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    Welcome Back To Neo-Gotham

    With Rebirth in full effect at DC, it’s delightful to see the continuation of the Batman Beyond universe in the current run of books. In the Rebirth special released last month, the violent street gang The Jokerz had carved out a section of Gotham for themselves and dubbed it Jokerz Town. But the most shocking twist was reserved for the last page of that issue when The Jokerz leader, Terminal, revealed that they were attempting to reanimate the corpse of The Joker.

    Batman Beyond #1 opens in that exact moment as Terminal monologues about how everyone deep down inside really wants to be The Joker. We also find Terry McGinnis, our current Batman, buried in rubble at the center of Jokerz Town. Needless to say, things are not looking great at the beginning of this issue. What follows is a super intense story of Batman fighting his way out of a town completely populated by Jokerz. The action hits hard and never lets up as wave after wave of Jokerz tries to take out The Bat.

    The comics of Batman Beyond have always had the luxury of not being reined in by the censors of children’s television. You really get a sense of how dangerous Neo-Gotham is and the violent threat posed by The Jokerz. Writer Dan Jurgens really puts Batman through hell in this story, which forces Terry to confront a lot of doubts he has about wearing the cowl. One of the biggest appeals of Batman Beyond has always been seeing a younger, less confident Batman struggle to live up to the legacy created by Bruce Wayne.

    It’ll be interesting to see where the book takes the resurrection of The Joker story line. There are obviously pros and cons to bringing in Batman’s most iconic nemesis. So far, the story has just played out in the background and we’ll have to wait and see what Jurgens and artist Bernard Chang have in store in coming months.

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    Batman Beyond #1, DC Comics, Released October, 26, 2016, Written by Dan Jurgens, Art by Bernard Chang, Cover by Ryan Sook, $2.99

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    There’s a New Batman in Town!

    NCBD Sept 28th

    It’s our favorite time of the week, and that means we’ve got another installment of New Comic Book Day for you! 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.

    Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes comics at TFAW.com

    Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1
    By: Tim Seeley, David Walker, Fernando Dagnino, Sandra Molina, Duncan Fegredo

    In a change of events from the end of Beneath the Planet of the Apes film, Cornelius and Zira travel back in time to 1901 West Africa instead of 1970’s North America. Here they found a young Tarzan and raised him as their own along with their son, Milo. When the Ape King Kerchak is abducted by hunters, Tarzan and family rush to his rescue, only to place themselves in further danger.

    Writers Tim Seeley and David Walker prove to not only be fans of both Planet of the Apes and Tarzan but both imaginative in finding a loophole in bringing these two worlds together in a way that honors both franchises. All while creating a new exciting direction. Fernando Dagnino’s pencils perfectly capture the feel of both worlds, and dynamically crafts action sequences worthy of the characters. If you’re looking for a fresh new take on classic stories, Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes is a must read. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]


    Batman Beyond comics at TFAW.com

    Batman Beyond Rebirth #1
    By: Dan Jurgens, Ryan Sook, Tony Avina, Jeremey Lawson

    Terry McGinnis is back from the dead, and he may not be the only one. Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 gets you up to speed if you’ve never watched the animated television series or read any of the Batman Beyond comics. With a quick recap of Terry’s Batman origin pulled straight from the cartoon, the issue also gives us some insight on what has happened to Terry’s world while he was gone.

    The main story we get from Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 is that Neo-Gotham’s “Jokerz” gang is up to something much bigger than they have ever done in the past, and Terry needs to figure what that plan is before it’s brought to life.

    Dan Jurgens does a great job setting up what is sure to be an exciting first arc in the Rebirth of Batman Beyond. I always loved how the Batman Beyond series took inspiration from past Batman stories. You can see elements from all over Bat-Lore. It’s almost as if history repeats itself.

    Ryan Sook, Jeremy Lawson, and Tony Avina all do a great job with the hard lines and neon colors of Neo-Gotham. Even if you didn’t watch the show or read previous Batman Beyond comic books, you should jump on this schway series! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]


    Extraordinary X-Men comics at TFAW.com

    Extraordinary X-Men #14
    By: Jeff Lemire, Victor Ibanez, Humberto Ramos

    Still dealing with the aftermath of their recent encounter with Apocalypse, the X-Men are all now split dealing with different issues. Iceman and Nightcrawler encounter Colossus who’s now transformed by Apocalypse. Forge is left with Apocalypse as he tries to find a way to reverse what happened to Colossus. Storm and Magik look for their missing student, Sapna. Finally, Logan and Jean Grey share some quiet moments being away from their in-danger teammates.

    Jeff Lemire splits the group expertly. With so many things happening simultaneously, it can often feel like nothing is really happening, but Lemire is able to keep all these scenes focused on the big picture of the main story, with all of them being meaningful with character defining moments. The art from Victor Ibanez is incredibly expressive. Just the way he draws subtle emotions on Apocalypse’s face is enough to haunt me. Once again, Extraordinary X-Men proves to be one of the most exciting books published by Marvel. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]


    Flash comics at TFAW.com

    Flash #14
    By: Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia, Steve Wands

    [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Epic. That’s my summation of this issue (and Joshua Williamson’s story thus far). My heart is beating fast. We now know the identity of Godspeed, and it makes things more tragic. After a quick battle against Godspeed in the first four pages of The Flash #7, Barry has to flee the fight so he can recover from a pretty hefty beat-down.

    A few consistent themes exist over the course of The Flash‘s run:

    • timing — being in the wrong/right place at the wrong/right time, or being fast enough to save somebody
    • addiction — the Speed Force has proven especially addictive to villians
    • yearning to right past wrongs

    Williamson expertly weaves these elements together in this issue — he’s crafting a story that is tense and exciting. This story matters; it has emotional weight that you can feel. I’m especially intrigued by how I identify with Godspeed, whose intentions are actually kind of pure. It comes down to how this person is willing to compromise to get to those ends that makes them a villain.

    If you’re just catching up with the story, this will be a fun issue that will quickly grab your attention and spark your love for this character, the writing chops of Josh Williamson, and the awesome artwork that Carmine Di Giandomencio and Ivan Plascencia are putting on the page. Di Giandomencio is laying down some really great stuff — it’s clear he’s studied how to depict movement in this medium, and it’s paying off in spades in this issue. Plascencia’s colors are gorgeous, especially when it comes to depicting the Speed Force. Just outstanding work all around. #TeamFlash [Josh C. at TFAW.com]


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    Darwyn Cooke – Thank you

    This past Friday during a press release I learned that Darwyn Cooke was starting treatment for an aggressive form of lung cancer. I hoped for the best for him—as I’m sure we all did. Then, by the end of my workday, rumors were swirling around that he had passed. I pushed them to the side waiting for an official announcement, which came during the morning of 5-14-16.

    Cooke’s passing hit me especially hard. In my life of comics, Darwyn Cooke was one of, if not the most important artists and storytellers.

    Without knowing it you’ve likely seen his work many times over. He started out in comics with a five page non-verbal story in DC’s New Talent Showcase #19. After that with little money coming in from comics he left to work in advertising and animation. In the early 90’s Mr. Cooke answered an ad for Warner Bros. Animation studio. The ad placed by none other than Bruce Timm. For the next few years Darwyn worked with Bruce Timm as a storyboard artist on many projects. You’ve likely heard about Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Sony’s short lived Men in Black series and the one that melted into my brain: the opening title sequence for Batman Beyond.

    I didn’t learn of this until I started researching his work after finding a new Crime/Noir graphic novel published my IDW; Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter. After learning about his past work I couldn’t help but notice his influence over what I loved in comic art.

    Between the ’90s and ’00s, Cooke worked on numerous projects — comics that to this day are top reads on many DC Lists: his 4-part Catwoman story with Ed Brubaker, the 6-issue The New Frontier mini series, The Spirit, and lots of Batman pieces. He gave us so many more great projects during that span of 15 years.

    His art and storytelling style was for the ages. He told stories from and in the style of the past, making them relevant and interesting to present day audiences. In late 2014, he was charged with creating special variant covers over 20 DC Comics’ titles. It was a delight to see what he came up with every week for titles like Justice League Dark, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Batgirl, and He-Man: The Eternity War.

    Darwyn Cooke will be missed by people throughout the comics community, including many of us around the TFAW offices. Though he his gone, his life’s passion lives on in every panel that he ever put on the page. Thank you for everything, Mr. Cooke.

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    Comic Book Reviews: Batman Beyond, Walking Dead, Green Hornet

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    Happy New Year! We’re starting off 2011 right with comic book reviews of Ant-Man & Wasp #3, Green Hornet #12, Star Trek Khan: Ruling in Hell #4, Walking Dead #80, Batman Beyond #1, Who Is Jake Ellis? #1, Ultimate Comics Captain America #1, and Walking Dead Weekly #1.

    Batman The Dark Knight #1




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    WNR: Batman Beyond #1, Wonder Woman #600, Batwoman Elegy!

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    Happy almost Fourth of July weekend! TFAW.com reviews some of the hottest new releases (some of them patriotic!), including Captain America 1940s Newspaper Strip #1, Batman Beyond #1, Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son #2, Joker’s Asylum: Clayface, Wonder Woman #600, Death of Dracula, Invincible Iron Man Annual #1, Predators #4, and the Batwoman: Elegy Deluxe HC.

    Captain America 1940s Newspaper Strip #1



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