Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

 

Husbands S2Aside from watching DBZ Abridged and Red vs. Blue—which are both enjoyable experiences—I haven’t seen many online series, but I must admit that this one is very unusual.  I’m not saying that it is a bad series, but it is very different than anything else I’ve watched, yet similar in many ways.  Despite being on the Internet and not broadcast on a major television network, it is very much like other situational comedies, with just a lesser broadcast time and audience.  For adventurous enjoyment, check the series out at www.husbandstheseries.com.

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Rapture BurgersI’m a webcomics junkie, and I’m always in the market for new artistic endeavors to take up what little free time I have, and so I was more than happy to take a look at this new series that I had never heard of before.  I can’t say that I fully understand what’s going on in the comic, but, then again, there are a lot of online comics that I don’t completely understand and yet still enjoy.  I’m not really sure what to expect concerning the future of the comic, but I know that I am going to be eagerly awaiting the release of “chapter two” so as to figure out just what Camille is going to do.  The entirety of Chapter One, as well as other information, can be found at the comic’s website, www.raptureburgers.com.

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Troops of DoomWorld 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.


Troops of Doom is different than a lot of other webcomics that I’ve read on the Internet—and believe me, I’ve read a lot over the years—in that it uses childhood action figures and vehicles to tell its story.  Okay, so it isn’t as though it is that different, but what really stands out for this comic is that it takes the established backgrounds of G.I. Joe and Star Wars characters and warps them, so they’re interactive with one another, and that is a very different style than I have ever seen before.  It is quite amusing, and absolutely silly in the extreme, but still has a bit of a limited draw compared to several others online.  The comic updates on a random schedule (but at least twice a week) at troopsofdoomcomic.com.

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Where is Jake Ellis 1Despite having a fondness for James Bond movies and shows like 24, I’ve never been able to get into espionage comics easily. And, as hard as I’ve tried, I can’t really pick up on Where is Jake Ellis? in a decent fashion.  I would suggest to those who wish to read the series to first read its previous companion, Who is Jake Ellis?, so that it can be understand in a better fashion. I know that I could have benefitted from it before I reviewed this issue and wish I had done so.


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Beauty and the Beast CWNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.
 

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The result of a military experiment gone horribly wrong, Vincent Keller is a highly adaptable man with medical knowledge and a keen interest in keeping himself off the grid.  Catherine Chandler, a brilliant NYPD detective, encounters Keller while investigating one of her crimes and finds out that the two of them have a shared history from the night her mother died.  Determined to find out the truth about things, Catherine is often at odds with Keller’s desire to remain unknown to the government, as well as an overwhelming attractiveness between the two that sparks a lot of tension.  The show airs on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) on The CW. 

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47 Ronin 1When I first heard about this series, I wasn’t sure what to think of it; I’m a fan of Japanese culture and have a huge interest in feudal Japanese history, so I was afraid that they wouldn’t do the Japanese culture justice, but I was wrong.  The comic is fast-paced, it’s able to tell the story succinctly, and is very entertaining.  Dark Horse, you have gained my interest; now just keep it.

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ElementaryNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.
 

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Feeling the need to help solve mysteries that the police can’t on their own, Sherlock Holmes offers his services to the NYPD in order to satiate his need to put an end to certain aspects of crime.  Not happy with his father’s choices in life, this recovering addict takes on the various denizens of New York with his companion, Dr. Watson, in an effort to help keep himself sane while doing what he does best.  The show airs on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) on CBS.

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RevolutionNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.
 

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A global blackout has caused all electronics to stop working, including the smallest of devices, such as batteries, without explanation.  Fifteen years later, the survivors of a small family find themselves in the middle of a conflict with a local warlord, bent on finding out why all of the lights went out in Georgia (and other places).  Both sides are racing to find out how the world changed, and a secret society seems to know the answers to questions that no one else had thought to ask. The show airs on Mondays at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) on NBC.

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TMNT Annual 2012Annual issues are really interesting, as they tend to be longer than normal comic books and give stories that are directly related to what’s been going on in the main issues over the past year. A lot of annuals I’ve read give a story that has to be read in order to continue with a specific storyline in the main issues, but the 2012 issue of TMNT is very different; this is a stand-alone, which can be read all on its own while still adding to the overall flavor of the continuity. It was a nice “break” from the rest of the stories in the TMNT titles and allowed me to see more into the underbelly of the various baddies in the TMNT universe. I’d say “go green machine,” but given that it’s in black and white, I don’t think it would apply; oh, well—“go newspaper grey machine?”

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hourou-musuko-01It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to read manga, having spent a good bit of time—and money—perusing the Japanese art form many years ago.  But, at the near insistence of one of my best friends, I started reading a series that not only had I never heard of, but is still in production.  I have tried to avoid current ongoing titles simply because I hate waiting for new releases from overseas—and I certainly can’t read kanji worth an Imperial credit chit—but this series drew my attention right away because of the subject matter:

Two school kids wanting to be the opposite gender of their genetically-born ones, because that’s who they really are.

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