Dean Zarbaugh, Fanbase Press Contributor

Dean Zarbaugh, Fanbase Press Contributor

“Standing up for what you believe in has consequences.”

Hacktivity centers on Shawn Harris, a young, talented computer hacker who goes by the handle “T.F.”  Shawn/T.F. finds himself in way over his head when he’s caught leaking documents from the FBI’s database that show how the government is watching everything we do. Now, he’s on trial and faces thirty years in prison if convicted, which seems like an almost certainty since the judge presiding over the case has a real knack for throwin’ hackers in the slammer. Shawn’s arrest and trial sets off a huge debate over the public’s right to know what kind of shady shenanigans our government is up to. It not only gave Shawn a number of enemies but also a number of allies in the form of fellow hacktivists, who want to help Shawn realize his full potential.

Great Pacific #11 is another fantastic outing from writer Joe Harris and artist Martin Morazzo. The end of the last issue found things looking pretty dire for our old pal Chas Worthington, who was abducted from his hotel room while visiting New York City to petition the United Nations for statehood for New Texas. But, who’s responsible for his kidnapping, and what do they want with him? Is it the Americans who despise him for embezzling money to start New Texas? Is it Green-X, the terror group responsible for sabotaging work sites on the Patch? Or is it some previously unknown threat, which has decided to emerge from the shadows? Meanwhile, Zoe befriends the mystery girl, Lucy, from the work site, who leads her to discovering a very interesting piece of the puzzle involving our friend Chas and his plans for New Texas.

If you love your mom, you need to read this very moving short comic. Here We Go is an imaginative, creative, and beautiful story about a young boy being driven to his first day at a new school by his mom. That may sound like a straightforward and boring story to you, but it’s anything but, as mother and son are chased down by aliens, dinosaurs, and the dreaded pirate monkeys! The author, Jesse Young, has crafted a memorable story that will move you to tears. He wanted to do something with a “Pixar feel” to it and absolutely nailed it. Here We Go is reminiscent of the opening of Up! in both depth and emotion. Reading this reminded me of my own mom and the courage and strength she gave me to move 3,000 miles away from my home and everyone and everything I knew to pursue what I wanted in life. I definitely wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it weren’t for her.

Is evil just something you are, or something you do?

That’s the question asked by Bedlam creators Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo. Let me warn you right off the bat that Bedlam, published by Image Comics, is not a series for everyone. It’s uber-violent, bloody, and features plenty of villains that will make your skin crawl. Bedlam is, by far, one of the sickest, most twisted stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. An interesting look into what exactly “evil” is. Any person who considers themselves a fan of horror and thrillers should definitely pick this up. Writer Nick Spencer does a fantastic job of weaving together an intricate story filled with plenty of gut-wrenching moments throughout. If the story doesn’t creep you out, the artwork in this issue by Ryan Browne most certainly will, which is a compliment for the record. Bedlam is one of my favorite-looking titles out there. It’s unique, jarring, and makes you feel more immersed in the world. 

‘Psych:’ TV Review

Psych is like a fresh pineapple on a hot, summer day. Cool, sweet, and refreshing. (I'm sure Shawn would say that a pineapple a day keeps the doctor away.) The show centers around Shawn Spencer (James Roday), a "psychic" consultant with the Santa Barbara Police Department and his best friend and reluctant partner Burton 'Gus' Guster (Dulé Hill) or Gee Buttersnaps, Squirts Macintosh, Ovaltine Jenkins, or whatever odd/hilarious name Shawn makes up for him. With Shawn's photographic memory, detective instincts, heightened observational skills, and charming personality, he's able to convince people that he's able to solve cases with psychic ability. "Oh, so it's The Mentalist?" C'mon, son! The Mentalist came out two years after Psych. Plus, Simon Baker wishes he had Shawn's exquisite hair.

‘Luther:’ TV Review

If you’ve not heard of the BBC TV series Luther, do yourself a favor and Netflix the first two seasons and force your friends with satellite cable into having a Luther viewing party at their place for the third season, premiering September 3rd. If they don’t agree, they’re not really your friends, and you should look for new ones. Remember kids: friends don’t let friends miss Luther.

I’ve been an X-Phile since the show’s inception. I loved Mulder’s character and his never-ending quest to learn the truth. I loved Scully’s pragmatism, always trying to find a logical conclusion to things. It was a great character dynamic. I was sad to see the show go. I was more excited to find out it was coming back. Series creator Chris Carter worked up the story with writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific). Like Buffy and other shows before, The X-Files is finding new life in comics, thanks to publisher IDW. I haven’t been this excited to read something in quite a while. X-Files: Season 10 is now on its third issue, and man-oh-man is it getting good.

A Cold Season, written by Alison Littlewood, is a spine-tingling horror novel revolving around Cass, a woman who is trying to start a new life for her and her son Ben after the death of her husband on the front lines in Afghanistan. She settles on the idyllic town of Darnshaw, needing only an Internet connection in order to run her website design business. Soon after moving to Darnshaw though, she slowly realizes there’s more to the town than meets the eye. Almost immediately after moving in, Cass finds most of the locals to be none too pleasant, and Ben starts acting out, becoming extremely hostile towards her, lashing out at her verbally and physically. Soon, Cass is locked in a battle with evil for her son’s life.

Angel Falling is a graphic novel, written and created by Jeffrey Kaufman, about a woman named Angel who wakes up on a dumpster in an alley, half clothed and with no memory of who she is. The only thing she knows is a young autistic kid named Connor. She soon finds out, though, that she and Connor are two of the deadliest people on the planet, and that Connor also has the gift of a photographic physical memory that allows him to instantly be able to perform any task he witnesses. As Angel spends more time around Connor, the more she realizes that Connor knows where she (and he) came from, but doesn’t want them to go back, and that there are people who will stop at nothing to keep them from escaping.

The following is an interview with Jeffrey Kaufman, writer of the new graphic novel, Angel Falling, from Zenescope. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Guest Contributor Dean Richards talks with Kaufman about his inspiration for the story, his upcoming projects, and how Bryan Adams fits into his creative process.

This interview was conducted on August 28, 2013.

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