Where is Jake Ellis 2Where is Jake Ellis? is the sequel to Nathan Edmondson’s awesome comic series, Who is Jake Ellis? Let’s get right down to it; this is an awesome spy thriller with a little sci-fi twist. If you like movies like the Bourne series, then you’ll like Jake Ellis. Edmondson’s writing is sharp, he never wastes a panel or a text bubble, and he never weighs you down with needless exposition. The story is always moving, and the action is always intense. I also can’t forget to mention the awesome art by Tonci Zonjic; he really delivers some amazing work on this series, bringing Edmondson’s action to life.

 

Saga 8What if I told you that you could be reading one of the best comic series ever written right now? That it is only 8 issues in, and that the company has made the first collection of 6 issues available for $10 in a trade paperback? What if I told you that you could go to a comic shop right now, and pick up a work of art by one of our century’s greatest writers and illustrated by a young woman whose artistic career will soon be legendary. What if I told you to go read Saga, a book that will be on every 'best of the year' list, will take home tons of awards, and should be on everyone’s bookshelf? Well, that is exactly what I am about to tell you.

 

Grendel V2“ . . . when you gaze into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
 - Friedrich Nietzsche


Following up on Dark Horse’s summer release of the first volume, Grendel Omnibus – Volume 2: The Legacy picks up where that one ended and continues to examine the implications of that statement in 550 chilling, moody, and often brilliant pages.

 

Orchid V2Orchid is an underdog story of the classic rebellion vs. an evil dictator variety, but more than most titles the bad guys are f---ing evil and underline all the reasons to fight their rule. After escaping from a life of prostitution, Orchid finds herself traveling alongside Simon and Opal, two survivors from the failing rebellion on a quest to make it strong again.

Mike Vasquez Adv WarsThe following is an interview with sketch card artist Mike Vasquez, as he makes his way through the holiday season by providing commissioned artwork for the geeks on everyone's shopping lists.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Vasquez about how he was initiated into the sketch card industry, the special holiday offer that buyers will receive when commissioning work, and why Star Wars characters are his absolute favorite to draw.

This interview was conducted on December 10, 2012.

 

Lord of Recycling USEThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

 



Happy Hobbit day, my fellowship of FFOWers! For all you groggy-eyed fans who braved a 170-minute screening last night at 12:03 a.m., I know there’s only one thing you want besides sweet, black coffee: more Tolkien!

 

 

 

 

Creepy Scarlett EmeraldCreepy Scarlett, the dead girl who loves candy and hears the voice of a stuffed bear, is back. I reviewed the original Creepy Scarlett volume back in September, and now Buchan has delivered a samurai-filled issue that goes back to explain some of the origins behind Scarlett.

 

Jack ReacherGeeks are weird when it comes to casting.  When a property we like gets optioned into a filmed medium like movies or television, we can’t help but add our two cents for casting our beloved character.  Often, our casting choices offer little insight into who would be the right actor for the role.  We usually just go for lookalikes.  Left up to us, Hugh Jackman would have likely never been cast as Wolverine.  He’s completely wrong for the role physically, and many in our community would blanche at Jackman’s background in musical theater as inappropriate background to capture Logan’s essence.  “The guy who plays Wolverine should be an MMA fighter, not a song and dance man!” would be the approximate sentiment.  And, we would have been totally wrong.  At this stage in the game, with four movies produced, a fifth one currently filming, and Days of Future Past on the horizon, Hugh Jackman simply is Wolverine.


Fans of Lee Child’s series of books featuring ex-military police investigator Jack Reacher had a similar reaction when a film based on those novels was announced.  If you’re not familiar with the books, Reacher is described as 6’ 5” and 250 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.  Reacher is a bada-- brute (he’s gone through extensive Army Ranger training), but he’s a brilliant investigator and usually the smartest guy in the room.  He’s Sherlock Holmes crossed with a silverback gorilla.

 

SW A Sunny Day in the VoidI'm not even going to ask, because I already know the answer. You all missed me, I get it. It's been a few weeks without your old buddy Sean and his Clone Wars ramblings, and I'm sure you've all been wondering where the heck I've been!

Oh, you weren't? Well, alright then. Let's carry on, shall we?

 

ChadhiyanaChadhiyana is a mythological story about a warrior woman in the ancient Middle East, where she travels from town to town, saving people and battling monsters. You know, the usual.


Chadhiyana captures the feeling of an uncovered legend perfectly. Everything from the art style to the writing made me think of Greek myths and tales like Beowulf. The writing avoids the usual trick of having a narrator, but the characters achieve that same style of a bard through their dialogue, describing everything in flowery language and explaining the history behind things, which perfectly matched the tone without crowding the pages. This introductory piece is divided into two separate stories that are more snapshots than full tales, but they do a great job of showing what's cool about the character and even manage to slip in some hooks about some of her other adventures that I'm dying to learn about.

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