Ultimate Movie MarathonThere came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's nerdiest geeks found themselves united in a single movie theater to watch the movies no single super fan could watch alone.  On that day, The Avengers premiered. FANBOYS ASSEMBLE!


Alright, fanboys and fangirls, on Thursday fellow FBC contributor Jordan Callarman, our friend Meghan Caves, and I watched 15 hours of Avengers movies, and you know we did it all for you. Just kidding. We did it because it was awesome. AMC Theaters put on the event where for $40, you could see Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America, and then top it all off with the midnight screening of The Avengers. Here's my breakdown and review of the day. We also did audio recordings documenting the event (posted below).

 

Order of the StickThe 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

 

 

 

While not actually a part of the traditional comic book world, webcomics have had a profound impact on readership and the comic industry for nearly 3 decades. Tomorrow, May 5th, is Webcomics Appreciation Day, and we felt that this would be the best time to pay tribute to our fondness for them. Both of us have read a lot of webcomics over the years, Kristine co-wrote and colored a webcomic for a college project, and Rob has had some experience writing for a few in his day (though nothing that anyone has likely heard of).


There is an extensive list of webcomics available to people—most are free to read, some have paid viewerships; some are comedies, some are dramas, some are fantasy, some are slice-of-life, some are gag-a-day, while others are ongoing serials. There are few that have popular followings and make enough money to support the creator(s), but most just do it for fun and expression. Some webcomics you’ve probably heard of, such as Sluggy Freelance or Schlock Mercenary, while others have only garnered a small following, such as Fanboy Otaku Gamers Club or Mory’s Education. The ones below, however, are the webcomics we enjoy the most.

 

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The 36 5 reviewThe story behind the comic book The Thirty Six is based on the Kabbalistic belief that there are 36 people in the world upon whom it is saved by their simple existence. As the book states, “In times of need, these people emerge from anonymity to save us.”


Fair warning, comic book sniffers, the latest issue of The Thirty Six will leave you with a serious addiction and no idea where you'll find your next fix - and this is a good thing! To say that Kristopher White ends this chapter of his epic story with a bang is a massive understatement. It's issues like this one that make you say, "...there should be a movie."

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Deathstroke 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 metahuman who bills himself out as the best there is, a one-man killing machine who will take down anyone regardless of their gender, age, or affiliation.  A man who can instill fear in even the most steady of persons. An assassin of the highest caliber and with the best training.  The one, the only, the slightly insane, Deathstroke.
 

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Daredevil 12Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Daredevil #12
by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Javier Rodriguez

So, it’s big summer event time at Marvel: the Avengers are fighting the X-Men and Spider-Man is going to the ends of the Earth. Even Daredevil couldn’t avoid the pull of the event black hole, and we found ourselves in a crossover called Omega Effect. Thankfully, this month we’re back to a regular, strong Daredevil story. It’s a great jumping on point for new readers, as it recaps the important events of the first 11 issues and gives an interesting insight into Matt Murdock and two of his closest relationships. I know I may sound like a broken record, but if there’s one Marvel book you should be reading, it’s Daredevil. It is consistently the best written and best drawn book Marvel puts out.

Ultimates 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 elite, government-sponsored, metahuman task force, the Ultimates, have faced many challenges, but now they find themselves spread too thin against two new superhuman threats, the Nation of Tian and the Children of Tomorrow.




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spider-man diesThe 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

 

 

Throughout comics, there are certain moments that stick out, certain events that just remain with the reader as an anchor point, a defining situation that resonates for years, even decades, to come.  These moments not only help to define the comics that we read, but also our relationship with said comics; we become more interested, we become more invested, or we become more disillusioned by them.  The two of us have seen many such events in our day, but these four moments are the most memorable for us, the ones that stand out the most and define our involvement and enjoyment for reading comics.

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ANGELAF-9-VARIANT-FC-FNL-copyGreetings, Scoobies! The Comic Book Slayer is back with another review of Angel & Faith, as writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs deliver their final chapter of the ‘Daddy Issues’ story arc. Most fans have been eating up this current arc, which features the return of the utterly insane Drusilla and a special appearance by Faith’s deadbeat dad, and the dream team of Gage and Isaac delivers an appropriately morose and tragic ending to an arc that has been full of regrets from our heroes.

 

 

 

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Firestorm Banner and 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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Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond were ordinary high school students until Jason took possession of a weapon known as Firestorm.  When Firestorm infects both Jason and Ronnie, they have to leave their lives behind and face what they have become: weapons.

 

 

 

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The Activity 5Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

The Activity #5
by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads

Nathan Edmondson’s The Activity continues to be one of my favorite books each month. This book follows a group of U.S. intelligence agents, and each issue is a stand-alone mission. It’s awesome because you are always following the same people and over time you really get to know the characters, but each issue stands on its own as well and every issue serves as a good jumping on point. Plus, Mitch Gerads is an awesome artist. He does an awesome job with his layouts and makes sure that every page is uniquely interesting. This issue is darker and more personal, as it delves into one of the character’s backstories, and, as always, Edmondson is full of surprises. If you love awesome spy thrillers, then you do not want to miss The Activity.

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