Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

Favorite Book:  Cryptonomicon
Favorite MovieYoung Frankenstein
Favorite Absolutely Everything:  Monty Python

Once again, I was caught off guard by the latest issue in Matt Kindt’s excellent Mind MGMT. This series has played with the form and style that we have come to expect in our comics, and this latest issue does that in a brand new and surprising way. In the last couple of episodes, we have seen the group of (ambiguous) good guys walk into a serious trap. Now, the trap is sprung and the action plays out with deadly consequences. There is an unusual twist in this issue. Not a word is spoken, but every page is dense with thought bubbles.

In this issue of The Star Wars, Luke Skywalker and Annikin Starkiller lead a guerrilla strike against an Imperial base on the jungle planet Yavin. Their only allies are Owen Lars, a sympathetic anthropologist, and a small army of Wookiees. From there, preparations begin for this story’s final confrontation between the Jedi Bendu and the Knights of the Sith.

When an elite WWII Special Forces squad is tasked with stopping Nazi paranormal rites, you know that things are going to go wrong. The Black Devils are the best hunters and trackers the Allies could muster, and their main target is the secret occult organization at the heart of the Third Reich. Things go south when the Devils interrupt a ritual designed to open a gateway between worlds.

Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT has started digging down into some of the more unsavory aspects of running a top secret psychic spy agency. This issue shows the backstory of Big Jim, who looks like he is about eight feet tall. We get a glimpse of how he is recruited, trained, and modified by the Management. We also see his ultimate assignment to a circus and the strange little group of agents that drive the bulk of the story in this issue. We also get to see how bad things really look for Lyme, Duncan, Meru, and the rest of the team. (Spoiler: Super bad.)

One of the strangest books out there is ramping up, and it is still capital-w weird. In case you have missed out, The Star Wars is based on the original 1974 rough draft of Star Wars, when it was even crazier than the version that we all know and love. The Sith wear kabuki demon masks, the Jedi-Bendu are soldiers instead of monks, and Artoo Deeto talks. The comic features all the crazy ship battles you expect, the bizarre aliens, and, strangest of all, the characters that appear as totally different versions of themselves.

The second thing I’m going to say is that this issue is a pretty good jumping on point if you haven’t been reading the best comic around. The first thing I’m going to say is that you should pick up Mind MGMT #19. This is the best ongoing comic out there, if you ask me.

To give you a good idea of the quality of TIAoDMaPB, consider that the foreword to the first volume was by John “John Landis” Landis, and the foreword to the second volume is by George “Inventor of Modern Zombies” Romero. This shows the quality on display in this comic, as well as the people that the creators idolize. This comic is pretty light on horror and seriously heavy on the humor, but, mostly, it is smart and fun.

Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done something special. They have brought the classic samurai story, 47 Ronin, to life in a way that is accessible to westerners without sacrificing authenticity or cultural relevance.

A Love Letter to Parker

Love is in the air at Fanboy Comics!  In this magical month of romance and enchantment, the FBC Staff and Contributors decided to take a moment to stop and smell the roses.  In the week leading up to Valentine's Day, a few members of the Fanboy Comics crew will be sharing their very personal "Love Letters" with our readers, addressed to the ones that they adore the most.

You’re a sonofab---h, Parker.

You don’t give a damn about anybody and don’t ever leave well enough alone. You are the guy Lee Child and Tom Cruise wish Jack Reacher was. You make Rocky look like Rocky V. You are the toughest, meanest, and most relentless crook this side of anywhere.

If you like Indiana Jones, you should be reading Lobster Johnson. I’ll tell you why in a bit.

This collection contains three single-issue stories, one short, and one two-parter featuring the greatest crustacean-themed vigilante the world has ever seen. Lobster Johnson is a relentless crime fighter who always seems to find himself tangled up with the supernatural or Nazis. Or both. Yes, this reminds me of a famous archeologist, Hiram Bingham Indiana Jones. The similarities don’t end with Nazis and the occult. Like Bingham, Lobster Johnson’s roots lie in the adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. Also like Bingham, Lobster Johnson is cooler that a nuclear fridge.

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