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Angel Falling is a graphic novel, written and created by Jeffrey Kaufman, about a woman named Angel who wakes up on a dumpster in an alley, half clothed and with no memory of who she is. The only thing she knows is a young autistic kid named Connor. She soon finds out, though, that she and Connor are two of the deadliest people on the planet, and that Connor also has the gift of a photographic physical memory that allows him to instantly be able to perform any task he witnesses. As Angel spends more time around Connor, the more she realizes that Connor knows where she (and he) came from, but doesn’t want them to go back, and that there are people who will stop at nothing to keep them from escaping.

‘A Cold Season:’ Book Review

A Cold Season, written by Alison Littlewood, is a spine-tingling horror novel revolving around Cass, a woman who is trying to start a new life for her and her son Ben after the death of her husband on the front lines in Afghanistan. She settles on the idyllic town of Darnshaw, needing only an Internet connection in order to run her website design business. Soon after moving to Darnshaw though, she slowly realizes there’s more to the town than meets the eye. Almost immediately after moving in, Cass finds most of the locals to be none too pleasant, and Ben starts acting out, becoming extremely hostile towards her, lashing out at her verbally and physically. Soon, Cass is locked in a battle with evil for her son’s life.

Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus is every bit as pulpy noir as it is Lovecraftian. It is the rare balance of where the crime noir shore meets the ocean of lost myths and stories. It is this humble, yet amazingly well spoken and good-looking, writer's opinion that Lobster Johnson is one of the best of the many spinoffs in the Hellboy universe.

I’ve been an X-Phile since the show’s inception. I loved Mulder’s character and his never-ending quest to learn the truth. I loved Scully’s pragmatism, always trying to find a logical conclusion to things. It was a great character dynamic. I was sad to see the show go. I was more excited to find out it was coming back. Series creator Chris Carter worked up the story with writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific). Like Buffy and other shows before, The X-Files is finding new life in comics, thanks to publisher IDW. I haven’t been this excited to read something in quite a while. X-Files: Season 10 is now on its third issue, and man-oh-man is it getting good.

‘Luther:’ TV Review

If you’ve not heard of the BBC TV series Luther, do yourself a favor and Netflix the first two seasons and force your friends with satellite cable into having a Luther viewing party at their place for the third season, premiering September 3rd. If they don’t agree, they’re not really your friends, and you should look for new ones. Remember kids: friends don’t let friends miss Luther.

It is an unshakable and absolute rule that one must read a book before watching its corresponding movie. I learned this at the feet of my parents. The commandments went:

     1. Don’t drink and drive
     2. Read the book before you see the movie.
     3. Don’t get a credit card. Ever.
     4. Something about compassion or whatever.

So, I held true to that edict upon getting this assignment from Fanboy Comics. Of course, the situation is slightly different when the book in question is a novelization of a film, which is the original source material.  If there’s anything religious fundamentalism has taught us, however, it’s that simplistic qualitative statements should be followed relentlessly regardless of context.

So, I read the book first. I really enjoyed it.

‘Psych:’ TV Review

Psych is like a fresh pineapple on a hot, summer day. Cool, sweet, and refreshing. (I'm sure Shawn would say that a pineapple a day keeps the doctor away.) The show centers around Shawn Spencer (James Roday), a "psychic" consultant with the Santa Barbara Police Department and his best friend and reluctant partner Burton 'Gus' Guster (Dulé Hill) or Gee Buttersnaps, Squirts Macintosh, Ovaltine Jenkins, or whatever odd/hilarious name Shawn makes up for him. With Shawn's photographic memory, detective instincts, heightened observational skills, and charming personality, he's able to convince people that he's able to solve cases with psychic ability. "Oh, so it's The Mentalist?" C'mon, son! The Mentalist came out two years after Psych. Plus, Simon Baker wishes he had Shawn's exquisite hair.

Dark Horse is rapidly becoming my new favorite published, and they get another notch on the belt with Captain Midnight.  The plot involves such classic elements as World War 2, secret Nazi plans, time travel, and a super hero. The story begins with Jim Albright, a genius American inventor, who gets annoyed that he is deemed too important to risk fighting in World War 2, so, instead, he invents Captain Midnight, a superhero who shows up in various battles and missions and often proves to be pivotal to their success. His identity isn’t entirely a secret, though, because he has two sidekicks that fight with him, Joyce Ryan and Chuck (who probably has a last name but we aren’t given it).  Things were great until, in 1944 while flying over the Bermuda Triangle, his plane disappears and one day reappears . . . in the present.

Is evil just something you are, or something you do?

That’s the question asked by Bedlam creators Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo. Let me warn you right off the bat that Bedlam, published by Image Comics, is not a series for everyone. It’s uber-violent, bloody, and features plenty of villains that will make your skin crawl. Bedlam is, by far, one of the sickest, most twisted stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. An interesting look into what exactly “evil” is. Any person who considers themselves a fan of horror and thrillers should definitely pick this up. Writer Nick Spencer does a fantastic job of weaving together an intricate story filled with plenty of gut-wrenching moments throughout. If the story doesn’t creep you out, the artwork in this issue by Ryan Browne most certainly will, which is a compliment for the record. Bedlam is one of my favorite-looking titles out there. It’s unique, jarring, and makes you feel more immersed in the world. 

Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus #1 is every bit as pulpy noir as it is Lovecraftian. It is the rare balance of where the crime noir shore meets the ocean of lost myths and stories.

It is this humble (yet amazingly well spoken and good looking) writer's opinion that Lobster Johnson is one of the best of the many spin offs in the Hellboy universe.

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