Jake Thomas, Fanbase Press Contributor

Jake Thomas, Fanbase Press Contributor

The words “Silver Age” conjure several images in the minds of DC Comics readers, including the Flash bursting through his rejuvenated monthly title or the Justice League fighting Starro the Conqueror; however, as Tom de Haven states in his foreword to Superman: The Silver Age Dailies Vol. 1, the stories of the Silver Age were “kooky.”

This new, black-and-white collection of Superman’s three-panel newspaper adventures confirms just that. This is the quintessential “super-dickery” phase. Some hate it. Others relish it.

 

Rocketeer Jetpack Treasury EditionHigh-flying Americana. That’s the spirit of these stories starring The Rocketeer, created by Dave Stevens. Rocketeer Adventures: Treasury Edition from IDW collects short, one-shot tales from writers such as Darwyne Cooke, Kurt Busiek, John Cassaday, and more. For those who love nostalgic pulp stories from the 1930s and 1940s, this is a treat.

 

DW Shroud of SorrowDuring series three of the BBC’s rebooted Doctor Who, writer Paul Cornell adapted his previously published novel, Human Nature, into a two-part episode that became a highlight of what was already an amazing series of an amazing show. After finishing Tommy Donbavand’s original Doctor Who novel, Shroud of Sorrow, I wanted them to do the same for this fast-paced and resonant story.

Dirty LaundryThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.



The Punisher
movie released in 2004 was a guilty pleasure of mine in college. It wasn’t a masterpiece. It was a guys’ matinee action movie that cost two dollars in the mall quinta-plex outside of my Ohio town. That’s exactly how I first saw it, and I’m pretty sure the only way I ever saw it. In my memory, it’s a hard-as-nails revenge movie fronted by the grimmest visage to play the character of Frank Castle, Thomas Jane.

In 2012 Jane returned to the Castle, and this time Jane don’t got a gun.

 

Hoax Hunters 9Fewer issues really give you a good jumping on point as much as Hoax Hunters #9. It’s a one shot comic that perfectly illustrates the premise of the title in a creative way. So, if you haven’t been following the story, pick this one up as a start.

 

Sex 2The heroes have lost.

Comic book publishers now repeat this same story: superheroes not only fight a never-ending battle, but they fight a victory-less battle marked by perpetual moral defeat. The proof lies in the fact that month after month, issue after issue, a new villain or familiar foe rises up once again. Their dastardly plans might be foiled for now, but they will return again, stronger and more deadly. Next time, they just might claim a loved one as a casualty. The victory of good over evil is short-lived and meaningless. The very fact that a new story needs to be published every month has led to this overall theme within the stories themselves, and now the heroes are in on the nihilism.

Emergency LandingThe FFOW! series takes a look at that vast library created by the proud and the passionate: fan films.  Whether the budget and talent is astronomical or amateur, FFOW! celebrates the filmmakers whose love of comics, books, movies, video games, and TV shows inspires them to join the great conversation with their own homemade masterpieces.

 

 

If you want to, just go to Jurassic Park.
You’ll probably be eaten alive after daaaaaark
If you like food, then go to Jurassic Park
You’ll become food faster than you could get chewed by a shaaaaark . . .

Yes, it’s 3D IMAX time for Spielberg’s classic tale of man vs. lizard/bird/frog clones. Time, once again, to listen to the music written by John Williams and played on a constant loop at the Jurassic Park River Adventure Ride in Universal Studios Hollywood. Maybe I did once work in that section of the theme park, and maybe I did write lyrics for the music because it played on a constant loop . . .

 

Mr Mash Up 0Geek-Girl spin-off character Ari Zahne, alias Mr. Mash-Up, is a specter from a bleak astral plane with the power to clone violent manifestations from the darkest nightmares of his enemies in order to defeat them. Still, even as powerful as he is, Zahne’s greatest enemy is his inferiority complex. His family of nether-worlders will always treat him as “the runt of the brood.”

What’s a demon to do?

 

Oz full cast posterIt is unfair to compare this new take on L. Frank Baum’s wonderful wizard to the most iconic fantasy film from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Still, while this colorful and family-friendly prequel to Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz falls short of that classic, and even fails to measure up to Broadway’s Wicked, it thankfully avoids becoming an unnecessarily gritty reboot in the vein of Oz: Witch/Vampire/Zombie/Dwarf Hunter.

A Love Letter to Annie Edison

Annie EdisonLove 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 Annie,

At last the heeded Season Four is here.
At last the peacock readies up to start
The show Community. When you appear,
At last the wound will heal within my heart.

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