Steven W. Alloway

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There’s a lot going on in the Crimsonstreak novels by Matt Adams. From jailbreaks to totalitarian governments to alien invasions to an exploration of infinite possible universes, the books—much like their titular protagonist, a superhero and legendary “fastest man on earth”—tend to move at breakneck speed. Sometimes, this is to the books’ benefit. Other times, less so.

I have to admit, I was wary of this comic. I’ve been hurt by adaptations of Jay Ward cartoons before. First was George of the Jungle starring Brendan Fraser. Then, Dudley Do-Right, also starring Brendan Fraser . . . Then, finally, there was the Rocky & Bullwinkle movie. I didn’t think I could ever open my heart to a classic TV adaptation again after that. Sure, those were movies, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman #1 is a comic. But, the comic is a prelude to the Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie that’s scheduled for release in March of next year. So, on some level, it sets the tone for what’s to come. It’s a taste of what the film might be like, and I was fully prepared to take that taste and immediately spit it back out in disgust.

Danger Girl: The Chase #3 continues our heroines’ pursuit of a mysterious briefcase that might possibly be about to destroy . . . Shanghai? The world? The full scope of it is still a bit hazy, both for the audience and for the Danger Girls. It’ll destroy a whole lot, anyway, unless they can stop it. The briefcase, severely damaged in Issue #1 and barely, temporarily contained in Issue #2, seems to be leaking apocalypse all over the place, and as it becomes less and less stable, it also grows stranger and stranger. And, we still don’t know what’s in the blasted thing!

Dark Horse is currently in the midst of a new series starring the classic character Captain Midnight, wherein the WWII hero suddenly comes to modern times. But now, they’ve also released a collection of his original adventures from the 1940s, as the crack pilot battles the Nazis.

I generally try to avoid comics designated as “Volume 2” or “Issue #8,” or anything other than #1, unless I’ve already read the previous issues. I like to start at the beginning of the story, so I know what’s going on. That being the case, I was hesitant to take this trade paperback, because it’s the second volume, and I haven’t read, seen, or even heard of Volume 1. Still, it’s a comic called Magnus, Robot Fighter: 4000 A.D. How could I resist that? I’m only human.

With each new issue of Buzzkill, we learn a little more about the superhero/recovering alcoholic whose name isn’t Ruben. We’re three quarters through now, and a lot of the pieces alluded to in the first two issues are finally starting to fall into place.

The Fifth Beatle is the story of the legendary rock group’s rise to the top, but it’s not the Beatles’ story. As an entity, the Beatles are the focal point of this comic, but as characters, John, Paul, George, and Ringo are background. Personality-wise, they’re pretty much four identical copies, who all have essentially the same reactions to things and even speak in unison at times. In fact, when we first meet them there are only three, as Ringo hasn’t yet joined the band. Then, by the next scene, there he is, without a word about how he came along, or even a mention of his name. He is—they all are—irrelevant, except as part of the entity.

Jack Hammer is part hard-boiled noir detective story and part superhero story. Typically, I would follow up a statement like that by saying, “It’s hard to go wrong with that combination.” In fact, I believe that’s almost exactly what I said about the last noir superhero story I reviewed. Truth be told, noir and superheroes happen to be two of my favorite things. So, when you combine them, the result should be golden.

Danger Girl: The Chase continues as the mysterious tattooed woman from the previous issue gets away with the even more mysterious briefcase, and Abbey Chase gives chase. Well, technically, all the Danger Girls are chasing after her, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. At any rate, the chase is on, and there’s action aplenty!

As Halloween is fast approaching, the Fanboy Comics staff and contributors decided that there was no better way to celebrate this horrifically haunting holiday than by sharing our favorite scary stories! Be they movies, TV shows, video games, novels, or anything other form of entertainment, members of the FBC crew will be sharing their "scariest" stories each day leading up to Halloween. We hope that you will enjoy this sneak peek into the terrors that frighten Fanboy Comics!

Nobody seems to understand why I find the 1933 version of The Invisible Man starring Claude Rains so scary. Out of all the horror movies that have ever been made, from Psycho to Night of the Living Dead to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, why does this somewhat gimmicky, 80-year-old film take my top spot?

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