The Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world. Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.
By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester
Teams have been a part of comics since the beginning, although, not everyone considers a group that isn’t a superhero team to be one; however, just because you can’t leap a building in a single jump, or call Asgard your home realm, doesn’t mean you don’t have something to offer a group with a like-minded purpose. Teams exist to bind people together, to offer a cohesive organization with a shared purpose. Teams are filled with individuals, be they superheroes, mutants, villains, or just plain soldiers.
Throughout our experiences with comics, we’ve identified several teams, both good and bad, and feel that we have picked the top four that best describe what we believe a team should be. These groups come from a wide variety of sources, and we think you may be surprised by some of our choices. At one point we actually ended up picking the same team, but for completely different reasons and rankings.
It is tempting to say that Terminal City is one part this with a hint of that, or a cross between something and something completely different. The problem is that this is too easy a comparison to make. I am as big a fan of this device as the next guy, but this book is dependent on all of its inspirations and still completely original.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
It's been a long time since you've been around. It's been a long time since you've been in town. Brian K. Vaughan is my absolute favorite comics writer. I would read the ingredients of dairy products if BKV wrote them. (Golly, maybe I should read the ingredients of dairy products!)
Greetings, my fellow tributes!
With The Hunger Games feature film barely a week away from release, I know that if it doesn’t have Ms. Lawrence or Mr. Hutcherson slapped on the cover, it’s going to take a lot to grab your attention. Well, hold on to your mockingjays, because there is ANOTHER Hunger Games film in the works as we speak! I’m not talking Catching Fire; I’m talking about a feature-length fan film made by fans, for fans, with fans, which will cover unexplored events mentioned during Mockingjay, the third and final book of The Hunger Games trilogy. I’m talking about Star Squad!
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ MOCKINGJAY!!!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Enemy Within
by Jeremy Barlow, Illustrated by Brian Koschak
Clone Wars stories are always the most interesting when they focus on the clones, and The Enemy Within is no exception. In this graphic novel, we meet clone trooper 7719 or, as he hates to be called, Banks, as he undertakes his first real mission leading a squad of troops to disable a droid command center. What's the phrase? The best laid plans of clones and Jedi often go awry? Well, that is certainly true, as what should be a simple sabotage mission goes horribly wrong, and Banks finds himself in the fight of his life.
I’ve never really understood Facebook games. Everyone’s heard of Farmville and its ilk, all the big time casual games on Facebook that are built to appeal mostly to the middle-aged women demographic. These are video games designed for people who don’t like video games, in that they can only be defined as games in the loosest sense of the word. As an example, Farmville and all of its copycats are civilization sims stripped of most of their gameplay elements: you obtain structures and place them wherever is most aesthetically pleasing to you while you’re working towards unlocking the next thing you can get and place in your farm or town or whatever. The game spurs you on by presenting you with “quests” like “Build a henhouse!” or “Harvest 30 carrots!” and that’s essentially it. Don’t get me wrong, I see the initial appeal. I’ve played a few of these games on Facebook, and they’re great time wasters, but, eventually, I get bored and stop, because I realize that what I’ve been doing is uncomfortably close to cleaning and redecorating my room, only far less productive.
But, Marvel Avengers Alliance is different.
From the silent maternity hall in a long-abandoned hospital, the strange offspring of H.P. Lovecraft and Mike Mignola crawls to the surface. Monstermen, by Gary Gianni, revels in the weird and unexplained, while letting us laugh at the thing that goes bump in the night. Gianni, best known for his work on the current run of Prince Valiant, brings us a truly odd supernatural world.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Once upon a time, Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie were tabloid cover darlings, notoriously gracing the gossip pages. Nicole for her thinness and Jessica for...for...well, whatever in the hell she was on the covers for. Now, they are two of the "mentors" on NBC's 5-years-later answer to Project Runway.
Elle McPhereson is Heidi Kluhm, except you can understand her. Nicole Richie is Nina Garcia, except she's funny. John Varvatos is NOT Michael Kors. And, Jessica Simpson is, oh...sweet, simple Jessica Simpson. Competitors pitch their looks to retailers Macy's, H & M, and Saks Fifth Avenue; if they are made an offer, they are saved from elimination and their looks are available online the next day. A fun concept, dare I admit.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
For the first time ever, the Fanboy Comics crew will be taking WonderCon by storm in Anaheim, CA, from Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18, 2012! We will be bringing you the latest in geek news from TV, film, comics, video games, and more!
And, as a special treat, we invite one and all to stop by the Fanboy Comics booth to meet the FBC team! You can find us at Booth SP-012 in the Small Press area.
As I've written before in my Trade Paperback review, Reed Gunther is a masterfully crafted All Ages book by the Houghton brothers. Shane and Chris spin the delightful tale of Reed, a lovable cowboy who tries really hard but just isn't that awesome at what he does, Sterling, a cute and loyal bear who serves as Reed's trusty steed and best friend, and Starla, a tough-as-nails, no nonsense cattle rancher. Together, they have set out to help solve people's problems and be heroes.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW