Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Fanbase Press Contributor

Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Fanbase Press Contributor

One of the best things about going to a con is meeting many of the artists and writers who I have met through social media. When time and budget allows, I like to pay them the professional courtesy of buying their comic and actually reading it. Thus was the case of Stephan Franck.
After chatting on Facebook, we finally met at APE, but I wasn’t able to pick up his comic until Comikaze Expo. I also got a little of the inside scoop on the comic from his wife, but we’ll get to that. I was thrilled to see when I got back to my table that he had drawn my profile on the inside of the front cover. (That falls under the category of good marketing.)

IDW brings us what one might call a “remastered” version of the 1995 comic which spawned an animated TV show of the same name on MTV.  It makes me kind of glad that I never read the earlier version, so I can read this and not be constantly doing a compare and contrast in my head. (I fear I’d end up with mental whip lash.)

When I was given the list of possible comics to review and saw the first issue of Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle from Dark Horse Comics was on it, my first thought was, “I want that.”  A long-time Terminator and Joe Straczynski fan, there have always been endless possibilities on the how this world could be developed further. The writer and artist do not disappoint.

Indestructible is the first of a four-issue mini-series from the new publishing company Darby Pop in partnership with IDW. Written by Jeff Kline, with art by Javi Garron, inked by Salvi Garcia, colored by Alejandro Sanchez, and lettered by Troy Peteri, it is a story about a potential superhero thrust into a world where superheroes are the norm.

Titanium Comics, the comic book arm of Titanium Publishing, LLC, is having a very busy year with the launching of four titles. Having purchased the rights to the characters and stories of Digital Revolver Studios a few years ago, they have jumped right into creating new comic book series.

The Saviors comes to us from Image Comics, bringing writer James Robinson (Earth 2, Starman, The Shade) back to creator-owned comics with art done by J. Bone (The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror, The Spirit). Drawn in black and white, it suits the tone and mood well in what looks to be another alien conspiracy story.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

The second of a twelve-issue series from Dark Horse Comics written by J.M. Straczynski, art by Pete Woods, with colors by Matthew Wilson, and lettering by Nate Peikos of Blambot, Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #2 continues with what is supposed to be the final note on the Terminator series. I say “supposed” as we all know that if someone can think of a way to make more money off this series, they will.

Dark Horse Comics brings us Issues #0-4 of X, the masked, one-eyed vigilante who has a singular view on how justice should be dispensed.  Written by Duane Swierczynski, art by Eric Nguyen, colors by Michelle Madsen, and letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft, it is the first collection of this ongoing series.

Owlgirls comes to us from Red Anvil Comics, the New Jersey-based small press publisher owned by Dave Ryan (War of the Independents) and Joe Martino (Shadowflame, The Mighty Titan). Written by Robert Sodaro, art by Rachele Aragno and Dave Ryan, and lettering by Wilson Ramos, Jr. and Laurence John Hansen of Section 8 Studios, Owlgirls gives us a somewhat noir look at New York with a bit of mysticism thrown in for good measure.

The third of a twelve-issue series from Dark Horse Comics, written by J.M. Straczynski, art by Pete Woods, with colors by Matthew Wilson, and lettering by Nate Peikos of Blambot, Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #3 continues the ongoing saga of John Connor in his final battle against Skynet.

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