Last week, Justified pulled off one of the best episode they’ve ever done, as the Marshalls had to get very clever in order to usher the newly capture Drew Thompson out of a Gauntlet-style ambush. Tough guys said tough things. Patton Oswalt took a severe beating and killed a guy. It was tremendous fun.
Have you ever been so engrossed by a book, TV show, or movie that its ending leaves you craving more? Does the idea of delving deeper into the world of your most beloved stories and characters through thought-provoking discussion and analysis make your Spidey-sense tingle? Thankfully, the creative team behind Smart Pop Books, the pop culture imprint of independent publisher BenBella Books, craves the exploration of pop culture as much as we do, as is evidenced by their latest anthology of essays focusing on one of geekdom’s most popular science fiction novels, Ender’s Game. In Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game, fans of the Orson Scott Card classic will have the chance to return to the world of Ender Wiggin in advance of the major motion picture adaptation later this year.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the FBC Staff and Contributors have been posting a number of comic book reviews covering Action Lab Entertainment and their imprint for mature readers, Action Lab: Danger Zone. My colleagues and I are always happy to support independent creators and publishers, and it has been a joy to watch Action Lab and its myriad of writers and artists grow and flourish this year.
Psychedelic, poetic, and evoking Alice in Wonderland, The Zaucer of Zilk is not for the faint of heart, and trust me, you will need a dictionary. But, if you can stand the rush of color, poetry, and funk, then you are in for one hell of a ride.
The second issue of this mini-series is as fun and engaging as the first. I was mildly concerned at the end of the first that the story might veer in a slightly melodramatic direction, but that hasn’t been the case at all. I titled the 1st review "Hogwarts for Hitmen," equating specialized magical prep school education with training in the killing arts. As the setting is developed, however, it reminds me more than anything of a public high school. It looks like one for a start and while the cliques are organized mercenary clubs, they have that oily sheen of teenage belonging. So, if anything, that setting, along with the serialized nature of comics, makes Five Weapons more easily relatable to a TV show like Boy Meets World or Freaks and Geeks. Except, of course, everybody’s learning how to kill people. Can’t forget that part.
I adore Savage Skullkickers. Love it. It isn’t perfect, but it’s everything I want in a comic book. It’s got a sharp comedic wit, characters who seem to follow their own idiotic personalities to their unfortunate end, and plenty of action to drag the plot along kicking and screaming.
So, read it already.
The final issue of the Blackburn Burrow free miniseries from Amazon Studios and 12-Gauge Comics is as completely readable as the earlier issues in the series, itself an interesting experiment in testing the waters for a potential movie. With such talent as Ron Marz on writing and Matthew Dow Smith handling art, it comes as little surprise that this comic book translation of a script by J.H. Levy is quite fine as a temporary (and, let's not forget, free) distraction.
When we last left our crime-fighting duo, the Red Panda (a.k.a. millionaire gadabout town August Fenwick) had just received a warning from his old ally, The Stranger, about dark forces gathering that signal nothing less than the end of the world. Meanwhile, his spunky sidekick, the Flying Squirrel (a.k.a. his driver, Kit Baxter) has tracked a pack of magic-eating demon rats called the V’rahill to an abandoned warehouse . . . and a trap.
Monkeybrain Comics' second issue of Mask of the Red Panda will hit the stands on March 27th and continues to amaze and delight readers with its vintage feel and sensibilities.
Loogie the Booger Genie is a new children’s book written by N.E. Castle with illustrations throughout by Bret Herholz. This book was a delightful, funny read about a young man who discovers a troublemaking genie. It delivers a wonderful mix of hilarious humor, awesome alliteration, and precocious pranks. Look, it even has me alliterating!
The FBC crew discuss Merl Dixon’s attempt to take Michonne to The Governor that takes place in Episode 15 of Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series. Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode by FBC staffers Bryant Dillon and Kristine Chester and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.