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io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011Anakin moves to the dark side, Beast is unleashed on X-Men, and BraveStarr returns!?

Anakin and Ahsoka go undercover to get to the bottom of a slave trading ring while Ben Tennyson confronts his arch-nemesis Vilgax. Generator Rex should be back next week, but in the mean time, enjoy some Marvel Anime: X-Men and a blast from the past that might be airing in your area! Minor spoilers ahead. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011Watch a fleet of flying robots assemble a 20-foot indoor tower

On December 2 in Orléans, France, a crew of four quadrocopters assembled a six-meter-tall tower using 1,500 foam blocks as part of the FRAC Centre's "Flight Assembled Architecture" exhibit. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011This is how you play baseball in space

Life on the International Space Station has its ups and downs (well, technically its ups and ups or downs and downs). Thanksgiving dinner comes in bags, but the views are undeniably ravishing. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011Read an exclusive, viscera-and-guts-filled preview of DC Comics' Animal Man!

We've been immensely fond of Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman's relaunch of the famously trippy comic book Animal Man. Now, courtesy of DC Comics, here's an exclusive sneak peek at next Wednesday's issue. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011A mathematical bug shows us why the 3D universe carries the possibility of despair. Really.

George Polya was a mathematician. Like most mathematicians, he was concerned with very strange concepts. One of them was the idea of "random walks," or the completely random path a strolling insect might take. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011Diesel superpowers your crotch with color-changing DC Comics underwear

Maybe you've been searching high and low for the perfect pair of boxer briefs to demonstrate your intimate love for Batman, the Flash, or the Green Lantern. But Diesel's line of DC Comics-themed underwear are to be worn strictly under the pants. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011The Blanket Octopus, One Of The Most Alien Animals To Swim The Earth

It's generally agreed around these parts that octopodes are disturbingly awesome. The blanket octopus however kicks our cephalopod fascination into overdrive. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011Hands down the most insane Lost diorama you've ever seen

DIY toy designer Scott "MegoScott" Adams has assembled what appears to be the most detailed Lost playset ever built. Complete with a pop-up Smoke Monster, an iPod-fueled entertainment rig that plays Professor Chang's training videos and the Dharma Initiative's LP collection, and even creating a prop of Hurley's Green Lantern comic, this display is too ornate for your local toystore. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011The first monster is always the hardest, on Supernatural

Last night's episode of Supernatural, "Death's Door," was emotionally grueling for anybody who loves the brothers' recurring father figure Bobby Singer More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011Consurgo, a charming short film about the steampunk monstrosity in your neighborhood

For their second year at The Utrecht School of Arts, the folks at Colorbleed Studios Consurgo put together Consurgo, a snazzy 4.5-minute short about a little girl who loses her ball in the street, which leads to the appearance of a heaving clockwork abomination. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011Classic comic book covers, transformed into loopy GIFs

Kerry Callen has transformed a series of classic comic book illustrations into clever, endlessly cycling GIFs. He's given Amazing Spider-Man #33, The Dark Knight Returns #1, Justice League of America #6, and Iron Man #128 the animated treatment. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011Where the hell did this creepy bootleg E.T. footage come from?

I spotted this on the CDTCrew's YouTube channel while watching some dog disco. It's definitely not from Badi ("The Turkish E.T.") or that absolutely ungodly German E.T.. porn. The soundtrack is almost certainly dubbed in. Anyone know where this fat-bottomed E.T. hails from? More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011See the opening credits to The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra

Get ready to forget the summer of 2010 happened all over again! The opening credits for Nickelodeon's upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender spin-off The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra has hit the web. This clip, along with the trailer we saw a while back, looks enjoyably epic - the new series will premiere in 2012. More »


io9 Roundup: December 4, 2011Read the first drafts of the Star Trek opening monologue

In August 1966, Star Trek producers Bob Justman and John Black pressed Gene Roddenberry to finish the show's introductory monologue. Throughout the month, the three men exchanged several subtly different copies of the opening speech. More »