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    Batman and TMNT Join Forces

    New Comic Book Day Nov 9 2016

    It’s Wednesday, and that means there are new comic book releases to talk about! Check out our other New Comic Book Day blog articles to see our thoughts on previous new releases. 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.

    Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1
    By: Matthew K. Manning, Jon Sommariva

    Combining my favorite iteration of Batman with the most fun version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures gives us the ’90s Batman Animated Series combined with the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. What we get is a great sense of nostalgia, combined with the upbeat sensibilities the Turtles are known for. So basically, a good time.

    Matthew K. Manning weaves a plot that sets our two worlds of heroes onto the same case in a way that respects Batman’s detective skills and the turtle’s penchant for always getting themselves into trouble. Jon Sommariva’s art does a great job of combining the very distinctive art styles from both worlds into one that makes it feel like they belong together. Where IDW and DC had these two comic book versions of the characters recently crossover, having the light-hearted and more commercially known versions of these two classic franchises join forces is a great breath of fresh air for the kid at heart. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Flash #10
    By: Joshua Williamson, Felipe Watanabe, Oclair Albert, Chris Sotomayor, Steve Wands, Carmine Di Giandomencio

    Heroics are hard. Having fantastic powers is great, but it doesn’t make one a hero. Barry Allen has been training Wally West how to use his powers, but The Flash #7 shows us that there’s more to heroics than simply running fast.

    Over the decades, The Flash has learned valuable lessons on how to save the people of Central City; he’s now using those years of experience and imparting wisdom upon Kid Flash. It’s as if Joshua Williamson is distilling decades worth of comics into digestible pieces for a new generation of comics fans.

    Williamson introduces two new Rogues, and this story promises to take us to places we’ve never gone before. I am excited to keep reading. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Archer & Armstrong #9
    By: Rafer Roberts, Mike Norton, Brian Level

    A&A #9 serves as a jump on point for new readers. “Andromeda Estranged” kicks off a new arc that sets our heroes in a history lesson. You see, Earth and humans, they’re a strange anomaly within the universe. The “creators,” as we learn, didn’t mean for us to be created. They tried to steer us in the right direction but greed and power (as it always seems to) corrupted us.

    Valiant is known for creating good jumping-on points for new readers and this issue is no exception. Rafer Roberts has been doing an excellent job with this series. Issue #9 is no exception. Penciler Mike Norton and Colorist Allen Passalaqua within the first few pages have a visually striking style that works with the context, (thanks to Ryan Lee) a James Stokoe grit if you will. Once we’re back in our world, however, they go to a more familiar style that Archer & Armstrong fans are used to. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    WWE Then Now Forever #1
    By: Dennis Hopeless, Dan Mora, Ross Thibodeaux, Rob Guillory, Rob Shamberger, Derek Fridolfs, Daniel Bayliss

    As a fan of professional wrestling growing up, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this issue from BOOM! Studios new WWE series. WWE: Then. Now. Forever #1. This is a reader’s first introduction to the new comic world that weaves in and out of actual stories from the WWE. This compilation issue collects a story by Dennis Hopeless about Seth Rollins’ rise and fall with his team, The Shield. Along with short stories featuring The New Day, Sasha Banks, and Tugboat. This issue also collects the San Diego Comic Con exclusive one-page stories featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, John Cena, The New Day, Sasha Banks, The Undertaker, and Dusty Rhodes.

    Headed up by a huge list of creators, this book takes the fandom seriously in some stories, has a whole lot of fun in others, and finds itself incredibly inspirational. The heroes, the heels, the over the top performances, and the drama that fans of professional wrestling have come to love and crave are all found here. If you’ve ever been a fan of any era of the WWE, WWE: Then. Now. Forever is a book for you. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    DON’T TAP OUT GRAB WWE: THEN. NOW. FOREVER TODAY!

    Captain America Steve Rogers #7
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz, Joe Caramagna, Stephanie Hans

    Steve Rogers’ reality has been secretly rewritten by a sentient Cosmic Cube known as Kobik. He is now an agent of HYDRA.

    That’s all the background you need to jump aboard Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz’s Steve Rogers Captain America. Cap is no longer the bastion of freedom and morality; he’s been corrupted, and this allows Spencer to explore some important themes that his predecessors never have. Steve Rogers Captain America #7 is the start to a new arc, so now’s a good time to join along.

    Saiz’s art is expressive and emotional, particularly when it comes to depicting the book’s tyrants–the Red Skull and the bullies of 1935 that were a part of the machine that gave rise to his HYDRA regime.

    I can’t help but have optimism about the future of this comic and really, really look forward to getting our Steve Rogers back in the saddle again. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Introducing Valiant Entertainment

    This August we want to help you start something new – Valiant Entertainment.

    Valiant Entertainment lineup

    Valiant Comics started back in 1989 – with the boom in comics during the early ’90’s Valiant was bought by Acclaim Entertainment – a Video Game developer. In 2004 Acclaim shut down. One year later Valiant Entertainment restarted and since then has gone on to create some of the most original, award-winning titles. Most recently having 50 Nominations in the 2016 Harvey Awards.

    Over most summers, like most superhero publishers, they have a big event. Now when I say “big event”, I’m not talking 30+ issues spanning 9 different titles. No, Valiant doesn’t play that game. When they do big events typically the main series is only 5 issues, and will only spread across a couple of their on-goings. This summer is no exception with their event – 4001 A.D. This series focuses on the future within the Rai comics.

    4001 A.D.
    The most ambitious comics event of 2016 brings war to the 41st century – with Rai leading the charge! One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people will thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below.

    One thing is that all of the Valiant characters are connected in some way. Even if they are not currently interacting or on the same team. For example, Armstrong from the Archer & Armstrong series is the middle brother of The Eternal Warrior, and Ivar, the Time Walker. Even currently Faith (one of the best new characters in comics) and Archer are now a couple, having their first date within Archer & Armstrong #5. There are lots of connections within the Valiant Universe.
    Summer of Valiant 4001 A.D.
    Another thing to note about this publisher is that even though they publish “superhero” comics that are all connected, their series range from vigilante-style heroes (Bloodshot) to Sci-Fi adventures (Divinity). Even those who like comedy and wacky adventures like Deadpool will get enjoyment out of Archer & Armstrong.

    What about a story involving a suit of armor? X-O Manowar – After a brutal encounter with a mysterious enemy known as The Vine leaves him a prisoner on an alien world, the only hope Aric has of returning to his family and saving them from slavery is to seize armored suit capable of incalculable destruction and become X-O Manowar! The Vine destroyed Aric’s world. Now he will give them war.

    These and many, many more stories are being released every month. With vol 1 trades starting at $9.99 they’re easy to jump on and get hooked. Amazing creators like Matt Kindt, Jody Houser, Jeff Lemire, Jen Van Meter, Clayton Crain & so many more contribute to these characters. This Summer, take a chance, read a Valiant Entertainment title!


    Valiant Time Capsule
    If you shop with us at any of our Oregon Locations this month, pick any Valiant Entertainment product and you’ll get a raffle ticket for a weekly drawing of Valiant merchandise, including hardcover graphic novels and signed comics. Then come back on the 31st for the opening of the Valiant Time Capsule, where we’ll be raffling off items from it. This promotion is valid

    Still unsure if Valiant Entertainment is right for you? Come on by and ask us what would be up your ally based on your current reads. Valiant has something for everyone.

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for International Iron Man, Monstress, Superman & More

    Once again, this week was a really good one for comics fans. With so many great comics hitting the stands, it was hard to limit ourselves to just a few titles from this week’s new releases. 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.

     	
X-Men Apocalypse Wars comics at TFAW.com Extraordinary X-Men #8
    By: Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos

    This issue kicks off Marvel’s X-Men Apocalypse Wars with a bang! How will Apocalypse make his presence known, and who will be his new horsemen, carrying out his bidding to free the world for his new era of mutant-kind? In this new issue of the amazing Extraordinary X-Men ongoing series, see what happens when Logan and Storm learn of a new spike in Cerebra’s readings. Is Colossus’s newly formed team of X-Men ready for what they’re about to walk into? What will it mean for the future of mutants, and even the world itself? How will Magik help out her new protégé, Sapna, in controlling and understanding her new power?

    There will be plenty of surprises and special guests to round out an exciting addition to this new story in the X-universe. Jeff Lemire brings his unique take to the long and storied history of the X-Men, turning a fresh eye to the classic story of Apocalypse, and he’s accompanied by the amazing art of Humberto Ramos. Now it’s just a matter of time to see if the X-Men are up to the task of fighting back the mutant power known as . . . Apocalypse! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Superman #50
    By: Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr.

    The long awaited issue of Superman #50 has finally come out! We meet Superman as he is head to head with Vandal Savage, a long-time villain he’s tackled before. Savage takes him to an alternate reality as he grows stronger from a comet heading towards Earth. Showing Superman what could be if Vandal came into power. Superman is plopped down to an alternate universe where his parents are still alive and he’s still with them as a boy! His parents keep thanking the “High Chief” that the planet is still together.

    Can anyone take a guess on who this high chief is? As Superman fights his way to Vandal, he reminds himself that being strong is not always the most important thing — it’s the commitment to his choices that are his true power. Will Superman ever get out of this alternate Universe? Find out in Superman #50! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

     	
New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com Archer & Armstong #1
    By: Rafer Roberts, David LaFuente

    For the uninitiated, this will serve as an entry point to the zany, fun world of Archer and Armstrong. For those back on the ride, you will definitely want to keep your arms inside the vehicle for the duration of this. Either way you slice it, this comedic adventure title is going to be a great time for you!

    Archer was raised by the heads of a religious cult in their theme park, and honed as a deadly weapon to assassinate the immortal Armstrong (brother of the “Eternal Warrior” Gilad, and Ivar “The Timewalker”) but on his mission, he discovered that Armstrong was not the great evil that he was led to believe.

    They teamed up, became pals, and the rest is history. As for how ‘the Adventures of Archer & Armstrong’ or ‘A+A’ goes, Armstrong has a magical satchel which is essentially a portal to another dimension, where goblins catalog and keep the items he puts in it so that he can retrieve what he needs at a moment’s notice. We finally get a glimpse of what it is like inside, as Armstrong goes in to the bag to retrieve a lost item deep within. Archer goes in after him, and we are off on another zany adventure with a big bad trapped in the bag, and forgotten about for thousands of years. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Monstress #4
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

    VISUALLY BREATHTAKING…is the first thing that must be said about this comic. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that didn’t share that opinion. Go ahead, try.

    This story continues to display the Marjorie Liu’s extraordinary ability to transport you into another world. Maika, Ren and Kippa are still on the run from the Cumaea AND the Federation but they seem to have caught a second to breath. In addition to catching up with the trio, we are blessed with more back story; questions that are extremely important and that have been on our minds since the beginning are answered in Monstress #4!

    Marjorie Liu has created a world that terrifies me but also makes me envious. Sana Takeda’s artwork is a dreamscape of wonderful imagery that perfectly complements the story. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

     	
International Iron Man comic book review at TFAW.com International Iron Man #1
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev

    (SPOILER ALERT) As we learned in The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Tony’s parents are not his own. This sets up the events that make International Iron Man such a great book.

    Much of this issue is spent on backstory that will serve the rest of this arc, but we do get to see a flashback of a younger Tony Stark back in his school days, working on the timeless art of seduction.

    Bendis’ writing is always top notch — nothing new there. He has such a great grasp of the character and it almost seems like Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel movie screenwriters are paying close attention to Bendis’ every move.

    Alex Maleev’s art is always fantastic. True to form, Maleev delivers captivating, fully fleshed-out art that just begs the reader to slow down and drink it all in. Bendis and Maleev are like Cap & Bucky, Wolverine & Collossus, Iron Man & War Machine — a perfect pairing such that every time they are working together, you’re in for one of the best times that comics have to offer.

    It’s a great jumping-on point for new readers as well as a great companion to Bendis/Marquez’s Iron Man run as well. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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    X-O Manowar Contest Winners Announced

    X-O Manowar ComicsWhat would it be like to be a man from the 5th Century–in control of technology that far outstrips anything the 21st Century has ever seen? That’s the question put forth by X-O Manowar, an original comic book series from Valiant Entertainment.

    We held an X-O Manowar Contest that ended earlier this month, and we’re excited to announce the winners!

    • Jacob P. from Buffalo, NY
    • Bobby K. from Athens, TX
    • Daniel C. from Carlsbad, CA
    • Chris E. from Tatum, TX
    • David M. from Springfield, OR
    • Ryan G. from Kingwood TX
    • Justin H. from Rolling Hills Estates, CA
    • A. Wilson from Reston, VA
    • Tarik B. from Silverspring, MD
    • Enrico B. from Blue Grass, IA

    Congratulations to our winners! You’ll each get a X-O Manowar #1 “talking” QR Voice Variant signed by series writer Robert Venditti, and a copy of Harbinger #1, Bloodshot #1, and Archer & Armstrong #1 as part of the contest! Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog for announcements on another hot contest soon!

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