Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

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


Mass Effect Homeworlds 1Issue #1 of ME:H (terrible acronym by the way) tells the backstory of the new guy on the crew of the Normandy. If you haven’t played the Mass Effect games, then this won’t make much sense, so stop reading this and go play the games. After 120 hours or so, you should be able to follow along. This is the story of how James Vega joined the Alliance Military.


HellcyonHellcyon is an anime-inspired story of revolution. The book is set on the garden world Halcyon, which after an uprising becomes known as Hellcyon. This is science fiction doing what science fiction does best: telling contemporary stories with a futuristic setting. Now, I am about to commit a criticism sin by reading too much into the author’s biography. Lucas Marangon was forced out of Argentina as a young boy, during the rule of the junta. Much of the plot of this book loosely fits this description, complete with needless brutality, the disappearance of most anybody who showed the slightest opposition, and the blurring of the lines between the military and the government. By encasing this story in a thin science-fiction shell, Marangon is able to more easily tell the story of resistance and oppression.

Now, English 102 level analyzation out of the way, is it worth your time?


Reset 1Before we begin this review, I should discuss my qualifications. I am aware of both Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb, but I have not read anything by either of them. My idea of a small indie comic is Scott Pilgrim. I say this to dodge the inevitable internet furor that my next sentence might generate.


From the Trailer to the GraveOut of a desire to work with like-minded individuals, a fondness for the campy horror comedies and grindhouse classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and an unabashed love of Wyoming comes From the Trailer to the Grave, a film that will birth a new genre, the RedZomRomCom (Redneck Zombie Romantic Comedy).  Actor/Writer/Producer K. Harrison Sweeney is bringing together five lead alumni of 2010's Game of the Year, Red Dead Redemption, as well as FANGORIA magazine's frequently featured "Scream Queen" Lindsay Goranson, Mark Fite of Mr. Show with Bob & David notoriety, Jim Turner from HBO's Arli$$, and Ken Campbell from FOX's ‘90s sitcom cult hit, Herman's Head.  Also on board is comic/graphic novel artist Guy LeMay (Image Comics' Dead@17, Viper Comics' The Rabid), who will be providing storyboard/end credit art, as well as Los Angeles-based band The Peculiar Pretzelmen, who will be using their early 20th century blues/rag-rock sound to score the film.  Currently in preproduction and on schedule to film in August of 2012, it’s sure to be a wild romp of guffaws and guts!  Everything sounds very exciting, and Fanboy Comics Senior Contributor Ben Rhodes got a chance to chat with co-star and publicist Steve J. Palmer about the film, the contest that they have entered to fund this and other awesome projects from Big Horn Samurai Sinema, and what the hell a Redneck Zombie Romantic Comedy is anyway!

Mongoliad - USEI recently got the chance to read The Mongoliad: Book One by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, E.D. deBirmingham, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, and Cooper Moo. Fair warning, Neal Stephenson is my favorite author, so I am likely to read any of his stuff with my fanboy glasses on. Now, you might have the same reaction I did when you see all those names. That’s nearly enough for a curling match, you might say. This seems like a lot of authors to write a book, even a series that is as long as this one promises to be. So, what gives? Unfortunately for you, I want to get into the question of is it good first. Sorry.

So, is it good? Yes.

Alright, moving on.


Dollhouse v1 epitaphsI am not going to lie; I am slightly intimidated by this review. How do I discuss a comic that takes place after a TV show? Do I assume that my audience has seen the show? Do I flash a big spoiler warning? Is it lazy writing to fill the intro with rhetorical questions?

For the moment I will approach this review as if you have seen as much of Dollhouse as I have, which is to say, Season 1. Sorry, Bryant. If you want to be surprised every step of the way with the show, then I suggest you read something else.



Mass Effect 3So, I have just finished Mass Effect 3, and I am disappointed. Not by the game, but by the whiney internet.

While I will not address individual plot points, I will discuss the ending to a trilogy. So, umm…



The Adventures of Tintin 10Yes, The Adventures of Tintin is very similar to Raiders of the Lost Ark. Yes, that is a good thing.

Like Raiders, Tintin has a timelessness and charm that absolutely beguiled me. The movie is set in a timeless Europe, but not in any real country. It could be London, Paris, or whatever that city is in Belgium. This looseness with geography follows the entire movie, as Tintin travels from vague Europe to vague North Africa in search of a legendary ship. Along the way, he encounters strange characters, mysteries, and danger at every turn. Tintin is a Boy Scout, and not the most interesting character in his own movie. He is a very entertaining detective, though. And, he is frequently upstaged by his dog Snowy.


Terminal CityIt is tempting to say that Terminal City is one part this with a hint of that, or a cross between something and something completely different. The problem is that this is too easy a comparison to make. I am as big a fan of this device as the next guy, but this book is dependent on all of its inspirations and still completely original.


MonstermenCoverFrom the silent maternity hall in a long-abandoned hospital, the strange offspring of H.P. Lovecraft and Mike Mignola crawls to the surface. Monstermen, by Gary Gianni, revels in the weird and unexplained, while letting us laugh at the thing that goes bump in the night. Gianni, best known for his work on the current run of Prince Valiant, brings us a truly odd supernatural world.

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