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Comic book publisher BOOM! Studios will soon be releasing Peanuts #22 on Wednesday, October 15th, written by Charles M. Schulz, Jeff Dyer, Art Roche, and various additional artists and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, Scott Jeralds, Vicki Scott, and a number of additional artists. The publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff, as we are now able to share an exclusive advance preview of Issue #22!

Love Machines is an anthology comic about . . . well, love and machines. On the surface, this sounds like the sort of thing that’s become a staple of sci-fi: a robot learns to love its creator, a human falls in love with an A.I., etc. That’s not what this is, though, or anything even close to it. The first two issues contain two stories apiece, each dealing with a different type of machine, and a different type of love—and there’s nary an A.I. among them.

When it comes to my reviews of volumes put out by Smart Pop Books, I can’t help but start every article with a gushing endorsement of the publisher and their products. Smart Pop’s publishing line is a geeky reader’s dream come true, featuring a number of brilliant and highly enjoyable essay anthologies focusing on popular culture subjects like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games, Veronica Mars, and many, many more. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: Smart Pop Books established itself a long time ago as the go-to publisher for the intelligent and introspective geek.

“It’s a nickname that I barely tolerate.”
“It’s an expression of affection that you find difficult to accept.”
    -- Dr. Mora and Odo

Traditionally, the outsider character in any Star Trek property has difficulty with emotions. Whether or not they actually can’t feel them like Data, actively resist them like Spock, or something in the middle maybe like Seven of Nine (I don’t know, I barely watched Voyager.), emotions are the enemy of the outsider. It speaks to Roddenberry’s vision of the future that the chief defining characteristic of humans -- indeed, much of our power -- comes from emotion. Odo is no exception, but true to DS9’s richer use of backstory and characterization, he comes to emotion from a much different place than the others.

Danger Girl: Mayday has been a bit of an odd adventure all the way through. Up until now, the actual Danger Girls have hardly been seen at all, and we’ve instead focused on former Danger Girl gone bad Natalia Kassle. It’s been a fun and compelling adventure, but it didn’t quite feel the same and wasn’t up to par with the previous adventures I’ve reviewed; however, I’m happy to report that, after a rather lengthy hiatus, Danger Girl has returned in all of its crazy, action-packed glory.

‘Cutter #1:’ Comic Book Review

Cutter #1 (Image Comics) is the first issue in a 4-issue series, with all issues scheduled for release in October, just in time for Halloween. It revisits an old concept with enough spooky fun to make it feel new all over again.

Born into the family business, that's how some describe their occupations. "My father's, father's, father . . . ," so on and so on. Pride can be taken from keeping up the family business. To be so proud that it encourages foolhardiness is a chance one takes with such pride. Many celebrities are driven to such pride and status that they let little things about them out that they wished they hadn't. Those little things snowball until they feel it's their (lucrative) responsibility to let the world know what it's like to step into their lives and see exactly what it's like to be with them. Even if others really with them would like to be kept out of the spotlight. Sometimes, that gives those who would do harm just the edge they need to take the prideful down.

The title Action Philosophers is a bit misleading. When I first heard about it, I thought it would be something akin to Albert Einstein: Time Mason—real, historical characters getting caught up in epic fantasy/adventure stories. Plato is a pro wrestler. Nietzsche is a superhero. How can that be anything short of awesome?

“Drop your weapon, villain!  Or face the pitiless judgement of . . . THE SHADOW!”
“Fond of that name, I see?  Well, Senor Sombra . . . only a lucky few can refer to me as “Grendel.”

After his acquisition of a rare antiquity imbued with mystical power transports him back to 1930s New York, Hunter Rose, nee Grendel, deems it his new playground and seeks to unite the Depression-era criminal world under his banner.

The only thing standing in his way is the city’s anointed protector, The Shadow.  And, once these two unstoppable forces are set in motion, expect fireworks to result.

Reviewing comic books, especially individual issues, can occasionally prove challenging. Many books are fine if read in sequence but lack something if taken in a vacuum. Despite it being the middle book in a series, Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 makes me want to read the two series that it connects, and that is actually a delightful surprise.

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