Creepy Scarlett EmeraldCreepy Scarlett, the dead girl who loves candy and hears the voice of a stuffed bear, is back. I reviewed the original Creepy Scarlett volume back in September, and now Buchan has delivered a samurai-filled issue that goes back to explain some of the origins behind Scarlett.

 

ChadhiyanaChadhiyana is a mythological story about a warrior woman in the ancient Middle East, where she travels from town to town, saving people and battling monsters. You know, the usual.


Chadhiyana captures the feeling of an uncovered legend perfectly. Everything from the art style to the writing made me think of Greek myths and tales like Beowulf. The writing avoids the usual trick of having a narrator, but the characters achieve that same style of a bard through their dialogue, describing everything in flowery language and explaining the history behind things, which perfectly matched the tone without crowding the pages. This introductory piece is divided into two separate stories that are more snapshots than full tales, but they do a great job of showing what's cool about the character and even manage to slip in some hooks about some of her other adventures that I'm dying to learn about.

BW Dr. M 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. 

 

 

The story continues to unfold concerning the background of Jon Osterman, but my faith in the storytelling of J. Michael Straczynski has continued to fall beyond the faith that I’ve put into him over the years.  I was hoping that my inability to get into Rising Stars was a fluke, given how much I’ve enjoyed his other work and how big of a Babylon 5 fan I’ve been over the years, but this issue just confirms how little of his recent writing abilities I have liked.  There was a saving grace, however, in that we learn more about Osterman’s life, in a very interesting fashion—at least from a historical point of view (says the historian).  With only one more issue to go, will JMS be able to bring me back into the fold?  I kind of doubt it, but I have some hope.



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Declan and Chang Sweet FA Issue Number 1 coverBlatant violence doesn’t always grab my interest, and when it is involved, there has to be a hook that will keep me coming back for more. And, that’s what this comic did. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of it, and I didn’t think I was going to like it much, but the first issue ended with such a cliffhanger that I just had to find out what happened next. And then, at the end of the second issue, my interest was still piqued. I’m still not sure what to make of it overall, as gratuitous violence and profanity don’t always hold my interest, but I’m more than willing to find out, and I hope others are, too.

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Borderlands 2Funny, action-packed, and silly as hell, Borderlands: Origins captures the spirit of the video game in comic form to tell the origin stories for the four main characters from the original Borderlands, leading up to the moment when they boarded Marcus' bus. Issue #1 told Roland's story, and in Issue #2, we move on to Lilith.

 

Comic Guide to BRewingQuick, what’s the difference between a macchiato and a latte? Not sure? Would you expect an amateur investigative reporter / superhero sidekick to set you straight? That’s exactly what happens in these coffee centric spin-offs to Tales of the Night Watchman.


T.O.T.N.W.M.
(pronounced either “Tott-nee-wim” or “Tote-new-em”) is the creation of writer Dave Kelly and artist Lara Antal.  You can read Fanboy Comics’ review of issue one here.  It tells the story of Nora Cashin, a barista blogger who becomes roommates with Charlie Maxwell, her co-worker.  While Nora really wants to be an investigative journalist, it is Charlie who currently fights crime as The Night Watchman, a detective specter from the 1940s who inhabits his body.   

SW Dawn of the Jedi TPBAt the heart of the Star Wars universe are the Jedi and the Force. What geek hasn't dreamed of levitating giant rocks or wielding a lightsaber against the forces of evil? But, where did the Jedi come from? Who was the first person to discover they could wield the Force? Who first realized wielding a sword made out of pure energy would be totally sweet? These questions and more are what originally drew me to Dawn of the Jedi, a new series I hoped would take us through those initial discoveries.

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Willow 2This week saw the release of Willow: Wonderland #2, written by Jeff Parker and featuring the art team of Brian Ching (pencils), Jason Gordes (inks), and Michelle Madsen (colors). Issue #2 builds on the setup presented by Ching’s first script, continues the interweaving of the various Buffy and Angel TV series and comic mythologies, and reintroduces some familiar faces.

SPOILERS BELOW

BW Minutemen 5The 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. 

 

 

Thirteen pages of this issue are really good. The rest is not. For the middle thirteen pages, Darwyn Cooke does exactly what I have wanted to see this entire series. He shows us a never-before-seen Minutemen adventure that has no ties to the Watchmen source material. We get to see the Minutemen fighting a villain, being heroes, and saving the day despite all their personal flaws and failings. Then, we get to see the terrible fallout of their actions, and watch the Minutemen learn a hard lesson about heroism. It is wonderful.

 

SW Tyrants Fist 1Much like my previous Star Wars comic review of Vader and the Ghost Prison, Purge: The Tyrant's Fist is another Vader-centric story set after the events of Revenge of the Sith. The purge that the title suggests is in reference to the Jedi's extinction, where Order 66 was the first step and now we're following Vader as he scours the galaxy for his Jedi prey. Issue #1 of Purge focuses on Vader's hunt for Jedi Knight Cho'na Bene, the last remaining Jedi on the planet, Vaklin, where Jedi are still held in high regards, not phased by the Empire's manipulation.

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