Butcher BakerButcher Baker is one of the most bizarrely innovative comics I have read in a long time. This is what you might get if Grant Morrison, Ed Brubaker, and Alan Moore created Captain America in a shared fever-dream. Seriously. This is a crazy book, and I loved every minute of it.

 

Luther StrodeThis is a bloody fun comic book about killing mobsters. I should confess that I have not read any of the earlier Luther Strode comics. In fact, I had never heard of the character. So, how does the book do at introducing new readers?

 

Buffy S9V2If you haven’t read Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1, then go and do that now. If you haven’t read Season 8, do that first. So, from here on out, I am assuming you are current on the trades and will not offer any spoiler warnings for anything prior to this book.

Seriously.

Buffy is always more interesting when she is dealing with big, personal issues while saving the world. This comic book is almost one of the best I have seen.

 

A and F 16This week, Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs are back at it again, raising the bar once more with Angel & Faith #16. While I absolutely loved the last issue with its guest appearance by Whistler, this issue hits even harder, bringing us back to the meat of the season with Angel’s somewhat misguided mission to resurrect Giles. With the end of the season getting closer and closer, the stakes are getting higher, and this issue digs deep into the dark descent on which our heroes are willingly plunging!

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Anatomy of WarIn the last year or two, crowdfunding has completely changed the world of comics, if not the world of independent creators as a whole. The effect has been enormous, allowing many projects - that would never have seen the light of day due to lack of funds - to find a possible level of success that had, until this point, never been within their reach. It’s also allowed incredibly intimate and personal projects to find their feet by allowing their creators to appeal directly to fellow comic book readers (and many others) by sharing the message, story, or mission behind the work. Anatomy of War, written by Roshawn D.  Rochester and featuring the art of Luisa Russo, is one of those passion projects, and while it may get off to a slow start, it is a story where the reader can’t help but feel the personal and profound efforts behind the story.

'Mr Blank:' Book Review

 

Mr BlankTo read Justin Robinson’s Mr Blank is like following some self-deprecating, white rabbit into a sprawling, L.A. noir wonderland on a 100-m.p.h., nerd culture-fueled rollick.  Hot on the heels of Robinson’s thrilling zombie noir, Undead on Arrival, which was released just four months before, Mr Blank will keep you guessing until the very end.  

Husbands 5Well, we’ve reached the end of the road, comic book sniffers! This week saw the wrap up of Dark Horse Comics’ digital alliance with Jane Espenson and Brad "Cheeks" Bell’s Husbands property, and the last two chapters are absolutely stellar. For such an unlikely foray into comics, team Husbands has really delivered in a way that “the big two” endlessly struggle to achieve. Espenson, Bell, and Dark Horse have given this geek a booster shot of optimism that the comic book medium still has the potential to go way beyond the “capes and cowls,” appealing to new readers who have no interest in the super-powered beating that crap out of each other during the latest event o’ epic-ness.

Stupor Heroes TTSThe 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.



Every summer in the city of Metropolis, IL, superhero fans flock to the four-day Superman Celebration festival and attend live concerts, a massive costume contest, and the Superhero Fan Film Competition.  The 2013 competition is now open for entries, so this week we take a look at last year’s hilarious first place winner.

 

 

 

BW Ozy 4The 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. 

 

 

I should confess that I haven’t been reading much of the Before Watchmen series other than Ozymandias. This is not a principled stand; I just don’t have many local friends who would lend me comics. As a result, I can’t say whether the sweeping generalizations I’m about to make apply to the rest of the series, or just to Ozymandias.

I don’t know why they are making this comic.

BW SS 4The 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. 

 

 

Well, after some delays and scheduling weirdness, it’s finally here: the final chapter of Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre. Was it worth the wait?

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