Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen is a noir-style mystery set in a world of superheroes. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with that combination. But, more than that, it tackles some deeper issues, like good and evil, reality and fantasy, free will, the nature of humanity, and, more importantly, the grey areas surrounding all of these things.

If you watch Doctor Who, particularly the last couple of years, and you saw the title of this adventure, “Nemesis of the Daleks,” you would probably assume that the titular nemesis is the Doctor himself. You would be mistaken. Who could possibly be more of a nemesis to the Daleks than the Doctor, you ask? Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer.

Many of the jokes and scenes in Feeding Mr. Baldwin are in pretty bad taste. Those also happen to be the jokes that are the funniest. The entire movie is one big comedy of errors—where the errors involve disposing of dead bodies.

At the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013, Fanboy Comics Contributor Steven W. Alloway interviews actress Rebecca Mader about her stage performance in The Third Date, her time on Lost, and her next super secret sci-fi project.

 

My So-Called Secret IdentityI don’t want to say that My So-Called Secret Identity is reinventing the concept of strong female characters in comics. After all, surely similar characters have appeared in comics before this (Agatha from Girl Genius comes to mind). But, what it does do is to remind us of what a strong female character can be, and how she doesn’t have to be the same one we always see. There are all different ways of being strong.

 

Skyward 2The first issue of Skyward was an epic beginning, with battles, betrayal, mysteries, mythical creatures, and a desperate fight for survival against greater odds. Skyward #2 scales back the action just a bit, focusing less on the fantastical world in which the comic is set, and more on driving the story itself.

 

RushlightsTake one part True Romance, one part No Country for Old Men, and one part U Turn, and you’ll have the basic plot of Rushlights. As crime thrillers go, the plot is fairly standard. But, more important in this type of movie is the execution. And, all-in-all, Rushlights manages to hold its own.

 

Problem of Evil posterProblem of Evil provides an interesting look at religion and faith from a number of different perspectives. The film follows Jason (Ethan Kogan, who also co-wrote and co-directed the film with Jessica Silvetti), a documentary filmmaker who’s struggling to deal with the loss of his wife. While doing a piece on a community garden, the woman who runs it—whom he’s never met—shocks Jason by relating to him some of the intimate, personal details of his life. She tells him that she’s part of a religious group, and that their spiritual leader told her years ago that Jason would be the one to carry the group’s message to the world.

 

The Third DateThe Third Date, now playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, is a one-act play about that awkward stage in dating, after you’ve gotten past the initial “getting to know you” small talk, but before you’re entirely comfortable letting the other person past the barriers that that small talk is meant to maintain. During the early period when you’re still mainly trying to make a good impression, but past the point where you can convincingly keep that impression going.

 

Danger Girl Trinity 3The plot thickens as Abbey Chase and the two Savage sisters each become further embroiled in their respective predicaments in Danger Girl: Trinity #3. This issue sees Abbey forced into recovering a mysterious royal heirloom for a nefarious ruler, while Sydney Savage follows close behind in an attempt to rescue her, and Sonya Savage continues trying to get out of the Congo with her bounty in tow. Describing the plot is kind of pointless at this point, not because the plot itself is incidental (as can sometimes be the case with this kind of action/adventure story), but simply because we’re three quarters of the way through the story now. If you’re not caught up, you really should just start from the beginning.

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