Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Earth 2 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Another Earth, where the origin of Heroes (or Wonders, as they are called) is quite different than our own.  A great evil has already been, and another is on the way.  Now, years later, the next generation of Wonders must stand against the coming darkness, on a place called Earth 2.

 

 
 

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Ben 10 OmniverseOver the past several years, Ben Tennyson has been the hero that everyone needed, yet no one thought of.  He has saved the Earth—and the rest of the galaxy (and perhaps the universe, too)—from threats so huge that they sometimes induce cultist activities.  And, while he may have annoying tendencies toward self-imposed fame, he always tries to do the right thing, along with the help of his cousin, Gwen, and one-time-enemy, Kevin.  Now, as they move forward in their lives, he’s back to his old tricks—protecting the Earth, one alien at a time.

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GI Combat 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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There are several tales that U.S. combat troops have that never make the front page, events that are either hushed by a higher authority or just so unbelievable that they keep quiet because they don’t want to be thought of as insane.  Whatever the circumstances, there are still warriors fighting for their country and themselves.  These are the stories of G.I. Combat.

 
 

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Wing CommanderIt’s been a long time since a book covering the Wing Commander franchise has been released, and, in fact, this one still hasn’t really been released.  Pilgrim Truth is the conclusion to a trilogy of books by Peter Telep that are based off of the Wing Commander film from 1999 and was denied release on its original date of 2000.  Because of license agreements and the publishing contracts, the novel maintained a limbo status for over a decade until the author finally got permission in late 2011 to release it (and his manuscript notes) to the official fan website, Wing Commander CIC (www.wcnews.com).  Because I’m a bit of a “wingnut,” and having waited a significant amount of time to read this piece, I delved right into it . . . and really wish I hadn’t.

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Detective Comics 1 DCNU52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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In the heart of Gotham, one man protects the innocent from the crazed psychopaths that terrorize the streets; a man feared throughout the city, for he is justice to the weak-minded criminals.  He is Batman, a man with supreme intelligence, an insatiable drive to fix the city’s problems, and the ability to be considered the world’s greatest detective.

 
 

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Scarlet SpiderFleeing his checkered past with a desire to atone for his crimes in some fashion, Kaine finds himself in Space City, caught up in a new problem.  Unsure of his right to wear the spider emblem, Kaine reluctantly helps to take care of Houston to the point that he’s asked to stay by some concerned citizens.  Hesitantly, and almost as though against his will, he stays and becomes the superhero that The Big Heart desperately needs—now he just needs to become that superhero in his heart.

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Green Lantern152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Selected by the Guardians because of his great sense of will, Hal Jordan stands up for what is right and true in the universe.  Against all odds, and at the expense of his own personal life, he fights for justice across the stars and at home on Earth.  A daring test pilot with a history of willful disregard for regulations, Jordan is a member of a select corps destined to bring peace to the universe; he is a Green Lantern.

 
 

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Legion Lost 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Seven young heroes from the future are sent back in time to stop a tragic event from changing the course of history.  Throughout their time in our present, they encounter criminals, government agents, police officers, and normal citizens who don’t understand what’s happening to them.  Forever unsure of their chances of getting home, they are the Legion (of Superheroes) Lost.

 
 

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Doctor WhoFor years people have been trying to get me to watch Doctor Who ever since it was reincarnated back in 2005, and for years I’ve always pushed them away.  For me, my reasoning was that it had such a huge backstory to it from the classic run that I’d never be able to find the time to sit down and immerse myself into it the way it deserved.  I actually did try to watch the classic run once and even caught the 1996 television movie, but I just couldn’t find myself enjoying them.  A second time I watched my fiancée catch up on Series 5 of the revived show, though I only paid a bit of attention to it; I was so lost as to what was going on that I once again concluded that it was to be one of those things I just didn’t get involved in.  It was a few months later when my fiancée decided to show it to my wife—who does not have the greatest love of some of the more obsessive geek culture identities such as comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, or tabletop RPGs—and her reaction to the show was what really made me decide to give it yet a third try.  After all, if she could like it, then there was a very strong chance I might at least enjoy some aspects of it.


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Green Arrow 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Multi-billionaire playboy and philanthropist Oliver Queen, known for his innovative technologies, spends his days running away from his responsibilities and his nights shooting hypersonic arrows to fight crime.  He has no powers, no abilities, no special skills, but the backup of two friends and the trained eye of a marksman.  A mundane man in the world of the super-powered, he is the Green Arrow.

 
 

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