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Review: Doctor Sleep

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Review: Doctor Sleep

In his afterwards, Stephen King points out that he almost didn’t write Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. The trouble with sequels, he points out, is that no matter how brilliant it is, there will always be someone who’ll read it and say “Nope, nope, it’s just not as good.

And he’s right. You can’t help comparing Doctor Sleep to The Shining, and I do think The Shining is the better book by a long shot. But if you can read Doctor Sleep and try to see it on its own merits, as a fun, stand-alone horror story, it’s really enjoyable. And nicely chilling, as any halfway-decent Stephen King book ought to be.

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Comic Issues #163 – Moving Day!

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Comic Issues #163 – Moving Day!

Our favorite comic shop is moving! Don’t worry, they’re not going far. The Villainous Lair Comic Shop and Game Shop are moving just down the street. This week on the podcast we’ll tell you about the new space that’s big enough to hold Magic tournaments, kite-flying, a TARDIS, and a drawbridge. Plus we talk about an exclusive tour of IDW, catching up on Clone Wars, horror movies, and really really weird anime.

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Review – Beasts of Burden: Hunters & Gatherers

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Review – Beasts of Burden: Hunters & Gatherers

If you haven’t checked out Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s title Beasts of Burden, the latest one-shot, Hunters and Gatherers, is a good place to start. The premise is clever and fun; a pack of neighborhood pets become paranormal investigators and save the local animals from monsters. The story is so well written that even if you’ve never read a single issue, you won’t have any trouble figuring out what’s going on.

But it’s Jill Thompson’s watercolor style that really caught my attention. (Not that Dorkin’s writing isn’t awesome, I just fell in love with the art.)

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Review: Annihilation

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Review: Annihilation

Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation, the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, is equal parts science-fiction, horror, and philosophy. It’s well-written, but I don’t think it’s for everybody. I’m pretty sure it’s not for me anyway, but I don’t think that makes it a bad book.

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Comic Issues #161 – The Battle For Your Love

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Comic Issues #161 – The Battle For Your Love

We’re now in the second week of the Throne of Geekdom, where the icons of TV, movies, animation, comics, and games are fighting it out for your love. Remember, it’s not who would win in a fight (because, really, then Superman wins everything.) It’s a battle to see who you love the best.

So on this week’s podcast the crew talks about who’s likely to take it all the way to the Throne, and who’s going to get beaten into oblivion in the first week. Along the way we also talk about Microsoft possibly ditching Xbox, Marvel rewarding their digital buyers, and how 2018 is a liiiiittle long to wait for a new Avatar movie (the blue monkey-cat-people one, not the Airbenders.)

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Comic Issues #160 – Guardians of the Everything Else

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Comic Issues #160 – Guardians of the Everything Else

Like we said last week, everybody’s busy. But somehow we cram in a few things when we’re not at our jobs. Sometimes it’s freelance work, sometimes it’s getting a new place, sometimes it’s watching COMPLETELY AWESOME TRAILERS. And sometimes it’s dealing with the breeding habits of Pokémon. You heard me: Pokémon. Sex.

Join our heroes and heroine as we talk about a completely random assortment of things that fill our days, including (and not limited to) cat toys, romance novels, steampunk atriums, Stan Lee, Guardians of the Galaxy, and that time of year when a young Pokémon’s fancy turns to thoughts of love and that cute little girl Pokémon over there…

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Preview: Secret Avengers #1

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Preview: Secret Avengers #1

This March, run the mission, don’t get seen, save the world. The covert branch of Earth’s Mightiest is back with a new mission, new enemies, and even deadlier threats. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at SECRET AVENGERS #1 from the critically acclaimed creative team of Ales Kot and Michael Walsh.

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