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    The Trinity comes together in this week’s NCBD!

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews brings us a trio of fantastic comics that you won’t want to miss. From DC we’ve got Trinity Annual #1, Marvel brings us some gamma glowing action in Hulk #6, and last but not least is Action Lab’s Spencer & Locke #2.

    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.

    Trinity Annual #1
    By: Rob Williams/Guillem March

    Trinity Annual #1 is both a standalone story and part of a larger whole, providing an issue that is a great jumping on point and essential reading for longtime readers. Trinity Annual #1 deals with the concept of trinities, exploring the effects that the trinity of Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman have on the DC Universe while also playing with the idea of a dark trinity.

    However, the book isn’t all theoretical concepts, as we get a fair share of action from guest star Etrigan the Demon. When Etrigan and Jason Blood separate, Etrigan goes on a warpath that takes the combined effort of the trinity to stop him. You won’t believe the sacrifice that our heroes make to stop this rampaging demon!

    Trinity Annual #1 contains a reveal at the end which brings together multiple DC books, making this comic a must-read if you’re following the Rebirth storyline. With great writing from Rob Williams and stellar art from Guillem March, this is one comic you won’t want to miss! [Josh P. At TFAW.Com]

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    Hulk #6
    By: Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Jeff Dekal, Matt Milla

    Jennifer Walters has been fighting for a long time, both in the streets and in the court. However, one thing that always stays constant is her fear.

    In Mariko Tamaki’s sixth issue of Hulk, Jen is fighting a manifestation of her own fear. It’s a fight that she must win if she’s ever going to save anyone again.

    Hulk #6 was a quick read. There is a lot going on here between the panels. The death of Bruce Banner in Civil War II has hit a lot of our heroes hard, and especially those who know the internal struggle he dealt with.

    Artist Nico Leon has this great way of making this series stand out. It looks almost one part manga influenced and one part Stjepan Sejic, especially when you add Matt Milla’s colors.

    Deconstructed Part 6 isn’t a great starting point, but it’s a solid end to the arc. [Martin M. At TFAW.Com]

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    Spencer & Locke #2
    By: David Pepose, Jorge Santiago, Jr.

    Spencer & Locke #2 picks up right where the first book left off, with Detective Spencer still on the case of Sophie Jenkins’ murder. The comic still has the charm and style of newspaper strips like Calvin & Hobbes while retaining the sharp wit and expressive writing style that David Pepose does best.

    Issue #2 takes the action and turns it up to 11, featuring bar brawls, car chases, deadly shootouts, and so much more. If you are the type who wonders what Calvin is like as an adult, look no further than Detective Spencer. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Calvin & Hobbes, you’ll still love the unique style of Spencer & Locke. Since it’s a four issue miniseries, the action moves at a steady pace and never drags.

    This book is a hidden gem that any comic book fan should read. If you’ve yet to read Spencer & Locke, do yourself a favor and add it to your pull list today. [Josh P. At TFAW.Com]

    LIKE SPENCER & LOCKE? THEN YOU’LL LOVE ACTION LAB’S OTHER COMICS!

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

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    Action Comics #977: A Walk Down Memory Lane

    The death of the New 52 Superman. The discovery of another Clark Kent. The near loss of his son Jon at the hands of Mister Mxyzptlk. Kal-El has had little time for reflection. But his latest adventure with Mxyzptlk has shaken him to the core–and left him wondering about his true past. Is someone manipulating him and the entire DC universe?

    Action Comics #977 (variant cover)
    Action Comics #977 (variant cover)

    Superman Reborn Aftermath Part One Begins

    Action Comics #977 expertly alternates between the past and present, Superman relives the final hours of his home planet, Krypton. For the first time, he sees his parents struggle as they say goodbye to their infant son. They are comforted only by the fact that Earth’s yellow sun will give him power and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Writer Dan Jurgens even manages to slip in a political reference, with superdad Jor-El. He’s complaining that his planet’s leaders would rather embrace money than trying to save their people from the coming catastrophic natural disaster.

    Supes also witnesses his arrival on Earth and his rescue and adoption by the Kents. At the same time, a mysterious villain is assembling a rogues gallery of super adversaries including Metallo and Blanque.

    Artist Ian Churchill is given the plum assignment of depicting the futuristic Krypton (complete with baby Kal-El’s superbinky). In addition, he has the task of bringing to life the seemingly endless cornfields of Kansas that the Kents call home. His more modern depiction of the assembly of villains is seemingly taken straight from the Matrix, which adds to the intrigue. But it’s his multiple splash-page depictions of Superman himself that make the reader want to come back for more.

    And with a story and art like this, keeping readers hooked on this Action Comics series isn’t going to be a problem.

    SUPERMAN’S LIFE HAS BEEN CHANGED IN SUPERMAN REBORN AFTERMATH PART TWO. PRE-ORDER ACTION COMICS #978 TO SEE HOW

    Action Comics #977, DC Comics, Released April 12, 2017, Written by Dan Jurgens, Art by Ian Churchill, Colors by Hi-Fi, Lettering by Rob Leigh, $2.99

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    Best DC Sidekicks

    Superheroes get all the credit. And while they deserve most of it, we can’t forget their all-important sidekicks. DC Comics has featured many beloved crime-fighting partners over the years.

    Here are a few of the best:

    Jimmy Olsen

    Jimmy Olsen
    Jimmy Olsen

    While not a traditional costumed sidekick, Superman’s pal is always there to give a lending hand to the Man of Steel. Jimmy is the everyday person who gives Superman the scoop on what’s going down in Metropolis. Plus, if Jimmy gets in some trouble (as he’s prone to do) he’s got a supersonic watch only Superman can hear.

    Kid Flash

    Kid Flash
    Kid Flash

     

    Wally West definitely has a case of hero worship and super speed when he takes up the identity of Kid Flash. Under The Flash’s tutelage Wally goes from impatient teen to a hero in his own right. Wally even takes up the mantle of The Flash when Barry disappears during Crisis on Infinite Earths.

    Harley Quinn

    Harley Quinn
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    Even bad guys need sidekicks and The Joker’s Girl Friday has certainly made an impression on comics fans. Originally created for Batman:The Animated Series, she became so popular that she was added to the comics as well. Now, with a life in films, video games, and her own ongoing series there’s no stopping Ms. Quinn.

    Speedy

    Speedy
    Speedy

    It’s not easy being a sidekick, something we saw with the character of Roy Harper. While being the ever-faithful companion to Green Arrow, Speedy has been forced to deal with a lot of personal issues throughout the years. This included a famous story detailing Speedy’s drug addiction.

    Robin

    Robin
    Robin

    Comics be all end all kid sidekick, Robin is a mantle that has passed from character to character. It started with plucky and acrobatic Dick Grayson, who was replaced by rebellious Jason Todd. He gave way to the supremely intelligent Tim Drake before Tim’s girlfriend Stephanie Brown donned the costume. Currently, Bruce Wayne’s son Damian inhabits the role. Through all the changes, Robin has remained a constant in the Bat books. Robin gives kids everywhere the fantasy of fighting alongside the Dark Knight.

     

     

     

     

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    Crime, Action, Berzerk – This NCBD is intense!

    This week, like every week we’re talking a look a few releases from 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.

    Action Comics #975
    By: Dan Jurgens, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason

    Since Rebirth first launched, the mystery that captured my attention was Mr. Oz telling Superman “You and your family are not what you believe you are.” Adding on to that mystery was the sudden appearance of Clark Kent, Superman’s previous alter ego. For months, DC has promised that their Superman: Reborn event will start unraveling the mysteries surrounding the Man of Steel, and Action Comics #975 does just that.

    While Superman #18 was light in both action and plot, Action Comics #975 wastes no time blowing your mind. After many beautiful splash pages by Stephen Segovia, we learn that the identity of Clark Kent is actually [REDACTED]. I never saw this coming; however, thanks to the backup story written by Paul Dini, it makes perfect sense. In addition to having a huge repercussion on Superman’s life, the reveal promises to progress the overall plot of Rebirth in a significant way.

    If you’re keeping up with DC’s Rebirth event, this book is a must-read along with Superman #18. The reveal of Clark Kent’s identity is something that is going to have comic fans talking for years. If this is only the second issue of this event, I can’t wait to see where Superman: Reborn goes from here. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    All-New Wolverine #18
    By: Tom Taylor, Nik Virella, Michael Garland, Djibril Morissette-Phan, David Lopez

    Wow, what an end. Not to say that All-New Wolverine is over. That’s hardly the case. It’s the end of, well, you’ll have to read it to find out. All I can say is this was an exciting issue to read on March 8th!

    It’s been a fantastic ride following Laura Kinney on her way to becoming Wolverine. Tom Taylor has written a great storyline along with the fantastic art from Nik Virella and Michael Garland.

    If you haven’t been reading All-New Wolverine, you really should. This series gives us an amazing strong character with a complex and interesting background. It’s been a heck of a ride for her. I for one, will be staying on this roller coaster. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 – Ghost Moon #1
    By: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Brian Churilla, Dave Stewart, Mike Huddleston

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954 sees Hellboy and company in unfamiliar territory: Hong Kong, China. In a brand new story from Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. are investigating a paranormal disturbance that takes them deep into the heart of Kowloon. While the story is exposition heavy in the first half, the action comes fast and frantic in the latter half of this comic. As Hellboy finds himself fighting against mythological Chinese creatures, the remainder of his team unearths a far greater threat.

    Handling the art duties is Brian Churilla, a newcomer to Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. comic. Churilla knocks it out of the park with some fantastic artwork on every page – the last page is especially stunning. Not only is this issue a must-own for Hellboy fans, but it’s also an excellent jumping on point for someone new to the franchise. Make sure to grab this one! [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
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    Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys #1
    By: Anthony Del Col, Werther Dell’Edera, Fay Dalton

    I love pulp. No, not the stuff that’s in orange juice, well maybe that too. I mean pulp fiction. As a genre, it’s one of those things that you can get really right, or really cheesy. Both Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys separately are great resources for Pulpy goodness and Anthony Del Col delivered.

    It’s a simple setup. Cops think Joe and Frank Hardy killed their father. Nancy Drew, however, thinks differently. The three team up to prove it. It’s the twists and turns that keep this story going. If you loved movies like Chinatown or tv shows like Veronica Mars (also where is THAT comic?), or if you read the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew novels as a kid this will be right up your ally. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Power Couples

    Power Couples

    It’s Valentine’s Day and love in the air. So, it makes sense to look at some of comics most beloved and enduring couples. These pairs have had their share of ups and downs. In fact, many of the couples have survived and stayed together despite insurmountable odds. As a result, these relationships have provided us with decades of compelling (albeit, sometimes non-traditional) love stories.

    5 Comic Couples That Have Managed to Make it Work (Mostly)

    Kitty Pryde and Colossus

    Kitty Pryde & Colossus – The X-Men have never had great luck with romantic relationships. However, the romance between the iron-skinned Colossus and the phasing Kitty Pryde has often been one of the sweeter, more affectionate stories in the occasionally dark and bleak X-Universe.

    Aquaman and Mera

    Aquaman & Mera – Talk about opposites attracting. Mera comes from a culture of Atlanteans who seek Aquaman’s destruction. In fact, they initially met when she was sent to kill him. Instead, she ended up falling in love with him. If a relationship can weather a few assassination attempts, you can bet they’re in it for the long haul.

    Green Arrow and Black Canary

    Green Arrow & Black Canary – Ask any comics fan and they’ll tell you these two belong together. One of the biggest complaints of the DC New 52 relaunch was the elimination of this relationship. Fan demand lead to the two being reunited in the recent DC Rebirth event. The relationship between Green Arrow and Black Canary is one of the most romantic stories in the modern DC universe.

    Batman and Catwoman

    Batman & Catwoman – This is one of the more on again/off again couples in comics. Catwoman is the one person who can make a loner vigilante like Batman think about actually letting love in his life. Their separate paths in life mean that hopes for anything long term are probably impossible. But there is a beauty in their tragic love affair.

    Superman and Lois Lane

    Superman & Lois Lane – They are comics most enduring couple. It takes a spectacular woman to get Superman to settle down and start a family. And the feisty and intelligent Lois Lane is just that woman. These two are basically an institution at DC and have consistently found their way back to each other for almost 80 years.

    Leave us a comment and let us know which comics couple is your favorite paring.

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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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    Super Dads

    Super Dads - A Review of Superman #10

    After escaping a time-displaced island full of dinosaurs in the previous issue, we find Superman and his son Jonathan in a much more peaceful place at the beginning of Superman #10.

    It’s Winter Break and Jon is thrilled to continue his journey to become the new Superboy. However, Jon continues to struggle with his burgeoning powers. He’s basically dealing with super-powered puberty. This is evident when he discovers his freeze breath in this issue.

    Iconic Offspring Face Off

    Jon’s life is further complicated when he is captured by Batman’s son Damian –the current Robin. The Boy Wonder doesn’t trust Jon, who has immense power and very little control of his abilities. Superman doesn’t take the kidnapping of his son very well. Batman also shows up to set his son Damian straight.

    This story is the first of a new arc for Superman. It’s called In The Name of The Father and it’s exciting to get see Batman and Superman as dads. This story really plays like two parents dealing with kids who got into a schoolyard fight. Only this fight has more heat vision and kryptonite batarangs.

    Batman and Superman can be polar opposites, and now we get the opportunity to see how their sons relate to one another. The optimism of Jon’s good-hearted farm boy contrasted with the rage and paranoia of Damian’s cold-hearted assassin makes for an engrossing plot.

    Superman #10 feels like a jumping off point for Super-Sons, the Superboy/Robin team-up book that comes out next year. These two young men will carry on the teachings of their fathers, but at the same time struggle with the burden of being the children of such icons. They will also continue to grapple with the responsibility of their own superhero identities.

    PRE-ORDER THE NEXT SUPERMAN ISSUES.

    Superman #10, DC Comics, Released November 2, 2016, Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, Art by Mick Gray and Patrick Gleason, Cover by Mick Gray and Patrick Gleason, $2.99.

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    Frank Castle Takes Down a Drug Ring in Punisher #5

    NCBD featuring Punisher, Cyborg, Trinity and Aliens

    Has it really been a week since our last New Comic Book Day comic book review? Man, time flies. 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.

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    Aliens: Life & Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Moritat, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    The Aliens comic book series joins the Life and Death crossover story in the shared Aliens/Predator/Prometheus universe. While we’re coming in later in the story, Aliens: Life and Death #1 doesn’t make a new reader feel like they’re late to the game. Sure, this issue drops us in the thick of the action, but isn’t that where you want to be when you’re reading a crossover? I would say yes.

    Dan Abnett’s story shines here — the pacing sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat as the action unfolds before you. If you’re a fan of the Aliens films, underdog stories, or bloody action and gore, this story is for you! [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Trinity #1
    By: Francis Manapul, Clay Mann

    Since the launch of DC’s Rebirth, a question that’s been on everyone’s mind is how the original Superman is going to fit into a world that’s not his own, and how will he interact with a Batman and Wonder Woman that were a friend and lover to their world’s now fallen Superman.

    To force the confrontation of this question, Lois invites Batman and Wonder Woman over for dinner to Superman’s surprise. What unfolds is a rekindling of friendships that never really existed as each character reminisces on things that the other has no recollection of. What we get from this is an acknowledgment that no matter what reality each character came from, at their core they’re still the same person.

    Where I think most writers would try to bring these characters back together with conflict, Francis Manapul brings them together like people, solidifying the mission statement of the Rebirth movement, that it’s about legacy, not reinvention. Combine his writing with expert art, what we get is a book that I think will be one of the key titles to follow over the coming months as the big picture of this world develops. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Cyborg #1
    By: John Semper Jr., Will Conrad

    Within Cyborg #1 we get a quick glance at what may be our main villain, an unnamed assailant that looks like a failed attempt at Cyborg. Our hero is doing what he does best, stopping Detroit’s worst from committing crimes. Afterward, his father makes him go through tedious diagnostic tests to make sure everything is working properly. While not coming out with his anger we can tell that something is wrong with Cyborg, emotionally. We find out that he his questioning his humanity and whether he has a soul. The fact that his father is struggling with these same existential questions adds a healthy dose of family drama.

    John Semper Jr. does a great job getting us up to speed with the character, who he is, his environment and how he works within it. The storyline is an old one, but one that is never tired of being explored — Am I Human?.

    Artists Paul Pelletier, Tony Kordos, Scott Hanna, and Guy Major give this issue a greatly detailed issue that harkens back to the standards of superhero comics. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    LEARN MORE ABOUT CYBORG BEFORE HIS BIG SCREEN DEBUT

    Punisher comics at TFAW.com

    Punisher #5
    By: Becky Cloonan, Steve Dillon, Frank Martin
    Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

    Becky Cloonan’s Punisher story has been intense. Frank is out to take down a drug ring being run by a mercenary outfit called Condor. He’s run into people from his past, had a run-in with a couple of D.E.A. Agents, and now it’s time for him to get to do what he does best — Punish wrongdoers.

    The Punisher #5 is a strong issue. Cloonan packs the book with some fantastic (read: violent) moments, and Steve Dillon has a chance to be realy expressive. You can see the psycho behind the eyes of the issue’s main protagonist, Face. Colorist Frank Martin knocks it out of the park — identifying light sources to inform shading, including little things like textures on walls and floors, and his use of the rich red hues from blood. I’m a fan.

    With all of the action and major revelations this issue brings, I’m SUPER excited to see where team Punisher takes us next. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Review: Superman #6 — Dark Side of the Moon

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    Superman #6 cover artHow far would you go to protect your child? If you’re Superman, the answer is practically destroying the moon of your adopted world.

    Superman #6, the final installment in the DC Rebirth Son of Superman arc, pits the Man of Steel against the Kryptonian Eradicator duking it out on the surface of the moon. This baddie believes in the purity of Kryptonian race, and sees Clark’s and Lois’ half-breed son as an abomination that will bring down what’s left of its people.

    If you haven’t followed the adventures of Superman lately, you’re likely to be confused. But here’s a quick primer: The New 52 Superman – whose stories we’ve been following for the last five-plus years – is dead. He’s been replaced by the original pre-New 52 Man of Steel, who is married to Lois Lane and has a superpowered son named Jon. Confused yet? (Then we won’t even mention the other superpowered Lois in Action Comics and the fact that there’s a non-powered Clark Kent running around as well.)

    Writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason pull out all the stops during the lunar battle royale, with Supes getting assists from Jon and Lois (who has borrowed one of Batman’s Hellbat armor suits) as well as a certain super dog who was thought to be lost.

    This initial arc has helped to establish the old Superman in this new world. While the Justice League and earth’s citizens were shaken by the loss of their Man of Steel, the world now seems to embrace this new Kal-El.

    While not a cliffhanger, the last page sets up the next story arc – and possibly the premise for the rest of the series. Strap on your red cape. It’s going to be an adventure.

    Superman #6, DC, Released September 7, 2016, Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, Art by Patrick Gleason, Inks by Mick Gray, Color by John Kalisz, Lettering by Rob Leigh; $2.99.

    Review by Tom Smithyman

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    When Comics Aren’t Enough: DC ICONS

    When Comics Aren't Enough - DC Icons
    DC ICONS Breakdown

    Over the past few years sales of action figures have seen a big surge. Most likely due to nostalgia, but with customers and lets be honest here adults, wanting more from their collectibles, the industry has really gotten better as a whole. Companies like Bandai or Max Factory have made a splash here in the states with figures that have 20+ points of articulation, are highly detailed and come with relevant accessories, like different heads, hands or weapons. This allows the owner to have a lot more fun with posing their figures.

    Mainly we’ve seen more US based companies like Hasbro and NECA to take on the challenge to produce articulated detailed figures. But for a long time it was a struggle to get highly detailed, well articulated figures based on DC Comics Characters. Welcome to the DC ICONS series.

    Wave 3 just recently hit our store shelves and our site and I got a chance to take a look at Harley Quinn, based on her appearance from the Batman arc, No Man’s Land. Also in the series is Superman (THE MAN OF STEEL), Atom (FOREVER EVIL Atomica deluxe set with RAY PALMER & RYAN CHOI), & Aquaman (LEGEND OF AQUAMAN).

    Harley Quinn ICONS Box

    I like that toy manufactures are leaving the days of the clamshell packaging behind them. The shape and design of the ICONS series packaging is neat. This pentagon shape is able to show the buyer everything they need to know, no matter how the store is displaying them. This is also great if you are the type of collector that leaves their toys in the package.

    Harley Quinn comes with 3 extra hands (2 left, 1 right), a comically oversized revolver with a cork in it, and her classic mallet. She is also equipped with over 21 points of articulation. Including double knee and elbow joints, a high waist joint and torso rotation. Ball joints at the shoulders and hip. In addition to the ankle joint, the feet have rotation.

    Harley Quinn ICONS series accessories

    It’s really impressive how far the figures have come in the past 5 years. From figures that only have 5-9 points of articulation, to these beasts that can do almost any pose you want.

    If you’re looking for fun, detailed figures of your favorite DC Heroes and Villains, look no further than the DC ICONS series.

    DC ICONS Breakdown

    With various characters out now and coming out soon, like Batman and Green Arrow, you can expect to see characters you may not recognize right away like Deadman or Staic Shock. Also coming out is ICONS Deluxe series that comes with more accessories, Like the Green Lantern and his various parts for fighting off Sinestro. Coming out though is Batgirl with her Bat-cycle. Based on the Babs Tarr art in Batgirl of Burnside.


    All in all the DC ICONS line is a solid line to figures – both for collecting and playing. I’m happy to see US toy lines step up their game as much as the Japaneese toy market has over the years.

    Pick up one of many DC ICONS characters new and old coming out all year long. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    NCBD: Old Man Logan, New Super Man, Kong of Skull Island & Star Trek

    For New Comic Book Day this week – we look at an Old Man, a New Super Man, a Giant Gorilla, and celebrate Star Trek’s 50 years. As always these are only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. 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.

    Old Man Logan comics at TFAW.com

    Old Man Logan #8
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
    In the last issue of Old Man Logan, we saw Logan defending the people of Killhorn Falls from a crazed group of killers called the Reavers lead by Lady Deathstrike. He will stop at nothing to keep this group from killing the woman who became his wife from his lost timeline. With his back against the wall, Logan succeeds in pushing the threat away from the population and leaves to keep them safe.

    In this much-anticipated issue, we find Logan not too far in the future from the events of the last story arc, living once again with his team and family, the X-Men, with one exception – Jean Grey is alive and wants nothing more than to help out her lifelong friend. We also get to see, through Logan’s memories, the events that lead to the night the heroes fell. We now know what happened at the Xavier School for the Gifted – when the villains used Logan as their killing machine to take down the X-Men (see Old Man Logan by Millar and McNiven) – but we never got to see the fall of New York, or what led to the descent of Hank Pym. By the end of this issue, all will be revealed. And in the conclusion of this amazing book, we get to see a perfect reunion that will hit home with any Wolverine fan – or any comic fan in general.

    I can’t say enough to about how much I’ve loved this book. Jeff Lemire has taken the mantle of this story and used the new and old universes to make this a truly fantastic book, with the beautiful art of Andrea Sorrentino making the characters and action jump right off the page. I cannot wait for what happens next issue of Old Man Logan! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    New Super Man #1
    By: Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic

    Shanghai, China. Kong Kenan is a bully that justifies his behavior by picking on Lixin, whose father runs an airline. The very same airline who he holds responsible for the death of his mother. Kenan’s father is a mechanic that is part of a “Writers’ Group” which are conspiracy theorists attempting to prove the existence of the Ministry of Self-Reliance.

    These pieces converge when the villain Blue Condor swoops in to abduct Lixin. Kenan instinctively throws a can of soda (which he stole from Lixin) at Blue Condor. This is caught on video and gains the attention of the Ministry of Self-Reliance. Who approaches him to grant him the powers of Superman.

    All that power given to one without the moral compass of our Kryptonian is going to steer us on an interesting course, indeed. Gene Luen Yang’s story and Viktor Bogdanovic’s art are both flashy enough to catch our attention, and keep us watching, as this story evolves. It’s going to be an interesting series seeing this New Super Man go from bully to hero. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Kong of Skull Island #1
    By: James Asmus, Carlos Magno, Felipe Massafera

    First things first, the art of this comic book is gorgeous! I was memorized by Carlos Magno’s clear and very detailed illustrations. This issue opens up to a time before Kongs became extinct. The people believed the gods protected us through the Kongs.

    As the natives travel to expand the islands they rule, they take their protectors with them. When the natives discover Skull Island, they get more than they bargained for. This island has bad written all over it and as the people try to steer clear of it, the ship is attacked by monsters! As the ship starts to sink, one Kong struggles to get back on the sinking ship. As the people are drowning… the only thought you can conjure up is “Save the Kong!!!”. Kong of Skull Island is going to be one heck of a ride! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Star Trek #59
    By: Mike Johnson, Tony Shasteen

    As we near the 50th anniversary of Star Trek we see the crew of the Starship Enterprise enter a place in space that seems to be a bridge to alternate realities. The crew, for a time, switches minds with their movie and original series counterparts. This comes with some comedic surprises for them.

    Switching back and forth between old and new crew members was cool. Mike Johnson did a good job slightly altering how each Kirk or Spock said the same line, highlighting the differences between the two universes. Since he came aboard, Tony Shasteen has done a fantastic job drawing the series. Each character is easily recognizable, even for casual viewers of the series.

    It will be fun to see how both crews deal with such an anomaly in Star Trek #60![Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    NCBD – Civil War II, Superman, Green Lanterns, Bebop & Rocksteady, and Spider-Women

    New Comic Book Day 6/1/16

    This is a big week. We have 2 Rebirth titles, Civil War starts up again, and Bebop & Rocksteady get their own adventure for New Comic Book Day. As always these are only a few of this week’s new releases. 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.

    Civil War II #1
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez

    The long awaited Marvel event is here! Written beautifully by Brian Michael Bendis and exceptional art from David Marquez, Civil War II is off to a great start!

    Everyone fighting side by side as a team against some ungodly monster. As soon as the city is saved, Tony throws one of his famous “We saved the world, so lets drink!” parties. During this party, however, people start to ask ,”How did the Inhumans know exactly when that monster would appear in the city?” We are introduced to a new Inhuman named Ulysses. His new found powers are that he can see possible future events in the form of visions. This is what immediately divides the room. Captain Marvel quickly tries to recruit Ulysses saying that this could save the world from any danger. Iron Man disagrees: he believes the future is not something that should be messed with. This is the morality that causes tension between the two, and fuel is quickly added to the flame! At the end of the issue, you will be just as heartbroken and at the edge of your seat as I was. This just begs the real question though… whose side are you on? [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Superman Rebirth comics at TFAW.com

    Superman Rebirth #1
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza

    Superman is dead. Long live Superman! After several years of trials and tribulations, the final arc of Superman’s New 52 story arc culminated in Clark making the ultimate sacrifice to save the people of Earth. The Pre-Flashpoint Superman had come through, and is wearing the solar suit he wore after his death at the hands of Doomsday, in ‘the Death of Superman’ and a beard (which I rather hoped that he would keep).

    Superman knows a thing or two about sacrifice, and this new Rebirth comes directly with the knowledge and respect of honoring that cost. The Superman of the New 52 is gone, but the Superman we knew before is back and ready to carry on in the tradition of arguably the greatest superhero alive.

    The Rebirth titles that I have read so far have me ready to dive deeply back in to the DC Universe, and this issue really sets the stage for our Superman’s return. The art and story returned to me the vision of this hero that I had when his death rocked the nation. This is certainly a title that I will be proud to continue, and my hope has be inspired once again by the Kryptonian I’ve known since childhood.

    Thank you, Superman. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Spider-Women comics at TFAW.com

    Spider-Women: Omega #1
    By: Yasmine Putri

    A fun end to one of the better event books I’ve read. Spider-Women: Omega closes out a well-told adventure into an extra-sized issue, and while it didn’t do anything to greatly change the status quo of any of the characters involved, it did show why each of the main heroes are worth reading.

    Dennis Hopeless and Nico Leon are the main creative team on the last issue for the finale, and do a good job of juggling characters and giving them each a moment to shine. It’s a Spider-Women book, and none of them are pushed to the side here.

    If you are interested in this title don’t start here though, luckily there is a collected trade coming out in July and can be found here: Spider-Women TPB.

    If you are looking for an entertaining and fun comic you can’t do much better than this. [Kyle S. at TFAW.com]

    Green Lanterns Rebirth comics at TFAW.com

    Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1
    By: Geoff Johns, Sam Humphries, Ethan Van Scriver

    DC’s Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 reads like a checklist of proper ways to start a series. Ominous threat? Check. Compelling characters? Check. Intriguing premise? Check. Throw in some humor and Justice League cameos, then cover it in stellar artwork and you’ve got an awesome #1.

    Our story follows two rookie Green Lanterns: Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. While Simon puts out a “tough-guy” persona, internally he’s filled with doubts about his place in America (where he’s been falsely accused of being a terrorist). Jessica is struggling to find her own place as well. With social anxiety in one hand and a Green Lantern ring in the other. Suddenly, their rings register a threat and are whisked off to battle an alien invader.

    The dynamic between them is equal parts interesting and hilarious. As they try to one-up each other as a way of justifying their own position as Earth’s newest defender. It’s like watching two siblings argue over who deserves more desert. But they’ll need to work out their differences quickly. As our mysterious narrator says “The Prophecy said there was the Blackest Night. Then the Brightest Day. But now comes something else…” [Tim S. at TFAW.com]

    TMNT comics at TFAW.com

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1
    By: Ben Bates, Nick Pitarra

    Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver and IDW Comics bring us the beginning of a story that will no doubt lead us through the ages with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in tow!!

    Bebop and Rocksteady stumble into a time traveling debacle, as our Turtle pals finding an old friend, Renet the Time Master! As the turtles begin to unfold a deeper mystery, Bebop & Rocksteady (the real heroes of this tale!) blunder on and reveal the likes of which these two (and me) did not see coming! The art by Sophie Campbell (TMNT, Jem & The Holograms, Wet Moon), Dustin Weaver and Ben Bates mirrors this kinetic romp through time. A raucous time shall be had by all! [Ethan S. at Portland TFAW]

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