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!
Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. Then, when Charlie is seventeen, he meets Howard Bowditch, a recluse with a big dog in a big house at the top of a big hill. In the backyard is a locked shed from which strange sounds emerge, as if some creature is trying to escape. When Mr. Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie the house, a massive amount of gold, a cassette tape telling a story that is impossible to believe, and a responsibility far too massive for a boy to shoulder.
Because within the shed is a portal to another world—one whose denizens are in peril and whose monstrous leaders may destroy their own world, and ours. In this parallel universe, where two moons race across the sky, and the grand towers of a sprawling palace pierce the clouds, there are exiled princesses and princes who suffer horrific punishments; there are dungeons; there are games in which men and women must fight each other to the death for the amusement of the “Fair One.” And there is a magic sundial that can turn back time.
My thoughts: Here’s Stephen King dishing out another novel, this time venturing further into the realm of fantasy! I’m definitely curious.
Seventeen years ago, king Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, taking with him every man of fighting age from the island of Ithaca. None of them have returned, and the women have been left behind to run the kingdom.
Penelope was barely into womanhood when she wed Odysseus. Whilst he lived, her position was secure. But now, years on, speculation is mounting that husband is dead, and suitors are starting to knock at her door . . .
But no one man is strong enough to claim Odysseus’ empty throne – not yet. Between Penelope’s many suitors, a cold war of dubious alliances and hidden knives reigns, as everyone waits for the balance of power to tip one way or another. If Penelope chooses one from amongst them, it will plunge Ithaca into bloody civil war. Only through cunning and her spy network of maids can she maintain the delicate balance of power needed for the kingdom to survive.
On Ithaca, everyone watches everyone else, and there is no corner of the palace where intrigue does not reign . . .
My thoughts: I’ve only ever known Claire North to do science fiction and she usually nails it with her tremendous imagination. A Greek mythology retelling now? I’m curious.
COMIC BOOK RELEASES.
A small colony of synths have settled in secret on a backwater moon. When a company of United System soldiers come to them for help retrieving biotechnology on a hostile planet that could be the key to saving humanity, the synths must decide whether the prospect of peace between man and machine is worth the risk of betrayal.
My thoughts: It’s time for the Alien comic book franchise to get rebooted under Marvel Comics. Let’s see how they handle this.
What happens when a comics art powerhouse meets one of the greatest, most exciting heroes of all time? One part prestige art book, one part compelling noir tale, this one-of-a-kind edition collects some of Lee Bermejo’s most jaw-dropping Batman covers woven together to tell a story that strikes right at the heart of the Dark Knight’s never-ending crusade.
My thoughts: Listen. I’m a huge fan of Lee Bermejo’s artwork. It’s gorgeous. For him to now WRITER AND DRAW his own Batman story? I’m all in! Show us what you got!
Two-Face has always been viewed as Batman’s most tragic villain. If only Harvey Dent hadn’t been scarred by acid, he could have continued his good work as D.A. in Gotham City and been Batman’s greatest ally and friend…right? Or has Batman extended Harvey Dent too much grace in his multiple attempts at reform? He’ll question himself as Harvey Dent is free once more, scarred but seemingly free of Two-Face’s influence. But…when it’s revealed Harvey Dent’s father has been threatened to be murdered on his 88th birthday, will Two-Face be able to resist joining the party? From the bestselling creative team of Mariko Tamaki (Detective Comics, Crush & Lobo) and Javier Fernandez (Nightwing, King Spawn)!
My thoughts: I’m always wary about short-story collections, especially in comics, but these creative teams are legit and have so much potential. I hope the final result is good. The first issue with Riddler had Tom King writing it up, now we get Mariko Tamaki. Let’s see how that goes!
TV SHOW RELEASES.
My thoughts: There’s a lot of hate being thrown at this upcoming TV series and I can’t blame anyone for it to exist considering how important the source material should’ve been for a project that has so much money invested in it. I was personally always excited to see what story it will deliver and still am.
My thoughts: I only saw season 1 and found that the show really did a wonderful job in adapting the original novel. I still have no idea how the show pushed on to give us 5 seasons but I can only imagine that they found the story they wanted to tell or this would’ve gotten canceled a long time ago! I might have to revisit this now.
My thoughts: I have yet to watch any of the Star Wars TV series content since The Mandalorian and many would tell me to stick to just that… Andor, however, looks way more promising and I hope it delivers… for the sake of SW fans…
My thoughts: Live-action Disney movies are usually huge flops but, man, I want to believe in Tom Hanks and think this will be different…
My thoughts: There’s a lot of controversy around this movie and the history that it will portray. I’m curious to see how factual or sensational Hollywood will be about it all.
My thoughts: This movie looks gorgeous! I’m curious to see how Anna de Armas portrays Marilyn Monroe here.
VIDEO GAME RELEASES.
As a HUGE fan of the original game, I am beyond thrilled to replay it in this version, rebuilt from the ground up for the PlayStation 5. What annoys me is the price tag on it and the unnecessity of this “remaster” in the grand scheme of things. I’ll find out soon enough if it was all worth the trouble of rebuilding this game or if the money-grabbing scheme was just a trap all along.
Sweater weather is incoming! I sort of look forward to the cold just because it’s a reason to get comfy, stay in, and cuddle around a good book, without sweating. 😉 I do look forward to tackling this month with more energy than usual. I hope to try and maximize my free time and do as much of everything I want to achieve while maintaining some sort of rhythm and frequency that I deem enjoyable. I do have some big deadlines at work and I look forward to meeting expectations more than ever. I’m hoping that I won’t run into too many hiccups along the way though. Those are the worse. 😀
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?