To Read ListThe To Read List:

Moriarty: the Dark Chamber by Daniel Corey, Anthony Diecidue, Perry Freeze, and Dave Lanphear
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
The Light by Nathan Edmondson and Brett Weldele
Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
Skullkickers Vol. 1 & 2 by Jim Zub, Edwin Huang, and Misty Coats

BW NITE OWL 2The 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. 

 

 

Nite Owl #2 sort of gives us that Nite Owl/Rorschach team-up we've been looking for. We certainly get a closer look at their friendship, the different reasons they chose to don an alternate identity, and their respective messed up relationships with women, notably their mothers.  The dialogue between them isn't as comedic as in Issue #1, but those who thought there were too many “Hurms” from Rorschach in Issue #1 will be pleased to note there isn't a single one in Issue #2Nite Owl #2 again makes great use of flashbacks to fill in gaps in the characters' histories. In particular, the flashback of a young Dan first making an attachment to Nite Owl is particularly well executed.

Green Lantern152 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.

 

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Selected by the Guardians because of his great sense of will, Hal Jordan stands up for what is right and true in the universe.  Against all odds, and at the expense of his own personal life, he fights for justice across the stars and at home on Earth.  A daring test pilot with a history of willful disregard for regulations, Jordan is a member of a select corps destined to bring peace to the universe; he is a Green Lantern.

 
 

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I Vampire 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.

 

 

Concept:

When Mary Queen of Blood gathers a vampire army to take control of the world, her former lover, Andrew Bennett, a 500-year-old vampire who just wants to live in peace, is the only one with the means and knowledge of stopping her.


 

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Hawkeye 1Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 



Hawkeye #1
by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Matt Hollingsworth


This is a perfect Issue #1. First off it's a completely stand-alone story. Fraction doesn't try to hook you into reading Issue #2, it is like he says, "I'm going to tell a great story, and if you like it, you'll be back." Second, it's a wonderful mix of humor, action, and drama. Third, it is a great introduction to the title character. Fraction really does a great job defining what kind of hero Hawkeye is. Even better, he doesn't suit up as Hawkeye in this issue. He saves the day as Clint Barton. Clint is incredibly likeable. He's funny and he fights the good fight in his own unique way. Also, David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth deliver really cool art. Their style is simple, yet incredibly expressive. Buy this book, you'll like it, and even if you don't end up adding it to your pull list, oh well. You still got a really good story about Hawkeye for $2.99, and that's something you can't say everyday.

 

Black Kiss 2*Black Kiss #2 is for mature readers only.


The late eighties in Los Angeles, California. A time of excitement and mystery. In 1988 Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, Coming to America is making audiences across the country laugh, and Ronald Reagan is bumbling around trying to find Iran on the map. An exciting time, indeed. Amidst all of this excitement takes place the story of Black Kiss by Howard Chaykin, one of the most controversial comics of its time. Any story involving pre-op trannies, vampires, sex, stars of the silent film era, the Vatican, prostitution, sex, murder, cults, and hard-edged noir crime makes for a compelling story. There's also quite a bit of sex.

 

Think-Tank-1The cover of Think Tank comes with a disclaimer: “DANGER: Reading this book will make you smarter.” While I don’t know if that is necessarily true, the book does raise some interesting questions---and who knows? This is only the first issue, after all, and I did learn a couple of new factoids. Maybe, as the series continues, I actually will rack up a couple of IQ points. Of course, Think Tank’s protagonist doesn’t think much of IQ tests, and he seems way smarter than me, so maybe I should stop speculating and tell you what I actually thought of the book.

Hypernaturals 2Hypernaturals takes place in a far-flung future where the sentient A.I. known as the Quantinuum links all the known worlds and civilizations and keeps each of them running. The Quantinuum's defenders are a team of super-powered individuals known as the Hypernaturals who are hand picked and serve for up to three five-year terms.  Seven years ago, the Hypernaturals defeated the threat of Sublime, a man who possessed an intellect far superior to that of super geniuses, whose goal was to destroy the Quantinuum. Now, the latest team of Hypernaturals has gone missing on a routine mission, and it's up to the retired members and wash-outs to form a new team before whatever took out the Hypernaturals comes for the Quantinuum.

 

Higher Earth 3Who doesn't love futuristic sci-fi, where the heroes travel from world to world fighting dinosaurs and bounty hunters? Sam Humphries delivers another awesome issue of his action-packed sci-fi series, Higher Earth. Humphries has rocketed to stardom as a top writer at several of the major publishers since the debut of his Image book, Our Love is Real, and he deserves all of the praise he gets, as he is one fantastic writer. He somehow manages to build this awesome new multiverse filled with incredible characters while keeping the book moving at a brisk pace and never shying away from intense, bloody action.

 

Mind the Gap 3Jim McCann used to work in soap operas, and he told me once in an interview that comics, even superhero comics, are just soap operas with more action. He went on to give examples of how many long-lost twins and comas and bouts of amnesia could be found in both comics and soap operas. Well, it looks like Jim has finally made a true soap opera comic in Mind the Gap, and it is awesome. Like a soap opera, Mind the Gap has a big cast of characters who all have their own secret motives and dark secrets. Unlike a soap opera, Mind the Gap has extraordinary elements like an entire world that takes place in the psyche of coma patients. Yeah, you read that right, this book is trippy.

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