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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!

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    There’s a New Batman in Town!

    NCBD Sept 28th

    It’s our favorite time of the week, and that means we’ve got another installment of New Comic Book Day for you! Here are a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. 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.

    Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes comics at TFAW.com

    Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1
    By: Tim Seeley, David Walker, Fernando Dagnino, Sandra Molina, Duncan Fegredo

    In a change of events from the end of Beneath the Planet of the Apes film, Cornelius and Zira travel back in time to 1901 West Africa instead of 1970’s North America. Here they found a young Tarzan and raised him as their own along with their son, Milo. When the Ape King Kerchak is abducted by hunters, Tarzan and family rush to his rescue, only to place themselves in further danger.

    Writers Tim Seeley and David Walker prove to not only be fans of both Planet of the Apes and Tarzan but both imaginative in finding a loophole in bringing these two worlds together in a way that honors both franchises. All while creating a new exciting direction. Fernando Dagnino’s pencils perfectly capture the feel of both worlds, and dynamically crafts action sequences worthy of the characters. If you’re looking for a fresh new take on classic stories, Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes is a must read. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]


    Batman Beyond comics at TFAW.com

    Batman Beyond Rebirth #1
    By: Dan Jurgens, Ryan Sook, Tony Avina, Jeremey Lawson

    Terry McGinnis is back from the dead, and he may not be the only one. Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 gets you up to speed if you’ve never watched the animated television series or read any of the Batman Beyond comics. With a quick recap of Terry’s Batman origin pulled straight from the cartoon, the issue also gives us some insight on what has happened to Terry’s world while he was gone.

    The main story we get from Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 is that Neo-Gotham’s “Jokerz” gang is up to something much bigger than they have ever done in the past, and Terry needs to figure what that plan is before it’s brought to life.

    Dan Jurgens does a great job setting up what is sure to be an exciting first arc in the Rebirth of Batman Beyond. I always loved how the Batman Beyond series took inspiration from past Batman stories. You can see elements from all over Bat-Lore. It’s almost as if history repeats itself.

    Ryan Sook, Jeremy Lawson, and Tony Avina all do a great job with the hard lines and neon colors of Neo-Gotham. Even if you didn’t watch the show or read previous Batman Beyond comic books, you should jump on this schway series! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]


    Extraordinary X-Men comics at TFAW.com

    Extraordinary X-Men #14
    By: Jeff Lemire, Victor Ibanez, Humberto Ramos

    Still dealing with the aftermath of their recent encounter with Apocalypse, the X-Men are all now split dealing with different issues. Iceman and Nightcrawler encounter Colossus who’s now transformed by Apocalypse. Forge is left with Apocalypse as he tries to find a way to reverse what happened to Colossus. Storm and Magik look for their missing student, Sapna. Finally, Logan and Jean Grey share some quiet moments being away from their in-danger teammates.

    Jeff Lemire splits the group expertly. With so many things happening simultaneously, it can often feel like nothing is really happening, but Lemire is able to keep all these scenes focused on the big picture of the main story, with all of them being meaningful with character defining moments. The art from Victor Ibanez is incredibly expressive. Just the way he draws subtle emotions on Apocalypse’s face is enough to haunt me. Once again, Extraordinary X-Men proves to be one of the most exciting books published by Marvel. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]


    Flash comics at TFAW.com

    Flash #14
    By: Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia, Steve Wands

    [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Epic. That’s my summation of this issue (and Joshua Williamson’s story thus far). My heart is beating fast. We now know the identity of Godspeed, and it makes things more tragic. After a quick battle against Godspeed in the first four pages of The Flash #7, Barry has to flee the fight so he can recover from a pretty hefty beat-down.

    A few consistent themes exist over the course of The Flash‘s run:

    • timing — being in the wrong/right place at the wrong/right time, or being fast enough to save somebody
    • addiction — the Speed Force has proven especially addictive to villians
    • yearning to right past wrongs

    Williamson expertly weaves these elements together in this issue — he’s crafting a story that is tense and exciting. This story matters; it has emotional weight that you can feel. I’m especially intrigued by how I identify with Godspeed, whose intentions are actually kind of pure. It comes down to how this person is willing to compromise to get to those ends that makes them a villain.

    If you’re just catching up with the story, this will be a fun issue that will quickly grab your attention and spark your love for this character, the writing chops of Josh Williamson, and the awesome artwork that Carmine Di Giandomencio and Ivan Plascencia are putting on the page. Di Giandomencio is laying down some really great stuff — it’s clear he’s studied how to depict movement in this medium, and it’s paying off in spades in this issue. Plascencia’s colors are gorgeous, especially when it comes to depicting the Speed Force. Just outstanding work all around. #TeamFlash [Josh C. at TFAW.com]


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    Ron Marz, Nelson Blake II & Ryan Sook Talk About Magdalena

    Magdalena Comics Top CowTop Cow’s Magdalena series follows a line of female warriors who can see into the human heart and give them the chance to redeem themselves–or feel the wrath of her Spear of Destiny! Descended from Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, the Magdalena is the protector of the Catholic Church and defender of the innocent!

    Although the character of Magdalena has been around since 1998, her ongoing series, starring the newest Magdalena, Patience, just debuted this year. We recently had the chance to speak with her creative team, writer Ron Marz, artist Nelson Blake II, and cover artist Ryan Sook, and pick their brains about Magdalena’s past, present, and future!

    TFAW.com: Hi guys, thanks for telling us more about Magdalena! Ron, can you catch our readers up on the history of Magdalena?

    Ron Marz: There’s a Magdalena selected in each generation, a descendant of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. So each Magdalena literally has the blood of Christ running through her veins. The line of Magdalenas has served as the Catholic Church’s monster hunters and enforcers for more than a thousand years. It’s not a job that engenders a long life expectancy, unfortunately. Patience is the current Magdalena, but issue #1 seemed to hint there’s someone else waiting in the wings.

    TFAW.com: What can you tell us about Patience, the current Magdalena?

    Magdalena #3RM: Patience is still relatively new to the job. Her upbringing was cloistered, because she was raised in an orphanage, so she hasn’t experienced much of the world. She’s constantly being pulled between her duty to the Church–some might even say her destiny–and the secular world. She’s already turned her back on the Church once, but at the moment there’s an uneasy truce between her and Cardinal Innocent, who holds sway over the Magdalena initiative.

    TFAW.com: Previous Magdalenas have been related by blood–mothers passing the mantle to daughters, etc. Is Patience connected to any previous holders of the Spear of Destiny?

    RM: We haven’t revealed that one way or the other yet. Since Patience was raised in an orphanage, we don’t know who her parents are yet. But it’s something that’s going to come up in future stories.

    TFAW.com: How is Patience different than past Magdalenas like Sisters Rosalie and Mariella?

    RM: She’s considerably less willing to buy into the Church hierarchy. Obviously the Catholic Church is a patriarchal power structure, with women given very little in terms of authority or power. So here’s this blatantly sexist organization that expects her to serve obediently, even though she’s the one with the innate ability. It’s a thorny relationship.

    TFAW.com: What is her relationship with her mentor, Kristof, going to be like?

    Magdalena #3RM: Kristof serves the Church, but also sees it for what it is. There might come a point at which he has to choose between the Church and a Magdalena. For now, he and Patience are essentially partners. He has the experience, but she’s the one with the power and the Spear of Destiny.

    TFAW.com: Patience seems very independent, and wary about working “for” the Church, preferring to work “with” it. Why, and how long is the Church going to tolerate this attitude?

    RM: The Church will tolerate it as long as she’s serving their purposes. If she defies them . . . things are apt to get messy.

    TFAW.com: Can you tell us anything about the upcoming movie?

    RM: I know the basic storyline of the film, and it’s one of those ideas that makes you smack yourself in the head and go, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

    TFAW.com: Is this story arc a prequel to the movie?

    RM: No. What I’m doing is separate from the movie storyline, even though Patience is the main character in both. The movie is telling the best movie story it can; I’m telling the best comic story I can. Though I think the movie storyline would make a great comic at some point.

    TFAW.com: Nelson, what do you concentrate on visually with Magdalena, both the book and the character?

    Nelson Blake II: The main two elements in Magdalena that I focus on are action and the relationship between Magdalena and her quest. So visually, I try to have everything reflect those two dynamics. Everything having to do with Kristof or the Church represents her internal struggle, and everything having to do with monsters or people represent her external struggle.

    Magdalena #3TFAW.com: Have you made any changes to her costume to reflect Patience’s personality?

    NB: Yes actually. I started off heavily sticking close to the Ryan Sook model with just some deconstruction of the functionality of the costume. But as I went on with the series, I constantly try to improve. Of course, nothing too jarring for the audience. Just because you set something in issue #1, it doesn’t mean you’re locked in. Also, the interaction with the rest of the creative team (Sal Regla and Dave McCaig) helps me to make adjustments accordingly moving forward.

    TFAW.com: Have you done any research into Catholic relics or imagery for this title?

    NB: I didn’t have to; I went to Catholic school for 10 years.

    TFAW.com: You also did a Pilot Season book for Top Cow last year called Murderer, which will be collected in a trade this year. What was that like?

    NB: Murderer was fun. That was my first full-length project with Sal. It was exciting to work with an inker who approached the work in a way that produced the kind of results I hope for when I pencil. It was also fun to work with Robert Kirkman; I’m a fan of his stories. And I learned a lot working with Marc Silvestri on the project as well. Aside from a great story, the people I got to work with made it a rewarding experience.

    TFAW.com: Ryan, how do you approach your Magdalena covers?

    Magdalena #3Ryan Sook: Well, usually I kick around some ideas with Ron Marz and/or the editors on the book to see what concepts might be good for the issue. Then I do a handful of quick doodles and find the one that seems to work best and give it a little color before sending it to the guys for approval. If they like the sketch, I just go to work drawing the final cover.

    TFAW.com: What has been your favorite cover so far with this series?

    RS: Issue #2 where Maggie is kneeling on top of the just-defeated monster in a lake of lava is probably my favorite cover in the series so far.

    TFAW.com: What’s your favorite part of Magdalena’s costume to draw?

    RS: My favorite part of her costume is her cloak and the skirt that hangs from her belt. I love drawing drapery and her hood and cape feel like they have a real weight to them. They also work well as compositional elements.

    TFAW.com: What do each of you like best about working on Magdalena?

    RM: Great concept, great design, great creative team.

    NB: For me, number one was that it’s a female lead character, which I enjoy doing. Secondly, it’s supernatural in nature so that also is a lot of fun for me because I grew up with supernatural, horror and European/heavy metal comics.

    RS: A chance to draw something that allows for a real use of a classical art approach to drawing, as opposed to modern illustration methods.

    Magdalena #3TFAW.com: What’s the most difficult part?

    RM: The same as most creative endeavors–keeping the quality as high as possible, but doing it on a timely basis. Comics are essentially creativity on demand.

    RS: The armor. Definitely the armor.

    NB: I would say, originally, the most difficult part was getting each character to look the way I wanted them to look in my head on to paper.

    TFAW.com: Madgalena has had several crossovers over the years with characters like Daredevil and Vampirella–what other characters would you like to see her interact with?

    RM: Beyond the Top Cow Universe, Batman seems like an obvious choice to me. Two great capes go great together.

    NB: Hellboy.

    TFAW.com: What’s the most interesting part of working with Top Cow and Image Comics?

    RM: Top Cow gives me an amazing amount of freedom with their characters. They let me be creative and innovative, instead of treading water. That’s a great gift.

    NB: I can mainly speak for Top Cow, who I work with directly. The absolute best thing is that everyone really wants the books to be good. There’s a collaborative nature where each person’s input is considered, from the editor to the printer to the artist. That sets the tone for the entire team.

    Magdalena #3RS: They allow me a lot of liberty to handle their characters the way I think will work best as an artist. The restrictions of established for 70-year-old characters are not there.

    TFAW.com: What do you have coming up that you’re excited about?

    RM: In addition to Magdalena, I have Witchblade, Artifacts, Velocity and the last couple issues of Angelus for Top Cow. Beyond that, Phil Hester and I are doing a Firebreather vs. Dragon Prince project that will be out in November, and then my creator-owned book Shinku with artist Lee Moder will be debuting in the spring of 2011.

    NB: Mostly more Magdalena. I’m excited for this arc to wrap up, and I’m excited to start on the next story arc. Magdalena is a book that I’m enjoying and I anticipate working on this for a long time. I don’t see myself jumping on any other project any time soon other than minor side projects.

    Magdalena #3 is out September 1–pre-order before then to save 20%! You can check out our entire stock of Magdalena comics right here.

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