Batman: Arkham City is perhaps the best comic adaptation I have ever seen. It has more scope than the Nolan Batman movies, more villains than the X-Men movies, and gives you a better sense of being a superhero than any other video game has.

The rough plot is simple: the former warden of Arkham Asylum has been elected mayor and closed off a large section of the city. Then, every single prisoner from the asylum and the regular prison has been deposited in the new facility to survive or not, as best as they can. Think Escape From New York with better special effects and super villains. Obviously, things go poorly, and Batman sets out to save the day.

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy


Any good fanboy knows that hardcore fans of Marvel Comics proudly refer to themselves as Marvel Zombies. In the spirit of the holiday - yes, I'm referring to Halloween (it's almost holy here in West Hollywood) - I proudly proclaim, "I am a Pan Am Zombie!" (Speaking of zombies, I hardly think it's fair that Pan Am is up against AMC's The Walking Dead. I mean, that is some stiff competition.  ABC should seriously think of trying a new time slot to give Pan Am a fair shake.)

Fanboy and fangirls alike will not want to miss Shelf Life, an irreverent new live-action web series about four action figures perched on a young boy's shelf.  In its hilarious first season, Shelf Life will introduce audiences to Hero Man (Travis Willingham: Thor, Transformers, Marvel Super Hero Squad), Hero Lass (Tara Platt: The Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Afterworld), Bug Boy (Yuri Lowenthal: Terminator: TSCC, Ben 10: Alien Force, Legion of Superheroes), and Samurai Snake (Bryan Enk), as they wax poetic on a range of hot-button topics.  This R-rated series leaves no controversial topic untouched and no curse word unused!

Shelf Life Season One was written by Lowenthal and Eisner Award-winning comic book writer Paul Jenkins (Inhumans, Captain America, Wolverine: Origin) and is directed by Jenkins.

Shelf Life creators/producers Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthal sat down with Fanboy Comics President Bryant Dillon to discuss their new web series, the process for creating their characters, and which action figure they would be and why!

This interview was conducted on Friday, October 21, 2011.



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!


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