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    A New Secret Warriors Team Bands Together

    Four comics reviewed this week and all are team-ups! Remember these are only a few comics that came out THIS WEEK! Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other comics. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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    Supergirl #9
    By: Steve Orlando, Brian Ching, Michael Atyeh

    Escape from the Phantom Zone Part One kicks off an arc that I’ve been dying to see since Rebirth started. A Barbara Gordon and Kara Danvers team up.

    The concept is simple. The Tychotech company in National City is unveiling a new clean energy concept to the world. As Supergirl, Kara has been invited due to her attachment to the technology used. Of course, something goes wrong and the machine goes haywire sending Barbara’s friend Ben into the Phantom Zone. Naturally, Batgirl and Supergirl head into the Phantom Zone to find him and get him out.

    Writer Steve Orlando did pull off something that I didn’t see coming. The villain who turned-on the machine was Magog, who hasn’t made a ton of appearances (that I’m aware of) since Kingdom Come. Brian Ching does a good job with this world and has since Rebirth started. Michael Atyeh’s colors are perfect for any “Super” book: Nice and bright. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Titans #11
    By: Dan Abnett, Brett Booth, Benjamin Percy, Mike McKone

    Since the beginning of Rebirth, Titans has always stood at the center of it all thanks to Wally West, the one hero who kickstarted this whole event. With Titans #11 and the first chapter of The Lazarus Contract, Wally and the rest of his team find themselves set to change the DC Universe yet again.

    Like all great Titans stories, Titans #11 centers on Deathstroke, who seeks to bring his son back from the dead. Slade believes the key is through Wally West and time travel, which could have potentially devastating effects on the already fragile state of the universe. In particular, the last page of this comic will shake things up in a big way for both the Titans and Teen Titans.

    Titans #11 is the start of yet another exciting mini-event for DC Comics and looks to shake everything up once again. The superstar writing team of Ben Percy, Dan Abnett, and Christopher Priest are well on their way to knocking this one out of the park. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    The Unbelievable Gwenpool #15
    By: Christopher Hastings, Myisha Haynes, Paulina Ganucheau

    Weird team-ups! Hijinks! 4th-wall breaking! It’s all here in The Unbelievable Gwenpool! This whole series is nothing but obscure adventures and breaking the 4th-wall, and no surprise, it’s been awesome.

    Gwenpool’s friend is trapped is a gem, and she’s working with Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) to help free him. Well, first she’s got to get her friend back from Ghost Rider, then save him from the dwarves that want the gem. Then, she has to somehow get him out, all while Ghost Rider does his thing and Kate Bishop a.k.a. Hawkeye, just shoots arrows.

    This is a really fun series that you can’t take seriously at all: It’s zanier than good ol’ Deadpool. Less blood and guts, but more wacky fun. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Secret Warriors #1
    By: Matthew Rosenberg, Javi Garron, Tradd Moore

    i>Secret Empire #1 revealed a shocking truth about the state of the Hydra-controlled world: Inhumans were being rounded up into camps. While this is only touched on briefly in that book, Secret Warriors #1 dives headfirst into the subject.

    Writer Matthew Rosenberg assembles a dream team of Inhumans for this latest incarnation of the Secret Warriors, including Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl and Quake. The comic features equal amounts mystery, suspense, drama, and action, and Rosenberg nails all of it. Artist Javi Garron does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.

    If you’ve read the solicits for Secret Warriors, you won’t find any surprises in this book. However, if you’re following Secret Empire #1 or you’re a fan of the Inhumans, I highly recommend this book due to its strong writing and the impact it’s going to have on Secret Empire as a whole. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Review: Civil War II #4 – Explosive Verdict in Banner Murder Trial

    Review of Civil War II #4

    Civil War II #4Some time has passed since the death of Bruce Banner at the hands of his friend and ally, Hawkeye. She-Hulk finally wakes up from her coma, and the first news she hears is that Hawkeye has been acquitted in the trial for Banner’s murder.

    In Civil War II #3, when the majority of the Marvel Universe arrived on Bruce Banner’s doorstep to demand answers after precognizant Inhuman Ulysses predicted that The Incredible Hulk would kill them all, Banner was understandably upset. Banner’s eyes flashed green for a moment before an arrow was loosed by Hawkeye to end his life. Clint Barton’s defense was that the arrow was designed by Banner, and that he was following a pact he had made with Banner himself.

    At the end of the last issue, Tony Stark has successfully replicated Ulysses’ power from the map he acquired (by mild torture) of the young Inhuman’s brain. Stark sees the future and is terrified.

    Civil War II #4 sees Iron Man explaining the science and math behind Ulysses’ visions to a group of assembled superhuman leaders. The visions are not exactly what they initially appeared to be. He succinctly expresses his continued belief that following these visions blindly is misguided and potentially hazardous to the freedom and safety of law-abiding citizens.

    There are difficult questions raised on both sides of the fence. Are Ulysses’ visions accurate predictions of the future, or mathematical equations of probability? Does it matter? If there’s a high enough probability that someone will commit a crime, does it make sense to detain and at least question them? How high does that probability need to be? What if acting on the probability of a future crime being committed causes a different tragedy to occur, like the deaths of Rhodie and Bruce Banner?

    It was easy to choose sides in the first Civil War event. Both of the team leaders had solid, persuasive arguments, I was on Cap’s side from the start. This issue is a little less clear for me. I was initially firmly in Iron Man’s camp, then may have been swayed to Captain Marvel’s for a minute. I landed back in Stark’s yard after this entry.

    Civil War II #4, Marvel Comics, released July 27, 2016, written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by David Marquez, colors by Justin Ponsor, letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover by Marko Djurdjevic, variant covers by Kim Jung Gi, Michael Cho, and Phil Noto, $4.49

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: Hawkeye #5

    all new hawkeye #5As a part of Marvel Comic’s “All-New, All-Different” comics imprint, the Avengers’ Hawkeye is given a fresh interpretation. Writer, Jeff Lemire has made a career out of breathing new life into well-established characters. Previously working for DC Comics, he retooled tent pole DC characters such as Teen Titans, Superboy, Atom and Green Arrow to much critical acclaim. He brings this experience with him to Marvel Comics and applies it to Hawkeye of the Avengers, a character that has traditionally been portrayed as a supporting member of an ensemble and who has infrequently been given a solo title.

    In the current series, Lemire takes the reader into the inner-life of the Hawkeye (and his protégé, Kate Bishop, also known as Hawkeye) when he’s off-duty from the Avengers. Lemire’s Hawkeye takes on the persona of a hard squabble everyman. He is divorced, deaf/hearing impaired and finds the most mundane of human interactions challenging, in a manner that strongly implies that Hawkeye falls somewhere on the Asperger’s spectrum.

    Yet, Hawkeye’s strong sense of ethics compels him to do “the right thing”. Lemire takes every opportunity to fully explore the dynamics and consequences of heroic actions and inactions in a way the exploits nuance for a compelling storyline.

    Issue 5 follows the Hawkeyes (Clint and Kate) as they try to save a group of children from being exploited by Hydra. Interspaced with the A-story line, is an extended flashback to the childhood of Kate Bishop. The artwork of Ramón Pérez fills the panels nicely, even changing from a sharp realism in the main story to softer, muted pastels for Kate Bishop’s flashbacks. Pérez utilizes bright, solid backgrounds which draws the eye to the contrasting imagery of the figure drawing.

    The result is that the action of the panel appears vivid and free flowing.

    Lemire creates in “All-New Hawkeye” a character driven comic book that borrows heavily from the noir tradition of hard-boiled detective novelists like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Hawkeye stays grounded in the humanity of its “superhero” and offers a familiar, yet unique alternative to the traditional superhero comic book.

    Hawkeye #5, published March 23, 2016. Writer: Jeff Lemire. Artist: Ramón Pérez. Colors: Ian Herring with Ramón Pérez. Lettering: Joe Sabino. Cover: Ramón Perez. Variant Cover: Phil Noto.

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    October Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Silent Hill Downpour Annes Story #1 review at TFAW.comEvery month, our customers submit hundreds of product reviews that help others determine how great (or not-so-hot) certain comics, graphic novels, and other collectibles are. We took a look at the reviews that were submitted in October and are awarding $25 gift certificates as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. And the winners are (insert drum roll here):

    Our first contest winner is Coniah in Tacoma, WA! Coniah wrote a review for the all-new Thor #1 caught our eye:

    If you’ve been out of comics for a while or not following the main Thor title, this issue does a good job of helping catch you up to the most recent events leading up to Thor Odinson’s being unworthy of Mjolnir, and there’s a great sense of action and scale as well. Overall, it’s a pretty solid issue with only one drawback, in my opinion, not enough of the new Thor.

    The Strain Volume 1 HC review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Mary from Manhattan, KS. She had this to say about Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #1 (of 4):

    If I could give this six stars, I would. HAWKEYE. DRESSED UP AS HAWKEYE FOR HALLOWEEN. Also: plot thickening, villains somewhat revealed, and shenanigans. Love this series!

    Grayson #1 review at TFAW.comLast but not least, John from South Dartmouth, MA dropped by to share his thoughts about the new Ghostbusters #15 (Subscription Variant):

    I have been a GB fan since I was a kid and was very excited for the comic book series when it came out. Good story in the spirit of the original movies. I love how some of the variant covers are throwbacks to not only the original movies but the Real Ghostbusters cartoon series like this cover.

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

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    February Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Hawkeye #14 review at TFAW.comSweet Christmas! You guys have once again out done yourselves by sending in so many wonderful product reviews to choose from last month, it was nigh impossible to pick just three of you for this month’s picks. However, after reading through the hundreds and hundreds of great reviews, we have hand picked three of our favorites as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. Below, you’ll find out who won from February’s Product Reviews. $25 TFAW gift certificates are on the way to the folks who posted them.

    Marina from Quail Valley, Ca stopped by with her five star review of Hawkeye #14:

    Hawkeye #14 follows the ongoing pattern with Fraction’s run, the writing is witty and expressive in a way suitable to the character. In this issue, we follow what happens to Kate in California- and we see what it really means to be a super hero sleuth. The art and writing correspond perfectly to her viewpoint and, to say without spoilers, it was an amazing issue overall.

    Elfquest: The Final Quest #1 review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Candice from Carmi, IL. She had this to say about the Elfquest: The Final Quest #1:

    Been a fan since I was 13 yrs and it a very exceptional book in my opinion. It has a little bit of everything. I love to escape into the world of Elfquest; a vacation from the real world if you will. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Vol. 1 TPB - Force Storm review at TFAW.comLast but not least, Chris from Campbellford, ON wrote a review for the for Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Vol. 1 TPB – Force Storm that we had to share:

    This graphic novel captivates its reader with its awesome art work and in depth descriptions of emotions and scenes. I am very happy to have bought this book and will continue to follow the series with great intent. If you have not read this series but are a star wars fan old or new it will not let you down highly suggest this!

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

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    August Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    TFAW's Grab Bag Comics review at TFAW.comWow! With so many fantastic product reviews to choose from last month, it was nearly impossible to narrow the field down for this month’s picks. Nevertheless, we’ve picked three of our favorites as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. Below, you’ll see who won from August’s Product Reviews. $25 TFAW gift certificates are on the way to the folks who posted them.

    Davina from Washington stopped by with this quick review of our $.50 DC Grab Bag Comics:

    I love these things, I get at least two with every purchase, I usually get something I’ll keep and if not I know people I can give them to gifts as.

    Cable and Deadpool TPB review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Christopher from Parma, OH. He had this to say about the Cable & Deadpool Vol. 2 TPB:

    I’ve always wanted to read this volume after I finished the first one. Overall, it’s a must own if you’re a fan of either Cable or Deadpool. I was laughing the whole time and the twist at the end is one of my favorite ever. 5/5. Well worth the money.

    Hawkeye Vol. 2 TPB review at TFAW.comLast but not least, Lauren from Arkansas, wrote a review for the Hawkeye Vol. 2 TPB that was quick and sweet:

    Just like the previous volume, this kept me highly entertained and impatient for the next issues. Our favorite archer cannot catch a break…

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

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    Ron Chan Hits a Bullseye, Donates Hawkeye Sketch to the CBLDF

    Ron Chan Hawkeye Sketch 2013 CBLDF
    Ron Chan's Hawkeye sketch!

    We’ve got another exciting announcement about our Fifth Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Periscope Studios artist Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies, Husbands), created an amazing Hawkeye sketch for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s annual auction at San Diego Comic-Con, with all proceeds supporting the First Amendment rights of the comics community!

    Founded in 1986, the CBLDF offers legal assistance to comic book fans, retailers, creators, and more whose basic rights are threatened. Visit CBLDF.org to learn more and enjoy a daily news blog on First Amendment issues, a large and growing resource section with case files and documents on the history of comics censorship, and tool kits for artists, readers, and librarians about their rights.

    TFAW is a proud supporter of the CBLDF and, through the generous donations of artists like Chan, has helped raised more than $100,000 for this important cause. As a thank you, TFAW is also creating free, limited-edition autograph cards from these original sketches that will be available at SDCC!

    See Ron Chan’s Captain America sketch from last year, below! Going to SDCC? You can bid on the original sketch at the CBLDF Auction July 20 (stay tuned for details). Plus, remember to pick up a free autograph card at the CBLDF booth at #1920. While you’re at it, make sure to stop at the TFAW booth at #5625 to browse graphic novels and more at special low prices.

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    See Ron Chan’s Previous CBLDF Sketch, Below!

    Ron Chan 2011 CBLDF Sketch

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    April Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Zero Killer Nick and Dent TPB review at TFAW.comWe get hundreds of really great product reviews each month, and it’s our privilege to pore through them and pick three winners as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. Below, you’ll see who won from April’s Product Reviews. We’ll be sending $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

    Joe from Saint James, NY is the first of this month’s winners. Here’s his review of the Zero Killer N&D TPB:

    I picked this TPB up as a DOD, because the story sounded intriguing. I was not disappointed, the book has extra bonus documentation between chapters explaining more about the world the protagonist, Zero, lives in. An alternate reality to modern day NY, where atomic fallout and wars have taken their toll on the country and world in general. I put the book down once and read it in about 2 hours ’cause i found it that interesting. For a nick & dent deal of the day or for a low price i would say pick it up and add it to your collection. It’s worth a read.

    MIB 3 Agent G Bishoujo Statue review at TFAW.comOur second winner is David from Toronto, ON. David had this to say about the MIB 3 Agent G Bishoujo Statue:

    Beautifully designed sculpt and design. Sexy and alluring. The best part: storage under the “sidewalk” for the extra pieces she comes with (Different right arm with weapon and her black sunglasses). Too many statues do not have this feature in the base.

    Hawkeye TPB My Life As Weapon Vol. 01  review at TFAW.comLast but not least, there’s Lauren, from North Little Rock, AR, who’s review for Hawkeye My Life As Weapon Vol. 1 TPB really spoke to us.

    This book is very entertaining. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about Clint Barton/Hawkeye. The man cannot seem to stay out of trouble!

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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