JLI with Review52 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.

 

 

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Unable to control the Justice League, the United Nations forms its own team of superheroes including Booster Gold, Guy Gardener, Vixen, Fire, Ice, Godiva, Rocket Red, and August General in Iron to serve as their superhuman defense force.

 

 

 

 

 

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BW Minutemen 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. 


Darwyn Cooke continues to tell the backstory of the Minutemen in Issue 2. Hands down, this is the best of the Before Watchmen books so far. Now that all of the pieces are in place, Cooke picks up the pace and sets his team in motion. He manages to pack a lot of story in this book. Showing us the team’s formation, their first mission, a team meeting, and some of the dark secrets the team is keeping. Man, are those secrets ever dark.

Avenging Spider-Man 9Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Avenging Spider-Man #9
by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Edgar Delgado

The new and improved Captain Marvel flies onto the scene this week with a guest spot in Avenging Spider-Man, and if this issue is any indication, then next week’s premiere issue of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new series is going to be one awesome, wild ride. This story continues the flirtatious friendship between Spidey and Carol Danvers that has been hinted at in previous stories and is packed with humor, action, and superheroics. Kelly Sue does a great job establishing Carol as a very unique hero. She’s fun, brash, and tough as nails. The Dodsons really deliver on the art and capture the fun side of being a superhero. Pick this book up and pick up Captain Marvel #1 next week.

 

Satanic HellSatanic Hell from Zeno Telos Press may not be the best book for the Texan in your life, but for those that feel that a trip to the Lone Star state is the equivalent of entering an alien society, Satanic Hell is sure to confirm all of your worst fears. Building on a love for industrial metal, writer Grigoris Douros delivers a story about metal bands, persecution, and the horrors of religion and privatization!

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Blue Beetle52 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.

 

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Jaime Reyes wants nothing more than to fit in at school and enjoy life with his two best friends, Paco and Brenda, but a powerful Mayan relic changes his life forever.  Caught in the middle of a struggle between villains, the mysterious Mayan relic attaches itself to Jaime’s body, morphing him into a living weapon with a desire for planet-wide bloodshed, but Jaime is able to overcome its control to do what he wants.  Making a mess of his life, but standing up against the bad guys—big and small—he becomes the Blue Beetle.

 

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Dark Knight 1 new 5252 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.

 

 

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A lone figure in the black of night roams the rooftops of the city’s skyline and the shores of the harbor’s docks.  A detective of the finest caliber, he is able to sense things even the police cannot comprehend.  A man forged in pain by the death of his parents, vowing to always fight evil and crime in his city.  He is the night, he is vengeance, he is the Dark Knight known only as Batman.


 

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Danger Club 3Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Danger Club #3
by Landry Q. Walker, Eric Jones, and Michael Drake


Danger Club is this awesome book about a group of sidekicks who must find a way to protect their world after all the heroes have died trying to stop an incoming threat from outer space. The book is dark, violent, and really smart. Every issue opens with a page from an old school Danger Club from when the team were kids, and in every issue that little page gives you some clue to what the kids are up to in that issue. Walker is building a great story, and even though he has to juggle a lot of characters, he always manages to find time to flesh them out and include some real emotion in the book. The art from Jones and Drake is spectacular. They play off the colorful innocence of the sidekicks' costumes and then sneak up on you with the dark, violent reality the kids are facing. Image has been putting out some awesome books lately, and Danger Club should be right on the top of your comic pile this week.

Superman with Review52 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.

 

 

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As a child, Superman was sent from his dying planet of Krypton to Earth, where he was raised by humans to cherish and protect human life and becomes Earth's savior.

 

 

 

 

 

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Captain Atom 152 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.

 

 

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United States Air Force captain Nathanial Adam volunteered to pilot an experimental aircraft through a theoretical atomic splitter, but an accident resulted in him gaining incredible powers.  Able to manipulate the atomic structure of anything (and anyone), Adam is now seen as both a hero and a menace to the population around him.  Lonely from his ordeal and left wondering if he’ll ever be able to live a normal “human” existence again, Nathanial Adam fights to protect the world as Captain Atom.


 

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BW Nite Owl 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. 

 


Like my fellow contributors, I am not going to talk about whether I think Before Watchmen should exist, but as long as it's here, I may as well tell you how it reads. Those familiar with Watchmen will know that there are two Nite Owls.  The first, Hollis Mason, was a member of the Minutemen and later on retired and wrote the book Under the Hood, of which selections are used as back-ups in Watchmen.  Dan Dreiberg later took on the name and is the Nite Owl more often featured in the book; however, besides some passing mentions, the full story behind how Dan inherited Hollis' alternate identity had never been explained, until now.


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