Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
Captain Marvel #1
by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy
Captain Marvel is back! Kelly Sue DeConnick has brought Carol Danvers, one of my all-time favorite Avengers, back to her own series, and she is not living in anyone’s shadow anymore. This is an awesome comic. It’s packed with, action, emotion, humor, and amazing art. Wow! I don’t know where Stephen Wacker and C.B. Cebulski found Dexter Soy, but his art is really cool. He pencils, inks, and colors the whole book. I especially love the layout of this book; no two pages use the same layout, and he uses the panels in unique ways to convey the sense of movement in the book’s action scenes. Everyone should buy this book on Wednesday. It is truly a work of art. If that’s not enough to convince you to buy the book, then check out this interview I did with Kelly Sue a while back about this book, which can be found here.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
After seeing a copy of Michael Fitzgerald Troy's pop culture mash-up tribute comic book Going Gaga! at Comic-Con this year, Mother Monster tweeted, "So Cool! Someone found this at Comic-Con. Can I buy it pleasssee!!!" The tweet heard 'round the world; Facebook and Twitter started blowing up in a man hunt for Michael Troy, as little, devoted "Monsters" everywhere were clamoring to find the book for their musical matriarch. After posting it on Facebook, Gaga talks and fans listen to the tune of 72,0000 plus "likes." Further proving the power of Twitter, the story of Lady Gaga's comic book endorsement spread to the likes of MTV Style, Gaystar News, and several news outlets in Italy! (Ciao, Gaga!)
The bad news is that the small print run book has sold out. The good news is that the book is now available for digital download for the discount price of only $1.99 via Mydigitalcomics.com. And, another print run of the book is being planned.
Wow, this issue really kicks things into high gear. While not action packed like the previous issues, the story really begins to unfold and secrets are revealed.
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At San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Dr. Travis Langley talks with Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes about his book, Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight. Dr. Langley also shares which other superheroes he wants to see on his couch, his predictions for the upcoming film, The Dark Knight Rises, and how Batman has his own unique super power.
Take Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Dresden Files, Dr. Strange, and about half a dozen other modern-day supernatural and superhero stories, put them in a blender, run it for five minutes, and then drink.
The first thing you'll taste in The Occultist smoothie is the tangy taste of Buffy, where the protagonist, Rob Bailey, is chosen to a sacred duty to be the wielder of the book known as the Sword (why the book is called the Sword, I have no idea, though an actual sword is part of it.) While he's learning his abilities, The Occultist takes on elements of the magic-gone-awry plots common to the Buffyverse. Much like superhero origin stories, watching the protagonist figure out his powers is amusing with everything from a love spell to a memory spell gone awry, making Rob's life a little more difficult.
Long story short, my dad is a Gilmore Girls fan. I was a huge fan of the show, and I somehow talked him into watching it. And, once he gave it a whirl, he loved it. Now, he’s a big fan of Bunheads, the new show from the Gilmore Brain Trust. I was talking to him the other day, and he mentioned that there probably weren’t many men his age (he’s 71) who would watch a show about the goings on at a small town dance studio.
He’s probably right. But, I would argue that any story that is compellingly told should be enjoyable to anybody, regardless of their age, race, sexual orientation, or any other demographic grouping.
The Baltimore series has always been about monsters, their creation, their crimes, and their nature. Up until now the only thing to differ was their appearance: whether they are human, such as the titular character; appear human, such as vampires; or are something completely otherworldly, such as the various demons. Dr. Leskovar's Remedy spins these issues on their heads and opens up the Baltimore universe to even more possibilities.
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The FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films. Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.
This week, a fire rises in the convention centers of San Diego. Next week, Christopher Nolan's Caped-and-Not-Wearing-Hockey-Pads Crusader will also rise. With fan excitement at an all-time frenzy, I thought it best to do what fan's do best: MAKE A LIST!
At San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with actor Thomas Jane (The Punisher) and artist Tim Bradstreet (Vampire: The Masquerade) about their work with Raw Studios, the release of the Dark Country graphic novel, and what fans can expect from their Saturday panel at the convention.
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
I’ve noticed a bit of a trend lately, one that is both positive and negative, and that’s the inclusion of more gay characters within comic books. I have nothing against such an inclusion—in fact, I fully support it and want there to be more positive models—but the thing that’s really gotten to me is that some of these characters are being created specifically to be the “token” gay character in a title, just as how some African-American characters were created just so the publishers could be shown as being “inclusive.” Once again, I don’t have a problem with diversity within comics—I wholeheartedly applaud it—but I don’t want characters being created for the wrong reasons, and with a personality type that just screams “being drawn gay (for pay).”
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