Kristine Chester, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Kristine Chester, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Favorite Comic Book SeriesAtomic Robo
Favorite D&D Class:  Wizard
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  Cookies N' Cream

JL with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg join forces to fight the battles none of them could handle on their own.  They are the Justice League.


 

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Batman animatedThe Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world.  Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.



By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester

 

 

While there haven’t been that many shows based on comic books, there are still quite a few out there, and we grew up watching cartoons of comic characters as a supplement, or even as a replacement, for the comics themselves.  Despite the fact that we’re now adults, we still enjoy the cartoons based on comics, including such recent titles as Young Justice and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.  We also watch many of the live action shows which drew their inspiration from comics with titles like Smallville and The Walking Dead, still fresh or currently in the public eye.  As such, we’ve identified the shows (based on comic books) that we believe are the best.

 

 

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Batman and Robin with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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Ten years ago, Batman had a relationship with Talia al Ghul, daughter to the villain Ra'as al Ghul. Years later, Batman met Damian, his and Talia's son, who had been trained by the League of Assassins to be a brutal killer. Damian broke away from the League to join his father and became the new Robin, but he still has a lot to learn about what it means to be a hero and a Wayne.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Occultist V1Take Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Dresden Files, Dr. Strange, and about half a dozen other modern-day supernatural and superhero stories, put them in a blender, run it for five minutes, and then drink.


The first thing you'll taste in The Occultist smoothie is the tangy taste of Buffy, where the protagonist, Rob Bailey, is chosen to a sacred duty to be the wielder of the book known as the Sword (why the book is called the Sword, I have no idea, though an actual sword is part of it.)  While he's learning his abilities, The Occultist takes on elements of the magic-gone-awry plots common to the Buffyverse.  Much like superhero origin stories, watching the protagonist figure out his powers is amusing with everything from a love spell to a memory spell gone awry, making Rob's life a little more difficult.

 

Baltimore 2The Baltimore series has always been about monsters, their creation, their crimes, and their nature.  Up until now the only thing to differ was their appearance: whether they are human, such as the titular character; appear human, such as vampires; or are something completely otherworldly, such as the various demons.  Dr. Leskovar's Remedy spins these issues on their heads and opens up the Baltimore universe to even more possibilities.


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JLI with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

Concept:

Unable to control the Justice League, the United Nations forms its own team of superheroes including Booster Gold, Guy Gardener, Vixen, Fire, Ice, Godiva, Rocket Red, and August General in Iron to serve as their superhuman defense force.

 

 

 

 

 

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Superman with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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As a child, Superman was sent from his dying planet of Krypton to Earth, where he was raised by humans to cherish and protect human life and becomes Earth's savior.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephen FrostThe following is an interview with comic book writer Stephan Frost, whose recently published the title Mortifera through Sea Lion Books.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Kristine Chester talks with Frost about his background in video games, the challenges of placing his story in the Dark Ages, and how metal had its own influence on Mortifera.

This interview was conducted on June 26, 2012.

 

School Daze RPG slideThe following is an interview with RPG designer Tracy Barnett, who is the founder of Sand & Steam Productions and the creator of the new tabletop game, School Daze.  In this interview, Fanboy Comics Contributor Kristine Chester talks with Barnett about the creation process behind tabletop games, the benefits of transparency in the design process, and why you should be prepared when using Kickstarter to fund your project.

This interview was conducted on June 28, 2012.

 

BW Nite Owl 1The 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. 

 


Like my fellow contributors, I am not going to talk about whether I think Before Watchmen should exist, but as long as it's here, I may as well tell you how it reads. Those familiar with Watchmen will know that there are two Nite Owls.  The first, Hollis Mason, was a member of the Minutemen and later on retired and wrote the book Under the Hood, of which selections are used as back-ups in Watchmen.  Dan Dreiberg later took on the name and is the Nite Owl more often featured in the book; however, besides some passing mentions, the full story behind how Dan inherited Hollis' alternate identity had never been explained, until now.


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