Flash Gordon V2There is nothing quite like Depression-era serials.  While they may have outdated views and storytelling techniques have changed, they can always be counted on to capture your imagination. One of the most famous sci-fi heroes of this period is Flash Gordon, and Titan Books has put out a collection of his adventures titled The Complete Flash Gordon Library - The Tyrant of Mongo Volume 2.

 

Weird Winter Stories CoverCan't get enough Sparrow & Crowe? While Issue #3 is still a ways away, David Accampo and Jeremy Rogers have put together another product to tide fans over in the meantime. Weird Winter Stories: A Sparrow & Crowe Yuletide Anthology is a collection of short stories told in the Sparrow & Crowe/Wormwood universe set during the holiday season.

Weird Winter Stories consists of nine tales that all feature Sparrow and Dr. Crowe in one way or another. The writers for these tales come from different perspectives, and it's neat to see all these different takes on the characters and on aspects of the holidays. I've been spoiled by the audio drama and comic formats for the previous work set in this universe, which has always done a great job painting a picture (either literally or through sound) of the creatures and horrors that Sparrow and Crowe face. How well the writers did in inspiring my imagination was hit or miss depending on that particular author's style, but this is largely a personal preference. Overall, the stories are well worth reading for fans of either the comic or audio drama. The nine stories come largely in three flavors.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

The Last StandA few days ago, I wrote a piece outlining a dozen of the films that I’m really looking forward to in the coming year.  Of course, there can’t be good without evil, so it would make sense that for every potentially great movie set to unspool in the coming 12 months, there’s something hideous lurking in the shadows.  A lot of these titles don’t even yet have trailers cut for them.  I may turn out to be completely wrong, and, if so, I will be happy to say so.  Some of them I desperately want to work.  I’ll hold out hope.  But, these look like movies to try your best to avoid.

 

Fatale 11If you aren't reading Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's crime-and-cults Fatale, this is as good a time as any to start.  With the second arc having been finished in the last issue, Fatale is doing a few one-shot stories of which this issue is the first.

 

SW Purge 2I seriously hope that Star Wars: Purge - The Tyrant's Fist is just the first in many stories involving Vader and his eradication of the Jedi. Of course, given the Star Wars/Disney buyout and Marvel picking up the comics starting in 2015, the future of the galaxy far, far away at Dark Horse is still up in the air. But, until that happens, this is how I want my Star Wars comics. Both Ghost Prison and Purge are beautiful, shining examples of what a good Star Wars story can offer set during a time that most intrigues me in that universe: in between Episodes 3 and 4.

 

47 Ronin 2I’ve been waiting a while to see this issue, after the first being released a few months back, so I’ve wanted to keep up with the story and hoped that I would not be disappointed when it finally came out.  I wasn’t; in fact, I continue to enjoy how the story has unfolded, bringing the historical legend to life in a very colorful fashion.  I only hope that Dark Horse will release the issues a little faster than three months apart, even if it is a limited, 5-issue series.

SPOILERS BELOW

Human Comics 1The following is an interview with Gabe Smith, creator and writer of the indie graphic novel series Human Comics.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Smith about his vision for the sci-fi story and its lead female character, the challenges of being an indie comic book creator, and the ultimate goal for Human Comics.

This interview was conducted on December 25, 2012.

 

 

SW Edge of the Empire Beginner Game art"A Look at the Edge" is a series of reviews covering the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Roleplaying Game by Fantasy Flight Games, which will review newly released products and supplemental online content and discuss experiences playing and running the game.



When Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) announced the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire game back at GenCon 2012 with the release of the game's Beta, my nerd heart just about burst in my chest I was so excited. Star Wars brought me into geekdom, Star Wars roleplaying was my introduction to the GM's chair, and many of my fondest gaming moments have been set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. My gaming tastes have changed significantly from the rules crunchy d20 systems used for the last two Star Wars games, so I was even more delighted when I learned that FFG is taking Star Wars to a rules light, almost indie game design, which has a greater emphasis on roleplaying and characters than tactics and micromanaging. The Beta book was a fantastic way to kick off Edge of the Empire, but now we finally have the first true product in the new Star Wars line of games, the Beginner Game.

Damned MeanderersI haven’t seen (read?) a whole lot of motion comics, but the ones I have encountered struck me as some sort of awkward hybrid between animation and sequential art.  Like some clumsy genetic experiment, motion comics attempted to merge two fully-evolved art forms into a wobbly-legged new one.  And, while elevating a comic with music and motion was an exciting prospect, the results always turned out to be much less than what I imagined.  We ultimately need a motion comic that isn’t simply the worst of both worlds, but one that fully utilizes the strengths inherent in each medium to better tell a story.  The Damned Meanderers by Tom McGrane, while not perfect, does come closer than anything I’ve seen so far. 

 

Gangster SquadI’m a film geek from way, way back.  Like most of us, I got interested in movies through genre films and then broadened my horizons as I got older.  I really credit the old Siskel & Ebert shows for suggesting things that expanded my filmgoing palate.  So, as we say so long, farewell to 2012, here’s a list of the dozen films I’m most looking forward to next year.  Keep in mind that films can get bumped from release dates like The Great Gatsby did this year, and there may be something under the radar now that comes screaming out of Sundance or Cannes.

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