Geekly Roundup, July 19th: It’s A Star, Star, Star, Star Wars Edition


On this week’s Geekly Roundup, Mike, Mark, and David discuss the Four Horsemen of X-Men: Apocalypse – we know who they are, but which Horseman is which? And how does that relate to Marvel’s Civil War? And in more weird British writer news, Grant Morrison is doing an origin tale…for Santa Claus?! Plus! Amy Schumer is doing sexy photos with Star Wars characters, and Disney is NOT okay with it…but are we?

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transparent ace teal copy Disney announces its lack of involvement with Amy Schumer’s racy Star Wars-themed GQ cover

With the furor raised by Amy Schumer’s GQ cover depicting a raunchy take on Star Wars — specifically, compromising photos involving the franchise’s two best-known droids — Disney wants you to know that it had no part in allowing or condoning the shoot, but due to the shoot’s nature as clear parody, no action can be taken. We have other questions about GQ’s choices for cover images, but the outburst has been pretty amusing in the meantime.

transparent ace teal copy The shaman origins of Santa Claus, now in comic book form

That’s right, it’s Grant Morrison does sexy shaman Santa Claus: Year One in Klaus, a six-part miniseries with art by Dan Mora and Boom! Studios. Heavy parts of the Santa Claus myth draw on Siberian shamanism, from flying reindeer to psychotropic mushrooms. The series is set to debut in November.

transparent ace teal copy X-Men: Apocalypse reveals its four horsemen

Any movie about Apocalypse would be remiss to ignore the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, and the big reveal on the Internet is that the four horsemen — Magneto, Storm, Psylocke, and Angel, creating interesting philosophical discussions around the characters and the questions regarding what aspects of the characters’ comic book background may or may not play into the character arcs in the movie. These could be big, though — not that we know which Horseman is which, yet….

transparent ace teal copy GoPro footage of a Jedi destroying Imperial forces…in first-person

The thing you’ve never realized you wanted from first-person, attached-camera GoPro footage: Using it to watch a Jedi lay waste to TIE fighters, AT-ATs, and what seems like a whole regiment of stormtroopers with the aid of the Force. Thanks to Bill Parker, now you can, and the result is a fantastic watch.

transparent ace teal copy The Fastest Ship In The Universe: An infographic from Fat Wallet

If you’ve ever been one to fall into the debate about which of the many ships featured throughout science fiction would blow its contemporaries out of the water, then you know that these debates often rely on circumstantial evidence and argument. Now, in the wake of our exclusive Starship Smackdown audio from SDCC, Fat Wallet has provided an infographic that breaks down as many science-fiction starships as it can, broken down by realistic top-speeds and non-relativistic speeds of faster than light.

Elsewhere on the Internet:

A preview of Danger Mouse from SDCC (CBBC/YouTube)

Michael Ironsides tapped to play Captain Cold’s father on The Flash (Comic Book Resources)

Arrow casts Echo Kellum as Mr. Terrific (Newsarama)

Emmy nods for 2015 include The Flash, Constantine, Daredevil (Comic Book Resources)

Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk on why they love meeting fans (io9)

Guillermo Del Toro wants to make a Jabba The Hutt origin film (The Nerdist)

Paul Rudd can’t break tradition for Conan O’Brien, even when promoting Ant-Man (Robot6)

Batman to crossover with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Cosmic Book News)

How the online campaign against a transphobic comic changed the entire discussion surrounding representation (Salon)

Grant Morrison talks Heavy Metal, Wonder Woman: Earth One at SDCC (The Nerdist)

Final Girls is a video game about recovering from abuse (Polygon)

Horror game The Flock will shut down when too many players die (Kotaku)

New Force Awakens character and X-Wing revealed thanks to LEGO sets (Epicstream)

CERN discovers the pentaquark, a new form of matter (Atlas Obscura)

Bob Wayne, sales exec, will leave DC before the move to Burbank (Comic Book Resources)

Apple wants to sell you stuff based on how much cash you have in your wallet (The Daily Dot)

The most adorable Cthulhu toys to ever destroy a civilization (The Nerdist)

The Geekly Roundup is a weekly Ace of Geeks feature that brings together all the interesting things we’ve encountered across the Internet this week.  The Geekly Roundup podcast this week features Mark Foo, Mike Fatum, and David Losey.

The podcast theme is ”Protagonist”, by The Y Axes; check out their site and more awesome music here. The podcast is mixed and edited by Jonathan Howe.

Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by MalKontent, Ben, and David.






Ben Lee
With a wide variety of interests ranging from baseball to theater and dance to technology to writing, Ben has given up on being good at any one thing and settled for being not half bad at a handful of things instead. He can usually be found cleaning up paperwork after a motley but wonderful crew of retail technicians; failing that, you can generally find him on the RP_OK Podcast at the Ace of Geeks, or on the San Francisco Giants-centric TortureCast. His Steam shame list is quickly growing legendary, and it's quite rare he's playing or watching anything made in the last five years.

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