Spiderman 682Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Amazing Spider-Man #682
by Dan Slott, Stefano Caselli, and Frank Martin, Jr.


Dan Slott did something really unique with the Spider-Man franchise last year; he made Peter Parker grow up, get a job, and start being responsible. This may seem silly, since we know Spider-Man’s motto is “With great power comes great responsibility”, but the deal with Spidey has always been that while he’s very responsible and does the right thing, this often comes at the expense of Peter Parker. In Dan Slott’s "Big Time" storyline, Peter decided that maybe if he became a better man, then he could also be a better Spider-Man. He would utilize Spider-Man’s scientific breakthroughs designed to defeat super villains, and turn them into commercial products that Peter Parker could use to better the world and make some money for himself. Spider-Man and Peter Parker have both been doing very well, and even made a promise to never let anyone die on their watch again. Enter Spider-Man’s nemesis Doctor Octopus and an alliance of various villains with a vile plan that puts the whole world at risk. Looks like while Spider-Man has been stepping up his game, so have the Sinister Six. This is the awesome set up to this spring’s big event “The Ends of the Earth.” Dan Slott teams with regular series artist Stefano Caselli for an action-packed, world-spanning adventure filled with super science, heroic team ups, and dastardly villains. If you are totally new to Spider-Man, or an old fan, you will not want to miss this awesome issue that serves as a great jumping on point.

 

Avengers X MenThe 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

 

 

 

Teams have been a part of comics since the beginning, although, not everyone considers a group that isn’t a superhero team to be one; however, just because you can’t leap a building in a single jump, or call Asgard your home realm, doesn’t mean you don’t have something to offer a group with a like-minded purpose.  Teams exist to bind people together, to offer a cohesive organization with a shared purpose. Teams are filled with individuals, be they superheroes, mutants, villains, or just plain soldiers.

Throughout our experiences with comics, we’ve identified several teams, both good and bad, and feel that we have picked the top four that best describe what we believe a team should be.  These groups come from a wide variety of sources, and we think you may be surprised by some of our choices. At one point we actually ended up picking the same team, but for completely different reasons and rankings.

 

 

Star Wars Clone Wars TEWStar Wars: The Clone Wars: The Enemy Within
by Jeremy Barlow, Illustrated by Brian Koschak


Clone Wars
stories are always the most interesting when they focus on the clones, and The Enemy Within is no exception. In this graphic novel, we meet clone trooper 7719 or, as he hates to be called, Banks, as he undertakes his first real mission leading a squad of troops to disable a droid command center. What's the phrase? The best laid plans of clones and Jedi often go awry? Well, that is certainly true, as what should be a simple sabotage mission goes horribly wrong, and Banks finds himself in the fight of his life. 



 

Reed Gunther 9As I've written before in my Trade Paperback review, Reed Gunther is a masterfully crafted All Ages book by the Houghton brothers. Shane and Chris spin the delightful tale of Reed, a lovable cowboy who tries really hard but just isn't that awesome at what he does, Sterling, a cute and loyal bear who serves as Reed's trusty steed and best friend, and Starla, a tough-as-nails, no nonsense cattle rancher. Together, they have set out to help solve people's problems and be heroes. 



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All Star Western with Review52 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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The DC universe is set in the 1880s and principally follows the characters of bounty hunter Jonah Hex and psychologist Amadeus Arkham as they track down criminals in Gotham City, but also features stories about other characters of the era.

 

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Saga 1Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 


Saga #1
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Well, folks, Brian K. Vaughan has done it again. Saga is awesome. This book has wonderfully thought out characters, an emotionally charged plot, and is really funny. Fiona Staples' art is amazing. She uses simple, elegant character designs, and packs the book with a wide range of emotions that always ring true. Her characters are incredibly expressive, and her pacing is wonderful. I don’t want to say anything about the plot, because it just needs to be experienced. What stands out most about Saga though is that BKV doesn’t pull any punches. He is creating a strange sci-fi world with fantasy magic where weird demon creatures cavort with strange robot princes, and it all works. Somehow, through the use of his clever dialogue and smart plotting, he just makes it all fit together. Do not miss this book; we’re going to be talking about it for years to come.

 

Star Wars JediI was never really one to get too much into the Star Wars comics, which is strange considering my obsession with both ¨The Wars¨ and comic books. You'd think it would be a natural fit, right? They just never really grabbed me like I'd hope they would. But, in an age of prequels and Old Republic, the universe has grown immensely, and the comic books have been exploring these times in the Star Wars universe. Say what you will about The Phantom Menace, but don't tell me Qui-Gon Jinn wasn't awesome. He and Darth Maul are what made that movie for me, and I had always wanted to know more about this mysterious Jedi.


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Spider-Man with ReviewUltimate Catch Up is an offshoot of 52 Catch Up and is devoted to looking at issues from the newest volume of comics set in the Marvel Ultimate universe, examining what makes them worth reading (or not) and which places we hope they will go in time.

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Months before Peter Parker was killed, Miles Morales was bitten by a genetically altered spider and developed spider-powers.  In order to honor Peter, Miles dons a costume and becomes the new Spider-Man.


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FairestFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Fairest #1
by Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez, and Andy Lanning

Fairest, Willingham’s newest spinoff to Fables, is a fun, lighthearted read with lots of action and quick pace. The only issue here is that this is supposed to be the story of the women of Fables, and they don’t really show up much in this book. That, however, doesn’t make it a bad book. Willingham does a good job introducing his characters, and fitting them nicely into the overall Fables story without relying on previous knowledge of Fables. If you’ve read Fables, you’ll like this book, too. If you haven’t you will not be confused. Jimenez and his team do a great job with the art, and even his most fantastic character, a little imp, looks like a natural part of the world they are creating. Here’s hoping that in future issues, we get more of the Fairest that they promised us. 



Wonder Woman with Review52 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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Wonder Woman is the princess of the Amazons, the group of all female warriors from Greek mythology, but Diana also learns her father is none other than Zeus, king of the gods, and now she must contend with the knowledge of her heritage and family politics.

 

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