Russ Pirozek, Fanbase Press Contributor

Russ Pirozek, Fanbase Press Contributor

It looks like the current volume of Think Tank: Creative Destruction is ending with this issue. That is a very sad thing, because this book has been awesome from the very beginning. But even with this shortened volume, it's has been a great series, full of hard facts, rebellious scientists, and awesome technology. It's also showing the not-so-slow destruction of David Loren, one of the most interesting lead characters I've ever seen in a comic book series. He has a genius-level intellect, and he's also a narcissistic jerk who usually tends to only think about what is good for him. Throughout this volume, David has shown some uncharacteristic compassion which has only made things more complicated.

It’s always sad to see a good book go. Unfortunately, this happens in the comics industry and has happened to the stellar Image series, The Violent. Though only five issues, this first (and possibly last) arc really struck a chord with me for being gritty, harsh, and a bit rough around the edges while still being incredibly enjoyable.

Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen have turned up the volume in the latest issue of Wic/Div. With the battle of the Gods reaching a fever pitch, things are beginning to get really bad for the poor, reincarnated figures of the Pantheon. With Laura taking the fight to Ananke to stop her plan, more and more of the Gods are falling, and falling prey to the malicious plots of the Pantheon leader.

It’s only been back for a few issues, but Sons of the Devil has returned once again, and the Brian Buccellatto/Toni Infante series brings another wrinkle into the life of our protagonist, Travis. In the last several issues, we’ve learned a lot about Travis, including his life growing up without a family. Of course, this all changed pretty recently, when Travis found out that he not only has a pretty large biological family, but one based in mystery, since his father is a well-known cult leader.

Sometimes, you take a flyer on a new book. It’s always a risk, because new series, especially ones that you’ve not only never heard of but one that has an unfamiliar creative team, are never certain to even be good, let alone good enough for a new reader to grasp on to. But, sometimes, that risk pays off. Every once in a while, a book comes out of nowhere and totally takes over your interests. This time, that book goes by the name Crytpocracy, and it’s something that totally took me by surprise.

There comes a point in a great series when there’s not much else to say about it, aside from how awesome it is. That’s the case here, as the fantastic Gail Simone / Jim Calafiore series continues on its psychotic path. With the deranged heroes now meeting up with the team sent in to stop them, it’s up to the Crimson Shadow and his sidekick, Mina, to put an end to it. Anyone reading this book knows that any good intentions don’t seem to go well, and that’s absolutely the case as not only does the mission for the planned rescue of Mister Valiant go a bit awry, but so does the exploratory mission of Ethan and Rainwater. The two of them, on a quest of their own, really end up with more than they bargained for, and it really takes the series to another level with its insanity.

Fight Club, the book and subsequent film, were staples of my youth and one of the cornerstones on which I based my current tastes in art. Both were masterpieces, one solely for its existence and overall awesomeness, and the other for taking something so strong and adding to its mythos is a unique and incredible way. I’ve loved the work of Chuck Palahniuk for years. I’ve read all of his books (most of them multiple times), seen the film adaptations, and marveled at his genius. My reverence for his work and my worship of the comics medium made the announcement of a sequel to Fight Club as a comic one of the greatest ideas I’ve ever heard. Now, having finished its run, the entire hardcover edition of Palahniuk’s first foray into comics exists for all to see.

The “Rising Action” arc of Wic/Div returns as Laura, reborn as the goddess Persephone, continues her war against the leader of the Pantheon, Ananke.  This war has raged through the entire group of gods, with many taking sides and others still not showing their true allegiances. 

Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal are at it again with another issue of the terrific series, Think Tank. Despite already being in some trouble, both with those inside DARPA and with his own moral code, David Loren is back to do what he does best: make it worse. His work has helped keep America safe, but it’s come with a price: his sanity. The implications of his actions have made him lash out a bit more than usual, and those around him have become his targets. 

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.

In this Fanbase Feature, Fanbase Press Contributor Russ Pirozek interviews comedian/actor Keedar Whittle (The Walking Dead) who is performing in his very first comedy special, Hear Me Out, on July 9th at the El Portal Theater in Hollywood, CA. Tickets are now available, and the event is sponsored by Cricket Wireless.

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