The Second Golden Age of Television has brought us great serialized entertainment, but there will always be a special place for fantastic standalone episodes. This week's episode of American Gods, “Donar the Great,” demonstrates their importance.  Adapting American Gods into a TV show allows for the source material's mythology to expand and develop concepts that are only touched on in the book.  Thor's story is briefly mentioned in the book, but what was originally a few passing lines now takes on a whole new meaning.  I expect nothing less from an episode directed by Rachel Talalay.

It would appear that we’re at the end of the first arc, and all signs seem to point to a ratcheting up of the ante. For one, the final main cover is actually slightly different from the solicited version, which hints at some degree of secrecy on BOOM!’s part. For another, I’ll note that the entire final page of the advance review copy I received was redacted, so it really seems that BOOM! wants everyone to be surprised when the issue drops this Wednesday. For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with the most recent Buffyverse news, there will be a surprise book that you’ll want to pick up on Wednesday, as well. (Hint: He’s a big Buffyverse fan favorite, and methinks the redacted page is also meant to hide his backdoor reentry into this rebooted series.)

Black Badge #8 was a body slam to the soul. The most unexpected thing that could have happened did, and it was far more upsetting than I could have imagined it would be. It sat with me for a couple weeks. Why? Because Black Badge is not lazy storytelling. That’s probably the best compliment I could give to a creative team.

Little Bird was a comic book series I didn’t know I needed, and yet, there it was. A true artistic vision of a strange, yet familiar, world in comic book form. An experience that seemed to draw upon my love of Alejandro Jodorowsky and other surrealists like him.

Gideon Falls #12 begins the story of the laughing man, the entity that inhabits the Black Barn in the world of Gideon Falls. This issue is a nightmarish puzzle box that begins in 1886 on the frontier, as Father Burke and other local townspeople, including the sheriff, discover that Norton Sinclair is behind a series of murders, and they go to his barn to get him. For those who haven't been following along, Norton Sinclair is a recognizable name, and the barn is not a safe place, to put it mildly. We all know that this is the worst idea imaginable to go into the barn after Sinclair; they do not know that – but quickly find out. Father Burke is sucked into the world-altering reality of the Black Barn after coming face to face with the laughing man.

Hit-Girl's trip to Hollywood hasn't exactly gone according to plan, and now the bad guys are closing in on everyone's favorite pre-teen anti-hero. Writer Kevin Smith and artist Pernille Ørum serve up a heaping helping of sharp dialogue and exuberant illustrations in their third installment of Hit-Girl Season 2.

Fanbase Press is thrilled to announce that the upcoming trade paperback of its four-issue series, The Sequels, will feature a foreword written by Andre Gower (The Monster Squad, Wolfman’s Got Nards - A Documentary).  The team is also revealing the brand new trade paperback cover, featuring the combined artwork of series cover artist Don Aguillo and interior artists/colorists Val Halvorson and Bobby Timony!



At WonderCon 2019, Fanbase Press' Michele Brittany talks with composer Nathan Matthew David (Surviving R. Kelly, Angie Tribeca) about his work on the Deadly Class television series, his dream project, being a participant on the "It’s Alive!: Designing Sci-Fi, Horror, and Mystery TV and Video Games" panel, and more.

At WonderCon 2019, Fanbase Press' Bryant Dillon talks with actor Ben Giroux (Bunsen Is a Beast, Henry Danger) about his work on Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Robin's interactions with the turtles, and more.

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.

In this Fanbase Feature, the Fanbase Press staff participate in a thorough discussion regarding the newly released feature film, Shazam! (2019), with topics including opinions on how the film's theme of wish fulfillment, the film's successes and failures with representation, impressions of the characters and cast, and more! (Beware: SPOILERS for Shazam! abound in this panel discussion!)

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