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  • Lone Star Deity

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    Often in the retelling of stories little slices of truth are carved off or embellished. When told time and again, passed from ear to ear, these stories grow and change with each new telling. Eventually, the story gets so big that, looking back, it’s hard to identify when the simple tale transformed into a legend.

    That is the feeling conveyed in God Country #1. There is a sense of bigness in this story. And it’s helped along by an unnamed narrator whose words frame the story of Emmett Quinlan and his erstwhile son’s family. It’s a device that is used effectively to enhance the fable-like quality of the book.

    It begins in West Texas with Roy Quinlan approaching his father’s house to talk to the local sheriff. It becomes quickly apparent that all is not well at the Quinlan homestead. Roy’s dad, Emmett, is an old man suffering from Alzheimer’s who barely recognizes his own family. He’s gone so far as to threaten his young granddaughter. Afraid for her family’s safety, Roy’s wife, Jane, leaves her husband to look after the Emmett by himself.

    A Storm, a Sword, and Sanity Restored

    But when a freak tornado sweeps through the town, seemingly destroying Emmett’s home and everyone inside, Jane races back. She finds Roy miraculously survived. However, just as the two reunite, a Demon swept in on the storm attacks.

    Then, in a blinding flash, Emmett Quinlan vanquishes the creature with an ancient, indestructible, enchanted twelve-foot sword. While holding the sword, named Valofax, Emmett’s deteriorating mind seems to have been healed. The issue closes with the old man looking on his family with fresh, rejuvenated eyes.

    God Country #1 is full of very human moments, wrapped up in the beginnings of an epic story. The relationships between the members of the Quinlan family take center stage. Hopefully following issues can answer several burning questions. Where did the demon come from? Is Emmett’s recovery permanent? Who is the vengeful-looking god, hovering above the world? And will that god get his sword back?

    PRE-ORDER GOD COUNTRY #2

    God Country #1, Images Comics, Release Date January 11, 2017, Written by Donny Cates,  Art by Geoff Shaw, $3.99

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  • Fight and Flight

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    Faith Herbert is a typical geek. She marks out to comic, sci-fi movies, and plays Pokémon Go. Her world is upended when she discovers that she is a psiot, possessing the ability to levitate objects and fly.

    Faith becomes immersed in a world she previously only experienced as an observer. She has the abilities and the heart to be the superhero her town needs–if she can only find the confidence.

    In Faith #6, a psiot being held captive by Project Rising Spirit has escaped and possesses the body of Zoe, a young pop star involved in an internet scandal. This psiot, named Dark Star, can cannibalize the powers of other psiots and drain energy from any living thing.

    You Gotta Have Faith

    After a run in with Zoe/Dark Star, Faith finds her own abilities weakened. Bringing down the possessed child star is only one of her issues now. She will also have to deal with the overzealous PRS, who believe they’re serving the greater good. These psiots claim they are “protecting the populace from all manner of threats.” That sounds great in theory, but in practice it means they capture and attempt to control psiots.

    Writer Josie Houser (Mother Panic) makes a rare connection with readers. Her stories about a comic book mark getting lost in her fandoms when times get tough should resonate with every reader who’s ever been a fan of anything. Faith quotes lines from her favorite nerdy movies and attends cons. It’s easy to imagine you might meet Faith at an event and strike up a conversation.

    YOU CAN DO IT AND YOU MUST. PRE-ORDER FAITH #7

    There is an obvious weight angle with Faith, but it doesn’t seem to matter to the story. Faith’s body type is insignificant because it doesn’t define her or limit her value in any way. Artists Meghan Hetrick and Marguerite Sauvage throw all kinds of body types, skin colors, hairstyles, and complexions at the page. It all sticks and creates a believable, immersive world.

    Faith #6, Valiant Entertainment, Release date December 7, 2016, Rated 12+, Written by Jody Houser, Art by Meghan Hetrick, Cover by Philip Tan, $3.99

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  • All for the Twisted “Greater Good”

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    In the wake of the events of Marvel’s Civil War II, the Winter Soldier has been arrested and imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. But Bucky Barnes has a secret plan to prevent the assassination of his best friend Steve Rogers. To accomplish that, he’s busted the Thunderbolts out of Pleasant Hill. They were all serving time for masquerading as a team of superheroes while they had ulterior motives that were anything but heroic.

    Bucky’s secret plan has obviously backfired, leaving the outlaw team with a difficult choice. After being left in the dark about his intentions, Marvel’s Most Wanted must decide whether to rescue their new leader or leave him to rot. After having previously suffered under the leadership of Baron Zemo and Norman Osborn, the weight of this decision is crushing.

    Bucky’s on His Own

    Meanwhile, in the basement of Holding Facility Obfirmo-4, Bucky is about to be grilled by the very man he has risked everything to save. Cap’s heel turn hasn’t yet been discovered. Everything is about to go sideways when the Star-Spangled Avenger plays on Bucky’s love for him with four little words. “Do you trust me?”

    Thunderbolts #7 opens the new story arc Caught Red-Handed and is the first Thunderbolts issue in Marvel NOW! That makes this a brilliant jumping on point.

    Regardless whether you’ve kept up with the events of Marvel’s Civil War II, writer Jim Zub does a fantastic job catching the reader up without over explaining plot points that have brought us to this chapter.

    Sean Izaakses’s penciling style and Matt Yackey’s color lend a throwback feel to this re-imagined classic from 1997, And it compliments Zub’s writing style perfectly. Izaakse’s body language, ambulation, and facial expressions are spot on. Be sure to look in the background of this one. Some of the extras’ reactions are priceless.

    PRE-ORDER THUNDERBOLTS #8 and #9

    Thunderbolts #7, Marvel Comics, November 30, 2016, T+ parental advisory, Written by Jim Zub, Art by Sean Izaakse, Color by Matt Yackey, Cover by Kris Anka, $3.99

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  • A Ride on the Wild Side

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    Ghost Rider is back, and as usual, he’s ready to kick some bad guy booty.

    If you’ve been watching Marvel’s Agents of Shield TV program this season, you know at least part of the story. Mechanic Robbie Reyes is haunted by the spirit of his evil uncle, who forces him to exact vengeance on Los Angeles’ worst criminals. And he gets to do it using a pretty rad ride–a haunted muscle car. And his head catches on fire.

    In Ghost Rider #1, artist Danillo Beyruth gets the honor of penciling the flaming head. Although his , his passion is clearly for the car, which is simply gorgeous. Likewise, his drawings perfectly depict the raw, urban feeling of East LA.

    Mayhem Unleashed

    This initial issue paces itself, setting up future stories while giving us a sense of who is who in Reyes’ world. The story gets its comic relief–and most likely an eventual comrade–in Amadeus Cho’s Hulk. Cho make friends with a rat infected by some purple rock creature, which after the fun and games, becomes the villain for this story arc. And another hero makes a surprise appearance at the end. This could set up a romantic interest for Robbie in the future.

    But writer Felipe Smith gets to spread his literary wings a bit more. He introduces a new villain in a B story drawn by Tradd Moore. In this standalone tale, we see a lot more of what makes Ghost Rider the anti hero we love, There are chains, hell portals and a flaming car.

    That story alone makes this a ride worth taking.

    GET IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT AND PRE-ORDER GHOST RIDER #2 AND #3.

    Ghost Rider #1, Marvel Comics, Released November 30, 2016, Written by Felipe Smith, Art by Danillo Beyruth, $4.99.

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  • Inhumans and X-Men get ready to rumble

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    After Death of X, comes Inhumans vs X-Men, this week for New Comic Book Day. Plus get a look at what’s been happening in Serenity: No Power in the Verse, and check out Black Mask’s new series No Angel. 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.

    Serenity #2
    By: Chris Roberson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Dan Dos Santos

    Continuing our adventures with the crew of the Serenity, we open with them at gunpoint searching for someone. What they find is way more than they bargained for. With River’s “sisters” looking for her, they’ll have to be on careful watch while trying to help Mericourt.

    Chris Roberson proves that he still has it (not like he ever lost it). With strong dialogue, it was easy to fall right back into the ‘Verse. Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, and Wes Dzioba do a great job with action in this issue. I never feel like I missed something. This issue should also serve as a way to get nerdy knitters back in action! (you’ll see when you read it) [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Climb aboard and explore the ‘Verse again.

    Inhumans vs X-Men comics at TFAW.com

    IvX #0
    By: Charles Soule, Kenneth Rocafort

    Inhumans vs X-Men #0 sets the stage for the crossover event fans have been waiting for. This issue covers the time from the ending of Death of X (be sure to catch that), and the 8 months that took place from Death of X to where the current ongoing series are. For regular X-Men readers, they’ll note there’s been a major absence of Emma Frost from the core titles post-Secret Wars, and this is the book that’s going to let you in on what she’s been up to. We also get a peek into what Beast has been up to since he also hasn’t made many appearances in the recent months.

    The bouncing back and forth between Emma Frost and Beast does a great job setting the stage for what to expect in this new crossover, as well as provides all the information new readers need before everything gets turned on its head in the coming months. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    Get in on the ground floor with Inhumans vs X-Men #0

    No Angel comics at TFAW.com

    No Angel #1
    By: Eric Palicki, Adrianne Palicki, Ari Syahrazad, Amancay huelpan

    A former soldier turned FBI agent, Hannah Gregory, returns to her hometown of Tucker’s Mill, Wisconsin to investigate the murder of her father and brother. What starts out as a (not so) simple investigation, quickly turns into a supernatural mystery. That calls into question everything our Hannah knows about her family, her life, and our Earthly existence in general.

    Siblings Eric Palicki (Guardians of Infinity) and actress Adrianne Palicki (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., GI JOE: Retaliation, Friday Night Lights) team up to craft a story that feels both new and personal. The art from Ari Syahrazed makes the story feel like a gritty noir. Having the character of Hannah resemble the familiar face of Adrianne helps take us into this new world. Allowing for the reader to be open for what looks to be a crazy ride. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    If you’re looking for something fresh that combines noir with…well, we’ll be finding out exactly what soon, check out No Angel #1.

    Read our full review of No Angel and get a preview of this new series.

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

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  • Conan’s Inescapable Ending Ahead, Uncountable Dead Behind

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    Conan the Slayer is what happens when you hand Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Sixth Gun) the reins to one of the oldest and most visited mythos in modern comics.

    Bunn’s take on the Barbarian is reminiscent of Mel Gibson’s historically inaccurate (albeit highly entertaining) film portrayal of Braveheart’s William Wallace. Now Conan is hardly a mindless Barbarian roaming the countryside, indiscriminately butchering defenseless sheep.

    Conan’s Complex Character

    Rather, in the opening scenes of chapter one, Conan allows four pursuing Turanians every opportunity to turn back and leave him alone before finally sending the hunters to meet Crom. Diving deeper into the Blood In His Wake story arc, it’s clear “The Slayer” is only one facet of Conan’s surprisingly complex character.

    By the time we reach the opening pages of Conan the Slayer #5, the wily Cimmerian has talked his way out his own death sentence. He’s also battled a sea hag and her offspring, become a trusted advisor to a Kozaki Hetman, and solved a murder mystery.

    The art team does an outstanding job bringing Bunn’s script to the page. Sergio Davila’s artwork and Michael Atiya’s color beautifully capture the raw emotion and gore of the action sequences. Still there is room for vulnerable moments. The Slayer never looked better. Letters by Richard Starkings pay homage to the series’ origins, using typeface to set scenes. Conan’s dialogue is delivered in angular balloons, suggesting The Destroyer not speaking his native tongue.

    PRE-ORDER CONAN THE SLAYER ISSUE #6 AND ISSUE #7

    Conan The Slayer has broad appeal. It’s familiar enough for devotees of previous incarnations of Robert E. Howard’s brainchild, while crossing new genre boundaries. Fans of fantasy, action/adventure, mystery, and occult comics will enjoy this new series.

    Conan The Slayer #5, Dark Horse Comics, Release Date November 30, 2016, Rated 14+, Written by Cullen Bunn, Art by Sergio Davila, Colors by Michael Atiyeh, Letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft, Cover by Admira Wijaya, $3.99.

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  • The Few But Proud

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    Tales of humanity clinging to life and hope while the world as we know it is in absolute ruin will always be part of our popular culture. These stories speak to an optimism that readers can take solace in regardless of how bleak things may seem.

    The Few, a new series from Image Comics, is looking to become a quintessential entry in this post-apocalyptic sub genre. It follows the journey of Edan Hale, a young woman from a totalitarian portion of North America called The Republic. She’s on a secret mission to infiltrate The Remainder States of America.

    Mad Max Meets Station Eleven Sensibility

    It’s immediately clear how dangerous the world has become. Edan is assaulted by Mad-Maxian marauders taking orders from a would-be warlord named Herrod. Barely escaping the slaughter of a small town, Edan finds herself on the run from Herrod’s minions. She manages to save one of the townsfolk babies in the process and is forced to bring the infant along for the ride.

    After being left unconscious in the woods after fighting off her first wave of attackers, Edan wakes up to find herself in the care of a pair of survivalist brothers. These two marvel at both her escape as well as  the infant she has in tow. With their help she and the baby make their escape from Herrod’s forward troops, fleeing.

    She heads towards The Remainder States. We’re not told much about The States, only that it stands against the dictatorial ways of The Republic. Edan herself is unsure of just how much of a threat they pose.

    A Post-Apocalyptic World

    Sean Lewis’ writing is crisp and to the point, allowing much of the story to be told by Hayden Sherman’s superb art. There are bleak and barren landscapes of what was once Montana counterpointed by detailed character art. Sherman captures a broken future reminiscent of Steve Lieber’s work on Whiteout or Christopher Mitten’s Wasteland. Sherman’s scarce use of color, mostly red, highlights action and violence.

    One of the best aspects about The Few is that it’s creators do not feel hold the readers hand when it comes to world building. Often these types of stories get too wrapped up in the foundations of why these newly-created world’s are so messed up. The Few parses out bits of information, but does so in sync with main character’s discovery. We learn more about the world and Edan’s place in it while frantically following her quest to survive.

    PRE-ORDER THE FEW #1 AND THE FEW #2

    Like many of her best post-apocalyptic contemporaries Edan is competent without being an over-the-top badass. She is vulnerable without being a weak-kneed maiden in need of a rescue. She is driven, with enough humanity in her to question what she has set out to do.

    There is a great character emerging in Edan Hale that will leave readers wanting to see more of The Few.

    The Few #1, Image Comics, Release Due January 18, 2017, Written by Sean Lewis, Art by Hayden Sherman, $3.99.

    The Few #2, Image Comics, Release Due February 22, 2017, Written by Sean Lewis, Art by Hayden Sherman, #3.99.

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  • Super Powers for All (Ages)

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    Super Powers is a new all-ages mini series from the creators of Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures!

    Super Powers #1 follows Wonder Woman and Superman as they try and track down the kidnapped Batman. Superman helps to clean up the streets of Gotham in the during the caped crusaders absence and finds a clue that sends Wonder Woman into space. They both find the Gotham Goliath held captive by Brainiac.

    Superman releases Batman, Brainiac Captures Superman, and Wonder Woman lassos Brainiac. But, our terrific trinity discover that Brainiac is not the man behind the plan and issue one ends with quite the final sting.

    Characters With Charisma

    There are several things that really work in this opening story. The swapping of rogues galleries is a lot of fun. Superman exclaiming “Yuck! Disgusting!” when fighting Killer Croc is a good illustration of the perfectly poignant dialogue and unique situations for our heroes.

    There are well-defined characters. It’s like watching DC Comics Commedia Dell’Arte unfold on the pages. The characters are all heroic and interesting. It’s an excellent distillation of each of the characters virtues from their history in comics all these years.

    There are a lot of fun expressions and sound effects throughout the story. Every “Crush!”, “Twirl!”, and “Chop!” find their place as a helpful addition to storytelling and not as a hinderance of cheesiness.

    This book is a great introduction, not only to these characters, but to superhero comics in general. It doesn’t seem to be burdened by modern comics at all. It takes a place of wonder and amusement which lend a hand to it’s timeless feel. The pacing and action seems balanced with dialogue and exposition. It all flew by, but was so much fun to read the second and third time as well!

    PRE-ORDER SUPER POWERS #2.

    Super Powers #1, DC Comics, Released November 23, 2016, Written by Art Baltazar, Art by Franco, $2.99.

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  • Pick Your Poison

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    As far as anti-heroes go, it’s to find a list that doesn’t contain Venom. But over the years, the character has experienced drastic changes. He’s gone from a main-stay Spider-Man villain to an anti-hero to a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Still, a constant in all of these stories is a focus on the relationship between the Venom symbiote and its host. And Marvel’s newest series to focus on the character gets him back to his more villainous roots.

    Written by Mike Costa and drawn by Gerardo Sandoval, Venom #1 drops us into a Marvel Universe bereft of a proper Venom, with a hostless symbiote stalking the streets of New York.

    The Villain Emerges

    Enter Lee Price, a former Army Ranger with a distant attitude looking to make ends meet. Lee is standoffish at best and a mildl sociopath at worst. But mostly he’s got a lot of self-determination. So, when a simple security job (set up by Mac Gargan, himself a former Venom host) is interrupted by a rampaging symbiote, Lee quickly dominates the alien life form. The result–he’s quickly becoming the new, complete Venom.

    From the outset, Venom #1 focuses on the strange dynamic between Lee and the symbiote. You’d expect that the strange alien biomass that adheres to human skin would be the bad-guy here. However, by the end of the issue it appears Lee is the one bringing out the evil in Venom.

    It is a fascinating reversal. And it makes for a good twist after the more recent runs of Venom where he was a full-blown galactic hero.

    CHECK OUT VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT FOR MORE GREAT SYMBIOTE SPACE ADVENTURES.

    Whether or not there will be a resurgence of Venom as a straight up villain remains to be seen. But with new characters and new twists on the familiar, Venom #1 is a good addition to the current Marvel Now lineup.

    PREORDER THE NEW VENOM SERIES.

    Venom #1, Marvel Comics, Released November 23, 2016, Written by Mike Costa, Art by Gerardo Sandoval, $3.99.

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  • Buffy stabs her way into Season 11

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    New Comic Book Day is here! Buffy the Vampire Slayer kick soff s highly anticipated new season. Along with the super fun adventures of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and Hellboy gets a new mission. Every week we review a select few NCBD books. 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.

    Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13
    By: Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain, Leonard Kirk

    She’s the smartest girl in the room…well, the world actually. Lunella Lafayette AKA Moon Girl is a nine-year-old prodigy who pals around with a bright red time-displaced Tyranosaurus Rex named Devil Dinosaur.

    Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13 kicks off a new story arc “The Smartest There Is,” and serves as a great entry point for new readers. The thing I like most about this series is that it’s just plain fun. Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder are adept at writing for kids and adults, keeping the language easy, but expertly incorporating nods to Marvel’s history.

    This issue also has a fun dream (or is it a glimpse of the future?) sequence illustrated by Leonard Kirk. This sequence alone makes this issue worth the price of admission. I’m also a fan of the surprise character who pops up on the final couple pages of this issue…

    If you’re looking for a fun and colorful (literally, Tara Bonvillain’s colors are lovely) series to break up the standard capes and cowl books on your reading list, this Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is highly recommended. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #1
    By: Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs, Dan Jackson, Steve Morris

    For those new to the series, yes, Buffy The Vampire Slayer has lived on in the form of a comic series for 3 seasons after it’s television ending. Now with Season 11 being the perfect jumping on point for new readers. After the end of their last crisis, Buffy, and vampire boyfriend Spike, are now supernatural crime consultants for the San Francisco police department.

    The bulk of the issue is reintroducing the reader to a lot of familiar faces. Giving exposition hinting at how that character has changed over the course of the last few seasons, making brand new readers to the comic series welcomed. Which is great, because before you know it, the action is turned up to…11 (get it?).

    Christos Gage has been working with these characters since Season 9 (originally on Angel & Faith before taking over the main book). He writes the cast with the same tone fans have come to rely on. Rebekah Isaacs, captures the characters likenesses perfectly. Making it feel like we’re once again seeing some old, familiar friends.

    If you’re a fan of Buffy, Joss Whedon, great female characters, or fun in general. Make sure you’re getting this first issue of another great adventure with the Scooby Gang. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    JUMP BACK ON THE BAND WAGON SEASON 11 IS HERE!

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 – The Unreasoning Beast #1
    By: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Patric Reynolds, Dave Stewart, Mike Huddleston

    Since the end of Hellboy, it only makes sense to go backwards. It all started with Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952. The first mission Hellboy ever went on. Continuing through the years with 1953 and 1954. This is the start of the second mission for 1954 (that we’re shown). Involving a haunted family by a firey monkey.

    Having not read a Hellboy since the end of Hellboy in Hell. After reading The Unreasoning Beast #1, I’m back in the fold. As this is Mike Mignola’s baby, I didn’t expect anything less than a stellar story. Especially with Chris Roberson co-writing. Artist Patrick Reynolds’ style is immediately recognizable and works so well within this world.

    Although the story ends with a happy ending. As much as it can when dealing with the supernatural. You get this eerie feeling we’re not done yet, and it has nothing to do with the fact that there is a second and third issue already solicited. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    GET HAUNTED BY HELLBOY ONCE AGAIN!

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  • Life After Death

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    Two of the top names in comics today are Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire, so a collaboration between these much-acclaimed creators is one of the year’s most anticipated comics. And it does not disappoint.

    AD: After Death pushes the comics medium in a new direction. This is a wholly original work and is not to be missed.

    Planned as a three-book (as opposed to issue) story, AD uses a mixture of prose and comics writing/art to tell the story of a future where death has been cured. Like a lot of great works in science fiction though, this concept serves a backdrop for a very human story.

    A Totally Unique Work

    The story plays around with some subtle world building, but is primarily interested in placing us in the head of its central character Jonah Cooke. Jonah is the narrator and recounts the vital role he played in the elimination of death. But that’s all the information we’re given about that in this first book.

    There is a pervasive sense of loss and regret throughout the story. Yet the languid pace of Snyder’s story washes over you and pulls you into this very somber, but engaging story.

    Image Comics is a publisher that has encouraged creators to experiment and push forward creative and original projects. I’ve never read anything like AD. Discussing plot details is almost impossible as so much of the book’s strength comes from its tone and style.

    Lemire, who many may know as a writer, brings to the book the same stunningly unique art that made Sweet Tooth and The Underwater Welder such incredible works of art.

    CATCH UP ON SCOTT SNYDER’S AMERICAN VAMPIRE SERIES.

    This book demands your attention. It’s rooted in such deep emotion and clearly has a lot of ambition moving forward. It’s tough to determine whether something will be a classic or not upon its initial release, but I’d be surprised if people aren’t talking about this as an important work for years to come.

    AD After Death, Image Comics, Released November 23, 2016, Written by Scott Snyder, Art by Jeff Lemire, $5.99.

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  • Return of the King

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    Few other names in the Marvel universe instill as much fear as that of Thanos. It’s the reason Marvel’s producers chose the Mad Titan as their big bad for their movies.

    A literal worshiper of death, Thanos has made a habit of killing indiscriminately over the years, including his own children. That’s why this newest edition begins with a two-page spread that reads simply, “Thanos Returns.”

    He’s Back!!

    And return he does in Thanos #1, bringing a significant body count with him. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato guide us through the devastation and leave us with several mysteries. Deodato’s artwork is stunning. The expansive sci-fi tableaus are a feast for the eyes. They could just as easily come from the next Star Wars movie. Add to that colorist Frank Martin’s dark tones and it’s clear that the story isn’t going to end well for several characters–maybe even Thanos himself.

    Lemire is a master storyteller and he doesn’t disappoint in this series. He does just enough to hook you early on. But there are plenty of questions unanswered so you’ll come back for more. Thanos is the main draw, but Lemire makes good use of lesser-known characters like Tryco Slatterus and Corvus Glaive. Throw in Thanos’ brother Starfox and his son Thane–also seeking to kill their fellow Titan–and it’s an explosive situation.

    BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE ACTION AND PRE-ORDER THE NEXT ISSUES OF THANOS.

    And you thought your Thanksgiving dinner was going to be awkward!

    Thanos #1, Marvel Comics, Released November 16, 2016, Written by Jeff Lemire, Art by Mike Deodato, Color by Frank Martin, $3.99.

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