Debris 2Debris is an awesome, new miniseries from Image Comics that follows a young, female warrior on a quest to discover a legendary water source that could save her people. In this post-apocalyptic world, Maya is a protector who fights off strange beasts made of the debris that covers the planet. The people she protects are the last remnants of civilization, and if they don't find a source of water soon, they'll all die out. So, Maya ventures beyond the protection of her home into a vast wasteland to seek out a fabled source of fresh water.

 

Super Crooks 1The four-issue miniseries Super Crooks by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu has just concluded. It is published by Marvel's Icon Comics, which is the division of the company that has been putting out the best comics lately. Also, out of Icon are Millar's Kick-Ass, Superior, Secret Service, and Nemesis, as well as Brilliant by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley (the team that brought us Ultimate Spider-Man). Icon has become an outlet for the superstars at Marvel to create completely original, creator-owned comics, which has allowed for fresh, new worlds and cinematic stories.

 

SW Darth Vader 4We're nearing the home stretch on this incredible arc. A part of me is definitely sad to see it come to an end, and this issue is no exception.

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To Read ListThe 'To Read' List:


Moriarty: the Dark Chamber by Daniel Corey, Anthony Diecidue, Perry Freeze, and Dave Lanphear
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
The Light by Nathan Edmondson and Brett Weldele
Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado



Read This Week:


Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

 

 


 



This week has been insane. I finished up my last days at the comic store, enrolled in school, and have been interviewing for internships at comic companies. Due to all of this, I barely had any time to read. I didn't finish any graphic novels, but I did finish the novel Game of Thrones.


Game of Thrones is a masterpiece of fantasy fiction. Martin has created a wonderful, new world that, although it has fantasy elements, is at its best when dealing with its all-too-human characters and the political intrigue that surrounds them. These characters really shine, because Martin writes each chapter in subjective third-person narrative, letting the reader see the world through each of the main character's eyes. This is really cool, because the reader gets to see how different young Sansa views the world from the way her father Ned does. We get to see Jon Snow learn the truth of what lies beyond the wall. We even get into the head of Tyrion, a member of the villainous Lannister family, and learn why, despite all of their cruelty, he still loves his family. This constantly changing perspective is what really makes the book special, and what makes it better than the TV show. Although the HBO series follows all of these characters, it can't get in their heads in the same way that the book does. If you like the show, or have ever been curious, make sure you read the book.




So, that's what I read this week. What have you been reading? Respond in the comments below and let me know; maybe I'll even add it to my reading list. As always, keep reading!

 

 

 

BW Dr. Manhattan 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. 

 

 

Let’s get one thing straight before I delve into my reviews of this series: I’m not a Watchmen fan.  I’ve tried reading the comics, and I’ve tried watching both versions of the film, but it just didn’t hold my interest.  That’s not to say that I don’t like Alan Moore’s work—I believe he has done some really phenomenal stuff in the past—it just wasn’t something that I caught onto.  But, I picked Dr. Manhattan mainly because I’m a fan of J. Michael Straczynski’s writing and was eager to see what he’d do in this prequel series to impress even a non-fan like me.  I have to say, I am intrigued by what I’ve read.



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Spike 1The Buffy writing staff has been trying to cure Spike of his Buffy-love and let him stand on his own for some time now. Angel Season 5 moved the bar a bit. Brian Lynch’s time with the platinum blonde vamp in comic form also proved to help him step out of the shadows and into a leading man role. Still, despite these advancements, Spike’s slayer-shaped heartache is still around. Well, blondie bear is back at it again, with writer Victor Gischler taking the vamp with a soul - version 2.0 on a cosmic quest to tackle his demons.



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Earth 2 152 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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Another Earth, where the origin of Heroes (or Wonders, as they are called) is quite different than our own.  A great evil has already been, and another is on the way.  Now, years later, the next generation of Wonders must stand against the coming darkness, on a place called Earth 2.

 

 
 

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Ravagers 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 escaping from the top secret organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., which tortured and experimented on them, a group of superpowered teens have to evade capture and figure out what's next in their lives.


 

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Lenore SwirliesI have to be honest. I hadn't read Lenore before, although, I had always heard good things. I think it's a hard book for people to recommend, because you're not sure how people will take it when you say, “I think you're the kind of person who'd really enjoy the misadventures of a homicidal dead girl and her friends. You'd think it's hilarious.” Either that person will take you up on it, or never talk to you again. But, after reading it and laughing so hard I cried, I can say you should read this book.

 

Dragon Age TWS 1Picking up on story threads that were laid down in Dragon Age: The Silent Groves, David Gaider continues to fill in gaps between the Dragon Age games with Those Who Speak, the newest comic miniseries set int the world of Ferelden. This book follows King Alistair, Isabela, and Varric as they try to unravel the disappearance of Alistair's father King Maric, and learn why Magisters of Tevinter are stirring up trouble for Alistair's kingdom.

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