“Fundamental Comics,” a monthly editorial series that introduces readers to comics, graphic novels, and manga that have been impactful to the sequential art medium and the comic book industry on a foundational level.  Each month, a new essay will examine a familiar or less-known title through an in-depth analysis, exploring the history of the title, significant themes, and context for the title’s popularity since it was first released.

Issue three is the final installment of the Carson of Venus: The Flames Beyond story arc. The previous two issues saw Carson Napier captured by the villainous Varlek Sar and meeting Loto, an Earth-born woman who is gifted with the same astral projection powers as Napier. Sar tricks Napier in becoming an experiment in his weird science device that is able to not only make real Napier’s astral projections, but duplicate them, as well.

One of the finds I made at San Diego Comic-Con this year was the trade paperback of Vindication by MD Marie.  A taut crime thriller set in Los Angeles, it explores the ever-growing distrust between law enforcement and the African-American community that it is sworn to protect.

Carson Napier’s Venusian adventures continue in issue two of Carson of Venus: The Flames Beyond. In this installment, Varlek Sar has taken Napier captive and brought him to his lab in the technocratic city-state of Havatoo. Sar has built a device that is able to not only make Napier’s astral projections manifest physically, but also to duplicate the projections, as well. He coerces Napier into his machine for dastardly results. Meanwhile,  Napier’s betrothed Duare attempts to rally the different races and nations of Venus to attack Havatoo to not only free Napier, but to save the planet from tyranny.

On Wednesday afternoon, July 17, 2019, just hours before Preview Night opened the 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con International, ComiXology held a press conference to commemorate their ten-year mission to create fans around the world for comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, and manga.  

The Weatherman is wonderfully bonkers. Sometimes, it’s a gonzo satire right out of Philip K. Dick’s mind, and, other times, it’s an action-packed free-for-all.

Even though I missed Issue #3, here I am reading Issue #4 of Punk Mambo, and Cullen Bunn is such a great writer that I don’t feel lost. What happened in the last issue? Punk Mambo got her ass whooped. Mambo is all punk, from outfit to attitude. She also practices voodoo magic, and a not-so-nice enemy is attempting to collect all of the LOA for himself. The LOA are the sort of spirits that give Mambo a large element of her magic capabilities.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Fanbase Press' Bryant Dillon talks with actor Steve Blum (Bumblebee, Star Wars: Rebels) about his work in Critters Attack, voicing the various types of crites present in the film, and more.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Fanbase Press' Bryant Dillon talks with writer Stan Berkowitz (Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures) about his experiences working on the show, his favorite episodes, and more.

The flying turtles are back! I was wondering when we’d see them again. They were shown briefly in Issue #1, and I’ve been looking for them ever since.  Despite not seeing any flying turtles for a couple of issues, the team of Lemire and Nguyen do not disappoint in this fourth issue of the ongoing series.

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