One of the great American artists working in any form right now is the comedian Louis C.K. Whether it’s his brilliant and confessional stand-up material or his equally great FX Network series Louie, C.K. is utilizing all of the purposes a joke can have.
All that flowery praise would make it sound like I think Louis C.K. is the heir apparent to a droll wit like Noel Coward. He can be. But, he’s not afraid to go below the belt for a joke either. But, whether he’s working highbrow or blue, there’s no off button to Louis C.K.’s intelligence. Which is awesome, as so many in the comedy world seem to think brains aren’t required for lowbrow humor.
52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.
The last daughter of Krypton, Kara Zor-El, cousin to Superman, arrives on Earth with no memory of how she got there and a lot of people interested in possessing the powers of a Kryptonian.
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Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Alright, so Chew is one of the greatest comics being made right now, and, lucky for you, this issue is the start of a new story arc, so you should totally go buy it. Chew is a lot of things; it’s a crime drama, an action adventure book, a weird science fiction story, and a hilarious comedy. John Layman does a great job of telling complete single issue stories every month, and building an incredible ongoing story full of mystery and intrigue. Not to mention Rob Guillory’s art is amazing. He creates this blend of humorous, cartoony characters and really deep, detailed images, so that every panel catches your eye. One of my favorite things to do is to re-read an issue of Chew just to search for all of the jokes and visual cues they stick in the panels. Chew is collected into 5 trade paperbacks that collect the first 25 issues, so after you read this issue and fall in love you can go pick up the rest, and read the whole story. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.
For those in Geekdom who are not familiar with Smart Pop Books, I want you to know that you’ve been missing out - big time! Fortunately, I’m here to save your geek cred! Smart Pop Books is the pop culture imprint of independent publisher BenBella Books and offers a variety of engaging and thought-provoking, non-fiction titles focused on the discussion and exploration of the best of pop culture TV, books, and film. I was introduced to Smart Pop Books years ago when they stepped into the Whedon world with two must-read titles: Seven Seasons of Buffy and Five Seasons of Angel.
Jeremy Barlow’s Kult is a nightmarish urban fantasy that reminded me more of Clive Barker than anything else. The story follows Tomas Zenk as he enters the world underneath our own, where angels and demons struggle endlessly. Ignoring the fact that Tomas Zenk is just too perfect a name for a gritty urban fantasy, there are some cool things going on in this story.
While the reader never has enough information to understand everything that is happening, there is a real sense that much more is happening behind the scenes. There are several factions working against each other to change everything. I don’t want to make that any less vague, because of the spoilers. All of which will be in the next paragraph, light though they may be.
The following is an interview with actor/writer/creator Chris Burns, who plays Hawkeye in the hysterical fan series Avengers Assemble! The Series. In this interview, Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon chats with Burns about his acting career leading up to Avengers Assemble!, the creative process behind the fan-created project, and what to expect from the next season.
This interview was conducted on May 16, 2012.
Ragemoor #3 is the penultimate issue of the Dark Horse mini-series, continuing the dark and twisted story of the living castle and its unfortunate inhabitants. Compared to the last issue, this one feels less impactful and revelatory, serving mostly to position all of the players for what is sure to be an unsettling climax next month. Still, despite the slow burn, it is a satisfying read, littered with cryptic bread crumbs that continue to flesh out the details of Jan Strnad’s gothic tale.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
In showbiz, if you flop, they say you died. If you were a smash, they say you killed. The season finale of Fox's long-running cartoon/family sitcom/satirical genius featuring pop icon Lady Gaga most assuredly killed.
The Simpsons is one of those shows I take for granted, assuming it couldn't possibly still be any good after all these years. I usually forget to watch it or that it's even still airing until I'm given a reason to...then, it smacks me in the face what genius this show is and exactly why it's been on 157 billion years and maintains its level of quality.
Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright recently had a chance to interview Kelly Sue DeConnick, the writer of some awesome comics like Osborn Incarcerated, Supergirl, and Castle, about her upcoming book Captain Marvel. Here's what she had to say.
This interview was conducted on May 15, 2012.
When it comes to Star Wars comics, it's kind of a mixed bag. I went into Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison with a little skepticism. I mean, with a title like that and a cover reminiscent of an old, cheesy horror movie with the tag line "Welcome to Coruscant-- A Good Place TO DIE!" one must be cautious. The only thing missing was Vader Force choking the Bride of Frankenstein, which would have been fantastic.
All that said, I'm glad I put all those doubts aside, because this was an interesting read.