IDW's latest Star Trek comics compilation sees the unusual pairing of the 1984 DC Comics Star Trek series' first arc and the 2007 miniseries Blood Will Tell under the backdrop of the best Klingon comic stories. This isn't wholly accurate, but what both storylines do have in common is they provide an alternate point of view on the events of several Original Series episodes; a Klingon point of view, that is.

Welcome to the world of Smoke/Ashes, two series, separated by eight years in real time and five years in story time, that comprise of writer and creator Alex de Campi’s comics masterwork, being released by Dark Horse in one glorious, gorgeous package.  Don’t know who Alex de Campi is? I didn’t either, but, thankfully, writer Kieron Gillen provides a background on de Campi in his foreword, while also prepping us for the scope of her storytelling.  Smoke tells the story of British secret agent turned government assassin Rupert Cain and on-the-cusp journalist Katie Shah and their involvement with the highest echelons of power in Britain, both secret and known.  Smoke reveals itself in layers, and pulls you down into a maze of past, present, and future, where everything becomes so much more intricate and complex than it at first seems, and that is the beauty of de Campi’s writing.

If you are just now joining Dark Horse’s Dream Thief with this issue, then you have missed out on four previous and superb issues.  But, if you have been following this great, new series from the beginning, then you are ready to see some events come to a head in issue #5, the last in the miniseries . . . or is it?  In this final issue, some mysteries come into the light, while others still remain cloaked in darkness, and this is probably the most John Lincoln has been himself in quite a while, though that self has changed dramatically from when we first met him.

To begin, I have a terrible confession to make. I love Star Wars. But, I love the world more than the movies. Even Empire.

Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda’s series manages to nail the sense of wonder and the feeling that the characters actually live in the world that the movies (all three of them) captured so well. What the comic adds is dialogue that is fluid and natural sounding, as well as political maneuvering and intrigue that doesn’t slow down the action.

Comic book publisher Top Cow will soon be releasing the sixth issue of Cyber Force #6, written by Marc Silvestri and illustrated by Marco Turini, and the publisher has been very generous to the Fanboy Comics staff. In advance of the Wednesday, September 18th, release date, we are now able to share a preview of Issue #6!

The following is an interview with Dave Elliott, creator of and contributing writer for Monster Massacre: Volume 1 from Titan Books. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Elliott about the new sci-fi/fantasy/horror anthology, the amazing talent from the comic book industry that is involved in the project, and what intrigues him most about these genres.

This interview was conducted on September 9, 2013.

*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.

Though I am nowhere close to being considered an expert when it comes to Marvel’s mutant-related comics, I am an X-Men fan and have read many of the titles concerning the band of mutated individuals.  Throughout all of the titles I’ve read, there is a very common aspect of “Bad Mutants” (such as the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and some variations of the Hellfire Club) which have gone to great lengths to try and wipe out humanity in the hopes of creating a mutant-only paradise on Earth. Not only is this action seemingly morally wrong, but it is rather antithetical to the actual long-term existence of mutantkind.  Without humanity, mutants would not exist, and to extinguish them would be to cut off the greatest producer of mutants ever known to history.


Alish Karr is an anomaly in the world of Adrahstea; rather than being demon, angel, or human, she is a unique human/angel hybrid with no memories of her past or even where she originated. Alish survives by working as an “outside consultant” for the Jericho Intelligence Bureau, but her job is on the line after yet another dead bounty when she loses control over a mysterious power that randomly takes over her body.  She’s also involved with the son of Jericho’s demon governor, but she’s realized that her boy-toy is more into her than she’s into him.  Where does Alish fit in her world, and how can she channel her inner power to avoid disastrous results?

I should probably preface this review by saying that I have never really been one for goth culture; however, if you are and you enjoy things like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Invader Zim, then the Lenore series is right up your alley.

We love The Hunger Games at Garlic, My Soul, and we also love Fanboy Comics. And, as you know from our Katniss' Lamb Stew, we also love The Katniss Chronicles, which was why we were thrilled to create another recipe for the series!

This Savory Apple Tart is straight from The Hunger Games. Peeta mentions it to Katniss, in a scene when you realize that even the baker's family didn't have an easy life. We made it into more of a galette, which seems to fit with the country lifestyle of District 12, rather than a dainty tart.



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