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    ‘Justice League’ (review) at Forces Of Geek


    Have we broken through? Have the rough drafts been scrapped and the iterations of the Batmobile reached a point where it won’t loose a wheel?

    Folks, I think we’re there, and Justice League and the DC cinematic universe has figured itself out. Is it perfect?

    Far from it, but my prep for the film came in the form of watching Avengers: Age of Ultron and Wonder Woman.

    My logic being, let’s take what we have to build on and look forward from there. Zack Snyder’s Justice Leaguehad the advantage (through very shitty circumstances) of being punched up by Joss Whedon and also the distinct pleasure of being the next chapter to Gal Gadot’s and Patty Jenkins’s incredible Wonder Womanmovie from earlier this year.

    Sure, I’ve been a Man of Steel apologist, and perhaps you might judge me for going against the grain by also championing Suicide Squad so take my ringing Justice League endorsement with a grain of salt, certainly. I can’t blame you for that. I’ve also spent a few Sunday afternoons with Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition because I wanted to. You aren’t the boss of me!



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    Triple Shot of Horror and The Flash Digital Chaser: HALLOWEEN ISSUES FOR YOU AND THE KIDS at FORCES OF GEEK

    Before you know it, we’ll be knee deep in garden Santas and then Valentine’s Day cards.

    That’s how quick American holiday retail reacts. The practically tell you start celebrating next year’s holiday as soon as one is over.

    And if those Madison Ave. captains of industry had their way, they would, by gum. 

    On this first half of October, why not get into the mood with some Halloween books, some innocent and some spooky!

    We check out Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 in the new Archie Horror line, then Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers and then again, back to Riverdale for your more traditional World of Archie Comics Digest #43

    Vibrating into the end of this very column you’ll also find a nod to the Cosmic Treadmill as The Flash debuts on TV this week, and ComiXology hosts Flash Season 0 #3 for the Digital Chaser, written by show runner Andrew Kreisberg and drawn by fan favorite Phil Hester!

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1
    WRITER: Roberto Aguirre Sacasa
    ARTIST: Robert Hack
    Publication Date: October 8, 2014
    Price: $3.99
    Publisher: Archie Comics
    RATING: Teen +
    UPC: 76281694824100121
    Buy it Here 

    Hot off of the heels of this year’s Afterlife with Archie is Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s Dark Shadows-esque take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 

    Carefully placing Sabrina (and Salem) as a teenager in the 1960s, once again Archie has stepped up the horror comics game. With familiar characters being dropped into situations we haven’t seen before —Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will sure to be the hit everyone is talking about this month. And what better month than Halloween to get dark and eerie!

    We’re given a deep origin to how Sabrina came to live with aunts Hilda and Zelda, and the mystery of her parents. When moving to the new town of Greendale after her powers start to get stronger, Ambrose (her cousin, a male witch) is reintroduced to the family and influences Sabrina to take on more risks, such as glamor spells.

    In school, she meets her new best friend and romantic rival, Rosalind. They both have their eye on the accident prone but charming Harvey Kinkle. Could Sabrina be coaxed into using a love potion to get Harvey’s attention? You should read to find out.


    What I’ve described above doesn’t get at the essence of this chilling adventure. In fact, the plot points are fairly standard Archie fare when recapped like this. What is great about this book is largely the tone set by artist Robert Hack. Like Francavilla before him, he’s cartooning with great action, fantasy and setting the tone with every action. His classic, movie poster style brings the 60s to your mind’s eye in a way rivaled only by weathered paperback covers or fully rendered Bill Sienkiewicz pages. 

    The gushing doesn’t end there, folks. A big bad introduced by the end of the issue with make your shiver from the inside out.

    We don’t rate comics in this column as a rule, the closest we can come to that is this is a must-read. Go buy it.

    Pick up any variant covers you see as well. The Rosemary’s Baby cover is my favorite.


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    Cosmic Treadmill #1: THE NEED FOR SPEED - FORCES OF GEEK

    Today, I debut a new comics column on Forces of Geek! COSMIC TREADMILL.

    Cosmic Treadmill: THE NEED FOR SPEED


    (Stefan made another awesome icon, thanks man!)

    This is the first installment of my new regular comics feature here on Forces of Geek.

    The comic book industry can be tough to keep up with, like a treadmill someone else is controlling from a back room somewhere.

    Cosmic Treadmill may keep you up-to-date with news about exciting creator switches, new book announcements, company wide events or the coolest Kickstarter announcements.  Sometimes, the treadmill might go back in time to look at master works of the past (ahem, Jack Kirby or Wally Wood for instance!), back issue bin finds and also reviews of Comic Con trade paperback finds from the weird to the wonderful and the bizarre. There is no place on Earth and Time where this may not go. We will stretch across the universe and cross-time alternate universes while our little legs keep pumping along.

    We hope you can keep up!

    You may be able to tell, we’re Flash fans.

    From Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver in 2009’s Flash: Rebirth all the way back to classic Carmine Infantino and Joe Kubert’s 1956 Showcase #4 we look at the world differently when you can imagine popping out the red suit from your ring and running to save the world in the blink of an eye.