AMC’s Preacher has never shied away from doing crazy shit. In this season alone we’ve seen the bowels of Hell, Hitler as a nice guy, and a casino headliner who kills himself every night. But last night’s episode, “Sokosha,” did something that feels even bolder: it sidelined the show’s bad guy.
When it comes to getting your hands on a signature superhero costume—one that people will remember you for—you’ve pretty much got three options. You can DIY it like a young Peter Parker, hire an emotionally-disturbed criminal to make you one like Daredevil, or you can request a meeting with Edna Mode.
It's been more than a week since the world lost George A. Romero, the legendary director of Night of the Living Dead and the father of modern zombie films. It seems appropriate that we're still talking about him, because while he's no longer with us, Romero will never truly die.
For eons, humankind has looked up to the sky and wondered if it was alone. While we still haven’t answered that question just yet, fiction has stepped in to show us what that moment of first contact might look like. Sometimes it has led to a golden age of human space exploration. Sometimes, it brings on death,…
You don’t see Gucci mentioned on io9 that often, given the Italian fashion house isn’t really into props or cosplay. But to help introduce its 2017 Fall and Winter fashion campaign, the brand created a short film inspired by the original Star Trek series. It’s wonderful, and we’d happily trade Star Trek: Discovery for…
Justice League has been working overtime in England on its reshoots, being helmed by Joss Whedon in the wake of Zach Snyder’s unfortunate exit from production. A new report details some of the trials and tribulations the film is having reuniting its league movie stars, but there’s one hairy detail in particular that…
[Yesterday, I posted part 1 of this article, describing what an eclipse is, how they happen, and where you have to go to see it. Read that first. But there’s still a lot to know! In today’s article, Part 2, I’ll talk about how to safely observe it, what science we can learn from eclipses, and then link to a lot of sites with more info.]
Turns out Star Trek: Discovery will have a much stronger connection to The Original Series than we ever imagined. Lead character Sonequa Martin-Green’s Commander Michael Burnham is part of the Spock family.
The life story of the man who gave us Middle-earth just took one step closer to the screen.
Variety reports that a director has been found for a biopic on J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, whose rich and complex tales of dwarves, elves and wizards changed the course of fantasy literature when they were published in the 1930s and 1940s.
Thanks to all those Star Wars movies we know the Jedi can barely survive an attack from just a pair of evil Sith lords. But pit a small battalion of 300 lightsaber-wielding Jedi knights against a giant army of 60,000 medieval soldiers armed with only swords, and it’s not even a challenge.
Glass adds an American Horror Story alum. David Harbour teases a very strange opening to Stranger Things’ second season. Plus, tons of glorious new pictures from Thor: Ragnarok, and teases for an iconic monster’s arrival in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Spoilers now!
The ongoing reshoots for Justice League have caused problems for star Henry Cavill and, of all things, his facial hair.
Tucked away inside Variety's Monday (July 24) story about the extensive additional photography that has been underway for the DC superhero team-up -- under the supervision of Joss Whedon -- was an odd tidbit about Cavill and the havoc that the reshoots are playing with his face.
She's fluent in five languages, she was married to David Bowie and she's one of the most beautiful creatures whoever walked the Earth.
On this day in 1955, Iman was born.
And she went head to head with Captain Kirk in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Honestly, we sort of wanted more of her and less of Shatner in this scene, but:
Star Trek Discovery new trailer are bold and beautiful @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
The Dark Tower teaser reveals a whole load of Stephen King Easter Eggs @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
There is a power that should not be underestimated. It can bring a man to his knees. It can stop a heart. It could, though the jury is still out on this one, even kill a man. It has existed for eons and will likely outlive even humanity itself, our future alien overlords -- or the hyper-intelligent apes or AI that eventually take over the planet -- will adapt it for their own purposes.
We already alerted you to the notion that director Nicolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower would have a full load of geeky references and connections to several Stephen King intellectual properties in its loose adaptation of the prophetic Dark Tower tales.
After ages and ages, the first of the Batman: The Animated Series films, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, is cleaned up and on Blu-ray. Which means, among many other things, that you don't have any excuse not to own it anymore.
Happy Monday, cats and kittens! The weather may not be bright and sunny for all of us today, but it might as well be because we’re still riding the high that is Wynonna Earp getting renewed for a third season! Like many of you, we were waiting with bated breath for confirmation that our favorite gunslinger would be back, so it’s great to have that peace of mind as we head into a new week.
With every anticipated superhero sequel there comes the inevitable scrutinizing of the new generation of costumes our fictional heroes will be sporting next time they're emblazoned across the silver screen.
Nobody rocks a black suit better than the Dark Knight (sorry Black Panther) and the Caped Crusader is always on the cutting edge of cool crimefighting fashion, often incorporating variant versions of his outfit using the latest Teflon-woven fabrics and flexible, titanium armored accessories.
The Dark Tower new posters are pretty damn gorgeous @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Every year, I make it a point to stop by the Mondo booth at San Diego Comic-Con as often as possible. No one at the entire convention releases as much exciting, vibrant, and exclusive pop culture art over the course of four days—and 2017 was no exception.
Yes, Pearl Mackie will return for the Christmas special…as does David Bradley, who played William Hartnell in the 50th anniversary docudrama An Adventure In Space And Time – except now he’s playing the first Doctor!
Today, Eon Productions and MGM sent out a four-sentence press release announcing that the next James Bond movie will hit UK theaters on November 8th, 2019. That’s it. There was literally nothing else. That’s weird... but it’s also telling.
One of the funniest surprises in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came during one of the multiple end credits scenes with a video game playing, snotty teen Groot brushing off Star-Lord's protestations about the junk and clutter in his bedroom.
Though I'm kinda sad we won't be seeing Baby Groot again, I'm anxious to see what hormonal stirrings and moody outbursts arise when the adolescent (not a teen) Groot is showcased in Avengers: Infinity War next year.
It’s a fact universally acknowledged that children (and adults as well, I’m sure) hide under the covers when something scares them. If that something is as freaky as the evil doll Annabelle in Annabelle: Creation, it's hard to blame anyone for reaching for the blanket.
When Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige announced that the Captain Marvel origin film is going to be set in the ‘90s and involve Carol Danvers fighting Skulls, we were surprised and left with a number of burning questions. Where was Carol during the Battle of New York or Ultron’s attack? Also, waiiaminute—did you say …
It’s easy to feel small and insignificant in the grandiose scope of the universe, because we are. At the same time, as Carl Sagan once reminded us, we’re made of the same “star stuff” as the cosmos. All too often, we forget how random, ridiculous, and resplendent it is to part of the stellar sorority of the universe.…
Remember when Channing Tatum playing Gambit in a film featuring the Cajun mutant was a hot topic? That was two years ago at San Diego Comic-Con.
Absolutely All of io9's Massive Coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2017 in One Convenient Location @ io9
San Diego Comic-Con 2017 may be over, but io9's coverage lives on in our many, many posts, and we’ve collected them all here for you: movie and TV news and trailers, only-at-Comic-Con footage descriptions and experiences, amazing toys from the show floor, and so much more.
The news of Smallville’s Tom Welling joining the cast of Lucifer wasn’t the only awesome thing coming out of this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. Fox has also released the first trailer for the show’s upcoming third season.
Last week, I’m sure nobody was surprised that House Targaryen pulled down the coveted No. 1 spot in our weekly Game of Thrones Power Rankings, almost as though it’s already a foregone conclusion that Daenerys will claim what is rightfully hers: The Iron Throne. But this show has a habit of cutting the head off foregone conclusions.
Finalists for the 2017 Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, were announced:
- Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis Chen (Thomas Dunne)
- Eocene Station, Dave Duncan (Five Rivers)
- Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
- Dreams of Distant Shores, Patricia McKillip (Tachyon)
- Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)
The 2017 judges are Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas, and Andy Duncan. The winner will be announced and receive a $1,000 prize at Orycon39, to be held November 17-19, 2017 at the Red Lion Hotel in Portland OR.
The 56th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2017 Seiun Awards winners (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The winners for translated works are:
Best Translated Novel
- United States of Japan, Peter Tieryas, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa)
- Imperial Radch trilogy, Anne Leckie, translated by Hideko Akao (Tokyo Sogensha)
- The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu, translated by Furusawa Yoshimichi (Hayakawa)
- Enchanted Night, Steven Millhauser, translated by Shibata Motoyuki (Hakusuisha)
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North, translated by Hiromi Amehima (Kadokawa)
- Roderick, John Sladek, translated by Yanagishita Kiichiro (Kawade Shobo Shinsha)
- Jack Vance Treasury 1 (Magnus Ridolph), Jack Vance, translated by Asakura Hisashi & Akinobu Sakai (National Publications Association)
Best Translated Story
- “Backward, Turn Backward”, James Tiptree, Jr., translated by Kazuko Onoda (Crown of Stars)
- “Seventh Sight”, Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Hayakawa Shobo 4/16)
- “The Deathbird”, Harlan Ellison, translated by Ito Norio (The Deathbird and Other Stories)
- “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated by Jun Suzuki (Hayakawa Shobo 6/16)
- “Simulacrum”, Ken Liu, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa (Hayakawa Shobo 12/16)
- “The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz”, Dan Simmons, translated by Sakai Akinobu (Hayakawa Shobo 8/16)
There are also winners in Japanese Novel, Japanese Story, Dramatic Presentation, Comics, Art, Non-Fiction, and “Free” categories. A complete list of nominees (in Japanese) is available at the Nihon SF Taikai website.
The awards will be presented at Donburacon, the 56th Japan SF convention, on August 26, 2017 in Shizuoka City, Japan.
Joss Whedon wasn’t able to make it to San Diego Comic-Con because he’s hard at work on reshoots for Justice League, and now we know a bit more about why it’s keeping him so busy.
The 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 21, 2017. Winners of SF/F interest include:
Best Short Story
- “Good Boy”, Tom King & David Finch (Batman Annual #1)
Best Single Issue/One-Shot
- Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer & Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)
Best Continuing Series
- Saga, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)
Best Limited Series
- The Vision, Tom King & Gabriel Walta (Marvel)
Best New Series
- Black Hammer, Jeff Lemire & Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
- Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
- The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North & Erica Henderson (Marvel)
Best Graphic Album—New
- Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, Jill Thompson (DC Comics)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
- Demon, Jason Shiga (First Second)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material
- Moebius Library: The World of Edena, Jean “Moebius” Giraud, et al. (Dark Horse)
- Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
- Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Dark Horse)
Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)
- Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
- Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord (Marvel)
- Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer (Vertigo/DC); Black Hammer (Dark Horse)
Best Academic/Scholarly Work
- Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)
Eisner Hall of Fame Inductees
- Gilbert Hernandez
- Jaime Hernandez
- George Pérez
- Walt Simonson
- Jim Starlin
For more information, and the complete list of winners, see the Comic-Con website.
Having just had his hands and feet immortalized at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood last week, Stan Lee is embarking on a new superhero project that will feature his distinctive voice on an upcoming Audible release.
Science fiction writer Jeff Carlson, 47, died July 17, 2017 of an agressive lung cancer in Walnut Creek CA. Carlson’s published books include Plague Year (2007), Philip K. Dick Award finalist Plague War (2008), and Plague Zone (2009), and the Frozen Sky series. He also published short stories in several publications including Asimov’s, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, and Strange Horizons and was a Writers of the Future winner.
Jeffrey Gustav Carlson was born July 20, 1969 in Mountain View CA. He attended college in Arizona, where he earned a B.A. in English Literature before returning to California. He is survived by his wife, Diana Gottfried, and their two sons.
Kite Man, a villain whose only ability is his proficiency with the huge kite he flies around with, has been one of the most consistently charming parts of Tom King’s run on Batman Rebirth. In this week’s issue, we finally learn the origins of his signature catchphrase and as is often the case in Gotham City, they’re…
Houston, we have a problem: The mission control center that NASA used for the Apollo program—the U.S. mission to send Americans to the moon and back—is in disrepair. And NASA’s former flight director Gene Kranz wants you to save it with a Kickstarter.
According to the Kickstarter page, this national historic landmark needs $5 million. However, “the Webster Challenge to Restore Historic Mission Control” is asking us for $500,000. Here's why:
It was the final day of San Diego Comic-Con, and the cosplayers went out in style. Day 4's round-up includes the uncanny Gru above, some giant Lego superheroes, a stunning Princess Mononoke, Optimus Prime in his formal wear, and much more (including, uh, Darth Trump was there, too). Check out io9's final San Diego…
M. Night Shyamalan took to Twitter earlier today to announce that an American Horror Story alum had joined the cast of Glass.
Some Airlines Tell People Leaving Comic-Con They Can't Check Comics, Which Is Not True (UPDATED) @ io9
Twitter began to buzz this weekend when reports circulated that comic books were banned from checked luggage leaving San Diego, Cali., the site of Comic-Con. While it’s true those claims were made, the Transportation Security Administration vehemently denies that they’re correct.
The zombie apocalypse is coming to Adult Swim.
The debut trailer for Ready Player One came out during San Diego Comic-Con, and it gave Gunters and newbies alike a lot to look forward to. It’s full of footage that hints how Steven Spielberg’s adaptation will stay faithful to, and stray away from, Ernest Cline’s nerdy novel. We’ve broken it all down for you, and…
Kids and space ships go hand in hand, which is why so many of us fondly remember Lego set #1682, the Space Shuttle Launch, released 27 years ago. Last month Adam Woodworth created a tiny drone version of Lego’s shuttle that could fly indoors, but now he’s created a larger version that can soar through the sky like an…
It sounds like an insult to say that The Defenders is exactly what you thought it would be, but it isn’t. It’s a show that’s very aware of the expectations put upon it and the problems encountered by the other Marvel Netflix shows, and it knows how to best utilize its cast and its time. In other words, it’s great.
One of the quirkiest comedies of last seasons beams back onto the schedule this week, along with the premiere of a show trying really hard to fill the True Blood hole in the schedule.
Remember that time Sonic cried because changes to the timeline caused his children to never be born? He had previously been king of the planet, but in the new timeline, Shadow the Hedgehog was actually king and had married Sonic’s longtime love interest, Princess Sally (Sonic the Hedgehog #166)?
Win Origin Wars on Blu-ray with our competition @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Most people (wrongly) assume the moon is barren and boring. Sure, our satellite might be a little clingy, but it also has moonquakes, orange soil, and could be hiding abundant water resources. New research from satellite data offers more evidence that the Moon does indeed have water trapped in its mantle, which could…
Over the course of Gotham’s third season, producers and cast-members alike hyped up that this would be the year that Harley Quinn would make her way to the show’s loopy reimagining of a pre-Batman Gotham City. Then they promised she would specifically be in the season three finale. And then... she didn’t show up. And…
We learned this weekend that Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel film would be set in the 1990s and feature the Skrulls as a main villain, but now we have a few more details. Turns out, we'll be getting a full-fledged intergalactic war against the Skrulls and the Kree to boot.
Some scientific journals will publish literally anything for a price. That includes a meme-filled paper by “Lucas McGeorge” and “Annette Kin” referencing “midi-chlorians.” Yes, George Lucas’ attempt to explain feeling the Force with faux biology is now published “scientific research.”
Watching Lego Master Builders Make This Life-Sized Thor: Ragnarok Statue Is Absolutely Mesmerizing @ io9
The amount of technical and artistic skill that it’s taken to create nearly everything about Thor: Ragnarok from the movie itself to its gorgeous advertisements is almost unimaginable. The same goes for the life-sized Lego Thor that appeared at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
It’s begun. I believe we’re going to look at last night’s episode, “Stormborn,” as the place where the final act of Game of Thrones truly started—where the ball was first set in motion, where the characters took their first true steps toward the conflict that will engulf all of Westeros. And for some of those players,…
Ghost In The Shell behind the scenes vids teach Scarlett Johansson to fight @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Channing Tatum says Gambit is getting reworked. Arrow adds a Person of Interest star. The Flash casts one of its next big villains. And a fascinating fact about Thor: Ragnarok is revealed. Plus, behind the scenes on Rick and Morty’s Mad Max homage. Spoilers now!
This week on Twin Peaks, we glimpsed another world, learned a family connection, and had some damn fine cherry pie. Let's rock!
The short version: "There's fire where you are going."
Wow, there was a lot of plot to dig into this week. Often Twin Peaks can linger on strange individual stories and moments for what seems like almost too long, but this episode just moves. There's a lot to cover, so let's start with the biggest development.
If there's one thing San Diego Comic-Con has become, it's a virtual heaven for fans who want sneak peeks of their favorite TV shows and future favorite movies. With four days full of panels, press releases, and surprises, there was never a shortage of a couple minutes of glorious unseen footage ready to excite and entice.
So now, we do what should be pretty much impossible, and rank every single trailer that debuted during SDCC 2017. Is this insane? Yes, yes it is. But it should also be pretty darn fun. Let's begin.
Everyone loves a good mystery, especially if that shrouded surprise involves a gold mine of geeky goodies at the annual cavalcade of pop-culture known as San Diego Comic-Con.
When Scott Snyder got tapped to do the big summer event comic of 2017 for DC Comics, he "wanted to do something really different with this one." In Dark Knights: Metal, Snyder plays on the themes he's been setting up for years, since he first put pen to page for the stories of Batman and the DC Universe, and he's helping to make connections and explain mysteries that have existed since the DCU was born.
James Ninness is no stranger to working in the world of horror master, John Carpenter. He previously worked on the Tales for Halloween Night books, but his new three-issue comic series John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vault allows him to work in a slightly different genre.
In our San Diego Comic-Con interview below, Ninness says he drew inspiration for the series from a few familiar sources.
This isn't your grandma's apocalypse. In the brand new graphic novel Children of the Fall, coming from Arcana Comics this September, humanity has once again met their match. This time, though, they didn't come up against any supernatural forces.
We're heading back to Skull Island this fall, thanks to BOOM! Studios and writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson. The one shot, Kong: Gods of Skull Island will hit shelves in October of this year, and it will be taking us back to the great ape's past.
At San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Johnson sat down with SYFY WIRE, and told us that his new book, with art by Chad Lewis, will explore the mysteries of what came before the Kong we know and love.
Gerard Way might be best known to the general public as the frontman for the band My Chemical Romance. But SYFY Wire readers are probably more familiar with his comic books than his music. And we got a chance to talk to Gerard Way at San Diego Comic-Con about those books.
Expect a book from George R.R. Martin in 2018 ... but it might not be The Winds of Winter @ Syfy Wire
George R.R. Martin has been working on his A Song of Ice and Fire series (known as the source material for HBO's Game of Thrones) since the early 1990s. Yesterday, he announced … he's still working on it.
But there is actual freakin news.
As he wrote on his blog:
“I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that's all I care to say … I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018 … and who knows, maybe two."
San Diego Comic-Con may be over, but the night isn’t over, nor is the great game of thrones. Basically, in tonight’s episode, a lot of plans got put into motion and some important decisions were made, and then things went straight to hell. But why talk in generalities? Here’s your place to talk about everything that…
Adapting a popular book is a difficult task, but if there's one novelist whose work fits perfectly on the small screen, it's Stephen King. Another of King's series of novels is about to debut on the AT&T Audience Network on August 9th.
Series director Jack Bender - along with some of the cast - sat down with SYFY WIRE, to talk about how the creative team worked hard to maintain King's creative vision in their adaptation.
"As brilliant as David Kelley's adaptation is," said Bender. "we stuck to the architecture of the first book."
We may not have the exclusive footage of Black Panther that screened during the Marvel panel at SDCC, but we do have the cast's reaction to that video, along with the rest of Hall H's (if you missed the panel, you can read our recap here and get a look at the awesome new poster).
Season 2 of Stranger Things will be released on October 27 and we're gearing up for more adventures with the young D&D buddies we never had. We spoke to the producers at San Diego Comic-Con, who told us how eager they are to return to the Upside Down.
Things are about to get weird on SYFY next season. The network is set to premiere Happy!, a brand new show adapted from the popular graphic novel by legendary writer, Grant Morrison.
While at San Diego Comic-Con, BBC America dropped a sneak peek at their upcoming second season of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
Based on novels by beloved author Douglas Adams, the eponymous Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) is a "holistic detective" investigating the murder of an eccentric millionaire. He teams up with the bellboy, Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood), who found the body. Things get wacky from there.
The Last Ship is about to launch into its fourth season on TNT, and at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, they showed off the trailer for the new season, which starts August 20th.
As San Diego Comic-Con wound down on Sunday, Doctor Who fans gathered in Hall H for an emotional panel that said goodbye to 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi, as well as outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat, Pearl Mackie, Michelle Gomez, and Matt Lucas. And still up in the air Mark Gatiss was there as well.
The panel covered heartfelt goodbyes for the 12th Doctor, and both hope and praise for the incoming 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.
One of the coolest new shows of the fall is destined to be The Orville, Seth McFarlane's new live-action sci-fi comedy. Set 400 years in the future, The Orville refers to a mid-level exploratory spaceship run by a crew of both humans and aliens. In addition to dealing with the trials and tribulations of space, The Orville will also deal with "familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life."
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