Fatima: The Blood Spinners is a bizarre trip through a scary, violent, funny, sad, black-and-white future of humanity’s own making. Comics legend Gilbert Hernandez has created a grotesque science fiction tale of addiction run amok and insidious corruption in the hierarchy that is tasked with saving the day.  Gilbert, along with brothers Jaime and Mario, are responsible for the long-running, initially underground, and critically acclaimed series Love and Rockets.  He has also created a myriad of other books on his own, collecting a variety of prestigious awards along the way.  Fatima is my first experience with the family Hernandez in any fashion, and I can see how together, and on solo projects, they attract and maintain a solid fan base.

In the 1940s, the world was introduced to, arguably, the first Asian superhero, The Green Turtle, a masked man with a turtle cape, a haunting shadow, and a mysterious background who was featured in five issues of Blazing Comics. Now, 70 years later, Gene Yang (Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese) and Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie, Sense and Sensibility) have brought new life to the character and delved back into his origins in the The Shadow Hero.

It's here!  The day that you have all been waiting for has arrived!  Today is March 31, 2014, and it is officially Bunsen Burner Day!

One hundred and sixty-three years ago, a starship called Defiant tried to leave Earth’s orbit as a police vehicle desperately pursued it.  The police vessel was taken on board the larger ship as Defiant fell through a wormhole or other space anomaly and launched across space to a strange planet where life had developed despite the lack of a large light giving star.  Three members of Defiant’s marginally volunteer crew opted to leave this new place and return to Earth for rescue aid; however, Angela and Tommy chose to stay behind on this new planet and try to make a life while they wait for help.  The new home is dubbed Eden, and from this one couple, an inbred and primitive society is born. The Family is content to stay near the Circle of Stones created by their Mother, Angela, and wait for Earth until a young man named John Redlantern dares to believe that there could be life beyond the frozen wastes north of their settlement and becomes a catalyst for change in a stagnant world order.

I discovered Rick Remender doing awesome things with the Uncanny Avengers and Captain America with the launch of Marvel Now!, but it turns out Remender has been doing awesome things in comics for quite some time, and I'm talking well before his renowned run on Marvel's Uncanny X-Force. Back in the day, circa 2005-2006, Remender and artist Tony Moore, known for providing the art for numerous books by Robert Kirkman and Remender, including the very beginnings of The Walking Dead, brought into the world a creative callback to the rough-and-tumble pulp days of science fiction with Fear Agent. Filled with over-the-top action, showboating, wisecracks, weird and wild aliens, a hero with a cowboy complex, and a scientist who puts the sexy in science, Fear Agent careens through your imagination, tearing up the furniture and flinging open all the windows, letting its outlandish adventures ransack your rational mind.

Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes chats with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lead actor Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) about how he approaches the role, his love for Lola, and more at the PaleyFest red carpet in Hollywood, CA.

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I don’t know how many people caught it, but a couple of weeks ago Tom Selleck was a guest on the David Letterman show.  He was there to promote his CBS series Blue Bloods, but the conversation eventually turned to a role Selleck had been offered but had to eventually turn down.  I’m not sure how many people know this, but about 35 years ago, Selleck was cast by Geroge Lucas and Steven Spielberg to play a college professor who moonlighted as an archeologist named Henry “Indiana” Jones.  The problem was Selleck had a prior commitment to a TV pilot he had starred in called Magnum, P.I.  He couldn’t do both roles because of his contract with CBS, so he had to turn down playing Indy in Raiders of the Lost Ark.   Of course, Magnum went on to be a massive hit for CBS, so we shouldn’t feel too badly for Tom Selleck.  He more than landed on his feet.

I’m a fat bastard.  Not, like, medically fat.  But, by my standards, fat.  So, what do I do?  I quit drinking (much to my editor’s chagrin. Apparently, I’m not only a better writer, but also a better person when drunk – go figure.), and I started working out.  Can I tell you how much it sucks to start working out as a 39-year-old fat man?  It sucks. I really, really, really miss being 21, thin, and in shape.

How does this impact the comic?  Stop asking stupid questions and read on.

At the end of World War II, a desolate English church on a rocky crag crumbles under a raging storm, killing its priest and cutting it off from the small village it supports.A year later, Marwell Clay comes home, scarred from the war and bearing the wrath of the people that have decreed him an outcast for his crimes. Dr. Robert Temple has also come to this village to build his dream house, an immense creation of precise standards and calculations . . . and dark knowledge. Because everything is not right in this village.  People are disappearing, and the villagers are seeking an answer.  And, if they can’t find that . . . a scapegoat.

It’s hard to believe that Irenicon is Aidan Harte’s debut novel, as it is a beast of a tale for any author to have written by any account. Irenicon is the first in Harte’s Wave Trilogy. It is a world full of detailed, colorful history that is depicted throughout the book, interwoven with elements of Biblical scripture and with both written and spoken Hebrew. Harte does not rely on detailed maps or genealogy charts to guide the reader through the world he creates. Instead, he tells a story and lets it speak for itself. Irenicon is a stunning accomplishment for a novice writer.

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