Space Corps 0Space Corps #0 consists of four distinct stories that each introduce a main character belonging to the same spacefaring military unit. Each of these stories has a distinct tone to it, some focusing on darker story elements, while others highlight the series' wacky sense of humor.

Darths  DroidsWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


I’ve never had the opportunity to play a Star Wars tabletop RPG—I almost never tabletop anymore, sadly—and I’ve often wondered what it would be like, so I was very happy when someone showed me this particular comic.  Take all six films and act them out as tabletop game, with six individual campaigns, and then throw in the characteristics of some classic tabletop geek archetypes, mixed with photo stills from the films themselves, and you’ve got yourself a webcomic.  Photo stills aren’t anything new—Irregular Webcomic did it, my recent review of Troops of Doom showed that they do it—but the fact that the characters are themselves playing characters is really interesting to me.  Right off the bat, the comic pulled me in with the conversation between the PCs and the GM being hilarious to read; it took me back to my tabletop days, and that’s what really kept me going.  Darths & Droids updates Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at darthsanddroids.net.

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Pantalones TX *Please note that this advance review is based on a non-final copy of the graphic novel.


As a geek with a warped sense of humor, I have read and watched some very unusual things over the years (Excel, Saga, and FLCL come to mind), but this is one of the most unusual comics I have ever read.  I’m not entirely sure what the creator (Yehudi Mercado) was thinking when he made this graphic novel, but I will say this much: at least the ending makes sense (within the confines of the story itself, that is, which overall doesn’t).  I’m not sure if I’m likely to ever read something else with these particular settings and characters—or other stories from the creator that are much like this—but I’ll give him this much: he kept me entertained while I read it.  This graphic novel is due to be released in February, 2013, if the world doesn’t end before then.

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Angel and Faith 17This week saw the release of Angel & Faith #17 and the second part of Christos Gage’s "Death and Consequences" arc. I have been consistently and extremely complimentary of both Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs’ work on Angel & Faith (mainly because their work has been consistently and extremely fantastic), but the current "Death and Consequences" arc is pushing us to a place in the season where not only is the plot of Angel & Faith hitting a new high point on almost every level, but so is Gage and Isaacs’ mastery of Joss Whedon’s characters and the now magic-less world in which they exist!

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Y The Last Man coverWay before I started having an active interest in most comic books, a very close friend of mine introduced me to this then-recently finished series.  I was pretty hesitant at first due to having only read certain comics before, but, at the encouraging of my friend, I read the series and really enjoyed it, not because of the artwork, but because of the “what if” scenario that played out.  I’m a bit of a sucker for “what if” scenarios, seeing where things might have gone had things been different in even the slightest fashion, so this really appealed to me on several levels; however, there were some things about it that did their best to keep me away from finishing it (both times I read through it), but the overall storytelling really kept me interested.  There’s been talk of making a feature film adaption, and I know there have been some fan-film productions already made, so I hope that they keep to the core of the series, even if they cut away a bit of the dressing.

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BW Moloch 2Edgar Jacobi, a.k.a. Moloch the Mystic, is a reformed supervillain who only wants to serve God and repent for his many sins, but unknown to him, his life has become a small piece in a much larger event.


I'm going to be up front with you. Do yourself a favor and count Moloch as a brilliant single issue and then go and read Watchmen again. This second part is well constructed but is another filler issue, adding nothing to the larger narrative.


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Girls with SlingshotsWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


Over the years I have randomly come across webcomics that I normally wouldn’t have found, and Girls with Slingshots is one of those random finds.  At first it took a little bit of time to get into the story, but I quickly discovered that I really enjoyed the characters and the situations that they end up in—even though some of them are a little farfetched for a “slice-of-life” comic such as this (but, then again, I’ve read Real Life, so that’s not hard to imagine).  Danielle Corsetto does an excellent job of putting together a very emotional and funny comic that really captures my attention, and I look forward to reading the adventures of Hazel and her close friends; this comic has easily become one of my all-time favorites (and there aren’t that many that have).  Girls with Slingshots updates every weekday at girlswithslingshots.com.

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Buffy S9 16Oddly enough, while Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 was clearly meant to be the flagship of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy-verse, it has, in the last few months, been considered as the “runt of the litter” by many comic book readers. That all changed last week with release of Buffy: Season 9 #16 and the start of the “Welcome to the Team” arc, featuring the series regular team of writer Andrew Chambliss, penciller Georges Jeanty, inker Dexter Vines, and colorist Michelle Madsen. The return of Xander and Dawn to the mix, a potential new romantic interest for Buffy, and the return of a fan-favorite from the Angel TV series all serve to get Buffy: Season 9 back on track!

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Doctor Who ST TNG Assimilation 8Crossover. Not just what Tangina from Poltergeist asked spirits to do when she instructed them, "Cross over, children. All are welcome. All are welcome, go into the light . . . There is peace and serenity in the light." Clear that creepiness from your minds, and let's keep it simple and go with the other definition. A crossover, for those who don't know, is when one character or group from one series somehow "crosses over" into another series. Some favorites include Steve Urkel visiting Full House, characters from both Buffy and Angel crossing over into each other's series, and my personal favorite, the many crossovers on Scooby Doo. Because anytime Mystery Inc. can get a hand from Batman and Robin, you know it's going be curtains for the baddies who would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids.

 

SW Dawn of the Jedi Bogan 2Forcesabers, forcesabers, forcesabers, this latest issue of Dawn of the Jedi delves much deeper into the workings of the lightsabers' predecessor, covering everything from their construction to their destructive potential. It's immensely satisfying watching these characters take their first steps towards understanding the weapon that will come to embody their order in the millenia ahead.

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