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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X-Men 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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The world has become a dangerous place for mutants.  Groups such as the X-Men have been disbanded and the U.S. Government has begun to actively hunt mutants down and place them in concentration camps, but a single revelation is about to change everything...




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Ultimate spider-manThe 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

 

 

 

 

There are several titles in the comic book world, be they the standard monthly lines, limited edition mini-serials, or annual titles.  Each has their own way of telling a story, of delving into or establishing a character’s personality and background, and each is unique, yet similar.  During our experiences in comics, we’ve read several different titles and have come to discover the top four that we feel would be excellent reads for people.  Of course, these are just our thoughts on the matter.

 

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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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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Suicide Squad52 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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A group of villains who work clandestinely for powerful higher-ups as a way of shaving time off of their sentences, the unit goes on the missions that tend to end up with someone getting killed.  Microscopic-sized bombs are implanted in the back of their neck with a timer to ensure loyalty, allowing for their handler—Amanda Waller—to hold them on a short leash.  These are the people who do government’s ultra-dirty work: Task Force X, better known as the Suicide Squad.

 

 

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Green Lantern New Guard52 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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Members of the 7 emotional spectrum teams must band together to protect the universe against a threat never before seen.  Due to the conflicting nature of the individuals and their respective organizations, the group has a hard time working together despite their mutual goals; however, due to the special relationship that Kyle Rayner has with his power ring and the old Guardians of Oa, only he can find a way to lead the group and form them into the New Guardians of the universe.

 

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The Flash New 5252 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 police forensics scientist was once struck by lightning, allowing him to now become the fastest man alive by tapping into the Speed Force.  He uses his scientific knowledge to better understand his powers, as well as utilizing his new gifts to fight crime in the Gem Cities.  Most of the time, he’s the quiet, seemingly shy Barry Allen, but when he’s needed, he becomes...The Flash!

 

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