DC’s Drowned Earth Features Epic Carnage and a Familiar Plot

With the Aquaman movie hitting theaters in less than two months, DC needs a new reader-friendly, Aquaman-centric event comic that can give newcomers a primer on all things Atlantis. Drowned Earth definitely fits that bill. This one-shot special kicks off a crossover between the ongoing Justice League and Aquaman comics. Some of the beats in this issue are overly familiar, but it serves as an engaging start to this crossover all the same.

Fans of 2013’s Throne of Atlantis crossover will find themselves in comfortably familiar territory. Once again Aquaman takes center stage in a conflict that involves the surface world being flooded by an oceanic enemy. The key difference this time being that this enemy hails from the stars and harbors just as much resentment toward Atlantis as it does the rest of the world.

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Finally: Sony Announces PlayStation Furniture

Sony has launched a new line of products, but it’s probably not what you’re expecting. Sony has partnered with PBTeen for a new, officially licensed line of PlayStation-themed furniture.

The “tasteful” collection includes decor and furniture that you can buy to spruce up your living room and give it more of a gaming vibe–if that’s something you want to do. The line includes the following items:

  • Acrylic Cubby — $70 USD
  • Icon Wall Light — $200
  • Beanbag — $250
  • Lounge Table — $400
  • Gaming TV Media Console — $1,100

PBTeen already offers decor and furniture collections themed around major brands such as Harry Potter and Star Wars, but it appears PlayStation is their first gaming brand. You can go to PBTeen’s website to order any of the new PlayStation items now.

In other PlayStation news, Sony recently confirmed the full list of the 20 games on the new PlayStation Classic mini-console coming in December. What’s more, Sony this week announced that total lifetime PS4 shipments have passed 86 million units.

Netflix Is Changing Things Up By Releasing 3 Movies in Theaters Early

Netflix is debuting three of its award-contender movies in theatres before they appear on its streaming service.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-contender Roma will debut in several cinemas across LA, New York City and Mexico on November 21st, three weeks before it appears on Netflix. The Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will appear in theatres a week before on November 8, and Susanne Bier’s Bird Box will also get a week-long theatrical berth beginning December 13.

The move marks an acknowledgment on behalf of the distributor that the theatrical experience is still important (particularly during awards season), despite past suggestions from Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos to the contrary.

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The Flash’s Jesse L. Martin Taking Leave of Absence

Fans of The Flash may have noticed that Joe West hasn’t been charging into action much in Season 5, and there’s a very good reason.

According to TVLine, Jesse L. Martin “suffered a back injury” over the show’s hiatus, and IGN has confirmed that the actor will be taking a leave of absence from the CW series for an undetermined length of time.

Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind The Flash, provided this statement on Martin’s status: “Jesse Martin is taking a medical leave of absence from The Flash. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his return as Detective Joe West.”

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Horror Movies by the Decade: A Century of Classics for Halloween

It’s the best time of year, and that means time to watch lots of horror movies. But while there are so many options these days – streaming services, Blu-rays, whatever TCM is airing – you might want to seek out some historic titles, and the “Doctor of the Dead” is here to help with some suggestions that cover an entire century of cinematic horror!

But look, I knew the job was dangerous when I took it. Trying to pick just one single horror movie to represent every decade from the 1910s to the present is an impossible task, so – in keeping with the spirit of the season – I’m just going to go with my gut. This list doesn’t invalidate your own picks, nor do I mean to say there aren’t plenty of equally valid options. But we only have so much time together, so let’s get started, and maybe a few of these might inspire you to go on your own Halloween season viewing binges that will last well into November and beyond.

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