Superman 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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As a child, Superman was sent from his dying planet of Krypton to Earth, where he was raised by humans to cherish and protect human life and becomes Earth's savior.

 

 

 

 

 

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Captain Atom 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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United States Air Force captain Nathanial Adam volunteered to pilot an experimental aircraft through a theoretical atomic splitter, but an accident resulted in him gaining incredible powers.  Able to manipulate the atomic structure of anything (and anyone), Adam is now seen as both a hero and a menace to the population around him.  Lonely from his ordeal and left wondering if he’ll ever be able to live a normal “human” existence again, Nathanial Adam fights to protect the world as Captain Atom.


 

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BW Nite Owl 1The 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. 

 


Like my fellow contributors, I am not going to talk about whether I think Before Watchmen should exist, but as long as it's here, I may as well tell you how it reads. Those familiar with Watchmen will know that there are two Nite Owls.  The first, Hollis Mason, was a member of the Minutemen and later on retired and wrote the book Under the Hood, of which selections are used as back-ups in Watchmen.  Dan Dreiberg later took on the name and is the Nite Owl more often featured in the book; however, besides some passing mentions, the full story behind how Dan inherited Hollis' alternate identity had never been explained, until now.


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The ProviderNot every hero is lucky enough to be born a Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark; some heroes have to work for a living.  Not content to work a typical 9-5, Luke Ryan cashes in with his powers by starting his own insurance company which offers high-tech watches to ridiculously rich customers who can activate it when their life is in danger to have Ryan swoop in and save them at the last minute.

 

 

Ichabod JonesIchabod Jones: Monster Hunter from Viper Comics is a quirky, bloody tale of a boy and the voice in his head. The complex, labyrinthine script written by Russell Nohelty works well with the dark, yet cartoony, art of Renzo Podestá and is sure to be a worthwhile read for any self-admitted comic book sniffer!
 

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Idolized 0Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Idolized #0
by David Schwartz, Micah Gunnell, and David Curiel

David Schwartz has crafted an awesome story about a young female superhero in Idolized. At first glance the story of an American Idol-style competition to find the world’s next superhero may seem a bit silly, but Schwartz has chosen to make this story personal. His main character is on a personal mission of revenge and is a flawed, very human hero. She may just be her worst enemy. Adding to the great story is the amazing art delivered by Micah Gunnell. His art is incredibly detailed and even in the shots that are filled with multiple superheroes, he gives them each unique designs and interesting quirks. In our current comics world, with its severe lack of female lead superhero characters, it’s great to see such an awesome new character come on the scene. My only complaint is that the 0 issue left me wanting more, and Issue 1 isn’t due out 'till August.  I want to read more now!

 

Bleeding Ink Productions logoIndie comic book publisher Bleeding Ink Productions recently announced that they will be launching a new comic mini-series entitled Blood-Moon, and the FBC staff and I could not be more excited!


First and foremost, Bleeding Ink Productions is an exciting new indie comic book publisher based in Hollywood, CA.  Founded by writer/creator Jesse Grillo, the company seeks to “ . . . create unique, hardline stories that stand out from anything you’ve ever read.”  Previous titles include Chapel, War Zone, Sensory Distortion, Demigods, and Patriot, all penned by Grillo.

 

Valkyrie SquadronRight off the bat, I can tell you that if you like Battlestar Galactica, you’ll probably dig Valkyrie Squadron by artist/writer Jules Rivera.  


In this sci-fi soap opera, a space-hopping human race is in the midst of an all-out war with a swarming army of aggressive robots called Autodrones.  While it’s not immediately clear where these “Drones” came from, what they want, or whether it’s Earth or some other Earth-like planet that the humans are defending, none of that really matters as you become instantly engrossed in the characters.    

 

Avenging Spider-ManHe’s been known as the menace of NYC, the savior of the little person, and one of the smartest guys to sling a web from a skyscraper.  He’s got no personal life, a full-time civilian job, and helping out with several superhero teams to the point of exhaustion; however, the one thing he does have, that he never loses or compromises, is his overwhelming sense of pun usage and joke telling.


He’s the one, the only, the geekish Avenging Spider-Man.

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BW Comedian 1The 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. 


While there are many good reasons for a comic book sniffer to be skeptical regarding DC’s Before Watchmen event and how it will contradict and cannibalize the parent text, most can still agree that there are two characters that should still have adventures to share in sequential art form: Rorschach and The Comedian. This week, The Comedian #1, written by Brian Azzarello and featuring art by J.G. Jones, hit comic stands with a bang and shattered the expectations of this eagerly awaiting fanboy like a lone gunman’s lucky shot.


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