Summer is finally here, Geeks!
The time has come to put down the textbooks, pick up that lemonade, and lounge by the pool. But more importantly, now is also the time to sit back and enjoy the quality summer blockbusters we have coming out.
And boy howdy, do we have some great stuff coming this month. This includes a surprising amount of third seasons to some of our favorite shows including The Umbrella Academy, a new Diablo game, as well as a new Dune book, a new Firefly book, and a new book of King Arthur tales with illustrations by the famous Tolkien artist John Howe. There’s a lot here.
It’s time to Geek out!
Movies and TV shows
June 2nd: The Orville: New Horizons
It’s been four years since we last joined Seth MacFarlane on his love letter to Star Trek, but now we’re finally back for more laughs, more tears, and a lot more action. After a brief delay in filming because of You-Know-What, season 3 of Fox’s show (also known as New Horizons) will premiere on Hulu. For all my sci-fi fans, get excited because the first episode is called “Electric Sheep,” a not-so-subtle nod to Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (which was later adapted into the 1982 movie Blade Runner). What this means, I have no idea but I am excited to find out.
June 3rd: The Boys
Also back for its third season is Amazon Prime’s ultra-violent and cynical superhero tv show The Boys. The series executive producer, Erik Kripke, has revealed that the third season would adapt the miniseries comic book Herogasm, centered around—you guessed it—superhero orgy festivals and The Boys (the group dedicated to getting rid of superheroes) attempt to infiltrate it. Joining the cast this year will be Jensen Ackles (of Supernatural fame) who will play Soldier Boy, a WWII-era superhero described as “Homelander before Homelander.”
June 8th: Ms. Marvel
Phase Four of the MCU continues with the introduction of Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American girl who, just like us, is a big fan of the Avengers. Unlike us, she is destined to emulate her hero, Captain Marvel, and harness cosmic energy from her magic bangles. Since we already have an Egyptian superhero (thank you Laila on Moon Knight), it will be really cool to see more superheroes of color. This show on Disney+ will also set up the movie The Marvels, set to release on July 28th, 2023.
June 10th: Jurassic World Dominion, For All Mankind, First Kill
This is going to be a busy day.
First up we have the third installment of the Jurassic World franchise, where humans and dinosaurs are now living and hunting together with humans all over the world. Naturally, we have the return of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jeff Goldblum, but it’s the return of Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler and Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant that’s got our blood pumping for the conclusion of the story that began with Jurassic Park.
Next up is the alternate history of the Cold War Space Race that asks the question “What if the Soviets had been the first to land on the moon” in Apple TV’s third season of For All Mankind. Season two ended with a shot of a human walking on the surface of Mars over a decade after the events of season two (which is the same thing they did between the first two seasons). With the Cold War only getting hotter, there’s no telling where this alternate history show will take us.
Netflix’s new show First Kill is about two teenagers, Calliope and Juliette, who fall head over heels in love with each other only to discover that one of them is the daughter of a family of vampire hunters while the other is a vampire. And both of them are being groomed by their parents for the ever-important “first kill,” an important rite of passage for both groups of predators. And if the words “lesbian vampire romance” and “Dracula meets Romeo and Juliette” didn’t get you excited for this show, listen to this: this show is created and based on a short story by the one and only V.E. Schwab.
June 12th: Becoming Elizabeth, and Evil
Becoming Elizabeth on Starz is the story of the young Queen Elizabeth I before she even was queen, back when she was just the daughter of the disgraced wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn. Standing in her way is none other than her half-sister Mary I, better known to history as “Bloody Mary.”
Then we have the premiere of season 3 of Evil on Paramount+. The show is a modern-day X-Files and follows a psychologist, a priest, and a skeptic as they investigate supernatural cases together. Throw in an unapologetic look at real-world issues, superb visuals, and horrifying examinations into the nature of evil itself (along with some fantastic characters) and you have this show. Season 3 promises to pull no punches as they continue to investigate the things that go bump in the night. And deal with the massive repercussions of the priest and the psychologist admitting their feelings for each other.
June 17th: Lightyear, The Lost Girls
Lightyear is the story of the legendary Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (who, by the way, is not a flying toy). This animated movie follows Buzz as he is sent 60 years into the future and has to join forces with a ragtag team to defeat the robots of the evil Emperor Zurg.
Then we have The Lost Girls, a new take on the story of Peter Pan as four generations of Darling women struggle with the aftermath of their adventures with the boy who could never grow up. If she hopes to get her daughter back, she’ll have to repair their relationship and give up the dream of youth and immortality that Peter gave her. That is unless Captain Hook (Iain Glen) gets to them first.
And hey, while we’re here, if this story looks interesting and you think that Wendy Darling is a badass that deserves more recognition, then you should check out the book The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown (voted #1 in YA Fantasy).
June 22nd: The Umbrella Academy
Everyone’s favorite dysfunctional family of superheroes is back for their third season on Netflix. Season 2 ended with the academy unable to prevent the assassination of JFK, the successful prevention of WWIII, and the return of the family back to the present where they discovered an alternate timeline with their “father” still alive (along with the previously dead Ben) and in charge of the “Sparrow Academy.” Theories abound as to what we can expect but there is one thing we can all rely on with this new season… it’s gonna have a banger playlist.
June 26th: Westworld
Returning for its fourth season is HBO’s Westworld, the story of amusement park androids who begin to malfunction, gain sentience, and rebel and is based on the 1973 film written and directed by the one and only Michael Crichton. The show’s trailer has made it difficult for everyone to figure out what is going on, but we can reliably guess that we will continue to follow this android revolution closely.
Most of the time, cheating at cards is considered a bad thing, but not in Card Shark where you are encouraged to cheat your way through 18th century France through the use of conveniently placed mirrors, well-placed accomplices, and by having literal cards up your sleeve.
Jump back into the battle against the Lord of Terror in this new MMO action RPG from Blizzard Entertainment that will bring the action to your mobile devices. This game will take place between the events of Diablo II and Diablo III, with Mount Arreat and the Worldstone shattered and the Archangel Tyrael presumed dead. Join the fight to save Sanctuary against the return of such favorite enemies like the Bone King, the Countess, and Baal the Lord of Destruction.
PS 4, PS 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Souldiers, like another game on this list, was supposed to be released last month but was delayed and is now for sure coming out June 2nd. This 2D side-scrolling adventure tells the story of a group of warriors who are taken to the afterlife where they must battle different guardians to progress to the next world and try to find a way back to the land of the living.
SpellForce III Reforced
PS 4, PS 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Now available on consoles, SpellForce III Reforced is an RPG with RTS elements involved and tells the story of the powerful mage Tahar, the son of a defeated rebel, and his quest to defend the country that seeks a ban on magic and is engulfed by the mysterious and deadly plague called the Bloodburn.
Fun fact: the game’s narrator should sound familiar. That’s the voice of Doug Cockle who voiced Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher games.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles
It’s time to work on your breathing because there are plenty of demons to slay in this new game based on the hit anime. Take control of Tanjiro as you try to find a way to turn your demon sister, Nezuko, back into a human. This game will let players relive the action in the anime’s “Tanjiro Kamado, Unwavering Resolve Arc” and the “Mugen Train Arc.”
Mario Strikers: Battle League
Imagine if Mario Smash Brothers were to try and play soccer. That’s basically what Strike is—a 5-on-5 soccer-like sport where you get to do anything and everything to score points. Take up the mantle of everyone’s favorite plumber as you go toe to toe with your friends online or in a local game.
PS 4, PS 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
The Quarry is a cinematic horror game about nine camp counselors at Hackett’s Quarry, who plan to party to celebrate having the camp all to themselves. Unfortunately, they’re not alone. As the mystery adds up and the horrors start to multiply, the question becomes: can you keep everyone alive? This will be hard with three people who just “can’t wait to meet you…”
PS 4, PS 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch
Now available for consoles, the PC game trilogy is about a group of hard-boiled vigilantes fighting against corporations and criminals alike in an Urban Fantasy world that looks like what would happen if you combined Dungeons and Dragons with Disco Elysium.
This racing video game allows players to win races by crashing and wrecking the competition in immensely satisfying ways. Now available on Switch, Wreckfest allows you to break all the rules in order to win as you “Drive hard. Die Last.”
Deliver Us The Moon
PS 5, Xbox series X/S
Much like Souldiers, Deliver Us The Moon was supposed to be released last month but was delayed. But now, for sure, you’ll be able to survive on the moon with your robot companion as you try to unravel the mystery of why the lifesaving lunar installation went dark.
PS 4, PS 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC
Last month we had the return of the classic Pac-Man video and arcade games. This month, we’re getting the same treatment but with everyone’s favorite hedgehog, Sonic. This collection will feature remasters of the first four Sonic the Hedgehog games that were originally released on SEGA Genesis and the SEGA CD. If this didn’t hit you right in the nostalgia, I don’t know what will.
Capcom Fighting Collection
PS 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Speaking of both hitting and nostalgia, we have Capcom Fighting Collection, which features 10 of Capcom’s classic fighting arcade games. These games have been remastered to play at home but with the same feeling of playing classic arcades. Also included in this package are all-new features like customizable difficulty settings and online matches.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
This second installment in the crossover between the Fire Emblem games and the Warriors game series will take place in Fòdlan, the main setting in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, this game is a hack-and-slash adventure with gameplay focused on fighting against hundreds in battle.
PS 4, PS 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC
This first-person psychological horror game looks terrifying. You play as Luca, a young man who woke up in a locked room with his hands covered in blood, subjected to the torture of MADiSON, a demon intent on continuing a gory ritual decades in the making.
Disgaea 6 Complete
PS 4, PS 5, PC
In this anime video game, you play Zed, a zombie who must defeat the evil God of Destruction. By using your power of Super Reincarnation, Zed can come back to life (sort of) after having been killed in battle, and you’re going to do a lot of that. At your back, you have your sister Bieko and a rag-tag bunch of other zany Netherworld denizens.
PS 4, PS 5, PC
One of the most popular and widely played RPG fighting games is back with Dungeon and Fighter Duel. Choose from 10 iconic characters, each with their own skills and personalities, to completely obliterate your opponents.
PS 4, PS 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, PC
Journey back to the lush and terrifying world of Enoch where you will play as an Outrider, an elite soldier and survivor of the Anomaly (now an “Altered” human with special powers) tasked with protecting the endangered human colonists from the planet’s monsters and each other. But with the Worldslayer DLC, you will have to face off against the most powerful Altered ever encountered—Ereshkigal—as you fight for humanity’s survival.
- Ordinary Monsters by J.M. Miro—Historical Fantasy
- A New Clan by David Weber and Jane Lindskold—Book 4 of Star Kingdom, YA Space Opera
- We All Fall Down by Rose Szabo—Book 1 of The River City Duology, LGBTQ, YA Fantasy
- The Great Book of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by John Matthews—a collection of folk tales, legends, and mythology, illustrated by John Howe
- Empress Crowned in Red by Ciannon Smart—YA dark fantasy
- Forging Silver into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer—YA epic fantasy
- ROBOSOLDIERS: Thank You for Your Servos edited by Stephen Lawson—Science Fictions short story anthology
- Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White—YA Horror and Dystopian, LGBTQ
- For the Throne by Hannah Whitten—Dark Fantasy
- Never the Wind by Francesco Dimitri—Gothic Fantasy
- The Last Fallen Moon by Graci Kim—A Rick Riordan Presents book, Middle Reader Fantasy
- The City Inside by Samit Basu—Dystopian Science Fiction, Satire
- River of Secrets by Erin Hunter—Book 2 of Bamboo Kingdom, Middle Reader Fantasy, Animals
- A Flash of Fireflies by Aisha Bushby—Middle Readers Fantasy
- The Seed of Cain by Agnes Gomillion—Book 2 of The Record Keeper, Dystopian Science Fiction
- Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tola Okogwu—Middle Reader Superhero Fantasy
- The Grief of Stones by Katherine Addison—Book 2 of The Cemeteries of Amalo, Epic Fantasy
- The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter—Dark Fantasy
- The Midnight Orchestra by Jessica Khoury—Book 2 of A Mystwick School Novel, Middle Readers Fantasy
- Secret of the Shadow Beasts by Diane Magras—Middle Readers Fantasy and Horror
- Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg—YA Fantasy
- A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow—Book 2 of Fractured Fables, LGBTQ, Fantasy
- Generation Wonder edited by Barry Lyga—YA Superhero Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthology of short stories
- Implacable Alpha by W. Michael Gear—Book 2 of Team Psi, Military Science Fiction
- January Fifteenth by Rachel Swirsky—Literary Science Fiction
- Rise of the Vicious Princess by C.J. Redwine—YA Fantasy
- Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation by Sylvia Liu—Middle Readers Science Fiction
- In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellan—Book 1 of Glass Immortals, Fantasy
- The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings—African American Urban Fantasy
- A Titanic Friendship by Debbie Dadey—Book 22 of Mermaid Tales, Kids Fantasy
- Valentina Salazar is Not a Monster Hunter by Zoraida Cordova—Middle Readers Fantasy
- The Martyr by Anthony Ryan—Book 2 of The Covenant of Steel, Dark Fantasy
- Invisible Things by Mat Johnson—Science Fiction Mystery and Satire
- The Song That Moves the Sun by Anna Bright—YA Urban Fantasy and Paranormal
- Sands of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson—Book 12 of Legends of Dune, Space Opera
- Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty—YA Fantasy Romance
- Resolute by Jack Campbell—Book 2 of The Lost Fleet: Outlands, Military Science Fiction
- Shadow of the Sith by Adam Christopher—A Star Wars Novel, Space Opera
- The Origin of Storms by Elizabeth Bear—Book 3 of Lotus Kingdoms, Epic Fantasy
- Nightmares of Weirdwood by William Shivering—Book 3 of Weirdwood, Middle Readers Fantasy
- Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert—YA Fantasy
- Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett—Book 3 of The Founders Trilogy, Military Fantasy
- This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede—YA Dark Fantasy
- Thrust by Lidia Yuknavitch—Dystopian Science Fiction
- Firefly—What Makes Us Mighty by M.K. England—Book 7 of Firefly, Space Western
That’s June, Geeks!
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