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FairestFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.


Fairest #1
by Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez, and Andy Lanning

Fairest, Willingham’s newest spinoff to Fables, is a fun, lighthearted read with lots of action and quick pace. The only issue here is that this is supposed to be the story of the women of Fables, and they don’t really show up much in this book. That, however, doesn’t make it a bad book. Willingham does a good job introducing his characters, and fitting them nicely into the overall Fables story without relying on previous knowledge of Fables. If you’ve read Fables, you’ll like this book, too. If you haven’t you will not be confused. Jimenez and his team do a great job with the art, and even his most fantastic character, a little imp, looks like a natural part of the world they are creating. Here’s hoping that in future issues, we get more of the Fairest that they promised us. 



Avengers 23Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.


Avengers #23
by Brian Michael Bendis and Daniel Acuna

If you read one Marvel book each month, it should be Avengers. This is Marvel’s flagship title with all their main characters. In this issue they are in deep trouble. As Bendis’ story continues, we find the Avengers being held captive by Norman Osborn and his Hammer terrorists, or are they the good guys? That’s the most amazing aspect of this story. Norman Osborn is simply asking the question, who gave the Avengers the right to be the world’s police force? Finally, a villain actually makes sense. Of course, he’s crazy and trying to kill the heroes, but you can almost see where he’s coming from. Beyond all of the great things Bendis has done with the story, the best part of this book is Daniel Acuna’s art. He always gives the character’s great expressions, and his layouts are very carefully considered with small panels for small moments, and big splashes with a great sense of movement and action. This is going to be a big year for the Avengers, and this book is what you should be reading each month.

 

Image expoEach year the convention season gets longer and longer. Comic Cons are a big deal now; companies can promote new projects and fans just eat up the chance to meet their favorite creators. The last few years, however, a weariness has taken over the larger cons. SDCC has become massive, and, amidst all the excitement, it can be hard to focus on comics these days. These big conventions are filled with so many people and have so much going on that everyone is exhausted, stressed out, and you can rarely get in to see the panels or the people you want. 



Flash I6Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

Flash #6
by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

The second arc of the Flash starts here as Buccellato and Manapul reintroduce Captain Cold, one of Flash’s oldest enemies who gets a new 52 update…and he’s deadlier than ever. I have to admit, I never used to be a Flash fan. I figured he was a dude who ran fast, and his bad guys always seemed dorky. Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul have proven me wrong with every issue of this book, and, nowadays, Flash is one of the books I’m most excited to read each week. The Flash possesses an amazing super power: he can tap into the speed force and run faster, punch faster, and even think faster, but the writers have introduced a very interesting limitation for the Flash. The use of his powers could possibly be ripping time and space apart at the seams. Before Flash can even figure out what to do about this problem, his old nemesis Captain Cold returns with a vengeance. The most interesting thing about this series is that both creators serve as artists and writers in this book. No other creative team has ever had such amazing synergy between the art and the story. Every image in Flash is full of vibrant color and a sense of movement, and the layouts are beautiful and always unique. If you missed the first five issues, this is a great jumping on point, so go pick it up because obviously it’s going to go very fast.

Daredevil 9 CoverFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.


Daredevil Issue 9
by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera

Daredevil continues to be the best book that Marvel puts out each month. Waid continues to knock it out of the park with this issue, as Matt Murdock investigates the theft of his father’s casket. The inker Joe Rivera and colorist Javier Rodriguez really get to shine as they take Daredevil on a trip underground with beautiful dark panels where the red of his costume is the brightest color in the frame. The coolest part of this series is how the art team lets you “see” the world as Daredevil does with his radar sense. They even turn this around in this issue as Daredevil’s senses get clouded, and the reader starts to see things that Daredevil himself is now blind to. Throughout the story, Waid continues to build momentum toward the upcoming crossover with Punisher and Spider-man, but he never sacrifices the core story of the issue. This is a great time to pick up this award-winning series, and, as an added bonus, the graphic novel of the first arc has just been released, if you want to get caught up.

Secret Avengers 22Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

Secret Avengers #22
By Rick Remender, Gabriel Hardman, and Bettie Breitweiser



The Top Secret team of Avengers is back in action with a new lineup and a new leader. Hawkeye Clint Barton takes over as leader of the team as they go to investigate a new super-powered threat that’s popped up in the Middle East. Remender has a lot of exposition to get through, but he handles it nicely with a fun scene depicting the newest teammate, Captain Britain, being introduced to the team and immediately getting into an argument with Hawkeye. The big question, for everyone on the team, seems to be can Hawkeye really fill Captain America’s shoes. Hardman really brings his A game to the art with amazingly detailed line work and great layouts. His work really shines once the action starts. There is never a wasted frame as he keeps the Avengers in constant motion against their foes.  Secret Avengers is a strong addition to the already impressive Avengers line, and Remender and Hardman have distinguished their book with a unique look and an intriguing premise.


 

WomanthologyWomanthology is many things: an inspiration, a call-to-arms, a beautiful work of art. Womanthology will be a book talked about for years to come, and if the world is a just place, it will be a book that will change the comics industry forever. But, above and beyond everything that Womanthology could become for women in the comic industry, there is one thing very important to know about Womanthology: it is just really damn good. 



 

Swamp Thing 6Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.



Swamp Thing #6
By Scott Snyder and Marco Rudy


The epic return of Alec Holland to the DC universe continues. Last issue, we saw Alec call on the Swamp Thing and unleash its power. This week the Rot responds, and neither Alec nor Abigail will ever be the same again. This is a great slow burn series, and even though some people are disappointed that Swamp Thing rarely makes his presence known in his own book, it will just make it all the sweeter when he finally shows up to destroy the Rot. The only gripe with this issue is that the beautiful artwork of the regular series' artist, Yanick Paquette, has been replaced by reasonable substitute Marco Rudy. No offense to Marco’s art, which is strong in this issue, but Yanick has really made this book his own.

ReedGuntherFanboy Comics' newest contributor, Jason Enright (@jasonenright), shares his thoughts on the new Reed Gunther trade paperback!

All Ages books are hard to come by these days. It's even harder to find a book that kids will love, but that adults will find equally entertaining. Luckily, Reed Gunther and his trusty bear Sterling are here to save the day. Shane and Chris Houghton spin the tale of a loudmouthed cowboy, his loyal and much smarter mount Sterling the bear, and Starla, a machete-wielding cattle rancher with anger management issues. Reed thinks of himself as a problem solver, but he may really be more of a problem maker. But, Reed is the kind of guy who doesn't give up, no matter what, and normally Sterling and Starla can get him out of a bind. 



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