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“In this job, there is no unfinished business.”
     -- Constable Odo

I have a bit of a passion for noir. While both of my fans will probably give a theatrical eyeroll and a muttered, “No duh,” it’s pertinent to this week’s episode. Of my eight books, five and a half are noir, and a good deal of my recreational reading is consumed by mugs and dames, bullets and betrayals. My personal take has always been the layering of another genre on top of the noir, whether it’s science fiction with Nerve Zero, zombie survival horror with Undead on Arrival, or comic conspiracy thrillers with Mr. Blank. I can trace the flashpoint of this obsession to a single moment. To settle me down before a flight, my mother bought me the classic Isaac Asimov novel The Caves of Steel in an airport bookstore. Now, leaving aside that I was the kind of child who could be mollified by a book written in the ‘50s, this was the first time I had seen two genres -- mystery and science fiction -- melded into one and became a building block in my understanding of genre. This week’s episode, “Necessary Evil,” owes a debt to The Caves of Steel and is almost as much of an influence on my present aesthetic. As a self-conscious celebration of noir fiction, it explored the dark days of the station, when it was still the Cardassian ore refinery Terok Nor, and the partial origin story of a certain faceless detective.

I never got around to writing a review of the Veronica Mars movie, but it’s good. I was a pretty big fan of the show, and I thought the Kickstarter campaign to fund the movie was pretty ingenious. But, I caught the movie at home on VOD (It’s currently on rotation on HBO, if you’ve still missed it.), and I thought a belated review would be of little consequence, as most fans would have already seen the movie. I was several days late and even more dollars short.

This read was a blast from the past! For all of you true Turtle fans, this comic book is a must read! We all remember the original TMNT movie from 1990, right? Well, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Original 1990 Motion Picture Special Edition is the perfect companion to our favorite '90s movie.

Silent Hill: Downpour - Anne’s Story is not something I expected to like. Spin-off comics have trouble keeping up with the thing they are spinning off, and most of the time they end up as advertising that you pay for. That being said, I really dig this spin off.

A few years ago, the Fanboy Comics staff had the pleasure of meeting independent comic book creator Russell Nohelty and speaking with him extensively regarding his work on his original series, Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter.  First published digitally through Viper Comics, Nohelty is making a new path for himself and seeking to distribute a print run of the psychological thriller for new readers to enjoy.  Having recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds to garner a printer run of Ichabod Jones, Nohelty needs your help to make this dream a reality!

David Hitchcock’s Springheeled Jack is worthy of your immediate consideration. Imaginative and enthralling, this playful consideration of a real terror from nineteenth-century England is entertaining from beginning to end. In his introduction, Hitchcock explains the historical context for this book.  Beginning in the late 1830s, there were reports in London of a mysterious individual who would terrorize women before leaping away and vanishing into the night, only to be spotted later on rooftops and other high points in the city, such as the Tower of London. Beginning with one breathless, pearl-clutching report from the period that claimed this acrobatic tormentor was “most assuredly not of this earth,” Hitchcock reimagines the story of Springheeled Jack as a gothic alien invasion drama, loaded down with literary and historical references that comic book readers are sure to enjoy. For example, the hero of this tale has a bat suit and a fastidious butler named Alfred. His best friend is Dr. Jekyll. (Yes, that Dr. Jekyll.) And, his flying gadgets are crafted by “Orville and Wilbur.”   Prince Albert and Queen Victoria also show up, and there are veiled references to Jack the Ripper. And, did I mention the alien invasion?    

While “Into the Dalek” was by no means perfect, it was far better than the previous episode.  In this episode, we got to see a bit more of what the Twelfth Doctor will be like, and we also got the addition of a new cast member.

Last night at King King in Hollywood, CA, the Kickstarter-funded short film The Bigfoot Hunters held its premiere to a raucous crowd.  The evening was a great success; well attended by a mix of cast, crew, friends, and Kickstarter backers and coupled with a red carpet entryway and the eclectic rock/country sounds of The LA Hootenanny, the energy of the premiere had the crowd amped even before the film began.  As if icing on the cake, the film itself was the climax of the evening, receiving cheers and laughs from an enthusiastic audience.

The past collides with the future in the ninth issue of Dark Horse’s Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle. Written by Joe Stracynski, this issue dives in with no preamble as John Connor carries the fate of the world on his shoulders. But, can he handle it?

When Fanboy Comics is not providing you with the latest in geek news and entertainment, the FBC staff hopes to offer our readers a myriad of opportunities to give back to the community. We love reading comics, watching movies, and playing video games, but we are never happier than when we are able to help others in need. With Geeks Care: How You Can Help, FBC will provide you a variety of causes that would greatly appreciate your time.

As many parents and children heading back to school this week, the importance of childhood education is on the minds of many.  For this reason, this week's installment of Geeks Care: How You Can Help will highlight the great work being done by the folks at Raising A Reader, a non-profit organization that engages families through literacy.  With programs available across the United States, Raising A Reader offers tangible opportunities and solutions for families and education agencies to develop, practice, and sustain home literacy routines.  Likewise, the widespread availability of the organization provides you with an even greater opportunity to learn how you can help!    

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