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Continuing our month into Halloween movies for kiddos, week three found us hovering around a timeless classic, a new love and two VERY kid-friendly Halloween stories. Not many tricks this time, only treats and not much to spook anyone, but a few to melt the heart.
Here’s how our rating works;
One pumpkin for each of the following categories:
3- teach a lesson of some sort
4- have great music that moves the story and/or makes the spooky parts better
5- reference Halloween at least ONCE in the film.
Additionally, one “harvest moon” is awarded by each of them when they decide it’s a keeper. This is like their “bonus point”.
Stop the presses and hold the phones….
Guys… there’s a Buffy book for children and I am FLIPPING OUT right now!! You do NOT want to miss this!!
Week two of our Halloween Movie Countdown comes to a close with some beautiful, spooky, thunderstormy (yes, I just made that word up) weather as I write this. Perfect weather for Halloween movies! Curl up with a cozy blanket, a warm drink and check out what we watched this week!
It’s time for our first review recap! It was a busy week of decorating, movie watching and getting our Halloween groove on.
While watching our movies, we chose a simple rating system. They have to be 1- spooky, 2- charming, 3- teach a lesson of some sort, 4- have great music and 5- reference Halloween at least ONCE in the film. Additionally, they have to actually ENJOY it; one “harvest moon” is awarded when they decide it’s worth watching again.
Read on to see what we reviewed first!
So, it’s no secret; our family LOVES Halloween season. Check out what we’re doing this year to get our whole family into the haunted holiday spirit!
In this episode AJ is joined by a very special guest to help him continue on his quest to episode #200.
Listen as they review Ocean’s 8, E3, and the Incredibles 2.
All of this plus the news!!
The new story is packed with Buffy-esque action and Jessica Jones-like character drama
Writer Caitlin Kittredge (THROWAWAYS, Coffin Hill) and artist Roberta Ingranata put a contemporary spin on the classic WITCHBLADE—first co-created by Image Comics co-founder and partner, Marc Silvestri, with Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl—WITCHBLADE, VOL. 1 trade paperback will collect issues #1-6. It will hit stores this July.
Gunned down and left for dead on a New York rooftop, Alex Underwood’s life should have ended there—but instead, at the moment of death, she became host to The Witchblade, a mystical artifact that grants the woman wielding it extraordinary powers. But those powers come with a heavy cost, and Alex soon finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC.
Image Comics/Skybound is pleased to announce a special WALKING DEAD 15TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET stuffed with over 3,300 pages of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s walkers, Survivors, Saviors and a barbwire bat named Lucille—just in time for readers to enjoy in the days leading up to this year’s THE WALKING DEAD DAY on Saturday, October 13th.
“I can’t quite believe it’s been 15 years. This is an amazing box set and it’s something that I would be proud to have on my bookshelf…” said Adlard. “Here’s to the next anniversary!”
This deluxe boxset includes THE WALKING DEAD Compendiums 1, 2, and 3—each with exclusive, new covers—collecting the first 144 issues of the New York Timesbestselling survival horror series from Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. It also includes an exclusive, expanded edition of the HERE’S NEGAN trade paperback, which now features the previously uncollected origins of Michonne, Tyrese, the Governor, and Morgan. This box promises to be the most complete collection of THE WALKING DEAD ever assembled and is a cannot-miss experience for the ultimate fan.
THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM 15TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET which will retail for $200, will be available on Wednesday, October 3rd and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 11th.
“A sublime piece of futurism that is both entertaining in its absurdity and terrifying in its predictions.” —Clive Barker
“A masterful blend of message and sensation.” —Vita Ayala
“Not just good, but important. A haunting shot across the bow of the worst the internet has to offer. A stunning and electric debut.” —Donny Cates
The trade paperback of the critically acclaimed, Eisner nominated, NO. 1 WITH A BULLET from writer Jacob Semahn (GONERS, Marvel’s Spider-Man) and artist Jorge Corona (GONERS, Feathers, Big Trouble in China: Old Man Jack) will hit stores on June 6th and collects issues #1-6 of the series.
Her social media: strong. Her variety show segments: a hit. Nash Huang is at the top of her game. But when the iRis Shutter contact lens hits the market, Nash’s personal life is invaded. The latest leap forward in ‘technological progress,’ these contacts not only play video or augment reality… they also record footage. Fighting to keep her life together after a sex tape goes viral, a clingy super fan is the last thing on Nash’s mind. But then the bodies start to pile up… and the terror begins.
Part invasion horror, part grounded science-fiction, NO. 1 WITH A BULLET paints a very real picture of our world on a personal level and takes a critical and highly relevant look into today’s social media status quo. A world where technology has integrated itself so completely into everyday life that nothing is safe from online scrutiny and, by effect, the dark depths that our digital lives can bring.
The NO. 1 WITH A BULLET trade paperback (Diamond Code: MAR180610, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0671-4) is available in comic shops on Wednesday, June 6th and in bookstores on Tuesday, June 12th. It can be ordered online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that KICK-ASS #7 will launch an exciting new story arc for the series and introduce an all-new creative team to the KICK-ASS brand—Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin—who will succeed original series creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
“When we sold Millarworld to Netflix, the one and only downside was not being able to write more Kick-Ass with my new executive role, and so I did the next best thing—I got my favourite writer to continue Patience Lee’s adventures,” said Millar. “Steve Niles is without question my favourite writer in comics, and I rank 30 Days of Night as my favourite graphic novel of the last 20 years. I’m honoured he’s taken the time to do this and slightly in awe that, like Jeff Lemire on Hit-Girl, he’s already outclassed me on this book. I finally get to enjoy Kick-Ass as a reader!”
Romita Jr. added: “I’m lucky enough to work with Mark again, but even luckier to have worked on Kick-Ass again, as well. Every time someone worries that the same old, same old is in line for another go ’round with a title, Mark Millar completely crosses people up with something completely different.
My attempt on every new panel, page, and story is to do something different. I think Peter Steigerwald and I have managed to do that, and Peter’s brilliant color art is so vital to that difference. Overall, the three of us have provided something unexpected, and in all humility, excellent! I’m proud to have worked with Mark, Peter, John Workman and editor Rachael Fulton on this Kick-Ass title and so thrilled to hand the reins over to Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin. I’m confident these two great talents will grab a hold and run with Kick-Ass seamlessly.
I can only speak for myself, but I will severely miss this lady in the Kick-Ass costume. Pretty sure Mark and Peter agree.”
In KICK-ASS #7—Kick-Ass has wiped out Hoops Lucero and seized control of his criminal operations, but Violencia’s set to bust out of jail and get his bloody revenge on our favorite superhero.
“I am really happy to continue the superb work of Mark and John on Kick-Ass,” said Frusin. “The new character is gorgeous and I enjoy working on the book every day. I like drawing the world of Kick-Ass and its villains—Steve’s scripts are wonderful and the color work Sunny is doing is amazing. It’s great to have a team like this. I love doing Kick-Ass!”
Niles added: “I am absolutely having the time of my life working on Kick-Ass. It’s a thrill to be continuing the work set out by Mark and John and wonderful to be working with Marcelo and Sunny.”
KICK-ASS #7 hits stores on Wednesday, September 19th.