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Star Trek Manifest Destiny is Coming — buy’ ngop!

Star Trek Manifest Destiny #1 Subscription Variant at TFAW.comThe crew of the Enterprise is about to embark on their five-year mission to explore the unknown, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until July for follow their exploits! IDW Publishing has been publishing stellar Star Trek comics for years, and the upcoming four-issue Star Trek Manifest Destiny looks amazing.

We had the chance to chat with series writers Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, artist Angel Hernandez, and the book’s editor, Sarah Gaydos, about their favorite Star Trek memories, where the idea for Star Trek Manifest Destiny came from, and what kind of action we can expect from the series. Read on!

TFAW: How did the idea of Star Trek: Manifest Destiny come about?

Mike Johnson: We aren’t doing a movie prequel this year, but we wanted to do another event-worthy series to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek. What could be more event-y than a showdown with the Klingons? And this time both sides are out where no one — human OR Klingon — has been before.

Ryan Parrott: The Klingons are seminal but we really haven’t gotten to see a lot of interactions between them and our crew in this particular reality. Since the comics have always been great for filling in the cracks or expanding on moments, it just seemed like there was an appetite for a story that could help justify all the upcoming bad blood.

Star Trek Manifest DestinyTFAW: Can you give us a behind the scenes tour on how you two worked together to write the story?

RP: Our stories always begin differently — one of us has an image we want to see or an idea we want to explore. This one started with — who’s the Klingon “Captain Kirk?” What does their “Enterprise” look like? How does the Empire explore? So we did some research into the Vikings and Mongols, just to establish a base — which helped flesh out our characters — then Mike and I start throwing the story back and forth until we’re both happy . . . or one of us just gives in.

TFAW: None of you is a stranger to the world of Star Trek comics, how does this story relate to or build upon your previous work in the Star Trek universe?

Angel Hernandez: My first contact drawing Star Trek comics was the Star Trek Green Lantern crossover. I felt very comfortable with the universe of that project. I had been drawing several series of superheroes at DC Comics and it was an exciting change. I really wanted to continue working in this universe and this project has given me the opportunity to keep doing it, and I love it.

MJ: We’ve shown the Federation and the Klingons mixing it up before, but this story raises the stakes because both sides are on their own, far from any reinforcements. The Klingon ship is a match for the Enterprise in size and power. This is probably the most intense battle we’ve shown in the comics yet, and the most personal.

RP: Up to this point, I’ve only ever done stories set at Starfleet Academy — so the opportunity to write the real crew on the five-year mission was a dream come true . . . and I finally got to cross “Scotty” off the bucket list.

Star Trek Manifest Destiny #2TFAW: I really dug Angel Hernandez’s art on Star Trek Green Lantern. Can you talk about your collaboration with him on Manifest Destiny?

MJ: I was lucky enough to work with Angel on Trek/Lantern and I quickly learned that he can draw anything a writer can dream up. We’re excited he’s on board for this event, and he’s already producing pages that make our jaws drop.

TFAW: What can you tell us about the new villain, Shotok?

RP: There are some great villains in the original series, but outside of Khan, they’re mostly races — Klingons, Romulans, etc. So our goal was to try and create a worthy adversary for Kirk — someone personal, who thinks and acts like he does. Shotok is an outsider who doesn’t conform to the traditional Klingon code of honor. And because of that, he’s dangerous, unpredictable, and a bit of a wildcard when he first encounters the Enterprise.

TFAW: How much research did you have to do for this story so you felt comfortable that you’d have a viable story set in the canonical Star Trek universe?

MJ: We really want the book to feel like a big summer action movie, so it’s not so much research but we’ve been thinking in terms of what cool epic scenes we want to see, how we want to pace it in a way you don’t always see in comics, things like that.

RP: Like I mentioned before, when we knew we wanted to see how Klingons explore, it was pretty obvious they wouldn’t do it the same way the Federation does. So we looked at examples in real history, aspects from all the different series and even stuff from expanded Klingon mythology — like “The Klingon Art of War.” Then based off all of that — we built the version that made the most sense to us.

TFAW: IDW is also producing Klingon Language Editions for the series? Who came up with that idea, and how can we thank them?

Sarah Gaydos: I can’t claim that we’re the first one to translate a Trek comic into Klingon (see: IDW’s Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell, and more!) but we just could not resist. We really want to highlight how badass the Klingons are, but also how incredibly deep their culture is — to the point where they have this fully fleshed out language. We’re working with several great folks from the Klingon Language Institute to make this possible!

TFAW: What kind of creative freedom did you have on this book, Angel?

AH: I have had total creative freedom. I had worked with Mike before, therefore I already knew where the lines were, but I have always understood very well what I wanted to convey in every page of script and within those parameters I have been able to move with absolute freedom. To agree with the rest of the team about the visual issues allows you to work more comfortably on the other aspects of the project.

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TFAW: What influences did you draw upon for character designs in this series?

AH: Visually, I followed the parameters of the new films (J.J. Abrams) but I have referred to the classic saga in order to capture the essence of some species. And I don’t want to tell more to avoid spoilers.

TFAW: Was there a panel or page that was particularly challenging to draw?

AH: There is not any particular panel that has been more difficult than another, but in this comic there are many action scenes involving a large number of characters. Ensuring that it does not become a mess and that the reader can follow the sequence correctly is always a challenge for an artist. And this comic includes many of those challenges.

TFAW: Artists often sneak Easter Eggs into their work, whether it’s a wink to the fans, or including likenesses of friends/family as background characters. Can you clue us in on any you included?

AH: I do not normally include personal references in the comics I draw, but in this case I have included some environments that surround me, especially in the landscapes that can be seen in some scenes. I come from a volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (Canary Islands) and many Hollywood productions come to shoot here. It was logical that I successfully exploited those spaces to include them in the comics I draw and the places visited by the crew of the Enterprise often match with places that I can really visit.

Star Trek Manifest Destiny #2 Variant Cover by J.K. WoodwardTFAW: What is your favorite Star Trek memory?

AH: There are many special moments in the saga as for example, Spock’s death or the destruction of the Enterprise. I also find memorable the death of Spock’s mother and everything that happens around that. I think it is very emotional and, at the same time, a very spectacular moment. But, certainly, the encounter with the Klingons in the film of 2013, the whole scene is a moment that I love.

MJ: My favorite memory is playing with the big Original Series Mego figures when I was a kid. Real cloth uniforms! Giant blue phasers!

RP: For me, it will always be, “There Are Four Lights!” The majority of Star Trek episodes end at the exact same place they started — with everything pretty much back to normal. But that story — what Picard went through and his mental state at the end — it felt like it had resonance. It was such a strong performance (by both Patrick Stewart and David Warner), I just knew I’d never forget it.

TFAW: Who is your favorite Captain?

AH: Chris Pine. For professional reasons I have developed a very close link with him, he is almost like a coworker.

MJ: Can’t lie: Picard.

RP: Picard, 100% — but Pine’s slowly creeping up the ladder.

TFAW: What comics are you reading right now?

AH: Lately I do not have much time to read, but as soon as I have a moment, I’ll start with Saga and Fables. And I have accumulated Blacksad, Magneto, O’Boys, Hellboy on the shelf because I do not have time to read everything I would like, and that it is a lot.

MJ: I just read the new Asterix book. My favorite series growing up, and it’s still going strong.

RP: I can’t get enough East of West and Casanova.

We want to thank Michael, Ryan, Angel, and Sarah for an excellent interview! Make sure to order your copies of Star Trek Manifest Destiny, including the Klingon Language version, today!

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*buy’ ngop means “that’s great news” in Klingon, literally translated as “the plates are full.” Gotta love the Klingon Language Institute!

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New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Ms Marvel, Harrow County, The Flash & Jonesy

From new series to longtime and recent favorites, this week had a strong crop of new comics. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the fifth of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.

 	
Harrow County comics at TFAW.com Harrow County #9
By: Cullen Bunn, Carla Speed McNeil, Tyler Crook

This issue of Harrow County sees Eisner-winning creator Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy) join the team for an issue that takes a pause from our story thus far to focus on one of my favorite characters, the Skinless Boy.

You can see Bunn’s pacing himself in this issue, letting the story slowly unfold to reveal yet another piece of the puzzle. Even if you haven’t been following the series thus far, I recommend that you check out this issue–you won’t be disappointed. As far as art, I think Carla Speed McNeil was an inspired choice for this issue.

While different from series artist Tyler Crook’s art, McNeil’s work is haunting in her own right. You can tell she’s been a fan of the series from the get-go, because it’s clear a lot of love went into each and every panel. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

The Flash #48 comic book review at TFAW.com

The Flash #48
By: Robert Venditti, Jesus Merino, Ivan Reis

Barry Allen is brought in to a task force assembled by the Central City Police Department to bring in the Flash! As if that weren’t bad enough, the other members of the task force include the Rogues: Golden Glider, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Trickster, and of course, Captain Cold.

It’s going to be a hard time escaping the team that includes the alter-ego of the Fastest Man Alive. Luckily he is in a position to sabotage the efforts of his would-be captors. He’s going to need to think quickly on his feet, which wouldn’t normally seem like much of an issue for the Flash, if only he could keep traction to stay one step (or thousands) ahead. They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but the creative team has been electrifying with this arc of The Flash. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

Jonesy #1 review at TFAW.com

Jonesy #1
By: Sam Humphries, Caitlin Rose Boyle

Jonesy seems like a typical teenage girl: She’s cute, lovable and we can all relate with her everyday struggles in high school. However, there is one little thing makes Jonesy unique from all the others . . . she’s got a wacky super power and a pet ferret!

While dealing with the biggest event for high school, the dreaded Valentine’s Day grams, Jonesy starts to show her super-secret superpower throughout the school day. People start to catch on but she doesn’t care! She is taking charge and taking no nonsense from anybody in this issue but soon ends up finding her sole purpose is to teach her high school a lesson.

I love how relatable and funny this issue is and it makes you wonder, what is she going to do? What’s her superpower? Well, Jumpin Jehosaphat! Better get to reading issue Jonesy #1! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

Ms. Marvel #4 comic book review at TFAW.com

Ms Marvel #4
By: G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, Cliff Chiang

Life can be tough for a teenager: you have school work to get done on time, friends to keep up with, family to keep happy — and then there’s always being an Avenger. That seems to cut into all of the other time. In this issue of Ms. Marvel, Kamala has to find a way to balance her home life, school life, and trying to earn confidence from Captain America and Iron Man. No problem at all, right? Especially with some help from her friend Bruno and something he’s been working on in the science lab.

Yet again, G. Willow Wilson continues to put her amazing and unique spin on an original character, and Nico Leon’s art adds incredible depth to the world of Ms. Marvel and everyone in it. You also read more of Ms. Marvel’s adventures in All-New All-Different Avengers, on shelves now. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below! Be sure to share these posts on Facebook or Twitter if you want us to continue this series of posts. :)


New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Deadpool, Paper Girls, Detective Comics & Spider-Man

There are a lot of heroics in this week’s reviews, but also a bit of mystery. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the fourth of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.

 	
Paper Girls comics at TFAW.com Paper Girls #5
By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang

This issue of Paper Girls is packed with a ton of story that will help to form the next issues and story arcs to come.

So many questions are answered as we finally find out who Erin’s mysterious teenage saviors are. Are they friends or foes? Will they help Erin back to her fellow paper girls? Who is the mysterious leader behind the adults hunting the younger generation, and why would they go to all these extremes to catch these kids?

As always, Brian K. Vaughan does it again with an amazing story out of left field that keeps us on the edge of our seats, and the amazing Cliff Chiang knocks it out of the park with his unique art and visual storytelling. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Spider-Man #1 by Bendis & Pichelli comic book review at TFAW.com

Spider-Man #1
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli

I believe in Miles Morales!

After facing reality bending events, Miles has to adjust to a whole new world as he joins the 616 Marvel Universe continuity after proving himself in the Ultimate Marvel Universe.

The balance of school, social life, and superheroics proves difficult for our hero, as it did for underdog Peter Parker, but Miles has come in to the main Marvel universe swinging!

The art is top notch, and the foundation for a long game story is being set out from the start. While not a great jumping-on point for those with no experience with the character, it is a solid introduction. Plus it gives ample reasoning for going back to check out Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and the Spider-Men crossover event to witness the great hero that is Miles Morales. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

Deadpool Mercs for the Money #1 review at TFAW.com

Deadpool Mercs for the Money #1
By: Cullen Bunn, Salva Espin

From the writer of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and the artist that gave us Mrs. Deadpool, comes an absolutely wacky filled first issue of Deadpool and the Mercs for Money!

Deadpool has rounded up a group of the finest misfits to do what he loves and does best: Cracking one-liners while kicking butt and getting paid for it! He leads this misfit group on a simple mission: retain this mysterious box from a research facility and give it to the people that paid them. However, if anyone knows anything about this Merc with the Mouth, it’s that nothing ever seems to go his way exactly. The Mercs with the Money’s curiosity peaks and they just have to see what is in the crate they are transporting.

What is it??? What makes this so important??? Well, you will be just as shocked as I was. Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin definitely are headed in the right direction with this Deadpool series. I rate it 10/10 chimichangas! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

Detective Comics #49 comic book review at TFAW.com

Detective Comics #49
By: Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Chris Sotomayor, Wes Abbott

We’ve always known Bruce Wayne as Batman, but the recent events we’ve seen in Batman and Detective Comics thrust Jim Gordon into the cape and cowl. Tomasi is striking gold here in a story that puts the new Batman squarely in an existential crisis. Jim’s always worked inside the confines of the law, but when a cold-case from his past comes calling, he begins to question his beliefs and ideals in conjunction with the liberties that come along with the suit.

Pasarin’s makes great use of space in this issue, and the city really stars as another character in what could otherwise easily turn into a “kick-punch” book full of non-stop action. I’m also really enamored by Chris Sotomayor’s colors on this issue. I think you’ll dig it. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!


Spider-Man Subscription Contest Winners Announced

Spider-Man #1 at TFAWWith the new Spider-Man series launching tomorrow, it’s time to announce the winners of our Spider-Man Subscription Contest!

  • Ryan B. from Knoxville, TN
  • Ash H. from Irmo, SC
  • Joshua D. from Columbia, SC
  • Steve S. from Sausalito, CA
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Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered our contest!

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January’s Product Review Contest Winners Announced

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Blacksad Amarillo review at TFAW.comEvery month, our customers submit hundreds of product reviews that help others determine how great (or not-so-hot) certain comics, graphic novels, and other collectibles are. We took a look at the reviews that were submitted in January and are awarding $25 gift certificates as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. The winners who submitted product reviews in December are:

Joe from Atlanta, GA wrote a quick 5-star review for the Blacksad: Amarillo HC:

Jaunjo’s art alone makes everything Blacksad a must-have. This story is less fulfilling than previous Blacksad outings, but still a good, quick read – assuming you’re not pouring over every inch of the art with a fine toothed comb.

We agree with Joe. We’re kind of jealous of those of you who haven’t discovered Blacksad yet. That means you get to read these incredible books for the first time! Savor every panel, folks.

Spider-Gwen review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Kaitlin from Tucson, AZ who has written several product reviews. Here’s what she had to say about Spider-Gwen #2 by Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez:

My girl Gwen Stacy–whom I love–in her own series. The art is great and this issue introduces Sam Wilson as Captain America and everything is beautiful.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns comic book review at TFAW.comLast but not least, Rich from Myerstown, PA offered up his thoughts on the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns TPB:

After hearing so many people rant and rave about this, and with the Dark Knight III coming out, I had to finally pick this up and give it a read. The book is around 200 pages.

I call it a book, because in today’s era, it does not read like a comic book. It’s very slow and drawn out. Now, I have not yet finished reading the entire “book” but I’m around 60-pages in (in Book Two) and had to stop and give my opinion. This is very outdated. It’s drawn out, long, and could really be consolidated a lot. Perhaps that’s why a lot of people love it, it’s a classic.

It’s written in a very old-fashion. The entire “news” sections with the reporters and doctors and Gordon and everyone going back and forth is utterly annoying and half the time, not necessary. I find this to be not what I was hoping for.

However, I’m still going to push through it just so I can finally read it, but I’m someone who would not recommend this to anyone that is first getting into comics, enjoys a lot of action, or someone that gets bored easily. Instead, pick up Court of Owls or something more recent.

Honorable mentions from December’s Product Reviews at TFAW:

Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

Questions? Comments? Let us know below!


New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Spider-Woman, Hellboy Winter Special & Old Man Logan

I’ve been looking forward to this week awhile now. With the Hellboy Winter Special and Old Man Logan #1 dropping this week, we’ve had some pretty good reading at the TFAW offices and comic book shops. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the third of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.

 	
Old Man Logan comics at TFAW.com Old Man Logan #1
By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino

The best description for Old Man Logan is if Marvel had a baby with Sin City. This story takes place right after the end of Marvel’s Secret Wars. With Jeff Lemire’s writing going hand in hand with Andrea Sorrentino’s art, you can definitely tell the dark tone this story gives off.

Going through issue #1, you have just as many questions as Logan. What is happening? How is this happening? Where am I? Why did this happen?! Don’t worry true believers, your questions will be answered…on the last page. Old Man Logan is back and has found his one sole purpose in this Universe. Is it revenge? Is it Justice?! You’ll just have to read to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

Hellboy Winter Special comic book review at TFAW.com

Hellboy Winter Special
By: Mike Mignola, Tim Sale, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie, Chelsea Cain, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Walsh, Dean Rankine, Dave Stewart

I’ve been looking forward to the Hellboy Winter Special for some time now, and I’m happy to say that it does not disappoint. Tim Sale, folks. The living legend contributes the first of the four Mignolaverse vignettes contained in this issue. I fall in love with his art all over again all in a span of eight pages in Broken Vessels. Chris Roberson’s first ever Hellboy story, Wandering Souls, was incredible. I was captivated and am excited to see where he takes us in the months and years to come.

Chelsea Cain & Michael Avon Oeming’s Mood Swings was a charming HB romp. Focusing on a young Liz Sherman and a bout of teenage attitude, this story put a huge grin on my face. Rounding out the issue was Dean Rankine’s fun Lobster Johnson short, Kung Pao Lobster. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

Spider-Woman #3 review at TFAW.com

Spider-Woman #3
By: Dennis Hopeless, Javier Rodríguez

Spider-Woman isn’t your the typical superhero book since it features a very pregnant lead. The eight-month jump in time post-Secret Wars allows Hopeless to skip over the how’s and why’s of Jessica’s pregnancy. It creates a realistic sense of danger and drama for the characters but there’s a good bit of humor in the moms-to-be versus a horde of Skrulls.

The art is the clincher for why I’ll come back. I loved Rodríguez’s stuff when he was on Daredevil, but he’s raised his game to another level. The splash pages depicting Spider Woman’s route through the space hospital are fantastic and brought to mind the trippy epicness of Jim Steranko with a definite splash of Kirby. The Kirby influence is especially strong on his depictions of the Skrulls.

A great combo of art and story, drama and humor, with guest stars and on-point characterization, this book has me sold on coming back for more. [Dustin M. at Universal TFAW]

Cry Havoc comic book review at TFAW.com

Cry Havoc #1
By: Simon Spurrier, Ryan Kelly

Cry Havoc had me sold at “lesbian werewolves” and thankfully the contents didn’t disappoint. The moment I opened the comic I was blown away by the art and had a vast appreciation for the change in art direction throughout the comic. The changes really bring you into the moment and make for a very immersive world. One moment I feel like I’m reading Jem and the Holograms with heavy saturation and bold color choices before being transported into the world of The Walking Dead with a muted color palate to accompany the somber mood of the scene.

This first issue is all about getting our story set up and developing our world. The refreshing and unique take on the supernatural is something I cannot wait to dive further into. It’s all well and good for every werewolf story to have common themes but I have a feeling these werewolves will be unlike anything we’ve seen in mainstream media. This comic has easily left an impression on me and I look forward to seeing this world and its characters develop further. [Megan W. at Universal TFAW]

What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!


New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Poison Ivy, Star Wars Lando & Adventure Time Ice King

This was a good week for comics fans. Not only did the big two ship some good books, but the smaller and indy publishers produced strong issues. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the second of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

SPOILER ALERT — We’ll try to be as spoiler free as possible, but they might creep in to our reviews.

Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death comic book review at TFAW.com

Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death #1
By: Amy Chu, Clay Mann

You know, I’ve always wondered what Dr. Pamela Isley would do if she were good for a moment. Cure some diseases, create new genetic advances, you know normal science-y stuff. It looks like that’s exactly what she starts off doing in DC’s newest limited series Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death.

Amy Chu does a great job setting up this series, you get a clear idea of what’s been going on before this starts, and you don’t really need much more than that, and I really like that. What starts off as a run of the mill discovery for Ivy, turns into what we normally think we’d see her doing with an old friend, and ends up turning her world sideways by morning. It’s an interesting start to this 6 part series.

It will be interesting to see where this takes Ivy. I hope that we see some more cameos. Especially from someone else in touch with “The Green” that has a limited series themselves. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Star Wars Lando TPB review at TFAW.com

Star Wars Lando TPB
By: Charles Soule, Alex Maleev

Star Wars fans are in for a real treat as the Star Wars Lando TPB hit this week. Collecting the 5-issue run, this book is one of my favorite SW tales of the last couple years.

Soule and Maleev waste no time in getting Lando into trouble in this book — Lando and Lobot owe a lot of credits to some bad people, and their aim is to dig themselves out of this hole. Lando’s a con-man, a scoundrel, and a ladies man, and Soule’s grasp for the character shines through on every page. One of my favorite aspects of this book is in the small moments between the action (and there’s plenty); the banter between Lando and Lobot is crazy good.

As always, Maleev knocks us away with his art. Getting to see more of the SW universe through his eyes is an extraordinary gift that you shouldn’t pass up. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

 	
Adventure Time Ice King comics at TFAW.com
Adventure Time Ice King #1

By: Emily Partridge, Pranas Naujokaitis, Natalie Andrewson

Get ready for the brand-new Adventure Time Ice King miniseries based on the amazing ongoing Adventure Time comic from Kaboom! In this fun and exciting first issue, the Ice King is in a state of panic. Nothing can calm him — not his tubs and skins, nor his love for the art of the fridjitzu (the art of ice ninjas). He can’t even escape into his fanfiction omnibus of the Adventures of Fionna and Cake, because dun dun duuuuuuun! Gunter is missing!

The Ice King looks everywhere he can think of but turns up empty handed. Finally he goes to Wizard City to seek help from some of his fellow wizard friends and get back his Gunty-kins. Who has taken Simon’s little friend, and who will help him in the quest to find him and bring him back home? Don’t miss this six-issue series. Pranas Naujokaitis, Emily Partirdge, and Natalie Andrewson help to bring the Ice King and his subjects to life in his first series of his very own! [Steven M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!


Comic Book Fans Crown the Best Comic of 2015

Vote Now For The Best Comics of 2015
Over the last few weeks, we highlighted some of the best selling, most talked about series of the year for our Best Comics of 2015 posts. During a week-long voting period, fans got to weigh in and choose their favorite and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

Archie vs. Predator Wins as Best Comic of 2015 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics at TFAW.com

Congratulations to Alex de Campi, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jason Millet, John Workman and the rest of the team who put in long hours to bring us such a fun series to read.

Thank you to everyone who voted, we couldn’t have crowned the winner without you!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the Archie Vs. Predator HC yet, or picked up the individual issues and are looking for a really great collection to add to your book shelf, we’ve got you covered!

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New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Power Rangers, Secret Wars & Plants Vs. Zombies

Dozens of great new books hit the shelves each week, and it’s virtually impossible to read all of them. We’ve combed through this week’s new releases and picked some books that should be on your radar. This is the first of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

SPOILER ALERT — We’ll try to be as spoiler free as possible, but they might creep in to our reviews.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics at TFAW.com

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0
By: Kyle Higgins, Hendry Prasetya

It’s Morphin’ Time! BOOM! Studios just kicked off the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series with one hell of an issue #0.

The series stars the original Rangers from the ’90s television series and picks up just after the “Green with Evil” story arc. While the tone and look of the book has been modernized a bit, the series manages to fit in plenty of the signature MMPR wit and attitude.

This book has some great art by Hendry Prasetya and Kyle Higgens nails the writing. As with any nostalgic fan, I was a little worried about this series, but issue #0 put me at ease — this is a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers comic. I can’t wait to see where they go with this series! Great for new and longtime fans as a jumping-on point to the world of MMPR. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Secret Wars comics at TFAW.com

Secret Wars #9
By: Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic

…and then it was time! It’s finally here: the exciting end to the huge Marvel event, Secret War #9. Find out what happens when T’Challa wields the Infinity Gauntlet against the god Victor Doom in their epic battle for the fate of the world and everyone on it.

See Namor’s last heroic days alongside Black Panther! Be amazed at Reed Richards’ final gambit to save the universe! Will the Molecule Man help out? Does he even want to? And does he ever get a hamburger?! You’ll have to read to find out and see what events will shape the Marvelverse as we know it today.

Jonathan Hickman knocks it out of the park again with his ability to weave many intricate storylines together in order to create a wholly unique universe and pull us all along with him for the ride.

Esad Ribic’s beautiful art truly brings the Battleworld to life — and then brings it crashing down all around us. Get your Europe tape cued up, ’cause it’s “the final countdown!” [Steven M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare collection at TFAW.com Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare HC
By: Paul Tobin, Jacob Chabot, Matthew J. Rainwater

While this book is based on the hit video game and tells the story leading up to the events in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, it’s also great for people who are new to the franchise.

I continue to be amazed at Paul Tobin’s chameleon-like ability to expertly tell stories from distinct genres. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is full of whimsy and humor, and is a great extension of Dark Horse’s other Plants vs Zombies comics. I’m a big fan of Ron Chan’s work on earlier PvZ books, and Jacob Chabot’s style in Garden Warfare really matches the earlier volumes — I’m a fan. As with previous installments, Matthew J. Rainwater delivers top-notch colors. He’s one of the best in the industry.

Goats! New plants! Future versions of Patrice & Nate! This book has a lot to offer. Collects the three-issue miniseries in an impressive hardcover volume. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!


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