Jason Enright, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Jason Enright, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

 

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

 

Reed Gunther 10Epic! Shane and Chris Houghton have earned many adjectives for their comic series, Reed Gunther - awesome, hilarious, heartfelt - but now they can add epic to their list. This issue, the last in their current story arc, pits their lovable heroes against seemingly insurmountable odds, and with quick-thinking, love, and friendship, they band together to face the unstoppable.

Demon Knights 10Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Demon Knights
by Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves, Julio Ferreira, and Oclair Albert

DC has quite a few really good books out this week. Batman and Green Lantern continue to tell great stories and sell tons of copies. Then, there’s Paul Cornell’s funky, little book about dragons, magic, and, of course, Demon Knights. This book is just pure fun. It has a wonderful cast of characters that are funny, devious, and heartwarming all at once. The action is epic, the art is incredible, and the unraveling mystery is deeply intriguing. Cornell has captured all the fun of playing a game like Dungeons & Dragons and managed to fit it into a nice, little corner of the DC Universe. We all know you pick those big titles I talked about before, but make sure you save 3 bucks to give Demon Knights a try.

 

DC-ComicsDear DC Comics:



I just wanted to let you know I am very disappointed. Last year, around this time, you announced your New 52 initiative. There was worry, speculation, anger, but mostly you got what you wanted: everyone was talking about DC Comics. Then, we started to get images, announcements of creative teams, and first covers, and an ice cold ball of dread started to form in the pit of my stomach. You see there was something sorely lacking. Something that had been lacking in comics for years, that I had hoped you would finally address.

BW Minutemen 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. 

There is going to be plenty of talk about Before Watchmen over the next couple weeks: talk about creators' rights, talk about altering a classic, and talk about the purpose of prequels. It is my goal to not talk about any of that, but to answer the question: Is this book any good?

Animal Man 10Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Animal Man #10
by Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh

Animal Man continues to be one of the best books that DC Comics puts out. Lemire is slowly weaving an intricate story full of great characters and steeped in a mythology that combines the classic ideas that Morrison introduced to Animal Man years ago, with new ones created by Lemire. The most interesting part of this book is that it’s not really a superhero book; it’s not even really a horror book. Even though it shares elements of both genres, it’s really a fantasy book about a family and the terrible danger they’ve been placed in. This book is unlike anything else on the shelves and is full of surprises, whether they are a new twist, a strange creature, or a moment of humor and warmth. Give this book a try; you’ll be glad you did.

 

DND Next Dungeons & Dragons has come a very long way from the game that Gary Gygax played in the basement with his friends and family. In the past 30 years, it has gone through many incarnations, and, right now, it is about to evolve again. Wizards of the Coast is currently playtesting the 5th edition of D&D in a massive playtest with gaming groups all over the world. They are calling this fan feedback playtest experience D&D Next. As an avid RPGer and a game store manager, I just had to get in on this.

Batman AnnualFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Batman Annual #1
by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Jason Fabok

So, Scott Snyder’s Batman is one of the best new 52 books, but it’s tough because there are 9 issues to get caught up on, and they are always selling out. How is someone supposed to read this awesome book without knowing all of the continuity? If only DC would write a single-issue, stand-alone story, so that everyone, new readers and old, could enjoy the sweet delight of Scott Snyder’s Batman. Oh wait, what’s this? A Batman Annual? A single-issue, stand-alone story by Scott Snyder! Holy well-timed coincidences, Batman!  Yes, that’s right, folks. This Wednesday, run - don’t walk - to your comics shop, and pick up the Batman Annual for 38 pages of Batmania. Even better, this is a Mr. Freeze story, and this is one of the best Mr. Freeze stories since Paul Dini’s "Heart of Ice" in Batman: The Animated Series. This Freeze is cold, cruel, and super crazy.

 

Avatar V2 P2The Promise series picks up where Avatar: The Last Airbender left off, with Aang and his friends trying to create a lasting peace between the Fire Nation and the Earth Nation. At the same time the characters are growing up and trying to find their place in the world, now that their primary mission is over. The Promise series may not have the dire stakes of the original series, but it maintains the same mix of heart, character, drama, and lighthearted, childish antics.

Chew 26Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Chew #26
by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Alright, so Chew is one of the greatest comics being made right now, and, lucky for you, this issue is the start of a new story arc, so you should totally go buy it. Chew is a lot of things; it’s a crime drama, an action adventure book, a weird science fiction story, and a hilarious comedy. John Layman does a great job of telling complete single issue stories every month, and building an incredible ongoing story full of mystery and intrigue. Not to mention Rob Guillory’s art is amazing. He creates this blend of humorous, cartoony characters and really deep, detailed images, so that every panel catches your eye. One of my favorite things to do is to re-read an issue of Chew just to search for all of the jokes and visual cues they stick in the panels. Chew is collected into 5 trade paperbacks that collect the first 25 issues, so after you read this issue and fall in love you can go pick up the rest, and read the whole story. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.

 

kelly sue deconnickFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright recently had a chance to interview Kelly Sue DeConnick, the writer of some awesome comics like Osborn Incarcerated, Supergirl, and Castle, about her upcoming book Captain Marvel. Here's what she had to say.

This interview was conducted on May 15, 2012.

 

 

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