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Was there any doubt that the combination of Adventure Time and Paul Tobin and Collen Coover would be a good match? The Flip Side is the latest Adventure Time comic miniseries from KaBoom! After Finn is diagnosed with “quest deficiency,” Finn, Jake, and BMO head out in search of adventure but are about to learn you need to watch which quests you agree to complete.

A rookie BBC news crew is paired with a veteran team of US soldiers for a dangerous transport from Kandahar to Naw Abad in the one shot comic Convoy of Corpses, which was created and written by Kelly Bender and illustrated by Van Choran. The journalists have a very naïve view of how to record their experiences along the trip, but, by the end of the trip, they’ve seen firsthand why Afghanistan’s Highway #1 has been dubbed “highway to hell.”

The following is an interview with Mike Mendez, director of the horror/comedy Big Ass Spider!. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Mendez about what attracted him to the film, the creative process of working with the film's stellar cast and crew, and the creators that have had the most impact on his career.

This interview was conducted on January 3, 2014.

Prior to diving, keyboard first, into my review of IDW’s X-Files: Season 10 #8, my original game plan was to confess my undying infatuation with an FBI special agent by the name of Dana Scully.  After much internal debate, I felt this wouldn’t be appropriate, seeing as my actual obsession is with Gillian Anderson herself, and I wouldn’t want to start this review off with any misleading statements.

Joe Harris and company are back with a new issue of X-Files Season 10, and boy is this one a doozy. I kept seeing Harris talk on Twitter and Facebook about how excited he was for people to see the cameos in this issue that I began racking my brain as to who could possibly show up.  I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I won’t spoil all the fun for you, though. You can see the mystery guests yourself when the issue hits stores on January 8th! (Hint: For those of you getting excited, it’s NOT Jack Black and Giovanni Ribisi’s characters from Season Three.)

Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom sounds like a superhero name, followed by a descriptive nickname, like, “Superman: Man of Steel” or “Batman: The Caped Crusader.” But, in fact, that’s not the case here. The name of the superhero in this comic is, “The Man of the Atom,” and that name, in its entirety, is all anyone ever calls him, despite how awkward and, frankly, pretentious it sounds in general conversation. Whereas Dr. Solar is the name of his secret identity, a mild-mannered, brilliant-scientist-type person, who works in the top secret laboratory complex of Atom Valley, and who, apparently, has no first name. I would hope that if he does have one, it’s Adam, as it’s the only appropriate one for his character.

If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I’ve got a soft spot for the smaller indie books out there. There’s an abundance of passion, creativity, and originality in small indie publishing, and Verge #1 from new publisher Identity Comics is a perfect example of the gems that can be hiding in the massive shadow of the big two and other larger publishers.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

Movie fans are super stoked about 2015, which could go down as one of the great movie years of all time.  You’ve got The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  You’ve got the long in gestation Mad Max: Fury Road.  You’ve got Sam Mendes back directing the 24th James Bond adventure.  You’ve got Superman vs. Batman, or whatever they wind up calling it.  There’s Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, the dinosaurs of Jurassic World, Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, Pixar’s Inside Out, the Terminator reboot, Edgar Wright’s Ant Man with Paul Rudd poised to be the new Robert Downey, Jr., The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Neil Blomkamp’s new sci-fi movie Chappie, and Mission: Impossible 5.  Rounding out the year may be the most anticipated movie in at least a decade or more, a little something called Star Wars: Episode VII.

The only downside to all this is we have to trudge through 2014 to get there. 

Swords of Good Men by Snorri Kristjansson is the first book in a series (The Valhalla Saga) that seems crafted specifically for fans of History Channel’s Vikings who want something more, set in the fascinating world of Nordic warriors and their fierce pantheon of gods. Set in 996AD, Swords introduces readers to the conflict between the Christian King Olav and the pagan believers that inhabited most of Norway during the time period. The conflict appears to be loosely based on the real attempts of King Olaf I of Norway, who used violence and coercion to force his religion on his subjects and to spread Christianity throughout Scandinavia. I suspect that the full Valhalla Saga will cover his entire four-year quest to convert the region.

Luke, Leia, and Han all take a back seat in this issue, as Vader takes center stage for the first issue of a two-part arc, though, through the eyes of the newly appointed Ensign Nanda, a woman detailed to Darth Vader as his special assistant. With Birra Seah now MIA, I wasn't at all surprised to see another woman by Vader's side given Brian Wood's attention to female characters, both in this series and his X-Men series, and I welcome the idea of using his arc to bring more women into the original trilogy's universe.

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