Well, I finally got my hands on the 3rd issue of Richelle Mead and Grant Alter’s Storm Born series, and I just devoured it.  In this installment we follow freelance shaman Eugenie Markham, known also as Odile, into the dangerous Otherworld, as she attempts to find and rescue kidnapped Jasmine Delaney from the fairy-like beings called the Gentry.  To do this, Eugenie has to cross into the Otherworld with her own physical body, rather than doing it psychically.  This presents an extra danger for Markham, so she enlists the help of her fiends/enslaved and cursed souls who are forced to do what she says.  Volusian, a demon-looking soul who is “about as damned as a soul could be,” has a love-hate relationship with Eugenie, except without the love part.  He is enslaved to her and bound to protect her, but he makes no secret of his disdain.  We meet another soul, less a slave and more an indentured servant, named Nandi.  Nandi is a tormented soul cursed to roam the earth in endless suffering, but has agreed to serve Markham for three years in return for peace.  Finn is the final member of the entourage who is a fun, pixie-looking being with a big mouth, who mainly just hangs around because he thinks it’s fun.  And, together they head off into the Otherworld to find this missing girl.  

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

Red Lanterns #1 by Peter Milligan and pencilled by Ed Benes is another worthy edition to the DCnU and a great example of how to convey links to old continuity in a #1 issue which has the goal of snaring new readers. Red Lanterns #1 is also one of those rare comics that can appeal to more mature readers desiring quality storytelling while also maintaing enough action and violence to keep teenage attention spans in their appropriate moral decline! Nothing like a lead character with a mouthful of daggers to keep the kiddies in their seats!

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The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

For my second venture into the DCnU, I read Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1, written by Jeff Lemire and with art by Alberto Ponticelli.  Overall, I am happy to report that Frankenstein #1 was not an overwhelming disappointment like my experience with Swamp Thing #1; however, I feel that I may have been about 20 years too old to have fully enjoyed the issue.

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The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

I first heard about this comic about a year ago at Comic-Con when I picked up a DC sampler.  Demon Knights takes place in the dark ages, 400 years after the fall of Camelot. It is the story of a demon, Etrigan, captured by Merlin and imprisoned in a mortal body belonging to Jason of Norwich.  The two have a Jekyll-and-Hyde relationship, except, as far as I can tell, Jason controls the switches and usually calls for Etrigan before battles and things.  When he does call on the demon, his whole form changes to that of a giant, monstrous, yellow-skinned, red-eyed beast.  Despite his appearance, Etrigan is less a villain and more a roguish, anti-hero who cannot deny his nature.  It’s understandable; he is a demon.

Buffy is back in more ways than one! Yesterday marked the debut of the first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #1 (written by Andrew Chambliss, pencilled by Georges Jeanty, and inked by Dexter Vines) and a return to the relatable, character-driven Buffy fans expect. After the epic tone of Season 8, Joss and company promised to return to Buffy’s roots, focusing less on huge demonic battles and more on the personal relationships of the beloved characters. While not as strong as this month’s Angel & Faith #1, Buffy: Season 9 #1 still delivers on its promise to reintroduce us to our familiar Scoobies who’ve been gone too long!

 

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Despite Geoff Johns’ writing of a charisma-free Green Lantern two weeks ago in Justice League #1, he delivers a solid start this week for Green Lantern #1. While Green Lantern #1 won’t blow readers away or totally shake up the Green Lantern world, it’s a worthy addition to the DC reboot and contains some exciting twists.

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The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

Alright, so... another Wednesday, another cache of new DCnU comics.  Among others, look for those reviews later, I purchased Grifter, written by Nathan Edmonson and penciled by the uni-monikered Cafu.  A few spoilers to follow, but don’t worry, I won’t actually ruin anything that isn’t ruined by the cover.

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

Let me start out by saying, my only experience with the Storm Watchers (can I call them “Storm Watchers?”) is from reading The Authority.  If you’ve also read The Authority, you will know that these characters and their ship are AWESOME [Editor’s note: an industry term]!  Storm Watch is a super-team of “professional” heroes.  The “Mr. Pinks” in a world of “Mr. Whites,” and, as Jack Hawksmoor puts it, “You won’t catch [them] in a cape.”  The powers among the various team members are as various as they are unconventional. Barefoot in his black skinny tie and suit, Hawksmoor communicates with cities, and, honestly, it just gets harder to explain from there.  Though each teammate has a unique costume like their more well-known counterparts (Superman, Batman, Dr. Strange, etc.), Storm Watch reads more like a Science Fiction comic in the sense that the current sociopolitical world makes up about a third of the fight that these characters struggle against (the other two-thirds being, respectively, big, evil monsters and personal demons).      

The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.

 

DC’s new Detective Comics #1, written and penciled by Tony Salvador Daniel and inked by Ryan Winn, is amazing, and I say that with no reservations. This issue is a comic that grabs you from the first page, sinks its claws into you, and never lets go. Daniel has not just created a fantastic, epic, and moody Batman tale, but also a perfect example of what the DC reboot standard should be!

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The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.


DC rebooted their titles to entice new fans who may have been previously unfamiliar with their comic books, right?  

I read my first DCnU comic book, Swamp Thing #1, written by Scott Snyder and art by Yanick Paquette, with no knowledge of the Swamp Thing character or its previous story lines.  After reading the comic, I can confidently say that I still have no knowledge of who Swamp Thing is nor how it came to be.

 

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