BW Ozy 4The 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. 

 

 

I should confess that I haven’t been reading much of the Before Watchmen series other than Ozymandias. This is not a principled stand; I just don’t have many local friends who would lend me comics. As a result, I can’t say whether the sweeping generalizations I’m about to make apply to the rest of the series, or just to Ozymandias.

I don’t know why they are making this comic.

BW SS 4The 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. 

 

 

Well, after some delays and scheduling weirdness, it’s finally here: the final chapter of Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre. Was it worth the wait?

 

sushi girl posterIn what may be the most intense and violent thriller to be released this year, Sushi Girl is a film that will leave its mark with moviegoers as the pinnacle of modern exploitation films.  Independently produced by Assembly Line in association with Level Up Productions, the film’s creators masterfully packaged an extremely talented cast and crew with a twisted and gut-wrenching script that will stand up next to any big studio production.  Supplemented by an already growing fanbase as confirmed by a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign to premiere the film at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Sushi Girl is a shining example of how good, old-fashioned creativity, hard work, and dedication can develop into a solid motion picture.

 

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David Krumholtz pairing10.) The Santa Clause / Batman and Robin

Child actor Eric Lloyd played the lovable Charlie Calvin in The Santa Clause and then went on to play young Bruce Wayne in the colorful and perhaps, awesomely bad, Batman and Robin. Think of it this way: Spending time at the North Pole followed by an evening with Mr. Freeze should put anyone in the spirit for snow and holiday décor. Or, you could always pop in Serenity after The Santa Clause and watch Bernard the Elf (David Krumholtz) as Mr. Universe.

Bigfoot SotEBigfoot: Sword of the Earthman is one of the more interesting comics I have read. It feels like Jack Kirby and Edgar Rice Burroughs had a love child, and that love child was awesome. The premise is normal enough. Bigfoot is a great fighter on Mars (think Conan the Barbarian) who battles to escape enslavement by the evil so-and-so who is ruling one section of the red planet. The civilization and creatures felt like old-school Jack Kirby to me (admittedly as the guy who has read like four Silver Age comics), and the sense of adventure and clearly deliberate ignoring of science in this science fiction story felt very Burroughs. The result is silly, odd, and fun.

 

Honey Boo booBluewater Productions has become known for publishing biographical comics featuring celebrities, presidential candidates, and even British royalty, but their latest comic release is, as publisher Darren G. Davis says, " . . . meant to be fun for people and not to educate society." That’s right! Reality television has finally invaded the sequential art medium with 15 Minutes: Honey Boo Boo, written and illustrated by Michael Troy and totally jacked up on comic book-flavored “Go Go Juice!”

Dumbing of AgeWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


Dumbing of Age is a lot like other webcomics I have read—it is centered around college life, there’s a “superhero” involved, there are a lot of relationship situations going on—but there is one defining difference that makes it a worthwhile read, and that is that it is an alternate reality comic of most of David Willis’ characters.  As a fan of his other webcomics—Roomies!, It’s Walky!, Joyce and Walky, Shorpacked—it is interesting, enjoyable, and sometimes a little frustrating to see his characters in a different setting; I’ve come to expect them to act a certain way, and they still do, to an extent, but there are several mannerisms and actions that are drastically different than their other portrayals.  Even so, it is still very fun to read and updates Monday-Friday at dumbingofage.com.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

The Grand Duke HC CoverThe pitch for The Grand Duke is a Romeo and Juliet story set during the Russian front in World War II. This idea may conjure up images of a secret romance happening between enemy lines, but that's not really what The Grand Duke delivers, instead offering a more realistic and gritty look at the aerial battles of World War II and the German/Russian conflict, while telling the story of an officer of each side who doesn't see eye-to-eye with the politics of their respective nation.

 

Transformers Rage of the Dinobots 1The Transformers franchise has survived and persisted through many things (the '80s . . . obvious rip-offs . . . Michael Bay . . . ), but as we’ve seen with the Star Wars franchise, when the original source material that spawned the various incarnations is so rooted in geeky awesomeness, flashes of brilliance are guaranteed to happen. And, the Dinobots are the very definition of “rooted in geeky awesomeness.” The combination of the “Tyrant Lizards” and the robots who are “more than meets the eye” was a geek “Eureka” moment on par with the creation of something as classically awesome and impactful as the lightsaber. Perhaps Nerdcore rapper MC Chris put it best when he declared in his trademark and dignified fashion that “Dinobots kick a--!” Luckily, this sentiment can also easily be applied to their latest incarnation, IDW’s new comic book series Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots.

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