Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

 

Bunker - Teen Titans*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


I’ve noticed a bit of a trend lately, one that is both positive and negative, and that’s the inclusion of more gay characters within comic books.  I have nothing against such an inclusion—in fact, I fully support it and want there to be more positive models—but the thing that’s really gotten to me is that some of these characters are being created specifically to be the “token” gay character in a title, just as how some African-American characters were created just so the publishers could be shown as being “inclusive.”  Once again, I don’t have a problem with diversity within comics—I wholeheartedly applaud it—but I don’t want characters being created for the wrong reasons, and with a personality type that just screams “being drawn gay (for pay).”


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Blue Beetle52 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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Jaime Reyes wants nothing more than to fit in at school and enjoy life with his two best friends, Paco and Brenda, but a powerful Mayan relic changes his life forever.  Caught in the middle of a struggle between villains, the mysterious Mayan relic attaches itself to Jaime’s body, morphing him into a living weapon with a desire for planet-wide bloodshed, but Jaime is able to overcome its control to do what he wants.  Making a mess of his life, but standing up against the bad guys—big and small—he becomes the Blue Beetle.

 

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Dark Knight 1 new 5252 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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A lone figure in the black of night roams the rooftops of the city’s skyline and the shores of the harbor’s docks.  A detective of the finest caliber, he is able to sense things even the police cannot comprehend.  A man forged in pain by the death of his parents, vowing to always fight evil and crime in his city.  He is the night, he is vengeance, he is the Dark Knight known only as Batman.


 

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LEGO Batman 2While the LEGO games are probably geared more towards a younger demographic, the fact remains that they’re LEGO games, and LEGOs are completely awesome to play with.  Traveller’s Tales has done a great job of creating several games based on licensed properties over the years, evolving their game model and interactivity to make them more enjoyable and challenging, and I personally enjoy them all—although the newest one certainly has some frustrating moments.

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Captain Atom 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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United States Air Force captain Nathanial Adam volunteered to pilot an experimental aircraft through a theoretical atomic splitter, but an accident resulted in him gaining incredible powers.  Able to manipulate the atomic structure of anything (and anyone), Adam is now seen as both a hero and a menace to the population around him.  Lonely from his ordeal and left wondering if he’ll ever be able to live a normal “human” existence again, Nathanial Adam fights to protect the world as Captain Atom.


 

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Darth PlagueisThere are several Expanded Universe books available for reading, and I—being the rather large Star Wars fan that I am—enjoy reading many of them.  I’m actually way behind in my book list, but I wanted to read Darth Plagueis (by James Luceno), an early 2012 release, because of its information concerning Bane’s Sith Order and the Rule of Two, and especially because of how it directly relates to the Sith most responsible for the galaxy’s woes and well-known to even the most casual of Star Wars fans: Darth Sidious, better known as Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine.

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Avenging Spider-ManHe’s been known as the menace of NYC, the savior of the little person, and one of the smartest guys to sling a web from a skyscraper.  He’s got no personal life, a full-time civilian job, and helping out with several superhero teams to the point of exhaustion; however, the one thing he does have, that he never loses or compromises, is his overwhelming sense of pun usage and joke telling.


He’s the one, the only, the geekish Avenging Spider-Man.

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The Savage Hawkman 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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An archeologist and cryptologist with severe money problems, Carter Hall has a problem he can’t get rid of: the Nth Metal suit that allows him to be a hero.  He struggles to get his life together when the Nth Metal changes it once again.  Full of anger without any real understanding of his powers, he is the Savage Hawkman.


 

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Voodoo 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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An undercover Daemonite-hybrid operative tasked with collecting information about Earth’s meta-humans poses as an exotic dancer in post-Katrina New Orleans.  Using her body to get what she wants from the men around her, and her combat skills against those not taken in by her beauty, she works towards the greater destiny of the Daemonite invasion.  She is their best experiment and greatest internal threat: she is Voodoo.



 

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Spiderman 38The Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world.  Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.



By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester

 

 

 

The standard unit of consumption for a comic is an issue, a 20 to 30-page helping that conveys part of a story arc while hooking readers to come back next month, while others are stand alone stories focusing on a single subject in the larger title.  Many of us have issues that we just love to read over and over again, that one most enjoyable part of a storyline or a profound issue separate from the rest of the series.  Here are several such issues for us, ones that we'll bend the pages back and reread many times over.

 

 

 

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