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    Babyteeth #2: Raising a Baby Can Be Hell

    Babyteeth #2 picks up right where the first issue ended. To recap, in Babyteeth #1 we met Sadie Ritter, a pregnant sixteen year-old living in SLC. Confused and scared, she hides her pregnancy from everyone except her older sister, Heather. When Sadie goes into labor, her contractions register on the Richter scale….literally. With each contraction comes a massive earthquake.

    “The world trembled as the boy approached, and when he arrived, it cowered like a beaten dog.”

    When her baby is finally delivered, Sadie names him Clark (after Superman). Others will call him by different names. Among them are The King of Ash, Void-Lord, The Antichrist, and The Final Son. Sadie serves as our guide, telling the story in past tense as we’re seeing it unfold in real time (Babyteeth #1 is set to drop on Clark’s actual birthday).

    Babyteeth #2 Review

    In Babyteeth #2, we get to see Sadie’s little family rally around her, even though she refuses to give up Clark’s daddy. Being a single teen mother is tough enough, and out of nowhere, Clark won’t latch, won’t take a bottle, and won’t sleep. Add in that whole Antichrist thing, breaking open barriers between earthly and demonic planes, unleashing eternal suffering on all mankind, and the assassins already hunting baby Clark down to kill him, and Sadie has her hands full.

    It’s the end of the world (as we know it) in Babyteeth #2

    Donny Cates (Redneck, God Country, Ghost Fleet) delivers another brilliant script full of dark humor, terrifying reveals, and tender moments. There’s even a sly nod to Ghost Fleet. Garry Brown (Black Road, John Carter: The End, The Massive) delivers characters that are distinctive and authentic, with a wide range of emotion. Brown’s settings are also on point. From the SLC to a secret board meeting in a bunker, every setting has an idiosyncratic look and feel.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Everything Donny Cates touches right now is red hot. Don’t miss out! The only way to ensure getting your hands on a first print copy of Babyteeth #1 or Babyteeth #2 is by pre-ordering. Save 20% up front with a pre-order, or pay eBay prices later.

    Babyteeth #2, Aftershock Comics, Released July 5, 2017, written by Donny Cates, art by Garry Brown, $3.99

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    Babyteeth #1: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Meets Rosemary’s Baby

    Donny Cates (Redneck, God Country, Ghost Fleet) is back at it again. This time, he’s partnered with Garry Brown (Black Road, John Carter: The End) to bring us Babyteeth #1, a story of the not-so-immaculate conception and birth of the Antichrist. Where does this not-so-immaculate conception take place? In Salt Lake City Utah, of all places.

    Sadie Ritter is a pretty normal teen, except for one thing. She’s pregnant, and her baby is the Antichrist. While you might expect this story to unfold in the exact opposite manner as the Nativity, it’s actually pretty innocent. That is, if you can get past the mystery of the baby’s father and the massive earthquakes that coincide with Sadie’s contractions. There’s also the matter of the destruction of the barriers between earthly and demonic planes.

    Sixteen Years Old, Nine Months Pregnant with the Antichrist

    Babyteeth #1 Review

    When asked about Babyteeth in an exclusive interview with TFAW last month, Donny Cates gave us the elevator pitch. “Sadie Ritter is sixteen and pregnant with the Antichrist. Once the baby is born, all hell comes with it. It’s very sweet.”

    Garry Brown’s art style is well known for beautiful brutality. The depth of detail Brown provides in the landscape and scenery makes the modern day setting of Salt Lake City jump off the page. The expressive detail he lends to the characters’ faces sells Cates’ script beautifully and helps make Babyteeth a highly emotional read.

    Donny Cates Knocks It Out of the Park in Babyteeth #1

    Everything Donny Cates is writing these days is pure gold. With God Country currently in its fourth printing, Redneck already going back to press for it’s second run, and the brilliant showing here by Cates and Brown, Babyteeth #1 will undoubtedly fly off the shelves as well.


    Babyteeth #1, Aftershock Comics, release date June 14, 2017, co-created and written by Donny Cates, co-created and art by Garry Brown, color by Mark Englert, letters by Taylor Esposito, logo by John J. Hill, $3.99

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    A World of Things Left Behind

    What remains of a fallen civilization? That’s the question at the center of Aftershock’s newest science fiction comic, World Reader. The new book focuses on an astronaut with a psychic ability to connect to the spirits of dead alien races.

    World Reader
    World Reader

    In World Reader #1 our main character is Sarah. She’s a member of a crew of space explorers investigating uninhabited planets. Sarah has deep connections to the lost citizens of these dead civilizations. It’s her driving force. But it becomes apparent this not the primary focus of the crew’s mission.

    Sarah frequently bumps up against the captain, who’s set on collecting soil samples and investigating the scientific structure planets. He scoffs at Sarah’s supernatural and existential ability. The battle between the science-minded crew members and those open to more ethereal answers will be a major aspect of this story.

    Secrets are killing the universe

    There’s also a strong mystery at the heart of this book. Sarah is used to connecting to dead cultures, but there’s something more unsettling about this planet. The spirits are unusually quiet and Sarah finds it difficult to form a connection. As she digs deeper a sinister answer begins to appear. And Sarah finds that what’s happened here is beyond anyone’s imagination.

    At its core, World Reader is about pure empathy. But it’s also a detective story with an existentialist bent. Writer Jeff Loveness throws us into a sci-fi world without weighing the story down with needless details. He’s building a world, but trusts the reader to follow the events without holding their hand.

    The art by Juan Doe gives the book a colorful and dreamy look that perfectly fits the trippy alien nature of the setting and story. It’s a richly designed world that begs to be discovered further.

    In addition, it’s great to see a science fiction tale focused on the humanity of its characters, rather than epic battle sequences. As a result, conflict arises, but there’s a deeper philosophical tale that connects this comic to the classics of sci-fi literature.


    World Reader #1, Aftershock Comics, Release date April 19, 2017, Written by Jeff Loveness, Art by Juan Doe, $3.99

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    Crowning The Best Of 2016

    Best comics of 2016

    Over the month of January, we ask you to help us decide what the best comic was of 2016, voting from a list highlighting some of the best selling, most talked about series of the year.

    Rough Riders Wins Best Comic of 2016 ROUGH RIDER comics at TFAW.com

    Congratulations to Adam Glass, Pat Oliffe, Gabe Eltaeb, Sal Cipriano and the rest of the Aftershock team who put in long hours to bring us this intriguing, entertaing series.

    Thank you to everyone who voted. We couldn’t have crowned the winner without you!

    With over 100 votes (30 votes over second place) Rough Riders vol 1 published by Aftershock Comics, Adam Glass (executive producer of Supernatural and writer of New 52 Suicide Squad) writes this contemporary story about a tortured Teddy Roosevelt recruiting a group of unlikely heroes including Annie Oakley, Jack Johnson, Harry Houdini and even Thomas Edison. This group is poised to stop a terrible power before it destroys the world.


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    Steampunk Revisionist History Lessons

    In 1898, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt was tasked with putting together a team like no other. The Rough Riders’ first mission took them into the midst of a smoldering conflict in Cuba. Alien technology destroyed the USS Maine, and Col. Roosevelt’s motley crew was commissioned to get to the bottom of it.

    The original Rough Riders consisted of six members including Colonel Roosevelt. The other five members were Miss Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini, Jack Johnson, Thomas Alva Edison, and Monk Eastman. If you’re wondering what these icons from the turn of the century have in common, the answer is very little.

    But Writer Adam Glass says of his character choices, “First of all, I definitely wanted everyone to feel represented.The people I picked come from different walks of life, different economic status.”

    He also noted,”There’s a woman in a man’s world. Women didn’t have many rights then. Same thing with the African American. There’s the magician who happens to be Jewish. Then there’s the very wealthy man who felt guilty about the money and wanted to give back.”

    Every Era Needs Their Rough Riders

    Rough Riders Nation #1 is a dossier filled with declassified files made available by Executive Order 13526. The redacted information in the file publicly confirms the existence of the original Rough Riders. It further exposes subsequent versions of the team that existed long after the original team disbanded.

    Rough Riders is admittedly influenced by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The main difference being the League are all fictional literary characters. The Rough Riders are all real, historical heroes. Malcolm X, Neil Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Penn and Teller, and Billie Holiday have all served as Rough Riders.

    In addition , there are elements of Men in Black, Forrest Gump and Manifest Destiny. Fans of fantasy, science fiction, revisionist history, and steampunk will all find something to appreciate in this oddball series.


    Rough Riders Nation #1, Aftershock Comics, Release date March 1, 2017,Rated 15+, Written by Adam Glass, Art by Patrick Olliffe, Colors by Gabe Eltaeb, Letters by Sal Cipriano, $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.


    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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    Review: Captain Kid #1 — Wait? I’m a Superhero?

    Review of Captain Kid #1

    captain kid #1We’re accustomed to superheroes with secret identities that are kinda cool, if a bit banal. Peter Parker is a newspaper photographer. Clark Kent is a reporter. Bruce Wayne is a super-rich philanthropist. Bruce Banner is a scientist. Tony Stark is a rich philanthropist and scientist. And then there’s Chris Vargas, dull middle-aged reporter for a dying newspaper with a secret. His secret identity not only improves his physique and powers, it also sheds years off his age and improves his health too. He’s Captain Kid.

    In Captain Kid #1 we’re introduced to Vargas in a bar where he’s celebrating his birthday with such a hacking cough that he barely manages to blow out the candles on his cake. He’s out of shape and doesn’t even have aspirations of anything bigger in his life. He works for a jerk of a managing editor, he drinks with a few friends, and he takes care of his elderly father. Not much of a life, really.

    But when he’s Captain Kid, he’s super. He can pick up cars and float them to safety, he can sense electronics and the presence of weapons on others, and even detects what he slyly refers to as a “Jack Kirby machine” hidden in Supreme Lawn & Garden Supply. Turns out it’s just the tip of a bad iceberg, an evil empire that is plotting to subjugate all humans. Luckily the mysterious Helea shows up to help him and teach him a bit more about his superpowers. Yes, another superhero, but this time she’s wearing a “RELAX” t-shirt and looks like she just got out of an aerobics class.

    Are they enough to stop the Mysterious Serpent? We’ll find out in subsequent issues.

    This is a snarky, profanity-laced comic that definitely earns its “Mature Readers” rating. Is it a good story? So far it’s too soon to tell, but hopefully Mark Waid and Tom Peyer can turn a funny concept into a good story. Time will tell. Or perhaps Captain Kid will tell.

    Captain Kid #1, written by Mark Waid and Tom Peyer, art by Wilfredo Torres, color by Kelly Fitzpatrick, letters by A Larger World. Published July 2016 by Aftershock Comics.

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