Favorite Comic Book Series: Atomic Robo
Favorite D&D Class: Wizard
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies N' Cream
Like its characters, The Emerald Tablet achieves a balance, taking pieces of the science fiction, fantasy, and adventure genres but never skewing too far to any one point. The Emerald Tablet takes place in a new setting where Earth is linked to another planet, Potara, which is inhabited by descendents from ancient Egypt and Greece. Potara has advanced thousands of years ahead of Earth thanks to its faith-based technology provided by the Priests of Amun. In order to fulfill an ancient prophecy concerning the bearer of the mark of the Emerald Tablet, Potara is about to reconnect with Earth, but the Priests of Amun aren't the only ones with an interest in the prophecy.
When last we left our nuclear-powered hero, Robo was testing a prototype jet in the South Pacific when he was attacked by a squadron of those bandits the locals refer to as “UFOs.” Our plucky scientist was rescued by none other than those jet-pack wearing beauties, the She-Devils. Welcoming Robo into their home, She-Devil Island, our resourceful heroines looked for a means to return their new robotic companion to the States. The She-Devils were in for a world of a surprise, however, when the UFOs returned at the head of a rogue Japanese navy and sank She-Devil Island! Our mouthless purveyor of bad ideas jumped out of the airship to cover the She-Devils' escape and was captured by the enemy. What unspeakable horrors will the Japanese navy inflict on Robo? Will the She-Devils return in time to save him? Will Robo's plane ever fly again? Tune in to Issue #4 to find out, folks!
The new IDW Star Trek series has been an ambitious (and canon!) set of stories set in J.J. Abrams' reimagined world of Star Trek. Taking place between the 2009 film and the upcoming sequel, this series revisits classic original series (TOS) stories and tells them in a new way. While some story arcs in this series have largely been plucked from TOS with some minor revisions or twists part way through, Volume 3's stories “The Return of the Archons” and “The Truth About Tribbles” are more of nods to these classic tales, using the same elements to recapture the feeling of those episodes but heading in a completely different direction within a few pages.
Borderlands: Origins is a four-part miniseries which goes back to the time before the first game and tells the stories of Roland, Lilith, Mordecai, and Brick and how they wound up together on a bus as Vault Hunters at the start of the original Borderlands.
Grim Leaper is a romance story that's a little f---ed up. Lou Collins keeps dying, but a curse brings him back to life in a new body each time, only for him to die yet again. In between his deaths, Lou tries to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, like junk food and beer, but that all changes when he meets and falls in love with Ella, who is just as cursed as him.
In the far flung future, the Quantinuum, a computer of incalculable processing power, binds the universe together. Science has advanced to the point that many individuals possess powers, either through genetic means or as the product of technology. A group of these superpowered individuals guard the Quantinuum and preserve peace in the universe. They are the Hypernaturals.
What if The Manhattan Project wasn't just about building a nuclear bomb but was only one of hundreds of dangerous and potentially world-changing projects at work? The Manhattan Projects follows the geniuses behind the project and puts them up against all sorts of new problems which they must figure out how to overcome WITH SCIENCE! In this latest issue of The Manhattan Projects, the team continues to focus on the dangers from other worlds by turning to the Russian science think tank Star City with a most unusual offer.
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.
The origins for most of the characters of Watchmen were revealed in the original graphic novel and have since been expanded in Before Watchmen, but one area had been largely ignored until now: the villains. Edward Jacobi, a.k.a. Moloch the Mystic, plays a small part in the original graphic novel, and though he was reformed at the time, in the past he was a supervillain who went up against both the Minutemen and the Watchmen. In this series, we see just what drove this deformed boy to become one of the most dangerous threats to the heroes of the Watchmen universe.
A series of murders on the harsh, backwater planet of Amaranth leads the Union to send one of its crack Criminal Investigation Teams to investigate and end the threat to its colonists.
Acidic rain, a hundred different creatures that can kill you, colonists mostly made up of criminals and runaways, and several groups of aliens, Amaranth is a dangerous but interesting world to explore. As beautiful as it is deadly, the planet isn't just bare dirt and rocks but is full of forests, oceans, and a lot of vibrant plants and animals. Everything about the setting is detailed and stands out, in no small part thanks to the comic's rich colors and art. These vibrant colors bring across not just the planet's beauty but also the horrors it has to offer.