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.

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.

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