Comic book publisher Top Cow will soon be releasing Issue #31 of Artifacts, written by Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade) and illustrated by Jung-Guen Yoon (Captain America, Age of Ultron), and the publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff. In advance of the Wednesday, September 25th, release date, we are now able to share a preview of Issue #31!
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
After the overwhelming success of author Justin Robinson's last Kickstarter campaign, his latest novel will soon be hitting bookshelves! The book, City of Devils, tells the tale of monsters ruling the City of Angels, where the only human detective in town has a devil of a job to do. In advance of the book's release, our friends at Candlemark & Gleam have generously provided us with 5 (Yes, 5!) digital copies of the excitingly hilarious monster-noir mystery novel to give away to our readers.
A missing city councilman, his frightened movie star wife, and more suspects than you can count without taking off your shoes. Private Eye Nick Moss is on the case. There’s only one problem. He’s the last human PI in the city. His client is a shapeshifter, the missing councilman is a mummy, and most of the suspects would like to eat Moss.
Sin Titulo by Cameron Stewart is a complex, cerebral, and imaginative graphic novel, and that is simply scratching the surface. The story and art are fluid, as in a waking dream where you think you know what is going on until you realize you don’t, you can’t see beyond the periphery no matter how hard you try, and though you remember aspects of it so intensely, it may all have just been a dream. That also describes what reading Sin Titulo is like, as Alex Mackay finds himself jumping, dragged, and stumbling into and through a journey of confusion, impossibility, and discovery. It all starts when Alex goes to visit his grandfather at his retirement home, only to find out he died a month ago. While rummaging through his grandfather’s belongings, he comes across a photo of his grandfather with a young woman, smiling and looking happier than he ever remembered him. Curious about the photo, Alex inquires about the woman, setting into motion a chain of events that will dig up his past, destroy his present, and forever change his future. This is a book you can’t put down until you’ve reached the end – I tried, and I couldn’t do it. The story and its immediacy compel you to keep reading, because, just like Alex, you have to know what it all means, you have to keep going until you can make sense of it all, until you find the truth.
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
This past summer, the second rebooted Star Trek film came out, after much hype and speculation concerning the plot and characters of that feature. As an ardent Trekkie, I was excited, especially given how the first film was able to tie in the already established timeline shown in the previous films and television shows without it being ludicrous, but I was unprepared for just how much of the classic, original aspects of former Star Trek continuity was taken for the plot. It isn’t as though I’m against reusing previous plot points and characters in a rebooted fashion—DC’s done it for their New 52 reboot, though some of the success on that is still up for consideration—but the sheer amount of information recycled into the remade galaxy is staggering. Into Darkness blatantly steals elements from four of the original Trek films, but not all of them are for the better.
MAJOR STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS SPOILERS BELOW
The following is an interview with Dave Elliott, writer of the superhero graphic novel Sharky from Titan Books. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Elliott about his inspiration for the book, why the superhero genre needs a change of pace when it comes to comic books, and how he manages such a demanding project schedule.
This interview was conducted on September 7, 2013.
Collateral – Dear John is a digital comic created by Australians Matthew Nicholls and Lee Taylor following the lives of the Reid family, ordinary people struggling to survive in a world where superheroes actually exist. While the comic features superheroes, it is not a superhero comic; Nicholls and Taylor have chosen to focus on how average individuals cope with the destruction and chaos created by extraordinary conflicts. They write about everyday concerns such as unemployment, the safety of our children, the harshness of gossip, and the difficulties of adjusting as our children become adults with their own interests and lives.
“The boys have not yet learned how to live, but by God they know how to die.”
-Waffen, SS Officer Kurt “Panzer” Meyer on his Hitler Youth Grenadiers
“Listen, Sugar. Don’t take this the wrong way, but – even though you got some real sweet, real kind eyes . . . you look like a man who’s got some nasty ideas”
-Waitress in Carolina
It’s raining hard as John Summer makes his way south through America’s heartland in 1971 on a mysterious quest, accompanied only by his dog, Sam, a loaded gun and Death.
It’s also raining in Germany, in the last days of World War II, as the Wolfpack of five lost, but determined, Hitler Youth ready to make their stand against the Allies and claim a page of glory in the Thousand-Year Reich.
My favorite type of horror is the slow burn psychological style. So, I really enjoyed the two bite-sized morsels of disturbing I got to play this week. Sepulchre and Home are both old-school adventure horror games that have a lot of impact.
Ahoy, Fanboy Comics mateys!
Avast! 'Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and ye FBC friends will be grabbing a grog after pillaging a village or two to celebrate this day to its fullest.