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    Space Ghost: Lantern to Lantern

    It’s review time for NCBD. This week we’re looking at an interdimensional team-up, IDW’s Deviation of Orphan Black and finding out where the Inhumans go from here. As always there are only a couple of books to come out this week. Make sure to check out our other blog articles to 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.

    Green Lantern Space Ghost Crossover comic at TFAW.com

    Green Lantern and Space Ghost
    By: James Tynion IV, Christopher Sebela, Howard Chaykin, Ariel Olivetti

    Green Lantern and Space Ghost is a concept that flows together so well that it’s surprising a crossover hasn’t been attempted before this comic. Both heroes are space cops, both wield weapons of great power, and both are continually motivated to do the right thing. In Green Lantern / Space Ghost #1 from DC, both heroes meet for the first time in a story that is out of this world.

    Written by James Tynion IV and Christopher Sebela, the story follows the familiar tropes of any superhero team-up: The heroes meet, fight, resolve their differences, and team up to stop a larger enemy. While classic GL and Space Ghost villains like Zorak and Larfleeze make brief appearances, the plot and action revolves around completely new characters and villains created just for this story. The artwork by Ariel Olivetti is outstanding, bringing the action on the page to life in stunning detail.

    While the main story is an all-ages affair, the back-up story featuring Ruff N’ Reddy skews slightly more adult in its tone, so parents buying the book for their children will want to keep that in mind.

    If you’ve grown up with both Green Lantern and Space Ghost, this team-up is a dream come true and one that longtime fans will appreciate. If you’re new to these characters, Green Lantern / Space Ghost #1 serves as a great introduction to them. No matter which group you fall into, this story is a blast to read. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    If you like this book, you’ll love the current Green Lantern comics!

    Orphan Black Deviations #1
    By: Heli Kennedy, Wayne Nichols, Cat Staggs

    “Hey! You got Orphan Black in my Butterfly Effect.” Or is it the other way around? Orphan Black: Deviations #1 asks the question: What would happen if Sarah had saved Beth, instead of watching her die?

    Set in the very same moment the show kicks off, Deviations will be a familiar tale for show watchers, but with distinct differences. On the show, Sarah witnesses the death of a woman who looks just like her, which sends her down a path of self-discovery; the comic sends her down the path of having saved her life instead. Writer Heli Kennedy takes on the difficult task of re-writing a story the fans are familiar with while making it fresh and unpredictable. As it turns out, Beth being alive changes quite a bit in this award-winning series, keeping favorite moments intact but with small tweaks and quirks. Artist Wayne Nichols does a phenomenal job of keeping the clones distinct without the benefit of actress Tatiana Maslany’s mannerisms and vocal shifts. Drawing directly from the color palette and costume design of the show, the art will instantly transport you back to season 1, with some new tricks.

    This series is set at a much faster pace than the show, which will please the familiar but may alienate those new to the series. What’s old is new again, and nobody is safe in this alternate timeline tale. Maybe even a few new clones will show up… [Adam B. at TFAW.com]

    Orphan Black: Deviations #1 is on store shelves now.

    Inhumans Prime #1
    By: Al Ewing, Ryan Sook, Jonboy Meyers

    If we’re being honest, I’ve never been a fan of the Inhumans. I know of them, I even like some of them, but as a group who was attempting to displace the X-Men? No thank you. Despite all of Marvel’s efforts to get me to read them, I simply refused. Now with Marvel attempting to make the Inhumans their own unique group once again and not a replacement for mutants, I figured there was no better time to give the group a try than with Inhumans Prime #1.

    Wow, I wish I checked out the Inhumans a lot sooner.

    Inhumans Prime #1 does an excellent job of introducing the reader to a wide array of Inhumans and their powers. The book focuses on familiar Inhumans, such as Black Bolt and Ms. Marvel, and new ones such as The Reader. While new readers may find themselves a bit lost in the events that transpire in this book (I had to look up a few things during my read), writer Al Ewing does an excellent job positioning the Inhumans up for a new status quo. I loved every page of it.

    With a big reveal at the end, the book is the perfect set-up to Marvel’s newest slate of Inhumans titles, including Royals and Black Bolt. I know I’ll definitely be adding all Inhumans titles to my pull list ASAP, as well as checking out past stories like the Karnak TPB. If you’re an Inhumans fan, this is a must-read book, and if you’re like me and have been on the fence about the Inhumans for awhile, I strongly encourage you to check this book out. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    After reading it, make sure to preorder a copy of Royals and Black Bolt to continue the story!

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

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    Let’s Kidnap the Gang Together? intros Teen Titans Rebirth #1

    teen titans rebirth #1 review

    teen-titans-rebirth-1-coverGiven how long the Teen Titans have been around, you’d think they’d have grown up already. In fact, the original trio of adolescent superheroes showed up in the mid-60s, then were revived in the 1970’s, revived again as the New Teen Titans in the 1980s. DC Comics re-relaunched Teen Titans in Nov 2011 as part of DC’s New 52 event. And now we have Teen Titans Rebirth. These teens must be getting a bit cranky: that’s a lotta birth events!

    With a visual style reminiscent of the Netflix hit Sense8, this new, very modern reimagining of the Teen Titans starts with the mysterious Damian Wayne (Robin, son of Batman) finding and kidnapping each of the titans from their typical environments. He starts with Beast Boy, who’s hosting an epic Hollywood rave at a luxurious home he’s rented for the occasion. The story then switches to Starfire, who’s at an island in the Caribbean rescuing children from human trafficking, just to be kidnapped herself.

    Next up is goth girl Raven, who haunts New York City museums after hours to avoid being overwhelmed: she’s an empath. But that’s not enough to stop her also being zapped and kidnapped. The newest member of the gang, Kid Flash, lives in a gritty, urban Central City and seems to be a constant victim of racial profiling in a quite contemporary twist to the story.

    The four of them wake up chained to the wall of a cave with Robin “son of Batman”, who asks them: “You’re probably wondering why I’ve brought us all together…”

    There’s an irresistible appeal to teen superheroes, because the interior dialog of any hero wrestling with good versus evil is amplified by the adolescent angst. With Teen Titans Rebirth it’s clear we’re going to have another take on this story through the five rather archetypal teens, though certainly our first full glimpse of Robin makes him look pretty evil. But Robin, a bad guy? Nah, I can’t buy it.

    The story and visuals by Ben Percy & Jonboy Meyers is certainly fun, bright, lively and accessible. Now if the story can keep up for the rest of this DC Comics series, it will indeed be a great rebirth of the Teen Titans. Stay tuned for Issue #2!

    Teen Titans Rebirth #1, DC Comics, Published September 28, 2016. Story and visuals by Ben Percy & Jonboy Meyers, color by Jim Charalampidis, letters by Corey Breen, cover by Jonboy Meyers, variant cover by Evan Shaner.

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    Review: Teen Titans #20

    Review: Teen Titans #20

    Teen Titans #20 coverIssue #20 of Teen Titans opens up as it has done so for a while now which is by introducing our key players in a tongue-in-cheek way that allows the readers to disarm themselves before heading into a good comic. Churchill reestablishes the strange relationship between Monsieur Mallah and The Brain over the course of two pages just to remind us as readers just how oddly romantic their partnership is.

    Once that problem is established in our exposition, we drop in on Red Robin running through training drills with the rest of the Teen Titans. We are reminded exactly why Tim is the leader of the Titans, but when his “firm leadership” turns into a total beating, both verbally and physically, the team starts to turn sour.

    Both our heroes and our villains set out to silence a political web site that has been publishing headlines that make our characters look foolish. And, as fate would have it, they have both arrived on scene at the same time! As one would expect, things get hairy for our favorite teen team.

    While this issue does refer to issues prior, this is possibly a good jumping off point for new readers if one wants to start getting into the Teen Titans. Our new writer cleverly sprinkles in bits of character description to let readers know who’s who in this comic while still managing to push the story along. This is an arc that is set up in such a way to focus on Red Robin, the leader of the group, and readers can already see in this first issue that he has many difficult decisions ahead!!

    Teen Titans #20, written by Tony Bedard, art by Ian Churchill, published May 25, 2016.

    Review by Alex Mitts.

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