Author: Alexander Manco-Cox

The Machine of Man

In 2015 writer David F. Walker, artists Joe Prado and Ivan Reis made the comic series Cyborg, for this series I am concentrating on issue #6 named ‘The Next Evolution’. Such a strong series that combats so many levels of humanity tapping into the age of machines, self-discovery, love and friends, which I will be discussing. They can all be entwined to be one collective of humanity and how that can reflect ourselves. Being a young man of half human, half machine (alien artificial intelligence) Victor Stone (Cyborg) is not favoured by the Government as he can hack into...

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You Are What You Are

Magneto Volume 1: Infamous. Written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Javi Fernandez & Gabriel Hernandez Walta. This comic book story follows Erik Lensherr (Magneto) a few years after he had left the life of a villain to join the X-Men to fight for the good of mutant-kind, literally having his powers ripped from his body whilst mutants are still being hunted by multiple government services. Still in rage from the inhumanity on all mutant-kind, Erik is set on saving all mutants, no matter the cost even if it means he has to, like a phoenix, rise up from...

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Where Do We Find Hope?

The Last Starfighter (1984). Directed by Nick Castle. The Last Starfighter (1984) is a film about a young man called Alex Rogan who demolishes the high score of an arcade game called The Last Starfighter, not knowing that the arcade game itself is a test to find cadets to pilot and join an alien legion to fight and save the universe against evil. Through the film we are taught about sacrifice and standing up for not only our own good, but that of others. Once Alex has shockingly and to his surprise been brought to an alien planet, he...

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What Can We See In Your Soul?

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) based of the novel “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep” by Philip K. Dick holds many fascinating and deep themes, some obvious and some more subtle. One theme in particular, is that of eyes and for those who have seen the film multiple times, you are able to see Ridley Scott’s use of lighting, cinematography and definition to emphasise eyes as focal points, no pun intended. In the opening scene we see the futuristic and somewhat dystopian Los Angeles where the buildings are tall, sharp and fill the entire screen. Some buildings shoot fire...

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Finally! More Couch Gaming!!

Local cooperative gaming or couch gaming is when you gather friends around and have a gaming session where it allows you to not only play games but be more sociable whilst being entertained. This concept of two players started with early games such as Tennis for Two (1958), Pong (1972) and Astro Race (1973); these allowed players to play against or with each other which opened up a whole new era of gaming. Since consoles such as the XBox 360 and PS3 have been released and the idea of full online play has destroyed all chances of couch gaming...

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