The comic book event of the summer is nigh! Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot. Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm.
Like my fellow contributors, I am not going to talk about whether I think Before Watchmen should exist, but as long as it's here, I may as well tell you how it reads. Those familiar with Watchmen will know that there are two Nite Owls. The first, Hollis Mason, was a member of the Minutemen and later on retired and wrote the book Under the Hood, of which selections are used as back-ups in Watchmen. Dan Dreiberg later took on the name and is the Nite Owl more often featured in the book; however, besides some passing mentions, the full story behind how Dan inherited Hollis' alternate identity had never been explained, until now.
Not every hero is lucky enough to be born a Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark; some heroes have to work for a living. Not content to work a typical 9-5, Luke Ryan cashes in with his powers by starting his own insurance company which offers high-tech watches to ridiculously rich customers who can activate it when their life is in danger to have Ryan swoop in and save them at the last minute.
Lay the Favorite, based on a memoir written by Beth Raymer, begins with Raymer (played by Rebecca Hall, The Town, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) moving on from her career as a stripper in a small Florida town. She packs up her belongings, including her dog, and heads to Las Vegas where she dreams of a bigger, brighter life as a cocktail waitress. Once in Las Vegas, she mixes company with Dink (Bruce Willis) a seasoned bookie with a hard-nosed, yet charming, personality. He would place a bet on anything, and he has a hunch that Raymer has more to offer than just her good looks. He offers her a job in his bookie business, and Dink quickly realizes that Raymer is a whiz with numbers and has a gifted memory.
In the following audio commentary, Fanboy Comics staffers Bryant Dillon, Sam Rhodes, and Barbra Dillon and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero discuss their impressions of L.A. Theatre Works and National Theatre Live’s screening of playwright Nick Dear's adaptation of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle and co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller!
Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter from Viper Comics is a quirky, bloody tale of a boy and the voice in his head. The complex, labyrinthine script written by Russell Nohelty works well with the dark, yet cartoony, art of Renzo Podestá and is sure to be a worthwhile read for any self-admitted comic book sniffer!
The following is an interview with comic book writer and audio drama creator David Accampo, whose credits include Sparrow & Crowe, Wormwood: A Serialized Mystery, Red Right Hand, and more. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Kristine Chester talks with Accampo about the adaptation of the Wormwood audio drama to the comic book medium, what fans can expect from the Sparrow & Crowe comic series, and why you should tune in for his podcasts for writers.
This interview was conducted on June 19, 2012.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And, gave her mother 40 whacks.
When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.
And, Abraham Lincoln? What did he do when he picked up a silver-laden hatchet? Well, open a can of good old fashioned whoop @$$ and annihilate a bunch of vampires while ending slavery and The Civil War, all at the same time. Or, at least that is what the new film Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, directed by Timur Bekmambetov and based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, would have you believe.
Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
by David Schwartz, Micah Gunnell, and David Curiel
David Schwartz has crafted an awesome story about a young female superhero in Idolized. At first glance the story of an American Idol-style competition to find the world’s next superhero may seem a bit silly, but Schwartz has chosen to make this story personal. His main character is on a personal mission of revenge and is a flawed, very human hero. She may just be her worst enemy. Adding to the great story is the amazing art delivered by Micah Gunnell. His art is incredibly detailed and even in the shots that are filled with multiple superheroes, he gives them each unique designs and interesting quirks. In our current comics world, with its severe lack of female lead superhero characters, it’s great to see such an awesome new character come on the scene. My only complaint is that the 0 issue left me wanting more, and Issue 1 isn’t due out 'till August. I want to read more now!
A few episodes into the series, all of you fellow Falling Skies fans are nearly caught up with me in enjoying this exciting season. Those of you who know me know I work very closely with the Falling Skies cast, and it was a pleasure and a blast to interview my friend (online and off), Mr. Connor Jessup. Connor plays Ben Mason on Falling Skies, a character who spent most of last season separated from his family, only to step up into the main show spotlight this season. The studio has some amazing things planned for Ben this season, and below is a transcript of my interview with the man behind the middle Mason boy, if you'd like to learn more about him. -N
Indie comic book publisher Bleeding Ink Productions recently announced that they will be launching a new comic mini-series entitled Blood-Moon, and the FBC staff and I could not be more excited!
First and foremost, Bleeding Ink Productions is an exciting new indie comic book publisher based in Hollywood, CA. Founded by writer/creator Jesse Grillo, the company seeks to “ . . . create unique, hardline stories that stand out from anything you’ve ever read.” Previous titles include Chapel, War Zone, Sensory Distortion, Demigods, and Patriot, all penned by Grillo.