Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom sounds like a superhero name, followed by a descriptive nickname, like, “Superman: Man of Steel” or “Batman: The Caped Crusader.” But, in fact, that’s not the case here. The name of the superhero in this comic is, “The Man of the Atom,” and that name, in its entirety, is all anyone ever calls him, despite how awkward and, frankly, pretentious it sounds in general conversation. Whereas Dr. Solar is the name of his secret identity, a mild-mannered, brilliant-scientist-type person, who works in the top secret laboratory complex of Atom Valley, and who, apparently, has no first name. I would hope that if he does have one, it’s Adam, as it’s the only appropriate one for his character.

Misunderstanding Comics is a sort of parody/homage to Understanding Comics, the popular treatise by Scott McCloud on the art and style of the comic book medium. Misunderstanding focuses on exploiting that art and style in order to make boatloads of money. It explores reusing the same basic storylines over and over for years, pandering to your fans’ wish-fulfillment fantasies, and much more.

The premise of Holli Hoxxx is rather strange, but interesting. In the year 2051, there’s no more gravity on Earth. Instead, people stick to the ground using special Gravity Boots provided by a large corporation called Tycho Industries.

Molly Danger is an “audio comic” (Back in my day, we called them radio dramas.) based on the popular Action Lab comic book of the same name. It features Molly, a super-powered alien who’s perpetually ten years old. She spends her time fighting cyborgs (called “Super-Mechs”) who hang around her hometown of Coopersville. To help her with this, she has the Danger Action Response Team (D.A.R.T.), which flies her into the midst of the cyborg chaos and backs her up as she tries to contain it.

If you’ll recall, I was pleasantly surprised with the first issue of the new Mr. Peabody & Sherman comic. I have my doubts about the upcoming movie, but the comic remained surprisingly true to the spirit of the original Peabody & Sherman cartoons that aired with Rocky & Bullwinkle back in the '50s and '60s. It was silly and fun, but, most of all, clever.

The Illegitimates seeks to answer the pressing question, “With his globe-trotting career and philandering ways, just how many children has James Bond left in his wake?” And, the answer is a lot. A lot of children.

In this final chapter in the Buzzkill saga, our hero’s battle for sobriety against the demons of his past culminates in an actual battle against the biggest demon of them all. The stakes are incredibly high. Since he gets his super strength from abusing alcohol, it means that to win either battle means to lose the other. The tension in this issue is so thick, you can cut it with a knife. It has all the makings of an incredible conclusion to a truly unique and interesting story.

The premise of Velvet is, essentially, “What if Moneypenny was as good a field agent as James Bond?” I wouldn’t be surprised if some variation on that question was what led to the creation of Velvet in the first place. The last issue introduced us to Velvet Templeton, quiet secretary for a group of elite British secret agents, who’s much more than what she seems. She’s brilliant, she’s methodical, and she has a dark, mysterious history. This second issue shows her in action.

Throughout this entire arc, the question that’s been at the forefront of everything that happens is “What’s in the case?” Well, apparently, what’s in the case is the apocalypse. And, when time runs out, it will be unleashed upon the world.

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.

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