By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

Come listen to a story about a man named Jed, poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed. Then, one day, he was shootin' for some food, and up from the ground came a bubblin' crude... oil that is. Black gold. Texas tea. Well, next thing you know, old Jed's a millionaire. Is that the theme to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hillbillies? Not hardly. I think if old Jed had been warned about the Harpies of Beverly Hills, he and his kinfolk may have happily stayed in the Ozarks, pooping in a broom closet in the back yard.

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

Picture it: Harlem, 1973, a beautiful, young African-Americanw oman bursts onto the scene to fight crime. Daughter of a young junkie prostitute that was beaten and raped by a pimp, the girl wished to escape the torment and vindicate the harsh treatment she and other women like her faced in the socially changing times. In a time of women's lib and civil rights, the country needs a strong black woman to use her Afro of truth and fight for justice and the African-American way. It's a word, it's a plan, it's... Wonder Sister? Not so much? This may be how Wonder Woman could have been done in the '70s by the socially conscious Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams. Their Green Lantern and Green Arrow run was, and still is, legendary. I believe it was the 1st time a sidekick (Speedy) was turned into a junkie. You never saw Robin free-basing in the Bat cave after all. Sweet Christmas? I know, right?

This Haunted World: Chapter One Review

Right off the bat, I was a little confused about this comic.  The title font is, forgive me, horrible.  I can barely read the title at all, and if I didn’t know what it was called before I actually saw it, I might still be wondering!  Not really, but close.  It also doesn’t really fit the tone of the comic, but maybe I’m missing something.  Okay, so there’s that, but, then, there’s the cover art.  There’s a ghostly figure made of moaning faces hovering ominously over the earth.  Alright.  You won me back.  So, here I am opening to page one, and already I’m torn about this comic.

Once Upon a Time

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

As if Sunday nights couldn't get any gayer, with Pan Am's "Barbies in the sky" and the cougar mausoleum of Desperate House hags, ABC adds another "fairy tale" with Once Upon a Time to its line up. A novel idea, Once Upon a Time is about fairy tale characters, if they were real. Snow White's Evil Queen Mother puts a curse on all the fairy tale characters, banishing them to the fictional Storybrooke, sans any knowledge of who they really are.

THIS AIN'T NO TOY STORY...

Shelf Life is an irreverent new live-action web series about four action figures perched on a young boy's shelf.  In its hilarious first season, Shelf Life will introduce audiences to Hero Man (Travis Willingham: Thor, Transformers, Marvel Super Hero Squad), Hero Lass (Tara Platt: The Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Afterworld), Bug Boy (Yuri Lowenthal: Terminator: TSCC, Ben 10: Alien Force, Legion of Superheroes), and Samurai Snake (Bryan Enk), as they wax poetic on a range of hot-button topics.  This R-rated series leaves no controversial topic untouched and no curse word unused!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Disclaimer: Please note that this web series is for mature viewers only, as it contains strong language and adult content.)

 

 

Batman: Arkham City is perhaps the best comic adaptation I have ever seen. It has more scope than the Nolan Batman movies, more villains than the X-Men movies, and gives you a better sense of being a superhero than any other video game has.

The rough plot is simple: the former warden of Arkham Asylum has been elected mayor and closed off a large section of the city. Then, every single prisoner from the asylum and the regular prison has been deposited in the new facility to survive or not, as best as they can. Think Escape From New York with better special effects and super villains. Obviously, things go poorly, and Batman sets out to save the day.

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

Any good fanboy knows that hardcore fans of Marvel Comics proudly refer to themselves as Marvel Zombies. In the spirit of the holiday - yes, I'm referring to Halloween (it's almost holy here in West Hollywood) - I proudly proclaim, "I am a Pan Am Zombie!" (Speaking of zombies, I hardly think it's fair that Pan Am is up against AMC's The Walking Dead. I mean, that is some stiff competition.  ABC should seriously think of trying a new time slot to give Pan Am a fair shake.)

Fanboy and fangirls alike will not want to miss Shelf Life, an irreverent new live-action web series about four action figures perched on a young boy's shelf.  In its hilarious first season, Shelf Life will introduce audiences to Hero Man (Travis Willingham: Thor, Transformers, Marvel Super Hero Squad), Hero Lass (Tara Platt: The Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Afterworld), Bug Boy (Yuri Lowenthal: Terminator: TSCC, Ben 10: Alien Force, Legion of Superheroes), and Samurai Snake (Bryan Enk), as they wax poetic on a range of hot-button topics.  This R-rated series leaves no controversial topic untouched and no curse word unused!

Shelf Life Season One was written by Lowenthal and Eisner Award-winning comic book writer Paul Jenkins (Inhumans, Captain America, Wolverine: Origin) and is directed by Jenkins.

Shelf Life creators/producers Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthal sat down with Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon to discuss their new web series, the process for creating their characters, and which action figure they would be and why!

This interview was conducted on Friday, October 21, 2011.

 

 

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

I was a little harsh in my review of DC's Nu 52 direction for Wonder Woman. Okay, way harsh. Maybe I was having my period. Just one of those days; don't take it personal. I'm not always like this. Enough with the menstrual jokes, I promise! It's just hard to resist when reviewing Wonder Woman.

The good news is all is forgiven. In Issue #2 of the new Wonder Woman, Queen Hippolyta is revealed and she is blonde! All of my prayers have been answered. As much as I love George Perez (and, I love me some George Perez!), it always chapped my ass that he gave Hippo a raven Jheri curl post-Crisis on Infinite Earths. I know it makes more sense to have a "which one is the daughter, which one is the mother" moment, but I have a soft spot in my heart for platinum-tressed divas, being of the blonde tribe myself. (What can I tell you, I was born this way!)

 

*Spoilers, bitches!*

"Who's the more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?"


Is this the first time we've seen a quote from the movies used as a fortune cookie? Methinks yes! And, rather fitting for this episode.

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