Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Deathstroke 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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A metahuman who bills himself out as the best there is, a one-man killing machine who will take down anyone regardless of their gender, age, or affiliation.  A man who can instill fear in even the most steady of persons. An assassin of the highest caliber and with the best training.  The one, the only, the slightly insane, Deathstroke.
 

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spider-man diesThe 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

 

 

Throughout comics, there are certain moments that stick out, certain events that just remain with the reader as an anchor point, a defining situation that resonates for years, even decades, to come.  These moments not only help to define the comics that we read, but also our relationship with said comics; we become more interested, we become more invested, or we become more disillusioned by them.  The two of us have seen many such events in our day, but these four moments are the most memorable for us, the ones that stand out the most and define our involvement and enjoyment for reading comics.

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Ultimate Spider-Man AdvNew 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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Peter Parker continues to sling across the skyscrapers of NYC, protecting its citizens while taking care of his day-to-day life.  Young and brash, Parker is seen as a superhero that needs training by Nick Fury, Head of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Not sure what to make of his newfound benefactor, Parker deals with the introduction of 4 other superheroes into his life and the increasing realization that someone’s out to get him.  He’s not just a web slinger; he’s Ultimate Spider-Man.  The show airs on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Disney XD.

 

 

 


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Teen Titans 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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A shadowy, global power is tracking down and corrupting, capturing, or killing the world’s metahuman youth, but one young man stands in their way—Red Robin, former partner of Batman.  Throughout the contiguous United States, the batless bird pulls together several young heroes to fight against the organization known only as N.O.W.H.E.R.E.  They may be young, but these heroes are the Teen Titans, and they won’t take it lying down.
 

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TMNT IDWThey live in the sewers, but these warriors don’t smell like it.  They’re quick, efficient, and the favorite of many a child from the '80s and onward.  True, they’ve undergone several changes since they first made their debut in 1984 by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, but the core essence of what they are remains constant.  These are turtles, changed into intelligent beings by an outside force, and when you get on their bad side, watch out.  They’ll go ninja on you!


And, who can forget the immortal and timeless war cry that escapes their reptilian lips?  Cowabunga, dudes!


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The Evil That Men DoBy Robert J. Baden, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

 

Since I started reading mainstream Marvel comics, I’ve focused more on the smaller—12 issues or less—trade paperbacks, as a way to learn more without getting too caught up until I’m sure I have the time.  One trade I had the fortune of picking out near the beginning was a 6-issue series written by cosmic geek Kevin Smith starring Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and the Black Cat (Felicia Hardy).  At first it just seemed like another series concerning Spider-Man’s love life and criminals in NYC, albeit with an interesting twist, but as I kept reading, throughout the issues, I learned it tackled a very important and rather sensitive issue:


Sexual assault and molestation.


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button-badgeFanboy Comics' newest contributor, Robert J. Baden, shares his thoughts on what it is to be a Comic Book Fan.

By Robert J. Baden, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

 

I have come to the realization, with great pride and enjoyment, that I am a comic book fan.  Not something that would stop the presses and be considered of vital importance to the world, but, for me, it is a bit of a change in my entertainment and reading pleasure.  It is not as though I haven’t read comics books throughout my life, but I never considered myself a fan until after I had turned 31.

Static Shock52 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.

 

 


By Robert J. Baden, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

 

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Virgil Hawkins is a young superhero named Static who has the ability to manipulate electricity, magnetism, and a combination of the two.  He juggles his superhero activities with that of his personal life and the need to keep his identity secret from the rest of his family, as they make their mark in a recent move to New York City.  Hardware, another self-styled vigilante, acts as a mentor to Static, providing long-distance advice and support.  Static himself is intelligent, resourceful, and something of a typical teenager.

 


And, he puns; he puns a lot, much like Spider-Man does in the Marvel universe.  Frightening to be sure.
 

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Level Up TV showNew 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.
 

 

By Robert J. Baden, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics  

 


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Three MMORPG-playing teens unwittingly unleash creatures and items from their game into the real world.  Now, with the help of the game’s designer, the trio must search out “leaked” creatures and send them back to the game world while they balance their personal lives and school.  The show airs on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Cartoon Network (even though it’s a live-action series).

 

 


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52 Catch Up: Batgirl

batgirl152 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.


By Robert J. Baden, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

 

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Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City’s police commissioner, joined forces with Batman several years ago as a reluctant partner before being shot by the Joker, paralyzing her and confining her to a wheelchair.  Now, three years later, a medical miracle has allowed Barbara to walk again…and to take up the mantle of Batgirl once more.  Barbara readjusts to her former life with the skills of an intelligent woman with an eidetic memory and a desire to do justice, not to mention a need to prove to herself that she’s the right girl for the Bat costume.

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