RVA Comics X-Change: Issue 32

by | Dec 3, 2019 | MAGAZINES & BOOKS

Happiest of holidays, comic fans! Welcome back to your favorite bi-weekly comics exchange, where we talk about everything up-and-coming and buzzworthy in the land of comics and pop culture. As the sunsets get progressively earlier with the closing of the year, we’re the bat signal you need to keep you company in the land of nerdery.

This week, as we play catch up from the first break of the holiday season, we have some news to keep you up to date in movieland, and some recommendations to keep you company as you hide from your family in the bathroom during that obligatory Christmas party. Will Robert Pattinson be your new favorite Batman? How many Disney Princess comics does one adult woman need?

Grab your peppermint hot chocolate and that leftover sweet potato pie and get cozy, comic fans. We’re going to dive in and find out. 

Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson in Dior Homme Fall 2017 Menswear Collection. Photo by Maximilian Bühn, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia

Robert Pattinson is unfairly stuck with a pretty bad rap, when you think about it. Granted he chose to star in, and stay in, the Twilight franchise, but when you separate the actor from the awful writing, he’s actually pretty talented. However, after some recent comments regarding the iconic Batman, he just might be pushing the wedge further down, deeply dividing fans on his casting as the DC superhero.

“Batman’s not a superhero,” Pattinson told Today. “It doesn’t count. You need to have, like, magical powers to be a superhero.”

If we’re honest, I don’t disagree with him. Furthermore, I have always been in the camp of folks who see iconic richboy Bruce Wayne as the worst. He’s a bored rich kid with access to military grade weapons.

However, fans have already spoken loudly all over the internet about their both disdain for and confusion over Pattison’s casting. This will surely only continue to add to the fire in Wayne Manor.

Buckle up and grab your proton packs, fellow Ghostbusters. We just may finally have a title for the upcoming film.

The upcoming sequel directed by Jason Reitman has long been coded in production under the working title Ghostbusters 2020. However, according the the British Board of Film Classification (the British film ratings system), the title has been leaked as Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Other bits of information that we have thanks to this leak are that the trailer will be two minutes and twenty-eight seconds, and the release date will be October 7th, 2020.

Whether that release date is worldwide or for the UK specifically has yet to be seen. The sequel is set to take place decades after Ghostbusters II and follow the story of two ghostbusters walking through the legacy of the originals. OG Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Akroyd are set to return, along with new additions to the franchise – Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame, and Paul Rudd, noted immortal actor. 

Have you been in desperate need for some femme fronted comics in your life? Same here, and I have just the ones to sooth your stuffed soul.

Ghosted in LA #6, by Siobhan Keenan and Sina Grace

Dating is already difficult without your ex being thrown into the mix. Now take your ex and have them have a crush on your roommate – who happens to be a ghost. Of course. Daphne has just the answer to questions like this, or at least she is about to. 

Folklords #1, by Matt Smith and Matt Kindt

We daydream about Lord of the Rings and Doctor Who, but what if you lived in a world where your fantasies involved dreaming about the mundane world and capitalism?Ansel has this problem, and needs to find the Folklords to help explain his visions. The only problem? Seeking the Folklords is punishable by death. Awkward. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #10, by David Lopez, Jordie Bellaire, and Marc Aspinall

Ever since the television series ended sixteen years ago, it has been thriving in its comic-based third life (no, not second life — remember the original 1992 film the series is based on?) This week Buffy is in Hell, leading a new Slayer to answer the call – but who? Find out this week in the Buffyverse. 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid #2, by Cecil Casellucci

If you are looking for something new from this three-part series, I hate to break it to you, but this is not it. This series is mostly just a retelling of the popular animated film. However, what truly makes this series worth recommending is the artwork. The art remains true to the original Disney style, but with a beautiful Dark Horse bend. With Disney+’s release, what’s one more skip down memory lane? 

That will do it for us this week, comic book fans! As we wake up from our turkey coma, what have been your go-to comics this season? 

Until next time!

Ash Griffith

Ash Griffith

Ash is a writer and improviser from Richmond. She has a BA in English from VCU and an associates in Theater. When she isn't writing or screaming on a stage, she can usually be found wherever the coffee is. Bill Murray is her favorite person along with her black cat, Bruce.

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