Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Favorite Book:  Cryptonomicon
Favorite MovieYoung Frankenstein
Favorite Absolutely Everything:  Monty Python

 

Adventure Time Fiona 1As I have said many times before, the Adventure Time comics are really good, so it should not be surprising that Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake is also great. This comic takes place in the gender-swapped alternate universe. Finn is now Fionna, Jake the dog is now Cake the cat, Marceline is now Marshall Lee, Princess Bubblegum is now Prince Gumball, and the Ice King is the Ice Queen. Pretty straightforward. Like a lot of alternate universe stories, half the fun comes from comparing this version to the one you are accustomed to. Fortunately for this comic, the other half is a fun and very funny story, so you don’t miss out if you aren’t familiar with all the intricacies of Adventure Time.

 

Eerie Presents El CidDrawing a little from the history of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, an 11th century Spanish lord called El Cid, this is the sort of book you might get if you crossed Prince Valiant and history. The comics in this collection were initially published in the mid-1970s and you can tell. The art is rich, exaggerated, and glorious. My first thought was that this is a decent, Frank Frazetta-inspired book. The dialogue is overwrought, expressive, and incredibly sincere and I loved it. Everybody meant everything they said more than you have ever meant anything. If you can appreciate comics from the past, then this one is worth checking out.

 

Dr. McNinja V2 TPBQuick, what do astronaut ghosts, clones of Ben Franklin, giant lumberjacks punching dinosaurs, and a ninja who is also a doctor have in common? Besides being part of a tedious introduction to my review of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja Volume 2: Time Fist, they are also in the book. (ed. That one got away from you, huh?) Dr. McNinja is a webcomic about a ninja with a medical degree. This trade collects around two years of the webcomic into one book, and that is about three years’ worth of awesome.

That sounds like quite a bargain, Ben, but what kind of book is Dr. McNinja?

 

Think Tank TPBLife is hard for David Loren. He is a twenty-four-year-old genius working for the US military helping to develop their latest toys, but he has a problem: he has decided that he doesn’t want to kill anyone. So, what is life like for a super genius weapon designer who lives on a military base and doesn’t want to? Hard. Especially when he decides to escape.
In order to avoid revealing any spoilers, even though I want to describe everything about this book, I have fashioned a device to deliver a mild shock if I stray too close to spoilers. I didn’t need that iPad, and my dog already knows where the invisible fence is. Actually, that reminds me of the time that David ;GWRTEA;TSGH SON OF A MOTHER!!!

 

Blackacre 1So, let me tell you about the ultimate gated community. As the world’s economy was falling apart, the massive corporation Excorp bought a vast area of land in the middle of America. There they established Blackacre, a massive, walled city with a standing army and waited out the collapse of the rest of the world. After decades of prosperity, the contrast between the lawless wilds that you already can picture outside and the Randian elite that run the city are stark.

The story follows one soldier as he embarks on a mission outside the wall.

 

Butcher BakerButcher Baker is one of the most bizarrely innovative comics I have read in a long time. This is what you might get if Grant Morrison, Ed Brubaker, and Alan Moore created Captain America in a shared fever-dream. Seriously. This is a crazy book, and I loved every minute of it.

 

Luther StrodeThis is a bloody fun comic book about killing mobsters. I should confess that I have not read any of the earlier Luther Strode comics. In fact, I had never heard of the character. So, how does the book do at introducing new readers?

 

Buffy S9V2If you haven’t read Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1, then go and do that now. If you haven’t read Season 8, do that first. So, from here on out, I am assuming you are current on the trades and will not offer any spoiler warnings for anything prior to this book.

Seriously.

Buffy is always more interesting when she is dealing with big, personal issues while saving the world. This comic book is almost one of the best I have seen.

BW Ozy 4The comic book event of the summer is nigh!  Before Watchmen, the much-anticipated prequel series to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, will consist of seven limited series and an epilogue one-shot.  Stay tuned, as the Fanboy Comics crew will be reviewing each title as it is released. Hurm. 

 

 

I should confess that I haven’t been reading much of the Before Watchmen series other than Ozymandias. This is not a principled stand; I just don’t have many local friends who would lend me comics. As a result, I can’t say whether the sweeping generalizations I’m about to make apply to the rest of the series, or just to Ozymandias.

I don’t know why they are making this comic.

Bigfoot SotEBigfoot: Sword of the Earthman is one of the more interesting comics I have read. It feels like Jack Kirby and Edgar Rice Burroughs had a love child, and that love child was awesome. The premise is normal enough. Bigfoot is a great fighter on Mars (think Conan the Barbarian) who battles to escape enslavement by the evil so-and-so who is ruling one section of the red planet. The civilization and creatures felt like old-school Jack Kirby to me (admittedly as the guy who has read like four Silver Age comics), and the sense of adventure and clearly deliberate ignoring of science in this science fiction story felt very Burroughs. The result is silly, odd, and fun.

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