crystal-clear fresh-water lagoon,” on the planet ISEN VI. By the time they arrive it is not a lagoon but a lava lake, and it is alive. It consumes one of the technicians. The colors and artisty are alive in this comic thanks to Hi-Fi and Dave Taylor.

Cut to the Doctor and Clara, in the Blue box,  discussing where they are going to next, and human vanity. The time travelling duo are off to ISEN VI – which according to the Doctor is supposed to be a planet of ice – so Clara is all equipped to go skiing. When the TARDIS land on the aforementioned planet, it is now a man-made tropical jungle. The other reason the Doctor chose ISEN VI, the TARDIS picked up a faint signal coming from deep within the core the planet. They must investigate. 

The more they explore, not without incident, the more the time duo realizes something is happening, unbeknownst to the people who transformed this ice planet. The writer, Robbie Morrison, takes the Doctor and Clara, as well as the reader, on a long journey before we see any real action. The time travelling gang soon learn that the ice planet was terraformed to the point that the atmosphere was modified, including the planet’s temperature, topography, and ecology. But not everyone is welcoming of the Doctor’s presence. 

Nevertheless, the planet’s problems appear to be growing. When one crew is stranded and facing an emergency, Clara and the Doctor, along with the TARDIS, step in to save them. After that, rather than take the two science technicians back to the command center, the Doctor and Clara go to explore the signal. It is there all of them descend into hell or a Sun. 

This new adventure with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara is a slow burn. It starts off strong, but the story seems watered down with the constant dialogue between Clara and the Doctor. Clara elevates the story a lot.  

The Twelfth Doctor’s story looks like it will be continuing through out. Stay tuned for more upcoming summaries and reviews of the “Doctor Who” Comics.  

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Alice In The TARDIS: The ‘New Adventures With The Eleventh Doctor,’ Summary & Review Of Issue #1

Alice In The TARDIS: The ‘New Adventures With The Eleventh Doctor,’ Summary & Review Of Issue #1

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No Ponds. Only rain, despair, and a lot of fun with the Eleventh Doctor.

In this first issue of Titan Comics’ “New Adventures With the Eleventh Doctor: After Life,” the Doctor is not accompanied by Amy and Rory Pond, but he does have a new companion and a new reality to explore.

After the man from Gallifrey and the Ponds rebooted the “universe with a second Big Bang,” the Eleventh Doctor sets out to explore and search this new world – “Reality 2.O” – for anomalies, whilst the Ponds enjoy their married life. In this issue, the Doctor meets Alice Obiefune.

Just before the pair meet, Alice’s life is in free fall: her mother whom she loved and cared for has died and is buried; she has been laid off from her job as a Library Assistant, and she has been threatened with eviction. The artist Simon Fraser and colorist Gary Caldwell paint Alice’s story with gloom and doom, and also with a pop of color, the blue TARDIS. And the story moves at near breakneck pace, thanks to writers Al Ewing and Rob Williams.

Alice first meets the happy looking multicolored space dog, who is somehow drawn to negativity. And then there is the Eleventh Doctor. The Doctor entreats Alice’s help in capturing the space dog, they both try to no avail. But in that moment of a selfless act Alice’s life is changed: she returns home to fight for her rights that could prevent her from getting evicted.

However, the Doctor is not yet finished with Alice’s help. The TARDIS appears in Alice’s apartment, the Time Lord again asks for her help, Alice agrees. The Doctor gives Alice the customary tour of the Blue Box, but she does not utter those famous lines as all previous companions and others have said, but she does notice that everything in the TARDIS is upside down.

Then the Blue Box, along with the intrepid pair, locate the space dog in the British parliament, as Alice suggests, this is where a strong amount of negativity occurs. Unfortunately, the more negativity the intergalactic animal feeds on the bigger it gets.

Suffice it to say, the Doctor finds the space dog’s friend, albeit under near destruction of the parliament building and danger from the Unified Intelligence Task Force, U.N.I.T.

After the reunion of the space dog and his friend, the Doctor convinces Alice to come with him:

“Anywhere and Anywhen,” the Doctor says.

“Let’s go somewhere mum would’ve like,” Alice replies.

This first issue with the Eleventh Doctor appears to be more episodic than a continuing story over several comics. There will be other stories in the future that will be continuing as well. This is a great beginning for the Doctor as it captures drama, comedy, compassion, and a moral tale similarly like the TV series.

This comic book series first came out in 2014. There will be other continued stories that I will be featuring. Stay tuned.

Titan Comics, Latin Post 

The Doctor And The Day Of The Dead, The ‘New Adventures With The Tenth Doctor’: Summary & Review Of Issue #1

The Doctor And The Day Of The Dead, The ‘New Adventures With The Tenth Doctor’: Summary & Review Of Issue #1

 

Monsters, Halloween costumes, and strange goings-on at the local laundromat: a typical day for the Tenth Doctor.

Out of all four of the “Doctor Who” graphic novels released by Titan Comics, the Tenth iteration of the Doctor is the most unique and fun. There is no Donna Nobel, Rose, nor Martha Jones; there IS Gabriella, an overachieving young Mexican-American lady living in Brooklyn, New York City.

This first issue is titled “New Adventures With the Tenth Doctor: Revolutions of Terror, Part 1.”

The responsibility that the Tenth Doctor has is brought to life with the writer Nick Abadzis, and artists – Elena Casagrande, Michelle Pasta, Paolo Villanelli, and Luca Lamberti, and colorists: Arianna Florean, Claudia SG, Fabiola Iene, Valentina Cuomo, and Azzurra Florean. The writer and artists deliver influence, meticulousness, and richness to this graphic novel series. They also create a strong Mexican-American family living in Brooklyn.

We first meet Gabriella with her friend Cindy at Gabriella’s family-owned laundromat, all around the time of Halloween, and the Mexican festival of “The Day of the Dead.” The friends complain about their fathers’ strictness, and their parents lack of understanding. Then suddenly all hell breaks loose out of the washing machines: water tornadoes, and some kind of monster that disappears as fast as it appears.

Gabriella has had enough, and not necessarily of the incoming doom that she will encounter. Gabby is working two jobs, albeit that it is her family’s, she works at the laundromat and is a waitress at the family-owned restaurant. And, she goes to night school studying Accountancy training. But Gabriella yearns to be an artist.

Deep within the background, the monsters are occurring that has people seeing things or petrified. Also around the building mayhem, the Tenth Doctor is close by. The Doctor, Gabriella, and her Grandmother Fernanda see it. But Gabriella’s future brother-in-law Hector is not at all open to the idea of monsters, until he sees the devil.

Gabriella, after leaving her two jobs, as well as night classes that she hates, is frustrated and exhausted from the day. As Gabriella rides the near-empty train late at night, a monster appears and the Tenth Doctor is there to answer the call for help.

In this first issue with the Tenth Doctor it is exquisite and highly entertaining. It is like watching the TV show, but better. This issue came out in 2014.

Stay tuned next week for more adventures with the Tenth Doctor, the man from Gallifrey, and also Gabriella, the first Latina companion.

Latin Post, Titan Comics

Heroes. Gods. Time Lords. The Fourth Doctor Embarks On A New Adventure: Summary & Review Of Issue #1 Comic Book

Heroes. Gods. Time Lords. The Fourth Doctor Embarks On A New Adventure: Summary & Review Of Issue #1 Comic Book

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According to legend, only a God can defeat another God. Lucky for humanity we have the next best thing, a Time Lord.

“Would you like a Jelly baby?” are the most famous words spoken by the Fourth Doctor, the man from Gallifrey. Now the Fourth Doctor is embarking on new adventures, in graphic novel form with Titan Comics. The Doctor, along with his unsinkable companion Sarah Jane Smith, are thrust into a fight with Gods, demi-Gods, other time travelers, and a lady named Athena.

This is the first issue of the “New Adventures With The Fourth Doctor: Gaze of the Medusa, Part 1.” The writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby, and the artist Brian Williamson weave and bring to life a tale that is both dark and ominous, yet very classic “Doctor Who” canon. Perfect.

This first issue opens in 1887 London, it is nightfall, and a dark old mansion sets the tone of the story to come. In this ancient manor exists a mysterious Lady wearing black, and her face is covered with a veil. In her sprawling mansion, her servants are all blind. Curious. The Lady’s blind butler announces the arrival of “foreigners”: two Cyclopsian men who are gargantuan in nature, they tell the lady of two time travelers. The Lady is intrigued.

Meanwhile, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane are enjoying a cowboy show. As the time-traveling pair leave, the Cyclopsian henchmen appear, from a carriage, to attack and kidnap Sarah Jane. But the Cyclops’ plans are almost foiled by another pair of “others” who are foes of the Lady.

The Doctor recovers with the pair of “others” who reveal themselves to be Professor Odysseus James, and his adult daughter Athena. They have been tracking the Lady and her henchmen for a long time. The Professor and Athena identify themselves as scientists of “Chrononautology” or “Chrononautologists.” Chrononautology is the science of voyaging in time, at least according to Professor James.

At the dark manor, Sarah Jane is in the clutches of the Lady. The Lady is fully aware that Sarah Jane is a time-traveler to which Sarah Jane denies. Then for some strange reason, the Lady shows Sarah Jane stone statues, all looking very lifelike. And one statue in particular, that is over three thousand years old, is a complete stone replica of Sarah Jane.

This is an intriguing journey that pulls in the reader from the first panel. It is so far mysterious and adventurous in nature. It will be interesting to see what the writers and artist will do in this new graphic novel series, compared to what they could and could not do in the TV show.

Stay tuned next week for the continuing adventures of the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith.

Titan Comics’ “New Adventures of the Fourth Doctor” was published in March of 2016. This is a revisit in anticipation of the Twelfth Doctor’s return Christmas 2017.

 

 

 

 

RDR’s Nina Bonina Brown: People Of Color Are More Affected By Mental Illness & Victims Of Crime In The LGBT Community 

No Fats, No Blacks, No Fems, And No Asians.

You have read articles, and seen the statements written by “LGBT friendly” people on dating social media apps. And if you have been watching “Rupaul’s Drag Race” (RDR) Season 8, top three contestant Kim Chi, of South Korean descent, brought awareness to this discriminatory and prejudicial behavior during their drag challenges, as well as the final performance on the hit show. After a time people of color would develop an emotional complex, but it can be magnified in stressful situations as in Nina Bonina Brown’s case when she debuted this past Season 9. 

People have argued that racial discrimination is part of the fabric of American society, and as a result it affects every person of color, both mentally and physically. But this form of racial bias also exists within the LGBT community as well. Nina Bonina Brown is smack dab in the middle. In order to move from pity, to empathy and understanding we need to take the journey of how and why people of color are so affected.

RDR’S Nina Bonina Brown Is Not The Ambassador Of Mental Issues Affecting People Of Color, But She Is A Mirror Image Of Understanding 

Nina was “going through it” during this past Season, and he still did not seem to fully recover. In case you were wondering what “going through it” means, it connotes mental and physical stress. While the drag mother Rupaul gave sage advice to Nina about overcoming the inner voice that tries to sabotage your way of thinking, it was not enough to get Nina to block it out. As a result, it manifested itself in the form of paranoia and conspiracy: Nina thought the other drag performers were out to destroy her. And this manifestation also eroded Nina’s self-esteem. Do not underestimate Nina, she is still a talented drag performer and entertainer, the stress of the competition magnified these underlining emotions that already existed.

But the reaction that Nina received from her fellow contestants and fans of the show was not at all fair. If Season 7 contestant Katya, who suffered from anxiety a form of mental illness, and the fans of that particular time showed support for him, why could Nina not have received the same amount of empathy. Katya who happens to be Caucasian could arguably have played a role. There is one catch though, people of color are in the majority of sufferers when it comes to mental illness.

Minorities Are In The Majority Of Those With Mental Health Issues 

We are not attempting to box Nina into a category or statistic, but he is an example that we can learn from. According to data, 20 percent of Black American adults are more likely to experience mental health issues than the rest of the populace. Asian American adults come in at 8.6 percent of those who sought mental health treatment back in 2010. Among Native Americans, Alaska Native men and women, and Hispanics the numbers are especially staggering. 

Forty percent of Native Americans die as a result of suicide between the ages of 15 and 24. Almost 30 percent of Alaskan men and Native American men account for every 100,000 people who died of suicide in 2014, while 10.3 percent of Hispanics also account for every 100,000 who died from suicide. For Hispanic adults this figure has remained the same since 1999. And, Native American and Alaska Native women are at 89 percent of those who committed suicide, this is an increase from 1999 to 2014. 

For people of color, with mental illness, who seek treatment those percentages are smaller in comparison. White children and white young adults, 5.7 percent of them, seek out support for their mental health. Black Americans or young Hispanic people only search for help 2.3 percent in any given year. It is not as Black and White as we perceive it to be when it comes to seeking mental treatment; 40 percent of white individuals seek help, only 25 percent of Black Americans do so. For Black Americans what attributes to this head scratcher is misdiagnosis by doctors, socioeconomic status, and lack of Black American health professionals. 

There is hope. Rupaul did her drag best to reassure Nina, but no advice or outside help from fellow contestants, drag makeover participants, or anyone could have helped him to overcome it. And the fans were not as receptive or empathetic enough. 

We will talk more about Nina Bonina Brown as she too falls smack dab in the middle of LGBT people of color who are victims of crime. 

Articles Referenced: Huffington Post

Battle Of The Bulge: Just Weighing In And Dieting May Not Be As Effective As Once Thought

“New Year’s resolution, finally going to the gym and losing that extra weight,” says one person. “I’m definitely going to go on Weight Watchers, it will help I think,” says another. These are just some of the litany of methods that we as human individuals use in order to lose weight.

We even turn to celebrities for inspiration and reassurances; for example, in an interview on the Wendy Williams show, when the slender over 6 foot statueeck Williams asked Tichina Arnold, “How do you stay so thin?” Arnold replied flatly, “I don’t eat anything white.” 

“Not eating anything white” is what some of us would presume as no carbohydrates (no carbs). The problem is that sometimes chronically checking one’s weight or dieting, may not be as effective as we once thought. There is a shopping list of reasons why checking the scale and avoiding carbs may not be working for you. 

From fat, to fit, to a healthy lifestyle, here is the research in understanding what could help us to achieve an attainable health-giving you. (Research from the National Institutes of Health, NIH; National Weight Control Regirsty, NWCR; Bariatric Medical Institute in Ottawa, BMI in Ottawa; American Medical Association, AMA; and Weight Watchers, WW.) 

  • The Individual to Individual Matters: In other words, the diet that works for one person, may not at all work for another person that is close to you, or even a neighbor. 
  • Genetics do not play a role. Just because you are thin that does not necessarily influence one’s weight loss or weight gain. 
  • A more holistic approach: 
  • a) According to the BMI in Ottawa, a person’s behavior, psychology, and budget does impact a person’s healthy lifestyle. 
  • b) Changing the wording or phrasing helps people have a better mindset about their health. At WW, they moved to “Get fit!” and “Get Strong,” from “Get Lean” and “Control your Eating.” 
  • How are American’s health, really? And how is their way of thinking on this issue?
  • I) At the NIH, the number of overweight adults is rising. In between 1990 and today, there is an increasing weight trend:  in 1990, obese adults made up 15 percent of the U.S. population. By 2010, 25 percent of adults in most States were obese. Today, the percentage has nearly doubled to 40 percent of obese adults, with children and teenagers coming in at 17 percent obese. 
  • II) These diets such as, calories in and calories out, low fat, vegan, low carb, and paleo, are either not as effective, or the results vary from person to person for the vast majority of people.
  • III) The cycle of weight loss and weight gain is leading to long-term damage to the metabolism.
  • IV) But what do Americans really think about their health? The AMA monitored people’s attitudes towards losing weight between three periods of time, but we will only look at two. Number 1, from 1988-1994, 56 percent of fat adults tried to lose weight; and number 2 in 2009-2014, 49 percent said they did lose weight. 
  • V) WW are promising results. The average weight loss is a five percent reduction of body weight within six months.
  • VI) Some diet researchers suggest that journaling is a great way to stay healthy. In doing so, one can make notes on how they are thinking and feeling at the time they are eating. This could in turn impact healthier choices at meal times.
  • VII) According to the NWCR – which includes more than 10,000 people from across 50 States, with an average weight loss of 60 lbs. per person – those registered have kept the weight off for more than five years. 
  • VIII) Further to the NWCR, the successful dieters described themselves as morning people, vs other research that supports the claim of night owls apparently weighing more. And people who are more motivated to losing weight, in the long-term, are influenced by a health scare, or wishing to live longer, so that they can spend more time with their loved ones. 
  • VIX) By the numbers at the NWCR: 98 percent of people changed their diet by eating less daily; most popular form of exercise is walking; 90 percent exercise one hour daily; and 75 percent weigh themselves once a week.

    The results to all of this research and input reveal some truths and solutions. Obesity research is expanding, $131 million has been dedicated to it, the NIH says. At the moment, almost half of the U.S. population – 155 million people – are obese. 

    The upsurge in obesity cases caused a rise in adults having type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. As a result, these cases are now putting a strain on medical services. 

    The BMI in Ottawa found that in a March 2017 study, people who internalize weight stigma have a more difficult time in continuing weight loss. 

    The BMI says that “pushing people toward health goals rather than constantly weighing oneself, health goals have better results.” 

    Research Acredited: TimeThe New York Times 

    In Case You Missed It, July 18th 2017: Kermit The Frog Is Not Happy, And The Banned Girls From Afghanistan Banned Together And Won In Robotics 

    I know, I know, I know! Puppets and the world are from two completely different news spectrums. One story is about the beloved Muppet and Sesame Street character that is Kermit The Frog. And the second item is about a group of girl scientists originally from Afghanistan coming to the U.S. but were refused entry.

    But the connection between the two is about how the story started out as something simple, and then it got bizarre as it unfolded. 

    “It’s not easy being green,” is Kermit’s favorite catch phrase. It also became the puppeteer of Kermit as well, as he was fired and replaced because of “unacceptable business conduct” in the workplace. The puppeteer of Kermit, Steve Whitmire was the voice and the man behind the ever loving green frog. Whitmire took over after Jim Henson’s passing in 1990, so Whitmire has been the big green frog for 27 years. But as of October 2016 Whitmire was fired by Disney. Disney owns the rights and copyright of Kermit, The Muppets, and its characters. 

    They are however two differing points of view on the firing of Whitmire. For Whitmire, he stated that he was fired for being outspoken on changes in regards to the Kermit character. He attributes this to two main reasons for his firing: firstly, Whitmire received “unwanted notes” on the “Muppets” TV show that aired on ABC, which was quickly canceled. Secondly, Whitmire further says there was a “union disagreement.” 

    The other point of view about the change of Whitmire comes from Henson’s family and Disney. Brian Henson, the son of the late Jim Henson creator and chairman of the Jim Henson Company, tells a different tale about Whitmire and his overall behavior. Brian, and his mother Jane, picked Whitmire to take over as Kermit.

    “Nobody worked harder than me making sure Kermit survived my father’s death and retained his cathartic personality and presence,” Henson said. But Henson also adds that Whitmire and his overall behavior with the cast of actors, performers, and fellow puppeteers worsened. Henson calls him unprofessional, and that it had reached the point that Whitmire behaved “appallingly” with his colleagues. Henson says it started since the mid 1990s. 

    But Henson is quick to point out that Whitmire is a “fantastic technical puppeteer.” Disney and The Muppets Studio agree with Henson about Whitmire but only in the pejorative. They say that Whitmire was overly hostile, unproductive, that his negotiating style delayed production…etc. It sounds like a laundry list of complaints over the years. 

    I guess your wondering who will take over for Kermit now? Disney and The Muppets Studio announced that Matt Vogel, a fellow Muppet performer, will be Kermit. Incidentally, Vogel voiced the evil criminal mastermind Constantine, a Kermit doppelganger in the Muppet movie “Muppets Most Wanted” back in 2014. Vogel has also voiced characters on “Sesame Street.”

    From fun and games that soon worsened, to girl scientists – originally from Afghanistan – that were denied entry into the U.S., under President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban against Muslim based countries. Team Afghanistan, a group of six girls, seemed to be indiscriminately targeted and prevented from entering via Afghanistan. Afghanistan is not on the list of countries that fell within the framework of the travel ban; these countries are: Iran, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. 

    The girl scientists were at first very disappointed about not coming to the U.S. to show their talents. But in a twist of fate President Trump reportedly intervened and allowed Team Afghanistan into the U.S. to show their robot and its talents. 

    “We are so happy from the support of the Americans and Mr. Trump, and we thank them for providing us visas to allow us travel and attend the competitions,” 14-year-old Fatemah Qaderyan said, one of the teammates from Team Afghanistan.

    There was no clear reasoning as to why these girls were specifically denied entry, but U.S. Embassy officials have trepidation in allowing Afghans into the U.S. because they usually do not like to return back to their country. 

    The girls came to play with their robot. The team of six, in the U.S. capital, competed among more than 150 people in the “First Global Challenge”: A robotics competition designed to encourage youths to pursue careers in Mathematics and Science. Perhaps the steps to exposing young minds to STEM: Science, Technology, Maths, and Engineering. Team Afghanistan’s robot could pick up and distinguish between blue and orange balls. 

    Sources: TimeReutersThe Hollywood ReporterCNN