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    Creator Spotlight: Diana Schutz

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    A Brief History of Diana Schutz

    Before retiring in 2015, Diana Schutz was a comics editor working with some of the biggest names in the business. For 25 years as an editor at Dark Horse Comics, Schutz helped guide some of the most influential comic creators including Frank Miller, Stan Sakai, Paul Chadwick, Dave Sim, Matt Wagner, Will Eisner and more.

    Her experience in the comics business started in 1978, when she dropped out of philosophy grad school and began working at the Comic Shop in Vancouver, British Columbia. She also  worked on newsletter called The Telegraph Wire and then with Comico before landing at Dark Horse.

    In March 2015, Schutz announced her retirement from Dark Horse. Her mission there was working with artists and writers to shepherd their vision into great comics.  She left to to continue and expand her role teaching about comics. In 2002, she began teaching a Comics Art & Literature course at Portland Community College.

     

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    X-O is Back!

    For our NCBD Reviews this week, we look at two Jeff Lemire books, and Valiant break out a must read #1 with X-O Manowar. Remember to check out all of this week’s new releases and take a look at 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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    X-O Manowar #1
    By: Matt Kindt, Tomas Giorello, Lewis LaRosa

    One thing I hear daily around the office is that “You need to start reading Valiant, they are doing some amazing things.” I figure there is no better time to jump into the world of Valiant than with X-O Manowar #1, a book that kicks off a brand new story focused on Valiant’s top hero.

    I was immediately blown away the minute I opened the book thanks to the art by Tomas Giorello. Luckily, the art is matched by a gripping story by the renowned Matt Kindt. Even though the last X-O Manowar story I read was in the ‘90s, Kindt makes it easy to follow the story even if you don’t know anything about X-O Manowar.

    Aric, wanting to escape the warfare and carnage on Earth, has fled to another planet to live a peaceful life. However, he ends up conscripted by the local military force and is forced to fight once again. It’s a gritty, engaging tale that is a far cry from what I read in 1992 and it is fantastic.

    Like all good comics, X-O Manowar #1 ends on a perfect cliffhanger with a moment that will make you pine for issue #2 the minute you see the panel. I know I’ll definitely put X-O Manowar on my pull list after this fantastic issue and start paying closer attention to Valiant in the future. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Black Hammer #7
    By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart

    Did you read superhero comic when you were young? Remember all those Jack Kirby Cosmos adventures? Black Hammer will fit right in! This is one hell of a comic series. With crazy superheroes like Whiptara, and Colonel Weird, fighting the Anti-God. This is great throwback to a superhero era long gone. What really great about this series though is, it’s really more about characters and their lives then about defeating the bad guy by the end of the issue.

    Jeff Lamire proves time and time again how amazing he is at character driven narratives. Along side him in Black Hammer is Dean Ormston doing a fantastic job at spinning the Jack Kirby style. Who can forget Dave Stewart’s colors? I know I’m saying this a lot but, the books screams Jack Kirby and I love it! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Extraordinary X-Men #20
    By: Jeff Lemire, Eric Koda, David Yardin

    Extraordinary X-Men #20 is the end of an era and the start of a Resurrxion. With the Terrigen Mists now completely eradicated across the globe, the X-Men are free to leave Limbo and rejoin the rest of the world.

    As you’d expect after the frantic action of Inhumans Vs. X-Men, Extraordinary X-Men #20 slows things down considerably. While there is some action, the X-Men themselves are never in any true danger and the action itself is just a means to tie up a loose end. Which is a lot of what this issue does: The comic ties up loose ends and provides a fitting conclusion to the team. It’s been rare in the last few years that we get to see the X-Men relax and enjoy themselves, and the last few pages of this comic put a smile on my face as they did just that.

    The future for the X-Men is looking up – as Storm herself puts it, “it feels like the end of a chapter… a particularly dark chapter at that.” While Jeff Lemire did a fantastic job on Extraordinary X-Men and is is an excellent sendoff, it’s the future of mutant-kind that has me excited. While this book isn’t necessary reading for those planning on diving into the X-Books with Resurrxion, it serves as a great lead-in to X-Men Prime #1. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    FINISH THE EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN SERIES TODAY WITH THIS EXCELLENT ISSUE.

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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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    Captain America’s lies continue

    NCBD 2/22/17

    This week’s NCBD reviews include Greg Rucka’s new series, Captain America’s lies, and Serenity. As always theses are only a few books 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.

    Captain America Steve Rogers #12
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz, Javier Pina, Paul Renaud

    Man, do I need to go back and re-read these past 12 issues. THere is a lot coming out of this. Like the cover says Taskmaster knows Steve’s secret, and he wants to cash in with S.H.I.E.L.D.

    This series has been pretty controversial, and it’s easy to see why. But man, is it a compelling story. If you haven’t been reading Nick Spenser’s Captain America: Steve Rogers because of that HUGE drop in the first issue, I can tell you that this will be a story arc told for ages!

    My favorite part of this issue was reading Steve’s memories during WWII. It really puts a spin on what we’ve known and what he believes happened. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    The Old Guard #1
    By: Greg Rucka, Leandro Ferndez

    A brand new series of Greg Rucka, The Old Guard tells the tale of a small team of men and women who cannot die. Set in our time they seem to be coping in their own way. In this issue, our protagonist is Andy, a hard-headed leader who ok’s a mission to save school girls who were kidnapped. Of course, this is issue 1, and things are never so simple.

    In a world of technology, it will be hard for Andy and her team to keep their secret hidden.

    Greg Rucka again pulls out all the stops for this new series. He proves again why he is on my top 5 writers list. In this short time with these characters, I’ve already grown attached to them and can’t wait to see where this goes.

    Leandro Frenández does a fantastic design job with fading panels to emanate lighting, and even how Andy’s axe is stored, it’s the only panel but it looks so cool. Daniela Miwa’s colors fit it so well. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss this series! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    CHECK OUT GREG RUCKA’S OTHER SERIES LAZARUS FOR ANOTHER STRONG READ

    Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #5
    By: Chris Roberson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Dan Dos Santos

    River and Iris are being held captive by Operative Kalista, who is ready to turn them back into Agents of the Alliance. This reader doesn’t reckon that Mal will take to kindly to losing these girls once again to who knows where. I’m sure Mal has a plan, it ain’t likely to be a good one but it will likely get the job done – messy like. Check out Issue #5 of No Power in the ‘Verse. [Angela G. at TFAW.com]

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    An Apple A Day Does Not Keep Doctor Strange Away

    Every week we review New Comics. This week we’re looking at Doctor Strange, Deathstroke and Empowered. As always these are only a few of the amazing 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.

    Deathstroke #12
    By: Christopher Priest, Joe Bennett, Mark Morales, Bill Sienkiewicz

    With the end of the last issue, Slade Wilson being captured and sent to Colorado Supermax prison. We being this new arc with The Red Lion breaking him out. Although it doesn’t seem like Slade wants to go. After finding out there’s a copycat in Chicago, Slade needs to find out who this is, and why.

    The issue is broken down into sub-sections, which at first was a little confusing, but I quickly got used to the format. Priest and Larry Hama do a great job setting up this arc. You know where this sis going, but you want to see it happen. Joe Bennett, Mark Morales, and Jeromy Cox do a fantastic job with the action scenes.

    As this new arc begins It’ll be exciting to see the story unfold. As we find out the story behind the first pages reveal about Deathstroke. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #5
    By: Robbie Thompson, Javier Rodriguez

    This issue opens with the Sorcerers Supreme struggling to regroup after a defeat and hard losses to the Forgotten. Flash back to Doctor Strange’s first meeting with Sir Isaac Newton. A sorcerer supreme himself. Searching for a fabled, ultimate power of creation and destruction. Newton and Strange battle a familiar evil genius/villian Doctor Doom who also seeks this power. Who will find this power and to what purpose will they put it should they succeed?

    Find out how this first encounter reveals more about the Forgotten’s power that continues to rack up losses for the Sorcerers. [Angela G. at TFAW.com]

    READ BRIAN K. VAUGHNS EPIC DOCTOR STRANGE SERIES THE OATH

    Empowered and the Soldier of Love #1
    By: Adam Warren, Karla Diaz

    The silly antics in Cape City return and so does Empowered! Soldier of Love starts a new story with a new character Soldado Del Amor. Whos seems to be able to cause love with a gun, and always has love music playing in the background. This series has always been funny, this new arc is no exception. With its adult themes of all the Superheroes hooking up rather than fighting crime. It looks like only a few are unaffected, for now.

    Adam Warren has ben very consistent in his writing of the Empowered series. Which is great. Karla Diaz who’s new to the series does an excellent job with the art, and looking at her webcomics I can see that she’s a perfect fit for Empowered. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    START FROM THE BEGINING OF EMPOWERED

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    NCBD Gets Loose (Ends) With the Southern Bastards Team

    NCBD Jan 25th 2017

    It’s New Comic Book Day and we’re bringing you some great books from DC, Image, Marvel and Dark Horse! Remember these are just a few of the amazing books 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.

    Loose Ends #1
    By: Jason Latour, Chris Brunner, Rico Renzi

    Similar to Jason Latour and Chris Brunner other series Southern Bastards, this southern based crime mini-series kicks off with intriguing characters. Although not out the gate the what’s going on, by then end of the issue it’s clear what’s happening. I enjoyed the pace of this issue. Set in a practically empty bar on a North Carolina night. Our cast is small, but you get this feeling that you’ve seen these people before and are watching it unfold.

    Only a 4 part series Jason writes in the back of the book that this story has taken him almost a decade to write. Chris Brunner shows us similar line work to Southern Bastards, but Rico Renzi’s colors pop out more in this series. As a lover of crime comics, I’m looking forward to seeing where this Southern Crime Romance goes. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    FIND OUT WHERE THE LOOSE ENDS GO

    Batgirl #7
    By: Hope Larson, Chris Wildgoose, Mat Lopes

    Son of Penguin Part 1 finds Barbara returning to Burnside after her trip through Asia. What she finds though is that her in the wake of her starting up Gordon Clean Energy, the neighborhood has quickly gentrified. Rent has doubled, local shops have been pushed out, and the view of the homeless situation is potentially deadly. At the center of it all, the son of Penguin, Ethan Cobblepot…who’s kinda hot.

    Hope Larson captures the new tone of the Batgirl books perfectly. She makes it feel familiar but also shows she’s not afraid to take us somewhere new. Chris Wildgoose handles the pencils and inks, and his pacing and style mix perfectly with Larson’s. Together they create an intriguing story that is not only fun but makes good social commentary on a lot of modern issues. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    ONCE AGAIN, DC PROVIDES ANOTHER ISSUE THAT’S A PERFECT JUMPING ON POINT FOR NEW READERS.

    Star Wars #27
    By: Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca, Edgar Delgado, Stuart Immonen

    As teased in the previous issue, this issue is a story that Luke is reading from Obi-Wan’s journal, and not just that, but a story that Yoda told Obi-Wan that he’s now relaying. Yoda is responding to a distress call, only to discover a tribe of children with a very unique stone that is strong in the Force. Yoda, being the great Jedi teacher, is determined to help these kids solve the mystery of the mountain, and ultimately bring balance to the Force on the planet.

    Jason Aaron continues to weave a great Star Wars run. It’s clear that he not only wants to push the lore but also have fun with it at the same time. A strategy that has always been what makes Star Wars great. Salvador Larroca continues to show why he’s one of the consistently best and cleanest artists in the business, with visuals of Yoda that are so striking they almost feel like you’re watching a movie. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Hellboy Winter Special 2017
    By: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie, Paul Grist, Christopher Mitten, Sebastian Fiumara, Dave Stewart, Bill Crabtree

    Packed with 3 stores from 1891, 1961 and 1979. We see different adventures of the B.P.R.D.’s earliest cases. All in connection to winter. Our first tale “The Great Blizzard” shows us how Eddie and Jewell from Rise of the Black Flame acquired a bracelet that delivers a terrible blizzard when worn. In winter 1961, our heroes are shopping for the holidays and are interrupted by a crazed Santa. Then finally in 1979 Hellboy, Liz and Abe are searching for some missing children. Finding them proves they also found something else as well.

    Hellboy Winter Special 2017 is a good read for those who are avid Hellboy readers. I’m sure there are a ton of nods to other stories that I didn’t catch, but that’s the fun of reading these issues. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Buffy Survives Another Year

    Happy Birthday Buffy Summers!

    Destiny has decided that Slayers typically have a short life expectancy, but today marks the character Buffy Summers’ actual birthday. To celebrate, we want to get you caught up on what’s she’s been up to for the last 3 seasons of the comic with some quick recaps so you can still jump on board Season 11 while it’s hot.

    Season 8

    Starting out a year after the conclusion of the show (Season 7), we see a lot has changed for our favorite Slayer. At the end of the show, all potential Slayers have the power of The Slayer. Now, with the help of Colonel Xander (cause the eye patch), there’s an entire slayer army handling threats across the globe. Of course, not everyone views them as superheroes. The US government along with some past villains (Amy and Warren) team up to try and take them down. All the while, a new threat, Twilight (not the shiny one) looms in the background using Riley, Buffy’s old boyfriend, as a spy.

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    Throughout all the madness, the Scooby gang meets an old friend in Tibet (Oz), encounter an old enemy (Harmony), we catch up with what’s happening with Dawn, Xander, Willow, Faith, and Giles, and learn more about all our new slayers. All of this leads up to the final two story arcs where it’s revealed that Twilight is in fact Angel under some kind of magical compulsion that was causing him to be a little extra super villainy. Spike arrives to try and save the day, but during the conflict, Twilight kills Giles. The only way to defeat Twilight is by banishing magic from the universe, which they do. Now all the witches no longer have access to their power, the Slayers still have their powers, but with all the insanity happening, it causes the group to break up. Faith works to rehabilitate Angel, and the rest of the Scooby’s move out to San Francisco for a new start.

    Season 9

    This season of Buffy takes place over two different books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel & Faith. Buffy’s book follows the adventures of the main Scooby Gang, while Angel & Faith follows both of those characters working to tame their personal demons.

    The gang finds themselves trying as hard as they can to live a normal life. Buffy has two roommates that have nothing to do with the craziness in her life, Xander and Dawn are trying to make an honest go of their relationship, and Spike leaves on his spaceship, cause that’s a thing that he does now. It’s not long before trouble finds them like a magnet, though. Dawn is slowly dying from the absence of magic, Willow finds a new way to tap into magic, Xander kind of betrays the group, and so much more is packed into 25 issues, that you’re really owing it to yourself to give it a read.

    Over in Angel & Faith, after the death of Giles, Faith inherits his London home where she and Angel work to better themselves. This leads them down a path of searching for the remains of Giles’ soul, which is scattered throughout the world. Of course, many people are not happy with what Angel did while possessed by Twilight, so he’s hunted at almost every turn. Along the way, he also reunites with old friends like Gunn, Willow, and his son Connor. The team is eventually able to revive Giles’, only now he’s in the body of a kid. An orb of magical energy is released over London from this season’s big bad, which causes that area to be magically awakened again. With a new hub of magic in the world again, which the dub Magic town, Angel & Faith dedicate themselves to protecting it.

    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER GOES BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL

    Season 10

    Season 10 is once again divided into the same two titles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel & Faith. Buffy’s book focuses once again on the Scooby gang, where Angel & Faith focuses on what’s happening in London’s Magic Town.

    Buffy’s book reunites us with a lot of characters we’ve lost over the years. Andrew resurrects Tara, Xander hangs out with his old master Dracula, little kid Giles makes a return to the group, Harmony shows up again, this time with an army, Wolfram & Hart along with Lilah Morgan return, Dawn and Xander go to Hell, our new big bad, D’Hoffryn, has his sights on killing all the members of the Magic Council. Jonathan returns to haunt Andrew, Anya is kind of back from the dead, and everything ends with the Scooby Gang forming a new Magic Council, which includes Dracula.

    Angel & Faith continues with the return of a lot of other familiar faces. Fred/Illyria is not actually dead after the destruction of magic as previously thought. The witch Amy has a bone to pick still being sour over the events of Season Eight’s destruction of magic. Kennedy has a Slayer bodyguard corporation that she formed after the end of Season Eight that Faith tries out, but quits when she hears that Riley is captive. After that is resolved, Illyria is finally separated from Fred. Faith and Fred kind of become buddy detectives for a bit before the story starts revealing the new big bad of Archaeus. His schemes threaten the stability of London’s Magic Town, so it’s up to our heroes to put a stop to it.

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    Whew. That was a lot, and I’m sure we missed some things, but you should be up to speed to start reading both Season 11 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Luckily, we have all the collections of Seasons 8-10 available, so get them all for 10%-40% off, as well as every single issue of the new series’ still in stock, so you won’t have to miss a beat.

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    You Choose The Best Comic Book of 2016

    Best comics of 2016

    A lot of amazing books have come out in 2016. With Marvel revitalizing their line, DC’s Rebirth, to so many independent and creator-owned books dominating the stands, 2016 has certainly been a comic book year to remember.

    With that in mind, the staff at TFAW took a look at sales numbers, fan buzz, and our personal favorites of the year to create a list of the 25 best comics of the year. Now we want you, our awesome customers, to vote on this list to decide definitively what the best books of 2016 are.

    Voting will take place from Jan 1st through Jan 31st, so head on over to our  Facebook page  and cast your vote. Let your voices be heard and recognize all these amazing creators and publishers for all their hard work.

    Superman Vol. 01 Son of Superman
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason
    The New 52 Superman is dead, but hiding among us for years was the original Big Blue. Now, a world without a Superman is in desperate need for Clark to leave the good life on the farm with Lois raising their son. This story simultaneously brings Superman back to formula, but also takes him in a direction he’s never really been before.

    Bitch Planet Vol. 2: President Bitch
    By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma
    Powerful and gut-wrenching, Bitch Planet continues to explore themes of patriarchy and non-compliance. A must read for SJWs, feminists, and people who truly appreciate comics as an artistic medium.

    Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 01 The Lies
    By: Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, Matthew Clark
    Wonder Woman has been interpreted in many ways over her 75 year existence. Instead of trying to hide this, Greg Rucka’s approach is to embrace this to try and get to the real heart of who Wonder Woman is. Not just a great jumping on point for new readers, but a definitive take on the character that will hold true for years to come.

    Black Hammer Vol 1: Secret Origins
    By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart
    Black Hammer is another in a long line of grand ideas by one of comics brightest stars, Jeff Lemire. This book has a unique take on superheroes and the art by Dean Ormston & Dave Stewart instantly ensnares the reader.

    Rough Riders Vol. 1
    By: Adam Glass, Pat Oliffe
    History in the making! Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison make up an American dream team engaged in an epic shadowy war! Monsters and Mayhem folks!

    The Mighty Thor Vol 1: Thunder in Her Veins
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
    Marvel is changing things up by casting Dr. Jane Foster as the new Thor. The goddess of thunder shines in this series as she comes to grips with heroism and her own mortality. Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman are the perfect pairing. Also: Loki.

    Divinity II
    By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
    After Abram came crashing home in Divinity vol 1. Spending his entire life in the depths of space, Divinity II tells the tale of Myshka. Still beliving in the Communist ideal. She intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory

    Old Man Logan Vol 1: Berserker
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
    What happens when an older, more gruff version of Wolverine comes to the main Marvel Universe? A whole lot of fighting. He’s on a mission to to prevent a terrible future from happening. Andrea Sorrentino’s art is breathtaking.

    Detective Comics Vol. 01 Rise of the Batmen
    By: James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Al Barrionuevo
    Batman is notorious for being a lone wolf (bat?), but he’s always had his family behind him. Now it’s time to take the Bat-Family to the next level. Lead by Batwoman, Batman puts together a team of Red Robin, Orphan (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, and Clayface to be ready for whatever threat comes Gotham’s way.

    Vision Vol 1: Little Worse Than Man
    By: Tom King, Kevin Walsh, Mike Del Mundo
    Vision has the perfect family: a wife, two kids, and a dog. Look elsewhere for over-the-top nonstop heroics; this book proves it’s the little moments that matter. Truly impeccable dialogue and top-notch art await!

    March Book 3
    By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
    The third and final installment in civil rights activist John Lewis’ story in the battle for civil rights in the United States. 1963 was an incredibly turbulent time in America’s history, and John Lewis was not only in the middle of it, but a leader in getting us out of it, long before becoming a congressman. March will remind you there are real heroes in this world.

    Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol 1: Black Squadron
    By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto
    With crisp and clean art by Phil Noto, Poe Dameron is one of the most beautiful of Marvel’s new Star Wars comics. Charle Soule explores Dameron’s uncanny skills and matching bravado.

    Paper Girls Vol. 2
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
    Continuing where Vol. 1 left off, the misfit group of paper girls from 1988 find themselves transported to present day. Our main characters are forced to look at who they are, and who they may…or may not become. This superstar team continues to tell one of the craziest sci-fi stories currently on the shelves, while staying focused on the heart of any good story, the characters.

    All New Wolverine Vol. 01 Four Sisters
    By: Tom Taylor, David Lopez, Bengal
    With the death of Logan, clone daughter Laura Kinney (X-23) steps up to be Wolverine and the best she is at what she does. This book is bloody, emotional, hilarious, and beautiful. This is one of those unique books that can present adult subjects in a way that people of all ages can understand. Clone or not, All-New Wolverine definitely has soul.

    Dept. H Vol. 1: Pressure
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
    Not your average murder mystery! An in depth(see what I did there) story taking place on a deep sea research station. Family, lies, secrets and creatures make for a spectacular, well-paced adventure.

    Steven Universe & Crystal Gems Vol. 01
    By: Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland, Kat Leyh
    They are the Crystal Gems. They always save the day! If you think they can’t. Here is proof that they always find a way!

    Monstress Vol. 1
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
    A fascinating look at an alternate 1900’s Asia where monsters of god-like power are normal. Witness the journey of one teenage girl struggling to survive while trying to tame her own MONSTER.

    Black Panther Vol. 01 Nation Under Our Feet
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze
    Wakanda under the microscope. On the brink of civil war, treason and terrorist attacks ensue in T’Challa’s homeland. Witness Black Panther fight to save his country from all fronts.

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 01
    By: Kyle Higgins, Jorge Corona, Goni Montes
    “It’s Morphin Time!” This fantastic new series starts after the Green with Evil Saga. Takes us through a different path from the show, one that keeps it at the top of my reading every month. Perfect for fans new and old.

    Saga Vol. 6
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
    Set three years after the end of Vol. 5, our story opens with Hazel in kindergarten. For a story that’s followed a family on the run through space since issue 1, Vol 6 shows them living a domestic and stationary life for the first time…and it doesn’t go too well for them. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to be a dominating power tag team.

    Sheriff Of Babylon Vol. 01 Bang Bang Bang
    By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon
    Currently known for his fantastic work on Batman, Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s The Sherriff of Babylon, is a suspenseful crime noir tale set in Bagdad circa 2003. King’s CIA experience in addition to Gerad’s life-like art style gives this series the accolades it deserves.

    Beauty Vol. 01
    By: Jason Hurley, Jeremy Haun
    The first STD that people actually WANT! In this world, The “Beauty”, transforms your body into its most beautiful version. People are literally dying to get it but the public is unaware of the side effects. Detectives Vaughn and Foster are on the case.

    Faith Vol. 01 Hollywood & Vine
    By: Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Jele Kevic-Djurdjevic
    Starting off as a side character in Harbinger back in 2014, we were given a full ongoing series of Faith Herbert this year. Written by the wonderful Jody Houser. This is a series meant for Fan-boys/girls, as Faith herself is as much of a geek as we are.

    Gotham Academy Vol. 03 Yearbook
    By: Brenden Fletcher, Moritat, Mingjue Helen Chen
    Our favorite students go back after their adventures last year, telling tales before everything went to chaos. Gotham Academy is an all-ages series perfectly suited for those wanting to move to Gotham, but are not old enough to drive there.

    Legend of Zelda Legendary Ed GN Vol. 01 Ocarina Time
    By: Akira Himekawa
    Viz does it again. While this is a reprint, if you’ve never read the Manga adaptation of the celebrated N64 game Ocarina of Time, this is a perfect time. Collecting vol 1 and 2, You get the complete tale.

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    Honorable Mentions

    2016 had so many amazing titles that it was nearly impossible for us to narrow it down to 25. With that in mind, here are some honorable mentions of books that you should definitely check out. Odds are they made your own personal top 25.

    Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham
    By: Tom King, David Finch
    Gotham City has two new heroes, Gotham and Gotham Girl. With these super powered saviors doing what Batman can’t, is he really what Gotham City needs anymore?

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 04 Kissed Squirrel Liked It
    By: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
    I an age of dark and gritty superheroes, The Unbeatable Squirrel decides to have fun with the universe it lives in instead. Be prepared to smile.

    Dark Knight: A True Batman Story
    By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso
    Legendary Batman writer, Paul Dini, was beaten within an inch of his life. This autobiographical tale shows just how these iconic characters like Batman can get us through the darkest of times.

    Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
    By: Chris Roberson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Dan Dos Santos
    Set after the events of the previous series, Leaves on the Wind, No Power in the ‘Verse continues the tale of our favorite Browncoats

    I Am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1
    By: Kengo Hazawa
    A slightly crazy artist, and one of the few people in Japan that actually owns a gun, is neck deep in the zombie apocalypse.

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    The Final Arc of Life and Death Begins

    NCBD 12/28/16

    Every week, we’re lucky to get a New Comic Book Day. With new titles, new arcs, and exciting continuations of ongoing stories, Wednesday is our favorite day. This week, Hulk starts over, the final arc of Life and Death begins, and Wonder Woman needs saving?!? Yep! As always these are only a few of the 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.

    Aliens vs. Predator: Life and Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Brian Thies, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    This issue kicks off the final arc of Life and Death, which is a crossover story that spans Prometheus, Aliens, and Predator.

    Aliens vs. Predator opens after the events of Aliens: Life and Death. The Colonial Marine ship Hasdurbal is under attack, and those on the surface of LV-223 are unaware of the danger there. What they do know however, is the threat of bugs is imminent. Xenomorphs are coming for them, and they may have to do the unthinkable to survive.

    Dan Abnett‘s Life and Death has been an exciting adventure to read from the very beginning. I hope that these are not the end of the Aliens/Predator/AvP/Prometheus crossover stories. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Wonder Woman #13
    By: Greg Rucka, Renato Guedes, Romulo Fajardo JR, Liam Sharp, Brad Anderson

    With Wonder Woman not quite herself, it’s up to Steve Trevor, the one often being saved by Wonder Woman, to do what he can to save the person he loves. Steve, giving insight to his point of view on his relationship with our favorite Amazonian princess, narrates this entire issue. We also get to see his military and survival training put to the test as he tries to outthink and outlast their pursuers.

    Greg Rucka continues to redefine Wonder Woman while giving the reader a deeper understanding of the character, and how her supporting characters work. Renato Guedes does a great job filling in for regular Liam Sharp, giving us a brilliantly paced book, which often times can be difficult with narration heavy stories.

    Wonder Woman #13 does a great job building up a supporting character, and setting the stage for a new story arc you will not want to miss. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Hulk #1
    By: Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Matt Milla, Jeff Dekal

    I like to see the vulnerabilities in our heroes. The Flash is at his best when he’s up against the ropes. Iron Man excels when he’s forced to think (not punch) himself out of a situation.

    Hulk #1 picks up after the events of Civil War II where she suffered greatly at the hands of one of Marvel’s strongest villains and experienced the loss of a loved one. Jennifer Walters is battling depression, self-doubt, and a rage that she cannot bottle up for much longer.

    While we see hints of the Hulk bursting forth, this issue is about Jennifer and her experiences getting back to her normal life as a lawyer. Mariko Tamaki expertly handles Jennifer’s inner dialog (I went back through for a second reading to just read that) and sets up the tone for the series in this opening bow. Consider me hooked! [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Wrap up your gifts with Comics

    Wrapping Gifts with Comics

    If you’re anything like me, you sometimes have stacks of comics that you might have doubles of, you won’t be reading again. Maybe you have some comics laying around that have cover damage or are otherwise a little beat up. Whatever your reason is for not needing them anymore, you can take those extra books and turn them into a unique gift exoskeleton ready to be torn into by the most visceral of recipients.

    Just like wrapping paper, this can be used for any situation. Does your kid like Steven Universe and have a birthday coming up? There are comics for that. Are you getting a gift for that horror fan in your life? How about past issues of Harrow County? Even if you’re low on comics in general and you don’t have a theme for what you’re doing, we have you covered.

    GRAB BAG COMICS ARE JUST 50¢ EACH

    TFAW’s 5-Step Comic Book Wrapping Process

    Let’s wrap a Conan Funko Pop using a recent issue of Cullen Bunn and Sergio Davila’s Conan: The Slayer.

    Step One: Remove The Pages.

    Gifting your present

    You’ll want to start in the center crease of the comic where the staples fold over. With a pair of pliers, a pen, or even a butter knife, bend the ends of the staple up so it’s easy to just slide the pages out.

    Step Two: Figure Out How Much Paper You’ll Need.

    Gifting your present

    Sometimes, just one page won’t cut it. You’ll typically need two or more to properly wrap an item. With something like a Funko Pop, I’ll need three full pages.

    Step Three: Attach pages together.

    Gifting your present

    Using clear tape, make sure to attach pages in at least four spots for support.

    Step Four: Wrap the gift.

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    Gifting your present
    Gifting your present

    There are many styles of wrapping, but I try to keep it simple (because I’m not that good at it). Since comic pages are often thicker than wrapping paper, it can be a little harder to fold. You’ll want go for the simplest ways of covering the sides and corners, securely taping down ends when finished.

    Step Five: Present Gift!

    Gifting your present

    Now that the present is wrapped, let that person you care about tear up all your hard work.

    We hope this fun way to wrap your gifts helps out for whatever occasion you have in mind. Visit our Theme Pages to discover all sorts of comics that will make for the perfect wrapping paper.

    Happy holidays from all of us at Things From Another World.

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    You Don’t Know Gamora Until You Read This Comic

    This week we look at two Guardians, Titans, our favorite Slayer and the terror of the deep, Hook Jaw. There were many more 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.

    Star-Lord #1
    By: Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson

    Things are tough for Peter Quill. After the events of Civil War II, the Guardians are stranded on Earth and have gone their separate way for the time being. Kitty Pryde has broken things off with Peter, and the only other person he knows who isn’t missing, dead, or crazy is Howard the Duck. Yeah, you’d be depressed too.

    Chip Zdarsky is in a fine form combining his incredible sense of humor with such relatable and human scenarios. He makes you forget you’re reading a superhero comic when you’re obviously reading a superhero comic. Kris Anka’s pencils expertly transition from the comical and conversational aspects to stunning bar battles with ease.

    Packed full of guest stars, Star-Lord #1 is a great day-in-the-life book. Just in time to get people primed for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie in just a few months. Don’t miss it. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eleven #2
    By: Joss Whedon, Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs, Dan Jackson, Steve Morris

    This issue is all about the aftermath of Buffy Season Eleven #1 (still in stock at press time, BTW).

    And “Safe Zones.”

    Buffy Season Eleven is going to be one of those comic book series that challenges what comics can do to encourage thought and dialogue. Christos Gage (Angel and Faith, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers Academy) is using Season Eleven as a vehicle to get people to think about civil rights.

    This is a natural extension of the Buffy TV show, and I’m excited to see where they take us this season. As always, Rebekah Isaacs’ (Angel and Faith, Buffy Season Ten) art is unique and fun, but remains true to who the characters are. I’m excited to see **** and Buffy in a relationship where they bring out the best in each other. She deserves that. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    PS: I am freaking loving Steve Morris’ covers for the Buffy Season Eleven covers. Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Teen Titans Go #19
    By: Heather Nuhfer, Paul Morrissey, Ivan Cohen, Marcelo DiChiara, Dan Hipp, Jeremy Lawson

    Beast Boy snifs out the future in the first story, and ends up partying with Raven’s Dad! With a few LOL moments, Paul Morissey and Heather Nuhfer made a fun 6-page story that fits right in with the TV shorts.

    “The Herring King” is the second short we get in this $2.99 issue. We find out Beast Boy has a pet Herring (Mentioned in “Coming Soon Comics” issue #12 which has the cover of Teen Titans Rebirth). His herring is sad and they’re taking him home to Springenstandt where they meet characters that resemble Thor and work for a S.H.I.E.L.D. type organization.

    Artist Marcelo DiChiara and Jeremy Lawson work on both stories. They do a fantastic job matching the show’s tone. Both artists really surprised me on how versatile there styles can be. Take a look at Marcelo’s Deviant art page and Jeremy’s website for more!

    This is perfect for comic readers young and old. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    ADD TEEN TITANS GO! TO YOUR COLLECTION

    Gamora #1
    By: Nicole Perlman, Marco Checchetto, Esad Ribic, Andres Mossa

    Set long before she ever became of Guardian of the Galaxy, Gamora #1 explores the life of the daughter of Thanos. Back when they were still on speaking terms. A lot of times prequel stories can come across as forced, or containing information that’s not really needed. Gamora, on the other hand, I feel is a great character to explore since not much has been revealed about her time with Thanos. What we get to see in this book is going to be a definitive mission for the character.

    Nicole Perlman captures the voice and tone of the character perfectly. Gamora walks the line between the most dangerous person in the galaxy, split between morality and loyalty to the father she hates. Exploring this is one of the most exciting aspects of the book. Marco Checchetto’s art just keeps further defining him as one of the best pencilers currently working in the industry.

    If you’re looking for a brutal book that gets into the past of one of Marvel’s rising stars, Gamora #1 is a must read. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    EXPLORE GAMORA’S PAST

    Hook Jaw #1
    By: Simon Spurrier, Conor Boyle, Giulia Brusco

    From the pages of the British anthology comic Action (which only lasted a year due to its controversial violence) comes Hook Jaw. A new series from Titan Comics. Who’s no stranger to revitalizing old British Comics (see Johnny Red).

    Hook Jaw introduces us to a crew of a research ship who are trying to prove that Great White Sharks have cooperative behavior. The blood-soaked first issue also gives us a 2 page history of Action and Great White 101. Now I know what you’re thinking. “Isn’t this JAWS as a comic?” and you could say that. What separates this series from JAWS, is that Hook Jaw speaks. Now I don’t mean a Finding Nemo kind of way. We get a tidbit of what’s going on in their head.

    I was intrigued by the premise when I heard about this series months ago and Si Spurrier, Conor Boyle and Giulia Brusco did not disappoint. I will definitely be keeping up with Hook Jaw as they tear through our ship of survivors. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    SINK YOUR TEETH INTO HOOK JAW

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    Marvel’s Guardians Are Grounded on Earth

    New Comic Book Day December 14th 2016

    Our Guardians of the Galaxy get grounded, Spider-Man tries to get back normal in the wake of Civil War II, and Briggs Land heats up. All in this week’s New Comic Book Day. Remember, these are only a small batch of this week’s amazing New Releases! 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.

    Spider-Man #10
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, Nico Leon, Sara Pichelli

    Set after the events of Civil War II, Miles meets up with his friends to tell them about what happened in Washington D.C. While this issue is rehashing things we’ll see in the last 2 issues of Civil War II, it does so from Miles’ perspective, giving us insight ultimately into why Miles decided to confront the vision the Inhumans had for him.

    This issue is equal parts revealing and heart-breaking. Brian Michael Bendis continues to do a great job of setting this Spider-Man apart from his predecessor, making him a unique gem in the modern Marvel Universe. Nico Leon paces this issue wonderfully by providing clear distinction between the flashbacks and present story, not sacrificing a moment of drama in exchange for the exposition.

    If you have been picking up Civil War II, Spider-Man #10 is a great companion issue. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    JOIN MILES MORALES IN THE PAGES OF SPIDER-MAN

    Guardians of the Galaxy #15
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, Kevin Maguire

    Spinning out of the events of Civil War II, the Guardians of the Galaxy have a blown up their ship, and are now stranded on Earth. This new story arc, Grounded, will be following each member of the team while they redefine themselves given their current situation. This issue is focused on ex-Fantastic Four member, Ben Grimm (aka The Thing).

    Ben is approached early on by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, Maria Hill. She makes him an offer that’s pretty tough to refuse. Before Ben signs up though, he needs to see the current state of the world. This issue lets the reader see how things have changed, but mostly how this really isn’t the world he remembers.

    Brian Michael Bendis provides a very definitive voice for The Thing, hitting all the comedic beats, but providing the subtle shame Ben feels for his physical condition. Long time Guardians artist, Valerio Schiti gives us some very dynamic pages, which is amazing considering how it’s a much more personal story. Overall, a great jump-on point for people interested in joining the Guardians of the Galaxy. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Briggs Land #4
    By: Brian Wood, Mack Chater, Lee Loughridge, Tula Lotay

    After reading Briggs Land #4, I can tell why AMC wants this as a show. It’s compelling and controversial. Caleb Briggs wants to take over a local store but buying it seems to be more trouble than he originally planned. The owner, Mr. Hillson, wants to keep the business in the family and Caleb won’t stand for it. We see how far he’ll go to intimidate Mr. Hillson into falling in line.

    Brian Wood is masterful at dialogue. In some panels, you really get a sense of time when people are talking. Those long pauses and stare downs that happen when two people don’t agree are particularly wonderful. Mack Chater and Lee Loughridge show that even without Brian Wood’s dialogue they can pull off the same emotion. Briggs Land is yet again proving to be top-tier comics. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    SEE ALL BRIGGS LAND COMICS

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