COMICS: Top 5 Indie Comics of the Week 1/2

We wade through the waste so you don't have to. Check out the top indie books of the week, including the likes of THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, GODZILLA, FATHOM, and MORE!

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By UTFReviews - 1/2/2013
Welcome back to another jampacked week of indie comic reviews from Unleash The Fanboy. I hope everyone survived the holidays well enough (although the occasional food-related injuries seem unavoidable), because this new year is stacked with fanboy oddities that you won't want to miss. As always, we'll help you wade through the mess of releases so you can save some of that hard earned cashola. Check out what we thought of this weeks indie books:

If you have any recommendations of your own or would like a chance to review comics for UTF, send us a shout at editor@unleashthefanboy.com



Michael Turner's Fathom (vol.4) #8


Judith Banyanski was a promising graduate student but after some unwanted experimentation while in captivity she's become something more, and the world may very well live to regret it. Combined with a sentient power derived from the genetic material of the Blue she's begun a quest of vengeance to purge this underwater facility as our heroine, Aspen Matthews, strives to gain bearings in these chaotic times. For the full review, click here.

4.5/5






The Manhattan Projects #8



I want to say The Manhattan Projects #8 delivered one of my favorite lines so far this year, but that doesn't mean much at this point. Still, I think it will remain a contender for quite a while. If issue 8 is any indication, 2013 is going to be another stellar year for the MP, and I' m personally hoping the book sticks with this new, more direct approach.

For the full review, click here.

4.5/5





GODZILLA: Half Century War #4




It's been a long time hasn't it? The Half Century War is finally back with its very highly anticipated fourth issue. With just three installments it has firmly established itself as the fan favorite Godzilla comic. In the first issue we went back in time to see Godzilla first appear in 1954. With that out of the way, Issue #2 brought in Anguirus for a spectacular fight. Then in Issue #3, it was all out craziness as plenty of monsters appeared and destroyed pretty much everything. Now here, we have not one, not two, but three Godzillas. To the non-fan, that statement could be pretty confusing, but to longtime fans such as myself, it's pretty easy to decipher. Godzilla, SpaceGodzilla, and Mechagodzilla. A cool concept for sure, so how does this issue fare? Nothing short of exciting. For the full review, click here.

4.5/5




VAMPIRELLA STRIKES #1




Are you ready for a heart to heart with one of the good monsters?  If so then this intriguing rendition is certainly for you as our vengeful vampire takes the time to survey her actions and talk about her feelings with a person she just saved.  I realize that at face value that may seem rather odd but trust me the creative team makes it more than work in this first stellar issue.

For the full review, click here.

4.5/5




The Darkness #109



The hardest thing about reviewing this series is the presence of expectations.  Since this stellar creative team came on board they've done things with these characters that have continued to challenge both them and the world they inhabit while offering a superbly intricate yet engrossing romp. For the full review, click here.

4.5/5


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MrYurMomm - 1/3/2013, 1:43 AM
Godzilla caught my eye :3
GLprime2814 - 1/3/2013, 2:03 AM
Run gojira!!
longbowhunter - 1/3/2013, 2:26 AM
I read Manhattan Projects for awhile. Dropped it a couple issues back. Glad to hear its still rocking.
Oogie318 - 1/3/2013, 3:04 AM
These aren't really indie comics, just not Marvel or DC.
marvel72 - 1/3/2013, 3:47 AM
people should be reading "masks" from dynamite & "saga" from image,i believe "saga" will win a ton of top comic awards this year.
UTFReviews - 1/3/2013, 4:17 AM
@Oogie318

I understand what you're saying, but anything not "Big 2" is considered indie. Those two companies consume an insane amount of the market, and the rest of the guys are left with a small pittance between them

@marvel72

Those are really great titles. Highly regarded by the reviewers on the site. They released in weeks prior and were featured in our recommendation in a Top 5 list.

Masks was here

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/UNLEASHTHEFANBOY/news/?a=71570
StuckInPanels - 1/3/2013, 4:28 AM
I think they underused Space Godzilla. That to me should have been the this issue and the last one.
pepe - 1/3/2013, 4:57 AM
... Do I look like da mayor of Tokyo...?
marvel72 - 1/3/2013, 7:56 AM
@ nomis

you're the reason i got into it by posting that image a couple of months back,fingers crossed alex ross returns for another issue.

as for saga,well when i picked up the first couple of issues i couldn't put them down,not many comics have actually done that for me.

-claremont's uncanny x-men
-whedon's astonishing x-men
-dan abnett & andy lanning's guardians of the galaxy
-ed brubaker's daredevil
-hickman's fantastic four
-jeff lemire's animal man
-mark waid's flash
beane2099 - 1/3/2013, 10:48 AM
Half Century War is a great comic. I'll agree it's probably one of the best Godzilla comics ever done. It's far better than either of the ongoing series at IDW so far. Still wondering why IDW hasn't done a Godzilla/Transformers crossover yet. Maybe Toho won't let 'em. But c'mon, I can't be the only person who'd like to see that. The possibilities are endless: A Decepticon built MechaGodzilla; Godzilla versus Tripticon; Unicron with Ghidorah and Gigan as his heralds; Godzilla and the Dinobots, Predaking, Monstructor, Piranhacon, and Abominus versus Toho's finest; Omega Supreme fighting whoever; the Mothra Twins communicating to Optimus Prime via the Matrix. And have it all drawn by Matt Frank. That's my two cents.
Destroyer14 - 1/3/2013, 11:24 AM
@beane2099 TOHO doesn't want Godzilla in any type of crossover. They're very strict with how the Big G is handled.

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