Max W. Beaulieu, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

Max W. Beaulieu, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

Talent Deluxe Edition is a wondrous romp of secret society/spy novel style with just a dab of the supernatural . . . not too heavy but enough to bring the best out of both elements.

Minor Spoilers Below

Our main character, Nick Dane, is the lone survivor of a plane crash that killed hundreds of innocent people. He is chosen as the champion of balance and inherits the skills of all the people on board. Trained killers, boxers, as well as smaller talents, like origami.

Balance is huge part of the book, and the book touches on this directly, when our main character is speaking to a mystical creature who is the embodiment of balance, as well as more subtly, like when what could be one panel is split into two parts.

Moreover, we cannot really call our main character a hero. Several times, the powers of balance call on him to commit heinous acts in its service; good and evil just don’t play into it, and even the main character questions the morality of balance only to realize that there isn’t any.

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The art seems to go along with the notion of balance, as powerful, evocative lines contrast with downplayed colors. Despite the rather minimalist structure, much evoking Fraction’s Hawkeye, the artist is able to convey emotion effectively through fantastic body language, leading to complex scenes with minimalistic elements.

The book does has a few snags, though.  It suffers from girl-in-the-fridge syndrome, as the female characters are rather insubstantial and given little to no development, and yet we are supposed to, by virtue of their damsel in distress nature, feel bad for them.
 
The whole concept of the undisclosed secret society fused with metaphysics is also rather tired, and the book overall is solid but doesn't do anything to mix the game up.

As being a deluxe edition, it is the standard fair with a fantastic, little gallery of sketches that are quite enjoyable and bring a lot of life to the comic, as well as the original covers.

Definitely worth a pick up, but it’s not going to do anything amazing.

I haven’t read a book in the last few months. Stuff got in the way . . . but, luckily, I got the chance to check out Dead Letters Volume One, and I must say, Ding ding ding! We have a winner!  I don’t want to spoil much; the book is juicy, layered, and fun. It fuses themes from supernatural, noir, and Blacksploitation to make an impressive impact.

Hellboy is the ultimate badass. A character who, by all intents and purposes, does good despite being put through well . . . Hell. He rejects the notion of destiny, fighting against the very forces that would see all he loves destroyed, and he does so at great cost. Over the years, he’s lost friends, loved ones, and family along the way, and yet he still marches on.

So, when I picked up Itty Bitty Hellboy, I was hesitant. Can all of Mignola’s genius be condensed to itty bitty form? Surprisingly, yes it can.

Nostalgia Goggles Activated.

I remember my childhood, growing up watching Cartoon Network.

Sure, I watched Disney and Nickelodeon, but Cartoon Network, it had something different. It showed cartoons that were complex and nuanced, and it did this while keeping it all PG friendly.

Love is in the air at Fanboy Comics!  In this magical month of romance and enchantment, the FBC Staff and Contributors decided to take a moment to stop and smell the roses.  In the week leading up to Valentine's Day, a few members of the Fanboy Comics crew will be sharing their very personal "Love Letters" with our readers, addressed to the ones that they adore the most.


To the book I can't quit reading,

“It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Pg. 1

Few books burn their opening lines into me. I read voraciously with a critical eye and very little loyalty. When a book starts to lose me, I am quick to turn it out to the street. Life is too short to read bad books.

The Fuse #1, from art style to writing, is a pulpy mix of a crime noir and near-future sci-fi. It feels like Judge Dredd in space.

I have a huge warning label to slap on this review. Colder is one of the most disturbing books I have read in years. That being said, Colder is also one of the most masterfully drawn and visually stunning books I have read in years. Approach with caution, if you are queasy.

SPOILERS BELOW

Suddenly, action, characterization, and intrigue. All within the first 5 pages. In an era where comic books use the entire first book of their series to simply explain backstory, it is absurdly refreshing to begin with a hook as derisive and disturbing as a 1940s mental health facility caught on fire.

The Prisoners of Time series is a great way for fans of the newer Doctor Who shows to get into the older Doctors. I feel Doctor Who is a show that requires you to have some foothold to get into the series; the older Doctor Who has a much higher learning curve than the newer seasons, and, as such, I have never really been able to get into it, but after reading Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #8, I might just make it into the series.

Judge Dredd Classics #2 has the gritty feel of '80-'90s comic books. Before comic book movies, when only the nerdiest of us read the comics, Dredd occupied a unique space in the comic pantheon; he was justice, justice that couldn’t be bribed or even stopped. He wasn’t a good guy, he wasn’t a bad guy, he was a force of nature, a force so many of the bullied were deprived of.

Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus is every bit as pulpy noir as it is Lovecraftian. It is the rare balance of where the crime noir shore meets the ocean of lost myths and stories. It is this humble, yet amazingly well spoken and good-looking, writer's opinion that Lobster Johnson is one of the best of the many spinoffs in the Hellboy universe.

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