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

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.

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Goldie Vance – Our Newest Sleuth

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).
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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.


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

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]

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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!


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

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

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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]

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

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]

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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 comic book review 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!


New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Batman #50, Doctor Who, Carnage & More

Welcome to another installment of TFAW’s New Comic Book Day comic book reviews where we choose a few titles from amongst this week’s new releases and give you a quick review of what you can expect. 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.

 	
Batman comics at TFAW.com Batman #50
By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo

Well this is it, citizens of Gotham, the penultimate chapter from the creative team that relaunched the Batman title for the New 52. Bruce Wayne has had a strenuous journey, as usual, but has remembered his true identity: Gotham’s caped crusader. Jim Gordon kept the cowl warm during the arc “Superheavy” in the bat-shaped hole left after the events of the Joker’s “Endgame,” yet now Bruce has returned in a new, while familiar batsuit.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo really gave this one their all, to weave a tale that simultaneously outlines the reasons Batman has been such a lasting figure through the decades, and what drives the character, while reforming Batman in an entirely rejuvenated body. They are metaphorically able to rejuvenate the reader on a title that has already remained one of the strongest, most consistent titles since DC’s New 52 initiative that began rebuilding the whole DCU.

There are a great deal of Batman stories that stand the test of time — of which I have been along for the ride on many of them — and though the creative team may move on to do other things after next the issue, they have left a lasting impression on the mythology of one of the greatest characters in fictional history. Before you head to your local movie theater this weekend to see Batman v Superman, be sure to check out TFAW’s great Batman and Superman products! [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

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The Shadow Glass #1
By: Aly Fell

In the first issue of the new Elizabethan-era series, Shadow Glass, series writer/artist Aly Fell aptly sets the scene for this six-issue story. We’re introduced to the story’s principal characters, including our protagonist, Rosalind (Rose).

Rose is empathetic, confident, and curious. She also displays anachronistic behavior that defies social norms of the era. This helps us identify with her as a person who’s true to herself, and respect her for that reason. I can’t wait to see where Fell takes us next.

As for the art, I was very impressed with the polish that Fell brings to the table. She has a good grasp on form, perspective, panel size and placement, and framing within those panels. I really like the muted color palate she’s working with. I found myself exploring the lines and textures of building interiors, and simple things in the background like foliage, ships, and towers.

This series will be good for fans of Princeless, Locke & Key, BPRD, or Hawkeye‘s Kate Bishop. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

 	
Doctor Who comics at TFAW.com Doctor Who 4th Doctor #1
By: Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby, Brian Williamson, Alice X Zhang

Much like an episode of the TV show, Doctor Who 4th Doctor we catch up with The Doctor and Sarah Jane traveling the cosmos for entertainment. Of all places, they land in Victorian London. We’re introduced to the villain and plot is quickly established. Cyclops creatures kidnap Sarah Jane, and it’s up to The Doctor to save her.

Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby do a good job of making the story feel like an episode of the TV show but playing to the strengths of the comic book medium. Brain Williamson’s depiction of both Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen is spot on.

If you’re a fan of the Tom Baker years, Doctor Who 4th Doctor will be a great trip for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a new adventure with an unfamiliar Doctor, this will be a fun ride to take. Still can’t get over these awesome covers that Alice X. Zhang has been creating for the Doctor Who series — truly breathtaking. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Carnage comic book review at TFAW.com

Carnage #6
By: Gerry Conway, Mike Perkins, Mike Del Mundo

Gerry Conway and Mike Perkins perfectly create a very horrific scary movie feel to this series. In Carnage #6 we are given new scenery to kick off this new story arc.

A 16-year-old girl named Jubulile, who is making a journey across the world. Well . . . until she bumps into an unexpected crash site. Her new passenger recovered from the scene frightens her, and makes her a little uneasy. Who could this be? Well Cletus Kasady, of course!

He now has the Darkhold, a dead Elder God’s book of magical spells, which makes him that much stronger and crazier. This can only mean massive trouble for our Jubulile. Cletus gets angry, and turns into Carnage. She is now stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean with Carnage. What does she do? Read Carnage #6 to find out! [Darcey M. 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 International Iron Man, Monstress, Superman & More

Once again, this week was a really good one for comics fans. With so many great comics hitting the stands, it was hard to limit ourselves to just a few titles from this week’s new releases. Check out our other New Comic Book Day 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.

 	
X-Men Apocalypse Wars comics at TFAW.com Extraordinary X-Men #8
By: Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos

This issue kicks off Marvel’s X-Men Apocalypse Wars with a bang! How will Apocalypse make his presence known, and who will be his new horsemen, carrying out his bidding to free the world for his new era of mutant-kind? In this new issue of the amazing Extraordinary X-Men ongoing series, see what happens when Logan and Storm learn of a new spike in Cerebra’s readings. Is Colossus’s newly formed team of X-Men ready for what they’re about to walk into? What will it mean for the future of mutants, and even the world itself? How will Magik help out her new protégé, Sapna, in controlling and understanding her new power?

There will be plenty of surprises and special guests to round out an exciting addition to this new story in the X-universe. Jeff Lemire brings his unique take to the long and storied history of the X-Men, turning a fresh eye to the classic story of Apocalypse, and he’s accompanied by the amazing art of Humberto Ramos. Now it’s just a matter of time to see if the X-Men are up to the task of fighting back the mutant power known as . . . Apocalypse! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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Superman #50
By: Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr.

The long awaited issue of Superman #50 has finally come out! We meet Superman as he is head to head with Vandal Savage, a long-time villain he’s tackled before. Savage takes him to an alternate reality as he grows stronger from a comet heading towards Earth. Showing Superman what could be if Vandal came into power. Superman is plopped down to an alternate universe where his parents are still alive and he’s still with them as a boy! His parents keep thanking the “High Chief” that the planet is still together.

Can anyone take a guess on who this high chief is? As Superman fights his way to Vandal, he reminds himself that being strong is not always the most important thing — it’s the commitment to his choices that are his true power. Will Superman ever get out of this alternate Universe? Find out in Superman #50! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

 	
New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com Archer & Armstong #1
By: Rafer Roberts, David LaFuente

For the uninitiated, this will serve as an entry point to the zany, fun world of Archer and Armstrong. For those back on the ride, you will definitely want to keep your arms inside the vehicle for the duration of this. Either way you slice it, this comedic adventure title is going to be a great time for you!

Archer was raised by the heads of a religious cult in their theme park, and honed as a deadly weapon to assassinate the immortal Armstrong (brother of the “Eternal Warrior” Gilad, and Ivar “The Timewalker”) but on his mission, he discovered that Armstrong was not the great evil that he was led to believe.

They teamed up, became pals, and the rest is history. As for how ‘the Adventures of Archer & Armstrong’ or ‘A+A’ goes, Armstrong has a magical satchel which is essentially a portal to another dimension, where goblins catalog and keep the items he puts in it so that he can retrieve what he needs at a moment’s notice. We finally get a glimpse of what it is like inside, as Armstrong goes in to the bag to retrieve a lost item deep within. Archer goes in after him, and we are off on another zany adventure with a big bad trapped in the bag, and forgotten about for thousands of years. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

Monstress comic book review at TFAW.com

Monstress #4
By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

VISUALLY BREATHTAKING…is the first thing that must be said about this comic. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that didn’t share that opinion. Go ahead, try.

This story continues to display the Marjorie Liu’s extraordinary ability to transport you into another world. Maika, Ren and Kippa are still on the run from the Cumaea AND the Federation but they seem to have caught a second to breath. In addition to catching up with the trio, we are blessed with more back story; questions that are extremely important and that have been on our minds since the beginning are answered in Monstress #4!

Marjorie Liu has created a world that terrifies me but also makes me envious. Sana Takeda’s artwork is a dreamscape of wonderful imagery that perfectly complements the story. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

 	
International Iron Man comic book review at TFAW.com International Iron Man #1
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev

(SPOILER ALERT) As we learned in The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Tony’s parents are not his own. This sets up the events that make International Iron Man such a great book.

Much of this issue is spent on backstory that will serve the rest of this arc, but we do get to see a flashback of a younger Tony Stark back in his school days, working on the timeless art of seduction.

Bendis’ writing is always top notch — nothing new there. He has such a great grasp of the character and it almost seems like Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel movie screenwriters are paying close attention to Bendis’ every move.

Alex Maleev’s art is always fantastic. True to form, Maleev delivers captivating, fully fleshed-out art that just begs the reader to slow down and drink it all in. Bendis and Maleev are like Cap & Bucky, Wolverine & Collossus, Iron Man & War Machine — a perfect pairing such that every time they are working together, you’re in for one of the best times that comics have to offer.

It’s a great jumping-on point for new readers as well as a great companion to Bendis/Marquez’s Iron Man run as well. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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


New Comic Book Day — Reviews for New Suicide Squad #18, Agents of SHIELD #3 & More

This week had some really strong new releases, and we wanted to highlight a few quality issues from this week’s new releases that could get lost in the shuffle. Check out our other New Comic Book Day 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.

 	
New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com New Suicide Squad #18
By: Tim Seeley, Juan Ferreyra

Twist and Turns Ladies and Gentlemen! If you want them, the newest issue of New Suicide Squad has them. Harley delivers a whimsical yet informational recap of a seemingly pointless story. However, stick with it, it leads somewhere exciting.

This issue is rich with character development and the team sets us up for a whole new (possibly disastrous) plot. We also get to catch up with Amanda Waller and get a reminder that she is NOT TO BE TOYED WITH!

Tim Seeley delivers yet again with an issue that contains great dialogue for all and is fantastically displayed in the artwork by Juan Ferreya. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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Amazing Spider-Man #9
By: Dan Slott, Matteo Buffagni

Amazing Spider-Man #9 From owning the biggest company with top notch technology to being known as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Peter Parker has it all! Er, well almost… Unfortunately, all of Parker’s successes have led to villains tracking his every move. In the previous issues, we are introduced to the terrorist group, Zodiac. They steal Peter’s latest technology to hack into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s security system to find a super rare artifact. What are they going to do with this artifact? World domination of course!

This issue kicks off a new story arc in which Nick Fury and Spider-Man team up to find Zodiac’s leader, Scorpio. If you really liked Superior Spider-Man, I am positive you will love this storyline. I mean after all, the same team that brought you Superior Spider-Man is doing this series! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

 	
New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com Batman/TMNT #4
By: James Tynion IV, Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell

The Turtles are trying to get home, but they’re up to their shells in trouble. With the help of Batman and an old friend, it looks like they may finally have some luck on their side.

We are now four issues deep into the awesome Batman/TMNT crossover and James Tynion IV’s story is still as intriguing as ever. Freddie E Williams II and Jeremy Colwell are a fantastic pairing on art–I especially enjoy the decision to give the turtles different styled face masks.

As the story continues it gets more and more clear that each turtle shares traits with Batman. With Raphael being Batman’s darker boding personality. Donatello, his tech side. Leonardo, the martial artist, and Michelandelo….uh…maybe not all.

If you haven’t caught this from the beginning, go back and start. With DC/IDW doing second & third printings of the series you know it has to be good. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

 	
Green Lantern #50 comic book review at TFAW.com Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
By: Marc Guggenheim, German Peralta

Picking up from an excellent cliffhanger from the previous issue, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 jumps immediately into the action and keeps a solid pace, despite having to dump a lot of exposition on the readers who might not be caught up on Marvel’s Avengers Standoff crossover. Character sum up what’s been happening so far without too much stilted or forced dialogue. The chase for Whisperer is the best part of the book and (Spoiler warning if you haven’t read the first two parts of Standoff) Rick Jones uses things that don’t seem unrealistic for a character with his history to have access.

Peralta’s art is clear and dynamic, and Guggenheim fills the script with nods to both the current events of the Marvel Universe but nice bits of history as well. He’s been a part of a great team on the DC TV side as creator of Arrow and Flash and now doing and excellent adaption of Marvel’s most well-known network show. This one is highly recommended. [Dustin M. at Universal TFAW]

X-Files Deviations comic book review at TFAW.com

X-Files Deviations (one-shot)
By: Amy Chu, Elena Casagrande

The X-Files Deviations is a wonderful parallel for fans of the first episode. In this new story, wrier Amy Chu recreates what started it all with one major twist — Dana Scully is partnered with Samantha Mulder. Samantha’s brother Fox was the one who went missing all those years ago and now the two must work together to find the truth that is out there.

The story moves along at a good pace and Casagrande’s style matches the tone of the story. For most fans, the relationship between Mulder and Scully is probably the most iconic thing about the show, but without it could the series thrive? This issue has me thinking yes. It’s a must read for any X-Files fan. Don’t forget about the other IDW Deviations one-shot issues starring the Ghostbusters, TMNT, Transformers & G.I. Joe. I’m really looking forward to those now that I’ve read this issue. [Travis S. at TFAW.com]

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


New Comic Book Day — Reviews for MMPR #1, Green Lantern #50, Black Widow #1 & Predator #1

We’re back again with reviews of a few books that we really enjoyed from this week’s new releases. Check out our other New Comic Book Day blog articles to see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment below or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you want us to do more of these types of reviews!

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.

 	
Predator Life & Death comics at TFAW.com Predator: Life & Death #1
By: Dan Abnett, Brian Thies, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

The next Predator/Alien/Prometheus event begins and stirs up some blood in Predator: Life & Death #1. This issue gives us a basic set we need. Where are they, why are they, and the hunt itself.

Looks like the Wayland-Yutani Corp wants to start some more terraforming of planets but before they send their people down, they send the USMC to make sure there are no pirates already taking the planets resources (yeah, pirates–guess they learned from LV-426).

It’s a good setup to what could be a fantastic Predator story. The pacing is good with strong characters. Brian Albert Thies’ art works very well, accompanied by Rain Beredo’s colors. I look forward to finding out more about this planet, its secrets, and why this mysterious ship is there. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Black Widow comics at TFAW.com

Black Widow #1
By: Chris Samnee, Mark Waid

This is one of the best hooks for a series I have read in awhile. Black Widow #1 is packed with action and so many questions that you just have to read the rest of the series. I fell in love with the art and color scheme as how well it matches the tone of the first issue. Mark Waid is back at it again, and has ceased to disappoint me every series he creates.

Natasha is not a character that will disappoint you in any way, shape or form. She plays by her rules, no matter what those might be. If you love espionage, action, and one of the best female spies in the Marvel universe, I highly recommend picking up this issue immediately! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

 	
Green Lantern #50 comic book review at TFAW.com Green Lantern #50
By: Robert Venditti, Billy Tan, Juan Gimenez

Everyone has differing ideas of when their life took a turn, and when they were their best version of themselves–able to overcome adversity despite the odds. This experience of inner conflict is regularly explored in the DCU. Hal Jordan faces himself at one of his lowest points in Green Lantern #50. This all happens because of the magic of the DC Multiverse and the return of Hal’s previous incarnation as Parallax.

Hal has other plans and this Multiversal bleed appears to be leading him to some strange new Rebirth along with the rest of the DC Universe! If the rest of the DC titles begin to experience this change, shifting them towards something familiar yet new, the entire Rebirth initiative will be something quite tremendous to witness. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 comic book review at TFAW.com

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1
By: Kyle Higgins, Hendry Prasetya, Matt Herms

It’s been about two months since issue MMPR #0 first hit the shelves and after reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1, I can tell you that it’s still really good. Kyle Higgens does a great job developing the characters we grew up with in a way that feels the same as they ever were but, updated so that new readers won’t get lost in mythology.

I really, really enjoy Hendry Prasetya’s character designs and Matt Herms’ colors. Even the small glimpse of a past foe was a really cool nod to the show. If you’re a Power Rangers fan–old or new–this is a great comic for you!

PS: Be sure to pick up the MMPR #1 TFAW Exclusive Variant (pictured here); only 500 were produced, and they’re going fast! We teamed up with one of our Sean “Cheeks” Galloway (Hellboy Junior, WoW: Pandaria, Teen Titans Go, Wednesday Comics) for what we think is a pretty incredible cover. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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


New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Lois and Clark, Chew, Black Magick & Daredevil

So many terrific books came out this week! The action picks up in Superman: Lois & Clark, huge things happen in Black Magick and Chew, and Daredevil continues to thrill. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. Check out our other New Comic Book Day 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.

 	
Superman Lois & Clark comics at TFAW.com Superman: Lois & Clark #5
By: Dan Jurgens, Lee Weeks

Superman: Lois And Clark is everything that is going right with the world right now! This has to be the best pre-Flashpoint Superman story line that’s out. With the latest issue, we see Superman’s daily struggles: being a good husband, being a better dad, and oh, well you know . . . defeating all his major foes in battle!

Superman never ceases to fight for what is right, even if that means taking down Blanque. The whole fighting sequence makes this issue worthwhile, but the cliffhanger has you anxiously waiting for more. With Jon and Lois by his side, this Superman can take on anything! I’m anxiously awaiting issue #6 now! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

Black Magick comic book review at TFAW.com

Black Magick #5
By: Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Chiara Arena, Jodi Wynne

Everyone knows by now that Greg Rucka is a brilliant writer. This issue continues to confirm that. However, the rest of the Black Magick creative team (Nicola Scott (art), Chiara Arena (colors) and Jodi Wynne (letters)) also needs to be commended. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I read through this issue. The main character, Rowan, goes on a journey from an everyday caring human being to a magical powerhouse — it is a wholly satisfying read on so many levels.

The series itself has been well-written but issue #5 really sets the tone for the book moving forward. We finally get a moment to see how close Rowan and her partner are. We get to see how caring she can be, but we also get to witness her strength; blended together with not only the proper words, but facial expressions and colors as well.

Investigations continue on both sides but this issue is full of reveals. STAY TUNED. It just got real! [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

 	
Chew comics at TFAW.com Chew #55
By: John Layman, Rob Guillory

Whoa, some big things happen here, and funny ones too, I mean it’s Chew we’re talking about. Now it’s going to be hard to talk to about this with out spoilers, so, I’ll do my best.

The issue opens up with Tony Chu finding another major character dead. After that, Savoy takes over the narration seemingly breaking the forth wall, or just talking to himself (which is kind of the same thing right?).

I can’t talk anymore about this issue without spoiling it. So I’ll say this, if you haven’t been reading Chew, this is not the issue to pick up and start. That said, if you haven’t been reading this one, you should. It’s a great series with 10 trades in print (as of press time), and there has been talk of a television show. It’s got great humor and a lot of heart. We’ve been fans from day 1, and it hasn’t missed a beat since. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Daredevil #4 comic book review at TFAW.com

Daredevil #4
By: Charles Soule, Ron Garney, Goran Sudzuka

What will happen when Matt calls Steve Rogers? Will it be for help against the nefarious Tenfingers? Or is it just to clear his conscience and let him know who he is?

In this issue, we find out more about DD’s mysterious “sidekick.” Is he friend or foe? Does he have an alliance with the gang of Tenfingers, or is it a ruse to get closer and take it down for the the betterment of Chinatown — to make his small part of New York safer, like Matt tries to do every day for Hell’s Kitchen. Will the Hand come and take care of Tenfingers before Daredevil and Blindspot can do it themselves? You’ll have to get this exciting issue of Daredevil and continue this amazing run of one of the truest heroes out of New York.

Charles Soule makes yet another big mark in the Marvel universe, and Ron Garney and Goran Sudzuka’s art brings one of the most unique styles we’ve ever seen to the world of Daredevil. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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