Buy This Comic Abbott 1

first_img “Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman’s search for the truth that destroyed her family. Hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.”ABBOTT#1(C+W): Saladin Ahmed (I): Sami Kivela (C): Jason Wordie (L): Jim Campbell (CA): Taj Tenfold (VCA): Micaela DawnThere’s always something special about a comic that just tells you like it is. It doesn’t hold any punches and can still deliver a surprise that promises to knock you out. Abbott #1, a new series by BOOM! Studios and created and written by Saladin Ahmed with art by Sami Kivela, colors by Jason Wordie and letters by Jim Campbell, produce that type of comic. They deliver a story that makes you turn the pages with its strong narrative and enthralling characters, especially its lead, Elena Abbott.via BOOM! StudiosSaladin Ahmed develops Abbott #1 with such a strong presence right out the gate. He entangles us in a time of racial tension and divides in 70s Detroit that makes part of the story, but not the WHOLE story. Yes, tensions are very high in this world which makes you uneasy when reading but works so well to rack up even more of that edginess.He embraces it every single bit of this era. He also doesn’t stick to one element of the story but brings in another one, an otherworldly one. That might make you say, “Where the hell did that come from?!” However, you don’t realize what is thrown at you because it’s so well-built into the story. It proves how much Ahmed can allow this narrative to shine even more with high anticipation and apprehension for whats coming next.via BOOM! StudiosOne thing that stood out to me within this first issue was the dialogue. Ahmed knows how to write dialogue that emerges so casually and tells a story that doesn’t become still, but continuously leaves you turning the pages to know what they’ll say next. The characters very much bring this dialogue to life with vibrant, heavy and sometimes raw material that leave you aghast. Elena Abbott is already one of my favorite comic characters of 2018 so far. This is just from the first issue. She’s literally the “black Lois Lane” of this series. Abbott quickly dominates whatever room she’s in. She’s not taking crap from anyone and in turn becomes one of the most intense yet strong-minded and booming characters in their introduction.Sami Kivelä illustrates this comic like a pulp comic in a modern take that catches your eye immediately. He creates such an outstanding design and looks with his pencils that portrays the era and highlights the characters flawlessly. You can tell within Kivelä’s art that every feature is essential. Within Kivelä’s art, we have these small yet memorable character pieces that you wouldn’t pick up if it weren’t for him. Kivelä and Jason Wordie’s colors create an integrated mixture of gritty and tough Detroit in the 70s, but making each panel a work of art.via BOOM! StudiosJason Wordie’s colors also bring a type of atmosphere of pulp noir in the air of the comic. He plays with neons, warms, and dark cools to lower the mood of the comic. Wordie makes you feel like something is lurking behind every corner. He keeps you in suspense with his colors, playing with the time of day against the autumn leaves falling.Jim Campbell just knows what to do with his letters when he goes into a comic. Campbell knows how to match the tone of the comic with his letters. He also matches the art for placement to highlight characters. I admire his placements of Abbott’s article writings and the way that he breaks those down into these little snippets of what she writes on each page.Abbott #1 is a comic to watch out for. Filled with grit, snark, violence and a little of the supernatural, Abbott #1 is bound to leave you feeling a bit of tension in your stomach, but all over satisfied till the end. Abbott #1 is available now on Comixology and your local comic shop.01/24/18 Releases – In addition to ABBOTT#1 here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Kid Lobotomy #4 by Peter Milligan (W), Tess Fowler (A), Lee Loughridge (C), Aditya Bidikar (L) Black Crown/IDWAltered History Of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor (W+A) Oni PressDoom Patrol #10 by Gerard Way (W), Nick Derington & Tom Fowler (A & I), Tamra Bonvillain (C), Todd Klein (L) DC ComicsMine: A Celebration Of Liberty And Freedom For All Benefitting Planned Parenthood GN by Various (W) & Various (A) ComicmixLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on targetlast_img read more

AI Lie Detector to Screen Travelers at Some EU Borders

first_img Three ports in the European Union are taking border control to the next level.Travelers to Hungary, Latvia, and Greece will be given a lie detector test—conducted by computer-animated border agent.The system, dubbed iBorderCtrl, is part of a six-month pilot led by the EU and Hungarian National Police.“We’re employing existing and proven technologies—as well as novel ones—to empower border agents to increase the accuracy and efficiency of border checks,” project coordinator George Boultadakis of European Dynamics in Luxembourg, said in a statement.It’s not easy policing the 700 million-plus people who enter the EU every year; staff must uphold strict security protocols—checking travel documents and biometrics of each passenger—while avoiding traffic jams.Enter iBorderCtrl, an “intelligent control system” aimed at speeding up the process for “bona fide and law-abiding travelers” while also spotting illegal immigrants.“iBorderCtrl’s system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit,” Boultadakis said.Travelers must upload photos of their passport, visa, and proof of funds to an online application, then use a webcam to answer questions from an AI guard—personalized to the individual’s gender, ethnicity, and language.“The unique approach to ‘deception detection’ analyzes the micro-expressions of travelers to figure out if the interviewee is lying,” according to the European Commission.Once at the border, folks flagged as low risk go through a short re-evaluation before entry; higher-risk passengers undergo a more detailed check. Officials use a hand-held iBorderCtrl device to cross-check documents and perform fingerprinting, palm vein scanning, and facial matching.Only after possible risks have been recalculated does a human border guard take over from the automated system.“The global maritime and border security market is growing fast in light of the alarming terror threats and increasing terror attacks taking place on European Union soil, and the migration crisis,” Boultadakis said.Participants hope upcoming trials in Hungary, Greece, and Latvia will prove the efficiency and reliability of artificial intelligence in IDing potentially dangerous travelers.More AI coverage on Geek.com:This Text-Based Lie Detector Can Spot False Police ReportsAI Can Now Tell If You’re LyingAI Trained to Recognize Deep-Space Galaxies Stay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more