This is a rough time to be a nerd. The DCU is rebooting, the big summer blockbusters are starting to come out on VHS and other home video formats, and videogamageddon is upon us. For some reason (ed: holiday sales), most of the big video game releases happen in the last three months of the year. In protest, I will be playing Mass Effect 2, which was released in January of 2010, and this has nothing to do with the fact that I cannot afford to buy all the new hotness. I promise.

UPDATE: CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED, BELOW!!!

 

Fanboy Comics is excited to announce the premiere of its new podcast, The Scoobies and the Newbie.  

Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanatics (and FBC Staffers) Bryant Dillon and Barbra Dillon (the Scoobies) will introduce Buffy-virgin Sam Rhodes (the Newbie) to Joss Whedon’s tale of vampire-slaying, demons, magic, and a universe composed entirely of shrimp. Each episode of the podcast will chronicle Rhodes’ journey into the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.  Despite being a huge Joss Whedon fan, somehow, Rhodes has avoided the series... until now.  A new episode will be recorded at the conclusion of each season viewed with an assortment of special guests to share their own Buffy thoughts and memories.

Fanboy Comics is excited to present its readers with artist Michael Troy's very first FBC commentary!  Enjoy!

 

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

For those of you savvy enough to recognize the question that leads this commentary, I gleefully pinch your butt cheeks in enthusiastic approval and freely admit to having ripped off Heidi Klum, ripping off Michael Kors on the "judgeway" of Project Runway. When a contestant has fashioned an outfit so heinous and obviously unwearable, this is usually a good go-to question to point out how utterly terrible an outfit is and beautifully humiliate the contestant at the same time. Being partially German and an avid proponent of a little schadenfreude, I wholly approve and laugh a little condescending, proud of myself snicker each time this gem is proclaimed.

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

DC’s new Detective Comics #1, written and penciled by Tony Salvador Daniel and inked by Ryan Winn, is amazing, and I say that with no reservations. This issue is a comic that grabs you from the first page, sinks its claws into you, and never lets go. Daniel has not just created a fantastic, epic, and moody Batman tale, but also a perfect example of what the DC reboot standard should be!

SPOILERS BELOW

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.


DC rebooted their titles to entice new fans who may have been previously unfamiliar with their comic books, right?  

I read my first DCnU comic book, Swamp Thing #1, written by Scott Snyder and art by Yanick Paquette, with no knowledge of the Swamp Thing character or its previous story lines.  After reading the comic, I can confidently say that I still have no knowledge of who Swamp Thing is nor how it came to be.

 

SPOILERS AHEAD

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

So, in celebration of DC’s relaunch, I thought I would read something I was interested in, but had never read, so I picked up Green Arrow #1.

The End. A Web Series.

The robots have taken over and there are only a few survivors left.
(The End. is a post-apocalyptic buddy comedy.)


Catch a new episode on the Fanboy Comics website every Friday!

 

Starring: Bryan Mayer and Justinh Avery

Directed by Peter Harmon

Written by Bryan Mayer

Director of Photography: Rick Bickerstaff

Edited by Jason Marsh

Sound Design and Sound Editing by Ian Becker

Produced by Bryan Mayer

Co-Produced by Justinh Avery, Peter Harmon, Ian Becker, Rick Bickerstaff, and Jason Marsh

 

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

This week brought us Action Comics #1 written by Grant Morrison and penciled by Rags Morales. This is the first time in DC’s history that Action Comics has ever been renumbered, and I consider myself the perfect target audience for this book: a comic book reader with only the most basic exposure to Superman comics who has always felt that the character was too hokey, too bland, and too powerful to be interesting. While Morrision’s first issue of Action Comics didn’t solve all my problems with the character, it is a book that reeks of potential down the road.

SPOILERS BELOW

Batgirl #1 Review

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

Okay, okay, so you want to bring Barbara Gordon back to the action?  Make her Batgirl once again?  But, wait - what about Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain, Helena Bertinelli (albeit briefly and before sacked by Batman), or Betty Kane?  (Ah ha! You forgot about Betty Kane, didn’t you? Well, Wikipedia didn’t!)  I mean, isn’t Barbara Gordon Oracle?  Who’s going to be Oracle now?  Okay, DC, I’ll shut up and read the comic.

Win Win played at the Sundance film festival as a FoxSearchlight non-competition premiere. Paul Giamatti stars in this dramedy as family man Mike Flaherty. Flaherty runs a failing elder law practice, has two young girls, a loving, practical wife (Amy Ryan, The Office, Gone Baby Gone), and he coaches the unimpressive local high school wrestling team. His doctor recently told him to exercise as a form of stress relief, but, with money troubles piling up, and the future for himself and his family hanging in the balance, his worries increase. After enduring a panic attack while jogging with friend Terry Delfino (Bobby Cannavale, Will & Grace, The Other Guys), Flaherty knows something’s gotta give; so, when an opportunity presents itself for Flaherty to cheat the legal system in order to benefit himself, he jumps at the chance. Writer and director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent) wrote this heartwarming film that proves that some filmmakers still put their story and its characters above all else.

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