Dragon MoundThe following is an interview with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Richard A. Knaak, who is the author of Dragon Mound, the first installment of his Knight in Shadow trilogy.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon talks with Knaak about his plans for the science faction/fantasy trilogy, his previous work with World of Warcraft, and why the John Carter series inspired his own writing.

Dragon Mound is available for purchase online and can be found here!

 

 

The Man from Primrose LaneI am conflicted.  I want to tell you all about James Renner’s first fiction novel, The Man from Primrose Lane.  I want you to understand how this book is so gripping and filled with tension in one moment, yet entirely tender in another.  I want to convey the way in which the characters drag you into their lives so completely, that despite the utterly fantastic events described, I found myself investigating whether this was actually a story of fiction at all.  I want to share with you the torrential love and hate and heartbreak you will feel as the mystery opens up and swallows you whole.  I want to write my way out of the rabbit hole that is The Man from Primrose Lane and meet you on the surface with a map and a glow-stick for when you read it.  But, really, what fun would that be for you?  

Spider-Man and Peter ParkerThe 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

 


Characters are what make up a comic, be they superhero, villain, or just a supporting civilian that gives funny quips.  Without these people, such things as superhero teams or armies couldn’t function; they’d be empty, and, thus, useless.  Characters are the glue that make comics work, and how they’re portrayed and shown helps the readers empathize—or hate—them to the point where we see them as real people.  And, in a way, they are real people: other people created them, gave them a purpose, wrote how they interact with others, and how they show their feelings to others.

Throughout our experiences, we’ve seen several characters, both good and bad, and feel that we have picked the top four that make great characters.  These picks represent who we feel stand out the most in the comic world.

 

Mass Effect v3 tpbThere is one rule on Omega: “Don't f--- with Aria.” Omega's newest business partner, the human supremacy organization Cerberus, hasn't learned this lesson.  Tensions are running high aboard the station and violence is about to ensue when Cerberus' experiments beyond the Omega 4 Relay go horribly wrong, catching both sides in between.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

 

AvengersVsXMenSo, Marvel’s big summer event for 2012 starts here with Avengers Vs. X-Men #1. Marvel brings together their top 5 writers and some of their best artists to pit their two bestselling franchises against each other. There has been plenty of debate about Marvel having too many events and how we just finished Fear Itself four months ago and now we are already starting the next event, but Marvel assures that this is the right time for this event, and that they have been building to these events for years.



SPOILERS BELOW

John Fasano John Fasano talks with Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon about his work as writer on Tombstone and Alien 3, his art work, and his love of Godzilla at WonderCon 2012!

 



 

 

 

Fanboy Comics will continue to post all of its interviews from WonderCon 2012 throughout the week.  Click here for the latest interviews.

 

 

 

Angel and Faith 8Well, Scoobies, the Comic Book Slayer is back with another Angel & Faith review for your comic book sniffing pleasure! The third part of Christos Gage’s ‘Daddy Issues’ is another near perfect issue, with artist Rebekah Isaacs at the top of her game, as well!

SPOILERS BELOW

 

Batman animatedI recently acquired all four boxed sets of Batman: The Animated Series at a yard sale for $20. (It’s ok to be jealous.) Needless to say, I have since been watching the crap out of those DVDs. I’m sure most of you remember the show, but if you’re like me, you haven’t seen it since you were a kid. Well, I’m here to tell you that the show is just as good as you remember; nay, better. In fact, I come to you today with a bold proclamation: that the animated series version of Batman is the best version of Batman there is, and if you disagree, you are wrong.


I should probably mention up front that I don’t fully understand how arguments work.


Disclaimer: I will be comparing animated Batman to the more current and popular interpretations of Batman, since I shouldn’t have to explain why Adam West’s Batman or the Batman from Batman and Robin aren’t as cool. You should have no problem accepting that.

 

human torchIt seems as though with the title of superhero (or even supervillain) comes invulnerability the likes of which an Olympian would be jealous of.  Heroes face great odds on a normal basis, and statistically speaking, there’s going to end up a time when their skill—or luck—won’t be enough to keep them from paying the ultimate price.  In fact, this has happened so often that it’s created a trend that is nearly laughable, even to a point where it is poked fun of (within the confines of the storyline) by very minor and throwaway characters.  I am, of course, speaking of heroes and villains dying due to a battle gone wrong...and then coming back to life in extraordinary ways.

SPOILERS BELOW

 

Detecting DeviantsIn this WonderCon panel, the forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., joined forces with Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., one of the senior (retired) members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, to explain the pathology found in the dark world of Gotham City's serial killers. These panelists compared and contrasted some of the deadliest real-life killers with some of Gotham’s most notorious.

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