Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Contemporary fantasy is a very unusual concept of storytelling, bringing elements of modern life and fantastical archetypes together to form a compelling story.  A lot of the time, these combinations do not work, but there are times when the match-up is so interesting and unique that it just begs for my attention.  This graphic novel is one such story.

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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.


Throughout known space, a little, blue planet in the Sol system has become renowned for their continual intervention in galactic affairs.  Forces have aligned against this planet, armadas and warlords have set their sights on the home of some of the mightiest heroes in the universe, but there is a force that even they pause for, a group equally renowned and feared.  Be careful not to cross them, for they are the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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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 Sundays at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Disney XD.

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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.


The son of a hero who never really believed in his father finds himself the heir to that power. Struggling with the idea that his father is more than just a janitor, Sam Alexander comes to terms with what really happened to his life in the wake of this new discovery. A quiet, oft-bullied high school student who doesn’t really fit in with anyone, Sam has become not just a hero, but a member of an elite corps of individuals known throughout the galaxy as well as on Earth. A warrior against the Phoenix Force, a fighter besides the likes of Thor and the Avengers, Sam is none other than Nova.

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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.


Perhaps one of the first well-known webcomics, General Protection Fault takes a look at the way a small software company works, beginning back when the web bubble hadn’t yet fully burst, albeit in a very fictional situation. Full of characters and situations that would make a soap opera bankrupt, this webcomic parodies several aspects of popular culture in a way that makes it enjoyable for readers as well as to fit in with plot points that make sense but are still rather outlandish. Fully of comedy, drama, and the techno-nerd-geek speak that makes the world go ‘round, this webcomic is of the creative mind of Jeffery Darlington. GPF updates Monday-Wednesday-Friday at gpf-comics.com.

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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.


Working with S.H.I.E.L.D. has always been a dubious situation for superheroes; many don’t trust the machinations of the mega-spy agency that produced Nick Fury, and for good reasons, but the Avengers have always had a history with them to the point that several longstanding members actually ran it for a while.  Now, following the resurgence of mutants in the world, many have distanced themselves from the agency once again, except for Black Widow and Hawkeye. They have started working closely with S.H.I.E.L.D. through unusual circumstances.  Despite their close connection to the superhero community, these two close-bonded comrades fight in clandestine operations no one else knows about; they are the Secret Avengers.

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The final issue of this classic tale has been published, finishing the story that many know, but not everyone remembers.  A tale of loyalty, responsibility, and honor the likes of which stories and movies made today show little of.  It is the end, and those who have gone forth to fulfill their oaths have done so with respect and honor in the face of overwhelming forces, and now, you shall share in their most auspicious act.

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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.

The best of the best, as he is known to be, a lonesome warrior trying to be more than the killer he was trained as. A man who strives to be a leader, a good person, and a team player, who more often than not has to go out on his own and settle things the only way he knows how—with blunt force trauma. A soldier, ninja, samurai, and X-Man, James “Logan” Howlett is the one person, man, and mutant that you don’t want to tick off. If you do, the last thing you’ll scream in your mind is his name: Wolverine.

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I’ve talked in a previous article about how Megatokyo was the first webcomic I read when I started reading them when I was an undergrad slaving away at my homework, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I wanted to report on this interesting idea that the comic’s creator/artist—Fred Gallagher—has decided to crowdfund.  For those who have read the comic, Fred has often talked about making a game of the characters, but because art is not an always lucrative field—especially for those who decide to do webcomics—this has not been a possibility until now.  I give you the Megatokyo Visual Novel Game, a story told in traditional Japanese game style starring the characters of the most unusual group of American sight-seers around.

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.


The most anticipated Marvel Comics event (since the last one) has arrived. Earth’s most dangerous machine, the Avengers’ most cunning and unstoppable enemy, returns to wage a final war against humanity the likes of which only the mutant extinction could be compared to. Heroes from all over battle against this foe, only to discover that they cannot win, cannot turn the tide of battle, and have to find other means to claim victory. The age of humanity is over; now is the Age of Ultron.

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