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    Action Comics #977: A Walk Down Memory Lane

    The death of the New 52 Superman. The discovery of another Clark Kent. The near loss of his son Jon at the hands of Mister Mxyzptlk. Kal-El has had little time for reflection. But his latest adventure with Mxyzptlk has shaken him to the core–and left him wondering about his true past. Is someone manipulating him and the entire DC universe?

    Action Comics #977 (variant cover)
    Action Comics #977 (variant cover)

    Superman Reborn Aftermath Part One Begins

    Action Comics #977 expertly alternates between the past and present, Superman relives the final hours of his home planet, Krypton. For the first time, he sees his parents struggle as they say goodbye to their infant son. They are comforted only by the fact that Earth’s yellow sun will give him power and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Writer Dan Jurgens even manages to slip in a political reference, with superdad Jor-El. He’s complaining that his planet’s leaders would rather embrace money than trying to save their people from the coming catastrophic natural disaster.

    Supes also witnesses his arrival on Earth and his rescue and adoption by the Kents. At the same time, a mysterious villain is assembling a rogues gallery of super adversaries including Metallo and Blanque.

    Artist Ian Churchill is given the plum assignment of depicting the futuristic Krypton (complete with baby Kal-El’s superbinky). In addition, he has the task of bringing to life the seemingly endless cornfields of Kansas that the Kents call home. His more modern depiction of the assembly of villains is seemingly taken straight from the Matrix, which adds to the intrigue. But it’s his multiple splash-page depictions of Superman himself that make the reader want to come back for more.

    And with a story and art like this, keeping readers hooked on this Action Comics series isn’t going to be a problem.

    SUPERMAN’S LIFE HAS BEEN CHANGED IN SUPERMAN REBORN AFTERMATH PART TWO. PRE-ORDER ACTION COMICS #978 TO SEE HOW

    Action Comics #977, DC Comics, Released April 12, 2017, Written by Dan Jurgens, Art by Ian Churchill, Colors by Hi-Fi, Lettering by Rob Leigh, $2.99

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    Crime, Action, Berzerk – This NCBD is intense!

    This week, like every week we’re talking a look a few releases from 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.

    Action Comics #975
    By: Dan Jurgens, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason

    Since Rebirth first launched, the mystery that captured my attention was Mr. Oz telling Superman “You and your family are not what you believe you are.” Adding on to that mystery was the sudden appearance of Clark Kent, Superman’s previous alter ego. For months, DC has promised that their Superman: Reborn event will start unraveling the mysteries surrounding the Man of Steel, and Action Comics #975 does just that.

    While Superman #18 was light in both action and plot, Action Comics #975 wastes no time blowing your mind. After many beautiful splash pages by Stephen Segovia, we learn that the identity of Clark Kent is actually [REDACTED]. I never saw this coming; however, thanks to the backup story written by Paul Dini, it makes perfect sense. In addition to having a huge repercussion on Superman’s life, the reveal promises to progress the overall plot of Rebirth in a significant way.

    If you’re keeping up with DC’s Rebirth event, this book is a must-read along with Superman #18. The reveal of Clark Kent’s identity is something that is going to have comic fans talking for years. If this is only the second issue of this event, I can’t wait to see where Superman: Reborn goes from here. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    All-New Wolverine #18
    By: Tom Taylor, Nik Virella, Michael Garland, Djibril Morissette-Phan, David Lopez

    Wow, what an end. Not to say that All-New Wolverine is over. That’s hardly the case. It’s the end of, well, you’ll have to read it to find out. All I can say is this was an exciting issue to read on March 8th!

    It’s been a fantastic ride following Laura Kinney on her way to becoming Wolverine. Tom Taylor has written a great storyline along with the fantastic art from Nik Virella and Michael Garland.

    If you haven’t been reading All-New Wolverine, you really should. This series gives us an amazing strong character with a complex and interesting background. It’s been a heck of a ride for her. I for one, will be staying on this roller coaster. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 – Ghost Moon #1
    By: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Brian Churilla, Dave Stewart, Mike Huddleston

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954 sees Hellboy and company in unfamiliar territory: Hong Kong, China. In a brand new story from Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. are investigating a paranormal disturbance that takes them deep into the heart of Kowloon. While the story is exposition heavy in the first half, the action comes fast and frantic in the latter half of this comic. As Hellboy finds himself fighting against mythological Chinese creatures, the remainder of his team unearths a far greater threat.

    Handling the art duties is Brian Churilla, a newcomer to Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. comic. Churilla knocks it out of the park with some fantastic artwork on every page – the last page is especially stunning. Not only is this issue a must-own for Hellboy fans, but it’s also an excellent jumping on point for someone new to the franchise. Make sure to grab this one! [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
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    Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys #1
    By: Anthony Del Col, Werther Dell’Edera, Fay Dalton

    I love pulp. No, not the stuff that’s in orange juice, well maybe that too. I mean pulp fiction. As a genre, it’s one of those things that you can get really right, or really cheesy. Both Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys separately are great resources for Pulpy goodness and Anthony Del Col delivered.

    It’s a simple setup. Cops think Joe and Frank Hardy killed their father. Nancy Drew, however, thinks differently. The three team up to prove it. It’s the twists and turns that keep this story going. If you loved movies like Chinatown or tv shows like Veronica Mars (also where is THAT comic?), or if you read the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew novels as a kid this will be right up your ally. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    This is a Job For…Clark Kent

    Action Comics #973 opens with Clark Kent shaving in his Metropolis apartment. Then it cuts to Clark Kent working under the hood of a pickup truck on his family’s farm. How can Clark be in two places at once? A mysterious, human Clark Kent has been puzzling Superman since Action Comics #957.

    Action Comics #973 Variant Cover
    Action Comics #973 Variant Cover

    Having his doppelganger fill in for him at The Daily Planet frees up some time for the big man to be Super, but it raises some interesting dilemmas. For instance, how will Lois handle it when “Other Clark” asks her out? This guy is clearly an imposter, but the investigative reporter in her wants to know more.

    Meanwhile, the Last Son of Krypton responds to an intruder alarm at his Fortress of Solitude. This is unprecedented for several reasons. First, no one really knows the Fortress exists. Then, there’s a six-ton boulder blocking the entrance should anyone accidently stumble upon the secret locale.

    The Road to Superman: Reborn Starts Here!

    This chapter is really two stories simultaneously unfolding. The separation between Lois Lane’s story and Kal-El’s allows Lois’ character to develop nicely. Dan Jurgens (Batman Beyond, Justice League) is giving us a nice slow burn on the mystery of DoppelClark. The development is paced brilliantly, keeping the enigma fresh without rushing the blow off.

    Pat Zircher (Green Arrow, Black Panther) and Steven Segovia (Batman: Arkham Knight) split art duties, with Segovia penciling the Superman story and Zircher handling the Lois/Clark sequences. This arrangement highlights the dichotomy between the two scripts, while having Arif Prianto color the entire chapter lends continuity throughout.

    Action Comics is stepping forward as another DC Rebirth title to watch. This chapter is a little light on action, but makes up for it in suspense. Lots of loose ends are left hanging with the promise that everything will make sense very soon.

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    Action Comics #973, DC Comics, Released February 8, 2017, Rated T, Written by Dan Jurgens, Pencils by Pat Zircher and Steven Segovia, Color by Arif Prianto, Letters by Rob Leigh, Cover by Clay Mann and Brad Anderson, $2.99

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    Welcome Back To Neo-Gotham

    With Rebirth in full effect at DC, it’s delightful to see the continuation of the Batman Beyond universe in the current run of books. In the Rebirth special released last month, the violent street gang The Jokerz had carved out a section of Gotham for themselves and dubbed it Jokerz Town. But the most shocking twist was reserved for the last page of that issue when The Jokerz leader, Terminal, revealed that they were attempting to reanimate the corpse of The Joker.

    Batman Beyond #1 opens in that exact moment as Terminal monologues about how everyone deep down inside really wants to be The Joker. We also find Terry McGinnis, our current Batman, buried in rubble at the center of Jokerz Town. Needless to say, things are not looking great at the beginning of this issue. What follows is a super intense story of Batman fighting his way out of a town completely populated by Jokerz. The action hits hard and never lets up as wave after wave of Jokerz tries to take out The Bat.

    The comics of Batman Beyond have always had the luxury of not being reined in by the censors of children’s television. You really get a sense of how dangerous Neo-Gotham is and the violent threat posed by The Jokerz. Writer Dan Jurgens really puts Batman through hell in this story, which forces Terry to confront a lot of doubts he has about wearing the cowl. One of the biggest appeals of Batman Beyond has always been seeing a younger, less confident Batman struggle to live up to the legacy created by Bruce Wayne.

    It’ll be interesting to see where the book takes the resurrection of The Joker story line. There are obviously pros and cons to bringing in Batman’s most iconic nemesis. So far, the story has just played out in the background and we’ll have to wait and see what Jurgens and artist Bernard Chang have in store in coming months.

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    Batman Beyond #1, DC Comics, Released October, 26, 2016, Written by Dan Jurgens, Art by Bernard Chang, Cover by Ryan Sook, $2.99

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    There’s a New Batman in Town!

    NCBD Sept 28th

    It’s our favorite time of the week, and that means we’ve got another installment of New Comic Book Day for you! 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.

    Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes comics at TFAW.com

    Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1
    By: Tim Seeley, David Walker, Fernando Dagnino, Sandra Molina, Duncan Fegredo

    In a change of events from the end of Beneath the Planet of the Apes film, Cornelius and Zira travel back in time to 1901 West Africa instead of 1970’s North America. Here they found a young Tarzan and raised him as their own along with their son, Milo. When the Ape King Kerchak is abducted by hunters, Tarzan and family rush to his rescue, only to place themselves in further danger.

    Writers Tim Seeley and David Walker prove to not only be fans of both Planet of the Apes and Tarzan but both imaginative in finding a loophole in bringing these two worlds together in a way that honors both franchises. All while creating a new exciting direction. Fernando Dagnino’s pencils perfectly capture the feel of both worlds, and dynamically crafts action sequences worthy of the characters. If you’re looking for a fresh new take on classic stories, Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes is a must read. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Batman Beyond Rebirth #1
    By: Dan Jurgens, Ryan Sook, Tony Avina, Jeremey Lawson

    Terry McGinnis is back from the dead, and he may not be the only one. Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 gets you up to speed if you’ve never watched the animated television series or read any of the Batman Beyond comics. With a quick recap of Terry’s Batman origin pulled straight from the cartoon, the issue also gives us some insight on what has happened to Terry’s world while he was gone.

    The main story we get from Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 is that Neo-Gotham’s “Jokerz” gang is up to something much bigger than they have ever done in the past, and Terry needs to figure what that plan is before it’s brought to life.

    Dan Jurgens does a great job setting up what is sure to be an exciting first arc in the Rebirth of Batman Beyond. I always loved how the Batman Beyond series took inspiration from past Batman stories. You can see elements from all over Bat-Lore. It’s almost as if history repeats itself.

    Ryan Sook, Jeremy Lawson, and Tony Avina all do a great job with the hard lines and neon colors of Neo-Gotham. Even if you didn’t watch the show or read previous Batman Beyond comic books, you should jump on this schway series! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Extraordinary X-Men #14
    By: Jeff Lemire, Victor Ibanez, Humberto Ramos

    Still dealing with the aftermath of their recent encounter with Apocalypse, the X-Men are all now split dealing with different issues. Iceman and Nightcrawler encounter Colossus who’s now transformed by Apocalypse. Forge is left with Apocalypse as he tries to find a way to reverse what happened to Colossus. Storm and Magik look for their missing student, Sapna. Finally, Logan and Jean Grey share some quiet moments being away from their in-danger teammates.

    Jeff Lemire splits the group expertly. With so many things happening simultaneously, it can often feel like nothing is really happening, but Lemire is able to keep all these scenes focused on the big picture of the main story, with all of them being meaningful with character defining moments. The art from Victor Ibanez is incredibly expressive. Just the way he draws subtle emotions on Apocalypse’s face is enough to haunt me. Once again, Extraordinary X-Men proves to be one of the most exciting books published by Marvel. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Flash #14
    By: Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia, Steve Wands

    [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Epic. That’s my summation of this issue (and Joshua Williamson’s story thus far). My heart is beating fast. We now know the identity of Godspeed, and it makes things more tragic. After a quick battle against Godspeed in the first four pages of The Flash #7, Barry has to flee the fight so he can recover from a pretty hefty beat-down.

    A few consistent themes exist over the course of The Flash‘s run:

    • timing — being in the wrong/right place at the wrong/right time, or being fast enough to save somebody
    • addiction — the Speed Force has proven especially addictive to villians
    • yearning to right past wrongs

    Williamson expertly weaves these elements together in this issue — he’s crafting a story that is tense and exciting. This story matters; it has emotional weight that you can feel. I’m especially intrigued by how I identify with Godspeed, whose intentions are actually kind of pure. It comes down to how this person is willing to compromise to get to those ends that makes them a villain.

    If you’re just catching up with the story, this will be a fun issue that will quickly grab your attention and spark your love for this character, the writing chops of Josh Williamson, and the awesome artwork that Carmine Di Giandomencio and Ivan Plascencia are putting on the page. Di Giandomencio is laying down some really great stuff — it’s clear he’s studied how to depict movement in this medium, and it’s paying off in spades in this issue. Plascencia’s colors are gorgeous, especially when it comes to depicting the Speed Force. Just outstanding work all around. #TeamFlash [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    This is the Suicide Squad We Deserve

    Every Wednesday, we pick a few of this week’s new releases that stand out from the crowd for our New Comic Book Day series of blog articles. If you’re looking to join a series or want to know what’s happening in today’s best comics, keep reading!

    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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    Action Comics #963
    By: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher, Arif Prianto, Clay Mann

    Action Comics #963 kicks off the new “Superman Meets Clark Kent” story arc and picks up with Clark Kent investigating (read: I mean breaking into) a company named Geneticron. When I say Clark, I mean Clark, not Kal-El. No, it’s not Superman pretending to be an ordinary human.

    Lex Luthor’s Daily Planet newspaper recently outed Clark Kent as being Superman, but as true as that’s been in the past, at this moment in the DCU, it’s not. In all the confusion one thing for sure, this Clark Kent is not OUR Superman.

    Dan Jurgens gives us a well-paced issue with flashbacks that help provide context to the story. This is an exciting issue for any Superman fan, and a wonderful place to jump into the Action Comics series. The story has a very Golden Age feel to it. Patrick Zircher and Arif Prianto both do a great job with the art and colors, and exemplify what we’ve come to expect from DC comics. Great layout, bright colors, and solid linework. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter #1
    By: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, David Lapham
    Edgar Salazar, Keith Champagne, Dan Jackson

    Born as a mistake of a powerful vampire known as the Master, Mister Quinlan seeks to destroy the monster that sired him. This gory feud has lasted ages and can be traced back to the ancient Roman Empire.

    If you’ve enjoyed The Strain novels, television series, or comic books, you’re going to fall over yourself to learn more about Mister Quinlan in the new five-issue The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter miniseries.

    The thing is: you don’t have to know anything about The Strain to enjoy this book. Lapham and team lead the reader down a journey of one boy’s birth in blood toward his destiny. It’s a fun and entertaining story in its own right and actually serves as a good entry into this universe — be careful, you will be drawn into this story.

    On their own, Salazar, Champagne, and Jackson are tremendously talented in their own right, but together, their art comes together in such a way that you can’t help but take a second look at the book once you finish. My only criticism is that I have to wait another month to see the next installment of The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter. This is the best book I’ve read this month. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Suicide Squad #2
    By: Rob Williams, Jim Lee

    The Suicide Squad is once again on a mission they can’t hope to survive. From the emptiness of space to the frigid waters of the Artic Ocean, Task Force X can’t seem to catch a break. They’re hunting a cosmic artifact and — of course — they aren’t told what it is. When they find out what it is, we see that they were sorely unprepared for it!

    The team has gotten out of more dangerous situations than this in the past, but Rob Williams may have just caused Task Force X to go extinct. Suicide Squad #2 also includes a short story that gives us insight into Boomerang’s past. It’s a fun piece by Rob Williams, Ivan Reis, and Marcelo Maiolo.

    Things are just starting to rev up, but it’s not too late to join the Suicide Squad! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    NCBD – Justice League, Bitch Planet, Deadpool vs Gambit

    NCBD Justice League, Bitch Planet, Deadpool V Gambit

    New Comic Book Day is upon us once again. With Justice League’s final issue before Rebirth, Bitch Planet still continuing it’s awesome work, and Deadpool going head-to-head with Gambit. Remember these 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 comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter!

    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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    Justice League #52
    By: Dan Jurgens, Paul Pelletier, Tony Kordos

    The Darkseid War rocked the Justice League. Putting each of them through trials which found fresh perspectives, and illuminated some things that they did not realize were in the shadows. In recent history, we saw Superman save the world from a corrupted energy version of himself by ultimately sacrificing himself for the survival of DC’s Earth.

    Superman’s willingness to put the world before himself is one of his most enduring character elements and even Lex Luthor has to recognize that. In true Lex fashion, he pays what form of respect that he has for our hero by adopting the House of El’s shield on his redesigned battle armor. Setting out on a mission to acquire the fallen Superman’s cape to wear with it, so that he can become the new savior of Metropolis. Lex Luthor experiences his own Rebirth, and though the members of the Justice League are unsure of where Lex’s rebirth will lead, so far they aren’t out to stop him. After all, there is another, true Superman which he is unaware of. Chalk up another victory to DC’s Rebirth line for taking their comics to great new frontiers! I’m excited to see where we’re going. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Bitch Planet comics at TFAW.com

    Bitch Planet #8
    By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro

    Bitch Planet #8 hits all the notes you’d expect from the DeConnick—De Landro team. The art is on point, and the characters are every bit as endearing as ever.

    The story of Meiko’s father takes a surprising turn which manages to escalate Kamau’s search for her sister. Unbeknownst to them, we—the readers—get a shocking and (in true DeConnick fashion) uncomfortable glimpse into what Kamau is currently up to.

    The best elements of De Landro’s art are on display in this issue. At a glance, faces and backgrounds appear simplified and stripped down, but digging deeper, he reveals details that have astonishing implications for the overall story implications for the overall story. DeConnick’s writing isn’t different in that regard. Many of the conversations are designed for the astute reader to pick up on references to previous issues. On the flipside, new ideas are seeded (such as a strange cult-like meeting in the basement of a bar) as we see more and more of the horrifying world of Bitch Planet. [Tim S. At TFAW.com]

    Deadpool vs Gambit comics at TFAW.com

    Deadpool vs Gambit #1
    By: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Danilo Beyruth, Kevin Wada

    From the writers who brought you Thunderbolts and one of the artists behind Gwenpool, comes the all-new five issue mini-series, Deadpool V Gambit: The V is for VS.

    I have always been keen on the writers who take on Deadpool, and Ben Acker and Ben Blacker definitely know what they are doing with the Merc with a Mouth. If you don’t know much about Gambit, that’s okay! This issue gives you a good feel of what he’s like and what powers he possesses.

    Now on to the fight! We love seeing this Mercenary fight with anyone that will bring him the big bucks! However, this issue will surprise you as it’s not your traditional VS (or is it V now?) mini-series. Gambit the Cajun magician and Deadpool the Merc who needs money, bring you this amazing, hilarious issue. I am actually really intrigued where this issue is going… I give it five tacos and five chimichangas! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk]

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    NCBD – Lumberjanes Gotham Academy, Wacky Racers, Action Comics, Prometheus

    New Comic Book Day 6/8/16

    Several great books hit the shelves this week — Hanna-Barbera collides with the world of Mad Max for Wacky Racers, Lumberjanes meets Gotham Academy, Action Comics is back to its old numbering and a new story, and Prometheus returns. These are a few of 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.

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    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #1
    By: Chynna Clugston Flores, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Mingjue Helen Chen

    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy brings together the two best trouble-making-teenage-teams in comics from Boom! Studios and DC comics. What’s better, it’s filled with puns, bright colors, and friendship.

    The first part of the issue gives us snapshots of each groups personality. Gotham Academy’s “Detective Club,” are investigating a missing teacher. Which leads them into the mysterious woods. Meanwhile, the Lumberjanes’ scout leader needs to find her own missing person: fellow Lumberjane Rosie. The Lumberjanes strong-arm their leader (in a scene involving a literal severed arm!) into giving them the call to gear up and find their friend.

    The teams are hardly hostile to each other, though we start to see how this miniseries can explore their differences. The super sleuthing GA crew is already having trouble adapting to the bombastic friendship and maximum energy of the Lumberjanes. They’ll need to overcome these differences if they’re going to stop the evil forces at work and save everyone! [Tim S. at TFAW.com]

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    Prometheus: Life and Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Andrea Mutti, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    While this issue is the first of the series, it also serves as part five of the Life & Death crossover. This takes off where Predator: Life & Death #4 ended. Although Dan Abnett wrote it in a way that you could pick this issue up with no problems getting the full picture of this epic crossover.

    A post hostile encounter with Predators, the remaining USCM plan on leaving LV-797 (Tartarus) with leftover “Xenotech.” A large vessel that looks very familiar. Although things go south when something wakes up and changes the vessels course.

    Andrea Mutti has this really cool “retro” style tagged with Rain Berbedo’s colors in this issue. From page one it took me back to the 80’s Aliens & Predator stories.

    With little known about Xenomorphs, Predators or the Engineers, Prometheus: Life & Death serves as a catalyst to a new venture in the Alien/Predator universe. These “gods” are definitely scarier than what we’ve seen before. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Action Comics #957
    By: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher, Mikel Janin

    Action Comics begins its Rebirth, returning to its legacy numbering, and putting it back on track to be the first superhero comic book to legitimately reach issue #1000! The thing I’m most excited about is that Dan Jurgens — the guy who brought us the original Death of Superman — is back directing the Big Blue Boyscout’s adventures.

    Prior to Rebirth, the New 52 Kal-El had sacrificed himself to save the world. With help from the Pre-Flashpoint Superman who returned to DC Universe. Wanting to keep his head down to take care of his wife and son on the farm in Kansas. This created an open position for a new protector of Metropolis — one which Lex Luthor set his sights on by emerging in his power armor, the iconic S shield and red cape emblazoned on it. Kal-El (Pre-Flashpoint) travels to Metropolis intending on confronting Lex and proving that he is the true Superman. All this, plus another exciting return!

    This issue gives our beloved Superman back to us. He’s in better form than we’ve seen across any media in years, and I could not recommend this issue more! An incredible point for jumping back on, coming in fresh, or revisiting a character who you’re only familiar with on screens. No matter who you are, this is the Superman book for you. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

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    Wacky Raceland #1
    By: Ken Pontac, Leonardo Manco

    Earth lies in ruin, covered in an apocalyptic desert, radioactive lakes, flesh-hungry mutants, and nanotech dust storms. On this world, the Wacky Racers compete in a series of races put forth by a group called the Unseen and the voice of the announcer, who will do anything to keep them. Winning means a grand prize of a place in Utopia, the last bastion of humanity.

    Let’s be clear: this is not your grandparents’ Wacky Racers. They swear, fight, and have a blast doing it. Dick Dastardly still drives the Mean Machine with his now-cybernetic dog Muttley, and Penelope Pitstop is still the baddest woman to ever get behind the wheel. With her trusty car, Compact Pussycat. The main twist in this issue is that the omnipotent announcer has installed all the racers’ cars with an AI system that has all the memories of the racer. Making the cars apart of the race through their own interactions with each other. I truly enjoyed this first heart-pounding issue, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next race.

    Also in this first issue, you get a small backstory on Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear. I’ll give you fair warning — it’s downright crazy. This book continues the bold rebranding of the Hanna-Barbera comics, which include Future Quest and Scooby Apocalypse. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Lois and Clark, Chew, Black Magick & Daredevil

    So many terrific books came out this week! The action picks up in Superman: Lois & Clark, huge things happen in Black Magick and Chew, and Daredevil continues to thrill. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. Check out our other New Comic Book Day 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.

     	
Superman Lois & Clark comics at TFAW.com Superman: Lois & Clark #5
    By: Dan Jurgens, Lee Weeks

    Superman: Lois And Clark is everything that is going right with the world right now! This has to be the best pre-Flashpoint Superman story line that’s out. With the latest issue, we see Superman’s daily struggles: being a good husband, being a better dad, and oh, well you know . . . defeating all his major foes in battle!

    Superman never ceases to fight for what is right, even if that means taking down Blanque. The whole fighting sequence makes this issue worthwhile, but the cliffhanger has you anxiously waiting for more. With Jon and Lois by his side, this Superman can take on anything! I’m anxiously awaiting issue #6 now! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

    Black Magick #5
    By: Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Chiara Arena, Jodi Wynne

    Everyone knows by now that Greg Rucka is a brilliant writer. This issue continues to confirm that. However, the rest of the Black Magick creative team (Nicola Scott (art), Chiara Arena (colors) and Jodi Wynne (letters)) also needs to be commended. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I read through this issue. The main character, Rowan, goes on a journey from an everyday caring human being to a magical powerhouse — it is a wholly satisfying read on so many levels.

    The series itself has been well-written but issue #5 really sets the tone for the book moving forward. We finally get a moment to see how close Rowan and her partner are. We get to see how caring she can be, but we also get to witness her strength; blended together with not only the proper words, but facial expressions and colors as well.

    Investigations continue on both sides but this issue is full of reveals. STAY TUNED. It just got real! [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

     	
Chew comics at TFAW.com Chew #55
    By: John Layman, Rob Guillory

    Whoa, some big things happen here, and funny ones too, I mean it’s Chew we’re talking about. Now it’s going to be hard to talk to about this with out spoilers, so, I’ll do my best.

    The issue opens up with Tony Chu finding another major character dead. After that, Savoy takes over the narration seemingly breaking the forth wall, or just talking to himself (which is kind of the same thing right?).

    I can’t talk anymore about this issue without spoiling it. So I’ll say this, if you haven’t been reading Chew, this is not the issue to pick up and start. That said, if you haven’t been reading this one, you should. It’s a great series with 10 trades in print (as of press time), and there has been talk of a television show. It’s got great humor and a lot of heart. We’ve been fans from day 1, and it hasn’t missed a beat since. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Daredevil #4
    By: Charles Soule, Ron Garney, Goran Sudzuka

    What will happen when Matt calls Steve Rogers? Will it be for help against the nefarious Tenfingers? Or is it just to clear his conscience and let him know who he is?

    In this issue, we find out more about DD’s mysterious “sidekick.” Is he friend or foe? Does he have an alliance with the gang of Tenfingers, or is it a ruse to get closer and take it down for the the betterment of Chinatown — to make his small part of New York safer, like Matt tries to do every day for Hell’s Kitchen. Will the Hand come and take care of Tenfingers before Daredevil and Blindspot can do it themselves? You’ll have to get this exciting issue of Daredevil and continue this amazing run of one of the truest heroes out of New York.

    Charles Soule makes yet another big mark in the Marvel universe, and Ron Garney and Goran Sudzuka’s art brings one of the most unique styles we’ve ever seen to the world of Daredevil. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below! Be sure to share these posts on Facebook or Twitter if you want us to continue this series of posts. 🙂

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    WNR: One Moment in Time, Time Masters #1, Charmed #1 & So Much More!

    It’s SDCC 2010, and while Josh and Elisabeth are getting you cool news from San Diego, I’ve got your weekly peek at what’s new.

    cover image for The Walking Dead issue 75

    It’s still July, and that means it’s still Image Month here at TFAW, so I’ll kick things off with The Walking Dead #75. Tensions are growing between Rick and Douglas and it’s anyone’s guess how it will end up. I felt a little surprised by how quickly I reached the end of the issue, but was pleased to find that there is a color back-up story and a picture gallery of the cast of the upcoming AMC series. If, like me, you’re a latecomer to The Walking Dead you’ll be able to get closer to caught up with the latest TPB. The Walking Dead Volume 12 hit shelves today too, collecting issues 67-72. The survivors finally reach D.C., and things look like they might calm down for a little while. The art and writing in The Walking Dead is excellent all the way through. I have to recommend it. If you’re unconvinced by me, check out our interviews with The Walking Dead creator Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn.

    Dark Horse features Janet and Alex Evanovich’s entry into the comics world with the graphic novel Troublemaker Book 1 this week. This hardcover, with art by Joëlle Jones, is the third adventure of Alex Barnaby and Sam Hooker, following on the New York Times bestsellers Metro Girl and Motor Mouth. The art is crisp and vibrant and builds a great sense of environment that adds to the story. The story itself is full of action, mystery, and voodoo. Check out our exclusive interview with Janet and Alex Evanovich, and then go pick up their book.

    cover image for Charmed issue 1cover image for True Blood issue 1

    Also making a crossover into comics this week are Charmed #1 from Zenescope and True Blood #1 from IDW. The Charmed Ones continue on into happily ever after with Paige teaching at the school and Phoebe and Piper trying to deal with the kids. Of course, happily ever after isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. The story is as strong as any Charmed episode so it’s well worth it for any fan to pick it up. If you prefer vampires to witches, stop in to Merlotte’s for this first issue of True Blood. This one seems like a first issue worth picking up. The action starts right up with some truly well-drawn beasties and blood, and while the dialog is a little rough, you still want to read on. The exclusive David Messina poster included in this issue is a nice touch too.

    DC offers up Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1.  This is the first of a six-issue miniseries that sends Superman, Green Lantern, and Booster Gold through time with Rip Hunter in the search for Bruce Wayne. I’ll be honest with ya, I haven’t been following Batman’s adventures.  I had no problem getting into this story though, and I plan to follow it.  Dan Jurgens does a great job with the time travel story and all the details that go along with it.  The art is bright and dynamic and the pacing of the story builds plenty of interest.  Order this one, and while you’re at it go ahead and get in your pre-orders for the rest of this story.

    For the Lantern Fans, there are two new hardcovers this week as well. Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps and Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns continue the Blackest Night collection.  You can order them and a ton of other Blackest Night stuff from our Blackest Night page.

    And not to leave the Mighty Marvel off this week’s list there is the Lady Deadpool one-shot pitting Wanda Wilson against Captain America in a fight over the right to enjoy Food Porn. That’s right, Lady Deadpool is fighting for your rights to watch the cooking channel and enjoy your bacon-wrapped porkchops! As always the not-so-subtle satire of a Deadpool story is worth reading, though this one-shot doesn’t have quite the same feeling to the writing as most of the other Deadpool titles running currently.

    cover image for New Avengers issue 2

    If Deadpool isn’t your kind of story, The New Avengers #2 has a bit more superhero action in a story that may just end the world as we know it. The entities after the Eye of Agamotto have possessed Luke Cage to try and get it, and the New Avengers trash Avengers Mansion trying to stop the possessed Cage, Dr. Strange, and Daimon Hellstrom. We still don’t know who is after the Eye, but if they get away with it Everything may just be over. This story is action, start to finish. Heroic Age indeed.

    Finally, not to be forgotten, or possibly to be un-forgotten, Amazing Spider-Man #638 starts One Moment In Time. Will Peter and MJ’s life be set right again? This issue is an interesting mix of new story and art with panels and pages from ASM Annual #21 in which Peter and his bride-to-be prepare for a wedding now undone. This issue started a bit slowly, but it picked up steam by the end. This one isn’t an ideal jumping-on issue, but if you are or have been a Spidey fan pick it up and see where it goes.

    What do you think of these titles? What are you going to read this week that I didn’t mention? Leave your comments below.

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