52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg join forces to fight the battles none of them could handle on their own. They are the Justice League.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW
The Phantom Menace is inarguably the worst movie in the Star Wars series. So, it was odd that Darth Maul, one of the few enjoyable factors of that movie, was killed off and would not fight another day . . . or so we thought.
Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo
Image gives us another great new series with Debris. In this series, Wiebe and Rossmo tell the tale of Maya, a young warrior protecting the last remnants of humanity on a world covered with trash where spirits animate the debris into giant monsters. This book has a simple but effective art style that allows Rossmo to deliver strong emotion on one page and intense action on the next. Wiebe does a nice job balancing the action with the exposition needed to set up his new world. Even cooler, his awesome female action hero really lets loose and kicks some serious butt, which is always nice to see. If you like a good mix of sci-fi and fantasy with a fully clothed female protagonist (gasp!), then check out Debris!
The Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world. Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.
By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester
While there haven’t been that many shows based on comic books, there are still quite a few out there, and we grew up watching cartoons of comic characters as a supplement, or even as a replacement, for the comics themselves. Despite the fact that we’re now adults, we still enjoy the cartoons based on comics, including such recent titles as Young Justice and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. We also watch many of the live action shows which drew their inspiration from comics with titles like Smallville and The Walking Dead, still fresh or currently in the public eye. As such, we’ve identified the shows (based on comic books) that we believe are the best.
The Dragon Age video games have become known for their intricate plot lines and intriguing characters, and the new graphic novel from Dark Horse brings the best aspects of the video game to the printed page. Gaider and Freed weave an interesting tale that spins out of the previous video games without relying on them too much.
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray has resisted successful adaption for over a hundred years now, and now the boys at Bluewater Productions are taking a stab at it.
The conclusion to Star Wars: Blood Ties—Boba Fett is Dead is here. In the interest of not spoiling the ending for anyone, this review will be kept short.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
As the Managing Editor of Fanboy Comics, I have the distinct honor and privilege to work with amazingly talented individuals throughout geek culture: actors, writers, artists, directors, photographers . . . the list is endless. It is always a pleasure to learn more about their craft and to follow their artistic endeavors throughout various stages of the creative process. Needless to say, when the opportunity arose to work with one such industry professional on a comic book-themed photo shoot, I jumped at the chance!
The 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.
This second issue of Silk Spectre shares many of the strengths I pointed out in my review of the last issue: the art is great, the characters are well-rounded and expressive, and the writing is solid. This issue breaks down a bit, but it remains a compelling next chapter in the story of Laurie Jupiter’s early years.
So, I just survived another San Diego Comic-Con. It was an amazing weekend of meeting new friends, making business contacts, and buying books . . . buying lots of books. You see, I have a bit of a problem. I buy way more books than I can read, and when a new convention rolls around, I do it all over again. I decided at this year's show that I needed to remedy this somehow. My wife reminded me of one of our favorite books, The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby, a collection of articles where Hornby tries to tackle his own book obsession. So, I decided to steal his idea and apply it to my graphic novel obsession. Over the next year, I will regularly blog about my graphic novel reading habits. I will start each blog with a list of which books are on my 'To Read' list, which books I've bought, and which books I read. I will then blog about why I bought what I did, why I read what I did, and what I thought about what I read.
This is mostly a therapeutic way to deal with my obsession but may also be an interesting experiment in blogging and graphic novel reviews. Stick around and see what the wonderful world of comics holds for me. Without further ado, the 'To Read' List: