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  • Let’s Kidnap the Gang Together? intros Teen Titans Rebirth #1

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    teen-titans-rebirth-1-coverGiven how long the Teen Titans have been around, you’d think they’d have grown up already. In fact, the original trio of adolescent superheroes showed up in the mid-60s, then were revived in the 1970’s, revived again as the New Teen Titans in the 1980s. DC Comics re-relaunched Teen Titans in Nov 2011 as part of DC’s New 52 event. And now we have Teen Titans Rebirth. These teens must be getting a bit cranky: that’s a lotta birth events!

    With a visual style reminiscent of the Netflix hit Sense8, this new, very modern reimagining of the Teen Titans starts with the mysterious Damian Wayne (Robin, son of Batman) finding and kidnapping each of the titans from their typical environments. He starts with Beast Boy, who’s hosting an epic Hollywood rave at a luxurious home he’s rented for the occasion. The story then switches to Starfire, who’s at an island in the Caribbean rescuing children from human trafficking, just to be kidnapped herself.

    Next up is goth girl Raven, who haunts New York City museums after hours to avoid being overwhelmed: she’s an empath. But that’s not enough to stop her also being zapped and kidnapped. The newest member of the gang, Kid Flash, lives in a gritty, urban Central City and seems to be a constant victim of racial profiling in a quite contemporary twist to the story.

    The four of them wake up chained to the wall of a cave with Robin “son of Batman”, who asks them: “You’re probably wondering why I’ve brought us all together…”

    There’s an irresistible appeal to teen superheroes, because the interior dialog of any hero wrestling with good versus evil is amplified by the adolescent angst. With Teen Titans Rebirth it’s clear we’re going to have another take on this story through the five rather archetypal teens, though certainly our first full glimpse of Robin makes him look pretty evil. But Robin, a bad guy? Nah, I can’t buy it.

    The story and visuals by Ben Percy & Jonboy Meyers is certainly fun, bright, lively and accessible. Now if the story can keep up for the rest of this DC Comics series, it will indeed be a great rebirth of the Teen Titans. Stay tuned for Issue #2!

    Teen Titans Rebirth #1, DC Comics, Published September 28, 2016. Story and visuals by Ben Percy & Jonboy Meyers, color by Jim Charalampidis, letters by Corey Breen, cover by Jonboy Meyers, variant cover by Evan Shaner.

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  • With Friends Like These, Deadpool Annual #1

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    deadpool annual #1 coverDeadpool and his friends appearing in a Saturday morning kids’ show? What could go wrong?

    Plenty as seen in the main story in this year’s annual, which has Deadpool coming across an old VHS tape containing the rejected pilot for his show, “Deadpool and His Insufferable Pals.” If that sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because it a rip-off of the actual kids’ show, “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.”

    That actual show from the 1980s featured roommates Spidey, Iceman and Firestar hanging out together and fighting baddies like Videoman, Scorpio and Magneto. This version replaces Peter Parker with Deadpool – ushering in the chaos as well as the laughs.
    Deadpool convinces Iceman and Firestar that the Sinister Six have killed Spider-Man. Incensed by the loss of their friend – and inspired by Deadpool’s utter disregard for human life – the trio wipes out the baddies in various non-heroic ways.

    Scott Koblish’s simple, clean drawings invoke the show’s uninspired 80s animation, while writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn nail the stilted dialog from the kids’ show (“That was a fun night of dancing, Angelica!”). Adding Deadpool into the mix provides the needed spice for the saccharine language. Though like his big screen adventure, this version of the show is decidedly not kid-friendly. After Kraven the Hunter grabs a snake from his waste and throws it at Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth responds, “Nice try, Kraven, but I think you’ll find that Deadpool has experience handling trouser snakes.”

    A secondary story written and drawn by Adam Warren showcases some elaborate artwork, though the story is far less entertaining than the Spidey knockoff.

    With a sequel to the Deadpool movie in the works, maybe a version of this cartoon could show ahead of the main feature.

    Deadpool Annual #1, Marvel Comics, Released September 28, 2016, Written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, Art by Scott Koblish, Color by Chris Sotomayor, Lettering by VC’s Joe Sabino; $4.99.

    Review by Tom Smithyman

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  • Walking in a Winter Wasteland with Frostbite #1

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    frostbite #1 coverThe year is…well, it’s unclear what year it is. All we’re told is it’s been more than half a century since the Earth’s temperature dropped, leaving once-balmy regions like Los Angeles steeped in sub-zero conditions. Welcome to the world of Frostbite, the new Vertigo comic book series from Joshua Williamson (The Flash, Nailbiter, Birthright) and Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone, The Secret).

    To survive amid the severe change of climate, most people have congregated in large cities, resulting in over-crowding, rampant crime…you know, the standard state of affairs in dystopian urbania. What’s more, the chilly conditions have brought about a new disease known as “frostbite,” an apparently contagious ailment that causes the infected to freeze from the inside out.

    Frostbite #1 Preview at TFAW.comFollowing an ominous introduction, we are introduced to a small team of transporters (smugglers?), headed by the female protagonist, Keaton. Readying for their next long haul, the group is approached by a pair of doctors, father and daughter, who are seeking transport from L.A. to Alcatraz Island. The pair’s quality attire makes Keaton question why they’d want to hitch a ride with a hauler rig, but she ultimately agrees. Her suspicions are substantiated when the team is suddenly attacked by a unit of assassins, under orders from the sinister and mysterious crime boss known simply as “Fuego.”

    The artwork culminates in a stunning minimalism that nicely fits the simple, yet stark reality the story is set within.

    Turns out these doctors have something Fuego wants, and are willing to kill to obtain it. Now, without supplies or means of transportation, Keaton and her team must find a way to get their precious human cargo to Alcatraz before Fuego catches up with them.

    Frostbite #1 Preview at TFAW.comIn both concept and execution, this book rides the current zeitgeist of female-fronted dystopian sci-fi. Every element here feels familiar, like someone combined the best elements of Mad Max: Fury Road, Judge Dredd, and Snowpiercer.

    As intriguing as the story itself is, where this book really shines is in the artwork. Artist Jason Shawn Alexander’s scratchy, shadowy inking is great to look at, especially when he zooms in on a character’s face and amps up the detail. Even better is the watercolor work by Luis NCT, which relies on a spare color spectrum (basically blue, orange, red, and brown), and every few pages features a really cool ink spatter effect. Altogether, the artwork culminates in a stunning minimalism that nicely fits the simple, yet stark reality the story is set within.

    Frostbite #1 Preview at TFAW.comI look forward to seeing what the creative team does with the premise going forward.

    Frostbite #1, Vertigo Comics, Released Sept 28, 2016, Written by Joshua Williamson, Art by Jason Shawn Alexander, Colors by Luis NCT, Letters by Steve Wands.

    Review by James Florence.

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  • Elektra Hunts Phil Coulson in Agents of SHIELD #9

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    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show started back up this week and it was great to catch up with the gang. The thing is, they never went away. Imagine a world where there was no summer hiatus and no months of anxiously waiting for your favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents to come back. Agents of SHIELD #9 is a testament that these characters never truly went away.

    At this particular moment in time, the team is embroiled in Marvel’s Civil War II, which sees longtime teammates on opposite sides of a moral dilemma. You don’t need to concern yourself with the details if you haven’t been following along because this issue is just plain fun. Newbies are welcome.

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    Enough with the background. Marc Guggenheim wastes no time picking up where the previous issue left off. Fitz finds himself on the wrong end of Elektra’s sai and things look pretty bad. You’d think that she’s the villain, but you’d be wrong. Elektra is (once again) a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., and she’s taken over for Phil Coulson. Ward is back, Daisy is on the outs with the team, Coulson is being hunted by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill, Simmons is in a struggle for her life — things are upside down, and I love it.

    If you’re a fan of the television show and you’re not reading this series…you’re missing out, bub. The Agents of SHIELD comic book series is unencumbered by a television budget or film rights to certain Marvel characters — we get a ton of action in each issue, which makes this series well worth the price of admission.

    Leaving off, it must be said that whoever put series artist Ario Anindito and color artist Rachelle Rosenberg together should be promoted. They’re a great team who’ve given us one hell of a comic. Order your copy of Agents of SHIELD #9 today!

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    Editor’s Note: Grant Ward is the worst. Even though I despise him for the whole Hydra thing, I find myself hooked by his role in this issue (no spoilers here, folks) and am interested in seeing how things play out in future issues. Great job Guggenheim!

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  • Review: Aliens: Defiance #4 – Gonna Get Yourself Killed

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    aliens defiance #4 reviewIn Aliens: Defiance, Episode 3: Mutiny, we see a second mutiny aboard the Europa. While Davis-01 is tending to Hendricks’ injuries, the rest of the Davises forgo their new mission and reactivate the Europa’s “nearfield.” Weyland-Yutani uses the ship’s local network to remotely reprogram the synthetics and issues the directive to kill Hendricks and Davis-01 and to return to the original mission.

    In Aliens: Defiance, Episode 4: Casualties, we learn that the only two survivors of this second mutiny are Davis-01 and PFC Hendricks. When Weyland-Yutani transmitted new orders for the Davises via the nearfield network, personal communications for Hendricks were also transmitted.

    A couple official messages confirm what Hendricks already suspects, she’s been tried in absentia and has been found AWOL. There’s also a message from Hendricks’ personal doctor, claiming there’s a loophole that would allow Hendricks to return to Lunar Base: Tranquility as a medical patient and not face any of her criminal sentence.

    Hendricks must decide who to trust, and quickly. Dr. Emi Yang offers an attractive option, if it isn’t a ploy on behalf of the Colonial Marines to trap Hendricks should she step foot back on Lunar Base: Tranquility. Davis-01 may not be all he seems. He claims to have reprogrammed himself to be completely immune to the influence of Weyland-Yutani, but his actions when he’s alone suggest that may not be the case.

    This is possibly the most interesting chapter yet, and there are no (living) Xenomorphs to be found. Brian Wood serves up a lot more of Zula Hendricks’ backstory in Episode 4. We get to see the battle where Zula sustained her injury, the awful way she was treated by her superiors after being the sole survivor of her first firefight, and the weight of her survivor’s guilt. The issue is a little heavy on exposition and light on action, but it feels like a natural transition. We got to know our protagonist a little in the first three chapters, but this chapter really sets the hook and makes us care about her.

    Aliens: Defiance, Episode 4: Casualties, Dark Horse Comics, released August 31, 2016, written by Brian Wood, art by Tony Brescini, colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot, cover by Massimo Carnevale, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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  • Review: Batman #7 — The Monster Men are Here

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    batman-7-rebirth-coverThe first crossover of the Rebirth era has arrived! Night of The Monster Men kicks off in Batman #7. A hurricane is on target to destroy Gotham. Batman calls on Batwoman, Nightwing, Spoiler, Orphan, and Clayface to help him avert disaster and ensure that no Gothamites fall victim to the approaching storm. The forces of nature aren’t the only adversaries the Bat family will find themselves up against. As the storm grows near, Doctor Hugo Strange is ready to unleash his army of daikaju on the citizens of Gotham.

    Since Tom King took over the flagship Batman series in Rebirth, we’ve been seeing a lot more of Batman’s leadership abilities, mentoring and guiding his team. This welcome theme continues into Batman #7, even though King has taken a back seat to Steve Orlando in this installment. Having Orlando write all of the Monster Men crossover scripts while consulting with the regular writers of the individual titles should lend a nice level of continuity to the crossover itself, but the writing here is noticeably different than King’s solo efforts in the series thus far.

    Riley Rossmo’s artwork has a gritty, throwback quality to it. I probably could have gone my entire life without seeing Hugo Strange’s hairy backside, but the Monster Men themselves are exactly what they should be, monstrous abominations. Colorist Ivan Plascencia brings a muted palette offset by flashes of bright color that sets the table brilliantly for the oncoming storm(s).

    This first chapter of Night of the Monster Men nicely sets up the second installment, found in Nightwing #5, also released September 21, 2016. Part three can be found in Detective Comics #941, releasing September 28, 2016. Parts four through six will conclude the storyline in Batman #8, Nightwing #6, and Detective Comics #942, all releasing next month.

    Batman #7, DC Comics, released September 21, 2016, Rated T, plot by Steve Orlando and Tom King, script by Steve Orlando, pencils and inks by Riley Rossmo, colors by Ivan Plascencia, letters by Deron Bennett, cover by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn, variant cover by Tim Sale.

    Review by Brendan Allen

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  • Frank Castle Takes Down a Drug Ring in Punisher #5

    NCBD featuring Punisher, Cyborg, Trinity and Aliens

    Has it really been a week since our last New Comic Book Day comic book review? Man, time flies. Here are a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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

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    Aliens: Life & Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Moritat, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    The Aliens comic book series joins the Life and Death crossover story in the shared Aliens/Predator/Prometheus universe. While we’re coming in later in the story, Aliens: Life and Death #1 doesn’t make a new reader feel like they’re late to the game. Sure, this issue drops us in the thick of the action, but isn’t that where you want to be when you’re reading a crossover? I would say yes.

    Dan Abnett’s story shines here — the pacing sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat as the action unfolds before you. If you’re a fan of the Aliens films, underdog stories, or bloody action and gore, this story is for you! [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Trinity #1
    By: Francis Manapul, Clay Mann

    Since the launch of DC’s Rebirth, a question that’s been on everyone’s mind is how the original Superman is going to fit into a world that’s not his own, and how will he interact with a Batman and Wonder Woman that were a friend and lover to their world’s now fallen Superman.

    To force the confrontation of this question, Lois invites Batman and Wonder Woman over for dinner to Superman’s surprise. What unfolds is a rekindling of friendships that never really existed as each character reminisces on things that the other has no recollection of. What we get from this is an acknowledgment that no matter what reality each character came from, at their core they’re still the same person.

    Where I think most writers would try to bring these characters back together with conflict, Francis Manapul brings them together like people, solidifying the mission statement of the Rebirth movement, that it’s about legacy, not reinvention. Combine his writing with expert art, what we get is a book that I think will be one of the key titles to follow over the coming months as the big picture of this world develops. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Cyborg #1
    By: John Semper Jr., Will Conrad

    Within Cyborg #1 we get a quick glance at what may be our main villain, an unnamed assailant that looks like a failed attempt at Cyborg. Our hero is doing what he does best, stopping Detroit’s worst from committing crimes. Afterward, his father makes him go through tedious diagnostic tests to make sure everything is working properly. While not coming out with his anger we can tell that something is wrong with Cyborg, emotionally. We find out that he his questioning his humanity and whether he has a soul. The fact that his father is struggling with these same existential questions adds a healthy dose of family drama.

    John Semper Jr. does a great job getting us up to speed with the character, who he is, his environment and how he works within it. The storyline is an old one, but one that is never tired of being explored — Am I Human?.

    Artists Paul Pelletier, Tony Kordos, Scott Hanna, and Guy Major give this issue a greatly detailed issue that harkens back to the standards of superhero comics. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Punisher #5
    By: Becky Cloonan, Steve Dillon, Frank Martin
    Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

    Becky Cloonan’s Punisher story has been intense. Frank is out to take down a drug ring being run by a mercenary outfit called Condor. He’s run into people from his past, had a run-in with a couple of D.E.A. Agents, and now it’s time for him to get to do what he does best — Punish wrongdoers.

    The Punisher #5 is a strong issue. Cloonan packs the book with some fantastic (read: violent) moments, and Steve Dillon has a chance to be realy expressive. You can see the psycho behind the eyes of the issue’s main protagonist, Face. Colorist Frank Martin knocks it out of the park — identifying light sources to inform shading, including little things like textures on walls and floors, and his use of the rich red hues from blood. I’m a fan.

    With all of the action and major revelations this issue brings, I’m SUPER excited to see where team Punisher takes us next. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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  • Britannia Shows a Side of Rome You’ve Never Seen

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    Britannia comics at TFAW.comRome has a long, and storied history of dominance across the world stage. Britannia is set during the rule of Emperor Nero, and follows a Roman Centurion named Antonius Axia.

    Political intrigue winds its way through the threads of fate for Antonius, set in motion by the Great Vestal Virgin, Rubria who appears to have plans that run much deeper than any of the cast could imagine. Antonius is being steered toward the land of Britannia, while a cult following the Lord of the Cave, Orkus appear to be looming in the shadows, out of view.

    Antonius is bestowed a codex, some greater depth of knowledge by the Vestals and it seems as though they are the ones truly guiding his path ahead. To what end? There is a dark, supernatural force lurking beyond Orkus, and the cult who revere the deity.

    This book has gripped me, though I strongly urge that this is strictly for mature audiences only. If you enjoy tales of characters such as Conan, Valiant’s own Eternal Warrior, and the like, you should definitely check out this new title by Peter Milligan (Animal Man, The Discipline) and Juan Jose Ryp (Clone, Wolverine).

    Crisp, direct, and expressive artwork was popping on the uncolored review copy which I read, but with the depth that is sure to sweep through the title in final copy, you can bet that the series is going to dig hooks in to you and draw you back for more.

    With this introduction, you need not worry about having to have read any previous comic titles as this is setting out an all new path that is so often claimed in comics these days, but unlike other titles, Britannia actually delivers.

    Swords and sorcery tales typically have a very different feel, but with Britannia being set during the Roman Empire, the series is set to deliver new feeling to the genre entirely. What are the Vestal Virgins attempting to do with Antonius, and Nero? Looks like we will have to wait and see as details emerge further with each new issue. I am ready for this journey.

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  • Review: Uncanny Avengers #12 – Pymtron vs. Hulkbuster

    Review of Uncanny Avengers #12

    uncanny avengers #12 coverThe Avengers erroneously believed that Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, was lost forever, killed by his diabolical creation, Ultron. After Hank returned to Earth, claiming that he and Ultron had merged peacefully, it didn’t take long for the sinister Pymtron to attack the Avengers. The Unity Squad called on the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, and Vision for backup and initiated the mysterious Project Icarus, which begins by summoning a massive Hulkbuster Iron Man to join the battle.

    The Uncanny Avengers #12 opens right where the last chapter left off, with Hulkbuster Iron Man and Pymtron squaring off. After Pymtron loses the scuffle and is contained in the Hulkbuster armor, half the team jumps into a spaceship with their oddly restrained captive.

    It doesn’t take long before Pymtron begins busting out of the improvised prison. Whatever Project Icarus is (there’s a huge hint in the name), it doesn’t stand a chance of working if the Avengers can’t keep Pymtron neutralized long enough to reach their destination.

    This issue wraps up The Man Who Fell to Earth. While the story hit all the major points, I feel like the arc could have been drawn out over several more issues. It only took until the cover of the second chapter in the story for the nature of Pymtron to be revealed. The only explanation I can think of for the rushed development of high spots in this story is the inclusion of The Uncanny Avengers in the Marvel Summer crossover event. The Uncanny Avengers #13 will see the team take on Captain America Steve Rogers in Civil War II.

    The Uncanny Avengers #12, Marvel Comics, Rated T, released August 17, 2016, written by Gerry Duggan, art by Pepe Larraz, colors by David Curiel, Letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover art by Ryan Stegman and Richard Isanove, variant cover by Alanna Smith, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen

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  • Review: Batman #6 – I Can Help with the Pain

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    batman #6 coverIn Batman #5, we saw Gotham Girl give up the goods on her brother Gotham. Not only did she spill it, giving up the secret that gave her and her brother Hank their super abilities, she actually killed Gotham herself in order to save Gotham City. That’s enough to make anyone go 2007-bald-Britney crazy.

    In Batman #6, we see Claire running all over Gotham City battling such low level jobbers as Colonel Blimp and Kite Man. The trouble is, while she’s flying all over Gotham fighting crime, she is trading her life for these small victories. The deal that Gotham and Gotham Girl made takes years off her life in exchange for hours of super abilities.

    Batman is at a loss for how to help Claire deal with her grief, but knows that if he doesn’t intervene, she will be dead within a couple weeks. Batman knows all about grief, but maybe isn’t the model of emotional health when it comes to grief management. Alfred delivers the best line of the series when Batman asks him how he helped Bruce deal with his own grief.

    “…each night you leave this perfectly lovely house and go leaping off buildings dressed as a giant bat. Do you really think I helped you?”

    This issue does an excellent job wrapping up the emotional fallout from the I Am Gotham storyline. It also sets up the next story arc, Night of the Monster Men, where we’ll see Batman working with Nightwing and Batwoman in the first crossover of the Rebirth era. Hopefully we’ll also get to see Duke finally leave the Batcave.

    In case you missed it, Tom King just won the 2016 Harvey Award for Most Promising New Talent. Well deserved, sir. Congratulations!

    Batman #6, DC Comics, rated T, released September 7, 2016, written by Tom King, pencils by Ivan Reis, inks by Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, and Scott Hanna, colors by Marcelo Mailo, letters by Deron Bennett, cover by David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire, variant cover by Tim Sale, $2.69

    Review by Brendan Allen

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  • Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender Vol 13 — The City Gets an Upgrade

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    avatar: the last airbender - north and south part 1 - coverKatara and Sokka have been away from their village and the Southern Water Tribe for three long years. Three years when lots was happening for these Airbenders (see Smoke and Shadow for the immediate prequel in the Avatar storyline). While they were absent, the village has grown dramatically from a circle of igloos to a thriving metropolis, completely with dozens of Northern waterbenders.

    But that’s not the strangest thing! Even more surprising to the two siblings is that their father Hakoda is now the head chieftain of the entire Southern Water Tribe too. But he’s not the same man they left, and it’s quite possible that power and promises of even greater power whispered in his ear have made Hakoda forgetful of their humble roots.

    The children stay with Auntie Ashuna who helps them come to terms with all the changes that have turned their little village into a city. If they can survive eating some of her famous seal jerky, at least.

    The city might have Katara and Sokka’s father as chief, but it’s really Malina, a powerful waterbender from the Northern Water Tribe, who is pulling the strings behind the scene. But what are her motives, and why is he in the Southern city in the first place? And why is Maliq so upset when a couple of local children steal his briefcase that contains plans for the palace they’re proposing be constructed so that Hakoda can be given the respect required from other nations?

    Avatar: The Last AirbenderNorth and South is the fifth graphic novel that continues the story original presented in the Avatar: The Last Airbender TV series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. If you’re following the overall story, The Legend of Korra occurs seventy years after North and South.

    Whether you’re an Avatar: The Last Airbender super fan or just curious about this much loved series, North and South is a fun story of siblings, family, adventure and the growth of nations in a world ruled by magic as much as by logic.

    Avatar: The Last Airbender #13 – North and South Part One TPB. Written by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko, art by Gurihiru. Published by Dark Horse Comics on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • Review: Doom Patrol #1 — Gyros. It’s all about Gyros.

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    doom patrol #1 variant coverDoom Patrol has a long pedigree in the DC Universe, appearing first back in My Greatest Adventure #80 back in June of 1963. The familiar story is of a group of misfits with super powers whose gifts were both cool and problematic, causing them to be isolated from the rest of humanity. The series ran as Doom Patrol through 121 issues, finally being killed off in October 1968. Since then, Doom Patrol has shown up time and again with different groups and members. All but Robotman, who has somehow managed to survive all the reboots.

    In this latest take on Doom Patrol, the story revolves around perky and peculiar Casey Brinke, a daredevil ambulance driver who relaxes by playing the retro video game “Galactic Matador”. She works with single dad Sam and when they’re not rescuing people, they’re engaged in metaphysical musings about the universe.

    During one meal break, Sam opines that there’s always an unknown world hidden inside what we can see, and points out that there are untold mysteries even inside a simple Greek gyro. In fact, Casey fires back, we might all just be inside someone else’s gyro.

    With the weird and surreal world of Doom Patrol, we then learn that there is indeed an entire universe hidden within the gyro, a desert planet and a robotic battle that ends with an explosion so massive that the gyro itself explodes in front of Casey and Sam.

    Meanwhile, at a bland hotel in nowhere, USA, a group of strange humanoid creatures are meeting to talk about the business of meat. It’s hard to know what the heck is going on, but at one point we learn that they’ve identified a “sentient organic generator sprawl” that should be a limitless supply of meat and that the aliens suggest it be called Danny Burgers.

    Casey encounters a metal man, just in time for him to be destroyed by a fast-moving garbage truck. Or is he destroyed? She takes all the parts home, just to get a knock on the door. It’s Terry None, and she’s singing and tap-dancing, a singing telegram happy birthday. Except it isn’t Casey’s birthday and the end of the song involves Casey’s roommate blowing up. Awkward. Fortunately Terry can move in!

    That’s where this first installment ends, and it’s definitely on the more peculiar side of comic book stories. It’s a long way from the original Doom Patrol, that’s for sure, but there’s a certain wacky charm in Derington‘s bright style and Way‘s storyline. Check it out, and you might just get hooked!

    Doom Patrol #1, written by Gerard Way, art by Nick Derington, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, letters by Todd Klein, cover by Nick Derington, James Harvey, Brian Bolland and Sanford Greene. From DC Comics, published 15 Sept, 2016.

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