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    Justice League #12 goes deeper into Justice League vs Suicide Squad

    Let’s get crazy with Moon Knight, bite off more than we can chew with Nailbiter, and learn some new things in Justice League this week. As always these are only a few choice highlights from this weeks new releases. Check out our other blog articles to see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Justice League #12
    By: Tim Seeley, Christian Duce, Tony S. Daniel

    As a tie-in to Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, Justice League #12 gives us a view inside the motivations of the event’s villain, Maxwell Lord. Captured by Amanda Waller, Max is under interrogation the entire issue. But is he really the one being interrogated? This book cuts between the present interrogation, and various scenes of Max’s career.

    Tim Seeley continues to be one of the best go-to writers DC has. His understanding and treatment of characters always honors their past but pushes them into the future. Christian Duce’s art is wonderful; to the point that I’m surprised I haven’t seen his work on a more consistent basis.

    Tie-ins can feel like less of a whole story sometimes. This team, however, brings a stand-alone issue that actually enhances the whole event. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Nailbiter #28
    By: Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, Adam Guzowski

    28 issues and still going strong. With the last issue leaving off with Alice coming home to her mom being attacked. She snaps into action saving her. But for how long? Someone is planting bombs under Buckaroo Oregon, but I think this may just be a distraction. It seems this person may want the whole Nailbiter family instead.

    Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson have been at this from the beginning. Mike’s dynamic art really pops with Adam Guzowski’s colors on this issue, especially when it comes to the explosions.

    If you’ve missed out on this series at the beginning. It’s worth the catch-up. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    CATCH UP WITH NAILBITER

    Moon Knight #10
    By: Jeff Lemire, Wilfredo Torres, Greg Smallwood, Jordie Bellaire

    Death and Birth starts now! Though this is issue #10 this is a great jumping on point. The team of Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire do an amazing job of pulling you into Marc Spector’s insane life. A new glimpse of his history, a splash of his present predicament, and a proper push to more adventure take place in this issue.

    Take your time with this issue. There are little treats for the eye in almost every panel. In addition, Lemire captures your emotional spectrum once again. With brilliant storytelling, pacing, colors and panel layout, you will not be disappointed! Just when you thought it was over…MOON KNIGHT takes off! [Sean W. at TFAW.com]

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    Everyone’s doing it! Motor Crush hit’s stands

    NCBD 12 07

    Motor Crush screeches into New Comic Book Day this week. Plus we check on Nightwing and Nova. It’s a M and N kind of week! Remember these are only a few of This weeks new releases 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!

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    Motor Crush #1
    By: Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart

    This new motocross meets battle royale style action series from Image, follows Moto Crush rider Domino Swift. In this story, competitors race each other for titles and vials of “Crush”, a highly effective, but potentially deadly performance boosting drug. In this issue, we are introduced to Domino’s world, which gets turned upside down just days before her big race. Can she regain her edge on her competition before the race, or will her need for Crush get the best of her? We’ll have to see what happens the upcoming issues!

    Motor Crush is the creation of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr. The highly stylized art style and compelling story keep you hooked from page to page. Readers familiar with any of the creators’ previous work will see a lot of similarities to this world.

    A must read for fans of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, Black Canary, Gotham Academy, and Batgirl. [Ashleigh L. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    JUMP ON AND JOIN THE RACE!

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    Nova #1
    By: Jeff Loveness, Ramon Perez

    The Return of Richard Rider! Being back from the dead, newly resurrected but why and how? Back from his dark fate in the Cancerverse (Earth 10011). Trying to piece what happened to him back together, he finds himself back at his mother’s doorstep with questions and little answers.

    Sam Alexander is no longer an Avenger, now a Champion with Ms. Marvel, Totally Awesome Hulk, Spider-Man, and Cyclops(?). Sam is called on by Ego the Living Planet but what might the Planet want from our last Nova Corp Member? Sam would much rather help Ego than deal with the problem of embarrassing himself in front of the new girl at school. Fighting villains is so much easier than first impressions.[Allen B. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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    Nightwing
    By: Tim Seeley, Marcus To

    Finally, Dick Grayson returns to Blüdhaven, and with Marcus To as the artist? The crowd goes wild and the angels sing!

    Our newest story arc opens with Damian interrupted during a practice of his Titan’s rallying call. Touching on how our characters are dealing with Tim Drake’s death (Detective Comics #940). While some of our heroes are pushing through the pain. Our hero is taking this chance to escape, and what better place to run than Blüdhaven—or should I say, Fun-Haven?

    We get a few glimpses of Dick discovering what makes Dick Grayson, not Nightwing. These are hilarious little gems throughout the story. This and the looming implication of a corrupt government framing others makes for a compelling story arc I can’t wait to see all the way through.

    Dick says it best himself, “You gotta keep it sexy and exciting” and boy did they ever. Stellar artwork and characterization throughout the whole issue makes for a refreshing journey for any Nightwing fan.
    [Megan W. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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    Millar & Capullo’s Reborn Is Just What Comics Needed

    New Comic Book Day November 16th

    Mark Millar turns his new series on its head this New Comic Book Day. Nightwing gets help with his nightmares, Doctor Strange starts a new arc, a new team of Renegades forms, and our magical cross country tour makes its first stop in Spell on Wheels. 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!

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    Nightwing #9
    By: Tim Seeley, Marcio Takara

    It’s common that after story arcs end, a single story issue provides some transition from one story to the other. It’s rare though that such issues are also character defining. Nightwing provides a bit of unseen backstory on Dick Grayson–namely that he has been haunted by nightmares for some time. In an attempt to help, Superman uses Kryptonian tech to enter Nightwing’s dreams. The adventure this takes us on shows not only how important Nightwing is (as the glue of much of the DC Universe), but also how this new Superman really is the back-to-basics version of the character fans have been craving.

    Tim Seeley continues to prove his love for Nightwing. He captures the fun, but also underlying struggle the character has been having recently. It’s this kind of nuance that has always made Nightwing a compelling character. Marcio Takara’s art adds the layer of grit needed, but without this feeling like a typical dark Gotham book.

    Personally, Nightwing is not anywhere near my favorite Bat-Family character, but with how well this book is, this has consistently been one of my favorite offerings from DC’s Rebirth. The balance of well-written stories with a large helping of heart hits this old comic fan right where it counts. I highly suggest you make this a regular pull. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    Reborn #2
    By: Mark Millar, Greg Capullo

    This is it folks. This is where the real journey begins. The glimpse of this realm that we received in the first issue does not prepare you for how fantastical everything is. Mark Millar, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and Fco Placencia really made something special with this issue. At first, you start to see typical tropes from this type of story but then they immediately turn that on its head!

    You get a proper explanation, a good look at the protagonist, a few great mysteries and a great segue into what I am sure will be an epic adventure full of emotion. Read on warriors! [Sean W. at TFAW.com]

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    Doctor Strange #14
    By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Al Vey, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Tim Townsend, Wayne Faucher, Antonio Fabela, Java Tartaglia

    The newest issue of the Doctor Strange comic book lives up to its name–Strange. Get ready to go to “all-new all-different” hell and pal around with Satana, the devil’s daughter.

    Wile the story reads like a quick scene in a larger narrative, I could see people really digging into this. Chris Bachalo’s art is whimsical and frenetic. He really shines when Strange takes on his astral form. Good stuff. Jason Aaron is taking a comical beat this issue and it’s rather fun to experience. I’ve had a lot of fun seeing Strange at his lowest, slowly dragging himself from the muck and rebuilding himself. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Harbinger: Renegades #1
    By: Rafer Roberts, Darick Robertson

    A brand new #1 from the team at Valiant Entertainment. Harbinger: Renegades #1 is a new team of heroes. What looks to be fragments of the old Renegades team with some new faces. Like most team-up books, this issue sets up not only who the team will consist of, even if momentarily, but also who the villain is.

    Rafer Roberts’ writing is great; he creates a real world and gives the characters responsibilities and lives that fit within our reality more so than any other book I’ve seen lately. Darick Robertson does an amazing job with facial expressions–you really see the shock and awe in his line work. With the team just starting to come together, I’m anxiously awaiting the next issue. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Spell on Wheels #2
    By: Kate Leth, Megan Levens, Marissa Louise

    When we last left our trio of witches, they were on a road trip to get back their stolen magical items. Their first stop: Massachusetts. This issue of Spell on Wheels picks up with the gang as they meet with an old artist who purchased one of their stolen pieces. Unfortunately the package hasn’t arrived due to, you know, shipping and all. So the girls wait there until the next day for the package to arrive. Little do they know however it’s not quite that simple.

    I love the dialogue in this comic. It feels like I’m talking to a friend. Another thing I really enjoy about how Kate Leth wrote this is how strong these women are with or without magic. Next stop Connecticut! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Kate Leth’s New Series Casts a Spell on New Comic Book Day

    NCBD OCT 19th

    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!

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    Star Trek Boldly Go #1
    By: Mike Johnson, Tony Shasteen, George Caltsoudas

    Set months after the events of Star Trek: Beyond, Boldly Go finds the crew of the Enterprise split up as their ship is rebuilt. Kirk has taken over interim Captain duties on the Endeavor along with McCoy and Checkov. Sulu is now first mate on the Concord. Scottie is teaching at Starfleet Academy, and Spock and Uhura are on sabbatical on New Vulcan. That is until a new, yet familiar, threat forces the gang back together much earlier than expected.

    Mike Johnson captures the tone of the new Star Trek series perfectly, while at the same time introducing a classic Trek nemesis to an unfamiliar crew. In many ways he’s combining three eras of the series into one, and expertly so. Tony Shasteen captures the likenesses of the actors from the movies, as well as the clean and crisp aesthetic. If you’re a fan of the recent films, or of Star Trek in general, this is a must read. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Spell on Wheels #1
    By: Kate Leth, Megan Levens, Marissa Louise, Ming Doyle

    Dark Horse’s newest magic comic comes just in time. Not a horror based comic, but with Witches what better time is there other than October?

    Spell on Wheels is the story of three best friends working and living together. One day their house gets broken into and they must go on a road trip to reclaim their belongings. They’re witches, and you can bet that the stolen items are a little more than just a few trinkets…they REALLY need to get their stuff back.

    Kate Leth brings us a fun group of gals for what looks to be a fun adventure. The characters all have their own abilities and traits beyond their magic. I felt like anyone could relate to that feeling of despair and loss after being robbed. While obviously has more to do with the magic they wield, you can relate to their situation. Megan Levens and Marissa Louise do a stand up job within this first issue. I love the character designs. The emotions come through very well with each character. [Martin M at TFAW.com]

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    A-Force #10
    By: Kelly Thompson, Paulo Siqueira

    The A-Force Civil War II tie-in found the team in Colorado on the hunt for bug creatures that were once the cities inhabitants. The problem is, they must find a way to stop this plight from spreading before her teammates turn int these very same creatures.

    This was a fun final issue for A-Force. On top of that it was a good Civil War II tie in. I’m not caught up on Civil War II issues, but I didn’t need to play any catch-up to jump into this issue — it felt very solid as a stand alone story. Kelly Thompson has been doing a bang-up job with A-Force ever since she started at issue #2. Paulo Siquerira, Joe Bennett, and Rachelle Rosenberg do a fantastic job bringing this team to life. One panel in particular made me go “wow!” (It’s spoiler-y so I wont say, but feel free to guess!) You really can’t go wrong with a team made up of Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and Dazzler. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Nightwing #7
    By: Tim Seeley, Javi Fernandez

    Set right after the events of the epic Night of the Monster Men crossover, Nightwing is checking in again with the Parliament of Owls in Australia. Only to find them all dead, somehow linked to the Cult of Kobra. Nightwing tracks down his recent ally, Raptor and discovers that Raptor has been in Nightwing’s life much longer than he thought.

    Tim Seeley has been doing an amazing job of rebuilding Nightwing into the fan-favorite version of Dick Grayson people have been missing. He allows the story to breath on its own, but still fold seamlessly into the events happening with the entire Bat-Family. Javier Fernandez on pencils provides a lot of grit to the story. Nightwing is in a darker place than normal, and I love it. Nightwing #7 is another amazing addition to this great series, with plenty more to come. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    The Frog Brothers Return in the Lost Boys Comic Book

    NCBD Oct 12th

    It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s New Comic Book Day! Ready for some reviews of a few of this week’s new releases? Check out past articles so see our thoughts on other books that have recently released. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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    The Lost Boys #1
    By: Tim Seeley, Scott Godlewski, Tony Harris

    Set immediately after the events of the cult horror classic film, The Lost Boys #1 finds the Emerson Brothers attempting to find some semblance of normalcy while the Frog Brothers continue to hone their vampire hunting skills. Meanwhile, Grandpa Emerson maintains order in the Santa Carla Hunter’s Union. That is until a new gang of vampires hits the scene to cause some havoc. This time our cast of characters aren’t just involved by fate, they’re the target.

    Tim Seeley captures the tongue in cheek feel of the original film perfectly. The ridiculousness, yet somehow still serious tone comes through with each scene. Scott Godlewski recreates 1987 in all it’s glory and strangeness. Together, they make it feel like the direct follow up people have craved. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Spider-Man: Clone Conspiracy #1
    By: Dan Slott, Jim Cheung, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Ron Frenz

    Clones and Spider-Man. In the mid-’90s, these two were intertwined pretty heavily for better or worse. Now, history is repeating itself with Spider-Man: Clone Conspiracy #1 by Dan Slott and Jim Cheung. This is the big Spidey event of the year and Slott has been building toward it since this year’s Free Comic Book Day title from Marvel.

    Looking at the timeline, this story arc is going to run all the way through February of next year and it is starting out on the right foot. There’s a lot of set up in this issue but it works, although it does help if you’ve been reading Amazing Spider-Man lately but it’s not so dense that you can’t dig this book up fresh and figure out what’s going on. Slott definitely gets who Peter Parker is, and I think that’s the strongest element of his take on Spider-Man.

    Jim Cheung’s art is as beautiful and dynamic as ever. I really like his rendition of Rhino. There’s also a nice back up story by Slott with art by Ron Frenz that takes us back to the death of Gwen Stacy that’s an excellent character piece. This is absolutely recommended. [Dustin M. at Universal City Walk TFAW]

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    Super Mario Adventures
    By: Kentaro Takekuma, Charlie Nozawa

    If you ever had a Nintendo Power magazine as a kid, you may remember a small part of this graphic novel. The Super Mario Adventures GN reprints the classic comics that appeared in Nintendo Power back in the day. It’s a funny tale of Mario and “Weege” trying to save the Mushroom Kingdom, again. It’s classic ’80s comical Manga with over exaggerated emotions and the inclusion of terrible rapping.

    This was a fun trip down nostalgia lane. I can only hope that Viz can keep putting these books out! There were many comics that appeared in the Nintendo Power magazines. A Link to the Past came out last year and was the first and I only hope that Super Mario Adventures is not the last! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    There’s a New Batman in Town!

    NCBD Sept 28th

    It’s our favorite time of the week, and that means we’ve got another installment of New Comic Book Day for you! Here are a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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

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

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

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

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

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for New Suicide Squad #18, Agents of SHIELD #3 & More

    This week had some really strong new releases, and we wanted to highlight a few quality issues from this week’s new releases that could get lost in the shuffle. Check out our other New Comic Book Day 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!

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New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com New Suicide Squad #18
    By: Tim Seeley, Juan Ferreyra

    Twist and Turns Ladies and Gentlemen! If you want them, the newest issue of New Suicide Squad has them. Harley delivers a whimsical yet informational recap of a seemingly pointless story. However, stick with it, it leads somewhere exciting.

    This issue is rich with character development and the team sets us up for a whole new (possibly disastrous) plot. We also get to catch up with Amanda Waller and get a reminder that she is NOT TO BE TOYED WITH!

    Tim Seeley delivers yet again with an issue that contains great dialogue for all and is fantastically displayed in the artwork by Juan Ferreya. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Amazing Spider-Man #9
    By: Dan Slott, Matteo Buffagni

    Amazing Spider-Man #9 From owning the biggest company with top notch technology to being known as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Peter Parker has it all! Er, well almost… Unfortunately, all of Parker’s successes have led to villains tracking his every move. In the previous issues, we are introduced to the terrorist group, Zodiac. They steal Peter’s latest technology to hack into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s security system to find a super rare artifact. What are they going to do with this artifact? World domination of course!

    This issue kicks off a new story arc in which Nick Fury and Spider-Man team up to find Zodiac’s leader, Scorpio. If you really liked Superior Spider-Man, I am positive you will love this storyline. I mean after all, the same team that brought you Superior Spider-Man is doing this series! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

     	
New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com Batman/TMNT #4
    By: James Tynion IV, Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell

    The Turtles are trying to get home, but they’re up to their shells in trouble. With the help of Batman and an old friend, it looks like they may finally have some luck on their side.

    We are now four issues deep into the awesome Batman/TMNT crossover and James Tynion IV’s story is still as intriguing as ever. Freddie E Williams II and Jeremy Colwell are a fantastic pairing on art–I especially enjoy the decision to give the turtles different styled face masks.

    As the story continues it gets more and more clear that each turtle shares traits with Batman. With Raphael being Batman’s darker boding personality. Donatello, his tech side. Leonardo, the martial artist, and Michelandelo….uh…maybe not all.

    If you haven’t caught this from the beginning, go back and start. With DC/IDW doing second & third printings of the series you know it has to be good. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

     	
Green Lantern #50 comic book review at TFAW.com Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
    By: Marc Guggenheim, German Peralta

    Picking up from an excellent cliffhanger from the previous issue, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 jumps immediately into the action and keeps a solid pace, despite having to dump a lot of exposition on the readers who might not be caught up on Marvel’s Avengers Standoff crossover. Character sum up what’s been happening so far without too much stilted or forced dialogue. The chase for Whisperer is the best part of the book and (Spoiler warning if you haven’t read the first two parts of Standoff) Rick Jones uses things that don’t seem unrealistic for a character with his history to have access.

    Peralta’s art is clear and dynamic, and Guggenheim fills the script with nods to both the current events of the Marvel Universe but nice bits of history as well. He’s been a part of a great team on the DC TV side as creator of Arrow and Flash and now doing and excellent adaption of Marvel’s most well-known network show. This one is highly recommended. [Dustin M. at Universal TFAW]

    X-Files Deviations (one-shot)
    By: Amy Chu, Elena Casagrande

    The X-Files Deviations is a wonderful parallel for fans of the first episode. In this new story, wrier Amy Chu recreates what started it all with one major twist — Dana Scully is partnered with Samantha Mulder. Samantha’s brother Fox was the one who went missing all those years ago and now the two must work together to find the truth that is out there.

    The story moves along at a good pace and Casagrande’s style matches the tone of the story. For most fans, the relationship between Mulder and Scully is probably the most iconic thing about the show, but without it could the series thrive? This issue has me thinking yes. It’s a must read for any X-Files fan. Don’t forget about the other IDW Deviations one-shot issues starring the Ghostbusters, TMNT, Transformers & G.I. Joe. I’m really looking forward to those now that I’ve read this issue. [Travis S. at TFAW.com]

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

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    Tim Seeley Donates Bloodliners Cover to the CBLDF

    While Tim Seeley has been making more noise as a writer lately (Grayson, Revival), we’re psyched that he chose to showcase his formidable art skills by donating his Bloodliners cover to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. You can bid on this — and dozens of other pieces by Nick Pitarra, Emma Ríos, and more — at the CBLDF Live Art Auction at SDCC July 26.

    All proceeds from the auction will help defend the First Amendment rights of the comics community! See Tim’s piece below, a reworked version of a cover he drew as a kid:

    Tim Seeley's Bloodliners Cover for the CBLDF

    Since 2009, Things From Another World has been a proud supporter of the CBLDF’s SDCC auction, helping to raise more than $100,000 to help defend free speech for comic book fans, creators, retailers, and more.

    To see more of the incredible original art that will be available for auction at SDCC this year, visit our SDCC 2014 auction page now!

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    Tim Seeley and Mike Norton Talk About Bringing Revival to Life

    Revival ComicsOne of the most buzzed-about horror titles of the past year is Revival, written by Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and featuring the amazing art of Mike Norton (Battlepug), with positively haunting covers by Jenny Frison (House of Night). The concept is simple yet compelling: one day in a small Wisconsin town, the dead suddenly came back to life.

    Why did it happen? What does it mean? While the outside world is clamoring to learn the reason for this “miracle” — and partake in it themselves — Officer Dana Cypress must deal with a government quarantine, religious zealots, her demanding father, and all of the town’s dirty little secrets, which are spilling out one by one. Did we mention Dana’s little sister Em is one of the group of people who has come back to life (now known as Revivers) — and was apparently murdered?

    It all adds up to one of the most addictive titles yet from Image Comics! If you haven’t jumped on board yet, the Revival Vol. 1 deluxe hardcover is out October 30, and if you pre-order now, you’ll save 20%.

    We had the chance to interview Tim and Mike for Horror Month! We asked them who killed Em, what’s up with the ghostly spirits in the woods, and more. Did they answer? Read below! Plus, check out six pages from Revival #14, available now.

    TFAW: Can you tell us how the concept for Revival came about?

    Revival #14 Page 1Tim Seeley: I’ve wanted to do a crime book set in a rural Wisconsin town for a few years, but I didn’t have a catch for it. I also had an idea for a “un-zombie” zombie story, which would focus on this girl, Em. Mike and I were looking for something to do together. I pitched him both ideas over lunches at our studio, and they eventually somehow became one idea. I brought some of the characters from previous ideas in, Mike and I developed new ones, and BOOM-POW-VOILA, we had Revival.

    Mike Norton: Just like Tim said. I was pretty much there from the beginning. It was very much a matter of Tim having an idea and then us hammering it into something we’d both like and want to work on.

    TFAW: Revival is based on a fairly simple idea: one day, a small number of people in a tiny town come back from the dead. But after re-reading the first two trades, it’s amazing how complex the story gets, once everyone’s secrets are revealed–or at least hinted at. How do you keep track of it all?

    TS: Ha, not easily. We have a white board and ever evolving documents and notes and books . . . it can get pretty hairy sometimes. Mostly I just hope that if I forget it, Mike remembers it.

    MN: Yeah, it’s hard. Every issue has a moment of “what are we forgetting?” It’s exhilarating in a way, but it’s also nerve-wracking. It’s been really fun so far. Tim does a great job of it, and I kind of try to poke holes in it to make sure the story is bulletproof.

    TFAW: One major mystery in the beginning was “Who killed Em?” but that hasn’t been addressed lately. It looks like the thread will be picked up in issue #15 — will we get a definitive answer?

    Revival #14 Page 2TS: Not yet, no. But there will be clues and hints, because Mike and I know the answer.

    MN: You will get an answer. It may just be a year or two.

    TFAW: Em is a very ambiguous character–she’s a Reviver, but she’s keeping it a secret. She always tried to be the perfect daughter, but she was having an affair with a married professor. Plus, she’s acting out more and more and becoming more violent–is this because she’s a Reviver, or because she’s stuck in a crazy situation?

    TS: It’s a little of both I think. Em is like all of us . . . she’s complex and has more than one side. Add to that she’s facing a situation in which she has no precedent for, and you can see why she reacts in some pretty extreme ways.

    MN: That’s kind what I like about the story we’ve set up. She’s pretty much grown up sheltered and is letting loose. Being dead is kind of an advantage for that. Who cares what happens if you’re dead?

    TFAW: What are the motivations of Em’s professor, Aaron Weimar? Is he a bad person, or just misunderstood?

    TS: I think Aaron is mostly a good person, actually. He’s made mistakes, and gotten himself into a difficult situation, and we’ll see what that makes him do in issue #17.

    Revival #14 Page 3MN: Aaron . . . Hmmm. Wait ’til issue #17.

    TFAW: Em’s sister, Dana Cypress, is a complex woman. She’s good at her job, but hampered by some hangups that affect her relationships with her family, potential love interests, and colleagues. What made her this way?

    TS: Dana was profoundly affected by the loss of her mom when she was a kid. Em barely remembers it, but Dana has blamed her dad for it, and it’s made her act out in a lot of different ways. She’s now trying to make up to her dad and her sister for the way she acted out.

    MN: I love Dana. She’s strong and it comes from a place where she’s had to overcome a lot of hurdles and personal mistakes. She’s messed up. And she’s trying to make her life (and everybody else’s) better now.

    TFAW: Are the “demons” in the forest the souls of the Revivers? Does this make the Revivers evil, and how did this happen in the first place?

    TS: Well that’s the big question, isn’t it? We know. And we will tell you if you keep reading.

    MN: Ha. Yeah what Tim said.

    Revival #14 Page 4TFAW: Mike, what strikes me the most about your art is how gorgeous it is–and how disgusting and gory it is, often in the same panel! What were your thoughts behind creating the look of the book?

    MN: Well, for one, thank you. That’s really nice. With the art, I’m just trying to bring the realism and atmosphere of a small town. I think that quiet normalcy is what makes moments of extremely horror and violence so disturbing. If a book is drawn in a spooky shadowy scratchy style, you kind of expect the big scare. In our book, you’re not going to know when something crazy is gonna get you.

    TFAW: Do you have a favorite character?

    TS: I love them all. I like writing Blaine’s dialogue the most. And I think Dana is sort of the most “like” me . . . but I can’t choose a favorite.

    MN: I like something about all of them as well. I love Dana the most. She’s the hero of the story to me. It’s really fun to draw Lester, though.

    TFAW: What’s the best part of working on this book?

    TS: I like getting to work with Mike, and playing to our strengths and interests, while occasionally making both of us work on things we aren’t as confident about.

    Revival #14 Page 5MN: I agree. We both share similar aesthetic and preference for comics, and making comics together has been really fun and challenging. I’m really proud of it.

    TFAW: What are your personal favorite horror stories?

    TS: I’m still pretty attached to the original Halloween, Dawn of the Dead and a whole host of slasher movies. I recently read — and totally loved — John Dies at the End and This Book Is Full of Spiders. I still love Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and I think Charles Burns’ Black Hole is maybe the creepiest comic I’ve ever read.

    MN: Favorite horror? That’s funny. I used to hate horror as a kid. Nightmare on Elm Street and Fright Night were movies I had to watch behind closed fingers.

    TFAW: Can you give us any other hints about what the future will hold for Revival?

    TS: We’re going to see what the government is doing with Revivers who’ve “stepped out of line.” And, there will be an explosion of blood coming up.

    MN: A lot of the trademark Revival character moments. And some seriously disturbing stuff.

    Revival #14 Page 6TFAW: What other projects are you excited about right now?

    TS: All of ’em! I’m in a good place, working on a lot of books I’m really enjoying! Yay! [Editor’s Note: Tim is currently working on Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash and Clown Fatale, as well as providing variant covers for Afterlife With Archie.]

    MN: I have to say the same. I’m more creatively satisfied at this point in my career than I ever have been. [Editor’s Note: Mike is currently working on The Occultist — with Tim — as well as The Answer and Battlepug.]

    Big thanks to Mike and Tim for chatting with us! If you haven’t read this amazing series yet, make sure to pick up Revival Vol. 1 and 2 in trade paperback, and pre-order Revival comics and the Revival Vol. 1 deluxe hardcover now to save 20%!

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    Have you read Revival? What’s your theory on who killed Em? Do you have a favorite issue so far? Post your comments below!

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    Tim Seeley Donates for Fifth Time to the CBLDF

    Tim Seeley Revival Sketch 2013 CBLDF
    Tim Seeley donates a sketch of Em from Revival!

    Excellent! Tim Seeley, a longtime supporter of First Amendment rights and the creator of smash hits like Revival and Hack/Slash, is donating an original sketch for the fifth year in a row to our SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Seeley has been an annual donor since the inception of this program, and we offer him our heartfelt gratitude for his continued generosity.

    The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has protected the First Amendment rights of the comics community since 1986, entering courtrooms, classrooms, conventions and libraries all over the United States to provide legal aid, education, and advocacy to readers, creators, retailers, publishers, and librarians of comics, manga, and graphic novels.

    Things From Another World has been soliciting original sketches — and pages — from a number of fantastic artists that will be auctioned off by the CBLDF. In addition, we will create free autograph cards from the original sketches that will be available at SDCC!

    Check out some of Seeley’s previous sketches, below! Going to SDCC? You can bid on the original sketch at the CBLDF Auction July 20 (stay tuned for details), and pick up a free autograph card at the CBLDF booth at #1920. Plus, make sure to stop at the TFAW booth at #5625 to browse graphic novels and more at special low prices.

    BECOME A MEMBER OF THE COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

    BROWSE TIM SEELEY COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

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    See Some of Tim Seeley’s Previous CBLDF Sketches, Below!

    Tim Seeley 2012 CBLDF Sketch

    Tim Seeley 2009 CBLDF Sketch

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    TFAW’s CBLDF Sketches: The Creator-Owned Edition

    They’re here! Check out our amazing sketches of independent and character-owned characters for this year’s CBLDF auction at San Diego Comic-Con. Each of these sketches, by Charlie Adlard, Chris Eliopoulos, Erika Moen and Steve Lieber, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Jonathan Case, Larry Marder, Philip Tan, Rich Ellis, Tim Seeley, Tyler Crook, and Roger Langridge, will be auctioned off July 14 in room Sapphire AB at the Hilton Bayfront, starting at 8:00 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the First Amendment rights of the comics community!

    Check them out:

    Charlie Adlard: Rick from The Walking Dead.Chris Eliopoulos: Cow Boy.Erika Moen and Steve Lieber: Original Character.

    Fábio Moon: Characters from Casanova.Gabriel Bá: Characters from The Umbrella Academy.Jonathan Case: Characters from Dear Creature.

    Larry Marder: Beanworld.Philip Tan: Merlin.Rich Ellis: Em from Memorial.

    Tim Seeley: Lovebunny and Mr. Hell.Tyler Crook: Elephant.

    Roger Langridge: Snarked.

    Would you like to get your own copies of these sketches–for free? We’re creating limited-edition autograph cards of all of our CBLDF sketches–24 in all–and giving them away at San Diego Comic-Con at our booth! Come visit booth #5625 right away to pick up yours. We’d like to thank all of our artists and Marvel Comics for generously supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! You’re amazing!

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    SEE ALL OF THIS YEAR’S SKETCHES

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    Hack/Slash’s Tim Seeley Contributes to the CBLDF for 4th Year

    Tim Seeley ComicsTim Seeley has supported the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for the past three years, and now we’re excited to announce that he’s joining our Fourth Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Seeley will create original sketch to the CBLDF’s annual auction at San Diego Comic-Con, with all money raised going to support the First Amendment Rights of the comics community!

    TFAW is proud to have worked with the CBLDF for the past three years, helping to raise more than $75,000. Founded in 1986, the CBLDF provides important legal support to comic book retailers, publishers, creators, and even fans. Help support the First Amendment Rights of the comics community and fight censorship by joining today!

    Seeley first rose to prominence writing and drawing his slasher-movie homage, Hack/Slash. Since then, he’s worked on a wide range of comics, writing Marvel’s Ant Man & Wasp, Image’s Witchblade, and Dark Horse’s The Occultist. His newest creator-owned comic with Mike Norton, Revival, is getting huge buzz and is coming out from Image in July.

    Check out Seeley’s sketches from 2009-2011, below, and stay tuned for a preview of this year’s! If you’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con, you can bid on the original. Plus, TFAW will be turning every sketch from this event into free, limited-edition autograph cards that we will be distributing at SDCC this year. Stop by booth #5625 to pick up your set, and make sure to check out the CBLDF Auction July 14 at San Diego Comic-Con!

    BECOME A MEMBER OF THE COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

    BROWSE TIM SEELEY COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

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