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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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    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]

    JOIN THE NEW TRINITY SERIES TODAY!
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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]

    LEARN MORE ABOUT CYBORG BEFORE HIS BIG SCREEN DEBUT

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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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    Review: Aliens: Defiance #2 – Getting the Job Done

    Review of Aliens Defiance #2

    Aliens Defiance #2 CoverIn Aliens: Defiance, Episode One: Derelict, Colonial Marine Private First Class Zula Hendricks finds herself aboard a ship full of Weyland-Yutani combat androids headed toward an apparently abandoned hauler adrift in space. Her mission is to enter a code into the ship’s computer and transfer the flight recorder data to Tranquility Base: Luna. That will transfer salvage rights to Weyland-Yutani.

    Once aboard the ship, she and the synthetic soldiers discover Xenomorph infestation. Hendricks later learns from one of the synthetics, designated Davis-01, that Weyland-Yutani was fully aware of the Xenomorphs aboard the hauler. Weyland-Yutani had applied for the salvage in order to capture the creatures, weaponize them, and bring them to Earth. Davis-01 is an apparent anomaly among Weyland-Yutani synthetics who has willfully rejected his programming in favor of independent thought.

    In Aliens: Defiance, Episode 2: Kinetic, the Davises (all the synthetics are named Davis) are AWOL and have put down any synthetics who refused to go along with the new plan, to locate and destroy any remaining Xenomorphs. This puts our protagonist in the awkward and deadly situation where she must either also defy orders and go AWOL, or potentially be executed by this band of rogue androids. Zula feels like she may be able to trust Davis-01, but the other security drones have noticed the braces on her back and legs and see her as a liability. This just adds to the already palpable tension of the situation.

    The ship arrives at LV-44-40, a deep space science station that hasn’t sent any data transmissions for 7 hours. Upon approach, the crew learns that all automated systems on the station are down, but there is a large heat signature coming from one the storage bays. PFC Hendricks and Davis-01 will have to board the craft to see if the signature is coming from survivors or Xenomorphs.

    I continue to be impressed with this outstanding series. I love that Brian Wood cast aside the obvious angle, a shoot ‘em up gore fest devoid of much story, in favor of giving us real depth and character development. There is a great balance of suspense, action, and horror. The art by Tristan Jones is fantastic as usual, and Dan Jackson’s color talents bring it home.

    Aliens: Defiance #2, released May 25, 2016, script by Brian Wood, art by Tristan Jones, colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot, cover by Massimo Carnevale, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for X-Files, Avengers, We are Robin, & Aliens

    Another Wednesday, another set of great comics for New Comic Book Day! This week Avengers take their last stand before Civil War II, X-Files goes back to #1, We are Robin continues to amaze, and Dark Horse brings us back to the horror that is Aliens. Remember these are just a few of this week’s new releases many more came out this week. Check out our other blog articles to 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.

    Aliens: Defiance #1
    By: Brian Wood, Tristan Jones, Dan Jackson, Massimo Carnevale

    In this new chapter of the terrors that are the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, we find that they’re looking to gather the Xenomorphs and use them as weapons. They will be stopped. They must be stopped.

    Brian Wood’s story is an interesting departure from what we’ve seen before — instead of surviving, they’re going hunting. The way this issue was built seems like it would also work as a TV or movie script. With a strong foreshadow, then going back in time for an introduction to the characters and places.

    Tristan Jones and Dan Jackson do a great team up with the art and colors. I love the emotion that Tristan brings to the characters faces. You can really see disgust and fear exceptionally well in this issue. Dan’s colors give it that dark atmosphere. You can hear the gun blasts, hissing, and screaming from the Xenomorphs in your head, a true testament to the immersion you’ll get with this issue.

    Overall, if you haven’t kept up on Aliens, Predator, or Prometheus stuff, Aliens: Defiance #1 is a great to start. If you want to read more, may I suggest Fire & Stone? [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Avengers Standoff Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1
    By: Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuña, Angel Uzueta

    This is my favorite Standoff series yet and I will tell you why — all of the events in this issue are cinematic.

    Daniel Acuña and Angel Uzueta really nail the head on the coffin with the amazing artwork making it feel like a movie. If you are not keeping up with the Standoff series, this issue masterfully summarizes everything that has been going on.

    S.H.I.E.L.D. got ahold of a cosmic cube and made a prison that seemed like reality for most of Marvel’s cruelest villains. However, a special well-known villain figures out the fake reality and uses it to their advantage!

    This issue tackles a lot of questions we have about Steve Rogers returning as Captain America next month. It also tells us how all the Avengers from different universes work together as one.

    Grab a copy of Avengers Standoff Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1 today! [Darcy M. at Universal TFAW]

    We are Robin #11
    By: Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona

    We Are Robin #11 is a turning point for The Robins — or what’s left of them. With a homicidal Joker gang on the loose in Middletown High, it’s up to a few to save the many.

    Jorge Corona has this cool style that reminds me of Skottie Young’s early work on Deadpool — it works really well for this series. Corona also has a knack of making the environment interesting to explore. Don’t worry, you never feel it’s too cartoony or childish.

    Lee Bermejo, who has been on the book since the beginning, seems to have an overall arc that he’s working toward, which is always a plus when reading an ongoing series. Although I’ve only read a few issues of this the series to date, this issue made me go back and read it from the first volume. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    X-Files #1
    By: Joe Harris, Matthew Dow Smith, Menton3

    Do you still believe? After this issue, I believe something is going on. With a mass shooting at a mall, our good agents are called in for an unknown reason. Why would a shooting spree fall into the line of “X-Files”?

    Something is sticking out like a sore thumb and by the end of the issue, Mulder knows it. It wasn’t just an accident that they were sent on this case. There is something more sinister in the background; much like there always seems to be with the X-Files.

    If the mini-series that recently hit the airwaves didn’t fulfill your weekly dose of Mulder & Scully, give IDW’s X-Files a read. Something to note is that there is a handy reader’s guide for both the newer stories and the classic comics in the back of this issue. Perfect for any fan looking to explore the comic book continuity. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    March Product Review Contest

    As part of our monthly Product Review Contest, we’ve picked three reviews and are awarding $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

    Rory from Indiana is the first of this month’s winners. He wrote an outstanding review for Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven HC last month and really went into detail on why it’s so great:

    Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven is an excellent graphic novel. [Writer Liam] Sharp’s original setting and characters capture feelings of claustrophobia and utter helplessness in a way that truly honors the memory of the first film.

    The writing is very well done but what really made the book for me is the artwork. The angles, character models, and the use of color as a narrative device for transition are all done beautifully in a dark and cramped environment. The alien creature itself is one of the best designs for this franchise that I’ve seen.

    The Panel of its introduction deserves a frame and a place on the wall. I have read a lot of Aliens comics published by Dark Horse and this is without question one of the best. Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven was my first exposure to Liam Sharp’s work and it has me compelled to keep an eye out for more.

    Next up is Nora from Malaysia, who wrote a review for Alan Davis’ X-Men Fall of the Mutants HC (which is 20% off at the time I’m writing this article):

    This book brings back my childhood memories when comic-books surprise you since we don’t have big solicitation catalogs back then. It collects three sets of stories (X-Men, X-Factor & New Mutants and some tie-ins) that are linked throughout the Marvel Universe. In brief, The X-Factor portion sets Apocalypse as the Big Bad, X-Men fights for their lives, win some, lose some, and the New Mutants lost a dear friend. I can say, some historic moments are collected and presented here that still have some ramification until now.

    Finally, David from Utah dropped to let us know what he thought about the John Carter of Mars: Weird Worlds TPB. Here’s what he had to say:

    Better than the originals. I own the originals, and it is nice to have them all as one complete set. Plus the paper quality is better and so is the color. They did a nice job putting this collection together. Just wish they used the same artist every time, still it is nice to see the different interpretations. I think the story interpretation held up well.

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    January Product Review Contest Winners

    Every month, we choose a few outstanding product reviewers and send them free stuff as part of the Product Review Contest. It took awhile for us to wade through all of last month’s great product reviews, but we finally got through them. Without further ado:

    Jonathan from St. Petersburg, FL wanted to let other Mignola fans know what he thought of The Black Goddess TPB.

    B.P.R.D. has been building up to a thunderous explosion in the latest volume. The Black Goddess sees Abe and company tracking down and confronting the elusive Memnan Saa. Character moments shines with Abe’s anger over Liz’s kidnapping, Kate’s curiosity over Saa’s history and Johan being manipulated by an old enemy of Memnan Saa’s.

    I find myself more interested in B.P.R.D. than Hellboy lately due to the fact that the story seems to be going somewhere. Over in the Hellboy comic we find out Hellboy is related to King Arthur, that’s great. I’m seeing Dragons attack frog monsters in the B.P.R.D. world and crazy cultists manipulating characters while others fight back. John Arcudi seems to really help Mignolia in the writing department. As always Guy Davis artwork is awesome. I hope these guys continue to tell more stories together.

    Tamara from Oklahoma took the time to write reviews of a bunch of stationery sets. If you’re in the market, check a few out and see what she had to say.

    Last, but certainly not least, Ryan from New Jersey had some pretty well-written reviews for us last month, one of which was for Aliens Vs. Predator #1.

    I don’t know how much more you can hype up this AVP series. A story line which I though was dead for close to two decades is brought back.

    Stradley is back to bring you a third chapter of AVP and if it’s anything like the first two (which are both contained in Aliens Vs Predator Omnibus 1 (if you haven’t read them, you should)) then it’s going to be one of the best comics of the year.

    And Also coming back is Machiko Noguchi, a character I thought was long forgotten about. And Machiko is bringing in something I’ve always wanted in a AVP series, CONTINUITY!

    The story in this first issue jumps right in, it slows for a bit to reintroduce the main character, and then sets the story up for the rest of the series. I have absolutely no complaints, this is great!

    The art is also very good, it definitely shows the artist’s style. It’s something new, it’s like a step aside from what has now become common and it pulls it off in a way that isn’t artsy and hard to look at. At first it was a bit off putting but every time I come back to it I appreciate it more and more.

    And the final thing is the covers, these are the best covers I have ever seen! I’m astounded that it’s just one artist doing them all. Raymond Swanland is definitely going to be a name I remember from this series. I really wish that there was a poster for one of these comics.

    This series has the line up to make a great limited series. It has everything a fan of AVP could want and for new comers it fills in all the gaps to make it nice and easy to read. I’d still recommend reading the first AVP and AVP: War but it isn’t necessary to enjoy this story.

    If you want a comic with action and a good story, this is it.

    There’s hunters, there’s killers, and everything in between them so it’s best if you just check this out and see what I mean.

    All three of this month’s winners will get $25 TFAW gift certificates to pick up anything they want! Thank you to everybody who submitted product reviews last month and congratulations to the winners.

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    Aliens Omnibus

    Okay, I couldn’t wait until I get into work in the morning to blog, so I’m coming at you in the wee hours of the morning, posing a question: How do you kick off horror month? By busting out the big guns and starting with a classic series, that’s how!

    With over 350 pages in each Aliens Omnibus, you’re in for a good long read, chock-full of dismembered, disemboweled bodies . . . and aliens.

    Here’s a taste of Aliens Omnibus Volume 6: Mankind has always struggled to balance exploration and exploitation when stepping into new lands. In the era of the colonization of space, the discovery of new wonders is countered by the awful realities when species once separated by light years of airless void are suddenly thrown together, and the heady intoxication of discovery becomes the feral nightmare of a battle for supremacy.

    Humanity’s arrogance and greed have helped the Alien plague spread, and now men and women must step forward to ensure that the future of the galaxy does not become the age of the Alien!

    Sound like it’s up your alley? Go ahead and check out the three-page preview, and try before you buy.

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