This past weekend, Lovecraft enthusiasts descended upon the sleepy coastal town of San Pedro, California, for the annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con, where for three days, the ratio of black t-shirt-clad visitors with R’lyehian sayings punctuated by tentacles increased exponentially.
The Staff of Fanboy Comics would like to wish you and yours a Happy Techie Day! Take a moment to appreciate your resident techie friend and thank them for their efforts. Techie is a term, derivative of the word technology, for a person who displays a great, sometimes even obsessive, interest in technology, high-tech devices, and particularly computers. These fun-loving technology enthusiasts range from computer technicians to electrical engineers. No matter the trade, anyone who has a highly skilled technical job deserves to basque in you support.
Officer Adrian Chambers took his job in narcotics extremely seriously, so seriously that he was willing to turn several dirty officers over to Internal Affairs for investigation. Now, he’s dead, and the former officers aren’t willing to stop their vengeance just because their primary target is gone. Fortunately, Adrian’s daughter, Denise, followed in her father’s law enforcement footsteps, and she won’t stop until she gets to the bottom of who has made taking out her loved ones a beloved hobby.
Well, we f---ed up the Earth. Yeah, it was bound to happen sooner or later, so no surprise there, but it's a good thing we prepared some contingencies. Enter the Gen and the cyborgs. The first group was genetically engineered to withstand the harsh new climate of the Earth, with its ever decreasing oxygen. The second started adding mechanical bits to themselves until they had not only managed to survive the environment, but extend their own lives by hundreds of years. There's just one problem: only a single strip of land near the Equator is inhabitable even with all of these advancements, and there simply isn't enough room for the both of them.
I honestly did not know what I was getting in Love Stories #1 from Image Comics. Based on the title, I thought I would be reading a girly comic involving relationships of various types and the ensuing hijinks. I ended up with demon-killing Norsemen and broken marriages in space . . . with aliens! Maybe it would have helped if I had known that the full title of the series is Love Stories (To Die For).
*For mature readers
In the land of Tremont, the saying “When Nerr (the male god of love and sexuality) gets the Heir” means something is highly unlikely to happen. Nevertheless, when current heir to the throne Temmin is summoned to the capital on his 18th birthday for training to become king, he is instantly drawn the current Embodiment of Neya, the female half of the gods of love and sexuality, and no other woman can compare. The gods have complex rules, though, and Temmin’s lack of sexual experience prevents him from simply making an appointment at the Lovers' Temple. His only option is becoming a Supplicant, an official training position in the Temple lasting two years and two days, and accepting both Embodiments of the twin gods as his teachers; however, King Harsin, Temmin’s father, fears a prophecy that states the common people will benefit when the Heir devotes himself to the lovers, and he will do almost anything to stop his only son from bringing it to pass.
Oreimo: Volume 4 opens with Kirino’s two worlds colliding when she runs into her best friend Ayase at a large doujinshi event in downtown Tokyo! Ayase knows nothing about Kirino’s otaku side, and it’s up to Kyousuke to save the day and try to keep his little sister’s popular school idol image intact. At the same time, how will Kirino’s new friends react when they learn she’s never mentioned them to her school pals? Can Ayase accept Kirino’s hobby, and will the girls still be friends at the end of the day?
I love manga, so I was excited to get to read Oreimo: Volume 4. While siscon (sister complex) isn’t my favorite genre, a female protagonist who is secretly into anime, manga, doujinshi, and adult games is something I can relate to personally, and I loved Kirino almost immediately; however, as creepy as he sometimes seems, Kyousuke took my heart as the top character in the volume with his desire and willingness to protect and aid his baby sister at whatever cost.
MILD SPOILERS BELOW
Alish Karr is an anomaly in the world of Adrahstea; rather than being demon, angel, or human, she is a unique human/angel hybrid with no memories of her past or even where she originated. Alish survives by working as an “outside consultant” for the Jericho Intelligence Bureau, but her job is on the line after yet another dead bounty when she loses control over a mysterious power that randomly takes over her body. She’s also involved with the son of Jericho’s demon governor, but she’s realized that her boy-toy is more into her than she’s into him. Where does Alish fit in her world, and how can she channel her inner power to avoid disastrous results?
No one would argue about Eric Chase having a rough life. His father, Captain Gordon “Cory” Chase, disappeared in the jungles of Vietnam in 1969, his only keepsake from his dad is a Marine forces patch sewed onto an old baby blanket converted into a superhero cape, and he suffered traumatic skull fractures plus other injuries falling from a tree when playing superheroes with his older brother, Nick, compelling their mother to discard the precious cape. Any one of these events could warp someone’s personality, but all of them together turn Eric into a paranoid, angry young man. He can’t hold down a steady job, keep his girlfriend, or even come up with the funds to rent a place of his own. But, when the old superhero cape of his childhood resurfaces, Eric reconnects with the secret ability embedded in his father’s military patch; however, instead of using his new powers for good, the angry man-child gives in to the urge to take revenge on those he thinks are most responsible for his suffering.
Trigun Omnibus: Volume 1 follows the life and adventures of Vash the Stampede, a pacifistic gunslinger traveling through the harsh, post-apocalyptic world of Gunsmoke. Despite his devotion to protecting human life, Vash has a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head, which draws every potential fortune hunter in the Wild West-like society to try to take him out. Unfortunately, these showdowns have a propensity to create massive property destruction, and the warmhearted blonde is considered a localized disaster by many insurance agencies! Things get more complicated when Bernardelli Insurance Agency assigns two agents, Meryl and Milly, to follow Vash and try to prevent any more claims since the “humanoid typhoon” is a force of nature.