Chew 28So, why aren’t you reading Chew yet? I mean, honestly, is there any good reason to not read Chew? It is expertly written, spectacularly drawn, ridiculously hilarious, and chock full of cyborg lions, chocolate assault rifles, Russian vampires, murderous chickens, and, of course, chogs ( a.k.a. chicken-frog hybrids). In the middle of all of this craziness is Tony Chu, a detective whose life is turned upside down because he’s a cibopath, which means when he eats something, he learns everything about its past.  His ability is incredibly important, because, in the world of Chew, chicken has been banned because of the bird flu, food crime is rampant, and the FDA is the last line of defense.

 

The Activity 8“Warfare without Warning.” That’s the tagline for The Activity, a new spy thriller from Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads that has taken everyone by surprise and has quickly become one of my most anticipated reads each month. Edmondson and Gerads have researched how our military’s special operations units work and created an incredibly realistic story about the teams that protect us, without us ever knowing it.

 

Buffy S8V2 HardcoverAre you an ardent Buffy fan? If you raised your hand, great! If not, I'm glad that you decided to read this article. I just have a little, light summer homework for you to get caught up to speed. You'll need to watch the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer (what ever happened to Kristy Swanson?), all 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 5 seasons of Angel, read the Buffy spin-off comic, Fray, and Volume 1 of Buffy the Vampire Season 8. I would also recommend buying a pop culture reference lexicon as a study guide. All done? Now, on with the show!

 

Tomorrow Jones 1All parents have expectations for their kids. Some want their children to grow up to be a doctor or take up the family business, while in Tomorrow Jones' case, her parents want her to be a superhero. As a second generation superhero who inherited her mother's powers, it's not that Tomorrow doesn't want to go into the heroing business, it's that she wants to do so on her own terms, instead of wearing a skimpy costume mimicking her mom's. But, her desires aren't taken seriously by her parents.

BW SS 3The 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. 

 


This penultimate issue of the Silk Spectre mini-series should be building up to the storyline’s climax, but instead comes across a bit aimless.

 

Flash Gordon V1Before Star Wars, before Battlestar Galactica, before Star Trek or Babylon 5, there was Flash Gordon.  And, if you love any of those works, you owe it to yourself to check out an early inspiration for those by checking out the first volume of another landmark series, the new collection from Titan Books, The Complete Flash Gordon Library - On the Planet Mongo.

 

Creppy Scarlett V1Creepy Scarlett is a figure from Sunnyville folklore. Some say she's a great evil who once destroyed Sunnyville, while others say she's heroic and saved the town, but no one is quite sure which story is true. In reality, Scarlett is some sort of supernatural entity who possesses superior combat abilities, a love of candy, and is trapped in Sunnyville's cemetery except on Halloween of each year, which is when our stories take place.

 

The New 52 posterA year ago I made the decision to try and completely immerse myself into the DCnU (The New 52) for a full year and see what stuck to me and what didn’t.  I already knew that there were certain titles that I was going to keep reading due to previous associations with them, but there were a couple of surprise titles that I didn’t think I’d like; however, there were also some titles that I didn’t want to keep reading unless I really had to (beyond my self-made promise, of course). Then, there was one title that just made me want to shove the issues into an incinerator and watch them burn as retribution for what it did to me.  These are my selections.

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The New 52 charactersWhen I heard DC was going to be relaunching their universe from square one, I was intrigued because my least favorite part of superhero comics are the convoluted backstories and continuity; it's enough to make anyone confused. While in this case, the New 52 did not meet my expectations for all of their titles, I stuck with it, finding some titles I really enjoyed and some not so much. What I can say is I read at least a little bit of almost every title and now have a thorough appreciation for what the New 52 is and isn't. Below are the the titles I'm going to be sticking with, keeping an eye on, and a few that I don't see myself going back to anytime soon.

 

Epic Kill 5Epic Kill is the summer action film of comics. Comparisons to movies like Hanna or Kill Bill would not go amiss as 18-year-old Song goes after the man, Senator Rook, who killed her parents and best friend when she was a child.


Because Epic Kill is all about action, it's a good thing that Raffaele Ienco is able to bring these ridiculously awesome set pieces to life. Song comes across as confident, powerful, and an utter bada-- whether she's chasing her prey in a stolen big rig or taking out a pack of guards. And, explosions? Yeah, there are plenty of those, too.

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