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  While they may have outdated views and storytelling techniques have changed, they can always be counted on to capture your imagination.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.

 

SW Purge 2I seriously hope that Star Wars: Purge - The Tyrant's Fist is just the first in many stories involving Vader and his eradication of the Jedi. Of course, given the Star Wars/Disney buyout and Marvel picking up the comics starting in 2015, the future of the galaxy far, far away at Dark Horse is still up in the air. But, until that happens, this is how I want my Star Wars comics. Both Ghost Prison and Purge are beautiful, shining examples of what a good Star Wars story can offer set during a time that most intrigues me in that universe: in between Episodes 3 and 4.

 

47 Ronin 2I’ve been waiting a while to see this issue, after the first being released a few months back, so I’ve wanted to keep up with the story and hoped that I would not be disappointed when it finally came out.  I wasn’t; in fact, I continue to enjoy how the story has unfolded, bringing the historical legend to life in a very colorful fashion.  I only hope that Dark Horse will release the issues a little faster than three months apart, even if it is a limited, 5-issue series.

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Human Comics 1The following is an interview with Gabe Smith, creator and writer of the indie graphic novel series Human Comics.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Smith about his vision for the sci-fi story and its lead female character, the challenges of being an indie comic book creator, and the ultimate goal for Human Comics.

This interview was conducted on December 25, 2012.

 

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