Russ Pirozek, Fanbase Press Contributor

Russ Pirozek, Fanbase Press Contributor

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.

Everybody loves Cyclops, right? Yeah, probably not. He’s had a long history in comics as the X-Men’s field leader, loyal friend, and in recent years, militant mutant menace. His path has been one of the more interesting ones in comics, especially as of late.  Generally described as the bland, one-dimensional Boy Scout of the X-Men, Cyclops has been mostly defined by a few major events, each of which has caused major division between fans of the franchise: his ongoing feud with the very popular Wolverine; his incredibly complicated love affair with fellow mutant Jean Grey; and (spoilers for the 2012 comics event Avengers vs. X-Men) his murder of father figure Charles Xavier. The Wolverine/Jean/Cyclops love triangle is one of the few things that really carried over into the original X-Men film franchise, relegating Summers from the linchpin of the X-Men to someone who couldn't compete with Hugh Jackman.

Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal are back with another installment of Think Tank: Creative Destruction. With David Loren still working for DARPA and toeing the moral grey area between being a brilliant scientist and also a brilliant scientist who kills people (which is what he does), things get more and more complex as Loren gets put in charge of some majorly shady projects. When one sets off a chain of events that puts David’s entire purpose into question, David, his best friend Manish, and his girlfriend Mirra are going to have quite the time getting out of the political mess they’ve found themselves in.

The most recent issue of the Ed Brisson/Adam Gorham/Michael Garland series, The Violent, has arrived, and with it comes some bad news: This is nearly the conclusion of the series. In the backmatter of this issue, Brisson discussed the end of the series and its possible resurgence with crowdfunding, something that makes me both hopeful and very sad, as this is a series I have really enjoyed.

The second issue of the new Wic/Div arc is here, and so far, the arc’s title of “Rising Action” is more than living up to its name. There’s a frantic pace to this issue, and to the series as a whole, as the re-emergence of a thought-dead god makes their way back into the picture and causes a fissure between these beloved deities.

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