BW Minutemen 3The comic book event of the summer is nigh!  Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot.  Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm. 


Issue 3 of Minutemen came out yesterday. Yay, I guess. This series is well written and very well illustrated by the talented Darwyn Cooke, but with each issue I read, I start to wonder why it exists. At first, I was excited to learn more about the Minutemen and the skeletons in their closets, but now the book just seems to be retreading stuff covered in Watchmen. Now, we've covered the Comedian raping Sally Jupiter, which we already saw in Watchmen. Now, we're seeing Hollis discover more of what is really going on in Silhouette's secret life, which is okay, but showing us this stuff isn't a revelation, because we know the outcome from Watchmen. 

I was much more excited with last issue where we got to see that the Minutemen's first mission was a total fluke that they only salvaged through good PR. My feeling about this comic is basically this: tell us a new story. I don't want a six-issue miniseries that starts at the formation of team as seen in Watchmen and ends with the team's fall from grace as seen in Watchmen. Why not just tell one really cool arc about them fighting crime and taking down a big-shot villain that could happen anywhere in their history? As long as this comic feels the need to constantly hit touchstones from the Watchmen series, it doesn't feel special or unique; it just feels like paint by numbers. If these heroes functioned for years as heroes before their fall, just tell me one good story in those years; don't jump around and try to tell me their whole history in 6 issues.

August 29


The Staff of Fanboy Comics warned you that this day would come.  In fact, we traveled through time on August 4th to tell you about the activation of Skynet.  And now, prepare to welcome our new computer overlords; it is Judgment Day.


Judgment Day, also known as J-Day, refers to the day in the Terminator film that the artificial intelligence Skynet became self aware and started a nuclear strike on America, Russia, and other regions, killing three billion people.  Due to the effects of time travel, as well as several film, TV, and novel adaptations of the Terminator story, the month, day, and year of Judgment Day has varied over the years.

Books  S--tBooks & S--t #001: Wit Family Robinson
*Warning:  Contains strong language, alcohol consumption, and adult content.

Episode 1 is brought to you by Manifesto Eagle Rock Wit.

In the inaugural episode of this new podcast celebrating our love of literature and booze, Brian and Sam welcome special guest author Justin Robinson (Undead on Arrival) and focus on NPR's recent Top 100 Teen Books list.  They also discuss Justin’s zombie apocalypse plan, their favorite teen books, and a bunch of other s--t!





Dead Future KingA lot of well known figures have been fighting the dead (and undead) these days. Abraham Lincoln has been seen decapitating vampires. The word is that Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have been taking on zombie hordes. Even Jesus Christ himself has returned to take on those beyond the grave. Mashups like these ones are becoming so commonplace that the danger of redundancy and audience fatigue is high. Fortunately, the first issue of Dead Future King, which resurrects King Arthur in a zombie-infested future, is at the top of its game and is a great example of why mashups can be some of the most fun, exciting, and original stories out there!


Worlds Finest 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.




Ripped through dimensional space by an unusual Boom Tube, Helena and Kara, two superheroes and “sidekicks” to their respective family members, end up on a different Earth than their own.  Trying to cope with the vast differences and the thoughts of impending doom for themselves and their world, these two women spend years coming up with ways to better serve humanity and working on the off-chance to go home again.  Unknown to anyone else (yet) in the superhero community, they are the World’s Finest wonders.




Batman Inc with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.




What's better than one Batman? How about a global army of them? Someone has taken issue with a world full of Batmen and has started targeting them, taking them out one by one, and now the latest bounty is on the head of Robin, Batman's sidekick and his son.




Books  S--tFrom time to time, Fanboy Comics will promote different projects that it does not directly produce or publish. (Although, we wish that we did!) As a sign of our support and approval, you can find these selections under the FBC Approved section of our website.  Please understand that, no matter how badly we would love to take credit, these works have been independently created and produced by the talented people attached to them. And, while we're on the subject . . .

For the readers among you who just want to drink and the drinkers among you who just want to read, we present for your drunken literary enjoyment: Books & S--t, an unscripted audio podcast that merges a love of literature with the familiar tone that seems to be lacking in conventional bookological discourse.


Smoke and Mirrors 5So, that’s all folks.  The last issue of the first arc of Smoke and Mirrors from Mike Costa (Writer), Ryan Browne (Artist), and Jon Armstrong (Illusionist) has been released . . . FOR NOW!  And, yes, you read that right, this book has a professional magician working on it.  


Locke  Key GrindhouseI’ve never read an issue of Locke & Key before, but I know the basic premise: there is a house with many doors, and special keys can unlock them, taking people to strange places. At least, that’s what I thought, but after reading this one-shot, I’ve discovered that what I knew barely scratches the surface of what is going on in the mysterious Keyhouse. As I said, this is a one-shot story, and as far as I can tell, it is not directly related to the main storyline of Locke & Key. Grindhouse is successful as a one-shot in that I never felt lost or confused by what was happening---it’s a great short story, and easy to enjoy even if you’ve never read a single issue of Locke & Key before.


Trio 4I s--t you not, the three main characters of Trio are referred to as One, Two, and Three and have powers that mimic Paper (One), Scissors (Two), and Rock (Three). I wish I could say this cheesy gimmick sets the tone for Trio #4, but this comic tries to take itself too seriously, instead of going completely over the top. The same goes for the ready and available Fantastic Four parody (there's even a guest character who is basically Namor!), but if there are allusions to FF beyond the character similarities, they were too subtle for me to get.

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