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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for MMPR #1, Green Lantern #50, Black Widow #1 & Predator #1

    We’re back again with reviews of a few books that we really enjoyed from this week’s new releases. Check out our other New Comic Book Day blog articles to see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment below or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you want us to do more of these types of reviews!

    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.

     	
Predator Life & Death comics at TFAW.com Predator: Life & Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Brian Thies, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    The next Predator/Alien/Prometheus event begins and stirs up some blood in Predator: Life & Death #1. This issue gives us a basic set we need. Where are they, why are they, and the hunt itself.

    Looks like the Wayland-Yutani Corp wants to start some more terraforming of planets but before they send their people down, they send the USMC to make sure there are no pirates already taking the planets resources (yeah, pirates–guess they learned from LV-426).

    It’s a good setup to what could be a fantastic Predator story. The pacing is good with strong characters. Brian Albert Thies’ art works very well, accompanied by Rain Beredo’s colors. I look forward to finding out more about this planet, its secrets, and why this mysterious ship is there. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Black Widow #1
    By: Chris Samnee, Mark Waid

    This is one of the best hooks for a series I have read in awhile. Black Widow #1 is packed with action and so many questions that you just have to read the rest of the series. I fell in love with the art and color scheme as how well it matches the tone of the first issue. Mark Waid is back at it again, and has ceased to disappoint me every series he creates.

    Natasha is not a character that will disappoint you in any way, shape or form. She plays by her rules, no matter what those might be. If you love espionage, action, and one of the best female spies in the Marvel universe, I highly recommend picking up this issue immediately! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

     	
Green Lantern #50 comic book review at TFAW.com Green Lantern #50
    By: Robert Venditti, Billy Tan, Juan Gimenez

    Everyone has differing ideas of when their life took a turn, and when they were their best version of themselves–able to overcome adversity despite the odds. This experience of inner conflict is regularly explored in the DCU. Hal Jordan faces himself at one of his lowest points in Green Lantern #50. This all happens because of the magic of the DC Multiverse and the return of Hal’s previous incarnation as Parallax.

    Hal has other plans and this Multiversal bleed appears to be leading him to some strange new Rebirth along with the rest of the DC Universe! If the rest of the DC titles begin to experience this change, shifting them towards something familiar yet new, the entire Rebirth initiative will be something quite tremendous to witness. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1
    By: Kyle Higgins, Hendry Prasetya, Matt Herms

    It’s been about two months since issue MMPR #0 first hit the shelves and after reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1, I can tell you that it’s still really good. Kyle Higgens does a great job developing the characters we grew up with in a way that feels the same as they ever were but, updated so that new readers won’t get lost in mythology.

    I really, really enjoy Hendry Prasetya’s character designs and Matt Herms’ colors. Even the small glimpse of a past foe was a really cool nod to the show. If you’re a Power Rangers fan–old or new–this is a great comic for you!

    PS: Be sure to pick up the MMPR #1 TFAW Exclusive Variant (pictured here); only 500 were produced, and they’re going fast! We teamed up with one of our Sean “Cheeks” Galloway (Hellboy Junior, WoW: Pandaria, Teen Titans Go, Wednesday Comics) for what we think is a pretty incredible cover. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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    The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 2 of 5 – Marvel

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

    As we look forward to the new year, we want to stop and remember the great books that were released in 2015. What follows is the second in a series of five Best Comics of 2015 pieces we’ll be posting through January 6. Missed Part 1? Check it out here. Starting January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    Marvel Comics is home to Jessica Jones, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and a host of other amazing characters. With millions of fans worldwide and decades of quality storytelling under its belt, the publisher is the largest comic book company in the United States.

    The Best of Marvel Comics (in no particular order):

    Silver Surfer
    By: Dan Slott, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Joe Sabino

    The new Silver Surfer series by Dan Slott, Michael Allred, and Laura Allred has been a complete delight. I’ve been in love with this series from day one. You tell me that the Allreds are working on an ongoing story and I’m on board, but add in Dan Slott’s characteristic wit and you know you’re in for a great ride.

    The aspect of this series that really shines is that Slott grounds the cosmos-spanning series by pairing Norrin Radd with a loveable companion, Earth’s Dawn Greenwood. We get to discover the universe alongside Dawn, and marvel at the enormous power of the Surfer. Slott gives us exactly what we want in the form of Galactus, and as tensions rise, we see the greatness of his storytelling — but you’ll have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about.

    Like I said, the Allreds are tremendously talented, and I couldn’t think of a better artistic pairing that would result in a light-hearted, fun series. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, trust me when I say you’ll LOVE this series. Lucky for us, a new story begins in January when Slott, Allred & Allred take us on a new/continuing journey. [Josh C.]

    Daredevil
    By: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee, Charles Soule & Ron Garney

    This was a big year for Daredevil, what with the series debut back in April, and the end of Mark Waid & Chris Samnee’s amazing 58 issue run. Then to top it off we had the return of Daredevil just last month after Marvel’s Secret Wars crossover event with Charles Soule and Ron Garney as the new creative team.

    I started reading Daredevil on a regular basis with Mark Waid’s run. It’s got that great edgy darkness in the writing that is just enough to please Miller fans. Yet, tied with Samnee’s pulp style visuals, it keeps the story from being all dark all the time. Charles Soule’ comics hint at the darkness found in the Daredevil television show and nods Brubaker/Benids runs. We’re only 2 issues in so far but it’s still got me begging for more. Ron Garney’s art is definitely more in line with the Alex Maleev/Micheal Lark style, and I dig it. [Martin M.]

    Star Wars comics at TFAW.com Star Wars and Vader
    By: Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen, Simone Bianchi, Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca

    2015 saw the beginning of a new era for Star Wars comics and Marvel exploded out of the gates with superstar talents Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. This ongoing series follows the exploits of Luke Skywalker in the aftermath of his destruction of the Death Star. The whole gang joins him as the Rebel Alliance continues to fight against the Galactic Empire! With a classic mix of action and lighthearted moments, this story feels like Star Wars in every way.

    As the year went on, the hits kept coming with A-list artists Stuart Immonen and Simone Bianchi going the book. Bringing Mike Mayhew and Leinil Francis Yu on deck for 2016 (and it doesn’t look like Jason Aaron is going anywhere!) make it clear that Marvel is keeping Star Wars filled with top talent for the foreseeable future!

    There are two sides to every story. And fans have always wanted to see the story from Darth Vader’s perspective. Well, Marvel’s got them covered with a story line from the Sith Lord’s viewpoint in the ongoing Darth Vader comic book series. It’s the entire galaxy against Vader until he makes some unlikely allies who absolutely steal the show: Doctor Aphra and her droids! These are the sadistic yet charming villains that Kieron Gillen was born to write and one look at Salvador Larroca’s art will have you rooting for the bad guys! [Jeff B.]

    Mighty Thor comics at TFAW.com

    Thor
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Jorge Molina, Joe Sabino

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a better comic book than Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman’s Thor and Mighty Thor. Talk about heroics–Aaron expertly weaves the story of Jane Foster (Thor’s ex-girlfriend) as the new Mighty Thor.

    She’s been in the hero business ever since Marvel’s Original Sin, but the team really dialed things up this year. Foster’s cancer has gotten worse, and Thor’s old enemies have started attacking in earnest. In the face of all of this, her grace and bravery shines through.

    I’m really excited to see Russell Dauterman’s art each month. He’s a relative newcomer on the comics scene, but it feels like he and Aaron have been working together for decades. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself enamored with Dauterman’s depiction of facial expressions, the flow of lightning, and little pieces of Earth and flesh flying through the air. A truly magical series. [Josh C.]

    Spider-Gwen comics at TFAW.com Spider-Gwen
    By: Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez

    One of the hottest new characters actually spun out of Marvel’s Spider-Verse crossover (see what we did there?). When you get down to it, Spider-Gwen is a retelling of Spider-Man. Except that Gwen Stacy, got bit by the radioactive spider.

    What I really enjoy and connect with here is that it’s the same Parker-humor that we all love but coming from someone that we’ve all missed. I instantly connect with the character due to her strong ties in Spider-Man lore, while still being curious about her Earth (Earth-65 if you follow that sort of thing).

    One of my favorite moments came during Spider-Verse when Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man (Peter Parker of Earth-616) meet, there is this quick but very emotional panel that really pulled on my heart strings.

    This alternate Earth is one that is rich with past Marvel lore and new events that you’ve just got to discover. If you’re looking something old, new, but maybe not red and blue, you’ll want to pick this book up. [Martin M.]

    Honorable Mentions:

    Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog in the coming days as we’ll be posting four more Best Comics of 2015 lists. At the end, YOU will decide which one will be crowned as the Best Comic of 2015!

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

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    Artist Chris Samnee Talks About the End of Thor: The Mighty Avenger

    Thor: The Mighty AvengerOne of my favorite new comic book series of 2010 has been Thor: The Mighty Avenger, by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee. It is extremely difficult to take a character with decades of history and continuity and “re-boot” it in a way that’s A.) accessible and appealing to new readers and B.) doesn’t inspire nerd rage in longtime comic book fans. Thor: The Mighty Avenger has been a huge success on both fronts, and although it’s not technically an “All-Ages” comic (it’s rated “A”: appropriate for age 9 and up), it’s an excellent addition to Kids Comics Month.

    Depicting a more human-sized Thor who has been banished to Earth to find redemption, Thor: The Mighty Avenger has been having a blast depicting Thor’s romance with Jane Foster, his camaraderie with the Warriors Three, a hilarious battle with Captain Britain, plus robots, sea monsters, Namor, and much more. Samnee’s incredibly expressive, fun artwork has perfectly complemented Langridge’s deft writing.

    Unfortunately, one area Thor: The Mighty Avenger has not been a huge success is in sales: while issue #1 debuted with about 20,000 copies sold, sales eventually dipped below 10,000, and the series ends in January with issue #8. This has prompted an online campaign to save the book, so who knows? You should probably order Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 01 The God Who Fell to Earth to be on the safe side.

    Without further ado, in honor of this very special book, we present an interview with artist extraordinaire Chris Samnee (name rhymes with “Omni”):

    Thor The Mighty Avenger #5TFAW.com: Hi Chris, thanks for “chatting” with us today! First, I wanted to tell you how much I’ve been loving Thor: The Mighty Avenger. It has been delightful, and it’s inspired such an enthusiastic fan response. Did you have any idea how beloved the book would be?

    Chris Samnee: Thanks so much. It’s my pleasure. As for feedback I really had no idea what the response to the book was going to be like. Upon reading the first outline that Roger Langridge had put together I knew it would be a new fresh take and that it looked like it was going to be a ton of fun for me to work on. I was just keeping my fingers crossed that readers would like it as much as I did.

    TFAW.com: Had you been a fan of Thor previously? What kind of research did you do before you started the book?

    CS: I had read plenty of Thor and Avengers comics growing up and was familiar with the character, but for some reason he never really spoke to me. After being offered the job on Thor: TMA I picked up the Marvel: Essential volumes of Thor by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and started at the very beginning. Reading those early adventures gave me a much better idea of what Thor’s character really is, without all of the baggage he seems to have amassed over the years.

    TFAW.com: Thor has had so many incarnations over the years and years–and years! How did you create his look for this series?

    Thor The Mighty Avenger #7 Page 1CS: Thor’s look in Thor: TMA is sort of a cross between Kirby’s classic interpretation of Thor, Coipel’s Thor, movie Thor and a healthy dose of what I think would look neat on him. The original editor of the book, Nate Cosby, had given me a few hints at what the movie’s incarnation of Thor would be and asked if I could give Thor the metal sleeves. Beyond that Roger and I fought for the blue pants. They seem to bring his look back a bit closer to the Silver Age version.

    TFAW.com: Even though Thor is many eons old compared to a human, he’s relatively young in Asgardian years–and he looks it in the book. He’s a much more human-sized Thor here; sometimes he has his godly moments, and sometimes he looks like a kid playing dress up. Was that intentional?

    CS: Well, I wanted this incarnation of Thor to be a bit more relatable, a bit more down to Earth. According to editor Nate Cosby, he’s closer in power level to the Superman seen in the Fleisher Studios cartoon from the ’40s. Beyond that–as he was banished to Midgard–he was stripped of Mjonlir and de-powered. A slighter build on Thor for this story works as a bit of a shorthand for that.

    TFAW.com: What’s it been like, working with writer Roger Langridge?

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    Take Part in Our Serenity Q & A via Skype!

    Firefly Screening and Serenity Signing 11/30As you may already know, Things From Another World, Dark Horse Comics, and PDX Browncoats are throwing an amazing Firefly screening/Serenity signing November 30 with Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale creators Zack Whedon and Chris Samnee! It all starts at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) with a screening of the classic Firefly episode “Objects in Space,” followed by a Q & A with Zack and Chris.

    Attendees of the event, which is also co-sponsored by Excalibur Comics & Books and Bridge City Comics, will be able to ask Whedon and Samnee questions after the episode. Admission to the event is one canned or nonperishable food item for the Oregon Food Bank.

    If you don’t live in the Portland Metro area, you still have the chance to ask Zack and Chris a question! Here’s how:

    1. Install Skype onto your computer
    2. Search for the user name TFAW.com and add us as a contact
    3. Call TFAW.com 11/22-11/24 or 11/29 via Skype, between 9 and 3 pm PST, and tell us why you want to ask Zack/Chris a question. Due to an overwhelming demand, we are pre-screening questions in advance to avoid repetition
    4. Log on to Skype from 7:30-8:30 p.m. PST on 11/30
    5. DO NOT CALL IN
    6. We will select contacts who are online at random and call them during the Q & A, so have your questions ready!

    After the Q & A, festivities will move across the street to the Hollywood Things From Another World store for a signing with complimentary food and beer. Make sure to RSVP to the Firefly screening and Serenity signing on Facebook! Admission to the event is canned or nonperishable food for the Oregon Food Bank!

    Remember, if you are participating via Skype, DO NOT CALL IN, as it will interrupt the event!

    Are you coming to our awesome Serenity event? What questions do you want to ask? Post your comments below!

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    TFAW and Dark Horse Comics Host Firefly Screening/Serenity Signing

    Firefly Screening and Serenity Signing with Zack Whedon and Chris Samnee!In celebration of the new original graphic novel Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, Things From Another World and Dark Horse Comics are hosting an epic Firefly screening and Serenity signing Tuesday, November 30 with writer Zack Whedon (Terminator 1984) and artist Chris Samnee (Thor: The Mighty Avenger) in Portland, Oregon!

    This event is also hosted in conjunction with local comic book shops Bridge City Comics and Excalibur Books & Comics. Special thanks go out to the Hollywood Theatre and Film Action Oregon for donating their space and time, and to the PDX Browncoats for their awesome support.

    Fans are invited to the Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. at 6:30 pm to see a rare public showing of the classic Firefly episode “Objects in Space” on the big screen! Admission is a canned or nonperishable food item for the Oregon Food Bank.

    After the screening there will be a Q & A with Zack Whedon and Chris Samnee. Interested parties can submit questions by posting them at Dark Horse Comics Facebook event page, visiting TFAW’s brick-and-mortar locations, or asking them at the event. Details regarding the Skype account for the live event are forthcoming.

    Next, at 8:30 pm, festivities will move across the street to the Hollywood Things From Another World at 4133 NE Sandy Blvd. for a free, fun-filled signing with complimentary food and beer (with valid ID–no exceptions). Copies of Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale will be available for purchase.

    “We know there’s a huge Serenity fanbase in Portland, and we’re excited to do this event with Zack, Chris, Dark Horse Comics, and our friends from Bridge City and Excalibur,” said TFAW Senior Director of Retail Operations Andrew McIntire. “Zack chose “Objects in Space” himself, and it’s going to be incredible to see it on the big screen. Also, we think fans around the world are going to enjoy submitting questions to the writer and artist of Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale.”

    One of Serenity‘s greatest mysteries is finally revealed in Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, filling in the life of one of the show’s most beloved characters–Shepherd Book! Hope to see you Tuesday, November 30 for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

    RSVP TO THE FIREFLY SCREENING ON FACEBOOK

    RSVP TO THE SERENITY SIGNING ON FACEBOOK

    Are you excited about seeing Firefly on the big screen? What about meeting Zack Whedon? Post your comments below!

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