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    Black Panther and the Crew Kick Off

    This week Black Panther and the Crew starts, Alien Day comes a little early, and The Prism of Time begins in Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns for New Comic Book Day. Remember this was only a small batch of what came out this week.
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    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.

    Black Panther and the Crew #1
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Butch Guice, John Cassaday

    I wasn’t sure what to expect before reading Black Panther and the Crew #1. I knew of Ta-Nehisi Coates from his excellent run on Black Panther but I was worried that Marvel was spreading Black Panther too far, too fast. Imagine my surprise to find out that despite being a prominent part of the title, Black Panther doesn’t make an appearance in the issue at all.

    Rather, the issue follows Misty Knight (and a surprise guest!) in a story that hits close to real world events while still fitting nicely into the Marvel Universe. Coates expertly captures the tension that exists today in places like Harlem, making the issue informative as well as interesting. Since this is a Marvel book, you can expect some action, and artist Butch Guice does an excellent job depicting it.

    Black Panther & The Crew #1 offers something different than your standard Marvel comic and is highly recommended. I’m eagerly anticipating to see just how Luke Cage and Black Panther figure into the story. It’s not a book that was on my radar before but I’m immediately adding to my subscription; after you give it a read, I guarantee that you’ll feel the same.

    If you like this comic, you’ll love Coates’ work on Black Panther!

    [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    Aliens: The Original Comics Series Volume 2
    By: Mark Verheiden, Den Beauvais, Sam Kieth

    Before we got Alien 3 in theaters, we got Dark Horse’s Aliens Comics. And oh boy were they exciting! I remember reading these as a kid in excitement for the next movie. Seeing Hicks, Newt and Ripley all together fighting against Xenomorphs, I couldn’t wait for the next movie! Alas, we got David Fincher’s Alien 3 instead.

    This rerelease hardcover contains the original Dark Horse arcs: Aliens: Nightmare Asylum and Aliens: Female War. It also reverts back to the original character names, which were changed in printings that came AFTER the release of Alien 3, from what I understand.

    Nightmare Asylum, by writer Mark Verheiden and artists Den Beauvais and Sam Kieth, tells the four-part story about militarizing the Xenomorphs and what Hicks and Newt do to stop it.

    In the second story, Female War, Ripley is forced back into the fray to protect Newt.

    This beautiful hardcover collection is a must have for Aliens fans! There’s no better way to celebrate Alien day on 4/26!

    MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT COMING SOON!

    [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #18
    By: Robert Venditti, V Kenneth Marion, Mikel Janin

    Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #18, like many of DC’s current titles, represent a rebirth of the Corps. Back in their home universe, the Corps unites under John Stewart, whose first order is to unite both the Green Lanterns and the Yellow Lanterns together to form one supreme space force. As you can expect, tensions are high and bad blood soon turns into spilled blood.

    Just when things couldn’t look any worse, a surprise visitor lands on the Corps’ doorstep. This mystery man will be very familiar to fans of The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow!

    Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #18 is an excellent jumping on point for newcomers. Past events are succinctly explained and the focus is more on the future than on the past. This arc is shaping up to be one of Robert Venditti’s best and will impact the Corps for years to come. If you’ve ever wanted to check out this comic, now is the best time!

    Check out Green Lanterns to see how this arc impacts Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz!

    [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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

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    Review: Batman Rebirth #1

    Review: Batman Rebirth

    batman rebirth #1I’ve been waiting months for Batman Rebirth #1 to be released. I wasn’t disappointed. Scott Snyder uses this collaboration to seamlessly pass the torch to Tom King, who will be taking the helm for the new Batman series releasing June 15, 2016. Snyder will move on to write All-Star Batman, releasing in August of this year. The story feels like a natural segue from the last issue of the New 52 Batman into the new series and teases some interesting developments for future installments.

    The story opens with Duke Thomas, from the We Are Robin series, standing at the door of Wayne Manor. The obvious assumption is that Duke will be taking up the green and red as our new Robin. You know what they say about assumptions.

    While some liberties have been taken with his appearance and abilities, Calendar Man is an appropriate villain choice for this transition from New 52 into Rebirth. This version of Calendar Man ages with the seasons, young in the Spring, growing older until he dies in Winter, to molt and be reborn the following Spring. Calendar Man has hidden spores of an unnamed biological agent all over the city and is using some mechanism to speed up the seasons so the spores will mature more quickly and disperse.

    There is a repetitive theme of seasonal change throughout the story. Seasons change, heroes and villains change, writers change, but in the end, we end up right back at the beginning.

    Overall, this is a very good chapter. The writing is very solid, although I am a little anxious for the new series to pick up so we can see how much of this story is Snyder’s voice, and what King will bring on his own. The artwork is some of the most innovative I’ve seen. Mikel Janin pulls out some tricks I’ve never seen. In one instance, he uses gutters and panels to form a bat symbol at the bottom of a two-page spread.

    If this issue is any indication of what is to come, I’m all in.

    Batman Rebirth #1, released 6/1/2016; writers: Scott Snyder and Tom King, art and cover: Mikel Janin, colors: June Chung, letters: Deron Bennett, $2.69.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Review: Grayson #18

    Grayson #18Issue eighteen of Grayson opens up in a way that that reminds me why I love this comic. This issue wastes no time putting you right into the action at St. Hadrian’s School for Girls as all hell breaks loose. Helena is in trouble as she goes out of her way to save the students. Dick Grayson, in the face of hopelessness, still finds hope to hang onto. He never misses a conversational beat while beating up the bad guys.

    There are a lot of characters to keep straight in this issue. Any good spy story will keep you continually guessing who is on who’s side, and who the real faces and heels are. There is an appropriate amount of suspense, and a couple surprise character returns.

    Two remarkable traits about this issue and all its predecessors are the coloring and the layout. Cox’s colors put the reader in just the right mood as the story zips from scene to scene. Lanzing and Kelly don’t really let their readers become too comfortable, shifting focus on just about every other page. Cox knows exactly how to evoke the right emotion for the right characters by staying consistent with his stylistic choices of color. Also, the comic never feels too cluttered, and the action flows seamlessly from page to page.

    Grayson #18 will get readers’ hearts pumping with action, betrayal, hope, and loss. Luckily, the writing and artistry of this title remains consistent as the New 52 beings to wind down, and that is something to be appreciated. Though we already know that Dick Grayson will be returning to a mantle we all know and love, Grayson continues to ensure that fans won’t go hungry for the things that they love about the character while we anxiously wait for the rebirth of Nightwing.

    Grayson #18, written by Jackson Lanzing, artwork by Collin Kelly, Roge Antonia, Mikel Janin, published March 23, 2016.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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