SFX Holiday 2021 Special

SFX is the world's leading sci-fi, horror and fantasy magazine. Covering all areas of the genre across TV, movies, books, games, collectables and comics, every month SFX delivers news, features, exclusive Q&As, behind-the-scenes stories, star profiles and TV episode guides. Recently redesigned to reflect the growing mainstream popularity of sci-fi, now you can read our Hollywood news, TV celebrity interviews and top columnists on your computer or mobile device, thanks to Zinio.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
first contact

JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT Llama God, email Eternals as a whole is definitely an interesting beast. Like the ultimate actions of the main characters in the film, it’s hard to tell whether this film is a success or a disaster that will have negative consequences. It’s certainly doing something new (for the MCU, that is) in terms of its storytelling and look, which is refreshing and good to see; but on the flipside, a focus on moody realism is not what you want at all when you’re showing off Celestials for the first time. But still, at least it’s not yet another retread of the same story that they’ve been telling since the first Iron Man, so that’s definitely something to applaud, and that I hope to see a lot more of. SFX: We…

2 min
rants & raves

RAVES → Star Trek: Prodigy feels epic and scary — so much bigger than I expected of a kids’ show. → Speaking of big, Doctor Who: Flux really has upped the ante. Some of that CGI was better than Eternals! RANTS → And speaking of Eternals... not quite as exciting as you might expect. But at least with Marvel there’ll be something new tomorrow! IAN BERRIMAN DEPUTY EDITOR RAVES → Last Night In Soho was so stylish, and I love the song it took its title from. → Fascinated to see they’ve recovered a three hours+ cut of George Romero’s Martin. → The Times’ Prisoner-homaging 1982 single “I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape” is being reissued in April. I’ve pre-ordered a copy! RANTS → Halloween Kills: the kills were fine, but I could have done without the laughable and weirdly pretentious messaging…

1 min
captain’s log

“If I want your opinion, I’ll beat it out of you.” “There goes the year, in doctor’s bills and sleeping pills,” as Siobhan Fahey sang on her album #3 – while it’s been vet bills, I feel like I closed my eyes and another 12 months of scifi, fantasy and horror have whizzed past. Is that something that old people say? Do I have to acknowledge that too? I can’t be the only one where time is all over the place – and I don’t mean in a Time Lord sort of way, sadly. Still, 2021 finally brought us Dune – a film that continues to take my breath away after seeing it six times – and confirmation of Part Two to come, as well as three new Star Trek seasons,…

4 min
king kang

SCI-FACT! Kang debuted in 1963’s Fantastic Four #19 (as Rama-Tut), and first faced Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in 1964’s Avengers #8. AFTER JONATHAN MAJORS’S star turn as the Scarlet Centurion in Loki, time-travelling supervillain Kang the Conqueror is now taking centre stage in Marvel Comics’ Timeless. Written by Jed McKay and drawn by Kev Walker, Mark Bagley and Greg Land, the 64-page one-shot acts as a prelude to the various seismic events set to shake the Marvel Universe over the next 12 months, which include the likes of the ongoing Daredevil-centric Devil’s Reign and January’s X Lives Of Wolverine and X Deaths Of Wolverine, as well as forthcoming Fantastic Four storyline Reckoning War. “The idea of telling a story in which we could get glimpses of events that will play out during the coming…

4 min
bleat child of mine

EVER BEEN INVITED round to see a friend’s new-born and, confronted by a scowling potato, struggled to coo, “Why, they’re beautiful!” Such social anxiety is nothing compared to the chap in Icelandic film Lamb who visits his brother and sister-in-law, and finds them mooning over a daughter with a human body, but the head of a sheep. Awkward. Ada is the name of this surreal biological cut-and-shut, inexplicably birthed by a ewe and then lovingly reared as if it were their own offspring by farming couple Maria (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason). Philosophically speaking, however, her parents are first-time director Valdimar Jóhannsson and his co-writer: poet, novelist and erstwhile Björk collaborator Sjón. “I started making a reference book with paintings, drawings and photos, trying to come up with some mood or…

1 min
news warp

HIGH-SPEED INFORMATION → The Spice will flow! Dune: Part Two begins filming July 2022, targeting a 20 October 2023 release. → Taika Waititi helming adaptation of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s graphic novel The Incal. → Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo joining Oz musical Wicked. → Gal Gadot playing the Evil Queen in Disney’s liveaction Snow White. → Daisy Ridley joining nearfuture London thriller Mind Fall. → Chris Pratt voicing Garfield in new animated movie. → Bradley Cooper adapting Dan Simmons’s Hyperion novels for the big screen. → Josh Lucas battling a rampaging megaladon in The Black Demon. → Lost 210 minute cut of George Romero’s Martin unearthed. → Will Poulter as cosmic hero Adam Warlock in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3. → Danny DeVito boarding the Doom Buggies in Disney’s Haunted Mansion. → Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor starring in AI-themed rom-com The…