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The Week in Geek: Cloak and Dagger debut, Vertigo comics is all new, Leto is Joker, too?

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Jun 8, 2018

Greetings, citizens of Earth, and all beings both extra-terrestrial and inter-dimensional. For the latter two groups, on Earth we celebrate a thing called a "weekend." It's the end of one of our terrestrial work cycles, at which point we have two full solar revolutions of rest. 

It's the end of the week. You made it. A lot of things happened. Maybe you missed some of them? If you did, here are the top five biggest stories from... The Week in Geek.

#FANARTFORROSE

A real bit of nastiness started this week and was, then, thankfully bookended by an outpouring of kindness.

Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, deleted her social media accounts this week after about half a year of sustained harassment. There's a very long conversation to be had about nerd culture insofar as how race, gender, and sexuality relate to cycles of abuse within the confines of nerd spaces. Suffice to say, though, there is a limit to how much a person can be told by strangers on the internet that they are bad because they were in a movie before said person throws in the towel on having a public, online presence.

Tran has, at this moment, reached that point.

However, in the wake of many Star Wars fans feeling really at sea about how this continued pattern of cruelty persists within their fandom, there has emerged a hashtag, #FanartForRose.

The hashtag does a lot of things: It lets Tran know that her work is appreciated, shores up a community of Asian fans in support of the idea that their faces do deserve to appear and be celebrated in franchises like Star Wars, and, also, it's just a bit of a middle finger to the people who drove Tran off in the first place.

Tran's story represents an ongoing history of women, people of color, and queer-identifying folks experiencing sustained attacks with the intention of forcing them out of fan spaces. Not a lot of things can 100 percent be defined as good or bad, but... yeah — this is bad and should not be minimized.

Thankfully, there's stuff like #FanArtForRose that both shines a light on inexcusable behavior and lifts up good work at the same time.

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JARED LETO: IS THIS A JOKE(R)?

What is happening with these DCEU movies? Specifically, what is going on with the Suicide Squad characters? We hear about a Harley Quinn movie, a Gotham City Sirens movie, and, of course, multiple Joker movies.

Well, it would appear you can add a stand-alone Jared Leto Joker movie to that list. Leto will supposedly star and executive-produce, which will "pave the way" for more Suicide Squad spin-offs.

Maybe I'm projecting my own feelings here, but didn't it seem like most people, even the ones who did like Suicide Squad, did not love Leto's Joker interpretation? Why a Joker movie starring him? Why would he lead the charge to more Suicide Squad spin-off movies? 

So many questions, so few answers. 

VERTIGO IS BACK

It's not a secret that Karen Berger splitting from DC signaled a bit of a dark time for DC's less superhero-y imprint, Vertigo. It's been up in the air for a while just where Vertigo would go next.

But we know now, and the answer is in. Vertigo will turn toward creators who aren't primarily comics creators. 

Mark Doyle announced that DC Vertigo will be releasing seven new titles, citing creatives from the worlds of TV, activism, and gaming.

Those latter two, in particular, are really exemplified in a comic called Goddess Mode, which will focus on "a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I." Goddess Mode is being illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez and written by game developer and destructrix to online harassers everywhere Zoe Quinn.

This, along with Gamestop selling comics, feels like a real two-way street in those industries trying to grow their sales with each other's audiences. Will it work? Only time will tell.

MICHAEL MYERS IS ALSO BACK

The new Halloween got its first trailer this week. This is about as hotly anticipated as a Halloween movie has been in a very long time. Keep in mind, there are a LOT of diverging storylines. There's the post-Season of the Witch timeline, there's the H20 timeline, and there's the Rob Zombie reboot.

But after 40 years, Halloween is getting back to its roots with a film that negates every Halloween movie save the first. And whereas the original played into a young Laurie Strode's fear of this unknown force that represented death, this new film, by contrast, is about an older Laurie Strode ready to face death (and shove a shotgun in its face).

This Halloween is an exciting inversion that feels like it pulls as much from slasher films as it does from Fox's latest take on Wolverine, Logan

CLOAK AND DAGGER SEES LIGHT... AND DARKNESS

Freeform released the two-hour premiere of its new (and first-ever) Marvel series, Cloak and Dagger. If you were looking for an action-packed series? You're out of luck. If you wanted a psychological mindf***? You're out of luck.

However, if you're looking for a great character study into the lives of two disparate young people who find themselves inexorably tied due to a shared trauma, then you are in luck. Cloak and Dagger is an emotional journey that is both a fresh take on Marvel's characters and an entirely new approach to superhero television.

And if you want my advice, give the show four episodes. It takes its time, but it's going somewhere.