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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]

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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!

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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!


Voting Opens For The Best Comic of 2015

Vote Now For The Best Comics of 2015
You’ve read our write-ups on the best comic book series of 2015. Now through 1/14/16, you have the chance to vote for your favorite and help crown the Best Comic of 2015!

For those who may have missed one of our Best Comics of 2015 articles, check them out now:

You can vote once per day now through 1/14/16.

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The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 5 of 5 – Indy Comics

The Best Image Comics of 2015

–UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

So many great comics hit the stands last year, and we’re looking to you to choose the Best Comic of 2015! What follows is the final article in a series of five Best Comics of 2015 pieces we’ve produced since December. Missed the earlier installments? Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, and Part 4. Starting tomorrow, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

Creator-owned series and indy publishers are great if you want to cast the shackles of shared universes and decades of canon. You’ll find some of the most creative stories and unique artwork in the pages books like these.

The Best of Indy Comics (in no particular order):

Lumberjanes comics at TFAW.com

Lumberjanes
By: Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, Carolyn Nowak, Brooke A. Allen

Here’s what I told my sister-in-law about Lumberjanes: “It’s like Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets The Baby-Sitters Club meets Camp Nowhere.” Here’s what I told my ten-year-old niece about Lumberjanes: “It’s about a five girls who go to summer camp and become best friends. While they’re there, they fight monsters, go on adventures, solve magical mysteries, and KICK BUTT.”

Far from being a kids’ book, the Eisner Award-winning Lumberjanes manages to be truly “all-ages,” appealing to kids and adults alike. All you need is a sense of whimsy and a love of adventure. The book has an energy that picks you up and carries you through every issue, and the main characters — Jo, April, Ripley, Mal, and Molly — are written so well that they feel like your real-life best friends. The art is both cute and sophisticated, using brilliant colors and great linework to evoke moods and emotions. On top of all that, this series champions diversity in a subtle, natural way. It offers characters and storylines that are outside of the box, giving all sorts of young kids the chance to see themselves reflected in their comics and imagine a more vibrant, inclusive world. It’s serious stuff, which is why it’s extra impressive that each comic is so damn fun to read.

This series is exciting, funny, and sweet — though it’s crawling with supernatural creatures, every issue proves that the real magic lies in friendship. With two collected trade paperbacks (and a third on the way), a hardcover deluxe edition, and 21 issues out so far, there’s plenty of ways to join this series. [Steven M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics at TFAW.com

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
By: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Cory Smith, Mateus Santolouco, Michael Dialys, Ken Garing

It’s been four years and 52 issues since IDW started its TMNT journey with Tom Waltz and Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman back in 2011. If you haven’t been keeping up with the series, 2015 was a good time to join.

Waltz masterfully blends previous incarnations of the Turtles together culminating in deep, and intriguing storylines. So even if you started with the comics back in the 80’s, or the cartoon of the ’90s or ’00s, you’ll find something to keep you coming back each month.

This year also saw a massive event that took the Internet by storm. Donatello was left to defend the homestead in TMNT #44, and was attacked by Bebop & Rocksteady (yeah, those ones). Although Donnie tries his hardest, and even with the help of Metalhead, they get them best of him. Find the issue or pick up TMNT TPB Vol. 11 to see for yourself.

This series has been one of the most consistently good series on the stands. With all the variations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mythos to pull from, it’s always cool to see how our favorite ancillary characters are brought in to the mix. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Sixth Gun comics at TFAW.com Sixth Gun
By: Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, Bill Crabtree, A.C. Zamudio, Tyler Crook

We were spoiled this year. Not only did we get to see the beginning of the end of the the ongoing Sixth Gun series, but a host of great artists came together to contribute to the deeper Sixth Gun lore in the Days of the Dead, Dust to Dust, and Valley of Death miniseries.

Set in the wild west, The Sixth Gun is firmly rooted in western themes and settings, but it’s so much more than that. With elements of adventure, supernatural, humor, and drama, this series transcends the genre it’s built around. I cannot wait to see what Bunn and company have in store for the final three issues later this year. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

Red Sonja comics at TFAW.com

Red Sonja
By: Gail Simone, Sergio Fernandez Davila, Walter Geovani

Gail Simone is a modern legend. She has penned countless amazing comics for almost every major publisher and, most notably, had multiple essential runs at DC Comics (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, and more!). Red Sonja is a classic fantasy/sword and sorcery character that, while still popular, was in need of something (or someone) special to push her into the modern, mainstream spotlight. It turns out, this whole time she had been waiting for Gail Simone. When this book was announced, it was suddenly a no-brainer: of course Gail should be writing Red Sonja! Why hasn’t this happened already?

And to no one’s surprise it is fantastic! Simone manages to tell a story that feels familiar and new at the same time, deftly marrying classic elements with modern storytelling sensibilities. Meanwhile, Walter Geovani pencils some haunting pages that will linger in your mind. Throughout this epic, the She-Devil with a Sword is taken to unfamiliar, dangerous places that will leave scars both physical and emotional. Along with new depth to the hero, we are introduced to several characters that are welcome additions to the mythos.

If you are a fan of Gail Simone, Red Sonja, or simply great comics, look no further. This is the perfect jumping-on point for new readers, with plenty of twists and turns for veteran fans as well! [Jeff B. at Portland TFAW]

Escape From New York comics at TFAW.com Escape From New York
By: Christopher Sebela, Diego Barreto, Maxim Simic

Christopher Sebela triumphantly brought Snake Plissken back from the dead in the ongoing Escape From New York comic book series this year. This is by far one of my favorite series published by BOOM! Studios in recent years.

The comic book series starts off 5 minutes before the ending on the first Escape movie, then with Snake on the run he goes to the only place safe from the USPF (United States Police Force) — Florida.

Sebela’s writing artfully captures all those colorful characters we saw in the ’81 movie without relying on tropes to tell a fun story that feels like an Escape story. Sebela does a great job creating the entirety of the state of the world that John Carpenter started to show us. This is one of my first reads every month, and I can’t wait for more of Snake’s adventures. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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