A Tale of Red RidingBoth the Young Adult genre and the practice of “alternative adaptations” of classic fairytales have become very common in today’s pop culture spectrum. Chances are that Fanboy Comics’ readers have experienced these rebooted morality tales, full of elves, goblins, dragons, and other mystical creatures of the imagination, in multiple mediums, including the big screen, the small screen, and even in the sequential art format of comics and graphic novels. The latest entry in this newly forming genre comes from author Neo Edmund, whose e-book A Tale of Red Riding: Rise of the Alpha Huntress is sure to thrill and exhilarate those in the growing fairytale fandom that currently shows no sign of slowing down!

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The Long Arm of the Hutt"A Look at the Edge" is a series of reviews covering the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Roleplaying Game by Fantasy Flight Games, which will review newly released products and supplemental online content and discuss experiences playing and running the game.


Fantasy Flight Games is off to a great start providing additional content for Edge of the Empire. Accompanying the Beginner Game are two additional character folios and a full supplemental adventure, The Long Arm of the Hutt.

 

 

Shadow*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.



As someone who grew up in the Modern Age of print comics, I missed out on some of the more “classic” tales pertaining to several of my superhero icons—the Clone Saga of Spider-Man, the Death of Robin in the Batman titles, the introduction of Darkseid and Apocalypse as major “Big-Bads” in their respective universes—and thus my idea of storytelling was vastly different than of those who came before me.  The Golden and Silver Ages of comics seemed to have been held in very high regard by several people, but after having read (and attempted to read) a variety of titles from those bygone eras, I find myself seeing a pattern when it comes to the nature of how comics are told to their audiences.  While I’m always going to be thankful for the influence that the previous eras have given to the characters that I read today, I have found it difficult to read anything before 2000 (with some notable exceptions).  I know that at least one of my friends agrees with me on this concept, and that the way comics have been done has changed drastically since the 1930s.

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Pandora End of DaysAfter an ancient sarcophagus is opened in New York as part of a historical exhibit hosted by the OBARI Foundation, a plague is unleashed upon the New York populace, killing the infected and bringing them back to bite and further transmit the disease. Now, attempts are being made to quarantine infected areas, rescue politicians and other high-profile members of society, and escape this outbreak. All the while, one family has the pieces to what really came from the sarcophagus, and it's up to them to put it all together and find a means to stop this plague before it takes over the world.

 

DW S7E6Christmas day, and it can mean only one thing—a magical, old man travels from far away to give us a wonderful, new present. This year's Doctor Who Christmas episode, “The Snowmen,” saw some changes for the last of the Time Lords.

Invincible 99Here we are in the middle of “The Death of Everyone.” Invincible #99 gives us part two of the story that will conclude next month with Issue #100. In the previous issue, Dinosaurus triggered a massive global flood in order to wipe out the world's coastal cities. In this issue, the Guardians of the Globe are stretched to the limit as they concentrate on disaster relief in the afflicted cities while Invincible is left to deal with Dinosaurus.

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Flash Gordon V2There is nothing quite like Depression-era serials.  While they may have outdated views and storytelling techniques have changed, they can always be counted on to capture your imagination. One of the most famous sci-fi heroes of this period is Flash Gordon, and Titan Books has put out a collection of his adventures titled The Complete Flash Gordon Library - The Tyrant of Mongo Volume 2.

 

Weird Winter Stories CoverCan't get enough Sparrow & Crowe? While Issue #3 is still a ways away, David Accampo and Jeremy Rogers have put together another product to tide fans over in the meantime. Weird Winter Stories: A Sparrow & Crowe Yuletide Anthology is a collection of short stories told in the Sparrow & Crowe/Wormwood universe set during the holiday season.

Weird Winter Stories consists of nine tales that all feature Sparrow and Dr. Crowe in one way or another. The writers for these tales come from different perspectives, and it's neat to see all these different takes on the characters and on aspects of the holidays. I've been spoiled by the audio drama and comic formats for the previous work set in this universe, which has always done a great job painting a picture (either literally or through sound) of the creatures and horrors that Sparrow and Crowe face. How well the writers did in inspiring my imagination was hit or miss depending on that particular author's style, but this is largely a personal preference. Overall, the stories are well worth reading for fans of either the comic or audio drama. The nine stories come largely in three flavors.

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The Last StandA few days ago, I wrote a piece outlining a dozen of the films that I’m really looking forward to in the coming year.  Of course, there can’t be good without evil, so it would make sense that for every potentially great movie set to unspool in the coming 12 months, there’s something hideous lurking in the shadows.  A lot of these titles don’t even yet have trailers cut for them.  I may turn out to be completely wrong, and, if so, I will be happy to say so.  Some of them I desperately want to work.  I’ll hold out hope.  But, these look like movies to try your best to avoid.

 

Fatale 11If you aren't reading Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's crime-and-cults Fatale, this is as good a time as any to start.  With the second arc having been finished in the last issue, Fatale is doing a few one-shot stories of which this issue is the first.

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