My Monthly Anticipation | December 2021

Hello ladies & gentlemen,

Who doesn’t love the anticipation of new releases and things that they plan on doing? Every month there seems to be something new and exciting ready to hit the market for our consumption.

Being ready to embrace them with open arms is all we can really do.

To showcase this, I’ll be sharing my top 3 for each category of things that I look forward to this month right here, right now!


BOOK RELEASES.

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The Veiled Throne (The Dandelion Dynasty #3) by Ken Liu. Release Date: December 7th, 2021.
Princess Théra, once known as Empress Üna of Dara, entrusted the throne to her younger brother in order to journey to Ukyu-Gondé to war with the Lyucu. She has crossed the fabled Wall of Storms with a fleet of advanced warships and ten thousand people. Beset by adversity, Théra and her most trusted companions attempt to overcome every challenge by doing the most interesting thing. But is not letting the past dictate the present always possible or even desirable?
In Dara, the Lyucu leadership as well as the surviving Dandelion Court bristle with rivalries as currents of power surge and ebb and perspectives spin and shift. Here, parents and children, teachers and students, Empress and Pékyu, all nurture the seeds of plans that will take years to bloom. Will tradition yield to new justifications for power?
Everywhere, the spirit of innovation dances like dandelion seeds on the wind, and the commoners, the forgotten, the ignored begin to engineer new solutions for a new age.

I haven’t read anything from his trilogy and I think I might have only read short stories by Ken Liu but I can’t lie that it does sound like something fun. Hopefully, fans of the series will enjoy this latest book. Otherwise, December seems to be a pretty quiet month of publications that interest me.


COMIC BOOK RELEASES.

Issue #1 of King of Spies comes out on December 1st, 2021 over at Image Comics.
The world’s greatest secret agent has six months to live. Does he die quietly in a hospital bed, or does he make up for a lifetime of bad decisions? He’s been propping up an unfair system for over forty years. Now he knows where all the bodies are buried and has nothing to lose when he turns his guns on everyone who ever made a buck creating the mess we’re in right now.

This sounds pretty cool to me. It’s been a while I haven’t seen a spy thriller, a decent one that is. Hopefully, Mark Millar still has some creative juice left in the tank!


Issue #1 of Devil’s Reign comes out on December 8th, 2021 over at Marvel.
The story that’s been building for years is here! Wilson Fisk went from Kingpin to mayor of the biggest city in America and is going to bring his full criminal and political power to bear on the super heroes who call NYC home. The man who once destroyed Daredevil has set his sights on The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and more. And since it’s Fisk, once he takes them all down, you know he’s going to sign it. CROSSBONES! TASKMASTER! TYPHOID MARY! SHOCKER! WHIPLASH! RHINO! KRAVEN! Fisk has an ARMY of super villains at his command—and this is just his opening salvo. For years, Fisk has waited for his time to strike, and YOU WON’T BELIEVE the aces he’s got up his sleeves!

The latest Marvel event stars Fisk and he’s about to go nuts on other heroes beyond Daredevil! Remains to be seen if he’s got a creative way to get that done.


Issue #1 of Swamp Thing: Green Hell comes out on December 29th, 2021 over at DC Comics.
The Earth is all but done. The last remnants of humanity cling to a mountaintop island lost in endless floodwater. The Parliaments of the Green, the Red, and the Rot all agree: it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start the cycle of life over again. And to do so, they’ve united their powers to summon an avatar—one of the most horrific monsters to ever stalk the surface of this forsaken planet. Against a creature like that, there can be no fighting back…unless you have a soldier who understands the enemy. Someone who has used its tactics before. Someone like Alec Holland.
Of course, it would help if Alec Holland hadn’t been dead for decades…
Jeff Lemire—the author of the smash hits Joker: Killer Smile and The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, along with the graphic novel that inspired the television sensation Sweet Tooth—returns to Black Label with one of the greatest artists in modern DC history, Doug Mahnke, in tow! Together they’ll unleash a gory, gruesome monster mash, where the fate of humanity rests in the hands of someone who isn’t human at all!

Jeff Lemire taking on Swamp Thing for a horror story alongside artist Doug Mahnke? Sounds good to me!


TV SHOW RELEASES.

Out on December 16th, 2021.

You might remember the novel it was based on? Well, here’s the show and it looks pretty good!


Out on December 17th, 2021.

I wasn’t too convinced by the first season, especially because of its poor writing (I can’t forget the number of times they had “destiny” in the script) but I do want to see this series take off and do things right.


Out on December 29th, 2021.

The Mandalorian might be the only amazing thing to come out of the Star Wars franchise in a… WHILE. And to get this spin-off is just a blessing. I can’t wait to see what they’ll achieve with Mr. Fett!


MOVIE RELEASES.

Out on December 17th, 2021.

You know it. I already snatched my premiere tickets for this bad boy. THE HYPE IS REAL!!!!!


Out on December 22nd, 2021.

Keanu Reeves reprises his role as Neo for the long-awaited sequel!!!! What a time to be alive!


Out on December 22nd, 2021.

I was quite disappointed when this got pushed further into 2021 because of the pandemic but…NOW.IT’S. HERE. Time to redeem this franchise with my man Ralph Fiennes!


VIDEO GAME RELEASES.

Out on December 7th, 2021.

There aren’t any releases that really interest me this month but this one did get delayed to early December so there’s that!


PERSONAL LIFE.

The final month of the year. That time of the year where people enter a crazy, chaotic, and cold period and there’s little time to actually breathe. I can’t say it’s any different with me. There are deadlines everywhere, especially at work, that have me quite busy on a daily basis but I look forward to keeping up with all the insanity and surviving the rest of 2021. Of course, this month will inevitably serve as a period of introspection, reevaluating my priorities, and attempting to tackle 2022 with a new pair of glasses. I have some exciting personal life projects that I hope will come true throughout this month and into 2022, and I’ll do everything needed to make everything work too! The real challenge is going to be time management but that’s an eternal trial. We can only try to control that slippery critter and try I shall!

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Thank you all for checking out my monthly anticipation post!

Now tell me what you’re looking forward to this month! Any new releases? Anything exciting you plan on doing?

Yours truly,

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35 thoughts on “My Monthly Anticipation | December 2021

  1. I’m very conflicted about the Matrix movie. I really liked the first movie but thought the Watchowski’s ruined any potential with the 2 sequels. So if it’s a standalone, it has potential. If it’s the kickoff to a new trilogy, then all hope is lost….

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  2. I have not managed to read Station Eleven yet, despite the very positive comments I’ve heard from trusted friends and fellow booklovers, so the arrival of the series might prove helpful – and at the very least I will get to know the story by watching the show… 🙂

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  3. Oooh, this new Millar looks promising indeed! 😀
    And yay for The Book of Boba Fett!!! 😀
    I’ll be watching The Witcher, but without any expectations, sadly 😉 As for Spider-Man, I have high hopes for it, indeed, especially since I spotted Molina in the trailer! Matrix… Well, let’s say I’m a bit wary, but I’ll definitely go and watch it.

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  4. “PRINCESS THÉRA, ONCE KNOWN AS EMPRESS ÜNA OF DARA, ENTRUSTED THE THRONE TO HER YOUNGER BROTHER IN ORDER TO JOURNEY TO UKYU-GONDÉ TO WAR WITH THE LYUCU.” Way too many names in this single sentence to remember who is who and what is what. How do you deal with remembering all that when you read fantasy books?

    The comic book release indeed looks interesting! I look forward to reading your thoughts.

    The Witcher – like you – I didn’t think season one was all that great, but I will probably end up watching number 2 with people who like it.

    Ah the Matrix. I fear that it’s not going to be as good as we all hope it will be. But, nonetheless, it will be cool to see a story we were used to sooooo long ago.

    A new King’s Man? I had no idea this was even in the works. Thanks for the heads-up. This might be something I go and see before the end of the year. Looks great!

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    1. Hahahah I think it just comes down to immersion and repetition (the more you read it, the more you naturally associate them to the right people and places.

      I think I’m mostly going to let fans guide my decision to check out S2 of The Witcher. S1 was rough and I’d need some good convincing to think that S2 is worth my time now hahaha

      Yep, Matrix: Resurrections is going to be a nice nostalgic trip now memory lane but I hope the quality of the story makes it worthwhile…

      Yep. I do have to admit that the 2nd movie in that franchise was pretty bad. I hope King’s Man will redeem it all for me!

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  5. I’m in the same boat as you are with Ken Liu, having only read short fiction. But I do have the first 2 books in the series and very much want to start it. I can’t wait to see what you think of King of Spies. I love the cover design and the story sounds like it has some potential. I haven’t tried The Witcher TV series (and probably won’t anytime soon just because I don’t have easy access) but I’ve loved the books I’ve read so far, which were a couple anthologies. I’m curious about some of the movies you listed, but others I’ll hold off judgement on until I learn more. Good luck tackling that time management monster this month, Lashaan!

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    1. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on Ken Liu’s stuff, even if it’s indirectly through Goodreads! I’m very much intrigued by King of Spies too. So much potential in the idea. Hopefully, it’ll get enough support till the end. I still haven’t tried the Witcher books but I did try another series by the author this year (I think) and it didn’t compel me as much as I’d hoped it would. I look forward to trying the books, maybe, next year though. Thanks, Todd! I wish the same for you too! 😀

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  6. We still can’t get Spiderman tickets 😢 our country is currently in evening lockdown… so I think cinemas are still waiting to hear if they are going to extend that or if they can do evening showings again by then. We are sooooo excited for it! It’s Dave’s bday weekend then so it would be great if we can go… but if not, we just get drunk and watch Witcher. Not bad either

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  7. “crazy, chaotic, and cold period” << 😭😭 so true. I'm trying to be besties with time management, but it's hard. Ah well. I'm trying to remain positive that the year will end on a good note.
    Looking forward to Spider-Man & Matrix too.

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  8. Ooh, I didn’t know about the TV show of Station Eleven. I enjoyed the novel, so I may have to look into that. A new Matrix movie! Not sure about that…. I absolutely adored the first one, but was not impressed by the sequels. True, December is a little crazy – hope you manage to do everything you want to!

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    1. Ouuuuh, I think I remember reading your review for Station Eleven too. I hope the show doesn’t disappoint you if you get around to checking it out. Yep. Matrix Resurrections is going to be tricky. Let’s pray it’ll surprise us in the right way. Hope December proves to be a sweet month for you!

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