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  • Interview with Joelle Jones and Preview of Lady Killer 2 #1

    Interview with Joelle Jones

    lady killer 2, #1 coverWhat can be more all-American than a housewife who hosts Tupperware parties, has a hot meal on the table for her busy husband when he comes home, and is always ready with a kind word and plate of hot cookies for her children after a tough day of school? Well, if you’re Josie Schuller, you’ve got one more thing to juggle, because she’s also a killer, running a successful assassination business on the side. I mean, a girl’s gotta have something to break up the monotony, right?

    We first met Josie and the whole Schuller family in writer Joëlle Jones’ Eisner award-nominated Lady Killer series, but for the new storyline, they’ve just moved into a picture-perfect Cocoa Beach, Florida during the early years of the Space Race (the 1960s). Like Desperate Housewives, all the women in Cocoa Beach have lives completely independent of their worker-bee husbands, and while Josie is clearly trying to fit in with her Tupperware party, it’s a catty community of insecure, snotty women and she’s not really someone you want to piss off.

    The bigger problem is that someone else in the family actually knows her side job and doesn’t like it much at all. But would you want to confront the stone-cold killer in your family, or would you try your very best to stay on their good side? Yeah, me too.

    There’s a breezy fun about Jones’ story, a sort of Stepford Wives meets The Long Kiss Goodnight that is eminently readable — I’m definitely ready for the next installment as this first issue ends in a huge cliffhanger! — enhanced by the wonderful artwork of Michelle Madsen. Indeed, Madsen could easily be straight out of a time machine from an ad agency in the 1960’s, so faithfully does she capture technicolor shades of the era and enhances Jones’ art.

    Lady Killer 2 #1 Preview

    We were lucky to catch up with Joëlle to ask her a few questions about the Lady Killer 2 series. Here’s what she shared with us:

    TFAW: What was your original inspiration for the Lady Killer series? I loved the first series, where will you be taking Josie this time around?

    Joëlle Jones: The Schuller family has moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida, where life carries on as usual. Josie continues to juggle Tupperware parties, her kids, and a few human heads. However, when someone from her past tails her on a hit, she may be in for more than she bargained for.

    lady killer tpbTFAW: You chose a female protagonist with a decidedly dark side, then set it in ’60s America. What appeals to you about the tensions and duality of that era and her “side” job?

    Jones: I’ve always been drawn to stories about people with dual natures…and I thought setting the series in this particular time in American history really highlights that duality.

    TFAW: From the artwork, we figure that Lady Killer 2 takes place concurrent with the Space Race that was such a prominent part of Florida in the ’60s. Is that going to be woven into the story?

    Jones: Yes! Josie and her family move to Cocoa Beach because of her husband’s job. He works for a company that is connected to the aerospace industry..

    TFAW: Really love your style of art in this story too. How do you stay true to the ’60s artistic sensibility while still offering the visual pizazz that modern readers demand?

    Lady Killer 2 #1 PreviewJones: I’m constantly looking at the great illustrators from that mid-century period. I also try to keep up with current comics. So, I suppose those to things merge in my mind and translate to the page.

    TFAW: A family where Mom has a secret identity. Any chance Dad or the rather witchy mother-in-law might have something up their proverbial sleeve?

    Jones: Probably! But I’m not going to tell you about that here. I guess you’ll just have to read and find out!

    TFAW: You’ve brought Michelle Madsen in for the fun this time around. How did she become involved with Lady Killer 2?

    Jones: We only had Laura Allred for the first series and filling her shoes was a daunting task. I’ve always loved Michelle’s work and when we got the opportunity to bring her on to the team I was pleased as punch! She’s a perfect fit for the book. Amazing work!

    TFAW: For those who haven’t discovered Lady Killer yet, what’s your elevator pitch for the series?

    Jones: Ha! I get asked this a lot. “Donna Reed meets Dexter.”

    TFAW: What other projects are you working on right now?

    Jones: I’m going to be very busy for the next two years but I really can’t talk about it. Lots of exciting stuff!

    TFAW: What comic books are you enjoying right now?

    Jones: I just finished reading Harrow County and I loved it! Thought it was fantastic. I’ve been digging some of the DC Rebirth books and I’ve also been going back to some 90’s Punisher books. All great stuff!

    Lady Killer 2, #1, written by Joëlle Jones, art by Jones and Michelle Madsen. he first issue will arrive August 3, 2016, and the first two issues are available for pre-order – and you’ll want to pre-order this one, gang!

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  • NCBD: Old Man Logan, New Super Man, Kong of Skull Island & Star Trek

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    For New Comic Book Day this week – we look at an Old Man, a New Super Man, a Giant Gorilla, and celebrate Star Trek’s 50 years. As always these are only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. 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.

    Old Man Logan comics at TFAW.com

    Old Man Logan #8
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
    In the last issue of Old Man Logan, we saw Logan defending the people of Killhorn Falls from a crazed group of killers called the Reavers lead by Lady Deathstrike. He will stop at nothing to keep this group from killing the woman who became his wife from his lost timeline. With his back against the wall, Logan succeeds in pushing the threat away from the population and leaves to keep them safe.

    In this much-anticipated issue, we find Logan not too far in the future from the events of the last story arc, living once again with his team and family, the X-Men, with one exception – Jean Grey is alive and wants nothing more than to help out her lifelong friend. We also get to see, through Logan’s memories, the events that lead to the night the heroes fell. We now know what happened at the Xavier School for the Gifted – when the villains used Logan as their killing machine to take down the X-Men (see Old Man Logan by Millar and McNiven) – but we never got to see the fall of New York, or what led to the descent of Hank Pym. By the end of this issue, all will be revealed. And in the conclusion of this amazing book, we get to see a perfect reunion that will hit home with any Wolverine fan – or any comic fan in general.

    I can’t say enough to about how much I’ve loved this book. Jeff Lemire has taken the mantle of this story and used the new and old universes to make this a truly fantastic book, with the beautiful art of Andrea Sorrentino making the characters and action jump right off the page. I cannot wait for what happens next issue of Old Man Logan! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    New Super Man #1
    By: Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic

    Shanghai, China. Kong Kenan is a bully that justifies his behavior by picking on Lixin, whose father runs an airline. The very same airline who he holds responsible for the death of his mother. Kenan’s father is a mechanic that is part of a “Writers’ Group” which are conspiracy theorists attempting to prove the existence of the Ministry of Self-Reliance.

    These pieces converge when the villain Blue Condor swoops in to abduct Lixin. Kenan instinctively throws a can of soda (which he stole from Lixin) at Blue Condor. This is caught on video and gains the attention of the Ministry of Self-Reliance. Who approaches him to grant him the powers of Superman.

    All that power given to one without the moral compass of our Kryptonian is going to steer us on an interesting course, indeed. Gene Luen Yang’s story and Viktor Bogdanovic’s art are both flashy enough to catch our attention, and keep us watching, as this story evolves. It’s going to be an interesting series seeing this New Super Man go from bully to hero. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Kong of Skull Island #1
    By: James Asmus, Carlos Magno, Felipe Massafera

    First things first, the art of this comic book is gorgeous! I was memorized by Carlos Magno’s clear and very detailed illustrations. This issue opens up to a time before Kongs became extinct. The people believed the gods protected us through the Kongs.

    As the natives travel to expand the islands they rule, they take their protectors with them. When the natives discover Skull Island, they get more than they bargained for. This island has bad written all over it and as the people try to steer clear of it, the ship is attacked by monsters! As the ship starts to sink, one Kong struggles to get back on the sinking ship. As the people are drowning… the only thought you can conjure up is “Save the Kong!!!”. Kong of Skull Island is going to be one heck of a ride! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Star Trek #59
    By: Mike Johnson, Tony Shasteen

    As we near the 50th anniversary of Star Trek we see the crew of the Starship Enterprise enter a place in space that seems to be a bridge to alternate realities. The crew, for a time, switches minds with their movie and original series counterparts. This comes with some comedic surprises for them.

    Switching back and forth between old and new crew members was cool. Mike Johnson did a good job slightly altering how each Kirk or Spock said the same line, highlighting the differences between the two universes. Since he came aboard, Tony Shasteen has done a fantastic job drawing the series. Each character is easily recognizable, even for casual viewers of the series.

    It will be fun to see how both crews deal with such an anomaly in Star Trek #60![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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  • NCBD: Bounty, Justice League Rebirth, Punisher, Batman 66 meets Steed and Mrs. Peel

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    Batman teams up with the Avengers? The creator of Rat Queens takes us to space, The Punisher contnues his path of destruction, and the Justice League go through a Rebirthing-all this week for New Comic Book Day. As always these are only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our previous 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.

    Bounty comics at TFAW.com

    Bounty #1
    By: Kurtis Wiebe, Mindy Lee, Leordo Olea

    Sisters Nina and Georgie steal from the rich and give to the poor, and keep some for themselves. Hey, they have to eat, too. From Rat Queens creator Kurtis Wiebe and artist Mindy Lee. Comes this Robin Hood-Esq space tale.

    This 40-page introduction really lays out the landscape for the new series. Kurtis has proven in the past he can write both funny and engaging teams with Rat Queens and this is no exception. I had a ton of fun with the sisters and their teammates. Bounty hits on elements seen in popular series like Firefly and Cowboy Bebop, but dials up the sci-fi, and futurism so that we end up with something unique, but familiar at the same time.

    If you’ve been enjoying Rat Queens this is an instant pick up. If you don’t know what Rat Queens is, well, 1) you’re missing out, and 2), this is an excellent point to blast off with an awesome new series. Don’t be the last one to the loading dock. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Justice League comics at TFAW.com

    Justice League Rebirth #1
    By: Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel

    It’s a brand new day for the Justice League! After the Superman of the New 52 sacrificed his life to protect all human life, there was a void left in the Justice League. Now as they mourn the loss of their friend, they face the task of picking up the pieces.

    A large alien threat attacks, bringing together Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and rookie Green Lanterns – Simon Baz, and Jessica Cruz. Our Pre-Flashpoint Superman has made his presence known to few, but he cannot help but see this threat and rush into action to help the heroes of this Earth by stepping into his former role.

    Batman is skeptical of the Kryptonian and wants to keep a close eye on him. Knowing what we do about Superman, it won’t be long until he proves himself to the team. Solid art and a well-paced story give this opening room to grow and establishes a new threat which I am sure we will be seeing more of in the future. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Punisher comics at TFAW.com

    Punisher #3
    By: Becky Cloonan, Steve Dillon, Declan Shalvey

    Previously in Punisher, Frank Castle goes up against Condor, a mob that’s manufacturing a drug called EMC which is making people stronger, faster, and immune to pain. While Punisher takes out all of Condor’s head men, This leaves the DEA to come after Frank. After all, he is killing all their evidence for their case. His next hit is Josiah, one of the makers of EMC. However, Josiah comes with a catch. A little girl strapped with explosives and a father who is ready to hit the detonator as soon as the Punisher shows up.

    I love the intense, on-edge feeling this series has been giving off so far–each issue has a fantastic fight scene. This issue thickens the plot of the story, and each issue has a fantastic fight scene. I am really intrigued to see where Becky Cloonan (writer of Southern Cross and Gotham Academy) takes this series. A definite must read for new and old fans of Punisher! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Batman 66 Meets Steed & Mrs. Peel comics at TFAW.com

    Batman 66 Meets Steed & Mrs. Peel #1
    By: Ian Edginton, Matthew Dow Smith, Michael Allred

    Last Time on Batman 66….
    Well, I don’t know what happened last time actually, but I can tell you that this is the first time we’ve EVER seen Batman team-up with the Avengers! No, not those Avengers from Marvel, the other ones from across the pond, Boom Studios’ Steed and Mrs. Peel.

    With the Gotham Museum hosting the White Star Diamond from the Royal Family, everything looks to be fine until Catwoman appears, and she’s on the prowl for new accessories. Although Batman and Robin were too late, British Secret Intelligence agents Steed and Mrs. Peel were on the case. But could it be that something more sinister is going on? Was Catwoman behind it all? Will Steed and Peel ever be called The Avengers again? Find out next time, Same bat-time, same bat-channel!

    Overall, this was a fun issue to read for me having some history with Steed and Peel, as my father watched them when I was a kid. Ian Edginton does a good job keeping the Batman 66 series in tone with the show. It felt like watching an episode. Tied with Matthew Dow Smith’s art and Jordie Bellaire’s colors this worked exceptionally well. Great start to this six-issue mini-series. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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  • Review: Control #1

    Review of Control #1

    control #1 coverControl stars out with a bang: A man’s been hung in an otherwise empty apartment in a gritty urban city a lot like New York or Gotham, and officers Mitch and Kate have their friendly pool game at the local tavern interrupted when they get the call “officer down”. Rushing to the scene, they find the victim and two more victims: two of the city’s finest officers in blue, both mercilessly gunned down by the perp.

    Convinced he’s seen the killer on their way up to the apartment, Mitch rushes back outside while Kate stays and tries to stabilize one of the victims who might not be dead after all. The body count goes up, but the perp’s gotten away with almost no clues left behind at all. Kate is determined to solve the crime and bring the perp to justice, even if she has to shove her way past insensitive fellow detectives and put up with a supervisor who is more worried about police procedure than saving lives or catching the culprit.

    And so begins the powerful new crime drama Control by writers Andy Diggle and Angela Cruickshank with artist Andrea Mutti. This is a story pegged for “Mature readers” yet until the last page of this first installment there’s really nothing exceptional about the art or storyline. Until the very last page, which is as much of a surprise to Kate and her new partner as it is to us, the reader.

    The story’s very good, the art is fluid and rough-edged as you would hope from a police procedural, and this is a strong beginning to an engaging and, yes, potentially titillating mystery. Good stuff, for sure.

    Control #1, written by Andy Diggle and Angela Cruickshank, art by Andrea Mutti, coloring by Vladimir Popov and lettering by Simon Bowland. Published June 6, 2016.

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  • June’s Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Gwenpool #1 at TFAW.com

    She Wolf #1 review at TFAW.comEvery month, we read hundreds of well-crafted product reviews that our fantastic customers submit. One of the most challenging parts is narrowing the field to three outstanding reviews and awarding $25 gift certificates as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. Join us in congratulating this month’s winners:

    Daniel from Miami, FL wrote a quick 4-star review for the She Wolf #1:

    The classic horror movie poster was enough for me to pick this up. After reading it I’m gonna have to keep picking it up. It’s too crazy to describe… If you like B-movie horror and dark comedy then this is some sweet reading.

    Image has been killing it lately. Be sure to check out other new Image Comics series to discover other great books like She Wolf.

    Dead Body Road review at TFAW.comBrian from Grayling, MI checked out the Dead Body Road TPB by Justin Jordan & Matteo Scalera:

    I’m very pleased with my last order, and with this book in particular–the story and artwork were awesome. The service and shipping time was right on time. We will continue with TFAW for a long time. Thank you B. Detherage.

    Gwenpool #1 comic book review at TFAW.comLast but not least, Damien from Culver City, CA offered up these thoughts on the premiere issue of the Gwenpool series:

    This series is off to a great start. I enjoyed the introduction of this character in the pages of Howard the Duck and it’s great that she’s got her own book now. Plus, I really like Chris Hastings’ writing style.

    Honorable mentions from June’s Product Reviews at TFAW:

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

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

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

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

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

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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  • Review: Batman #1

    Review of Batman #1

    Batman #1It’s safe to say that Tom King and David Finch have some very big shoes to fill. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo did such an excellent job with the New 52 Batman series that readers have been waiting with great anticipation to see exactly what the new team will bring to the table.

    Batman #1 jumps right into the action and doesn’t let up until the final spread. In the opening pages, we see Batman and Commissioner Gordon in their familiar places on the rooftop, Bat-Signal illuminating the sky above their heads. Gordon is filling Batman in on the recent heist of three surface-to-air missiles, only two of which have been recovered.

    Just as Gordon slyly suggests the Dark Knight should entrust him with his cell phone number so these rooftop meetings would no longer be necessary, the missing rocket is launched in the background, striking a passing plane. In classic Dark Knight fashion, Batman bails on Gordon mid sentence to prevent the critically damaged plane from dropping in the middle of Gotham. The real time elapsed from opening spread to final teaser is only six minutes, but those six minutes are some of the most tense, action packed, and emotional six minutes I’ve read.

    This chapter nicely re-establishes the classic relationships we expect from previous series and introduces the new dynamic between Batman and his ally Duke Thomas. I’m calling him an ally for now, because we still don’t know exactly what Duke’s new role is in the family. We’ve been told in Batman Rebirth #1 that he isn’t going to be a new Robin and that Batman is trying something new with Duke. We also caught a glimpse of a yellow and black suit hanging in the Bat Cave.

    So far, all of the Rebirth titles have delivered, and Batman #1 is no exception. King and Finch appear to be very comfortable in their new roles. This offering is fresh enough to warrant the Rebirth branding, but remains familiar enough to keep fans of the Snyder/Capullo run interested.

    Batman #1, DC Comics, Released June 15, 2016, Written by Tom King, Art by David Finch and Matt Banning, Color by Jordie Bellaire, Letters by John Workman, $2.39.

    Review by Brendan Allen

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  • NCBD – Captain America, Spider-Gwen, X-O Manowar & Cryptocracy

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    Each week we take a look at a small selection of New Comic Book Day books. From this week’s new releases we’re looking at: Spider-Gwen, Captain America Steve Rogers, a new Dark Horse series Cryptocracy, and the start of Valiant’s final arc of X-O Manowar. 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.

    Spider-Gwen comics at TFAW.com

    Spider-Gwen Annual #1
    By: Jason Latour, Chris Brunner, Chris Visions, Robbi Rodriguez

    Our first Spider-Gwen Annual is in the bag. We get five stories in this double-sized book, and I gotta say, it was a ton of fun! I know, the Parker story is tragic, but seeing it from this other Earth’s (I believe it’s Earth-65) side is really cool. I like seeing how events were different.

    The first story is the wrestling story retold, wherein the 616, Parker tries to win money, and Uncle Ben dies. This time, Spider-Gwen is trying to win it all. Wrestling against She-Hulk.

    Captain America makes an appearance, but this is definitely a different Cap than we’ve had before with a very different backstory. Similar to some events, but overall a cool, different take, with lots of nods to the 616 characters.

    I don’t want to spoil the fun of these other stories. I will, however, say that I want to see some of these heroes and villains more regularly.

    If you haven’t been reading Spider-Gwen and you love the quirks of Deadpool and Spider-Man. This series is really a must read. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Captain America comics at TFAW.com

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #2
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz

    THE TRUTH IS REVEALED!

    After last month’s mind blowing ending, we get plenty of answers in this issue. Nick Spencer lays it out all out for us with the utmost detail and makes it all worthwhile. It is not simple but it is not complex either. What it is, is ENTERTAINING. Spencer’s writing continues to be humorous where needed and moves us right along. His arc here is sure to be an epic story.

    I am fighting the urge to spoil anything here because there are so many cool aspects to cover within these 32 pages. In addition, I am quickly becoming a fan of the art by Jesus Saiz. His layouts and facial expressions really have a way of connecting the reader to the emotions laid forth by Spencer’s words. Great Job fellas! [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Cryptocracy comics at TFAW.com

    Cryptocracy #1
    By: Van Jensen, Pete Woods

    Welcome to Cryptocracy (noun [Plural Cryptocracies] 1. A form of government where the real leaders are hidden or merely unknown).

    Forget the Illuminati, Freemasons, and The Knights Templar This is what is actually running the world: nine families and a few thousand followers/agents (not all human by the way).

    In this introduction, we find that a botched job in Chicago calls attention to something much bigger. Someone or some group is looking to take it all over. Van Jensen created a great first issue for us. Along with Pete Woods’ art, I’m excited to see where Cryptocracy takes us, and how they are involved in some of the world’s most mysterious events. Definitely recommended for conspiracy enthusiasts and readers who enjoy Greg Rucka’s Lazarus. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    X-O Manowar comics at TFAW.com

    X-O Manowar #47
    By: Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett, Kano

    Long ago in the year 2012, we saw the relaunch of the Valiant universe with the release of the first issue of X-O Manowar. It filled me with hope that my favorite independent comic book characters of the ’90s were back.

    I was blown away at the respect and heightened level of intensity in which the new Valiant were delivering. X-O Manowar, the flagship character, and the comic book was truly something amazing; and with new life infused, it was sure to go in a bold new direction. Here we are, at what could be the final arc of the story, and I can’t help but feel that there is still a much bigger picture in play. This issue does not make a new reader feel too lost, although it would probably not be the best place to start.

    The events that have led us here are all culminating in a solid example of what makes the character X-O Manowar so enduring. This issue, along with all the rest leading up to the finale at #50, comes polybagged with a microprint of X-O inside—some of which will be the actual original artwork, others regular prints! This is a really cool sendoff, and I hope that it isn’t the end completely. I absolutely recommend this series as a whole. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

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

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  • NCBD – Justice League, Bitch Planet, Deadpool vs Gambit

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    New Comic Book Day is upon us once again. With Justice League’s final issue before Rebirth, Bitch Planet still continuing it’s awesome work, and Deadpool going head-to-head with Gambit. Remember these are only 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!

    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.

    Justice League comics at TFAW.com

    Justice League #52
    By: Dan Jurgens, Paul Pelletier, Tony Kordos

    The Darkseid War rocked the Justice League. Putting each of them through trials which found fresh perspectives, and illuminated some things that they did not realize were in the shadows. In recent history, we saw Superman save the world from a corrupted energy version of himself by ultimately sacrificing himself for the survival of DC’s Earth.

    Superman’s willingness to put the world before himself is one of his most enduring character elements and even Lex Luthor has to recognize that. In true Lex fashion, he pays what form of respect that he has for our hero by adopting the House of El’s shield on his redesigned battle armor. Setting out on a mission to acquire the fallen Superman’s cape to wear with it, so that he can become the new savior of Metropolis. Lex Luthor experiences his own Rebirth, and though the members of the Justice League are unsure of where Lex’s rebirth will lead, so far they aren’t out to stop him. After all, there is another, true Superman which he is unaware of. Chalk up another victory to DC’s Rebirth line for taking their comics to great new frontiers! I’m excited to see where we’re going. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Bitch Planet comics at TFAW.com

    Bitch Planet #8
    By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro

    Bitch Planet #8 hits all the notes you’d expect from the DeConnick—De Landro team. The art is on point, and the characters are every bit as endearing as ever.

    The story of Meiko’s father takes a surprising turn which manages to escalate Kamau’s search for her sister. Unbeknownst to them, we—the readers—get a shocking and (in true DeConnick fashion) uncomfortable glimpse into what Kamau is currently up to.

    The best elements of De Landro’s art are on display in this issue. At a glance, faces and backgrounds appear simplified and stripped down, but digging deeper, he reveals details that have astonishing implications for the overall story implications for the overall story. DeConnick’s writing isn’t different in that regard. Many of the conversations are designed for the astute reader to pick up on references to previous issues. On the flipside, new ideas are seeded (such as a strange cult-like meeting in the basement of a bar) as we see more and more of the horrifying world of Bitch Planet. [Tim S. At TFAW.com]

    Deadpool vs Gambit comics at TFAW.com

    Deadpool vs Gambit #1
    By: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Danilo Beyruth, Kevin Wada

    From the writers who brought you Thunderbolts and one of the artists behind Gwenpool, comes the all-new five issue mini-series, Deadpool V Gambit: The V is for VS.

    I have always been keen on the writers who take on Deadpool, and Ben Acker and Ben Blacker definitely know what they are doing with the Merc with a Mouth. If you don’t know much about Gambit, that’s okay! This issue gives you a good feel of what he’s like and what powers he possesses.

    Now on to the fight! We love seeing this Mercenary fight with anyone that will bring him the big bucks! However, this issue will surprise you as it’s not your traditional VS (or is it V now?) mini-series. Gambit the Cajun magician and Deadpool the Merc who needs money, bring you this amazing, hilarious issue. I am actually really intrigued where this issue is going… I give it five tacos and five chimichangas! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk]

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  • NCBD – Green Arrow, Dark Knight – A True Batman Story, Han Solo, X-Men, & Weird Detective

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    With Summer hitting us, we get to the peak of the season. So many great books came out this week! As always these are just a few of this week’s new releases that got our comic senses tingling. 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.

    Green Arrow #1
    By: Ben Percy, Otto Schmidt, Juan Ferreyra

    Seattle has a problem. Underground Men are capturing the homeless and selling them off to unseen bidders in some dark auction underneath the city. In Green Arrow Rebirth #1 Oliver met Black Canary again to team up and stop these Underground Men.

    This issue starts it off well, continuing the attempt to end the trafficking, and returns Oliver Queen to us while outlining just what kind of hero he is, both in and out of the hooded green leather.

    The art has a contemporary and fun new vision that solidifies the story that is building. This is a new-reader friendly issue, though it would begin smoother after reading Green Arrow Rebirth #1. The Emerald Archer has meant a lot to me for many years. Championing the people as a liberal hero with social justice on his mind, while struggling to evolve his own understanding and view of the world. This is on track to bring us a Green Arrow on par with the likes of Mike Grell’s work on the character. I am very excited to be on board for this book, and can safely recommend to any fans of the tv show who don’t know where to start with the comics! [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Civil War II: X-Men #1
    By: Cullen Bunn, Andrea Broccardo, David Yardin

    As much as I loved X-crossovers like Inferno and Fall of the Mutants back in the day, more recent capital-E Events (Secret Wars aside) have left me cold – tangential tie-ins doubly so. So – the fact that Civil War II: X-Men #1 not only holds up as an unforced and relevant facet of the Avengers’ more central conflict, but feels like the legitimate next chapter in the plot of both Storm’s and Magneto’s teams of X-Men? That was a surprise, and a pleasant one.

    Cullen Bunn earned quite a bit of goodwill among X-fans with his recently-ended run on Magneto’s solo series, and his ability to bring nuance to potentially over-the-top characters helps him juggle a large cast without any characters getting too lost in the background. In particular, Nightcrawler and Psylocke’s reunion is wistfully heartwarming, and Sabretooth and Old Man Logan’s meeting realistically brings out the worst in them, temporarily erasing the progress each has made in recent months in a way that feels earned.

    Andrea Broccardo’s art is a good hybrid of the styles of the books each team of X-Men comes from: more realistic than Humberto Ramos’s and more expressive than Greg Land’s. While the occasional face looks a bit off, he successfully contrasts the colorful heroism of Storm’s team with the bleak intimidation of Magneto’s. Jesus Aburtov’s colors assist nicely, making each team’s palette distinct without either seeming out of place.

    What’s most important, though, is that this first issue successfully sells the series’ premise: both Storm and Magneto have valid points about how mutants should handle the Inhumans’ powerful new precog Ulysses, and their conflict seems tragically believable. We’ll see if Bunn and Broccardo can keep it up as the mutants’ harsh words inevitably turn to blows, but for now, I’m excited to see what happens next. [Miles S. at TFAW.com]

    Dark Knight A True Batman Story HC Graphic Novel at TFAW.com

    Dark Knight A True Batman Story
    By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso

    A uniquely personal story, Paul Dini’s Dark Knight: A True Batman Story will captivate you, stir up fear and anger, and ultimately give you a new perspective on how fictional superheroes can have real-life effects on people’s lives. In this autobiographical story, Dini takes us into the deep into the darkness and details the events of a horrific physical attack and his subsequent healing process.

    Dini is very candid about the attack, and Eduardo Risso’s (100 Bullets, Dark Knight III: The Master Race) art takes us to places we’ve never been in a Batman graphic novel. While reading the book, you are relegated to being a witness of the vicious crime (another testament to the pairing of Dini’s writing talents and Risso’s compelling art), and the hard road of recovery that follows. I’ve never felt more connected to a person I’ve never met. This book is a triumph of the comics medium — expertly weaving in familiar characters and common themes in superhero comics to tell a very personal tale that you won’t be able to put down. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Star Wars: Han Solo #1
    By: Marjorie M. Liu, Mark Brooks, Lee Bermejo

    Star Wars: Han Solo #1 brings readers into the eyes of our favorite smuggler who has now taken on a new challenge. Briefly following the events of the Battle of Yavin, Han finds himself once again helping out the Rebellion. This time as an undercover agent in the oldest and most dangerous race in the galaxy – The Dragon Void.

    I found the comic to move at an exciting speed and it leaves the reader wanting to know more about Solo’s current mission to gain secret information that could help defeat the Empire. A must read for fans of the series. [Travis S. at TFAW.com]

    Weird Detective comics at TFAW.com

    Weird Detective #1
    By: Fred Van Lente, Guiu Vilanova, Mauricio Wallace

    When I saw the words “Cthulhu Crime” on the one-sheet ad, I was hooked. I’m a sucker for supernatural crime comics, so this was a must read for me. I’m here to say Fred Van Lente and team not disappoint!

    Detective Sebastian Greene is someone who does their job just under the radar, until 2 months ago. Now, completely out of nowhere he is solving big cases with little evidence. Something is different, and him being “Canadian” has nothing to do with it!

    When I started to read this I thought, “Ok, another occult cop who is the only one who knows about the supernatural, I’m down”; but Fred Van Lente gave us a whole another spin on this theme. While making our protagonist the only one who can “sense” the supernatural, he gives us reason and backstory right off the bat on how Detective Greene does it. If you’ve read comics like Criminal Macabre, Hellblazer, or are just into Lovecraftian based stories, this is must read! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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  • NCBD – Lumberjanes Gotham Academy, Wacky Racers, Action Comics, Prometheus

    New Comic Book Day 6/8/16

    Several great books hit the shelves this week — Hanna-Barbera collides with the world of Mad Max for Wacky Racers, Lumberjanes meets Gotham Academy, Action Comics is back to its old numbering and a new story, and Prometheus returns. These are a few of 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.

    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy comics at TFAW.com

    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #1
    By: Chynna Clugston Flores, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Mingjue Helen Chen

    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy brings together the two best trouble-making-teenage-teams in comics from Boom! Studios and DC comics. What’s better, it’s filled with puns, bright colors, and friendship.

    The first part of the issue gives us snapshots of each groups personality. Gotham Academy’s “Detective Club,” are investigating a missing teacher. Which leads them into the mysterious woods. Meanwhile, the Lumberjanes’ scout leader needs to find her own missing person: fellow Lumberjane Rosie. The Lumberjanes strong-arm their leader (in a scene involving a literal severed arm!) into giving them the call to gear up and find their friend.

    The teams are hardly hostile to each other, though we start to see how this miniseries can explore their differences. The super sleuthing GA crew is already having trouble adapting to the bombastic friendship and maximum energy of the Lumberjanes. They’ll need to overcome these differences if they’re going to stop the evil forces at work and save everyone! [Tim S. at TFAW.com]

    Prometheus comics at TFAW.com

    Prometheus: Life and Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Andrea Mutti, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    While this issue is the first of the series, it also serves as part five of the Life & Death crossover. This takes off where Predator: Life & Death #4 ended. Although Dan Abnett wrote it in a way that you could pick this issue up with no problems getting the full picture of this epic crossover.

    A post hostile encounter with Predators, the remaining USCM plan on leaving LV-797 (Tartarus) with leftover “Xenotech.” A large vessel that looks very familiar. Although things go south when something wakes up and changes the vessels course.

    Andrea Mutti has this really cool “retro” style tagged with Rain Berbedo’s colors in this issue. From page one it took me back to the 80’s Aliens & Predator stories.

    With little known about Xenomorphs, Predators or the Engineers, Prometheus: Life & Death serves as a catalyst to a new venture in the Alien/Predator universe. These “gods” are definitely scarier than what we’ve seen before. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Action Comics at TFAW.com

    Action Comics #957
    By: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher, Mikel Janin

    Action Comics begins its Rebirth, returning to its legacy numbering, and putting it back on track to be the first superhero comic book to legitimately reach issue #1000! The thing I’m most excited about is that Dan Jurgens — the guy who brought us the original Death of Superman — is back directing the Big Blue Boyscout’s adventures.

    Prior to Rebirth, the New 52 Kal-El had sacrificed himself to save the world. With help from the Pre-Flashpoint Superman who returned to DC Universe. Wanting to keep his head down to take care of his wife and son on the farm in Kansas. This created an open position for a new protector of Metropolis — one which Lex Luthor set his sights on by emerging in his power armor, the iconic S shield and red cape emblazoned on it. Kal-El (Pre-Flashpoint) travels to Metropolis intending on confronting Lex and proving that he is the true Superman. All this, plus another exciting return!

    This issue gives our beloved Superman back to us. He’s in better form than we’ve seen across any media in years, and I could not recommend this issue more! An incredible point for jumping back on, coming in fresh, or revisiting a character who you’re only familiar with on screens. No matter who you are, this is the Superman book for you. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Wackey Raceland comics at TFAW.com

    Wacky Raceland #1
    By: Ken Pontac, Leonardo Manco

    Earth lies in ruin, covered in an apocalyptic desert, radioactive lakes, flesh-hungry mutants, and nanotech dust storms. On this world, the Wacky Racers compete in a series of races put forth by a group called the Unseen and the voice of the announcer, who will do anything to keep them. Winning means a grand prize of a place in Utopia, the last bastion of humanity.

    Let’s be clear: this is not your grandparents’ Wacky Racers. They swear, fight, and have a blast doing it. Dick Dastardly still drives the Mean Machine with his now-cybernetic dog Muttley, and Penelope Pitstop is still the baddest woman to ever get behind the wheel. With her trusty car, Compact Pussycat. The main twist in this issue is that the omnipotent announcer has installed all the racers’ cars with an AI system that has all the memories of the racer. Making the cars apart of the race through their own interactions with each other. I truly enjoyed this first heart-pounding issue, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next race.

    Also in this first issue, you get a small backstory on Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear. I’ll give you fair warning — it’s downright crazy. This book continues the bold rebranding of the Hanna-Barbera comics, which include Future Quest and Scooby Apocalypse. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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  • NCBD – Civil War II, Superman, Green Lanterns, Bebop & Rocksteady, and Spider-Women

    New Comic Book Day 6/1/16

    This is a big week. We have 2 Rebirth titles, Civil War starts up again, and Bebop & Rocksteady get their own adventure for New Comic Book Day. As always these are only a few of this week’s new releases. 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.

    Civil War II #1
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez

    The long awaited Marvel event is here! Written beautifully by Brian Michael Bendis and exceptional art from David Marquez, Civil War II is off to a great start!

    Everyone fighting side by side as a team against some ungodly monster. As soon as the city is saved, Tony throws one of his famous “We saved the world, so lets drink!” parties. During this party, however, people start to ask ,”How did the Inhumans know exactly when that monster would appear in the city?” We are introduced to a new Inhuman named Ulysses. His new found powers are that he can see possible future events in the form of visions. This is what immediately divides the room. Captain Marvel quickly tries to recruit Ulysses saying that this could save the world from any danger. Iron Man disagrees: he believes the future is not something that should be messed with. This is the morality that causes tension between the two, and fuel is quickly added to the flame! At the end of the issue, you will be just as heartbroken and at the edge of your seat as I was. This just begs the real question though… whose side are you on? [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Superman Rebirth comics at TFAW.com

    Superman Rebirth #1
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza

    Superman is dead. Long live Superman! After several years of trials and tribulations, the final arc of Superman’s New 52 story arc culminated in Clark making the ultimate sacrifice to save the people of Earth. The Pre-Flashpoint Superman had come through, and is wearing the solar suit he wore after his death at the hands of Doomsday, in ‘the Death of Superman’ and a beard (which I rather hoped that he would keep).

    Superman knows a thing or two about sacrifice, and this new Rebirth comes directly with the knowledge and respect of honoring that cost. The Superman of the New 52 is gone, but the Superman we knew before is back and ready to carry on in the tradition of arguably the greatest superhero alive.

    The Rebirth titles that I have read so far have me ready to dive deeply back in to the DC Universe, and this issue really sets the stage for our Superman’s return. The art and story returned to me the vision of this hero that I had when his death rocked the nation. This is certainly a title that I will be proud to continue, and my hope has be inspired once again by the Kryptonian I’ve known since childhood.

    Thank you, Superman. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Spider-Women comics at TFAW.com

    Spider-Women: Omega #1
    By: Yasmine Putri

    A fun end to one of the better event books I’ve read. Spider-Women: Omega closes out a well-told adventure into an extra-sized issue, and while it didn’t do anything to greatly change the status quo of any of the characters involved, it did show why each of the main heroes are worth reading.

    Dennis Hopeless and Nico Leon are the main creative team on the last issue for the finale, and do a good job of juggling characters and giving them each a moment to shine. It’s a Spider-Women book, and none of them are pushed to the side here.

    If you are interested in this title don’t start here though, luckily there is a collected trade coming out in July and can be found here: Spider-Women TPB.

    If you are looking for an entertaining and fun comic you can’t do much better than this. [Kyle S. at TFAW.com]

    Green Lanterns Rebirth comics at TFAW.com

    Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1
    By: Geoff Johns, Sam Humphries, Ethan Van Scriver

    DC’s Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 reads like a checklist of proper ways to start a series. Ominous threat? Check. Compelling characters? Check. Intriguing premise? Check. Throw in some humor and Justice League cameos, then cover it in stellar artwork and you’ve got an awesome #1.

    Our story follows two rookie Green Lanterns: Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. While Simon puts out a “tough-guy” persona, internally he’s filled with doubts about his place in America (where he’s been falsely accused of being a terrorist). Jessica is struggling to find her own place as well. With social anxiety in one hand and a Green Lantern ring in the other. Suddenly, their rings register a threat and are whisked off to battle an alien invader.

    The dynamic between them is equal parts interesting and hilarious. As they try to one-up each other as a way of justifying their own position as Earth’s newest defender. It’s like watching two siblings argue over who deserves more desert. But they’ll need to work out their differences quickly. As our mysterious narrator says “The Prophecy said there was the Blackest Night. Then the Brightest Day. But now comes something else…” [Tim S. at TFAW.com]

    TMNT comics at TFAW.com

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1
    By: Ben Bates, Nick Pitarra

    Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver and IDW Comics bring us the beginning of a story that will no doubt lead us through the ages with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in tow!!

    Bebop and Rocksteady stumble into a time traveling debacle, as our Turtle pals finding an old friend, Renet the Time Master! As the turtles begin to unfold a deeper mystery, Bebop & Rocksteady (the real heroes of this tale!) blunder on and reveal the likes of which these two (and me) did not see coming! The art by Sophie Campbell (TMNT, Jem & The Holograms, Wet Moon), Dustin Weaver and Ben Bates mirrors this kinetic romp through time. A raucous time shall be had by all! [Ethan S. at Portland TFAW]

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  • Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #1

    Review Spider-Man Deadpool #1

    spider-man deadpool #1The last time we saw Spider-man in the same frame as Deadpool, Spidey was quitting The Avengers because of Deadpool’s involvement in the group. Not for lack of effort and desire on Deadpool’s part, this is the least likely superhero duo imaginable. While the two heroes generally want the same results, neither can understand what motivates the other, and neither approves of the other’s methods of achieving results.

    Spider-Man / Deadpool #1 story opens with Spider-Man and Deadpool hanging upside down, face to face, tied up by Dormammu in hell. We have to wait a whole three pages before DP starts working blue, cracking his first of many erection jokes in the story.

    Spider-Man spends the entire issue trying to balance his duties as CEO of Parker Industries and his desire to remain a costumed super hero. Deadpool is trying to recruit Spidey as a mercenary for his own business, Deadpool is the Greatest, Inc. If he can convince Spider-Man to come work for him, his obsession with becoming Spider-Man’s best friend has a chance at fulfillment and Deadpool might have a chance at growing a conscience.

    It is evident that Joe Kelly is very comfortable writing both Deadpool and Spider-Man, having written brilliant stories for both franchises. The punch lines and puns are delivered smoothly, never feeling forced. There are a couple of the breaking kayfabe moments we’ve come to expect from Deadpool, and while Spidey gets a few jokes and bad puns in, it’s interesting to see him play the straight man. The story is weighted slightly toward Deadpool as the star, but that makes sense due to the current popularity of the character.

    Ed McGuiness is able to show a surprising range of emotion through the posture and body language of two masked characters. The design of the Mindless Ones, Dormammu, BAMF and Hydro-Man all definitely have that “heel” look to them, but also an element of innocence, which is mirrored in the dual nature of a sociopath who is genuinely attempting to be a good person but doesn’t know how.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #1, released January 6, 2016, written by: Joe Kelly, artist: Ed McGuiness, ink: Mark Morales, color: Jason Keith

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