Dean Zarbaugh, Fanbase Press Contributor

Dean Zarbaugh, Fanbase Press Contributor

We’ll always have Santa Barbra . . .

My favorite show, Psych, ended its glorious, eight-year run in March. I had a funny feeling after Season 7 that they were getting ready for their final bow, but I didn’t want to admit it to myself. I’d almost pushed the thought out of my mind when I saw the announcement from stars James Roday and Dulé Hill, confirming my beliefs. I commend everyone involved for their decision, as much as it pains me to do. They didn’t let things drag out too long like a lot of series do. They felt it was time to move on.

Here We Go and The Daring Adventures of Android Jones author Jesse Young has released yet another new comic, this time the Western-themed Forbidden Love. It seems like Jesse’s releasing another new comic every week. His work ethic is something to admire. He’s amassing quite the portfolio of work, crossing many different genres and themes including sci-fi, fantasy, drama, and adventure. Outside of sci-fi, my favorite genre is Westerns. Nothing beats a good, old fashioned John Wayne adventure. The Searchers, True Grit, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance are some of my favorites. It was like being part of a completely different world, without ever leaving America. It made you wonder what it must have been like to have actually lived in the Old West. Forbidden Love is no different. Jesse mentions in the forward that the song “Long Black Veil,” written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin, inspired the story. Lefty Frizzell originally recorded the song, but when I read the story, I couldn’t help but hear the version recorded by Johnny Cash in my head. If you haven’t heard that version, then do yourself a favor and Google it immediately.

Android Jones is back for an all-new adventure in author Jesse Young’s follow up to The Daring Adventures of Android Jones. I love and admire the sci-fi genre a ton and soak up anything and everything I can get my hands on.  Daring Adventures was a very fun comic to read, which is why I was excited to find out that Jesse had plans to do more with characters Android and his trusty sidekick Pip. I loved Young’s idea of Android and Pip traveling from planet to planet in order to observe them and the cultures of their inhabitants, always finding a way to get into trouble.

Back with another short comic is Jesse Young, author of The Daring Adventures of Android Jones and Here We Go, among others. I’ve enjoyed Jesse’s prior work and was excited to read his new comic, Ex Occultus: The Sword of Peleus, especially after he mentioned it was Indiana Jones and The X-Files rolled into one, set in the 19th century. Anyone that knows me knows how big of a fan I am of both those franchises. I even have Mulder’s “I Want to Believe” poster and Indy’s fedora. Well, I used to have the fedora. It got run over by a boat while re-enacting a scene from one of the movies for a film class I was in. Long story.

After reading/reviewing writer Jesse Young’s touching and heartfelt online comic Here We Go (which you can/should be read here) for Fanboy Comics a while back, I jumped at the chance to read his new comic, The Daring Adventures of Android Jones. Yes, the story is as fun and exciting as the title makes it out to be. The long and short of it is, Android Jones and his trusty robot Pip find themselves in a bit of a kerfuffle after a “misunderstanding” with some alien inhabitants of the planet that Jones and Pip were sent to survey. Young is quite a talented writer, whose work is always a pleasure to read. Joining Young on this adventure, pun intended, are artist Ryan Cody and Thomas Mauer on lettering. Cody’s artwork is wonderful. It’s vibrant, colorful, and brings the story and world to life.

Joe Harris and company are back with a new issue of X-Files Season 10, and boy is this one a doozy. I kept seeing Harris talk on Twitter and Facebook about how excited he was for people to see the cameos in this issue that I began racking my brain as to who could possibly show up.  I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I won’t spoil all the fun for you, though. You can see the mystery guests yourself when the issue hits stores on January 8th! (Hint: For those of you getting excited, it’s NOT Jack Black and Giovanni Ribisi’s characters from Season Three.)

X-Files Season 10 from IDW Publishing and Joe Harris continues its excellent run with its seventh issue, Hosts: Part 2. The last issue found Agents Mulder and Scully investigating a case with connections to an old X-File. When Mulder arrives at Martha’s Vineyard to look into the strange events taking place there, he quickly finds himself back in the company of Flukeman, one of the creepy creatures from the show’s second season. If you’re a fan of Flukeman, the seventh issue gives you not just one Flukeman, but an entire nest of Flukemen! Welcome to your worst nightmare. Or at least Mulder’s, who finds himself surrounded by these blood-sucking creatures. Will he be able to escape them? How did Flukeman come to be? Read the conclusion of Hosts in X-Files Season 10 #7 when it’s released today!

Watson and Holmes from New Paradigm Studios reimagines the ever-popular detective duo in modern-day Harlem. Jon Watson is a medical intern at the Convent Emergency Center who has a patient roll through after taking a severe beating, when in walks Holmes, a mysterious guy asking questions about the patient like a cop might. The patient wakes up and lets Watson and Holmes know that his girlfriend is being held captive. Holmes gives Watson his card. Turns out that Holmes isn’t a cop, but a private investigator/consultant for the NYPD. Watson, wanting to get to the bottom of the missing girl, teams up with Holmes to start investigating her kidnapping. What they uncover during their investigation goes much further than just a kidnapping, including drugs, hit lists, and conspiracies. And, that’s just the beginning!

For those of you unfamiliar with James Asmus (Gambit, Thief of Thieves) and Valiant Entertainment’s Quantum and Woody, let me quickly catch you up. Eric (a.k.a. Quantum) and Woody Henderson are adoptive brothers, who have grown estranged over the years, until the death of their father brings them back together. It’s while investigating their father’s mysterious and untimely death that the brothers are accidentally given their superpowers, but there’s a catch. They’re bound by their metal wristbands, which they have to KLANG together every 24 hours or else every atom in their body will tear apart. Oh, and they have a goat.

The last issue of Joe Harris (Great Pacific) and IDW’s X-Files: Season 10 left a lot of X-Philes like myself on pins and needles for what lies ahead for the FBI’s dynamic duo. Issue #6, which will be released on November 27th, finds The X-Files division reopened, along with Agents Mulder and Scully being reinstated in the FBI. Their first case involves investigating the disappearances of beach-goers on Martha’s Vineyard that may have a connection to an old X-Files cold case involving Flukeman, the part human and part fluke/worm from the show’s sophomore season.

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