XCOM posterMy entire plan fell apart as the sectoid commander hijacked my frontline assault soldier’s mind. Suddenly, one of my soldiers became the most dangerous enemy I faced. I had two bad choices: I could either try to take out my teammate, or let him flank my team as they tried to kill the alien that was controlling his mind. I had my heavy trooper pin the alien in place with a steady barrage from his plasma cannon. A second assault soldier moved to flank the sectoid. Once his flank was exposed, my sniper opened up from halfway across the map. The bond broken, my assault trooper was an ally once again. That is how it worked out this time, but my sniper could have missed, and then my possessed teammate would have had a powerful enemy ready to shoot my soldiers in the back.

 

Flee coverWhen last we saw our heroes, Commander Flick Fleebus and his robot companion Trion were preparing for an all-out war to retrieve the Nexus Sphere from their enemies, the Krill. Meanwhile, bug exterminator Rigby Pinkerton was getting ready to wage his own war against what he perceived to be a bug infestation but was, in fact, Flick and the Krill armada.

 

LetsPlayGod 01-CvrAThe first issue of a new comic is always fun for me. There is that feeling that the story could go in any number of directions. I love that.

Let’s Play God looks like it is going to be a slasher comic that follows Mel, the guitarist in an all-girl punk band. We are quickly introduced to a creepy stalker, dysfunctional friendships, and a rather shocking murder. I don’t quite know what kind of comic this will ultimately be, but there are some things here that I like.

 

Ghostbusters 100PageSpooktacularI’ve never read any Ghostbusters comics before, because I wasn’t sure if I’d be interested in it, but I figured it was worth finally giving it a show—and let me just say, I’m glad I did.  The storytelling and artwork were fantastic, and I have a feeling I’m going to investigate more Ghostbusters titles for my future reading.  Just what I need, yet another comic series to follow. Darn you, IDW!

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Ghost 1For a first issue, Ghost #1 is confusing. It feels like there's a piece missing and many scenes take a page or two to figure out only for them to move on to another equally confusing scene. I later learned that there was an Issue #0 which started off this series of Ghost. Excepting the DC New 52 #0s, most #1s find a way to incorporate anything vitally important from Issue #0, so as not to discourage new readers. Ghost does not do this. Despite the fact this is the “first” of a “four” parter, go back and read Ghost #0, so more of the story will make sense.

Shaolin Cowboy"When you can snatch the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave." If Cain had a mule carrying an arsenal on its back, he'd have left that monastery a hell of a lot sooner. Such is a similar tale to that of our protagonist, except he was asked to leave. The Shaolin Cowboy is a man of few words. He leaves most of the "verbal" communication to the thoughts of his companion and mad player pimp, the mule. Shaolin Cowboy sticks to the action and intrigue.

 

StarTrek DoctorWho 06-CvrAThe crew of the Enterprise has allied with the Borg?! Who could have mediated such a volatile negotiation? That genius is none other than our verbose Doctor.


Now that we have seen the aftermath of the ultimate “Who would win in a fight” scenario, this issue begins with the Borg pleading for Captain Picard's help before the Cybermen invade the Borg home world.

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Whedonopolis logoDear Fanboy Comics Readers:

The FBC staff is very excited to be announce that they will be attending Whedonopolis' charity screening of Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, The Guild Season 5, and Husbands Season 2 on Saturday, October 27th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in the Barnsdall Art Park of Los Angeles, CA.  In association with Fandom Charities, the evening promises to be a hootenanny of celebrity appearances, geektastic vendors, exciting prizes and giveaways, and lots of cinematic goodness, all benefitting Best Friends Animal Society.

Fans in attendance will have a chance to stop by the Fanboy Comics booth before the show to meet the creators of the graphic novels Something Animal and Identity Thief.  Attendees will also be able to purchase the official Fanboy Comics t-shirt, so that they can show their geek pride in style.  In addition, our friends at WE Comics will be in attendance to join us in representing indie comic book pride!

Son of MonsterpaloozaDear Fanboy Comics Readers:

The FBC staff is very excited to be exhibiting at the first ever Son of Monsterpalooza convention from October 26-28, 2012, at the Burbank Marriott in Burbank, CA.  Son of Monsterpalooza was created after the overwhelming success of Burbank's annual Monsterpalooza convention (held each April), which celebrates the best in horror and sci-fi make-up, movies, and more. 

Fans in attendance will have a chance to stop by the Fanboy Comics booth to meet the creators of the graphic novels Something Animal and Identity Thief, which are sure to be a spooky treat just in time for Halloween.  Attendees will also be able to purchase the official Fanboy Comics t-shirt, so that they can show their geek pride in style.

Kid Reading Comics*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.

 

Dear Marvel and DC,

I’m a huge fan. I read a lot of your books and a lot of books from other “indie” publishers. In general, I’m just a big fan of comic books altogether. I’m 26 and my particular fandom started when I was 7 years old. My Saturday mornings and every day after school were dominated by Batman: The Animated Series and the X-Men cartoon; however, the fun didn’t stop there for me. My parents knew I was a big fan and started to buy me comics at the grocery store, the newsstand, and eventually at a local comic book store. I spent my formative teen and college years with a wonderful assortment of different characters and stories to enjoy. I even had my dark phase in my early 20s where I read a lot of Alan Moore and Frank Miller, but it always came back to superhero books for me.

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