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.
The Birds of Prey are an all-female group dedicated to stopping those who believe themselves above the law. Their ranks include martial artist Black Canary, master spy Starling, Gotham's vigilante Batgirl, expert warrior Katana, and one-time supervillain Poison Ivy.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Pink is my second favorite color right after baby blue; however, current events may change all that. What the hell am I talking about? Well, they say ignorance is bliss and the ignorant are probably happily gobbling down some tainted ground love.
Pink slime is the culprit of which I speak...otherwise known as the mystery meat treated with ammonia used as a filler in lean, textured ground beef. Ralph!
Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
So, Saga is probably the coolest comic in existence right now. It’s smart, funny, and incredibly intriguing. Brian K. Vaughan is crafting an amazing world full of strange alien creatures and awesome fantasy aspects like magic and swordplay. This comic’s true strength lies in how human and approachable even its weirdest creations can be. As awesome as Vaughan’s writing is, you have to give credit to Fiona Staples' awesome art. Her character designs are great, weird, and alien, yet with incredibly human expressions and posture, that instantly tell you what you need to know about each character. She even gives characters little details like drool or freckles. Listen, I could talk about how much I love Saga all day, but all that really matters is that you go out and buy it, and read it, and love it. Your local comic shop should have Issue 2 by the time you read this, and if they won the Diamond allotment lottery may have even got Issue 1 back in stock. Also, put it on your pull list if you like it, so your store knows to order you one, and there will be less sell-out problems.
I recently got the chance to read The Mongoliad: Book One by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, E.D. deBirmingham, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, and Cooper Moo. Fair warning, Neal Stephenson is my favorite author, so I am likely to read any of his stuff with my fanboy glasses on. Now, you might have the same reaction I did when you see all those names. That’s nearly enough for a curling match, you might say. This seems like a lot of authors to write a book, even a series that is as long as this one promises to be. So, what gives? Unfortunately for you, I want to get into the question of is it good first. Sorry.
So, is it good? Yes.
Alright, moving on.
In the latest installment of L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s The Thing Series, Peter Morgan’s Tony-nominated Frost/Nixon will soon come to life as a radio theatre performance for audiences far and wide to enjoy.
L.A. Theatre Works, a non-profit organization that preserves dramatic literature through the production of nationally syndicated audio theatre, will host live performances of Frost/Nixon from April 19-22, 2012, at the James Bridges Theatre at UCLA. Featuring the finest actors from stage and screen, Frost/Nixon will feature James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville) as British talk show host David Frost and Tom Virtue (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as President Richard Nixon. History buffs and audio drama fanatics alike will have the unique opportunity to attend a live dramatization of the infamous interviews (sans sets and costumes), while they are being recorded to air on public radio stations across the country. In addition, the performance can later be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
You're invited to show your support for independent comic writers and artists at the Indie Comic Signing on Sunday, April 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. at Emerald Knights - Comics and Games in Burbank, CA!
Don't miss this opportunity to meet talented new creators at your neighborhood comic book shop!
The following independent creators are scheduled to appear:
Fanboy Comics writers Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes / artist Robert Burrows (Something Animal)
Kristopher White (The Thirty-Six)
Tommy Saxe (Living Dogs)
Brian Buccellatto (Foster and co-writer of Flash)
Joey Esposito (Footprints)
Brian McCarthy (Brimstone)
Paul J. Salamoff (DISCORD and Tales of Discord)
James Darling, one of the subjects of Morgan Spurlock's newest documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, proposed to his girlfriend Se Young Kang at SDCC 2010. See the young couple talk to the FBC crew about loving a geek, debate Star Trek vs. Firefly, and share the moment behind their Comic-Con addiction.
Stay tuned to the Fanboy Comics website for more interviews from the Comic-Con Episode IV red carpet premiere!
Vengador #1 is written by James Gilarte and features the art of Rowel Roque. Vengador follows the life of teen Eric Martin, who uses his alter ego (Vengador) to fight the injustice in his city that is the result of a corrupt legal system. In the vein of classic comic characters like The Punisher or Spawn, Martin’s quest to become a vigilante is motivated by a powerful need for revenge. Vengador’s costume is reminiscent of Spawn or Spider-Man (especially the new Flash Thompson/Venom costume!), but is original enough that it can be identified as a unique character. Twin handguns add just the right amount of edge to this antihero look.
Backlash is an interesting thing.
It’s always interesting when something in the cultural zeitgeist becomes so successful that the tipping point occurs and people flee the bandwagon they were just crowding. Sometimes, it’s because we just get sick and tired of hearing about a particular thing or event. Sometimes, it’s because, as hipsters, it annoys us when something we used to like becomes popular in the mainstream.
Either way, backlash is almost always unfair.
By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Sam Worthington may have traded his close-cropped coif for curly locks, but I'd recognize those gorgeous gams anywhere. Aside from Oscar/Jolie, I dare you to show me a better set of legs in Hollywood. Okay, gratuitous, smarmy remark aside, how about a movie review?
In a time of gods and monsters and really bad hygiene and scraggly hair, it's father against brother son against uncle and no cable TV.