Ichabod JonesIchabod Jones: Monster Hunter from Viper Comics is a quirky, bloody tale of a boy and the voice in his head. The complex, labyrinthine script written by Russell Nohelty works well with the dark, yet cartoony, art of Renzo Podestá and is sure to be a worthwhile read for any self-admitted comic book sniffer!
 

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Idolized 0Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Idolized #0
by David Schwartz, Micah Gunnell, and David Curiel

David Schwartz has crafted an awesome story about a young female superhero in Idolized. At first glance the story of an American Idol-style competition to find the world’s next superhero may seem a bit silly, but Schwartz has chosen to make this story personal. His main character is on a personal mission of revenge and is a flawed, very human hero. She may just be her worst enemy. Adding to the great story is the amazing art delivered by Micah Gunnell. His art is incredibly detailed and even in the shots that are filled with multiple superheroes, he gives them each unique designs and interesting quirks. In our current comics world, with its severe lack of female lead superhero characters, it’s great to see such an awesome new character come on the scene. My only complaint is that the 0 issue left me wanting more, and Issue 1 isn’t due out 'till August.  I want to read more now!

 

Bleeding Ink Productions logoIndie comic book publisher Bleeding Ink Productions recently announced that they will be launching a new comic mini-series entitled Blood-Moon, and the FBC staff and I could not be more excited!


First and foremost, Bleeding Ink Productions is an exciting new indie comic book publisher based in Hollywood, CA.  Founded by writer/creator Jesse Grillo, the company seeks to “ . . . create unique, hardline stories that stand out from anything you’ve ever read.”  Previous titles include Chapel, War Zone, Sensory Distortion, Demigods, and Patriot, all penned by Grillo.

 

Valkyrie SquadronRight off the bat, I can tell you that if you like Battlestar Galactica, you’ll probably dig Valkyrie Squadron by artist/writer Jules Rivera.  


In this sci-fi soap opera, a space-hopping human race is in the midst of an all-out war with a swarming army of aggressive robots called Autodrones.  While it’s not immediately clear where these “Drones” came from, what they want, or whether it’s Earth or some other Earth-like planet that the humans are defending, none of that really matters as you become instantly engrossed in the characters.    

 

Avenging Spider-ManHe’s been known as the menace of NYC, the savior of the little person, and one of the smartest guys to sling a web from a skyscraper.  He’s got no personal life, a full-time civilian job, and helping out with several superhero teams to the point of exhaustion; however, the one thing he does have, that he never loses or compromises, is his overwhelming sense of pun usage and joke telling.


He’s the one, the only, the geekish Avenging Spider-Man.

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BW Comedian 1The comic book event of the summer is nigh!  Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot.  Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm. 


While there are many good reasons for a comic book sniffer to be skeptical regarding DC’s Before Watchmen event and how it will contradict and cannibalize the parent text, most can still agree that there are two characters that should still have adventures to share in sequential art form: Rorschach and The Comedian. This week, The Comedian #1, written by Brian Azzarello and featuring art by J.G. Jones, hit comic stands with a bang and shattered the expectations of this eagerly awaiting fanboy like a lone gunman’s lucky shot.


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Jimmy Brass 1I love film noir.  I love the seedy worlds, the anti-heroes, the clipped, witty dialogue.  But, I think more than all of that I love the mystery: how people, places, and objects are never what they seem, how you always have the sense that you’re walking on a trap door and, at any moment, it all could drop out from under you.  And, I love that, in the end, everything falls into place.  It isn’t always how you want it to turn out.  Heck, it isn’t often how you want it to turn out, but it always makes a funny kind of sense.  Writer Jake Dickerman and artist Jason Pruett deliver all of that in spades in their new comic, Jimmy Brass: 2nd Grade Detective.     

Demon Knights 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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Camelot is a magical place, constantly being destroyed and rebuilt over centuries. An attempt to destroy the city of Alba Sarum and its claim to be the next Camelot brings together seven unlikely and cursed warriors who would see Camelot rebuilt.

 

 

 

 

 

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Astonishing X-Men 51Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Astonishing X-Men #51
by Marjorie Liu, Mike Perkins, and Andy Troy

There’s going to be some talk about this issue being a publicity stunt and a marketing ploy, but forget all that; this is just a really good X-Men comic. Marjorie Liu has been slowly building to this issue since she took the series over, and the payoff is wonderful. There’s some action in the beginning, but most of this issue deals with the drama that goes hand in hand with a wedding day. The love and care with which Liu handles these characters makes this the issue to buy this week. There are wonderful moments when we see the very human side of these superheroes. Liu even addresses the gay marriage issue with different characters weighing in, and she handles it very gracefully, without being preachy or impeding her story at all. Buy this issue, but not for the spectacle; buy it because it’s good art and it’s worth your money.

 

Reed Gunther 10Epic! Shane and Chris Houghton have earned many adjectives for their comic series, Reed Gunther - awesome, hilarious, heartfelt - but now they can add epic to their list. This issue, the last in their current story arc, pits their lovable heroes against seemingly insurmountable odds, and with quick-thinking, love, and friendship, they band together to face the unstoppable.

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