By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

I was a little harsh in my review of DC's Nu 52 direction for Wonder Woman. Okay, way harsh. Maybe I was having my period. Just one of those days; don't take it personal. I'm not always like this. Enough with the menstrual jokes, I promise! It's just hard to resist when reviewing Wonder Woman.

The good news is all is forgiven. In Issue #2 of the new Wonder Woman, Queen Hippolyta is revealed and she is blonde! All of my prayers have been answered. As much as I love George Perez (and, I love me some George Perez!), it always chapped my ass that he gave Hippo a raven Jheri curl post-Crisis on Infinite Earths. I know it makes more sense to have a "which one is the daughter, which one is the mother" moment, but I have a soft spot in my heart for platinum-tressed divas, being of the blonde tribe myself. (What can I tell you, I was born this way!)

 

*Spoilers, bitches!*

"Who's the more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?"


Is this the first time we've seen a quote from the movies used as a fortune cookie? Methinks yes! And, rather fitting for this episode.

Greetings, Fanboys and Fangirls!

We at Fanboy Comics are doers, so we really dig new projects. We’re also comic book fans, so art is really important to us. And, our dedication to the zombies of the world really can’t be overstated. Understandably, we were more than a little excited when we got wind of Z.A.P., the Zombie Art Project.

Toy sculpture/artist Mikie Graham is the individual responsible for the undead toy horde that is the Zombie Art Project. Graham’s zombies are shambling off at the pace of eight customized and zombified Playmobil figures a week, all leading up to a culmination on Halloween 2011, when he will release a completely custom play set.

Calling all Los Angeles-based geeks!

If you haven’t heard yet, the good geeks at Whedonopolis are hosting their annual screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog and The Guild Season 4 this Saturday at Regency Valley Plaza 6 in North Hollywood! Along with a chance to see NPH, Felicia Day, and others on the big screen, there’s also the possibility of surprise appearances by some Whedonverse guests. And, you’ll receive an official Whedonopolis collectible and interactive Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Goodie & Swag Bag!

Coming-of-age films have a tendency to skirt clichés and follow predictable character and plot arcs; however, if done right, a bildungsroman can still feel new, and it can evoke empathy from its audience. Unfortunately, The Art of Getting By (previously titled Homework) does none of these things. The select redeeming scenes and character performances are vastly overshadowed by the underwhelming plot. Sadly, the story gets caught up in cliché after cliché which builds to a predictable and unsatisfying outcome.  

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

Hot on the heels of more seemingly endless bad publicity (her crystal choppers being all the rage last week), Lindsay Lohan is back in the slammer again. For a probation violation this time. And, Bluewater Productions couldn't be happier. Their Lindsay Lohan bio-comic was released the same day "Two-toot Sally" went back in the slammer again. You just can't pay for publicity like that. I should know, as I'm the biggest publicity whore in the tri-state area, and it IS hard out there for a pimp. Sure, she'll be free by the time you read this, as her justice system seems to have a revolving door. But, just for the fun of it, let's pretend she is shackled to some super affectionate woman with "Bertha" somewhere in her nickname, shall we?

Attention Los Angeles-based geeks:


Consider this your bona fide invitation to the official Los Angeles release party and signing for issue #1 of Ardden Entertainment's new "rockabilly western thriller” comic book, The Devil is Due in Dreary! Come and celebrate with creator David Parkin who will be on hand to sign copies of the book! Fanboy Comics is always excited to point fanboys and fangirls in the direction of cool, unique, geek-friendly events, and this promises to be a great time for all!

 

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

In my humble opinion, ABC's Pan Am is one of the best shows on TV. I had my fears in the beginning that it may be more style over substance - not that there's anything wrong with that.

A little short on character in the pilot (the 1st episode, not the hunky blonde commanding the 333,600 lb. bucket of bolts), subsequent episodes have shown character and story development, and this week is no exception, as the girls' flight is rerouted to the Orient, forcing them into all kinds of toil and trouble.

John Carpenter’s The Thing is my new favorite horror movie. It generally goes for the long scare rather than the cat jumping out at you. Rather than cultivating terror, this film generates dread. This is achieved by breaking many of the rules for horror and following many of the rules of a mystery. There’s no damsel in distress, or damsel of any kind, and while things start to go wrong almost immediately after the movie starts, the villain isn’t revealed or even properly teased until we are maybe fifteen minutes in. We do get a strong sense of unease, but no real details are revealed until the characters visit the Norwegian base, which is the setting of the prequel. What this movie does so well is resist the temptation to become a monster movie, even after the scariest monster I’ve ever freaking seen is revealed.

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

I don't speak Themyscrian, but I can if you like. Hot on the heels of the announcement that Brian Azzarello would be changing up Wonder Woman's origin - that's right, kiddies... it seems maybe she wasn't born that way after all - I realized we haven't seen hide nor hair of Wonder Woman's baby sis. No! Not Debra Winger! (Who gives a magic lasso about that bloated old hag?!) I'm talking about everyone's favorite hot mess. For years, we have been pondering, "Who is Donna Troy?" (No relation.) Now, I wanna know, where is Donna Troy?!

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