Dear DC Comics:
I just wanted to let you know I am very disappointed. Last year, around this time, you announced your New 52 initiative. There was worry, speculation, anger, but mostly you got what you wanted: everyone was talking about DC Comics. Then, we started to get images, announcements of creative teams, and first covers, and an ice cold ball of dread started to form in the pit of my stomach. You see there was something sorely lacking. Something that had been lacking in comics for years, that I had hoped you would finally address.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Thunderbolts is one of those titles that is always good when I read it, and I always drop off at some point for some unknown Bermuda Trianglesque reason. Luckily, Thunderbolts has a history of re-inventing itself in fun and interesting ways, perhaps intentionally to bring back readers to the title. They must be doing something right; numbered at #175 is unprecedented with rampant revisions and renumbering ruling the day.
I should say here that I was a huge fan of the b@$tard child of Marvel's Civil War, Dark Avengers. I was sorely disappointed when it was canceled after only 18 issues. So, now it appears the latest Thunderbolts makeover comes in the form of a melding with the Dark Avengers concept. Color me intrigued. I was initially drawn in by the beautiful cover by Mike Deidato, Jr. (That man can draw!) The cover did not prepare me for the surprise I was in for.
The FBC crew discuss their feelings on Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi thriller, Prometheus, the creatures on LV-223, the performances of the actors, the motivations of specific characters, and more! Enjoy an audio commentary on the film by FBC staffers Bryant Dillon, Sam Rhodes, Barbra Dillon, Drew Siragusa, and Contributor Tony Caballero.
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The following is an interview with Brian Bielawski, co-founder of Gam3rCon, a week-long convention of gaming and gaming-related entertainment in downtown San Diego that runs concurrently with Comic-Con. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Bielawski about what gamers can expect from the third year of the convention, how fans can get involved with the geek art show, and why Saint's Row brought inspiration for Gam3rCon.
This interview was conducted on May 31, 2012.
As soon as I read White Devil #1, my mind went directly to a section of the song "Frank's Wild Years" by Tom Waits. "Drove home, doused everything in the house, torched it. Parked across the street laughing, watching it burn, all Halloween orange and chimney red." But, in reverse. More so, the story of not necessarily settling in a place of complacency, but being born to it. Rather than looking towards relocation in a geographical sense, it's a mental, if not spiritual, one. I don't throw out major spoilers (unless they're in the fridge), but I'll say this. It had me from page one. Authors Matt Evans and Andrew Helinski weave together, with the art work of Nate Burns, the opening of a tale I'd be interested in seeing the rest of.
Baltimore: The Curse Bells Volume 2 blends the Gothic horror of Bram Stoker's Dracula with the fantastical supernatural stories of the modern day. Taking place in the years following World War I where a man named Lord Henry Baltimore is hunting the vampire Haigus who not only maimed Baltimore, but killed his family. During his quest for vengeance, Baltimore stumbles across many different evils and, being one of the few with a knowledge about how to fight them (and being armed to the teeth), he takes care of these monsters before picking up Haigus' trail again.
Fanboy Comics recently received information from a reliable inside source regarding the future of Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man films. Though it has not yet been confirmed, we have learned that Marc Webb, the un-ironically named director of The Amazing Spider-Man slated for release this summer, will not be returning to direct any more Spider-Man movies. It is still a rumor, so take this info with a grain of salt, but if true, it is very interesting, indeed.
The Fanboy Comics Staff congratulates artist/writer Michael Fitzgerald Troy for the release of his new bio comic, Fame: One Direction, from Bluewater Productions! The ever-talented Mr. Troy lends his writing skills to Bluewater's biography comic series, highlighting the rise to stardom of the British/Irish boy band One Direction.
Don't miss your chance to purchase a copy of Fame: One Direction, as these issues tend to go fast! Pre-order your copy today by clicking here.
For further details regarding the bio comic, its release, and Michael Fitzgerald Troy's involvement, please see Bluewater's full press release, below.
As a geek with over a quarter-century of experience in experiencing the last quarter century, I have seen my fair share of supervillainy. Whether of the Saturday morning cartoon “world domination” variety, or the more nuanced evil scheming in more “adult” films [but not that kind of “adult,” as that would be weird (though highly watchable, now that I think about it…I mean, I’d watch it)], supervillains and masterminds of all kind perpetually frustrate me. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I often find myself rooting for the bad guys. Not completely, of course, I’m not a monster, but sometimes I just want to see what would happen if their devious plan actually succeeded. Perhaps, I’m just tired of watching them suffer defeat after defeat at the hands of their respective heroes, and seemingly never learning anything from the affair. Well, all you evil schemers and would-be dictators, I am here to help---I am here to offer you the wisdom I have gleaned from witnessing your countless embarrassing defeats.
Preparing for Prometheus is a series of blogs leading up to the release of Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi feature film. Set in the same universe as Scott’s sci-fi classic, Alien, Prometheus tells the story of a team of humans who travel across the galaxy seeking the origins of humanity. Unfortunately, their search for our beginning could lead to our end...
Prometheus is merely days away, and as we eagerly await its arrival, I decided it was time to ponder what the next film set in the Alien-verse should be. Sure, Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof have been hinting at the sequel to Prometheus that would take the story even further away for the Alien franchise’s plot line, but why stop there? Now that Prometheus has opened the gate, I think it’s time to start creating other films set in the Alien-verse and here are my top suggestions.