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.

Green-Lantern-Corps-v2-152 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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Throughout the universe, they are known as keepers of the peace, coming from a diverse background to guard against the darkness.  Their ability to overcome fear and hardship has given them their station in the universe, allowing for them to call upon their will for power and guidance.  From all walks of life, for better or worse, they are what stands between the innocents of the galaxies and the forces of evil.  They are the Green Lantern Corps.


 

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Supergirl 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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The last daughter of Krypton, Kara Zor-El, cousin to Superman, arrives on Earth with no memory of how she got there and a lot of people interested in possessing the powers of a Kryptonian.

 

 

 

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Chew 26Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Chew #26
by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Alright, so Chew is one of the greatest comics being made right now, and, lucky for you, this issue is the start of a new story arc, so you should totally go buy it. Chew is a lot of things; it’s a crime drama, an action adventure book, a weird science fiction story, and a hilarious comedy. John Layman does a great job of telling complete single issue stories every month, and building an incredible ongoing story full of mystery and intrigue. Not to mention Rob Guillory’s art is amazing. He creates this blend of humorous, cartoony characters and really deep, detailed images, so that every panel catches your eye. One of my favorite things to do is to re-read an issue of Chew just to search for all of the jokes and visual cues they stick in the panels. Chew is collected into 5 trade paperbacks that collect the first 25 issues, so after you read this issue and fall in love you can go pick up the rest, and read the whole story. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.

 

Ragemoor 3Ragemoor #3 is the penultimate issue of the Dark Horse mini-series, continuing the dark and twisted story of the living castle and its unfortunate inhabitants. Compared to the last issue, this one feels less impactful and revelatory, serving mostly to position all of the players for what is sure to be an unsettling climax next month. Still, despite the slow burn, it is a satisfying read, littered with cryptic bread crumbs that continue to flesh out the details of Jan Strnad’s gothic tale.

 

SW Darth VaderWhen it comes to Star Wars comics, it's kind of a mixed bag. I went into Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison with a little skepticism. I mean, with a title like that and a cover reminiscent of an old, cheesy horror movie with the tag line "Welcome to Coruscant-- A Good Place TO DIE!" one must be cautious. The only thing missing was Vader Force choking the Bride of Frankenstein, which would have been fantastic.

All that said, I'm glad I put all those doubts aside, because this was an interesting read.

 

Wonder Woman cheesecakeThis isn’t new or even surprising, but people—specifically women in this instance—tend to be sexualized and exploited for marketing purposes that just do not make sense to me.  I’ve never claimed to be the stereotypical “guy” and don’t enjoy a lot of things have been described as “manly,” and so I just do not understand why women are exploited as eye candy for various products and services.  A woman scantily clad in a bikini is not going to make me enjoy Mountain Dew any more than I already do.  But, the thing that really annoys me—and impacts me personally—is the portrayal of women within geek culture, and especially within comics.


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