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Cupcake POW! is an ongoing webcomic (www.cupcakepow.com) by creator Jody Houser who has written stories for several comic anthologies, including Womanthology and Skin Crawling Comics. Several of the best strips were compiled into two fifty-ish page collections, so readers who prefer to view their digital media offline or in bigger chunks can check out the cream of the crop in one place. It’s self-proclaimed a “comic created for girls about the things that girls like,” but the wry, slightly twisted humor could easily tickle the fancy of non-girl types, as well. Despite being marketed as being for girls, some of the humor is at least 13+.

“For some reason, the stranger reminded me of a scarecrow that had crawled from its perch in the cornfield. Every few steps, he glanced over his shoulder . . . as if he expected to see someone following him.”

From the moment the brooding Cole Jensen arrives at their farmhouse, young Birdie has a bad feeling about him. But, it’s not until the slaughtered rats in their barn come back to life and start dancing that she realizes there may be more to him than meets the eye.

Broken Icon ComicsChosen and Forsaken explores the currently popular zombie apocalypse and adds their own twist to produce a story that feels fresh and exciting, even as it retreads staples of the genre.  I had the opportunity to read the digital trade paperback which combined the first four issues of the main storyline with issue zero, providing insight into the major characters’ lives before survival became the only important thing left. 

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:

Our friends to the north are bringing their favorite heroes (and creators) back in the new documentary Lost Heroes!  Set to premiere at The Royal Cinema in Toronto, Lost Heroes will detail Canada's forgotten comic book superheroes and the talented individuals behind them.

For more information, please see the full press release below.

New York, 1949 - Detective Drake Harper is deep into his first year in Homicide and has fallen into a case he doesn’t want.  A serial killer, dubbed the Vulture, has killed five women in eight weeks, torturing and disfiguring them, taking an eye as a souvenir from each, then dumping them back on the city streets to taunt police.

But, Drake isn’t only dealing with the case.  A veteran partner with a drinking problem, an eager and irresponsible Press, a rotting tooth, and a rapidly dissolving marriage are all adding to his troubles.

Nowadays, comic books and their title characters are getting revamps, remakes, make overs, and reboots out the wazoo. Back in 1986, it was a pretty big deal. DC Comics rocked comic bookdom to its core with a mini-series debuting a brand new set of duds for its king of the sea, Aquaman. It was quite a departure from his original, more well known orange and green wet suit. (At least they kept him platinum for blonde's sake!) I should also note that mini-series weren't as common back then either, because of the newsstand set up situation.  Since the sea-faring superhero hadn't had a series in a while and lost some of his luster thanks to his portrayal in the legendary Saturday morning Superfriends cartoon, I assume DC wanted to make some noise while bringing back the nautical hunk.

I am so delighted with this issue that I'm not sure I have the words to properly explain why. Like all of the best episodes of Star Trek, Star Trek #30 touches on a serious exploration of a real world issue and has fun the entire time it's doing so. These examinations of our culture are why I love Trek in the first place, and Star Trek #30 tackles the issue of gender, and all of our modern-day stereotypes of gender, wonderfully.

When I heard the worlds of my two all-time favorite franchises of Ghostbusters and The X-Files would be colliding in IDW’s X-Files Conspiracy comic book series, I broke into an unintelligible jig that was akin to the eclectic dance stylings of Elaine from Seinfeld.  After reading the content of the book, many will be happy to hear they won’t have to witness that dance for a very, very long time.

While happy with the attempt, but disappointed with the results, I took a much lower expectation into my review of part four of the series, which included my favorite toy franchise to grace the planet, the Transformers.  The good news is that either my lower expectations helped, or this book was better in certain respects than the Ghostbusters crossover that preceded it.  Although, before you get too excited, you will want to read on.

Nostalgia Goggles Activated.

I remember my childhood, growing up watching Cartoon Network.

Sure, I watched Disney and Nickelodeon, but Cartoon Network, it had something different. It showed cartoons that were complex and nuanced, and it did this while keeping it all PG friendly.

It’s been a while since a first issue has drawn me in as quickly as Pariah did.  The art is great. It’s on the cartoonish side, but it’s emotionally expressive and quite effective in its science rich action sequences.  It’s even more dazzling when it comes to portraying the space-scapes in which the story is set.  

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