From the Hydra to the Rainbow Serpent, myth was the compass that led us to the resting place of the three-headed Titan. A name, unspoken through millennia of whispered nightmares. A living extinction event, named “the one who is many”. We call it Monster Zero.
At a Monarch containment facility deep in the frozen tundra of Antarctica, a three-headed winged serpent of ancient yet unknown origin lies frozen within a glacial tomb of ice. This is without question the largest superspecies ever discovered, easily dwarfing Godzilla at a height of over five-hundred feet tall.
Cranial scans reveal a divergent frontal lobe density in the brains of the three heads, denoting each head has disparate levels of cognitive functions, and possibly even independent thought.
Monarch Designation: Monster Zero
Body Height: 521ft
Within a Monarch containment facility atop the active Isla de Mona volcano, a mysterious Titan lies in pyrostasis within the restless magma. The legends speak of it as the “Fire Demon” or “The One Born of Fire”, but a simpler name echoes through the ancient temples of volcanically active regions: “Rodan”.
A volcanic internal combustion system of magma flows throughout a body covered in rock-like scales that act as geothermal armor. While much larger in size, Rodan has a skeletal structure similar to that of a Pteranodon - one of the earliest vertebrates known to have developed the power of flight. Just as Kong is king of the primates, Rodan may have once been king of the skies.
Because of the extreme temperatures within this particular containment facility, current lab equipment can’t function properly. As a result, thermal heat signatures on the creature are impossible to collect, and Monarch detection crews conducted cardiograms via aerial satellite for life sign detection and verification. Much like the volcano that incubates it, Rodan is alive but dormant.
Monarch Designation: Rodan
Classification: Titanus Rodan
Body Height: 154ft
From erased Nazca lines to the hidden Temple of the Moth, the name “Mothra” is woven throughout the most secret mythologies of our planet. The folklore and fairy tales tell of a winged creature of blinding light, an angel of the clouds whose god-like luminescence has the power to shatter the sky.
Ancient spirit tablets discovered in the mountain jungles of the Yunnan Province portray a giant winged alpha of the Lepidoptera order. In all of our findings, human civilization is pictographically shown in poses that imply deification of the so-called “Queen of the Monsters”, suggesting the creature was once a benign part of the natural order.
When Monarch containment crews discovered the live Titan chrysalis within the Chinese myth site, Dr. Emma Russell was quickly dispatched to closely monitor the creature that lay dormant within it. A quickening sonar pulse suggests the creature is awakening. If she ever emerges from her ancient slumber, a superspecies that once illuminated the sky will be reborn as Mothra.
Monarch Designation: Mothra
Classification: Titanus Mosura
Body Height: 52ft
Legendary Pictures has begun ramping up promotion for Godzilla: King of the Monsters as Comic Con opens today in San Diego.
Legendary Pictures is beginning the hype machine for their upcoming Godzilla sequel, which will see the King of the Monsters take on some of its greatest foes.
Fans can do their own part in discovering new information about the movie, as it appears a viral campaign for Godzilla: King of the Monsters has just begun. And it starts with the Twitter account for Monarch Sciences.
The King of the Monsters returns. Access the tracker now at https://t.co/JzJSnq6HtS pic.twitter.com/flWA0YZZM6— [MONARCH] (@MonarchSciences) July 18, 2018
Monarch is basically the "S.H.I.E.L.D." of the growing MonsterVerse, appearing in both the first Godzilla movie and in Kong: Skull Island. The group has been keeping track of various threats to humanity over the last few decades, and will likely come to the forefront in the new movie.
It remains to be seen if this is the beginning of an alternate reality game for fans to participate in or just a strategy for social media posts, but Godzilla: King of the Monsters is starting to get fans excited for San Diego Comic-Con, where the movie will have a big presence.
Actor Vera Farming recently revealed some new details about her character while speaking with Metro, saying she's playing Dr. Emma Russell, "a paleobiologist,” she said.
"She has figured out a way to communicate with the creatures and potentially control them using their bioacoustics on a sonar level. So she is like a DJ for the monsters."
It's likely that this tech could play a role in the new teaser from earlier today, featuring Millie Bobby Brown. It sounds like we could be getting a full-length trailer at the convention.
The movie will also be building toward an inevitable confrontation between Godzilla and King Kong, coming in 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong.
Godzilla 2 director Michael Dougherty revealed his film will set up the next film in the franchise, but it will be more focused on the King of the Monsters' clash with Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah.
"It’s not like we’re bending over backwards to introduce Kong, but there’s definitely some bread crumbs," Dougherty told EW.
Picking up five years after the events of the first Godzilla, the movie will show how people have since responded to the giant creature's emergence.
"The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting," Dougherty said.
This article originally appeared at ComicBook.com
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This image has surfaced of a potential prototype for Rodan. There is no certainty that this will be the version of the monster that makes it onto the screen but it does look eerily like the image above.
JR: How did you make the transition from alternative model to burlesque performer?
CC: I started by producing fashion shows for a Halloween event here in Los Angeles for 5 yrs called the Masquerade Ball. I have always been into costumes and characters and with a backround in dance growing up I combined the two .
JR: How long have you been promoting burlesque shows with The Devil's Playground?
CC: I started devil's playground 4 years ago.
JR: Is there a Certain numbers of Devil's Playground shows that we will see each year?
CC: I have been producing 12 shows a year for the last 4 yrs .
JR: Will you be performing shows at other venues? Like down in Orange County?
CC: I'm definately interested in expanding the shows to the OC. We did go to San Diego to perform for Comic Con last year that was really fun :)
JR: Now the big question... How did you come to be putting on the Scifi Burlesque shows?
CC: I grew up on all this stuff. Its a personal love of mine.
JR: Can I get you to spill the beans on what the theme of your next burlesque show will be?
CC: July 16th at House of Blues on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood we will be putting on a larger production. More like a burlesque theater production of " COMIC BOOK VIXENS ..."
The relationship between Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin is one of Star Wars' most curious: the former is the obvious Big Bad, huge, clad in black, metallic armour and wielding otherworldly powers, the former an older officer type, who you'd expect to be following orders.
And yet, strangely, Vader not only seems to respect Tarkin, but obey him, so much so that the original movie paints a picture of Tarkin being the one in control of their working relationship, despite the differences in opinion they might have, and now a new comic has explained just why that is.
Darth Vader #18, by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, David Curiel, and Joe Caramagna, continues the series' thread of following the Dark Lord through the rise of the Empire, but takes a detour from the main arc to give more of a one-shot story, which sees Vader being hunted on a near-deserted planet by Tarkin and an expert team, for reasons not made explicitly clear to begin with.
The Vader in this issue is like the one glimpsed at the end of Rogue One and then some; his Force fully unleashed, he's an unstoppable, brutal monster who slays enemy after enemy, no matter what method Tarkin deploys to try and stop him. The officer tries missile-launching weapons, flamethrowers, and attempting to rob him of his famous red lightsaber, but it's all to no avail, and he sees his men fall one by one.
What started as a 20 v 1 fight comes down to just Tarkin vs Vader, but just when the Sith thinks victory is his, the true extent of Tarkin's cunning and cruelty is revealed. Throughout the issue, Tarkin notes the number of men lost in each 'failed' effort to stop Vader, but it's apparent there is no cost too great when it comes to securing victory. His men have been nought but lambs to the slaughter, used not to actually defeat Vader but merely lure him out to this very spot.
It's here, in the deadliest patch of land on the planet, that lightning will be attracted to the largest metal object, which in this case just so happens to be Darth Vader. When he thinks he has victory in his grasp, he's struck down and Tarkin stands triumphant over his charred body.
It's here, then, we learn why all this murder has happened: it's a test, orchestrated between Tarkin and Vader, to prove the latter can be bested. Tarkin uses Vader's own self-belief that he is indestructible against him, and emerges victorious... almost. As he calls for a spacecraft to take Vader away for medical attention, the Sith Lord reaches out with what little strength in left in him and briefly Force-chokes Tarkin, reminding him that he hasn't really lost.
What's really made evident here are the parallels between the two men. Despite one putting his faith in the Death Star and the other in the Force, both are cunning, intelligent, and capable of unspeakable acts of cruelty, to the point where they do not care how many people die because of their actions.
Those similarities, along with Tarkin out-witting the Sith here, no doubt play a huge part in convincing Vader that maybe he's worth listening to after all, rather than being blinded by his own fury and arrogance. Their shared history may date back to the Clone Wars, although it's never 100% confirmed Tarkin knows Vader is/was Anakin Skywalker, but this is a crucial turning point in it, developing what might've been respect into obedience.
This article originally appeared on What Culture
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Whitehall village, in upstate New York, passed the resolution 4-0 and it also requires citizens to observe a Bigfoot “Appreciation Day” in September, reported the Albany Times Union. The resolution refers to the mythical creature by its more formal name: Sasquatch.
One former town board member dubbed the unorthodox vote a “good publicity” move, The Whitehall News reported.
“It can’t hurt,” village trustee George Armstrong told the newspaper.
Belief in the existence of Bigfoot is based largely on circumstantial evidence, including eyewitness accounts, blurry photographs and mysterious footprints. Scientists insist the sightings are often misidentifications of other animals.
New York isn’t exactly known as a hotbed of Bigfoot sightings of late, but TV station WTEN explains several sightings did occur in the 1970s. Whitehall seized on the publicity and now has multiple Bigfoot statues and an annual Sasquatch festival, WTEN reports.
The town’s biggest claim to fame is a 1976 incident in which three people reported seeing “a large, ape-like creature between 7-feet and 8-feet tall, darting toward their car,” according to CryptoZooNews.com.
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Nick Pope, a British media commentator who worked with the British Government’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) from 1985 to 2006 has claimed that unidentified flying objects (UFO) are real. In an exclusive story written for the Sun, Pope revealed that most of the UFO sightings could be explained, but around five percent remain mysterious.
UFOs are real
As per Nick Pope, the cases which perplexed his MoD team during the investigation were the near misses between UFOs and commercial aircraft. The former MoD insider argued that many pilots have reported mysterious UFO encounters which still remain unanswered.
“The bottom line was that we knew UFOs were real, but we didn’t know what they were. What was much more fun was the other weird stuff that came our way simply because there was nowhere else in government to send it: crop circles, claims that people had been abducted by aliens, ghost sightings and people who claimed to be psychic and volunteered their services to British intelligence,” wrote Nick Pope on the Sun.
Nick Pope also made it clear that Russians and Chinese had conducted tremendous probe to unravel the mystery behind UFO sightings. As per Pope, Russians had also researched and investigated about parapsychology, telekinesis, and various other psychic phenomena.
US government’s clever move
The former Directorate of Defence Security also talked about Pentagon’s secret UFO search program ‘Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP)’. He wrote that the US government did a very clever move by not mentioning the word UFO in the name of the investigation program.
“We still don’t know much about AATIP, and it may take Congressional hearings to resolve the issue. Either way, if anyone was laughing about UFOs before, they’re not laughing now,” added Pope.
He also revealed that the UFOs spotted in the gun camera footage of the Royal Air Force were very similar to that of the flying objects featured in the declassified videos released by Pentagon.
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BOOM! Studios is proud to continue The Road to San Diego, a ten-day spotlight on the most exciting comic book and graphic novel news in advance of Comic Con International in San Diego (July 18-22), with the announcement of two new PLANET OF THE APES specials celebrating the franchise’s historic 50th Anniversary in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.
First, in October 2018, PLANET OF THE APES: THE TIME OF MAN #1, celebrate over 50 years of one of cinema’s most important franchises with this one-shot collection of stories highlighting the Planet of the Apes’ most dangerous enemy: the beast called man! Featuring stories from both the original films and new series canon, including the early years of Armando and Caesar before Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and for the first time ever, a story set after the harrowing events of War for the Planet of the Apes, following a few of the remaining human survivors.
This one-shot features stories by writers Dan Abnett (Aquaman), David Walker (Luke Cage) and Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Low Road West); artists Carlos Magno (Kong of Skull Island), George Schall (Dark Horse Presents) and Morgan Beem (The Family Trade); and features covers by Fay Dalton (Normandy Gold) and John Keaveney (Kong on the Planet of the Apes) and by Michael Allred (Silver Surfer)
Then, in December, PLANET OF THE APES: THE SIMIAN AGE #1, the celebration continues with a one-shot collection of stories focused on the complex simian characters at the heart of this iconic franchise. Exploring the stories of Apes from both the original and new film series, including Koba’s earliest attempts to thwart Caesar and the untold story of the Ape living inside the remains of the Statue of Liberty.
This one-shot features stories by writers Matt Kindt (Black Badge), Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer), and Ryan Ferrier (Kong on the Planet of The Apes); artists Matt Smith (Lake of Fire), Jared Cullum (Fraggle Rock) and Lalit Kumar-Sharma (Planet of The Apes: Ursus); and features covers by Dalton and Keaveney and by Allred.
“Planet of the Apes is one of the most important science fiction franchises in pop culture and we’re honored to be a part of this celebration,” said Cameron Chittock, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Some of the most exciting creators in comics will pay tribute to the classic and new series with new stories examining the many characters and eras that have contributed to the franchise’ enduring legacy.”
PLANET OF THE APES: THE TIME OF MAN and PLANET OF THE APES: THE SIMIAN AGE are the latest releases from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Big Trouble in Little China, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.
Print copies of PLANET OF THE APES: THE TIME OF MAN #1 will be available for sale in October 2018, while PLANET OF THE APES: THE SIMIAN AGE #1 will be available for sale in December 2018. Print copies of both can be purchased at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
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Patton was born in Jackson, Mississippi but raised in Plano, Texas. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, graduating with a BFA in Theatre in 2007.
In May 2004, following her first year in university, Patton took part in CBS' Soap Star Screen Test, a nationwide audition contest for university students to win a role on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. Patton won the contest alongside Iman Nazemzadeh. In 2008, Patton had a starring role in The WB's web series Sorority Forever and a role in the independent film Commander and Chief.
Patton was cast for many television series including the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She was cast as Iris West in The Flash for The CW. BuddyTV ranked her #5 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2014" list. In May 2015, Patton ranked No. 61 in the Maxim Hot 100 List.
In 2017, along with her Arrowverse co-stars Patton launched Shethority ("She + Authority"), an online global collective described as "a positive place for women and the feminine to inspire, empower, and share." Active members of the initiative include Danielle Panabaker, Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Emily Bett Rickards Juliana Harkavy, and Katie Cassidy. Through social media, women share their own stories and experiences on dealing with self-acceptance, homophobia, sexual harassment at the workplace. Shethority has its own clothing line, which all the money collected will be donated to non-profit organizations fighting for girls and women rights, such as Girls Not Brides and Girls, Inc.
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