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Audiences will soon witness the X-Men fighting a war for the survival of the species (with double the amount of Professor X and Magneto!), and the FBC staff has decided to give away an extraordinary, ultimate, uncanny, astonishing X-Men: Days of Future Past Prize Pack to our readers! One lucky winner will receive an official Trask hat, two X-Men: Days of Future Past posters, and a set of groovy X-Men coasters which will be the envy of all of your friends! The only catch . . . the contest is for today only!

Aliens vs. Predator. Terminator vs. RoboCop. Avengers vs. X-Men. The comic book world is full of face-offs, and the “vs.” title is an age-old staple of the genre. Well, another “vs.” book has emerged to stand amongst its peers in the industry, and perhaps even in front of some of them. (I’m looking at you, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice . . . at least these guys are grammatically correct.) The book I speak of is the indie title Man vs. Rock: Volume 1, and it is an off-the-wall battle for the ages with some laugh-out-loud moments that are sure to crack up the average geek.

The following is an interview with Stuart Moore (Wolverine Noir, Stargate: Atlantis) and Bruce Zick (Thor, Atomic Legion), the creators of Mandala, the new trade paperback that was recently published by Dark Horse Comics.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Moore and Zick about the initial inspiration for the comic book series, the intricacy involved with creating the story's vast sci-fi world, their creative process of working together, and what's next for Mandala!

This interview was conducted on May 17, 2014.

The Almighties: Recharged, Reloaded, Reduxed is a 12-page preview comic released for Free Comic Book Day; however, those 12 pages have 3 writers, 5 artists, 4 colorists, and 2 letterers. There are 5 different sections, each focusing on a different member of the superhero team, The Almighties, and each section/member has a different artistic team behind it. In short, this very short comic has a whole lot going on in it.

The Queen's Cavaliers (TQC) is an upcoming baroque, clockpunk, tabletop fantasy roleplaying game designed by Caoimhe Snow (of the ENnie-nominated RPG Wandering Monsters High School.) TQC is a swashbuckling game that draws on inspirations like The Three Musketeers to recreate that style of action. Swinging on chandeliers, dueling while dangling off the side of an air ship, and trading witty banter are all par for the course. With this style of play, TQC has a cinematic feel to its gameplay, with combat consisting of far more than, “I walk up and swing my sword at the goblin,” and combat being far from a character's only recourse. It's a game that encourages creativity and playing characters with a sense of style.

Comic book artist and letterer T. Warren Montgomery launched his own independent publishing company, Will Lill Comics, with a handful of other small press artists and writers, and this marks their second issue of Grafix Chronicles, a black-and-white ongoing anthology series.  Comprised of three individual stories, writers Mark F. Davis and Ron Fortier explore numerous genres from superheroes to horror to science fiction.  They have a solid grasp on storytelling and know how to manipulate the genre tropes to intrigue us and, at times, to subvert our expectations.  Assisting them are artists Ron Stewart, Armin Odzic, and Paul Moore, and each artist brings a different look and feel to their stories, two of which are to be continued in future issues.

Things are not going well for Falcon Models agent Ceecee.  Her newest find, Perdita, goes missing on her first day, and when Ceecee goes to investigate, she finds the girl's apartment a bloody crime scene, with hints leading to the occult.  But, it’s a lucky thing that Ceecee is more than just a good agent; she’s a powerful sorceress with ties to all levels of known worlds.  And, she’s going to need all the help she can get . . . if she can trust it.

Comic book publisher OSSM Comics will soon be releasing the original graphic novel Foster in July of 2014, written by Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, Flash) and illustrated by Noel Tuazon. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff, as we are now able to share an advance preview of the book!

We hope that you will enjoy the below preview, and please be sure to stop by your local comic book shop in July to purchase your copy of Foster!

Image Comics’ The Mercenary Sea has been receiving my praise since its very first issue. Writer Kel Symons and artist Mathew Reynolds have used their talent and skills to craft one of the most unique and original comic series on the shelf these days. Playing out like a pulse-pounding, action-packed war epic with Johnny Quest-inspired visuals, the tale of Captain Jack Harper and his refitted German U-Boat (despite the inclusion of female mechanic Samantha on the crew) has been very much a “boy’s club.” Well, that all goes out the porthole in The Mercenary Sea #4 with the introduction of a new female character, cut from the same cloth as Captain America’s Peggy Carter, in what is easily the best issue of the series yet!


“You think the whole galaxy is plotting around you, don’t you? Paranoia must run in your species, Odo. Maybe that’s why no one has ever seen another shapeshifter. They’re all hiding!”  -- Quark

It’s pretty easy to see why Odo was the first breakout character of the show.  It’s like they took a checklist of all the things guaranteed to connect with an audience and applied it to him.  Loner with a mysterious past? Check. Only one of his kind? Check. Cool powers? Check.  Gruff exterior masking a deep inner pain only curable with the love of a good woman? You better believe that’s a check.  It’s a wonder that more people didn’t grow up nursing an impossible Odo crush or wander around conventions wearing Team Odo shirts.  “Vortex,” the eleventh episode of the first season, once again turns the spotlight on our favorite grouchy ball of amber protoplasm, but instead of focusing solely on Odo’s preoccupation with justice, it tests that against the great unanswered question of his origin.

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