New Release Tuesday – October 17

Tuesdays bring the release of new books and movies to keep us all occupied. Let’s take a look at the highlights of what’s now available for our consumer entertainment!

New Digital Releases

The Dark Tower –  The last Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. (DVD, Blu-ray release: October 31)

Whose Streets? – Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. (DVD, Blu-ray release: November 14)

New on Blu-Ray/DVD

American Gods: Season 1 – Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself “Wednesday” and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow’s life and past.

Batman vs. Two-Face – In Adam West‘s final turn as the Caped Crusader, Batman and Robin are back in classic 1960s animated action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history.

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Spider-Man (Tom Holland) learns the ropes of being a superhero under the tutelage of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), all while juggling his responsibilities as high schooler Peter Parker.

New Books

Dear Martin by Nic Stone – The author boldly tackles race relations in her debut novel. Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami by Roben Farzad – The wild, true story of the Mutiny, the hotel and club that embodied the decadence of Miami’s cocaine cowboys heyday—and an inspiration for the blockbuster film, Scarface.

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe – Drawing on dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters, Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends.

The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson – Drawing on 3,000 years of military history, Victor Davis Hanson argues that despite its novel industrial barbarity, neither the war’s origins nor its geography were unusual. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks – A collection of 17 short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

New Graphic Novels/Collections

Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition – One of the first big crossovers of the Rebirth era, as the two detectives team up to try and solve the mystery of the odd button found in the Batcave. You can read my reviews of the single issues RIGHT HERE.

Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 1 – Collecting the first 37 issues of the celebrated run by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire. 

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith – In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what’s coming next — from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach’s trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

Super Sons Vol. 1: When I Grow Up – The sons of Superman and Batman team-up – grudgingly – to battle the teenage Kid Amazo.