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I like the Silent Hill franchise.  It tries its best to touch on true horror. True horror is about atmosphere, madness, and a creeping sense of doom that follows you off the page and into your bed at night. So, I was giving Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story a fair shot when it slapped me out of the horror mode and into confused mode.

You know what I love most about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books? The whole tie in with the action figures. Each comic I've read so far has reminded me of so many fond memories I had as a child. And, in TMNT #38, I saw so many of my favorite action figure characters!

These days, if I were to pick up a Star Wars comic book and hope for a new storyline, I would expect to read about tales during the currently popular Clone Wars. Naturally, you'll feel my surprise and excitement when I asked to read Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Girl and learn all about what happens to some of my favorite original characters from a galaxy far, far away.

Magical. Transcendent. Inspired. It is difficult to capture in words what turning the pages of The Art of the Book of Life was like for me. Those who know me well know I am rarely at a loss for words; however, this book left me silent . . . just absorbing. I truly believe people come into your life at different times for a purpose. The Art of the Book of Life came into my life at just the right time, and, low and behold, I was lucky enough to be swept into a treasure trove of artistry, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the upcoming animated film, The Book of Life, with a forward from none other than Guillermo del Torro, the film's producer!

*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


I’ve started to become a big believer in value for the money. Let me give an example of what I mean. Last week, I went to dinner with my friend, Nestor. We ended up at California Pizza Kitchen (It’s very middle of the road, and we often wind up there when we can’t agree on a place to go.) which is a perfectly serviceable place. You’d never think of CPK as extravagant, but by the time they brought the bill, we’d somehow run up a $50 tab before leaving a tip. I waited tables for years, so that makes me at the very least a knee-jerk 20% minimum tipper, so add at least another $10 to the total. Just looking at it from a value perspective, I just don’t think the meal we got was anywhere approaching something worth $50 (plus tip).

Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


Earlier this summer, the Fanboy Comics staff (and a host of talented artists) joined the Barnes & Noble in Valencia, CA, to celebrate their "Get Pop-Cultured™ with Barnes & Noble" events, including Marvel Day and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle - Jr. Ninja Training Day! Now, the Fanboy Comics crew and artists Chris Thorne (The 36, Skin Crawling Comics), Bryant Dillon (Something Animal, Identity Thief), Sebastian Kadlecik (Penguins vs. Possums), and John Bring (Penguins vs. Possums) will be joining forces with Barnes & Noble once again to celebrate Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.!

Poor, misunderstood Darth Maul.

When we think of all the Star Wars villains out there--particularly from the films--Maul is probably the worst of them all. I mean, think about it: we barely get to know Darth Maul's back story in Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace. All we discover is that he died an apprentice. "Always two, there are," Yoda says. "A master and an apprentice." The comic book I just finished, however, Star Wars: Darth Maul--Son of Dathomir, gives an excellent inside look as to who Darth Maul really was and perhaps even who he could have been.

Ian Lendler and Zack Giallongo’s all-ages graphic novel with a lengthy name, The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth, is an utterly captivating, child-friendly introduction to one of Shakespeare’s better-known tragedies.  It takes a few liberties with the plot and doesn’t attempt to replicate the Bard’s exact words, but the heart of the story gets through to both readers and the highly critical animal audience!

It’s been a few years since I reviewed the first two issues of indie comic book Vengador, but creator and writer James Gilarte and talented artist Rowel Roque have been hard at work. The payoff can be seen seen in Vengador: Volume 1: No Such Thing As Justice and Vengador: Volume 2: Road To Darkness, two new trade paperbacks that collect the first eight issues of Gilarte’s grim and gory superhero tale!

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The recent release of Dr. Mütter's Marvels from Gotham Books may not be the typical reading fare of many who include themselves as members of “geek culture,” but author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s “true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine” is such a captivating, gripping, and intensely interesting historical tale that even the reader who has mere casual interest in the subject will find themselves devouring Aptowicz’s text in a matter of days, if not hours. The story of the mysterious Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter and his fascinating and noble effect on the advancement of American medical practices and treatment is a rare opportunity to step into a time in our nation’s past, when surgery was performed without anesthesia, patients were restricted against their will during extremely long and painful procedures, and one kind, intelligent, and gentle man searched passionately for something more civilized than the world before him.

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