Dear Fanboy Comic Readers,
If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then the chances are good that you’ve read a story by the award-winning writer, Nancy Holder. Holder’s ties to the Buffy-verse are as strong as a certain Hell Goddess, and her list of contributions to the Slayer’s extended universe are as prolific as the Watchers' Diaries themselves. Having written over fifteen novels taking place in Whedon’s vampire and demon-infested world, Holder is truly a proven member of the Scooby gang.
The FBC staff was overjoyed to hear that Holder was interested in writing a piece for our uber-geeky website! With the upcoming release of her masterpiece, Buffy: The Making of a Slayer (a book that no Buffy collection will be complete without), this blessing was clearly a sign from The Powers That Be, and it is with great honor that we welcome Holder to our corner of Geekdom.
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.
Thirteen pages of this issue are really good. The rest is not. For the middle thirteen pages, Darwyn Cooke does exactly what I have wanted to see this entire series. He shows us a never-before-seen Minutemen adventure that has no ties to the Watchmen source material. We get to see the Minutemen fighting a villain, being heroes, and saving the day despite all their personal flaws and failings. Then, we get to see the terrible fallout of their actions, and watch the Minutemen learn a hard lesson about heroism. It is wonderful.
Life is hard for David Loren. He is a twenty-four-year-old genius working for the US military helping to develop their latest toys, but he has a problem: he has decided that he doesn’t want to kill anyone. So, what is life like for a super genius weapon designer who lives on a military base and doesn’t want to? Hard. Especially when he decides to escape.
In order to avoid revealing any spoilers, even though I want to describe everything about this book, I have fashioned a device to deliver a mild shock if I stray too close to spoilers. I didn’t need that iPad, and my dog already knows where the invisible fence is. Actually, that reminds me of the time that David ;GWRTEA;TSGH SON OF A MOTHER!!!
So, let me tell you about the ultimate gated community. As the world’s economy was falling apart, the massive corporation Excorp bought a vast area of land in the middle of America. There they established Blackacre, a massive, walled city with a standing army and waited out the collapse of the rest of the world. After decades of prosperity, the contrast between the lawless wilds that you already can picture outside and the Randian elite that run the city are stark.
The story follows one soldier as he embarks on a mission outside the wall.
Much like my previous Star Wars comic review of Vader and the Ghost Prison, Purge: The Tyrant's Fist is another Vader-centric story set after the events of Revenge of the Sith. The purge that the title suggests is in reference to the Jedi's extinction, where Order 66 was the first step and now we're following Vader as he scours the galaxy for his Jedi prey. Issue #1 of Purge focuses on Vader's hunt for Jedi Knight Cho'na Bene, the last remaining Jedi on the planet, Vaklin, where Jedi are still held in high regards, not phased by the Empire's manipulation.
Amy decides that “her boys” should spend some quality time together in order to bond. This leaves Rory and the Doctor stuck together on an adventure of their own. The boys immediately decide that they would just rather use their time machine to jump ahead to the future to pick up Amy and pretend they grew closer together.
The LEGO games have remained pretty consistent with many of their features over the years, but there have been some very noticeable changes with each production, such as the inclusion of voice actors for LEGO Batman 2, but there are several differences in this latest addition to the LEGO game roster. Likewise, the level of frustration has grown with the differences, and I believe that the game plays way more like a traditional RPG (if you can believe that) than should be possible. But, regardless of the frustration and annoyance that completing this—and the other LEGO games—brings about, I still had way too much fun with all of the jokes thrown in.
Sidekicks and partnerships are a staple of superhero comics, especially during the “Golden Age,” and several well-known characters have been a part of it—the best known probably being Batman and Robin; however, one superhero above all else has never had a sidekick—even though he’s had some partnerships—mainly because he first started out as a teenager, the traditional age one is when made a sidekick. I am sure some thought he would have ended up the sidekick of someone else, not being the mentor of another, but that’s just what happened recently to Spider-Man . . . and it utterly failed.
Kickstarter is quickly becoming one of the best ways for independent comic creators to fund their projects. Creators with really amazing, quirky stories that a big publisher might not take a chance on can find an audience and raise the funds they need to make their dreams come true. I recently had the chance to sit down with one of these comic creators, Andres Salazar, to learn more about his upcoming comic, Pariah, MO. Here’s what he had to say about the project. Learn more about Pariah, MO, by visiting the Kickstarter page.
WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW!
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The creators of The Dragons of Blizzard Island are getting into the holiday spirit, and they have generously provided the FBC crew with a very special Blizzard Island character statue, which will make the perfect gift for the comic book fan on your holiday shopping list! Fans of the exciting comic book series will have the chance to win The Kringle plush (pictured below), whose character provides the good little boys and girls of Blizzard Island with festive goodies every Winter Solstice.