Animal Man With Article52 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.



Buddy Baker was a stuntman who developed an ability to take on the characteristics of animals after encountering an “alien ship” in a forest.  With his newfound abilities, Buddy became Animal Man, a hero with a not-so-secret identity who juggles work, responsibilities as a hero, animal activism, and a wife and two kids.


Daredevil 9 CoverFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

Daredevil Issue 9
by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera

Daredevil continues to be the best book that Marvel puts out each month. Waid continues to knock it out of the park with this issue, as Matt Murdock investigates the theft of his father’s casket. The inker Joe Rivera and colorist Javier Rodriguez really get to shine as they take Daredevil on a trip underground with beautiful dark panels where the red of his costume is the brightest color in the frame. The coolest part of this series is how the art team lets you “see” the world as Daredevil does with his radar sense. They even turn this around in this issue as Daredevil’s senses get clouded, and the reader starts to see things that Daredevil himself is now blind to. Throughout the story, Waid continues to build momentum toward the upcoming crossover with Punisher and Spider-man, but he never sacrifices the core story of the issue. This is a great time to pick up this award-winning series, and, as an added bonus, the graphic novel of the first arc has just been released, if you want to get caught up.


The 36 3The story behind the comic book The 36 is based on the Kabbalistic belief that there are 36 people in the world upon whom it is saved by their simple existence. As the book states, “In times of need, these people emerge from anonymity to save us.”

Creator Kristopher White continues to weave a bold and original tale with third issue of The 36. Easily my favorite issue so far, this chapter reveals more about the other members of The 36, the staff Noam carries, and the details surrounding Noam’s comatose wife.


Buffy S9I6The last issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 left us with quite the cliffhanger, and this issue does not disappoint. While readers desperate for details of how Buffy ended up in her current predicament will be left wanting, writer Andrew Chambliss continues his stellar performance as the current Buffy scribe, while artist Georges Jeanty flaunts the amazing talent that got him the job! Talk about a dream team!


Secret Avengers 22Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

Secret Avengers #22
By Rick Remender, Gabriel Hardman, and Bettie Breitweiser

The Top Secret team of Avengers is back in action with a new lineup and a new leader. Hawkeye Clint Barton takes over as leader of the team as they go to investigate a new super-powered threat that’s popped up in the Middle East. Remender has a lot of exposition to get through, but he handles it nicely with a fun scene depicting the newest teammate, Captain Britain, being introduced to the team and immediately getting into an argument with Hawkeye. The big question, for everyone on the team, seems to be can Hawkeye really fill Captain America’s shoes. Hardman really brings his A game to the art with amazingly detailed line work and great layouts. His work really shines once the action starts. There is never a wasted frame as he keeps the Avengers in constant motion against their foes.  Secret Avengers is a strong addition to the already impressive Avengers line, and Remender and Hardman have distinguished their book with a unique look and an intriguing premise.


Batwoman52 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.


The introduction in each issue sums up who Batwoman is better than I ever could:


Kate Kane survived a brutal kidnapping by terrorists that left her mother dead and her twin sister lost.  Following in her father's footsteps, she vowed to serve her country and attended West Point until she was expelled under “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” Now, she is many things: estranged daughter, grieving sister, proud lesbian, brave soldier, determined hero.  She is Batwoman.

Previously on Batwoman: Covering to the end of Hydrology: Issues #1 - #5



Scarlet Spider 1By Kristine Chester, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics


The original Scarlet Spider died 15 years ago, but now, following the events of Spider-Island, Kaine has taken up the mantle of his “brother,” but he still has a long way to go to understand the motto of their family: that with great power comes great responsibility.





WomanthologyWomanthology is many things: an inspiration, a call-to-arms, a beautiful work of art. Womanthology will be a book talked about for years to come, and if the world is a just place, it will be a book that will change the comics industry forever. But, above and beyond everything that Womanthology could become for women in the comic industry, there is one thing very important to know about Womanthology: it is just really damn good. 


Swamp Thing 6Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

Swamp Thing #6
By Scott Snyder and Marco Rudy

The epic return of Alec Holland to the DC universe continues. Last issue, we saw Alec call on the Swamp Thing and unleash its power. This week the Rot responds, and neither Alec nor Abigail will ever be the same again. This is a great slow burn series, and even though some people are disappointed that Swamp Thing rarely makes his presence known in his own book, it will just make it all the sweeter when he finally shows up to destroy the Rot. The only gripe with this issue is that the beautiful artwork of the regular series' artist, Yanick Paquette, has been replaced by reasonable substitute Marco Rudy. No offense to Marco’s art, which is strong in this issue, but Yanick has really made this book his own.

ReedGuntherFanboy Comics' newest contributor, Jason Enright (@jasonenright), shares his thoughts on the new Reed Gunther trade paperback!

All Ages books are hard to come by these days. It's even harder to find a book that kids will love, but that adults will find equally entertaining. Luckily, Reed Gunther and his trusty bear Sterling are here to save the day. Shane and Chris Houghton spin the tale of a loudmouthed cowboy, his loyal and much smarter mount Sterling the bear, and Starla, a machete-wielding cattle rancher with anger management issues. Reed thinks of himself as a problem solver, but he may really be more of a problem maker. But, Reed is the kind of guy who doesn't give up, no matter what, and normally Sterling and Starla can get him out of a bind. 

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