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Honor Harrington Rising ThunderWhile the book is yet another addition to the long-running series of military science fiction staring Honor Harrington and other principle characters of the same universe, it’s the first novel that was actually too long to be published in its original form.  Publishing company Baen made the decision that the book would be split into two installments, with A Rising Thunder being the first.  As such, while the book is long in its own right, it’s not as long as it could have been, and ends with a cliffhanger that seems a bit sloppy for my tastes.  It’s also not a book that I would recommend to someone first starting out in the series, but rather as a compliment to the rest of the series that have already been established in the “Honorverse.”




Marvel*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.

Both Marvel and DC have their main shared universe in which the majority of their characters reside, but they also have separate worlds in which other versions of their characters exist.  The most widely talked about alternative world is that of the Marvel Ultimate universe, in which characters have been introduced in a drastically different manner from their original incarnations.  But, what is it that really appeals about the Ultimate universe that makes people (such as myself and my co-conspirator, Kristine Chester) read it moreso than the main universe?  Well, it’s because there is a dramatic difference between the Ultimate line and the "normal" line; the Ultimate line doesn’t have decades upon decades of comics that have forced the direction of its storytelling.




Star Wars vs. Star Trek*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.

Throughout my life and time in geekdom, I’ve come upon several people who have wanted to divide geeks into two camps: those who enjoy Star Wars, and those who enjoy Star Trek.  And, even within those divisions, more divisions have occurred: which Trek series is the best, which Star Wars trilogy is better, which books are more enjoyable to read, etc.  It is as though people feel the need to belong to a certain subgroup in order to find acceptance—heck, even the term geek has come to mean a clique in the past few years.  Well, as someone who is both a Star Trek AND a Star Wars fan, I’m going to tell you just which one is better: they’re both awesome, and they both suck.



The New 52 posterA year ago I made the decision to try and completely immerse myself into the DCnU (The New 52) for a full year and see what stuck to me and what didn’t.  I already knew that there were certain titles that I was going to keep reading due to previous associations with them, but there were a couple of surprise titles that I didn’t think I’d like; however, there were also some titles that I didn’t want to keep reading unless I really had to (beyond my self-made promise, of course). Then, there was one title that just made me want to shove the issues into an incinerator and watch them burn as retribution for what it did to me.  These are my selections.



SW X-Wing Mercy KillIt’s been several years since there was a novel in the X-Wing series, the last taking place well before the introduction of the Yuuzhan Vong or peace with the Galactic Empire.  Now, more than 35 years after their last adventure (in an X-Wing novel, that is), the members of Wraith Squadron return to the pages of Aaron Allston in this brand new, and enjoyable, read.


Worlds Finest 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.




Ripped through dimensional space by an unusual Boom Tube, Helena and Kara, two superheroes and “sidekicks” to their respective family members, end up on a different Earth than their own.  Trying to cope with the vast differences and the thoughts of impending doom for themselves and their world, these two women spend years coming up with ways to better serve humanity and working on the off-chance to go home again.  Unknown to anyone else (yet) in the superhero community, they are the World’s Finest wonders.





Star Trek OnlineSo, you want to play one of those massive, multiplayer online roleplaying games, but you don’t have the funds to shell out on a monthly basis to get your Jedi skills trained or to raid the Horde? What do you do?  Look for those rare, yet still satisfying, free-to-play games such as DC Universe Online or Star Trek Online, where you can get all of the gameplay multiuser interaction—both the good and the bad—without having to become a case study for a psychology course.  But, even if it’s free-to-play, is it still worth your precious Geek time?  In this case, yes, it is. Star Trek Online is great for people who are casual RPGers, as well as the die-hard Trekkies who enjoy spotting the little cameos and references within the game.  So, give it a try—in fact, I’ve gone ahead and done it for you, so you can see what I think of it.


BW Dr. Manhattan 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. 



Let’s get one thing straight before I delve into my reviews of this series: I’m not a Watchmen fan.  I’ve tried reading the comics, and I’ve tried watching both versions of the film, but it just didn’t hold my interest.  That’s not to say that I don’t like Alan Moore’s work—I believe he has done some really phenomenal stuff in the past—it just wasn’t something that I caught onto.  But, I picked Dr. Manhattan mainly because I’m a fan of J. Michael Straczynski’s writing and was eager to see what he’d do in this prequel series to impress even a non-fan like me.  I have to say, I am intrigued by what I’ve read.


Earth 2 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.




Another Earth, where the origin of Heroes (or Wonders, as they are called) is quite different than our own.  A great evil has already been, and another is on the way.  Now, years later, the next generation of Wonders must stand against the coming darkness, on a place called Earth 2.





Ben 10 OmniverseOver the past several years, Ben Tennyson has been the hero that everyone needed, yet no one thought of.  He has saved the Earth—and the rest of the galaxy (and perhaps the universe, too)—from threats so huge that they sometimes induce cultist activities.  And, while he may have annoying tendencies toward self-imposed fame, he always tries to do the right thing, along with the help of his cousin, Gwen, and one-time-enemy, Kevin.  Now, as they move forward in their lives, he’s back to his old tricks—protecting the Earth, one alien at a time.


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