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Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon chats with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz) about his desire to see the early years of Fitz and Simmons, action scenes vs. techno babble, and more at the PaleyFest red carpet in Hollywood, CA.

Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes chats with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons) about her initial audition process, action scenes vs. techno babble, and more at the PaleyFest red carpet in Hollywood, CA.

“Laws change, depending on who’s making them -- Cardassians one day, Federation the next.  But, justice is justice.”  -- Constable Odo


The quote above is pretty stunning.  It’s not the kind of thing you would see in any other installment in the Star Trek franchise, unless it came out of the mouth of a villain or maybe a guest star whose opinion of Starfleet would change before the credits rolled.  Here, it’s coming from a series regular -- the station’s security officer, Odo -- and he’s basically saying that the laws of our heroic utopia and a brutally oppressive regime, who regarded war crimes as an icebreaker, are the same.  It’s a pretty important window into Odo, who, for the first two episodes, was something of an enigma.  He’s center stage in “A Man Alone,” and we really start seeing the character that would become not only a fan favorite, but arguably the most important person across two quadrants.

I have a confession . . . I play with dolls (or I used to, rather).  When I was a little boy, I fell in love with Barbie and anything pretty with long hair.  My parents would let me have Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Bionic woman dolls, but Barbie was for sissies and, therefore, not allowed.  Fortunately, my mother gave me a younger sister who shared my obsession with dolls, and I got to play with all of her dolls (including Barbie, snap!) under the guise of sibling bonding.  My childhood passion would turn into a lifelong love affair with the soulless, vapid totems of beauty.  I try to limit my collection to Wonder Woman and anything "special" or rare. (If anyone has an extra limited edition Robert Tonner Zombie Boy doll laying around . . . )

When an elite WWII Special Forces squad is tasked with stopping Nazi paranormal rites, you know that things are going to go wrong. The Black Devils are the best hunters and trackers the Allies could muster, and their main target is the secret occult organization at the heart of the Third Reich. Things go south when the Devils interrupt a ritual designed to open a gateway between worlds.

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Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:


Author Aidan Harte has gone from sculpting characters out of metal in his art to sculpting characters out of words in his debut novel, Irenicon, Book 1 in The Wave Trilogy, which will be released from Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus on April 1, 2014.  In advance of the book's release, the publishers have generously provided us with 5 (Yes, 5!) advance copies of the historical fantasy novel to give away to our readers.

Writer Zack Whedon and artist Georges Jeanty continue to be “big, damn heroes” to Browncoats everywhere this month by supplying us with another excellent issue of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind. The third issue of this series ratchets up the plot even more, pitting Mal and his crew against their old enemy, Jubal Early, and forcing our desperate characters to turn to a figure from the past in a last-ditch attempt for help against the almighty Alliance. Things couldn’t be more tense or exciting . . . it’s a mighty fine time to be a Serenity fan, isn’t it?

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When IDW first announced they would be using their new X-Files exclusive comic property of my favorite television series of all time to produce a crossover that included my favorite film ever produced, including two other properties whose toy lines I grew up with, I pretty much went into the geek equivalent of anaphylactic shock.  It felt like all things in the world were finally righting themselves; world peace had just been achieved, cancer had been cured, and the Kardashians finally had their show cancelled.

Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT has started digging down into some of the more unsavory aspects of running a top secret psychic spy agency. This issue shows the backstory of Big Jim, who looks like he is about eight feet tall. We get a glimpse of how he is recruited, trained, and modified by the Management. We also see his ultimate assignment to a circus and the strange little group of agents that drive the bulk of the story in this issue. We also get to see how bad things really look for Lyme, Duncan, Meru, and the rest of the team. (Spoiler: Super bad.)

Here We Go and The Daring Adventures of Android Jones author Jesse Young has released yet another new comic, this time the Western-themed Forbidden Love. It seems like Jesse’s releasing another new comic every week. His work ethic is something to admire. He’s amassing quite the portfolio of work, crossing many different genres and themes including sci-fi, fantasy, drama, and adventure. Outside of sci-fi, my favorite genre is Westerns. Nothing beats a good, old fashioned John Wayne adventure. The Searchers, True Grit, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance are some of my favorites. It was like being part of a completely different world, without ever leaving America. It made you wonder what it must have been like to have actually lived in the Old West. Forbidden Love is no different. Jesse mentions in the forward that the song “Long Black Veil,” written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin, inspired the story. Lefty Frizzell originally recorded the song, but when I read the story, I couldn’t help but hear the version recorded by Johnny Cash in my head. If you haven’t heard that version, then do yourself a favor and Google it immediately.

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