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When you hear the knell of a requiem bell, weird glows gleam where spirits dwell…
Happy Halloween, my dear Evil Geeks! Here’s one last Hall-O-Reads for you, before we take our pumpkins to the curb and smash ’em. With Justice League coming soon to theaters near us, I’ve been devouring so many DC titles to tide myself over until the big day. After the New 52, I was turned off from current books for a while, but I’m just starting to read some of the Rebirth titles and I’m really enjoying them! Naturally, I’m a fan of all things spooky, so when I saw DC House of Horror hit the shelves of my local comic shop, I knew I needed to read it.
First of all, the one thing that caught my eye before anything else was Wonder Woman on the cover. She’s right at the top of the art, as you can see here. I was drawn to her because she looks super banshee/Sindel from Mortal Kombat-esque, and she’s playing a violin for some reason.
While Wonder Woman is not a banshee in this comic, nor does she play violin, she and the other prominent Justice League members get featured in this Elseworlds AU, where the writers imagine canon events with a bit of a horror spin. For example, Superman as a creepy alien monster trying to murder the Kents’. Some of the stories I found to be a bit rushed and confusing, but I did have a few favorite stories from this special.
My personal favorite, Stray Arrow, imagines Green Arrow as a mass murderer, who has Black Canary locked in a cage in his basement. Ultimately, she kicks his ass and breaks out of there, but I thought it was not too far off from the way he was portrayed in Arrow a few seasons back. Although many other critics panned this story, I also really enjoyed the “mentally unstable Billy Batson” story, where ‘Shazam’ is the Mr. Hyde to Billy’s Jekyll, so to speak.
There were also some stories that elicited an actual “what the fuck” reaction from me, and the one that left me scratching my head the longest was certainly “Man’s World”, the Wonder Woman short story. In this story, Wonder Woman’s spirit possesses a woman, who is then extremely eager to spill the blood of men who have so wronged women in society. To me, this seemed super contrived and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at it. I would have much preferred a violin playing banshee. A close second for most WTF story is “Crazy For You”, where Harley Quinn’s ghost causes a man to kill his wife, and eventually, he is driven mad by her apparition, and continues to kill people, while not in control of his body. Spoiler: This is not a feminist Harley Quinn like the one that DC attempted to bring out in Suicide Squad. In the 3 or so pages of this story, she tries to flash her breasts at least twice.
While this comic was good, it certainly isn’t worth the hefty $9.99 price tag. The art was pretty awesome, and I especially liked the style in “Crazy For You” that helped by giving us unsettling and eerie imagery of Harley’s ghost. If you’re a horror fan, and a DC fan excited for Justice League, this may be a nice addition to your collection, but if you’re debating dropping the $9.99 on it, you might want to wait for it to show up in the bargain bin.
Well, Evil Geeks, it’s been a pleasure for me to grace you with these Hall-O-Reads throughout the spooky season. I wish that I had more time to keep pumping these out. I will most definitely continue to bring you some spooky treats throughout the rest of the year, and am definitely still interested in hearing all of your favorite horror reads to keep me going until next Halloween.
Have a happy and safe Halloween, y’all, and happy reading! And remember, David S. Pumpkins is always with us.
“Oh, I didn’t mean to frighten you prematurely; the real chills come later. Now, as they say, look alive…”
Greetings, Evil Geeks! As Halloween fast approaches, our last few ‘Hall-O-Reads” are upon us as well. But, not to fret, I have some great reads to get us through until the big day. Although the reviews I’ve done thus far have all been comic books, I decided to include a novel that I think might be one of my favorite horror titles thus far.
Stranger Things has definitely peaked my interest in the simpler time of the 1980’s, and I’ve always been a fan of nostalgia, so when I saw this title in my local book store, I couldn’t resist picking it up. They say not to judge a book by it’s cover — but when the cover has art as cool as this one, I think it’s justified. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix is by far, the best horror title I have read in a while. The premise is essentially teen-angst movie, mixed with pure horror and Exorcist goodness. Think Jennifer’s Body, but well written, and actual quality. Many of the reviews compare it to Heathers as well, and I think it’s definitely an accurate comparison.
The story is about Abby, lonely, homely and awkward, finding a friend in the new girl in town, Gretchen. Gretchen’s parents are strict and, like many other people in the time, live in fear of Satanism. So, imagine their shock and disbelief when their daughter starts acting very unlike herself. Soon, Gretchen’s little attitude adjustments start causing more problems than just average, run of the mill high school drama, and Abby has to enlist the help of an exorcist to rid the demon from her best friend’s body.
The story is actually surprisingly relatable, and the symbolism of a “friend possessed by a demon” is definitely on par with some of my own high school friends. We’ve all had that one friend who leaves us to “go to the dark side”, so to speak, and might be acting differently now that they’ve entered high school age. I found Hendrix’s writing to be extremely captivating, his sharp wit coupled with the way he conveys the typical 80’s tropes come across on the page like a John Hughes’ film would on the screen. I found myself wondering who they would cast in a film version, and could very easily see this story play out on the screen. (Sean and James Gunn, you should take this one on…I’m begging you!)
This story is equal parts hilarious and dark, giving you just the right amount of scary and silly. It’s also quite a quick read, I literally left a convention after-party to come back to my room and read this one, and that’s saying something! The ending is quite surprising as well, and also kind of emotional. I definitely didn’t expect that from this book, but it really was a wild ride from start to finish. Additionally, the each chapter of the story has an 80’s hit song as the title — which actually makes for an excellent playlist to jam out to while you read the book. I’ve actually created a playlist for it, that you can listen to here!
I definitely think this should be added to everyone’s libraries, but would recommend this one for YA audiences particularly, as there are some scenes that might be too delicate for some little stomachs. This one is a must read for the Halloween season!
Reader, beware, you’re in for a scare!
Welcome back, guys and ghouls!
Spooky season is in full swing, and now it’s socially acceptable for me to be talking about Halloween. For the record, I celebrate it on a year long cycle, and the Halloween radio station remains in my Pandora permanently, but I digress…
Today’s Hall-O-Reads is inspired by the horror tales of my youth. I honestly don’t think I’d be as into the horror genre as a whole without the existence of the Goosebumps series by R.L Stine. Not only did I devour these books, I tuned in to the T.V. show in all its’ cheesy, 90’s glory as well. (And to be honest, Slappy the dummy really does scare the snot out of me, even to this day.)
So when I found out that R.L. Stine wrote a “Man Thing” comic for Marvel, I knew I had to check it out for myself. I’ll start out by saying that I’d never read any Man Thing before, but this title was super accessible to new fans of the character, like myself. The R.L Stine, reimagined Man Thing, has taken himself to Hollywood, in the attempt to become a star of the silver screen. However, his ghastly appearance does not test well with audiences, so he ultimately returns to his roots at the Florida swamp he came from. Although he appears to be a lumbering creature, Man Thing is actually quite sentient, and has even re-developed his powers of speech.
The story progresses, with Man Thing’s adventures to a Python World (you’re reading that correctly. Python World.) And even includes a surprise, twist ending, reminiscent of the Goosebumps stories I loved so much as a child.
I was super excited to read this book, and while I did like it, I think I had higher hopes for the book as a whole. The art is pretty awesome, and I definitely am glad I have this omnibus in my collection, however, I feel like the story was missing something, an unknown element of sorts, that I can’t quite put my finger on. I think I expected this to be a bit scarier, or to resemble some of the B-movies I love so much.
My hope is that we will see some more comics from R.L Stine in the future, as this trade paperback included some short comic panels of original Stine stories, that were actually a lot more inventive and exciting than Man Thing, in my opinion.
I do recommend this book to any fans of R.L. Stine, and I definitely love the idea and premise of Man Thing. I will definitely be looking for more of his stories to read in the near future. This book is probably even okay for some younger children as well.
Thanks for joining me for this edition of Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O-Reads, stay tuned for some more spooky reading suggestions from your favorite spooky, scary, Evil Geek, coming soon to a blog near you.
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Evil Geek Book Report: Special Edition – Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O-Reads : The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Welcome, foolish mortals…
As autumn rolls its way through the Upstate region (even though it’s actually 95 degrees out as I write this — curse you global warming!) and the end of September draws nigh, the spooky season is now upon us! There’s nothing I love more than curling up with some chilling tales and a cup of tea during this time of year, so I decided to write up some of my favorites in what I like to call Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O Reads! So grab some cider donuts, light a candle, and gather ’round.
The first edition of Hall-O-Reads comes straight to you from the Archie Comics’ universe. Just this week, news broke that there was a new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series in development from the team that is currently bringing us the sexy goodness that is Riverdale. (For my review of Riverdale, click here — I highly suggest catching up on Netflix before the new season airs in early October.)
The series is said to be based on the ongoing comic title, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch , which I’ve heard great things about, and also a great many complaints, due to the fact that the people at Archie Comics have been publishing these books at a near glacial pace. But don’t get too mad at them, folks! They’re busy bringing us more Riverdale, so naturally, all is forgiven there. Well, at least from me.
Naturally, with all this Sabrina news, I decided to give the comic a try. I was a huge fan of the TGIF series growing up, and I’ve always loved the Archie Comics universe. I will, however, state first that this is not your TGIF Sabrina by a long shot. Much darker and with a slightly Satanic edge, this comic really pushes the edge on what you know to be the Archie Comics universe. You see familiar faces, such as Hilda, Zelda and Salem, but they’re definitely not the goofy characters you remember. I won’t spoil anything for you, but let’s just say Salem REALLY liked the ladies and Harvey isn’t the guy you remember.
The barebones plot of the comics is that Sabrina tries to navigate being a powerful half witch with her teenage lifestyle. On her sixteenth birthday, she must either accept her responsibility to become a witch, or be a mortal forever. Her father, Edward’s ex flame — aka Madam Satan, returns and is determined to wreak havoc and chaos on the Spellman family, by targeting the object of Sabrina’s affections — her beloved Harvey.
I’ve yet to read Afterlife with Archie, but I noticed that it definitely ties into that story as well, so I may give that a chance too, but I will say that the Riverdale gang plays a significant role in Sabrina’s story as well. Basically, if you ever wanted to see Betty and Veronica summon a demon, this is definitely the comic for you!
Additionally, the art is absolutely gorgeous, and some of the variant covers are super cool. My personal favorite cover is one that mirrors the movie poster for Carrie. I love the classic look of the characters and the simplistic style used throughout the comics, that pays homage to the 1950’s-1960’s era that the comic takes place in.
Issues 1-8 are currently available, with the series itself beginning in 2014. I was able to pick up all of the issues at once (shout out to the amazing crew at Earthworld Comics in Albany — who I swore by even before they decided to pay me regularly, for the record…) and will anxiously be waiting for the next installment, which is set to hit comic shops in December of this year!
I will say that this story is super accessible to someone who hasn’t read Archie in a number of years, aside from the Riverdale tie in comics — and is a great spooky read to get you in the mood for this season.
That’s all for this edition of Undiesofwondy’s Hall-O-Reads, stay tuned for some more spooky reading suggestions from your favorite spooky, scary, Evil Geek!
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Back when I was younger, when I was dragged to the supermarket with my mother and grandmother, occasionally I was treated to an Archie digest. I practically consumed them, and looked forward to seeing what sandwiches Jughead was eating these days, watched Betty and Veronica vie for Archie’s affections, mentally facepalmed over whatever stupid crap Moose and Reggie were up to, and so on. Archie Comics hold a special part in my heart, as they were some of the first comics I’d ever gotten my hands on. My love for Archie went from there to listening to ‘Sugar, Sugar’ on repeat, to watching this VHS tape repeatedly.
Which, oddly enough, seems to me like they got the basis for ‘Riverdale’, in the first place. (I’ll have to revisit it and let everyone know!)
But seriously, who would have thought Archie, Jughead and the gang would make for a hot teen drama?
Full disclosure, I am a sucker for trashy TV. Reality shows, yes. Dramas, you betcha. Teen Dramas? You have my complete attention there. This summer I binged the entire 90210 reboot on Netflix. I signed the petition to #BringBackNashville. And here I am, fully onboard for the Riverdale TV show, something I’d been looking forward to for months now. Even more so, since ‘Stranger Things’ cast member Shannon Purser (aka KWEEN BARB) signed on to play Ethel Muggs. (I swear on all that is holy, CW, if you kill her on this show, you will have to answer to ME.)
I’ll be the first to say that Riverdale, as a premise for a show, is utterly ridiculous. It is the raunchy, gritty, Archie we never needed. The writing is subpar at best, and the slutty Twin Peaks’ aesthetic is impossible to ignore. But GODDAMN AM I HOOKED.
Let’s start with Exhibit A, Archie Andrews.
Seriously. That’s him.
Yes, guys. Archie. The dude who wore sweater vests in the majority of those comics. He has abs for days.In all seriousness, ‘Riverdale’ Archie is a babe. And the guy who plays him is Australian. How can we go wrong here? Archie is the FUCKING MAN. He’s got this brooding bad boy lurking underneath his boy next door persona. He’s starting to write AND play his own music! He plays football! Hangs out with hot girls! And still has time to bang his teacher!
If you just heard the sound of brakes screeching to a halt, good, you’ve been paying attention. If you didn’t, go back and reread the last line of the above paragraph. Yep, you saw that correctly. Archie is boning Ms. Geraldine Grundy.
Yes, that Miss Grundy. Isn’t her outfit the epitome of style? Only she doesn’t look this way on the CW. No, no. She looks like this instead.
Quite the difference from page to screen, there. And no, clearly the CW writers didn’t consider how weird it was to have these old fashioned names in a modern day show. I never thought I’d say that Miss Grundy was bangin’, but here we are. Since the actors are probably the same age, their tryst doesn’t seem weird to someone casually viewing the show, but when you consider that he’s supposed to be underage, and not like, he’s a senior in high school underaged…more like…HE’S A SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL. Ew. Miss Grundy. Control your loins. What’s worse, Archie seems to be in love with her. Yikes.
That’s pretty bad news for Betty, who is (unintentionally) comically friendzoned by Archie at the end of this episode. Bummer.
But speaking of Betty, while as a solo character she hasn’t won me over yet, the Betty/Veronica dynamic is AMAZING. I love that they didn’t take the typical “GRR I LIKE YOUR BOYFRIEND, NOW WE MUST FIGHT AND HATE ONE ANOTHER IMMEDIATELY” route, and that Veronica actually seems to be morally aware. Veronica, by the way, is completely spot on. They seem to have done away with her more ditzy side, and have portrayed her as the new girl in town, soon to be head bitch in charge. Oh, and if you grew up reading Archie comics and had high hopes for Betty and Veronica to make out for no specific reason, you’re in luck!
I thought it was kind of shitty of the writers to put a “two girls kissing for attention” thing in there, especially when they were tauting themselves in their promos as more culturally aware, having LGBT+ characters in the show. This type of stuff, to me at least, seems like a setback. But back to that head bitch in charge thing…
Any Archie readers remember this vixen? Cheryl Blossom, the character that was deemed “too sexual for a children’s comic”. Seriously, I remember reading some Archie comics with her in them and being SERIOUSLY uncomfortable. ‘Riverdale’s’ incarnation of Cheryl also makes me uncomfortable. The main plot this season seems to be centered around Cheryl and her twin brother, Jason Blossom. The Blossom twins, from my perspective, seem to have some incestuous crap going on, and Cheryl Blossom seems like she’s off her rocker. She’s got all the sass of Regina George, mixed with a bit of Alison DiLaurentis (Pretty Little Liars) craziness. She’s head cheerleader, of course, and she seems to want to make Betty, specifically, suffer.
The actress playing her nails the mixture of creepy/bitchy and is a perfect dynamic to throw into the whole Betty/Veronica shenanigans. It’ll be nice for them to have a common enemy, and I’m intrigued to know what’s in store for Cheryl Blossom.
Other highights of the ‘Riverdale’ premiere include super-out-of the closet Kevin Keller and hiding-in-the closet/hung like a horse/ secretly going to get a blowjob from Kevin by the river Moose, potential incest plotline featuring the Blossom twins, dead people in the river where in the closet gays go to get their dick sucked, an Archie and Veronica make out scene, Luke Perry as Archie’s dad, and my personal favorite –a Josie and the Pussycats cast entirely by African American actresses. And they are fucking FIERCE.
I’m already looking forward to their return, hopefully actual songs that will be released on iTunes as well, and to see what role they play in Riverdale.
I’ll definitely be tuning into Riverdale for the foreseeable future. We still have to see hipster/sexually ambiguous Jughead (Played by Cole Sprouse) and solve a murder, people! Oh, and hopefully we can see some more shirtless Archie, too.
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Let’s rewind back to Valentine’s Day. A time where many women blow money on lingerie for their significant others, to when men spend big bucks on jewelry, flowers, and giant stuffed animals. I celebrated by ordering a Captain Phasma suit.
I shit you not, Evil Geeks. I had the option to review and wear plus sized lingerie, but chose to be Captain Phasma instead. Anyway…it’s long past February so this review and the photoshoot is super overdue, but better late than never, right friends?
With Halloween right around the corner, I would highly recommend this Phasma costume to my other Star Wars: The Force Awakens loving peeps. It’s made of foam so you don’t have the discomfort and immobility caused by full armored suits (believe me, real molded armor is not fun or ideal for Halloween drinking or comfort in general). You won’t be able to pee in real armor, but this costume is velcro back so it makes it MEGA easy and functional. It’s so comfortable, it’s comparable to one of those onesie pajamas. Yet, instead of looking cute and cuddly, you look metal and badass. The helmet is one of my favorite things about this costume as well. It comes in two pieces so you can easily adjust it to the shape of your own head. It’s padded inside for extra comfort/to absorb the inevitable sweat that occurs when you wear masks. It’s made of plastic, but not the super thin or cheap kind of plastic. This helmet is actually sturdy and looks amazing. I also really love the cape. It’s made to drape just right over one shoulder and looks fierce. The only issues I had with this costume were that it doesn’t come with gloves (I’m wearing my own in this photo), and that there’s a bit of a gap where the helmet ends and the neckline begins, which is a quick and easy fix– turtleneck under-armour does the trick.
You can easily modify this costume to higher quality as well — my long term goal for this outfit is to use clear Worbla thermoplastic to make a hard outer shell armor to go over the suit! Also, to make the fabric shinier/more metallic. I’ll give this costume a 4.5/5!
Thanks to CostumeSupercenter for sponsoring this outfit! You can grab this and tons of other sweet costumes at their website, http://costumesupercenter.com/. Happy Halloween!