When it comes to supporting women’s rights and talented creators, Fanbase Press is always happy to lend a hand. Thus, we implore comic and horror fans in the Los Angeles area to come out for the cause and attend the ONE MEAN MONSTER ZINE party (where ALL proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood) taking place this Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the darkly beautiful curiosity shop, Memento Mori!

There’s a blaze in the northern sky: crimson, deep purple, and all of the darkness in between. A wronged man takes up his battle axe and sets out to destroy his destroyers.

It’s no secret that the DCEU has had some growing pains, to say the least.  They didn’t exactly hit the ground running with the divisive and critically panned Man of Steel. In spite of that, Henry Cavill looked amazing in the suit, the special effects and overall design were just dandy, and Zack Snyder was an accomplished director with great appreciation for the source material.

Batman V Superman didn’t fair much better, continuing the complaint of it being too dark with the characters acting against type. Although, giving credit where credit is due, it did give us the flawless, big-screen debut of Wonder Woman, so I guess it had some saving grace. Unfortunately, she may likely have been the only good thing in the film.

I guess we don’t have to mention the poor response to Justice League, even though it did make some money and has many fans defending the film or at least campaigning for Zack Snyder’s director’s cut. Once again, WW was the best thing about the movie, although Jason Mamoa as Aquaman is a close second. I can’t wait for James Wan’s Aquaman to hit movie theaters. If the trailer is any indication, we’re in for a treat. Long regarded as an inferior character, it’s time Aquaman shows us what he’s made of - and I think he just might.

I may be in the minority here, but I actually really liked Suicide Squad. Even though it got somewhat bad reviews, it performed well enough to warrant a sequel and a couple of spinoffs. I trust the powers that be to iron out some of the wrinkles and receive redemption for the first one.

So, what went wrong with the DCEU?

DC has some of the greatest superheroes and stories ever created in comic books and all of fiction. These stories were created by some of the greatest artists and writers of the past century.  With a long, rich history comes many ups and downs, triumphs and failures. As many successes are to be celebrated, there will also be a flub here and there.  It doesn’t matter how you fall, but rather how you stand up.

When it comes to redemption, nobody does it better than DC. After trying to ride out criticism and fan disappointment from its first few films, Wonder Woman’s solo movie came along and was near perfection; it performed well and was positively received. Easily the best of the DC flicks of the past decade, I think that the movie deserves to stand in its own and carry out its tenure. It’s unlikely there would be a Wonder Woman 3, but I wouldn’t complain if there was. I think they just need to keep Wonder Woman in her own lane and let the films stand on their own. It will stand the test of time better without the obligatory cameos and crossovers that do little more than distract and remind us of the not-so-great parts of the DCEU.  I say keep them all separate and let them stand on their own merit.

Moving forward, I think it would be in their best interest to start with something of a clean slate, especially now that Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are no longer attached. It would seem strange to have Gal Gadot as the only original member of the trilogy continuing on.  They could essentially Rebirth their films the way they did their comics. Believe it or not, fans like good movies with good stories and character development.

Until then, we have Wonder Woman and Aquaman to lead the way for some new DC movies in the planning stages. I’m sure care will be taken to put care into these movies. Shazam looks amazing by all accounts.

I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what the future will look like. Just remember: When things look down, you can only look up! Up, up, and away!

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If you haven't seen the original Over the Garden Wall miniseries that aired on Cartoon Network, please stop whatever you are doing right now and go watch it. The whole series is the length of a single movie; an afternoon is all you need.

Sitting triumphantly on his command chair, Lord Morgan of the Black Sun Templars surveys the carnage around him during the battle of the White Monk’s citadel. Captain Janek offers his services to safeguard the malevolent leader who overconfidently replies back, “No need. The Black Knight already killed all incoming reinforcements. They’re out of surprises.”  

What proceeds to follow for the remainder of issue five, the final issue of book one of Sword of Ages, is nothing but continuous surprises.

I’m not a scholar of old English poetry by any means, but what I’ve read I’ve loved. I love how the words make you feel breathless. They elevate the events of the story to the point of being mythic. The Worm Ouroboros was one of the most unique reading experiences I’ve ever had. Heroes with the stature of mountains surmounting practically impossible tasks; they are almost god-like. This graphic novel adaptation of Beowulf from writer Santiago García creates an equally breathless feeling within me, and that’s in a large part thanks to the lush artwork of David Rubín.

Issue five of Coda is Simon Spurrier at his finest. Over the course of the first four issues, Spurrier has set up and filled in this world little by little with eccentricities and oddities, all making sense within the rules of the world he’s created. The world is post-fantasy, as if the magic in Lord of the Rings was stripped away and Terry Gilliam got hold of what remained and turned it into a George Miller-esque Road Warrior fight for what little magic remains. It’s a freaking romp.

Black Badge #2 from the Eisner-nominated team of Grass Kings - Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins - swings into some dark territory by the end, especially considering that the heroes of this book are elite Boy Scouts.

The following is an interview with Peter Tieryas regarding the upcoming release of his latest novel, Mecha Samurai Empire, from Penguin Random House. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Tieryas about the inspiration behind the novel, his creative process and inspirations, what he hopes that readers will take away from the book, and more!

Issue four of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer: Age of Doom dropped a huge reveal: What and where is this farm that the heroes of Spiral City have been trapped on? That’s a pretty big revelation considering they have been stuck here for the better part of a decade, and it’s a question that readers have been asking since the very first issue. Needless to say, the reveal changes everything and sends our heroes sling-shotting in another direction entirely.

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