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The wrap-up of the popular animated show, Adventure Time, isn’t stopping more new stories from unraveling. Boom! Studios has decided to introduce a whole new Adventure Time comic book series that will focus on the stories of Marceline and Simon (also known as Ice King). The mini-series will run for 6 issues and be written by the Vampire Queen and voice of Marceline herself, Olivia Olson, and drawn by Slimm Fabert. The mini-series will begin to hit shelves in January 2019. Following the aftermath of the show, Marceline and Simon are on a journey to make amends for his bad behavior and actions when he was under the control of the cursed crown.
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From a big Adventure Time fan, I can tell you this is definitely the best comic duo to focus on. The comic will allow them to expand on the past and present lore that is Marceline and Simon. However, the show also allowed us glimpses into the past and their relationship as they pushed to survive in the aftermath of the Great Mushroom War. But this series will paint the bigger picture of who Simon is as a person; we’re able to get to know the man who was transformed into Ice King. I can’t wait to see what the comic will have in store and what story will unfurl once it’s released.
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For anybody (mostly everybody) disappointed by the 2007 film, word from Vulture is that the BBC and HBO are teaming up to produce a new adaptation of author Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
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The first of the books, The Golden Compass (Northern Lights outside North America) is set in an parallel universe ruled by a overbearing theocracy and where the human soul exists apart the body in the form of daemon, a sort of animal representation of one’s true nature. The tale follows an orphan living in Oxford named Lyra as she sets off on a fantasy adventure with witches, talking armored polar bears, and travel to other worlds entirely.
The cast includes the likes of Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tom Hooper, director of The King’s Speech and 2012’s Les Misérables, is set to helm the first two episodes.
Let’s hope they get it right this time. While the first book in the trilogy is a fairly straightforward tale, the sequels quickly turn Lyra’s journey into a sweeping epic about the ultimate fate of the multiverse and all of its untold number of sentient beings. The people at HBO and the BBC are no strangers to producing grand narratives like this, so we’re hoping they can do the source material some justice. Keep your alethiometers handy.
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Adventure Time, created by Pendleton Ward, has finally come to an end with a four-part finale. The Great Gum War was brought to a head as Princess Bubblegum headed into battle against her Uncle Gumbald in an effort to exert her power, her resilience and to rid Ooo of what she saw as a huge threat. Many questions were left both answered and unanswered in the finale. The finale was jammed packed with fan favorites, moments that are forever seared into our minds. Adventure Time has always sought out to create meaningful messages, pushing the boundaries of expectations and definitely did not miss it in this finale where they challenge social norms, faced old adversaries and sought to meet an understanding to end the war. Action, adventure including romance all rolled into a four-part special left fan satisfied yet hungry for more.
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For fans hungry for more Adventure Time, BOOM! Studios is ready! The saga will continue through serialized comics that will released in stores this October starting with Adventure Time Season 11 #1. The serialized comics will focus on stories after the Great Gum War. The comics will follow our favorite characters along with some new ones into their futures after the war. Eisner Award-winning writer, Sonny Liew including artist, Marina Julia, will write and illustrate the upcoming comics. However, though the comics will feed fans hunger for more Adventure Time, fans should also be aware that the comics will be non-canon. I don’t know about you, non-canon or not, I would love to see how the future of the characters turns out after the war.
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Now, if you’re at all like me, then you already know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the greatest series to ever grace modern television. This layered, genre-bending series about a cheerleader-turned-heroine helped pave the way for a generation of girls who believed that they, themselves, could fight the monsters under the bed; a generation of girls who knew exactly how powerful they were.
Even without the very clear feminist foundation, Buffy had such intense, powerful messages hidden beneath the plot lines of monsters, demons, and vampires. Almost everything was a metaphor for something far more profound. Like when Buffy awakes the morning after finally sleeping with her first love only to discover that he’s not the same kind, loving, soulful person he was just hours before (of course, this has more to do with an ancient gypsy curse than anything else). Then there’s the way Buffy’s own mother kicks her out of the house after she “comes out” as a slayer and her mother fails to understand that it’s just the way she was born and isn’t something she can control. This is the clear sexuality and teenage rebellion embodied within each of the sadistic, wild vampires (like Spike and Drusilla).
Even the different ways mourning is expressed through each character as they cope with the heartbreaking (and ultimately shocking) deaths that occur throughout the series shows something so vulnerable and human. One would say it feels as though you’re mourning alongside them. Buffy was also progressively ahead of it’s time for how openly and realistically it portrayed the lesbian relationship between Buffy’s best friend and sidekick, Willow Rosenberg, and her girlfriend (and fellow Wiccan) Tara Maclay.
Buffy was a show that felt like a part of you. The characters were each so flawed, lovable, and developed. They matured in such a concrete, authentic way it felt like you knew them as more than just fictional characters on some television series; the heart of this show felt real. It was a seven season show that was nearly impossible to say goodbye to. This is true even though saying hello to the incredibly dark and insanely well done spinoff series Angel definitely helped to ease some of that pain.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a series that helped me grow; it influenced teenage me in more ways than I’m sure I even realize. It still continues to be something I turn to when life feels too intense and I need a quick escape route. And now, thanks to bestselling author Kiersten White (Paranormalcy), the world of Buffy has been raised from the dead with Slayer; a new young adult novel taking place within the Buffy universe.
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When Buffy began, as stated in the famed opening theme, there was only ever one slayer existing at a time:
In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.
Then, once the slayer inevitably passed away, another slayer would come into her powers and meet her “watcher”. They would be a mentor/teacher meant to help her understand her new place in this world and help her to hone in on all of her newfound skills and then begin training. But, during the finale, a spell was cast allowing every would-be slayer to come into her powers at once; the world was suddenly filled with young, powerful girls who had the agility and strength needed to keep the monsters at bay.
And now, it appears that Slayer is taking place where that world left off:
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.
Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.
Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.
As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…
But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.
One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.
Did you get goosebumps? I got goosebumps. This sounds so perfectly Buffy-esque, I can’t wait to see where Nina’s journey as a slayer takes her!
Slayer is set to release January 8, 2019. You can read an exclusive excerpt from it here on EW.
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