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New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Spider-Woman, Hellboy Winter Special & Old Man Logan

I’ve been looking forward to this week awhile now. With the Hellboy Winter Special and Old Man Logan #1 dropping this week, we’ve had some pretty good reading at the TFAW offices and comic book shops. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the third of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.

 	
Old Man Logan comics at TFAW.com Old Man Logan #1
By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino

The best description for Old Man Logan is if Marvel had a baby with Sin City. This story takes place right after the end of Marvel’s Secret Wars. With Jeff Lemire’s writing going hand in hand with Andrea Sorrentino’s art, you can definitely tell the dark tone this story gives off.

Going through issue #1, you have just as many questions as Logan. What is happening? How is this happening? Where am I? Why did this happen?! Don’t worry true believers, your questions will be answered…on the last page. Old Man Logan is back and has found his one sole purpose in this Universe. Is it revenge? Is it Justice?! You’ll just have to read to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

Hellboy Winter Special comic book review at TFAW.com

Hellboy Winter Special
By: Mike Mignola, Tim Sale, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie, Chelsea Cain, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Walsh, Dean Rankine, Dave Stewart

I’ve been looking forward to the Hellboy Winter Special for some time now, and I’m happy to say that it does not disappoint. Tim Sale, folks. The living legend contributes the first of the four Mignolaverse vignettes contained in this issue. I fall in love with his art all over again all in a span of eight pages in Broken Vessels. Chris Roberson’s first ever Hellboy story, Wandering Souls, was incredible. I was captivated and am excited to see where he takes us in the months and years to come.

Chelsea Cain & Michael Avon Oeming’s Mood Swings was a charming HB romp. Focusing on a young Liz Sherman and a bout of teenage attitude, this story put a huge grin on my face. Rounding out the issue was Dean Rankine’s fun Lobster Johnson short, Kung Pao Lobster. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

Spider-Woman #3 review at TFAW.com

Spider-Woman #3
By: Dennis Hopeless, Javier Rodríguez

Spider-Woman isn’t your the typical superhero book since it features a very pregnant lead. The eight-month jump in time post-Secret Wars allows Hopeless to skip over the how’s and why’s of Jessica’s pregnancy. It creates a realistic sense of danger and drama for the characters but there’s a good bit of humor in the moms-to-be versus a horde of Skrulls.

The art is the clincher for why I’ll come back. I loved Rodríguez’s stuff when he was on Daredevil, but he’s raised his game to another level. The splash pages depicting Spider Woman’s route through the space hospital are fantastic and brought to mind the trippy epicness of Jim Steranko with a definite splash of Kirby. The Kirby influence is especially strong on his depictions of the Skrulls.

A great combo of art and story, drama and humor, with guest stars and on-point characterization, this book has me sold on coming back for more. [Dustin M. at Universal TFAW]

Cry Havoc comic book review at TFAW.com

Cry Havoc #1
By: Simon Spurrier, Ryan Kelly

Cry Havoc had me sold at “lesbian werewolves” and thankfully the contents didn’t disappoint. The moment I opened the comic I was blown away by the art and had a vast appreciation for the change in art direction throughout the comic. The changes really bring you into the moment and make for a very immersive world. One moment I feel like I’m reading Jem and the Holograms with heavy saturation and bold color choices before being transported into the world of The Walking Dead with a muted color palate to accompany the somber mood of the scene.

This first issue is all about getting our story set up and developing our world. The refreshing and unique take on the supernatural is something I cannot wait to dive further into. It’s all well and good for every werewolf story to have common themes but I have a feeling these werewolves will be unlike anything we’ve seen in mainstream media. This comic has easily left an impression on me and I look forward to seeing this world and its characters develop further. [Megan W. at Universal TFAW]

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


Comic Book Fans Crown the Best Comic of 2015

Vote Now For The Best Comics of 2015
Over the last few weeks, we highlighted some of the best selling, most talked about series of the year for our Best Comics of 2015 posts. During a week-long voting period, fans got to weigh in and choose their favorite and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

Archie vs. Predator Wins as Best Comic of 2015 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics at TFAW.com

Congratulations to Alex de Campi, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jason Millet, John Workman and the rest of the team who put in long hours to bring us such a fun series to read.

Thank you to everyone who voted, we couldn’t have crowned the winner without you!

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New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Power Rangers, Secret Wars & Plants Vs. Zombies

Dozens of great new books hit the shelves each week, and it’s virtually impossible to read all of them. We’ve combed through this week’s new releases and picked some books that should be on your radar. This is the first of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

SPOILER ALERT — We’ll try to be as spoiler free as possible, but they might creep in to our reviews.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics at TFAW.com

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0
By: Kyle Higgins, Hendry Prasetya

It’s Morphin’ Time! BOOM! Studios just kicked off the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series with one hell of an issue #0.

The series stars the original Rangers from the ’90s television series and picks up just after the “Green with Evil” story arc. While the tone and look of the book has been modernized a bit, the series manages to fit in plenty of the signature MMPR wit and attitude.

This book has some great art by Hendry Prasetya and Kyle Higgens nails the writing. As with any nostalgic fan, I was a little worried about this series, but issue #0 put me at ease — this is a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers comic. I can’t wait to see where they go with this series! Great for new and longtime fans as a jumping-on point to the world of MMPR. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Secret Wars comics at TFAW.com

Secret Wars #9
By: Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic

…and then it was time! It’s finally here: the exciting end to the huge Marvel event, Secret War #9. Find out what happens when T’Challa wields the Infinity Gauntlet against the god Victor Doom in their epic battle for the fate of the world and everyone on it.

See Namor’s last heroic days alongside Black Panther! Be amazed at Reed Richards’ final gambit to save the universe! Will the Molecule Man help out? Does he even want to? And does he ever get a hamburger?! You’ll have to read to find out and see what events will shape the Marvelverse as we know it today.

Jonathan Hickman knocks it out of the park again with his ability to weave many intricate storylines together in order to create a wholly unique universe and pull us all along with him for the ride.

Esad Ribic’s beautiful art truly brings the Battleworld to life — and then brings it crashing down all around us. Get your Europe tape cued up, ’cause it’s “the final countdown!” [Steven M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare collection at TFAW.com Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare HC
By: Paul Tobin, Jacob Chabot, Matthew J. Rainwater

While this book is based on the hit video game and tells the story leading up to the events in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, it’s also great for people who are new to the franchise.

I continue to be amazed at Paul Tobin’s chameleon-like ability to expertly tell stories from distinct genres. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is full of whimsy and humor, and is a great extension of Dark Horse’s other Plants vs Zombies comics. I’m a big fan of Ron Chan’s work on earlier PvZ books, and Jacob Chabot’s style in Garden Warfare really matches the earlier volumes — I’m a fan. As with previous installments, Matthew J. Rainwater delivers top-notch colors. He’s one of the best in the industry.

Goats! New plants! Future versions of Patrice & Nate! This book has a lot to offer. Collects the three-issue miniseries in an impressive hardcover volume. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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


Voting Opens For The Best Comic of 2015

Vote Now For The Best Comics of 2015
You’ve read our write-ups on the best comic book series of 2015. Now through 1/14/16, you have the chance to vote for your favorite and help crown the Best Comic of 2015!

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The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 1 of 5 – Dark Horse

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As we look forward to the new year, we want to stop and remember the great books that were released in 2015. What follows is the first in a series of five “Best Comics of 2015” posts we’ll be posting through January 6. Starting January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

Known for publishing licensed books such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conan, Predator, and Tomb Raider, Dark Horse Comics also has a strong commitment to creator-owned series. Series like Colder, Usagi Yojimbo, Hellboy, ElfQuest hit the shelves month in and month out. If you see the horse on the cover, you’re going to get a great comic!

The Best of Dark Horse (in no particular order):

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Fight Club 2
By: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, Dave Stewart, Nate Piekos, David Mack

I know that I’m about to break the first rule of Fight Club, but I think the sequel warrants a little leeway, don’t you? In the 10 years that we’ve waited for Chuck Palahniuk to invite us to Fight Club again, we’ve been hoping that Marla and the novel’s protagonist were free of Durden and were left to settle in to normal lives. It seems as if others–even Marla herself–have other plans.

Throwing us right back into the ring, Palahniuk delivers Fight Club 2, a story that is equally compelling to fans of the book and the movie. Palahniuk teams with Eisner-award winner Cameron Stewart to take us for a full-on beat down, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

One thing that really stood out to me from the first issue was Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart’s panel design. From the first page you get this feeling that this isn’t Chuck’s first time writing for comics. Cameron Stewart flexes his artistic muscle, resulting in art that will forever take over when I re-read the novel. And I’m completely ok with that.

You wanted more Tyler? You got more Tyler! [Martin M.]

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ei8ht
By: Rafael Albuquerque, Mike Johnson, Nate Piekos

What happens to your keys or that matching sock when you lose them? The short answer is that they’re in The Meld. Here’s the long answer. Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson’s five-issue miniseries, ei8ht takes us on a journey to a place that exists outside of time. Past, present, and future meet in a story that draws you in and keeps you hooked right up until the end.

The team expertly uses color to help the reader know when we are, with the past in green, present in purple, and future in blue. The resulting effect is that a seemingly disjointed story comes together in a way we haven’t seen before.

ei8ht is one of those books that’s a little off the beaten path, but sticks with you after you read it and I’m so glad I gave it a chance. The first arc was captivating and hinted at a much larger world for future (or past) stories, and I’m 100% on board for the next trip. [Josh C.]

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Lady Killer
By: Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Laura Allred

Co-written by Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones, Lady Killer is a tour de force unlike anything modern day comics has seen in a very long time.

Many people liken the series to Hannibal, Silence of the Lambs or Dexter, but really, Lady Killer is in a league all its own. The series takes the classic idea of the American housewife and turns it, rather violently, on its blood-soaked ear from the get go.

The strength of the story’s main character, Josie Schuller, hits on the struggle to take back what was once “yours.” To find a place that you can come to in your life where you have to work as hard as you possibly can to make a bad thing right. If there is any analogy that I can take away from this story, it’s that you can take control of your life. And Josie is a strong character that will take her life back, screaming, bloody and impaled, but at the end, her life will be hers.

The storytelling is flawless as is the characterization that Jamie and Joëlle bring to the table. The world they create is rich and filled with colorful and villainous characters that make you actually fear for Josie and her family. This fear for the main character within the comics world is indeed a rare and welcome commodity as it serves to create an emotional connection with Josie and her family, and makes this book a tense page-turner. [Ethan S.]

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Harrow County
By: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook

A book that will make your skin crawl, literally. Witten by the prolific Cullen Bunn (the busiest man in comics), Harrow County is a creepy little piece of Southern Gothic storytelling. The story centers on a young girl named Emmy, around her 18th birthday she begins to get visions and exhibit strange powers. Is she an instrument of good or evil is the question that forms the spine of this delightfully unsettling horror book.

Tyler Crook’s art is both gorgeous and at times disturbing. At its core this is a coming of age story about a young girl questioning her future and her path in life as the world she knows and people around are changed forever. Like the best horror stories, the scariest things are the seemingly familiar. [John C.]

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Archie Vs. Predator
By: Alex de Campi, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jason Millet, John Workman

Archie’s no stranger to being prey—after all, Betty and Veronica have been pursuing him for more than 70 years! But what happens when he’s up against the universe’s most terrifying hunters? Dark Horse and Archie Comics teamed up this year to bring us Archie vs. Predator by Alex de Campi (Grindhouse, No Mercy), Fernando Ruiz (Archie: The Married Life), and Rich Koslowski (Three Fingers), delivering equal measures of gore and humor, and making it one of my favorite miniseries of 2015!

Archie vs. Predator starts out like any ordinary tale from Riverdale: Jughead wins a luxury beach vacation and brings the whole gang out for spring break. A popularity contest and a confrontation between Betty and Veronica ensues. However, when things quickly escalate, a vengeful Betty accidentally attracts the attention of a Predator, who follows them home. Ridiculously violent hijinks ensue.

De Campi shines a thoughtful light on the age-old triangle of America’s favorite teenagers–and the back-and-forth between Betty and Veronica–and it’s endlessly fun to see such rampant gore in the classic Archie style. A must-read! [Elisabeth F.]

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Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog in the coming days as we’ll be posting four more Best Comics of 2015 lists. At the end, YOU will decide which one will be crowned as the Best Comic of 2015!

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Lex Hudson of United by Media Profiles Things From Another World

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Nov 12 2015 at 10:59am

Posted in General News,Interviews

United By Media is a Portland-based non-profit organization that empowers people with developmental disabilities with a media voice and a platform for community involvement. By pairing them up with a camera, media assistant and press pass, United by Media helps people with developmental disabilities become active members of the local media and explore their interests. Since its inception in December of 2010, the organization has talked to Lewis Black, Lyle Lovett, Amy Roloff and Bob Eubanks, among many others. However, their work is about much more than talking to celebrities and covering exciting local events. It is about developing and maintaining meaningful long-term relationships.

Lex Hudson, one of the United by Media reporters, has been enjoying science fiction and comics his entire life. His goal is to open his own comic and card shop, which would also serve coffee to make sure his customers can have a beverage and a snack during the long games of Yu-Gi-Oh! Recently, Lex sat down with Sean Wynn, the manager of our Milwaukie store, to talk about their mutual passion for comics, the keys to running a successful store and much more.

 

Things from Another World is excited to have had the opportunity to host United by Media in one of our stores and to support the important work this organization is doing. We are looking forward to our continued partnership.

You can learn how you can support this organization and see more interviews on their website.


Marc Andreyko Signing at Things From Another World

Marc Andreyko Signing at Things From Another World

Things From Another World is excited to announce a signing with Marc Andreyko, the writer behind the Mulan: Revelations miniseries published by Dark Horse Comics. Be sure to visit the Portland TFAW store on Wednesday, September 16th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to meet this talented writer in person.

Marc Andreyko is best known for writing DC’s Batwoman and Manhunter. Now he is teaming up with artist Micah Kaneshiro (Blackout, Broken Pieces) and newcomer creator Robert Alter to bring a new twist to a beloved legend.

Centuries after her ancestor and namesake fought for China, a new Mulan has been chosen by the ancient Chinese Immortals to fight in a final battle for the world. Mulan: Revelations blends together Chinese martial arts and futuristic cyberpunk styles to tell an exciting story of a warrior awakened to stop a deadly new virus threatening humanity.

The latest issues of Mulan: Revelations will be available for purchase at the event. Stop by the Portland TFAW on September 16th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to meet Marc and learn more about the series!

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Aaron Lopresti Signing at Things From Another World

Aaron Lopresti Signing at Things From Another World

Things From Another World is pleased to announce a signing with Aaron Lopresti, the talented artist behind such titles as DC’s Wonder Woman and Justice League International and Marvel’s Captain Marvel and Planet Hulk. Stop by the Portland TFAW on Wednesday, September 23rd from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the release of Aaron Lopresti’s new creator-owned series that’s been years in the making! 

Power Cubed, a four-issue miniseries published by Dark Horse Comics, is a comical coming-of-age tale set in a fantastic sci-fi universe. For his eighteenth birthday, Kenny Logan gets a piece of alien technology that lets him create literally anything he can wish for. Now, Kenny must use this unique matter-reinterpreting device on a weird and wonderful adventure to save his abducted father.

Copies of Power Cubed #1 and other titles by Aaron Lopresti will be available for purchase at the event.

Be sure to visit the Portland TFAW store on September 23rd from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. to meet this accomplished artist and get your very own sketch!

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Plants vs. Zombies Invade Things From Another World

Plant vs. Zombies

Leave your brains safe at home and come celebrate a release of the new Plants vs. ZombiesTM comic book miniseries with artist Ron Chan and colorist Matthew J. Rainwater on Saturday, June 20th from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Portland TFAW store. Make sure to bring the kids!

Come down to enjoy fun activities that we have planned for the kids. Join us to make your own flower or zombie mask and take a picture in our special photo booth. Free snacks and beverages will be provided.

Based on the hit PopCap® video game franchise and published by Dark Horse, the new monthly Plants vs. ZombiesTM comic will reveal all about Dr. Zomboss’s crime-filled college years! Nate, Patrice, and Crazy Dave will find Neighborville besieged by two zombie armies in this hilarious romp for all ages.

Plants vs. Zombies: Bully For You #1 and other Plants vs. ZombiesTM titles will be available for sale at the event. Don’t miss out on all the silly fun with Ron Chan and Matthew J. Rainwater at the Portland TFAW on Saturday, June 20th from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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Legend of Korra and Avatar Signing with Series Co-creator Bryan Konietzko

Legend of Korra and Avatar signing with series co-creator Bryan Konietzko
Things From Another World is excited to announce a signing with Bryan Konietzko, the co-creator of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Be sure to visit Portland TFAW on Wednesday, May 27th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to meet this talented creator in person.

The television series have completed their runs, but there are plenty of opportunities to stay connected to Aang and Korra. Dark Horse has been publishing the continuing stories of Avatar: The Last Airbender since 2012, helping fans bridge the gap between the two series.

This is a free event, but attendees will need to present their tickets to get their items signed. Tickets are available for free to the public via the Eventbrite website. Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra items will be available for purchase at the event. There will be a limit of two items signed per person.

Get your free ticket today and mark your calendar for May 27th to meet Bryan Konietzko at Portland TFAW from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Get your free tickets today!