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  • Show Your Skills in TFAW’s BAIT Contest

    Chuck Palahniuk's BAIT Coloring Contest

    BAIT Contest at TFAW.comNew York Times bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk collaborated with incredible comic book artists to create BAIT: Off-Color Stories for You to Color, a coloring book unlike any that you’ve ever seen.

    Palahniuk invites readers to collaborate on this unprecedented hardcover edition: “Maybe between your colors, the artists’ designs, and my stories we can create something that endures. Something worth keeping. Let’s create a well-bound book that can sit on any shelf and be available for a new generation to discover and enjoy.”

    To celebrate the release of this ambitious book, we’ve partnered with Palahniuk for a special BAIT Coloring Contest that runs through December 12, 2016.

    We want you to take some time to unplug, express your creativity, and share your talents with the world. Visit our contest page to view contest details and learn how to enter.

    Extraordinary Prizes Await BAIT Contest Winners

    • Third Place Prize (Six Winners): Fight Club 2 Poster signed by Chuck Palahniuk.
    • Second Place (Ten Winners): Severed arm collectible signed by Chuck Palahniuk.
    • First Place (Three Winners): One of the following (to be determined at random)
      • Fight Club Signed Collector’s Edition HC
      • Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread Signed Collector’s Edition HC
      • Survivor Signed Collector’s Edition HC
    Severed Arm Collectible
    Fight Club 2 Poster
    Signed Collector’s Edition Hardcovers

    These are some amazing prizes, and the folks at TFAW are really jealous of the folks who will end up winning the contest. You all rock, and we can’t wait to see your art!

    Bonus for People Who Purchase BAIT at

    Hand-signed BAIT Bookplates will be included with copies of BAIT for a limited timeYou don’t need to win the contest to get something signed by Chuck Palahniuk! For a limited time while supplies last, we will be including special gilded bookplates that are handsigned by Palahniuk! Order your copy of BAIT as soon as possible to increase the chances that you’ll get one of these special copies.


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  • Green Lanterns #9- One Ring To Rule Them All?


    Green Lanterns #9 revisits a character we first saw in Geoff JohnsGreen Lantern run, Frank Laminski. In Green Lantern #30, Laminski was piloting a craft called the Flaming Spear when he lost control and had to be rescued by Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern.

    Writer Sam Humphries takes us back to Frank Laminski’s childhood and shows us the events that make a meek middle child into a borderline sociopath. Always overlooked by his rocket scientist parents, his teachers, coaches, and peers, Laminski continually strives to be noticed, to be special.

    The day he almost dies in the Flaming Spear, Laminski realizes that he set his sights too low. He becomes obsessed with obtaining a Power Ring and becoming the next Green Lantern. His life becomes a mess of insane risks, moonlighting as a vigilante Lantern, trying desperately to be noticed by the Ring and to be chosen.

    When he ultimately finds himself weighed, measured, and found wanting by the Ring of Power, Laminski is at the end of his rope. In the lowest point of his despair, he discovers there’s another Ring. Anyone who goes to the trouble of obtaining the Phantom Ring can wield it.

    Artist Robson Rocha does an amazing job showing depth of emotion in this chapter. He explores an intense range of expression on Laminski’s face, from anguish to elation. The character’s body language and ambulation tell us just as much about Frank’s mindset and mental health as his facial expressions.

    Green Lanterns #9 is a perfect place to get started on Green Lanterns Rebirth. Chapter 9 kicks off a new story arc (The Phantom Ring, part one), gives a character study on the next Earth adversary, and a brief but informative narrative exposition on the history of the Lanterns on Earth. This is one of those rare issues that invite new readers along for the ride while providing all the elements regular readers are looking for in their favorite title.

    Check out the Green Lanterns series.

    Green Lanterns #9, DC Comics, Rated T, Released October 19, 2016, Written by Sam Humphries, Art by Robson Rocha, Inks by Jay Leisten, Colors by Blond, Letters by David Sharpe, Cover by Robson Rocha and Joe Prado, variant cover by Emanuela Lupacchino, $2.39

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  • I Am Iron Man…Sort of


    The latest character to don the heroic Iron Man armor is no hero at all.

    Victor von Doom, the evil scientist, sorcerer, dictator and all around megalomaniac, has been a changed man since the events of the most recent Secret Wars. He is intent on righting his many, many wrongs.

    In Infamous Iron Man #1, Doom sees a golden opportunity to do just that with Tony Stark’s demise. But is Stark dead? Incapacitated? Imprisoned? Spirited off to another dimension? You’ll need to wait until the end of Civil War II to find out, true believers!

    However, Stark does make a welcome appearance, of sorts, in the book, providing a much needed foil to Doom. Writer Brian Michael Bendis is in his element firing off Starkisms that you can practically hear Robert Downey Jr. spewing at a lightning pace. Stark chides his would-be successor who is inspecting Stark’s hall of armor, “There’s nothing you here you couldn’t build yourself…eventually.”

    The book builds upon the foundation that Bendis and artist Alex Maleev established in the recent International Iron Man. As a result, Infamous Iron Man #1 feels like a natural evolution for the title as well as the character. That’s not an easy thing to do when dealing with a baddie as nefarious as Doom.

    Bendis and team have a lot of questions to answer in the coming months: What happened to Stark? What are Doom’s true intentions? What will happen when Doom meets Stark’s other successor, Ironheart Riri Williams?

    It may take some time to learn those answers, but, so far, the journey looks to be well worth the wait.

    Can’t get enought of Victor von Doom? Check out more Dr. Doom.

    Infamous Iron Man #1, Marvel Comics, Released October 19, 2016, Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Alex Maleev, Color by Matt Hollingsworth; Letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles; $3.99.

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  • Kate Leth’s New Series Casts a Spell on New Comic Book Day

    NCBD OCT 19th

    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.

    Star Trek Boldly Go comics at

    Star Trek Boldly Go #1
    By: Mike Johnson, Tony Shasteen, George Caltsoudas

    Set months after the events of Star Trek: Beyond, Boldly Go finds the crew of the Enterprise split up as their ship is rebuilt. Kirk has taken over interim Captain duties on the Endeavor along with McCoy and Checkov. Sulu is now first mate on the Concord. Scottie is teaching at Starfleet Academy, and Spock and Uhura are on sabbatical on New Vulcan. That is until a new, yet familiar, threat forces the gang back together much earlier than expected.

    Mike Johnson captures the tone of the new Star Trek series perfectly, while at the same time introducing a classic Trek nemesis to an unfamiliar crew. In many ways he’s combining three eras of the series into one, and expertly so. Tony Shasteen captures the likenesses of the actors from the movies, as well as the clean and crisp aesthetic. If you’re a fan of the recent films, or of Star Trek in general, this is a must read. [Mikey N. at]


    Spell on Wheels comics at

    Spell on Wheels #1
    By: Kate Leth, Megan Levens, Marissa Louise, Ming Doyle

    Dark Horse’s newest magic comic comes just in time. Not a horror based comic, but with Witches what better time is there other than October?

    Spell on Wheels is the story of three best friends working and living together. One day their house gets broken into and they must go on a road trip to reclaim their belongings. They’re witches, and you can bet that the stolen items are a little more than just a few trinkets…they REALLY need to get their stuff back.

    Kate Leth brings us a fun group of gals for what looks to be a fun adventure. The characters all have their own abilities and traits beyond their magic. I felt like anyone could relate to that feeling of despair and loss after being robbed. While obviously has more to do with the magic they wield, you can relate to their situation. Megan Levens and Marissa Louise do a stand up job within this first issue. I love the character designs. The emotions come through very well with each character. [Martin M at]


    A-Force comics at

    A-Force #10
    By: Kelly Thompson, Paulo Siqueira

    The A-Force Civil War II tie-in found the team in Colorado on the hunt for bug creatures that were once the cities inhabitants. The problem is, they must find a way to stop this plight from spreading before her teammates turn int these very same creatures.

    This was a fun final issue for A-Force. On top of that it was a good Civil War II tie in. I’m not caught up on Civil War II issues, but I didn’t need to play any catch-up to jump into this issue — it felt very solid as a stand alone story. Kelly Thompson has been doing a bang-up job with A-Force ever since she started at issue #2. Paulo Siquerira, Joe Bennett, and Rachelle Rosenberg do a fantastic job bringing this team to life. One panel in particular made me go “wow!” (It’s spoiler-y so I wont say, but feel free to guess!) You really can’t go wrong with a team made up of Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and Dazzler. [Martin M. at]


    Nightwing comics at

    Nightwing #7
    By: Tim Seeley, Javi Fernandez

    Set right after the events of the epic Night of the Monster Men crossover, Nightwing is checking in again with the Parliament of Owls in Australia. Only to find them all dead, somehow linked to the Cult of Kobra. Nightwing tracks down his recent ally, Raptor and discovers that Raptor has been in Nightwing’s life much longer than he thought.

    Tim Seeley has been doing an amazing job of rebuilding Nightwing into the fan-favorite version of Dick Grayson people have been missing. He allows the story to breath on its own, but still fold seamlessly into the events happening with the entire Bat-Family. Javier Fernandez on pencils provides a lot of grit to the story. Nightwing is in a darker place than normal, and I love it. Nightwing #7 is another amazing addition to this great series, with plenty more to come. [Mikey N. at]


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

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  • Pathfinder with Extra Pulp


    Sword and sorcery is the name of the game in Pathfinder Worldscape. All of the swords. All of the sorcery. Blending Paizo’s classic roleplaying game setting from Pathfinder with Dynamite Entertainment’s huge stable of pulp-fantasy characters that helped inspire games like Dungeons and Dragons in the first place.

    Issue 1 drops us right into the action with a stable of the “iconic characters” from the Pathfinder world of Golarion. Fans of Pathfinder will recognize Valeros the Fighter, Seoni the Sorcerer, Merisiel the Rogue and Kyra the Cleric as those characters depicted on their respective character class pages in the Core Rulebook.

    While doing battle with a psychic shapeshifter in the sewers beneath the City of Secrets (sentences like those are the reason I play RPGs) our heroes are violently pulled into a chaotic realm known only as the Worldscape. It feels like Battleworld from Secret Wars crossover, if it was populated by pulp-adventure and RPG characters.

    Most of the first issue follows Valeros as he tries to figure just what in the Nine Hells is going on. The sardonic Fighter acting as Fighters do when confronting unknown dangers. They fight it. Soon he is being accosted by dimensionally displaced bandits, a White Ape of Barsoom and finally made into a gladiator-slave by the serpent-witch Xanesha (I thought I’d seen the last of her when I played Rise of the Runelords!).

    There is so much fun to be had in this first foray into the Worldscape and before the first issue ends Valeros is crossing paths with the likes of Queen Pha from Frank Frazetta’s Thun’da series and the She-Devil with a Sword herself, Red Sonja. There are also bits and pieces from the John Carter of Mars books, as well as plenty of references for those familiar with the Pathfinder world of Golarion.

    As an added bonus (and like many of the Pathfinder comics to come before this one) each issue of Pathfinder Worldscape comes with the in-game statistics for featured characters and maps to bring the adventures off the page and onto your tabletop! It feels as though this series was hand-crafted for a particular brand of fanboy, with its unique blend of pulp-fantasy and tabletop RPG goodness.

    If you like Pathfinder, you’ll also love Dungeons & Dragons.

    Pathfinder Worldscape #1, Dynamite Entertainment, Released October 19, 2016, Written by Erik Mona, Art by Jonathan Lau, Cover byReilly Brown, $4.99.

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  • Larry Trainor’s Identity Revealed


    So many questions. Where is Larry Trainor? Who is Larry Trainor? What is Larry Trainor? And WHERE is Larry Trainor?

    Doom Patrol #2 opens with a scene that re-introduces us to test pilot Larry Trainor, classic Doom Patrol’s Negative Man. In a bizarre sequence that reveals Trainor’s co-pilot to be a matryoshka nesting doll, we take a smash cut to a corner stand selling the dolls, where Trainor proceeds to start a fight with two strangely dressed passersby.

    Doom Patrol comics at TFAW.comAnother smash cut takes us to a sparsely furnished apartment, where we get another look at EMT Casey Brinke. After Brink’s bizarre day in the first of the series, Doom Patrol #1, Casey wakes to find that her roommate has completely re-assembled Robotman while she slept. Casey’s partner arrives in their EMS rig downstairs, and before Casey can process much of what’s going on, she has to leave for work. Their first patient of the day turns out to be some nut who has gone ballistic on a matryoshka stand and is lying on the pavement, screaming.

    Gerard Way’s writing style brings a unique twist to these classic characters, while the new players are strange and interesting. There are plenty of callbacks to previous incarnations of this series, but not so many that a new reader would be completely lost. While I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Doom Patrol #1, this issue stands on its own sardonic, twisted legs.

    Doom Patrol #2 Variant Cover Edtion at
    Doom Patrol #2 Variant Cover Will Sell Out Soon!
    Nick Derington’s artwork and Tamra Bonvillain’s color choices make this series an absolute pleasure to look at. Their collaborative choices make this series just cartoony enough to be fun, while allowing for the seriousness of some of the content.

    Doom Patrol is just one of the titles being released under the Young Animal imprint from DC Comics. If you’re looking for a new series for your pull list that stray from the beaten path, Doom Patrol will certainly fit the bill. Be sure to also check out Shade the Changing Girl, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye, and Mother Panic.


    Doom Patrol #2, published by Young Animal, rated Mature, released October 12, 2016, written by Gerard Way, art and cover by Nick Derington, variant cover by Mike and Laura Allred, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, letters by Todd Klein, $3.19

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  • The Frog Brothers Return in the Lost Boys Comic Book

    NCBD Oct 12th

    It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s New Comic Book Day! Ready for some reviews of a few of this week’s new releases? Check out past articles so see our thoughts on other books that have recently released. 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.

    The Lost Boys comics at

    The Lost Boys #1
    By: Tim Seeley, Scott Godlewski, Tony Harris

    Set immediately after the events of the cult horror classic film, The Lost Boys #1 finds the Emerson Brothers attempting to find some semblance of normalcy while the Frog Brothers continue to hone their vampire hunting skills. Meanwhile, Grandpa Emerson maintains order in the Santa Carla Hunter’s Union. That is until a new gang of vampires hits the scene to cause some havoc. This time our cast of characters aren’t just involved by fate, they’re the target.

    Tim Seeley captures the tongue in cheek feel of the original film perfectly. The ridiculousness, yet somehow still serious tone comes through with each scene. Scott Godlewski recreates 1987 in all it’s glory and strangeness. Together, they make it feel like the direct follow up people have craved. [Mikey N. at]


    Spider-Man: Clone Conspiracy comics at

    Spider-Man: Clone Conspiracy #1
    By: Dan Slott, Jim Cheung, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Ron Frenz

    Clones and Spider-Man. In the mid-’90s, these two were intertwined pretty heavily for better or worse. Now, history is repeating itself with Spider-Man: Clone Conspiracy #1 by Dan Slott and Jim Cheung. This is the big Spidey event of the year and Slott has been building toward it since this year’s Free Comic Book Day title from Marvel.

    Looking at the timeline, this story arc is going to run all the way through February of next year and it is starting out on the right foot. There’s a lot of set up in this issue but it works, although it does help if you’ve been reading Amazing Spider-Man lately but it’s not so dense that you can’t dig this book up fresh and figure out what’s going on. Slott definitely gets who Peter Parker is, and I think that’s the strongest element of his take on Spider-Man.

    Jim Cheung’s art is as beautiful and dynamic as ever. I really like his rendition of Rhino. There’s also a nice back up story by Slott with art by Ron Frenz that takes us back to the death of Gwen Stacy that’s an excellent character piece. This is absolutely recommended. [Dustin M. at Universal City Walk TFAW]


    Super Mario Adventures Graphic Novel at

    Super Mario Adventures
    By: Kentaro Takekuma, Charlie Nozawa

    If you ever had a Nintendo Power magazine as a kid, you may remember a small part of this graphic novel. The Super Mario Adventures GN reprints the classic comics that appeared in Nintendo Power back in the day. It’s a funny tale of Mario and “Weege” trying to save the Mushroom Kingdom, again. It’s classic ’80s comical Manga with over exaggerated emotions and the inclusion of terrible rapping.

    This was a fun trip down nostalgia lane. I can only hope that Viz can keep putting these books out! There were many comics that appeared in the Nintendo Power magazines. A Link to the Past came out last year and was the first and I only hope that Super Mario Adventures is not the last! [Martin M. at]


    What did you think of these books? Were you a fan of the Lost Boys movie? What do you think of the idea of clones returning to the pages of Amazing Spider-Man? Let us know below!

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  • Six Reasons The Wicked And Divine Is Better Than Any Other Comic Book

    Wicked and Divine #23 comic book review at

    Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as teenagers. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead.

    The team behind critically acclaimed Young Avengers and Phonogram have taken us on a hell of a ride for the past two years in The Wicked and The Divine, and the series just keeps getting better. We were able to get our hands on a copy of the WicDiv #23, and I’m here to give you the skinny on the issue and lay out the case for why this is the best series on the shelves.

    Keiron Gillen’s Writing

    Wicked & Divine #23 Cover B by Kevin Wada at TFAW.comThe Wicked and The Divine #23 is unique in that it is set up not as a traditional comic, but a one-off issue that reads as an issue of “Pantheon Monthly,” a magazine that has exclusive interviews with some of the series’ principal characters.

    I couldn’t think of a better case study to attest to Gillen’s talents as a writer. I’ve been a fan of The Wicked and The Divine from day one, but this issue has really amplified my love of the series. I was reminded of Marvel’s Front Line series of the past decade in that this issue gives us a different perspective of characters like The Morrigan, Baal, Amaterasu, Lucifer, and Woden. I like that the team is experimenting with these one-off issues because they make the reading experience unique.

    Diverse Set of Characters

    It’s clear that Gillen has put in a lot of effort in charting a course for the series and its characters. With a principal cast of 12 gods and several supporting characters, there’s a lot going on in this series, which has been why WicDiv has been at the top of my reading list for the past two years.

    We’re learning more about the characters each month, and The Wicked and The Divine #23 is no exception. One thing that’s struck me for awhile is that the series features one of the most diverse set of characters we’ve seen for awhile. This isn’t a reboot series where a woman or person of color steps into the titular character’s role–LGBTQ and people of color have been represented from the get-go. It’s refreshing that the WicDiv team is actively trying to create a story for everyone.

    McKelvie x Wilson = Art That is Out of This World

    Writing is only one part of the equation. With comics being a visual storytelling medium, I would argue that art is even more integral to a book’s success. To borrow a baseball term, Jamie McKelvie continues to knock the cover off of the ball–meaning that he isn’t hitting home runs, he’s hitting the art with such ferocity that you can’t help but fall in love in each panel.

    As Gillen has a firm grasp of where these characters’ stories are going, McKelvie’s character designs have been fleshed out. Each character has a unique style and attitude. That’s not to say that things are static–the art has continued to evolve with the characters as they have grown in the series, particularly in the case of Persephone. If you haven’t been reading along, I seriously suggest picking up the Wicked and Divine graphic novels so you can immerse yourself in this art.

    I’ve also been on board with Matthew Wilson’s colors from day one. Collaboration between artists and colorists (also artists, but differentiated as such for sake of clarity) happen every day. This kind of partnership, however, isn’t the norm–McKelvie’s linework and Wilson’s colors go together like fire and heat, milk and Oreos, or conjoined twins. They belong together.

    Mystery & Onions

    Wicked & Divine #23 Cover A by Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson at TFAW.comFrom the beginning, we’ve known the score: within two years’ time, these characters will die. The premise almost dares you not to read the series. The stakes are high and we never really know who’s going to go next. I was surprised at who was killed first as I really liked that character, which kind of makes Gillen the George R.R. Martin of comics.

    We’re always peeling away layers of these characters to find out more details of their motivations, past lives, or the story’s bigger picture. WicDiv represents a type of storytelling that is much more than punch this foe, foil that bad guy’s master plan.

    They’re Effing Gods

    The other thing that really resonates with me is the idea that The Wicked and The Divine expertly deals with themes of fandom, devotion, and religion–these are, after all, gods. Some people love them, others loathe them. It was really fun to read the “interview” with Woden because he is in the latter camp. He’s a racist mysogonist with an inferiority complex.

    I dig the “god” angle of the series a lot.

    It’s a Bold Series

    Like I said before, this is a bold series with a complex set of characters who are brash, powerful, and coming to terms with their fates. Each issue of The Wicked and The Divine is an opportunity for Gillen and McKelvie to yank the rug out from under us. This has happened several times so far, and WicDiv #23 provides a little perspective on the fallout of those moments.

    The team is willing to take this book and its characters to a place where other books from the big two wouldn’t be able to tackle, an that makes this one of the best books on the shelves today.


    Have you been reading WicDiv from the beginning? What’s your favorite moment from the series so far? Are you thinking of trying out for the series for the first time? Join the conversation below.

    The Wicked and The Divine #23, Image Comics, Releases November 2, 2016, Written by Kieron Gillen, Art by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson; $3.50

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  • Bandette Returns for More Fun


    Presto! Bandette is back and this time she is after clues to an elusive secret society filled with wisdom and riches in The House of the Green Mask. However, famed villain, The Voice is after the same thing and so he has stolen Bandette’s greatest treasure to leverage her help.

    For those unaware, Bandette is series from Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover about the greatest thief of all time. Set in Paris, Bandette is a beautiful blend of Robin Hood, The Pink Panther, The Great Muppet Caper and Tin Tin. It is a series that balances suspense and levity, genre and sincerity, cutesiness with reliability.

    Bandette graphic novels at TFAW.comThe newest volume of Bandette is as light on its feet and whimsical as ever. True moments of mystery and magic show us a new side to the Bandette oeuvre. Not tasked with the introduction of characters, you are able to spend time exploring relationships.

    Tobin excels at conversation that cracks open the hearts and minds of the ensemble to reveal deeper and more meaningful moments than can be had with straight exposition. Coover brings the script to life effortlessly. The romance is explosive, the chases are enveloping, and the humor is enchanting. There is a real love that shines through in the their work. The mastery that they bring makes this a thrilling read that will stay relevant and sought after for years to come.

    As an all-ages comic, Bandette is full of heart and encourages everyone to live life on the edge where it’s more exciting. She never second guesses her feelings. She seizes the day. She radiates passion and excitement! As a beautiful and timeless melodrama, no character is bogged down with self-doubt or loss of conviction, instead they are bursting with vitality and form a sort of Commedia dell’arte heist adventure. I would feel comfortable giving this book to anyone. Take a small break with a large candy bar and enjoy this book.


    Bandette Vol. 3, Dark Horse, rated 12+, Released October 12, 2016, Written by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, $11.99

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  • Review: Champions #1: Forging a New Age of Heroes


    Sometimes when the adults aren’t acting their age, it’s time to turn to youth for wisdom. That’s the premise for Marvel’s newest and youngest team of heroes called Champions.

    Disenchanted with the way their idols are acting in the wake of the second superhero civil war, the youngest Avengers quit the team and form their own team of idealistic do-gooders. They recruit a multicultural lineup with an android (Viv Vision), a Muslim (Ms. Marvel), an Asian (Amadeus Cho’s Hulk) and an African-American/Hispanic (Miles Morales’ Spider-Man).

    Writer Mark Waid throws in a nod to the original ’70s Champions team -– which included Hercules, Ghost Rider, and Black Widow. At one point, Ms. Marvel sarcastically asks, “Sorry, am I Hercules?” during a particularly harrowing situation.

    Waid does a good job of navigating readers through the as-of-yet untold end of Marvel’s Civil War II, by showing the youngsters’ frustration without spoiling how the war ends. At the same time, he crafts a compelling conundrum for the heroes who, like today’s police, are being constantly scrutinized thanks to the ubiquity of mobile phone videos. As the character Nova says, “It’s like everyone’s got me on video waiting for me to screw up.” By the end of the first installment, it’s that same scrutiny — as well as a stirring speech from the title’s emotional leader Ms. Marvel — that gives the group legitimacy as well as its name.

    As usual artist Humberto Ramos‘ angular drawings, particular of Ms. Marvel, are stunning. Ramos is a master of facial expressions as well, even conveying anger, fear and frustration on a masked character.

    It’s easy to see why Marvel chose to push this title first as part of its revised Marvel Now lineup. It feels relevant in every way. Hopefully Waid and team can keep up the youthful exuberance.


    Champions #1, Marvel, Released October 5, 2016, Written by Mark Waid, Art by Humberto Ramos, Inks by Victor Olazaba, Color by Edgar Delgado, Lettering by Clayton Cowles; $4.99

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  • Meet Chris Roberson at TFAW’s No Power in the Verse Comic Book Signing

    No Power in the Verse Comic Book Signing at TFAW

    We’re excited to announce that we are hosting writer Chris Roberson for a special Serenity: No Power in the Verse comic book signing from 6-8PM on October 26th at our Portland Things From Another World comic book shop. We’ve also partnered with the PDX Browncoats and the Oregon Food Bank, and are inviting the community to help us support a great cause.

    Food Drive Supports Oregon Food Bank + Gives You a Chance to Win

    Serenity Malcolm Reynolds 1:6 Scale Statue at TFAW.comBeginning October 12, and running through October 26, we’ll be collecting nonperishable food items that will go toward supporting the Oregon Food Bank and the Oregonians who depend on its ongoing efforts.

    Beyond the great feeling you’ll get by donating to an awesome cause, we’ll also give you a raffle ticket for each item you bring in from October 12-26. TFAW will be giving away a Serenity Malcolm Reynolds 1:6 Scale Statue (pictured here) valued at $249.99–it’s sure to become the centerpiece for your Firefly/Serenity collection.

    Oregon Food Bank’s Most Wanted Foods:

    • Shelf-stable milk
    • Foods high in proteincanned meats like tuna, chicken, or salmon, canned or dried beans
    • Foods high in nutrientscanned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)
    • Whole-grain foodsbrown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta
    • Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat)
    • 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
    • Unsaturated cooking oils
    • Other nutritious foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar)

    Chris Roberson will be picking a raffle winner at the Serenity: No Power in the Verse signing on 10/26. Winner does not need to be present to win (though it would be more exciting for everyone if they are).

    No Power in the Verse Comic Book Signing

    Serenity No Power in the Verse comics at TFAW.comWe invite you to join us at the Portland TFAW on Wednesday October 26 as we celebrate the launch of the newest serenity series, Serenity: No Power in the Verse, written by iZombie co-creator and all-around awesome guy, Chris Roberson.

    We’ll be kicking off the event with a Q&A with Roberson, followed by the raffle winner announcement and a comic book signing.

    About Serenity: No Power in the Verse

    The Verse is a complicated and dangerous place, and Mal Reynolds and his outlaw crew aboard the Serenity are experiencing tough times. When tensions rise among the crew, a call for help becomes a welcome interruption: they must track down a missing friend and the answers to the mystery surrounding her disappearance.

    The six-issue comic book miniseries is published by Dark Horse comics and written by Chris Roberson (iZombie, Hellboy) with art by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season Eight), Karl Story (Nightwing, Tom Strong), and Wes Dzioba (Aliens, Star Wars Invasion).

    Can’t make it to the signing at our Portland, Oregon store? Order your Serenity: No Power in the Verse comics and get them shipped to your door.


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  • Review: He-Man/Thundercats #1: The Right Tool for the Job


    He-Man/Thundercats #1 had to open with either He-Man thrashing Skeletor or Lion-O handing Mumm-Ra his backside. It just had to. Writers Lloyd Goldfine and Rob David decided on the latter scenario.

    After the fight, Mumm-Ra drags his broken, bleeding body to his black pyramid to be rejuvenated and convene with the Ancient Spirits of Evil. The Ancient Spirits have apparently lost their patience with Mumm-Ra’s inability to kill seven anthropomorphic cats and steal their Sword of Omens. They inform Mumm-Ra another magical sword exists. The Sword of Power, wielded by He-Man, might give Mumm-Ra the edge he needs to finally defeat the Thundercats. He’ll only need to travel through dimensions to an alternate universe and take it from the mightiest warrior in Eternia.

    Goldfine and David play heavily into nostalgia, knowing full well who their target audience is for this work. All those kids who woke up early on Saturday mornings in the 1980’s to watch nine hours of cartoons will get a kick out of this six-part series.

    While the script is heavy with callbacks to the television programs, the story is slightly more grown up than the material that was featured on those shows. There is a scene in this chapter where one of the principals gets stabbed through the chest. Nothing like that ever happened on Saturday morning.

    Freddie E. Williams II’s artwork is tight. Every panel is filled with an insane amount of detail. The characters all have impossibly hypertrophied physiques, which fit the genre perfectly. There is also some very creative use of gutters and panel frames to punctuate the action and emotion of the story.

    Reading this book, I’m actually surprised that as a kid I never noticed how similar these two properties are. Both mythos feature young, immature princes with talking pets that regularly undergo transformations into fierce warriors, wielding mystical, magical swords to fight nearly invincible evil undead heels. This crossover works on so many levels, it’s ridiculous.


    He-Man/Thundercats #1, DC Comics, rated T, released October 5, 2016, written by Lloyd Goldfine and Rob David, art and cover by Freddie E. Williams II, color by Jeremy Colwell, letters by Derron Bennet, $3.19

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