Jason Enright, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Jason Enright, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

 

Favorite Superhero: Cyclops
Favorite Animal: Anklyosaurus
Favorite Game: Pathfinder RPG

Debris 1Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Debris #1
by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo

Image gives us another great new series with Debris. In this series, Wiebe and Rossmo tell the tale of Maya, a young warrior protecting the last remnants of humanity on a world covered with trash where spirits animate the debris into giant monsters. This book has a simple but effective art style that allows Rossmo to deliver strong emotion on one page and intense action on the next. Wiebe does a nice job balancing the action with the exposition needed to set up his new world. Even cooler, his awesome female action hero really lets loose and kicks some serious butt, which is always nice to see. If you like a good mix of sci-fi and fantasy with a fully clothed female protagonist (gasp!), then check out Debris!

 

Dragon AgeThe Dragon Age video games have become known for their intricate plot lines and intriguing characters, and the new graphic novel from Dark Horse brings the best aspects of the video game to the printed page. Gaider and Freed weave an interesting tale that spins out of the previous video games without relying on them too much.

Transformers PrimeAt San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright talks with Mairghread Scott (Transformers Prime) and Mike Johnson (Supergirl and IDW's Star Trek) about their big SDCC announcement regarding a new IDW miniseries called Transformers: Rage of the Dinobots that will bring the Dinobots into the Transformers Prime continuity.  They highlight the push towards one unified Transformers continuity, and we get the exclusive scoop from two of the creators!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Read ListSo, I just survived another San Diego Comic-Con. It was an amazing weekend of meeting new friends, making business contacts, and buying books . . . buying lots of books. You see, I have a bit of a problem. I buy way more books than I can read, and when a new convention rolls around, I do it all over again. I decided at this year's show that I needed to remedy this somehow.

 My wife reminded me of one of our favorite books, The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby, a collection of articles where Hornby tries to tackle his own book obsession. So, I decided to steal his idea and apply it to my graphic novel obsession. Over the next year, I will regularly blog about my graphic novel reading habits. I will start each blog with a list of which books are on my 'To Read' list, which books I've bought, and which books I read. I will then blog about why I bought what I did, why I read what I did, and what I thought about what I read.


This is mostly a therapeutic way to deal with my obsession but may also be an interesting experiment in blogging and graphic novel reviews. Stick around and see what the wonderful world of comics holds for me. Without further ado, the 'To Read' List:

capt-marvel-jamie-mckelvieFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 



Captain Marvel #1
by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy

Captain Marvel is back! Kelly Sue DeConnick has brought Carol Danvers, one of my all-time favorite Avengers, back to her own series, and she is not living in anyone’s shadow anymore. This is an awesome comic. It’s packed with, action, emotion, humor, and amazing art. Wow! I don’t know where Stephen Wacker and C.B. Cebulski found Dexter Soy, but his art is really cool. He pencils, inks, and colors the whole book. I especially love the layout of this book; no two pages use the same layout, and he uses the panels in unique ways to convey the sense of movement in the book’s action scenes.  Everyone should buy this book on Wednesday. It is truly a work of art. If that’s not enough to convince you to buy the book, then check out this interview I did with Kelly Sue a while back about this book, which can be found here

BW Minutemen 2The 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. 


Darwyn Cooke continues to tell the backstory of the Minutemen in Issue 2. Hands down, this is the best of the Before Watchmen books so far. Now that all of the pieces are in place, Cooke picks up the pace and sets his team in motion. He manages to pack a lot of story in this book. Showing us the team’s formation, their first mission, a team meeting, and some of the dark secrets the team is keeping. Man, are those secrets ever dark.

Avenging Spider-Man 9Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Avenging Spider-Man #9
by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Edgar Delgado

The new and improved Captain Marvel flies onto the scene this week with a guest spot in Avenging Spider-Man, and if this issue is any indication, then next week’s premiere issue of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new series is going to be one awesome, wild ride. This story continues the flirtatious friendship between Spidey and Carol Danvers that has been hinted at in previous stories and is packed with humor, action, and superheroics. Kelly Sue does a great job establishing Carol as a very unique hero. She’s fun, brash, and tough as nails. The Dodsons really deliver on the art and capture the fun side of being a superhero. Pick this book up and pick up Captain Marvel #1 next week.

Danger Club 3Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Danger Club #3
by Landry Q. Walker, Eric Jones, and Michael Drake


Danger Club is this awesome book about a group of sidekicks who must find a way to protect their world after all the heroes have died trying to stop an incoming threat from outer space. The book is dark, violent, and really smart. Every issue opens with a page from an old school Danger Club from when the team were kids, and in every issue that little page gives you some clue to what the kids are up to in that issue. Walker is building a great story, and even though he has to juggle a lot of characters, he always manages to find time to flesh them out and include some real emotion in the book. The art from Jones and Drake is spectacular. They play off the colorful innocence of the sidekicks' costumes and then sneak up on you with the dark, violent reality the kids are facing. Image has been putting out some awesome books lately, and Danger Club should be right on the top of your comic pile this week.

 

Idolized 0Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Idolized #0
by David Schwartz, Micah Gunnell, and David Curiel

David Schwartz has crafted an awesome story about a young female superhero in Idolized. At first glance the story of an American Idol-style competition to find the world’s next superhero may seem a bit silly, but Schwartz has chosen to make this story personal. His main character is on a personal mission of revenge and is a flawed, very human hero. She may just be her worst enemy. Adding to the great story is the amazing art delivered by Micah Gunnell. His art is incredibly detailed and even in the shots that are filled with multiple superheroes, he gives them each unique designs and interesting quirks. In our current comics world, with its severe lack of female lead superhero characters, it’s great to see such an awesome new character come on the scene. My only complaint is that the 0 issue left me wanting more, and Issue 1 isn’t due out 'till August.  I want to read more now!

Astonishing X-Men 51Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Astonishing X-Men #51
by Marjorie Liu, Mike Perkins, and Andy Troy

There’s going to be some talk about this issue being a publicity stunt and a marketing ploy, but forget all that; this is just a really good X-Men comic. Marjorie Liu has been slowly building to this issue since she took the series over, and the payoff is wonderful. There’s some action in the beginning, but most of this issue deals with the drama that goes hand in hand with a wedding day. The love and care with which Liu handles these characters makes this the issue to buy this week. There are wonderful moments when we see the very human side of these superheroes. Liu even addresses the gay marriage issue with different characters weighing in, and she handles it very gracefully, without being preachy or impeding her story at all. Buy this issue, but not for the spectacle; buy it because it’s good art and it’s worth your money.

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