Favorite Book: Cryptonomicon
Favorite Movie: Young Frankenstein
Favorite Absolutely Everything: Monty Python
There are a few things that everybody knows are always true. A Christopher Nolan movie will be imaginative, technically brilliant, and weirdly unemotional and sterile. Nobody will ever make a Die Hard sequel that is as good as the first one. When you walk from point A to point B, you can turn around and walk back from B to A. Antichamber doesn’t add compelling emotions to The Dark Knight or make a great Die Hard sequel, but it breaks geometry in the best way possible. Sometimes, when you walk down a long hallway from point A, you wind up at point A. There are about a dozen hallways and avenues that lead to the same corridor at point B. Basically, Euclid would lose his mind playing this game. (Ha, successful math joke!) (Editor: Not that successful.)
Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time is a fun series that has explored the history of one of geekdom’s most iconic heroes. Each issue of the series has featured an adventure by a different incarnation of the Doctor. A mysterious figure has been traveling through time and kidnapping the Doctor’s companions. This has been more of an excuse to skip through the history of the show than a legitimate plot, until now. (I suggest reading the “until now” in your best movie trailer voice. It will make me seem like a more impressive writer if you do.) This issue pulls off the difficult move of transitioning between mostly standalone issues and big, sweeping arc.
The Strain is a vampire story for people who like their monsters to be monsters. Adapted from the novels by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the comic follows a pair of CDC agents and a mysterious old man as they try to stop an outbreak of vampires in Manhattan. This comic does a great job of remembering that vampires are to be feared, not desired. They are nearly mindless beasts with ravenous appetites and seem more like a plague than a villain to overcome. There is a villain to be sure, and he is a good and menacing figure, but the real threat still seems like it is the rate of infection.
If you have played a Tomb Raider game before, you are familiar with the character of Lara Croft. Honestly, though, even if you haven’t, you might have played the excellent Uncharted games or seen the incredible Indiana Jones trilogy, which were inspired by and inspiration for Tomb Raider in that order. So, tough-as-nails archeologist/action hero fights bad guys, confronts supernaturalish forces, and rescues artifacts for preservation or profit. What the Tomb Raider reboot does is retell the origins of this character in a very convincing way.
Terrorists have weaponized a time machine, using it to send a nuclear bomb sometime into the future in the middle of Washington, D.C. As a result, the city is now largely abandoned, with the remaining population depending on government aid and food to continue to stay. The city is now home to gangs and junkies, as well as a few honest people who don’t want to leave their homes behind. This is the sort of environment where a man can make a lot of money, and that man is Nate Lawson. Lawson’s business plan is to go into the most dangerous city in the world and retrieve the things that people had to leave behind.
Dr. Luke Taylor’s life was going great; he was a successful scientist with a beautiful wife and a baby daughter on the way. Then, he finds a gut-shot man who looks exactly like him in the kitchen. Suddenly, Luke is caught in a massive conspiracy involving dozens of clones and a mysterious figure out to kill them all. With no idea who is the original, or even if there is an original, the clones set out to face the malevolent organization that is intent on destroying all evidence of the cloning program.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The first video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, was released in 1972. While the Odyssey doesn’t live on in the collective memory like 1977’s Atari 2600 or 1985’s Nintendo Entertainment System, it helped spawn a generation of gamers. The kids that grew up playing the first and second generation of video game consoles are in their 30s and 40s and no longer have all the time in the world to play the games we love. With that in mind, Fanboy Comics is proud to announce a new, regular series for its audience: Part-Time Gamer.
I love Lobster Johnson. It is a comic book with a silly premise that wholeheartedly embraces its roots. Lobster Johnson is an uncompromising superhero without powers fighting the supernatural in the '30s. The comic can be either hilarious, good fun or dramatic and occasionally tragic. This issue is one of the more somber ones.
How bad is it when the most powerful psychic in the world and the man who can flawlessly predict the future are in over their heads? It’s the best comic book on the shelves this month.
Holy Shambling Horror, Batman!
Ex-Patriots combines superheroes and zombies, the chocolate and peanut butter of genre entertainment, and the result is delicious. Picking up shortly after the devastation at the end of Ex-Heroes, Ex-Patriots does a very clever job of relocating the heroes and keeping them out of their comfort zone. For those of you who haven’t read the entertaining first novel in this series, there are superheroes fighting zombies. If you need more than that, this novel also has a secret military program and a mysterious threat. If you need more than that, then we can’t be friends.