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    NCBD gets scarred, beaten and saved with Black Monday Murders, Harrow County, Batman and Spider-Man

    NCBD review for Aug 10 2016

    This week for New Comic Book Day, Batman and Two-Face take a road trip, we learn about a cult that crashed the stock market, Harrow County’s Emmy finds out she has more family than she knew of, and Dead No More starts to unravel. As always these were only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other blog articles to see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

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

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    Amazing Spider-Man #16
    By: Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Alex Ross

    As Dead No More gears up, Amazing Spider-Man #16 lays the groundwork for what could be a pivotal moment in the Parker story. Jameson Sr. lays in a hospital bed with a genetic unknown disease. A scientist from NEW U tells the Parker and Jameson family that there is a new procedure that could work. Jay Jr. is hesitant but Peter wants to try. As Peter goes over NEW U’s research, an explosion pulls Spider-Man to a Parker Industries Plant. Spider-Man saves the day, or so it seems.

    Dan Slott has been doing an excellent job in his Amazing Spider-Man run – along with Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, and Marte Gracia this issue has a John Romita Sr. style that is very welcoming. As the first issue to captivate us for Dead No More, Amazing Spider-man #16 is a great start!
    [Darcey M. at Universal City Walk TFAW]

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    All-Star Batman #1
    By: Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr

    In this tale, which I like to consider “Gotham by Midnight (Run),” Batman is taking Two-Face on a road trip in an effort to permanently remove the fractured personality of Harvey Dent. Two-Face, on the acid-scarred hand, has other plans. Which he sets into motion offering to release all the blackmail material gained on everyone in Gotham over the years. Some surprises reveal that this dirt the Deacon of Duality has runs deep and no one is safe.

    The coloring by Dean White in this issue really adds texture and depth to the art, and Snyder’s pacing is as methodical as always. The backup story in this issue is even more compelling to me though. Having Duke (from the excellent We Are Robin) stepping into his new role training with Batman for what appears to be more of an ally than a sidekick role this time around. They set the boundary that he is not going to be Robin, but something else entirely. While also laying out the various training styles and how they resonated differently with each of Batman’s former sidekicks with color coding. Very interesting stuff that enriches the iconic Batman mythology even further.

    All-Star Batman looks to be an exciting new series from Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr, and Dead White. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Black Monday Murders #1
    By: Jonathan Hickman, Tomm Coker

    What if I told you that you could be rich but, you’ll pay in blood. Money, Power, and Magic – it’s all one in the same in The Black Monday Murders.

    Johnathan Hickman’s newest series tells a tale of altered history, where Black Tuesday (the stock market crash of 1929), was set in play because of a debt. We as a whole owed someone or something and it was time to pay. We get jumped into the present as we see a detective getting a new case that’s one of his…

    As a first issue, this really pulls you in giving you a lot of backstory and insight to this world. There are internet forum posts, history book pages, and company/family tree’s added into this oversized issue. It gives just enough information to keep you intrigued.

    I always love Tomm Coker’s art and this series is no exception. Tomm draws out panels and frames them like a cinematographer. It’s amazing.

    The Black Monday Murders is a highly recommended series for those looking for an alt-history series that dabbles in black magic and crime noir. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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    Harrow County #15
    By: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook

    One of the best horror comics being published today – Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook’s Harrow County – continues to weave this terror of magic, resurrection, and fate. In issue #15, Emmy is given a deeper look at her “family.” Given a choice that will not only affect her but her home as well.

    Crook does it again with his beautiful watercolor pages. Even if you don’t care for horror, his landscapes of Harrow County are just gorgeous to look at. Cullen Bunn also has this magnificent way of crafting his story to get you to come back month after month.

    There is a reason Harrow County was nominated for Best New Series at the 2016 Eisner’s and won Best Ongoing Title at the Ghastly awards in 2015. If you haven’t been reading this series, now is a fantastic time as the Syfy channel is adapting it for a series. Pick up Harrow County you won’t be disappointed! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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

    This week had some really strong new releases, and we wanted to highlight a few quality issues from this week’s new releases that could get lost in the shuffle. Check out our other New Comic Book Day blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Buy Spider-Man Comics While You Still Can: ASM #700 Ends the Series

    Buy Spider-Man comics at TFAW.com: ASM #700 ends the series!Amazing Spider-Man relaunched in 2008 with a three-times-a-month publishing schedule. With epic storylines like The Gauntlet and Grim Hunt, it’s remained a consistently good book over the years, offering new spins on classic heroes and villains.

    All good things must come to an end, and that time is now. We’re now taking pre-orders for the final issue: Amazing Spider-Man #700. The issue weighs in at 104 pages and you’ll save 20% off the $7.99 price, making your copy just $6.39.

    Don’t cry for too long, though. You’ll still be able to buy Spider-Man comics. Plus, he’ll be back soon in the new Superior Spider-Man series. We’ll update the Marvel NOW! page when the first issue is available for pre-order (likely later this month).

    PRE-ORDER AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 TODAY
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    Comic Book Reviews: Fairest, Amazing Spider-Man, Flashpoint

    Watch Video Reviews of This Week’s Comics!

    Hope you’re ready for another great edition of our weekly comic book reviews. This week we review Fairest #1, Amazing Spider-Man #681, the Flashpoint TPB, and the POP! V for Vendetta Vinyl Figure.

    Check out the video, below. SPOILER ALERT! We try not to go into too much detail in our reviews, but there are some spoilers about Flashpoint in this video!

    DC Comics Flashpoint

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    May Product Review Contest Winners

    Each month, hundreds of our awesome shoppers submit product reviews for the stuff they purchase. Those reviews help others decide if they should check out a product or if they should pass it up and opt for something else. As part of our monthly Product Review Contest, we’ve picked three reviews and are awarding $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

    Wesley from Alabama reviewed a bunch of products last month. One review that stuck with us was for Age of Reptiles: The Journey #1.

    Age of Reptiles has great artwork. There’s no dialog or narroation, but it still tells a story through the panels. The Journey is about a herd of herbivore dinosaurs and their survival from predators. The panels are pretty realistic through there are a few of dinosaurs urinating and such, and the sheding can be a little disgusting. All in all, a great storyline and a great start.



    Mallori from Indiana also reviewed several products last month. Here’s her take on the Pop Heroes Green Lantern Vinyl Figure:

    As a huge Green Lantern fan I had to buy this distinct figure. I wasn’t entirely sure what it would look like in person though. But once I received it I was more than pleasantly surprised. It looks way better in person than it does online and sticks out in a crowd of other figures and statues. I highly recommend it to any Green Lantern/DC fan looking for something a little different to put on their shelf.

    And this review for Essential Amazing Spider-Man TPB Vol. 5 – nick & dent by Jamie in Maine is a shining example of the kind of product reviews we’re hoping to see.

    This volume marks the shift from the Stan Lee/John Romita era of Spider-man to the Gerry Conway era. It contains the death of Captain Stacy, the anti-drug issues, four-armed Spider-man, and the introduction of Morbius. It carries on the same uniform quality from the last few volumes. I think that this era of Spider-Man reads best in big chunks, so this format is ideal.

    Thanks again to everyone who shared your thoughts via a product review last month! It was certainly difficult picking this month’s winners. If you’re submitting product reviews, please don’t submit duplicate reviews or submissions from other merchant websites. You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

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    Comic Book Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #654.1, Jennifer Blood #1 & more

    Reviews of This Week’s New Releases!

    We’ve got some pretty good comics this week, folks. This week, TFAW reviews Silver Surfer #1, Brightest Day #20, Jennifer Blood #1, Marvel Girl #1, Amazing Spider-Man #654.1, DC Universe Online Legends #2 and Fables #102

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    Comic Book Reviews: Thor Mighty Avenger, Spawn #200, B.P.R.D. Gods

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    Happy Wednesday! We’re here with new comic book reviews, including Heroes for Hire #2, Amazing Spider-Man #651, Thor: The Mighty Avenger #8, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods #1, Spawn #200, Hack/Slash Me Without You, Deadpool #31, Superman #707, Rebels #24, and Daredevil Reborn #1.

    B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods #1

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    We chose these titles with help from our “studio” audience–we love viewer recommendations, so let us have ’em! Post what you want us to review below, and we’ll give you a shout-out. Yay, YouTube/blog fame!

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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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    WNR: BPRD Hell on Earth, New Avengers, X-Men, Daytripper & More

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    Better late than never, eh? We apologize–we were delayed by Labor Day Weekend and a very persistent cold, but we’re back and here to review B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #2, New Avengers #4, X-Men #3, Life With Archie: The Married Life #2, American Vampire #6, Amazing Spider-Man (One Moment in Time) #641, Daytripper #10, Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #1, 1 for $1 Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Batman #703. We try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but beware if you haven’t read these issues yet!

    Batman #703

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    WNR: Ex Machina, Buffy Riley One-Shot, Farscape, Brightest Day

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    We’ve got another great batch of Wednesday New Releases, including a long-awaited finale, a Buffyverse one-shot, and one of the coolest collectibles we’ve seen in a long time! Pull up a chair while TFAW reviews Ex Machina #50, New Avengers #3, Amazing Spider-Man #640 (“One Moment in Time”), Brightest Day #8, Chew #13, Farscape Ongoing #10, Shadowland: Power Man #1, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Riley One-Shot, Fables #97, Atlas #4, Supergirl #55, and The Umbrella Academy Pocket Watch and Statue Set.

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Riley One-Shot

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    WNR: Shadowland, Casanova, Avengers Prime, Baltimore

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    Yeah, time for this week’s Wednesday New Releases! This week, we review Avengers Prime #2, Shadowland #2, Amazing Spider-Man #639 (One Moment in Time), Brightest Day #7, Casanova Luxuria #2, Deadpool #1000, Baltimore #1, I Zombie #4, Spitfire #1, S.H.I.E.L.D. #3, and Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love.

    Brightest Day #7

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    WNR: One Moment in Time, Time Masters #1, Charmed #1 & So Much More!

    It’s SDCC 2010, and while Josh and Elisabeth are getting you cool news from San Diego, I’ve got your weekly peek at what’s new.

    cover image for The Walking Dead issue 75

    It’s still July, and that means it’s still Image Month here at TFAW, so I’ll kick things off with The Walking Dead #75. Tensions are growing between Rick and Douglas and it’s anyone’s guess how it will end up. I felt a little surprised by how quickly I reached the end of the issue, but was pleased to find that there is a color back-up story and a picture gallery of the cast of the upcoming AMC series. If, like me, you’re a latecomer to The Walking Dead you’ll be able to get closer to caught up with the latest TPB. The Walking Dead Volume 12 hit shelves today too, collecting issues 67-72. The survivors finally reach D.C., and things look like they might calm down for a little while. The art and writing in The Walking Dead is excellent all the way through. I have to recommend it. If you’re unconvinced by me, check out our interviews with The Walking Dead creator Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn.

    Dark Horse features Janet and Alex Evanovich’s entry into the comics world with the graphic novel Troublemaker Book 1 this week. This hardcover, with art by Joëlle Jones, is the third adventure of Alex Barnaby and Sam Hooker, following on the New York Times bestsellers Metro Girl and Motor Mouth. The art is crisp and vibrant and builds a great sense of environment that adds to the story. The story itself is full of action, mystery, and voodoo. Check out our exclusive interview with Janet and Alex Evanovich, and then go pick up their book.

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    Also making a crossover into comics this week are Charmed #1 from Zenescope and True Blood #1 from IDW. The Charmed Ones continue on into happily ever after with Paige teaching at the school and Phoebe and Piper trying to deal with the kids. Of course, happily ever after isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. The story is as strong as any Charmed episode so it’s well worth it for any fan to pick it up. If you prefer vampires to witches, stop in to Merlotte’s for this first issue of True Blood. This one seems like a first issue worth picking up. The action starts right up with some truly well-drawn beasties and blood, and while the dialog is a little rough, you still want to read on. The exclusive David Messina poster included in this issue is a nice touch too.

    DC offers up Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1.  This is the first of a six-issue miniseries that sends Superman, Green Lantern, and Booster Gold through time with Rip Hunter in the search for Bruce Wayne. I’ll be honest with ya, I haven’t been following Batman’s adventures.  I had no problem getting into this story though, and I plan to follow it.  Dan Jurgens does a great job with the time travel story and all the details that go along with it.  The art is bright and dynamic and the pacing of the story builds plenty of interest.  Order this one, and while you’re at it go ahead and get in your pre-orders for the rest of this story.

    For the Lantern Fans, there are two new hardcovers this week as well. Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps and Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns continue the Blackest Night collection.  You can order them and a ton of other Blackest Night stuff from our Blackest Night page.

    And not to leave the Mighty Marvel off this week’s list there is the Lady Deadpool one-shot pitting Wanda Wilson against Captain America in a fight over the right to enjoy Food Porn. That’s right, Lady Deadpool is fighting for your rights to watch the cooking channel and enjoy your bacon-wrapped porkchops! As always the not-so-subtle satire of a Deadpool story is worth reading, though this one-shot doesn’t have quite the same feeling to the writing as most of the other Deadpool titles running currently.

    cover image for New Avengers issue 2

    If Deadpool isn’t your kind of story, The New Avengers #2 has a bit more superhero action in a story that may just end the world as we know it. The entities after the Eye of Agamotto have possessed Luke Cage to try and get it, and the New Avengers trash Avengers Mansion trying to stop the possessed Cage, Dr. Strange, and Daimon Hellstrom. We still don’t know who is after the Eye, but if they get away with it Everything may just be over. This story is action, start to finish. Heroic Age indeed.

    Finally, not to be forgotten, or possibly to be un-forgotten, Amazing Spider-Man #638 starts One Moment In Time. Will Peter and MJ’s life be set right again? This issue is an interesting mix of new story and art with panels and pages from ASM Annual #21 in which Peter and his bride-to-be prepare for a wedding now undone. This issue started a bit slowly, but it picked up steam by the end. This one isn’t an ideal jumping-on issue, but if you are or have been a Spidey fan pick it up and see where it goes.

    What do you think of these titles? What are you going to read this week that I didn’t mention? Leave your comments below.

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