Pariah 5After a long wait, we finally get the continuation of Aron Warner, Philip Gelatt, and Brett Weldele's science fiction thriller Pariah, which follows a group of hyper-intelligent teenagers called "Vitros."  Genetically modified, in Vitro, as part of a genome experiment and scattered all over the country, the Vitros and their families do their best to assimilate into society, attending high school, working jobs, and occasionally exploiting their intelligence for personal gain.  That is until the vitros are collectively blamed for a deadly lab explosion, becoming the terrorist du jour, persecuted by the public and hunted down by the government.  Needless to say that in addition to the science fiction angle, there is a light dusting of topical social commentary.  All for the better.

 

SW - Blood Ties 1Before I begin with my review, I feel the need to share a little bit about myself.  Boba Fett has always been my favorite thing about Star Wars.  When I was growing up and kids argued over who got to play Han Solo, I always called dibs on Boba Fett and even dressed up as the Mandalorian for multiple Halloweens.


Being the fan that I am, I was very excited when it was announced that there would be a sequel to the mini-series Star Wars: Blood Ties.  For those of you who have not read the original one, I strongly recommend you pick it up (as well as another miniseries called Jango Fett: Open Season); however, I will give you a quick synopsis to catch you up.

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Teen Titans 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 shadowy, global power is tracking down and corrupting, capturing, or killing the world’s metahuman youth, but one young man stands in their way—Red Robin, former partner of Batman.  Throughout the contiguous United States, the batless bird pulls together several young heroes to fight against the organization known only as N.O.W.H.E.R.E.  They may be young, but these heroes are the Teen Titans, and they won’t take it lying down.
 

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Batman 8Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Batman #8
by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

This issue starts off the first event of DC’s New 52, and if it is any indication, this event is going to be awesome. Even better, this issue is a great jumping on point, if you haven’t been reading Batman. A short scene in the beginning gives the exposition needed to catch everyone up to speed, and then the action starts. Snyder and Capullo waste no time showing that Bruce Wayne is just as deadly and dangerous without his suit and toys, but the real scene stealer in this issue is Alfred Pennyworth, everyone’s favorite butler.  Snyder and Capullo have spent seven issues so far setting up this very moment, and you will not be disappointed. After picking up this issue, be prepared to drop some money next month, as this storyline spirals the ten other books that make up the Bat family. If those other books are even half as good as this one, then they’ll be worth every penny. Make sure to pick up Batman #8 if you like men fighting in bathrobes, sarcastic butlers, or the quiet moments right before all hell breaks loose.

Red Hood 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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With nowhere else to turn, three outlaws (Jason Todd, resurrected former sidekick of Batman, Arsenal, Green Arrow's rejected sidekick, and Starfire, an alien and former slave from an intergalactic war) band together to confront the demons of their past.

 

 

 

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TMNT IDWThey live in the sewers, but these warriors don’t smell like it.  They’re quick, efficient, and the favorite of many a child from the '80s and onward.  True, they’ve undergone several changes since they first made their debut in 1984 by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, but the core essence of what they are remains constant.  These are turtles, changed into intelligent beings by an outside force, and when you get on their bad side, watch out.  They’ll go ninja on you!


And, who can forget the immortal and timeless war cry that escapes their reptilian lips?  Cowabunga, dudes!


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X-Men 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 world has become a dangerous place for mutants.  Groups such as the X-Men have been disbanded and the U.S. Government has begun to actively hunt mutants down and place them in concentration camps, but a single revelation is about to change everything...




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Ultimate spider-manThe 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

 

 

 

 

There are several titles in the comic book world, be they the standard monthly lines, limited edition mini-serials, or annual titles.  Each has their own way of telling a story, of delving into or establishing a character’s personality and background, and each is unique, yet similar.  During our experiences in comics, we’ve read several different titles and have come to discover the top four that we feel would be excellent reads for people.  Of course, these are just our thoughts on the matter.

 

The Evil That Men DoBy Robert J. Baden, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

 

Since I started reading mainstream Marvel comics, I’ve focused more on the smaller—12 issues or less—trade paperbacks, as a way to learn more without getting too caught up until I’m sure I have the time.  One trade I had the fortune of picking out near the beginning was a 6-issue series written by cosmic geek Kevin Smith starring Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and the Black Cat (Felicia Hardy).  At first it just seemed like another series concerning Spider-Man’s love life and criminals in NYC, albeit with an interesting twist, but as I kept reading, throughout the issues, I learned it tackled a very important and rather sensitive issue:


Sexual assault and molestation.


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button-badgeFanboy Comics' newest contributor, Robert J. Baden, shares his thoughts on what it is to be a Comic Book Fan.

By Robert J. Baden, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

 

 

I have come to the realization, with great pride and enjoyment, that I am a comic book fan.  Not something that would stop the presses and be considered of vital importance to the world, but, for me, it is a bit of a change in my entertainment and reading pleasure.  It is not as though I haven’t read comics books throughout my life, but I never considered myself a fan until after I had turned 31.

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