A War on Two Fronts
Sorry for the delay here, folks, but sometimes the real life gets in the way of my television viewing. Boo! Now, if I could just get paid for liking Star Wars, I'd be sitting on a gold mine. But, all that aside, lets get into A War on Two Fronts. The previews for this episode had me really excited, because it looked to me like another Landing at Point Rain-style episode. So, while not as action packed as I had hoped for, the slower pace actually worked for me, as I realized this was just the first in a four-part arc.
The life of a coffee barista can be a rough one. You’ve got the danger of severe burns from scalding hot coffee. There’s the stress of the rude and indignant customers and their demands. And, of course, you’ve got the annoyance of your co-worker and roommate disappearing for long periods of time due to possession by a spectral detective who defends and protects the city you live in. At least, that’s the premise of Tales of the Night Watchman #1, an original comic book from Dave Kelly and Lara Antal, two promising independent creators.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Here at FBC, we are HUGE supporters of independent creators, and we relish the opportunity to spread the word about fantastic indie comic books and graphic novels. For that reason, we were very excited to learn that Dead Future King #1, which was previously reviewed on the Fanboy Comics website, is now available for digital download on Graphicly. The comic book by David R. Flores is also available through Amazon Kindle and the Apple iBookstore.
For more information regarding the digital release of Dead Future King, please see the full press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Dead Future King Issue #1 is now available for digital download through Graphicly.
The tale of King Arthur doesn't end as legend has it: the Once and Future King returns from the dead to a new age -- a future world ravaged by zombies! The first installment of this exciting limited series can be viewed on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBookstore, and various other soon-to-be-accessed digital platforms such as Nook and Kobo.
Discover more about the epic saga of Dead Future King at www.deadfutureking.com.
In the following interviews, the creators of Fanboy Comics' latest graphic novel, Identity Thief, talk about the process of taking the script from idea to fully realized graphic novel!
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.
We have now reached the fourth issue of Before Watchmen: Minutemen by Darwyn Cooke, and I can safely state that if you are not reading this book, you are not missing anything worthwhile. I wondered from the beginning whether Before Watchmen would actually seek to tell good stories that expanded and improved upon Watchmen, or whether it was nothing more than an attempt by DC to cash in on the Watchmen property. Four issues in, it is clear to me now that this book doesn’t really have anything to add to the Minutemen subplot of Watchmen. It is simply retreading old ground and painfully trying to be shocking at every turn. It plays more like a bad Dateline exposé of the Minutemen than a thoughtful comic exploring one of Watchmen’s many subplots.
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Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Intrepid FBC Contributor J.C. Ciesielski has decided to bestow an uber-gracious giveaway item to our readers. Given J.C.’s Pittsburgh roots, he was the perfect contributor to review the ‘Burgh-based film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Read J.C.’s review here.), and using his superhero-like skills, J.C. was also able to snag an official film poster signed by the film’s writer/director, Stephen Chbosky. (The poster is pictured to the right).
After 12 years of wandering in the wilderness of the Uncanny Valley, Oscar winner and film geek patron saint Robert Zemeckis has returned to live-action filmmaking. I was never sure why the director of such modern classics as the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Forrest Gump would leave live-action filmmaking behind to devote himself to motion capture technology. I mean, what’s the point of putting Tom Hanks in a motion capture suit just so you can reanimate him as a dead-eyed, super creepy character that more or less looks just like Tom Hanks? Why not just shoot that as live action? MoCap always makes a lot more sense to me when Andy Serkis is playing a chimp.
I suppose I can see the allure to an extent since Zemeckis has always been a director who pushed the visual effects envelope. But, after his production company was defunded by Disney following the box office disaster that was Mars Needs Moms, Zemeckis has returned to us 12 years after his last live-action film, Cast Away.
Skulking through shadows, lining up your perfect kill, and, oh yeah, freezing time and teleporting across rooms to your heart's content. Dishonored is another in a growing trend of assassin games, but it offers plenty of new concepts to the genre. After the Empress is murdered and the blame pinned on you, her protector, you don a mask and set out to eliminate those behind the conspiracy that killed her and ruined your life, one by one . . .
I’m not the biggest fan of crossovers, especially when it becomes a company-wide event such as Marvel’s previous Secret Invasion, Fear Itself, or Siege storylines, because it tends to require me to read a lot of titles that I normally have no interest in, and don’t know the full background of, just in order to get the entire experience of the storyline. However, considering I already read Avengers and X-Men titles, it was harder for me to ignore the AvX event, and so I took on the task of reading it all for review purposes.
Sadly, I wasn’t surprised by the majority of the storyline—it was pretty easy to see where certain characters would fall in regards to the division amongst the heroes—but there were a couple of surprises that really threw me for a loop, and the consequences of the event will forever change the Marvel Universe (or at least that’s what Marvel NOW! proponents keep saying).
New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.
15-year-old turtles with ninjutsu skills decide to take on the world above their New York sewer home, but end up coming into conflict with groups and individuals who wish to do them harm. In the midst of it all, they befriend a teenaged girl named April, as well as learn more about their mysterious past and how certain elements have had a hand in their development since the very beginning. Full of impatience, dangerous martial abilities, and the will to change things for the better, they become “heroes in a half-shell.” The show airs on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Nickelodeon.