BatgirlBy Kristine Chester, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics

Amidst all their new DC 52 coverage, Paul Montgomery and David Accampo of the Fuzzy Typewriter podcast spoke of the unsinkable Stephanie Brown and how much they enjoyed her tenure as Batgirl.  At the time, I was gobbling up some of the older DC titles and gave Batgirl a try, based on Paul and Dave's recommendation.  Now I understand why they spoke so highly of the series.  I thoroughly enjoyed every issue of Bryan Q. Miller's Batgirl and now count it as one of my favorite comic series to date.


DnDBy Kristine Chester, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics


When you hear the words “Dungeons & Dragons” and “comic” together in a sentence, it probably conjures images of generic fantasy comic X or maybe the all-so-cheesy 1980s D&D cartoon in comic form, neither of which is correct.  That's not to say Dungeons & Dragons isn't silly at times.  Zombie orphans, orc kissing, and many really bad plans are all in this comic, but the writer, John Rogers, manages to make these scenes endearing and funny instead of groan worthy.


Angel  Faith 5Angel’s former assistant and world-famous blonde vampire Harmony Kendall makes a stop in London this week in Angel & Faith #5, written by Christos Gage and with art by Phil Noto. While this is a lighter story for Dark Horse’s brood-happy series, the change in tone and cartoony feel of Noto’s art make this issue a nice, bright spot in the eternal darkness that is Angel & Faith.



Carnal CoverI recently had the pleasure of reading Carnal: Pride of the Lions, the first in a series of five illustrated graphic novels, and I was absolutely blown away by its exhilarating story and breathtaking art.  Written by Jason Bergenstock and John Connell and illustrated by Connell, Carnal takes place on the fictional continent of New Africa, telling the dramatic story of a world where humans have fallen to the bottom of the food chain, while lions, hyenas, and other animals have evolved into humanistic creatures that battle for dominance and survival. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine #4 wraps up the first arc of Buffy’s latest season, and, while it has many satisfying and thrilling moments, there is a lack of a climax to the issue. But, don’t despair, Scoobies! Writer Andrew Chambliss leaves plenty of threads to pick up in the next arc!


The first arc of Dark Horse’s Angel & Faith series comes to a close this week with Issue #4 written by Christos Gage and with art by Rebekah Issacs. Issacs’ art continues to grow better with every book, this one included, and while Gage delivers a script nearly as excellent as the previous ones, this one ends up being a little shaky on the dismount.


By Kristine Chester, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics


Recently, Jeremy Rogers and David Accampo announced they were creating a comic book miniseries with artist Jared Souza based off of their audio drama, WormwoodWormwood was a serialized occult mystery that followed parapsychologist Dr. Xander Crowe, as he investigated the strange goings-on in the small town of Wormwood, California.  Many compare it to the television series Twin Peaks or The X-Files for its use of both supernatural and mystery elements.  Wormwood lasted for three seasons and has deservedly earned a lot of praise for its storytelling, memorable characters, and snappy dialogue.

Richelle Mead’s Storm Born Issue #4 is really ratcheting things up.  You can tell that by the cover alone.  A tornado swirls around our raging and tearful protagonist, Eugenie Markham, as her mother lies bloodied in her arms.    

Issue #4 picks up with Markham, also known as Odile, a freelance shaman, and her ragtag crew attempting to rescue a human from her Otherworldly captors.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’ll say that she learns a lot about herself in this issue and about the people around her.

Right off the bat, I was a little confused about this comic.  The title font is, forgive me, horrible.  I can barely read the title at all, and if I didn’t know what it was called before I actually saw it, I might still be wondering!  Not really, but close.  It also doesn’t really fit the tone of the comic, but maybe I’m missing something.  Okay, so there’s that, but, then, there’s the cover art.  There’s a ghostly figure made of moaning faces hovering ominously over the earth.  Alright.  You won me back.  So, here I am opening to page one, and already I’m torn about this comic.

Buffy: Season 9 #2 is a near perfect example of what a Buffy comic should be. Andrew Chambliss delivers a script that hits all the right notes (humor, horror, surprises, and the character-y stuff we Whedon fans love so much), and Georges Jeanty keeps pace with his writer, providing some of the best pencils he’s done on the series! This team is smokin’ hot and showing no signs of losing heat!


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