Spider-Man and Peter ParkerThe Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world.  Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.



By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester

 


Characters are what make up a comic, be they superhero, villain, or just a supporting civilian that gives funny quips.  Without these people, such things as superhero teams or armies couldn’t function; they’d be empty, and, thus, useless.  Characters are the glue that make comics work, and how they’re portrayed and shown helps the readers empathize—or hate—them to the point where we see them as real people.  And, in a way, they are real people: other people created them, gave them a purpose, wrote how they interact with others, and how they show their feelings to others.

Throughout our experiences, we’ve seen several characters, both good and bad, and feel that we have picked the top four that make great characters.  These picks represent who we feel stand out the most in the comic world.

 

Mass Effect v3 tpbThere is one rule on Omega: “Don't f--- with Aria.” Omega's newest business partner, the human supremacy organization Cerberus, hasn't learned this lesson.  Tensions are running high aboard the station and violence is about to ensue when Cerberus' experiments beyond the Omega 4 Relay go horribly wrong, catching both sides in between.

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AvengersVsXMenSo, Marvel’s big summer event for 2012 starts here with Avengers Vs. X-Men #1. Marvel brings together their top 5 writers and some of their best artists to pit their two bestselling franchises against each other. There has been plenty of debate about Marvel having too many events and how we just finished Fear Itself four months ago and now we are already starting the next event, but Marvel assures that this is the right time for this event, and that they have been building to these events for years.



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John Fasano John Fasano talks with Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon about his work as writer on Tombstone and Alien 3, his art work, and his love of Godzilla at WonderCon 2012!

 



 

 

 

Fanboy Comics will continue to post all of its interviews from WonderCon 2012 throughout the week.  Click here for the latest interviews.

 

 

 

Angel and Faith 8Well, Scoobies, the Comic Book Slayer is back with another Angel & Faith review for your comic book sniffing pleasure! The third part of Christos Gage’s ‘Daddy Issues’ is another near perfect issue, with artist Rebekah Isaacs at the top of her game, as well!

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Batman animatedI recently acquired all four boxed sets of Batman: The Animated Series at a yard sale for $20. (It’s ok to be jealous.) Needless to say, I have since been watching the crap out of those DVDs. I’m sure most of you remember the show, but if you’re like me, you haven’t seen it since you were a kid. Well, I’m here to tell you that the show is just as good as you remember; nay, better. In fact, I come to you today with a bold proclamation: that the animated series version of Batman is the best version of Batman there is, and if you disagree, you are wrong.


I should probably mention up front that I don’t fully understand how arguments work.


Disclaimer: I will be comparing animated Batman to the more current and popular interpretations of Batman, since I shouldn’t have to explain why Adam West’s Batman or the Batman from Batman and Robin aren’t as cool. You should have no problem accepting that.

 

human torchIt seems as though with the title of superhero (or even supervillain) comes invulnerability the likes of which an Olympian would be jealous of.  Heroes face great odds on a normal basis, and statistically speaking, there’s going to end up a time when their skill—or luck—won’t be enough to keep them from paying the ultimate price.  In fact, this has happened so often that it’s created a trend that is nearly laughable, even to a point where it is poked fun of (within the confines of the storyline) by very minor and throwaway characters.  I am, of course, speaking of heroes and villains dying due to a battle gone wrong...and then coming back to life in extraordinary ways.

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Detecting DeviantsIn this WonderCon panel, the forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., joined forces with Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., one of the senior (retired) members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, to explain the pathology found in the dark world of Gotham City's serial killers. These panelists compared and contrasted some of the deadliest real-life killers with some of Gotham’s most notorious.

Barbra as KatnissBy Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

First of all to all you persnickety poo poohs, I don't really know all there is to know about The Hunger Games. I'm just being referential to an old pop culture reference. As a matter of fact, I came on a little late in the game. (Oh, how I love puns!)

I had heard buzz about the books being like Twilight, so, naturally, the simile triggered my gag reflex. Don't get me wrong, I'm as ready for a shirtless werewolf or vampire as the next queen, but I really don't need to see Kristen Stewart popping out the demon seed.

It was actually my colleague, editor, and ultimate Fangirl Barbra J. Dillon that convinced me to get on the Hunger tip. She's obsessed with Katniss and even dresses up as her in an RKO fireside chat-type portrayal of Miss Everdeen in The Katniss Chronicles. Yes, she is that girl! Don't fret, she is absolutely perfect as Katniss, so much so I even imagine Babs as Katniss when I read the books. I seldom read books without pictures, so that is kind of a big deal. Needless to say, I immediately fell in love with the book! (Thanks, Barb!) Now, on to the movie.

Huntress with Review52 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.

 

 

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Huntress travels to Italy to stop a sex trafficking ring but learns there's a lot more at stake.

 

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