In case you haven’t heard, Devilman Crybaby is now available to watch on Netflix, and it’s one hell of a ride. Aside from cementing its spot as what could be the best anime of 2018 thus far, it’s masterfully written, animated, and a fantastic watch. You may be more than a little down by the time you devour the paltry ten episodes, but you’ll be itching to watch again.
SPOILER WARNING! This week's episode of The X-Files, "Plus One," discussed at length below.
Wait?! Did MSR (Mulder/Scully Romance) fans just see in "Plus One" what they've been hoping to see since the FBI agents lip-locked at the end of Season 8? Damn right they did, and all of that relationship goodness was mashed inside a classic-style X-File involving super creepy, Hangman-playing twins, Judy and Chuck.
SPOILER WARNING! This is a recap of The X-Files' "Plus One," so the spoilers are out there.
I have to get this out of the way: Mulder and Scully slept together!!! Like, blatantly, no other way to interpret the situation. "Put a dimmer on your afterglow." Yes, I am a die-hard 'shipper, and Mulder and Scully were ridiculously cute this week.
I don't know about you all, but the first episode of Black Lightning premiered last night on the CW and I am officially obsessed. It's giving me everything I want from a network that is already growing beyond its origins and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Natch, all of today's links revolve around a very specific theme (I am gobbling up all the Black Lightning takes, please and thanks):
The Suicide Squad is back in action this spring on Digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. In their first DC Universe Animated Original Movie Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay, Task Force X is sent out by Amanda Waller in pursuit of Vandal Savage, and they've assembled one hell of a team.
If you're a fan of books, especially the works of Stephen King, you'd better sit down before reading this.
Gerald Winters & Son, a fantasy and horror bookstore in King's hometown of Bangor, Maine that specializes in collector's editions of King's titles, has lost an estimated tens of thousands of dollars worth of books in a basement flood caused by a broken water pipe on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
As thoughtful and emotionally satisfying as writer Tom King’s recent run on Batman has been, one of the major drawbacks is that every time something even remotely good happens to someone, you know it won’t be long until some kind of twist of fate snatches their happiness away.
The latest episode of The CW's The Flash, "The Trial of the Flash," was largely about, well, the trial of the Flash. But there was also a metahuman subplot involving Fallout, a meta who is a walking nuclear bomb.
Nintendo’s weird new Robot LABO kit is up for preorder on Amazon for $80, and if you want it on launch day (April 20), I’d recommend ordering it now. LABO kits are basically just fancy pieces of cardboard, so one would hope that we won’t see Nintendo’s signature supply shortages, but that’s probably just wishful…
With the 11th season of The X-Files now on our screens, it seems a good time to look back on all that's gone before and establish precisely what the series has taught us over the years.
Personally, I am old and decrepit enough to have seen the first season when it aired and my adult life has therefore been shaped by a slew of valuable life lessons imparted by various episodes.
Here we go.
More than halfway into its second season, The Good Place is shaking things up again. After the big reveal at the end of season one, in which our main cast of wayward characters unearthed the truth that they were actually in the Bad Place (in other words, Hell, albeit a special Hell of a certain making), speculation abounded over how the show would manage to top itself in terms of epic twists. In terms of huge changes, however, The Good Place isn’t even close to finished.
With Barry (Grant Gustin) now behind bars for the “murder” of Clifford DeVoe (Neil Sandilands) following what turned out to be a disastrous trial for the Fastest Man Alive, Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer), aka Elongated Man, will have to step up to the plate to protect Central City from a familiar foe on The Flash.
Stuff We Love: 2004 Star Wars novel Yoda: Dark Rendezvous is a masterful look at Padawans @ Syfy Wire
Sean Stewart’s 2004 Star Wars novel Yoda: Dark Rendezvous is the story of not one but two Padawans. Whie is strong in the Force, very much so, but he is tormented by nightmares. Scout is weak in the Force, and that makes her all the more determined to succeed. Their growing friendship is the heart of one of the best Star Wars novels ever written.
Thousands of Rare, First Edition Stephen King Books and Manuscripts Destroyed in Freak Accident @ io9
A Stephen King enthusiast has just been struck a terrible blow that a lot of other fans might feel once they hear the news. A large portion of a private collection of King works, which included original typed manuscripts of Maximum Overdrive and The Eyes of the Dragon, has been lost to an accident.
We’ve heard of music makers being inspired by Stranger Things before, but not from anyone in the habit of turning out songs on Billboard’s Hot 100. But now singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is hoping to bring Stranger-based pop to the masses.
January 17 in Twilight Zone History: Celebrating the 1963 premiere of 'Valley of the Shadow' @ Syfy Wire
Today, January 17th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1963 premiere of "Valley of the Shadow."
Nintendo today announced Nintendo Labo, a wild new experiment for the Switch that will allow players to insert the console into assorted pieces of cardboard, creating items like robots, fishing rods, and pianos.
Like so many of us, Deadpool has a deep love for actress Betty White and the Golden Girls and he's taken some time out of his day to send a special message to the 96-year-old legend who may be the only woman out there who can drink him under the table.
Seth MacFarlane's space-faring comedy series, The Orville, recruited an impressive number of new fans for Fox as it concluded its first 12-episode season on December 7.
So far, Flash’s take on Ralph Dibny has been stretching around as the Elongated Man in a costume that is as comical as Dibny himself can be. But, at long last, Ralph is getting something that looks a bit better than his light-grey spandex take on Daredevil season 1's costume.
Note: The $140 blanket sold out, but here’s another model of the same size and weight for $5 more.
Having just surfaced from The Shape of Water, Golden Globe winner Guillermo del Toro has undoubtedly proven himself as both a magician and master of horror. The tentacles of his imagination have extended into dark places, giving us everything from mutant cockroaches to a steampunk army of golden elves, but it was his first film venture, Cronos, that might also be one of his most exquisitely terrifying.
In Frank Miller’s original 300 comic, it takes the Persian king Xerxes and his army of thousands three days to destroy the small Spartan force led by King Leonidas and go on to successfully invade and conquer Greece. But 300 creator Frank Miller wants to make sure we know Xerxes’ story doesn’t really begin with the…
The CW finally introduced its newest superhero series last night with the premiere of Black Lightning.
Romantic Times Book Reviews has announced the nominees for their 2017 Reviewers’ Choice Awards. There are over a dozen categories of SF/Fantasy/Horror interest.
The Book of the Year category includes The Prey of Gods (Harper Voyager) by Nicky Drayden.
Urban Fantasy Novel
- Hungry Ghosts, Stephen Blackmoore (DAW)
- Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs (Ace)
- All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, James Alan Gardner (Tor)
- Heroine Worship, Sarah Kuhn (DAW)
- White Trash
H. Pueyo and Ineke Chen-Meyer are the 2017 recipients of the Tiptree Fellowship. Each winner will receive a $500 grant, and work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Tiptree Award.
The fellowship program “will complement the on-going work of the Award — that is, the celebration of speculative fiction that expands and explores gender roles in thought-provoking, imaginative, and occasionally infuriating ways.” ...Read More
The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz (Melville House), translated by Elisabeth Jaquette, is among the six shortlisted works for the inaugural TA First Translation Prize.
The Translators Association (TA) First Translation Prize was founded by Daniel Hahn with his winnings from the International Dublin Literary Award and is given by the Society of Authors “for a debut literary translation into English published in the UK.” Entries for the 2018 prize ...Read More
This month (or maybe next), SpaceX will make history when it launches the Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. It’s a huge deal in terms of space travel, but to really understand why, we have to look back at what’s been happening with NASA and space over the last few decades.
Cable network Spike, which re-brands itself as the Paramount Network tomorrow night, announced that it has dropped scripted series The Shannara Chronicles, which aired its second season on the channel after shifting from its sibling channel MTV.
Sonar Entertainment is reportedly shopping the show to other networks.
It previously announced that it canceled its first original drama, The Mist.
Parent company Viacom announced last February that it is re-organizing its portfolio of cable networks to focus on six “core” networks – BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., and Paramount. Paramount will become the flagship “general entertainment” brand. It remains to be seen what happens to some of its smaller channels, such as TV Land and CMT, but two planned series for TV Land, Heathers and American Woman, will be taken over by Paramount.
Last we saw the Winchester Brothers, they'd been transported into an alternate dimension called "The Bad Place" after an attempt to rescue their mother from a different alternate dimension dubbed "Apocalypse World" went horribly awry.
Suffice it to say, if you watch Supernatural you know what's happening. If you don't you won't need to in order to enjoy the mid-season premiere titled "Wayward Sisters" this Thursday.
Get ready to do your best impression of Bill Paxton (RIP) and shout "Game over, man! Game over!" again and again because a first-person shooter set in the Alien universe is in the works at FoxNext Games, the company announced Wednesday. This branch of 20th Century Fox, established in 2017, deals with the company's video games, virtual reality, and theme parks.
SPOILER ALERT! The Walking Dead Season 8 plot details fester below.
Exploring Love, Gender, and Sexuality, Sailor Moon Remains a Magical Manga @ Barnes & Noble: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Sailor Moon has shone like a beacon for over 20 years, the definitive magical girl. But today, 20 years after the original manga ceased publication, its remarkable to look back at the series and see just how it anticipated the modern-day discussions of gender and sexuality that have finally edged into the mainstream.
While comics and manga has evolved through the ages to offer more inclusivity and better representation, the Sailor Moon manga and anime hold their own as unique and beautiful depictions of love, friendship, sexuality, and gender identity still rarely seen in superhero culture. The varied iterations (the original manga, two iterations of the animated series) certainly have their differences, but the most consistent element seen in every version is love: Usagi’s love for her fellow Sailor Senshi, her love for her future husband Mamo, and even her love for her enemies. She is a superhero literally powered by love, making her one of the most altruistic heroines ever created.
In honor of Kodansha’s 2018 launch of Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition, Vol. 1, a definitive, newly retranslated and remastered reissue of Naoko Takeuchi original manga, we consider the ways Sailor Moon remains truly magical, even after decades. (Please note that the forms of representation we discuss below might not stand as shining examples to all people; we do, however, consider them in context and praise the effort.)
The Moonlight is a message of love
Love is an elemental in the Sailor Moon universe. Venus may be the Roman goddess and the planet associated with love, but it’s Usagi who truly champions it. Part of her ability to love comes from her naiveté, but even the most casual of Sailor Moon fans know it as not a fault, but the defining part of her persona. Obvious love lines can be drawn from Usagi to her now and future love, Mamo-chan/Tuxedo Mask, but the emotion is at its most poignant when directed toward her friends and fellow sailor scouts.
Though the Inner Senshi are meant to be guards to the princess, it is Usagi who continually saves their lives, and vice-versa. In Act 13 of the manga, Usagi stabs herself in despair of losing Mamo, apparently killing herself. Despite their shock, the other Senshi then sacrifice themselves by giving up their pins that grant them powers, reviving her. The selflessness of their love for their future queen is strong enough to bring Sailor Moon back from the brink of death, and once revived, Sailor Moon quickly returns that love, bringing back the Scouts as well. The theme of love and reincarnation runs rapid throughout the series.
After all, the Senshis, Sailor Moon, and Tuxedo Mask are all reincarnations of past versions of themselves. Love is the force to be reckoned with in this world. One could even argue Sailor Moon’s arsenal of weapons (or cute accessories, if you ask me) are powered by the love of her peers: the Moon Chalice, which makes its first appearance in Act 13, is filled with the cosmic powers of each Senshi, including the outers, Pluto, Uranus and Neptune. In addition to acting as a weapon, the Chalice is also a healing agent, restoring Usagi and those around her. It’s even helped Sailor Moon evolve into her more rainbow clad alternate, Super Sailor Moon. The Chalice’s mystical properties are a clear nod to the transformative power of love.
More than cousins
If love is the mainstay in the Sailor Moon verse, then sexuality is its accomplice. Though Naoko Takeuchi’s stories are rarely explicit, the manga provides a strong depiction of a range of sexualities among the Sailor Scouts. There are several examples to point to, but Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus are the first that come to mind; the two Outer Senshi are charged with protecting the solar system from external threats with the help of Sailor Pluto. It’s a post that usually requires a life of solitude, but Uranus/Haruka and Neptune/Michiru, reborn as civilians of earth, find themselves falling in love with one another, and grow into one of the series’ iconic couples.
The presence of a queer couple in a group of super-powered women holds weight, for the same reason Wonder Woman’s bisexuality on Theymiscara holds weight. It’s male hubris to think these strong women would simply wait in solitude until a male lover comes along. They are beyond capable of finding love in each other.The manga explicitly shows the two Outer Senshi as lovers, but the U.S. animated series debut the character as cousins. Hand holding, starry eyed, cousins. Sure, Jan.
Several Sailor Moon baddies, including Fisheye and Zoisite, received similar treatments in the initial transition to U.S. television. Instead of being depicted as males with interests in other men, they were altered to be straight and, in Fisheye’s case, changed into a woman to fit the expectations of a heteronormative audience. The Sailor Starlights, a gender-changing cosmic band, received arguably worse treatment—their season wasn’t even aired in the U.S. (More on these cosmic bombshells later.)
The Senshi of War is Ace?
Sailor Mars is one of my favorite characters. Her flammable temperament and red pumps alone are slayage enough to takeover the galaxy. But one of the most intriguing elements of her character is her sexuality. Naoko Takeuchi has never explicitly labeled Rei as as Ace/Asexual, but there are signs that are hard to dismiss. Unlike the animated series, in which Rei is as boy crazy as Usagi, the manga shows a very different Sailor Mars; in fact, Rei may be the most drastically different character in the ’90s anime. In the manga, Rei doesn’t show any interest in men and is genuinely confused by her teammates need for love and relationships. Outside of the platonic relationship she shares with the other Senshi, Rei has no interest in romantic relationships at all. Her friendship with her fellow Sailor Guardians fulfills her. In the short story “Casablanca Memory,” she has a short-lived crush on her father’s secretary, but it is clear Rei’s attraction to him is strictly as a replacement father figure. The Senshis form a literal and metaphorical rainbow, and if we view Rei as Ace, she represents an important part of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.
Gender expression in the Senshi-verse
The treatment of gender expression is one of the most intriguing elements of Sailor Moon. There are a bevy of villains and superheroes who are gender fluid, expressing themselves as both sexes. In her civilian form, Sailor Uranus (Haruka) dresses as a male Mugen Academy student while taking on “masculine” hobbies, and even flirting with Usagi—eventually kissing her in her male civilian form. Nakoa Takeuchi has mentioned that only women can be Sailor Senshi. Haruka is both gender fluid and both sexes as Michiru/Sailor Neptune points out to Sailor Moon in the manga.
The most notable gender fluid characters are the Sailor Starlights. In the manga, the Starlights hail from a destroyed planet in search of their princess. To make finding her easier, they disguise themselves as men when in civilian form, even forming a boy band called the Three Lights (and, may I add, the band is everything). When the Starlights transform to their Senshi forms, they are all women. In the anime, the Starlights could make themselves biologically male, which angered Naokoa Takeuchi, as they were only meant to “express” themselves as males in civilian form.
Gender expression and fluidity certainly doesn’t stop with Sailor Uranus and the Starlights. Naoko’s use of varied gender expression is found throughout the Sailor Moon verse. It’s normalized. Both Sailor Venus and Sailor Moon have transformed themselves to men to accomplish a mission. Naoko has created a world in which women and men are free to express themselves outside of the heteronormative sphere in whichever way they choose. It’s yet another liberating element found in the lore of the Sailor Senshis, and more than enough reason to celebrate the series to this day.
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Last summer, I went to an early fan screening for Wonder Woman. As the lights dimmed and the Warner Bros. logo hit the shiny silver, a woman behind me shouted, at the top of her lungs, her voice cracking just a bit, "I've been waiting my whole life for this."
As part of our 10th anniversary, io9 is examining all the things that have had the most impact on pop culture since the site went online back on January 2, 2008. Today, we’re counting down from 60 to 41—check out 100-61 below, and come back tomorrow and Friday for the rest!
Steven Moffat has long made it known what an insanely stressful time the creation of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special was—an event almost so disastrous it nearly didn’t have the Doctor in it at all. But at long last, Moffat has revealed what story he would’ve had to use for the potential reality of “The Day of…
The CW’s latest superhero series Black Lightning is looking to be both a critical and ratings hit for the network, and the pilot boasted the network’s highest-rated premiere in two years.
I Hope 'Ages Five and Up' on This Jurassic Park Power Wheels Jeep Includes Middle-Aged Bloggers @ io9
The most important thing to happen in the world of cinema in 2018 will be the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park, which will be celebrated with a mountain of movie-related merchandise including this tiny drivable replica of the fictional park’s Jeeps from Fisher-Price. Ages five and up? Sounds like a…
It's only been 25 years since Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss changed the world of first-person dungeon crawlers. Then, three years ago, the announcement came that a sequel, the Kickstarted-funded Underworld Ascendant, was in the works from studio OtherSide Entertainment and publisher 505 Games. Last year, OtherSide said that the game's release was slated for the second half of 2018 and that's still apparently true.
The first five minutes of The CW's Black Lightning feature a number of moments where you just know you've strapped in for a supernatural black-ass ride: the flippant drop of Strange Fruit preceding an all too familiar argument between a protective black father and his activist daughter wherein both Martin Luther King Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer are quoted word-for-word; and an interloping police siren silencing all talks of freedom and how one goes about the slippery task of procuring it.
At some point over the last 10 years, have you ever stopped and wondered: What is an io9? Well, wonder no more. This animated video, voiced by co-founders Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, reveals the secrets of the io9 device, which were thought lost in the midst of time. Check it out below.
After a few years away, Boom Studios is bringing the world’s most beloved cyborg cop back into action with a brand new miniseries. But this time, RoboCop finds himself in a weird dystopian future: one where law enforcement isn’t performed by cops, Robo or otherwise, but private citizens.
When Warner Bros.' Justice League arrives on Blu-ray you'll be able to see a version of the film not seen in theaters ... sort of.
SPOON! Amazon took a shot at subverting the superhero genre with its live-action reboot of cult hit The Tick, and the adventure will officially continue for another season on the Prime streaming service.
In the days after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker found himself facing down adversaries here on Earth, wielding a rhetorical lightsaber against a group seen by many as this galaxy's new Dark Side.
Netflix’s cyberpunk series Altered Carbon is staying relatively faithful to Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel—with a few exceptions, like changing the Jimi Hendrix Hotel to one featuring Edgar Allen Poe. However, there is one controversial moment from the book that showrunner Laeta Kalogridis refused to keep.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has finally gotten around to seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- and, like most of us, he had some thoughts about it. Via his Twitter, Gordon-Levitt admitted to getting "sucked down a rabbit hole" reading all of the "starkly different opinions" people were having about The Last Jedi -- but rather get into heated online debates about what the film either succeeded or failed at, he decided to channel his opinions into a lengthy blog post on Medium.
Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is a very important figure in the Star Wars canon, despite the fact that he has only appeared in one of the movies. Though he famously had his "noble end" at the hands of Darth Maul in the finale of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, the rogue Jedi's story didn't end there. Liam Neeson (the actor behind everyone's favorite midi-chlorian counter), has weighed in on whether Master Qui-Gon could possibly return to the world of Star Wars.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure film review: does the YA franchise go out with a WCKD bang? @ Sci-Fi Now
The Romans have invaded Westeros.
The world’s biggest whirlwind of tech, startups, and wild fever dreams is finally over, at least for this year. But before we close the book on CES 2018, we wanted to call attention to some of the coolest, most exciting things we saw at the show. That’s because even in a down year that saw less new laptops, and the…
For most of us adult horror aficionados, our passion for the genre was forged in that all-important, youth-defining ritual: the sleepover. And for me and my friends, horror anthology classic Tales From the Hood was the ultimate slumber party move, usually at my request. At the time, I just knew I liked it.
Billie Holiday’s rendition of “Strange Fruit” and the sounds of lightning and thunder are the very first things you hear as Black Lightning’s pilot episode opens. The haunting cacophony is an ominous warning about the storm coming Jefferson Pierce’s way, but it’s also a promise of what Black Lightning has in store…
Last month, Archie Comics announced that they would be bringing famed police detective Dick Tracy back to comics in a new reboot revolving around the early years of his crime-solving career. Now it looks like that series won't be moving forward as planned after all.
Tom Baker interview: Big Finish, Harryhausen, Star Wars Rebels, the fragility of life and more @ Sci-Fi Now
Disney unleashes a bevy of sneak peeks at Ant-Man and The Wasp, Mary Poppins, and more. Supergirl could recruit another familiar Superman supporting character. A new rumor suggests Marvel is wiping its slate of animated series clean. Plus, an update on the Y: The Last Man TV show. Behold, Spoilers!
Yesterday, I wrote about a star called W Hydrae that was once very much like the Sun, but is much older. It has expanded into a red giant, and is close enough (about 300 light-years away) that, using sophisticated techniques, we can actually see its disk.
I also wrote about how huge it is, about 600 million kilometers across. That's big.
But some stars make that look positively dinky. Like, say, V766 Centauri. How wide is this star?
In a plot twist that mirrors an iconic story from the comics, Barry Allen is facing a murder sentence after being framed in the “death” of Clifford DeVoe. Put simply: This episode is basically Law & Order meets The Flash, and it’s pretty great.
Spoilers ahead for “The Trial of Barry Allen,” the latest episode of The CW’s Flash, which aired Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
“My name is Barry Allen, and I’m an innocent man.” - Barry
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