Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

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?

In many ways, Velvet has the feel of a James Bond film. It features a top secret division of elite super spies who go on dangerous black ops missions while wearing tuxedos and bedding secretaries. Except, in this case, it’s the secretary who’s the focus of the comic—the titular Velvet, who quietly handles paperwork for the director of the X-Ops, but who has more dark secrets and hidden talents than anyone realizes.

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since The Walking Dead comic first debuted? It doesn’t seem like that long. But, then again, that may be because for a fair amount of people, myself included, their introduction to The Walking Dead didn’t come until 2010, with the premiere of the TV show.

The Buzzkill story continues as “Ruben” tries, against greater odds, to remain clean and sober. It’s a task easier said than done. If you read Issue #1, you’ll recall that Ruben is a superhero who gains phenomenal powers from abusing alcohol and drugs. But, his addiction has ruined his life and ended his relationship with his girlfriend, Nikki.

Living with Death: Murder at Oxford is, so far at least, a story about a female Sherlock Holmes. Which, in and of itself, sounds great. I love intelligent, complex female characters, and Stephanie Hawkins, the main character in this story, definitely has potential in that area. But, the thing is, in this first issue at least, she’s just a little TOO much like Sherlock Holmes.

The Colonized has a few things going for it. Zombie livestock, for one thing. Also aliens. And, some cool action scenes involving both trains and spaceships. There’s definitely fun to be had in this story.

Danger Girl suffers from no illusions about what it is and what it’s trying do. It’s not some groundbreaking saga or deep social commentary. It’s pure sensationalism. An action/adventure story with hot girls and explosions. Even better, hot girls causing explosions. Also car chases, gun fights, narrow escapes, and just about every other form of action sequence you can think of. All with hot girls. Did I mention the hot girls?

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