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    Dark Days: The Forge #1: The Epic Begins

    “There is a feeling you get at the beginning of an adventure…”

    Thus begins DC’s epic summer event, Metal. The prelude, Dark Days: The Forge, is the perfect introduction, and sets the stage for the magnitude of what is to come.

    Dark Days: The Forge #1

    Comics publishers often overuse the term “all-star” in their books, but in this case, it fits perfectly. DC has recruited its top talent, including writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, for this one-shot story. However, the talent doesn’t stop there, as the book also packs superstar artists Jim Lee, John Romita Jr. and Andy Kubert. Even the cast is epic, featuring Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Aquaman, Mister Miracle – even the Outsiders.

    Dark Days: The Forge #1 Will Keep You Coming Back For More

    The issue gives just enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages with anticipation. Batman has discovered a mysterious substance in the Earth’s metal. Unfortunately, no wants this information to come to light, including the Guardians of the Universe and the Immortal Men.

    As Snyder’s and Tynion’s story unfolds – from the depths of the ocean to the Batcave on the moon – the mystery deepens. What is this mysterious metal? Where did it come from, and why is Batman obsessed with it now? The artwork is stunning and dramatic, exactly what’s you’d expect from this superstar team. If that wasn’t enough to keep you coming back for more, check out the final page. This final page is beautifully rendered by Lee and will seal the deal for this event.

    That feeling you get at the beginning of an adventure? It’s glee. Pure glee for what’s to come.

    Dark Days: The Forge #1, DC Comics, Released June 14, 2017, Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV; Pencils by Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.; Inks by Scott Williams, Klaus Janson and Danny Miki; Colors by Alex Sinclair and Jeremiah Skipper; Letters by Steve Wands; $4.99.

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    It’s Jean Grey’s Time to Shine in Jean Grey #1

    This week for New Comic Book Day, we’re kicking things off with Jean Grey’s long-awaited solo series and a return to DC’s Injustice universe. Only two books this week because we’re busy prepping for our biggest Free Comic Book Day yet!

    As always, this is just a sample of the new books out this week; you can check out everything that came out this week on our website.

    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.

    Jean Grey #1
    By: Dennis Hopeless, Victor Ibanez, David Yardin

    I’ve always thought that Jean Grey should have her own solo series. Out of all the X-Men, Ms. Grey has always dealt with a host of issues that were generally underexplored in the core X-Men books. In Jean Grey #1, writer Dennis Hopeless gets the chance to give Jean Grey the spotlight and a story that dives into her mind.

    Throughout the book, we see Jean Grey struggle with the legacy her older self left behind, namely in terms of the Phoenix. We also see her other struggles, such as being the only female on a team of men and what it means to be a hero. The inner monologue of Jean Grey presents the character in a new light, and Hopeless captures her voice perfectly.

    The book isn’t all narrative, as Jean Grey faces off against 3/4 of the Wrecking Crew. The art from Victor Ibanez captures the action perfectly.

    If you’re a fan of the X-Men comics, Jean Grey #1 is a must-read book. Without spoiling anything, I’m positive that this book is going to end up being a game changer for Jean Grey and have repercussions for the larger X-Men books. Without a doubt, this is my pick for book of the week. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Injustice 2 #1
    By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Jim Lee, Scott Williams

    The Injustice series by Tom Taylor was one of DC’s biggest surprises in recent years. Writer Tom Taylor took a simple video game tie-in series and turned it into one of the greatest Elseworlds stories that DC has ever told. With Injustice 2 on the horizon, Taylor is back to pen the tie-in series of the same name.

    The Injustice 2 comic tells the story that takes place between the first and second games, which means Taylor is free to explore characters and ideas that won’t show up in the game itself. One such idea is Amanda Waller and Suicide Squad, an idea that quickly turns violent much earlier than you’d expect.

    Tom Taylor and a collection of artists such as Bruno Redondo are off to a great start with Injustice 2 #1. If they can keep this pace up, DC will have another huge success on their hands. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Caught Up in the Wildest Storm

    In 1992, comics legend Jim Lee founded a new imprint of DC Comics called WildStorm in 1992. It established it’s own universe of heroes, but eventually shuttered in 2010. Now that Lee is the co-publisher at DC, he’s revived his pet project with the help of fellow comics legend Warren Ellis.

    The Wild Storm #1 Variant Cover
    The Wild Storm #1 Variant Cover

    The Wild Storm #1 is the kick off to a new line of books. The first issue launches into a re-imagined world of WildStorm comics. It introduces new and old readers to the characters and environments of WildStorm. Ellis is the perfect writer for this material since so much of his work has been this type of densely layered, multi-character, conspiracy sort of story.

    WildStorm Gets a Modern Reboot

    The book jumps from incident to incident around the city. And right off the bat there is an operation gone bad with the character of Zealot. Eventually, other classic characters like Voodoo and The Engineer appear. Reader are  thrown into the crazy world of science fiction and government conspiracies.

    It’s striking how grounded the events are in the new Wild Storm. The characters remain super-powered people, but the feel is updated and modern. Much of the extreme sheen of the 90’s is gone. There is now a more street level and gritty take on these characters. As a result, the characters feel more weighty and relevant.

    The art by Jon Davis-Hunt creates a clean realistic look that reflects Ellis’ writing. The book is fast-paced and opens the door to many questions. Wild Storm #1 requires readers to invest in the characters and strive for answers about the universe. However, it appears that the creative team is building a large scale story worthy of the investment.

    SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. PRE-ORDER THE WILD STORM #2

    The Wild Storm #1, DC Comics, Released February 15, 20107, Written by Warren Ellis, Art by Jon Davis-Hunt, $3.99

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    Not All Wounds Are Visible

    General Zod’s Black Vault continues to wreak havoc on the staff and inmates of Belle Reve in Suicide Squad #8. While the virus renders sane minds insane, it has a paradoxical effect on Harley Quinn. As her team descends further into madness and a giant Kryptonian stirs, it’s up to Daddy’s Little Monster to save the day.

    Chapter 8 opens with an implosion of Task Force X. Harley Girl is about to be eaten by Killer Croc before Rick Flagg intervenes. Flagg threatens to put a bullet in the nostril of the reptilian freak. Mostly because it may be the only weakness in Croc’s otherwise impenetrable hide. Flagg struggles to maintain control of the tense situation. Meanwhile, the Maid of Mischief attempts to convince June Moon to unleash the Enchantress to battle Zod, who is regaining consciousness.

    A Peek Into Killer Frost

    While the main story wraps up the Black Vault story arc, the backup story introduces a new member of Task Force X. This also leads into the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad crossover, which begins December 21st.

    Rob Williams’ script is packed with action and a sardonic sense of humor. In an interesting character development, Waylon Jones has developed a soft spot for June Moon. The biggest, gnarliest member of the team rolls over and exposes his soft underbelly when Moon’s welfare is threatened.

    Jim Lee’s artwork on the main story is exactly what you would expect from a modern master working with this Suicide Squad cast. The action sequences are insanely busy, but none of the cast is lost in the mayhem. Artwork by Giuseppe Camunculi and Francesco Mattina on the backup chapter is also strong. There is an interesting sequence of panels that show progression with hardly any movement at all.

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    Suicide Squad #8, DC Comics, Released December 14, 2016, Written by Rob Williams, Art by Jim Lee, $2.99

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    This is the Suicide Squad We Deserve

    Every Wednesday, we pick a few of this week’s new releases that stand out from the crowd for our New Comic Book Day series of blog articles. If you’re looking to join a series or want to know what’s happening in today’s best comics, keep reading!

    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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    Action Comics #963
    By: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher, Arif Prianto, Clay Mann

    Action Comics #963 kicks off the new “Superman Meets Clark Kent” story arc and picks up with Clark Kent investigating (read: I mean breaking into) a company named Geneticron. When I say Clark, I mean Clark, not Kal-El. No, it’s not Superman pretending to be an ordinary human.

    Lex Luthor’s Daily Planet newspaper recently outed Clark Kent as being Superman, but as true as that’s been in the past, at this moment in the DCU, it’s not. In all the confusion one thing for sure, this Clark Kent is not OUR Superman.

    Dan Jurgens gives us a well-paced issue with flashbacks that help provide context to the story. This is an exciting issue for any Superman fan, and a wonderful place to jump into the Action Comics series. The story has a very Golden Age feel to it. Patrick Zircher and Arif Prianto both do a great job with the art and colors, and exemplify what we’ve come to expect from DC comics. Great layout, bright colors, and solid linework. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter #1
    By: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, David Lapham
    Edgar Salazar, Keith Champagne, Dan Jackson

    Born as a mistake of a powerful vampire known as the Master, Mister Quinlan seeks to destroy the monster that sired him. This gory feud has lasted ages and can be traced back to the ancient Roman Empire.

    If you’ve enjoyed The Strain novels, television series, or comic books, you’re going to fall over yourself to learn more about Mister Quinlan in the new five-issue The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter miniseries.

    The thing is: you don’t have to know anything about The Strain to enjoy this book. Lapham and team lead the reader down a journey of one boy’s birth in blood toward his destiny. It’s a fun and entertaining story in its own right and actually serves as a good entry into this universe — be careful, you will be drawn into this story.

    On their own, Salazar, Champagne, and Jackson are tremendously talented in their own right, but together, their art comes together in such a way that you can’t help but take a second look at the book once you finish. My only criticism is that I have to wait another month to see the next installment of The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter. This is the best book I’ve read this month. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Suicide Squad #2
    By: Rob Williams, Jim Lee

    The Suicide Squad is once again on a mission they can’t hope to survive. From the emptiness of space to the frigid waters of the Artic Ocean, Task Force X can’t seem to catch a break. They’re hunting a cosmic artifact and — of course — they aren’t told what it is. When they find out what it is, we see that they were sorely unprepared for it!

    The team has gotten out of more dangerous situations than this in the past, but Rob Williams may have just caused Task Force X to go extinct. Suicide Squad #2 also includes a short story that gives us insight into Boomerang’s past. It’s a fun piece by Rob Williams, Ivan Reis, and Marcelo Maiolo.

    Things are just starting to rev up, but it’s not too late to join the Suicide Squad! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    NCBD: Supergirl and the Suicide Squad Join DC’s Rebirth

    New Comic Book Day 8/17/16

    This week brought a strong group of comics. For New Comic Book Day, we continue catch up with The Punisher and Daredevil as a conflict comes to a head, jump into the new Suicide Squad series, continue reading Jeff Lemire’s incredible Black Hammer series, and check out Supergirl’s Rebirth. Remember, these are only a few of this week’s new releases be sure to check the TFAW website to see even more. We’d love to know what you think of these books too!

    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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    Black Hammer #16

    By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart

    We last left Black Hammer with the whole team meeting up to reminisce their past lives with the hero (and their leader): the amazing Black Hammer.

    In this new issue we get to see a glimpse into the background of Gail Gibbons, aka Golden Gail, wherein she was given the gifts of the gods to fight to keep the world safe — or is it a curse? Now Gail, stuck in the body of a nine-year-old, is just trying so hard to get back the powers that she once felt burdened with. We also get to see Walky Talky and The Barbalien trying to get a probe outside the boundaries of the small town that they are trapped in. Also, we get to see a clash with one of their old foes, Doctor Sherlock Frankenstein (best name ever!).

    How will this “family” deal with all the troubles of trying to fit into the small town they’re stuck in, and what steps will they take to find their way home? Are they even in their universe, or are they in a pocket dimension? Could this be an elaborate trap by a villain from their past?

    All that, plus we still don’t know the full story of Black Hammer’s fate. I’m really looking forward to learning more in the next issue of Black Hammer. [Steve M. at Portland TFAW]

    Daredevil Punisher #4

    By: Charles Soule, Szymon Kudranski, Jim Charalampidis, Clayton Cowles

    Daredevil Punisher #4 completes the “Seventh Circle” story, and it’s been a great ride. DD and Punisher have worked together in the past, but they’re at odds this time over a gangster named Sergey Antonov. D.A. Matt Murdock is transferring Antonov to Texas so he can get a fair trial, but Frank Castle thinks he needs to be punished for his crimes.

    Soule wraps up the Daredevil Punisher miniseries in spectacular form, but I won’t tell you how this one ends, folks. What I will say is that it’s really great seeing how far both Daredevil and Punisher will take things, given their conflicting convictions. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Suicide Squad #1

    By: Rob Williams, Jim Lee

    For anyone who wants to learn more about Suicide Squad after the wonderfully fun movie, you should definitely grab a copy of Suicide Squad #1! The story starts off with Amanda Waller’s inner monologue discussing why she assembled the Suicide Squad — she believes that bad can do good, and she’s . . . well . . . somewhat right!

    The group is sent to retract a cosmic cube in space, and as the group battles motion sickness, Williams provides a flashback of how Deadshot landed right into Amanda Waller’s Task Force X. It’s a great first issue, and I can’t wait to see where this one goes. Pick this issue up before it sells out! [Darcey M. at Universal City Walk TFAW]

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    Supergirl Rebirth #1

    By: Steve Orlando, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Michael Atiyeh

    Supergirl Rebirth serves as a slingshot for those unfamiliar with Supergirl’s past and her place in the DC Universe. The issue starts with a flashback that establishes a potential threat (or possibly ally).

    In the new status quo that is the DC Rebirth, Supergirl only recently crash landed on Earth (like, a few months ago recent), and the D.E.O. is trying to make sure she becomes a hero like her cousin, Kal-El. They’ve assigned full-time handlers Eliza and Jeremiah Danvers to show her the ways of this planet and act as “parents” to her alter ego, Kara Danvers.

    I anticipate good things from writer Steve Orlando; we’re already seeing strong elements of a family drama for this series and I’m excited to see how Kara adapts to Earth and comes to understand our ways.

    Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy are already a good pair, and I’m excited to see how they will continue to come together as a team. Their art is similar to that of Terry and Rachel Dodson, and I couldn’t think of higher praise than that. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    New Comic Book Day — Review for DC Rebirth, Captain America: Steve Rogers, Scooby Apocalypse #1 & Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1

    NCBD 5/25

    We’re full of new series this week for New Comic Book Day. With a little of everything. DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and our second Hanna-Barbera series. Remeber these are just 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 your thoughts on these books here or on Facebook and Twitter!

    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 #1
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz

    Steve Rogers is back as Captain America! Throw the confetti and start the welcome back party! Since Kubik returned Steve’s super solider serum to him in the Avengers Stand Off Series, Cap jumps right back into action.

    With the agreement that there will be two Captain Americas now, Steve adopts his old 1940’s shield while Sam keeps the original. Jumping straight into this issue, we are confronted with the same song and dance the Captain has been dealing with since day one.

    Hydra is returning at full strength and they’re not holding back. Well, that’s just fine because Steve has the help of Jack Flag and Free Spirit. Things should be easy for him right? Nope!

    This issue plays with your emotions from the all-powerful speech Red Skull gives, to the touching back story of Captain America’s childhood. Trust me, any Captain America fan will throw this comic into another dimension after they read the last page. I almost did! This is a comic you do NOT want to miss! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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    DC Universe Rebirth #1
    By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank

    When time in the DC Universe has fractured in the past, it has caused a ripple effect throughout the Multiverse. Speedsters, usually a Flash, are a good focal point of these events as they have experience and understanding of traveling through the Multiverse.

    When the New 52 launched, it created a ripple effect in the fandom, where some people felt lost and grew to realize that some of their favorite legacy characters and relationships built over the years were simply gone. Undone by Flashpoint.

    This story follows one such lost legacy character who remembered the Post-Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint DC Universe. In a way that works intuitively and takes the reader on the journey of rediscovery. There is an event on the horizon, which is changing the Universe once again. We are beginning to understand some of what happened due to this. It could be a great jumping on point, and a point to jump back on for those who left, and especially meaningful to those who loved the tone that DC had carried for decades.

    Comics events can often come across in ways that don’t pay off, but if this is the opening salvo, I am more than willing to find myself delving deeply in to DC in ways I haven’t in years. Being an 80 page spectacular for only $2.99 is icing on the cake! There is a bigger story that is unfolding here, and I am unwilling to spoil that for any of you. Don’t miss this issue! Witness the Rebirth of the greatest characters in superhero comic books. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

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    Scooby Apocalypse #1
    By: Jim Lee, Howard Porter, Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Hi-Fi, Nick J Nap

    Today, DC’s second series from their re-launching of Hanna-Barbera hit’s the shelves. Scooby Apocalypse written and drawn by a large array of talented comic professionals. Including Jim Lee, Keith Griffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, and Nick J Nap.

    Like all great #1’s we get a good set up piece. We all know that Scooby and the gang have been together solving mysteries. In this series however we get HOW they came together not just solve a case, but save the world. All the personalities are still there. From Fred’s overbearing Macho-man attitude (even though he get spooked like no other *Mole people!*); Shaggy’s free love, care for his pal Scooby, and food; Daphne’s ego, and Velma’s smarts.

    This is easily the most out-there idea from the DC/Hanna-Barbera comics. It is very fluid in the way its story unfolds, and it will be interesting to see where their adventures lead. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1
    By: John Arcudi, Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart

    We last left off with our intrepid hero Lobster Johnson working a case to find a missing transient, which led him on an amazing adventure in the sewers. After he investigated a strange priest who was practicing more then religion.

    Well, he’s back again to save Midtown from a pair of monstrous, and seemingly indestructible metal men. How will he be able to stop this unrelenting menace from destroying the city and leading its trail of chaos past the streets of New York? How will an old friend factor into the plan to put an end to this insanity? You’ll have to read and find out.

    Lobster Johnson and his team are always good for a thrilling noir Lovecraftian story that makes you feel like it could almost be possible.

    Mike Mignola is one of my hands-down favorite writers, artists, and just plain creators. With this series, he continues to build more and more depth in his ever expanding world alongside John Arcudi, who has been a staple in the Mignolaverse for years. Alongside amazing art by Tonci Zonjic and longtime colorist, nine time-Eisner award winner, Dave Stewart. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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    Exclusive Interview with Cover Artist Adam Riches

    profile photo, adam richesQ: When did you get interested in comics, and what’s the first comic book series you remember really liking?

    Like most kids growing up in the early ‘90s, comics were very accessible due to so many factors: the record-breaking sales of Jim Lee’s X-Men, Rob Liefeld’s X-Force, Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man (and the subsequent Image boom), the X-Men and Batman animated series, the live-action Batman films, plus tons of merchandising and licensed products, so it’s hard to know exactly what it was that first got me hooked, because I loved it all!

    The first comic book series that I really liked…I don’t know if I can name just one! As a kid, I would get comics at the grocery store, pharmacy, book store, sometimes as random issues in multi-packs, etc. I mention this because what really made an initial impression on me was the characters and the art, simply because I didn’t have enough of any run to understand the continuity, I couldn’t get invested in the stories. So, I would just look through the same comics over and over, getting lost in the art. To try and answer your question though, some of the first books that I remember getting really excited over…X-Men Adventures (based on the Fox Kids TV series), G.I. Joe A Real American Hero, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    Q: First published work?

    My first published work was a pin-up page in Tales Of The TMNT #52, titled “A Cowboy, A Cowlick, and A Cowabunga!”.

    Q: What other artists influenced and continue to influence you and your style?

    I have too many influences to even try to list them all! I admire, and am inspired by, so many artists for so many different reasons; creativity, style, generosity, fearlessness, business acumen, resourcefulness, work ethic, passion, etc. etc. Without writing an essay qualifying each one, my personal artistic Mount Rushmore is: Drew Struzan, Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman, and Todd McFarlane. Though I could easily name hundreds more!

    Q: Do you use computers, tablets and software, or are you old-school with pens and a scanner?

    I work in a mix of both digital and traditional media, it largely depends on the type of work, the look I want to achieve, the deadline, etc. In a perfect world, it’s always nice to have a tangible piece of original art, so as much as possible I try to work traditional, but these days I’m about 50/50.

    gi joe arah 225 grunt action figure cover
    For the last few years I’ve been illustrating the packaging art for many of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe action figures. Because of this, IDW asked if I’d interested in doing a series of retro-inspired toy covers for the comic. Each cover was painted traditionally in acrylic, gouache, and Prismacolor pencils. After the painting is finished, I scan it, and draw the bubble digitally (in Photoshop) to help give it a sleek 3D appearance, separate from the art, as well as add all the logos and text.

    Q: What are you reading nowadays?

    Right now, I’m really digging IDW’s current run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a fresh take on the TMNT but culls from elements of all their history. Kevin, Tom, and Bobby have consistently written one of the best TMNT books ever in my opinion, and Mateus Santolouco’s art is nothing short of amazing.

    X-Men ’92…Chad Bowers and my buddy Chris Sims are currently writing my dream X-Men book, and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s like getting all the best parts of my childhood version of the X-Men back, but with the perfect blend of new characters, and tongue in cheek humor. I’m so happy it’s back as an ongoing!

    IDW’s Back To The Future… generally licensed books can be pretty hit or miss, but with BTTF co-creator Bob Gale co-writing this book (with John Barber), they’ve managed to perfectly capture the tone of the films in comic form.

    I could go on and on, so a few others I’m currently or recently enjoyed (in no particular order)…Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, The Fade Out, Bitch Planet, G.I. Joe A Real American Hero, Squarriors, Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl.

    back to the future 6 7 8 vault collectibles
    Pretty much from the second I’d heard IDW acquired the license to produce BTTF comics, I was dying to work on it, seeing as it’s my favorite movie of all time. So when I got the offer to paint these, I was over the moon! I tried to paint them in a style somewhat reminiscent of Drew Struzan (my favorite illustrator, and the artist who painted the original BTTF movie posters), which meant using all traditional media. In this case mostly airbrushed acrylic paints, and Prismacolor pencils. Because I was hired to paint this as a triptych, it was important that the covers obviously felt connected, but I also wanted to make sure each cover had its own unique look and feel. To achieve that, I did a variety of quick thumbnail sketches before it was ultimately decided on having the cover transition from a cool (#6) to warm palette (#8), creating both an interesting visual transition, but also helping each cover have its own identity. I shot hundreds of photos of a replica DeLorean Time Machine, and cross referenced them with movie stills to get the details as accurate as possible.

    Q: Favorite comic book -> movie adaptation and TV show?

    My all time favorite comic to film adaptation is probably the 1990 live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, it holds up remarkably well even all these years later. A close second is Batman Returns.

    TV show…this is probably going to sound like a really funny answer to some people, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Swamp Thing: The Series (1990-93, USA Network). It’s campy and weird, and has aged horribly, but the theme song still gets me pumped up, and I got to visit the set as a kid at Universal Studios in Orlando (where it was filmed).

    Q: Share some of your work: A first pencil sketch to a finished panel. Do you do all your own inking, coloring, and lettering?

    As a cover artist, coming from an illustration background, my comics work is usually very rendered, so I do everything myself. Though, I’m certainly open to the idea of the occasional collaboration, especially with artists who’s style is very different to my own. I’m always curious to see what two unique styles can create when put together.

    Q: What’s next for your career?

    I’ve got several things in the works right now, but of what I can talk about…I’ve got some exclusive Back To The Future covers coming through Vault Collectibles, a cover coming up on ROM I’m really proud of, and I’m currently doing an ongoing cover run on Micronauts. Other than those, hopefully just to keep working on lots of cool projects, and maybe some creator owned stuff in the not-too-distant future!

    Back to the Future #6, sketch in progress
    Back to the Future #6, sketch in progress

    Q: What’s one title you think is a good example of your art here at TFAW?

    TFAW currently has most of my G.I. Joe A Real American Hero action figure covers available, and I’ve had a lot of great feedback on those.

    Q: Where were you born, what did you study in college, what are the names of your pets, if you have any, and where do you live now?

    I was born in Orange Park, FL (though we moved from there when I was still a baby), I graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design and studied illustration there. I’m currently based in the Tampa Bay, FL area.

    Q: What was your first-ever comic book?

    I’m pretty sure the first comic I ever received was The Spectacular Spider-Man #180 (Sept 1991). Sal Buscema’s striking cover image of Spider-Man and Green Goblin entangled in battle, is forever etched into my memory!

    Q: Where can fans can follow your work?

    You can get in touch with me, and keep up with all my work at AdamRiches.com or find me on Facebook as AdamRichesArt.

    Are you a creative professional in the comic book or graphic novel industry? We’d like to interview you! Please send an email inquiry to davetaylor@tfaw.com as the first step.

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    Comic Book Reviews: Justice League #4, Daredevil #7 & more

    New Reviews of Comics and More!

    It’s time once again for our weekly comic book reviews! This week, we review Justice League #4, Daredevil #7, Lady Mechanika #3, the Siege HC, and the new Star Wars Commander Resin Statues. Find out which of this week’s new releases are “Box-Worthy,” “Fence-Worthy,” and “Not Worthy.”

    Check out the video, below. MILD SPOILER ALERT! We’ll avoid any big spoilers, but we will give out a few details as we go. So did these comics and items make the cut? Listen to our opinions and then post your own below.

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    Artists Step up to Be Counted With CBLDF Membership Art Auctions!

    Cliff Chiang Wonder Woman CBLDF SketchArtists are stepping up to Be Counted as CBLDF supporters with a round of auctions benefiting the organization on eBay this week. Frank Quitely, Jim Lee and Scott Williams, Cliff Chiang, Neal Adams, and other titans of comics have contributed prime pieces of original art that the CBLDF is auctioning off this week to individuals who support the Fund’s Be Counted membership drive. The CBLDF currently seeks to raise $100,000 by October 31 to support its urgent legal and education work, and has raised over $58,600 so far. Please sign up for membership today and Be Counted to help the Fund reach its goal!

    This week’s new incentives include:

    Neal Adams:

    Batman Head Sketch–Master cartoonist Neal Adams supports the CBLDF with this contribution of an inked head sketch of Batman in his inimitable style!

    Cliff Chiang:

    Wonder Woman Original Art Pin-Up–Cliff Chiang supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with a donation of this incredible original Wonder Woman pin-up, made to support his art opening at Bergen Street Comics on the occasion of Wonder Woman #1’s release. This is the only piece of Wonder Woman original art that Chiang has released into the marketplace.

    Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood:

    Conan Letterpress Print Artist Proof–Own this artist proof edition of a rare, limited Conan print signed by Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood featuring characters from Robert E. Howard’s Conan tale “Queen of the Black Coast.” The print is based on the line art of an exclusive variant cover and is being used by CBLDF for this exclusive premium item through the gracious cooperation of the Robert E. Howard Estate and Dark Horse Comics. Signed by Wood and Cloonan, these prints were hand-letterpressed by Letterpress PDX in Portland, Oregon on heavy wet-press rag stock, and are beautifully textured in person.

    Jim Lee and Scott Williams:

    Justice League #1, Page 11–Jim Lee and Scott Williams support the CBLDF with this exquisite page from Justice League #1, the best-selling comic book that launched the new DCU! Featuring Batman and Green Lantern facing off against the heavy artillery of Gotham’s PD, this piece is an exciting work of original art for a good cause.

    Neal Adams CBLDF Batman Head SketchBecky Cloonan Brian Wood CBLDF Conan LetterpressJim Lee Scott Williams CBLDF Justice League #1 Page

    Alex Maleev:

    Spider-Woman Watercolor Painting–Alex Maleev contributes this moody watercolor painting of Spider-Woman to raise money for the important First Amendment legal work done by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

    Charles Vess & Jeff Smith:

    Rose Page 43–This is a rare, fully painted work of original art by Charles Vess, signed by Vess and Jeff Smith from Rose, the prequel to Smith’s seminal comic book series Bone! This item benefits the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, during their Be Counted membership drive, where they are working to raise $100,000 by October 31 to pay for important legal and education work. This item includes one-year membership in the CBLDF.

    Frank Quitely:

    JLA: Earth Two, Page 27–Frank Quitely contributes this iconic page from JLA: Earth 2, featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, and Aquaman!

    Please bid in these auctions to support the CBLDF, and also Be Counted by going to CBLDF.org and becoming a member. In addition to these auctions, the CBLDF still has the opportunity available for you to go to lunch with legends like Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Frank Miller, Gail Simone, and more! Please help the CBLDF protect comics by joining the CBLDF today!

    Alex Maleev CBLDF Spider-Woman WatercolorCharles Vess Jeff Smith CBLDF Rose PageFrank Quitely CBLDF Justice League: Earth Two Page

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    DC Comics to Relaunch 52 Titles Starting in August

    DC Comics Relaunches 52 TitlesWow. Both DC Comics’ Senior VP of Sales, Bob Wayne, and USA Today report that DC Comics will relaunch 52 titles–both in print and digitally–starting August 31, restarting them all at issue #1 and featuring new character origins and costumes in an effort to “introduce readers to a more modern, diverse DC Universe.”

    This world-shaking event kicks off with Justice League #1, which teams up Geoff Johns and Jim Lee for the first time.

    From USA Today:

    Starting this summer, the publisher will re-number its entire DC Universe of titles, revamping famous characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and others from its 76-year history for a more modern and diverse 21st century.

    The first book to be released under this new era: Justice League No. 1, out Aug. 31, a series by writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee that reunites the famous lineup of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

    Johns promises a focus on the interpersonal relationships within DC’s trademark superteam. “What’s the human aspect behind all these costumes?” he says. “That’s what I wanted to explore.”

    In September, more than 50 more first issues will debut, introducing readers to stories that are grounded in each character’s specific legend but also reflect today’s real-world themes and events. Lee spearheaded the redesign of more than 50 costumes to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.

    “We looked at what was going on in the marketplace and felt we really want to inject new life in our characters and line,” says Dan DiDio, who co-publishes DC with Lee. “This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”

    In an even more important move in the competitive comics industry, DC is making issues of all the renumbered titles available digitally via apps and a DC website the same day they arrive in comic shops. It marks the first time a major comics publisher has done so with its popular superhero titles.

    The company has come in second to Marvel every year since 2002 in market share, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

    While the two companies are making millions off movie adaptations of their comic books, print sales for both have dropped in recent years, as new technology gives readers many more options.

    “We’re allowing people who have never bought a comic book in their lives to download them on portable media devices and take a look,” Lee says. “Having the ability to give people access to these comics with one button click means we’re going to get a lot of new readers.”

    He says what makes this plan so ambitious is that it’s not just about changes in characters or costumes but setting the stage for how comic books will be consumed in the future.

    “We’re trying to set the table for the DC Universe’s future success and health.”

    What do you think of this new development? Does it signal a new and vigorous chapter for DC Comics, or will this turn out to be a larger-scale version of Marvel’s Heroes Reborn (which also featured the talents of Lee), which was quickly dropped?

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    Jim Lee Contributes Art to TFAW’s SDCC/CBLDF Fundraiser!

    Jim Lee DC ComicsWe are proud to announce the addition of Jim Lee to our Second Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! The legendary artist, founder and publisher of WildStorm, and Co-Publisher of DC Comics will donate an original sketch to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for their annual auction at San Diego Comic-Con!

    Lee burst onto the comics scene in the late 1980s with his work on Uncanny X-Men, and in 1991, he launched the series X-Men as both the artist and co-writer. In 1992, he was one of six artists to create Image Comics, publishing WildC.A.T.S. and his other creator-owned series under his WildStorm Productions imprint. Lee brought WildStorm to DC Comics in 1999, and today, Lee is a major architect of one of the largest comic book publishers in America. This makes him a powerful force when it comes to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics community!

    These days, Lee has been drawing some of DC’s most iconic characters in All-Star Batman and Robin, Batman: Hush, and Superman: For Tomorrow. Fortunately, fans can get a copy of his CBLDF sketch: we will be creating limited-edition autograph cards of all of the artwork donated by our participating publishers and creators, which you can collect for free at SDCC this July!

    Lee joins an esteemed group of creators who are supporting the CBLDF with this event, including Guy Davis, Jeff Parker, Tim Seeley, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, and many more. Make sure to visit the booths of all of our participants–and the TFAW booth–to collect your copies of these exclusive cards!

    We’d like to thank the many, many creators and publishers who have generously donated their time and talents to this important cause. Want to be a part of the action? If you’re a comics professional who wants to get involved, we will gladly accept new participants up through July 14–email Andrew McIntire with the subject line, “CBLDF Auction 2010” now. Or simply become a member of the CBLDF.

    SUPPORT THE COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

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    Are you excited to see what Jim Lee sketches for the CBLDF? Which character do you want him to draw? Post your comments below!

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