Avengers 24.1Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Avengers 24.1
by Brian Michael Bendis, Brandon Peterson, and Sonia Oback

This is a big week for Marvel with their big Avengers VS. X-Men event starting with its 0 issue, but, in all the excitement, don’t miss this awesome Avengers one shot. This issue deals with the emotional return of the Avengers' robot teammate, the Vision. I always love the Vision, because he seems to be the most emotional member of the team, and he’s not even a real person, he’s a robot. Yet, in this issue we see him deal with anger, depression, hatred, shock, and forgiveness. Bendis writes some great moments for the Vision in this book, and he really portrays Iron Man, Captain America, and She-Hulk well. He only fell flat with his portrayal of Magneto, who comes off like the villain he was a few years ago, not the repentant, older, and calmer man we often see in the X books. Brandon Peterson’s art is somewhat inconsistent, too. His style works great for the costumed characters, he seems to do very well when a character’s features are partially obscured, but his scenes with Magneto and Tony Stark make Tony look too old and Magneto just looks silly. Even despite a few flaws, this book tells a wonderfully small story of the Vision trying to deal with the emotional fallout of his own death and rebirth, and serves as a nice lead in to the big event books coming our way.

 

BPRD P of F V1"Diamond" David Lee Roth. Steve Perry. Peter Gabriel. Hellboy. Besides all falling under the category of "awesome," one may ask what they have in common. The answer? They may have gone on to interesting, if not magnificent, solo careers, but they left behind groups that could hold their own and persevered without them. Most replaced that lead position, some from within, while others added to the group and came into their own. One of which is The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, otherwise known as the B.P.R.D.

 

Axe Cop 3Axe Cop Volume 3 continues the amazing adventures of Axe Cop, the creation of 6-year-old Malachai Nicolle. Yes, that's right, this is a comic series created by a 6 year old. It's a wonderful story, actually. Twenty-something-year-old illustrator Ethan Nicolle goes home for the holidays and while playing with his little brother, he decides to start drawing their adventures. Over time, his little brother has developed a whole story about a cop who fights with an axe.  Ethan decides to start drawing these little games out and turning them into a web comic, thus Axe Cop is born, and becomes a huge internet hit.  Now, a few years later, we have 3 volumes of Axe Cop collected in trade paperback.



 

Crime Does Not PayLook at you, my little one! My oh my, aren't you getting big?! You're almost as tall as a stalk of corn! Also, from what I hear, just about to turn another year older! (If female and under the age of 18, please continue reading the article. If older than 18 and in the Greater Pittsburgh area or willing to travel, please contact Fanboy Comics for my contact information. If male just be quiet, sit there, and learn something) Good for you! Why don't you take a seat on your 'Ol Pappy J.C.'s knee (only girls 18 or older), and I can tell you the interesting story of a bygone era that was before the Comic Code Authority.

Aquaman 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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Aquaman, nobody's favorite superhero.  The rightful King of Atlantis may be a joke on the surface world, but that hasn't stopped him from trying to fit in with humanity while defending them from threats from the deep.

 

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Spiderman 682Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Amazing Spider-Man #682
by Dan Slott, Stefano Caselli, and Frank Martin, Jr.


Dan Slott did something really unique with the Spider-Man franchise last year; he made Peter Parker grow up, get a job, and start being responsible. This may seem silly, since we know Spider-Man’s motto is “With great power comes great responsibility”, but the deal with Spidey has always been that while he’s very responsible and does the right thing, this often comes at the expense of Peter Parker. In Dan Slott’s "Big Time" storyline, Peter decided that maybe if he became a better man, then he could also be a better Spider-Man. He would utilize Spider-Man’s scientific breakthroughs designed to defeat super villains, and turn them into commercial products that Peter Parker could use to better the world and make some money for himself. Spider-Man and Peter Parker have both been doing very well, and even made a promise to never let anyone die on their watch again. Enter Spider-Man’s nemesis Doctor Octopus and an alliance of various villains with a vile plan that puts the whole world at risk. Looks like while Spider-Man has been stepping up his game, so have the Sinister Six. This is the awesome set up to this spring’s big event “The Ends of the Earth.” Dan Slott teams with regular series artist Stefano Caselli for an action-packed, world-spanning adventure filled with super science, heroic team ups, and dastardly villains. If you are totally new to Spider-Man, or an old fan, you will not want to miss this awesome issue that serves as a great jumping on point.

 

Avengers X MenThe 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

 

 

 

Teams have been a part of comics since the beginning, although, not everyone considers a group that isn’t a superhero team to be one; however, just because you can’t leap a building in a single jump, or call Asgard your home realm, doesn’t mean you don’t have something to offer a group with a like-minded purpose.  Teams exist to bind people together, to offer a cohesive organization with a shared purpose. Teams are filled with individuals, be they superheroes, mutants, villains, or just plain soldiers.

Throughout our experiences with comics, we’ve identified several teams, both good and bad, and feel that we have picked the top four that best describe what we believe a team should be.  These groups come from a wide variety of sources, and we think you may be surprised by some of our choices. At one point we actually ended up picking the same team, but for completely different reasons and rankings.

 

 

Star Wars Clone Wars TEWStar Wars: The Clone Wars: The Enemy Within
by Jeremy Barlow, Illustrated by Brian Koschak


Clone Wars
stories are always the most interesting when they focus on the clones, and The Enemy Within is no exception. In this graphic novel, we meet clone trooper 7719 or, as he hates to be called, Banks, as he undertakes his first real mission leading a squad of troops to disable a droid command center. What's the phrase? The best laid plans of clones and Jedi often go awry? Well, that is certainly true, as what should be a simple sabotage mission goes horribly wrong, and Banks finds himself in the fight of his life. 



 

Reed Gunther 9As I've written before in my Trade Paperback review, Reed Gunther is a masterfully crafted All Ages book by the Houghton brothers. Shane and Chris spin the delightful tale of Reed, a lovable cowboy who tries really hard but just isn't that awesome at what he does, Sterling, a cute and loyal bear who serves as Reed's trusty steed and best friend, and Starla, a tough-as-nails, no nonsense cattle rancher. Together, they have set out to help solve people's problems and be heroes. 



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All Star Western 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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The DC universe is set in the 1880s and principally follows the characters of bounty hunter Jonah Hex and psychologist Amadeus Arkham as they track down criminals in Gotham City, but also features stories about other characters of the era.

 

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