Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

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


Though I am nowhere close to being considered an expert when it comes to Marvel’s mutant-related comics, I am an X-Men fan and have read many of the titles concerning the band of mutated individuals.  Throughout all of the titles I’ve read, there is a very common aspect of “Bad Mutants” (such as the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and some variations of the Hellfire Club) which have gone to great lengths to try and wipe out humanity in the hopes of creating a mutant-only paradise on Earth. Not only is this action seemingly morally wrong, but it is rather antithetical to the actual long-term existence of mutantkind.  Without humanity, mutants would not exist, and to extinguish them would be to cut off the greatest producer of mutants ever known to history.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t play a lot of video games—certainly not as many as my partners, or fellow contributor/writer Kristine Chester—and I tend to keep to certain titles: nearly anything Star Trek, Star Wars, LEGO, Need for Speed, and SSX.  I actually haven’t played much SSX in the last few years, mainly because there weren’t any new games, until the line was “rebooted” with a new game in 2012. Being the slow-to-buy person that I am, I haven’t gotten around to it until just now.  I’m never going to snowboard in reality, and if my playing the game is any indication of how well I’d do if I actually tried it, if I did, I’d end up with more broken bones than myself and 5 other people combined have to give.

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Crossovers seem to be a big favorite with DC and Marvel, ranging from small, semi-related titles that interact with each other to company-wide stories that are supposed to “change everything” but rarely makes any dramatic differences in the way the comic books are actually told. The Green Lantern titles have recently had dramatic changes that have had significant differences, but is that something other crossovers within DC are able to take on?

The Trinity War event is somewhat unique for DC’s universe, both old and new, in that both magic and science are blended together. Another aspect that really comes to mind is that three Justice League “teams” are put into the same storyline, making me wonder if DC didn’t copy some of Marvel’s X-Men or Avengers ideas for their own storytelling. All in all, though, it was an interesting read, but we’ve yet to see if it truly is a game-changer.

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World 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.


While not as old or as well-known as some other webcomics, Misfile has a great, unique plot and has been around since 2004.  Revolving around the concepts of high school relationships, semi-religious constructs of angels and demons, and messed-up lives, the comic has a great blend of humor and drama with some romantic/sexual tension thrown in for good measure.  Misfile updates every weekday at misfile.com.

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New 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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Hoping to make the world see the Hulk as a hero and not a menace, Rick Jones decides to web-broadcast his and the Hulk’s lives in order to gain some public sympathy.  Other Gamma-irradiated “friends” help the Hulk in his adventures, working together to make the world a better place for all living creatures, be they big “monsters” or not.

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World 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.


Beginning as a student publication as part of UCLA’s Daily Bruin, C’est la Vie has since become a syndicated comic strip on the Internet.  Since 2003, the comic has shown us the inner thoughts and feelings—such as they are—of a French expatriate woman in the Los Angeles area, working hard as an art columnist at a local newspaper and trying her best to ignore American culture while cultivating her own unique world.  Full of sarcastic wit and cynical outlooks, CLV is good for a quick laugh, but there’s also plenty of involved storytelling and semi-drama to keep a person interested.  While not one of the more well-known webcomics out there, CLV nonetheless has an excellent following and is shown to be of great quality.  C’est la Vie updates every day at clv-comic.com.

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New 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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Unable to take on the revised machinations of the Red Skull alone, Iron Man calls upon his former teammates to reassemble the Avengers.  Stymied by his selfish and self-destructive personality, Iron Man’s ability to lead the team into battle has varying results, but the addition of a new Avenger gives him hope that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can yet win the day.  The show airs on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Cartoon Network.

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The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW! Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


It isn’t unusual for a group of superheroes to come together in a time of crisis, but this time it is very different. Facing a threat from ancient Asgard, the shieldmaiden Valkyrie, escort of the honored dead and leader of the Valkyrior, brings together her fellow female superheroes to take on the enemy, even though they don’t know what it is yet. Throughout their struggle, they come face-to-face with a chilling aspect of Valkyrie’s past that could change the world as we know it. Determined not to give in, to protect the innocent, and to stand side-by-side in battle, these women are none other than the Fearless Defenders.

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For most of the last few years, the “Expanded Universe” has focused on the continuing and further adventures of the base (and sometimes minor) characters from the original films, and this novel is no different.  Luke Skywalker, Leia Organo, and Han Solo, the heroes of the Rebellion and the founders of a New Republic, have been involved in every single galaxy-changing event since they left the hanger of the first Death Star, their lives defined by the eternal struggle of good versus evil; however, in the face of a new problem that threatens to change the balance of the galactic economy and the stability of the tentative peace, the triumphant trio makes some radical decisions that forever alter the lives of everyone involved.

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World 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.


There are several “gamer” webcomics on the Internet, referencing in-jokes and memes that have become so pervasive in the online community that they’ve seeped into the culture of those who don’t identify as gamers (such as myself), but very few comics have the kind of draw that Ctrl+Alt+Del does. Originally centered on the day-to-day interactions of two retail-working gamers, the strip has progressed to become very imaginative and full of comedic (and sometimes dramatic) enjoyment. Though there have been some changes recently to the overall storyline of the main characters, I still consider this comic to be one of my all-time favorites in the vast sea of strips I have read over the last 10+ years. Ctrl+Alt+Del updates Mon-Wed-Fri at cad-comic.com/cad/.

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