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At WonderCon 2014, Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes chats with writer Kyle Higgins about his work on Nightwing, what is coming up in regards to Batman Beyond 2.0, and more.

“I’m telling you, I knew the man!”
“But, did you know the symbiont inside the man?”
          -- Commander Sisko and Constable Odo


On my first trip through DS9, I always dreaded Dax episodes.  Not because they were bad, but because they meant that this week I wasn’t getting a Kira episode, or an Odo episode, or the black tar heroin of episodes, a Garak episode.  On this trip through the show, I’m hoping to analyze exactly why Dax episodes don’t quite work as well as others.  Your mileage may vary, of course.  It’s possible Dax is your favorite character, and, in that case, don’t let me curb your enjoyment.  On the surface, I get the appeal.  Dax is a classic, strong woman archetype.  She’s tough, she’s smart, and uniquely for that niche, she’s wise.  Unlike many later heroines, Dax is refreshingly sex-positive, and the show never wags its finger or clucks its tongue at her for it.  And, because I would be remiss if I didn’t point it out, she’s played by the ridiculously gorgeous Terry Farrell.

It’s been over four months since the last Danger Girl story arc ended. Now, finally, we begin a new one with “Mayday.” This first issue has a few jarring differences from the usual Danger Girl comics, though. For one thing, it barely has the Danger Girls in it at all.

The saga of mass surveillance and ultimate power continues. Ben, our hero, finds himself hot on the trail of the terrorist who caused the accident that blinded him. He also tries to patch things up with Chloe, the girl he’s been pining for and whom, last issue, he frightened off with his newfound abilities; however, some people seem to think he’s getting too close to the truth, which may prove dangerous for the both of them.

The term LARP stands for “live action role playing,” and this mixture of roleplay and acting has worldwide popularity with people of various ages and genders. Everyone has different reasons for why they indulge in the hobby, and the charming web series LARPs: The Series normalizes the concept for non-participants while teaching a little about the basic concepts. The eleven-episode series (a preview and ten full episodes) focuses on five friends - Evan, Arthur, Will, Brittany, and Shane - whose attraction to roleplaying provides the primary impetus for the show. They learn that what happens in the game sometimes affects real world relationships, and as things blend more and more closely, the viewer begins to wonder which personalities are really the character and which the real one.

The Fanboy Comics crew discuss their reactions to the 19th episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the continuing descent into darkness for Agent Ward, and the first appearance of Coulson's cellist (played by the amazing Amy Acker)! Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode "The Only Light in the Darkness" by FBC President Bryant Dillon and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.

MINOR SPOILERS

Chicken Shawarma

Everyone saves the world just a little bit, every day. You may not be physically saving the planet from a mischievous, demigod half-brother (or maybe you are. Hey, I don’t know your schedule.), but I truly believe we just don’t know the far-reaching effects of even the smallest of our noble actions. Why else would the demigods and superheroes deem us so worthy of saving?

So, why not eat like the superheroes we are, huh? And, I’m sure we could all use some shawarma after a long day of screenwriting panels or cosplay.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED BELOW

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


Author Stephanie Saulter has created a rollicking science fiction tale that provides serious philosophical fodder for discussion in the first book of her Evolution series, Gemsigns, which will be released from Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus on May 6, 2014. In advance of the book's release, the publishers have generously provided us with 5 (Yes, 5!) advance copies of the fast-paced, dystopian novel to give away to our readers.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! That's right, it's almost time for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! You're invited to join Fanboy Comics and a host of other comic book creators in celebrating this special day on Saturday, May 3rd, from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Brave New World Comics in Newhall, CA!

At WonderCon 2014, Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes chats with actor Gary Oldman about his work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the potential sequel, and whether today is "white boy" day.

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