The weekend is upon us, and with it, a chance to sit back, relax and consume massive amounts of sci-fi, fantasy and horror pop culture. In The Geekender, our writers share a bit about what they're reading, watching and playing -- and we want to hear from you. Let us know what's on your plate in the comments!
Trent Moore: I've been on a music kick lately, so this week I put on a vinyl copy of John Carpenter's relatively new Lost Themes record, which sounds like a bunch of 1980s synth/horror soundtrack outtakes to movies you really wish actually existed. I've had it for a while but only took the time this week to really dig in. The album is eerie, engrossing and an excellent jam for fans of Carpenter's unique sound. Think the Halloween theme on dark synth steroids, in the best possible way. If you're looking for something different, this is easily one of the quirkiest, and film-geekiest, records you can buy. Plus, it'll make a great soundtrack once Halloween arrives.
Ernie Estrella: I've been stashing issues of Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordan Bellaire's new ongoing science fiction comic, Injection. It's strange science, paranormal misgivings, folklore and end-of-the-world kind of stuff by the Moon Knight team. It stars five eccentric, but brilliant, members of the Cross-Cultural Contamination Unit who spiked the world with something that changed the planet, which has been suffocating human life. Now they have to save it before it wipes out mankind, a la Fringe or X-Files. It's not an easily digestible, simplistic series where everything you need to know is served on a platter. But this is densely constructed and layered storytelling, which is exactly what I expect with a comic written by Ellis. He gives you bits and pieces of the story when he sees fit, and as I try to piece things together, Shalvey and Bellaire's art will take me away to this wondrous but altered world. That's why I purposely wanted to read the first four issues in one sitting.
Carol Pinchefsky: It's going to be hot this weekend. What better way than to spend it than with a nice cool glass of beat-down? I have a ton of games on Steam that I haven't played, and I'm eyeing some indie games a little more carefully, but I haven't finished Batman: Arkham Knight yet, and then there's always my go-to favorite MMO, Guild Wars 2. I haven't decided which game to power through. I only know that I'm going to be getting my hands dirty.
Jeff Spry: One of the supreme pleasures of comic-book collecting is the annual cracking open of the new edition of Overstreet's Comic Book Price Guide every August and taking a quiet summer afternoon with a pint of hard cider to go through your collection and reprice your valuable issues with color-coded foil stars and price dots. Overstreet's is the bible of comic-book collecting, with price guides for comics dating from the Victorian Age to the Modern Age; record-breaking auction house sales; Hot Lists from collectors, mega-stores and brokers around the world; a Hall of Fame cover gallery; grading definitions; and in-depth articles about particular artists or writers working in the most creative field in the universe. This 2015-2016 edition is a full 1200 pages and stuffed with amazing full-color 50th-anniversary tributes to The Inhumans and Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and a 75th-anniversary salute to Captain Marvel, The Flash and The Spirit. Not bad for 20 bucks! So wish me luck when I check to see if any of my Silver Age Fantastic Fours, Submariners and The Avengers have jumped in value to make me a minor mint! Pass me another gold star!
Don Kaye: I'm headed down to Anaheim this weekend for D23, the Disney-themed fan event that is kind of like the Mouse House's own little version of Comic-Con, and my main reason for going is to attend their two-hour presentation on Saturday previewing all the company's upcoming live-action films -- that includes Marvel and Star Wars, in case you're keeping count. We've already heard that there won't be any new Star Wars footage (which I am still holding out hope is not the case), but what I really, really want to see is the first look at Captain America: Civil War. Yes, we just had an overstuffed Marvel Studios team-up movie come out just this past May, but I'm already jonesing for the next (and hopefully better) one. And, of course, I want glimpses of Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman in the Black Panther suit. Will we get them? I'll let you know tomorrow ...
Krystal Clark: Do you remember Young Justice? It was a superhero series that aired on Cartoon Network for two seasons. It featured Robin, Superboy and Miss Martian, to name a few. It was the best adaptation of DC Comics' younger set I'd ever seen. And yes, that includes Teen Titans. I've decided to revisit the show, because its final season suffered from an inconsistent schedule that made it hard to keep up with the plot. I only vaguely remember how it all ended. To this day, Young Justice's premature cancellation still grinds my gears.
Lisa Granshaw: I'm a bit of an obsessed completionist when it comes to videogames, so this week I'm diving back into Borderlands, hoping to finish some long-overdue achievements I finally have time to tackle. Borderlands is one of only a few first-person shooters I've really enjoyed. I tend to prefer third-person view when exploring or getting into trouble, but this game hooks me every time. Playing as Lilith the Siren, I only miss the third-person view in a few instances, and the only other FPS that has succeeded in that for me is BioShock Infinite. So, while everyone else is out enjoying the weather, I'll be inside enjoying exploring the planet Pandora.
Matt Dorville: OK, quick confession: I love midnight movies. There's an energy and recklessness to movies that happen at midnight that doesn't occur during the rest of the day. I think that brash indulgence of watching a movie at midnight that, most likely, you've already seen is associated with careless youth, and someday, I know, I will outgrow them. But that is not this weekend. This particular weekend, I'm going to side with the foolhardy people who ignore their need for sleep and see one of my favorite horror films, Alien. It's a movie that I love to go back to again and again. Ian Holm and Tom Skerrit are so good in it, and there's a raw grittiness to the science fiction of the late '70s, early '80s that I particularly enjoy. I might need a little more Swedish Fish to stay up than usual, but I know when the movie starts, I'll be as excited as I was when I saw my first midnight movie at age 13.
Evan Hoovler: This weekend, I'm doing a careful analysis of the film Resolution, to try to figure out why it has such a low rating on Netflix. This slow-burning horror film features super-crisp dialogue and a unique plot, and easily became my favorite film of 2012. It currently has a 100 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, yet only receives 2/5 stars from Netflix viewers. I need to get to the bottom of this mystery. Also, after a 20-year hiatus, I have restarted my subscription to Games Magazine. This publication separates itself from the bulk of puzzle magazines with design originality and in-depth articles on the latest trends. For example, the most recent issue features a multiple-page spread on the growing phenomenon of escape rooms. I stopped paying attention to the periodical for so long because they didn't feature enough puzzles. However, last October, they revamped their format and now feature about 2-3x the games and brain-benders. These leaves me excited to pick up my pencil and use it to scratch my head.
Matthew Jackson: As you may have heard, Hannibal is ending on NBC in a matter of weeks, and it does not yet have a new home. The fear of losing one of my favorite shows (which so many more people should've been watching) for good is getting very real, so this weekend I'm going to try and dull that pain by starting over again, watching as much of the show's first season as I can in between the new episode Saturday night.
Adam Swiderski: I got on a comics kick with Spider-Gwen last week, and I'm sticking with it this weekend with Deadly Class, which was recommended to me by Ernie. Set in the late '80s, this series from writer Rick Remender and artist Wesley Craig offers up a homeless teen who suddenly finds himself a pupil in a high school for deadly assassins. It's like Harry Potter if, instead of magic, Harry had a talent for stone-cold murder, and, so far, it's a stylish, twisted riff on your typical coming-of-age Chosen One fantasy story. I've polished off the first five issues and plan to spend a bloody chunk of this weekend catching up on the rest.
You've heard what we're up to -- now it's your turn! What movies, books, comics, shows and games will you be diving into this weekend? Let us know in the comments!