Outside: A Graphic Anthology of New Horror Fiction — Geek Syndicate

Outside: A Graphic Anthology of New Horror Fiction OUTSIDE wraparound visuals Released in collaboration with TOPICS BERLIN and PURE STORY Productions, OUTSIDE has been carefully curated to provide readers with a diverse and powerful collection of twisted stories. The book is available from the website or from the Topics Bookshop in Berlin. OUTSIDE illustrated poem…

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‘Mech Cadet Yu’ Promoted to Ongoing Series at BOOM! Studios — Outright Geekery

After selling out the week of release at the distributor level BOOM! Studios is excited to announce that the MECH CADET YU has been upgraded to an ongoing series. The post ‘Mech Cadet Yu’ Promoted to Ongoing Series at BOOM! Studios appeared first on Outright Geekery.

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LEGION- TV Review

Alright so this show was originally shown back around Feb/April time but I have only just got to watching all of it in just over one week with my wife. I had read and heard so many good things about this show, seen many funny and quirky gifs and clips. Right back then months ago, I did start to watch the first episode but well…life got right in the way. This happens from time to time.

So with LEGION what have we got? This is a show connected to the X-Men comicbook and film series. Not exactly a real spin-off show, but the characters do come from that same place and in future the show may overlap with the films. This is not just the X-Men you already know for small screen pleasure. No, this show and this main character LEGION/David Haller are both very complex, tricky things to understand right away but enjoyably so.

This is not a superhero comicbook show like the Arrow, Flash, Smallville and others. Legion or David is a very sick and confused young man and also a mutant-but he does not know that part right away. He is diagnosed with schizophrenia and in a mental hospital. We meet him when some unusual men in suits come to question him one day. This does not go well. Soon after David is outside, having escaped with a young woman called Sydney (also a patient inside) and he goes with her to join a secret group who say they can help him with himself and the real truth.

From the very start this is a highly unusual quirky, funny, strange show. If you have been becoming bored or tired with the very familiar mutant heroes of the X-Men world, well here we get a much more troubled and difficult character. David narrates his past early in the show but how much of it is the real truth? How much of it is real memory, fantasy or even thoughts from his other personalities?

So while that does seem very challenging to get to grips with there is steady regular humour through the series. It knows that the premise is bizarre and kooky so it gives us that with a sly wink and knowing style. It often pays homage to films such as 12 Monkeys, Fight Club, One Flow Over the Cuckoos Nest and many others. There are regular often hilarious musical sequences cut between the equally very dark and troubling memories and forces show within David and chasing him.

Like the Deadpool movie, this show offers us something much different to the usual superhero action and buff and beautiful perfection all the way. LEGION can almost be uncomfortable at times, as it focuses on personal psychological trauma and mental states. It is based on a comicbook, but like the recent Netflix Marvel shows it can come across as very real and quite powerful emotionally at times.

Will everyone like this show? Possibly not. Will everyone keep track of it, follow the plot and understand it all the way to the end of the series? I’ll be honest there were two or three times at least where I almost lost track and had to stop and mentally go back a little. This is not a simple action adventure run-of-the-mill show like Legends of Tomorrow or Arrow. At times you have to pay really good attention to where the story is with this crazy gem.

Alright so it doesn’t perhaps work all the way right through the series, but really just about. It could simply be that we’re watching a superhero comicbook tale but the villain is not a totally straight forward regular kind of enemy we see in the Marvel or DC movies. David is not exactly a simple nice or likable hero character and so far into the show we almost think it could be that we really don’t like this guy any longer. He new mutant friends are also a damaged and interesting bunch of characters. Some of them not telling the whole truth, some of them scared, confused or angry with him and events around them.

Like I said earlier though it is often a very funny show, but it is a show which balances very well a number of dramatic and emotional styles. The producers and writers obviously had a good deal of courage and faith in this very different comicbook show but it has really worked for them.

If you are a fan of the X-Men films and the Marvel Netflix shows you should really give this a go right now.

 

James E. Parsons is author of two SF books Orbital Kin and Minerva Century books out now in all good bookshops and online shops. His first horror novel is due late 2017.

Look Out For … Nights of the Living Dead edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A Romero — This Is Horror

Look Out For … Nights of the Living Dead edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A Romero “It’s with a reflective mood that we’re looking forward to seeing what some of the genres finest writers are bringing to the very start of Romero’s legacy” In 1968 the world experienced a brand new kind of terror…

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Ness confirms he wouldn’t be involved with Class year 2 — Sci-Fi Bulletin: Exploring the Universes of SF, Fantasy

If Doctor Who spin-off Class is eventually picked up for a second year, then creator Patrick Ness won’t be involved. “I decided awhile back that, with unbelievable regret, I won’t be writing any more Class, even if a season 2 moves ahead,” he wrote on Twitter on June 4. “It has been the MOST amazing […]

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Netflix’s Sense8 is Cancelled After Only Two Seasons — Welcome to the Legion!

Netflix’s Sense8 is Cancelled After Only Two Seasons Netflix’s most compelling LGBTQA sci-fi series Sense8 has officially come to an end, after only two seasons and one HUGE cliffhanger. Sigh…. “After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end,” Cindy Holland, VP Netflix original content, said…

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Stake Land 2 :Film Review 2017

A sequel to Stake Land which came in 2010, it has been a gap of a few years but it seems to get right back to the feel and look of that film quickly and with ease. There had been quite a bit of positive respect for the first movie at the time as it seemed to offer something with a slightly different take of the vampire/dystopian future story which had been lacking in cinemas at that time.

I did like that first film even if I did maybe feel slightly let down or confused at what had felt like very high praise, possibly too high. It was a good film though which did try to do something different enough even if it did not change the vampire/horror genre totally.

The thing that did stand out for me with the original was how the blood of the vampires in that first film seemed to appear almost like tar-very black and thick. It may have just been the setting on my television…

This new sequel has come to Netflix suddenly I was curious to see if the next chapter of the story would be worth viewing. It have a different director this time, but it has continuity as it retains the same writer whom is also the main older lead character known only as ‘Mister’.

The first film followed a young man who joins with the mysterious ‘Mister’ in a potential near future ruined world plagued by rabid vampires as the pair of them travel across to a safer place. This sequel picks up the story a while later when the pair have been separated. The young man called Martin travels alone until finally reuniting with Mister. They also save a young feral girl and move together to take down the Brotherhood.

This sequel has come when audiences have been watching shows such as the hugely popular The Walking Dead and movies like The Hunger Games. People are very familiar with bleak future dystopian lands on screen. While there are unavoidable similarities with The Walking Dead and many modern zombie movies this sequel does manage to mostly move forward with a storyline which just about keeps us interested. the Brotherhood were introduced in the first film, which stood as a symbol for what religions can often do when not held back by state or led by the most immoral and crazed leaders. As with The Walking Dead where the zombies regularly are a background threat to the narrative, vampires here are around and get in the way but the story about much more than  simply bloodsucking terror.

The concept of the ruined dystopian world run wild and lawless with all kinds of barbaric human violence besides vampires stalking around is no fresh thing here, and so the writer of Stake Land 2 continues to explore the relationship between young Martin and Mister and what is now happening with the deadly Brotherhood religion/cult. It is not taken too far, and does remind of a few 80’s fantasy movies such as Willow as well as other zombie survival flicks from Romero and others and also I am Legend.

It is really the cinematography of the film and the acting which kept me in my seat until the end. Like the first film it does look visually very convincing-vast oppressive skies, stark dried out bare landscapes around the characters. The main actors also seemed to have really built a strong connection and work well together, all very suited to their individual roles.

While it may not seem very original among the increasing numbers of dystopian post-apocalyptic movies and years of The Walking Dead on television, it is still a good enough sequel to a special first movie. There is not really too much in the way of real serious vampire imagery or gore. This is a film about a young man maturing into a grown adult and stepping right into the vampire hunter role of his adopted father figure Mister.

A contemplative but still adventurous dystopian horror sequel journey.

James E. Parsons is author of SF books Orbital Kin and Minerva Century both available now in amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones and all good bookshops in paperback, ebook and hardback. His first horror novel is published later in 2017.

 

The 17th annual Sci-Fi London Film Festival will run from the 27th April until the 6th May 2017 across London with ten days of film, live music, immersive experiences and more. This year’s event will showcase 6 world film premieres, 13 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will […]

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