Sledgehammer 44 1Every once in a while, an idea comes around that is perfect. This is one of those times. Sledgehammer 44 asks the important questions like: what if the Allies had invented Iron Man during WWII instead of Captain America? Mike Mignola (the man who brought us Hellboy, Lobster Johnson, and The Amazing Screw-On Head) and John Arcudi (writer of The Mask, B.P.R.D., and Barb Wire) do an incredible job of answering the question. Spoiler: It’s awesome. It is worth noting that this is not a comedy. While both of these creators have a history of blending large doses of humor into their work, Sledgehammer is a more sober look at the effect that sci-fi soldiers would have on a war.

MortiferaMortifera is the story of two demon hunters, Catherine and Ethan Gregor, and their demonic ally, Durin, as they hunt down the army of Kanisus during the period classically known as the Dark Ages. If, for some reason, you haven't already checked out the free first three issues of this comic, than you can find them here. If, for some reason, you need a little more convincing to read free comics, then you can check out my reviews for Issue #1 and Issues #2 and #3. It's also well worth checking out MoreFrames' animated Mortifera trailer.

 

47 Ronin 3It seems as though there is a significant amount of time between issues of this series, so here’s the third installment of a great series.  I haven’t had any previous experience with this creative team, but I’ve been very well surprised by the way this has been going—I just wish it would get published more quickly.

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TWD S3E13The FBC crew discuss the negotiations between Rick and The Governor that take place in Episode 13 of Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series.  Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode by FBC staffers Bryant Dillon and Kristine Chester and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.

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Oz James FrancoBack in the day, back when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were a couple, there was at least somewhat serious talk of them starring in a remake of Casablanca.  How serious that talk ever was I have no idea, but it was talk that made its way into the mainstream media.  It was a terrible idea for an infinite number of reasons, the least of which was that it would star Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.  Casablanca is a stone cold classic.  It’s one of the three or four greatest films of all time.  The screenplay is considered one of the best ever written, if not the very best of all time.  It contains reams of great quotes.  “Here’s looking at you, kid.”  “We’ll always have Paris.”  “Round up the usual suspects.”  “The problems of two people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”  “Play it, Sam.  Play As Time Goes By.”  “How extravagant you are, throwing women away like that.  Some day they may be scarce.”  (Listen to that movie some time without looking at it.  It sounds incredible.)  The cast is impeccable, with Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains doing career-defining work.

 

Star Wars 3Getting back to the heart of the Star Wars films, Brian Wood's Star Wars series has shed the bulk of the Expanded Universe and focused on a series of stories of everyone's favorite heroes of the Rebellion and Dark Lord of the Sith. Issue #3 really heats things up as Leia's unit gets closer to implementation, and Han and Chewie manage to get in over their heads at what should be a simple meeting.

 

Emily the Strange 2A mad scientist-like inventor with a house full of cats and a desire to become the next rock legend - that's Emily in a nutshell. Issue #1 focused on her developing musical talents, and, though she held her own solo, she's about to face a new challenge: forming a band.

This is a great all-ages comic with a simple premise, timeless problems, and a great execution. The issue starts off with a well-done recap of Issue #1, which are actually some of my favorite pages for the manner in which it catches up new readers. If recaps managed to be this simple, fun, and interesting to look at all the time, I'd want them in a lot of other books.

 

PaleyFest ArrowReporting from the 30th Annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival


One of the cool things the Paley Center staff has done for the festival is to begin each panel with an archival clip that is somehow related to the show being discussed.  For The Newsroom, they played a clip from Aaron Sorkin’s series Sports Night.  For Parenthood, they dug up a clip from the early late '80s iteration of the show that featured a young Leonardo diCaprio.  For last night’s panel featuring the CW’s series Arrow, they played a Robin Hood-themed clip from a 1979 episode of The Muppet Show.  It was pretty cool.

Red She-Hulk 58The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


The one-time and forever great love of Bruce Banner’s life, Betty Ross, has often been at odds with her sense of duty to what is right and her love for the man her father spent years chasing after. Even before her change, she struggled to be a force for good in the world in which everyone saw the Hulk as a force of destruction. Now, coming to terms with her own status, she tries to help change the world for the better to prevent a disastrous future. She is one of many, one of few; she is the Red She-Hulk.

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The Reason for DragonsWelcome back to The PREVIEWS Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.

In this month’s PREVIEWS magazine, Archaia showed off a new graphic novel called The Reason for Dragons. This original story, written by Chris Northrop and illustrated by Jeff Stokely, promises to capture the imagination of readers much like the films The Neverending Story, E.T., and The Goonies did. I sat down with Chris Northrop to talk about what inspired this cool new tale about knights and dragons in our modern world.

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