The Geekender October 16-18: Alias, Locke & Key, Star Wars: Lost Stars, and more!

The weekend is upon us, and with it, a chance to sit back, relax and consume massive amounts of sci-fi, fantasy and horror pop culture. In The Geekender, our writers share a bit about what they're reading, watching and playing -- and we want to hear from you. Let us know what's on your plate in the comments!

Adam Swiderski: I caught the con crud at New York Comic Con last weekend, so this weekend, I will follow Mr. Freeze's advice and chill. While doing so, I plan to dig into Alias, which I've never read. With the TV version of Jessica Jones' adventures incoming, I figure now's as good a time as any to catch up on the source material, so I can either celebrate how well Netflix and Marvel nailed it or join in the fanperson rage at the things they don't get right. Plus, you know, it's Brian Michael Bendis, so I know going in I'm probably going to dig it.

Lisa GranshawI haven't had a chance to jump into the the new books released for the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, so this weekend I'm going to try to get my hands on two of the books I've heard discussed the most: Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig and Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. Aftermath is set right after the events of Return of the Jedi and sees a small group trying to stop the Empire from regrouping after the Death Star's destruction. Lost Stars is a Young Adult book that follows the relationship of two people who end up on opposite sides of the war, going through events in the universe we've already seen as well as some that take place after Return of the Jedi. I'm excited to see what these new canon books are like, what they have to say about events after the original trilogy and what hints they offer about The Force Awakens.

Evan HoovlerFor starters, I need to catch up on all these excellent 31 Days of Halloween articles Blastr has been running. October is my favorite month for content on this website, and there is always a ton of new stuff to read every week. I'm also going to be marathoning American Horror Story: Freak Show, which just came out on Amazon Prime. In addition, my wife has been trying to sell me on the new show Quantico. I'll give it a try, but I suspect I'll find it lacks a supernatural angle and I will have trouble staying focused. In addition, the so-bad-it's-good Scorpion looks like it might have a particularly entertaining trainwreck of an episode this week, so I'll eagerly tune in to see that.


Ernie EstrellaChances are, if you enjoyed the classic graphic novels Locke & Key, written by the award-winning team of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, you probably own a few versions of the series. Personally, I own the series in single issues and in beautiful deluxe hardcovers published by IDW. But there's another version out there that you might not have yet. It's the official Locke & Key radio drama of the entire series, which is FREE on through Nov. 4. There are 50 voice actors that are used to fill the 13-hour-and-26-minute drama, including Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager) and Haley Joel Osment (Sixth Sense), and even Hill appears along with his father, Stephen King. It's a new interpretation of one of the best comics in recent years that makes a perfect fireplace experience for the Halloween season or on those long drives touring haunted houses. I've been chipping away at it for a few days now, and it's a fresh revisit for longtime fan like me, and I plan to dig into it some more this weekend. Remember, it's not an all-ages affair, but this one is going to be an annual tradition in my household.


Jeff SpryI'm venturing to the Luddite-land of my parents in California this weekend, in whose home Blu-ray is major sorcery and even dial-up Internet is a concept beyond belief. Since their TV watching consists mostly of Fox News, duck hunting shows and reruns of Little House on the Prairie, I'm bringing a load of Halloween-time movie favorites on DVD, including the awesome '80s horror anthology Creepshow, John Cusack's excellent haunted hotel flick 1408 and Legend of Hell House from 1973. So I'll be indulging in these seasonal spookshows and catching up on Scott Snyder's Wytches comic series in 80-degree Indian summer weather, at least until the latest crisis in Syria breaks and the station is changed.


Matt DorvilleThis weekend, I'm binging on the comics of the artist Fabio Moon. Moon is probably best known for being the artist of the weird and incredible Casanova, but he's done more than a few comics in the past that have amazed me, especially his groundbreaking Daytripper. This weekend, I'm reading old titles like Pixu and Smoke and Guns as well as his new graphic novel, Two Brothers, which he wrote with his brother and frequent collaborator Gabriel Ba. I love how Fabio Moon seeks out projects that are different and original, and his drawing of the human body the best in comic books today.

Trent MooreI'm still catching up on my DVR after an extended vacation, but one pleasant surprise I've been banking up the past few weeks is Limitless. This weekend, I plan to catch up on the past two episodes I've missed. The CBS series, based on the underrated Bradley Cooper film from a few years ago, is turning into one heck of a fun sci-fi series. One part procedural, one part sci-fi conspiracy and two parts quirky characters and B-stories — they've nailed a perfect mix with this one. Even when the procedural elements fall into cliched territory, the characters are still more than compelling enough to keep you around. If you haven't been watching, I urge you to join me this weekend and catch up.


That's it for our crew's geeky plans this fine fall weekend.  Tell us what're most excited to watch, play or read in the comments below.

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