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    NCBD Drops The Hammer With Black Hammer #9

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews brings us a quartet of books that we feel comic reader should check out. From Dark Horse we’ve got Black Hammer #9, Valiant brings us their next big story arc with Rapture #1, we take a trip with Peter Quill in Marvel’s Star-Lord Annual #1 and DC brings us home with Detective Comics #957.

    As a reminder these are only a few of the awesome comics that came out this week. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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

    Black Hammer #9
    By: Jeff Lemire, David Rubin, Dave Stewart

    Black Hammer has to be one of the most exciting “Golden Age” superhero tales in a long time. As it slowly unraveling why everyone is stuck at Black Hammer Farms. Black Hammer #9 delves into how Talky-Walky and Colonel Weird met.

    Distress signals in space never seem to be a good thing, unless it’s meeting your best friend. It’s hard to say that this issue of Black Hammer was a fun read. However, that’s mainly due to what’s been happening throughout the series. It was great to see how Talky-Walky and Colonel Weird met.

    Jeff Lemire knows how to craft a solid story and this entry clearly shows his fondness to the golden age of comic adventures.[Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Pick up volume 1 of this Love letter to the Golden Age of Superheroes

    Star-Lord Annual #1
    By: Chip Zdarsky, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Kris Anka

    That was a fun ride. I always enjoy annuals for the small break it typically gives us from the norm. Chip Zdarsky’s Star-Lord Annual #1 is no exception.

    In classic Western fashion, our hero finds himself in a small town run by bullies. And we all know Star-Lord isn’t a huge fan of bullies. So what does he do? Joins the Sheriff to take him and his gang down. There’s more to it than that, but I don’t want to spoil it. Star-Lord Annual #1 is a fun ride. While I wouldn’t mind more Space-Westerns with Marvel Characters. The story here ends well and fits into where we are in the comics right now. No, this isn’t any weird Secret Empire tie-in or anything like that. I will say that it does, tie into events that have transpired and this issue did leave me with a sad, but hopeful feeling. Much like great westerns do. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Find out what all the Guardians are up to!

    Rapture #1
    By: Matt Kindt, CAFU

    If you’re like me and haven’t read a lot of the new Valiant books, a crossover story like Rapture #1 seems a bit daunting. While I enjoy X-O Manowar, I’m not that familiar with the other fascinating characters in Valiant’s stable. However, Rapture #1 by Matt Kindt is an excellent jumping on point for new readers while still offering something that longtime Valiant readers can sink their teeth into.

    Rapture #1 focuses on four characters: Tama, Ninjak, Punk Mambo and Shadowman. Kindt gives each character a unique voice and the reason these characters come together is compelling. It’s definitely made want to check out some more stories featuring Shadowman and Punk Mambo.

    Artist CAFU knocks it out of the park, making each location feel unique. You’ll feel the stench of death oozing out of the Deadside.

    Rapture #1 is another excellent Valiant comic. This company continues to churn out hit after hit. If you’ve yet to get onboard with Valiant, Rapture #1 is your chance to do so. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Detective Comics #957
    By: Genevieve Valentine, James Tynion IV, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Alvaro Martinez

    Detective Comics #957 is something you don’t often see in today’s comic books: a standalone story. James Tynion IV presents us with a brief interlude between arcs with “The Wrath of Spoiler,” a story that follows Spoiler (obviously).

    The story that Tynion IV tells here is one that is often talked about among creators: Does just the mere presence of Batman bring about crime? Would these villains exist if they didn’t have Batman to challenge them? Spoiler seeks to answer that question as she fights against an updated Wrath and Scorn, a team of villains who are looking to make a name for themselves.

    The art by Carmen Carnero is refreshingly old-school in all the best ways and is some of the best art I think we’ve seen in Detective Comics yet.

    The payoff for this story won’t happen for a few months, but the surprise reveal of a forgotten Batman villain in the last few panels will have the community talking. Don’t miss this issue! [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Batman #23: The Brave and the Mold Review

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

    Batman #23 Review

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

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

    Batman #23 Is Swamp Thing’s Rebirth

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

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

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

    Love Batman? Then be sure to check out Dark Days: The Forge!

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

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    A New Secret Warriors Team Bands Together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    DON’T MISS AN ISSUE OF THE LAZARUS CONTRACT!

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

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

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

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

    SHE’S UNBELIEVEABLE AND NOT OF THEIR WORLD, PICK UP THE ADVENTURES OF GWENPOOL

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

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

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

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

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    Secret Empire #1: Hail Captain America!

    Secret Empire #1

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

    Secret Empire #1 Raises the Stakes

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

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

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

    Long live the Secret Empire!

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

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

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    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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    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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    Is All New Wolverine Immune?

    One of the most popular and acclaimed titles of the last X-Men relaunch was Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine. It saw fan favorite Laura Kinney take up the mantle of the fallen Wolverine.

    And All-New Wolverine is the only returning title from the previous generation of X Books as Marvel announced the new X-Men Ressurxion initiative.

    An Alien Ship! A Dying Passenger!

    All New Wolverine #19
    All New Wolverine #19

    In All New Wolverine #19 there is a continuation of Laura’s journey that began last year. But a couple of things are revamped for the new era of X-Men. One of the biggest changes is a redesign of Wolverine’s costume. It’s now very reminiscent of the costume Wolverine sported in the X-Force books. Laura now dons a sleek, black tactical outfit. Her loyal companion Gabby, has upgraded the costume to be completely bulletproof. Gabby points out getting shot still hurts, even if you have a healing factor.

    Issue 19 is also the beginning of a new story arc. It kicks off with an alien ship crash landing. Ironheart makes a guest appearance and she prevents the crashing ship from leveling Manhattan. The badly injured alien pilot has just two words for Ironheart–Laura Kinney.

    Laura is just as baffled about her connection to this alien as Ironheart or the SHIELD agents monitoring the situation. Even more baffling is the mysterious virus that lead to a quarantine of Roosevelt Island.

    All-New Wolverine has been one of Marvel’s strongest since it’s launch. And it’s new story arc begins with the same energy and intensity that made past issues a hit. Putting Laura at the center of a mystery with such high stakes will surely give Wolverine fans the charge of excitement they’ve come to expect. Plus, a number of beloved Marvel characters make cameo appearances in this first issue. But make no mistake, this is Laura’s story, and she’s here to do what she does best.

    FOLLOW LAURA KINNEY’S NEXT MOVES AND PRE-ORDER ALL NEW WOLVERINE #20

    All New Wolverine, Marvel Comics, Released April 5, 2017, Written by Tom Taylor, Art by Nicole Virella and David Lopez, $3.99

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    Rev Up Your Harley

    In Harley Quinn #17, our hero takes on an insidious threat, after squashing an alien invasion in her previous story arc. Co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have been laying the seeds for this dark storyline for several issues. And Harley Quinn fans will be very excited to see the buildup pay off.

    Deadly Sin Part 1 Kicks Off

    The mayor of Brooklyn has enacted a plan to deal with the city’s homelessness problem. The homeless are being rounded up, killed and fed to the rich. This incredibly disturbing initiative comes to the attention of Harley’s ally, the chief of police. And he asks Harley and her ragtag group of antiheroes to look into the disappearances.

    Harley and her group plan a sting operation to go undercover. The result of Harley posing as a homeless person ends up in beat down on some thugs who are really asking for it. However, by the comic’’s end Harley gets a taste of what’s really going on. And that leaves our beloved heroine in a precarious situation.

    But one of the big standouts of this issue is the backup story scripted by Palmiotti and Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini. It’s a flashback to Harley and Joker in happier times. It also invokes the classic Batman: The Animated Series art style.

    Harley Quinn #18
    Harley Quinn #18

    This is a fun, fast-paced story that gives us a window into the domestic life of Harley and Mr. J. Seeing Harley return to her animated series origins, and particularly from the pen of the man who gave her life, is a major thrill for fans on the 25th anniversary of the series.

    DON’T MISS WHAT’S NEXT FOR HARLEY IN DEADLY SIN PART 2. PRE-ORDER HARLEY QUINN #18

    Harley Quinn #17, DC Comics, Released April 5, 2017, Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, Art by John Timms, $2.99

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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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    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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    SECRET EMPIRE BEGINS

    secret empire

    When Marvel first announced that Captain America was a Hydra sleeper agent, I, like many of my fellow comic book fans, was a bit shaken. It seemed like another tactic to quickly boost sales for yet another big crossover event that would “change the face of Marvel as we know it.” How many times did we hear that in 2016? Too many.

    But as writer Nick Spencer started laying the foundation for Secret Empire in Captain America: Steve Rogers, I began to get more comfortable with this bold new idea. Spencer wrote Cap’s new status in a believable way and watching Cap’s plans come together was fascinating. The buildup to the event was a slow burn and was akin to watching Rogers play chess on a global scale, as pieces were slowly sliding into place right under the noses of our favorite Marvel heroes. After a few months, I found myself enthralled in the tale that Spencer was telling, gobbling up every issue the minute they hit the comic shop.

    “Cap simultaneously at his best and his worst.”

    After a solid year of buildup, Cap’s plan is finally coming to fruition in Secret Empire #0. While most event books start with a bang, this one sees Cap remain calm and collected throughout the entire book. In Secret Empire #0, we see Cap take swathes of Marvel heroes off the playing field group by group as each of his three plans come together. As the book itself tells us, Cap has always been a master strategist; now no longer shackled by morals, this is Cap simultaneously at his best and his worst. I can’t wait to see how far he will go when he needs to get his hands dirty and handle the heroes personally.

    The art by Daniel Acuna is as excellent as Spencer’s writing. Each character’s face conveys a broad range of emotion, which is fantastic since there is a lot of emotion on display in this issue. You can feel the fear and despair dripping off the faces of every Marvel hero as they realize the grim reality that awaits them.

    Issue #0 is a must-read comic if you’re planning on reading Secret Empire. Even if you haven’t read any of the issues that precede this event, this still serves as an excellent starting point and quickly gets new readers up to speed. If every issue in this event can match the writing and art of this one, Secret Empire as a whole will end up as one of Marvel’s best events.

    After nearly everyone called this storyline the worst thing to ever happen to Captain America, it just might end up being the best thing to happen to the Marvel Universe in years.

    PRE-ORDER SECRET EMPIRE AND SAVE!

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    Aqua-Mystery

    It’s been a tough few months for the King of Atlantis. He’s dealt with an invasion of his home. He’s been involved in a potential war with the United States. And his followers are questioning the woman he married. But things are looking up.

    Aquaman #19 (Variant Cover)
    Aquaman #19 (Variant Cover)

    Aquaman has received a request to help his former enemies–The Aquamarines. This group is a  paramilitary unit with DNA that has been spliced with sea creatures. As a result, they have the ability to shift between human and sea life form. They need the assistance of Aquaman to investigate the sudden radio silence of a naval base. Arthur agrees to help the team. The silence may be connected to a mysterious substance known as Strange Water. And Aquaman has  encountered it before.

    Aquaman’s Expertise is Needed

    Aquaman #19 is an unusual story line for an Aquaman adventure. Typically Aquaman is leading armies of sea creatures against supervillains. Or he’s debating diplomatic strategy as the leader of Atlantis. However, this story casts Aquaman in the role of detective. It emphasizes a slow sense of creeping dread as Aquaman and the Aquamarines investigate the island base.

    Writer Dan Abnett uses the opportunity to pick up on some characters and story threads he started on the New 52 Aquaman. It’s a refreshing change of pace for one of DC Rebirth’s strongest titles. This is definitely painted as a horror story. And it and delivers a villain that even Aquaman may be unable to defeat.

    This issue shows the creepy tale of terrifying sea life. But it also continues to develop the relationship between Aquaman and his fiancé Mera. Their relationship is really at the center of this whole series.  And seeing her fearlessly back Arthur up further solidifies their strength as a couple.

    SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN H2.0 AND PRE-ORDER AQUAMAN #20

    Aquaman #19, DC Comics, Released March 15, 2017, Written by Dan Abnett, Art by Philippe Briones, Cover by Brad Walker, $2.99

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