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    Marvel Unleashes the Monsters

    After the extremely successful miniseries Monsters Unleashed, Marvel and writer Cullen Bunn have decided to continue the monster mayhem in an ongoing series of the same name. Monsters Unleashed #1 has the fun spirit of the miniseries, but sets up a new adventure.

    In the first issue, 11-year-old Kai Kawade (better known as Kid Kaiju) has the ability to bring the monsters he draws to life. Following the events of the miniseries, Kid Kaiju decides to use his monster friends to help save the world. One of these acts of heroism has drawn the ire of the super-powered cleanup crew Damage Control.

    Monsters Unleashed #1
    Monsters Unleashed #1

    Kid Kaiju Needs All the Help He Can Get

    Giant monsters may save the day but they do create an awful lot of property damage. Luckily Kai has a couple of companions to help him train on how best to deploy his team of monsters.

    A member of a legendary family of monster hunters (Elsa Bloodstone) is Kai’s personal bodyguard and mentor. That is, when she hasn’t run off to fight vampires. Elsa helps implement effective battle strategies picked up from a lifetime of combating monsters. Beyond the battlefield, Kai has a robot  tasked with giving Kai a proper education in the subject of super-heroism.

    And Kai’s going to need all the help he can get because giant monsters aren’t the only threat coming his way. A group of legendary Marvel super-villains have banded together to put an end to Kid Kaiju and his beloved monsters.

    There’s obviously a lot of love for this genre from the creative team of Bunn and artist David Baldeon. This book knows what’s it audience is looking for and delivers. It’s filled with all the large scale monster battles Marvel readers crave.

    It will be fun to see what new massive action this creative team can dream up each month to face our gang of heroes.

    SEE WHO WINS THE POWRE GRAB AND PRE-ORDER MONSTERS UNLEASHED #2

    Monsters Unleashed #1, Marvel Comics, Released April 19, 2017, Writer Cullen Bunn, Art by David Baldeon and Arthur Adams, $3.99

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    Nick Fury Is Back — No Not That Nick Fury

    This week, for New Comic Book Day, we’re bringing you the rebirth of Lana Lang, a brand new spy thriller, and the start of a bizarre adventure. As always, this is only a small batch of the many great comics that came out this week.

    Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Superman #9
    By: Kate Perkins, Stephen Segovia, Billy Tan

    Superwoman #9 presents a turning point for both the comic and Lana Lang as a whole. Superwoman #9 is a tie-in to the brand new Superman: Reborn – Aftermath event.

    The book revolves around Lana Lang coping with the loss of her powers. When she is at her lowest, her childhood friend Superman is there to give her a pep talk. It’s heartwarming in that classic Superman sort of way.

    Kate Perkins takes over the writing duties in Superwoman #9. She has no problem capturing the voice of the characters, especially Lana and Clark. Stephen Segovia, as usual, kills it on art duties.

    Superwoman #9 is a great time to jump into the book if you’ve yet to check out this series. The comic brings readers up to speed while planting the seeds for some future plots. These plots not only involve Lana Lang but also Superman. [Josh P at TFAW.com]

    CHECK OUT SUPERWOMAN FROM THE BEGINNING

    Nick Fury #1
    By: James Robinson, Aco, Huge Petrus, Rachelle Rosenberg

    James Robinson wrote a perfect psycidellic love letter to Jim Strinko’s run on Nick Fury – Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 70’s. This color popping spy thriller is what a Nick Fury comic should be. Ever since the First Look preview first hit, I’ve been waiting for the final comic. I was not dissapointed.

    ACO, Huge Petrus and Rachelle Rosenberg come together to create a beautiful comic. The art screams late 60’s spy thriller, and I loved every panel. The gorgeous panel layouts reminded me of the fantastic J.H. Williams III’s Batwoman – Elegy series. While I had issues following one double-spread panel, on the whole the action was easy to follow.

    If you’re looking for a solid series that is unaffected by the rest of the ever-changing rosters in the Marvel Universe, this comic is it. Nick Fury #1 is my top pick for this week’s new comics and is one book you should pick up. [Martin M at TFAW.com]

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    Plastic #1
    By: Doug Wagner, Daniel Hillyard, Andrew Robinson

    One of the taglines that Image Comics is using to promote the new Plastic series is a quote by Robert Kirkman, the author behind The Walking Dead, which states “This is the weirdest @%#* I’ve ever read. I love it!” After reading Plastic #1, I can safely say that Mr. Kirkman was 100 percent right in his assessment.

    There is no backstory to Plastic #1. The comic doesn’t ease you into the weirdness of its story – it dumps you right in and either you sink or you swim. However, because it’s weird doesn’t mean it’s bad. Writer Doug Wagner presents an engaging tale with some unexpected twists and turns. We’re going to keep this review brief on purpose, as the best thing you can do with Plastic #1 is go in blind. Trust us when we say you’ll want to experience the story with a fresh set of eyes.

    This comic isn’t going to be for everyone, but everyone should give at least the first issue a try. This is one of those comics that you need to experience for yourself before making any sort of judgment call on it. Definitely, give it a shot and go in with an open mind, and you may just find your new favorite series. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Redneck Puts an East Texas Spin on Vampire Mythos

    Vampires have come a long way since John Polidori’s The Vampyre in 1819. Popular culture has since seen creepy vampires, sexy vampires, and even high school teen angst-y vampires (in both buff and sparkly categories). In Redneck #1, Donny Cates takes the standard set of vampire mythos and applies them to a redneck family in East Texas.

    Redneck #1
    Redneck #1

    The Bowmans run the local BBQ in a small East Texas town called Sulphur Springs. Secretly a clutch of vampires, the family survives on cow’s blood and mostly keeps to themselves. Father Landry and his brood are the only other family in Sulphur Springs that suspects the Bowmans’ true nature.

    Bad Blood Tends to Beget Bad Blood

    The Landrys and Bowmans have literally been at each other’s throats for generations. It’s been pretty quiet for a spell, but the tension is building. A couple of drunk kids out on the town is about all it would take to start an all out war.

    “It’s a story about a family’s quest to turn themselves into more than the monsters they’ve always been. To find a little peace in a world that hates them,” says Cates of his new series in an exclusive interview with TFAW. “It ain’t gonna be easy. And it’s sure as hell gonna be bloody. But it might just be the best time you’ve ever had reading a book about vampires!”

    Image Comics is seeing the payoff after going to the well again with Cates. He smashed it with God Country and is riding that success into another promising series. Fans of God Country, Harrow County, vampire lore, and horror comics will definitely want to get in on this series.

    THE FEUD CONTINUES. PRE-ORDER REDNECK #2 AND REDNECK #3

    Redneck #1, Image Comics, Release Date April 19, 2017, Written by Donny Cates, Art by Lisandro Estherren and Dee Cunniffe, Letters by Joe Sabino, $3.99

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    Regression: A Tale of Supernatural Terror and Intrigue

    Regression #1 introduces Adrian, a pretty ordinary guy–except for one thing. Adrian is plagued by vivid waking nightmares. The visions are so intense they are ruining his life. Finally, his friend Molly coerces Adrian into a past life regression hypnotherapy session with her friend Sid.

    Regression #1
    Regression #1

    During the first session, Adrian catches a glimpse of a bizarre and ghastly scene. Unable to process the scene he just witnessed, Adrian wakes in a daze. Unconvinced that he has just experienced a peek into his past life, Adrian is ready to give up on therapy.

    Occult, Conspiracy, Mystery, Reincarnation, and Insanity

    Unfortunately for Adrian, the vision was real. Something unspeakable happened in his past life, and it has followed him to his present.

    Writer Cullen Bunn drew on experiences from his childhood when penning the script for Regression. “My father was a hypnotist, and I watched him perform a number of past life regressions,” Bunn noted in an exclusive interview with TFAW. “I thought about those regressions quite a bit over the years. Somewhere along the way, the troubling thought dawned on me: what if one of those past lives were evil? Or possessed by evil? And what if the regression gave them a finger hold in someone’s life? What if they could hitch a ride to the present?”

    Bunn’s first hand experience with hypnosis, subconscious, and past life regression comes through in the story. There is a very creepy and unsettling realism to the scenario he is describing. The artwork and color choices by Danny Luckert and Marie Enger sell the terror and levity of the script brilliantly.

    Fans of horror and occult comics will revel in Regression If you’ve read Harrow County, The Damned, Outcast, or God Country, you absolutely don’t want to miss this series!

    ADRIAN’S DESCENT INTO MADNESS CONTINUES. PRE-ORDER REGRESSION #2

    Regression #1, Image Comics, Release Date May 10, 2017, Written by Cullen Bunn, Art by Danny Luckert, Color/Letters by Marie Enger, $3.99

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    Shaolin Cowboy’s Surf and Turf Battle

    Leave it to Geoff Darrow to begin a new issue (and a new series) with a trio of talking vultures. The triad is circling the remains of a huge battle to find their next meal. And they provide the most intelligent dialogue in the book.

    Shaolin Cowboy’s latest battle, which nearly left him for dead, provides the backdrop for the vultures’ discussion of physiognomy, smorgasbords and cholesterol. Seeing a dead Asian combatant, one of the vultures declares, “It looks pretty fresh, and it’s been awhile since I’ve had any sashimi.”

    Old Nemeses Hell Bent on Revenge

    Shaolin Cowboy: Who'll Stop The Reign? #1 (variant cover)
    Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop The Reign? #1 (variant cover)

    In The Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign #1, Cowboy doesn’t have much to say. That leaves the vultures and less-intelligent humans to fill in the story. That plot revolves around a number of enemies trying to take advantage of Cowboy’s weakened state. Those include the vultures, a warden from hell, and a beer-guzzling crab-human hybrid. It’s quintessential Darrow. And that’s a beautiful thing.

    But it’s detailed artwork that Darrow fans demand. And this issue doesn’t disappoint. While the book doesn’t have the decapitation by chainsaw on a rope that we’ve come to expect from the Cowboy, there’s still plenty to feast your eyes on.

    There are impossible moves where the Cowboy propels himself into the back of a moving car. Bleak mountain landscapes complete with anti-Trump graffiti. And the generous use of two-page spreads with knife-legged dogs as a treat for the careful observer. Darrow creates a visual treat that will leave you coming back for the rest of this four-part series.

    RE-ORDER SHAOLIN COWBOY: WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN #2 AND FIND OUT WHO’S IN HOT PURSUIT OF THE COWBOY

    The Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign? #1, Dark Horse Comics, Released April 19, 2017, Written and Art by Geoff Darrow, Colors by Dave Stewart, Lettering by Nate Piekos, $3.99.

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    The Unstoppable Will vs. The Unstoppable Mouth

    The main difference between The Punisher and Deadpool is motivation. Both appear to be sociopaths. But Frank Castle is driven by vengeance and Wade Wilson’s main concern is his paycheck. Neither wants to admit how deeply they are actually driven by emotion.

    In Deadpool vs. Punisher #1, Fred Van Lente serves up a script that puts these two on opposite sides of an ambiguous moral scenario.

    Wilson and Castle are very familiar with each other’s work. Wilson thinks Castle is a “self-righteous, sociopathic, shoot-first-ask-questions-never, humorless, fascist hard-ass.” Castle views Wilson as a “motor-mouthed, muddle-headed, arrested adolescent with delusions of competence.”

    See the World. Fill it Full of Bullets

    Deadpool vs. Punisher #1 opens with Punisher working undercover at an underground illegal gambling club. “VS.” is a place where degenerates gather to place wagers on superheroes. Some names on the board include Spider-Man (original, probably), Captain American Falcon, and Guy who thinks he’s Hercules.

    After Punisher violently shuts down the club, he gets the information he’s been after. That’s when the desperate club manager gives up details on The Bank in order to save his own life. The Bank is Castle’s true target. But he’s also Wade Wilson’s accountant, money launderer, client, and close friend.

    Pere Perez’ artwork suits the script perfectly. And there are plenty of background details, but not so many as to distract from well-planned action sequences. In addition, he nails the expressions on the unmasked characters. Perez brilliantly telegraphs nuanced expression through Pool’s mask and body language.

    Van Lente sets up an interesting “best of five rounds” scenario. With a clear winner in each of the planned five chapters, Deadpool is playing with a loaded deck. With his regenerative abilities, he can afford to lose four of five battles and still come back for the next installment. Punisher doesn’t have the same luxury.

    SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AND PRE-ORDER THE REST OF THE 5 PART SERIES

    Deadpool vs. Punisher #1, Marvel Comics, April 12, 2017, Written by Fred Van Lente, Art by Pere Perez, Color by Ruth Redmond, Letters by VC’s Joe Sabino, Cover by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, $3.99

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    Black Panther and the Crew Kick Off

    This week Black Panther and the Crew starts, Alien Day comes a little early, and The Prism of Time begins in Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns for New Comic Book Day. Remember this was only a small batch of what came out this week.
    Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Black Panther and the Crew #1
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Butch Guice, John Cassaday

    I wasn’t sure what to expect before reading Black Panther and the Crew #1. I knew of Ta-Nehisi Coates from his excellent run on Black Panther but I was worried that Marvel was spreading Black Panther too far, too fast. Imagine my surprise to find out that despite being a prominent part of the title, Black Panther doesn’t make an appearance in the issue at all.

    Rather, the issue follows Misty Knight (and a surprise guest!) in a story that hits close to real world events while still fitting nicely into the Marvel Universe. Coates expertly captures the tension that exists today in places like Harlem, making the issue informative as well as interesting. Since this is a Marvel book, you can expect some action, and artist Butch Guice does an excellent job depicting it.

    Black Panther & The Crew #1 offers something different than your standard Marvel comic and is highly recommended. I’m eagerly anticipating to see just how Luke Cage and Black Panther figure into the story. It’s not a book that was on my radar before but I’m immediately adding to my subscription; after you give it a read, I guarantee that you’ll feel the same.

    If you like this comic, you’ll love Coates’ work on Black Panther!

    [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    Aliens: The Original Comics Series Volume 2
    By: Mark Verheiden, Den Beauvais, Sam Kieth

    Before we got Alien 3 in theaters, we got Dark Horse’s Aliens Comics. And oh boy were they exciting! I remember reading these as a kid in excitement for the next movie. Seeing Hicks, Newt and Ripley all together fighting against Xenomorphs, I couldn’t wait for the next movie! Alas, we got David Fincher’s Alien 3 instead.

    This rerelease hardcover contains the original Dark Horse arcs: Aliens: Nightmare Asylum and Aliens: Female War. It also reverts back to the original character names, which were changed in printings that came AFTER the release of Alien 3, from what I understand.

    Nightmare Asylum, by writer Mark Verheiden and artists Den Beauvais and Sam Kieth, tells the four-part story about militarizing the Xenomorphs and what Hicks and Newt do to stop it.

    In the second story, Female War, Ripley is forced back into the fray to protect Newt.

    This beautiful hardcover collection is a must have for Aliens fans! There’s no better way to celebrate Alien day on 4/26!

    MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT COMING SOON!

    [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #18
    By: Robert Venditti, V Kenneth Marion, Mikel Janin

    Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #18, like many of DC’s current titles, represent a rebirth of the Corps. Back in their home universe, the Corps unites under John Stewart, whose first order is to unite both the Green Lanterns and the Yellow Lanterns together to form one supreme space force. As you can expect, tensions are high and bad blood soon turns into spilled blood.

    Just when things couldn’t look any worse, a surprise visitor lands on the Corps’ doorstep. This mystery man will be very familiar to fans of The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow!

    Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #18 is an excellent jumping on point for newcomers. Past events are succinctly explained and the focus is more on the future than on the past. This arc is shaping up to be one of Robert Venditti’s best and will impact the Corps for years to come. If you’ve ever wanted to check out this comic, now is the best time!

    Check out Green Lanterns to see how this arc impacts Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz!

    [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Magical Rose

    Rose is a new series fantasy series that embraces the classic archetypes with gusto. There are magical kingdoms, evil sorcerers, and a young hero embracing her destiny.

    Rose #1 (Variant Cover)
    Rose #1 (Variant Cover)

    The story is set in a world that for years was protected a group of warriors known as Guardians. These brave soldiers defended the land with animal companions called Khats. The Guardians were eventually defeated by an evil sorceress named Drucilla, who destroyed most of the land and outlawed magic.

    Restoring Balance

    Rose #1 begins ten years later. A young girl named Rose possesses the magic powers of a Guardian. Fearing for her daughter’s safety, Rose’s mother makes the girl promise not to use her powers. Rose is forced to flee her village and head into the woods when tragedy strikes. And that’s where she meets up with the leadership of the resistance against the evil queen.

    This first issue definitely feels like the beginning of a fairy tale saga. Like any good first issue it’s laying the groundwork for the series. Writer Meredith Finch is obviously inspired by a lot of classic fantasy stories. But she clearly wants to put her own spin on it without alienating readers looking for a traditional tale of a magical realm.

    The art does a lot to create an otherworldly vibe. Artist Ig Guara offers up a number of striking and unique character designs. The characters and the world around them shift between beautiful and grotesque. It leads to a sense of both wonder and dread that’s perfect for this story. Drawing the reader ever further into a world with exciting magic and creepy horror.

    Rose is definitely a book for fantasy fans. However, it’s also a story constructed out of such classic and archetypical building blocks that anyone can pick it up and get engrossed.

    SEE IF ROSE CAN DEFEAT THE DARKNESS AND PRE-ORDER ROSE #2

    Rose #1, Image Comics, Release Date April 12, 2017, Written by Meredith Finch, Art by Ig Guara, $3.99

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    Go for the Gold with X-Men

    Coming in the first week of April for NCBD. We have X-Men Gold, Sovereigns and Shade #7. 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.

    Sovereigns #0
    By: Ray Fawkes, Johnny Desjardins, Stephen Segovia, Mohan, Kyle Higgins, Jorge Fornes, Chris O’Halloran, Chuck Wendig, Alvaro Sarraseca, Triona Farrell, Aubrey Sitterson, Dylan Burnett

    The End of the Golden Age. Sovereigns #0 kick off a new era for the Dynamite heroes. The comic starts off hinting at the end and slowly moves backwards to give us small bits of what’s to come in the series. Not only are we shown what Sovereigns will bring but what the other Dynamite series, like Mangus and Turok, will also bring.

    Sovereigns #0 is split into several sections and timelines, each one giving us a taste of what’s happened and what’s coming next.

    Sovereigns writer Ray Fawkes, along with artist Johnny Desjardins and colorist Mohan, does a great job with the set-up in the first section. Everything looks peaceful and calm until you flip the page and see the truth. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    At a Dollar for This Introduction You Can’t Go Wrong!

    X-Men Gold #1
    By: Marc Guggenheim, Ardian Syaf

    After the success of X-Men Prime #1, a great deal of pressure falls on writer Marc Guggenheim to keep the ball rolling with this brand. I’m proud to say he does just that and then some.

    The story in X-Men Gold #1 opens not with large amounts of exposition but with a bang, putting us directly into a fight between the X-Men and Terrax, of all people. By the second page, the book gives us almost everything the X-Men are known for, including teamwork and humor. By the end of the book, everything else the X-Men is missing is now there: prejudice, romance, softball games, and the surprise return of a group of villains that takes the X-Men back to their roots.

    X-Men Gold #1 is a home run and is such a callback to the days of Claremont that you’d almost expect his name on the cover. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    CATCH UP ON ALL OF RESSURXION

    Shade: The Changing Girl #7
    By: Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite Sauvage, Becky Cloonan

    Billed as a stand-alone story, Shade: The Changing Girl #7 is a great jumping on point for anyone who has wanted to see what this book is all about. Fair warning: As part of the Young Animal line of comics, this is a book that is intended for mature readers only.

    The story that writer Cecil Castellucii tells is a sad one, and while it involves aliens and other interplanetary forces, the core of the story will resonate with anyone. The story touches on issues such as struggling to fit into society and feeling like an outsider even among friends. It’s a powerful issue with an ending that will truly make you feel for the main character. The art by Marguerite Sauvage is breathtaking and brings the story to life.

    If you’ve yet to check out Shade: The Changing Girl #7, this is the perfect issue to jump right in. The story is well-written, the art is fantastic and it’s story unlike anything else DC is currently putting out. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    Be Sure to Pre-Order Shade: The Changing Girl Vol 1!

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    Black Cloud’s Addictive Magic

    Everyone dreams of traveling to a fantastical realm. It could be to see impossible wonders. Or maybe just to escape their everyday existence.

    So, what happens if you meet someone with the power to take you to another world filled with magic and fantastical creatures? And what would you do to get there?

    These questions are at the center of Image Comics new fantasy book Black Cloud #1.

    Selling Dreams to the Rich

    Black Cloud #1 focuses on Zelda, a mysterious young homeless girl wandering the streets begging for money. However, she has a secret. She’s from a magical world–one she can travel to at her discretion.

    In addition, she can sell these trips to wealthy members of society at whatever price she names. This power would seem to offer her a solution to her financial woes. But as the story progresses, it’s revealed that this other world may not be as welcoming as initially expected. And the people willing to pay for this trip likely possess sinister motives.

    Black Cloud #1
    Black Cloud #1

    This a fantasy story that also feels very timely. It focuses on economic disparity and the clash of classes, all surrounding a magical mythology.

    The writing team of Jason Latour and Ivan Brandon develop a very conflicted hero. She exists in a very complicated and relatable world. And her abilities are used as a metaphor for drug dealing. In this analogy, the writers able to criticize the nature of spoiled rich kids seeking any kind of high–whether it’s drugs or, in this case, magic.

    The art in this type of book can really be make or break the story. But Greg Hinkle delivers a very interesting take on a mystical realm. Instead of pristine and gorgeous landscapes, it’s a grimy, art deco, noirish aesthetic that evokes curiosity about the details of this new world.

    Overall, this is a fantasy tale with a lot of depth. It also has some great story threads that will surely be picked up in future issues.

    FIND OUT WHAT’S NEXT FOR ZELDA AND PRE-ORDER BLACK CLOUD #2 and BLACK CLOUD #3

    Black Cloud #1, Image Comics, Release Date April 5, 2017, Written by Jason Latour and Ivan Brandon, Art by Greg Hinkle, $3.99

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    The Suicide Bananas

    This week, DC launched a series of crossover one-shots featuring their characters and classic cartoons from Hanna Barbera Animation. The most outrageous and unexpected of the bunch is Suicide Squad Banana Splits Special #1.

    The Banana Splits are a pretty deep pull from the Hanna Barbera library. It was the company’s first foray into live action content and a bizarre team up with HR Pufnstuf creators Sid and Marty Kroft. Focusing on a rock band made up of fuzzy animals originally played by actors in costumes.

    A Crazy, Fun Crossover Ride

    So, how does a band of cuddly kids performers cross paths with the lovably deranged members of Task Force X? The answer is, of course, quite complicated. While on their way to play a gig, the Splits are mistakenly arrested and tossed into Belle Reve Penitentiary.

    At the same time the Suicide Squad has come under heavy fire on their latest mission. This leaves team members in a precarious situation. They’re in need of new Squad members. And they turn to Belle Reve’s newest inmates, who are even more off the books and expendable than the original squad.

    Now armed to teeth and equipped with military tactical outfits the band of animal musicians head out to the rescue the Squad. Each Banana Split is paired up with a different member of Task Force X as they take on an army of creepy robot children.

    This book is truly loopy fun. It’s nice to see DC be willing to take chances with their characters like this.

    Writer Tony Bedard embraces the chaos and insanity of this team up. And he does it with gusto giving us an action packed and hilariously weird story. He even goes so far as to capture the bizarre speech patterns of the Banana Splits in his dialogue. Artist Ben Caldwell gives the Suicide Squad a cartoonish makeover to better fit with their more kid-friendly companions in a story that is anything but for children.

    WANT MORE SUICIDE SQUAD? PRE-ORDER SUICIDE SQUAD #15

    Suicide Squad Banana Splits Special #1, DC Comics, Released March 29, 2017, Written by Antony Bedard, Art by Ben Caldwell, $4.99

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    X-Men at a Crossroads

    The war between X-Men and Inhumans has ended. What’s next for the X-Men? If you’re looking for answers, X-Men Prime #1 is a good place to start.

    X-Men Prime #1
    X-Men Prime #1

    X-Men Prime #1 wraps up loose ends from the X-Men/Inhumans struggle and sets up the new X-Men status quo. In addition, Prime brings together three of the writers from upcoming X-series. And it lays groundwork for upcoming events and sets the tone for all the new X-books.

    Beloved X-Man Kitty Pryde has returned to Earth following her exploits with the Guardians of the Galaxy. She thinks she will be able to lay low and live a simple, somewhat normal life. However, that illusion is quickly shattered when Storm arrives and attempts to cajole Kitty into rejoining the X-Men.

    The X-Men Need a New General, a New Direction, a New Mission

    Storm doesn’t only want Kitty to return. She wants the veteran to take over Storm’s duties as leader of the X-Men. In Storm’s own words, “The X-Men cannot continue as we have. The X-Men need to move forward. And I’m the one who’s holding them back.”

    The X-Men and X-Mansion are in shambles, recovering from the battle with the Inhumans. Lady Deathstrike is on the move. The original time-displaced X-Men have disappeared on their own.

    The writers have delivered a script that is full of potential and interesting beginnings for the upcoming titles. Next month, Marc Guggenheim pens X-Men Gold, Cullen Bunn moves on to X-Men Blue, and Greg Pak writes Weapon X.

    X-Men Prime sets up all three individual series beautifully, while keeping continuity between them. Resurrxion is a perfect place for new readers to jump in. However, long time readers will also be fed by references to previous incarnations of the story, and the return of favorite veterans.

    After the three initial Resurrxion releases, keep an eye out for the other titles dropping this year. Generation X, Jean Grey, Cable, and Iceman are all scheduled for release in 2017.

    SEE WHAT’S NEXT FOR X-MEN AND PRE-ORDER ALL THE UPCOMING BOOKS

    X-Men Prime #1, Marvel Comics, Released March 29, 2017, Written by Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak, Cullen Bunn, Art by Ken Lashley, Ibraim Roberson, Leonard Kirk, Guillermo Ortego, Color by Morry Hollowell, Frank D’Armata, Michael Garland, Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, $4.99

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