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If you like thrillers and you haven’t heard of Marcus Sakey’s book, Brilliance, you will probably want to look into it. The saga continues with his sequel, A Better World, which is on sale now.

By Marcus Sakey
Book Two of the Brilliance Saga

Marcus Sakey’s Edgar Award-nominated Brilliance was one of the most critically acclaimed thrillers of 2013, a riveting and suspenseful introduction to an alternate present day, where one percent of people – the “brilliants” – are born savants, able to overmatch and outperform the rest of us on every level. Assigned to track the most dangerous terrorist in America, Federal Agent Nick Cooper, a brilliant himself, was forced to put his life and the lives of those he loved on the line to save his country – and his soul.

You're invited to join Fanboy Comics for a Penguins vs. Possums signing event on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Brave New World Comics in Newhall, CA!

The creators (Sebastian Kadlecik, John Bring, and Lindsay Calhoon Bring) of Penguins vs. Possums: Volume One, Fanboy Comics' latest trade paperback, will be on hand to sign copies of the book. In addition, copies of FBC's previous graphic novels, The Arcs, Identity Thief, and Something Animal, will be available for sale. Fans who stop by the store will have a chance to pick up their very own signed copies and purchase the official Fanboy Comics t-shirt, so that they can show their geek pride in style.

The following is an interview with actor Cas Anvar (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed: Revelations) and producer E.J. de La Pena, who are currently working on the sci-fi online series Nobility.  A show made "by fans, for fans," Nobility is a sci-fi dramedy that features talented actors from TV and film's most well-known sci-fi franchises. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Anvar and de La Pena about the premise of the show, the amazing cast and crew involved in the production, their own geeky obsessions, and how you can learn more about Nobility!

This interview was conducted on June 23, 2014.

BOOM! Studios has struck gold with their latest Bravest Warriors issue from kaBOOM! Issue #21 debuts a new creative team for the popular title, and it’s one that I, for one, sincerely hope that it sticks around.

In yet another exciting move by Madefire (with its Motion Book platform), the digital studio (in collaboration with Hasbro and IDW Publishing) has announced this morning that the five-issue Transformers: Punishment comic book series will be the newest addition to expand the Madefire Motion Book library with an exclusive Microsoft Windows 8 platform release.  The series, written by John Barber and with art by Livio Ramondelli, will contain exclusive stories based on Hasbro’s iconic Transformers brand and will be available on all of the latest Windows 8 devices for no cost.

For more information regarding the announcement and the Transformers: Punishment series, please see Madefire's official press release below.

“On this station, you are the thin, beige line between order and chaos.”
-- Lwaxana Troi to Odo

Majel Barrett was the first lady of Star Trek.  Though her name or her face might not be instantly recognizable, she appears in TNG, DS9, and Voyager as the voice of the Federation computer.  She’s also integral to the mythology of the franchise, playing both Spock’s non-Kirk love, Nurse Chapel, and Counselor Deanna Troi’s mom, Lwaxana.  It’s the latter role that has probably made the bigger impact on modern fans, and this week, she’s bringing the act to Deep Space Nine.

‘Orphans:’ Book Review

Orphans, by Ben Tanzer, is a slick and haunting sci-fi meditation on the full-steam corruption of the American dream and, indeed, America itself. We are shown a bleak future, where more money is devoted to the manufacture and maintenance of drones and droids than to the human poor who are forced to live desperate lives on the fringes of cities. We are shown a world where China has emerged as the dominant nation, the Chinese language is taught in schools, and Chicago has been renamed Baidu. We are shown a city, Baidu, where a complete income gap exists between the jobless masses wandering the streets in vain protest and the powerful elite, ubiquitous, yet invisible, hiding behind a wall of drones and wealth. We are shown a family through the eyes of our conflicted protagonist Norrin Radd.

Indestructible, from Darby Pop Publishing, explores the notion of superheroes as celebrities. It’s an idea that plenty of other comics (and other media) have touched on before, but perhaps none quite so in-depth as this one. In the world of superheroes, those who use their powers for fame and fortune, instead of altruistically helping the helpless, are generally portrayed as self-absorbed and egotistical, or perhaps as having “lost their way” after a prior career of successful civil service. But, Indestructible shows us a world where altruism and self-promotion aren’t mutually exclusive, and the people making money from their abilities can still be the good guys.

When a comic is on its 42nd issue, it must be doing something right, and, boy, is Chew doin’ it right!  Caution, this issue might be spoiled.

Dark Horse’s sleeper hit, Dream Thief, is back, and so are the eighties.  For those of you just joining us, last year writer Jai Nitz and artist Greg Smallwood created a little, five-issue miniseries called Dream Thief, and it was phenomenal.  I read all of it and had the pleasure of reviewing issues three through five, and when I read it all over again to review the trade collection, I found myself engrossed in the mystery, intrigue, mayhem, and mysticism, as if I was reading it for the very first time.  But, enough from my ghost of reviews past, because Nitz is pushing forward, and backward, with his story, building off the previous events and showing us a past we only got the vaguest glimpses of near the end of that first run, and the ball gets rolling fast.  If you have to play catch up during the first issue of this next chapter in the Dream Thief saga, a four-issue arc titled Escape, that’s okay.  I know I did, and I loved every minute of my refresher course.  Part of the beauty of Nitz’s writing is that it doesn’t pander to the reader.  It’s quick, intelligent, and layered with subtext and surprises, and getting the story and all its nuances straight and under your belt the first time around can be as complex and challenging as it is for John Lincoln.  In that way, we’re right on pace with John, who believes his father is somehow connected to his new-found life as a Dream Thief, and his best friend Reggie, who now is in on John’s secret double life.

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