Kicking off the official launch of Saturday Reviews is Rocket Raccoon #1. Rocket is not the most likely of Marvel characters to get his own series but with the movie Guardians of the Galaxy coming out in just under a month, this is the perfect time for it. Skottie Young is on both art and writing duties, and I can think of no one better to helm this book. Young brings a great sense of humor that is needed in a book whose premise is as ridiculous as this. The book starts off with Rocket rescuing a princess and then abruptly cuts to Rocket taking a different woman on a date to a wrestling match between Groot and what appears to be Horrible Gelatinous Blob from Futurama. Things take a pretty quick turn for the worse for Rocket and chaos ensues.
Since it’s hard to take a book like Rocket Raccoon seriously, Young doesn’t. That not to say that he doesn’t put his best effort into the book, because he obviously does, but instead it means that Young feels free to be as off the wall and goofy as he can be. From Rocket’s over the top attempts to show his date a good time to the conversation with Star-Lord, he and the other Guardians are attempt (in comical fashion) to run away from something large, angry and pink this comic is just the right level of funny and absurd.
It’s pink, that’s about all I can tell you.
Young’s art is spot on in this issue. I’m also very impressed with how he is able to make both Rocket and Groot so expressive. I’m certainly no artist, but I would imagine that making a raccoon and a giant tree emotive is no easy task. The colors in this book are also great, making use of very bold and bright colors. The color pallet fits Young’s pencil style extremely well and adds to the sense of fun and adventure.
Groot is out to get some.
Rocket Raccoon benefits from not taking itself too seriously and by being a book that is just fun to read. I can’t wait for more. 4.5/5 Death Stars
I think at one point or another just about everyone takes a moment to ponder their own death. Certainly no one knows the exact moment that it will come, but now science is inching closer to giving us that information. Researchers in Finland and Estonia have determined that elevated levels of four biomarkers may indicate that otherwise healthy people are more susceptible to illness and are more likely to die within five years. Scientists involved, who refer to the test as a measure of general “frailty”, were so skeptical of the results from the initial 9842 participants they included an additional 7503, just to verify their results.
Things don’t look good for Fry.
Maybe in the future we will have Futurama‘s Death Clock.
Authorities in New Mexico are now prepared to send workers back into a salt mine that is being used to house nuclear waste left over from the creation of nuclear weapons. The facility was shut down when airborne contamination monitors tripped and secured the ventilation for the facility. While there was a small release to the desert surrounding the site, there was no danger to the public. The isotopes detected by remote monitors corresponded to the materials known to be stored in the plant.
Layout of WIPP facility.
My only real concerns here are that they seem to think that everything is fine despite the fact that they haven’t determined the cause yet. This all seems a little hasty.
Now it’s time for one of my favorite branches of science, the branch where we shoot lasers at stuff and see what happens. (I’m pretty sure this comes from watching too many science fiction movies as a kid.) Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have discovered a new quasiparticle that acts much like a drop of water. Researchers discovered this unexpected response while pulsing a laser at a semiconductor. While there are currently no practical uses for this new information, it will help provide insight into how these materials work, and may lead to improvements in all kinds of things sooner than we think.
This article also provides a wonderful, plain English description on how conductors and semiconductors work.