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    Generation X #1: Talking ’bout My Generation

    In all the acts of superheroics and protecting the Earth from calamity, it’s sometimes easy to forget that X-Men is ostensibly a book about a school. We all know the Xavier Institute secretly houses the X-men and all their crime fighting gear; however, it’s also home to a group of scared and confused young mutants just learning their powers. These young people are the focus of the latest X-title Generation X #1.

    Generation X #1 Review

    In this first issue we meet a ragtag group of new mutants just entering the institute. Headmaster and X-Men team leader Kitty Pryde can’t possibly juggle all the responsibilities of her demanding positions. So, she’s called in everybody’s favorite 90’s mallrat Jubilee to help mold these youngsters into a new team of heroes.

    It’s a big thrill for longtime X-Men readers to see Jubilee step into a leadership position. For so long, she’s been the kid sister of the team, and to see her come into her own and become a mentor to young mutants is very satisfying.

    Generation X #1 Starts Off Strong

    One of the strengths of this first issue is its focus on character, and rather than leaping directly into super villain fighting, we get a sense of the characters and their dynamics. This team has a lot of dysfunction: It’s clear these characters are young and unproven. There’s much infighting and self-doubt, and this will no doubt be the center of conflict for issues to come.

    Generation X #1 feels like the right step in the continuation of the Marvel X-Men relaunch. It’s a direct appeal to a younger market who will no doubt relate to this mismatched bunch of characters. A treat for X-readers new and old, Generation X #1 is another success for Marvel’s Resurrxion relaunch.

    The X-Men are back and better than ever! Check out all of our Resurrxion comics!

    Generation X #1, Marvel Comics, Released May 17th, 2017, Written by Christina Strain, Art by Amilcar Pinna, Cover by Terry Dodson, $3.99

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    All New Wolverine has a Freaky Friday

    New Comic Book Day August 31st 2016

    For New Comic Book Day this week All New Wolverine Snikts her first Annual as does DC Comics Bombshells, war wages on in Saga, and Dark Horse’s first issue of World of Tanks explodes onto the scene. Remember these are only 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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    DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1
    By: Marguerite Bennett, Elsa Charretier, Terry Dodson

    I have to say, I had the biggest grin on my face after I finished reading the DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1. It’s got everything – new characters, beautiful and artistic poetry, great action, and fun, flirty humor combined with lots of heart that has become the trademark tone of the series. In this extra-long issue, Amanda Waller enlists the brilliant Frankie Charles to find a former Bombshell, long ago disappeared: Batgirl! Waller knows that Batgirl will be invaluable to the Bombshells’ plans, but after a major loss, Babs went down a dark and twisted path and has become something much stranger – and more dangerous than she ever was before. Only Frankie has the guts, smarts, and savvy to carry off what could either be a rescue operation – or a suicide mission.

    This issue introduces new DC characters that will pump you up (I liked them so much that I even forgot for awhile about how I wish they’d bring in Hawkgirl already). Featuring clever, fast-paced writing by Marguerite Bennett that builds the universe up and bonds you even more to the characters and their story. This is definitely one of my favorite issues of this series (we’re 16 issues in as of press date, for those of you who are just joining us). The art, by Elsa Charretier and Terry Dodson is some of the most cohesive and gorgeous the series has had in recent times. The surprising, amazing line on the last page, well, let’s just say it drops like a bombshell. Don’t miss this giant-sized DC Comics Bombshells Annual! [Steve M. at Portland TFAW]

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    All New Wolverine Annual #1
    By: Tom Taylor, Marcio Takara, Cameron Stewart

    It has been a rough year for Laura, the All New Wolverine. She helped her cloned sisters hunt down a group of trained killers, teamed up with Squirrel Girl to take on some baddies, and dove headlong into Fin Fang Foom (like, inside his mouth) to rescue the original 616-Wolverine. On top of that, she’s stepped up to train and raise her clone/sister Gabby – but at least she got a pet wolverine named Jonathan (a gift from Squirrel Girl) out of it all.

    In this truly fun annual issue, you get to see what happens when you cross Wolverine and Spider-Gwen Freaky Friday style. What will happen when Gwen Stacy is thrown into the body of Wolverine, and how will she adapt to the new sets of powers and the loss of her old? How will Laura deal with her new super-strength and being part of a band? Oh, and not to give too much away, but there’s a Wolverine version of Spider-Ham named Wolver-Hampton! I need a book with just him running around with Jonathan the Unstoppable (Laura’s pet wolverine) like they were in a seventies cop drama. All that being said, do yourself a favor and get all covers to All New Wolverine Annual #1, and then read them all, it’s well worth it! [Steve M. at Portland TFAW]

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    World of Tanks #1
    By: Garth Ennis, Carlos Ezquerra, Michael Atiyeh, Isaac Hanford

    Garth Ennis being no stranger to comics about war. It’s only fitting that he’s teamed up again with Carlos Ezquerra, to give us another fantastic series surrounding WWII and the battles people faced. World of Tanks #1 reads more like Ennis’ other series Battlefields rather than War Stories. It’s more about the fight they’re in, rather than the characters themselves.

    In this first issue, we get our setup – an untested greenhorn British crew go up against one of the toughest German tanks in history. Will they be able to overtake them? Time will only tell.

    With Carlos at the helm of art, he gave this issue a silver-age war story style, and it fits perfectly. One of the key items that draws you into this book – and really all Garth Ennis war books – is his use of slang. Reading the characters dialgue while they use slag of WWII creates the environment quite well. As a War Stories reader, I was quite thrilled with World of Tanks #1 and am looking forward to the second issue. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Saga #37
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

    After a three month hiatus, Saga is back! The famous team, Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan beautifully start the new arc for this series. We last left off at Hazel escaping a refugee prison and her parents practically ripping apart their marriage and universe to find her! In this issue, we open up with a napping Hazel and her two adoring parents, Alana and Marko – and end with more questions!

    We get to see what our favorite characters have been up to and how much everyone has grown. This issue slowly opens to a new problem our favorite couple and friends will have to face. Whatever could that be?! Pick up a copy of Saga #37 today to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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

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    Review: Star Wars: Shattered Empire

    star wars shattered empires tpd #1-#4 graphic novelEveryone remembers the closing scene in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. Endor. Ewoks. A funeral pyre for Darth Vader, and his spirit showing up with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda to look on with pride as Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, the droids and even Lando party with the little guys. Rebels win. The Force wins. Huzzah! But then what? What happened in the interim 30 years between the end of Star Wars VI and the opening scenes of Star Wars VII, The Force Awakens?

    That’s what Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Marvel is addressing, and this terrific graphic novel collects all four issues of Star Wars: Shattered Empires and adds two additions, Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 and the delightful original 1977 Star Wars: #1 in all its retro glory.

    The storyline itself really revolves around the Imperial Starfleet, because even with the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire and its regional governors retain their hold on important systems throughout the galaxy, from Core to Outer Rim, because of their remaining military might. So while the exhausted Rebels might seek to have some time off to recoup after their great victory, it turns out that it’s not that much of a victory yet, because the Moffs are busy trying to acquire control over the disarray of the Empire, a dangerous chaos that might prove to be more deadly than Emperor Palpatine’s Empire!

    The artwork in the series is excellent, really exciting, notably the battle above Cawa City on planet Sterdic IV, where Rebel pilot Shara again proves her mettle against waves of Tie Fighters as the local residents recoil in terror at the aerial battle. Shara is as dedicated a pilot as you could hope for in the Rebel Alliance. Perhaps too devoted, as her young son Poe barely knows her. Yes, that Poe. Dameron.

    marvel star wars #1 comic book coverQuite a lot happens in the four parts of the main storyline, including just about every favorite character having a substantial role, even Luke himself. Luke isn’t teaching young Padewans in this story, however, as referenced in the backstory of The Force Awakens, so there’s still plenty of mystery about who, what and the other specifics of the newly reinvigorated Star Wars universe.

    The 1977 Star Wars #1 story is great fun and the artwork, while less sure than the Shattered Empires, is still sufficient to help propel what serves almost as a parallel origin story along. Princess Leia #1, however, is hindered by its art, with too many panels featuring well known characters (Leia, Han, Luke) with faces, postures and body dimensions at odds with the characters we know and love. Particularly when compared to the confident, splendid art of lead artists Marco Checchetto and Angel Unzueta in the Shattered Empires portion.

    Still, Shattered Empires is plenty good enough to justify the purchase of the entire trade paperback, and the addition of the original Star Wars #1 is a great bonus. And, heck, you might love Terry & Rachel Dodson and Jordie Bellaire’s art on Princess Leia #1. It just didn’t work for me.

    Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens / Star Wars: Shattered Empire is a trade paperback book that collects all four issues of Marvel Comics’ miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire, as well as the first issues of Star Wars: Princess Leia and Marvel’s original Star Wars comic series. Shattered Empire: Written by Greg Rucka, Art by Marco Checchetto, Angel Unzueta and Emilio Laiso. Princess Leia: Written by Mark Wait, Art by Terry & Rachel Dodson and Jordie Bellaire. Star Wars #1: Written by Roy Thomas, Art by Howard Chaykin and Jim Novak. $16.99.

    Review by Dave Taylor.

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    Terry Dodson Talks to TFAW.com About Uncanny X-Men and More!

    As an old-school fan of Uncanny X-Men who stopped reading in the late ’90s and only recently returned to the fold, I was truly excited about the chance to interview artist Terry Dodson, who has been penciling the series while his wife, Rachel Dodson, handles the inks.

    If you’re not familiar with Dodson’s work, you’ve been missing out. His bold-yet-classic style is dynamic, lush, and frankly a pleasure to look at. He’s worked for many different publishers and titles–notably Ghost for Dark Horse, Uncanny X-Men for Marvel, and Wonder Woman for DC–and I personally hope to see some cool creator-owned material from him in the near future. To learn more about that, read on:

    TFAW.com: So, you started drawing some of the X-Men more than a decade ago with the Storm miniseries. How does it feel to be back?

    Terry Dodson: Like I never left. I do, however, know I’m a much better artist now, and I have one of the best inkers in comics inking the work, so visually it’s much stronger work.

    TFAW.com: What are some of the differences in the way you interpret the characters now?

    TD: In that time period there have been a number of changes, from the three X-Men movies and also the Grant Morrison and Joss Whedon runs on X-Men, so those are all things that are in the back of my head that hadn’t existed before.

    TFAW.com: With the Utopia story arc, a lot of the X-Men are experiencing major upheavals–especially Emma and Scott–and it’s showing in their costumes, etc. What was your process for coming up with any design changes?

    TD: Pretty simple–I head to the sketchbook and start breaking down my initial ideas. I then send to Marvel for feedback and then revise appropriately. Marvel wanted the characters “consumer friendly,” so I ended up reining in some of my initial ideas and ended up going for a little more generic superhero look for them.
    TFAW.com: The Dark X-Men arc has introduced a lot of characters who aren’t usually in the X-Men family: were there any you were particularly excited to draw? Anyone you were dreading?

    TD: I put in my vote for Cloak and Dagger, as I read about them as a kid and never had a chance to draw them professionally, which turned out to be a pretty rewarding experience. Dreading: Harry Osborne’s Iron Patriot costume!

    TFAW.com: Do you have a favorite X-Man to draw?

    TD: Emma and Scott are my favorites right now, as I really understand them. I would like to draw Rogue more often in the book–I’ve been able to draw her on some covers for X-Men Legacy.

    TFAW.com: If you could radically change the look of any of the characters, who would it be, what would you do, and why?

    TD: I would like to do something different with Emma–draw her with a white version of her black Dark X-Men costume. I think Dazzler could use some more tweaks. Gambit is probably ready for an update and Psylocke, as well! I’m perpetually tweaking the costumes on the characters–usually very minor things, but always trying to improve or understand them better.

    TFAW.com: What’s your work relationship with Matt Fraction like?

    TD: Good–he’s writing some fun and easy-to-draw comics, which makes my job a lot easier. He already has the first two years of the book planned out, but he’s open to ideas and very easy to work with.

    TFAW.com: Can you give us a hint of what’s to come with Uncanny X-Men? Are there any pages/issues you’re particularly excited about?

    TD: I will be working on the middle of the Nation X arc, issues #518 and #519–where we find out more about that Void Sliver that Emma receives at the end of the Utopia arc, plus more Magneto.

    TFAW.com: You’ve been sharing art duties on Uncanny with Greg Land, alternating story lines. How do you like it so far?

    TD: Great–I took the job because it was planned to have alternating artists, and it allowed me time to do my best work and still have time to do other projects, and work outside of comics.

    TFAW.com: Growing up, what were your inspirations?

    TD: Frank Frazetta, Maxfield Parrish, Michael Golden, Arthur Adams, John Byrne, Star Wars–that the biggie, probably

    TFAW.com: Your wife, Rachel Dodson, really brings your artwork to life with her inks. What’s it like working so closely with an inker?

    TD: The next best thing to inking the book myself–Rachel is one of the best inkers in comics, so it really makes my job a lot easier.

    TFAW.com: I feel like the way you draw women is a really cool balance of portraying feminine, strong women who are gorgeous without being overly cheesecake (not that there’s anything wrong with cheesecake). Is this a conscious choice?

    TD: Oh yeah, it’s a constant process of drawing strong yet beautiful and appealing characters without going to an extreme. I love ’40s-’50s pinup art, and I think there are hints of it in my artwork, but with most of the storytelling-related work, I really try to get rid of it and use it when only when necessary, so as not to distract from the story.

    TFAW.com: In that vein, you’ve drawn a lot of strong female characters, including Wonder Woman. What are your thoughts on her?

    TD: WW just felt like a character that I was born to draw–I never really read the book itself. I always enjoyed the character in other books–I really loved what Alex Ross did with her in Kingdom Come and Darwyn Cooke in New Frontier, plus the amazing run of Brian Bolland and Adam Hughes covers for the monthly.

    TFAW.com: What’s your dream project? Are there characters or genres you’re hoping to work with?

    TD: More creator-owned work at this point, as I’ve pretty well drawn all the mainstream characters that I’ve wanted to. I’ve had my first book published with a European publisher, Les Humanoides Associes, and that experience really opened the door of possibilities.

    TFAW.com: What else do you have coming up?

    TD: In addition to my regular rotating arcs on Uncanny, I’ve just done a cover for an upcoming What if Spider-Man story, plus I will be doing more works for European publishers, with announcements on those soon. For updates, my website and blog is www.terrydodsonart.com.

    TFAW.com: Thanks again, Terry!

    While you’re here, make sure to check out our Terry Dodson collection, especially the upcoming Dark Avengers Uncanny X-Men Utopia Premium HC. What’s your favorite example of Dodson’s work? What do you wish he would do next? Comment below!

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