Robert J. Baden

Robert J. Baden (197)

Sabrina OnlineWorld 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.

 

While the comic has been ongoing for several years—since 1996, in some fashion or another—it is very different from the seemingly normal (if there is such a thing) format of webcomics; the archives are rather bare by comparison to shorter comics.  The design and update schedule is such that there’s only a small handful of comics made each month, giving a very small number per year, whereas other webcomics produce some as many as one per day, seven days a week.  So, while the storyline and characters are captivating, don’t expect to be given immediate satisfaction within the year about certain subjects; this comic requires an investment in patience.  Sabrina Online updates every month with (at least) three comics at sabrina-online.com.

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Deadpool Marvel NOW 1The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


Crazy as only a Marvel character can be, Wade Wilson likes to shoot his mouth off, along with his guns, for no seemingly rational reason.  Sometimes considered a hero, other times considered for long stays within a maximum holding facility, this mercenary does whatever it takes to get the job done while making sure he gets his piece of the pie in the process.  Now, hired out by the premier security force in the world, Wilson is tracking down some of the most outrageous villains ever to be seen on a comic panel, but will he be able to take them out?  Of course he will: he’s Deadpool!

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Cable and X-Force 1The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


He helped to save the present by raising Hope in the future, against all odds and on the run from his former friends and colleagues.  Now, he’s back, ready to take on the world to help keep the new survival of mutantkind viable, but he can’t do it alone; seeking help from his friends and using the various skills that he’s been known for, Nathan Summers skirts the law to get what he feels he needs for his quest.  No longer considered an X-Man, no longer viewing himself as the father to Hope that she saw in him, he strikes hard and decisively with his team: they are Cable and X-Force.

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You Say It FirstWorld 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.

 

You Say It First is a direct continuation of a previous comic done by Terrance and Isabel Marks, Unlike Minerva, and the two headlining characters are the same in both but with a different type of relationship.  Originally aggravated by one another, Brisbane and Kimberly fall for one another mutually, but have a hard time expressing it (hence the name of the title).  The two end up working at the same company and eventually come to grips with their relationship, but they’re still not sure how they want to pursue it in the wake of all that has happened between the two of them in Unlike Minerva. It is rare to find a comic that directly follows a previous one (I can name only a handful of examples.), and while reading the archives of Unlike Minerva would certainly help to understand the full relationship between the characters and the world they live in, there is enough clues dropped in the current comic to make up for a lack of knowledge.  All in all, this is a romantic comedy/situational comedy webcomic, with some very unusual situations.  You Say It First just finished its run in January, marking it the first (and perhaps only) World of Webcomics subject to end while this was being written; you can catch up at yousayitfirst.com.


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Avengers Arena 1The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


Some of the world’s youngest and most irrational superheroes are gathered for a game that only the master villain Arcade can deliver. 16 individuals from such famous groups as the Avengers Academy, the Runaways, and the Braddock Academy are thrust into what appears to be paradise, only to discover that they have to survive to the end against their friends and compatriots. Alliances and rivalries are formed, sides are taken, and a guerrilla-style battle takes place as each member comes face-to-face with their own mortality in the center of the Avengers Arena.

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47 Ronin 3It seems as though there is a significant amount of time between issues of this series, so here’s the third installment of a great series.  I haven’t had any previous experience with this creative team, but I’ve been very well surprised by the way this has been going—I just wish it would get published more quickly.

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Red She-Hulk 58The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


The one-time and forever great love of Bruce Banner’s life, Betty Ross, has often been at odds with her sense of duty to what is right and her love for the man her father spent years chasing after. Even before her change, she struggled to be a force for good in the world in which everyone saw the Hulk as a force of destruction. Now, coming to terms with her own status, she tries to help change the world for the better to prevent a disastrous future. She is one of many, one of few; she is the Red She-Hulk.

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X-Men Legacy 1The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


The son of one of the most influential and iconic mutants in history, a force to be reckoned with on his good days—and a holy terror on his bad ones—David Haller comes to terms with the new world that has spawned around him following the actions of Cyclops.  Driven by his need to keep things in check, and feeling as though his way is better than the X-Men’s, Haller continues where his father left off, helping the children of tomorrow survive the coming destruction in as responsible a fashion as he can.  His progress is a pilgrimage, a quest to save his species much like his father attempted - the beginnings of the X-Men Legacy.

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BW Dr. M 4The 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. 

 

 

It's the end of the line for this particular miniseries, and for me reading it. Once more, I went in filled with a sense of hopeful excitement, wanting so much to like the story because of it being written by what I like to consider a great and prolific storyteller, but I was, once again, left with the feeling of sorrow and wastefulness. Add to that the fact that this series has been pushed back and delayed several times, it comes as no surprise that I am thankful that it is over. I still maintain my thoughts concerning the fact that I didn’t enjoy the original Watchmen series, but it was good to see some of the backstory of one of its characters—I just wish it had been done in a more interesting fashion.

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Avengers 1 Marvel NOWThe New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.



They have always been there for one another and the people of Earth, fighting the battles that no single hero can do alone, and while they have had several roster make-ups over the year, they have always kept up with their mission to defend the world and the innocent.  Now, the two main leaders of the group—Iron Man and Captain America—make a decision to restart the entire system of heroic doings, to remake the team into a more streamlined and effective fighting force for the bigger threats.  They are, always have been, and always will be the Avengers.

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