Best Horror Movies on Netflix: Scariest Films to Stream

Is it Halloween when you're reading this? If not, don't worry: every day can be Halloween when you try hard enough. 

There is nothing quite as fun as embracing the spooky, the creepy, the scary, and all that goes bump in the night. Thankfully we have horror movies to help us down these crepuscular paths. If you ever find yourself in need of a thrill or a chill, check out some of the best horror movies on Netflix, we've gathered here.

Every streaming service takes its sacred duty to scare seriously but Netflix in particular means business. These are some of the best horror movies the streaming world has to offer. Enjoy!

Best Netflix Horror Movies - Apostle

Apostle

Apostle comes from acclaimed The Raid director Gareth Evans and is his take on the horror genre. Spoiler alert: it's a good one.

Dan Stevens stars as Thomas Richardson, a British man in the early 1900s who must rescue his sister, Jennifer, from the clutches of a murderous cult. Thomas successfully infiltrates the cult led by the charismatic Malcom Howe (Michael Sheen) and begins to ingratiate himself with the strange folks obsessed with bloodletting. Thomas soon comes to find that the object of the cult's religious fervor may be more real than he'd prefer.

Apostle is a wild, atmospheric, and gory good time.

Best Horror Movies The Blackcoat's Daughter

The Blackcoat's Daughter

Some kids dream about being left overnight or even a week at certain locations to play, like say a mall or a Chuck E. Cheese. One place that no one wants to be left alone in, however, is a Catholic boarding school.

That's the situation that Rose (Lucy Boynton) and Kat (Kiernan Shipka) find themselves in in the atmospheric and creepy The Blackcoat's Daughter. When Rose and Kat's parents are unable to pick them up for winter break, the two are forced to spend the week at their dingy Catholic boarding school. If that weren't bad enough, Rose fears that she may be pregnant...oh, and the nuns might all be Satanists.

The Blackcoat's Daughter is an excellent debut directorial outing from Oz Perkins and another step on the right horror path for scream queens Shipka and Emma Roberts.

Best Netflix Horror Movies - The Conjuring

The Conjuring

2013's The Conjuring is the first entry into an unexpected horror film franchise that ended up far more successful than it had any right to be. That's what happens when you get talented people involved like horror maestro James Wan and superb actors Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Wilson and Farmiga star as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who are called to deal with a small paranormal spot of bother in Rhode Island.

The Conjuring is based on a real case of paranormal activity and terrifyingly and effectively sets up the continued film adventures of the Warrens.

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Cult of Chucky

Who could have imagined that a horror franchise about a demonic child's doll would last seven movies? Actually that sounds pretty rad. There really is no upper limit on this thing. Yes, Chucky and friends return in this seventh installment of the Child's Play franchise.

Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) remains in a mental institution following the events of Curse of Chucky. While there she is assigned a Good Guy doll as a form of therapy. I mean...come on, man. Trained medical professionals should just know better than that. Sure enough blood hits the fan shortly thereafter.

Best Netflix Horror Movies - Emelie

Emelie

Babysitting is a strange job. Parents need some time away from the kids for date nights and other events, of course. So they trust whatever local teen who needs $15 an hour to somehow keep their kids alive for a few hours. More often than not things go perfectly smoothly. But what if you pick the wrong babysitter? Even more terrifyingly, what if you pick the right babysitter but unbeknownst to you that's not the person who shows up to your house that night?

Emelie is a 2015 horror film that exploits these fears perfectly. Sarah Bolger stars as the titular babysitting monsters and does such a good job I don't know how she can be let around children ever again. Emelie is like an old urban legend writ terrifyingly large - just like all the best horror films are.

Best Horror Movies Evil Dead

The Evil Dead

1981's The Evil Dead is nothing less than one of the biggest success stories in horror movie history.

Written and directed on a shoestring budget by Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead uses traditional horror tropes to its great advantage, creating a scary, funny, and almost inconceivably bloody story about five college students who encounter a spot of bother in a cabin in the middle of the woods. That spot of bother includes the unwitting release of a legion of demons upon the world.

The Evil Dead rightfully made stars of its creator and lead Bruce Campbell. It was also the jumping off point for a successful franchise that includes two sequels, a remake, a TV show, and more.

Best Horror Movies The Golem

The Golem

The Golem is such an awesome monster from Jewish mythology that it's hard to believe they don't make more movies about him. Well now they have. The Golem isn't a straight-up remake of the 1915 movie of the same name so much as it is the next step in the evolution of this grim mythological beast.

During the outbreak of a plague, Hanna (Hani Furstenberg) will do whatever it takes to defend her community from outside invaders. Unfortunately, and in ture fairy tale fashion, the creature she conjures up to defend her community quickly develops a murderous mind of its own.

Green Room

Green Room is a shockingly conventional horror movie despite not having all of the elements we traditionally associate with them. There are no monsters or the supernatural in Green Room.

Instead all monsters are replaced by vengeful neo-Nazis and the haunted house is replaced by a skinhead punk music club in the middle of nowhere in the Oregon woods. The band The Aint Rights, led by bassist Pat (Anton Yelchin) are locked in the green room of club after witnessing a murder and must fight their way out.

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - Hush

Hush

In his follow-up to the cult classic Oculus, Mike Flanagan makes one of the cleverer horror movies on this list. Hush is a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse with the typical nightmare of a home invasion occurring, yet it also turns conventions of that familiar terror on its head. For instance, the savvy angle about this movie is Kate Siegel (who co-wrote the movie with Flanagan) plays Maddie, a deaf and mute woman living in the woods alone. Like Audrey Hepburn's blind woman from the progenitor of home invasion stories, Wait Until Dark(1967), Maddie is completely isolated when she is marked for death by a menacing monster in human flesh.

Further, like the masked villains of so many more generic home invasion movies (I'm looking square at you, Strangers), John Gallagher Jr.'s "Man" wears a mask as he sneaks into her house. However, the functions of this story are laid bare since we actually keep an eye on what the "Man" is doing at all times, and how he is getting or not getting into the house in any given scene. He is not aided by filmmakers who've given him faux-supernatural and omnipotent abilities like other versions of these stories, and he's not an "Other;" he is a man who does take his mask off, and his lust for murder is not so much fetishized as shown for the repulsive behavior that it is. And still, Maddie proves to be both resourceful and painfully ill-equipped to take him on in this tense battle of wills.

All of this inversion and shrewdness makes Hush one of several excellent horror movies to come out of 2016.

Best Horror Movies Insidious

Insidious

Insidious is the start of a multi-film horror franchise and a pretty good one at that. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star as a married couple Josh and Renai Lambert who move into a new home with their three kids. Shortly after they move in, their son Dalton is drawn to a shadow in the attic and then falls into a mysterious coma from which they can't wake him.

It's at this point that the Lamberts do what horror fans always yell at characters to do: they move out of the damn house! Little do they know, however, that some hauntings go beyond mere domiciles.

Best Horror Movies on Netflix - The Invitation

The Invitation

Seeing your ex is always uncomfortable, but imagine if your ex-wife invited you to a dinner party with her new husband? That is just about the least creepy thing in this new, taut thriller nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Indeed, in The Invitation Logan Marshall-Green's Will is invited by his estranged wife (Tammy Blanchard) for dinner with her new hubby David (Michael Huisman of Game of Thrones). David apparently wanted to extend the bread-breaking offer personally since he has something he wants to invite both Will and all his other guests into joining. And it isn't a game of Scrabble...

Intense, strange, and not what you expect, this is one of the more inventive thrillers of 2016.

Best Horror Movies It Comes At Night

It Comes at Night

Surviving the apocalypse comes with a certain amount of questions. For starters, what do you do after you survive a global pandemic thanks to your secluded cabin in the woods...and then someone comes knocking? That's the situation that the family consisting of Paul (Joel Edgerton), Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), and Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) find themselves in in It Comes at Night.

When Paul and his family come across another family in the woods seeking shelter and water, they hesitantly welcome them in. But this soon proves to be a dangerous decision. Having guests in the real world is annoying enough to deal with and it only becomes harder when you suspect that any one of them could be sick with a highly-contagious, utterly fatal illness.

Best Horror Movies The Last Exorcism

The Last Exorcism

What could possibly make an exorcism movie scarier? Well, what about an exorcism movie, found footage style? The success of The Blair Witch Project ushered in the era of found footage horror films, and while many of them were misses, The Last Exorcism falls firmly into the "hit category.

The Last Exorcism follows evangelical minister Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) who decides to allow a film crew perform his last ever exorcism, as he no longer believes in the rite. Unfortunately for Cotton, this last exorcism turns out to be less of a fraud than he anticipated.

Best Horror Movies The Ring

The Ring

How is this movie PG-13? I mean, I know how. There are no genitals or F-words in it. There isn't even really any gratuitous violence or gore. But when classifying what movies are appropriate for the youths, shouldn't the MPAA factor in "pants-shitting terror that will scar your teenage mind for life?" The Ring is a wonderfully terrifying movie.

It's the story of a video tape (lol remember those?) that after you watch it, you receive a phone call from a mysterious, scratchy voice informing you that you will die in seven days. The video tape and the phone caller have a 100% success rate in this whole dying in seven days thing. Naomi Watts stars as Rachel Keller, a journalist who wants to get to the bottom of this story. Little does she know it's at the literal bottom of a well.

Best Horror Movies Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

If you don’t know the ending yet for Rosemary’s Baby, let me promise you that it will scare the Hell out of you. Even if you do know it, this movie will not be any less than petrifying, lingering long after credits roll for any couple. Made before “jump scares” became ubiquitous with American horror in 1968, Roman Polanski presents a mystery film suffocating with dread and unspoken tension. Rosemary (Mia Farrow) is the happy homebody for her self-centered thespian husband (John Cassavetes) when they move into an Upper West Side apartment with the nicest neighbors.

Plus, their building has history too, like a Devil worshipping warlock who was beaten to death by a mob at the turn of the century. It also has a lovely basement perfect for summoning demons for a little midnight rape. This movie is meant to be savored and slowly unpacked, and when you find the newborn sleeping underneath all those blankets—you’ll wish you never laid eyes on it or this movie. Isn’t that the point of horror?

Best Horror Movies Scream 2

Scream 2

While hardly the masterpiece of self-congratulatory ‘90s meta-humor that Scream tended to be, there is still much going for the first follow-up in this Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson series. Made one year later in time for Christmas of 1997, Scream 2 logically follows Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) to the next stage: college.

There fellow survivors from the first film end up back in her orbit, like the encyclopedic Tarantino-esque movie fan, Randy (Jamie Kennedy), the abrasive tabloid journalist Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and of course Deputy Dewey (David Arquette). But there is also another killer or two and a whole cast of suspects. The body count is increased, and the motive is deliciously post-modern and oh, so ‘90s. This is a great time capsule of an era where even our horror movies were happy right up until the bloody end.

Best Horror Movies Sweetheart

Sweetheart

Don't let the name fool you, Sweetheart is very much a horror movie. What kind of horror movie, you ask? Well, after a boat sinks during a storm, young Jennifer Remming (Kiersey Clemons) is the only survivor. She washes ashore a small island and gets to work burying her friends, creating shelter, and foraging for food. You know: deserted island stuff.

Soon, however, Jenn will come to find that the island is not as deserted as she previously thought. There's something out there - something big, dangerous, and hungry. Sweetheart is like Castaway meets Predator and it's another indie horror hit for Blumhouse.

Best Horror Movies Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a fantastic little satire on the horror genre that, in a similar fashion to Scream, is packed with laughs, gore, and a bit of a message. When a group of preppy college students head out to the backwoods for a camping trip, they stumble upon two good-natured good ol' boys that they mistake for homicidal hillbillies.

Their quick, off-the-mark judgment of Tucker and Dale lead to these snobs getting themselves into sticky, often bloody, and hilariously over-the-top situations. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil rides a one-joke premise to successful heights and teaches audiences to not judge a book by its cover.

Best Netflix Horror Movies - Under the Shadow

Under the Shadow

This 2016 effort could not possibly be more timely as it sympathizes, and terrorizes, an Iranian single mother and child in 1980s Tehran. Like a draconian travel ban, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her son Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) are malevolently targeted by a force of supreme evil.

This occurs after Dorsa’s father, a doctor, is called away to serve the Iranian army in post-revolution and war-torn Iran. In his absence evil seeps in… as does a quality horror movie with heightened emotional weight.

Best Horror Movies What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

When director Bob Zemeckis isn't out there changing cinema forever with charming, family-friendly films like Back to the Future and Forrest Gump, he's apparently looking for the darkest, most terrifying scripts he can find to direct. He succeeds in doing so with the Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer-starring What Lies Beneath

Ford and Pfeiffer star as married couple Norman and Claire Spencer. Norman and Claire live in a quiet Vermont house where everything is hunky-dory until Claire notices some suspicious activity from their neighbors across the street. The path that Claire's suspicions set her on lead her to terrifying revelations about her own, idyllic life.

Best Netflix Horror Movies - The Witch

The Witch

If you let The Witch lure you into its cruel and malevolent headspace, you will immediately realize that you are watching something genuinely depraved and entirely forbidden due to its 17th century unholiness. After all, it didn’t get a thumb’s up from Satanists because it was a generic thriller stuffed with jump scares!

This art house chiller that drops you in the middle of early-1600s New England for the kind of witching campfire tale that would give Puritans nightmares. And it is there that Robert Eggers’ first film uses actual historic accounts from the local Calvinists about their real superstitions to give them life and heinous flesh (and an authentic Elizabethan accent).

There is a witch in the woods in this story, to appreciate it, that must be clear. And her evil reach toward brief salvation or eternal damnation—depending on how you look at it—makes this a movie that will stick with you for days after the lights go up. It’s also made Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays the young Thomasin, an instant star within the genre.

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Best Anime On Netflix to Stream

Isn’t it just the worst when you’re out with friends at your favorite restaurant and everyone’s discussing Kakegurui –Compulsive Gambler and you’re unable to jump in? How about when you’re waiting for the bus to arrive and people are discussing the latest Overlord plot twist? Or when your cashier at the supermarket tries to make small talk and naturally namedrops the eternal equalizer, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and you just have to quietly look at your shoes?

Okay, so anime’s presence might not be quite at that level, but the popularity of the once-niche area of the animation industry only continues to blossom and become more mainstream. Not only are there now ample anime series that are available on popular streaming services, but this is even used as a selling point in some cases! There have never been more anime titles readily available to audiences, which is certainly exciting, but it can also be overwhelming.

Not only are more legacy titles being added to streaming services every month, but there is also a steady stream of new series that are being added. To guarantee that the various libraries of content at your disposal don’t swallow you whole, we’ve done the hard work and narrowed it down to just the top and most important titles! For both the obsessive anime fan and those entirely new to the form, here’s a list of the top 15 anime that are currently streaming on Netflix!

Netflix Anime - One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man is overblown action in the best possible way. The series is about Saitama, the eponymous "One-Punch Man", a superhero so powerful that he kills all of his enemies in one punch. Because of this lack of a challenge, Saitama has developed a blasé look on life as he searches for someone stronger than him. The fact that this extremely overpowered person looks like this is the perfect unassuming icing on the cake.

It's encouraging to see how well One-Punch Man nails the action and humor that it goes for, and it's funny that in a year that has seen people clamoring for (and receiving) more Dragon Ball, this is the series that seems to be satisfying most of these people's desires for overblown, God-level battles (the work done in the first season finale is truly a sight to behold in both animation and fighting). On the other extreme of this, the series is also very interested in the hierarchy of these superheroes, designating them classes, rules and restrictions, and through this we get a number of delightful ancillary low-level heroes that kind of out-Venture Bros the Venture Bros. Here you're getting such absurd fighters like Tank Top Vegetarian, Superalloy Darkshine, Handsomely Masked Sweet Mask, Metal Bat, Pri-Pri-Prisoner, Spring Mustache, and License-less Rider, who is simply a cyclist who uses his bike as a weapon. I dare you to watch that theme song and not want to give this adrenaline shot a peak.

Netflix Anime - The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K has been one of my greatest anime pleasures over the past year and it’s partly due to how recklessly random the style of this show is. To begin with,Disastrous Life of Saiki K began airing as daily bite-sized four-minute anime installments that offered up glimpses into the chaotic life of secret psychic, Saiki. Then, after enough time had passed the series began to be packaged as a conventional 24-minute series that would bundle up five of these short-form episodes into one full-length episode. As a result of this, a weird schism in the community has formed regarding whether Saiki should be consumed in small doses or full-sized endeavors, but the show absolutely works regardless of which style you prefer.

There are a number of series to come along about psychics and everyday school life, but what makes Saiki stand apart from the rest is how invested it is in its own rules and mythology. The series builds up a truly unique set of rules for Saiki’s many abilities that you get acclimated with at a surprisingly fast rate. There’s such a clear joy for the world that’s been built here as Saiki simultaneously tries to get through the day drawing as little attention to himself as possible. Unpredictable psychic powers, constant cliffhangers, and an impressive list of side characters that you won’t want to leave anytime soon all point towards The Disastrous Life of Saiki K being one of the most fun and creative shows to come out of the season.

Netflix Anime - Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler

Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler

Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler is the best anime about gambling that you’ll ever watch, but it’s also so much more than that. Yumeko Jabami transfers to Hyakkaou Private Academy, an institution that's full of the children of Japan's wealthiest and most influential. Accordingly, it's also become a hotbed for extreme gambling that runs a toxic underground culture at the school. The losers are turned into slaves and “house pets” of the winners and that’s just the beginning. Yumeko is special because she simply wants to gamble for the thrill and rush that it provides her, not because she seeks any financial gain or to dominate the student campus. Her unique fascination with how the school's culture works catapults her to the top of the campus, but Yumeko's proficiency at gambling isn't why this show it's great, but rather it’s how exaggerated her excitement and love for the act becomes.

Each episode sees a character gamble their entire savings and livelihood for some spontaneous wager. Yumeko is an incredibly meek and reserved girl, but she does a complete 180 whenever she gets in the vicinity of gambling and experiences tantric full body orgasms. It's not just that her entire attitude changes, but it's like she becomes a demon. Her eyes take on an evil glow, the pitch of her voice drops, and she becomes otherworldly. Yumeko’s behavior is incredible, but the way in which the show’s animation and style also loses control during these moments is incredible. Kakegurui handles something as basic as rock, paper, scissors, or a hand of poker, but also covers more extreme games, like Russian Roulette, where actual lives are on the line.

This anime turns something normal into something insane and treats gambling like it's a fight between superheroes. It embraces an absolutely demented point of view that elevates this madness to something mandatory for fans of the extreme. Just watch the show’s opening credits and tell yourself that you don’t want to see more. With a second season on the way soon, now’s the perfect time to check out this insane anime.

Netflix Anime - High Score Girl

High Score Girl

High Score Girl is likely the only “Arcade Love Story” out there on the market, but it should be mandatory viewing for any fans of retro video games or sweet love stories. The series is set during the height of arcade culture in the 1990s and looks at Haruo Yaguchi, a boy who doesn’t care about anything other than video games. He suddenly meets his match at the arcade in the form of Akira Oono and the two are immediately in each other’s orbits in this unconventional love story.

One of the best things about High Score Girl is the very real passion that the series and Yaguchi have towards video games. The love here is very addictive and the series highlights plenty of formative titles like Mortal Kombat, Splatterhouse, lots of Street Fighter II, the release of the PlayStation and Sega Saturn, and the general transition from video games in arcades to the console market at home becoming more feasible. It also makes such a difference that these are all real video games that High Score Girl uses for its examples (and it often shows actual footage from the titles). This anime is such a goldmine for fun history and nostalgia towards '90s video games—especially if you grew up through that era—but it also tells a sweet, humble love story between two kids. Plus, it’s impressive that Oono doesn't say a word throughout the entire series, yet you still completely empathize with her and want to see her be happy.

Netflix Anime - Devilman Crybaby

Devilman Crybaby

The Devilman franchise has been going strong in Japan since the 1970s. It tells a typical story of corruption and lost identity when an unsuspecting soul has his spirit mixed up with that of a demon. As a result, Akira has access to the extreme powers of Devilman, but he still retains his humanity. As Akira tries to come to terms with his transformation, this tug of war between good and evil wages on inside of him while he attempts to use the darkness to defeat demons, but not let it consume him in the process.

There’s nothing too special about Devilman at its surface level, but Devilman Crybaby is such a worthwhile reboot of the property entirely because the legendary Masaaki Yuasa is in the one in charge. Yuasa injects the Devilman narrative with his typical eye-popping animation and art direction and helps this story ascend to something special. Yuasa has no limits when it comes to the series’ level of gore or how ridiculous the animation will become. You won’t want to take your eyes off of a single frame of Devilman Crybaby, but therave scene at the Sabbath party from the first episode is an excellent primer for just how much this anime is a batshit, psychedelic fever dream. Nowhere else will you find nipples mutating into big, hungry mouths.

Netflix Anime - Death Note

Death Note

It’s hard not to fall in love with this concept right away: Death Note is about Light, a high school student who finds a notebook that whenever he writes a name inside it, that person dies. Pretty nuts, right? It’s not long before Light is trying to cleanse the world of evil by using this notebook to play God and create a better world. That’s some deep subject matter to get into and Death Note handles this rise to corruption beautifully.

As Light’s carnage begins to grow, a detective, L, tries to take him down. So add to that one of the best subversions to the cat-and-mouse detective genre that I’ve seen, and you’ve got an even more infectious hit on your hands. Waiting for these two to come across each other is such satisfying stuff, especially when even more death notebooks and Shinigami (demons) are thrown into play. The strong energy that the series gives off explains why there have been a number of movies and off-shoots to crop up in Japan over the years. People just need more of this.

Netflix Anime - Gurren Lagann

Gurren Lagann

Gurren Lagann is set in a future dystopian take on Earth where most of humanity is forced to live underground in remote villages. Two teenagers who are eager for more out of life and desperate to venture out to the surface come in contact with a powerful mech, the Lagann, and use it to brave the dangers above ground and challenge the evil Spiral King, Lordgenome's, tyrannical rule.

Here's the thing about Gurren Lagann, it starts off very slow and definitely takes some time to get going, but once it does there's nothing holding back its awesomeness. The whole point of the series is that events build and domino into each other, so although the series starts at a small place in scope, it's absolutely ridiculous to see the level that everything's at by the end of the series. Hang through the opening chunk of the show and the rewards that follow will be well worth it. There are many great mecha series out there, but Gurren Lagann deserves respect for its slow build and how out of control the series gets before you even realize what's going on.

Netflix Anime - Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill

Mashing together a bunch of things that shouldn’t work, but do, based on sheer will alone, Kill la Kill is the best sort of crazy. Pulling from a lot of different anime, the series follows Ryuko, who has just transferred to the Honnouji Academy after the death of her father. At this Academy, everyone wears certain quasi-sentient uniforms that imbue them with superpowers due to the “Life Fibers” that they’re made from. Ryuko seeks to take down the Academy’s villainous headmistress, while getting vengeance for her father and finding the owner of the other half of the Scissor Blade that she wields.

That’s a lot to juggle but Kill la Kill balances it all well while also building real excitement as Ryuko slowly gets close to her end goal. The series’ animation may not be the most elegant, but that doesn’t stop it from attempting some really ambitious battle set pieces, not to mention some of the transformations that go on in this show are just bonkers. You wouldn’t think that clothing and fighting would go together so well but after Kill la Kill you’ll never want to separate the two.

Netflix Anime - Ajin: Demi-Human

Ajin: Demi-Human

Ajin: Demi-Human might actually happen to be on your radar due to it being one of limited anime that Netflix has chosen to embrace and co-produce. The series is your basic demon-out-of-water story where a boy named Kei gets hit by a truck and ends learning that he’s actually an ajin (basically a demon) and incapable of dying. That’s all cool and dandy for Kei, only for the fact that ajin aren’t looked at too fondly in the community with the creatures being hunted and kept in camps. This naturally has a rough schism form between the humans and ajin that has revenge at its core and Kei getting caught up in the middle as he tries to mediate and find peace between everyone.

There are a number of series out there where some member of the “outcast race” tries to bridge things between their kind and humanity (I mean, look no further than Tokyo Ghoul, which is also listed here), but Ajin stands out by offering complex characters that take time to define, as well as some super impressive monster designs that won’t soon leave your mind. With a recent live-action film adaptation making this property hot again, Ajinis one that you want to put on your radar!

Netflix Anime - Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden tells the delicate kind of sci-fi friendly story that would feel at home as the plot in a Phillip K. Dick or Isaac Asimov story. The anime presents a thoughtful spin on the science fiction genre as it attempts to turn the sometimes cold, distant environment into something incredibly emotional and human. Violet Evergarden is an Auto Memory Doll—a person whose purpose revolves around writing letters for others or conveying the emotions that they cannot—and she attempts to find purpose and figure out who she is as she carries out these personal tasks for others.

Violet Evergarden is also a former soldier who’s part robot and she struggles to function after the war is over. The series fluctuates between glimpses of Violet’s PTSD and her various Auto Memory Doll jobs for others. The series adopts a structure that’s almost anthology-like in nature as Violet helps a new individual whose words have gotten away from them. Violet Evergarden’s script can occasionally be wonky and its presentation of gender roles is absolutely problematic, but it’s also one of the most gorgeous shows to come out of Kyoto Animation and its grasp on small-scale storytelling hits such heights.

Netflix Anime - Aggretsuko

Aggretsuko

Retsuko the Red Panda is all of us and we are all Retsuko. Aggretsuko is one of Sanrio’s most popular creations in recent years and while other mascots for the company like Hello Kitty or Keroppi capitalize on the sugary sweet demeanor of their cutesy characters, Aggretsuko instead taps into the inner rage that fills us all. Each vignette in Aggretsuko sees the mild-mannered red panda attempt to do her job, hang out with friends, or just get through some mundane aspect of her day.

Retsuko does a fairly good job at keeping her cool around the constant frustrations that pop up around her, but it’s only a matter of time until something pushes the red panda over the edge and Retsuko explodes in a rage of unfiltered honesty and banging death metal. Aggretsuko is simple, low stakes anime, but there’s something endlessly relatable about these stories of a person being pushed to their limit. Everyone has the kind of days that Retsuko does, so why not commiserate with this character’s deeply cute temper tantrums? With a second season also on the way, thankfully the red panda freakouts are far from over!

Netflix Anime - Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

There are dozens of worthwhile giant mecha anime out there, but Neon Genesis Evangelion is the Godfather of the genre in many ways. The series became notorious for its avant-garde deconstruction of the mech genre and the psychologically delicate areas that the series pushes its subject matter and characters. The series follows the basic setup of a select chosen few needing to pilot Evangelion suits in order to fight the invading “Angels” and prevent another Armageddon. Many series follow a similar mold, but Evangelion holds its characters in darkness and doesn’t relent. It’s no secret that the series’ director, Hideaki Anno, suffered from severe depression while working on the series and that’s all beautifully up on the screen in a way that only David Lynch gets close to recreating anywhere else. So yes, Neon Genesis Evangelion is full of stunning animation, beautifully choreographed battles, and an electric soundtrack, but it will also force you to reckon with the human condition in a way that so few other series can achieve.

Neon Genesis Evangelion isn’t perfect, but it’s earned its notorious reputation and absolutely deserves to be seen. It’s been years since the anime has legally been available in the United States, so Netflix securing the streaming rights for the spring is kind of a huge deal for the anime community. It’s just a shame that their plan seems to be to re-dub the series, since the original dub is almost as legendary as the anime itself at this point.

 

Netflix Anime - Little Witch Academia

 

Little Witch Academia

Trigger is one of those animation studios that whenever they take on a new project, it’s something that you want to put on your radar, regardless of its topic, because it’s going to end up being one of the most beautifully animated anime of the year. Little Witch Academia started off as a film (and a sequel), but the property has seen such popularity that a television series exploring the world of Luna Nova was made a priority. Little Witch Academia follows Akko Kagari, a witch superfan who is excited to be enrolling in the esteemed Luna Nova Magical Academy. Not only that, but Akko comes from a non-magical background making her enrollment at Luna Nova a bit of a double-edged sword.

A lot of this show is about celebrating the beauty (and responsibility) of magic, but there’s also much charm in the fact that Akko is not good at magic. You’re following a character that struggles to even ride a broom properly, not some pro. Akko also has a good group of varied witch friends to bounce off of with their banter being a fun aspect to the series as well. Little Witch Academia tends to avoid serialization and larger story arcs, which gives the show a nice boost of freedom where every episode is something completely different. One week can be about a dragon. Another about a renegade skeleton looking for his lost love. There’s much less urgency with this show, but it’s such a pleasant, beautiful looking anime that will sneak up on you in other ways.

Also Available on Netflix: Fate/Zero, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Rurouni Kenshin, Castlevania, Inuyasha, Baki, Full Metal Alchemist andFull Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Soul Eater, Blue Exorcist, Naruto, Bleach, Attack on Titan(One Season)

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Best Video Games to Play in 2020

As Sony and Microsoft eye the next generation of video game consoles, and Google experiments with cloud gaming with its Stadia platform, studios everywhere are preparing to give this generation its swan song while crafting the future of the industry. The result will be a 2020 full of compelling new experiences, jaw-dropping remakes, long-awaited sequels, and a few games that defy classification. As such, we've picked all of the upcoming games you need to keep an eye on in 2020.

You may be wondering where games like Ghost of Tsushima, and Metroid Prime 4 are on our list. While it's certainly possible (maybe even likely) that some of these games will be released in 2020, for the moment, we are only including games which have been granted a 2020 release window or release date. Rest assured that we will be updating this list as more games are confirmed. 

For now, here are 33 games you need to play in 2020:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

March 2 | Nintendo | Switch

We were as surprised (and disappointed) as many were to learn that Animal Crossing: New Horizons wasn't going to be released in 2019, but it seems that Nintendo needed a little more time to get it right. The good news is that it looks like Nintendo is on the right track with this highly anticipated installment. It's been a while since we last got a proper new Animal Crossing game for consoles, and the scope and ambition of New Horizons should make it worth the considerable wait. 

The game brings in many of the features introduced in the Pocket Camp mobile spinoff, including a crafting system as well as the ability to customize the appearance of your character at any time. New Horizons will also feature a dynamic weather system that adjusts to your real-life location. We may be looking at the most complete Animal Crossing experience yet. 

 

Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

March 24 | Ninja Theory | XBO, PC

We didn't expect Ninja Theory's (DmC, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice) first Xbox exclusive to be a multiplayer melee brawler, but that's exactly what Bleeding Edge is. The game looks like the (hopefully) holy union between the hero-based Overwatch and the classic Dreamcast brawler Power Stone. Whether or not this marriage will make a great game remains to be seen, but we put our faith in the incredible abilities and stellar history of Ninja Theory.

 
Carrion (Video Game)

Carrion

TBA | Nintendo | XBO, PS4, Switch, PC

Have you ever watched The Thing and wished you could play a whole game as the alien shapeshifter? That’s roughly the premise of Carrion: a reverse-horror game in which you control a (mostly) formless being as it escapes an underground research lab, punishing its doomed captors along the way.

Carrion’s “play as the creature” premise is intriguing, but the heart of the game is its solid Metroidvania gameplay, which sees you slowly build up your monster with additional ways to murder, mutilate, and dismember the unsuspecting humans. We played the game at E3 2019 and can’t wait to get our hands on it again.

Best Games 2020 - Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

April 16 | CD Projekt Red | XBO, PS4, PC

It's not a stretch to call Cyberpunk 2077 one of the most anticipated games in years, and that was true even before anyone knew Keanu Reeves was going to be in it. Developed by the team responsible for the critically-acclaimed The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077 aims to be one of the largest, deepest, and most intense sci-fi RPG experiences ever made. Expectations may be high, but what we've seen of the game thus far has us feeling very optimistic. 

 

Best Games 2020 - Destroy All Humans! Remake

Destroy All Humans! Remake

TBA | Black Forest Studios | XBO, PS4, PC

For years, Destroy All Humans! has been referred to as a cult classic. While the game's unique premise -- you're an alien sent to destroy humanity amid '50s Americana -- is part of the reason for its cult status, the sad truth is that not enough people really gave Destroy All Humans! a chance following its release. That may soon change, though, as Destroy All Humans! Remake looks to retain much of what made the original so brilliant while upgrading the game just enough to accommodate some necessary current-gen improvements. 

 

Doom Eternal

November 22 | id Software | PS4, XBO, PC, Stadia

Few people expected much from 2016's Doom, but it ended up being one of the year's best games. Needless to say, expectations are quite high for the sequel. And it looks like Doom Eternal is going to meet all those expectations by giving us more of what we want from modern-day Doom. That means more absurdity, more guns, more action, larger levels, and more intimidating enemies.

We spent an hour playing the sequel at E3 2019 and came away very impressed with its fast-paced action, the addition of the grappling hook, and a few other tricks the Doom Slayer has up his sleeve this time around. Oh, and there are TONS of new demons to slaughter, too. 

Buy Doom Eternal

Best Games 2020 - Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

TBA | CyberConnect2 | XBO, PS4, PC

Not long ago, we would have been cautious to blindly recommend a Dragon Ball Z game, but the success of Dragon Ball FighterZ may have kickstarted a new era of high-quality Dragon Ball adaptations. Dragon Ball Z Kakarot certainly looks to be just that. Published by Bandai Namco and developed by the team behind the Naruto Shippuden series, Kakarot certainly has the pedigree needed to be an exceptional Action-RPG experience. 

As the title suggests, the game is very much focused on Goku's story during the events of Dragon Ball Z, but Bandai Namco promises that players will be able to make connections with many of the manga and anime's other heroes. The game will also let you fight through some of the story's most iconic battles as well as go on side quests and new missions "that answer some burning questions of Dragon Ball lore for the first time." Sounds very promising!

TBA | Techland Publishing | XBO, PS4, PC

The original Dying Light was quite the surprise. At a time when zombie game fatigue was in full effect, Dying Light revived the concept with its parkour gameplay, large levels, and a surprisingly solid story. Well, Dying Light 2 looks bigger and better in all the usual sequel ways, but it's the story written by RPG veteran Chris Avellone (Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order) that really has us intrigued to see what this new game has in store. 

 

Empire of Sin

Empire of Sin

TBA | Romero Games | XBO, PS4, PC, Switch

Empire of Sin sees you play as an aspiring criminal overlord in Prohibition era Chicago who is just trying to make a name for themselves on the mean streets. It’s up to you to ensure that they rise to the top of a criminal empire that’s not lacking in competition for the throne.

With its blend of X-COM strategy action and romanticized ‘20s gangster atmosphere, Empire of Sin offers one of the most intriguing premises in recent memory. We can’t wait to see whether all the parts come together to form something special. Did we mention that the game is being developed by John (Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake) and Brenda (Wizardry, Dungeons & Dragons) Romero?

Best Games 2020 - Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

March 3 | Square Enix | PS4

Fans have been waiting years to get a remake of Final Fantasy 7 and expectations for the game couldn't be higher. Rather than bow to the pressure, Square Enix has embraced the idea of completely re-imagining one of the greatest JRPGs of all-time, creating a full-length version of just a small section of the original. While the results will almost certainly be divisive, everything we've seen of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake thus far suggests it's going to be an ambitious and epic experience. 

Buy Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Best Games 2020 - Gods and Monsters

Gods and Monsters

February 25 | Ubisoft | PS4, XBO, Nintendo Switch, PC

One of the more pleasant surprises of E3 2019 was the reveal of the next game from the makers of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Gods and Monsters. The Zelda-like aesthetic reminds many of Breath of the Wild, but hopefully there will be plenty of new ideas that set it apart from Nintendo's masterpiece.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey was one of that series' most fascinating games in years, but it was dragged down a bit by the conventions of the franchise. We can't wait to see what Ubisoft will do with an entirely new world free of baggage. 

Buy Gods and Monsters

Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx

March | Valve | PC

Few people could have guessed that we'd finally get a new Half-Life game in 2020. We're willing to bet that fewer still would have guessed that the new installment would be Half-Life: Alyx, a VR title. Unsurprisingly, the game stars Alyx Vance, Gordon Freeman's partner during the Half-Life 2 series of games. This time around, Alyx is on her own and on a mission to save her father from the Combine. The game is set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, which means that Valve will have plenty of space to tell a fresh story. In fact, the experience is said to be about 15 hours long, the length of a traditional Half-Life game. That's exciting!

Whether or not Half-Life can successfully make the transition into virtual reality is certainly a concern, but some fans are spending more time wondering whether the modern Valve still has what it takes to make a compelling Half-Life experience in any format. The good news is that we'll soon find out. 

Best Games 2020 - Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite

Winter | 343 Industries | Xbox Scarlett, PC

Well, well, well. As if Halo Infinite weren't already one of the biggest upcoming games in the world, anticipation for the title has only grown following the announcement that it will be a launch title for Xbox Scarlett. 

Halo Infinite is positioned as something of a soft reboot of the franchise. It will continue the series' story but will re-imagine certain concepts a la God of War. It's also the first confirmed next-gen title and the most exciting Halo game since Bungie left the franchise. 

Iron Man VR

Iron Man VR

February 28 | Camouflaj | PS4

With the exception of Marvel's Spider-Man for PS4, the Marvel superhero video game offerings released since 2004 have been surprisingly...thin. The MCU continues to grow, but we've yet to see video games really get in on the action. Can Iron Man VR turn things around? That remains to be seen, but the idea of stepping into Iron Man's suit and becoming a Marvel superhero is certainly one of the more appealing uses of VR (and the Marvel license) that we've heard of in quite some time.  

Buy Iron Man VR

The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us Part 2

May 29 | Naughty Dog | PS4

Considering that The Last of Us was one of the best games of the decade, it's safe to say that The Last of Us Part 2 is riding a wave of expectations. Naughty Dog faces a very difficult task, as it not only has to make an entertaining game but also continue one of the greatest stories ever told in gaming form. But we remain optimistic that the beloved studio will come through once again and find a way to meet all those expectations. 

The sequel picks up several years after Joel and Ellie's escape from the Firefly facility. While Ellie is safe and living within the walls of a thriving community, all is not right with the world, which is still overrun by monsters and enemy settlements. Early on in the story, Ellie will be forced to leave the relative safety of her settlement in Wyoming to face new dangers and a brand new adventure. Everything we've seen of The Last of Us Part 2 thus far suggests that it's going to be a brilliant and worthwhile game in its own right. We just can't wait.

Buy The Last of Us Part 2

Best Games 2020 - Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

TBA | Traveller's Tales | XBO, PS4, Nintendo Switch

The LEGO games have been a reliable source for casual fun for quite some time now. They may follow a formula, but it's a time tested formula that rarely fails to entertain. Next year's LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will utilize that formula to tell the story of all nine main Star Wars films. That makes it an essential installment for fans who want to relive the entire Star Wars story in brick form.

Buy Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Best Games 2020 - Marvel's The Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

May 15 | Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal | XBO, PS4, PC, Google Stadia

We've waited for years to get a proper Avengers game, and Square Enix's secret Avengers project hasn't made the wait any easier. Now that we've actually seen a proper trailer and played some of the game, we can say with confidence that the results are positive for the most part. 

There are plenty of reasons to be excited for this game, as Square Enix is committed to expanding and improving it for years after its release. If Square stays true to its vision, Marvel's Avengers could prove to be a definitive superhero title. 

Buy Marvel's The Avengers

Best Games 2020 - Minecraft Dungeons

Minecraft Dungeons

Spring | Mojang | XBO, PS4, PC, Switch

No one expected the Minecraft team to work on a Minecraft-themed dungeon crawler, but it's a very nice surprise nonetheless. Dungeons is described as a passion project by the Minecraft team and that much looks clear from the early footage. While simpler than other games in the genre, Dungeons exists somewhere in between Diablo and a LEGO Star Wars game, which might actually be the sweet spot. 

Buy Minecraft Dungeons

Nioh 2

Nioh 2

March 13 | Team Ninja | PS4

The original Nioh's exciting combat and brilliant aesthetic made it one of the more notable and exciting entries into the Souls-inspired Action RPG genre. It also represented Team Ninja's best work in years. Nioh 2 will certainly try to one up its predecessors, but in a genre where the ante is constantly being upped, can it possibly make a splash? We're excited to find out. 

Buy Nioh 2

No More Heroes 3

No More Heroes 3

TBA | Grasshopper Manufacture | Switch

The No More Heroes franchise is known as an eccentric outlier designed for those looking for something a little different. While its hack-and-slash gameplay broke very little new ground when it first debuted, the series' diverse cast of characters, great art style, and absurd storylines gained the series a devoted following. No More Heroes 3 will continue the series’ proudest traditions when it releases in 2020, all under the watchful eye of series creator Suda51.

Buy No More Heroes 3

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld: Soulstorm

TBA | Oddworld Inhabitants | PS4, XBO, PC

To say that the Oddworld franchise has had a scattered history would be a bit of an understatement. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee was seen as a clever and innovative take on the puzzle genre when it was released in 1997, but since then, the Oddworld name has grown to include games from different genres and of varying quality.

Well, Soulstorm is positioned to be the true sequel to Oddysee that fans have been waiting for. It not only continues the chronological adventures established in the original game, but it will attempt to modernize the series’ original gameplay concepts while incorporating new ideas.

Best Games 2020 - Ori and The Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

February 11 | Moon Studios | XBO, PC

Ori and the Blind Forest surprised just about everyone with its incredible art style, wonderful puzzles, and fantastic soundtrack. A true indie darling, the original is more than enough reason to believe that Will of the Wisps is going to be a special sequel. What we've seen of Will of the Wisps so far suggests that Moon Studios is putting in as much love into the sequel as it did the original.

Buy Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Outriders

Outriders

September | People Can Fly | PS4, XBO, PC

When People Can Fly, the studio responsible for the seriously underrated Bulletstorm, announces that it's working on a new game, we tend to pay attention. After all, the team is well-known for its airtight action gameplay mechanics and outside-the-box ideas.

While we don’t know much about Outriders, an online shooter made by the developers of one of the best shooters ever made is certainly appealing. If Outriders features the same quality of gameplay we’ve come to expect from People Can Fly, then you can rest assured it’s going to be one to keep your eyes on.

Best Games 2020 - Phantasy Star Online 2

Phantasy Star Online 2

Spring | Sega | XBO, PC

Phantasy Star Online 2 is one of the most popular games in Japan, but Sega has never truly made the effort to bring this title to the West. Fortunately, American gamers will finally be able to try the sequel to Phantasy Star Online when it comes to Xbox One and PC in 2020. Fans of the original game and those looking for a new MMO to lose a few hundred hours in will want to keep an eye on this one. 

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine

Rainbow Six Quarantine

TBA | Ubisoft Montreal | PS4, XBO, PC

The Rainbow Six series has survived quite a few changes over the years, but no entry in the tactical shooter franchise has been quite so...odd as Quarantine. Pitched as a combination of Left 4 Dead and Rainbow Six: Siege, this is certainly Rainbow Six's strangest hour. Yet, there's something undeniably appealing about this concept. The risky idea, combined with the stellar history of Siege, leaves us feeling optimistic about this experiment's chances of success. 

Buy Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine

Best Games 2020 - Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones

TBA | Ubisoft | XBO, PC, PS4

Originally set for a 2019 release date, Skull and Bones was pushed back by Ubisoft to give the game more time to cook. What's remarkable about the delay is that it's for a game that we really don't know much about yet. However, what we do know about Skull and Bones suggests that it may just be, in some ways, the successor to Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag that we've been waiting for all these years. At the very least, it should give those who didn't get enough pirate action from Sea of Thieves the chance to live their high sea outlaw dreams. 

Buy Skull and Bones

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition

February 14 | Capcom| XBO, PC, PS4

Street Fighter V has traversed a rocky road until this point. Between a bad launch and some questionable updates, the title has largely been associated with controversy. However, the truth of the matter is that Street Fighter V has morphed into a pretty great fighting game in the past few years. 

The Champion Edition compiles the best of Street Fighter V, including all of the fighters released thus far, with some new fighters and other content. Series veterans will certainly want to take a look at it, but this may actually appeal most to newbies looking to jump into a more complete experience than the game's original launch version. 

Buy Street Fighter V: Champion Edition

Best Games 2020 - System Shock Remake

System Shock Remake

TBA | Night Dive Studios | XBO, PC, PS4

The System Shock remake's road to release has been rockier than most. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, developer Nightdive Studios has encountered several hurdles that have threatened to derail the project. Thankfully, the remake looks to be back on track. The original System Shock is one of the most influential sci-fi games ever made and this remake wants to remind modern audiences why it's a classic. Judging from the footage we've seen so far, this revamped version of System Shock should fit right in with its modern compatriots.

Tales of Arise

Tales of Arise

TBA | Bandai Namco Studios | XBO, PC, PS4

The Tales series (also known as the Tales of series) has existed since 1995 but has dipped in and out of mainstream popularity due to its scattered releases across multiple consoles, countries, and eras. Tales of Arise looks to not only modernize the series but stabilize its long history through reinvention.

The game features a darker aesthetic than past installments, but will also retain the Linear Motion Battle System of past installments. While it will pay homage to what came before, the idea of a re-focused Tales game that welcomes new players as well as appeases old ones makes this the franchise’s most fascinating entry in quite some time.

Buy Tales of Arise

Trials of Mana

Trials of Mana

TBA | Square Enix | Switch, PC, PS4

Trials of Mana may be a remake of a 1995 game, but there’s a very good chance that you’ve never heard of it before. Despite being the sequel to the cult classic SNES title Secrets of Mana, Trials of Mana wasn’t released outside of Japan when it first launched. It wasn’t until the sequel was bundled in Collection of Mana for Switch that many Western gamers got to play it.

Regardless of whether or not you played the 1995 version of Trials of Mana, this 2020 remake is going to feel like a completely different game. With its modern graphics, improved AI, and generally refined gameplay, Trials of Mana is already shaping up to be one of the most epic RPGs of 2020.

Best Games 2020 - Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

March | Paradox Interactive | XBO, PC, PS4

The original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is considered to be both one of the greatest vampire games ever made and one of the greatest RPGs for those who value decision making and character building. This long-awaited sequel seeks to continue the original game's considerable legacy. Highlighted by a much-improved combat system, Bloodlines 2 could reach new heights for the series.

Best Games 2020 - Wasteland 3

Wasteland 3

May 19 | inXile Entertainment | XBO, PC, PS4

The precursor to the Fallout franchise, Wasteland made a successful return in 2014 as a throwback to the days of isometric RPGs. Widely-acclaimed for its deep RPG mechanics and incredible world, Wasteland 2 fed the need for a role-playing experience with modern sensibilities. 

Wasteland 3 features many of the innovations and brilliant mechanics of Wasteland 2 but introduces an expanded emphasis on vehicles as well as a morbid sense of humor that we've only previously seen glimpses of in past installments. 

Best Games 2020 - Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs: Legion

March 6 | Ubisoft | PS4, XBO, PC

The original Watch Dogs was an interesting experiment in open-world design, but it failed to achieve its loftiest goals. The second game fared much better, but it failed to find as large an audience as it should have. But Watch Dogs: Legion's mechanic that lets you play as any NPC in the game world may just prove to be the hook that the second game needed. It may sound like a gimmick, but from what we've seen of Legion so far, the game appears to intelligently use this fascinating new way to play. 

Buy Watch Dogs: Legion

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The Best Comics of the Decade

What a century this last decade has been.

Seriously, the pace of change over the last 10 years has been steadily rising, and has been somewhere between “dangerous” and “murderous” for the last 3, and that isn’t just about geopolitics: the comics world of today is certainly recognizable to a time traveller from 2010, but it would look extremely weird.

- Webcomics and medium press publishers are EVERYWHERE now.

- Marvel has embraced multiple restarts of its line.

- DC has rebooted its universe at least twice.

- Comics are for kids again.

- Nerds rule culture, for all that’s good and bad.

These changes have been catalysts for some very, very good comic books, and we wanted to give you a list of some of our favorites. Here are a few guiding principles to our list:

I am one person who can’t possibly read everything. There’s some stuff that won’t be on this list because I didn’t have time to get to it. Please share what was missed in the comments!

It’s also an exercise in opinion! I didn’t want to be redundant and talk about the same creators or characters over and over again, though there are some repeats. I ranked these according to what I enjoyed, and not some externally objective measure of what is the finest art. If anything, I’m biased towards what was interesting - books that have stuck with me for years, stuff I still think about or reread or recommend. That said, for longer runs like Scott Snyder’s Batman or Criminal, I tried to pick arcs that were symbolic of the entire run, or the best stories within a bigger picture.

And finally, it’s imperfect. I’ve been fiddling with a good chunk of this list for a month and a half, and every time I look, I realize something I forgot, or something I could move, or something that shouldn’t be ranked lower than something else. But ultimately, I’m pretty happy with everything here, and I’m willing to bet you’ll find something interesting you’ve never considered before in it, even if I’ve missed a few glaring stories.

With that in mind, Den of Geek is proud to unveil our empirically sound, objective, and absolute BEST COMICS OF THE 2010S

 

Batman and Two-Face by Patrick Gleason

100. Batman & Robin

Pete Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz (DC Comics)

Tomasi and Gleason’s run never got the attention it deserved because it ran alongside huge ones - Grant Morrison’s Batman and Batman Inc. to start, and Scot Snyder and Greg Capullo’s monster New 52 series later. But I might like this one more: Tomasi writes hands down the best Damian Wayne I’ve ever read, and Gleason and Gray do bulky, shadowy Bat people perfectly. The high point is an issue around the middle of this run, post-Damian’s death but before he came back, when Batman is teaming up with Two-Face, and it might be my favorite single issue of Batman of all time. It’s such a perfect take on Two-Face that I come back to it every couple of years. Give this era of Batman a shot, I bet you love it.

Black Science by Matteo Scalera

99. Black Science

Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Moreno Dionisio (Image Comics)

Black Science is a comic full of Rick Remender’s fears and worries. Scalera and Dionisio turn them into bright, colorful, wildly creative visuals as Grant McKay bounced around the Eververse trying to find a way at first to express his anarcho-scientistism, and then to save his family. It wrapped up earlier this year, and Remender and the team did an elegant job landing the plane on one of the best books from a wave of big name creator owned books that launched back in 2014.

 

Black by Khary Randolph

98. Black

Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph (Black Mask Studios)

Osajyefo, Smith, Igle and cover artist Khary Randolph’s comic about what would happen in a world where only black people got superpowers stripped the “mutant” part from “the mutant metaphor” and also the “metaphor” part, and gave us a story about black people being treated like exploitable resources by the US government. Igle’s black and white art was terrific, and the story is rough when you explain the plot, but rougher when it plays out on the page in front of you. 

Assassin Nation from Image Comics

97. Assassin Nation

Kyle Starks, Erica Henderson (Image Comics)

Starks and Henderson are both gifted comics creators on their own. Pairing them together gave us something beautiful - a book that’s about the world’s greatest assassins banding together to fight for their lives. It’s got unique characters with distinct voices and ridiculous, over the top action.

Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

96. Boundless

Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Time has sped up immensely in the last three years. Things that feel momentus happen and are forgotten four hours later. Trends are microtrends, fads are localized without geography, and entire 24-hour news cycles are compressed to the space between weathers on the 1s. So it’s really weird how a collection of in-the-moment short comics drawn (presumably) in 2016 feels extremely relevant and timely now. Tamaki takes a bunch of quick stories - about a mirror Facebook that shows you what might be in a parallel world; a Twilight Zone-esque cultural phenomenon mp3; a porn sitcom from the ‘90s gaining more than a cult following 25 years later - and uses the characters to say something interesting about them or us or our world. It’s a great book.

Imperium by CAFU

95. Imperium

Joshua Dysart, Doug Brathwaite, Scot Eaton, Cafu, Khari Evans, Ulisses Ariola (Valiant Entertainment)

Toyo Harada is a underratedly great villain, and Imperium is the story of him trying to impose his will on the world. Valiant books have, since their return early this decade, been pretty tightly intertwined, but most of their central narrative has revolved around Harada. He’s a great choice for that. He’s as big an egomaniac as Lex Luthor or Dr. Doom, but he’s got the benefit of operating in a world where the political rules are more like those of ours, which enhances everything good and bad about his character. Dysart and the art team give us an outstanding story about megalomania here.

X-Men Second Coming by David Finch

94. X-Men: Second Coming

Matt Fraction, Zeb Wells, Mike Carey, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, David Finch, Terry Dodson, Greg Land, Mike Choi, Ibraim Roberson, Rachel Dodson, Sonia Oback (Marvel Comics)

Second Coming is the payoff to my favorite era of X-Men books so far, the Messiah Era. It starts out blazingly fast, and then plays out over the course of 14 issues and somehow speeds up as it goes along. It’s a straight up summer blockbuster action movie in comic form that does an excellent job blending voices, art styles and ongoing plots with the overall narrative of the crossover without losing any momentum.

Ultimates 2 by Travel Foreman

93. Ultimates 2

Al Ewing, Travel Foreman, Christian Ward, Dan Brown (Marvel Comics)

Al Ewing is well on his way to stardom because of how good The Immortal Hulk is, but the cool kids all knew where he was going after he teamed up with Foreman and Ward to tell a story about the self-aware multiverse and cosmic entities of the Marvel universe in The Ultimates/Ultimates 2. This book is weird and gorgeous, and even if it leaned towards implying some big changes for the greater Marvel cosmology without ever seeing those changes bear fruit, it was still a terrific story on its own right.

Adventure Time by Shelli Paroline

92. Adventure Time

Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb (BOOM! Studios)

A licensed property like Adventure Time is tough to get right. The cartoon is so inventive that even if you match what shows up on the screen, it’s still just a pale shadow because the creativeness of the ideas is the point. So it was a huge surprise when the comic nailed it - it was every bit as wild as the show, only it also captured the voices of the characters perfectly and delighted in being a comic in a way that made it a celebration of the medium. This was the first time North managed to get rollover text into a printed comic, and it works, man.

91. The Divine

Boaz Lavie, Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka (First Second)

The Hanukas do two things really, really well in The Divine. They do great scale shifts. The camera zooms from pulling in really close on an eye about to bleed to pulling waaaay back to show giant beasts roving what looks like a fantasy countryside, and each decision about where to put the camera serves the story well. And the coloring adds to the surrealness of the story. It’s bright and full of greens and pinks almost to the point of being disorienting, which is I think the goal of that palette choice. The story is excellent too, about Burmese (or I guess Myanmarese now) child soldiers defending the land of their gods from resource extractors.

Ivar Timewalker by Clayton Henry

90. Ivar, Timewalker

Fred Van Lente, Clayton Henry, Brian Reber (Valiant Entertainment)

Ivar is surprisingly emotional and a ton of fun. Tonally, it’s one of the most distinct Valiant comics - it threads the needle of Quantum & Woody comedy, X-O Manowar high adventure and Eternal Warrior mythmaking. Van Lente takes pieces from all of those genres and knits them together with a ton of humor to make a super entertaining comic. What’s not to like about a book that starts with the main character throwing up his arms and shouting “LET’S KILL HITLER!”?

Virgil by JD Faith

89. Virgil

Steve Orlando, JD Faith, Chris Beckett, Tom Mauer (Image Comics)

What I liked most about Virgil is how little it felt like Orlando and Faith were shading the story. It’s simultaneously about how reprehensible Jamaica is towards gay people; crooked cops; and a love story; and a revenge story, and no one aspect overrules the others. Virgil is a dirty cop in Jamaica and also a gay man who loses his love and goes on a rampage. Every part of the story is given equal attention, and the final result is really, really good comics.

Memetic by Eryk Donovan

88. Memetic

James Tynion IV, Eryk Donovan (BOOM! Studios)

It’s shocking how prescient Memetic feels. It’s genuinely creepy horror work from Tynion and Donovan, but it’s also about a meme and the homogenization of culture, and it landed like, 3 years before those ideas really penetrated the cultural zeitgeist. Donovan’s art manages the tricky feat of nailing the genuine horror of the situation, from the shock on the characters’ faces to the gross-out body horror later in the book, but it’s also genuinely funny at times. That damn sloth meme has been stuck in my head for five years.

Manhattan Projects by Nick Pitarra

87. The Manhattan Projects

Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra, Jordie Bellaire (Image Comics)

Some books need long explanations to justify inclusion on a best books of the decade list. Some just need you to say “Richard Feynman and Albert Einstein gun down a space station full of FDRobots.” Guess which one Manhattan Projects is.

OMAC by Keith Giffen

86. O.M.A.C.

Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish, Hi-Fi (DC Comics)

O.M.A.C. is secretly the best New 52 launch title. Honestly, though, this book is and will always be an underrated gem: it’s DiDio, Giffen, and Koblish trying to do Jack Kirby with modern sensibilities. And it’s extremely, beautifully Kirby in so many different ways. I can’t believe it worked.

All New Wolverine by David Lopez

85. All-New Wolverine

Tom Taylor, David Lopez, David Navarrot, Nathan Fairbairn (Marvel Comics)

One of the best X-Men comics from the last ten years is also one of the most unexpected: it’s a Marvel book that steals DC’s traditional schtick about how to be a great legacy hero. Laura Kinney takes over Logan’s mask after her clonefather dies, and decides to make it a more outwardly and publicly superheroic mantle. Spoilers: she’s GREAT at it. Taylor gives her real growth as a character, and uses the best new character of the last 10 years (Jonathan the Wolverine and also Scout nee Honey Badger) to great effect. I was stunned at how much I loved this comic.

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84. Assassination Classroom

Yusei Matsui (Viz Media)

I’m not sure how I would briefly describe this book, and that’s part of why I love it. A monster destroys ¾ of the moon and says more is coming. But he gives mankind an out: Kill him inside of a year, and he’ll leave them alive. Then, and this is where it gets nuts, he takes over as homeroom teacher for a group of misfit teenagers and starts teaching them how to kill him. It’s basically Bad News Bears with a little more murder and some great manga art from Matsui.

83. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert Hack (Archie Comics)

The best thing about Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t that it spawned a great TV adaptation on Netflix. The best thing about it is how faithful to the comic the TV adaptation is. Part of Archie’s horror renaissance, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a genre anachronism that revels in its horror story trappings and delights in placing wholesome Archie characters in it. It’s drawn well and smart and a lot of fun from start to finish.

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82. Uber

Kieron Gillen, Canaan White, Digikore Studios (Avatar Press)

Early on in Uber’s run, Gillen recommended Antony Beevor’s comprehensive history of World War II as something he leaned on heavily when constructing this book. It shows: Uber reads like a military history, rather than your typical comic about “What if they had super powers in World War II?” The supersoldiers are treated like any other military technology - resources to be deployed, depleted, exploited and overcome. This is probably the most interesting treatment of super powers I’ve seen in a comic in the decade.

81. The Spire

Si Spurrier, Jeff Stokely, Andre May (BOOM! Studios)

Simon Spurrier does two things better than almost anyone in comics: he chooses incredible artists to work with, and he (and the artists) put together some stunning worlds for their characters to live in. The Spire is a murder mystery set in a fantasy city with a rigid class structure, and he and Stokely make a city that I felt immersed in immediately upon starting the book. One other thing Spurrier and crew do really well: wreck their main characters and break your heart, and The Spire is some of his best work.

80. Aliens: Dead Orbit

James Stokoe (Dark Horse Comics)

James Stokoe could have drawn 100 pages of character models and it would be on this list. He’s an incredible artist who draws incredibly detailed everything. Everything! Rubble. Ribcages. Control panels. Inner mandibles. Giving him an Aliens book is the no-brainer of no-brainers - this is what HR Geiger would have drawn if he was raised on anime.

79. Shade the Changing Girl

Cecil Catellucci, Marley Zarcone, Kelly Fitzpatrick (DC Comics)

It takes a really gifted eye to see the absurdity in everyday life and expose that to your readers with only a modest tweak to reality. Zarcone and Castellucci use dropping Rac Shade’s madness vest and Loma the alien bird into the body of a comatose mean girl as their way to show just how silly teenage life can be, and it’s beautiful. Shade the Changing Girl and its follow up, Shade the Changing Woman, both do magnificent work of using insanity to take you through a rollercoaster of emotions.

78. Wuvable Oaf

Ed Luce (Fantagraphics)

I think the best part about Wuvable Oaf, the indie book about black metal San Francisco bears is just how nice it is. It’s a really sweet, funny courtship story about an ex-underground wrestler starting a relationship with a small, blood-drenched metal singer. I find myself recommending this book to a surprising amount of people.
Upgrade Soul - Lion Forge Comics

77. Upgrade Soul

Ezra Claytan Daniels (Lion Forge Comics)

Ezra Claytan Daniels went for messed up, twisty sci fi right out of the gate, and it was a home run. Upgrade Soul is an ugly body modification story about trying to prolong one’s life unnaturally, and what happens if that’s not all really well thought out beforehand. It’s drawn really well: even now, the scene with the gauze coming off layer by layer, the pacing of it and the skill of setting that sequence up, is amazing.

Strong Female Protagonist by Molly Ostertag

76. Strong Female Protagonist

Brennan Lee Mulligan, Molly Ostertag 

“What if superheroes were real” is usually an exceptionally stupid premise for a comic, but there are plenty of ridiculous components to the superhero conceit that are worth examining. One of them is the value of superheroing - does flying around punching shit really actually fix anything? In Strong Female Protagonist, Alison Green asks that question, decides it doesn’t, and quits capes for college and activism in New York. This is a great story well told, but what I enjoy about it now is how New York it feels. It’s a really thoughtful take on superheroing, but it’s also a really good story that transports you to an age and a place.

Journey Into Mystery by Stephanie Hans

75. Journey Into Mystery

Kieron Gillen, Doug Brathwaite, Ulises Ariola & others (Marvel Comics)

Journey Into Mystery shouldn’t have been successful. Loki wasn’t quite at the height of his powers yet, and while he was getting there, even now he can’t really carry his own book. It was also a legacy numbered relaunch coming out of a big summer crossover event. And yet, Kieron managed to take new kid Loki and use him to tell a story about stories and fate and myth that stands up there with some of the greatest Asgard stories ever told. What he does with the trickster god is actually sad and moving (and also generally hilarious - he writes a really fun Loki).  it It’s one of my favorite things he’s ever written.

Kinski by Gabriel Hardman

74. Kinski

Gabriel Hardman (Monkeybrain Comics)

Sometimes, a comic is just plain good. Sometimes, a comic prominently features the GOODEST BOY on a cover. Sometimes, as is the case with Kinski, a comic does both. Hardman is a master of the form, and Kinski is one of his most underrated works. It’s the story of a guy bored with his life and trying to save a black lab puppy - not especially complicated or deep, but enough to hook me in, especially with the VERY GOOD BOY on the cover. But his art is magnificent. It’s black and white, and Hardman uses just about every inking style and manner to help tell the story. It’s virtuoso stuff. I loved it.

73. The Sheriff of Babylon

Tom King, Mitch Gerads (Vertigo Comics)

With a list like this, sometimes it’s not the full sweep of a story that gets it on, but the remembered moments. I’ve seen King and Gerads work together a hundred times since then (or at least it feels like that - time has no meaning anymore). It’s all been spectacular, but the scene with Chris and Fatima in the Saddam’s old pool sharing a bottle of vodka talking about pointlessness still stands out hard for me. The Sheriff of Babylon has gotten better with age, and it started out really, really good.

Genius by Afua Richardson

72. Genius

Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Afua Richardson (Image Comics)

If you call a book Genius, it damn well better be brilliant. Fortunately for us, it was. Bernardin, Freeman and Richardson told us the story of Destiny, a precocious and brilliant military mind born into South Central and using her strategic genius to bring down the corrupt cops who have been terrorizing her neighborhood. It feels like it was timely when it came out, but it doesn’t read like a political statement. It reads like a really good revenge story. Richardson’s art was sharp and well laid out, and is a huge part of why Genius was so good.

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Judas - BOOM! Studio

71. Judas

Jeff Loveness, Jakub Rebelka (BOOM! Studios)

This book came out of nowhere for me. Loveness and Rebelka expanded on the story of Christ and Judas in a fascinating way. Judas is a whip smart comic that thinks around a lot of the unspoken corners of Jesus’s story. And it’s gorgeous: Rebelka draws the hell out of Hell. His backgrounds and settings are every bit as impressive as the storytelling accomplishment. Judas turned out to be an outstanding story.

Midnighter by ACO

70. Midnighter

Steve Orlando, ACO, Hugo Petrus, Romulo Fajardo, Jr & others (DC Comics)

Sometimes I just want to see a man punch his own ears off to stop from hearing a killing word.

Orlando and ACO gave us one of my favorite fight comics of all time in Midnighter (and continued in Midnighter and Apollo). It’s clever and sexy, and it delights in being a comic the way all the greatest fight comics do. The flow of the fights is spectacular - these are some of the best punching scenes I’ve ever read. It’s basically an ultraviolent, morally indignant James Bond. It’s terrific.

69. Black Hammer

Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart & others (Dark Horse Comics)

Something always feels off in Lemire’s best work. In a good way. And something feels really off throughout Black Hammer, which is the entire point of the story. The universe Lemire and Ormston create is a love letter to silver age DC books, but at the same time it misses those comic sensibilities a lot, and Lemire makes his characters mourn that loss on the page. It’s a really interesting structure for a story, paired with some terrific art from Ormston and some inventive fill-ins and spinoffs from David Rubin and Matt Kindt and others. Black Hammer is top to bottom a great book.

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

68. My Friend Dahmer

Derf Backderf (Abrams Publishing)

I’m not usually one for true crime stories, especially not ones that try and humanize monstrous serial killers, but Backderf’s story of his old high school acquaintance, human eater Jeffrey Dahmer, is really good. Backderf’s art is very much of the underground comix style, which elevates the story, I think. Dahmer is disturbing and troubling throughout the book, but he’s also very much a weird gawky teenager, and in this art style, everyone is. The story humanizes him without excusing him, but I think the real reason it works is because it’s tinged with regret on Backderf’s part about the ways his relationship with Dahmer could have been different.

 

67. No Mercy

Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil (Image Comics)

De Campi and McNeil took a book that could have been a lazy Lord of the Flies-but-with-social-media premise and turned it into a great character book. No Mercy takes a bunch of shitty teens on a field trip, and slowly turns several of them away from their shitty teen-ness and fleshes them out into an interesting dynamic and a great story. McNeil’s art is excellent: when they’re stuck in the desert, you feel hot and dry reading it, and every emotion these kids feel is beautifully shown in their face and their body language. This wasn’t a book I expected to come back to when I finished it, but it’s been a strong read even down the road.

Runaways from Marvel Comics

66. Runaways

Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson & others (Marvel Comics)

Rowell is a revelation as a comic writer. The way she juggles this huge cast is incredibly skillful writing. She’s got a good grasp on everyone’s voice and knows all the continuity of the old team cold. The book is vastly more enjoyable than the TV series as a teen hero soap opera, and Anka and Wilson make it way cooler to look at, too.

Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man by Adam Kubert

65. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man

Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert, Jordie Bellaire & others (Marvel Comics)

Chip Zdarsky’s growth into one of Marvel’s most earnest writers was a surprising and outstanding development. I don’t think he’s done better work on any character than Spider-Man. It makes sense - Peter lends himself to stories that walk a tightrope between funny and tragic, and Chip is able to fine tune his characters and plots to nail both aspects. 

Zdarsky got to work with some amazing artists on this run: Kubert does some of his best work, and Chris Bachalo should draw all Sandman stories forever and ever. But the real standouts are Peter’s dinner with Jonah in #6 (drawn by Michael Walsh), and the last issue of Chip’s run (#310). Both of them are really granular Spidey character studies that show why Peter is such a terrific hero, show just how much Zdarsky gets him, and show just how good Chip’s writing can be.

 

Ragnarok by Walt Simonson

64. Ragnarok

Walter Simonson (IDW Publishing)

It’s Walt Simonson drawing a Thor comic. He already did the best Thor story of all time. This is more of the same. I don’t think I really need to go into greater detail here, right? I will, for the sake of argument: there’s a full page splash at the beginning of the first issue that has Thor facing down the Serpent of Midgard and it is gorgeous. You can almost count the scales on the serpent. 

63. Mox Nox

Joan Cornella (Fantagraphics)

Cornella’s absurdist comic strips still, years later, make me die laughing. Mox Nox is a collection of his work that shows just how many situations you can put his ridiculous, Weeble-looking figures into that will shock you with their gore or make you shout laughing. 

 

62. The Valiant

Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera (Valiant Entertainment)

Valiant has published some consistently excellent comics over the last decade, but they hit a high point with The Valiant, an Avengers-esque team up of all the heroes of the Valiant universe that focused on Bloodshot, the Geomancer and the Eternal Warrior. It worked so well for two reasons: the relationship between Bloodshot and the Geomancer was incredibly well written and heartbreaking in the end, and the art from the Riveras was incredible. Paolo Rivera doesn’t draw anywhere near as many comics as I would like (that number is generally “nearly all of the comics”), so when he is on a book, you know you’re going to get some beautiful stories.

One Punch Man by ONE

61. One Punch Man

ONE, Yusuke Murata (Viz Media)

I didn’t even realize I needed a fight manga parody in my life, but then One Punch Man rolled through and I love it and want more.

Saitama trains himself to become a hero, and gets so powerful he can defeat horrifying giant monsters with one punch. Then he gets super bored because nothing is a challenge, and the rest of the first volume is light mocking of fight comics that I found immensely entertaining and really funny. It’s not going to tell us anything about ourselves as a society or have a bigger message than “heh this is pretty silly, isn’t it?” But sometimes that’s perfect.

 

Marvel's Star Wars & Darth Vader

60. Darth Vader

Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larocca, Edgar Delgado (Marvel Comics)

The way the Star Wars prequels neutered Darth Vader is a crime against a character. Miraculously, the move to Disney shifted him back from the hurt puppy dog teenager that the prequels turned him into (and the mystical waste of time that the Special Editions and the books made him) and into a merciless badass force of nature. That shift started in earnest in this book - Gillen and Larocca made him mad again, and a pissed off Sith Lord is a force of nature I loved reading about.

 

The Highest House - IDW Publishing

59. The Highest House

Mike Carey, Peter Gross, Fabien Alquiler (IDW Publishing)

Carey and Gross are a great team. Their work together on Lucifer is some of the best comics of all time, and the world they built in The Highest House is as good or better. It’s my favorite type of fantasy comic - one that builds a rich, full, beautiful world, and then tears it down through deft character work. It’s a fantasy comic that’s so easy to disappear into, both the world that’s created and the possibilities it opens up.

Mister Gotcha from The Nib

58. The Nib

Matt Bors & others 

“Mister Gotcha” is up there with “This is Fine” as probably my favorite quick comic gags of the decade. Bors is an extremely sharp cartoonist and a gifted satirist, and The Nib is a regular stop in my daily routine.

57. The Wild Storm

Warren Ellis, Jon Davis Hunt, Steve Buccellato (DC Comics)

The Wild Storm stands on its own as an amazing comic series. It took everything great about the old Wildstorm world and updated it for a modern, more paranoid, more technologically advanced society. Davis Hunt drew some stunning action sequences and used panel layouts and pacing to incredible effect to propel the story. But the most interesting part of it to me is how it functions as a self reassessment by Ellis, a weird and fun sort of remix and update of his own prior work. It’s excellent.

Mystique and Destiny in Marvel's House of X

56. House of X/Powers of X

Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, RB Silva, Marte Gracia (Marvel Comics) 

HoXPoX made it fun to be an X-Men fan again. It’s beating a dead horse at this point, but these books were tremendous accomplishments. Larraz and Silva vaulted to superstardom, Hickman rewrote the entire history of the X-Men, and Gracia made every panel sing.

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Sex Criminals by Chip Zdarsky

55. Sex Criminals

Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)

Qualifying a raunchy sex comedy as weirdly sweet almost seems cliche at this point, but Sex Criminals is the rare story that can match graphic depictions of Urban Dictionary sex positions, a story about people who can stop time when they orgasm, and brutally honest depictions of intimate relationships and make it all entirely relatable. It’s a wonderful story. But also I’m still mostly here for the comedy - Zdarsky puts so much detail into it that every splash page is like a Where’s Waldo of insane sex jokes.

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

54. The Nameless City

Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (First Second)

The Nameless City feels like if Avatar The Last Airbender was about class and not martial arts and the pressure of leadership. It’s one of the few graphic novel series that I remembered to put on a pull list, every volume improving on the last. Hicks’ art is gorgeously cartoony, detailed and loose at the same time, and it builds an engrossing world with fascinating characters that tells the story of a city and a people in major transition. It’s a series I can’t wait to share with family.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Ben Caldwell

53. Exit, Stage Left! The Snagglepuss Chronicles

Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, Paul Mounts (DC Comics)

I’ve said this a thousand times before, but it’s worth repeating: I don’t understand how the hell this comic got made, and my gast is further flabbered by the fact that it’s amazing. Exit Stage Left recast Snagglepuss as a ‘50s gothic playwright living in New York City; Huckleberry Hound as his novelist best friend; and Quick Draw McGraw as Huck’s down low cop boyfriend, and told a compelling story about fame and society that was equal parts clever, funny, sweet and sad. Brilliant and wry, Mark Russell is one of the best new additions to comics this decade. If you haven’t read this book (which doubles as a stealth period piece about the dawn of the gay rights movement in America I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE I’M TYPING THIS), you should go get it right now.

 

These Savage Shores from Vault Comics

52. These Savage Shores

Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vittorio Astone (Vault Comics)

Ram V, Kumar and Astone do a wonderful job of building a story with a rich world that’s unlike most stories I’ve ever read before, and they do it with incredible skill. The period aspects of the story are lush and gorgeous, but Kumar and Astone’s art is magnificent, paced perfectly with a flow of movement that belies a storytelling skill that you don’t often find in small press superhero comics. The panel flow is really exceptional, and Astone’s colors make this vampire/demon battle sing.

Uncanny X-Force by Esad Ribic

51. The Dark Angel Saga, Uncanny X-Force

Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, Mark Brooks, Esad Ribic, Dean White & others (Marvel Comics)

X-Men comics have picked back up recently, but prior to HoXPoX, their pinnacle for me was the Dark Angel Saga. Specifically, Psylocke and Angel’s moment of eternal bliss as their world was destroyed around them. Jerome Opena and Dean White made the visuals so vivid that I could hear the wind roaring around Betsy and Warren, and Remender had done such a good job of building the duo’s relationship that I was almost in tears reading it for the first time. The rest of the run is essential reading: it has my favorite non-movie Deadpool and some of the best Apocalypse stuff since the Age of Apocalypse, but that moment is just so amazing.

Wytches by Jock

50. Wytches

Scott Snyder, Jock, Matt Hollingsworth (Image Comics)

Snyder is a terrific horror writer, and Wytches is by far the scariest thing I’ve ever read from him. That is probably due in large part to Jock and Hollingsworth. The story is dark Americana horror, pure and uncut Snyder right on the page, about monstrous ancient covens and their secret network around the world. Jock makes the normal humans look terrified and the Wytches stretched, shrouded beasts escaping from knots in trees to steal kids and ruin families, and Hollingsworth changes palettes deftly to match the tone of the panel (or even half panel, sometimes). Wytches is incredibly well made comics.

49. Fantasy Sports

Sam Bosma (Nobrow Press)

Fantasy Sports isn’t complicated. It’s about a treasure hunter who has to beat a mummy at basketball to loot a pyramid. See? Super straightforward.

Bosma’s art is the star here. It’s somewhere between sports manga and Adventure Time. It’s vibrant and fun, full of great movement in a story that hums along. And it’s really accessible - it’s shelved closest to the ground in my house, so kids can pull it out and get hooked the same way I did.

Sexcastle by Kyle Starks

48. Sexcastle

Kyle Starks (Image Comics)

I don’t know if any comic in the last ten years has more quotable lines in it than Sexcastle. I have found a way to work “You brought a YOU to a ME fight,” and “Are you okay? Just kidding, fuck you” into more professional conversations than I’m comfortable with, frankly. Sexcastle is a hard riff on ‘80s action movies that has Shane Sexcastle, the badass killer and star of the comic, spouting bad pun catchphrases almost exclusively throughout the book. Sexcastle both loves and viciously parodies those movies, and the resulting comic is almost flawless. Starks is an absolutely hilarious writer, talented enough to get a shot on anything he writes, but nothing will be quite as surprising or as funny as Sexcastle.

GI Joe: Cobra Civil War by Gabriele Dell'Otto

47. G.I. Joe: Cobra

Mike Costa, Christos Gage, Antonio Fuso, Lovern Kindzierski (IDW Publishing)

It took IDW a minute to get going with G.I. Joe after they got the license, but once they did, these series turned into one of a couple of shockingly good, well-thought-out licensed comics they put out over the decade. Almost immediately, Costa and Gage put Chuckles in deep cover at Cobra Command and went hard dark on the tone. From there, they assassinated Cobra Commander, set off a nuke, and launched a power struggle to control the terrorist organization that included a Joe killing competition. Costa, Fuso, and Gage did an amazing job of juggling enormous casts and controlling for different voices. Everything from G.I. Joe: Cobra through the Cobra Civil War is amazing stuff.

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

46. Battling Boy

Paul Pope (First Second)

Battling Boy is unlike any other comic I’ve read in the last decade. I spent a good three hours trying to come up with a clever analogy for this book, like “Witch’s Night Out meets Thor in a Flash Gordon strip,” but they’re all grossly inadequate. Pope is one of the most unique minds working in comics. He puts more character in one grease smear on a face than a lot of creators can fit in long runs. Battling Boy is fine pulpy adventure comics that work for any comic reader.

45. The Omega Men

Tom King, Barnaby Bagenda, Jose Marzan, Jr., Romulo Fajardo (DC Comics)

Omega Men is still, several years on, some heavy, heavy shit. The shock of the twist, hell the shock of the series still makes me smile. That it was a comic book that was advertised with Kyle Rayner seemingly beheaded on camera and beamed around the galaxy was stunning; that the seeming beheading wasn’t the most shocking part of the book is amazing. It’s a miracle this book happened (literally - it was cancelled and uncancelled midway through), but I’m so glad it did. It was ambitious and smart, and unlike anything we’d seen in comics in years at the time.

Lady Killer by Joelle Jones

44. Lady Killer

Joelle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Laura Allred (Dark Horse Comics)

Joelle Jones is a superstar now. I’m fairly sure that it started because of this comic, and I’m absolutely certain it’s deserved. Lady Killer is the story of a ‘50s housewife who’s an assassin on the side, and it’s everything the premise suggests. It’s grindhousey and funny and gory, but through it all, Jones’ art is amazing and Allred’s colors are perfect. It’s a lot of fun to read.

Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

43. Infinite Kung Fu

Kagan McLeod (Top Shelf Productions)

Kagan McLeod’s story in Infinite Kung Fu is a little bit rote for the genre - it’s a kung fu movie put to page, nonsense and all. But my god the art. The pages are practically crackling with life. The big swoopy inks and the way McLeod makes the characters move and the way the fights flow from panel to panel and the scale of some of these fights and it’s all just incredible, incredible artwork. Even if the story is a little pedestrian, the art is some of the best I’ve ever seen.


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Rick And Morty Comics Are Worth Your Time Too

Once they managed to get McDonald’s to reproduce the Szechuan sauce first produced in 1998 for the release of Mulan, Rick and Morty established itself as part of the television furniture. As every struggling creative knows, however, success like this doesn’t come overnight. In the beginning (during the Earth year 2006), Justin Roiland created a short called The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti for Channel 101. If you haven’t seen it, then it doesn’t really have much in common with the end product so I wouldn’t worry about it. But when Dan Harmon came calling after his work on Community, Roiland suggested developing something based on the short.

From there, the program went through a series of retools until they ended up with a half-hour comedy about a mad scientist type (Rick Sanchez, genius, a barely-functional alcoholic) and his grandson (Morty, 14, slightly more level-headed, masturbates) going on dimension-hopping adventures. It’s a smart, high concept show that is incredibly clever; it looks at the family dynamic in a refreshing way and doesn’t shy away from the family’s flaws. The series is responsible for a lot of quotes that have entered everyday conversation and you’ll find that you quickly pick up a lot of favorites.

Rick And Morty has become the kind of success that creatives can only hope for when they’re putting a show together. The first season aired in December 2013 and the third is currently airing. But then you already knew that, it’s hard to get away from whatever’s going on in that week’s episode. For better or worse, it’s everywhere. It’s on shirts. There are action figures, video games, and all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff. But most pertinently to our feature, there’s a series of comics published by Oni Press.

For a show whose new episodes are so eagerly anticipated, the fact that Oni has been bringing us new adventures since 2015 is oddly little-known. But of course, given how many millions of viewers the show has and that a much smaller percentage of that would have bought the books, there’s going to be a large disparity there. So I thought I would do a public service and tell you why you should be reading the Rick And Morty comics.

Overall, the range is one of the better pieces of tie-in fiction that you will ever read. In terms of how much it gets right, it’s a shining example to the rest of the comic world.

For one thing, the artwork is consistently good and the range of artists allows for differences in the art style. Maybe it’s because the characters were animated to begin with, but most of the time the artwork is pretty spot on (although there was one howler where Jerry’s anguished face looked more like his orgasm face).

But maybe you haven’t come to this incredibly visual medium for the art style. That’s fine, they’ve got you covered. The writing is top-notch and is full of the same kind of one-liners and superb storylines that you’d find in the show. In each issue, you’ll find a good few laughs to keep you going. For those of you afraid that the strip would just be a rehash of old plotlines and beloved character comebacks, well, there is a tiny bit of that but not much and it’s usually fun. The Ball Fondlers special issue was worth every penny. Tiny Rick did make a return in a recent issue, but it was part of an inventive issue with lots of laughs. But the series is full of new situations and characters such as Peacock Jones, a pimp version of the Doctor who encourages his female companions to dress in sexy outfits.

Where the comic format really shines is the ability to write for the trade, as opposed to the TV show which tends to have a looser overall story. Here the story arcs are tightly plotted and fit into a single trade paperback with room to spare.

The extra room in each book (five at present) is given over to the bonus short stories featured in each issue. These can range from what Beth does when she gets her hands on a portal gun to a day in the boring life of Jerry Smith. This is reflected in my recommendations further down the page, but the bonus shorts that feature in each issue are, in a lot of cases, well worth reading in their own right. 

Frankly, the main thing that makes it a must-have is that it’s a consistently solid fix of the adventures we know and love. Rick and Morty has a nasty habit of disappearing off our screens for far too long, and this series provides a monthly allowance of the good stuff (having said that, they still haven’t done an adaptation of Jan Quadrant Vincent 16. Get it sorted, guys). I’ve blabbered on for far too long. Go to your nearest bookshop and acquire the collections. I can’t imagine anyone coming to the TV series via the comics - though if you did, then I almost envy you - but those who are already fans of the show will find a lot to love in this series.

7 great issues to start with:

Issue #27. The draw here isn’t so much the main story (though it’s also great), but the absolute gem of a bonus which follows it, Look Cthulhu Talking Now, in which Cthulhu is not only real but knows Rick Sanchez and joins him in treating Jerry Smith like an idiot. Cthulhu’s line “That crib was not dope enough for my needs” is worth the price of admission. 

Issue #1. The first issue of the series is fantastic throughout. This is the lead-in to a three-part story in which Morty and Rick get arrested and have to escape from a prison that Rick built. The very first page looks like a transcript from the show, with a typical Rick and Jerry face-off (which Jerry loses, of course). The standout character has to be Professor Tock, a guy with a time gimmick who delights in making watch puns. 

Issue #29. At time of writing, the latest issue. In this one-shot, Morty becomes obsessed with putting a stop to Fascism and Hitlers wherever he finds them. His fanatical devotion to this cause causes him to act almost in a fascistic way, you might say.  

Issue #25. Tiny Rick returns! I loved this one. Rick activates a device which shows in numbers how cool a person is. Rick is, naturally, the highest that a person can be (his score is in the thousands while Morty doesn’t even have a solid number to his name). The art style is also really unusual, thanks to the more stylised art of Kyle Starks (who also wrote the story).

Issue #17. In this fun little story, the duo explore the fun in taking infectious diseases to other planets that aren’t ready for them. But the B-plot, in which Rick gives intelligence to Summer’s phone and other electronics, is more enjoyable. The phone very quickly makes it creepy.

Issue #11: Both plots are great in this issue. In the first, Morty is put into a high-school simulator in an effort to give him his essential life experience in one day. Summer and Jerry end up switching bodies.

Issue #2: In the bonus story, Summer is interviewing for a job in a fast food restaurant and recalls her previous experience of ‘food management’. Glorious stuff.

Editor's note: This article comes from Den of Geek UK and originally ran in September 2017. It's been repromoted in advance of Rick and Morty Season 4.

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Digimon Adventure Reboot Coming

Digi-see, digi-hear, digi-know Digimon was being rebooted? Unreleated to the upcoming Digimon Adventure Last Evolution (which is more or less in continuity with the original series), this new series is set to restart Digimon where it first began with some key changes to the original story. Below we've got the first teaser trailer that shows off some new art from the series.

Digimon Adventure Reboot Trailer

While it doesn't give us much to go on we can see that some of the kids outfits have changed. Pretty much everyone except for Joe have slightly altered designs in their clothing. It's not a huge change but still. More interesting is that Kari is present right from the beginning it looks like, which is a huge change from the original series. In that she only joined the group about half way through the first season. What will be changed now that she's along for the ride? She only features on the first poster for the project as well, which you can see here.
Digimon Adventure Reboot Poster

Digimon Adventure Reboot Release Date

While we don't have an exact date we do know Digimon Adventure will make its debut in the spring of 2020. We'll have more information as it comes!

Digimon Adventure Reboot Story

Thanks to With The Will we have a synopsis for this new reboot. You can read it below.

An adventure of the unknown takes place in 2020! 

STORY: It's the year 2020. Computer networks have become an irreplaceable component for human lifestyles. However, what humans don't know is that on the other side of the network lives an endless world, the Digital World, and the Digimon who live there... Large-scale network malfunctions occur in the capital city area. Streetlights blink erratically, big screen advertisements are filled with garbled text. The news reports it as cyber terrorism.

The main character is fifth grader Taichi Yagami, who lives in a high-rise apartment building in the Tokyo suburbs. He has stayed at home alone in order to prepare for his summer camp at the end of the week, but his mother and younger sister Hikari who have gone out to Shibuya are trapped inside a moving train that can't be braked. Taichi hurries to Shibuya to save his mom and sister, but the moment he heads to the train station platform... Something strange happens and Taichi finds himself in the Digital World!

The children meet their Digimon partners and face an unknown "adventure"...!

Tai going to the Digital World before he goes to camp? That's certainly a big change from the original. Thankfully we've got an interview with producer Hiroyuki Sakurada and screenplay writer Atsuhiro Tomioka that sheds some more light on this element and others.

What points should we pay attention to in the new visual poster? Sakurada: There's the new Digivice that Taichi is holding, as well as the starring characters whose designs have changed a bit. In the background, the bottom part of it is the real world, while the upper part is the Digital World.

What kind of story is it? Tomioka: Digimon will cause dangers in the real world, which Taichi and the others will solve through the Digital World. There will be some realism in the dangers that happen.

What are the highlights of this series? Sakurada: The battle scenes, which will make the best use of each Digimon's "special trait." How they face on the ability of the Digimon attacking them will differ. We'll be showing each monster's charmpoint through their fighting.

What Digimon will appear in the show? Tomioka: It will be like a festival. We'll be showing as many as possible, according to the situation, without holding back. We also have a small surprise ready after their partner has evolved!

Tai and the others will solve dangers in the real world by going to the Digital World? Will they be traveling back and forth? Again, another big change if that happens. Stay tuned to Den of Geek for all things Digimon!

Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Follow him on Twitter! He also co-hosts a Robotech podcast, which covers the original series and the new comics. Give it a listen! Read more articles by him here!

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Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see the best sci-fi movies on Netflix.

Even if the present feels more and more like science fiction every day, actual science fiction is still here to inspire and terrify you.

 

Science fiction is one of our more dynamic and inspired genres as a species. We need something to aspire to as much as we need something to fear. Science fiction provides both. And the best science fiction can provide even more. Here is our list of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now. Come back often to see what the future holds.

Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix - Under the Skin

Under the Skin

Writer/director Jonathan Glazer worked on developing Under the Skin for over a decade and it shows. 

This is a carefully crafted, artful science fiction film with something to say...even if it doesn't always know what that is. Loosely based on a 2000 novel of the same name, Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as an otherworldly being who drives around Scotland preying upon men.

 

Part Under the Skin's M.O. is certainly forwarding an inverse of sexual politics with Johansson's character as a "predator" as opposed to a male. But the movie's thoughts go even a bit deeper than that, viewing all of its human characters as otherworldly creatures of their own.

Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix - V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

"Remember remember! The 5th of November, the gunpowder, treason, and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot." V for Vendetta takes one of the strangest routes to being a crowd-pleasing sci-fi action movie ever. It's an Alan Moore comic book adaptation in which the only threat to a futuristic dystopian British fascism is a guy in a Guy Fawkes mask.

Still, somehow it works. And it works like CRAZY. V for Vendetta is an awesome, entertaining film. And not to mention that it's suddenly timely since 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale are in-demand literature.

Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix - Hellboy

Hellboy

Guillermo del Toro's 2004 Hellboy is one of the cooler comic book adaptations and action films of the new millennium.

Ron Perlman (under heavy makeup) stars as demon turned paranormal policeman Hellboy in...well, Hellboy. Hellboy works for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense alongside his friends Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones). Together the Bureau works to protect the world from paranormal and mythological threats. In this installment those threats include Nazis and Grigori Rasputin (not that Rasputin).

Hellboy is an exciting paranormal action thriller and occupies a unique spot in the recent superhero movie canon.

Netflix Movies - The Lobster

The Lobster

One of science fiction's best gifts as a genre is it's generous ability to "assist" other genres. The Lobster is really a romantic film all about love, intimacy and the soul-quaking fear of both.

But The Lobster couldn't be as emotionally valid as it is without its initial sci-fi conceit. You see, The Lobster is about a resort where single people meet to pair up and become couples. Thing is, though, it's compulsory. Also, if you don't find a soulmate in 45 days, you are forever transformed into the animal of your choosing. The Lobster's science fiction concept perfectly sets up and complements the real human feelings that follow.

Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix - Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story got the Disney's expanded Star Wars universe off to a great start and Solo: A Star Wars Story took the ball and ran with it.

Solo tells the origin story of the Star Wars universe's favorite scruffy nerf herder. Alden Ehreneich stars as the titular Han Solo as he leaves his unremarkable home behind and become a smuggler in the galaxy. Solo works because it has a solid understanding of the amoral universe its characters inhabit...and because it got Donald Glover to play Lando.

Best Sci Fi Movies Chappie

Chappie

Ok, so Neill Blomkamp hasn't become the South African version of Steven Spielberg quite yet as we all thought he might after District 9. Still, credit where credit is due. He rebounded after the poorly received Elysium with the perfectly charming Chappie.

If we're going to really drive this Spielberg comparison into the ground, Chappie is Blomkamp's E.T. Chappie is a Johannesburg police murder robot in a dystopian future but after being captured and reprogrammed by a group of gangsters/unwitting freedom fighters Chappie catches a case of the old-fashioned adorable consciousness. Yes, Chappie the movie has far too much Die Antwoord to be sure but Chappie himself is appealing and charming enough to provide a welcome introduction into this science fiction world.

Best Sci Fi Movies Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Ex Machina is in the conversation for best science fiction movie of the decade. The appeal of Alex Garland's first directorial effort is that it's as simple as it is smart. It features only three meaningful characters. Steve Jobs-esque tech bro Nathan (Oscar Isaac) invites lowly computer programmer Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) to his isolated home/lab to conduct a series of "Turing tests" with his newest A.I. creation: Ava (Alicia Vikander).

The process and Nathan's increasingly erratic drunken behavior raise numerous ethical questions for Caleb as the tests move along. Ex Machina is pitch-perfect sci-fi. It uses the creation of truly sentient technology as a battleground for timeless ethical and philosophical human questions. It also has a fantastic dance number.

Best Sci Fi Action Movies Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

Plenty of sci-fi action films try to come up with a unique visual representation of a real life theme they're trying to address. 2013's Snowpiercer develops a simple, yet brilliant way to present class disparity. Remember all those passenger classes on the Titanic? What if basically the whole world was Titanic?

Snowpiercer is set in a future in which climate change has turned planet Earth into Hoth, basically. The remnants of humanity all live on a globe-spanning train, called the Snowpiercer. The rich passengers of Snowpiercer live in the lush cabins up front while the poor passengers are forced to do unthinkable things to survive in the back train cars. Curtis (Chris Evans) leads a coup from the back passengers as the ragtag team makes its way to the front of the train to see how the other half really lives.

Best Sci-Fi Movies Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

There have been 11 different movies about Spider-Man since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man in 2002. So did we really need another? Well if its the animated sci-fi atom bomb of joy that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is, then yes.

This Sony Animation film introduces both Miles Morales and the concept of a multi-verse to the Spider-Man film canon and we're all the better for it. The villainous (and very thicc) Kingpin wants to open up a portal to a different timeline to reunited with his wife and kid. Little does he know that doing so will bring a whole host of Spider-Men, Spider-Women and Spider-Pigs to this universe to assist Miles Morales on his Hero's Journey.

Best Sci-Fi Movies I Am Mother

I Am Mother

You know what they say: mother knows best. Even when mother is a droid. This Netflix original film picks up after a mass extinction even for humanity. Clara Rugaard stars as a young unnamed girl, the last of humanity, being cared for by a maternal robot (voiced by Rose Byrne) in a bunker.

Everything goes swimmingly for Mother and Daugher until one day a woman (Hillary Swank) arrives and is horrified to see a robot looking after a human being. She tells the girl that it's robots like mother who exterminated most of their species and Daughter must decide who to trust.

Best Sci Fi Movies Men in Black

Men in Black

Men in Black might be among the most purely appealing and entertaining movies of the '90s. This is in no small part to the sheer star wattage of Will Smith and his chemistry with a typically surly Tommy Lee Jones. Smith stars as James Edwards, an NYPD officer who unwittingly becomes wrapped up in a matter of interstellar significance.

Agent K (Jones) is a member of the mysterious organization that inspects and regulates extraterrestrial encounters calls the Men in Black and he brings James (soon-to-be Agent J) into the fold to help save the world. Men in Black is funny, fascinating, and a wildly entertaining science fiction watch.

The Matrix

Technically the entire Matrix "trilogy" is on Netflix as well so consider this three movies if you will but I imagine most of us will be more interested in The Matrix as a singular entity. The Matrix's impact has been diluted by more than a decade's worth of frail imitators (that could even include the sequels) and that's a shame because as a sci-fi action film it's a masterpiece.

The story of Neo (Keanu Reeves) and his Alice in Wonderland-like journey into learning the truth about reality is endlessly fascinated. Even if it weren't, however, the spectacular third act should make The Matrix a must-watch all the same.

The Matrix Reloaded

The first Matrix sequel, The Matrix Reloaded (that's a really dumb title now that I think of it) certainly doesn't reach the highs of the original but is a worthwhile and exciting science fiction yarn in itself. It's different from the final chapter in the series in that it actually is still invested in depicting events in the Matrix itself.

We get to meet some interesting new characters (or computer programs as it were) within the alternate reality that constitutes the matrix and in the process also get one of the cooler car chases in recent memory. It's not even so much a chase as it is a full scale war on a highway.

Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix - District 9

District 9

District 9 is a hell of a debut for South African writer/director Neill Blomkamp. Based on Blomkamp's 2006 short movie, Alive in Joburg, District 9 is part sci-fi, part allegory to apartheid, and all awesome.

In 1982 an alien ship suddenly begins hovering over Johannesburg, South Africa. The ship contains thousands of impoverished aliens soon to be nicknamed "prawns." The prawns are brough down to the Earth's surface and housed in impoverished neighborhoods where they have second-class citizen status.

The film follows South African bureaucrat Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) who is "infected" by a mysterious alien liquid while doing his job relocating prawns to a new camp. Wikus must then seek the help of the creatures whose life he has helped make very difficult.

Best Action Sci Fi Movies Inception

Inception

On its surface, Inception is a purely science fiction blockbuster. Its plot is famously complicated, involving multi-layered dreams and various "kicks" to get out of them.

At it's core, however, Inception is a James Bond-style action movie, one directed by Christopher Nolan, no less. That's what all the sci-fi trappings are there for: to make a better taut, exciting action thriller. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb, a professional thief who extracts memories from people's minds. Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe) approaches Dom with a unique proposition: incept (create memories) inside the mind of his business rival, Robert Fischer.

Cobb takes the job and viewers are entreated to an action thriller within the architecture of the human mind.

Best Sci-Fi Movies Tremors

Tremors

We live on the Earth's crust - the verdant area on the planet's surface that can host carbon-based lifeforms such as ourselves. But the crust is the thinnest part of Earth's makeup. There is miles and miles and miles of matter below. What could possibly be hiding there?

Action/Horror/Comedy/Sci-Fi hybrid Tremors offers up an answer. And that answer is: worm monsters, stupid! Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward star as Val and Earl, two handymen working in a small Nevada desert town. When a variety of violent misfortunes begin to befall the townspeople, Earl and Val soon discover the terrifying reason why.

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Oscars 2020: Who Will Win Best Animated Feature?

The Academy Awards are always an exciting time for film buffs, and while many will be on the edge of their seat waiting to see who will win Best Picture, there is one medium that is, with occasional exception, not considered for that category: Best Animated Feature. 

While the core of visual storytelling is the same (performance, production design, cinematography, etc.) animation is unique in that every element must be produced from scratch. It’s no wonder most animated films take three or four years on average to make, but the results can be nothing short of magical. 

We believe the Animated Feature nominees deserve a closer look, and wish to shed light on the diverse pool of films hoping to snag that 2020 Oscar.

Hiccup and Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a stunning finale to the trilogy. The young viking, Hiccup, and the Night Fury, Toothless, have grown so close over the years, what possible force could threaten their bond at this point? Romance... and a gastly dragon hunter. The dragons’ safety and salvation hinges on the discovery of the “Hidden World” where dragons originated. The film expresses the importance of growing up, letting go, and starting anew, messages people of any age can learn from.

When it comes to Dreamworks Animation, it's often hit-or-miss. For every fantastic story, there’s one that’s… not so much that. But the How to Train Your Dragon series is without a doubt one of the most well executed sagas in the company’s history. Many children are fans of the vikings and fire breathing beasts, and quite often the opinions of kids are a major factor when it comes to votes.

Action, adventure, comedy, vibrant visuals, and emotional intensity: The Hidden World has it all. However, it is a sequel, and no animated sequel has won except Toy Story 3.

I Lost My Body

The international animated film this year is I Lost My Body, from France. It’s a seemingly peculiar premise reveals a surprisingly deep and compelling tale: A young man in love, Naoufel, accidentally severs his hand while working as a carpenter’s apprentice. Leading up to the accident, Naoufel previously worked as a pizza delivery boy and fell in love after a long conversation with a customer. He took the apprenticeship to get closer to her, and the two develop a complex but deep relationship. The main story is compelling and relatable to those who are shy about their feelings and yearn for better things. On the other… (severed) hand, Naoufel’s actual cutoff appendage goes on its own journey after breaking out of a jar. A visually fascinating juxtaposition, to be sure.

Only one international animated film has won the Oscar, Spirited Away, so the odds are already stacked against it. However, the film has won several awards, and Netflix has most of the distribution rights. The film has a great opportunity to expand its audience this way. If animation fans were more interested in a slice-of-life setting compared to an epic fantasy, this is one to check out. But then again, it’s not the public who gets to vote.

 

Best Christmas Movies Netflix Klaus

Klaus

Finally, we have Netflix’s Klaus. Set in a remote Scandanavian village of feuders (reminiscent of the Hatfields and McCoys), spoiled rich-kid Jesper is tasked with convincing the inhabitants to mail six thousand letters, lest he be cut off from his family’s fortune. His quest brings him to the recluse woodsman, Klaus, and the two form an unlikely friendship prompting many of the myths and characteristics of Santa Claus. 

Directed by Sergio Pablos, best known for being the creator of the original Despicable Me, Klaus is truly a gem that any fan of animation should watch. Klaus not only is a heartwarming story that will bring you to tears, but it looks and feels like a new type of movie. Last year, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was praised for its ground-breaking animation techniques and implementation of new technologies, and this year, Klaus pushes the medium yet again. Many shots appear to be completely CGI, built in 3D, when in fact everything was indeed hand-drawn in traditional 2D style, and painted with new lighting techniques to sell the illusion of depth. Klaus is shepherding in a new era of 2D animation, and lights a fire in the hearts of artists excited about returning to the romance of the medium’s original form.

Klaus streams on Netflix, being available instantly to millions of viewers at the push of a button. However, Klaus is the only film nominated to have not received any other awards. Is it because holiday films don’t perform well at award shows, or is it because of the streaming platform? Netflix has been fighting an uphill battle since it began producing original content, and those protective of traditional distribution methods have been quite vocal in denouncing the platform’s efforts. While strides have been made to legitimize a film on its own merits regardless of how it is screened, the debate continues… and Klaus may be just another casualty caught in the crossfire.

Missing Link Review Laika

Missing Link

Full of wit and charm, Missing Link is a delightful piece showcasing the best of what stop-motion can do. Its hero Lionel, an investigator of mythical creatures (in essence a cryptozoologist), receives a mysterious letter claiming the existence of sasquatch. Upon investigation, Lionel discovers the letter was sent by a sasquatch himself, Mr. Link. Thus the pair soon go on a quest to reunite Link with his relatives, the yetis, all while avoiding capture and the suppression by a society comfortable with the status quo. 

The tactile quality of Missing Link’s style feels so real because it is real. Every character, prop, and set was physically built in Laika’s increasingly fabled studio, and imagining the effort it takes to physically move every puppet every frame puts the film into perspective. 

Ever since Laika’s emergence, the animation house has seen a nomination with every release. The stop-motion technique stands out a method seldom used anymore on the big screen, and the technical achievements Laika has pushed pursuing it are vast. Yet the pool of stop-motion films hasn’t seen much growth… Missing Link didn’t perform as expected in the box office, so how much buzz is there for the film?
But luckily a big win for Missing Link was the Golden Globe it picked up for Best Animated Feature, putting it back into the spotlight and hopefully getting more interest and eyes in time for the Academy Awards. But the Academy has yet to award a Laika film with Best Animated Feature. It would be nice if the Academy finally sets that precedent, but history appears against Missing Link.

Toy Story 4 Tony Hale Forky Interview

Toy Story 4

The fourth installment in the acclaimed Toy Story franchise, Toy Story 4 culminates in a quest to save the newest member of the toys’ family, Forky. Along the way, the crew reunites with their old friend Bo Peep, who reveals to them a new possibility for toys, one that could in fact bring closure and renewed purpose to Woody’s existence. 

Pixar has proven once again it is the cream of the crop on the 3D front with its practically photorealistic presentation. The story deals with mature themes of longing, the meaning of life, how to move on, and what it means to be free. Many fans were unsure how the story could progress significantly beyond its predecessor after Toy Story 3’s heartfelt sendoff to Andy, Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s child owner, but Pixar went in hard and produced a sequel nobody expected: Something worthy that has a lot to say about growing older… and not just as a child.

Pixar has the most impressive record of the nominees with nine previous Best Animated wins. Would the Academy really award Pixar another Oscar with Toy Story 3 already winning in 2010? Or is the Academy getting as tired of sequels as everyone else? Consider that the Disney sequel Frozen II was surprisingly denied a nod. Perhaps being a sequel has indeed become a hindrance. Then again only individual branches vote to nominate individual categories, whereas the whole Academy gets to vote on the winners. Most likely, the Academy will be just as ready to give a little gold man to a moving Toy Story movie with a “4” in the title as it was a “3.”

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Oscars 2020: Where to Watch the Nominees

The Oscar nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards have been announced, and 2019 has been an impressively strong year for film. You don’t have to look much further than Bong Joon-ho’s meditation on class and capitalism in Parasite, or Quentin Tarantino’s groovy romancing of Hollywood days gone by, to appreciate the mostly strong quality amongst the nominees this year, big and small. Here’s where you can watch many of them on streaming services.

Robert De Niro at the End of The Irishman

The Irishman

A good place to start is with Netflix’s frontrunner for Best Picture. More than just a prestige project from a streaming service though, The Irishman is a beautiful and brittle eulogy offered by Martin Scorsese toward his legacy—and a final, exacting judgment on the gangsters and wiseguys associated with it.

Much more measured and pensive than the manic Goodfellas, The Irishman is still a vigorous movie that glides through the decades and its three and a half hour running time to chronicle a life lived at the crossroads of American labor and American crime. It’s also a lifetime marred by rich regret. Yet there is nothing to regret about spending one more movie with Marty, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and even Al Pacino all sharing the same space. One last time.

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Marriage Story

Marriage Story

The other Netflix film nominated for Best Picture is a triumph in its own right. A deeply personal film from writer-director Noah Baumbach, he attempts to tell a love story by looking only at how it ended: in a grueling divorce.

Featuring career-best performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story eschews melodrama and histrionics in favor of an authentically human, and often warm, story about two people whose time together has ended—but whose lives will remain irrevocably linked. That said, it still might suggest divorce lawyers are the devil…

Joker DVD/Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Joker

Love it or hate it, Joker is one of the most talked about movies of the year for a reason. By taking a globally recognizable comic book character and placing him in a 1970s influenced drama, evocative of early Martin Scorsese efforts, writer-director Todd Phillips drew attention around the world for what is otherwise an intimate (and grotesque) character study.

Some of us find it too derivative of its more sophisticated forebears, such as Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, but there’s no denying Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as a disturbed man turned mass murderer is one for the ages.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth and allegedly penultimate film reflects a filmmaker aware that the world around him is changing, even if he stays the same. Obviously a love letter to the Hollywood of his childhood, which by 1969 saw the studio system of the Golden Age in its death throes, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is also a rumination on talent of a certain vintage recognizing they’ve reached their sell-by date as New Hollywood and hippies spring up around them.

With that said, Tarantino and his two avatars of old school cool—Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio—have an absolute blast drifting through this landscape and its many wistful callbacks to the Los Angeles that dreams were made of… and some of the bright lights that were unfairly snuffed out in it, such as Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).

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Parasite

A film many, including ourselves, believe to be the year’s best, Parasite has done the rare thing and punched above its weight class in the Best International Film category. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, it is for good reason the Academy could not resist Bong Joon-ho’s fable.

Idiosyncratic and impossible to fully categorize, Parasite shifts between dark comedy and satire to drama and tragedy in the blink of an eye, all while having a complete command of its twisty narrative that entangles the lives of one impoverished family, the Kims, and a rich one, the Parks. Who is the parasite though? Well, watch and decide for yourself.

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes

The Two Popes

Missing out on Best Picture, Fernando Meirelles’ The Two Popes was still celebrated by an Academy who nominated it for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. And the performances of Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI do make this a worthwhile effort, turning two Holy Fathers into a couple of sparring buddies who just need to go on an adventure in the country to work out their—and the entire Catholic Church’s—differences.

Fall 2019 Movies - Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory

Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas have been making movies together for decades. But it’s not surprising that on their eighth collaboration, the Academy finally noticed Banderas’ contributions: he plays an aging and faded director with narcissistic tendencies who is forced to remember past loves and triumphs. Can we say Oscar bingo?

Among his past acquaintances is another Almodóvar muse, Penelope Cruz. Together they craft one of the best movies of the year that may have been overlooked stateside due to its subtitles.

Judy

Renée Zellweger’s comeback film comes with a hell of a pedigree. Playing one of the most beloved movie stars in Hollywood history—and one whom the Academy notoriously slighted on more than one occasion—she portrays Judy Garland at the end of her life and after decades of addiction and disappointments have taken their toll. But even with a talent somewhat fractured, you see why Garland shined, and why Zellweger is a frontrunner for elevating an otherwise forgettable biopic.

Harriet

It is hard to believe that it took this long for the Harriet Tubman story to get the lavish Hollywood treatment. Alas, we wish we could report the movie made about her was better than this flawed and heavy handed biopic, but Cynthia Erivo is a force to be reckoned with in the movie. Ferocious and heartbreaking, she makes the movie worth seeing in spite of the tonal confusion around her.

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Sadly only recognized in the Best Cinematography category, Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is still a deliciously weird fever dream that defies definitive analysis or even logic. Set on a barren island in turn of the 20th century New England, the film follows two lighthouse keepers who drive each other mad… if they weren’t already such due to a supernatural force that might be there with them.

Very much deserving of awards recognition for its starkly nostalgic black and white photography, the film is also buoyed by two magnificent lead performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. We recommend watching this movie on a cold night with the warmest of sweaters.

Brad Pitt in Ad Astra

Ad Astra

Only nominated for Best Sound Mixing, Ad Astra still has many admirers. Something of a sci-fi take on Heart of Darkness (or Apocalypse Now), the film tracks a middle aged man (Brad Pitt) traveling to the end of our solar system in order to find his long-believed to be dead astronaut father (Tommy Lee Jones).

The movie is a little too artful and esoteric for its own good, but it features dazzling visuals like its opening, near fatal freefall from orbit, and is another impressive looking piece of hard-nosed science fiction.

Avengers: Endgame A-Force Women

Avengers: Endgame

The highest grossing movie of all time was only nominated for a single Oscar, Best Visual Effects, but we imagine its fans are already plenty pleased about this epic extravaganza.

 

Acting as an exclamation point on a decade of Marvel superhero movies dominating the multiplex and industry, Avengers: Endgame includes nearly every character who’s ever appeared in a Marvel Studios movie. And producer Kevin Feige surprises again when he makes it all run smooth in this fan servicing, but highly enjoyable, romp that features time travel, alternate realities, and Captain America wielding a mighty big hammer. Its success really does feel inevitable.

 

Simba in The Lion King

The Lion King

I had an unusual experience watching Disney and Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King: I was taken back to that queasy anxiety only last experienced watching Gus Van Sant’s woefully misguided Psycho remake. Here is the exact same movie and story, scene by scene if not shot by shot in Disney’s case (though there are plenty of shot recreations too), and yet the magic and wonder is gone. All that’s left is an empty, garish monstrosity. But hey, at least the lions look photorealistic. Hence the Visual Effects nomination.

Honeyland

This Macedonian effort wound up in both the Best International Film and Best Documentary categories, and for good reason. Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, it chronicles the last woman beekeeper in Europe—and her determination to save the honey-producing creatures. The filmmakers followed Hatidze Muratova for over three years, shooting more than 400 hours of footage that covered her daily struggles. Check it out.


The Cave

We admittedly haven’t seen this one, but have heard nothing but good things about this documentary that focuses on an underground Syrian hospital run by a young female pediatrician.

Toy Story 4

Nominated for Best Animated Feature, the fourth Toy Story movie arguably doesn’t need to exist. But we’re glad it does, as it’s a sweet epilogue to the original Toy Story trilogy. If those films grew with their child audience, Toy Story 4 skips a few years ahead and tackles midlife crises in a thoughtful and nuanced way, all while finally allowing Annie Potts’ Bo Peep to have her moment.

Hiccup and Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The story comes to an end with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, written and directed once again by Dean DeBlois (who had the same duties on the second film while co-directing and co-writing the first), and based loosely off the dozen novels penned by Cressida Cowell. Having one major creative voice leading the thousands who work on a film like this--in this case that of DeBlois--is perhaps a key factor in their consistency both visually and thematically, as DeBlois and his vast team have crafted a poignant and satisfying capper to their story.

The characters of Netflix's Klaus

Klaus

Still, the feel-good reimagining of the Santa legend, talented voice cast, and impressive animation style makes Klaus a winning first entry in Netflix’s original feature animation efforts. With stiff competition on the horizon, they’ll need more projects in a similar vein.

Missing Link

Missing Link doesn’t have the emotional resonance of LAIKA’s best work but showcases some of the most imaginative and enchanting imagery you’re likely to see in any movie this year, and while the story is a little lean, the unlikely duo of Frost and Link leave a lasting impression.

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman

Rocketman

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