Jason Enright, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Jason Enright, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

 

Favorite Superhero: Cyclops
Favorite Animal: Anklyosaurus
Favorite Game: Pathfinder RPG

 

AvengersVsXMenSo, Marvel’s big summer event for 2012 starts here with Avengers Vs. X-Men #1. Marvel brings together their top 5 writers and some of their best artists to pit their two bestselling franchises against each other. There has been plenty of debate about Marvel having too many events and how we just finished Fear Itself four months ago and now we are already starting the next event, but Marvel assures that this is the right time for this event, and that they have been building to these events for years.



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Avengers 24.1Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

 

Avengers 24.1
by Brian Michael Bendis, Brandon Peterson, and Sonia Oback

This is a big week for Marvel with their big Avengers VS. X-Men event starting with its 0 issue, but, in all the excitement, don’t miss this awesome Avengers one shot. This issue deals with the emotional return of the Avengers' robot teammate, the Vision. I always love the Vision, because he seems to be the most emotional member of the team, and he’s not even a real person, he’s a robot. Yet, in this issue we see him deal with anger, depression, hatred, shock, and forgiveness. Bendis writes some great moments for the Vision in this book, and he really portrays Iron Man, Captain America, and She-Hulk well. He only fell flat with his portrayal of Magneto, who comes off like the villain he was a few years ago, not the repentant, older, and calmer man we often see in the X books. Brandon Peterson’s art is somewhat inconsistent, too. His style works great for the costumed characters, he seems to do very well when a character’s features are partially obscured, but his scenes with Magneto and Tony Stark make Tony look too old and Magneto just looks silly. Even despite a few flaws, this book tells a wonderfully small story of the Vision trying to deal with the emotional fallout of his own death and rebirth, and serves as a nice lead in to the big event books coming our way.

 

Axe Cop 3Axe Cop Volume 3 continues the amazing adventures of Axe Cop, the creation of 6-year-old Malachai Nicolle. Yes, that's right, this is a comic series created by a 6 year old. It's a wonderful story, actually. Twenty-something-year-old illustrator Ethan Nicolle goes home for the holidays and while playing with his little brother, he decides to start drawing their adventures. Over time, his little brother has developed a whole story about a cop who fights with an axe.  Ethan decides to start drawing these little games out and turning them into a web comic, thus Axe Cop is born, and becomes a huge internet hit.  Now, a few years later, we have 3 volumes of Axe Cop collected in trade paperback.



Spiderman 682Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Amazing Spider-Man #682
by Dan Slott, Stefano Caselli, and Frank Martin, Jr.


Dan Slott did something really unique with the Spider-Man franchise last year; he made Peter Parker grow up, get a job, and start being responsible. This may seem silly, since we know Spider-Man’s motto is “With great power comes great responsibility”, but the deal with Spidey has always been that while he’s very responsible and does the right thing, this often comes at the expense of Peter Parker. In Dan Slott’s "Big Time" storyline, Peter decided that maybe if he became a better man, then he could also be a better Spider-Man. He would utilize Spider-Man’s scientific breakthroughs designed to defeat super villains, and turn them into commercial products that Peter Parker could use to better the world and make some money for himself. Spider-Man and Peter Parker have both been doing very well, and even made a promise to never let anyone die on their watch again. Enter Spider-Man’s nemesis Doctor Octopus and an alliance of various villains with a vile plan that puts the whole world at risk. Looks like while Spider-Man has been stepping up his game, so have the Sinister Six. This is the awesome set up to this spring’s big event “The Ends of the Earth.” Dan Slott teams with regular series artist Stefano Caselli for an action-packed, world-spanning adventure filled with super science, heroic team ups, and dastardly villains. If you are totally new to Spider-Man, or an old fan, you will not want to miss this awesome issue that serves as a great jumping on point.

 

 

Star Wars Clone Wars TEWStar Wars: The Clone Wars: The Enemy Within
by Jeremy Barlow, Illustrated by Brian Koschak


Clone Wars
stories are always the most interesting when they focus on the clones, and The Enemy Within is no exception. In this graphic novel, we meet clone trooper 7719 or, as he hates to be called, Banks, as he undertakes his first real mission leading a squad of troops to disable a droid command center. What's the phrase? The best laid plans of clones and Jedi often go awry? Well, that is certainly true, as what should be a simple sabotage mission goes horribly wrong, and Banks finds himself in the fight of his life. 



 

Reed Gunther 9As I've written before in my Trade Paperback review, Reed Gunther is a masterfully crafted All Ages book by the Houghton brothers. Shane and Chris spin the delightful tale of Reed, a lovable cowboy who tries really hard but just isn't that awesome at what he does, Sterling, a cute and loyal bear who serves as Reed's trusty steed and best friend, and Starla, a tough-as-nails, no nonsense cattle rancher. Together, they have set out to help solve people's problems and be heroes. 



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Saga 1Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 


Saga #1
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Well, folks, Brian K. Vaughan has done it again. Saga is awesome. This book has wonderfully thought out characters, an emotionally charged plot, and is really funny. Fiona Staples' art is amazing. She uses simple, elegant character designs, and packs the book with a wide range of emotions that always ring true. Her characters are incredibly expressive, and her pacing is wonderful. I don’t want to say anything about the plot, because it just needs to be experienced. What stands out most about Saga though is that BKV doesn’t pull any punches. He is creating a strange sci-fi world with fantasy magic where weird demon creatures cavort with strange robot princes, and it all works. Somehow, through the use of his clever dialogue and smart plotting, he just makes it all fit together. Do not miss this book; we’re going to be talking about it for years to come.

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

 

Fairest #1
by Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez, and Andy Lanning

Fairest, Willingham’s newest spinoff to Fables, is a fun, lighthearted read with lots of action and quick pace. The only issue here is that this is supposed to be the story of the women of Fables, and they don’t really show up much in this book. That, however, doesn’t make it a bad book. Willingham does a good job introducing his characters, and fitting them nicely into the overall Fables story without relying on previous knowledge of Fables. If you’ve read Fables, you’ll like this book, too. If you haven’t you will not be confused. Jimenez and his team do a great job with the art, and even his most fantastic character, a little imp, looks like a natural part of the world they are creating. Here’s hoping that in future issues, we get more of the Fairest that they promised us. 



Flash I6Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

Flash #6
by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

The second arc of the Flash starts here as Buccellato and Manapul reintroduce Captain Cold, one of Flash’s oldest enemies who gets a new 52 update…and he’s deadlier than ever. I have to admit, I never used to be a Flash fan. I figured he was a dude who ran fast, and his bad guys always seemed dorky. Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul have proven me wrong with every issue of this book, and, nowadays, Flash is one of the books I’m most excited to read each week. The Flash possesses an amazing super power: he can tap into the speed force and run faster, punch faster, and even think faster, but the writers have introduced a very interesting limitation for the Flash. The use of his powers could possibly be ripping time and space apart at the seams. Before Flash can even figure out what to do about this problem, his old nemesis Captain Cold returns with a vengeance. The most interesting thing about this series is that both creators serve as artists and writers in this book. No other creative team has ever had such amazing synergy between the art and the story. Every image in Flash is full of vibrant color and a sense of movement, and the layouts are beautiful and always unique. If you missed the first five issues, this is a great jumping on point, so go pick it up because obviously it’s going to go very fast.

Daredevil 9 CoverFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.


Daredevil Issue 9
by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera

Daredevil continues to be the best book that Marvel puts out each month. Waid continues to knock it out of the park with this issue, as Matt Murdock investigates the theft of his father’s casket. The inker Joe Rivera and colorist Javier Rodriguez really get to shine as they take Daredevil on a trip underground with beautiful dark panels where the red of his costume is the brightest color in the frame. The coolest part of this series is how the art team lets you “see” the world as Daredevil does with his radar sense. They even turn this around in this issue as Daredevil’s senses get clouded, and the reader starts to see things that Daredevil himself is now blind to. Throughout the story, Waid continues to build momentum toward the upcoming crossover with Punisher and Spider-man, but he never sacrifices the core story of the issue. This is a great time to pick up this award-winning series, and, as an added bonus, the graphic novel of the first arc has just been released, if you want to get caught up.

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