Simply Jack, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

Simply Jack, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

Erstwhile reader, you have stayed loyal through the last three reviews, so, of course, you’re anxiously awaiting the 4th and final chapter in my reviews of the Tabatha tale.  Rest easy, friends – this is it.

So anyway.  My editor was all, “Hey, Simply Jack. You should totally review Age of Darkness #1 and 2,” and I was all, “Nah.”  And, she was all, “But it’s co-written and illustrated by Joanna Estep. She’s a big up and comer who just graduated but still managed to do Tokyo’s Pop Road – which is cool.”  And, I was all, “Busy, no.”  And, she was all, “It’s got zombies.”

My editor never asked me to write this review, and she may never publish it since the book (Doctor Sleep by Stephen King) came out in September. This isn’t exactly "on time."  For those of you not familiar with his latest piece, Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrence (of The Shining lore) from adulthood into middle age.  It’s a standard King story with bad guys, good guys, and adventure . . . but what makes this book different than his others is less about the set up of the story and more about Stephen’s clear affection for Danny.  I’ll explain shortly.  [BTW - Spoilers are a few paragraphs down. I’ll remind you again when we get close.]


Assuming you have a soul, a pulse, and a brain, you’re as addicted to the Mass Effect saga as I am.  If you’re unfamiliar with the phenomenon, read the next paragraph, cook up a batch of ME, mainline it, and then read the rest of this review.  Seriously – the entire saga is paradigm shifting, mind altering, life changing and damn good.  For those of you with a brain, soul, pulse, and the knowledge I’ve just imparted, I’m here to tell you about the new comic from Dark Horse, Mass Effect: Foundation #5, which is due to hit stores any second.

It’s all about perspective, man.  Is Kanye a hero or a villain?  Is The Simpsons bad or good?  Is Kim K hot or disgusting?  Depending on your perspective, you could (wrongly) like Kanye, The Simpsons, and Kim Kardashian, and I guess that would be all right.  Also, given enough drugs and beatings, you might even be able to sway me to your thinking, and I might begin seeing things through your perspective.  Which would suck.

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!

Through the years, my addiction to horror (movies, girlfriends, books, games) has acted just like any other addiction (heroin, cocaine, bath salts, etc.).  The first good hit – in my case, Jaws (I was five years old.) – has never been replicated.  There were some close calls [The Shining (the book), Event Horizon, Exorcist] but never have I been as ball-shatteringly scared as when that Kintner boy was eaten.  I’ve chased it, though; whether it’s the new scary zombie movie or the new Stephen Kingbook, I will devour it in the hopes that maybe – just maybe – I’ll be scared out of my wits.

Tabatha #1 was life changing and awesome, and Tabatha #2 was great, but not GREAT, if you know what I mean.  Tabatha #3 . . . still pretty great.  Somewhere between #1 and #2.

For those of you just catching up, you’re behind.  Read Tabatha #1 and #2, and then this review, and then Tabatha #3, and you’ll be fine.  If you refuse, then fine – this is what’s happened so far.

If you’re like me (and you are. Admit it.), you’ve had an on-again/off-again love story with a number of characters from Marvel’s and DC’s Universes.  Thor was super cool for the '80s, but then they shaved him and he was lame.  Then, he got cool again, and then crap.  Then, he peeled Iron Man out of his armor, and I was all, “I love you, man!” and now . . . meh.  Iron Man: same thing.  Batman, I’ve kind of always liked, but with 432 weekly comics to choose from, at least ONE of them has to be good, right? Anyway, what I’m saying is I was suffering from Alpha Hero Fatigue.  I needed a new spin and a little bit of charm/fun/silliness to get me going . . .  and Deadpool lost most of those things about 18 year ago. (He just doesn’t know it.)

So, what’s a fatigued comic nerd to do, you ask?  I have the perfect answer.

Read Sharky.

My editor recently offered up Star Wars: Ewoks - Shadows of Endor by Zack Giallongo for review.  As a child of Star Wars and a true and avid hater of all “new” Star Wars stuff, how could I resist my urge to grab this opportunity to tear into this comic like a Womprat might tear into a Monkey Lizard.  My naïve editor thought I’d be nice, and Voila! I am the official reviewer of Ewoks, and you get to read my scathing review!

If you’ve been reading Forgotten Realm’s Dungeons & Dragons comic, Cutter, then you know it’s a pretty compelling piece of work.  The main character, who has a very long name which I will abbreviate to ‘Duom,’ is a half-drow/half-elf female just coming of age.  While sparring with her brother, a magic sword ‘helped’ her to defeat him in what had become much bigger than a sparring match.  The sword, handed from father to son usually, is smart (it talks), evil (not nice at all), and bloodthirty (kills everything).  Oh, and crazy powerful.  Duom has adventures while running away from the village while her Dad (and Mom) track her down.  Her father finally gets to her, and that’s where Issue #5 picks up.

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