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I wish Ben Stiller directed more.

I’m a big fan of his last effort, the great Hollywood satire Tropic Thunder.  You don’t grow up with the comedy genes Stiller possesses (His mom is Anne Meara, and his dad is Frank Costanza.) without learning a thing or two, and Tropic Thunder is a masterpiece of comic tone.  Think about it, that movie has three (Three!) elements that, in lesser hands, could have been horribly offensive.  You’ve got Robert Downey Jr. slathered in blackface.  You’ve got Stiller himself playing the mother of all mentally challenged characters, Simple Jack.  And, you’ve got a villain in the form of a small child who is also a ruthless drug lord.  Could you imagine the horror of Michael Bay’s Tropic Thunder

Erstwhile reader, you have stayed loyal through the last three reviews, so, of course, you’re anxiously awaiting the 4th and final chapter in my reviews of the Tabatha tale.  Rest easy, friends – this is it.

Doctor Muscles is a bizarre science fiction story, and, at times, that works in its favor, and, at other times, it works directly against it, convoluting what may already be a bit muddled.  Overall, though, I think Doctor Muscles crests more peaks than it treads through low valleys, but the trip is a sporadic one, tedious here, electric there. I know this reads a bit vague and abstract, described like a dream I am slowly forgetting, but that is the feeling I often had while on the adventures of Doctor Muscles in this second volume, dubbed Journal Two, which picks up directly after the events of the first volume.  Created and written by Austin Tinius and Robert Salinas, the main characters of Dr. Arthur E. Muscles, “The Smartest Man in Philadelphia,” and his sidekick Mickey, the self-professed “Droxin Slayer,” are interesting and fun characters, and the situations they find themselves in can be exciting and, every once in a while, pleasantly unexpected.

Robotslayer is an adventure story aimed at readers between 9 and 11 years old who love robots and want to experience a world populated with these mechanical wonders.  The physical book was simultaneously released with an iPad app, which allows the reader to more fully experience Leo’s battles and training.  Unfortunately, I have not completely sold my soul to Apple yet, so I do not have an iPad; I think I would have enjoyed playing as the Robotslayer throughout the storyline.

Disney may be the “big guy” on the block when it comes to adventures involving cute, cuddly, and furry casts of characters, but never fear, fans of the underdog, for this has not deterred creator James Cartwright from adding his own tale to the mix. Cartwright’s Hamsters #1 may be a little too quick and short (as hamsters often are) for my normal tastes, but the comic is still full of a number of laughs and a decent dose of heart.



MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

In the world of Potara, the ancient Greek and Egyptian societies lived on, evolving and developing new technologies based around the energies of the universe. Some special individuals are even able to wield these energies with the power of their minds alone. They are The Gifted. A child of prophecy is promised to accomplish great things for Potara. Fortunately, he was found, a young boy named Leoros from another world, the planet Earth. Unfortunately, after being trained, he followed a powerful enemy back to Earth and was trapped there upon defeating him.

'Tis the season for exciting news from digital studio Madefire!  On the heels of its recent partnership with Dark Horse Comics, Madefire has announced that it is now partnering with DC Entertainment for the release the new iOS app for Batman: Arkham Origins, a DC2 MultiVerse graphic novel. The app is the first DC2 MultiVerse title featuring a multi-path reading experience.

For full details on the exciting announcement, please see Madefire's full press release below.

GameHäus Board Game Café in Glendale, CA, is throwing a board game event for New Year’s Eve, and you won't want to miss it! Geek out with great folks, board games, and good food and drink to welcome 2014!

The following is an interview with Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti, the writing team behind the BOOM! Studios comic book series Aliens vs. Parker. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Scheer and Giovannetti about their interdimensional inspiration for creating the series, their plans for future issues, and the differences between writing for the TV and sequential art mediums.

This interview was conducted on December 13, 2013.

Comic book publisher Top Cow will be releasing Issue #2 of A Voice in the Dark today, written and illustrated by Larime Taylor, and the publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff, as we are now able to share a preview of Issue #2!

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