Sam Rhodes

Sam Rhodes

Favorite MovieYojimbo
Favorite Game:  The newest version of Halo
Favorite Beverage:  Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA

Okay, here’s the set up:  It’s present-day America, but not the America that you know (though there are some very potent parallels).  See, it’s an alternate reality, it’s the present, IF back in the 1980s children started being born brilliant, idiot savants but without the idiot part.  1% of the population has been born with these gifts, gifts that let them read vectors so well they can avoid sight lines of those around them and become nearly invisible or see patterns enabling them to gobble up wealth through investments so efficiently that the stock market is forced to close.  There are many different kinds of gifts, and many different levels, or tiers, of ability, and while only one in every hundred people is actually born “Brilliant,” it has changed everything.  Despite relentless research, no one yet knows exactly why Brilliants are being born, but the tension that exists between the exceptional minority and the insecure majority is threatening to tear the country apart.  There are radicals on both sides, extremist Brilliants who are convinced that they represent a new and superior form of humanity, as well as a new, covert government agency with a limitless budget called the Department of Analysis and Response (DAR) tasked with investigating and eliminating hostile Brilliants on American soil.  The story follows a conflicted DAR agent and Brilliant, Nick Cooper, as he tries to prevent another American Civil War.

I know Matt Hawkins work primarily from his comic, Think Tank, with Top Cow, a wonderfully fresh and funny series about an AWOL DARPA employee, bucking the system and staying two steps ahead of the men in black who REALLY don’t want him to quit.  Well, Hawkins is bringing his A-game again with a new series called Wildfire about a plant biologist working with a team to develop genetically modified plants with a super fast growth rate, something that could potentially address food shortage issues, as well as climate change.  But, of course, the manure hits the fan, and Los Angeles is faced with a major disaster.

Red City #3 by Daniel Corey picks up where #2 left off, but a lot has changed.  Most significantly, issue three is drawn by Anthony Diecidue (whom readers might recognize from his work with Corey on Moriarty).  Even as he steps in to fill original artist Mark Dos Santos’ shoes, Diecidue brings a freshness and energy to the comic that really makes Red City #3 pop.  Corey brings his typical wit and humor to the story progressing the genre, while still offering a heartfelt homage.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, author Vivek J. Tiwary talks with Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes about the long and winding road behind The Fifth Beatle, his love for the comic book medium, his Broadway roots, and more.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, creator Stan Sakai talks with Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes about his work on Usagi Yojimbo, what it was like to switch things up with 47 Ronin, and more.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, comic book icon Dave McKean (Cages, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth) talks with Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes about Pictures That Tick, his creative process, and more.

Buckle up, because Issue #2 of Red City by Daniel Corey and Mark Dos Santos is a full-throttle, sci-fi joy ride.  We ride shotgun with gumshoe Cal Talmage on his interplanetary investigation to find the missing daughter of the Mercurian Ambassador to Mars and, ultimately, deliver peace between feuding Mercury and Venus.  In this issue, Talmage joins forces with femme fatale Angel as they dig deeper into the cosmic corruption which threatens the deteriorating peace talks between the Venusians and the Mercurians.

If you like thrillers and you haven’t heard of Marcus Sakey’s book, Brilliance, you will probably want to look into it. The saga continues with his sequel, A Better World, which is on sale now.

By Marcus Sakey
Book Two of the Brilliance Saga

Marcus Sakey’s Edgar Award-nominated Brilliance was one of the most critically acclaimed thrillers of 2013, a riveting and suspenseful introduction to an alternate present day, where one percent of people – the “brilliants” – are born savants, able to overmatch and outperform the rest of us on every level. Assigned to track the most dangerous terrorist in America, Federal Agent Nick Cooper, a brilliant himself, was forced to put his life and the lives of those he loved on the line to save his country – and his soul.

Orphans, by Ben Tanzer, is a slick and haunting sci-fi meditation on the full-steam corruption of the American dream and, indeed, America itself. We are shown a bleak future, where more money is devoted to the manufacture and maintenance of drones and droids than to the human poor who are forced to live desperate lives on the fringes of cities. We are shown a world where China has emerged as the dominant nation, the Chinese language is taught in schools, and Chicago has been renamed Baidu. We are shown a city, Baidu, where a complete income gap exists between the jobless masses wandering the streets in vain protest and the powerful elite, ubiquitous, yet invisible, hiding behind a wall of drones and wealth. We are shown a family through the eyes of our conflicted protagonist Norrin Radd.

Tarzan.  We all know his primal call, as he swings through the jungle, fighting both man and beast, bringing goodness and justice to a harsh, unforgiving African jungle.  Tarzan - In the City of Gold collects three dynamic years of Burne Hogarth’s run as artist on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ influential Sunday comic strip, scripted by Don Garden. 

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