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    Luke Cage Begins A New Series

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews go to Luke Cage, Power Rangers and Harley Quinn. As a reminder these are only a few of the awesome comics that came out this week. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Luke Cage #1
    By: David F. Walker, Nelson Blake, Rahzzah

    Many writers have tried to write Luke Cage over the years, though most of them have failed to give Cage a voice that is both distinctive and real. Writer David F. Walker has done both in Luke Cage #1, a comic that is one of the best interpretations of the character yet.

    From the very first page of the comic, it’s clear that Walker is familiar with the character of Luke Cage right down to the soul. You feel the sorrow in Cage’s voice when he learns that Dr. Noah Burstein has tragically passed away. You feel the sarcasm in his speech when he fights yet another masked villain. This comic is Luke Cage at its best.

    However, it’s not all about David F. Walker; Nelson Blake, who does an excellent job on the art, joins him on the title.

    Whether you’re a brand new fan thanks to the Luke Cage Netflix show or an old school fan from the ‘70s, you need to pick up Luke Cage #1. The last page alone will have long-time fans of both Luke Cage and Iron Fist squealing with delight, as Walker reaches deep into the Marvel Universe for a special surprise reveal. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Mighty Morphin Power Ranger comics at TFAW.com

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #15
    By: Kyle Higgins, Tom Taylor, Jamal Campbell, Trey Moore, Goni Montes, Dan Mora, Frazer Irving

    Man, we’re only 15 issues in, but it feels like so much more time has passed. We’ve gone way past what happened in the show, straight into alternate timelines where Tommy never broke free of Rita and destroyed the Power Rangers, both our Mighty Morphin’ variety and beyond.

    This issue tells us where Zordon has been, what he’s seen from both timelines and why he still believes in the Rangers, including Tommy Oliver. As a big Power Rangers fan. I can honestly say Kyle Higgens has been doing an amazing job throughout this series. In fact, Boom! Studios and all their Power Rangers comics have been fantastic.

    If you are, on any level, a Power Rangers fan, even if you watched only a little bit of the show, then do yourself a favor and pick up this series. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    GET READY TO GO GO POWER RANGERS WITH BOOM! STUDIOS NEWEST SERIES COMING IN JULY!

    Harley Quinn #20
    By: Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin

    I’ve been a huge Harley Quinn fan since first seeing her debut on the Batman Animated Series cartoon. I’m also one of those fans that have loved the interpretation that Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner came up with. If you’ve read any issue of this run since her reinvention in the New 52, you know what to expect with Harley Quinn #20.

    The crazy Harley has once again found herself in a chaotic situation. Harley Sinn captures her friends, her parents are coming to visit, and someone from the future is out to kill her. Harley handles these situations in a way that only she can do, and it’s a guarantee you’ll crack up at least two or three times in this issue.

    The back-up story from Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti is just the icing on the cake. For fans of classic ‘90s Harley, this issue is worth buying just for this story.

    If you’re a fan of Harley Quinn, it’s likely you’re already buying this issue. However, if you haven’t yet checked out the zany adventures of Harley, then this comic is a great starting point.[Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Luke Cage Comes to Danny Rand’s Aid

    Power Man & Iron Fist #9

    Sweet Christmas! Marvel’s new Civil War II has officially collided with the world of Power Man & Iron Fist and the fiddle-faddle hits the fan. In Power Man & Iron Fist #8, Ulysses had a vision of Luke Cage staging a prison break to bust out his best friend Danny Rand and Captain Marvel and her future-preventing crew were on their way to bust it up.

    The newest issue of Power Man & Iron Fist hits the ground running as Power Man and his cohorts take on Carol and her squad in a huge super-powered confrontation. The action flies fast but so do the jokes, writer David Walker continues to bring a light and breezy tone to this book. Even in the large battle scenes, which are awesomely rendered by artist Sanford Greene, Walker never lets things feel too heavy. The stakes are high but the action is above all fun.

    Power Man & Iron Fist has been one of the biggest bright spots of the current Marvel lineup because it’s main focus is on the friendship between Luke and Danny. It’s one of comics’ best bromances and we see Luke’s desperation to get his friend back throughout this issue. If this were anyone else he might not have put his neck on the line so much, but Power Man needs Iron Fist and vice versa. Seeing these two reunited in this issue just makes me feel good. Their banter is one of the book’s greatest strengths.

    This is of course a tie-in with the major Marvel Civil War II event, and it’s always tricky to make these not feel forced. But this issue does a great job of folding the Civil War story in naturally. It actually enhances Luke and Danny’s story instead of feeling an intrusion. It adds greater stakes to the already engrossing struggle to break Iron Fist out of prison. This book strikes a great balance of superhero action and classic buddy humor, and I can’t recommend it enough.

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    Power Man & Iron Fist #9, Marvel Comics, rated T+, released October 12, 2016, written by David Walker, pencils and inks by Sanford Greene & Flaviano, colors by John Rauch, letters by Clayton Cowles, cover by Sanford Greene, 3.99.

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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 comics at TFAW.com

    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 comics at TFAW.com

    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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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Power Man & Iron Fist, Secret Six, Tomb Raider & Birthright

    Power Man and Iron fist team up for their new ongoing series, Lara Croft returns, and Catman takes on Batgirl! We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the sixth of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles. 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 too many spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again.

     	
Power Man & Iron Fist comics at TFAW.com Power Man and Iron Fist #1
    By: David Walker, Sanford Greene

    Sweet Christmas, this issue of Power Man and Iron Fist sets it off! The tone carried through each character is Baby Bear, that is to say “just right.” The art keeps it crisp like a new pair of kicks.

    Danny Rand sees the opportunity to get the band back together, Luke Cage wants to keep the situation under control, and both just want to help out a friend. Of course, nothing ever goes quite that simple for our Heroes for Hire.

    The wheels are in motion, and this initial arc is going to keep my attention. I can already see an investment in this story that I will be sticking around for the long haul. David Walker gets it! [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Secret Six #11
    By: Gail Simone, Dale Eaglesham, Tom Derenick

    This issue of Secret Six represents my favorite part of Gail Simone’s writing! She has the team take the proverbial chill pill and let their human-ness spill out in this issue.

    After the Massive Magical Mayhem of the last issue, the team needs the break. However, their relaxation time is interwoven with life lessons, emotions, voices from the past, and a bit of action. With Alice, Strix, Porcelain, Ventriliquist, and Big Shot all dealing with several issues at once, you still see a real team dynamic here; almost family like. While we get a piece of every character, it is clear that the star of this issue is Strix. We are granted a nice/awful piece of her back story here.

    However, there is another star in this issue. Where is Catman? Catman is off on his own enjoying a nice walk. Enter Batgirl! Gail does a brilliant job of bringing Batgirl and Catman into the scene. In the classic Bat/Cat format, they quickly engage in the most whimsical banter and butt kickery!

    Artists Dale Eaglesham and Tom Derenick also do a great job of portraying the emotions that are pouring out of our characters’ faces in this issue. Whether it is joy, pain or anger, it is believable! With comedy, emotions and action all in tow, we also traverse into a new story arc. Get ready, things are going to get . . . violent. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Tomb Raider #1
    By: Mariko Tamaki, Phillip Sevy, Michael Atiyeh, Agustin Alessio

    Tomb Raider starts off with Lara doing what she does best — finding treasure. At first we’re unsure what it is she searching for, but we find out that it revolves around the “Mushroom of Immortality,” and she’s not the only one looking for it.

    This first issue of Tomb Raider II does a great job setting up what we will be reading about in the months to come. Mariko Tamaki does a fantastic job with these characters — introducing a new villain, mentor, and also the tone of the book. By the end of the issue you know exactly what you are going to get out of this series: high risk and high adventure. Phillip Sevy’s art is spot on. From action scenes to facial expressions, it’s all very clean and polished.

    This is a fantastic starting point for new readers. If you’ve only played the video games (Rise of the Tomb Raider is awesome, BTW) or just want some adventure in you pull list, you won’t be disappointed with Tomb Raider II! [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Birthright #14
    By: Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, Adriano Lucas

    After 14 issues Birthright still one of Image Comics’ best reads. Joshua Williamson’s story is still landing in my pull every month due to the imaginative crossover of fantasy and “real world” mystery. I’ve personally never been a big fan of fantasy comics, but this book is too good to pass up.

    As Mikey and Brennon try to find a place to hide, we encounter an “old timer” who wants to know the truth about Lore an desperately seeks Mikey. While the kid’s parents are looking for them both, they encounter others who are also looking, and will do anything to get to them.

    Andrei Bressan’s inks and Adriano Lucas’ colors are both fantastic–I love that the colors just pop — even in the night scenes. They’re a really good pair, and it’s a delight to crack open a new issue each month. This has been a great book from the start and I highly recommend it. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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