52 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.
Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond were ordinary high school students until Jason took possession of a weapon known as Firestorm. When Firestorm infects both Jason and Ronnie, they have to leave their lives behind and face what they have become: weapons.
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Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
The Activity #5
by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads
Nathan Edmondson’s The Activity continues to be one of my favorite books each month. This book follows a group of U.S. intelligence agents, and each issue is a stand-alone mission. It’s awesome because you are always following the same people and over time you really get to know the characters, but each issue stands on its own as well and every issue serves as a good jumping on point. Plus, Mitch Gerads is an awesome artist. He does an awesome job with his layouts and makes sure that every page is uniquely interesting. This issue is darker and more personal, as it delves into one of the character’s backstories, and, as always, Edmondson is full of surprises. If you love awesome spy thrillers, then you do not want to miss The Activity.
If you thought awards season was over, don't worry, there is always an awards show happening in Hollywood. Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to cover the 16th Annual Prism Awards, which honor the accurate depiction of social issues in TV and Film. Honorees included shows like Parenthood and Southland, as well as actors and TV personalities from William H. Macy, Craig T. Nelson, and Dr. Drew for focusing in on issues like substance abuse, mental illness, and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in military veterans. The yellow carpet was filled with celebs, and I got the inside scoop from some of your favorite television actors.
The following is an interview with science fiction/fantasy writer Mark Teppo, whose recent interactive fiction project, The Mongoliad, joined a number of powerhouse authors including Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and E.D. deBirmingham. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes talks with Teppo about the writing process for The Mongoliad, sword fighting via laptop, and the upcoming plans for further Mongoliad stories.
This interview was conducted on April 19, 2012.
After 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.
Issue #1 of ME:H (terrible acronym by the way) tells the backstory of the new guy on the crew of the Normandy. If you haven’t played the Mass Effect games, then this won’t make much sense, so stop reading this and go play the games. After 120 hours or so, you should be able to follow along. This is the story of how James Vega joined the Alliance Military.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
What happens when shallow, blonde superheroes join a super team just to be famous? Nothing good. The Blonde Squad is a feast of pop culture satire that follows the exploits of four ditzy, blonde heroes that mean well. The team consists of resident muscle and eye candy from a different world - BLONDER MAN, a famous for nothing socialite that can suck the energy out of anything - DRAIN, Drain's closet-case cousin and team speedster - SPEEDBUMP, and is rounded out by Nordic beauty and team psychic - PSIGHT. Under the wing of their founder and mentor, power publicist to the stars Kandi Kramer, will The Blonde Squad soar to new heights or face the public humiliation that fame and infamy can bring? And, just what secret is the faithful publicist hiding? Is there no such thing as bad publicity or will that be the ultimate downfall of The Blonde Squad?
Lethally Blonde Productions is proud to announce that The Blonde Squad has found a digital home at Mydigitalcomics.com. The pop culture satire sleeper hit is a must read. It is now available in bright, beautiful digital for the blonde-friendly price of only $1.99!
Get your copy here!
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the '70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael's first published book, Homo-Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the "Divas and Lassoes" panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his "underground" status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!
Before 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.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
After imagining the possible ramifications of this summer's shameless crossover event, Avengers vs. X-Men, with the Phoenix Force possessing the Scarlet Witch in a previous blog (Hey! Who am I not to jump on the shameless bandwagon?), I came up with an even more outlandish possible outcome to this major extravaganza! Drum roll, puh-leez!
Womanthology is a large-scale anthology that showcases the works of women in comics. In this interview, Womanthology contributing writer and host of all things geek Jenna Busch talks with Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon about her experiences in working with other female creators, the best way to get noticed in the industry, and her own creative inspirations.
This interview was conducted on April 13, 2012.