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When I heard the worlds of my two all-time favorite franchises of Ghostbusters and The X-Files would be colliding in IDW’s X-Files Conspiracy comic book series, I broke into an unintelligible jig that was akin to the eclectic dance stylings of Elaine from Seinfeld.  After reading the content of the book, many will be happy to hear they won’t have to witness that dance for a very, very long time.

While happy with the attempt, but disappointed with the results, I took a much lower expectation into my review of part four of the series, which included my favorite toy franchise to grace the planet, the Transformers.  The good news is that either my lower expectations helped, or this book was better in certain respects than the Ghostbusters crossover that preceded it.  Although, before you get too excited, you will want to read on.

Nostalgia Goggles Activated.

I remember my childhood, growing up watching Cartoon Network.

Sure, I watched Disney and Nickelodeon, but Cartoon Network, it had something different. It showed cartoons that were complex and nuanced, and it did this while keeping it all PG friendly.

It’s been a while since a first issue has drawn me in as quickly as Pariah did.  The art is great. It’s on the cartoonish side, but it’s emotionally expressive and quite effective in its science rich action sequences.  It’s even more dazzling when it comes to portraying the space-scapes in which the story is set.  

Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem is a short, simple story that overflows with elegance, emotion, and beauty and is entirely captivating.  Written by the prolific Steve Niles (based on a story by him and Matt Santoro), perhaps best known for creating the popular 30 Days of Night series, as well as the highly original Criminal Macabre and a plethora of other miniseries for a multitude of publishers, Breath of Bones lives and breathes simplicity in its storytelling.  Published by Dark Horse, this is a deeply felt World War II story - small, personal, and set against a larger, destructive, seemingly unstoppable backdrop.  The story of a small Jewish village under threat of Nazi invasion, and with no protection save for the hope and belief of a young boy and his grandfather that their faith will deliver them a protector in the form of a mythic golem sculpted out of the ground, is brief, direct, and remarkably poignant. 

The second thing I’m going to say is that this issue is a pretty good jumping on point if you haven’t been reading the best comic around. The first thing I’m going to say is that you should pick up Mind MGMT #19. This is the best ongoing comic out there, if you ask me.

The good folks over at Geekscape.net supply a steady flow of awesome geek content by way of news, reviews, interviews, and podcasts, and now their geek cred is expanding even further.  Partnering with YouTube network Fullscreen Inc., Geekscape will be releasing original video content through their new YouTube channel, GeekscapeTV.

For full details on the partnership and the content that fans can expect from GeekscapeTV, please see the official press release below.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2 is going to be in the hands of Browncoats everywhere very soon, and it can’t come fast enough for most of us in Geekdom. Well, like the comic book reviewer equivalent of Mr. Universe, I’m broadcasting on all geek-approved channels to let everyone out there know that it’s all clear: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2 is just as well crafted and enjoyable as the first issue. The first chance you get, stop somewhere friendly and add this book to your cargo list. Transmitting details below . . .

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

Comic book publisher Top Cow will soon be releasing Issue #35 of Artifacts, written by 2012 Talent Hunt Winner Hannibal Tabu and illustrated by Nelson Blake II and Mike Oeming, and the publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff. In advance of the Wednesday, February 26th, release date, we are now able to share a preview of Issue #35!

Labyrinth of Stars is the fifth installment in Marjorie M. Liu’s urban fantasy series, Hunter Kiss. Maxine and Grant are expecting their daughter, the child who should inherit Maxine’s mantle as hunter, but Grant is also losing his strength after becoming a demon lord to four clans. The pair must balance their relationship, caring for flesh-eating non-humans on modern Earth, and Maxine’s natural drive to eradicate demons to keep their fragile world intact; however, powerful forces fear the birth of Maxine and Grant’s gifted daughter and seek to fulfill the prophecy of Maxine being the last Hunter Kiss by killing the child in the womb. How far will this mother go to protect her child, and will a mysterious plague that threatens all life on Earth tip the scales?

To give you a good idea of the quality of TIAoDMaPB, consider that the foreword to the first volume was by John “John Landis” Landis, and the foreword to the second volume is by George “Inventor of Modern Zombies” Romero. This shows the quality on display in this comic, as well as the people that the creators idolize. This comic is pretty light on horror and seriously heavy on the humor, but, mostly, it is smart and fun.

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