Ahh, movies! Is there any greater escape than sitting in a dark room and letting the sweeping imagery, amazing scores, and mind-blowing special effects of a film transport you to a new world, scare your socks off, or take you back in time? As the holiday season approaches, we look at some rereleases of old classics, some new favorites, and two epic collections that are sure to please the cinephile in your life. ~Jason Enright
After two viewings, I'm still not really sure how I feel about this episode, but it's definitely leaning more towards the negative. So, for now, let's focus on the positives of "A Test of Strength," of which there is a major one.
David Tennant. David Tennant. David Tennant!
Eisner Award winner Jud Meyers talks with Fanboy Comics' Jason Enright about his new comic boutique, Blastoff Comics, what he's doing differently as a retailer, and why he is excited about bringing a specialty shop to the NoHo Arts District!
UPDATE: Contest Winner Announced, Below!!!
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Friend of FBC and acclaimed, Pittsburgh-based author Howard Shapiro is releasing his rock n’ roll, coming-of-age graphic novel, The Stereotypical Freaks, this week (check out my review), and to help celebrate this exciting event, Howard has been very generous to provide us with an awesome prize pack to give away to one lucky FBC fan! The prize pack with include a copy of The Stereotypical Freaks graphic novel (featuring the beautiful art of Joe Pekar), a The Stereotypical Freaks guitar-shaped bookmark, and a snazzy The Stereotypical Freaks t-shirt!
As we’ve discussed many times here at Fanboy Comics, it’s not often these days that you find books in the local comic book shop are are both entertaining and appropriate for younger audiences. Most of the well written comic books in the shops feature violence, sexuality, and colorful language that’s sure to earn a raised eyebrow from Mom. Most well written comic books also aren’t focused around a “battle of the bands” either. Well, writer Howard Shapiro and artist Joe Pekar play to the beat of their own drum, defying these comic book stereotypes with their newly released graphic novel, The Stereotypical Freaks, a rockin’ coming-of-age story that tackles teenage friendship, relationships with parents, high school stereotypes, and the kind of real world loss that ushers one into adulthood.
When I first started reading Adventure Time Presents: Marceline and the Scream Queens, I was excited because Adventure Time is so good at the hilariously weird (or is that the weirdly hilarious), and I was looking forward to that goofy fun. What I have grown to love about this particular comic is that it is not just an excuse to be bizarre; it is also a deeply personal story about two friends in a stressful time in their lives.
The new IDW Star Trek series has been an ambitious (and canon!) set of stories set in J.J. Abrams' reimagined world of Star Trek. Taking place between the 2009 film and the upcoming sequel, this series revisits classic original series (TOS) stories and tells them in a new way. While some story arcs in this series have largely been plucked from TOS with some minor revisions or twists part way through, Volume 3's stories “The Return of the Archons” and “The Truth About Tribbles” are more of nods to these classic tales, using the same elements to recapture the feeling of those episodes but heading in a completely different direction within a few pages.
Borderlands: Origins is a four-part miniseries which goes back to the time before the first game and tells the stories of Roland, Lilith, Mordecai, and Brick and how they wound up together on a bus as Vault Hunters at the start of the original Borderlands.
Grim Leaper is a romance story that's a little f---ed up. Lou Collins keeps dying, but a curse brings him back to life in a new body each time, only for him to die yet again. In between his deaths, Lou tries to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, like junk food and beer, but that all changes when he meets and falls in love with Ella, who is just as cursed as him.
In the far flung future, the Quantinuum, a computer of incalculable processing power, binds the universe together. Science has advanced to the point that many individuals possess powers, either through genetic means or as the product of technology. A group of these superpowered individuals guard the Quantinuum and preserve peace in the universe. They are the Hypernaturals.