Nightwing 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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The only survivor of the Flying Graysons, a high-wire circus act that was renowned throughout the world, Dick Grayson is the one-time sidekick and legal ward of Bruce Wayne before striking out on his own.  Having an estranged relationship with Bruce and trying to fill in for him during his disappearance, Dick has since been a strong ally of Gotham City in general and the Batman Family in particular.  A cop by training, an acrobat by past affiliations, and a superhero by choice, he is Nightwing.


 

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BW Minutemen 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. 

There is going to be plenty of talk about Before Watchmen over the next couple weeks: talk about creators' rights, talk about altering a classic, and talk about the purpose of prequels. It is my goal to not talk about any of that, but to answer the question: Is this book any good?

Animal Man 10Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Animal Man #10
by Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh

Animal Man continues to be one of the best books that DC Comics puts out. Lemire is slowly weaving an intricate story full of great characters and steeped in a mythology that combines the classic ideas that Morrison introduced to Animal Man years ago, with new ones created by Lemire. The most interesting part of this book is that it’s not really a superhero book; it’s not even really a horror book. Even though it shares elements of both genres, it’s really a fantasy book about a family and the terrible danger they’ve been placed in. This book is unlike anything else on the shelves and is full of surprises, whether they are a new twist, a strange creature, or a moment of humor and warmth. Give this book a try; you’ll be glad you did.

grifter52 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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A Special Forces soldier-turned-con artist is caught up in the secrets of an alien invasion of Earth, forced to live the life of a criminal in order to fight against those infected by the extraterrestrials. His own brother believes him to be a terrorist, and his girlfriend believes he is insane and out of control. Cole Cash moves from city to city to find his answers the only way he can. Alone in the world and hesitant to trust anyone who comes into his life, he is not only a drifter, but a full-time Grifter.


 

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Vengador 2Vengador is a superhero tale of vengeance written by James Gilarte and featuring the art of Rowel Roque. Vengador follows the life of teen Eric Martin, who uses his alter ego (Vengador) to fight injustice in his city that is the result of a corrupt legal system. The second issue of Vengador might not be perfect, but Gilarte and Roque do stretch their creative wings, building on their story and giving Eric Martin his first taste of revenge.

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Frankenstein 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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Frankenstein's monster works for a top secret organization that investigates and eliminates supernatural threats to the world.

 

 

 

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TheAlmighties1CoverThe first issue of The Almighties is a hoot! Creators Sam Johnson and Mike Gagnon have crafted a clever and farcical look at an off-the-wall, Avengers-style superhero team dedicated to the wellbeing of the U.S. of A., who encounter everything from President Obama to a Robo-Hitler before the first issue is through! Eleonora Kortsarz, Pablo Zambrano, and D.C. White elevate the story with their artistic contributions, and the colors, which are far more important in comedy books than readers realize, of Gagnon, Gulliver Vianei, and Jennifer Scott really help make the book feel funny and entertaining.


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Batman AnnualFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Batman Annual #1
by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Jason Fabok

So, Scott Snyder’s Batman is one of the best new 52 books, but it’s tough because there are 9 issues to get caught up on, and they are always selling out. How is someone supposed to read this awesome book without knowing all of the continuity? If only DC would write a single-issue, stand-alone story, so that everyone, new readers and old, could enjoy the sweet delight of Scott Snyder’s Batman. Oh wait, what’s this? A Batman Annual? A single-issue, stand-alone story by Scott Snyder! Holy well-timed coincidences, Batman!  Yes, that’s right, folks. This Wednesday, run - don’t walk - to your comics shop, and pick up the Batman Annual for 38 pages of Batmania. Even better, this is a Mr. Freeze story, and this is one of the best Mr. Freeze stories since Paul Dini’s "Heart of Ice" in Batman: The Animated Series. This Freeze is cold, cruel, and super crazy.

 

Boba Fett Dead 2The adventures of the greatest intergalactic bounty hunter continue in Star Wars: Blood Ties - Boba Fett is Dead #2.  A discerning eye will notice that, since this story takes place shortly before A New Hope, it is quite obvious that Boba Fett is, indeed, not dead.  We were left with many questions after last issue—the greatest being how could he have survived a blaster shot to the head?  Thankfully, we get the answer in this issue; however, by the end we are still left with more questions.

 

Avatar V2 P2The Promise series picks up where Avatar: The Last Airbender left off, with Aang and his friends trying to create a lasting peace between the Fire Nation and the Earth Nation. At the same time the characters are growing up and trying to find their place in the world, now that their primary mission is over. The Promise series may not have the dire stakes of the original series, but it maintains the same mix of heart, character, drama, and lighthearted, childish antics.

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