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    Luke Cage Begins A New Series

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews go to Luke Cage, Power Rangers and Harley Quinn. 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.

    Luke Cage #1
    By: David F. Walker, Nelson Blake, Rahzzah

    Many writers have tried to write Luke Cage over the years, though most of them have failed to give Cage a voice that is both distinctive and real. Writer David F. Walker has done both in Luke Cage #1, a comic that is one of the best interpretations of the character yet.

    From the very first page of the comic, it’s clear that Walker is familiar with the character of Luke Cage right down to the soul. You feel the sorrow in Cage’s voice when he learns that Dr. Noah Burstein has tragically passed away. You feel the sarcasm in his speech when he fights yet another masked villain. This comic is Luke Cage at its best.

    However, it’s not all about David F. Walker; Nelson Blake, who does an excellent job on the art, joins him on the title.

    Whether you’re a brand new fan thanks to the Luke Cage Netflix show or an old school fan from the ‘70s, you need to pick up Luke Cage #1. The last page alone will have long-time fans of both Luke Cage and Iron Fist squealing with delight, as Walker reaches deep into the Marvel Universe for a special surprise reveal. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    IF YOU LOVE LUKE CAGE, CHECK OUT THE UPCOMING DEFENDERS SERIES!

    Mighty Morphin Power Ranger comics at TFAW.com

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #15
    By: Kyle Higgins, Tom Taylor, Jamal Campbell, Trey Moore, Goni Montes, Dan Mora, Frazer Irving

    Man, we’re only 15 issues in, but it feels like so much more time has passed. We’ve gone way past what happened in the show, straight into alternate timelines where Tommy never broke free of Rita and destroyed the Power Rangers, both our Mighty Morphin’ variety and beyond.

    This issue tells us where Zordon has been, what he’s seen from both timelines and why he still believes in the Rangers, including Tommy Oliver. As a big Power Rangers fan. I can honestly say Kyle Higgens has been doing an amazing job throughout this series. In fact, Boom! Studios and all their Power Rangers comics have been fantastic.

    If you are, on any level, a Power Rangers fan, even if you watched only a little bit of the show, then do yourself a favor and pick up this series. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    GET READY TO GO GO POWER RANGERS WITH BOOM! STUDIOS NEWEST SERIES COMING IN JULY!

    Harley Quinn #20
    By: Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin

    I’ve been a huge Harley Quinn fan since first seeing her debut on the Batman Animated Series cartoon. I’m also one of those fans that have loved the interpretation that Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner came up with. If you’ve read any issue of this run since her reinvention in the New 52, you know what to expect with Harley Quinn #20.

    The crazy Harley has once again found herself in a chaotic situation. Harley Sinn captures her friends, her parents are coming to visit, and someone from the future is out to kill her. Harley handles these situations in a way that only she can do, and it’s a guarantee you’ll crack up at least two or three times in this issue.

    The back-up story from Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti is just the icing on the cake. For fans of classic ‘90s Harley, this issue is worth buying just for this story.

    If you’re a fan of Harley Quinn, it’s likely you’re already buying this issue. However, if you haven’t yet checked out the zany adventures of Harley, then this comic is a great starting point.[Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALL OF OUR HARLEY QUINN MERCHANDISE!

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    Jessica Jones Reopens Alias Investigations

    NCBD Oct 5th

    Every Wednesday, we pick a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd for our ongoing New Comic Book Day blog series. Check out our reviews of some of this week’s best comics below and be sure to comment below or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our reviews!

    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.

    Harley Quinn #5
    By: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Timms

    Holy cannoli! Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti never fail to show us a new side of Harley Quinn. This issue kicks off with Harley being robbed of her personal property from Arkham.
    She isn’t the only one being robbed and since the cops can’t (or won’t) catch the perps, it’s up to our lovable wild card to take them down!

    When Harley finds out that the robbers are a part of a punk band, she just has to join in. What does one do when they need to fit in? Makeover! That’s right, Harley Quinn gets a brand new makeover and forms a band of misfits. [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    JOIN HARLEY’S ONGOING ADVENTURES TODAY!

    Jessica Jones comics at TFAW.com

    Jessica Jones #1
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, David Mack

    After the success of her Netflix series, it was only a matter of time before Jessica Jones made her way back to her own solo book. Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos are back together in this new series with the same tone and grit as their original, Alias. Be warned, Marvel is serious with that parental advisory on the cover. This one’s not an all ages book at all. The language is salty and there is a definite vibe throughout that things will get worse for Jessica long before they get better.

    The art and writing work extremely well to show a very real look at the Marvel Universe from the street level. From the general public not understanding alternate dimensions to the Champions flying overhead. (side note, Champions #1 comes out today and looks amazing, full review coming soon.)

    This is a book loaded with potential. It’s going to be dark and a bit of a downer but the characters, Bendis’ writing and Gaydos’ art this book will hook you instantly. [Dustin M at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    FOLLOW JESSICA JONES’ INVESTIGATIONS
    DISCOVER OTHER NEW MARVEL COMICS SERIES

    Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York comics at TFAW.com

    Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1
    By: Greg Pak, Daniel Bayliss

    I never thought I’d see the day when two separate characters from John Carpenter’s filmography would come together, let alone characters played by the same person — Kurt Russel. With Boom Studios holding the comic rights to both Big Trouble in Little China and Escape From New York, it was inevitable — and I’m so glad it happened.

    The premise is pretty simple, in the world of Escape From New York, the year 2001, someone uses a magical object to bring “Snake Plisskin” across the country to help aid in a mission. Except it’s misread and instead brings good Ol’ Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China’s universe (and 1987 for that matter).

    I can’t wait to see how the rest of this 6-issue series pans out — because you know Lo Pan is going to try and work his magic to get back at Jack. [Martin M at TFAW.com]

    ORDER BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK BOOKS

    Doctor Strange #12
    By: Jason Aaron, Leonardo Romero, Kevin Nowlan

    A new story arc spinning out of the aftermath of Doctor Strange’s battle with Empirikul sees that almost all magic on Earth is gone. Because he’s now severely limited in magic power, Strange is left to rely on his massive arsenal of magical items and weapons to combat the mystical threats. Now that he’s at his weakest, Baron Mordo, who still seems to be fully powered, is making his move against Strange, who may or may not have been led to the arms of a very unlikely ally.

    Jason Aaron continues to redefine what it means to be the Sorcerer Supreme, by now recreating the good doctor as more of a magical gadgeteer, showing that he’s more than just a one magic trick pony. Chris Bachalo once again proves himself as one of the most unique pencillers, but ultimately one of the most visionary draftsmen, crafting incredibly complex flowing pages that are surprisingly easy to follow. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    THIS IS A PERFECT TIME TO JOIN DOCTOR STRANGE

    What did you think of these books? Have you been anxiously awaiting the Big Trouble in Little China / Escape From New York crossover as much as we have? Let us know below!

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    NCBD – Double dose of Harley, a Doctor and The Sheriff of Babylon

    NCBD reviews of Harley Quinn, Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, and The Sheriff of Babylon

    With Suicide Squad hitting the theaters this weekend, New Comic Book Day Is give you a double dose of crazy with Suicide Squad Rebirth #1, AND Harley Quinn #1! Plus Doctor Strange concludes The Last Days of Magic arc, and we talk about an amazing crime series from The Wire writer Tom King – The Sheriff of Babylon. As always these were only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. 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.

    Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com

    Suicide Squad Rebirth #1
    By: Rob Williams, Philip Tan

    There is a high profile Suicide Squad movie coming out at the end of this week, and with DC’s Rebirth taking place across their publishing line, now is a hotter time than ever to reintroduce the concept of Task Force X (the Suicide Squad’s official title) and a few of those characters!

    We are given the purpose of the team – and a structure is formed for brand new readers hoping to jump on board. We get right into it, with Philip Tan’s dynamic artwork that screams action from the start.

    Whether you are headed to or from the movie and looking to check out the comic book incarnation, you won’t feel lost at all starting out fresh, right here in this very issue of Suicide Squad Rebirth [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Harley Quinn #1
    By: Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin

    Wowzah! This issue is one for the books! Wacky Harley is back at it again with chaos, a good laugh and…zombies? That’s right folks, you heard me, Zombies!

    Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connor are the creative team making this beautiful series and they use every wild card they have! This issue is all what you need to know about Harley Quinn: Her origin, Her triumphs, and that she’s freakin’ crazy! With small references from the ongoing Harley Quinn comic, new readers shouldn’t be too confused.

    Now Back to the zombies, yes…zombies. Harley Quinn and Red Tool run into an unexpected encounter with the undead. Instead of asking questions, they jump straight into action. As blades and hammers are flying and smashing, Red Tool is bitten by one of the undead. Harley, whose not going to lose her friend, chops off his arm to save his life. Then she catapults him in the air! What? Why do you ask? Guess you’ll have to read Harley Quinn #1 to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal City Walk]

    Doctor Strange comics at TFAW.com

    Doctor Strange #10
    By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Kevin Nowlan

    It’s the finale of 6-issue event Last Days of Magic. Stephen is at his end, with no magic left to help him against Imperator – who seeks to destroy all magic and leave science to rule.
    This finale felt like a great conclusion to the fight that Doctor Strange had been engulfed in. With help from fellow Marvel mystics and mages Scarlet Witch, Magik, and others. Jason Arron was able to create a creative, action-packed, arc surrounding the idea of Science vs Magic. The art is hard-edged and painterly, just as I would imagine Doctor Strange’s personality.

    If you’ve been reading The Last Days of Magic arc as I said, this is a great final issue. If you’re just jumping on board, maybe wait until the next issue of Doctor Strange as things may be a little confusing for first-time readers. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    The Sheriff of Babylon #9
    By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon

    Things start to collide as the third act starts in the 12 issue story The Sheriff of Babylon. I’ve been on board this series from the start. A crime comic smack dab in the middle of the 2004 Iraq war.

    Written by Tom King (Batman, Vision, and the hit tv series The Wire) this well paced episodic story feels like watching a 12 part tv series. Mitch Gerads (Punisher) has been leading the way in this visually stunning noir.

    I really can’t say enough good about this series. Everything feels real, as the twists come you don’t feel like they are out of left field – as if Tom King has already written out everyone’s lives and motives from the get go. The Sheriff of Babylon is only 3 issues away from finishing – and I’m not sure if I’m excited to read it, or sad that it’ll be over. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for the Harley Quinn & Her Gang, Gwenpool & Heartthrob

    We’re pretty excited about the crop of New Comic Book Day picks from this week’s new releases. 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.

     Gwenpool comics at TFAW.com Gwenpool #1
    By: Christopher Hastings,Gurihiru, Danillo Beyruth

    From our universe to theirs. Gwenpool is all about this superhero/mercenary game. We don’t know how she got here but all we know is she’s from our world. Yeah, ours. She’s read the comics watched the movies, played the games. Somehow she ended up in the 616. She’s been having small gigs with Howard the Duck but now we get an ongoing with her. It’s funny, crazy, and full of nonsense that, if you knew you was in a comic you would probably do as well.

    Gurihiru does a great job on the main story art with cute anime inspired character designs. It works very well for the Gwenpool character. While Danilo Beyruth gives us a more standard western comic art. All in all, if you like Deadpool, or are looking for a fourth-wall breaking character to lighten up your day, Gwenpool will do a great job filling that need! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #1 (of 6)
    By: Frank Tieri, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mauricet, Amanda Conner

    If you are a major Harley Quinn fan, Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys is the comic book miniseries for you! Harley needs some help so she calls together a band of friends to fight crime. Most of these characters are familiar to you if you read the on going Harley series. If you are not familiar with it, that’s okay! This number one breaks down who each new Harley is and what their special ability is.

    I am interested to see where this series will go and I love Harley Quinn taking the lead. You can tell throughout the whole comic that she really just wants to help these new girls get up to speed like her but keep their individuality. Their abilities are put to the test when Harley gets kidnapped. There are a lot of chuckles and character development in the first issue and I love the direction DC is taking with her — this comic just is icing on the cake! I recommend picking up this issue #1 before they are sold out! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

     Escape From New York comics at TFAW.com Heartthrob #1
    By: Christopher Sebela, Robert Wilson IV

    Writer Christopher Sebela and artist Robert Wilson IV have an interesting idea on their hands with this first issue of Heartthrob. A young woman, Callie, gets a heart transplant and with that transplant, Callie starts to not only “see” her heart donor in her minds eye, but starts to have romantic feelings towards her donor’s “ghost” (for lack of a better term). And what could be stranger than that but to have that “ghost” have feelings for Callie too? This is a welcome turn for Callie who is consistently having her advances towards her living lover/co-worker spurned. Meanwhile, Callie finds out that the company she’s been working for is a little less than honest.

    This becomes too much for Callie who gets jilted by her lover/co-worker who is getting a big promotion at her company and so she quits. Top it all off with a twist that Callie’s donor was a thief in his lifetime who, in his after-life, wants to help Callie take down her old employer, and you have the makings for a pretty intriguing first issue. [Ethan S. at Beaverton TFAW]

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