Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

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

BW Ozymandias 2The 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 made an executive decision recently to not expect the Before Watchmen books to be Watchmen. I will look at them in the context of today, and not expect them to be the same as the original. This is somewhere between generosity towards the books and self preservation.

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ARTIFACTS DELUXE HCArtifacts is a major crossover event in the Top Cow universe, featuring characters like The Darkness, Witchblade, and the team Hunter-Killer. As a crossover, I was very impressed; the stakes were high and I felt like there could be real consequences. The only downside to the story was that I was about as unfamiliar as I could be. I have read the first Darkness trade and knew a little about Witchblade, but I knew next to nothing about the other characters and effectively nothing at all about the back story. So, when I say that I enjoyed this book, I want you to remember that in this case, I am not a raving Fanboy. (Ed. So far, only in this case.)

 

Adventure Time 2For those poor b----rds who haven’t seen the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, I am deeply, deeply sorry. If you want to go watch an episode or two, I can wait right here. If not, I should tell you that Adventure Time is one of the most oddly, randomly hilarious shows I have seen in a long time. The show, which you should be watching right now, follows the weird adventures (Ed. I get it.) of Jake the dog and Finn the human in the bizarre land of Ooo. This comic doesn’t.

 

Hellboy V5This collection includes the Hellboy stories Darkness Calls and The Wild Hunt, which are parts one and two of the longest Hellboy story yet. Purists might be upset that Mignola isn’t illustrating this series, but don’t despair. Duncan Fegredo’s art works here. In fact, I didn’t realize at first that anything had changed. Apparently, when it was announced that Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, wouldn’t provide the art for the series, there was a bit of an uproar. Although, I don’t think Hellboy would have continued if Fegredo hadn’t come along. Supposedly, the previous book just about wiped Mignola out. I can say that this team works well together, and this feels just as authentic as any other Hellboy comic I have seen. Actually, I would go so far as to say that this is Hellboy at his best.

 

Axe Cop Pres 1To begin, if you haven’t heard of Axe Cop, let me tell you a little bit about it. Axe Cop is written and illustrated by Malachai and Ethan Nicolle, who are brothers as hinted by their similar last names. Currently, Ethan is 31 and Malachai is 8. As a result, Axe Cop is bonkers, but don’t take my word for it; read it yourself. This is the part of the review where I am tempted to explain who Axe Cop’s teammates are or how he stops the bad guys; but, instead, I will just explain that one of his new allies is named Junior Cobbb. No, that’s not a typo. Junior Cobbb is a talking gorilla with a bowtie, robotic-gun fists, and a tail that shoots whatever he wants out of it. Everybody involved knows that gorillas don’t have tails, but Junior Cobbb is from Planet Weird Gorilla, so that’s all explained. If this book doesn’t interest you now, then we can’t be friends anymore.

Ready Player One PBAt San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes caught up with the nerdtastic Ernie Cline, marking the end of Cline's book tour and the paperback release of his NY Times Bestseller, Ready Player One!  In this interview, Cline gives us hints on his Ready Player One Delorean contest, discusses the audio book (narrated by Wil Wheaton), and talks about why he likes Comic-Con!

 

 

 

 

 

 

HunchbackI feel somewhat obliged to warn you, my dear reader, that I might spoil a classic novel from 181 years ago. This is the least relevant spoiler warning I’ve had to give since the time I reviewed Gilgamesh. So, spoilers ahead.

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The Massive 2Recycled SPOILERS for the Setting

After a series of natural disasters (called the Crash) has wrecked the planet, society, and the ecosystems of the world, a group of environmental activists deals with the aftermath.

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BlacksadBlacksad: A Silent Hell, the fourth Blacksad comic, is a gorgeous noir story set in New Orleans of the '50s. The first detail that the sharp-eyed reader will notice is that all of the characters are anthropomorphic animals. The second thing they will notice is the incredible art. Third, you will probably notice the intricate and dark story.

BW Ozy 1The 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. 

 


There will be some spoilers to the 1986 classic Watchmen.

Len Wein’s script and Jae Lee’s art do an admirable job of recreating Moore and Gibbons' world, without raping it. In the first issue of Ozymandias, we are treated to Adrian Veidt’s origin story. This plays out more like Batman Begins than Spider-Man. Essentially, the entire book is Adrian Veidt narrating the path that led him to donning the Ozymandias mantle for the first time.

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