BW Silk Spectre 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. 

When the head honchos here at Fanboy Comics told us that they wanted each of us to review a title in DC’s Before Watchmen series, I was stoked. Watchmen was one of the first graphic novels I ever read, and the book stuck in my brain for quite some time. It’s a lot to digest, I’m sure you’ll agree, and this summer we are being given even more food for thought.

As my FBC cohort Jason Enright said in his review of Before Watchmen: Minutemen last week, our goal is not to delve into all of the controversy surrounding DC’s big event, but to simply give you our honest opinion of the quality of the issue we are reviewing. So here it is: I give Silk Spectre a resounding thumbs-up. (My thumbs make loud noises when vertically extended---it’s a medical condition.)


Buffy S9 10Writers Andrew Chambliss and Scott Allie wrap up the latest story arc, “Apart (of me),” and Buffy’s time as a one-armed robot in Issue #10 of Buffy: Season 9. While the issue features a couple of great scenes and the arc wraps up leaving us wondering what’s to come next, the end of this chapter of Season 9 seems to lack the “omph!” that is desperately desired.


Voodoo 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.





An undercover Daemonite-hybrid operative tasked with collecting information about Earth’s meta-humans poses as an exotic dancer in post-Katrina New Orleans.  Using her body to get what she wants from the men around her, and her combat skills against those not taken in by her beauty, she works towards the greater destiny of the Daemonite invasion.  She is their best experiment and greatest internal threat: she is Voodoo.



Batwing 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.




David Zavimbe has a dream to make the streets of Tinasha in The Democratic Republic of the Congo safe. With the help of Batman's funding and gadgets, he dons the identity of Batwing and battles the threats no one else can in Tinasha.








Mortifera Banner and with ReviewMortifera is the story of Catherine and Ethan Gregor and their ally, the demon Durin, as they hunt down the demon Kanisus and his army during the time period that is classically known as The Dark Ages.


Demon Knights 10Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.



Demon Knights
by Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves, Julio Ferreira, and Oclair Albert

DC has quite a few really good books out this week. Batman and Green Lantern continue to tell great stories and sell tons of copies. Then, there’s Paul Cornell’s funky, little book about dragons, magic, and, of course, Demon Knights. This book is just pure fun. It has a wonderful cast of characters that are funny, devious, and heartwarming all at once. The action is epic, the art is incredible, and the unraveling mystery is deeply intriguing. Cornell has captured all the fun of playing a game like Dungeons & Dragons and managed to fit it into a nice, little corner of the DC Universe. We all know you pick those big titles I talked about before, but make sure you save 3 bucks to give Demon Knights a try.


SW Knight Errant 1My love of Star Wars knows no bounds (I am literally sipping coffee from a Boba Fett mug as I write this.), but I always find myself at a constant struggle when it comes to the Expanded Universe. The EU is giving me what I am constantly craving, more Star Wars, but as I've been vocal about it in the past, the outcome is usually hit or miss in my eyes. I have to give credit to the artists out there who can actually bring us a solid story centered around characters we've never heard of before. My last review for Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison was a perfect example of EU done right. This first issue in a five-part series, Knight Errant: Escape, is a mixed bag for me.

Spiderman 38The 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




The standard unit of consumption for a comic is an issue, a 20 to 30-page helping that conveys part of a story arc while hooking readers to come back next month, while others are stand alone stories focusing on a single subject in the larger title.  Many of us have issues that we just love to read over and over again, that one most enjoyable part of a storyline or a profound issue separate from the rest of the series.  Here are several such issues for us, ones that we'll bend the pages back and reread many times over.







DC-ComicsDear DC Comics:

I just wanted to let you know I am very disappointed. Last year, around this time, you announced your New 52 initiative. There was worry, speculation, anger, but mostly you got what you wanted: everyone was talking about DC Comics. Then, we started to get images, announcements of creative teams, and first covers, and an ice cold ball of dread started to form in the pit of my stomach. You see there was something sorely lacking. Something that had been lacking in comics for years, that I had hoped you would finally address.


White Devil 1 useAs soon as I read White Devil #1, my mind went directly to a section of the song "Frank's Wild Years" by Tom Waits. "Drove home, doused everything in the house, torched it. Parked across the street laughing, watching it burn, all Halloween orange and chimney red." But, in reverse. More so, the story of not necessarily settling in a place of complacency, but being born to it. Rather than looking towards relocation in a geographical sense, it's a mental, if not spiritual, one. I don't throw out major spoilers (unless they're in the fridge), but I'll say this. It had me from page one. Authors Matt Evans and Andrew Helinski weave together, with the art work of Nate Burns, the opening of a tale I'd be interested in seeing the rest of.

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