Superboy 152 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 cloned superweapon who is destined to change the world with his powers, Superboy is rambunctious and uncertain of his future and his past.  He trades favors with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. in order to earn his freedom, but at the cost of his humanity and self-worth.  A teen who was grown in a lab with a seemingly important connection to the Ravagers, he is the one Kryptonian who is believed to be able to defeat out-of-control metahumans.  He is Superboy.


 

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HISMSI CoverAt some point, comics stopped being for kids. I may be generalizing a bit here, but the concept still rings true. I got into comics when I was full into my teenage years and desperate for the blood-soaked pages of Aliens and Spawn, but I still do remember the pitiful “kid’s rack” at my ol’ comic shop. Over four walls devoted to the college-age consumer, and one spin-rack stocked with the typical Disney-fare. There are many different reasons and elements to consider when discussing the current state of comics for the wee-folk, but the most important point is that there are those in the industry who are attempting to improve the situation. New independent publisher WE Comics is one of the supporters of this cause, and the first issue of their new book, How I Spent My Summer Invasion, is a great first step in that direction!

Red Lantern 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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Powered by rage and the red energy from the emotional spectrum of light, Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corp. bring vengeance to those unable to seek it for themselves.

 

 

 

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Eerie Archives Vol 10Dark Horse’s reissuing of the classic 1960s-70s series Eerie continues with the release of Eerie Archives Volume 10, collecting Issues 47-51, and what a blast from the past it is!


Originally printed beginning in the early-mid '60s by the legendary Warren Publishing, Eerie circumvented the dictates of the oppressive Comics Code Authority by eschewing the traditional 4-color comic format, instead publishing in a black-and-white magazine format.  With an influx of talent eager to show what they could do, Eerie (along with sister anthology publication, Creepy) quickly established themselves as fan favorites.

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

 

 

Dancer #1
by Nathan Edmondson and Nic Klein

Nathan Edmondson creates yet another intriguing, intelligent spy story with his new book, Dancer. This story is more of a mystery driven by the main character like Who is Jake Ellis was, while his other book, The Activity, is more of a grounded military story. What is so great about Edmondson is that even though he tells a lot of spy stories, it never feels like he’s retreading similar ground; they all stand as unique concepts. In this book, the action starts right away and barrels into a mind-blowing finale. Edmondson has worked with some great artists before, and Klein is no exception. His pencils are great and the colors are dark and moody, which fit these characters perfectly. If you’re into spy thrillers like the Bourne movies, then you definitely don’t want to miss Dancer, and while you’re at it, pick up the new issue of The Activity out this week, as well.

 

FCBD Star Wars SerenityI would first like to address that I was deceived. When I heard there was a Star Wars/Serenity comic book, the geek part of my brain kicked into overdrive, and I imagined a glorious crossover in which Han Solo and Mal Reynolds at first fought over the same smuggling job, butting heads and clever verbal jabs along the way, only to join forces against a common enemy with only their snark and their blasters by their side.

Alas, this was not meant to be, but, at least, such an extraordinary vision still sits in my mind.

 

Super Knocked Up 1As we all know from superhero comics, sometimes, things get hot and heavy between hero and villain. There’s that forbidden attraction, the long, sweaty nights of sparring, and the costumes that are tight in all the right places - a perfect cocktail for a hero/villain sandwich. It’s happened before, it’ll happen again...but what if you forgot to use protection? This is the story behind the fun and hilarious web series, Super Knocked Up. Telling the story of super villain Jessica James (aka Darkstar) and the results of her one night stand with womanizing superhero Captain Amazing, the series has some great laughs, sharp looking effects, and a very talented cast. Natalie Bain, who plays Jessica James, is stellar and charismatic in the lead role and writer/director/producer Jeff Burns must be given a lot of credit for the success of the series. Given Super Knocked Up’s comic book roots, it was only a matter of time before it made the transition to printed page.

 

Sparrow Crowe with ReviewSparrow & Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles follows supernatural detective Dr. Xander Crowe and his assistant, Sparrow, as they investigate a case that puts them in between the crosshairs of the LA mob and a literal demon from Crowe's past.


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Batman 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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After many years serving as the protector of Gotham City, Batman learns someone is pulling the strings, manipulating political and criminal events to suit them and has been doing so for hundreds of years.  They are the Court of Owls, a group that everyone thought was only a nursery rhyme.


Beware the Court of Owls that watches all the time,
ruling Gotham from a shadow perch, behind granite and lime,
They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed,
speak not a whispered word of them or they'll send the talon for your head.

 

 

 

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WolverineAndTheXMen 10 CoverFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Frankenstein Alive, Alive #1
by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson

Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson tell an incredible, heartbreaking story of Frankenstein’s monster. Wrightson absolutely nails the art in this book. The monster shows an incredible amount of emotion, and, although it’s strange to say, is incredibly human. Niles has crafted an amazing tale of the monster’s life after the initial story we all know. This book is proof of just how amazing comics can be. The story builds a slow dramatic tension and the art is breathtaking. If you are a fan of classic horror tales, or just a fan of beautiful comics, then you cannot miss this book.

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