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    Luke Cage Begins A New Series

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews go to Luke Cage, Power Rangers and Harley Quinn. As a reminder these are only a few of the awesome comics that came out this week. 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.

    Luke Cage #1
    By: David F. Walker, Nelson Blake, Rahzzah

    Many writers have tried to write Luke Cage over the years, though most of them have failed to give Cage a voice that is both distinctive and real. Writer David F. Walker has done both in Luke Cage #1, a comic that is one of the best interpretations of the character yet.

    From the very first page of the comic, it’s clear that Walker is familiar with the character of Luke Cage right down to the soul. You feel the sorrow in Cage’s voice when he learns that Dr. Noah Burstein has tragically passed away. You feel the sarcasm in his speech when he fights yet another masked villain. This comic is Luke Cage at its best.

    However, it’s not all about David F. Walker; Nelson Blake, who does an excellent job on the art, joins him on the title.

    Whether you’re a brand new fan thanks to the Luke Cage Netflix show or an old school fan from the ‘70s, you need to pick up Luke Cage #1. The last page alone will have long-time fans of both Luke Cage and Iron Fist squealing with delight, as Walker reaches deep into the Marvel Universe for a special surprise reveal. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    IF YOU LOVE LUKE CAGE, CHECK OUT THE UPCOMING DEFENDERS SERIES!

    Mighty Morphin Power Ranger comics at TFAW.com

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #15
    By: Kyle Higgins, Tom Taylor, Jamal Campbell, Trey Moore, Goni Montes, Dan Mora, Frazer Irving

    Man, we’re only 15 issues in, but it feels like so much more time has passed. We’ve gone way past what happened in the show, straight into alternate timelines where Tommy never broke free of Rita and destroyed the Power Rangers, both our Mighty Morphin’ variety and beyond.

    This issue tells us where Zordon has been, what he’s seen from both timelines and why he still believes in the Rangers, including Tommy Oliver. As a big Power Rangers fan. I can honestly say Kyle Higgens has been doing an amazing job throughout this series. In fact, Boom! Studios and all their Power Rangers comics have been fantastic.

    If you are, on any level, a Power Rangers fan, even if you watched only a little bit of the show, then do yourself a favor and pick up this series. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    GET READY TO GO GO POWER RANGERS WITH BOOM! STUDIOS NEWEST SERIES COMING IN JULY!

    Harley Quinn #20
    By: Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin

    I’ve been a huge Harley Quinn fan since first seeing her debut on the Batman Animated Series cartoon. I’m also one of those fans that have loved the interpretation that Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner came up with. If you’ve read any issue of this run since her reinvention in the New 52, you know what to expect with Harley Quinn #20.

    The crazy Harley has once again found herself in a chaotic situation. Harley Sinn captures her friends, her parents are coming to visit, and someone from the future is out to kill her. Harley handles these situations in a way that only she can do, and it’s a guarantee you’ll crack up at least two or three times in this issue.

    The back-up story from Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti is just the icing on the cake. For fans of classic ‘90s Harley, this issue is worth buying just for this story.

    If you’re a fan of Harley Quinn, it’s likely you’re already buying this issue. However, if you haven’t yet checked out the zany adventures of Harley, then this comic is a great starting point.[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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    Rev Up Your Harley

    In Harley Quinn #17, our hero takes on an insidious threat, after squashing an alien invasion in her previous story arc. Co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have been laying the seeds for this dark storyline for several issues. And Harley Quinn fans will be very excited to see the buildup pay off.

    Deadly Sin Part 1 Kicks Off

    The mayor of Brooklyn has enacted a plan to deal with the city’s homelessness problem. The homeless are being rounded up, killed and fed to the rich. This incredibly disturbing initiative comes to the attention of Harley’s ally, the chief of police. And he asks Harley and her ragtag group of antiheroes to look into the disappearances.

    Harley and her group plan a sting operation to go undercover. The result of Harley posing as a homeless person ends up in beat down on some thugs who are really asking for it. However, by the comic’’s end Harley gets a taste of what’s really going on. And that leaves our beloved heroine in a precarious situation.

    But one of the big standouts of this issue is the backup story scripted by Palmiotti and Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini. It’s a flashback to Harley and Joker in happier times. It also invokes the classic Batman: The Animated Series art style.

    Harley Quinn #18
    Harley Quinn #18

    This is a fun, fast-paced story that gives us a window into the domestic life of Harley and Mr. J. Seeing Harley return to her animated series origins, and particularly from the pen of the man who gave her life, is a major thrill for fans on the 25th anniversary of the series.

    DON’T MISS WHAT’S NEXT FOR HARLEY IN DEADLY SIN PART 2. PRE-ORDER HARLEY QUINN #18

    Harley Quinn #17, DC Comics, Released April 5, 2017, Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, Art by John Timms, $2.99

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    NCBD – Green Arrow, Dark Knight – A True Batman Story, Han Solo, X-Men, & Weird Detective

    NCBD 6/15/2016

    With Summer hitting us, we get to the peak of the season. So many great books came out this week! As always these are just a few of this week’s new releases that got our comic senses tingling. 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.

    Green Arrow #1
    By: Ben Percy, Otto Schmidt, Juan Ferreyra

    Seattle has a problem. Underground Men are capturing the homeless and selling them off to unseen bidders in some dark auction underneath the city. In Green Arrow Rebirth #1 Oliver met Black Canary again to team up and stop these Underground Men.

    This issue starts it off well, continuing the attempt to end the trafficking, and returns Oliver Queen to us while outlining just what kind of hero he is, both in and out of the hooded green leather.

    The art has a contemporary and fun new vision that solidifies the story that is building. This is a new-reader friendly issue, though it would begin smoother after reading Green Arrow Rebirth #1. The Emerald Archer has meant a lot to me for many years. Championing the people as a liberal hero with social justice on his mind, while struggling to evolve his own understanding and view of the world. This is on track to bring us a Green Arrow on par with the likes of Mike Grell’s work on the character. I am very excited to be on board for this book, and can safely recommend to any fans of the tv show who don’t know where to start with the comics! [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Civil War II: X-Men #1
    By: Cullen Bunn, Andrea Broccardo, David Yardin

    As much as I loved X-crossovers like Inferno and Fall of the Mutants back in the day, more recent capital-E Events (Secret Wars aside) have left me cold – tangential tie-ins doubly so. So – the fact that Civil War II: X-Men #1 not only holds up as an unforced and relevant facet of the Avengers’ more central conflict, but feels like the legitimate next chapter in the plot of both Storm’s and Magneto’s teams of X-Men? That was a surprise, and a pleasant one.

    Cullen Bunn earned quite a bit of goodwill among X-fans with his recently-ended run on Magneto’s solo series, and his ability to bring nuance to potentially over-the-top characters helps him juggle a large cast without any characters getting too lost in the background. In particular, Nightcrawler and Psylocke’s reunion is wistfully heartwarming, and Sabretooth and Old Man Logan’s meeting realistically brings out the worst in them, temporarily erasing the progress each has made in recent months in a way that feels earned.

    Andrea Broccardo’s art is a good hybrid of the styles of the books each team of X-Men comes from: more realistic than Humberto Ramos’s and more expressive than Greg Land’s. While the occasional face looks a bit off, he successfully contrasts the colorful heroism of Storm’s team with the bleak intimidation of Magneto’s. Jesus Aburtov’s colors assist nicely, making each team’s palette distinct without either seeming out of place.

    What’s most important, though, is that this first issue successfully sells the series’ premise: both Storm and Magneto have valid points about how mutants should handle the Inhumans’ powerful new precog Ulysses, and their conflict seems tragically believable. We’ll see if Bunn and Broccardo can keep it up as the mutants’ harsh words inevitably turn to blows, but for now, I’m excited to see what happens next. [Miles S. at TFAW.com]

    Dark Knight A True Batman Story HC Graphic Novel at TFAW.com

    Dark Knight A True Batman Story
    By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso

    A uniquely personal story, Paul Dini’s Dark Knight: A True Batman Story will captivate you, stir up fear and anger, and ultimately give you a new perspective on how fictional superheroes can have real-life effects on people’s lives. In this autobiographical story, Dini takes us into the deep into the darkness and details the events of a horrific physical attack and his subsequent healing process.

    Dini is very candid about the attack, and Eduardo Risso’s (100 Bullets, Dark Knight III: The Master Race) art takes us to places we’ve never been in a Batman graphic novel. While reading the book, you are relegated to being a witness of the vicious crime (another testament to the pairing of Dini’s writing talents and Risso’s compelling art), and the hard road of recovery that follows. I’ve never felt more connected to a person I’ve never met. This book is a triumph of the comics medium — expertly weaving in familiar characters and common themes in superhero comics to tell a very personal tale that you won’t be able to put down. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Star Wars: Han Solo #1
    By: Marjorie M. Liu, Mark Brooks, Lee Bermejo

    Star Wars: Han Solo #1 brings readers into the eyes of our favorite smuggler who has now taken on a new challenge. Briefly following the events of the Battle of Yavin, Han finds himself once again helping out the Rebellion. This time as an undercover agent in the oldest and most dangerous race in the galaxy – The Dragon Void.

    I found the comic to move at an exciting speed and it leaves the reader wanting to know more about Solo’s current mission to gain secret information that could help defeat the Empire. A must read for fans of the series. [Travis S. at TFAW.com]

    Weird Detective comics at TFAW.com

    Weird Detective #1
    By: Fred Van Lente, Guiu Vilanova, Mauricio Wallace

    When I saw the words “Cthulhu Crime” on the one-sheet ad, I was hooked. I’m a sucker for supernatural crime comics, so this was a must read for me. I’m here to say Fred Van Lente and team not disappoint!

    Detective Sebastian Greene is someone who does their job just under the radar, until 2 months ago. Now, completely out of nowhere he is solving big cases with little evidence. Something is different, and him being “Canadian” has nothing to do with it!

    When I started to read this I thought, “Ok, another occult cop who is the only one who knows about the supernatural, I’m down”; but Fred Van Lente gave us a whole another spin on this theme. While making our protagonist the only one who can “sense” the supernatural, he gives us reason and backstory right off the bat on how Detective Greene does it. If you’ve read comics like Criminal Macabre, Hellblazer, or are just into Lovecraftian based stories, this is must read! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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

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