Valkyrie SquadronRight off the bat, I can tell you that if you like Battlestar Galactica, you’ll probably dig Valkyrie Squadron by artist/writer Jules Rivera.  


In this sci-fi soap opera, a space-hopping human race is in the midst of an all-out war with a swarming army of aggressive robots called Autodrones.  While it’s not immediately clear where these “Drones” came from, what they want, or whether it’s Earth or some other Earth-like planet that the humans are defending, none of that really matters as you become instantly engrossed in the characters.    

 

Avenging Spider-ManHe’s been known as the menace of NYC, the savior of the little person, and one of the smartest guys to sling a web from a skyscraper.  He’s got no personal life, a full-time civilian job, and helping out with several superhero teams to the point of exhaustion; however, the one thing he does have, that he never loses or compromises, is his overwhelming sense of pun usage and joke telling.


He’s the one, the only, the geekish Avenging Spider-Man.

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BW Comedian 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. 


While there are many good reasons for a comic book sniffer to be skeptical regarding DC’s Before Watchmen event and how it will contradict and cannibalize the parent text, most can still agree that there are two characters that should still have adventures to share in sequential art form: Rorschach and The Comedian. This week, The Comedian #1, written by Brian Azzarello and featuring art by J.G. Jones, hit comic stands with a bang and shattered the expectations of this eagerly awaiting fanboy like a lone gunman’s lucky shot.


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Jimmy Brass 1I love film noir.  I love the seedy worlds, the anti-heroes, the clipped, witty dialogue.  But, I think more than all of that I love the mystery: how people, places, and objects are never what they seem, how you always have the sense that you’re walking on a trap door and, at any moment, it all could drop out from under you.  And, I love that, in the end, everything falls into place.  It isn’t always how you want it to turn out.  Heck, it isn’t often how you want it to turn out, but it always makes a funny kind of sense.  Writer Jake Dickerman and artist Jason Pruett deliver all of that in spades in their new comic, Jimmy Brass: 2nd Grade Detective.     

Demon Knights 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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Camelot is a magical place, constantly being destroyed and rebuilt over centuries. An attempt to destroy the city of Alba Sarum and its claim to be the next Camelot brings together seven unlikely and cursed warriors who would see Camelot rebuilt.

 

 

 

 

 

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Astonishing X-Men 51Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Astonishing X-Men #51
by Marjorie Liu, Mike Perkins, and Andy Troy

There’s going to be some talk about this issue being a publicity stunt and a marketing ploy, but forget all that; this is just a really good X-Men comic. Marjorie Liu has been slowly building to this issue since she took the series over, and the payoff is wonderful. There’s some action in the beginning, but most of this issue deals with the drama that goes hand in hand with a wedding day. The love and care with which Liu handles these characters makes this the issue to buy this week. There are wonderful moments when we see the very human side of these superheroes. Liu even addresses the gay marriage issue with different characters weighing in, and she handles it very gracefully, without being preachy or impeding her story at all. Buy this issue, but not for the spectacle; buy it because it’s good art and it’s worth your money.

 

Reed Gunther 10Epic! Shane and Chris Houghton have earned many adjectives for their comic series, Reed Gunther - awesome, hilarious, heartfelt - but now they can add epic to their list. This issue, the last in their current story arc, pits their lovable heroes against seemingly insurmountable odds, and with quick-thinking, love, and friendship, they band together to face the unstoppable.

 

SW - Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison 2This issue kicks off exactly where we last left our hero, Tohm, as he had found himself in the middle of a battle between his fellow cadets and Lord Vader himself. As this is a very dialogue-heavy issue, spoilers are unavoidable, so with that I say . . .

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The Savage Hawkman 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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An archeologist and cryptologist with severe money problems, Carter Hall has a problem he can’t get rid of: the Nth Metal suit that allows him to be a hero.  He struggles to get his life together when the Nth Metal changes it once again.  Full of anger without any real understanding of his powers, he is the Savage Hawkman.


 

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Angel  Faith 1 TPBDark Horse has just released Volume 1 of Angel: Season 9 (also known as Angel & Faith), collecting Issues 1-5 of the series.


Scripted by Christos Gage with art by Rebekah Isaacs, the bulk of the volume is comprised of a four-issue arc entitled “Live Though This.”  A stand-alone story, “In Perfect Harmony,” closes out the book with a return appearance by Sunnydale’s flakiest vampire media sensation, Harmony, and is also scripted by Gage with art by Phil Noto.

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