Batgirl #1 Review

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.


Okay, okay, so you want to bring Barbara Gordon back to the action?  Make her Batgirl once again?  But, wait - what about Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain, Helena Bertinelli (albeit briefly and before sacked by Batman), or Betty Kane?  (Ah ha! You forgot about Betty Kane, didn’t you? Well, Wikipedia didn’t!)  I mean, isn’t Barbara Gordon Oracle?  Who’s going to be Oracle now?  Okay, DC, I’ll shut up and read the comic.

Win Win played at the Sundance film festival as a FoxSearchlight non-competition premiere. Paul Giamatti stars in this dramedy as family man Mike Flaherty. Flaherty runs a failing elder law practice, has two young girls, a loving, practical wife (Amy Ryan, The Office, Gone Baby Gone), and he coaches the unimpressive local high school wrestling team. His doctor recently told him to exercise as a form of stress relief, but, with money troubles piling up, and the future for himself and his family hanging in the balance, his worries increase. After enduring a panic attack while jogging with friend Terry Delfino (Bobby Cannavale, Will & Grace, The Other Guys), Flaherty knows something’s gotta give; so, when an opportunity presents itself for Flaherty to cheat the legal system in order to benefit himself, he jumps at the chance. Writer and director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent) wrote this heartwarming film that proves that some filmmakers still put their story and its characters above all else.

September 7


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


On this special day, the FBC Crew wants to wish you a Happy Google Commemoration Day!  Today is the birthday of our favorite internet search engine, which uses more than 1 million servers in data centers worldwide to serve more than 1 billion search requests per day!


With a website that works that hard each day, doesn't it deserve a moment of our appreciation?


Celebrate Google Commemoration Day to the fullest; go and "Google" something!


Barbra J. Dillon
Managing Editor, Co-Founder, & Director of Jedi Recruitment

Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon and Creative Director Sam Rhodes could not resist reading and reviewing their first DCnU #1 together!


The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

We kick off this week with a double review of the only new DC universe title released last week: Justice League of America written by Geoff Johns, with art by Jim Lee!

The following is an interview with Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the New York Times bestselling YA saga, Hush, Hush.  The book series follows Nora Grey, a book-smart teen who finds herself in the middle of strange, unexplainable, and otherworldly events after meeting (and falling for) a fallen angel.  Comprising of three books, Hush, Hush, Crescendo, and Silence - due in stores on October 4, 2011 - Fitzpatrick’s works have found an international following in 35 countries.  

Now, Fitzpatrick has joined with Sea Lion Books to produce a graphic novel adaptation of her first book, Hush, Hush, due in October of 2011.  Below, she discusses the process for creating a graphic novel, her thoughts on the Young Adult genre, and the honor of being nominated for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten.

This interview was conducted on August 30, 2011.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution opens in the year 2027, in the glistening metropolis of Detroit. Adam Jensen, security chief for Serif Industries, the industry leader in human augmentation, is nearly killed in an attack and augmented against his will. As the game progresses, a vast conspiracy is uncovered, and Jensen probably does something about it. Right, I forgot to mention that I haven’t finished the game, but the story is fantastic so far, with interesting hints and threads of many intersecting forces. I am thoroughly intrigued.

Let me start off by saying the title above is not a slight against IDW. They provided a home for Angel in the comic world when no one else would. Much like UPN, they should be remembered by fans as a savior to the series in a time of need, and both proved themselves worthy wards of the characters and stories we love. That being said, all Buffy and Angel characters are under the same roof (shared universe achieved!), and, if Angel & Faith #1 by Christos Gage and Rebekah Issacs is an example of where we’re heading, then I am one happy comic book sniffer!



Pariah #3 Review

The third issue of Pariah, like the two before, focuses on a single “Vitro,” (part of a batch of children treated with in vitro cures for a rare and fatal genetic disease, who have demonstrated rapid, unexpected, and stratospheric levels of intelligence upon reaching puberty.  Duh.) only this one happens to be a sociopath.  He’s like a pubescent Hannibal Lector... but with less restraint.  We first meet Robert Maudsley sitting on a park bench, an innocuous 13-year-old casually manipulating a stranger out of his hoagie.  We then follow Maudsley through the next two years of his life, accented by a series of destructive, often violent, incidents, all of which he has orchestrated in order to achieve some selfish purpose or out of sheer curiosity.  With no moral compass in evidence, the hyper-intelligence of a “vitro,” and a will to see how far he can push people, Robert Maudsley is like some child with a magnifying glass in a world full of ants.

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


Over the past several months, the FBC Staff and I have had the immense pleasure to bring you the coolest comic book news from Sea Lion Books, a comic book publishing company that specializes in the adaptation of international, New York Times, and USA bestselling novels into graphic novels.  Sea Lion Books has an extraordinary catalog of authors and titles, including Richelle Mead’s Storm Born series (see our reviews of Issues #1 and #2), Aron Warner's Pariah series (see our reviews of Issue #1 and Issue #2), and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush graphic novel (stay tuned for my interview - coming soon!).


In what may be its most exciting news to date, Sea Lion Books has acquired the graphic novel rights to Anne Rice's critically acclaimed novel, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana.  As fans of Rice's internationally bestselling vampire novels, we are excited to see all that is to come from the new graphic novel adaptation, due in stores in April of 2012.


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


It was only a few weeks ago that I had the amazing opportunity to interview Michael Anthony Steele and Scott McFadden, co-creators of the visionary new independent comic book app, Clown Commandos.  The innovative comic book app had a successful launch, and now, the creators want to get CC fans even more involved!


Clown Commandos is giving fans the chance to win an opportunity to add their own sound effects to the comic book app!  Check out the press release below for me details on how to enter for your chance to win!


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