Each month, Fanbase Press Contributor Joshua Desjardins (a.k.a. Stagedork83) receives new and exciting subscription boxes from Star Wars: Smuggler's Bounty, and the Fanbase Press readers have a chance to live vicariously through the deliveries as he captures the thrilling unboxing process on video!
Have you have wanted to get a hold of Jabba the Hutt’s goodies after his death in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi? Well, now you can! This July, watch Fanbase Press Contributor Joshua Desjardins (a.k.a. @Stagedork83) unbox Star Wars and Funko’s latest Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box with all things from Jabba’s Palace. Inside, we find trinkets from your favorite characters such as C-3PO, R2-D2, Boba Fett, and, of course, the fat slug himself, Jabba the Hutt! If you’re still trying to decide what subscription box to sign up for each month, you don’t want to miss Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty!
Being a geek means occupying a constant state of wishing you had MORE: more of your favorite characters; more world-building; more detail; more conversations; more involvement; more adventures; and so on, world without end. Sometimes, this need is met with whole universes of satisfying detail. Open the pages of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings and you will end up in a world fleshed out with whole languages, annotated histories, compendiums, and additional stories that exist solely to tell the backstory of a character’s distant ancestors.
I jumped right into the newly released Torchwood #1 from Titan Comics with absolutely no preparation. It’s been awhile since I visited the intrepid Cardiff Torchwood Three crew, so I’ll admit right up front that I was very happy to immediately encounter a “Previously on Torchwood” page as I opened the issue.
Writer, artist, and graphic designer Mickey Lam first made his mark as an independent comic book creator with the quirky Mr. Yang Fights Aliens. For indie creators and especially multi-hyphenate indie creators, it takes time to develop, create, and produce new works, which is why it is so wonderful to see those creators return with exciting, new projects. Lam has done exactly that this year with the release of his all-ages adventure comic, Fwendly Fwuit: Winter Wonders, and the new comic is an adorable and fun read for young audiences to enjoy.
Since Jonesy first began, one of the most interesting characters has been Jonesy’s secret crush, Stuff. A teen pop sensation with an odd sci-fi persona, he’s thus far been mainly in the background - talked about and seen in video clips, rather than appearing directly. Until now. In this issue, we finally get to meet the legendary Stuff.
“This sunroof is where I have greeted the day for a year. I’m an ocean away from the job I have dutifully served since college in Taipei, Taiwan, providing logistical support to Chinese separatists, part of California’s covert Cary Grant Brigade. Life has been different for some since China succeeded and the U.S. lost the scramble for the world’s last oil supplies – but not for me. I’m still broke.”
It’s 2046, and struggling LaLaLander journalist Richard “Dick” White is living a bohemian existence on the edges of a Venice, CA, not much different from our own. Except that California and the Western States seceded after the government didn’t provide relief after the great Earthquake of 2026, and the region is now more prosperous than the rest of the country.
Mark Millar has written some of the most unforgiving and violently brutal comics out there. From the awesome Old Man Logan to the pop culture-infused Kick Ass, his books have a visceral edge to them. He was one of the weekly targets of internet outrage a while back due to his brutality. To prove his naysayers wrong, he began delving into other arenas and proved he didn’t need to depict immense violence in his story to make it dramatically potent. He’s largely succeeded. I like Millar’s work, and, sometimes, I even love it.
Anyone following my reviews will know that I've already said my piece about every single issue in this limited series, in which I lauded the team on Magekiller for making something pretty great. That being said, when it was time for the trade to hit shelves, I once again jumped at the chance to give this book another shot, especially since I'd be able to read it as a whole and not just in parts from month to month. So, here's another look at Dragon Age: Magekiller, a series so good, I volunteered to review it twice.