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    Space Ghost: Lantern to Lantern

    It’s review time for NCBD. This week we’re looking at an interdimensional team-up, IDW’s Deviation of Orphan Black and finding out where the Inhumans go from here. As always there are only a couple of books to come out this week. Make sure to 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.

    Green Lantern Space Ghost Crossover comic at TFAW.com

    Green Lantern and Space Ghost
    By: James Tynion IV, Christopher Sebela, Howard Chaykin, Ariel Olivetti

    Green Lantern and Space Ghost is a concept that flows together so well that it’s surprising a crossover hasn’t been attempted before this comic. Both heroes are space cops, both wield weapons of great power, and both are continually motivated to do the right thing. In Green Lantern / Space Ghost #1 from DC, both heroes meet for the first time in a story that is out of this world.

    Written by James Tynion IV and Christopher Sebela, the story follows the familiar tropes of any superhero team-up: The heroes meet, fight, resolve their differences, and team up to stop a larger enemy. While classic GL and Space Ghost villains like Zorak and Larfleeze make brief appearances, the plot and action revolves around completely new characters and villains created just for this story. The artwork by Ariel Olivetti is outstanding, bringing the action on the page to life in stunning detail.

    While the main story is an all-ages affair, the back-up story featuring Ruff N’ Reddy skews slightly more adult in its tone, so parents buying the book for their children will want to keep that in mind.

    If you’ve grown up with both Green Lantern and Space Ghost, this team-up is a dream come true and one that longtime fans will appreciate. If you’re new to these characters, Green Lantern / Space Ghost #1 serves as a great introduction to them. No matter which group you fall into, this story is a blast to read. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    If you like this book, you’ll love the current Green Lantern comics!

    Orphan Black Deviations #1
    By: Heli Kennedy, Wayne Nichols, Cat Staggs

    “Hey! You got Orphan Black in my Butterfly Effect.” Or is it the other way around? Orphan Black: Deviations #1 asks the question: What would happen if Sarah had saved Beth, instead of watching her die?

    Set in the very same moment the show kicks off, Deviations will be a familiar tale for show watchers, but with distinct differences. On the show, Sarah witnesses the death of a woman who looks just like her, which sends her down a path of self-discovery; the comic sends her down the path of having saved her life instead. Writer Heli Kennedy takes on the difficult task of re-writing a story the fans are familiar with while making it fresh and unpredictable. As it turns out, Beth being alive changes quite a bit in this award-winning series, keeping favorite moments intact but with small tweaks and quirks. Artist Wayne Nichols does a phenomenal job of keeping the clones distinct without the benefit of actress Tatiana Maslany’s mannerisms and vocal shifts. Drawing directly from the color palette and costume design of the show, the art will instantly transport you back to season 1, with some new tricks.

    This series is set at a much faster pace than the show, which will please the familiar but may alienate those new to the series. What’s old is new again, and nobody is safe in this alternate timeline tale. Maybe even a few new clones will show up… [Adam B. at TFAW.com]

    Orphan Black: Deviations #1 is on store shelves now.

    Inhumans Prime #1
    By: Al Ewing, Ryan Sook, Jonboy Meyers

    If we’re being honest, I’ve never been a fan of the Inhumans. I know of them, I even like some of them, but as a group who was attempting to displace the X-Men? No thank you. Despite all of Marvel’s efforts to get me to read them, I simply refused. Now with Marvel attempting to make the Inhumans their own unique group once again and not a replacement for mutants, I figured there was no better time to give the group a try than with Inhumans Prime #1.

    Wow, I wish I checked out the Inhumans a lot sooner.

    Inhumans Prime #1 does an excellent job of introducing the reader to a wide array of Inhumans and their powers. The book focuses on familiar Inhumans, such as Black Bolt and Ms. Marvel, and new ones such as The Reader. While new readers may find themselves a bit lost in the events that transpire in this book (I had to look up a few things during my read), writer Al Ewing does an excellent job positioning the Inhumans up for a new status quo. I loved every page of it.

    With a big reveal at the end, the book is the perfect set-up to Marvel’s newest slate of Inhumans titles, including Royals and Black Bolt. I know I’ll definitely be adding all Inhumans titles to my pull list ASAP, as well as checking out past stories like the Karnak TPB. If you’re an Inhumans fan, this is a must-read book, and if you’re like me and have been on the fence about the Inhumans for awhile, I strongly encourage you to check this book out. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    After reading it, make sure to preorder a copy of Royals and Black Bolt to continue the story!

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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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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for the Black Panther, Escape From New York & Poe Dameron

    This week for New Comic Book Day we’re giving you two new great titles to start on, and saying goodbye to a fantastic run. 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 comics at TFAW.com Black Panther #1
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian StelfreezeThe King is Dead! Long Live the King! T’Challa has returned as the Black Panther and the King of Wakanda. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, and Laura Martin deserve a round of applause. The writing and art had me on the edge of my seat and color palette was nothing short of fantastic! This may be the most intense 1st issue of a series that I have read all year!

    We get plenty of action in this, the premiere issue of the new Black Panther comic. However, we also get an in depth look at Wakanda. Of course, the Black Panther is the star but there are quite a few characters to keep your eyes on! Politics, inner turmoil, love, and the possibility of war are all in play here and I love it! [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW

    Star Wars Poe Dameron #1
    By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto

    Thirty years after the evil Empire fell to the rebel forces lead by Luke, Han, and Leia, a military force known as the First Order is pushing to overthrow the new republic. General Organa has recruited Poe Dameron, the best pilot in the galaxy and his helpful droid BB-8, to get any information on the location of Lor San Tekka, the person with the whereabouts of the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker.

    In this first exciting issue of the new ongoing Star Wars Poe Dameron comic book series you get to see the forming of Poe’s brave team of rebels — the Black Squadron; Kare Kun, L’ulo, Jess Pava, Snap Wexley, and technician Oddy Muva. What traps await Poe and BB-8 when they go to find Lor? Find out as the new team works together on their first mission: a mission that will hold the fate of the galaxy in its hands. Also in this first issue, you get a amazingly cute minicomic all about the misadventures of BB-8 and the ways in which he interacts with all the rebels on base.

    Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine and She-Hulk) does a brilliant job again, with the beautiful art of Phil Noto following up his run on Chewbacca. You’ll love this new adventure in the ever-growing Star Wars comic book universe.

    [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

     Escape From New York comics at TFAW.com Escape From New York #16
    By: Christopher Sebela, Maxim Simic, Jason Copland

    Well this is it. After 16 Escape From New York issues, we’ve arrived at the last adventure we’ll see of Snake Plisskin for awhile. I’ve got to say, Christopher Sebela did it. He wrote a final issue that ended not only the Escape From Cleveland (I don’t know if that’s what is called, but that’s what I’m calling it.) story arc and left the series as a whole on a rather satisfactory note.

    Throughout this series Sebela has done a fantastic job of giving us story arcs that were fun, creative, and felt natural to the John Carpenter’s EFNY world. Maxim Simic and Marissa Louise both did a grand job from beginning to end. I’m sad to see this story end, but glad I had a seat on the ride. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 5 of 5 – Indy Comics

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

    So many great comics hit the stands last year, and we’re looking to you to choose the Best Comic of 2015! What follows is the final article in a series of five Best Comics of 2015 pieces we’ve produced since December. Missed the earlier installments? Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, and Part 4. Starting tomorrow, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    Creator-owned series and indy publishers are great if you want to cast the shackles of shared universes and decades of canon. You’ll find some of the most creative stories and unique artwork in the pages books like these.

    The Best of Indy Comics (in no particular order):

    Lumberjanes
    By: Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, Carolyn Nowak, Brooke A. Allen

    Here’s what I told my sister-in-law about Lumberjanes: “It’s like Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets The Baby-Sitters Club meets Camp Nowhere.” Here’s what I told my ten-year-old niece about Lumberjanes: “It’s about a five girls who go to summer camp and become best friends. While they’re there, they fight monsters, go on adventures, solve magical mysteries, and KICK BUTT.”

    Far from being a kids’ book, the Eisner Award-winning Lumberjanes manages to be truly “all-ages,” appealing to kids and adults alike. All you need is a sense of whimsy and a love of adventure. The book has an energy that picks you up and carries you through every issue, and the main characters — Jo, April, Ripley, Mal, and Molly — are written so well that they feel like your real-life best friends. The art is both cute and sophisticated, using brilliant colors and great linework to evoke moods and emotions. On top of all that, this series champions diversity in a subtle, natural way. It offers characters and storylines that are outside of the box, giving all sorts of young kids the chance to see themselves reflected in their comics and imagine a more vibrant, inclusive world. It’s serious stuff, which is why it’s extra impressive that each comic is so damn fun to read.

    This series is exciting, funny, and sweet — though it’s crawling with supernatural creatures, every issue proves that the real magic lies in friendship. With two collected trade paperbacks (and a third on the way), a hardcover deluxe edition, and 21 issues out so far, there’s plenty of ways to join this series. [Steven M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    By: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Cory Smith, Mateus Santolouco, Michael Dialys, Ken Garing

    It’s been four years and 52 issues since IDW started its TMNT journey with Tom Waltz and Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman back in 2011. If you haven’t been keeping up with the series, 2015 was a good time to join.

    Waltz masterfully blends previous incarnations of the Turtles together culminating in deep, and intriguing storylines. So even if you started with the comics back in the 80’s, or the cartoon of the ’90s or ’00s, you’ll find something to keep you coming back each month.

    This year also saw a massive event that took the Internet by storm. Donatello was left to defend the homestead in TMNT #44, and was attacked by Bebop & Rocksteady (yeah, those ones). Although Donnie tries his hardest, and even with the help of Metalhead, they get them best of him. Find the issue or pick up TMNT TPB Vol. 11 to see for yourself.

    This series has been one of the most consistently good series on the stands. With all the variations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mythos to pull from, it’s always cool to see how our favorite ancillary characters are brought in to the mix. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Sixth Gun comics at TFAW.com Sixth Gun
    By: Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, Bill Crabtree, A.C. Zamudio, Tyler Crook

    We were spoiled this year. Not only did we get to see the beginning of the end of the the ongoing Sixth Gun series, but a host of great artists came together to contribute to the deeper Sixth Gun lore in the Days of the Dead, Dust to Dust, and Valley of Death miniseries.

    Set in the wild west, The Sixth Gun is firmly rooted in western themes and settings, but it’s so much more than that. With elements of adventure, supernatural, humor, and drama, this series transcends the genre it’s built around. I cannot wait to see what Bunn and company have in store for the final three issues later this year. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Red Sonja comics at TFAW.com

    Red Sonja
    By: Gail Simone, Sergio Fernandez Davila, Walter Geovani

    Gail Simone is a modern legend. She has penned countless amazing comics for almost every major publisher and, most notably, had multiple essential runs at DC Comics (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, and more!). Red Sonja is a classic fantasy/sword and sorcery character that, while still popular, was in need of something (or someone) special to push her into the modern, mainstream spotlight. It turns out, this whole time she had been waiting for Gail Simone. When this book was announced, it was suddenly a no-brainer: of course Gail should be writing Red Sonja! Why hasn’t this happened already?

    And to no one’s surprise it is fantastic! Simone manages to tell a story that feels familiar and new at the same time, deftly marrying classic elements with modern storytelling sensibilities. Meanwhile, Walter Geovani pencils some haunting pages that will linger in your mind. Throughout this epic, the She-Devil with a Sword is taken to unfamiliar, dangerous places that will leave scars both physical and emotional. Along with new depth to the hero, we are introduced to several characters that are welcome additions to the mythos.

    If you are a fan of Gail Simone, Red Sonja, or simply great comics, look no further. This is the perfect jumping-on point for new readers, with plenty of twists and turns for veteran fans as well! [Jeff B. at Portland TFAW]

    Escape From New York comics at TFAW.com Escape From New York
    By: Christopher Sebela, Diego Barreto, Maxim Simic

    Christopher Sebela triumphantly brought Snake Plissken back from the dead in the ongoing Escape From New York comic book series this year. This is by far one of my favorite series published by BOOM! Studios in recent years.

    The comic book series starts off 5 minutes before the ending on the first Escape movie, then with Snake on the run he goes to the only place safe from the USPF (United States Police Force) — Florida.

    Sebela’s writing artfully captures all those colorful characters we saw in the ’81 movie without relying on tropes to tell a fun story that feels like an Escape story. Sebela does a great job creating the entirety of the state of the world that John Carpenter started to show us. This is one of my first reads every month, and I can’t wait for more of Snake’s adventures. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Honorable Mentions:

    Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog to see how you can help us crown the Best Comic of 2015. Voting opens tomorrow!

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

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    Things From Another World Welcomes Back Christopher Sebela

    Things From Another World is excited to announce a signing with Christopher Sebela to celebrate the release of the intriguing new series from BOOM! Studios entitled Welcome Back. Be sure to stop by the Portland TFAW store on August 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to meet this Eisner-nominated writer.

    Christopher Sebela is best known for writing Dead Letters and High Crimes. You can also catch his work in Escape from New York from BOOM! Studios and in Alien vs. Predator and Ghost from Dark Horse. Now he is working with Critical Hit artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer to bring to life a story of two reincarnated assassins who are caught in a never-ending war.

    Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time. Caught up in an eternal cycle, neither of them remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali becomes self-aware, will she continue to fight? Will Tessa, who is already on the hunt, be on the same page?

    Copies of Welcome Back #1 and other titles by Christopher Sebela will be available for purchase at the event. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the most exciting new comic writers and get the first issue of Welcome Back signed on August 19th at the Portland TFAW!

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