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The latest chapter of Gene Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero adds one of the most important components to any superhero: personal tragedy to provide a reason to stand up against evil in the world. Hank vaguely knew that his father paid money to someone every month, but he was unaware of the reasons or the exact recipient; however, after Hank’s injuries in Chapter 2, the family forgets to pay, and the debtors show up in their little grocery store demanding recompense. Without the ability to pay double the protection fee to Mock Beak, leader of The Tong of the Sticks, Hank’s Ba (father) loses a sentimental jade pendant, which compels the young man to once again don his Golden Man of Bravery ensemble to avenge the loss.

Looking at the cover of Lady Phenom, I am overcome with childhood nostalgia for Super Girl starring Helen Slater. While not a commercial or critical success, I can remember staring at that movie poster for hours wanting to be Helen Slater . . . to be Super Girl. I wonder if young girls will get the same feeling looking at this Lady Phenom cover, which may have been the same feeling many girls also got looking at the Wonder Woman covers. I suspect they will. There is nothing more magical than to be a child or adult and see a superhero looking back at you in any art form.  As a girl, when most of what we are given to play with is dainty and delicate, it is even more life changing to have a woman that flies and saves lives on a cover for all to see.  Now that is PHENOMENAL!

It’s difficult to like or empathize with any protagonist who utters the phrase, “Shut your mouth! Higher life forms are talking!” with himself being one of the higher life forms he’s referring to. In fact, that statement pretty much encapsulates what Brain Boy is all about. Matthew Price, also known as Brain Boy (much to his chagrin), is the most powerful psychic, telepath, and telekinetic on the planet, and he clearly sees himself as some sort of ubermensch.

The great folks at Emerald Knights - Comics and Games have got connections.  Why, you may ask?  Well, they have coordinated a PRIVATE SCREENING of Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the AMC Burbank 16 Theatre on Sunday, April 13th, at 7:30 p.m., and they are welcoming all fanboys and fangirls in the SoCal area to join them!


Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:

GAME OF THRONES!!!  With last week's premiere of the hit TV show's fourth season, we here at Fanboy Comics are pretty darn stoked for what lies ahead. In advance of this weekend's second episode, the FBC staff has decided to give away a Westeros-sized Game of Thrones Prize Pack to our readers.  One luck winner will receive a Games of Thrones backpack, a t-shirt that proudly displays the House of Stark's family crest, and a GoT mouse pad which will be the envy of all of your friends!  The only catch . . . the contest is for today only!

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.

Geeks Care: How You Can Help once again shines a spotlight on the fine folks at Blastoff Comics, a top-of-the-line comic book shop in North Hollywood, CA. Blastoff stocks both current comics and graphic novels as well as an astonishing collection of vintage comics for sale, providing customers with rarities that they just cannot find anywhere else. What truly makes Blastoff and its owners, Jud Meyers and Scott Tipton, stand out is their commitment to helping others in need. A portion of all of their proceeds are donated to charity, with the recipients changing on a monthly basis. This month, Meyers and Tipton have chosen to highlight the RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), and we want to join Blastoff Comics in educating our readers about this important organization.

The following is an interview with comic book writer Tom Pinchuk (Hybrid Bastards!, Unimaginable), the author of the all-ages comic book Max Steel: Volume 3, which is the official comic book version of the Mattel animated series. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Pinchuk about what first intrigued him about the series, how writing for animation prepared him for the project, and what fans can anticipate for Max Steel in the third installment.

This interview was conducted on April 9, 2014.

I have always had an interest in the macabre, especially when it comes to the classics.  I was drawn to the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, the Hammer horror films of the 1960s, and during Junior High I selected an intriguing book to read and write a paper on, which I had never heard of before, called The Island of Dr. Moreau. The story of a 19th Century doctor who had retreated into a desolate island in order to experiment on mixing human and animal genetics into a new kind of creation, the homo-animalia, seemed deliciously taboo, and the story reeked of danger and high adventure.  Also, it was written by H.G. Wells, and while I knew the writings of H.G. Wells, mainly through old movies and the cultural consciousness, I had not yet read any of his works, so this was the perfect place to start, with this relatively overlooked, dark-hued novel.

For listeners to Fanboy Comics' flagship podcast, The Fanboy Scoop: Week in Review, you will already be familiar with comic book writer, artist, and editor Siike Donnelly.  (He recently appeared on the latest episode with OSSM Comics colleague Omar Spahi.)  Siike first became a friend of FBC in 2012, when he launched a Kickstarter campaign for Solestar, an original graphic novel featuring artwork donated by 60 different artists and educational information regarding brain aneurysms, the proceeds of which will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.  Those who know Siike are aware that he is a survivor of a brain aneurysm, and that he has spent the past four years helping other survivors and educating the world about the need for further aneurysm research.  After the success of his Solestar Kickstarter campaign, Siike has again launched an ambitious crowdfunding campaign for his latest book, Elan Vital, and he needs your help to make this amazing project a reality.

Pathfinder Legends is a new audio drama from Big Finish Productions that takes listeners to the town of Sandpoint for an unforgettable adventure inspired by the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This first episode, "Burnt Offerings," is based off the first chapter of the Pathfinder Adventure Path Rise of the Runelords and follows the iconic adventurers Harsk, Ezren, Merisiel, and Valeros as they discover a mysterious evil festering beneath the small town of Sandpoint.

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