First off, this is a massive tome of comics and stories. Coming in at a meaty 560 pages, The Cal McDonald Casebook Vol. 1 might take you a while to read. This volume contains a wide variety of stories of Cal McDonald, a private investigator who specializes in the creatures that go bump in the night. This collection contains seven tales consisting of six comics and a novella that focus on different bizarre cases that Cal has come across. These stories don't read like an episode of a television show, but instead like a full case from a novel series, complete with plenty of twists and turns in a condensed space that lend these stories an impressive feeling of momentum and energy.
The heroes have lost.
Comic book publishers now repeat this same story: superheroes not only fight a never-ending battle, but they fight a victory-less battle marked by perpetual moral defeat. The proof lies in the fact that month after month, issue after issue, a new villain or familiar foe rises up once again. Their dastardly plans might be foiled for now, but they will return again, stronger and more deadly. Next time, they just might claim a loved one as a casualty. The victory of good over evil is short-lived and meaningless. The very fact that a new story needs to be published every month has led to this overall theme within the stories themselves, and now the heroes are in on the nihilism.
Khazid'hea, or Cutter, is a sentient magical sword that's made appearances in the Forgotten Realms novels for years. This insidious sword has driven many a good person to their death by exerting its influence over them, and now the blade is about to find a new wielder, but will they be strong enough to put the sword's will in check or be consumed by it and become a force of death and destruction?
It feels wrong to say that The Colonized has a lot in common with the movie Plan 9 from Outer Space, but it's technically true. The cult classic by Ed Wood has become so known for its pervasive awfulness and hilarious continuity errors that such a comparison would seem like I was saying The Colonized is somehow a bad or laughable piece. This is far from the case. But, they share some common plot points: aliens coming to Earth, finding a bunch of despicable and violence-loving humans, and resurrecting the dead.
Doctor Who Classics #2 takes another old adventure from issues of Doctor Who Magazine, colorizes it, and assembles it into comic form. "Invaders from Gantac" is a three-part arc which has the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy on the television series) stumbling into an alien invasion as only the Doctor can stumble.
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At WonderCon 2013, screenwriter Bob Goodman talks with Fanboy Comics' Bryant Dillon about his work on the new DC animated feature, Superman: Unbound, and what his DC animated dream project would be.
For over a year, the staff of Fanboy Comics has informed its readers about exciting Kickstarter campaigns for projects that are worthy of your hard-earned money. As supporters of independent creators of all mediums, we love doing our part to spread the word about high quality projects and talented creators. In fact, for the very first time on the FBC website, today's edition of "The Kickstarter Report" will focus on a Kickstarter campaign that has already surpassed its fundraising goal; however, the project in question is so good, that we could not resist the opportunity to push the campaign well over its stretch goal!
Author Justin Robinson, best known for the novels Undead on Arrival, Mr. Blank, The Dollmaker, and Nerve Zero, is at it again with his latest book, Coldheart. The new urban fantasy novella is set in San Francisco, which has been ravaged by a blizzard, while its residents live in fear of a cannibalistic killer stalking the streets and a rash of abductions targeting people seemingly at random. Throughout this chaos, only one man has the ability to put together the pieces of the mysteries affecting the people of the city. The catch? The man must also fight the demons of his own mental illness, unsure if the clues that he is finding are real or figments of his imagination.
At WonderCon 2013, Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes chats with casting and voice director Andrea Romano about her work on the latest DC animated film, Superman: Unbound.
For a book with the word “mind” in it, Mind MGMT requires a surprising amount of thought, go figure. This is a comic of conspiracies and intrigue and will require a second and maybe a third read to fully appreciate all the moving pieces.