Buffy’s Back! Shedding her 90s familiarity, Buffy the Vampire slayer is stepping into the present with a new appearance and outlook on life. Along with a TV reboot on its way, Boom! Studios is revving up the comic book for release in 2019. The series will be overseen by creator Joss Whedon along with his creative team Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora. Buffy and the Gang must juggle not only the monsters that go bump in the night but also themes of identity, agency and empathy. Being a teenager in 2019 just got more dangerous and the gang, Buffy, Giles, Willow, Xander and Cordelia, must figure out how to face it.
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Hellmouth, a gateway to demon realm located beneath the school is releasing demonic forces. While Buffy and the Gang are exploring self-discovery and learning the meaning of growing up, they are also trying to maintain the safety of the people of Sunnydale. Though the comic and the TV show are both reboots, the comic will not be following the story line of the show, so it’ll be fun to see where they take it. Buffy the Vampire Slayer # 1 will be arriving January 9th, 2019. Welcome back to Hellmouth! Slaying is in session!
The long-awaited adaptation of The Umbrella Academy will be coming to Netflix early next year. February 15th— just after Valentine’s Day— will see the premiere of the series based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s comic books. A smattering of stills have recently been released, and the series looks incredible so far.
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These images are not the only new Umbrella Academy material to excite fans, as Way and Bá have just released the first issue in a new UA story arc, Hotel Oblivion. This is big news, bigger than many other comic releases, because its October 3rd release date comes nearly ten years after the previous Umbrella Academy series, Dallas, which came out in 2009. While fans are very pleased with the release and eager to pick up their copies of Hotel Oblivion, they are still curious as to what exactly took so long to get this comic out there, especially since the first two volumes were only separated by about a year.
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The explanation is actually quite simple; while the concept for the third installment in The Umbrella Academy has been settled for quite some time now, (the title was announced by Way back in 2009 at San Diego Comic Con) getting the comic written and drawn was interfered with by Way and Bá’s other creative ventures, especially Way’s musical career, which he describes in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“[My Chemical Romance] was ending, and touring on Danger Days took a lot of my mental and physical capacity,” Way says. “I found I couldn’t write on the road like I used to. I wrote the first Umbrella Academy series completely on the road, in all different cities. I found I was able to do that, so I thought it would be the same thing when I went out on Danger Days and it wasn’t. It was really taxing. The band kinda took awhile to dissolve as well. I wasn’t really in the mood to write comics until I did a solo record. Then I started to re-engage, but it never felt like the right time. The story changed and evolved a lot. The ideas and core elements were there, but I kept having to make it fresh for myself and change things and really tell the story I wanted to tell.”
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Thankfully, now that the Netflix series is underway, Way and Bá are determined to keep up momentum to prevent the show’s storyline from surpassing the comics, therefore fans can expect a steady stream of Umbrella Academy issues until the series meets its conclusion:
“We have this show now, so we need to stay ahead of them and give them a blueprint for what they might do,” Way says. “In order to do that, the idea is to take very little time in between arcs and just start working on a new arc right after the last one is done. That way we can eventually get to the end of this story.”
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King of childhood nightmares, R.L Stine, the author of the Goosebumps books, is trying his hand in writing a graphic novel inspired by Goosebumps series. R.L Stine has partnered with Boom! Studio to launch Just Beyond series, The Scare School. The story follows two versions of the same middle-school, that exist in the same time and place as each other.
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The twelve-year-old characters, in old fashioned clothing, are traveling between the worlds, running from a cyborg that is seeking to drag them back to their own world. R.L Stine will be showing up at New York Comic Con to preview his new graphic novel. Check out the exclusive look into R.L StineJust Beyond graphic novel.
Man, time flies when you’re living it up, right? The weekend has passed in one quick hazy flash and suddenly we are back to setting alarms to awaken us during the actual morning hours, wearing real clothes such as pants that do not fall into the sweatpants category, and heading out on our first-of-the-week daily commute to work. Happy Monday, folks and have no fear because, although your Monday may be stressful, we are back with our three to read top picks for the week! Yay, books!
So, get ready to run to the nearest bookstore because these three books really are great! Our Hot Pick, the one that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue, is the graphic novel Skin & Earth by viral pop-star Lights, our Beach Read, one that’s perfect for a day at the beach, is thriller Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novelby New York Times bestseller Ted Bell, and our Dark Horse, the one that might not be on your reading list yet, but should be, is memoir Take You Wherever You Goby one of Broadway’s most acclaimed directors Kenny Leon. So check these out!
Our Hot Pick
Skin & Earth by Lights
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Based on Lights album of the same name, Skin&Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveals a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the Tempest Corporation, the adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery that ties in with the 14-track corresponding album is compiled for the first time here with the complete comic book series and album in one epic interactive collected edition!
The megastar Lights, who is known by millions for her indie alt-electropop music, has just proven the reach of her talents is never-ending with this incredibly unique and stunning graphic novel. The drawings, which Lights created herself, are the perfect addition to an already exhilarating story. It’s no surprise that a television adaptation of the story is already in the works; you don’t want to miss this!
Our Beach Read
Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novel by Ted Bell
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On a ski vacation in the Swiss Alps high above St. Moritz, Alex Hawke and his young son, Alexei, are thrust into danger when the tram carrying them to the top of the mountain bursts into flame, separating the two. Before he can reach Alexei, the boy is snatched from the burning cable car by unknown assailants in a helicopter.
Meanwhile, high above the skies of France, Vladimir Putin is aboard his presidential jet after escaping a bloodless coup in the Kremlin. When two flight attendants collapse and slip into unconsciousness, the Russian leader realizes the danger isn’t over. Killing the pilots, he grabs a parachute, steps out of the plane . . . and disappears.
If you’re a fan of the Alex Hawke novels (or even just a fan of thrillers in general) you can trust me when I say, this is not a novel you will want to miss out on! The plot will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end; filled with twists, turns, thrills, and more, this book is one that will not be easy to forget (but you wouldn’t want to)!
Our Dark Horse
Take You Wherever You Go by Kenny Leon
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When Kenny Leon’s grandmother told him to “take you wherever you go,” she could hardly have anticipated that he would establish himself as one of Broadway’s most exciting and acclaimed directors. But through years of hard work, Kenny would migrate from a small wooden house in rural Florida to the Tony Awards’ stage, where he would win Best Direction of a Play for his 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun.
In TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO, Leon reflects on the pillars of wisdom he learned every step of the way from the most important people in his life-from his grandmother’s sagacious and encouraging motivations to the steady hand of his mother to the deep artistic and social influence of iconic American playwright August Wilson.
TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO is a poignant, ruminative, and inspirational memoir that empowers you to be true to yourself as you navigate your own path.
Kenny Leon is widely known for his work in the theatre and on the stage but, in this poignant, detailed memoir, he does something entirely different by telling us his story on the page. This book will teach you everything you could possibly want to know about life on Broadway, while also detailing the stumbles and falls of one man as he chases after success. This book will break your heart, all while still uplifting and inspiring you to keep going!
If you happened to be bobbing around on this planet between the years 1992-1997, then you may remember the Goosebumpsseries.
Goosebumps was a series of children’s horror fiction novels written by the one and only R.L. Stine depicting everything from possessed dummies, monsters made of green slime, demonic lawn gnomes, haunted masks, and more. They were fun, they were spooky, and they held a pretty important part in defining a generation. But, how could they not? There were sixty-two books released in a span of just five years, along with four seasons of an accompanying series. Goosebumps was everywhere! And everyone watched along, hiding under the covers, ready to be scared! Not to mention that fact that celebrities such as Ryan Gosling, Jack Black, Hayden Christensen, and more starred in leading roles within the Goosebumps world.
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Watching Goosebumps was an integral part of growing up for many of us and now, in the ripe year of 2018, while those of us who may have enjoyed the Goosebumps franchise during it’s 1990’s heyday are now fumbling our way through adulthood, an entirely new R.L. Stine series is in the works for an entirely new generation to feast upon, cower from, and devour.
The series is all part of a four-book original graphic novel deal R.L. Stine has just made with BOOM! Studios. When asked about the new deal, Stine was quoted saying:
I’m so lucky to have been able to scare so many generations of kids. Now I feel lucky to be going just beyond Goosebumps to a whole new medium of fright and chilling laughs. I’m hoping that BOOM! is the sound of an explosion of fun in a whole new world for me.
Oh wow, that statement alone may have just warmed my cold, millennial heart. I can’t wait for this new series, and to see all of the new thrills and haunts R.L. Stine will surely bring about to the world!
The series will be released through BOOM! Studios KaBOOM!imprint in the fall of 2019.