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    Buffy Survives Another Year

    Happy Birthday Buffy Summers!

    Destiny has decided that Slayers typically have a short life expectancy, but today marks the character Buffy Summers’ actual birthday. To celebrate, we want to get you caught up on what’s she’s been up to for the last 3 seasons of the comic with some quick recaps so you can still jump on board Season 11 while it’s hot.

    Season 8

    Starting out a year after the conclusion of the show (Season 7), we see a lot has changed for our favorite Slayer. At the end of the show, all potential Slayers have the power of The Slayer. Now, with the help of Colonel Xander (cause the eye patch), there’s an entire slayer army handling threats across the globe. Of course, not everyone views them as superheroes. The US government along with some past villains (Amy and Warren) team up to try and take them down. All the while, a new threat, Twilight (not the shiny one) looms in the background using Riley, Buffy’s old boyfriend, as a spy.

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    Throughout all the madness, the Scooby gang meets an old friend in Tibet (Oz), encounter an old enemy (Harmony), we catch up with what’s happening with Dawn, Xander, Willow, Faith, and Giles, and learn more about all our new slayers. All of this leads up to the final two story arcs where it’s revealed that Twilight is in fact Angel under some kind of magical compulsion that was causing him to be a little extra super villainy. Spike arrives to try and save the day, but during the conflict, Twilight kills Giles. The only way to defeat Twilight is by banishing magic from the universe, which they do. Now all the witches no longer have access to their power, the Slayers still have their powers, but with all the insanity happening, it causes the group to break up. Faith works to rehabilitate Angel, and the rest of the Scooby’s move out to San Francisco for a new start.

    Season 9

    This season of Buffy takes place over two different books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel & Faith. Buffy’s book follows the adventures of the main Scooby Gang, while Angel & Faith follows both of those characters working to tame their personal demons.

    The gang finds themselves trying as hard as they can to live a normal life. Buffy has two roommates that have nothing to do with the craziness in her life, Xander and Dawn are trying to make an honest go of their relationship, and Spike leaves on his spaceship, cause that’s a thing that he does now. It’s not long before trouble finds them like a magnet, though. Dawn is slowly dying from the absence of magic, Willow finds a new way to tap into magic, Xander kind of betrays the group, and so much more is packed into 25 issues, that you’re really owing it to yourself to give it a read.

    Over in Angel & Faith, after the death of Giles, Faith inherits his London home where she and Angel work to better themselves. This leads them down a path of searching for the remains of Giles’ soul, which is scattered throughout the world. Of course, many people are not happy with what Angel did while possessed by Twilight, so he’s hunted at almost every turn. Along the way, he also reunites with old friends like Gunn, Willow, and his son Connor. The team is eventually able to revive Giles’, only now he’s in the body of a kid. An orb of magical energy is released over London from this season’s big bad, which causes that area to be magically awakened again. With a new hub of magic in the world again, which the dub Magic town, Angel & Faith dedicate themselves to protecting it.

    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER GOES BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL

    Season 10

    Season 10 is once again divided into the same two titles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel & Faith. Buffy’s book focuses once again on the Scooby gang, where Angel & Faith focuses on what’s happening in London’s Magic Town.

    Buffy’s book reunites us with a lot of characters we’ve lost over the years. Andrew resurrects Tara, Xander hangs out with his old master Dracula, little kid Giles makes a return to the group, Harmony shows up again, this time with an army, Wolfram & Hart along with Lilah Morgan return, Dawn and Xander go to Hell, our new big bad, D’Hoffryn, has his sights on killing all the members of the Magic Council. Jonathan returns to haunt Andrew, Anya is kind of back from the dead, and everything ends with the Scooby Gang forming a new Magic Council, which includes Dracula.

    Angel & Faith continues with the return of a lot of other familiar faces. Fred/Illyria is not actually dead after the destruction of magic as previously thought. The witch Amy has a bone to pick still being sour over the events of Season Eight’s destruction of magic. Kennedy has a Slayer bodyguard corporation that she formed after the end of Season Eight that Faith tries out, but quits when she hears that Riley is captive. After that is resolved, Illyria is finally separated from Fred. Faith and Fred kind of become buddy detectives for a bit before the story starts revealing the new big bad of Archaeus. His schemes threaten the stability of London’s Magic Town, so it’s up to our heroes to put a stop to it.

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    Whew. That was a lot, and I’m sure we missed some things, but you should be up to speed to start reading both Season 11 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Luckily, we have all the collections of Seasons 8-10 available, so get them all for 10%-40% off, as well as every single issue of the new series’ still in stock, so you won’t have to miss a beat.

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    Wrap up your gifts with Comics

    Wrapping Gifts with Comics

    If you’re anything like me, you sometimes have stacks of comics that you might have doubles of, you won’t be reading again. Maybe you have some comics laying around that have cover damage or are otherwise a little beat up. Whatever your reason is for not needing them anymore, you can take those extra books and turn them into a unique gift exoskeleton ready to be torn into by the most visceral of recipients.

    Just like wrapping paper, this can be used for any situation. Does your kid like Steven Universe and have a birthday coming up? There are comics for that. Are you getting a gift for that horror fan in your life? How about past issues of Harrow County? Even if you’re low on comics in general and you don’t have a theme for what you’re doing, we have you covered.

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    TFAW’s 5-Step Comic Book Wrapping Process

    Let’s wrap a Conan Funko Pop using a recent issue of Cullen Bunn and Sergio Davila’s Conan: The Slayer.

    Step One: Remove The Pages.

    Gifting your present

    You’ll want to start in the center crease of the comic where the staples fold over. With a pair of pliers, a pen, or even a butter knife, bend the ends of the staple up so it’s easy to just slide the pages out.

    Step Two: Figure Out How Much Paper You’ll Need.

    Gifting your present

    Sometimes, just one page won’t cut it. You’ll typically need two or more to properly wrap an item. With something like a Funko Pop, I’ll need three full pages.

    Step Three: Attach pages together.

    Gifting your present

    Using clear tape, make sure to attach pages in at least four spots for support.

    Step Four: Wrap the gift.

    Gifting your present
    Gifting your present
    Gifting your present

    There are many styles of wrapping, but I try to keep it simple (because I’m not that good at it). Since comic pages are often thicker than wrapping paper, it can be a little harder to fold. You’ll want go for the simplest ways of covering the sides and corners, securely taping down ends when finished.

    Step Five: Present Gift!

    Gifting your present

    Now that the present is wrapped, let that person you care about tear up all your hard work.

    We hope this fun way to wrap your gifts helps out for whatever occasion you have in mind. Visit our Theme Pages to discover all sorts of comics that will make for the perfect wrapping paper.

    Happy holidays from all of us at Things From Another World.

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    Forget Superheroes, You Need an Angel

    No Angel #1 review

    Siblings Eric and Adrianne Palicki writers of No Angel

    War, death, family, and angels. This is the center of the exciting new title, No Angel, by writer Eric Palicki (Guardians of Infinity) and writer/actress Adrianne Palicki (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., GI Joe: Retaliation).

    The creative pairing is a perfect fit for an original series featuring a strong female protagonist. Eric’s comics experience and Adrianne’s knack for getting inside a character’s head make for a compelling first outing.

    The story opens as the former soldier turned FBI agent, Hannah Gregory, returns to her sleepy hometown of Tucker’s Mill, Wisconsin. Her father and brother were murdered with no suspects to hold accountable. Hannah’s childhood friend and local police officer, Sean Flynn, helps her as much as he can on tracking down clues.

    When a mysterious woman tells Hannah that she may know why her family was murdered, the story gets going. Her path is filled with revelations of biblical proportion.

    No Angel comics at TFAW.comAdrianne and Eric craft a story set seemingly in the real world. Subtly introducing themes of the supernatural in a way that makes the reader question how much of this is actually happening. As this first issue unfolds, themes of homecoming and reconnecting with one’s roots emerge. Hannah is dealing with very sensitive issues related to her past.

    Hannah’s likeness is made to resemble Adrianne Palicki and this does a lot to make the story feel more personal. Newcomer penciler, Ari Syahrazed, hits the ground running, particularly in combat scenes. His style accents a gritty tone for the book that makes crime scenes and war flashbacks haunting.

    The coloring by Jean-Paul Csuka not only captures the feel of Fall, but the transition between present day and flashbacks is easy to follow just based off the color palate swaps. The art team is easily an integral part of the storytelling of this book.

    If you’re looking for a book that blends the crime genre with the supernatural, No Angel is a great pick.

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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]

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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]

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

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