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Ah, Dark Horse…making dreams real for all the Whedon geeks around the world daily. We are well aware that DC’s “New 52” are still making headlines across the globe, but the release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9, Issue 1 and Angel & Faith, Issue 1 should also be cause for celebration! Here’s what you can look forward to…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9: Issue 1 (click here to order from TFAW)

The Word from Dark Horse:
Season 8 ended with a bang when Buffy cut the world off from the hell dimensions and all supernatural influence. Great, right? Except Buffy has left her best friend, Willow, powerless and ended the long line of vampire slayers, leaving her hated by the hundreds of girls who recently stood behind her. Newly relocated to San Francisco, Buffy can count on a fresh start and focus on what she’s good at–slaying.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss
Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Inker: Dexter Vines
Cover Artists: Jo Chen / Steve Morris

The Word from Dread:
Season 8 was one insane ride. Some of it was over-the-top ridiculousness, but most of it was vintage Buffy…as in it was like the show had never ended. Season 9 continues that streak of awesome with Buffy now confronting a world made all the more real ever since she cut us free of our magical tether. So, what does Buffy do when she no longer has to lead an army of slayers against the forces of darkness? The same thing we all do every day…work a crap job and drink until we can’t feel feelings anymore! WOO!

This book also hints at oncoming evils, some familiar and some new and more horrible than reruns of “Smallville” (like if they showed that episode where they are stuck in the Matrix over and over…oh man…hellish.) Issue 1 is everything you could want. It’s offbeat and quirky, constantly hysterical and very true to the show, as you would expect when Joss Whedon is at the wheel. For Buffy fans it is perfection. Snap it up TODAY! Click here for preview pages courtesy of Dark Horse.

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Angel & Faith, Issue 1 (click here to order from TFAW)

The Word from Dark Horse:
Left in a near-catatonic state following the events in Buffy Season 8, Angel will need a seriously rude awakening if he’s to make amends for his ill-conceived deeds. Enter rebel slayer with a cause–Faith Lehane. Together they’ll have full access to the Watcher files and opportunities to make amends for all they’ve done…and will do.

Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Steve Morris / Jo Chen / Georges Jeanty (25th Anniversary Variant)
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon

The Word from Dread:
I’m reluctant to say what Angel did that was so earth-shatteringly bad, but I will say it happens in Buffy Season 8 and may be worse than anything the vampire with a soul ever did as Angelus. I challenge you to read that and NOT run out to get the trades for Season 8! Now, Angel is more broody than ever before (maybe like 120% more broodiness in every issue), and only a newfound sense of purpose and dire need to atone for his sins will see him back in battle against evil. Luckily, the slayer named Faith knows a little something about atoning and will be sticking around to see that Angel gets all the backup he needs. One catch, though…the entire planet just might want to see Angel dead. SUSPENSE!

Issue 1 plays out like a creepy little horror movie. Ghosts of the past prod Angel into action with the Watcher Files in hand to point the way toward unfinished business. The tone is way heavier than Buffy, as it should be (and if you read Season 8, you know why), but it is still highly entertaining to watch Angel and Faith in action. The banter isn’t all doom and gloom as that just wouldn’t be a Whedon book, would it? Issue 1 is serious but light where it should be and, shockingly, way bloodier than 6 issues of Buffy combined! I’d absolutely love it if Buffy kept things light and full of action while Angel kept a black sense of humor amid beheadings and such! The perfect combo for a diehard horror fan. I wasn’t a big fan of Angel: After the Fall, but this incarnation seems just my speed. Click here for preview pages courtesy of Dark Horse.

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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