Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

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

Seriously, don’t read it. There are some big spoilers there. One is a spoiler for something that happens early in the first issue. The other is a spoiler for the last page of the trade. Seriously, the twist ending is a bullet point on the back cover. Now, I have read comics that had been spoiled for me without any issue, but I like this book and the twist really works, so it is worth trying to protect yourself from exposure.

I am not entirely sure how I feel about this comic. The three issues of this microseries focus on one afternoon in a Hoboken bar where retired cop Max Payne has been nursing an addiction to painkillers and scotch. The plot dances around the violent events of this one afternoon, but they don’t fully resolve in the comic. This is because Rockstar created the comic to familiarize younger players with the character Max Payne before the release of the video game Max Payne 3.

The premise of Junkyard Angels is pretty cool. The story takes place at the outbreak of a robotic infection that turns people into homicidal machines. The story centers on Jason, who is still reeling from tragedy as his world collapses around him. The focus is clearly on the personal relationships even as the story shifts into apocalypse mode. This focus is the best part of the comic, even with such a cool premise.

Video games should be fun. Superheroes should be fun. Video games where you play as superheroes should be the most fun. I can report that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes delivers. There is just something special about swinging through the city as Spider-Man or soaring between skyscrapers as Iron Man. Obviously, punching everyone around as The Incredible Hulk or The Thing is wonderful.

Based on George Lucas’ original rough draft of Star Wars, this comic reminds us how crazy the man could be. Yes, the story works its way to the scene where Luke Skywalker, who was renamed Obi-Wan Kenobi in later drafts, is riding on an armored emu. So, let’s take the awesome insanity as a given.

The third arc in Mind MGMT concludes in this issue, and we see more of the collateral damage from the current conflict. Lyme, the Eraser, and Meru collide in the middle of a neighborhood that has turned into an apocalyptic nightmare because of the Management. While earlier storylines have showed the damage that rogue psychics can cause, this issue exposes the consequences of the current struggle over the future of the agency.

The Stanley Parable, by Galactic Café, is one of the most unusual games I have ever played. On the one hand, it is a surreal indictment of the office drone environment. On the other hand, it is a funny and effective parody of the notion of choice in games.

I have played several different board game to video game translations, and none works as well as Pandemic does on the iPad. Fans of the excellent Tabletop series might recognize the game from Season 1. For the rest of you, Pandemic is a game about the brave men and women from the CDC as they fight to stop four diseases from ravishing the world. This is a cooperative game for four players that rewards teamwork and thinking outside the box.

You will lose. It’s ok, but you will lose.

These are not the droids you were expecting.

I keep falling into this trap. I keep thinking that I know where The Star Wars is going, and I keep being surprised. The comic is based on George Lucas’ first draft of Star Wars, before he stripped out the craziest ideas. (This review will go much smoother if we all agree that Star Wars is super crazy, and that is one of the reasons that we like it.) So, if the movie counts as sane, how awesomely bonkers was the first draft? It was the best thing ever.

As Halloween is fast approaching, the Fanboy Comics staff and contributors decided that there was no better way to celebrate this horrifically haunting holiday than by sharing our favorite scary stories! Be they movies, TV shows, video games, novels, or anything other form of entertainment, members of the FBC crew will be sharing their "scariest" stories each day leading up to Halloween. We hope that you will enjoy this sneak peek into the terrors that frighten Fanboy Comics!


I have never had less fun with a video game. Ever. I should say that I typically do not enjoy horror games, and, with Halloween approaching, I thought I would give a scary PC game a try. So, like an idiot, I chose one that is widely accepted as one of the scariest games ever released.

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