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    Alien Day Kicks Off With Aliens: Dead Orbit #1

    This week for New Comic Book Day, we’re kicking things off with the fantastic Aliens: Dead Orbit, just in time for Alien Day! However, that’s not all we’ve got for you as this week also brings us Old Man Logan fighting through space and time and a coming of age Supergirl story.

    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.

    Aliens: Dead Orbit #1
    By: James Stokoe

    Gonna be upfront and honest here. I’ve been looking forward to this before any artwork was shown. Knowing James Stokoe from his other works, like Orc Stain and Godzilla – Half Century War, I knew this was going to be a fest for the eyes. I love Stokoe’s style. That high color and tiny scratchy detail make it a pleasure to look at. It’s also good that he’s an excellent storyteller.

    This is a new cast of characters on a new ship above a new planet, which makes it an easy jumping on point for anyone. Even if you’ve never seen Ridley Scott’s classic Alien film, you can still buy this comic and enjoy it. Although watching the film will help in understanding the horror of these creatures, it’s not a necessity.

    From this first issue, Dead Orbit looks to be an exciting slow-paced thriller. We all know what the Xenomorphs are capable of. We know what they can do, but can you watch while someone else finds out? [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    LOVE THE ART LIKE I DO? CHECK OUT ALL OF JAMES STOKOE’S OTHER WORK

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    By: Jeff Lemire, Eric Nguyen

    Jeff Lemire’s final arc of Old Man Logan has been a fantastic read so far. Old Man Logan #22 continues that streak by providing another solid story. In this issue, Logan finds himself transported back to his first fight with Hulk and Wendigo. The setting gives Lemire an opportunity to present some new twists to this story that any Wolverine fan will love.

    The art by Eric Nguyen is impressive and you’ll have no problem following the action. His run on Old Man Logan has been a treat and I’d love to see him on future Marvel books.

    The Past Lives arc has been one of Lemire’s best stories and you won’t want to miss an issue. I can’t wait to see how it all ends. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    MISSED AN ISSUE OF OLD MAN LOGAN? WE’VE GOT A WIDE SELECTION OF OLD MAN LOGAN COMICS FOR SALE!

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    By: Mariko Tamaki, Joëlle Jones

    It’s not easy being super, as Kara Danvers can likely attest to. In this third issue, Mariko Tamaki continues to tell a brilliant coming-of-age story. In fact, the story feels like it would make the perfect vehicle for a new Supergirl movie.

    Surprisingly, the book asks more questions than it answers. However, I’m confident that Tamaki can pull off a solid landing in the final book.

    The art by Joelle Jones is still fantastic. Jones and Tamaki make an amazing team that I’d like to see tackle more DC books in the future.

    It’s a shame that Supergirl: Being Super is only four issues long, as this miniseries is one of DC’s best. If you’ve yet to check out this comic, you’re missing out on one of the hottest books DC is currently putting out. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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    Super Teenage Struggles

    Supergirl: Being Super #1 follows Kara Danvers as she is about to celebrate her 16th birthday. Kara is like most high schoolers trying to figure out life. Kara struggles with what she’s about, what she has to offer, and where she’s headed. But amidst the teen turmoil, a catastrophe strikes her small town of Midvale.

    It’s a thrill and a delight to follow the Girl of Steel as she deals wth growing pains AND having super powers. Mariko Tamaki makes many astute observations about being a teenager. You almost forget Kara is super-powered. Kara’s able to lift a tractor, but she also gets enormous zit on picture day.

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    The writing is very relatable. The story is filled with characters that are uncertain and awkward, paranoid and controlling, confident and triumphant. Supergirls’ adolescent struggles are down-to-earth and enjoyable to follow.

    Joëlle Jones creates a beautiful piece of graphic storytelling. The issue is pedestrian and familiar while simultaneously elegant and novel. Midvale High’s track uniforms are a clever visual nod to the costumes worn by Kara in previous comics. That touch lends a tinge of nostalgia without derailing the momentum of the new series. The expression that Jones brings–especially through the eyes–is rich and perfectly sculpted. Jones also has love for the disgusting (Oh, that monumental zit!) that is showcased nicely.

    Supergirl Being Super #1 sets the stage for a ferociously strong, feminine and dynamic set of characters.

    PRE-ORDER SUPERGIRL BEING SUPER #2 AND SEE HOW KARA DEALS ADOLESCENT INSECURITIES AND SUPER POWERS.

    Supergirl: Being Super #1, DC Comics, Released December 28, 2016, Written by Mariko Tamaki, Art by Joëlle Jones, $5.99.

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    Show Your Skills in TFAW’s BAIT Contest

    Chuck Palahniuk's BAIT Coloring Contest

    BAIT Contest at TFAW.comNew York Times bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk collaborated with incredible comic book artists to create BAIT: Off-Color Stories for You to Color, a coloring book unlike any that you’ve ever seen.

    Palahniuk invites readers to collaborate on this unprecedented hardcover edition: “Maybe between your colors, the artists’ designs, and my stories we can create something that endures. Something worth keeping. Let’s create a well-bound book that can sit on any shelf and be available for a new generation to discover and enjoy.”

    To celebrate the release of this ambitious book, we’ve partnered with Palahniuk for a special BAIT Coloring Contest that runs through December 12, 2016.

    We want you to take some time to unplug, express your creativity, and share your talents with the world. Visit our contest page to view contest details and learn how to enter.

    Extraordinary Prizes Await BAIT Contest Winners

    • Third Place Prize (Six Winners): Fight Club 2 Poster signed by Chuck Palahniuk.
    • Second Place (Ten Winners): Severed arm collectible signed by Chuck Palahniuk.
    • First Place (Three Winners): One of the following (to be determined at random)
      • Fight Club Signed Collector’s Edition HC
      • Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread Signed Collector’s Edition HC
      • Survivor Signed Collector’s Edition HC
    Severed Arm Collectible
    Fight Club 2 Poster
    Signed Collector’s Edition Hardcovers

    These are some amazing prizes, and the folks at TFAW are really jealous of the folks who will end up winning the contest. You all rock, and we can’t wait to see your art!

    Bonus for People Who Purchase BAIT at TFAW.com

    Hand-signed BAIT Bookplates will be included with copies of BAIT for a limited timeYou don’t need to win the contest to get something signed by Chuck Palahniuk! For a limited time while supplies last, we will be including special gilded bookplates that are handsigned by Palahniuk! Order your copy of BAIT as soon as possible to increase the chances that you’ll get one of these special copies.

    TAKE A PEEK INSIDE BAIT: OFF-COLOR STORIES FOR YOU TO COLOR
    ORDER YOUR COPY OF CHUCK PALAHNIUK’S BAIT
    SEE BAIT CONTEST RULES AND DETAILS

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    Interview with Joelle Jones and Preview of Lady Killer 2 #1

    Interview with Joelle Jones

    lady killer 2, #1 coverWhat can be more all-American than a housewife who hosts Tupperware parties, has a hot meal on the table for her busy husband when he comes home, and is always ready with a kind word and plate of hot cookies for her children after a tough day of school? Well, if you’re Josie Schuller, you’ve got one more thing to juggle, because she’s also a killer, running a successful assassination business on the side. I mean, a girl’s gotta have something to break up the monotony, right?

    We first met Josie and the whole Schuller family in writer Joëlle Jones’ Eisner award-nominated Lady Killer series, but for the new storyline, they’ve just moved into a picture-perfect Cocoa Beach, Florida during the early years of the Space Race (the 1960s). Like Desperate Housewives, all the women in Cocoa Beach have lives completely independent of their worker-bee husbands, and while Josie is clearly trying to fit in with her Tupperware party, it’s a catty community of insecure, snotty women and she’s not really someone you want to piss off.

    The bigger problem is that someone else in the family actually knows her side job and doesn’t like it much at all. But would you want to confront the stone-cold killer in your family, or would you try your very best to stay on their good side? Yeah, me too.

    There’s a breezy fun about Jones’ story, a sort of Stepford Wives meets The Long Kiss Goodnight that is eminently readable — I’m definitely ready for the next installment as this first issue ends in a huge cliffhanger! — enhanced by the wonderful artwork of Michelle Madsen. Indeed, Madsen could easily be straight out of a time machine from an ad agency in the 1960’s, so faithfully does she capture technicolor shades of the era and enhances Jones’ art.

    Lady Killer 2 #1 Preview

    We were lucky to catch up with Joëlle to ask her a few questions about the Lady Killer 2 series. Here’s what she shared with us:

    TFAW: What was your original inspiration for the Lady Killer series? I loved the first series, where will you be taking Josie this time around?

    Joëlle Jones: The Schuller family has moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida, where life carries on as usual. Josie continues to juggle Tupperware parties, her kids, and a few human heads. However, when someone from her past tails her on a hit, she may be in for more than she bargained for.

    lady killer tpbTFAW: You chose a female protagonist with a decidedly dark side, then set it in ’60s America. What appeals to you about the tensions and duality of that era and her “side” job?

    Jones: I’ve always been drawn to stories about people with dual natures…and I thought setting the series in this particular time in American history really highlights that duality.

    TFAW: From the artwork, we figure that Lady Killer 2 takes place concurrent with the Space Race that was such a prominent part of Florida in the ’60s. Is that going to be woven into the story?

    Jones: Yes! Josie and her family move to Cocoa Beach because of her husband’s job. He works for a company that is connected to the aerospace industry..

    TFAW: Really love your style of art in this story too. How do you stay true to the ’60s artistic sensibility while still offering the visual pizazz that modern readers demand?

    Lady Killer 2 #1 PreviewJones: I’m constantly looking at the great illustrators from that mid-century period. I also try to keep up with current comics. So, I suppose those to things merge in my mind and translate to the page.

    TFAW: A family where Mom has a secret identity. Any chance Dad or the rather witchy mother-in-law might have something up their proverbial sleeve?

    Jones: Probably! But I’m not going to tell you about that here. I guess you’ll just have to read and find out!

    TFAW: You’ve brought Michelle Madsen in for the fun this time around. How did she become involved with Lady Killer 2?

    Jones: We only had Laura Allred for the first series and filling her shoes was a daunting task. I’ve always loved Michelle’s work and when we got the opportunity to bring her on to the team I was pleased as punch! She’s a perfect fit for the book. Amazing work!

    TFAW: For those who haven’t discovered Lady Killer yet, what’s your elevator pitch for the series?

    Jones: Ha! I get asked this a lot. “Donna Reed meets Dexter.”

    TFAW: What other projects are you working on right now?

    Jones: I’m going to be very busy for the next two years but I really can’t talk about it. Lots of exciting stuff!

    TFAW: What comic books are you enjoying right now?

    Jones: I just finished reading Harrow County and I loved it! Thought it was fantastic. I’ve been digging some of the DC Rebirth books and I’ve also been going back to some 90’s Punisher books. All great stuff!

    Lady Killer 2, #1, written by Joëlle Jones, art by Jones and Michelle Madsen. he first issue will arrive August 3, 2016, and the first two issues are available for pre-order – and you’ll want to pre-order this one, gang!

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    The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 1 of 5 – Dark Horse

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

    As we look forward to the new year, we want to stop and remember the great books that were released in 2015. What follows is the first in a series of five “Best Comics of 2015” posts we’ll be posting through January 6. Starting January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    Known for publishing licensed books such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conan, Predator, and Tomb Raider, Dark Horse Comics also has a strong commitment to creator-owned series. Series like Colder, Usagi Yojimbo, Hellboy, ElfQuest hit the shelves month in and month out. If you see the horse on the cover, you’re going to get a great comic!

    The Best of Dark Horse (in no particular order):

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    Fight Club 2
    By: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, Dave Stewart, Nate Piekos, David Mack

    I know that I’m about to break the first rule of Fight Club, but I think the sequel warrants a little leeway, don’t you? In the 10 years that we’ve waited for Chuck Palahniuk to invite us to Fight Club again, we’ve been hoping that Marla and the novel’s protagonist were free of Durden and were left to settle in to normal lives. It seems as if others–even Marla herself–have other plans.

    Throwing us right back into the ring, Palahniuk delivers Fight Club 2, a story that is equally compelling to fans of the book and the movie. Palahniuk teams with Eisner-award winner Cameron Stewart to take us for a full-on beat down, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

    One thing that really stood out to me from the first issue was Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart’s panel design. From the first page you get this feeling that this isn’t Chuck’s first time writing for comics. Cameron Stewart flexes his artistic muscle, resulting in art that will forever take over when I re-read the novel. And I’m completely ok with that.

    You wanted more Tyler? You got more Tyler! [Martin M.]

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    ei8ht
    By: Rafael Albuquerque, Mike Johnson, Nate Piekos

    What happens to your keys or that matching sock when you lose them? The short answer is that they’re in The Meld. Here’s the long answer. Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson’s five-issue miniseries, ei8ht takes us on a journey to a place that exists outside of time. Past, present, and future meet in a story that draws you in and keeps you hooked right up until the end.

    The team expertly uses color to help the reader know when we are, with the past in green, present in purple, and future in blue. The resulting effect is that a seemingly disjointed story comes together in a way we haven’t seen before.

    ei8ht is one of those books that’s a little off the beaten path, but sticks with you after you read it and I’m so glad I gave it a chance. The first arc was captivating and hinted at a much larger world for future (or past) stories, and I’m 100% on board for the next trip. [Josh C.]

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    Lady Killer
    By: Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, Laura Allred

    Co-written by Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones, Lady Killer is a tour de force unlike anything modern day comics has seen in a very long time.

    Many people liken the series to Hannibal, Silence of the Lambs or Dexter, but really, Lady Killer is in a league all its own. The series takes the classic idea of the American housewife and turns it, rather violently, on its blood-soaked ear from the get go.

    The strength of the story’s main character, Josie Schuller, hits on the struggle to take back what was once “yours.” To find a place that you can come to in your life where you have to work as hard as you possibly can to make a bad thing right. If there is any analogy that I can take away from this story, it’s that you can take control of your life. And Josie is a strong character that will take her life back, screaming, bloody and impaled, but at the end, her life will be hers.

    The storytelling is flawless as is the characterization that Jamie and Joëlle bring to the table. The world they create is rich and filled with colorful and villainous characters that make you actually fear for Josie and her family. This fear for the main character within the comics world is indeed a rare and welcome commodity as it serves to create an emotional connection with Josie and her family, and makes this book a tense page-turner. [Ethan S.]

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    Harrow County
    By: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook

    A book that will make your skin crawl, literally. Witten by the prolific Cullen Bunn (the busiest man in comics), Harrow County is a creepy little piece of Southern Gothic storytelling. The story centers on a young girl named Emmy, around her 18th birthday she begins to get visions and exhibit strange powers. Is she an instrument of good or evil is the question that forms the spine of this delightfully unsettling horror book.

    Tyler Crook’s art is both gorgeous and at times disturbing. At its core this is a coming of age story about a young girl questioning her future and her path in life as the world she knows and people around are changed forever. Like the best horror stories, the scariest things are the seemingly familiar. [John C.]

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    Archie Vs. Predator
    By: Alex de Campi, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jason Millet, John Workman

    Archie’s no stranger to being prey—after all, Betty and Veronica have been pursuing him for more than 70 years! But what happens when he’s up against the universe’s most terrifying hunters? Dark Horse and Archie Comics teamed up this year to bring us Archie vs. Predator by Alex de Campi (Grindhouse, No Mercy), Fernando Ruiz (Archie: The Married Life), and Rich Koslowski (Three Fingers), delivering equal measures of gore and humor, and making it one of my favorite miniseries of 2015!

    Archie vs. Predator starts out like any ordinary tale from Riverdale: Jughead wins a luxury beach vacation and brings the whole gang out for spring break. A popularity contest and a confrontation between Betty and Veronica ensues. However, when things quickly escalate, a vengeful Betty accidentally attracts the attention of a Predator, who follows them home. Ridiculously violent hijinks ensue.

    De Campi shines a thoughtful light on the age-old triangle of America’s favorite teenagers–and the back-and-forth between Betty and Veronica–and it’s endlessly fun to see such rampant gore in the classic Archie style. A must-read! [Elisabeth F.]

    Honorable Mentions:

    Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog in the coming days as we’ll be posting four more Best Comics of 2015 lists. At the end, YOU will decide which one will be crowned as the Best Comic of 2015!

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    January Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Batman Arkham Asylum Poison Ivy Statue review at TFAW.comIt’s that time again! Every 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 January and are awarding $25 gift certificates as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. And now, without further adieu, the winners are (insert drum roll here):

    Our first contest winner is Devyn in Colorado Springs, CO is brand new to collecting comics! Devyn wrote a review for the immensely popular new comic from Dark Horse Comics Lady Killer #1 by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich that we just had to share:

    This was my first comic book purchase ever, and I’m very pleased! The art and story are equally awesome. Love the whole idea of this and plan to get every issue! So rad!

    Birthright #1 review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Ruth from New York, NY. She had this to say about Aquaman #37 by Jeff Parker:

    Aquaman’s mother story of arriving to the land of the Gorilla is interesting cause we see the connection to how the Atleantians travel through the land and how she met the Gorilla’s. I’m hoping that there would be more of a connection to Atlantis and the Surface world through out the centuries

    Nemesis HC review at TFAW.comLast but not least, Shane from Portland, OR dropped by to share his thoughts about the Animal Man Omnibus HC:

    Though it may be pricey, this really is the best way to read the groundbreaking re-invention of Animal Man by Grant Morrison. Most of these large-scale omnibus editions, especially from Vertigo, are so large and awkward that they are hard to read, but this one is just the perfect size that it is not clunky at all. All the art is beautifully reproduced on great paper stock, and there is a fun introduction from Morrison. These issues are meant to be read all together, and finally there is a collection that allows for that!

    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.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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    Joëlle Jones Donates House of Night Page to the CBLDF

    Joëlle Jones Sketch 2013 CBLDF
    Joëlle Jones's House of Night page!

    The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s annual auction at San Diego Comic-Con is getting closer, but we have a few more announcements up our sleeves about our Fifth Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! We’re excited to share that the lovely and talented Joëlle Jones (Helheim, Dr. Horrible) is donating a page from P.C. Cast’s House of Night comics, published by Dark Horse Comics!

    The CBLDF, founded in 1986, supports free speech and the First Amendment rights of comic book fans, retailers, creators, and librarians. They supply information, legal services, advocacy, and more! This year’s auction kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and continues until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in Sapphire Ballroom CD.

    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. Over the past four years, TFAW is proud to have helped raise more than $100,000 for this important cause.

    Going to SDCC? You can bid on the original sketch at the CBLDF Auction July 20. Plus, remember to pick up a set of free, limited-edition autograph cards 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.

    BECOME A MEMBER OF THE COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

    BROWSE JOËLLE JONES COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

    Are you headed to SDCC this year? Have you ever attended the CBLDF auction? Post your comments below!

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    Come to Ladies Night 6/7 at the Portland TFAW

    Come to Ladies Night 6/7 at the Portland TFAW

    Get to know your local female comics community at Ladies Night, our special women-only event June 7! Come drink, draw, network, and learn how to transform an ordinary men’s t-shirt into something stylish at the Portland TFAW.

    RSVP on Facebook now!

    From 7-8 pm, take part in a Q&A with Joëlle Jones (Helheim), Rachel Edidin (Wired.com), Dylan Meconis (Out Foxed), and Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley)

    From 8-10 pm, enjoy a Drink & Draw, plus a T-shirt demo by Dark Horse Comics’ Kari Yadro! Bring a men’s t-shirt (or purchase one here) and learn how to creatively remodel it.

    We’ll be providing free food and beer/wine (for those 21+ with ID! Spread the word, and we look forward to seeing you there!

    RSVP TO OUR LADIES NIGHT ON FACEBOOK

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    WNR: One Moment in Time, Time Masters #1, Charmed #1 & So Much More!

    It’s SDCC 2010, and while Josh and Elisabeth are getting you cool news from San Diego, I’ve got your weekly peek at what’s new.

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    It’s still July, and that means it’s still Image Month here at TFAW, so I’ll kick things off with The Walking Dead #75. Tensions are growing between Rick and Douglas and it’s anyone’s guess how it will end up. I felt a little surprised by how quickly I reached the end of the issue, but was pleased to find that there is a color back-up story and a picture gallery of the cast of the upcoming AMC series. If, like me, you’re a latecomer to The Walking Dead you’ll be able to get closer to caught up with the latest TPB. The Walking Dead Volume 12 hit shelves today too, collecting issues 67-72. The survivors finally reach D.C., and things look like they might calm down for a little while. The art and writing in The Walking Dead is excellent all the way through. I have to recommend it. If you’re unconvinced by me, check out our interviews with The Walking Dead creator Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn.

    Dark Horse features Janet and Alex Evanovich’s entry into the comics world with the graphic novel Troublemaker Book 1 this week. This hardcover, with art by Joëlle Jones, is the third adventure of Alex Barnaby and Sam Hooker, following on the New York Times bestsellers Metro Girl and Motor Mouth. The art is crisp and vibrant and builds a great sense of environment that adds to the story. The story itself is full of action, mystery, and voodoo. Check out our exclusive interview with Janet and Alex Evanovich, and then go pick up their book.

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    Also making a crossover into comics this week are Charmed #1 from Zenescope and True Blood #1 from IDW. The Charmed Ones continue on into happily ever after with Paige teaching at the school and Phoebe and Piper trying to deal with the kids. Of course, happily ever after isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. The story is as strong as any Charmed episode so it’s well worth it for any fan to pick it up. If you prefer vampires to witches, stop in to Merlotte’s for this first issue of True Blood. This one seems like a first issue worth picking up. The action starts right up with some truly well-drawn beasties and blood, and while the dialog is a little rough, you still want to read on. The exclusive David Messina poster included in this issue is a nice touch too.

    DC offers up Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1.  This is the first of a six-issue miniseries that sends Superman, Green Lantern, and Booster Gold through time with Rip Hunter in the search for Bruce Wayne. I’ll be honest with ya, I haven’t been following Batman’s adventures.  I had no problem getting into this story though, and I plan to follow it.  Dan Jurgens does a great job with the time travel story and all the details that go along with it.  The art is bright and dynamic and the pacing of the story builds plenty of interest.  Order this one, and while you’re at it go ahead and get in your pre-orders for the rest of this story.

    For the Lantern Fans, there are two new hardcovers this week as well. Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps and Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns continue the Blackest Night collection.  You can order them and a ton of other Blackest Night stuff from our Blackest Night page.

    And not to leave the Mighty Marvel off this week’s list there is the Lady Deadpool one-shot pitting Wanda Wilson against Captain America in a fight over the right to enjoy Food Porn. That’s right, Lady Deadpool is fighting for your rights to watch the cooking channel and enjoy your bacon-wrapped porkchops! As always the not-so-subtle satire of a Deadpool story is worth reading, though this one-shot doesn’t have quite the same feeling to the writing as most of the other Deadpool titles running currently.

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    If Deadpool isn’t your kind of story, The New Avengers #2 has a bit more superhero action in a story that may just end the world as we know it. The entities after the Eye of Agamotto have possessed Luke Cage to try and get it, and the New Avengers trash Avengers Mansion trying to stop the possessed Cage, Dr. Strange, and Daimon Hellstrom. We still don’t know who is after the Eye, but if they get away with it Everything may just be over. This story is action, start to finish. Heroic Age indeed.

    Finally, not to be forgotten, or possibly to be un-forgotten, Amazing Spider-Man #638 starts One Moment In Time. Will Peter and MJ’s life be set right again? This issue is an interesting mix of new story and art with panels and pages from ASM Annual #21 in which Peter and his bride-to-be prepare for a wedding now undone. This issue started a bit slowly, but it picked up steam by the end. This one isn’t an ideal jumping-on issue, but if you are or have been a Spidey fan pick it up and see where it goes.

    What do you think of these titles? What are you going to read this week that I didn’t mention? Leave your comments below.

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    Jamie S. Rich & Joëlle Jones Talk Spell Checkers!

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    We recently caught up with Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones, the writer-artist team behind 10 Reasons Why I Love Her and You Have Killed Me, both by Oni Press. Here, they talk about their latest work, the upcoming witches-in-high-school graphic novel Spell Checkers, out April 14 (which also features Nicolas Hitori De), and talk about their unusual, long-running partnership:

    Spell Checkers

    Make sure to check out our eight-page preview, and stay tuned–we’ll be announcing a contest for a signed copy of the book shortly!

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    Welcome to Emerald City ComiCon 2010

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    Guys, it’s been the best of times, it’s been the worst of times. Overall, we’ve had an awesome time so far at Emerald City ComiCon 2010: the people are great, the energy is fantastic, and everyone is enjoying themselves. However: I filmed the entire Leonard Nimoy panel today, only to mysteriously lose it from my camcorder.

    Mr. Nimoy was incredibly gracious, funny, respectful, grateful, and just an all-around amazing time, so I’m sorry to have lost it. However, I also have video of Wil Wheaton, Stan Lee, and The Guild, as well as an interview with Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones, so stay tuned this week for lots of Emerald City goodness.

    We’ll be covering the Con tomorrow, so remember: if you want to send us a question or a request to cover something, tweet us @TFAW using the hashtag #TFAWEC3. Excelsior!

    Emerald City ComiCon 2010

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