Jason Enright

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Favorite Superhero: Cyclops
Favorite Animal: Anklyosaurus
Favorite Game: Pathfinder RPG

Danger Club 3Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Danger Club #3
by Landry Q. Walker, Eric Jones, and Michael Drake


Danger Club is this awesome book about a group of sidekicks who must find a way to protect their world after all the heroes have died trying to stop an incoming threat from outer space. The book is dark, violent, and really smart. Every issue opens with a page from an old school Danger Club from when the team were kids, and in every issue that little page gives you some clue to what the kids are up to in that issue. Walker is building a great story, and even though he has to juggle a lot of characters, he always manages to find time to flesh them out and include some real emotion in the book. The art from Jones and Drake is spectacular. They play off the colorful innocence of the sidekicks' costumes and then sneak up on you with the dark, violent reality the kids are facing. Image has been putting out some awesome books lately, and Danger Club should be right on the top of your comic pile this week.

 

Idolized 0Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Idolized #0
by David Schwartz, Micah Gunnell, and David Curiel

David Schwartz has crafted an awesome story about a young female superhero in Idolized. At first glance the story of an American Idol-style competition to find the world’s next superhero may seem a bit silly, but Schwartz has chosen to make this story personal. His main character is on a personal mission of revenge and is a flawed, very human hero. She may just be her worst enemy. Adding to the great story is the amazing art delivered by Micah Gunnell. His art is incredibly detailed and even in the shots that are filled with multiple superheroes, he gives them each unique designs and interesting quirks. In our current comics world, with its severe lack of female lead superhero characters, it’s great to see such an awesome new character come on the scene. My only complaint is that the 0 issue left me wanting more, and Issue 1 isn’t due out 'till August.  I want to read more now!

Astonishing X-Men 51Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Astonishing X-Men #51
by Marjorie Liu, Mike Perkins, and Andy Troy

There’s going to be some talk about this issue being a publicity stunt and a marketing ploy, but forget all that; this is just a really good X-Men comic. Marjorie Liu has been slowly building to this issue since she took the series over, and the payoff is wonderful. There’s some action in the beginning, but most of this issue deals with the drama that goes hand in hand with a wedding day. The love and care with which Liu handles these characters makes this the issue to buy this week. There are wonderful moments when we see the very human side of these superheroes. Liu even addresses the gay marriage issue with different characters weighing in, and she handles it very gracefully, without being preachy or impeding her story at all. Buy this issue, but not for the spectacle; buy it because it’s good art and it’s worth your money.

 

Reed Gunther 10Epic! Shane and Chris Houghton have earned many adjectives for their comic series, Reed Gunther - awesome, hilarious, heartfelt - but now they can add epic to their list. This issue, the last in their current story arc, pits their lovable heroes against seemingly insurmountable odds, and with quick-thinking, love, and friendship, they band together to face the unstoppable.

Demon Knights 10Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Demon Knights
by Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves, Julio Ferreira, and Oclair Albert

DC has quite a few really good books out this week. Batman and Green Lantern continue to tell great stories and sell tons of copies. Then, there’s Paul Cornell’s funky, little book about dragons, magic, and, of course, Demon Knights. This book is just pure fun. It has a wonderful cast of characters that are funny, devious, and heartwarming all at once. The action is epic, the art is incredible, and the unraveling mystery is deeply intriguing. Cornell has captured all the fun of playing a game like Dungeons & Dragons and managed to fit it into a nice, little corner of the DC Universe. We all know you pick those big titles I talked about before, but make sure you save 3 bucks to give Demon Knights a try.

 

DC-ComicsDear DC Comics:



I just wanted to let you know I am very disappointed. Last year, around this time, you announced your New 52 initiative. There was worry, speculation, anger, but mostly you got what you wanted: everyone was talking about DC Comics. Then, we started to get images, announcements of creative teams, and first covers, and an ice cold ball of dread started to form in the pit of my stomach. You see there was something sorely lacking. Something that had been lacking in comics for years, that I had hoped you would finally address.

BW Minutemen 1The 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. 

There is going to be plenty of talk about Before Watchmen over the next couple weeks: talk about creators' rights, talk about altering a classic, and talk about the purpose of prequels. It is my goal to not talk about any of that, but to answer the question: Is this book any good?

Animal Man 10Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Animal Man #10
by Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh

Animal Man continues to be one of the best books that DC Comics puts out. Lemire is slowly weaving an intricate story full of great characters and steeped in a mythology that combines the classic ideas that Morrison introduced to Animal Man years ago, with new ones created by Lemire. The most interesting part of this book is that it’s not really a superhero book; it’s not even really a horror book. Even though it shares elements of both genres, it’s really a fantasy book about a family and the terrible danger they’ve been placed in. This book is unlike anything else on the shelves and is full of surprises, whether they are a new twist, a strange creature, or a moment of humor and warmth. Give this book a try; you’ll be glad you did.

 

DND Next Dungeons & Dragons has come a very long way from the game that Gary Gygax played in the basement with his friends and family. In the past 30 years, it has gone through many incarnations, and, right now, it is about to evolve again. Wizards of the Coast is currently playtesting the 5th edition of D&D in a massive playtest with gaming groups all over the world. They are calling this fan feedback playtest experience D&D Next. As an avid RPGer and a game store manager, I just had to get in on this.

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

 

 

Batman Annual #1
by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Jason Fabok

So, Scott Snyder’s Batman is one of the best new 52 books, but it’s tough because there are 9 issues to get caught up on, and they are always selling out. How is someone supposed to read this awesome book without knowing all of the continuity? If only DC would write a single-issue, stand-alone story, so that everyone, new readers and old, could enjoy the sweet delight of Scott Snyder’s Batman. Oh wait, what’s this? A Batman Annual? A single-issue, stand-alone story by Scott Snyder! Holy well-timed coincidences, Batman!  Yes, that’s right, folks. This Wednesday, run - don’t walk - to your comics shop, and pick up the Batman Annual for 38 pages of Batmania. Even better, this is a Mr. Freeze story, and this is one of the best Mr. Freeze stories since Paul Dini’s "Heart of Ice" in Batman: The Animated Series. This Freeze is cold, cruel, and super crazy.

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