Robert J. Baden

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Girls with SlingshotsWorld 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.


Over the years I have randomly come across webcomics that I normally wouldn’t have found, and Girls with Slingshots is one of those random finds.  At first it took a little bit of time to get into the story, but I quickly discovered that I really enjoyed the characters and the situations that they end up in—even though some of them are a little farfetched for a “slice-of-life” comic such as this (but, then again, I’ve read Real Life, so that’s not hard to imagine).  Danielle Corsetto does an excellent job of putting together a very emotional and funny comic that really captures my attention, and I look forward to reading the adventures of Hazel and her close friends; this comic has easily become one of my all-time favorites (and there aren’t that many that have).  Girls with Slingshots updates every weekday at girlswithslingshots.com.

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BW Dr. M 3The 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. 

 

 

The story continues to unfold concerning the background of Jon Osterman, but my faith in the storytelling of J. Michael Straczynski has continued to fall beyond the faith that I’ve put into him over the years.  I was hoping that my inability to get into Rising Stars was a fluke, given how much I’ve enjoyed his other work and how big of a Babylon 5 fan I’ve been over the years, but this issue just confirms how little of his recent writing abilities I have liked.  There was a saving grace, however, in that we learn more about Osterman’s life, in a very interesting fashion—at least from a historical point of view (says the historian).  With only one more issue to go, will JMS be able to bring me back into the fold?  I kind of doubt it, but I have some hope.



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Declan and Chang Sweet FA Issue Number 1 coverBlatant violence doesn’t always grab my interest, and when it is involved, there has to be a hook that will keep me coming back for more. And, that’s what this comic did. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of it, and I didn’t think I was going to like it much, but the first issue ended with such a cliffhanger that I just had to find out what happened next. And then, at the end of the second issue, my interest was still piqued. I’m still not sure what to make of it overall, as gratuitous violence and profanity don’t always hold my interest, but I’m more than willing to find out, and I hope others are, too.

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LEGO LOTRThe LEGO games have remained pretty consistent with many of their features over the years, but there have been some very noticeable changes with each production, such as the inclusion of voice actors for LEGO Batman 2, but there are several differences in this latest addition to the LEGO game roster.  Likewise, the level of frustration has grown with the differences, and I believe that the game plays way more like a traditional RPG (if you can believe that) than should be possible.  But, regardless of the frustration and annoyance that completing this—and the other LEGO games—brings about, I still had way too much fun with all of the jokes thrown in.

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Amazing Spider-Man 692Sidekicks and partnerships are a staple of superhero comics, especially during the “Golden Age,” and several well-known characters have been a part of it—the best known probably being Batman and Robin; however, one superhero above all else has never had a sidekick—even though he’s had some partnerships—mainly because he first started out as a teenager, the traditional age one is when made a sidekick.  I am sure some thought he would have ended up the sidekick of someone else, not being the mentor of another, but that’s just what happened recently to Spider-Man . . . and it utterly failed.

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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.

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Husbands S2Aside from watching DBZ Abridged and Red vs. Blue—which are both enjoyable experiences—I haven’t seen many online series, but I must admit that this one is very unusual.  I’m not saying that it is a bad series, but it is very different than anything else I’ve watched, yet similar in many ways.  Despite being on the Internet and not broadcast on a major television network, it is very much like other situational comedies, with just a lesser broadcast time and audience.  For adventurous enjoyment, check the series out at www.husbandstheseries.com.

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Rapture BurgersI’m a webcomics junkie, and I’m always in the market for new artistic endeavors to take up what little free time I have, and so I was more than happy to take a look at this new series that I had never heard of before.  I can’t say that I fully understand what’s going on in the comic, but, then again, there are a lot of online comics that I don’t completely understand and yet still enjoy.  I’m not really sure what to expect concerning the future of the comic, but I know that I am going to be eagerly awaiting the release of “chapter two” so as to figure out just what Camille is going to do.  The entirety of Chapter One, as well as other information, can be found at the comic’s website, www.raptureburgers.com.

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Troops of DoomWorld 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.


Troops of Doom is different than a lot of other webcomics that I’ve read on the Internet—and believe me, I’ve read a lot over the years—in that it uses childhood action figures and vehicles to tell its story.  Okay, so it isn’t as though it is that different, but what really stands out for this comic is that it takes the established backgrounds of G.I. Joe and Star Wars characters and warps them, so they’re interactive with one another, and that is a very different style than I have ever seen before.  It is quite amusing, and absolutely silly in the extreme, but still has a bit of a limited draw compared to several others online.  The comic updates on a random schedule (but at least twice a week) at troopsofdoomcomic.com.

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Where is Jake Ellis 1Despite having a fondness for James Bond movies and shows like 24, I’ve never been able to get into espionage comics easily. And, as hard as I’ve tried, I can’t really pick up on Where is Jake Ellis? in a decent fashion.  I would suggest to those who wish to read the series to first read its previous companion, Who is Jake Ellis?, so that it can be understand in a better fashion. I know that I could have benefitted from it before I reviewed this issue and wish I had done so.


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