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    Alien Day Kicks Off With Aliens: Dead Orbit #1

    This week for New Comic Book Day, we’re kicking things off with the fantastic Aliens: Dead Orbit, just in time for Alien Day! However, that’s not all we’ve got for you as this week also brings us Old Man Logan fighting through space and time and a coming of age Supergirl story.

    As always, this is just a sample of the new books out this week; you can check out everything that came out this week on our website.

    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.

    Aliens: Dead Orbit #1
    By: James Stokoe

    Gonna be upfront and honest here. I’ve been looking forward to this before any artwork was shown. Knowing James Stokoe from his other works, like Orc Stain and Godzilla – Half Century War, I knew this was going to be a fest for the eyes. I love Stokoe’s style. That high color and tiny scratchy detail make it a pleasure to look at. It’s also good that he’s an excellent storyteller.

    This is a new cast of characters on a new ship above a new planet, which makes it an easy jumping on point for anyone. Even if you’ve never seen Ridley Scott’s classic Alien film, you can still buy this comic and enjoy it. Although watching the film will help in understanding the horror of these creatures, it’s not a necessity.

    From this first issue, Dead Orbit looks to be an exciting slow-paced thriller. We all know what the Xenomorphs are capable of. We know what they can do, but can you watch while someone else finds out? [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    By: Jeff Lemire, Eric Nguyen

    Jeff Lemire’s final arc of Old Man Logan has been a fantastic read so far. Old Man Logan #22 continues that streak by providing another solid story. In this issue, Logan finds himself transported back to his first fight with Hulk and Wendigo. The setting gives Lemire an opportunity to present some new twists to this story that any Wolverine fan will love.

    The art by Eric Nguyen is impressive and you’ll have no problem following the action. His run on Old Man Logan has been a treat and I’d love to see him on future Marvel books.

    The Past Lives arc has been one of Lemire’s best stories and you won’t want to miss an issue. I can’t wait to see how it all ends. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    By: Mariko Tamaki, Joëlle Jones

    It’s not easy being super, as Kara Danvers can likely attest to. In this third issue, Mariko Tamaki continues to tell a brilliant coming-of-age story. In fact, the story feels like it would make the perfect vehicle for a new Supergirl movie.

    Surprisingly, the book asks more questions than it answers. However, I’m confident that Tamaki can pull off a solid landing in the final book.

    The art by Joelle Jones is still fantastic. Jones and Tamaki make an amazing team that I’d like to see tackle more DC books in the future.

    It’s a shame that Supergirl: Being Super is only four issues long, as this miniseries is one of DC’s best. If you’ve yet to check out this comic, you’re missing out on one of the hottest books DC is currently putting out. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    The Best Marvel Sidekicks

    Sidekicks are an integral part of comic books, serving alongside superheroes as they save the day time and time again. These characters have become icons in their own right. But they often lack the recognition that their hero counterparts get. So, it’s time to give these characters the credit they deserve.

    Last week, we brought you a rundown of the best sidekicks in the DC Universe. This week it’s time to highlight comic giant Marvel’s best sidekicks.

    HYDRA Bob

    HYDRA Bob

    Bob is a fan favorite character. He appears in the Marvel Universe as Deadpool’s sometimes sidekick. Deadpool’s feelings toward Bob vacillate depending on the specific series. Bob’s contribution to Deadpool’s well-being (well, whatever passes for well-being for Deadpool) can’t be ignored. Bob defected from HYDRA when Deadpool broke into the organization’s headquarters in order to save Agent X. Bob supplied the Merc with valuable insight into HYDRA’s inner workings. Since then, HYDRA Bob has been present for many of the antihero’s greatest antics–getting a nod in the 2016 movie.

    Dum Dum Dugan

    Dum Dum Dugan
    Dum Dum Dugan

    A member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Howling Commandos, Dum Dum Dugan is best known as Nick Fury’s sidekick. And he has a great deal of page time in his own right. But he got his start helping Fury out after he saved the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader from Nazi’s in World War 2. Fury relies so much on Dugan he had his personality uploaded into an android (a “life model decoy”) to keep him going after the original Dugan was killed in a mission in the 50’s.

    Bucky Barnes

    Bucky Barnes
    Bucky Barnes

    Some might argue that Bucky doesn’t really count as a sidekick because he’s now a hero in his own right. But we disagree. Bucky got his start as a member of Captain America’s team. He even joined Rogers on his first mission against Red Skull. During World War 2, Bucky was a constant companion of the good Captain. Like many other Marvel sidekicks, Bucky was soon molded into a hero in his own right. He first took a long detour as the villain version of the Winter Soldier. Then eventually took over the Captain America mantel. Currently a hero, the Winter Soldier would never have become the crime fighter he is had it not been for Roger’s tutelage.

    Jubilee

    Jubilee
    Jubilee

    We could make a strong argument that all of the X-Men are Charles Xavier’s sidekicks, but we’ll save that for another time. Instead, let’s highlight one of the best hero sidekick relationships in the long history of the X-Men franchise–Wolverine and Jubilee. Jubilee was first inducted into the X-Men after saving Wolverine from Reavers. After that, she joins the man on several missions, illustrating first hand how useful she is by saving Wolverine time and time again. Their relationship immediately takes on a father/daughter dynamic. Jubilee is constantly prodding at the older X-Men member and Wolverine doing everything he can to protect her.

    Jim Rhodes

    Jim Rhodes
    Jim Rhodes

    Jim Rhodes has evolved from his sidekick beginning, becoming a superhero in his own right. For decades, Rhodes (Rhodey to Tony Stark) has piloted a version of the Iron Man suit known as War Machine. A former military commander and pilot, he met Tony Stark when his plane was shot down over enemy territory. After they successfully teamed up to escape, Rhodes and Stark forged a lasting friendship that developed into partnership. Stark trusted Rhodes to back him up in any crises. Rhodes even took over the Iron Man mantle when Stark was unable to safely fill the roll, However, the suit hadn’t been properly calibrated to Rhodes’s brain.

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    Best of Marvel MAX

    Comics aren’t just for kids, is a refrain you’ll often hear from fans and it’s true. Marvel took things to a new level though with their mature content imprint MAX. Created in 2001, Marvel MAX focuses on darker heroes from the Marvel universe or creating new more morally complex characters. MAX’s R-rated comic content gives adult readers a more grown up reading experience.

    Here are some of MAX’s best titles:

    BLADE

    Blade Max
    Blade Max

    He’s a half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter. And he uses an arsenal of extreme weaponry to slay the undead. The MAX line gave creators the opportunity to tell the scary and violent stories Blade fans had been waiting years for.

    DEADPOOL

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    Deadpool has long been a fan of four letter words and extreme violence. So, his MAX book allows him to really cut loose and be the best mercenary he could. This version retains the humor that made the character so popular. But it also frees the creative team of the limitations of a mainstream book. The result is one of Deadpool’s craziest adventures.

     WOLVERINE

    Wolverine Max
    Wolverine Max

    Wolverine’s berserker rage is on full display in this series. He’s been freed of the X-Men continuity and content restrictions. Now Wolverine is turned loose in a more gritty and noirish story. The violent and brooding world of Wolverine fit perfectly with the darker, more grown up tone of the MAX books.

    THE PUNISHER

    The Punisher
    The Punisher

    If any character was made for a MAX book, it’s Frank Castle. And he’s finally able to deliver the bloody retribution he had been talking about for decades. Writer Garth Ennis was able to dig deeper into the psyche of The Punisher than ever before. Yet the book still delivers some of the finest action sequences in the character’s history.

    ALIAS

    Alias Max
    Alias Max

    If we can thank the MAX line for anything it’s the creation of Jessica Jones. She’s now a mainstay of the Marvel universe. Jessica was introduced in the Alias gritty detective series. Writer Brian Michael Bendis gives is a beautifully flawed and compelling protagonist. But he also shines a light on the more human side of superheroes.

     

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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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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Spider-Woman, Hellboy Winter Special & Old Man Logan

    I’ve been looking forward to this week awhile now. With the Hellboy Winter Special and Old Man Logan #1 dropping this week, we’ve had some pretty good reading at the TFAW offices and comic book shops. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the third of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.

     	
Old Man Logan comics at TFAW.com Old Man Logan #1
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino

    The best description for Old Man Logan is if Marvel had a baby with Sin City. This story takes place right after the end of Marvel’s Secret Wars. With Jeff Lemire’s writing going hand in hand with Andrea Sorrentino’s art, you can definitely tell the dark tone this story gives off.

    Going through issue #1, you have just as many questions as Logan. What is happening? How is this happening? Where am I? Why did this happen?! Don’t worry true believers, your questions will be answered…on the last page. Old Man Logan is back and has found his one sole purpose in this Universe. Is it revenge? Is it Justice?! You’ll just have to read to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

    Hellboy Winter Special
    By: Mike Mignola, Tim Sale, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie, Chelsea Cain, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Walsh, Dean Rankine, Dave Stewart

    I’ve been looking forward to the Hellboy Winter Special for some time now, and I’m happy to say that it does not disappoint. Tim Sale, folks. The living legend contributes the first of the four Mignolaverse vignettes contained in this issue. I fall in love with his art all over again all in a span of eight pages in Broken Vessels. Chris Roberson’s first ever Hellboy story, Wandering Souls, was incredible. I was captivated and am excited to see where he takes us in the months and years to come.

    Chelsea Cain & Michael Avon Oeming’s Mood Swings was a charming HB romp. Focusing on a young Liz Sherman and a bout of teenage attitude, this story put a huge grin on my face. Rounding out the issue was Dean Rankine’s fun Lobster Johnson short, Kung Pao Lobster. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Spider-Woman #3
    By: Dennis Hopeless, Javier Rodríguez

    Spider-Woman isn’t your the typical superhero book since it features a very pregnant lead. The eight-month jump in time post-Secret Wars allows Hopeless to skip over the how’s and why’s of Jessica’s pregnancy. It creates a realistic sense of danger and drama for the characters but there’s a good bit of humor in the moms-to-be versus a horde of Skrulls.

    The art is the clincher for why I’ll come back. I loved Rodríguez’s stuff when he was on Daredevil, but he’s raised his game to another level. The splash pages depicting Spider Woman’s route through the space hospital are fantastic and brought to mind the trippy epicness of Jim Steranko with a definite splash of Kirby. The Kirby influence is especially strong on his depictions of the Skrulls.

    A great combo of art and story, drama and humor, with guest stars and on-point characterization, this book has me sold on coming back for more. [Dustin M. at Universal TFAW]

    Cry Havoc #1
    By: Simon Spurrier, Ryan Kelly

    Cry Havoc had me sold at “lesbian werewolves” and thankfully the contents didn’t disappoint. The moment I opened the comic I was blown away by the art and had a vast appreciation for the change in art direction throughout the comic. The changes really bring you into the moment and make for a very immersive world. One moment I feel like I’m reading Jem and the Holograms with heavy saturation and bold color choices before being transported into the world of The Walking Dead with a muted color palate to accompany the somber mood of the scene.

    This first issue is all about getting our story set up and developing our world. The refreshing and unique take on the supernatural is something I cannot wait to dive further into. It’s all well and good for every werewolf story to have common themes but I have a feeling these werewolves will be unlike anything we’ve seen in mainstream media. This comic has easily left an impression on me and I look forward to seeing this world and its characters develop further. [Megan W. at Universal TFAW]

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    Nick Bradshaw Donates Sketches to the CBLDF

    Nick Bradshaw Wolverine & The X-Men Sketch 2013 CBLDF
    Nick Bradshaw's Wolverine & The X-Men sketch!

    Mighty Marvel artist Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine & The X-Men) has generously agreed to donate two sketch covers to our Fifth Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Bradshaw’s original Wolverine & The X-Men and Thanos Rising sketch covers will be auctioned off by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at San Diego Comic-Con this month, with all proceeds benefiting the First Amendment Rights of the comics community!

    Founded in 1986, the CBLDF offers legal assistance to comic book fans, retailers, creators, and more whose basic rights are threatened. Visit CBLDF.org to learn more and enjoy a daily news blog on First Amendment issues, a large and growing resource section with case files and documents on the history of comics censorship, and tool kits for artists, readers, and librarians about their rights.

    TFAW is a proud supporter of the CBLDF and, through the generous donations of artists like Bradshaw, has helped raised more than $100,000 for this important cause. As a thank you, TFAW is also creating free, limited-edition autograph cards from the Wolverine & The X-Men sketch that will be available at SDCC!

    Going to SDCC? You can bid on the original sketch at the CBLDF Auction July 20 (stay tuned for details). Plus, remember to pick up a free autograph card at the CBLDF booth at #1920. While you’re at it, make sure to stop at the TFAW booth at #5625 to browse graphic novels and more at special low prices.

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    Nick Bradshaw Thanos Sketch

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    Unbelievable Products Now Available at TFAW.com

    Two years ago, we made headlines when we were able to locate and procure Tauntaun Steaks. Sure, we sold out in a matter of minutes, but we’re told those steaks were out of this world.

    This year, we challenged the TFAW Buyers to search for similarly hard-to-find products. They’ve answered the call, putting in massive amounts of overtime these past few months–traveling to exotic locales to find products that will completely change your life. Click on the images or links below to read more about these amazing finds!

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    Comic Book Reviews: Buffy, Brilliant, Batgirl & More

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    It’s time for our weekly comic book reviews. This week, we take a look at Batgirl #5, Brilliant #2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5, Wolverine #300, and Invincible: Get Smart TPB Vol. 15.

    Check out the video, below. SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! There are a couple of spoilers about Batgirl and Wolverine, so if you haven’t read them yet and want to be surprised, come back later!

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    Geek Chick: My Favorite Comic Book Duos

    Howdy! If you’re visiting us from Nerdpuddle, take a chance to get acquainted with TFAW–the world’s coolest online comic shop! If you’re a TFAW regular, make sure to check out Nerdpuddle–and Part 1 of this article–to enjoy some truly entertaining commentary on pop culture, gaming, movies, and more!

    We’re onto Part 2 of my favorite comic book duos. Note: these are not in order of importance! Am I biased? Of course. Do I know what I’m talking about? You decide! I’ll be looking for your comments and feedback, below.

    Batman and Robin Grant Morrison
    Dick and Damian: undercover brothers.

    5. Batman and Robin: Not Bruce and Dick. Dick and Damian. One of the things I’ll miss the most after DC’s The New 52 comes to town is the scratchy, often hilarious relationship between The Good Son and The Bad Seed.

    Dick Grayson set the gold standard–he’s the Robin every later version tried (and failed) to live up to, and Batman’s most trusted and beloved associate (except perhaps for Alfred). Damian Wayne is the antithesis of his father–a 10-year-old killer, violent, brilliant, and smug. Raised by assassins and cheated of a relationship with his father, he’s got a chip on his shoulder three times the size of his tiny body.

    With Bruce seemingly dead, Dick takes it upon himself to somehow manage Damian–installing him as Robin to his Batman. Did I mention that Damian seethes with a hatred and envy of Dick that burns like lava? Dick’s slow-building frustration vs. Damian’s snot-nosed digs was my favorite, favorite part of Grant Morrison’s run. Their reluctant brotherhood was rife with storyline possibilities, especially when Bruce returned–it’s a shame it will be cut short. Plus: it inspired adorable Damian “letters” to Dick, as seen on ComicsAlliance (go look–we’ll wait here for you).

    B.P.R.D. Graphic Novels
    Liz and Abe: fellow "freaks."

    4. Liz and Abe: Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien are two of the most interesting characters of the B.P.R.D.–and that’s saying something.

    They’re two misfits with more in common with each other than anyone else in the world–both spent time feeling like “lab experiments,” and both had close relationships with Hellboy, who abandoned the group.

    Both are regarded with mistrust by many of the “normal” members of the B.P.R.D. Is it any wonder they sometimes squabble like brother and sister?

    However, when confronted with a crisis of faith–for example, when Abe discovered his past life in the 1800s as Langdon Everett Caul, or when Liz is given apocalyptic visions of the future–they can depend on each other for some tough love.

    With all the monsters and action of B.P.R.D., it’s the family-like relationship of these characters that give readers an emotional base to latch onto.

    With all of the recent drama in the Hellboy universe (spoiler!), they’ll need each other more than ever.

    Hack/Slash comics
    Cassie and Vlad: slasher killers.

    3. Cassie Hack and Vlad: When I saw my first cover of Hack/Slash, I groaned. Great, I thought. More mindless exploitation comics. Then I took my head out of my ass and read it.

    Hack/Slash has gone awry occasionally, but the book’s strength is in the relationship between Cassie Hack, a vulnerable-yet-tough slasher killer, and Vlad, a sheltered misfit who has found his place with her.

    You see, Cassie started out as a misfit teen, and then discovered that her mother, the school lunch lady, was . . . The Lunch Lady, an undead slasher who killed the teens who tormented her daughter. Vlad, who was kept in seclusion his entire life, looks like a monster on the outside, but is a sweetheart on the inside. Their fellow outcast status has allowed these two to bond in a way they’ve never been able to with anyone else.

    Together, they travel the country, kill slashers, and work on their personal demons. When Cassie overworks herself to avoid any meaningful human interaction, Vlad is the only person she’ll (eventually) listen to. And when Vlad gets distracted by gorgeous demonic evil-doers, Cassie is there to smack him back to reality. What could be better?

    Superman comics
    Superman and Jimmy: good pals?

    2. Superman and Jimmy Olsen: I admit it: I’ve never been a faithful reader of the Superman comics–I’ve just loved the idea of silly Jimmy Olsen and his crazy Gold and Silver Age shenanigans.

    Superman, taken on his own, can be a bit of a stiff. But having to deal with a goofy teenager with a signal watch who tends to undergo ridiculous transformations? Um, Bizarro Jimmy Olsen? Elastic Lad? Colossal Boy? That’s hilarious.

    While I was a little offended when I revisited the Death of Superman and realized that Jimmy just kept snapping pictures while Superman lay dead in Lois’s arms–nice friend, Jimmy–it’s even more of a travesty how marginalized Jimmy has been in the present DCU. This made me appreciate his appearance in All-Star Superman, where in a clever callback to his “transformative” past, he was dressing as different people for his ” . . . For a Day” column. He even gets to save Superman!

    I’m hoping he’ll have a larger role in The New 52–since Supes is now going to be single, he’s going to need a good pal to talk to. Hopefully Jimmy won’t sell the info to the tabloids.

    Kitty Pryde and Wolverine
    Kitty and Wolverine: demon ninjas!

    1. Kitty Pryde and Wolverine: Have I mentioned how much I love Kitty Pryde? How her character, which was introduced in the Classic X-Men comics I cut my teeth on, is part of what hooked me on comics? She was 13. I was 14! She had brown hair. Me, too! She had a dangerous, powerful, cigar-smoking friend who taught her hand-to-hand combat. I . . . did not. But I really wanted one! (In my defense, I did not realize how skeevy that would come off in real life. Thank you, parents, for keeping me away from dangerous older men who specialize in killing people when I was a teenager.)

    Their relationship went beyond the cute-kid-befriends-the-killer schtick in the Kitty Pryde and Wolverine miniseries, which I loved (except for cutting off poor Kitty’s hair). Kitty tries to help her shady father and travels to Japan, where she is possessed by a demon ninja! And only Wolverine can save her! By teaching her to hold a ninja sword in the air for days and days! And by going on arduous runs in the snow–and leaving her behind for dead when she gives up! But! Kitty made it back to safety, on her own, and she held that sword, and she evicted that demon ninja, so good job, Wolverine!

    In all seriousness, I loved this partnership, and how Kitty came to terms with the darker aspects of Logan’s personality as she matured. It made her a much better character, and softened Wolvie just a bit. But I frickin’ hated it when X-Men tried to establish the same kind of relationship between Wolverine and Jubilee! She sucked!

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    WonderCon ’11: Welcome to the X-Men Panel

    Lots of interesting news from WonderCon 2011 at Marvel Comics’ Welcome to the X-Men panel, headlined by Rick Remender, Jason Aaron, Axel Alonso, and C.B. Cebulski! Here are some of the highlights:

    • The next big X-Men event is called Schism. Written by Jason Aaron and featuring art by Carlos Pacheco, Frank Cho, Adam Kubert, Alan Davis, and Daniel Acuña, it looks like boil down to a Cyclops vs. Wolverine confrontation.
    • Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, and other X-characters are returning–in the Age of Apocalypse, that is. Uncanny X-Force will be visiting that timestream and we’ll be able to catch up with that reality 10 years after the original storyline.
    • The previous adventure will happen during the Dark Angel Saga, starring Archangel! Remender asks, “What is Archangel, and why is everyone accepting him without question?”
    • Fans want more Iceman! Really? I did enjoy when he was blessed by a priest (to become holy water) during the X-Men’s recent battle with vampires . . .

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    Comic Book Reviews: Let Me In, Fables #100, Starborn & more!

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    We’ve got some pretty good comics this week, folks. And with Elisabeth MIA, it fell on me to go it alone! This week, TFAW reviews Let Me In: Crossroads #1 (of 4), What If? Wolverine, Dark Tower Gunslinger: Little Sisters of Eluria #1, Fables #100, and Starborn #1.

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    Comic Book Reviews: Serenity Shepherd’s Tale, Superboy, Scarlet

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    It was an excellent week for comics this week. We chose fewer titles, because we wanted to go in-depth. Watch as we review the Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale GN, Bullseye Perfect Game #1, Superboy #1, Ozma of Oz #1, Wolverine #3, Scarlet #3, Amazing Spider-Man #647 and Generation Hope #1!

    Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale GN

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