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    NCBD Drops The Hammer With Black Hammer #9

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews brings us a quartet of books that we feel comic reader should check out. From Dark Horse we’ve got Black Hammer #9, Valiant brings us their next big story arc with Rapture #1, we take a trip with Peter Quill in Marvel’s Star-Lord Annual #1 and DC brings us home with Detective Comics #957.

    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.

    Black Hammer #9
    By: Jeff Lemire, David Rubin, Dave Stewart

    Black Hammer has to be one of the most exciting “Golden Age” superhero tales in a long time. As it slowly unraveling why everyone is stuck at Black Hammer Farms. Black Hammer #9 delves into how Talky-Walky and Colonel Weird met.

    Distress signals in space never seem to be a good thing, unless it’s meeting your best friend. It’s hard to say that this issue of Black Hammer was a fun read. However, that’s mainly due to what’s been happening throughout the series. It was great to see how Talky-Walky and Colonel Weird met.

    Jeff Lemire knows how to craft a solid story and this entry clearly shows his fondness to the golden age of comic adventures.[Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Pick up volume 1 of this Love letter to the Golden Age of Superheroes

    Star-Lord Annual #1
    By: Chip Zdarsky, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Kris Anka

    That was a fun ride. I always enjoy annuals for the small break it typically gives us from the norm. Chip Zdarsky’s Star-Lord Annual #1 is no exception.

    In classic Western fashion, our hero finds himself in a small town run by bullies. And we all know Star-Lord isn’t a huge fan of bullies. So what does he do? Joins the Sheriff to take him and his gang down. There’s more to it than that, but I don’t want to spoil it. Star-Lord Annual #1 is a fun ride. While I wouldn’t mind more Space-Westerns with Marvel Characters. The story here ends well and fits into where we are in the comics right now. No, this isn’t any weird Secret Empire tie-in or anything like that. I will say that it does, tie into events that have transpired and this issue did leave me with a sad, but hopeful feeling. Much like great westerns do. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Find out what all the Guardians are up to!

    Rapture #1
    By: Matt Kindt, CAFU

    If you’re like me and haven’t read a lot of the new Valiant books, a crossover story like Rapture #1 seems a bit daunting. While I enjoy X-O Manowar, I’m not that familiar with the other fascinating characters in Valiant’s stable. However, Rapture #1 by Matt Kindt is an excellent jumping on point for new readers while still offering something that longtime Valiant readers can sink their teeth into.

    Rapture #1 focuses on four characters: Tama, Ninjak, Punk Mambo and Shadowman. Kindt gives each character a unique voice and the reason these characters come together is compelling. It’s definitely made want to check out some more stories featuring Shadowman and Punk Mambo.

    Artist CAFU knocks it out of the park, making each location feel unique. You’ll feel the stench of death oozing out of the Deadside.

    Rapture #1 is another excellent Valiant comic. This company continues to churn out hit after hit. If you’ve yet to get onboard with Valiant, Rapture #1 is your chance to do so. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    Check out all of our Valiant comics!

    Detective Comics #957
    By: Genevieve Valentine, James Tynion IV, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Alvaro Martinez

    Detective Comics #957 is something you don’t often see in today’s comic books: a standalone story. James Tynion IV presents us with a brief interlude between arcs with “The Wrath of Spoiler,” a story that follows Spoiler (obviously).

    The story that Tynion IV tells here is one that is often talked about among creators: Does just the mere presence of Batman bring about crime? Would these villains exist if they didn’t have Batman to challenge them? Spoiler seeks to answer that question as she fights against an updated Wrath and Scorn, a team of villains who are looking to make a name for themselves.

    The art by Carmen Carnero is refreshingly old-school in all the best ways and is some of the best art I think we’ve seen in Detective Comics yet.

    The payoff for this story won’t happen for a few months, but the surprise reveal of a forgotten Batman villain in the last few panels will have the community talking. Don’t miss this issue! [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    Catch up with Detective Comics and Rebirth with our graphic novels!

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

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    Michael Oeming & Taki Soma Meet Fans, Help a Good Cause

    Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma sign Rapture, their graphic novel from Dark Horse!Creative team (and married couple) Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma came out to our Hollywood location Saturday, June 26 to support Rapture, their post-apocalyptic/tortured-romance graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics!

    While Portland was blessed with one of our rare sunny days this month, fans still turned out to meet Oeming and Soma and eat sandwiches and cookies provided by Clean Plate Catering! Oeming and Soma were very generous with their time, talking for hours with everyone who came into the store and talking about their experiences working in comics.

    Oeming is also the co-creator of Powers, with Brian Michael Bendis, and The Mice Templar, with Bryan J.L. Glass!

    Rapture is the first collaboration of this husband-and-wife team, with both of them sharing writing duties, Soma providing layouts, and Oeming finishing the artwork. It’s clearly a labor of love for the two, even if the storyline centers on one heck of a breakup: After warring for a century, Earth’s greatest champions and villains suddenly disappear, leaving the planet decimated. Like a rapture, the Powers are gone and humanity is left behind to pick up the pieces.

    Amongst this wreckage, two lovers, Evelyn and Gil, find themselves separated by a continent and will do anything to find each other again. But when a strange being named “the Word” turns Evelyn into a champion with an angelic spear, she finds the force of her love for Gil clashing with her newfound power. Love and destiny collide in what will become the worst breakup ever!

    As a special bonus, Oeming drew black-and-white, single-figure sketches for happy fans for $40 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need.

    We want to thank Oeming and Soma for coming out to our store and being tons of fun to hang out with!

    READ THE FIRST ISSUE OF RAPTURE, FREE!

    BUY RAPTURE AT TFAW.COM

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    Michael Oeming and Taki Soma Sign at TFAW & Support the Hero Initiative

    Rapture Oeming SomaThings From Another World is excited to announce a joint signing by comic book creators Taki Soma and Michael Avon Oeming at our Hollywood store at 4133 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97214 Saturday, June 26 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. In addition to signing their works, Oeming will be offering sketches for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need.

    Soma and Oeming recently collaborated on Rapture, a limited series from Dark Horse Comics, called “A stylistic delight” by Broken Frontier and “. . . a compelling tale about the boundaries of humanity” by MTV. Eisner Award-winning artist Oeming is also the co-creator of Powers, with Brian Michael Bendis, and The Mice Templar, with Bryan J. L. Glass.

    Oeming and Soma are longtime supporters of the Hero Initiative. With this in mind, Oeming will draw black-and-white, single-figure sketches during the signing for $40, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.

    Complimentary snacks and sodas will be provided. We are delighted to have Taki Soma and Michael Avon Oeming at our store! We are big fans of both their work and the Hero Initiative, and we’re pleased to be able to offer a platform to help comic book creators in need.

    Check out the official Facebook event! Are you excited to meet Oeming and Soma? Are you going to purchase a sketch? Post your comments below!

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    Religion in Comics

    Religion has been a taboo in the comic book industry for decades. But with so much rich material stemming from so many religions, it was only a matter of time before pioneering artists paved the way for books we’re seeing today.

    For some, these books are an affront to their sensibilities. Seeing Jesus battle zombies (Jesus Hates Zombies Lincoln Hates Werewolves) or reading a story that chronicles Earth’s apocalypse at the hands of a man-made godlike superhero (Warren Ellis’ new Supergod series) might not agree with some people.

    For others, a mutant messiah makes sense in the wake of “House of M” (Cable) and the story of God sending angels to cleanse the world after losing faith in humanity (Legion, which is a precursor to the upcoming film) or a story about a post apocalyptic world where every last superhero suddenly disappears (Rapture) are not only intriguing, they’re downright impossible to pass up!


     

    It’s okay if these titles offend you. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I for one, am very much intrigued by these upcoming offerings and have been enjoying Cable recently and have dug Rapture thus far.

    So are you excited about these titles or do you abhor them? Have another religion inspired title I didn’t talk about in the article? Feel free to voice your opinion or comment below!

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