Russ Pirozek, Fanbase Press Contributor

Russ Pirozek, Fanbase Press Contributor

It’s only been back for a few issues, but Sons of the Devil has returned once again, and the Brian Buccellatto/Toni Infante series brings another wrinkle into the life of our protagonist, Travis. In the last several issues, we’ve learned a lot about Travis, including his life growing up without a family. Of course, this all changed pretty recently, when Travis found out that he not only has a pretty large biological family, but one based in mystery, since his father is a well-known cult leader.

Sometimes, you take a flyer on a new book. It’s always a risk, because new series, especially ones that you’ve not only never heard of but one that has an unfamiliar creative team, are never certain to even be good, let alone good enough for a new reader to grasp on to. But, sometimes, that risk pays off. Every once in a while, a book comes out of nowhere and totally takes over your interests. This time, that book goes by the name Crytpocracy, and it’s something that totally took me by surprise.

There comes a point in a great series when there’s not much else to say about it, aside from how awesome it is. That’s the case here, as the fantastic Gail Simone / Jim Calafiore series continues on its psychotic path. With the deranged heroes now meeting up with the team sent in to stop them, it’s up to the Crimson Shadow and his sidekick, Mina, to put an end to it. Anyone reading this book knows that any good intentions don’t seem to go well, and that’s absolutely the case as not only does the mission for the planned rescue of Mister Valiant go a bit awry, but so does the exploratory mission of Ethan and Rainwater. The two of them, on a quest of their own, really end up with more than they bargained for, and it really takes the series to another level with its insanity.

Fight Club, the book and subsequent film, were staples of my youth and one of the cornerstones on which I based my current tastes in art. Both were masterpieces, one solely for its existence and overall awesomeness, and the other for taking something so strong and adding to its mythos is a unique and incredible way. I’ve loved the work of Chuck Palahniuk for years. I’ve read all of his books (most of them multiple times), seen the film adaptations, and marveled at his genius. My reverence for his work and my worship of the comics medium made the announcement of a sequel to Fight Club as a comic one of the greatest ideas I’ve ever heard. Now, having finished its run, the entire hardcover edition of Palahniuk’s first foray into comics exists for all to see.

The “Rising Action” arc of Wic/Div returns as Laura, reborn as the goddess Persephone, continues her war against the leader of the Pantheon, Ananke.  This war has raged through the entire group of gods, with many taking sides and others still not showing their true allegiances. 

Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal are at it again with another issue of the terrific series, Think Tank. Despite already being in some trouble, both with those inside DARPA and with his own moral code, David Loren is back to do what he does best: make it worse. His work has helped keep America safe, but it’s come with a price: his sanity. The implications of his actions have made him lash out a bit more than usual, and those around him have become his targets. 

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.

In this Fanbase Feature, Fanbase Press Contributor Russ Pirozek interviews comedian/actor Keedar Whittle (The Walking Dead) who is performing in his very first comedy special, Hear Me Out, on July 9th at the El Portal Theater in Hollywood, CA. Tickets are now available, and the event is sponsored by Cricket Wireless.

Everybody loves Cyclops, right? Yeah, probably not. He’s had a long history in comics as the X-Men’s field leader, loyal friend, and in recent years, militant mutant menace. His path has been one of the more interesting ones in comics, especially as of late.  Generally described as the bland, one-dimensional Boy Scout of the X-Men, Cyclops has been mostly defined by a few major events, each of which has caused major division between fans of the franchise: his ongoing feud with the very popular Wolverine; his incredibly complicated love affair with fellow mutant Jean Grey; and (spoilers for the 2012 comics event Avengers vs. X-Men) his murder of father figure Charles Xavier. The Wolverine/Jean/Cyclops love triangle is one of the few things that really carried over into the original X-Men film franchise, relegating Summers from the linchpin of the X-Men to someone who couldn't compete with Hugh Jackman.

Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal are back with another installment of Think Tank: Creative Destruction. With David Loren still working for DARPA and toeing the moral grey area between being a brilliant scientist and also a brilliant scientist who kills people (which is what he does), things get more and more complex as Loren gets put in charge of some majorly shady projects. When one sets off a chain of events that puts David’s entire purpose into question, David, his best friend Manish, and his girlfriend Mirra are going to have quite the time getting out of the political mess they’ve found themselves in.

The most recent issue of the Ed Brisson/Adam Gorham/Michael Garland series, The Violent, has arrived, and with it comes some bad news: This is nearly the conclusion of the series. In the backmatter of this issue, Brisson discussed the end of the series and its possible resurgence with crowdfunding, something that makes me both hopeful and very sad, as this is a series I have really enjoyed.

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