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    Mass Effect: Discovery #1 Uncovers a Dark Secret in the Andromeda Initiative

    Mass Effect: Discovery #1 is one of the most anticipated comic releases of the year. This comic promises to dive deeper into the Andromeda Initiative introduced in March’s Mass Effect: Andromeda video game. Dark Horse is no stranger to Bioware’s many video game worlds, but this is one the most promising storylines in their partnership. The first issue alone delivers on several of the promises made to fans during the initial production of the game. Namely, it uncovers significant dangers lurking in the Initiative’s long cast shadow.

    Mass Effect: Discovery #1 Review

    It comes as no surprise that this story is compelling when you look at the creative team bringing it to life. John Dombrow, lead writer for both Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda, has written a story that ties heavily back into the events of Andromeda. Artist Gabriel Guzman illustrates the comic, subtly luring readers back into the Mass Effect universe. He does this through incredible images that seamlessly recreates the iconic imagery of the games. His attention to detail hints at deeper connections to the greater Mass Effect storyline.

    Mass Effect: Discovery #1 Contains a Compelling Story

    The story itself is mostly told in flashback. The reader meets a side character from the game, Tiran Kandros, as he is reeling in the aftermath of a battle. Kandros, who is the leader of Nexus’ militia in Andromeda, is a much more significant character than the game would have you believe. While Tiran is just another NPC in the game, this comic shows us how he is so much more.

    Iran is a spy, infiltrating the Andromeda Initiative through the Nexus colony. The player only receives a few tidbits of information about Tiran’s life from before you meet him in the game. However, this comic blows apart any banal conceptions a player might have had of him. Despite his background role in the game, as the comic unfolds, it’s clear that Tiran is one of the most integral characters in the story of Andromeda. Through Tiran, we glimpse into not only the Turian perspective on the Initiative, but the resistance against it as well.

    Mass Effect: Discovery hits the shelves Wednesday, May 24th. Make sure to grab a copy at TFAW.com and don’t miss the beautiful variant cover by artist Kate Niemczyk. Until then, guys, keelah e’lai.

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    Mass Effect: Discovery #1, Dark Horse Comics, Released May 24th, 2017. Written by Jeremy Barlow and John Dombrow, Art by Gabriel Guzman, Cover by Michael Atiyeh. $3.99

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    Batman #23: The Brave and the Mold Review

    Batman #23 starts off with a bang – two bangs actually.

    Batman #23 Review

    We see a man reciting the lyrics to “My Wild Irish Rose” as he is being shot in the head twice. The man seemingly continues to recite the words after he’s died.

    The dead man, it turns out, is Swamp Thing’s father. The plant elemental shows up at the crime scene as Batman and Commissioner Gordon are trying to figure out how the killer came in through the 86th floor window. The resulting investigation is a superhero team-up for the ages.
    However, it takes a close second to the other dynamic duo – writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads, the pair behind the critically acclaimed “The Sheriff of Babylon.” As with that series, Batman #23 is a tale doesn’t disappoint.

    Batman #23 Is Swamp Thing’s Rebirth

    King spins a tight yarn complete with mystery, drama, revenge and a bit of pathos on the side. With his recent work on the book, King is proving himself to be a worthy successor to longtime Dark Knight scribe Scott Snyder. As compelling as the story is, it’s Gerads’ visuals that bring the story home. His Batman – normally the dominant figure in every panel – is dwarfed by Swamp Thing. It’s appropriate since ultimately, it’s really Swamp Thing’s story.

    Gerads shades each chapter with its own color – green when we first see Swamp Thing rising from a small plant, shades of gray as the man is being shot, browns to match the mahogany walls of stately Wayne Manor. It’s an excellent visual effect which really adds an extra layer of depth to this fantastic tale.

    The surprise ending is every bit as emotional as it is gruesome, leaving nearly every character as a victim. Everyone, that is, except the reader, who will be thrilled with this great story.

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    Batman #23, Marvel Comics, Released May 17th, 2017, Written by Tom King, Art By Mitch Gerads, $2.99

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    Generation X #1: Talking ’bout My Generation

    In all the acts of superheroics and protecting the Earth from calamity, it’s sometimes easy to forget that X-Men is ostensibly a book about a school. We all know the Xavier Institute secretly houses the X-men and all their crime fighting gear; however, it’s also home to a group of scared and confused young mutants just learning their powers. These young people are the focus of the latest X-title Generation X #1.

    Generation X #1 Review

    In this first issue we meet a ragtag group of new mutants just entering the institute. Headmaster and X-Men team leader Kitty Pryde can’t possibly juggle all the responsibilities of her demanding positions. So, she’s called in everybody’s favorite 90’s mallrat Jubilee to help mold these youngsters into a new team of heroes.

    It’s a big thrill for longtime X-Men readers to see Jubilee step into a leadership position. For so long, she’s been the kid sister of the team, and to see her come into her own and become a mentor to young mutants is very satisfying.

    Generation X #1 Starts Off Strong

    One of the strengths of this first issue is its focus on character, and rather than leaping directly into super villain fighting, we get a sense of the characters and their dynamics. This team has a lot of dysfunction: It’s clear these characters are young and unproven. There’s much infighting and self-doubt, and this will no doubt be the center of conflict for issues to come.

    Generation X #1 feels like the right step in the continuation of the Marvel X-Men relaunch. It’s a direct appeal to a younger market who will no doubt relate to this mismatched bunch of characters. A treat for X-readers new and old, Generation X #1 is another success for Marvel’s Resurrxion relaunch.

    The X-Men are back and better than ever! Check out all of our Resurrxion comics!

    Generation X #1, Marvel Comics, Released May 17th, 2017, Written by Christina Strain, Art by Amilcar Pinna, Cover by Terry Dodson, $3.99

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    Luke Cage Begins A New Series

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews go to Luke Cage, Power Rangers and Harley Quinn. As a reminder these are only a few of the awesome comics that came out this week. 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.

    Luke Cage #1
    By: David F. Walker, Nelson Blake, Rahzzah

    Many writers have tried to write Luke Cage over the years, though most of them have failed to give Cage a voice that is both distinctive and real. Writer David F. Walker has done both in Luke Cage #1, a comic that is one of the best interpretations of the character yet.

    From the very first page of the comic, it’s clear that Walker is familiar with the character of Luke Cage right down to the soul. You feel the sorrow in Cage’s voice when he learns that Dr. Noah Burstein has tragically passed away. You feel the sarcasm in his speech when he fights yet another masked villain. This comic is Luke Cage at its best.

    However, it’s not all about David F. Walker; Nelson Blake, who does an excellent job on the art, joins him on the title.

    Whether you’re a brand new fan thanks to the Luke Cage Netflix show or an old school fan from the ‘70s, you need to pick up Luke Cage #1. The last page alone will have long-time fans of both Luke Cage and Iron Fist squealing with delight, as Walker reaches deep into the Marvel Universe for a special surprise reveal. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #15
    By: Kyle Higgins, Tom Taylor, Jamal Campbell, Trey Moore, Goni Montes, Dan Mora, Frazer Irving

    Man, we’re only 15 issues in, but it feels like so much more time has passed. We’ve gone way past what happened in the show, straight into alternate timelines where Tommy never broke free of Rita and destroyed the Power Rangers, both our Mighty Morphin’ variety and beyond.

    This issue tells us where Zordon has been, what he’s seen from both timelines and why he still believes in the Rangers, including Tommy Oliver. As a big Power Rangers fan. I can honestly say Kyle Higgens has been doing an amazing job throughout this series. In fact, Boom! Studios and all their Power Rangers comics have been fantastic.

    If you are, on any level, a Power Rangers fan, even if you watched only a little bit of the show, then do yourself a favor and pick up this series. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Harley Quinn #20
    By: Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin

    I’ve been a huge Harley Quinn fan since first seeing her debut on the Batman Animated Series cartoon. I’m also one of those fans that have loved the interpretation that Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner came up with. If you’ve read any issue of this run since her reinvention in the New 52, you know what to expect with Harley Quinn #20.

    The crazy Harley has once again found herself in a chaotic situation. Harley Sinn captures her friends, her parents are coming to visit, and someone from the future is out to kill her. Harley handles these situations in a way that only she can do, and it’s a guarantee you’ll crack up at least two or three times in this issue.

    The back-up story from Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti is just the icing on the cake. For fans of classic ‘90s Harley, this issue is worth buying just for this story.

    If you’re a fan of Harley Quinn, it’s likely you’re already buying this issue. However, if you haven’t yet checked out the zany adventures of Harley, then this comic is a great starting point.[Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Babyteeth #1: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Meets Rosemary’s Baby

    Donny Cates (Redneck, God Country, Ghost Fleet) is back at it again. This time, he’s partnered with Garry Brown (Black Road, John Carter: The End) to bring us Babyteeth #1, a story of the not-so-immaculate conception and birth of the Antichrist. Where does this not-so-immaculate conception take place? In Salt Lake City Utah, of all places.

    Sadie Ritter is a pretty normal teen, except for one thing. She’s pregnant, and her baby is the Antichrist. While you might expect this story to unfold in the exact opposite manner as the Nativity, it’s actually pretty innocent. That is, if you can get past the mystery of the baby’s father and the massive earthquakes that coincide with Sadie’s contractions. There’s also the matter of the destruction of the barriers between earthly and demonic planes.

    Sixteen Years Old, Nine Months Pregnant with the Antichrist


    Babyteeth #1 Review

    When asked about Babyteeth in an exclusive interview with TFAW last month, Donny Cates gave us the elevator pitch. “Sadie Ritter is sixteen and pregnant with the Antichrist. Once the baby is born, all hell comes with it. It’s very sweet.”

    Garry Brown’s art style is well known for beautiful brutality. The depth of detail Brown provides in the landscape and scenery makes the modern day setting of Salt Lake City jump off the page. The expressive detail he lends to the characters’ faces sells Cates’ script beautifully and helps make Babyteeth a highly emotional read.

    Donny Cates Knocks It Out of the Park in Babyteeth #1

    Everything Donny Cates is writing these days is pure gold. With God Country currently in its fourth printing, Redneck already going back to press for it’s second run, and the brilliant showing here by Cates and Brown, Babyteeth #1 will undoubtedly fly off the shelves as well.

    MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE REST OF BABYTEETH!

    Babyteeth #1, Aftershock Comics, release date June 14, 2017, co-created and written by Donny Cates, co-created and art by Garry Brown, color by Mark Englert, letters by Taylor Esposito, logo by John J. Hill, $3.99

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    Star Wars: Screaming Citadel (One Shot): In Space No One Can Hear Your Lightsaber

    Marvel’s latest Star Wars crossover unites two unlikely characters, Luke Skywalker and Doctor Aphra. It’s a combination that probably shouldn’t work, but somehow does under the skillful pen of writer Kieron Gillen. More importantly, the Screaming Citadel one shot helps to fill in some of the gaps in Luke Skywalker’s path to becoming a Jedi Knight.

    Star Wars Screaming Citadel (One Shot)
    Despite their different allegiances, the characters need each other. Luke feels the Force, but has no real training to become a Jedi. Aphra wants to unlock the power in an artifact she recovered. The irony of the situation isn’t lost on Gillen. After a grueling cantina fight (Luke can’t seem to avoid them), he accuses Aphra of being evil. “Evil is a very strong word,” she replies.

    Aphra convinces Luke to accompany her to the Screaming Citadel to unlock the mystery of her artifact – and to get him the training he desperately needs. However, the price the pair has to pay for that knowledge is could end up being too high.

    Screaming Citadel Is Star Wars At Its Best

    Artist Marco Checchetto gets to play with lots of Star Wars toys in this premiere issue. Checchetto has no problem drawing Wookies, Twi’leks, Toydarians, and even a Gungun (though hopefully not Jar Jar Binks). Our favorite characters, including Leia and Luke, are easily recognizable, right down to the smirk on Han Solo’s face.

    Despite the dire circumstances, Gillen keeps the mood light with his irreverent characters, including Doctor Aphra and her two droids. Where R2-D2 and C-3PO frequently save the heroes lives, Aphra’s abominations gleefully plot the torture of everyone they meet. Aphra herself is a welcome change to the Star Wars universe – think of a female Han Solo with even more selfish motives.

    “Two people and a Wookie versus a bar?” she says. “That’s what I call the start of a great weekend.”

    It’s also the start of a great series.

    Like the first issue? We’ve got the issues you need to continue the story!

    Star Wars: Screaming Citadel #1, Marvel Comics, Released May 10, 2017; Written by Kieron Gillen; Art by Marco Checchetto; Colors by Andres Mossa; Lettering by VC’s Joe Caramanga; $4.99.

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    Rocket Takes On One Last Job In Rocket #1

    When one thinks of the Guardians of The Galaxy it’s impossible not to immediately conjure up images of Rocket. He’s everyone’s favorite roguish raccoon (though don’t let him catch you saying that). Fresh off his critically acclaimed appearance in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Rocket launches into a new solo series all his own, the appropriately titled Trash Panda #1 Rocket #1.


    Rocket #1 Review
    We initially find Rocket in a bar regaling the bartender with tales of his recent Earthbound adventures. Into the bar walks Otta, an old flame from Rocket’s past who left him jailed and heartbroken last he saw her. Of course, she needs his help, which involves Rocket returning to his criminal ways. Rocket is obviously suspicious, but with the fate of Otta’s planet at stake he just can’t help but get involved.

    Writer Al Ewing crafts an extremely clever intergalactic crime story in Rocket #1. This book is as much Ocean’s 11 as it is Guardians of The Galaxy. The idea of Rocket using his natural raccoon abilities of hypersensitive touch and hearing to be a safecracker is ingenious. Ewing also uses the plot to paint Rocket as a reformed thief trying to avoid getting pulled back into the game. It’s a nice reminder that the Guardians characters exist in a darker, more crime-ridden part of the Marvel Universe.

    Rocket #1 Is Some Of Ewing’s Best Work Yet


    Artist Adam Gorham obviously has a ball creating a ragtag crew of animal inspired aliens. Seeing Rocket and his crew in stylish matching suits plays into the fun, caper vibe of the comic. It’s exactly the kind of story and attitude we expect of Rocket and it’s clear from this first issue that he’s in the hands of a perfectly matched creative team.

    If you’ve seen the movies or loved the Guardians comics and just can’t enough of this acerbic raccoon, then Rocket #1 is the perfect jumping on point for his solo adventures.

    I AM GROOT

    Rocket #1, Marvel Comics, Released May 10th, 2017, Written by Al Ewing, Art by Adam Gorham, Cover by Mike Mayhew, $3.99

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    A New Secret Warriors Team Bands Together

    Four comics reviewed this week and all are team-ups! Remember these are only a few comics that came out THIS WEEK! Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other comics. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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    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.

    Supergirl #9
    By: Steve Orlando, Brian Ching, Michael Atyeh

    Escape from the Phantom Zone Part One kicks off an arc that I’ve been dying to see since Rebirth started. A Barbara Gordon and Kara Danvers team up.

    The concept is simple. The Tychotech company in National City is unveiling a new clean energy concept to the world. As Supergirl, Kara has been invited due to her attachment to the technology used. Of course, something goes wrong and the machine goes haywire sending Barbara’s friend Ben into the Phantom Zone. Naturally, Batgirl and Supergirl head into the Phantom Zone to find him and get him out.

    Writer Steve Orlando did pull off something that I didn’t see coming. The villain who turned-on the machine was Magog, who hasn’t made a ton of appearances (that I’m aware of) since Kingdom Come. Brian Ching does a good job with this world and has since Rebirth started. Michael Atyeh’s colors are perfect for any “Super” book: Nice and bright. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Titans #11
    By: Dan Abnett, Brett Booth, Benjamin Percy, Mike McKone

    Since the beginning of Rebirth, Titans has always stood at the center of it all thanks to Wally West, the one hero who kickstarted this whole event. With Titans #11 and the first chapter of The Lazarus Contract, Wally and the rest of his team find themselves set to change the DC Universe yet again.

    Like all great Titans stories, Titans #11 centers on Deathstroke, who seeks to bring his son back from the dead. Slade believes the key is through Wally West and time travel, which could have potentially devastating effects on the already fragile state of the universe. In particular, the last page of this comic will shake things up in a big way for both the Titans and Teen Titans.

    Titans #11 is the start of yet another exciting mini-event for DC Comics and looks to shake everything up once again. The superstar writing team of Ben Percy, Dan Abnett, and Christopher Priest are well on their way to knocking this one out of the park. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    DON’T MISS AN ISSUE OF THE LAZARUS CONTRACT!

    The Unbelievable Gwenpool #15
    By: Christopher Hastings, Myisha Haynes, Paulina Ganucheau

    Weird team-ups! Hijinks! 4th-wall breaking! It’s all here in The Unbelievable Gwenpool! This whole series is nothing but obscure adventures and breaking the 4th-wall, and no surprise, it’s been awesome.

    Gwenpool’s friend is trapped is a gem, and she’s working with Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) to help free him. Well, first she’s got to get her friend back from Ghost Rider, then save him from the dwarves that want the gem. Then, she has to somehow get him out, all while Ghost Rider does his thing and Kate Bishop a.k.a. Hawkeye, just shoots arrows.

    This is a really fun series that you can’t take seriously at all: It’s zanier than good ol’ Deadpool. Less blood and guts, but more wacky fun. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Secret Warriors #1
    By: Matthew Rosenberg, Javi Garron, Tradd Moore

    i>Secret Empire #1 revealed a shocking truth about the state of the Hydra-controlled world: Inhumans were being rounded up into camps. While this is only touched on briefly in that book, Secret Warriors #1 dives headfirst into the subject.

    Writer Matthew Rosenberg assembles a dream team of Inhumans for this latest incarnation of the Secret Warriors, including Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl and Quake. The comic features equal amounts mystery, suspense, drama, and action, and Rosenberg nails all of it. Artist Javi Garron does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.

    If you’ve read the solicits for Secret Warriors, you won’t find any surprises in this book. However, if you’re following Secret Empire #1 or you’re a fan of the Inhumans, I highly recommend this book due to its strong writing and the impact it’s going to have on Secret Empire as a whole. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 Brings us back to Kirkwood

    Those familiar with the Dragon Age series know that the world of Thedas has a rich undercurrent of stories that are just waiting to be told, and one such tale is the subject of Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1. Even if you haven’t played through the popular Bioware franchise, this comic stands up on its own merits. While there are elements that people who are completely new to the world will not understand fully, I have hope that the subtle storytelling of the writers will integrate the information in later issues to better introduce new readers to their world. For long-time fans of the series, there are several nods to previous events in the games and to the first comics miniseries by Dark Horse, Magekiller.

    Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1

    In the latest team-up between Bioware and Dark Horse comics, Dragon Age fans are introduced to a young rogue named Vaea. Vaea is squire to the much venerated knight Ser Aaron Hawthorne, who is drunk not just on wine, but also on his imaginings of his own glory. However, Vaea is more than just a simple servant to the grandiose man; she is also an elf motivated by the plight of her people. Using Ser Hawthorne’s influence to travel, Vaea steals in order to share with the disenfranchised elves who are sequestered in the alienages of Thedas.

    Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 Sees Many Popular Characters Return

    We first meet Vaea as she and her patron are on their way to Kirkwood to visit fan favorite Varric Tethras as he’s on the edge of being appointed Viscount of the troubled city. While Ser Hawthorne is busy spinning drunken tales to a party held in Varric’s honor, Vaea sneaks out to meet up with a former Templar named Ser Nevin Faramore. Faramore had worked directly for Knight Commander Meredith before she was destroyed by Red Lyrium at the end of the second Dragon Age video game.

    Faramore hires Vaea to sneak into the Gallows to retrieve a box of treasures that Commander Meredith had hidden before her death, to which only he possesses the only key. What follows reveals Vaea’s true character as she instead steals the key away from Faramore in order to bring the treasure to the elves of Kirkwood.

    Vaea’s Robin Hood-esque endeavors don’t go unnoticed, however. Almost immediately, Varric shows interest in the woman, quickly recognizing that she is up to more than she seems and giving her the nickname of “Fingers.” Vaea is also approached by a mysterious woman, who insinuates that Vaea has stumbled into a situation much larger than she had originally bargained for through veiled threats about the Inquisition.

    Politics and Action Combine in Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1

    This story promises to explore the schism between elves and humans in the world of Thedas, a schism that has been the source of unending strife since the beginning of the franchise. In one scene, the reader is shown a blithely racist conversation happening amongst a bunch of well-to-do humans while Vaea has to placidly stand by. In addition to this, there are conversations about slavery, poverty, and the wars that have marred the landscapes of Thedas for generations.

    Whether you’re a long time fan of Dragon Age or completely new to the series, this comic is engaging and lures you deeper into the world that Bioware has made for their incredible games. While this first issue is peripheral to the main storyline of the series, the overall tale hints that it will reveal some secrets left over after the end of the last game.

    Between the compelling new characters and at least one returning fan favorite, Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 will draw you deeper into Kirkwood and the dangers that hide in its shadows.

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    Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1, Dark Horse, Released May 10th, 2017, Writer: Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Artist: Fernando Heinz Furukawa, Colorist: Michael Atiyeh, Cover Artist: Sachin Teng, $3.99

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    Secret Empire #1: Hail Captain America!

    Secret Empire #1

    Never have the words “Hail Hydra” packed more of a wallop than when they are uttered by that star-spangled Avenger, Captain America, in Secret Empire #1. However, that’s now the situation facing the Marvel universe in the publisher’s latest event.
    Secret Empire #1
    As seen in Secret Empire #0, Cap has engineered the rise of Hydra by trapping most of the heroes in space or in the Darkforce. The book opens with a time skip, showing that Cap’s coalition of Hydra forces now control the United States – and have their sights trained on the rest of the world. Only a handful of good guys remain, led by Hawkeye and Black Widow.

    Secret Empire #1 Raises the Stakes

    In the hands of writer Nick Spencer, this doesn’t feel like a typical Marvel event. The rules have changed, and the stakes are higher. The bad guy isn’t a bonafide villain like Ultron, Thanos or the shapeshifting Skrulls: it’s Captain America. The icon. Our unblemished hero.

    Spencer shows his knack for capturing the many characters’ essences without reducing them to caricatures. Cap shows his steely resolve, remaining Boy Scout-like even while approving pumping mind-altering drugs into the water supply. Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel displays her bravery in the face of impossible odds. Even Tony Stark’s AI self gets into the act, appropriately sarcastic, drunken, womanizing, and even unshaven.
    Secret Empire #1 Variant
    Artist Steve McNiven has his hands full with depicting the new resistance, which includes members such as Viv Vision, Ironheart and the Hulk, battling the forces of Baron Zemo, Dr. Faustus and Arnim Zola.

    To cap off the compelling first chapter of this nine-issue series, Spencer hands us a shocking – no, really, it’s completely shocking – surprise that will leave fans divided but will compel readers to come back for more.

    Long live the Secret Empire!

    Secret Empire #1 Is Off To A Strong Start — Make Sure To Order The Remaining Issues!

    Secret Empire #1: Marvel Comics, Released May 3, 2017, Written by Nick Spencer; Pencils by Steve McNiven; Inks by Jay Leisten; Colors by Matthew Wilson; Lettering by VC’s Travis Lanham; $4.99.

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    The Venom-fueled Beast Who Broke the Bat Is Back in Bane: Conquest #1

    Bane was first drawn in the pages of Batman: The Vengeance of Bane (January 1993). Typically, DC portrays Bane as a genius with an accelerated healing factor and Venom-enhanced strength and durability. Bane’s biggest stage to date was the Batman event Knightfall, in which Bane broke Batman’s back. Over two decades later, DC Comics has finally given Bane his own miniseries, which begins with Bane: Conquest #1.

    Bane: Conquest #1 opens with a shipment of spent plutonium warheads headed toward Gotham. Bane chases down the freighter carrying the missiles and and is accompanied by his classic cronies: Trogg, Zombie, and Bird. He commandeers the vessel and swiftly dispatches the redshirts on board.

    Bane: Conquest #1

    In Bane: Conquest #1, it’s all about CONQUEST

    Based on the initial events in this first chapter (of twelve) of Bane: Conquest, Bane could almost be seen as a hero. Almost. Bane sees the incoming shipment to an unknown entity as a threat to his territory, and Gotham is his and his alone to smash. He has big plans that begin with Gotham and end in global domination.

    It’s refreshing to see Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan teamed back up on the character they co-created back in the ’90s. Neither has lost a step. The book has a throwback feel and look from that era. The plot moves quickly, with bursts of action. Nolan updated Bane’s look without losing that retro mood.

    Bane: Conquest #1 serves as a re-introduction to a character most readers are at least conversationally familiar with. It’s a great jumping on point for new readers and a great jumping back on point for readers from the Knightfall era. Overall, it’s just a fun book to read.

    Make sure to subscribe to Bane: Conquest so you never miss an issue!

    Bane: Conquest #1, DC Comics, released May 3, 2017, rated Teen+, written by Chuck Dixon, art by Graham Nolan, colors by Gregory Wright, letters by Carlos Mangual, $3.99

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    It’s Jean Grey’s Time to Shine in Jean Grey #1

    This week for New Comic Book Day, we’re kicking things off with Jean Grey’s long-awaited solo series and a return to DC’s Injustice universe. Only two books this week because we’re busy prepping for our biggest Free Comic Book Day yet!

    As always, this is just a sample of the new books out this week; you can check out everything that came out this week on our website.

    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.

    Jean Grey #1
    By: Dennis Hopeless, Victor Ibanez, David Yardin

    I’ve always thought that Jean Grey should have her own solo series. Out of all the X-Men, Ms. Grey has always dealt with a host of issues that were generally underexplored in the core X-Men books. In Jean Grey #1, writer Dennis Hopeless gets the chance to give Jean Grey the spotlight and a story that dives into her mind.

    Throughout the book, we see Jean Grey struggle with the legacy her older self left behind, namely in terms of the Phoenix. We also see her other struggles, such as being the only female on a team of men and what it means to be a hero. The inner monologue of Jean Grey presents the character in a new light, and Hopeless captures her voice perfectly.

    The book isn’t all narrative, as Jean Grey faces off against 3/4 of the Wrecking Crew. The art from Victor Ibanez captures the action perfectly.

    If you’re a fan of the X-Men comics, Jean Grey #1 is a must-read book. Without spoiling anything, I’m positive that this book is going to end up being a game changer for Jean Grey and have repercussions for the larger X-Men books. Without a doubt, this is my pick for book of the week. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Injustice 2 #1
    By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Jim Lee, Scott Williams

    The Injustice series by Tom Taylor was one of DC’s biggest surprises in recent years. Writer Tom Taylor took a simple video game tie-in series and turned it into one of the greatest Elseworlds stories that DC has ever told. With Injustice 2 on the horizon, Taylor is back to pen the tie-in series of the same name.

    The Injustice 2 comic tells the story that takes place between the first and second games, which means Taylor is free to explore characters and ideas that won’t show up in the game itself. One such idea is Amanda Waller and Suicide Squad, an idea that quickly turns violent much earlier than you’d expect.

    Tom Taylor and a collection of artists such as Bruno Redondo are off to a great start with Injustice 2 #1. If they can keep this pace up, DC will have another huge success on their hands. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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