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    Star Wars: Screaming Citadel (One Shot): In Space No One Can Hear Your Lightsaber

    Marvel’s latest Star Wars crossover unites two unlikely characters, Luke Skywalker and Doctor Aphra. It’s a combination that probably shouldn’t work, but somehow does under the skillful pen of writer Kieron Gillen. More importantly, the Screaming Citadel one shot helps to fill in some of the gaps in Luke Skywalker’s path to becoming a Jedi Knight.

    Star Wars Screaming Citadel (One Shot)
    Despite their different allegiances, the characters need each other. Luke feels the Force, but has no real training to become a Jedi. Aphra wants to unlock the power in an artifact she recovered. The irony of the situation isn’t lost on Gillen. After a grueling cantina fight (Luke can’t seem to avoid them), he accuses Aphra of being evil. “Evil is a very strong word,” she replies.

    Aphra convinces Luke to accompany her to the Screaming Citadel to unlock the mystery of her artifact – and to get him the training he desperately needs. However, the price the pair has to pay for that knowledge is could end up being too high.

    Screaming Citadel Is Star Wars At Its Best

    Artist Marco Checchetto gets to play with lots of Star Wars toys in this premiere issue. Checchetto has no problem drawing Wookies, Twi’leks, Toydarians, and even a Gungun (though hopefully not Jar Jar Binks). Our favorite characters, including Leia and Luke, are easily recognizable, right down to the smirk on Han Solo’s face.

    Despite the dire circumstances, Gillen keeps the mood light with his irreverent characters, including Doctor Aphra and her two droids. Where R2-D2 and C-3PO frequently save the heroes lives, Aphra’s abominations gleefully plot the torture of everyone they meet. Aphra herself is a welcome change to the Star Wars universe – think of a female Han Solo with even more selfish motives.

    “Two people and a Wookie versus a bar?” she says. “That’s what I call the start of a great weekend.”

    It’s also the start of a great series.

    Like the first issue? We’ve got the issues you need to continue the story!

    Star Wars: Screaming Citadel #1, Marvel Comics, Released May 10, 2017; Written by Kieron Gillen; Art by Marco Checchetto; Colors by Andres Mossa; Lettering by VC’s Joe Caramanga; $4.99.

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    NCBD Gets Loose (Ends) With the Southern Bastards Team

    NCBD Jan 25th 2017

    It’s New Comic Book Day and we’re bringing you some great books from DC, Image, Marvel and Dark Horse! Remember these are just a few of the amazing books 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.

    Loose Ends #1
    By: Jason Latour, Chris Brunner, Rico Renzi

    Similar to Jason Latour and Chris Brunner other series Southern Bastards, this southern based crime mini-series kicks off with intriguing characters. Although not out the gate the what’s going on, by then end of the issue it’s clear what’s happening. I enjoyed the pace of this issue. Set in a practically empty bar on a North Carolina night. Our cast is small, but you get this feeling that you’ve seen these people before and are watching it unfold.

    Only a 4 part series Jason writes in the back of the book that this story has taken him almost a decade to write. Chris Brunner shows us similar line work to Southern Bastards, but Rico Renzi’s colors pop out more in this series. As a lover of crime comics, I’m looking forward to seeing where this Southern Crime Romance goes. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    FIND OUT WHERE THE LOOSE ENDS GO

    Batgirl #7
    By: Hope Larson, Chris Wildgoose, Mat Lopes

    Son of Penguin Part 1 finds Barbara returning to Burnside after her trip through Asia. What she finds though is that her in the wake of her starting up Gordon Clean Energy, the neighborhood has quickly gentrified. Rent has doubled, local shops have been pushed out, and the view of the homeless situation is potentially deadly. At the center of it all, the son of Penguin, Ethan Cobblepot…who’s kinda hot.

    Hope Larson captures the new tone of the Batgirl books perfectly. She makes it feel familiar but also shows she’s not afraid to take us somewhere new. Chris Wildgoose handles the pencils and inks, and his pacing and style mix perfectly with Larson’s. Together they create an intriguing story that is not only fun but makes good social commentary on a lot of modern issues. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    ONCE AGAIN, DC PROVIDES ANOTHER ISSUE THAT’S A PERFECT JUMPING ON POINT FOR NEW READERS.

    Star Wars #27
    By: Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca, Edgar Delgado, Stuart Immonen

    As teased in the previous issue, this issue is a story that Luke is reading from Obi-Wan’s journal, and not just that, but a story that Yoda told Obi-Wan that he’s now relaying. Yoda is responding to a distress call, only to discover a tribe of children with a very unique stone that is strong in the Force. Yoda, being the great Jedi teacher, is determined to help these kids solve the mystery of the mountain, and ultimately bring balance to the Force on the planet.

    Jason Aaron continues to weave a great Star Wars run. It’s clear that he not only wants to push the lore but also have fun with it at the same time. A strategy that has always been what makes Star Wars great. Salvador Larroca continues to show why he’s one of the consistently best and cleanest artists in the business, with visuals of Yoda that are so striking they almost feel like you’re watching a movie. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Hellboy Winter Special 2017
    By: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie, Paul Grist, Christopher Mitten, Sebastian Fiumara, Dave Stewart, Bill Crabtree

    Packed with 3 stores from 1891, 1961 and 1979. We see different adventures of the B.P.R.D.’s earliest cases. All in connection to winter. Our first tale “The Great Blizzard” shows us how Eddie and Jewell from Rise of the Black Flame acquired a bracelet that delivers a terrible blizzard when worn. In winter 1961, our heroes are shopping for the holidays and are interrupted by a crazed Santa. Then finally in 1979 Hellboy, Liz and Abe are searching for some missing children. Finding them proves they also found something else as well.

    Hellboy Winter Special 2017 is a good read for those who are avid Hellboy readers. I’m sure there are a ton of nods to other stories that I didn’t catch, but that’s the fun of reading these issues. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    You Choose The Best Comic Book of 2016

    Best comics of 2016

    A lot of amazing books have come out in 2016. With Marvel revitalizing their line, DC’s Rebirth, to so many independent and creator-owned books dominating the stands, 2016 has certainly been a comic book year to remember.

    With that in mind, the staff at TFAW took a look at sales numbers, fan buzz, and our personal favorites of the year to create a list of the 25 best comics of the year. Now we want you, our awesome customers, to vote on this list to decide definitively what the best books of 2016 are.

    Voting will take place from Jan 1st through Jan 31st, so head on over to our  Facebook page  and cast your vote. Let your voices be heard and recognize all these amazing creators and publishers for all their hard work.

    Superman Vol. 01 Son of Superman
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason
    The New 52 Superman is dead, but hiding among us for years was the original Big Blue. Now, a world without a Superman is in desperate need for Clark to leave the good life on the farm with Lois raising their son. This story simultaneously brings Superman back to formula, but also takes him in a direction he’s never really been before.

    Bitch Planet Vol. 2: President Bitch
    By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma
    Powerful and gut-wrenching, Bitch Planet continues to explore themes of patriarchy and non-compliance. A must read for SJWs, feminists, and people who truly appreciate comics as an artistic medium.

    Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 01 The Lies
    By: Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, Matthew Clark
    Wonder Woman has been interpreted in many ways over her 75 year existence. Instead of trying to hide this, Greg Rucka’s approach is to embrace this to try and get to the real heart of who Wonder Woman is. Not just a great jumping on point for new readers, but a definitive take on the character that will hold true for years to come.

    Black Hammer Vol 1: Secret Origins
    By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart
    Black Hammer is another in a long line of grand ideas by one of comics brightest stars, Jeff Lemire. This book has a unique take on superheroes and the art by Dean Ormston & Dave Stewart instantly ensnares the reader.

    Rough Riders Vol. 1
    By: Adam Glass, Pat Oliffe
    History in the making! Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison make up an American dream team engaged in an epic shadowy war! Monsters and Mayhem folks!

    The Mighty Thor Vol 1: Thunder in Her Veins
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
    Marvel is changing things up by casting Dr. Jane Foster as the new Thor. The goddess of thunder shines in this series as she comes to grips with heroism and her own mortality. Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman are the perfect pairing. Also: Loki.

    Divinity II
    By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
    After Abram came crashing home in Divinity vol 1. Spending his entire life in the depths of space, Divinity II tells the tale of Myshka. Still beliving in the Communist ideal. She intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory

    Old Man Logan Vol 1: Berserker
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
    What happens when an older, more gruff version of Wolverine comes to the main Marvel Universe? A whole lot of fighting. He’s on a mission to to prevent a terrible future from happening. Andrea Sorrentino’s art is breathtaking.

    Detective Comics Vol. 01 Rise of the Batmen
    By: James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Al Barrionuevo
    Batman is notorious for being a lone wolf (bat?), but he’s always had his family behind him. Now it’s time to take the Bat-Family to the next level. Lead by Batwoman, Batman puts together a team of Red Robin, Orphan (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, and Clayface to be ready for whatever threat comes Gotham’s way.

    Vision Vol 1: Little Worse Than Man
    By: Tom King, Kevin Walsh, Mike Del Mundo
    Vision has the perfect family: a wife, two kids, and a dog. Look elsewhere for over-the-top nonstop heroics; this book proves it’s the little moments that matter. Truly impeccable dialogue and top-notch art await!

    March Book 3
    By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
    The third and final installment in civil rights activist John Lewis’ story in the battle for civil rights in the United States. 1963 was an incredibly turbulent time in America’s history, and John Lewis was not only in the middle of it, but a leader in getting us out of it, long before becoming a congressman. March will remind you there are real heroes in this world.

    Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol 1: Black Squadron
    By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto
    With crisp and clean art by Phil Noto, Poe Dameron is one of the most beautiful of Marvel’s new Star Wars comics. Charle Soule explores Dameron’s uncanny skills and matching bravado.

    Paper Girls Vol. 2
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
    Continuing where Vol. 1 left off, the misfit group of paper girls from 1988 find themselves transported to present day. Our main characters are forced to look at who they are, and who they may…or may not become. This superstar team continues to tell one of the craziest sci-fi stories currently on the shelves, while staying focused on the heart of any good story, the characters.

    All New Wolverine Vol. 01 Four Sisters
    By: Tom Taylor, David Lopez, Bengal
    With the death of Logan, clone daughter Laura Kinney (X-23) steps up to be Wolverine and the best she is at what she does. This book is bloody, emotional, hilarious, and beautiful. This is one of those unique books that can present adult subjects in a way that people of all ages can understand. Clone or not, All-New Wolverine definitely has soul.

    Dept. H Vol. 1: Pressure
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
    Not your average murder mystery! An in depth(see what I did there) story taking place on a deep sea research station. Family, lies, secrets and creatures make for a spectacular, well-paced adventure.

    Steven Universe & Crystal Gems Vol. 01
    By: Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland, Kat Leyh
    They are the Crystal Gems. They always save the day! If you think they can’t. Here is proof that they always find a way!

    Monstress Vol. 1
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
    A fascinating look at an alternate 1900’s Asia where monsters of god-like power are normal. Witness the journey of one teenage girl struggling to survive while trying to tame her own MONSTER.

    Black Panther Vol. 01 Nation Under Our Feet
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze
    Wakanda under the microscope. On the brink of civil war, treason and terrorist attacks ensue in T’Challa’s homeland. Witness Black Panther fight to save his country from all fronts.

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 01
    By: Kyle Higgins, Jorge Corona, Goni Montes
    “It’s Morphin Time!” This fantastic new series starts after the Green with Evil Saga. Takes us through a different path from the show, one that keeps it at the top of my reading every month. Perfect for fans new and old.

    Saga Vol. 6
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
    Set three years after the end of Vol. 5, our story opens with Hazel in kindergarten. For a story that’s followed a family on the run through space since issue 1, Vol 6 shows them living a domestic and stationary life for the first time…and it doesn’t go too well for them. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to be a dominating power tag team.

    Sheriff Of Babylon Vol. 01 Bang Bang Bang
    By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon
    Currently known for his fantastic work on Batman, Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s The Sherriff of Babylon, is a suspenseful crime noir tale set in Bagdad circa 2003. King’s CIA experience in addition to Gerad’s life-like art style gives this series the accolades it deserves.

    Beauty Vol. 01
    By: Jason Hurley, Jeremy Haun
    The first STD that people actually WANT! In this world, The “Beauty”, transforms your body into its most beautiful version. People are literally dying to get it but the public is unaware of the side effects. Detectives Vaughn and Foster are on the case.

    Faith Vol. 01 Hollywood & Vine
    By: Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Jele Kevic-Djurdjevic
    Starting off as a side character in Harbinger back in 2014, we were given a full ongoing series of Faith Herbert this year. Written by the wonderful Jody Houser. This is a series meant for Fan-boys/girls, as Faith herself is as much of a geek as we are.

    Gotham Academy Vol. 03 Yearbook
    By: Brenden Fletcher, Moritat, Mingjue Helen Chen
    Our favorite students go back after their adventures last year, telling tales before everything went to chaos. Gotham Academy is an all-ages series perfectly suited for those wanting to move to Gotham, but are not old enough to drive there.

    Legend of Zelda Legendary Ed GN Vol. 01 Ocarina Time
    By: Akira Himekawa
    Viz does it again. While this is a reprint, if you’ve never read the Manga adaptation of the celebrated N64 game Ocarina of Time, this is a perfect time. Collecting vol 1 and 2, You get the complete tale.

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    Honorable Mentions

    2016 had so many amazing titles that it was nearly impossible for us to narrow it down to 25. With that in mind, here are some honorable mentions of books that you should definitely check out. Odds are they made your own personal top 25.

    Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham
    By: Tom King, David Finch
    Gotham City has two new heroes, Gotham and Gotham Girl. With these super powered saviors doing what Batman can’t, is he really what Gotham City needs anymore?

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 04 Kissed Squirrel Liked It
    By: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
    I an age of dark and gritty superheroes, The Unbeatable Squirrel decides to have fun with the universe it lives in instead. Be prepared to smile.

    Dark Knight: A True Batman Story
    By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso
    Legendary Batman writer, Paul Dini, was beaten within an inch of his life. This autobiographical tale shows just how these iconic characters like Batman can get us through the darkest of times.

    Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
    By: Chris Roberson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Dan Dos Santos
    Set after the events of the previous series, Leaves on the Wind, No Power in the ‘Verse continues the tale of our favorite Browncoats

    I Am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1
    By: Kengo Hazawa
    A slightly crazy artist, and one of the few people in Japan that actually owns a gun, is neck deep in the zombie apocalypse.

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    Darth Vader #25: The Force is Strong With This One

    Marvel’s adventures of Darth Vader ends with a bang, not a whimper.

    With many loose threads hanging from the previous two years’ worth of comics, writer Kieron Gillen has his work cut out for him in the the final issue of the Darth Vader series. Vader must deal with personal and professional betrayers and a boss who is still unsure of Vader’s abilities and commitment following the destruction of the first Death Star.

    While Vader’s motivations haven’t always been clear to the reader during the run of the Star Wars: Darth Vader comic book series, it’s now apparent that the Sith master — as well Gillen –- were playing the long game. By the end of the book, Vader has masterfully dealt with his enemies and firmly established himself as the Emperor’s trusted confidant. He’s also clearly now the quintessential bad guy depicted in The Empire Strikes Back.

    In a nice bit of irony, we see Vader choke an incompetent imperial officer and put Admiral Ozzel in command of his flagship. Vader kills Ozzel himself in a scene that’s reminiscent of Episode V. Artist Salvador Larroca’s depiction of every character and setting is spot on, giving the reader the feeling of actually being in a Star Wars movie.

    We leave Vader staring into the cosmos planning for the inevitable reunion with his son, Luke Skywalker. In his imagination, he reaches out to Luke’s hand -– the very one he would sever in Cloud City -– and simply says, “Soon.”

    The oversized issue also includes a coda of sorts, where artist Max Fiumara masterfully depicts Tatooine’s Tusken raiders’ reaction to the Sith Lord. The last page is fitting, with the Sandpeople seen worshipping their enemy. It’s a feeling that many of us have once we close this chapter of Marvel’s Star Wars story.

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    Darth Vader #25, Marvel, Released October 5, 2016, written by Kieron Gillen, art by Salvador Larroca, colors by Edgar Delgado, letters by Joe Caramagna; $5.99.

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    Review: Darth Vader #24 — Vader Strikes Back

    Review of Darth Vader #24

    Darth Vader #24As Marvel’s Darth Vader series draws to an end with this penultimate issue, our anti-hero finds himself at the mercy of the traitorous scientist Cylo, who has managed to shut down the cybernetic suit that keeps the former Anakin Skywalker alive.

    Facing death, Vader spends much of this issue reliving his disastrous lightsaber battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi, which led to Vader’s imprisonment in the suit. This is one of the few times in the new series that refers back to the prequels. But even if you hated Episodes 1 through 3, you’ll appreciate the conflict rising with the Dark Lord of the Sith.

    In many ways, Vader’s true fight is not with Cylo, but with the young Jedi he used to be. By the end of the issue, any vestiges of Anakin are banished (at least until Return of the Jedi).

    While light on text, the issue shines a spotlight on artist Salvador Larroca’s drawings. The book makes good use of full pages to reimagine the lightsaber battle on the volcanic planet of Mustafar. Anakin’s rage is just as obvious thanks to the talents of Larroca and writer Kieron Gillen, as it was from the feature film.

    With only one issue left, Gillen and team have a lot to wrap up. When they do, it will be with a bigger badder Vader.

    Darth Vader #24, Marvel Comics, Released August 10, 2016, Written by Kieron Gillen, Art by Salvador Larroca, Color by Edgar Delgado, Lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna; $3.99.

    Review by Tom Smithyman

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    Review: Darth Vader #22

    Review of Darth Vader #22

    darth vader #22When we last left Darth Vader, he was left to deal with a monster from the original Star Wars trilogy – the dreaded Rancor. Lured into a trap by the traitor Cylo, Vader must deal with biomechanically enhanced Rancor – a similar beast that Luke Skywalker had to defeat in Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi.

    Darth Vader #22’s fundamental conflict, though, pits religion versus science. Can Cylo pawn Tulon Voidgazer’s Rancor defeat Vader and his reliance on the Force? It echoes the classic scene from Episode IV, when Admiral Motti challenges Vader’s “sorcerer’s ways,” right before Vader uses the Force to choke him. This time, though, the Rancor uses science to stymie Vader’s Force choke. But since this is a series with a Force user as the main character, you can probably figure out how things turn out.

    The series, which is coming to an end with issue #25, has been a high point for the Marvel titles, which were re-introduced in 2015 (and now considered canon). Faced with the embarrassment of losing the Death Star at the battle of Yavin, Vader has scheming to get back into the good graces of the Emperor.

    Familiar faces like the Rancor hearken back to what we loved about the movies. And unique characters like the murderous droids Triple-Zero and Beetee have turned our expectations on their head. There’s no doing things for the good of the Rebellion here. These droids love to murder humanoids.

    With only three issues left in the series, we’re left with a cliffhanger. We know that Vader will survive, but the seeing him deal with new characters and situations make us wish for just a little bit more Force in our lives.

    Darth Vader #22, Marvel Comics, Released June 29, 2016, Written by Kieron Gillen, Art by Salvador Larroca, Color by Edgar Delgado, Lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna; $3.99.

    Review by Tom Smithyman

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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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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Poison Ivy, Star Wars Lando & Adventure Time Ice King

    This was a good week for comics fans. Not only did the big two ship some good books, but the smaller and indy publishers produced strong issues. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the second of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

    SPOILER ALERT — We’ll try to be as spoiler free as possible, but they might creep in to our reviews.

    Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death #1
    By: Amy Chu, Clay Mann

    You know, I’ve always wondered what Dr. Pamela Isley would do if she were good for a moment. Cure some diseases, create new genetic advances, you know normal science-y stuff. It looks like that’s exactly what she starts off doing in DC’s newest limited series Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death.

    Amy Chu does a great job setting up this series, you get a clear idea of what’s been going on before this starts, and you don’t really need much more than that, and I really like that. What starts off as a run of the mill discovery for Ivy, turns into what we normally think we’d see her doing with an old friend, and ends up turning her world sideways by morning. It’s an interesting start to this 6 part series.

    It will be interesting to see where this takes Ivy. I hope that we see some more cameos. Especially from someone else in touch with “The Green” that has a limited series themselves. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Star Wars Lando TPB
    By: Charles Soule, Alex Maleev

    Star Wars fans are in for a real treat as the Star Wars Lando TPB hit this week. Collecting the 5-issue run, this book is one of my favorite SW tales of the last couple years.

    Soule and Maleev waste no time in getting Lando into trouble in this book — Lando and Lobot owe a lot of credits to some bad people, and their aim is to dig themselves out of this hole. Lando’s a con-man, a scoundrel, and a ladies man, and Soule’s grasp for the character shines through on every page. One of my favorite aspects of this book is in the small moments between the action (and there’s plenty); the banter between Lando and Lobot is crazy good.

    As always, Maleev knocks us away with his art. Getting to see more of the SW universe through his eyes is an extraordinary gift that you shouldn’t pass up. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

     	
Adventure Time Ice King comics at TFAW.com
    Adventure Time Ice King #1

    By: Emily Partridge, Pranas Naujokaitis, Natalie Andrewson

    Get ready for the brand-new Adventure Time Ice King miniseries based on the amazing ongoing Adventure Time comic from Kaboom! In this fun and exciting first issue, the Ice King is in a state of panic. Nothing can calm him — not his tubs and skins, nor his love for the art of the fridjitzu (the art of ice ninjas). He can’t even escape into his fanfiction omnibus of the Adventures of Fionna and Cake, because dun dun duuuuuuun! Gunter is missing!

    The Ice King looks everywhere he can think of but turns up empty handed. Finally he goes to Wizard City to seek help from some of his fellow wizard friends and get back his Gunty-kins. Who has taken Simon’s little friend, and who will help him in the quest to find him and bring him back home? Don’t miss this six-issue series. Pranas Naujokaitis, Emily Partirdge, and Natalie Andrewson help to bring the Ice King and his subjects to life in his first series of his very own! [Steven M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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

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    The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 2 of 5 – Marvel

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

    As we look forward to the new year, we want to stop and remember the great books that were released in 2015. What follows is the second in a series of five Best Comics of 2015 pieces we’ll be posting through January 6. Missed Part 1? Check it out here. Starting January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    Marvel Comics is home to Jessica Jones, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and a host of other amazing characters. With millions of fans worldwide and decades of quality storytelling under its belt, the publisher is the largest comic book company in the United States.

    The Best of Marvel Comics (in no particular order):

    Silver Surfer
    By: Dan Slott, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Joe Sabino

    The new Silver Surfer series by Dan Slott, Michael Allred, and Laura Allred has been a complete delight. I’ve been in love with this series from day one. You tell me that the Allreds are working on an ongoing story and I’m on board, but add in Dan Slott’s characteristic wit and you know you’re in for a great ride.

    The aspect of this series that really shines is that Slott grounds the cosmos-spanning series by pairing Norrin Radd with a loveable companion, Earth’s Dawn Greenwood. We get to discover the universe alongside Dawn, and marvel at the enormous power of the Surfer. Slott gives us exactly what we want in the form of Galactus, and as tensions rise, we see the greatness of his storytelling — but you’ll have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about.

    Like I said, the Allreds are tremendously talented, and I couldn’t think of a better artistic pairing that would result in a light-hearted, fun series. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, trust me when I say you’ll LOVE this series. Lucky for us, a new story begins in January when Slott, Allred & Allred take us on a new/continuing journey. [Josh C.]

    Daredevil
    By: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee, Charles Soule & Ron Garney

    This was a big year for Daredevil, what with the series debut back in April, and the end of Mark Waid & Chris Samnee’s amazing 58 issue run. Then to top it off we had the return of Daredevil just last month after Marvel’s Secret Wars crossover event with Charles Soule and Ron Garney as the new creative team.

    I started reading Daredevil on a regular basis with Mark Waid’s run. It’s got that great edgy darkness in the writing that is just enough to please Miller fans. Yet, tied with Samnee’s pulp style visuals, it keeps the story from being all dark all the time. Charles Soule’ comics hint at the darkness found in the Daredevil television show and nods Brubaker/Benids runs. We’re only 2 issues in so far but it’s still got me begging for more. Ron Garney’s art is definitely more in line with the Alex Maleev/Micheal Lark style, and I dig it. [Martin M.]

    Star Wars comics at TFAW.com Star Wars and Vader
    By: Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen, Simone Bianchi, Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca

    2015 saw the beginning of a new era for Star Wars comics and Marvel exploded out of the gates with superstar talents Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. This ongoing series follows the exploits of Luke Skywalker in the aftermath of his destruction of the Death Star. The whole gang joins him as the Rebel Alliance continues to fight against the Galactic Empire! With a classic mix of action and lighthearted moments, this story feels like Star Wars in every way.

    As the year went on, the hits kept coming with A-list artists Stuart Immonen and Simone Bianchi going the book. Bringing Mike Mayhew and Leinil Francis Yu on deck for 2016 (and it doesn’t look like Jason Aaron is going anywhere!) make it clear that Marvel is keeping Star Wars filled with top talent for the foreseeable future!

    There are two sides to every story. And fans have always wanted to see the story from Darth Vader’s perspective. Well, Marvel’s got them covered with a story line from the Sith Lord’s viewpoint in the ongoing Darth Vader comic book series. It’s the entire galaxy against Vader until he makes some unlikely allies who absolutely steal the show: Doctor Aphra and her droids! These are the sadistic yet charming villains that Kieron Gillen was born to write and one look at Salvador Larroca’s art will have you rooting for the bad guys! [Jeff B.]

    Mighty Thor comics at TFAW.com

    Thor
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Jorge Molina, Joe Sabino

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a better comic book than Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman’s Thor and Mighty Thor. Talk about heroics–Aaron expertly weaves the story of Jane Foster (Thor’s ex-girlfriend) as the new Mighty Thor.

    She’s been in the hero business ever since Marvel’s Original Sin, but the team really dialed things up this year. Foster’s cancer has gotten worse, and Thor’s old enemies have started attacking in earnest. In the face of all of this, her grace and bravery shines through.

    I’m really excited to see Russell Dauterman’s art each month. He’s a relative newcomer on the comics scene, but it feels like he and Aaron have been working together for decades. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself enamored with Dauterman’s depiction of facial expressions, the flow of lightning, and little pieces of Earth and flesh flying through the air. A truly magical series. [Josh C.]

    Spider-Gwen comics at TFAW.com Spider-Gwen
    By: Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez

    One of the hottest new characters actually spun out of Marvel’s Spider-Verse crossover (see what we did there?). When you get down to it, Spider-Gwen is a retelling of Spider-Man. Except that Gwen Stacy, got bit by the radioactive spider.

    What I really enjoy and connect with here is that it’s the same Parker-humor that we all love but coming from someone that we’ve all missed. I instantly connect with the character due to her strong ties in Spider-Man lore, while still being curious about her Earth (Earth-65 if you follow that sort of thing).

    One of my favorite moments came during Spider-Verse when Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man (Peter Parker of Earth-616) meet, there is this quick but very emotional panel that really pulled on my heart strings.

    This alternate Earth is one that is rich with past Marvel lore and new events that you’ve just got to discover. If you’re looking something old, new, but maybe not red and blue, you’ll want to pick this book up. [Martin M.]

    Honorable Mentions:

    Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog in the coming days as we’ll be posting four more Best Comics of 2015 lists. At the end, YOU will decide which one will be crowned as the Best Comic of 2015!

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

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    The Force Will Be With You This Holiday–Star Wars Gift Ideas That They’ll Love

    The entire galaxy is infected with Star Wars mania, including everyone here at TFAW headquarters. We put together a list of gift ideas for Star Wars fans that includes everything from comics to figurines with prototype armor.  So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the Star Wars fanatic in your life but can’t tell a bantha from a wampa?  Our Star Wars Gift Guide is here to help!

    Star Wars TPB Vol. 01 Skywalker Strikes By: Jason Aaron, John Cassaday Your Price: $17.99 The new Marvel Star Wars comics start here.  They brought out the big guns for this series as top writer Jason Aaron (Mighty Thor, Doctor Strange) and superstar artist John Cassaday (Planetary) come together to tell the tale of everyone’s favorite rebels in the aftermath of the destruction of the Death Star!  Follow the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han, Chewy and the droids as they continue to fight the good fight against the Empire.  Darth Vader, Boba Fett and more continue to menace our heroes in Marvel’s explosive opening salvo.

    Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 01 Vader

    Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 01 Vader By: Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, Adi Granov Your Price: $17.99

    There are two sides to every story. And fans have always wanted to see the story from Darth Vader’s perspective. Well, Marvel’s got them covered with a story line from the Sith Lord’s viewpoint.

    Star Wars The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire Journey To Star Wars The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto, Phil Not Your Price: $15.29
    Want to know what event happened leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Marvel has also published a series exploring the Star Wars universe post-Return of the Jedi showing the chaos after the destruction of the second Death Star and the events that lead up to the new movie.  Journey To Star Wars The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire contains a series of explosive stories following Luke, Leia, and characters both old and new as well as giving us hints at what’s to come. Written by fan favorite author Greg Rucka.
    SDCC 2015 Exclusive Darth Vader #7

    SDCC 2015 Exclusive Darth Vader #7 (Granov Black & White Variant Cover Edition) By: Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, Adi Granov Your Price: $5

    Looking for something a little harder to come by for that serious Star Wars fan? This Previews Exclusive variant cover presents the original cover image in striking black and white! A must-have for any collection!

    Sideshow Collectibles make the perfect gift for your Star Wars super fan! These highly-detailed figures come with fully articulated bodies and plenty of accessories. If you are looking for something a little more obscure and collectible, this Boba Fett Prototype figure is it! Based on Joe Johnston’s early artwork for Empire Strikes Back, this figure has everything a Fett fan could want: prototype designs of his iconic helmet and armor, prototype blasters, jet pack, grappling hook, and even a fabric cape!
    Funko POP! Vinyls Star Wars

    POP! Vinyls Star Wars Figures Funko Your Price: ranges from $8.24 to $10.79

    We’ve saved the cutest for last! I’m referring to of course Funko POP! Vinyls. They are simply the cutest of all the Star Wars collectibles. Everyone’s favorite rebels, scoundrels, and imperials are now bobbleheads sure to delight fans of all ages!

     

    There a simply so many cool Star Wars items we can’t fit them all on one blog. You can see our entire Star Wars catalog here. Below are a few others we think the super fan on your list will enjoy:

    Don’t forget to take a look at some of TFAW’s other great Star Wars merchandise, too, including:
    Not sure what to get? A TFAW Gift Certificate is a one-size-fits all treat, or feel free to contact us directly via Live Chat at TFAW.com. You can also call us at 800-862-0052 or email us, and we’ll be glad to help you select the perfect gift for that special geek in your life. See more gift list ideas at the TFAW Blog.
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    February Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Hawkeye #14 review at TFAW.comSweet Christmas! You guys have once again out done yourselves by sending in so many wonderful product reviews to choose from last month, it was nigh impossible to pick just three of you for this month’s picks. However, after reading through the hundreds and hundreds of great reviews, we have hand picked three of our favorites as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. Below, you’ll find out who won from February’s Product Reviews. $25 TFAW gift certificates are on the way to the folks who posted them.

    Marina from Quail Valley, Ca stopped by with her five star review of Hawkeye #14:

    Hawkeye #14 follows the ongoing pattern with Fraction’s run, the writing is witty and expressive in a way suitable to the character. In this issue, we follow what happens to Kate in California- and we see what it really means to be a super hero sleuth. The art and writing correspond perfectly to her viewpoint and, to say without spoilers, it was an amazing issue overall.

    Elfquest: The Final Quest #1 review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Candice from Carmi, IL. She had this to say about the Elfquest: The Final Quest #1:

    Been a fan since I was 13 yrs and it a very exceptional book in my opinion. It has a little bit of everything. I love to escape into the world of Elfquest; a vacation from the real world if you will. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Vol. 1 TPB - Force Storm review at TFAW.comLast but not least, Chris from Campbellford, ON wrote a review for the for Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Vol. 1 TPB – Force Storm that we had to share:

    This graphic novel captivates its reader with its awesome art work and in depth descriptions of emotions and scenes. I am very happy to have bought this book and will continue to follow the series with great intent. If you have not read this series but are a star wars fan old or new it will not let you down highly suggest this!

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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    11 Reasons Why You’ll Visit TFAW First for Black Friday Deals This Year

    Black Friday Deals at TFAWWhat makes Things From Another World the ultimate source for geeky Black Friday Deals this year? We’re glad you asked.

    Our Dark Nights of November Progressive Sale has been going on since 11/15, but things will hit a fever-pitch on Black Friday when the discount increases for the final time.

    Starting Black Friday, you’ll save 60% on select graphic novels and a whopping 80% on comics and our highly regarded Nick & Dent products. We’ll also be adding hundreds of new sale items at 50% off and great doorbusters at incredible prices!

    We’ve been pretty tight-lipped about our doorbuster deals — until now. These doorbusters will be on sale 11/29 – 12/2 while supplies last:

    • Massive 800-page Star Wars: Luke Skywalker Last Hope for the Galaxy HC — Retail Price: $99.95 Doorbuster Price: $20.00 (pictured here)
    • Star Wars: Darth Maul – Death Sentence TPB — Retail Price: $15.99 Doorbuster Price: $8.00
    • Astonishing X-Men Vol. 10 TPB– Retail Price: $19.99 Doorbuster Price: $8.00
    • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns TPB — Retail Price: $19.99 Doorbuster Price: $10.00
    • The Walking Dead #115 Master Bundle — Retail Price: $32.89 Doorbuster Price: $21.99
    • Walking Dead Comic Series Governor Action Figure — Retail Price: $19.99 Doorbuster Price: $12.00
    • Walking Dead Comic Series Penny Action Figure — Retail Price: $19.99 Doorbuster Price: $12.00
    • Walking Dead Comic Series Glenn Action Figure — Retail Price: $19.99 Doorbuster Price: $12.00
    • Walking Dead Comic Series Michonne’s Pet Action Figure — Retail Price: $19.99 Doorbuster Price: $12.00
    • The Massive Vol. 1 TPB — Retail Price: $19.99 Doorbuster Price: $10.00
    • The Mask TPB — Retail Price: $14.95 Doorbuster Price: $6.00

    So yeah, we have some pretty great deals in store for you this year. Make sure TFAW is your first stop this Black Friday. Remember, we have limited stock on these doorbusters, so once they’re gone, they’re gone — don’t let someone steal these deals from you.

    Note: Product selection and prices specific to TFAW.com and may not be available at Things From Another World brick and mortar locations.

    Got a geek on your holiday shopping list? Check out our Gift Ideas Pages for recommendations that will make you the hero this holiday season.

    SHOP OUR SALE NOW & FIND BLACK FRIDAY DEALS 11/29

    Are you buying comics for your favorite people this year? Post your comments below!

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