Funny, action-packed, and silly as hell, Borderlands: Origins captures the spirit of the video game in comic form to tell the origin stories for the four main characters from the original Borderlands, leading up to the moment when they boarded Marcus' bus. Issue #1 told Roland's story, and in Issue #2, we move on to Lilith.
Change is an odd bird, and by no means a simple book. Reading it gave me flashbacks to the kind of stuff I read a lot of as an English major, stuff that I knew as I was going through it that I didn't quite get. But, Change is enjoyable enough even if you don't quite get it yet. There are plot and character up front, so that the visual non sequitirs don't derail the uninitiated.
Quick, what’s the difference between a macchiato and a latte? Not sure? Would you expect an amateur investigative reporter / superhero sidekick to set you straight? That’s exactly what happens in these coffee centric spin-offs to Tales of the Night Watchman.
T.O.T.N.W.M. (pronounced either “Tott-nee-wim” or “Tote-new-em”) is the creation of writer Dave Kelly and artist Lara Antal. You can read Fanboy Comics’ review of issue one here. It tells the story of Nora Cashin, a barista blogger who becomes roommates with Charlie Maxwell, her co-worker. While Nora really wants to be an investigative journalist, it is Charlie who currently fights crime as The Night Watchman, a detective specter from the 1940s who inhabits his body.
At the heart of the Star Wars universe are the Jedi and the Force. What geek hasn't dreamed of levitating giant rocks or wielding a lightsaber against the forces of evil? But, where did the Jedi come from? Who was the first person to discover they could wield the Force? Who first realized wielding a sword made out of pure energy would be totally sweet? These questions and more are what originally drew me to Dawn of the Jedi, a new series I hoped would take us through those initial discoveries.
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Brian Wood's The Massive has been consistently amongst my favorite new series of 2012, with the right mix of interesting characters, exciting action, sweeping scope, and a frighteningly plausible world after a global ecological disaster. This seventh issue kicks off the book's third arc, "Subcontinental," with the Kapital arriving at a rig nation called Moksha Station, an "experiment in post-Crash human social utopia."
Quick, what do astronaut ghosts, clones of Ben Franklin, giant lumberjacks punching dinosaurs, and a ninja who is also a doctor have in common? Besides being part of a tedious introduction to my review of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja Volume 2: Time Fist, they are also in the book. (ed. That one got away from you, huh?) Dr. McNinja is a webcomic about a ninja with a medical degree. This trade collects around two years of the webcomic into one book, and that is about three years’ worth of awesome.
That sounds like quite a bargain, Ben, but what kind of book is Dr. McNinja?
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Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Welcome to District 11.
As part of Smart Pop Book’s celebration of the release of their phenomenal new Hunger Games fan guide, we are pleased to announce our participation in The Panem Companion Victory Tour. Representing the agriculture district and the home of Katniss Everdeen’s beloved ally, Rue, Fanboy Comics is the 11th stop along the way, and we’ve got an exciting giveaway, courtesy of Smart Pop Books, to help share in the excitement of The Panem Companion’s release!
I make no secret of my obsession with The Hunger Games trilogy. In fact, I take enormous pride in wearing my Mockingjay pin on my sleeve. While I enjoyed most of the first film adaptation by director Gary Ross, I’m a hardcore geek, so for me, nothing will ever surpass the unfiltered, uncut experience of Suzanne Collins’ brilliant and powerful novels. Katniss Everdeen and her epic, brutal, and bizarrely sci-fi, yet disturbingly familiar, tale of war and rebellion hit me like an arrow to the heart and kept me enthralled until the very last word. Despite the insistence of movie studios to expand the story from a trilogy to a quartet (a common trend these days), I knew that, for me personally, there would always be three volumes only: the untouchable originals. That is, until today. Today, I do something I never dreamed of doing: I clear a fourth space on my Hunger Games shelf for an additional book that has both won a place among the original trilogy and an equally valuable spot in my geeky, little heart. The Panem Companion, written by V. Arrow and published by Smart Pop Books, is that good, and whether you are a longtime resident of Panem or have just recently entered the arena, this is one book no tribute should be without!
A few months ago, the Fanboy Comics staff received an online introduction to Siike Donnelly, a comic book creator and writer who survived a brain aneurysm in 2010. Forced to rebuild his speech patterns and relearn how to walk, Donnelly forged a strong will and a desire to help other brain aneurysm survivors. With his company, The Naïve Project, Donnelly launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish Solestar, an original graphic novel featuring artwork donated by 60 different artists and educational information regarding brain aneurysms, the proceeds of which will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
You're invited to join the creators of the Boston Metaphysical Society comic series for a "Comics and Coffee" panel discussion on Monday, December 10th, at 7:00 p.m. at Emerald Knights - Comics and Games in Burbank, CA!
"Comics and Coffee" is a weekly discussion series that covers everything happening in the comic book industry, hosted by Emerald Knights every Monday at 7:00 p.m. One event per month features a different industry guest, with past guests having included Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Irredeemable, Incorruptible), Shane and Chris Houghton (Reed Gunther), and even the FBC staff (Something Animal, Identity Thief)! On December 10th, the panel will include Madeleine Holly-Rosing, the writer of the Steampunk, supernatural series which was recently nominated for an Airship Award.