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    The Bells Are Tolling in Unsound #1

    It’s notoriously difficult to get work as a young RN straight out of nursing school. In order to put in their dues and get the experience they need to get better jobs, many nurses have to take less than ideal jobs at facilities they’d rather not work at. However, that isn’t the case in Cullen Bunn’s new horror story, The Unsound #1.

    Ashli takes a job at Saint Cascia because she’s young and naïve enough to believe she can make a difference in a broken system. Saint Cascia was founded in 1816 and ran continuously as an asylum until it was closed in the ‘80s due to lack of funding. It was recently reopened and suffers from a lack of funding, improper staffing ratios, and overpopulation.

    The situation is creepy enough at face value, and we quickly learn there is more going on here than meets the eye.

    Delve deep into the nature of reality, perception, and insanity in Unsound #1

    Cullen Bunn gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the story of Unsound #1: “On the surface, The Unsound is about a young nurse taking her first job… at a haunted insane asylum. But as we go beyond the surface–as our characters will in this series–we discover this other world, a weird society that exists “beneath” the asylum. This world is one where the laws of nature have been supplanted by the “laws of madness.” Our heroes will find themselves caught in a weird labyrinthine world where they cannot trust what they are seeing and experiencing.”

    Looking at Cullen Bunn’s body of work, you can make a solid argument that horror is his genre. Readers of Harrow County, The Sixth Gun, Regression, and The Damned will definitely want to follow Bunn down this new rabbit hole.

    Jack T. Cole provides the artwork in this cerebral tale. I asked Cullen Bunn about working with Cole, and he replied, “The Unsound is a slow burn creep-fest. It is intended to unsettle the reader. Jack’s art does a perfect job of reflecting that tone and fulfilling that goal.”

    PICK UP UNSOUND #1 FROM TFAW TODAY!

    Unsound #1, BOOM! Studios, publication date June 7, 2017, written by Cullen Bunn, art and cover by Jack T. Cole, $3.99

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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!

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    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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    Creator Spotlight: Marguerite Bennett

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    A Brief History of Marguerite Bennett

    Marguerite Bennett is a comic writer that has demonstrated the ability to touch on many themes, tones and styles. Born in Virginia, she is a self-described Nerdy Southern Belle. In DC Comics Bombshells, she re-imagines prominent female characters in the context of ‘40s WWII culture. Her work Insexts subverts historical expectations and Victorian literature for an twist. She is currently a writer for DC Comics, Marvel, Aftershock, BOOM! Studios, Rosy Press, and more. In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for Angela: Queen of Hel. This year she’s nominated for her work on DC’s Bombshells.

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    Kings of Grass

    Comics are often about building new worlds. These fictional societies have their own sets of rules and order. And they don’t always have to be fantastical. Sometimes they’re a slice of a world that’s under-exposed. Such is the case in Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins new comic Grass Kings.

    Grass Kings
    Grass Kings

    In Grass Kings #1 we are introduced to the Grass Kingdom, a small patch of land that does not recognize the authority or rules of the United States. Grass Kingdom has a longstanding feud with neighboring town Cargill. The citizens of Grass Kingdom are viewed as squatters illegally possessing the land.

    The Promised Land?

    The central conflict of the book revolves around Cargill’s sheriff and the two brothers who run Grass Kingdom. Bruce and Robert inherited the kingdom from their family who’s possessed the land since World War I. Robert is the king and Bruce is the sheriff in charge of protecting the land from Cargill.

    The relationship between Robert and Bruce is a tenuous one at best. Robert lost his daughter and has fallen into alcoholism to deal with his grief. This puts pressure on Bruce to look out for the well being of the town and his brother.

    Kindt’s script generates a lot of conflict right from the start. This is a book with a great deal of narrative setup at work. It’s a family drama and a crime story. But it’s also a mystery.

    Kindt’s writing pairs extremely well with Jenkin’s exceptional artwork. The hazy water colored images strike a beautiful balance between detailed and dreamlike. This is especially true as the book shifts into flashback scenes.

    Overall, this a strong first issue that does a great job of establishing setting and characters. It also leaves enough threads for readers to continue to pick up future issues.

    SEE WHAT’S NEXT IN GRASS KINGDOM AND PRE-ORDER GRASS KINGS #2

    Grass Kings #1, Boom! Studios, Released March 8, 2017, Written by Matt Kindt, Art by Tyler Jenkins, $3.99

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    Creator Spotlight: Kate Leth

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    A Brief History

    Writer and artist Kate Leth is widely-recognized as one of the top talents helping to shape a new generation of comics. Canadian-born Leth, who now lives in Los Angeles, gained notoriety for her work focusing on teen and all-age stories – for comics and graphic novels, as well at the screen.

    Leth attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) studying photography before dropping out. Afterwards she started working at the Strange Adventures comic shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia, That’s where her interest in comics grew.

    She caught the attention of BOOM! Studios with her Adventure Time fan art on her Tumblr page. And that subsequently turned into graphic novel, Adventure Time: Seeing Red, which hit The New York Times Best Seller list.

    She is also collaborator on the podcast Less than Live with Kate or Die, and is the organizer of The Valkyries, a group of women who work in comics retail.

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    An Action-Packed Crossover

    The first issue of this six-part series is brisk and action packed. And it delivers all you could hope for in a Justice LeaguePower Rangers crossover. The result is plenty of action and spectacular appearances of your favorite comics characters.

    Justice League Power Rangers #1 begins in the Power Ranger’s home and metropolis of Angel Grove. We are dropped in the action moments after a cataclysmic catastrophe has wiped Angel Grove off the face of the planet. There is a time swipe and we are brought back 36 hours where the Power Rangers are grouping up to find Alpha 5. Zack finds him and brings him back, but it’s all a trap.

    Taking on Batman

    Lord Zedd and his Putties invade the Command Center. A fight breaks out and Zack ends up teleporting Zedd away. Unfortunately he teleports them to another world. It is here on the earth in the DC Universe that Batman is mistaken for one of Zedd’s cronies. A spectacular fight breaks out between the Rangers and our Caped Crusader of Gotham.

    A major part of the story has already been set up with the destruction of Angel Grove. In future issues you can expect many unique team ups and meaningful moments between the two groups of heroes.

    Already we have the sense that Zack is going to feel guilty for all that has happened. He’ll need someone to ground him (into the earth, not confine him to his room) and what better mentors of power than the Justice League? There is a lot to look forward to in this mini-series.

    So, if you grew up with either or both of these series, you’ll love this crossover.

    DON’T MISS A MINUTE OF THE ACTION AND PRE-ORDER JUSTICE LEAGUE POWER RANGERS ISSUE #2. AND CHECK OUT ALL THE FUN VARIANT COVERS FOR ISSUE #1

    Justice League Power Rangers #1, DC Comics and Boom Studios, Released January 11, 2017, Rated T, Written by Tom Taylor, Art by Stephen Byrne, Cover by Karl Kerschl, $3.99

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    Take Your Hits and Get Back Up!

    Slam! #1 is about friendship. It is about falling and getting back up, self-esteem, and cat parenting. And, oh yeah, it’s about roller derby!

    Slam! is a new series from Boom! Box by Pamela Ribon (Rick and Morty) with art by Veronica Fish. Issue #1 follows two new inductees into the world of roller derby. Jennifer Chu is getting her Masters in Geology and is lonely in her extra curricular activities. Maisie Huff, who recently had her future ripped from her when her 3-year relationship ended all of a sudden, is trying to move on with her life. Both find each other and form an inseparable bond through roller derby.

    But after the Rookie Rumble, the girls are separated. They are drafted onto opposing teams. The series looks to explore if the friendship be enough to hold them together. Or if the rigor of the derby smash their relationship.

    The Bonds of Friendship Explored

    This is a story with chutzpah and tenacity. Each character and relationship, clearly defined, and exposes new sides to the roller derby world. There is a wide range of emotion in this first issue. Maisie’s depression is tangible and slows the world down. Meanwhile, Jennifer’s passion and hope kicks things back into high gear.

    Slam #1 mixes charm and whimsy with comedy as well. The issue is great about implementing exposition in unique ways. Instead of thought bubbles and narrations, at times there are charts and physical bits. These moments really let the visual storytelling shine.

    The art by Fish is dynamic. It’s also absolutely fierce and terribly adorable. The expression of movement is sharp and relatable. Because Fish is so precise with every detail, her phrasing is fluid and her emotional beats feel natural. There is a seamless transition from the gritty, intense world of derby to the quiet solitude of an apartment or warmth of a diner scene.

    GET LOW AND HIT SOMEBODY BY PRE-ORDERING SLAM #2 and SLAM #3.

    Slam #1, Boom! Studios, November 16, 2016, Written by Pamela Ribon Art by Veronica Fish, $3.99

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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!

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    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

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    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]

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    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 – Batgirl, Adventure Time & X-Men ’92

    With SDCC behind us, it’s back to buiness – and this week for New Comic Book Day we give you a glimpse at Batgirl, Adventure Time Comics, and X-Men ’92! Remember theses are only 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 like, comment and 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.

    Batgirl #1
    By: Hope Larson, Rafael Albuquerque

    Batgirl has left Burnside. Since Barbara Gordon returned to her post-Oracle role as Batgirl, she was forced to revisit her past a number of times. She has ventured beyond Gotham City, and will have to put the pieces of that past behind her in order to look forward.

    This future appears bright in the hands of writer Hope Larson, who weaves an excellent voice to the series that brought a sense of audio to a medium without it. Batgirl’s international sleuthing is precisely the kind of story that is refreshing in the current age teeming with talent and brave new direction for comics as a whole. Barbra has been revitalized since Burnside and continues on an inspiring path to make an exceptional character evolve further. Progressing from her past, we may be seeing a new fighting spirit – and style – emerge for Barbara Gordon. Count me in on this rebirth of Batgirl! [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Adventure Time Comics #1
    By: Tony Millioire, Erin Hunting

    This series is definitely for those who are big Adventure Time fans! It’s a collection of short stories written and illustrated by some well-known names such as Art Baltazar (Itty Bitty Hellboy, Aw Yeah Titans), Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) Kat Leyh (Co-writer and cover artist for Lumberjanes) and Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey).

    Mini stories include: Finn’s grave problem of running out of toothpaste and meeting the Tooth Paste Fairy, Finn saving a beastly friend in danger, and a fun cameo from Lumpy Space Princess. This comic had me giggling the whole issue with the cute charm every Adventure Time comics must have: Quirkiness! It is a great comic for all ages and I highly recommend Adventure Time Comics to any one who needs a good laugh. [Darcey M. at

    X-Men ’92 #5
    By: Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, Cory Hamscher, David Nakayama

    With Scott leaving the X-Men in the last issue of X-Men ’92, he and Jean reside in Scott’s hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. While they have a joyous vacation away from all the chaos that is the X-Men, their daughter from the future, Rachel Summers, has used the Phoenix to bring them to the year 3992. In hopes of defeating Apocalypse and Mr. Sinister once again. What I really enjoyed about this issue was that it re-told “The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix” story from 1994.
    X-Men ’92 is always fun to read, especially growing up with the cartoon. Chris Sims’ writing is on par with the original series, utilizing everything that made that cartoon great.

    If you’re missing the X-Men cartoon of the ’90s or wonder what could have been if it wasn’t canceled, X-Men ’92 is here to help! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    NCBD: Old Man Logan, New Super Man, Kong of Skull Island & Star Trek

    For New Comic Book Day this week – we look at an Old Man, a New Super Man, a Giant Gorilla, and celebrate Star Trek’s 50 years. As always these are only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. 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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    Old Man Logan #8
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
    In the last issue of Old Man Logan, we saw Logan defending the people of Killhorn Falls from a crazed group of killers called the Reavers lead by Lady Deathstrike. He will stop at nothing to keep this group from killing the woman who became his wife from his lost timeline. With his back against the wall, Logan succeeds in pushing the threat away from the population and leaves to keep them safe.

    In this much-anticipated issue, we find Logan not too far in the future from the events of the last story arc, living once again with his team and family, the X-Men, with one exception – Jean Grey is alive and wants nothing more than to help out her lifelong friend. We also get to see, through Logan’s memories, the events that lead to the night the heroes fell. We now know what happened at the Xavier School for the Gifted – when the villains used Logan as their killing machine to take down the X-Men (see Old Man Logan by Millar and McNiven) – but we never got to see the fall of New York, or what led to the descent of Hank Pym. By the end of this issue, all will be revealed. And in the conclusion of this amazing book, we get to see a perfect reunion that will hit home with any Wolverine fan – or any comic fan in general.

    I can’t say enough to about how much I’ve loved this book. Jeff Lemire has taken the mantle of this story and used the new and old universes to make this a truly fantastic book, with the beautiful art of Andrea Sorrentino making the characters and action jump right off the page. I cannot wait for what happens next issue of Old Man Logan! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    New Super Man #1
    By: Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic

    Shanghai, China. Kong Kenan is a bully that justifies his behavior by picking on Lixin, whose father runs an airline. The very same airline who he holds responsible for the death of his mother. Kenan’s father is a mechanic that is part of a “Writers’ Group” which are conspiracy theorists attempting to prove the existence of the Ministry of Self-Reliance.

    These pieces converge when the villain Blue Condor swoops in to abduct Lixin. Kenan instinctively throws a can of soda (which he stole from Lixin) at Blue Condor. This is caught on video and gains the attention of the Ministry of Self-Reliance. Who approaches him to grant him the powers of Superman.

    All that power given to one without the moral compass of our Kryptonian is going to steer us on an interesting course, indeed. Gene Luen Yang’s story and Viktor Bogdanovic’s art are both flashy enough to catch our attention, and keep us watching, as this story evolves. It’s going to be an interesting series seeing this New Super Man go from bully to hero. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Kong of Skull Island #1
    By: James Asmus, Carlos Magno, Felipe Massafera

    First things first, the art of this comic book is gorgeous! I was memorized by Carlos Magno’s clear and very detailed illustrations. This issue opens up to a time before Kongs became extinct. The people believed the gods protected us through the Kongs.

    As the natives travel to expand the islands they rule, they take their protectors with them. When the natives discover Skull Island, they get more than they bargained for. This island has bad written all over it and as the people try to steer clear of it, the ship is attacked by monsters! As the ship starts to sink, one Kong struggles to get back on the sinking ship. As the people are drowning… the only thought you can conjure up is “Save the Kong!!!”. Kong of Skull Island is going to be one heck of a ride! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Star Trek #59
    By: Mike Johnson, Tony Shasteen

    As we near the 50th anniversary of Star Trek we see the crew of the Starship Enterprise enter a place in space that seems to be a bridge to alternate realities. The crew, for a time, switches minds with their movie and original series counterparts. This comes with some comedic surprises for them.

    Switching back and forth between old and new crew members was cool. Mike Johnson did a good job slightly altering how each Kirk or Spock said the same line, highlighting the differences between the two universes. Since he came aboard, Tony Shasteen has done a fantastic job drawing the series. Each character is easily recognizable, even for casual viewers of the series.

    It will be fun to see how both crews deal with such an anomaly in Star Trek #60![Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    NCBD: Bounty, Justice League Rebirth, Punisher, Batman 66 meets Steed and Mrs. Peel

    Batman teams up with the Avengers? The creator of Rat Queens takes us to space, The Punisher contnues his path of destruction, and the Justice League go through a Rebirthing-all this week for New Comic Book Day. As always these are only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our previous 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.

    Bounty comics at TFAW.com

    Bounty #1
    By: Kurtis Wiebe, Mindy Lee, Leordo Olea

    Sisters Nina and Georgie steal from the rich and give to the poor, and keep some for themselves. Hey, they have to eat, too. From Rat Queens creator Kurtis Wiebe and artist Mindy Lee. Comes this Robin Hood-Esq space tale.

    This 40-page introduction really lays out the landscape for the new series. Kurtis has proven in the past he can write both funny and engaging teams with Rat Queens and this is no exception. I had a ton of fun with the sisters and their teammates. Bounty hits on elements seen in popular series like Firefly and Cowboy Bebop, but dials up the sci-fi, and futurism so that we end up with something unique, but familiar at the same time.

    If you’ve been enjoying Rat Queens this is an instant pick up. If you don’t know what Rat Queens is, well, 1) you’re missing out, and 2), this is an excellent point to blast off with an awesome new series. Don’t be the last one to the loading dock. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Justice League comics at TFAW.com

    Justice League Rebirth #1
    By: Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel

    It’s a brand new day for the Justice League! After the Superman of the New 52 sacrificed his life to protect all human life, there was a void left in the Justice League. Now as they mourn the loss of their friend, they face the task of picking up the pieces.

    A large alien threat attacks, bringing together Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and rookie Green Lanterns – Simon Baz, and Jessica Cruz. Our Pre-Flashpoint Superman has made his presence known to few, but he cannot help but see this threat and rush into action to help the heroes of this Earth by stepping into his former role.

    Batman is skeptical of the Kryptonian and wants to keep a close eye on him. Knowing what we do about Superman, it won’t be long until he proves himself to the team. Solid art and a well-paced story give this opening room to grow and establishes a new threat which I am sure we will be seeing more of in the future. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Punisher comics at TFAW.com

    Punisher #3
    By: Becky Cloonan, Steve Dillon, Declan Shalvey

    Previously in Punisher, Frank Castle goes up against Condor, a mob that’s manufacturing a drug called EMC which is making people stronger, faster, and immune to pain. While Punisher takes out all of Condor’s head men, This leaves the DEA to come after Frank. After all, he is killing all their evidence for their case. His next hit is Josiah, one of the makers of EMC. However, Josiah comes with a catch. A little girl strapped with explosives and a father who is ready to hit the detonator as soon as the Punisher shows up.

    I love the intense, on-edge feeling this series has been giving off so far–each issue has a fantastic fight scene. This issue thickens the plot of the story, and each issue has a fantastic fight scene. I am really intrigued to see where Becky Cloonan (writer of Southern Cross and Gotham Academy) takes this series. A definite must read for new and old fans of Punisher! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Batman 66 Meets Steed & Mrs. Peel comics at TFAW.com

    Batman 66 Meets Steed & Mrs. Peel #1
    By: Ian Edginton, Matthew Dow Smith, Michael Allred

    Last Time on Batman 66….
    Well, I don’t know what happened last time actually, but I can tell you that this is the first time we’ve EVER seen Batman team-up with the Avengers! No, not those Avengers from Marvel, the other ones from across the pond, Boom Studios’ Steed and Mrs. Peel.

    With the Gotham Museum hosting the White Star Diamond from the Royal Family, everything looks to be fine until Catwoman appears, and she’s on the prowl for new accessories. Although Batman and Robin were too late, British Secret Intelligence agents Steed and Mrs. Peel were on the case. But could it be that something more sinister is going on? Was Catwoman behind it all? Will Steed and Peel ever be called The Avengers again? Find out next time, Same bat-time, same bat-channel!

    Overall, this was a fun issue to read for me having some history with Steed and Peel, as my father watched them when I was a kid. Ian Edginton does a good job keeping the Batman 66 series in tone with the show. It felt like watching an episode. Tied with Matthew Dow Smith’s art and Jordie Bellaire’s colors this worked exceptionally well. Great start to this six-issue mini-series. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Goldie Vance – Our Newest Sleuth

    Goldie Vance at TFAW.com If there ever was a contender for best crime book for kids, this would be on top. With a tagline of “Nancy. Harriet. Veronica. There’s a new Sleuth on the block.” I had to give it a read.

    Hope Larson (A Wrinkle In time) & Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker aka Hellcat, Legend of Kora) team up for a new all-ages detective book from Boom! in the same vein as Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy.

    The series focuses on Marigold “Goldie” Vance a 16-year-old who grew up at the Crossed Palms Resort, a nice resort in St. Pascal, Florida. Goldie has big aspirations beyond working the valet booth at the resort; she wants to be a Detective. She does her best to help Walter, the in house detective at Crossed Palms, although her help is not always wanted. Beyond that we have a great cast of characters, because a Sleuth is only as good as the company they keep. There’s Walter, as we spoke of before, and Cheryl LeBeaux, Goldie’s friend who also works the front desk. We also get introduced to Mr. Vance, Goldie’s father and the manager of the Crossed Palms, and Rob who helps Goldie run valet (and has a crush on Cheryl).
    Goldie Vance at TFAW.com

    What’s fun about this series is Goldie’s personality. She’s so eager to help and so sure of herself you can’t help but want her to solve every case. She is also pretty silly at times with how over confident she can be.

    Brittney Williams’ designs are fantastic. If you’ve read her and Kate Leth’s Patsy Walker aka Hellcat series, the art is very similar. That’s most certainly not a bad thing; her art is very fun and perfect for a story like this.

    Goldie Vance at TFAW.comWith this only being a 4-part miniseries, I can only hope that this book finds its audience so we can get more adventures with Goldie Vance and gang.

    The first three Goldie Vance issues are currently available for order right now at TFAW.com! Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, Lumberjanes, Gotham Academy, or Scooby Doo.

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