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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.

    X-O Manowar comics at TFAW.com

    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]

    YOU’LL DEFINITELY WANT TO CHECK THIS BOOK OUT TOO — ORDER X-O MANOWAR #1 TODAY!

    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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    There’s a New Batman in Town!

    NCBD Sept 28th

    It’s our favorite time of the week, and that means we’ve got another installment of New Comic Book Day for you! Here are a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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

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

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

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

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

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Star Trek: Manifest Destiny, Divinity II, Dept H, Extrodinary X-Men, & Wonder Woman

    This week we take a look at 2 Sci-Fi, a Mystery and 2 Superhero books for New Comic Book Day. These are just a few stand out new releases this week. 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.

    Dept H comics at TFAW.com

    Dept H#1
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt, Jeff Lemire

    Who doesn’t love a good mystery? However, this is not your typical whodunnit!
    Journey with Mia as she takes on what I can only imagine may be the hardest thing she has ever had to do; discover who murdered her father!

    Death, love, an enclosed environment and a ton of suspects have me hooked in to this series for sure! The beautifully drawn and colored book really has a way of letting you grasp what it would be like to be on this ocean adventure.

    Furthermore, there are small details in the art and writing that capture each scene; down to an obvious accent that really adds to a character. Matt and Sharlene Kindt have created something special here!

    Dept H #1 [Sean M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Star Trek Manifest Destiny comics at TFAW.com

    Star Trek: Manifest Destiny#1
    By: Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott, Angel Hernandez

    Star Trek Manifest Destiny #1 fits right in with the “JJ ‘verse” (for non-Trekkies that’s what the new timeline that JJ Abrams has created with his two films). From the accurate-yet-comic-feel of the art to the perfect style of dialogue, this book just FEELS like JJ Trek. You can’t help but hear the actors voices as you read through each panel. As for the story itself, Trek fans were clamoring for more Klingons from this new timeline and this series looks to deliver — starting with a Klingon invasion and the setup of a new Klingon villain. This book is a great way to start celebrating Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary this year AND get ready for Star Trek Beyond this summer. Qapla’!

    Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1 [Dustin K. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Extraordinary X-Men#9

    By: Jeff Lemire, Ken Lashley, Humberto Ramos

    We left off on the last issue off Extraordinary X-men with the newly formed X-men team being confronted by the new horsemen of Apocalypse, fronted by a broke down Colossus. In the midst of this, the younger team of X-men are sent to the future, were the new lord Apocalypse has bent the world to his will.

    In this new issue of Extraordinary X-men, you get to see what happens with the young team when they’re sent to this new, dystopian future to face the horrors that lay before them at the hand of its new ruler. Will Piotr be able to help them get safely back to their time and save the earth from this new future? Will they all make it back in one piece–or even the same? How will the Storm-led team deal with one of their loved ones being used as a hand of doom? “Mutantkind ends here: so says the lord Apocalypse.” Or does it? Find out in Extraordinary X-men #9.

    Jeff Lemire (All New Hawkeye & Descender) showcases his unique ability of bringing real human emotion to the fantastic in this book; he is accompanied by Humberto Ramos’ (Amazing Spider-man) striking artwork.

    Extraordinary X-Men #9 [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Divinity II #1
    By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Tom Muller

    Historically I’ve not read many Valiant titles. I’ve picked up a few books here and there. Nothing really drew me into the universe that Valiant Comics has to offer — Until I read Divinity II. And that’s kinda the funny part; this is the second part of the Divinity story. So really, I should be blind as a bat and have no clue as to what is transpiring in this comic. But because Valiant has done a fantastic job of telling new readers about what came before (nestled within the second page prior to the story that takes place in this first issue) I had no problem at all following the characters Matt Kindt writes about in Divinity II, issue #1.

    Within 24 pages I immediately cared about all of the characters. I was completely engaged with the back story about the main character, Myshka. From becoming one of Russia’s first cosmonauts, to traveling to the farthest reaches of the known (Valiant) universe, we learn about Myshka’s childhood and upbringing. Learn about what she’s had to endure from the other test subjects in Russia’s space program and we begin to understand what makes up the fiber of Myshka’s being and why Myshka is able to possibly become…something more. The art by Trevor Hairsine is lovely, dark and at times haunting (inker Ryan Winn & colorist David Baron have a lot to offer with the amazing atmosphere of this book also).

    As Myshka is pushed to the edges of human capability, it’s clear that Trevor and Matt, et. al, care very much about what happens to Myshka and how their story is interpreted by you, the reader.

    If you’ve ever wanted to dive into a Valiant Comic but didn’t know where to begin, I think this would be a great place for you to start with Divinity II #1. I’m definitely in this one for the long haul.

    Divinity II #1 [Ethan S. at Beaverton TFAW]

    Wonder Woman #51
    By: Meredith Finch, Miguel Mendonca, David Finch

    Building off the events of the last issue we find Wonder Woman going deep into Themyscira to help Zeke. We see her deepest fears as it tries to tear her apart, down to her core.

    Meredeth Finch does a fine job planting you inside Diana’s head. With most of this issue speaking through captions. It works great due to how weird it would be talking to yourself out loud for that long.

    Miguel Mendonca, Dexter Vines, Diana Egea, Stephen Downer and Ulises Arreola all do a great job with the art in this issue. Giving Themyscira creepy orange and red tones, along with heavy dark lines pull off how scary this place could be to visit.

    If you are currently reading Wonder Woman this is a fine issue in the story arc. If you haven’t been, you might want to go back a couple of issues just so you’re not lost.

    Wonder Woman #51 [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for International Iron Man, Monstress, Superman & More

    Once again, this week was a really good one for comics fans. With so many great comics hitting the stands, it was hard to limit ourselves to just a few titles from this week’s new releases. Check out our other New Comic Book Day blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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

     	
X-Men Apocalypse Wars comics at TFAW.com Extraordinary X-Men #8
    By: Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos

    This issue kicks off Marvel’s X-Men Apocalypse Wars with a bang! How will Apocalypse make his presence known, and who will be his new horsemen, carrying out his bidding to free the world for his new era of mutant-kind? In this new issue of the amazing Extraordinary X-Men ongoing series, see what happens when Logan and Storm learn of a new spike in Cerebra’s readings. Is Colossus’s newly formed team of X-Men ready for what they’re about to walk into? What will it mean for the future of mutants, and even the world itself? How will Magik help out her new protégé, Sapna, in controlling and understanding her new power?

    There will be plenty of surprises and special guests to round out an exciting addition to this new story in the X-universe. Jeff Lemire brings his unique take to the long and storied history of the X-Men, turning a fresh eye to the classic story of Apocalypse, and he’s accompanied by the amazing art of Humberto Ramos. Now it’s just a matter of time to see if the X-Men are up to the task of fighting back the mutant power known as . . . Apocalypse! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Superman #50
    By: Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr.

    The long awaited issue of Superman #50 has finally come out! We meet Superman as he is head to head with Vandal Savage, a long-time villain he’s tackled before. Savage takes him to an alternate reality as he grows stronger from a comet heading towards Earth. Showing Superman what could be if Vandal came into power. Superman is plopped down to an alternate universe where his parents are still alive and he’s still with them as a boy! His parents keep thanking the “High Chief” that the planet is still together.

    Can anyone take a guess on who this high chief is? As Superman fights his way to Vandal, he reminds himself that being strong is not always the most important thing — it’s the commitment to his choices that are his true power. Will Superman ever get out of this alternate Universe? Find out in Superman #50! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

     	
New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com Archer & Armstong #1
    By: Rafer Roberts, David LaFuente

    For the uninitiated, this will serve as an entry point to the zany, fun world of Archer and Armstrong. For those back on the ride, you will definitely want to keep your arms inside the vehicle for the duration of this. Either way you slice it, this comedic adventure title is going to be a great time for you!

    Archer was raised by the heads of a religious cult in their theme park, and honed as a deadly weapon to assassinate the immortal Armstrong (brother of the “Eternal Warrior” Gilad, and Ivar “The Timewalker”) but on his mission, he discovered that Armstrong was not the great evil that he was led to believe.

    They teamed up, became pals, and the rest is history. As for how ‘the Adventures of Archer & Armstrong’ or ‘A+A’ goes, Armstrong has a magical satchel which is essentially a portal to another dimension, where goblins catalog and keep the items he puts in it so that he can retrieve what he needs at a moment’s notice. We finally get a glimpse of what it is like inside, as Armstrong goes in to the bag to retrieve a lost item deep within. Archer goes in after him, and we are off on another zany adventure with a big bad trapped in the bag, and forgotten about for thousands of years. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Monstress #4
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

    VISUALLY BREATHTAKING…is the first thing that must be said about this comic. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that didn’t share that opinion. Go ahead, try.

    This story continues to display the Marjorie Liu’s extraordinary ability to transport you into another world. Maika, Ren and Kippa are still on the run from the Cumaea AND the Federation but they seem to have caught a second to breath. In addition to catching up with the trio, we are blessed with more back story; questions that are extremely important and that have been on our minds since the beginning are answered in Monstress #4!

    Marjorie Liu has created a world that terrifies me but also makes me envious. Sana Takeda’s artwork is a dreamscape of wonderful imagery that perfectly complements the story. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

     	
International Iron Man comic book review at TFAW.com International Iron Man #1
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev

    (SPOILER ALERT) As we learned in The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Tony’s parents are not his own. This sets up the events that make International Iron Man such a great book.

    Much of this issue is spent on backstory that will serve the rest of this arc, but we do get to see a flashback of a younger Tony Stark back in his school days, working on the timeless art of seduction.

    Bendis’ writing is always top notch — nothing new there. He has such a great grasp of the character and it almost seems like Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel movie screenwriters are paying close attention to Bendis’ every move.

    Alex Maleev’s art is always fantastic. True to form, Maleev delivers captivating, fully fleshed-out art that just begs the reader to slow down and drink it all in. Bendis and Maleev are like Cap & Bucky, Wolverine & Collossus, Iron Man & War Machine — a perfect pairing such that every time they are working together, you’re in for one of the best times that comics have to offer.

    It’s a great jumping-on point for new readers as well as a great companion to Bendis/Marquez’s Iron Man run as well. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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