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  • Darwyn Cooke – Thank you

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    This past Friday during a press release I learned that Darwyn Cooke was starting treatment for an aggressive form of lung cancer. I hoped for the best for him—as I’m sure we all did. Then, by the end of my workday, rumors were swirling around that he had passed. I pushed them to the side waiting for an official announcement, which came during the morning of 5-14-16.

    Cooke’s passing hit me especially hard. In my life of comics, Darwyn Cooke was one of, if not the most important artists and storytellers.

    Without knowing it you’ve likely seen his work many times over. He started out in comics with a five page non-verbal story in DC’s New Talent Showcase #19. After that with little money coming in from comics he left to work in advertising and animation. In the early 90’s Mr. Cooke answered an ad for Warner Bros. Animation studio. The ad placed by none other than Bruce Timm. For the next few years Darwyn worked with Bruce Timm as a storyboard artist on many projects. You’ve likely heard about Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Sony’s short lived Men in Black series and the one that melted into my brain: the opening title sequence for Batman Beyond.

    I didn’t learn of this until I started researching his work after finding a new Crime/Noir graphic novel published my IDW; Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter. After learning about his past work I couldn’t help but notice his influence over what I loved in comic art.

    Between the ’90s and ’00s, Cooke worked on numerous projects — comics that to this day are top reads on many DC Lists: his 4-part Catwoman story with Ed Brubaker, the 6-issue The New Frontier mini series, The Spirit, and lots of Batman pieces. He gave us so many more great projects during that span of 15 years.

    His art and storytelling style was for the ages. He told stories from and in the style of the past, making them relevant and interesting to present day audiences. In late 2014, he was charged with creating special variant covers over 20 DC Comics’ titles. It was a delight to see what he came up with every week for titles like Justice League Dark, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Batgirl, and He-Man: The Eternity War.

    Darwyn Cooke will be missed by people throughout the comics community, including many of us around the TFAW offices. Though he his gone, his life’s passion lives on in every panel that he ever put on the page. Thank you for everything, Mr. Cooke.

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  • New Comic Book Day — Review for Batman, Supergirl, X-O Manowar, & Power Rangers

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    It’s a big New Comic Book Day . With the end of Snyder and Capullo’s Batman Run, our comic intro to TV’s Supergirl, Tommy’s seduction to evil in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and we dive further into Valiant’s 4001 A.D. Remember these are only a few of this week’s new releases. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on past books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter! SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Batman #52 By: Scott Snyder, Riley Rossmo, Greg Capullo

    In the final issue of the New 52 Batman, we get insight into the part of Batman’s life that we haven’t been able to see. We all know what made Bruce Wayne the Batman. Events drove him to be the scourge of the criminal underground in Gotham and the rest of the DCU. In this new issue, though, Batman faces a new villain that is trying to steal one of Bruce Wayne’s secrets. It’s unsure what could it be–documents of his time as Batman? A list of the Bat-family’s identities? Even worse, the identity of other superheroes?–and tension is high until the final emotional pages. In this perfect end to a truly exciting 52 issue run. Which introduced us to the Court of Owls, the amazing events of Year Zero, Joker’s return in the terrifying Death of the Family, the “final” battle between Batman and his greatest enemy in Endgame, and his return in Superheavy. This issue shows us what is most valuable to both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Realizing that if disappearing is the first step, this issue shows us what the final step is, too. I can’t wait to see what comes next in Rebirth for our favorite caped crusader! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    4001 A.D. X-O Manowar #1 By: Robert Venditti, Clayton Henry, CAFU

    Set 100 years from now, New Japan launches its new utopian city into the sky causing a shockwave that kills millions. The UN takes a page out of Pacific Rim’s playbook and gets to work on weaponized suits of armor to combat the threat of New Japan’s devastating and callous A.I. program, Father. What they don’t realize is that Father has anticipated and prepared for this. This provides a nice background for Valiant’s massive crossover event. Robert Venditti and Clayton Henry find all the right ways to hook readers in. Venditti’s dialogue and descriptions are honed in giving the story maximum effect. Henry delivers the chilling imagery of a society putting every resource into one ultimate weapon. This triumphantly builds up the X-O Manowar suits and Father. Two key players in the main 4001 A.D. story. If Valiant’s crossover seems daunting to jump into, this book will be a nice way to get your feet wet and get a taste for the stories ahead. Plus, it has giant robots fighting against a flying city while a pink cyber assassin kills people by turning them into binary code. What more could you ask for? [Tim S. at TFAW.com]

    Adventures of Supergirl #1 By: Sterling Gates, Bengal, Cat Staggs

    If you’re familiar with the popular CBS series Supergirl, then you’re in for a treat. Since this is a number one, old and new fans will quickly fall in love with this series. This issue gives you a good idea of what type of superhero Kara is, and what her biggest values are. Similar to her well-known cousin, she believes in helping and saving everyone no matter what the cost. Overall, she believes in hope. We start off in the middle of a major fight scene between Supergirl and Rampage. Kara is not going down without a fight. She soon realizes Rampage only gets stronger with each punch she takes. As Supergirl feels like she has won, she is brutally mistaken. Supergirl is knocked out, kidnapped and her sister’s life is in grave danger. Kara wakes up in a place she’s never been with people that know more about her than she knows about them. Will she be able to save her sister? Will she be able to defeat Rampage once and for all? I guess you have to read Adventures Of Supergirl #1! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Might Morphin Power Rangers #3 By: Kyle Higgins, Hendry Prasetya, Jamal Campbell

    Three issues in already, for me this is a top read, and even now I can’t wait for more. Let me explain what’s been going on: post-Rita creating the Evil Green Ranger, our gang of Power Rangers saved him. Although Rita still has her witching ways, trying to break Tommy down by manipulating what he sees, hears, and dreams. She’s trying to break him, and doing a good job at it. Kyle Higgens is leading me into this new, “updated” version of my childhood. Don’t think that I mean it’s gritty and dark. It blends the original mythology/charm with the spice of today’s storytelling standards. It’s incredible & every month I get excited to read it. Don’t get discouraged if you never watched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers back in ’93. You can very easily pick this series up and connect with these heroes. Boom, Kyle, Hendry Prasetya and Jamal Campbell all do such a good job bringing back this universe. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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

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  • Free Comic Book Day – Review of Doctor Who

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    doctor who the four doctors free new comic book day editionDoctor Who free comic book day 2016 edition features four independent stories with the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth doctors. Each adventure puts the doctor in unique situations. From giant robots, inter dimensional conduits and planet hackers, this comic takes readers through space and time into the Doctor Who universe.

    I have never gotten into the TV show, and knew only a little about Doctor Who before reading this. What I immediately liked was the Doctor’s unique personality. Unique is the only way I can describe it because it changes in every story in this comic. The first story, “Robo Rampage” sees the twelfth doctor saving a city, and cursing human stupidity. It throws you right into the action, and gives you a glimpse of the Doctor Who universe. However, as a first time reader, it does leave you a little lost.

    The second story, “Obsessions” gives an insight into the Doctors mind, and the difficulties of being a time lord. The story is less action packed, and instead focuses on the Doctor and the other characters aboard the Tardis. It contrasts the Doctor with another character that at first appears to be the polar opposite. In many ways he is, and yet in others they are very similar. This comparison adds depth to both characters, yet refrains from getting too deep or sentimental due to the contrasts in personalities.

    The third story, “Lady of the Blue Box” also takes place on the Tardis, and serves as an explanation for the Doctor Who universe, or at least part of it. The story uses a newcomer to the Tardis, and someone who has been there awhile (who is not the Doctor), to explain the obscurities and mysteries of the Tardis. It is mostly focused on explaining the Tardis itself, but the tenth Doctor has some funny moments the accentuate his personality.

    Finally, the fourth story, “Hacked” follows the ninth doctor and two companions to an alien world. All seems normal as the Doctor shows them around, until (potential spoilers) … some strange buildings start appearing. This story really expands the Doctor Who universe. It shows just how long the Doctor has been around, and the true extent of his knowledge. The comic as a whole serves as an excellent introduction to the Doctor Who universe, and left me excited to keep reading more subsequent to New Comic Book Day.

    Robo Rampage. Writer: Robbie Morrison. Artists: Simon Fraser, Gary Caldwell. Publisher: Titan Comics.
    Obsessions. Writers: Si Spurrier, Rob Williams. Artists: Leonardo Romero, Marcio Menyz. Publisher: Titan Comics.
    Lady of the Blue Box. Nick Abadzis. Artists: Eleonora Carlini, Arianna Florean. Publisher: Titan Comics.
    Hacked. Writer: Cavan Scott. Artists: Mariano Laclaustra, Carlos Cabrera. Publisher: Titan Comics.

    Review by Ben Getchell.

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  • New Comic Book Day — Reviews for X-Files, Avengers, We are Robin, & Aliens

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    Another Wednesday, another set of great comics for New Comic Book Day! This week Avengers take their last stand before Civil War II, X-Files goes back to #1, We are Robin continues to amaze, and Dark Horse brings us back to the horror that is Aliens. Remember these are just a few of this week’s new releases many more came out this week. Check out our other blog articles to see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Aliens: Defiance #1
    By: Brian Wood, Tristan Jones, Dan Jackson, Massimo Carnevale

    In this new chapter of the terrors that are the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, we find that they’re looking to gather the Xenomorphs and use them as weapons. They will be stopped. They must be stopped.

    Brian Wood’s story is an interesting departure from what we’ve seen before — instead of surviving, they’re going hunting. The way this issue was built seems like it would also work as a TV or movie script. With a strong foreshadow, then going back in time for an introduction to the characters and places.

    Tristan Jones and Dan Jackson do a great team up with the art and colors. I love the emotion that Tristan brings to the characters faces. You can really see disgust and fear exceptionally well in this issue. Dan’s colors give it that dark atmosphere. You can hear the gun blasts, hissing, and screaming from the Xenomorphs in your head, a true testament to the immersion you’ll get with this issue.

    Overall, if you haven’t kept up on Aliens, Predator, or Prometheus stuff, Aliens: Defiance #1 is a great to start. If you want to read more, may I suggest Fire & Stone? [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Avengers Standoff Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1
    By: Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuña, Angel Uzueta

    This is my favorite Standoff series yet and I will tell you why — all of the events in this issue are cinematic.

    Daniel Acuña and Angel Uzueta really nail the head on the coffin with the amazing artwork making it feel like a movie. If you are not keeping up with the Standoff series, this issue masterfully summarizes everything that has been going on.

    S.H.I.E.L.D. got ahold of a cosmic cube and made a prison that seemed like reality for most of Marvel’s cruelest villains. However, a special well-known villain figures out the fake reality and uses it to their advantage!

    This issue tackles a lot of questions we have about Steve Rogers returning as Captain America next month. It also tells us how all the Avengers from different universes work together as one.

    Grab a copy of Avengers Standoff Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1 today! [Darcy M. at Universal TFAW]

    We are Robin #11
    By: Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona

    We Are Robin #11 is a turning point for The Robins — or what’s left of them. With a homicidal Joker gang on the loose in Middletown High, it’s up to a few to save the many.

    Jorge Corona has this cool style that reminds me of Skottie Young’s early work on Deadpool — it works really well for this series. Corona also has a knack of making the environment interesting to explore. Don’t worry, you never feel it’s too cartoony or childish.

    Lee Bermejo, who has been on the book since the beginning, seems to have an overall arc that he’s working toward, which is always a plus when reading an ongoing series. Although I’ve only read a few issues of this the series to date, this issue made me go back and read it from the first volume. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    X-Files #1
    By: Joe Harris, Matthew Dow Smith, Menton3

    Do you still believe? After this issue, I believe something is going on. With a mass shooting at a mall, our good agents are called in for an unknown reason. Why would a shooting spree fall into the line of “X-Files”?

    Something is sticking out like a sore thumb and by the end of the issue, Mulder knows it. It wasn’t just an accident that they were sent on this case. There is something more sinister in the background; much like there always seems to be with the X-Files.

    If the mini-series that recently hit the airwaves didn’t fulfill your weekly dose of Mulder & Scully, give IDW’s X-Files a read. Something to note is that there is a handy reader’s guide for both the newer stories and the classic comics in the back of this issue. Perfect for any fan looking to explore the comic book continuity. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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

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  • Marvel’s “Star Wars #1” sells for $7,200

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    marvel star wars #1 comic book coverEvery comic book collector dreams of having that one amazing title, the one issue that proves to accrue in value at a rapid pace and surprise you with its market value. Issue #1? That’s the crown jewel of any comics series and really great series like Detective Comics can be worth enough that they live in a safe, not sitting on the coffee table.

    Which is why it’s notable that PBA Galleries recently auctioned off a collection of comic books from collector Wayne Martin. The auction was held via proxy bids, telephone bids, real-time bidding via the Internet and even some collectors at the actual auction.

    The highest bids came in for a very fine copy of the rare $0.35 variant of Marvel’s Star Wars #1 from 1977, which sold for a quite impressive $7,200. According to collectors, this particular comic is considered to be one of the most valuable of the so-called Bronze Age of comics (1970-1985). The back story: Marvel tested price changes on a limited basis and only printed 1,500 copies of the 35 cent version, every other copy being the then-usual 30 cents. Nowadays an almost unimaginably low price for a comic book.

    Also sold at a good price at the auction were a first printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, which sold for $3,900. That issue features the origin story and appearance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Splinter and Shredder, with a wraparound cover by Kevin Eastman. Giant Size X-men #1 sold for $1,080, X-Men #94 sold for $300 and there were some Golden Age rarities too, including Flash #101 and Flash #104 from the 1940’s, selling as a pair for $2,700.

    The auction also included Detective Comics #142, featuring the second appearance of the Riddler. It sold for $1,200. Three issues of DC’s 1950’s Mysteries in Space, featuring art by Frank Frazetta and Gil Kane sold for $1,020. Issues of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Submariner sold for hundreds each, and the weirdest and most unique of the collection was Our Gang Comics #1 from 1942, featuring stories and art by Walt Kelly, going for $300.

    Star Wars #1 is definitely cool, but the coolest item in the collection was Dick Lupoff’s history of comics, All In Color For a Dime, which sold for $1,440. Not because the book has any value, but because it was filled with autographs and sketches from the legends of the comic book industry including Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Marion Zimmer Bradley, R. Crumb, Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Jaime Hernandez, Marv Wolfman, David Prowse, Sergio Aragone, Art Spiegelman, Rob Liefeld, Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine, P. Craig Russell, Arthur Adams, Charles Vess and many others. A truly one of a kind item for fans and collectors that was a steal at the price!

    So keep those comics clean and pristine, particularly if they’re #1 or really important to a particular storyline. You never know what they’ll be worth down the road…

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  • New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Star Trek: Manifest Destiny, Divinity II, Dept H, Extrodinary X-Men, & Wonder Woman

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    This week we take a look at 2 Sci-Fi, a Mystery and 2 Superhero books for New Comic Book Day. These are just a few stand out new releases this week. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Dept H comics at TFAW.com

    Dept H#1
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt, Jeff Lemire

    Who doesn’t love a good mystery? However, this is not your typical whodunnit!
    Journey with Mia as she takes on what I can only imagine may be the hardest thing she has ever had to do; discover who murdered her father!

    Death, love, an enclosed environment and a ton of suspects have me hooked in to this series for sure! The beautifully drawn and colored book really has a way of letting you grasp what it would be like to be on this ocean adventure.

    Furthermore, there are small details in the art and writing that capture each scene; down to an obvious accent that really adds to a character. Matt and Sharlene Kindt have created something special here!

    Dept H #1 [Sean M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Star Trek Manifest Destiny comics at TFAW.com

    Star Trek: Manifest Destiny#1
    By: Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott, Angel Hernandez

    Star Trek Manifest Destiny #1 fits right in with the “JJ ‘verse” (for non-Trekkies that’s what the new timeline that JJ Abrams has created with his two films). From the accurate-yet-comic-feel of the art to the perfect style of dialogue, this book just FEELS like JJ Trek. You can’t help but hear the actors voices as you read through each panel. As for the story itself, Trek fans were clamoring for more Klingons from this new timeline and this series looks to deliver — starting with a Klingon invasion and the setup of a new Klingon villain. This book is a great way to start celebrating Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary this year AND get ready for Star Trek Beyond this summer. Qapla’!

    Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1 [Dustin K. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Extraordinary X-Men#9

    By: Jeff Lemire, Ken Lashley, Humberto Ramos

    We left off on the last issue off Extraordinary X-men with the newly formed X-men team being confronted by the new horsemen of Apocalypse, fronted by a broke down Colossus. In the midst of this, the younger team of X-men are sent to the future, were the new lord Apocalypse has bent the world to his will.

    In this new issue of Extraordinary X-men, you get to see what happens with the young team when they’re sent to this new, dystopian future to face the horrors that lay before them at the hand of its new ruler. Will Piotr be able to help them get safely back to their time and save the earth from this new future? Will they all make it back in one piece–or even the same? How will the Storm-led team deal with one of their loved ones being used as a hand of doom? “Mutantkind ends here: so says the lord Apocalypse.” Or does it? Find out in Extraordinary X-men #9.

    Jeff Lemire (All New Hawkeye & Descender) showcases his unique ability of bringing real human emotion to the fantastic in this book; he is accompanied by Humberto Ramos’ (Amazing Spider-man) striking artwork.

    Extraordinary X-Men #9 [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Divinity II #1
    By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Tom Muller

    Historically I’ve not read many Valiant titles. I’ve picked up a few books here and there. Nothing really drew me into the universe that Valiant Comics has to offer — Until I read Divinity II. And that’s kinda the funny part; this is the second part of the Divinity story. So really, I should be blind as a bat and have no clue as to what is transpiring in this comic. But because Valiant has done a fantastic job of telling new readers about what came before (nestled within the second page prior to the story that takes place in this first issue) I had no problem at all following the characters Matt Kindt writes about in Divinity II, issue #1.

    Within 24 pages I immediately cared about all of the characters. I was completely engaged with the back story about the main character, Myshka. From becoming one of Russia’s first cosmonauts, to traveling to the farthest reaches of the known (Valiant) universe, we learn about Myshka’s childhood and upbringing. Learn about what she’s had to endure from the other test subjects in Russia’s space program and we begin to understand what makes up the fiber of Myshka’s being and why Myshka is able to possibly become…something more. The art by Trevor Hairsine is lovely, dark and at times haunting (inker Ryan Winn & colorist David Baron have a lot to offer with the amazing atmosphere of this book also).

    As Myshka is pushed to the edges of human capability, it’s clear that Trevor and Matt, et. al, care very much about what happens to Myshka and how their story is interpreted by you, the reader.

    If you’ve ever wanted to dive into a Valiant Comic but didn’t know where to begin, I think this would be a great place for you to start with Divinity II #1. I’m definitely in this one for the long haul.

    Divinity II #1 [Ethan S. at Beaverton TFAW]

    Wonder Woman #51
    By: Meredith Finch, Miguel Mendonca, David Finch

    Building off the events of the last issue we find Wonder Woman going deep into Themyscira to help Zeke. We see her deepest fears as it tries to tear her apart, down to her core.

    Meredeth Finch does a fine job planting you inside Diana’s head. With most of this issue speaking through captions. It works great due to how weird it would be talking to yourself out loud for that long.

    Miguel Mendonca, Dexter Vines, Diana Egea, Stephen Downer and Ulises Arreola all do a great job with the art in this issue. Giving Themyscira creepy orange and red tones, along with heavy dark lines pull off how scary this place could be to visit.

    If you are currently reading Wonder Woman this is a fine issue in the story arc. If you haven’t been, you might want to go back a couple of issues just so you’re not lost.

    Wonder Woman #51 [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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

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  • Goldie Vance – Our Newest Sleuth

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    Goldie Vance at TFAW.com If there ever was a contender for best crime book for kids, this would be on top. With a tagline of “Nancy. Harriet. Veronica. There’s a new Sleuth on the block.” I had to give it a read.

    Hope Larson (A Wrinkle In time) & Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker aka Hellcat, Legend of Kora) team up for a new all-ages detective book from Boom! in the same vein as Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy.

    The series focuses on Marigold “Goldie” Vance a 16-year-old who grew up at the Crossed Palms Resort, a nice resort in St. Pascal, Florida. Goldie has big aspirations beyond working the valet booth at the resort; she wants to be a Detective. She does her best to help Walter, the in house detective at Crossed Palms, although her help is not always wanted. Beyond that we have a great cast of characters, because a Sleuth is only as good as the company they keep. There’s Walter, as we spoke of before, and Cheryl LeBeaux, Goldie’s friend who also works the front desk. We also get introduced to Mr. Vance, Goldie’s father and the manager of the Crossed Palms, and Rob who helps Goldie run valet (and has a crush on Cheryl).
    Goldie Vance at TFAW.com

    What’s fun about this series is Goldie’s personality. She’s so eager to help and so sure of herself you can’t help but want her to solve every case. She is also pretty silly at times with how over confident she can be.

    Brittney Williams’ designs are fantastic. If you’ve read her and Kate Leth’s Patsy Walker aka Hellcat series, the art is very similar. That’s most certainly not a bad thing; her art is very fun and perfect for a story like this.

    Goldie Vance at TFAW.comWith this only being a 4-part miniseries, I can only hope that this book finds its audience so we can get more adventures with Goldie Vance and gang.

    The first three Goldie Vance issues are currently available for order right now at TFAW.com! Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, Lumberjanes, Gotham Academy, or Scooby Doo.

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  • New Comic Book Day — Reviews for the Harley Quinn & Her Gang, Gwenpool & Heartthrob

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    We’re pretty excited about the crop of New Comic Book Day picks from this week’s new releases. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

     Gwenpool comics at TFAW.com Gwenpool #1
    By: Christopher Hastings,Gurihiru, Danillo Beyruth

    From our universe to theirs. Gwenpool is all about this superhero/mercenary game. We don’t know how she got here but all we know is she’s from our world. Yeah, ours. She’s read the comics watched the movies, played the games. Somehow she ended up in the 616. She’s been having small gigs with Howard the Duck but now we get an ongoing with her. It’s funny, crazy, and full of nonsense that, if you knew you was in a comic you would probably do as well.

    Gurihiru does a great job on the main story art with cute anime inspired character designs. It works very well for the Gwenpool character. While Danilo Beyruth gives us a more standard western comic art. All in all, if you like Deadpool, or are looking for a fourth-wall breaking character to lighten up your day, Gwenpool will do a great job filling that need! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #1 (of 6)
    By: Frank Tieri, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mauricet, Amanda Conner

    If you are a major Harley Quinn fan, Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys is the comic book miniseries for you! Harley needs some help so she calls together a band of friends to fight crime. Most of these characters are familiar to you if you read the on going Harley series. If you are not familiar with it, that’s okay! This number one breaks down who each new Harley is and what their special ability is.

    I am interested to see where this series will go and I love Harley Quinn taking the lead. You can tell throughout the whole comic that she really just wants to help these new girls get up to speed like her but keep their individuality. Their abilities are put to the test when Harley gets kidnapped. There are a lot of chuckles and character development in the first issue and I love the direction DC is taking with her — this comic just is icing on the cake! I recommend picking up this issue #1 before they are sold out! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

     Escape From New York comics at TFAW.com Heartthrob #1
    By: Christopher Sebela, Robert Wilson IV

    Writer Christopher Sebela and artist Robert Wilson IV have an interesting idea on their hands with this first issue of Heartthrob. A young woman, Callie, gets a heart transplant and with that transplant, Callie starts to not only “see” her heart donor in her minds eye, but starts to have romantic feelings towards her donor’s “ghost” (for lack of a better term). And what could be stranger than that but to have that “ghost” have feelings for Callie too? This is a welcome turn for Callie who is consistently having her advances towards her living lover/co-worker spurned. Meanwhile, Callie finds out that the company she’s been working for is a little less than honest.

    This becomes too much for Callie who gets jilted by her lover/co-worker who is getting a big promotion at her company and so she quits. Top it all off with a twist that Callie’s donor was a thief in his lifetime who, in his after-life, wants to help Callie take down her old employer, and you have the makings for a pretty intriguing first issue. [Ethan S. at Beaverton TFAW]

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

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  • New Comic Book Day — Reviews for the Black Panther, Escape From New York & Poe Dameron

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    This week for New Comic Book Day we’re giving you two new great titles to start on, and saying goodbye to a fantastic run. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

     Black Panther comics at TFAW.com Black Panther #1
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian StelfreezeThe King is Dead! Long Live the King! T’Challa has returned as the Black Panther and the King of Wakanda. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, and Laura Martin deserve a round of applause. The writing and art had me on the edge of my seat and color palette was nothing short of fantastic! This may be the most intense 1st issue of a series that I have read all year!

    We get plenty of action in this, the premiere issue of the new Black Panther comic. However, we also get an in depth look at Wakanda. Of course, the Black Panther is the star but there are quite a few characters to keep your eyes on! Politics, inner turmoil, love, and the possibility of war are all in play here and I love it! [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW

    Star Wars Poe Dameron #1
    By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto

    Thirty years after the evil Empire fell to the rebel forces lead by Luke, Han, and Leia, a military force known as the First Order is pushing to overthrow the new republic. General Organa has recruited Poe Dameron, the best pilot in the galaxy and his helpful droid BB-8, to get any information on the location of Lor San Tekka, the person with the whereabouts of the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker.

    In this first exciting issue of the new ongoing Star Wars Poe Dameron comic book series you get to see the forming of Poe’s brave team of rebels — the Black Squadron; Kare Kun, L’ulo, Jess Pava, Snap Wexley, and technician Oddy Muva. What traps await Poe and BB-8 when they go to find Lor? Find out as the new team works together on their first mission: a mission that will hold the fate of the galaxy in its hands. Also in this first issue, you get a amazingly cute minicomic all about the misadventures of BB-8 and the ways in which he interacts with all the rebels on base.

    Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine and She-Hulk) does a brilliant job again, with the beautiful art of Phil Noto following up his run on Chewbacca. You’ll love this new adventure in the ever-growing Star Wars comic book universe.

    [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

     Escape From New York comics at TFAW.com Escape From New York #16
    By: Christopher Sebela, Maxim Simic, Jason Copland

    Well this is it. After 16 Escape From New York issues, we’ve arrived at the last adventure we’ll see of Snake Plisskin for awhile. I’ve got to say, Christopher Sebela did it. He wrote a final issue that ended not only the Escape From Cleveland (I don’t know if that’s what is called, but that’s what I’m calling it.) story arc and left the series as a whole on a rather satisfactory note.

    Throughout this series Sebela has done a fantastic job of giving us story arcs that were fun, creative, and felt natural to the John Carpenter’s EFNY world. Maxim Simic and Marissa Louise both did a grand job from beginning to end. I’m sad to see this story end, but glad I had a seat on the ride. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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

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  • We’ll See You at Emerald City Comicon

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    Things From Another World is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting during Emerald City Comicon at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington April 7th through 10th!

    We are bringing an exciting selection of products with us to ECCC, so be sure to stop by booth #302 as soon as the show opens each day as new items will be stocked every morning. As always, you can expect to find fantastic graphic novels at 50% off savings, but we’re also bringing a great selection of POP! vinyl figures, Lego sets, blind box mystery mini figures, the highly limited Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 TFAW Exclusive Variant, and some other great products.

    X-Men 92 comics at TFAW.com

    We’re also excited to introduce our Blind Box Figure Exchange to ECCC. Half the fun about these little figures is the surprise of what you’ll unwrap. Purchase a figure at our ECCC booth, and if you end up with a figure that’s already part of your collection, you can swap it out with the figure in our display from the same line. We introduced this exchange at a convention last year, and people loved it!

    The TFAW Booth #302 is located just inside the entrance, so be sure to mark it as your first stop at the con to check out ECCC exclusive deals and have the best selection of graphic novels, toys, and collectibles! Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to get the inside scoop on what’s happening at the TFAW booth during this year’s ECCC!

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  • New Comic Book Day — Reviews for the Fight Club 2 Finale, X-Men ’92, Saga & More

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    Has it really been a week since our last New Comic Book Day comic book review? Man, time flies. Here are a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

     	
Fight Club 2 comics at TFAW.com Fight Club 2 #10
    By: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, Dave Stewart, David Mack

    The End. With Tyler seemingly seizing control, Sebastian and all of Tyler’s followers are hunkered down with the world’s most precious art in a salt mine and the world is ending. Tyler won. We start over.

    Not quite. What happens after, is a weird twist/ex-machina, that turns the written world of Fight Club into our own. Seemly putting Palahniuk on the stand for the crime of his own creation. Fans were not liking the way things turn out to force themselves to create “a better” ending.

    It’s a great finish for Fight Club 2, a series that took on a life of its own from fans of the film and book. Chuck gives this an existential twist that really makes you think about not only the original story and what it meant, but the purpose of literature. To be free. To become something else entirely. To escape. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    X-Men ’92 #1
    By: Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, Alti Firmansyah, David Nakayama

    If you love the classic X-Men with mesmerizing art, then this comic is definitely the one for you! When there’s a big shakeup like the one we just had in the Marvel Universe (Marvel’s Ultimate Universe died), it’s always nice to go back to the classics.

    The series starts off with Hank McCoy’s first day of teaching and he’s already late! He finally arrives and just as he’s about to start teaching he is interrupted by Maverick bursting through the window with a frantic warning to the X-Men. Shortly after, the X-Men are fighting The People’s Protectorate. Omega Red wants top secret information that Maverick has! What information does Maverick possibly have that causes a war outside of the school?! You’ll just have to read X-Men ’92 #1 to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

     	
Aquaman comics at TFAW.com Aquaman #50
    By: Dan Abnett, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund

    Let’s play a bit of catch-up before we jump into Aquaman #50: it has been decided that Atlantis should establish an embassy to the surface world to present land dwelling humans with a bridge between cultures, with Mera serving as the perfect public face for Atlantis in her new role as Aquawoman.

    In this issue, Aquaman must face a new mysterious force that is capable of coming through any water like a portal, whether it be a swimming pool on top of a skyscraper, a fountain in the middle of town, a puddle in the road, and this foe comes from a dark new place where we are likely to see more from in the future.

    Of course, Aquaman will do whatever he can to save the day for any threat intent on harming the innocent, and he does so with the moral compass of a great King. He’s not only regal, and willing to protect all life, but he does so without becoming hardened to the darkness of our world. Fantastic story for our hero, and this issue gives me high hopes for the future of the King of Atlantis. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Saga #35
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

    In the last issue of Saga, we left off with Marco and Alana finding Prince Robot IV and Ghus (and of course Friendo) and coming up with a crazy plan to go rescue Hazel and Marco’s mother, Klara, from a Landfall prison. Meanwhile, The Will has kidnapped journalists Upsher and Doff to find the whereabouts of the person that killed The Stalk. In the midst of all that, Hazel is caught between her grandmother trying to protect her and her schoolteacher trying to break her out of the prison…

    In this new, exciting issue of Saga, we learn about the plan that Marco, Alana, and Prince Robot make as journey to find Hazel and Klara. Prince Robot wavers between helping them or turning them in to get back his former life as royalty. The Will struggles with working with his new captives get the much-needed information he needs to exact his revenge — oh, and The Stalk (who is still very dead) is egging him on to kill everyone that gets in his way. What is in store for Hazel? Will her teacher get her safely out? Will her parents be able to rescue her? Will their attempts tragically fail? You’ll find out this and much more in this amazing issue of Saga, written by the iconic Brian K. Vaughan and featuring the beautiful, one-of-a-kind art of Fiona Staples. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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

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  • Steve Lieber & Nick Spencer’s The Fix Is Exactly What We Wanted

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The Fix at TFAW.com Crime, Cops, Corruption. A theme that’s stood the test of time, but it never gets old. The Fix is a new series from the Superior Foes of Spider-Man team of Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber. We got an early preview of the first issue, and just had to share our thoughts with you — in short, don’t miss out on this one!

    Let’s start off by saying that the book is hilarious. While I was reading the first issue, there were also instances where I was cringing, not because it was absurdly gross with blood or anything; it was because it was honest. The conversations, the people, the background on the main characters — it all felt real. It’s as if Nick Spencer was inspired by stories he overheard in a dive bar. The issue is in breaks which are a nice crime/heist feel.

    Steve Lieber’s art is perfect for this kind of story. He does well with crime, going back years to Whiteout and Underground. It’s this nice mix of fun poppy colors along with hard dense lines. They do a great job giving the book a realistic feeling, something most crime genre comics leave to dark tones and lots of shadows. I’m looking forward to seeing where these two go, and how they get to their fantasy riches.

     	
The Fix at TFAW.com Without giving too much away, there is always this theme of morality within Crime comics, especially when the main character is perpetrating these transgressions. Here it’s no different, Roy, our head of crime, is also a detective. He wants the glory, fame, and riches of the world, and is willing work for it, just not hard. Roy grew up idolizing the bad guys, then a cop, now he wants to be both. It’s a problem when you start committing crimes to cover debts.

     	
The Fix at TFAW.com Roy and his partner owe money to Josh — a new age guy who’s got a garden, sells pesticide-free vegetables at local farmers markets, doesn’t believe in vaccination, and has a wife who does Laughter Yoga. But when it comes down to it. He’ll cut out your eyes with a smile. Not a guy to owe money or anything to.

    That’s where we find our protagonists friends. In the middle of owing money to a “New-Age Mob Boss,” being crooked cops, and it looks like problems with Internal Affairs to top it off. This will be one for the ages and your pull list. It’s another great title coming out of Image Comics library. If the rest of the series is anything like the first issue, it’ll be on my top reads pile for some time to come.

     	
The Fix at TFAW.com If you’ve read books like the Parker series series by Darwyn Cooke, Nick and Steve’s previous collaboration on Superior Foes of Spider-Man, or other great crime books like Whiteout, Stumptown, or Underground, this is right up your alley. It’s also good if you need something a little dark, with a whole lot of laughs. Because really, what’s funnier than seeing a “bad guy” fail?

    The first three issues of The Fix are now available to order. Do yourself a favor and get your pre-orders in today for this great new series. The first issue hits next week on April 6th, so there’s still time to get in on our everyday 20% pre-order discount!

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