The comic book event of the summer is nigh! Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot. Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm.
It's the end of the line for this particular miniseries, and for me reading it. Once more, I went in filled with a sense of hopeful excitement, wanting so much to like the story because of it being written by what I like to consider a great and prolific storyteller, but I was, once again, left with the feeling of sorrow and wastefulness. Add to that the fact that this series has been pushed back and delayed several times, it comes as no surprise that I am thankful that it is over. I still maintain my thoughts concerning the fact that I didn’t enjoy the original Watchmen series, but it was good to see some of the backstory of one of its characters—I just wish it had been done in a more interesting fashion.
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The following is an interview with Max Allan Collins, author of the recently released book Seduction of the Innocent, as well as the bestseller Road to Perdition. To celebrate the novel's release, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chatted with Collins about his inspiration for Seduction of the Innocent, what draws him to mystery and detective tales, and his feelings on the stigma that is still attached to comic books.
This interview was conducted on February 26, 2013.
For me and my fellow comic book sniffers out there, the title Seduction of the Innocent is usually greeted with fear, anger, or laughter due to its attachment to the controversial 1954 propaganda novel by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham that labeled comic books the cause of juvenile delinquency in American youth. Well, now we can greet Seduction of the Innocent with excitement and eagerness, because it’s also the title of a new Hard Case Crime novel from the bestselling author of Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins! With Seduction of the Innocent, Collins proves, once again, that he’s a master of crime noir, even when the dirty deed is buried in the paranoia of the comic book witch hunt of the 1950s!
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This week Angel & Faith writer Christos Gage wrapped up the final chapter of his ‘Death and Consequences’ story arc with Issue #19. As one should surely expect at this point, the writing is solid, Rebekah Isaacs’ art is gorgeous, and the issue is superb! As Gage and Isaacs build to the grand finale of their masterpiece and Angel and Faith get closer to their eventual goal, every Whedonite reading is bracing for the inevitable price of their heroes’ actions. For, as a certain bleached-blonde vampire once said, “The thing about magic - there are always consequences - always!"
You're invited to join Fanboy Comics for a graphic novel signing on Wednesday, March 6th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Brave New World Comics in Newhall, CA!
Writers and FBC co-founders Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes will be on hand at the LA-area comic shop to sign copies of Fanboy Comics‘ graphic novels, Identity Thief and Something Animal. Fans who stop by the store will have a chance to pick up their very own signed copies and to purchase the official Fanboy Comics t-shirt, so that they can show their geek pride in style.
The following is an interview with Peter Clines, author of the recently released book Ex-Heroes. To celebrate the novel's release, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes chatted with Clines about the impetus for combining superheroes and zombies, why film studios make great zombie safe houses, and why you should pick up a copy of Ex-Heroes.
This interview was conducted on February 22, 2013.
There’s likely no way to discuss the events of tonight’s episode without dealing with some major spoilers, so if you haven’t seen “Outlaw” yet, you’ll want to avoid reading further.
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Ex-Heroes, the new novel by Peter Clines, is a new and fascinating zombie story. The twist here is that there are also superheroes helping to fight the undead. What impressed me the most about this blend is how well done it was. The superheroes are better able to handle the shambling horde, but they are not immune, and occasionally they are less help than an armed civilian. The story that emerges takes its cues from comics and horror, without losing track of what makes either of them succeed.
Ready. Set. Premise. “Are you a hired assassin worried about your child’s education? Are you worried they won’t be able to find the adequate skills to be a successful hitman? Then, worry no longer. The school of five weapons is just for you.” Boom.
Uncanny Skullkickers #1 is the new jumping-on point for Skullkickers, Jim Zub’s hilarious fantasy book about two mercenaries who may or may not have just saved the world. Skullkickers is everything that is awesome about comics today. It is an irreverent, creator-owned work of art by some of the hottest, up-and-coming professionals in the industry today.