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    I Just Saw and Loved Wonder Woman — Now What?


    Wonder Woman is a success on so many levels.

    Not only is it the first film to have a female superhero in the starring role, it’s now gone on to break the box office record for a film directed by a woman. The film also single-handedly restored viewers’ faith in the DC Cinematic Universe.

    More than that, it’s given women both young and old someone to look up to. Wonder Woman is now the cultural icon she was always meant to be. She’s more than just a hero: She is female empowerment personified and a role model.

    If you’ve left the theater wanting more action, adventure, and excitement from female superheroes, you’re not alone! However, we know that navigating the world of comics is tricky business.

    That’s why at TFAW we’ve come up with 10 wondrous comics and graphic novels that both star female superheroes and act as great jumping-on points for new readers.



    Did you find a new favorite book or want to recommend something we missed? Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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    Wonder Woman: A Movement Disguised As A Movie

    Please Note: This article features light spoilers for the Wonder Woman 2017 Feature Film. While we feel that these light spoilers won’t impact your initial viewing of the movie in any way, if you are adverse to spoilers you might want to see the movie first before reading this article.

    Wonder Woman.

    Light spoilers ahead.

    “[Wonder Woman] was like the best unorganized mutual party…”

    I had to think about this but I wanted to talk about the experience we had at the theater last night. I think I’m finally able to put into words the feelings that were running rampant in my mind as I watched the movie and afterwards as I talked with Shawna, my wife. One of the best things about last night, other than the fact that I got to see one of the best super hero movies out there with my wife, was that the crowd watching the movie was amazing.

    Prior to the film starting there was a very strong sense of occasion. There was excitement in the air. People were up & walking about, not content with just sitting to wait for the movie to start. They were talking with neighboring movie-goers, laughing, getting drinks & food, wide-eyed and ready but all of them were in good spirits. It was like the best unorganized mutual party you could fathom.


    The crowd cheered and clapped and hooted and hollered. Especially when Diana made very strong metaphorical references to the cowardice of men in positions of power in the New World. We were all silent when the mood was somber. We all laughed together and with the characters on the screen when the time was right.

    What I can surmise is this; we ALL became involved in a movement that was titled Wonder Woman.

    “…this is a boost we all need to do the right thing.”

    I could feel that in that theater. We could all feel it. Every one of us. It was tangible and it was real. I felt it strongest as the movie unfolded before me and for the first 40 minutes of the movie, I could not stop wiping my eyes. Not because the movie was sad but because of the very real truths Diana and this film brought to us. Not just what her character was saying on screen but what this movie being in theaters worldwide means to people every where.

    If there was a negative thought in my mind last night it was simply to wonder why this film had not been released a decade ago. But then I think, maybe the timing is right. Maybe this is a boost we all need to do the right thing. To be better than the sum of our parts. To carry the weight that others are unable or too weak to carry.


    When Diana tells Steve Trevor and his men “But it’s what I’m going to do.” as she launches herself into the bloody battlefield to bring peace and safety to the poor and downtrodden, I don’t know if there was a dry eye in the theater. Because this is what we need. This is what we should be doing. Standing up for those who are weaker, smaller, lost, confused and war torn.

    Wonder Woman told us to stand.

    And the theater stood.

    As we all should.

    Thank you Gal Gadot. Thank you Patty Jenkins. Thank you Allan Heinberg.

    Thank you for bringing the heart of what a super hero is to the people of the world.

    The views and opinions expressed on this article are solely those of the original author and do not necessarily represent those of TFAW.com or its affiliates.

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    Wonder Woman Annual #1: Four for the Road

    Wonder Woman’s first annual of the DC Rebirth era arrives just in time for her big screen debut. If the movie is half as good as Wonder Woman Annual #1, it’ll be a blockbuster.

    Instead of telling an extended tale, the annual gives us four vignettes by different creative teams – highlighting different aspects of our heroine.

    Wonder Woman Annual #1 Review

    The first story features the team of writer Greg Rucka and artist Nicola Scott. The story picks up on Wondy’s Year One saga by chronicling her first meeting with Superman and Batman. This enjoyable tale showcases the DC trinity at their best: Wonder Woman full of hope, Superman as the optimist and Batman… well, as Batman – suspicious and untrusting.

    Scott’s drawings are fantastic, illustrating Wonder Woman as the powerful hero she is. Rucka’s story, while light on action, fills in an amusing backstory.

    Wonder Woman Annual #1 Features Some Amazing Talent On Each Story

    If it’s action you want, the second story from writer Vita Ayala and artist Claire Roe starts off with a bang: King Shark is about to be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Invading the country of Markovia, Wonder Woman shows off her many powers, and her lasso, by making short work of the executioners.

    The story is classic Wonder Woman – plenty of action sprinkled with hope.

    The third tale by Michael Moreci and drawn by Stephanie Hans pits Princess Diana against a monster threatening a peaceful Japanese village. However, this is no simple monster of the month story, because Wonder Woman knows the would-be attacker. Exquisitely drawn by Hans, each image jumps off the page. You’ll really that you are in Japan.

    The final story is by writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing and artist David Lafuente. This tale pits Wonder Woman against a monstrous kaiju. Again, Diana must choose between violence or compassion. The tale – and the issues – provides plenty of both.

    Wonder Woman Annual #1 is the perfect jumping on point for new readers. The comic also gives longtime fans an assortment of fantastic Wonder Woman stories. Whether you’re planning on seeing the new movie or not, make sure to pick up this comic.

    Wonder Woman Annual #1: DC Comics, Released May 31, 2017, Written by Greg Rucka, Vita Ayala, Michael Moreci, Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing; Art by Nicola Scott, Claire Roe, Stephanie Hans and David Lafuente; $4.99.

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    The Trinity comes together in this week’s NCBD!

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

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

    Trinity Annual #1
    By: Rob Williams/Guillem March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Wonder Woman is Back with a Vengeance

    The DC Comics Bombshells franchise began as a line of statues that re-imagined popular female characters in historical context. Artist Ant Lucia used period fashion from the World War II era to create a line of retro heroines that were part pinup girl, all badass.

    DC Comics Bombshell Statue
    DC Comics Bombshell Statue

    The initial four designs were later expanded to nine, then twelve. The continued popularity of the statues prompted even more designs.The DC Comics Bombshells ongoing series was born when writer Marguerite Bennett was given the green light to build a narrative out of the retro heroine line.

    “We were able to retro-engineer this complete environment that lets them showcase their powers that lets them have good relationships and friendships that they wouldn’t have been able to explore in another sphere…Going down to the smallest details that [Ant Lucia] puts into the statues and creating whole backstories for items.”

    It’s a face-off between Wonder Woman and Cheetah!

    DC Comics Bombshells #23 picks up on the Isle of Cocytus. It’s the aftermath of the Battle of Britain. Wonder Woman and Supergirl are there together to mourn the loss of Stargirl. “To live, to die, to grieve, to hurt, to heal…this is to be human.”

    Except neither woman IS human. One from the stars and one from the soil, they must come to terms with human emotions.

    They each must learn to grieve. Grief validates that Stargirl was real and that she mattered. They need to sort it out, and quickly. Wonder Woman is needed in Zambesi. Lex Luthor makes a cameo (in the invisible jet) to inform Wonder Woman her friend Queen Mari is in danger of losing her kingdom.

    The script balances action and character development very well. There’s a  heel turn and an apparent face turn–all while coming to terms with the loss of a comrade. And this happens in the midst of an epic battle. Despite having three different hands on pencils, the artwork flows seamlessly from first page to last.

    PRE-ORDER DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #24 TO SEE WHAT’S NEXT IN THE ALL-OUT BATTLE

    DC Comics Bombshells #23, DC Comics, Released March 1, 2017, Written by Marguerite Bennett, Art by Matias Bergara, Laura Braga and Mirka Andolfo, Color by J. Nanjan, Letters by Wes Abbott, Cover by Marguerite Sauvage, $3.99

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    You Choose The Best Comic Book of 2016

    Best comics of 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Honorable Mentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Final Arc of Life and Death Begins

    NCBD 12/28/16

    Every week, we’re lucky to get a New Comic Book Day. With new titles, new arcs, and exciting continuations of ongoing stories, Wednesday is our favorite day. This week, Hulk starts over, the final arc of Life and Death begins, and Wonder Woman needs saving?!? Yep! As always these are only a few of the comics that came out this week. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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

    Aliens vs. Predator: Life and Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Brian Thies, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    This issue kicks off the final arc of Life and Death, which is a crossover story that spans Prometheus, Aliens, and Predator.

    Aliens vs. Predator opens after the events of Aliens: Life and Death. The Colonial Marine ship Hasdurbal is under attack, and those on the surface of LV-223 are unaware of the danger there. What they do know however, is the threat of bugs is imminent. Xenomorphs are coming for them, and they may have to do the unthinkable to survive.

    Dan Abnett‘s Life and Death has been an exciting adventure to read from the very beginning. I hope that these are not the end of the Aliens/Predator/AvP/Prometheus crossover stories. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    SEE WHAT IT’LL TAKE FOR THE USCM TO SURVIVE

    Wonder Woman #13
    By: Greg Rucka, Renato Guedes, Romulo Fajardo JR, Liam Sharp, Brad Anderson

    With Wonder Woman not quite herself, it’s up to Steve Trevor, the one often being saved by Wonder Woman, to do what he can to save the person he loves. Steve, giving insight to his point of view on his relationship with our favorite Amazonian princess, narrates this entire issue. We also get to see his military and survival training put to the test as he tries to outthink and outlast their pursuers.

    Greg Rucka continues to redefine Wonder Woman while giving the reader a deeper understanding of the character, and how her supporting characters work. Renato Guedes does a great job filling in for regular Liam Sharp, giving us a brilliantly paced book, which often times can be difficult with narration heavy stories.

    Wonder Woman #13 does a great job building up a supporting character, and setting the stage for a new story arc you will not want to miss. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    JOIN THE BATTLE WITH WONDER WOMAN

    Hulk #1
    By: Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Matt Milla, Jeff Dekal

    I like to see the vulnerabilities in our heroes. The Flash is at his best when he’s up against the ropes. Iron Man excels when he’s forced to think (not punch) himself out of a situation.

    Hulk #1 picks up after the events of Civil War II where she suffered greatly at the hands of one of Marvel’s strongest villains and experienced the loss of a loved one. Jennifer Walters is battling depression, self-doubt, and a rage that she cannot bottle up for much longer.

    While we see hints of the Hulk bursting forth, this issue is about Jennifer and her experiences getting back to her normal life as a lawyer. Mariko Tamaki expertly handles Jennifer’s inner dialog (I went back through for a second reading to just read that) and sets up the tone for the series in this opening bow. Consider me hooked! [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    JOIN THE NEW HULK SERIES TODAY

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    Frank Castle Takes Down a Drug Ring in Punisher #5

    NCBD featuring Punisher, Cyborg, Trinity and Aliens

    Has it really been a week since our last New Comic Book Day comic book review? Man, time flies. Here are a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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

    Aliens comics at TFAW.com

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

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

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

    Trinity comics at TFAW.com

    Trinity #1
    By: Francis Manapul, Clay Mann

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

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

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

    JOIN THE NEW TRINITY SERIES TODAY!
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    Cyborg comics at TFAW.com

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

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

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

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

    LEARN MORE ABOUT CYBORG BEFORE HIS BIG SCREEN DEBUT

    Punisher comics at TFAW.com

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

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

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

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

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    TFAW at San Diego Comic-Con: Don’t Miss Us!

    san diego comic-con 2016 logoIf you’re heading to San Diego Comic-Con then congrats, you’re in for an amazing few days jam packed with comics, fantasy, scifi, movies, TV series, cosplay and so much more. In fact, you’re going to be exhausted by the end of SDCC. How do we know? Because we go every year and it’s awesome!

    As we’ve done in previous years, TFAW is also going to have a booth where we’ll be selling all sorts of super cool stuff, including SDCC exclusives, Lightsaber lights, board games and more. You do not want to miss what we’ll be offering!

    First, though, here’s how to find us: We’re at Booth 5625 which you can see on this map:

    SDCC Floor map, find us at Booth #5625

    Now you know how to find us, here’s why you’ll want to stop by and pay us a visit!

    First up is our amazing Previews Exclusive Civil War II #0-#4 SDCC Bundle. Check it out:

    TFAW Civil War II bundle for SDCC

    You’ll get all 4 issues bagged and boarded for $18.46.

    Check out these awesome new Catwoman and Wonder Woman Noir Bombshell vinyl figures $29.99 each. Hint: Save $15 when you buy both at SDCC!

    wonder woman + cat woman statue figure figurine bundle for sdcc

    We’ll also have a huge range of Funko pops at the great price of $10 each.

    But we’ve got so much more to help you grow your collection, whether you’re into comic books, graphic novels, figures or just about anything else from the fan universe. Graphic novels? We’ll have them at 25% to 50% off the cover price!

    Mystery Deadpool Keyings will also be available!

    funko pops from tfaw for sdcc

    Tell us you don’t want one right this very second!

    Oh, and there are these, because you need to bring something home for the kids too:

    tsum tsum from tfaw for sdcc

    Don’t tell anyone but I’m a huge fan of the Tsum Tsum Tigger!

    With all our Mystery Blind Boxes and Keyrings at SDCC from Funko and more, if you don’t like who you get, we’ll trade you with one we have on display!

    Tell us that this Harley Quinn 8 inch statue isn’t the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen:

    harley quinn figure figurine sculpture from tfaw for sdcc

    Yup, she’ll be at our booth at San Diego Comic-Con too Booth 5625.

    Please, stop by, check out what we’ve got, and most of all enjoy Comic-Con. We certainly will!

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    NCBD – Lumberjanes Gotham Academy, Wacky Racers, Action Comics, Prometheus

    New Comic Book Day 6/8/16

    Several great books hit the shelves this week — Hanna-Barbera collides with the world of Mad Max for Wacky Racers, Lumberjanes meets Gotham Academy, Action Comics is back to its old numbering and a new story, and Prometheus returns. These are a few of this week’s 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!

    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.

    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy comics at TFAW.com

    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #1
    By: Chynna Clugston Flores, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Mingjue Helen Chen

    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy brings together the two best trouble-making-teenage-teams in comics from Boom! Studios and DC comics. What’s better, it’s filled with puns, bright colors, and friendship.

    The first part of the issue gives us snapshots of each groups personality. Gotham Academy’s “Detective Club,” are investigating a missing teacher. Which leads them into the mysterious woods. Meanwhile, the Lumberjanes’ scout leader needs to find her own missing person: fellow Lumberjane Rosie. The Lumberjanes strong-arm their leader (in a scene involving a literal severed arm!) into giving them the call to gear up and find their friend.

    The teams are hardly hostile to each other, though we start to see how this miniseries can explore their differences. The super sleuthing GA crew is already having trouble adapting to the bombastic friendship and maximum energy of the Lumberjanes. They’ll need to overcome these differences if they’re going to stop the evil forces at work and save everyone! [Tim S. at TFAW.com]

    Prometheus comics at TFAW.com

    Prometheus: Life and Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Andrea Mutti, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    While this issue is the first of the series, it also serves as part five of the Life & Death crossover. This takes off where Predator: Life & Death #4 ended. Although Dan Abnett wrote it in a way that you could pick this issue up with no problems getting the full picture of this epic crossover.

    A post hostile encounter with Predators, the remaining USCM plan on leaving LV-797 (Tartarus) with leftover “Xenotech.” A large vessel that looks very familiar. Although things go south when something wakes up and changes the vessels course.

    Andrea Mutti has this really cool “retro” style tagged with Rain Berbedo’s colors in this issue. From page one it took me back to the 80’s Aliens & Predator stories.

    With little known about Xenomorphs, Predators or the Engineers, Prometheus: Life & Death serves as a catalyst to a new venture in the Alien/Predator universe. These “gods” are definitely scarier than what we’ve seen before. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Action Comics at TFAW.com

    Action Comics #957
    By: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher, Mikel Janin

    Action Comics begins its Rebirth, returning to its legacy numbering, and putting it back on track to be the first superhero comic book to legitimately reach issue #1000! The thing I’m most excited about is that Dan Jurgens — the guy who brought us the original Death of Superman — is back directing the Big Blue Boyscout’s adventures.

    Prior to Rebirth, the New 52 Kal-El had sacrificed himself to save the world. With help from the Pre-Flashpoint Superman who returned to DC Universe. Wanting to keep his head down to take care of his wife and son on the farm in Kansas. This created an open position for a new protector of Metropolis — one which Lex Luthor set his sights on by emerging in his power armor, the iconic S shield and red cape emblazoned on it. Kal-El (Pre-Flashpoint) travels to Metropolis intending on confronting Lex and proving that he is the true Superman. All this, plus another exciting return!

    This issue gives our beloved Superman back to us. He’s in better form than we’ve seen across any media in years, and I could not recommend this issue more! An incredible point for jumping back on, coming in fresh, or revisiting a character who you’re only familiar with on screens. No matter who you are, this is the Superman book for you. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Wackey Raceland comics at TFAW.com

    Wacky Raceland #1
    By: Ken Pontac, Leonardo Manco

    Earth lies in ruin, covered in an apocalyptic desert, radioactive lakes, flesh-hungry mutants, and nanotech dust storms. On this world, the Wacky Racers compete in a series of races put forth by a group called the Unseen and the voice of the announcer, who will do anything to keep them. Winning means a grand prize of a place in Utopia, the last bastion of humanity.

    Let’s be clear: this is not your grandparents’ Wacky Racers. They swear, fight, and have a blast doing it. Dick Dastardly still drives the Mean Machine with his now-cybernetic dog Muttley, and Penelope Pitstop is still the baddest woman to ever get behind the wheel. With her trusty car, Compact Pussycat. The main twist in this issue is that the omnipotent announcer has installed all the racers’ cars with an AI system that has all the memories of the racer. Making the cars apart of the race through their own interactions with each other. I truly enjoyed this first heart-pounding issue, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next race.

    Also in this first issue, you get a small backstory on Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear. I’ll give you fair warning — it’s downright crazy. This book continues the bold rebranding of the Hanna-Barbera comics, which include Future Quest and Scooby Apocalypse. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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

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    Review: DKIII The Master Race

    dark knight master race #3Dark Knight III: The Master Race is based upon the legendary The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, and it’s excellent, so do yourself a favor, pick it up and get on it!

    Good. Now let’s get into this, and start with a

    SPOILER ALERT!

    Ready? Okay, here’s my original headline: WAKE UP, SUPERMAN! Your daughter is no longer daddy’s little girl, and THAT may be a problem for us ALL!

    In all seriousness, both Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, and The Dark Knight Strikes Again were two of the most well-read and well-loved comic stories in… well… the history of comics, I’d say. Both have been reprinted, since their original releases, so that new readers can enjoy them the same as old, not to mention the multiple movies that were made based on Miller’s vision. DKIII picks up after The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

    It has been a long time to wait to have Frank Miller’s world of the Dark Knight revisited in comics, and the storytellers are sparing no expense when it comes to strange new events and intriguing character developments. Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, and Brad Anderson have been working hard on delivering a powerful new story segment, and deliver they have!

    Again, SPOILERS TO FOLLOW, so beware!

    First, let’s mention the language of the DKIII books, so far. While a bit wordier than Miller’s typical works, the modern use of texting-speak is quite unique in the DKIII comics, and is likely influenced heavily by co-writer Azzarello’s difference in style. It also harkens back, a bit, to the insertion of newscaster comments within TDKR.

    The artwork shown in this issue, as well as in the two issues prior, is sequential-art storytelling at its finest. Kubert and the art-team have produced dynamic and intense pages of visual greatness. Their visuals effectively pull we viewers out of our chairs and into the vivid universe of The Dark Knight, just where we all want to be.

    The Justice League, and most specifically for this story so far, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, DC’s holy trinity, have all pulled away from their previously focused world’s spotlight as heroes. Bruce Wayne has all but stopped doing the work of the Batman, and his complex present state of aging, makes him [somewhat sad to say] seemingly NOT the focus of his own book. Rather, Superman, Wonder Woman, and their daughter are now garnering more focus.

    Superman, three years ago in the story, had gone into hibernation in his Fortress of Solitude and is now re-awakened by Bruce Wayne and his protégé Carrie Kelly in hopes of gaining the Man of Steel’s help protect against earth’s newly emerged and powerful foes. Quar and the other Kandorians, from the Kryptonian bottle-city of Kandor, are now becoming the major threat to our world. So far these villains have not been portrayed with enough depth, for my taste, and wish we could get more of an introspective view into the “why” behind their attacks and their demand that the entire human race surrender to their dominance.

    Will Lara, Superman and Wonder Woman’s now grown-up and über-powerful daughter, side with we earthlings, or with the Kandorians? Guess you’d better pick up this issue, and probably the next few, in order to find out!

    Oh, sorry, one last thing: Each of the three DKIII books, so far, has a mini-comic inserted within the comic, under the title “Dark Knight Universe Presents.” Issue one contains The Atom, two has Wonder Woman, and three has Green Lantern. All also worth checking out, but those are another set of interconnected stories to be discussed at another time.

    Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3. Story: Frank Miller & Brian Azzarello. Pencils: Andy Kubert. Inks: Klaus Janson. Colors: Brad Anderson. $5.39.

    Review by Steve Oatney.

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Star Trek: Manifest Destiny, Divinity II, Dept H, Extrodinary X-Men, & Wonder Woman

    This week we take a look at 2 Sci-Fi, a Mystery and 2 Superhero books for New Comic Book Day. These are just a few stand out new releases this week. 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.

    Dept H comics at TFAW.com

    Dept H#1
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt, Jeff Lemire

    Who doesn’t love a good mystery? However, this is not your typical whodunnit!
    Journey with Mia as she takes on what I can only imagine may be the hardest thing she has ever had to do; discover who murdered her father!

    Death, love, an enclosed environment and a ton of suspects have me hooked in to this series for sure! The beautifully drawn and colored book really has a way of letting you grasp what it would be like to be on this ocean adventure.

    Furthermore, there are small details in the art and writing that capture each scene; down to an obvious accent that really adds to a character. Matt and Sharlene Kindt have created something special here!

    Dept H #1 [Sean M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Star Trek Manifest Destiny comics at TFAW.com

    Star Trek: Manifest Destiny#1
    By: Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott, Angel Hernandez

    Star Trek Manifest Destiny #1 fits right in with the “JJ ‘verse” (for non-Trekkies that’s what the new timeline that JJ Abrams has created with his two films). From the accurate-yet-comic-feel of the art to the perfect style of dialogue, this book just FEELS like JJ Trek. You can’t help but hear the actors voices as you read through each panel. As for the story itself, Trek fans were clamoring for more Klingons from this new timeline and this series looks to deliver — starting with a Klingon invasion and the setup of a new Klingon villain. This book is a great way to start celebrating Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary this year AND get ready for Star Trek Beyond this summer. Qapla’!

    Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1 [Dustin K. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Extraordinary X-Men#9

    By: Jeff Lemire, Ken Lashley, Humberto Ramos

    We left off on the last issue off Extraordinary X-men with the newly formed X-men team being confronted by the new horsemen of Apocalypse, fronted by a broke down Colossus. In the midst of this, the younger team of X-men are sent to the future, were the new lord Apocalypse has bent the world to his will.

    In this new issue of Extraordinary X-men, you get to see what happens with the young team when they’re sent to this new, dystopian future to face the horrors that lay before them at the hand of its new ruler. Will Piotr be able to help them get safely back to their time and save the earth from this new future? Will they all make it back in one piece–or even the same? How will the Storm-led team deal with one of their loved ones being used as a hand of doom? “Mutantkind ends here: so says the lord Apocalypse.” Or does it? Find out in Extraordinary X-men #9.

    Jeff Lemire (All New Hawkeye & Descender) showcases his unique ability of bringing real human emotion to the fantastic in this book; he is accompanied by Humberto Ramos’ (Amazing Spider-man) striking artwork.

    Extraordinary X-Men #9 [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Divinity II #1
    By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Tom Muller

    Historically I’ve not read many Valiant titles. I’ve picked up a few books here and there. Nothing really drew me into the universe that Valiant Comics has to offer — Until I read Divinity II. And that’s kinda the funny part; this is the second part of the Divinity story. So really, I should be blind as a bat and have no clue as to what is transpiring in this comic. But because Valiant has done a fantastic job of telling new readers about what came before (nestled within the second page prior to the story that takes place in this first issue) I had no problem at all following the characters Matt Kindt writes about in Divinity II, issue #1.

    Within 24 pages I immediately cared about all of the characters. I was completely engaged with the back story about the main character, Myshka. From becoming one of Russia’s first cosmonauts, to traveling to the farthest reaches of the known (Valiant) universe, we learn about Myshka’s childhood and upbringing. Learn about what she’s had to endure from the other test subjects in Russia’s space program and we begin to understand what makes up the fiber of Myshka’s being and why Myshka is able to possibly become…something more. The art by Trevor Hairsine is lovely, dark and at times haunting (inker Ryan Winn & colorist David Baron have a lot to offer with the amazing atmosphere of this book also).

    As Myshka is pushed to the edges of human capability, it’s clear that Trevor and Matt, et. al, care very much about what happens to Myshka and how their story is interpreted by you, the reader.

    If you’ve ever wanted to dive into a Valiant Comic but didn’t know where to begin, I think this would be a great place for you to start with Divinity II #1. I’m definitely in this one for the long haul.

    Divinity II #1 [Ethan S. at Beaverton TFAW]

    Wonder Woman #51
    By: Meredith Finch, Miguel Mendonca, David Finch

    Building off the events of the last issue we find Wonder Woman going deep into Themyscira to help Zeke. We see her deepest fears as it tries to tear her apart, down to her core.

    Meredeth Finch does a fine job planting you inside Diana’s head. With most of this issue speaking through captions. It works great due to how weird it would be talking to yourself out loud for that long.

    Miguel Mendonca, Dexter Vines, Diana Egea, Stephen Downer and Ulises Arreola all do a great job with the art in this issue. Giving Themyscira creepy orange and red tones, along with heavy dark lines pull off how scary this place could be to visit.

    If you are currently reading Wonder Woman this is a fine issue in the story arc. If you haven’t been, you might want to go back a couple of issues just so you’re not lost.

    Wonder Woman #51 [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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