Giants BewareThe '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



Read This Week:


Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado

 

BW Minutemen 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. 

 


Issue 3 of Minutemen came out yesterday. Yay, I guess. This series is well written and very well illustrated by the talented Darwyn Cooke, but with each issue I read, I start to wonder why it exists. At first, I was excited to learn more about the Minutemen and the skeletons in their closets, but now the book just seems to be retreading stuff covered in Watchmen. Now, we've covered the Comedian raping Sally Jupiter, which we already saw in Watchmen. Now, we're seeing Hollis discover more of what is really going on in Silhouette's secret life, which is okay, but showing us this stuff isn't a revelation, because we know the outcome from Watchmen. 

I was much more excited with last issue where we got to see that the Minutemen's first mission was a total fluke that they only salvaged through good PR. My feeling about this comic is basically this: tell us a new story. I don't want a six-issue miniseries that starts at the formation of team as seen in Watchmen and ends with the team's fall from grace as seen in Watchmen. Why not just tell one really cool arc about them fighting crime and taking down a big-shot villain that could happen anywhere in their history? As long as this comic feels the need to constantly hit touchstones from the Watchmen series, it doesn't feel special or unique; it just feels like paint by numbers. If these heroes functioned for years as heroes before their fall, just tell me one good story in those years; don't jump around and try to tell me their whole history in 6 issues.

 

Dead Future KingA lot of well known figures have been fighting the dead (and undead) these days. Abraham Lincoln has been seen decapitating vampires. The word is that Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have been taking on zombie hordes. Even Jesus Christ himself has returned to take on those beyond the grave. Mashups like these ones are becoming so commonplace that the danger of redundancy and audience fatigue is high. Fortunately, the first issue of Dead Future King, which resurrects King Arthur in a zombie-infested future, is at the top of its game and is a great example of why mashups can be some of the most fun, exciting, and original stories out there!
 

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Worlds Finest 152 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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Ripped through dimensional space by an unusual Boom Tube, Helena and Kara, two superheroes and “sidekicks” to their respective family members, end up on a different Earth than their own.  Trying to cope with the vast differences and the thoughts of impending doom for themselves and their world, these two women spend years coming up with ways to better serve humanity and working on the off-chance to go home again.  Unknown to anyone else (yet) in the superhero community, they are the World’s Finest wonders.

 

 
 

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Batman Inc 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.

 

 

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What's better than one Batman? How about a global army of them? Someone has taken issue with a world full of Batmen and has started targeting them, taking them out one by one, and now the latest bounty is on the head of Robin, Batman's sidekick and his son.


 

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Smoke and Mirrors 5So, that’s all folks.  The last issue of the first arc of Smoke and Mirrors from Mike Costa (Writer), Ryan Browne (Artist), and Jon Armstrong (Illusionist) has been released . . . FOR NOW!  And, yes, you read that right, this book has a professional magician working on it.  

 

Locke  Key GrindhouseI’ve never read an issue of Locke & Key before, but I know the basic premise: there is a house with many doors, and special keys can unlock them, taking people to strange places. At least, that’s what I thought, but after reading this one-shot, I’ve discovered that what I knew barely scratches the surface of what is going on in the mysterious Keyhouse. As I said, this is a one-shot story, and as far as I can tell, it is not directly related to the main storyline of Locke & Key. Grindhouse is successful as a one-shot in that I never felt lost or confused by what was happening---it’s a great short story, and easy to enjoy even if you’ve never read a single issue of Locke & Key before.

 

Trio 4I s--t you not, the three main characters of Trio are referred to as One, Two, and Three and have powers that mimic Paper (One), Scissors (Two), and Rock (Three). I wish I could say this cheesy gimmick sets the tone for Trio #4, but this comic tries to take itself too seriously, instead of going completely over the top. The same goes for the ready and available Fantastic Four parody (there's even a guest character who is basically Namor!), but if there are allusions to FF beyond the character similarities, they were too subtle for me to get.

 

Higher Earth 4Higher Earth is a really cool, new sci-fi action adventure book with a neat core premise. What if there were multiple parallel Earths, and one Higher Earth conquered and controlled all the others? This Higher Earth then used the other Earths as garbage dumps, or resource mines, and forced the poor people of the lower Earths to work for them. Everything was going great until some people from the lower Earths decided to fight back. The expertly crafted story of Higher Earth follows Heidi and Rex, who are on the run from the Empire that controls the Earths, because they are people of interest. As the story unfolds, we learn just how important they are and why they may be able to change things for the better.

 

SW Darth Maul DS2The last issue of Star Wars: Darth Maul - Death Sentence ended with Darth Maul's gleefully sinister grin at the prospect of fighting Jedi.  Issue #2 picks up moments later, as we are thrown into the resulting battle.  The incredible action sequences in this issue give the series an adrenaline boost of epic proportions.


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