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    Review: Chew #50

    chew #50 coverChew #50’s wraparound cover leaves no subtlety as to what’s about to take place. At last, we’ve arrived at the denouement to the series-long conflict between Tony Chu and the Collector, giving our protagonist the chance to avenge his sister’s death. In order to be a match for the Collector, whose accumulated powers have made him practically invincible, Tony has picked up a performance-enhancer of his own: he has feasted on the flesh of Poyo and absorbed the rooster’s unfettered badassery, a transubstantiation that turns him into an efficient vehicle of vengeance.

    It’s unlikely any fan of the series wasn’t upset by Poyo’s abrupt demise in issue #45. However, even if unnecessary on a logistical level (Couldn’t they have just sent Poyo in to take out the Collector?), it’s nonetheless vital on a thematic one. No one but Tony can face the Collector, and, as his departed twin sister affirms during their psychic encounter, this is the only way Tony can defeat him. Fortunately, Layman and Guillory make it a point to pay tribute to the Poyo throughout the issue, giving a sense of his presence that even the most rankled reader should find satisfying.

    The final showdown unfolds in a fairly straightforward and ultimately satisfying fashion. However, I was troubled by the ominous epilogue, which comes out of nowhere to leave things on a needlessly sour note. Then again, Layman and Guillory have a knack for uniting seemingly loose ends later on, so who knows—maybe by issue #60, it’ll seem more fitting.

    Chew #50, written and lettering by John Layman, art by Rob Guillory. Published July 2015.

    Review by James Florence.

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Lois and Clark, Chew, Black Magick & Daredevil

    So many terrific books came out this week! The action picks up in Superman: Lois & Clark, huge things happen in Black Magick and Chew, and Daredevil continues to thrill. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. 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.

Superman Lois & Clark comics at TFAW.com Superman: Lois & Clark #5
    By: Dan Jurgens, Lee Weeks

    Superman: Lois And Clark is everything that is going right with the world right now! This has to be the best pre-Flashpoint Superman story line that’s out. With the latest issue, we see Superman’s daily struggles: being a good husband, being a better dad, and oh, well you know . . . defeating all his major foes in battle!

    Superman never ceases to fight for what is right, even if that means taking down Blanque. The whole fighting sequence makes this issue worthwhile, but the cliffhanger has you anxiously waiting for more. With Jon and Lois by his side, this Superman can take on anything! I’m anxiously awaiting issue #6 now! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

    Black Magick #5
    By: Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Chiara Arena, Jodi Wynne

    Everyone knows by now that Greg Rucka is a brilliant writer. This issue continues to confirm that. However, the rest of the Black Magick creative team (Nicola Scott (art), Chiara Arena (colors) and Jodi Wynne (letters)) also needs to be commended. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I read through this issue. The main character, Rowan, goes on a journey from an everyday caring human being to a magical powerhouse — it is a wholly satisfying read on so many levels.

    The series itself has been well-written but issue #5 really sets the tone for the book moving forward. We finally get a moment to see how close Rowan and her partner are. We get to see how caring she can be, but we also get to witness her strength; blended together with not only the proper words, but facial expressions and colors as well.

    Investigations continue on both sides but this issue is full of reveals. STAY TUNED. It just got real! [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

Chew comics at TFAW.com Chew #55
    By: John Layman, Rob Guillory

    Whoa, some big things happen here, and funny ones too, I mean it’s Chew we’re talking about. Now it’s going to be hard to talk to about this with out spoilers, so, I’ll do my best.

    The issue opens up with Tony Chu finding another major character dead. After that, Savoy takes over the narration seemingly breaking the forth wall, or just talking to himself (which is kind of the same thing right?).

    I can’t talk anymore about this issue without spoiling it. So I’ll say this, if you haven’t been reading Chew, this is not the issue to pick up and start. That said, if you haven’t been reading this one, you should. It’s a great series with 10 trades in print (as of press time), and there has been talk of a television show. It’s got great humor and a lot of heart. We’ve been fans from day 1, and it hasn’t missed a beat since. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Daredevil #4
    By: Charles Soule, Ron Garney, Goran Sudzuka

    What will happen when Matt calls Steve Rogers? Will it be for help against the nefarious Tenfingers? Or is it just to clear his conscience and let him know who he is?

    In this issue, we find out more about DD’s mysterious “sidekick.” Is he friend or foe? Does he have an alliance with the gang of Tenfingers, or is it a ruse to get closer and take it down for the the betterment of Chinatown — to make his small part of New York safer, like Matt tries to do every day for Hell’s Kitchen. Will the Hand come and take care of Tenfingers before Daredevil and Blindspot can do it themselves? You’ll have to get this exciting issue of Daredevil and continue this amazing run of one of the truest heroes out of New York.

    Charles Soule makes yet another big mark in the Marvel universe, and Ron Garney and Goran Sudzuka’s art brings one of the most unique styles we’ve ever seen to the world of Daredevil. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below! Be sure to share these posts on Facebook or Twitter if you want us to continue this series of posts. 🙂

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    Spotlight on: Comic Book Subscriptions at TFAW

    Comic book subscriptions are a fantastic way to make sure you never miss an issue of your favorite series–and to support publishers and creators, whether you’re a fan of big superhero epics or smaller indy titles. There are other online comic shops, but there are several reasons that make TFAW the best place to start up a subscription. Meet me at the bullet points, below!

    • You’ll save 20-35% on all pre-order comics!
    • There’s no minimum to buy! Unlike many other online subscription services, you can subscribe to 20 series–or just one!
    • Subscribe by series! With a series subscription, it’s easy to sign up for ongoing comic book series like Amazing Spider-Man.
    • You can subscribe to more than just comics! With a keyword subscription, you can select graphic novels, statues, apparel, toys, and more–and save 20-30%!
    • You approve your subscription matches! We’ll email you before we place an order on your behalf, in case you want to skip an issue!

    How to get started? We’ve got a step-by-step guide to creating a comic book subscription here (the article is geared toward kids but applies to all comics and product)! Then, just log in to your account and edit your Subscription settings. If you run into any issues, email customer service or use our handy Live Chat service via the big green button in the top right corner of our main website (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PST) and we’ll make sure everything is just the way you want it.

    So what should you subscribe to? Need ideas of what’s hot? We’ve got a few recommendations:

    Batman ComicsBatman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. There’s no denying there is a lot of Batman in DC’s New 52, but this is our favorite Bat-title. Snyder proved himself a compelling writer with the fantastic American Vampire and his run in Detective Comics, so we couldn’t wait for him to take the reins of this series. He hasn’t disappointed!

    Not only has Snyder brought the Bat-family to the forefront, wisely utilizing characters like Dick, Tim, Damian, Alfred, and Commissioner Gordon, but he’s made the city of Gotham a living, breathing entity in its own right. By mining its history, and Batman’s feeling of ownership over it, Snyder is creating powerful new stories that are emotionally and psychologically resonant. Artist Capullo brings it on every page, keeping up with the many (figurative and literal) twists and turns in this amazing comic, creating a series that’s a true must-read every month.

    Uncanny X-Force ComicsUncanny X-Force by Rick Remender and Robbi Rodriguez. “You need to read Uncanny X-Force!” everyone said. Month. After month. After month. It took me awhile, but I finally made room for this book on my pull list–and boy, I’m glad I did. Once again, X-Force is a shadowy “secret” team, in place to get their hands dirty handling jobs no once else can do.

    Teaming up characters who have either been underutilized or flat-out neglected–like Psylocke, Fantomex, and Archangel–with the ever-present Deadpool and Wolverine has resulted in a darkly humorous and, well, dark team that’s been fascinating to watch. Who ever thought I’d be interested in the Age of Apocalypse again (or that we’d get Nightcrawler back–kinda)? The Dark Archangel arc was devastating, but the book hurtles on month after month, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    Chew ComicsChew by John Layman and Rob Guillory. We’ve loved Chew from the beginning. Don’t believe us? Click this link and get back to us. Layman and Guillory have taken the buddy-cop genre and fused it to a sci-fi premise that we’re pretty sure hasn’t been done in comics before (a guy who can learn about anything by eating it?) to create an action-packed, gross, hilarious series with a lot of heart. Oh, and bird flu. Layman’s irreverent tone perfectly matches Guillory’s angular, energetic art, while satirizing half a dozen cliches and introducing characters we actually care about. What could be better? Subscribe to it.

    After your subscriptions are set, make sure to visit your Pre-Order Options to set your shipping frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) and shipping method. Also, you can add bag and boards to your comics for just 25 cents each!


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    U.S. Veterans! Enter Our Veterans Day Twitter Giveaway!

    Chew Vol. 1: Taster's Choice TPB at TFAW.comFrom all of us at TFAW, we want to express our sincere gratitude to the members of the U.S. military both past and present–you do an incredible job every day. As a thank you to all of the brave men and women who serve our country, we’re throwing a huge Twitter giveaway on Veterans Day. We’re going through our pile of signed books to find the coolest prizes, and if you’re a U.S. serviceperson or veteran, you can enter to win one by doing the following:

    • Follow @TFAW on Twitter
    • Tweet your branch and your division/command/unit, etc.
    • Include: @TFAW thanks its vets: http://bit.ly/ttkwxm

    Example: National Guard, 40th CAB! @TFAW thanks its vets: http://bit.ly/ttkwxm

    Reminder: This contest is open to our U.S. servicepeople and veterans ONLY!

    We’ve already given away a Green Lantern Corps Emerald Eclipse hardcover signed by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason and a New Avengers Secret Invasion hardcover signed by Billy Tan, and a Solomon Kane Vol. 1: The Castle of the Devil TPB signed by Scott Allie.

    TFAW’s Veterans Day Twitter Contest isn’t done yet though! Now everyone who enters through midnight (PST) tonight is in the running to win a Chew Vol. 1 TPB signed by John Layman, a Umbrella Academy Vol. 1 TPB signed by Gerard Way, New Avengers Vol. 2 HC signed by Brian Michael Bendis, or a Wonder Woman: Rise of the Olympian HC signed by Aaron Lopresti! If you’ve already entered, but haven’t run, you’ll be in the running too!

    We’ll pick the remaining winners and notify them on Monday! Good luck!

    *The Fine Print

    1. General Contest Rules apply, except it is open to U.S. residents living outside the U.S.
    2. No purchase necessary.
    3. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
    4. You must be a U.S. serviceperson or veteran to win.
    5. Contest ends 11/11/11 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).
    6. The winners will be selected from all applicable entries and notified on 11/14/11.
    7. The winning entries will be determined at the sole discretion of judges at Things From Another World, Inc. whose decision is final.
    8. Contest void where prohibited.
    9. Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants.
    10. Winners will receive a signed graphic novel.
    11. Specific prizes will be announced on Twitter @TFAW.
    12. Prizes chosen by TFAW at random and can be changed at any time without notice.

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    Rob Guillory Donates Power Man and Iron Fist to CBLDF

    Rob Guillory CBLDF Sketch 2011Chew artist Rob Guillory has given Marvel fans something to–err–sink their teeth into. Just take a look at his piece for our Third Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction at right–a fantastic drawing of Power Man and Iron Fist!

    Guillory won an Eisner in 2010 for Chew, his series with John Layman, which focuses on the adventures of Tony Chu, a detective with a distinctive gift: he can learn everything about whatever he eats–even if it’s a dead body. Chew is published by Image Comics.

    You can bid on this year’s piece, as well as dozens of works from some amazingly talented publishers and creators, at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund auction July 23 at 7:30 p.m. in room KL Sapphire at the Hilton Bayfront.

    Want copies of all of the artwork donated to the CBLDF through TFAW? We’ll be creating limited-edition autograph cards of all of these pieces and giving them away at SDCC. To pick up yours, visit TFAW at booth #5625 July 21-24!



    Are you going to SDCC this year? Which autograph cards are you looking forward to?

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    Rob Guillory Contributes Original Sketch to the CBLDF

    Rob Guillory ComicsMore mouthwatering news: artist Rob Guillory has generously volunteered to contribute to our Third Annual CBLDF/SDCC Auction Event!

    The Eisner Award-winning artist has rocketed to prominence thanks to his incredible work on Image Comics’ Chew, with writer John Layman, which features Tony Chu, a cibopathic police detective. He can learn even the smallest details of anything he eats–which makes homicide cases a leetle icky.

    Guillory, along with the rest of our participating publishers and creators, will donate an original sketch to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an organization dedicated to defending the First Amendment rights of the comics community. These sketches will in turn be auctioned off at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

    Want your own copies of these exclusive sketches? We’ll be creating limited-edition autograph cards of all of the sketches we receive, which we will be handing out for free at SDCC. Make sure to visit TFAW at booth #5625 July 21-24 to get yours!

    Want to be a part of the action? If you’re a comics professional who wants to get involved, we will gladly accept new participants up through June 24–email Andrew McIntire with the subject line, “CBLDF Auction 2011” now. Or simply become a member of the CBLDF.




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    Chew #18 Review + Preview

    I’m always surprised at how John Layman and Rob Guillory can draw me in to each month’s issue of Chew. They never seem to miss a beat. That’s why these guys get my money every month.

    This week’s release of Chew #18 (yeah, it’s been 18 issues!) is no exception. The prologue starts us off and then they boys kick us right into the action. Before I knew it, I was staring at the last page with my mouth agape at the awesomeness. (I’m not going to spoil it for you, but trust me, it’s great.)

    We’ve encouraged you from the beginning to check out this Cinderella story of the comic book world, but if you haven’t been following the adventures of Tony Chu up to this point, I’m here to tell you that this issue is a good spot for new readers to jump into the series.

    Don’t take my word on how great Chew is, though. I’ll let our 5-Page First Look Preview of the issue and last year’s Eisner Award for Best New Series speak for themselves. 😉



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    Chew Comics Coming to Showtime?

    Tony & MasonIt sounds like we may have a little more of John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew to look forward to in our future! According to Deadline Hollywood, Showtime has purchased a script written by Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer (Eureka).

    Stephen Hopkins (24, Californication, Shameless) is attached to direct and executive produce the 30-minute show from Circle of Confusion, the production company behind AMC’s The Walking Dead.

    I’m excited that Showtime may be the new home of our favorite cibopathic FDA agent Tony Chu. I think could be a really good fit. I count myself among the many who hope that the stars align so we can see Ken Leung in the lead role.

    What do you think of the news? Are you optimistic about the small-screen adaptation? Who would you like to see play Tony? How about Amelia and Savoy? Post your thoughts below.


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    Comic Book Reviews: Irredeemable, Chew, Next Men, X-Factor & More

    Reviews of This Week’s New Releases!

    This week, TFAW reviews Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers #4, Irredeemable #23, Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #1, Chew #17, Daken: Dark Wolverine #6, Heroes For Hire #4, John Byrne Next Men #4, Locke & Key Keys to the Kingdom #5 (of 6), X-Factor #216, and Incognito Bad Influences #4.

    Axe Cop




    Thanks to our YouTube subscribers for suggesting Chew and Dark Wolverine! What would you like us to review next week? Post your comments below!

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    Comic Book Reviews: Larfleeze Christmas, Axe Cop, The Guild Vork

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! This week, our comic book reviews include some very special titles: Axe Cop Vol. 1, The Guild: Vork One-Shot, Chew #16, X-Men #6, Nemesis #4, Incognito: Bad Influences #2, What If? Dark Reign, Secret Avengers #8, Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special, Archie #616, and Thor: The Mighty Avenger The God Who Fell Into Earth graphic novel.

    Green Lantern Larfleeze Christmas Special




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    Exclusive 22-page First Look of Chew Vol. 3: Just Desserts

    Chew Vol. 3 at TFAW.comWe’re really excited to announce our exclusive 22-page first look preview of Chew Vol. 3: Just Desserts!

    Things are looking up for Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from the things he eats. He’s got a girlfriend. He’s got a partner he trusts. He even seems to be getting along with his jerk boss. But his ruthless ex-partner is still out there, operating outside of the law, intending to make good on his threats against Tony and everybody Tony cares about. It’s just a matter of time before their investigations collide, blood spills and—inevitably—body parts are eaten.

    You gotta check out this comic series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals and clairvoyants (which also won the Eisner Award for Best New Series this year, BTW). It’s definitely my favorite ongoing series right now.


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    Comic Book Reviews: Ant-Man & Wasp, Return of Bruce Wayne, Avengers Prime

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    It’s Wednesday, which must mean it’s time for more comic book reviews! This week, TFAW.com reviews Ant-Man & Wasp #1, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6, Avengers Prime #4, Chew #15, Angel Illyria #1, Scott Pilgrim Precious Little Box Set, Star Trek Khan: Ruling in Hell #2, Cowboy Ninja Viking #10, Monster Hunters’ Survival Guide #1, Elmer GN, the Ame Comi Supergirl and Steel figures, and the Cover Girls of the DCU Harley Quinn Statue.

    Ant-Man and Wasp #1




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