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    Review: Civil War II #4 – Explosive Verdict in Banner Murder Trial

    Review of Civil War II #4

    Civil War II #4Some time has passed since the death of Bruce Banner at the hands of his friend and ally, Hawkeye. She-Hulk finally wakes up from her coma, and the first news she hears is that Hawkeye has been acquitted in the trial for Banner’s murder.

    In Civil War II #3, when the majority of the Marvel Universe arrived on Bruce Banner’s doorstep to demand answers after precognizant Inhuman Ulysses predicted that The Incredible Hulk would kill them all, Banner was understandably upset. Banner’s eyes flashed green for a moment before an arrow was loosed by Hawkeye to end his life. Clint Barton’s defense was that the arrow was designed by Banner, and that he was following a pact he had made with Banner himself.

    At the end of the last issue, Tony Stark has successfully replicated Ulysses’ power from the map he acquired (by mild torture) of the young Inhuman’s brain. Stark sees the future and is terrified.

    Civil War II #4 sees Iron Man explaining the science and math behind Ulysses’ visions to a group of assembled superhuman leaders. The visions are not exactly what they initially appeared to be. He succinctly expresses his continued belief that following these visions blindly is misguided and potentially hazardous to the freedom and safety of law-abiding citizens.

    There are difficult questions raised on both sides of the fence. Are Ulysses’ visions accurate predictions of the future, or mathematical equations of probability? Does it matter? If there’s a high enough probability that someone will commit a crime, does it make sense to detain and at least question them? How high does that probability need to be? What if acting on the probability of a future crime being committed causes a different tragedy to occur, like the deaths of Rhodie and Bruce Banner?

    It was easy to choose sides in the first Civil War event. Both of the team leaders had solid, persuasive arguments, I was on Cap’s side from the start. This issue is a little less clear for me. I was initially firmly in Iron Man’s camp, then may have been swayed to Captain Marvel’s for a minute. I landed back in Stark’s yard after this entry.

    Civil War II #4, Marvel Comics, released July 27, 2016, written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by David Marquez, colors by Justin Ponsor, letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover by Marko Djurdjevic, variant covers by Kim Jung Gi, Michael Cho, and Phil Noto, $4.49

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: Civil War II #3

    Review Civil War #3

    civil war II #3 coverIn the end of Civil War II #2, precognizant Inhuman Ulysses projected a vivid and terrifying vision onto everyone present. The Incredible Hulk would kill them all. This, right on the heels of Tony Stark pointing out that Ulysses’ visions may be influenced by his emotional state, and Ulysses’ emotional state being turned inside out by Iron Man kidnapping him from his bed in the middle of the night and torturing him (a little bit) in order to map his brain.

    In Civil War II #3, this revelation leads to nearly all of the Marvel Universe showing up, unannounced, on Bruce Banner’s doorstep. Captain Marvel and Iron Man (sans suit) enter the lab to draw Bruce Banner out and explain the situation to him. Stark and Danvers both present valid arguments on their positions regarding Ulysses and his visions. Banner admits that he has been experimenting on himself with Gamma radiation to keep himself from Hulking up, and tells the group it as been over a year since his last episode.

    Then it hits the fan.

    The issue cuts back and forth between a courtroom in the present, where one of the Marvel U is on trial for murdering another, and flashbacks to the field in front of Bruce Banner’s not-so-secret lab, where the crime takes place. I can’t really say much about either scene without spoiling, so we’ll leave it there.

    I said at the end of my review of Civil War II #2 that the pacing of this series was off, and that the build was too slow for a summer series of only 7 issues. Chapter 3 has finally hit the accelerator. The battle lines have been clearly drawn and war is on the horizon (which is good, considering there are only four issues left in this series).

    Bendis’ dialogue is believable, and the emotional state of several characters is finally starting to make sense. If I had one (small) complaint about this entry, it would be the switching back and forth between David Marquez and Olivier Coipel on art duties. Their styles are similar enough, but the differences are noticeable from scene to scene.

    Civil War II #3 (of 7), Marvel Comics, released July 13, 2016, written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by David Marquez and Olivier Coipel, color by Justin Ponsor, Letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles $4.49

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    TFAW at San Diego Comic-Con: Don’t Miss Us!

    san diego comic-con 2016 logoIf you’re heading to San Diego Comic-Con then congrats, you’re in for an amazing few days jam packed with comics, fantasy, scifi, movies, TV series, cosplay and so much more. In fact, you’re going to be exhausted by the end of SDCC. How do we know? Because we go every year and it’s awesome!

    As we’ve done in previous years, TFAW is also going to have a booth where we’ll be selling all sorts of super cool stuff, including SDCC exclusives, Lightsaber lights, board games and more. You do not want to miss what we’ll be offering!

    First, though, here’s how to find us: We’re at Booth 5625 which you can see on this map:

    SDCC Floor map, find us at Booth #5625

    Now you know how to find us, here’s why you’ll want to stop by and pay us a visit!

    First up is our amazing Previews Exclusive Civil War II #0-#4 SDCC Bundle. Check it out:

    TFAW Civil War II bundle for SDCC

    You’ll get all 4 issues bagged and boarded for $18.46.

    Check out these awesome new Catwoman and Wonder Woman Noir Bombshell vinyl figures $29.99 each. Hint: Save $15 when you buy both at SDCC!

    wonder woman + cat woman statue figure figurine bundle for sdcc

    We’ll also have a huge range of Funko pops at the great price of $10 each.

    But we’ve got so much more to help you grow your collection, whether you’re into comic books, graphic novels, figures or just about anything else from the fan universe. Graphic novels? We’ll have them at 25% to 50% off the cover price!

    Mystery Deadpool Keyings will also be available!

    funko pops from tfaw for sdcc

    Tell us you don’t want one right this very second!

    Oh, and there are these, because you need to bring something home for the kids too:

    tsum tsum from tfaw for sdcc

    Don’t tell anyone but I’m a huge fan of the Tsum Tsum Tigger!

    With all our Mystery Blind Boxes and Keyrings at SDCC from Funko and more, if you don’t like who you get, we’ll trade you with one we have on display!

    Tell us that this Harley Quinn 8 inch statue isn’t the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen:

    harley quinn figure figurine sculpture from tfaw for sdcc

    Yup, she’ll be at our booth at San Diego Comic-Con too Booth 5625.

    Please, stop by, check out what we’ve got, and most of all enjoy Comic-Con. We certainly will!

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    New Comic Book Day — Review for Future Quest #1, Civil War #0, Goldie Vance #2 & Dept. H #2

    NCBD May 18th

    Civil War again errupts on in the Marvel Universe, DC reboots and merges classic Hanna Barbarra cartoons. Our favorite new sleuth Goldie Vance and Dept. H hit their second issues, and we see a mix of Deadpool and Strange for New Comic Book Day. These 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 and share on Facebook and Twitter!

    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.

    Future Quest comics at TFAW.com

    Future Quest #1
    By: Jeff Parker, Evan Shaner

    DC’s titular start off point of the new era Hanna-Barbera. Future Quest is a team up book of several Hanna-Barbera teams. Think of it like if the Justice League teamed up with Teen Titans, He-Man and Suicide Squad. Here we get an unnamed Space Team, Johnny Quest, Birdman (not an attorney at law in this series). Glimpses of the Humanoids, and the big guy himself, Space Ghost.

    This first issue does a great job in setting up why all these properties come together. Most of the issue is spent with the Quest family. Jeff Parker does a fantastic job giving Johnny and Hadji their adventurous youth-filled voices.

    It’s an interesting concept, bringing all these different characters from completely different universes together — that’s what makes this issue fun. Something that at first I thought “isn’t going to work,” does, and I’m ready for the next issue! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Civil War II #0
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel

    Civil War II starts out exactly the way an issue #0 should. It gives you what came before, and leaves you wanting for what comes next. It looks like the second war between heroes will be a more spiritual successor, rather than a direct sequel to Millar’s Civil War. Bendis fills the book with very real and often poignant character moments. She-Hulk’s closing arguments in court are especially good. War Machine’s job offer is something I hope to see pursued further. The art is the typical great character work and incredible layouts by Coipel.

    There’s a lot packed in the book and its full of potential. It’s easy to think this is just an event book cash grab, to capitalize on the release of the Captain America: Civil War. Instead Bendis and Coipel have a great hook of a story and two weeks seems like a lifetime to wait for the next chapter. [Dustin M. at Universal TFAW]

    Goldie Vance #2
    By: Hope Larson, Brittney Williams

    When we last left off in the first exciting issue of Goldie Vance, we saw our wunderkind solve the case of the missing necklace. Using another guest’s car to race one of the town’s street thugs to win back said necklace. During all that, she still found time to help out her friends.

    In this second installment of Goldie Vance, we find out that they can’t return the necklace. The owner is now mysteriously missing. Will Goldie be able to crack this case? Through out issue two, we learn more about Goldie and her family. We see a person from her past comes back, to find that things aren’t the same as they would like them to be. It’s hard to believe that they’ll be able to wrap this story up in only four short issues. I’m so excited to see what happens next.

    Hope Larson, as she always does, brings her unique style and fun dialogue to this project. Brittney Williams’s beautiful art brings the world of Goldie Vance to life. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Deadpool comics at TFAW.com

    Deadpool: Last Days of Magic #1
    By: Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish

    Two words for this issue: Poor Deadpool! If you are up to date with Doctor Strange series, You understand that Empirikul is destroying all sources of magic. This unfortunately includes Deadpools wife, Shiklah. Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos are under attack and it’s up to Deadpool, Michael, and Benjamin Franklin to save her! I loved this issue because it showed that Deadpool is more than a goofy mercenary. The cameos and references were a great homage to the previous Deadpool runs from Daniel Way and Brian Poshen.

    If you love a darker side of Deadpool, wait until you read the last couple pages! I give it 3 sad faces 😥😥😥 and five chimichangas🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯. [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

    Dept H comics at TFAW.com

    Dept. H #2
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

    The game is afoot. Mia has begun her investigation and EVERYONE is a suspect! In addition to the mystery, you learn some very important and interesting things about Mia, her brother Raj and their relationship.

    Matt and Sharlene Kindt deliver again with astounding colors and panels that make you feel as trapped as our main character. The story continues to pull you in as you realize that there is a lot more going on than a simple murder mystery. With fantastic, designs, writing, colors and lettering, by Marie Enger, Dept. H remains on my must read immediately list. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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

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    Mark Millar and Steve McNiven Talk About Nemesis

    Mark Millar and Steve McNiven–the team behind last year’s hit Old Man Logan and the writer of Marvel’s Civil War, Wanted and Kick-Ass, bring you their newest story. Nemesis is going to be one of the hottest comic book events of the new year and a bunch of people have been talking about it on the interwebs since they announced the series.

    What follows is an interview with Millar and McNiven about the series. Warning: The following interview contains adult language.
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    The two of you have developed quite a history working together, first with “Civil War” and then with your follow up, “Old Man Logan,” both massive hits for Marvel. I guess teaming up for “Nemesis” was a no-brainer?

    Millar: I just love Steve. He’s amazing. After working with somebody this brilliant, it would be heart-breaking to work with somebody shit. I’m just spoiled now. I can’t stand seeing the brilliant artists I’ve worked with work with other guys. I’m like a psycho ex-girlfriend. The minute I come to the end of one project with Steve or Hitchy [Bryan Hitch] or John Romita Jr. or somebody, I’m just thinking of the next thing for them.

    So Steve and I really had to do a third project together. We get along well, even though he’s a prick and Canadian, and we work really well together too. We’ve only done two comics together before – “Civil War” and “Old Man Logan” – and both, like you said, were massive books. So the logical next step was a creator-owned project that shatters all records. We made Marvel a lot of money with these first two projects, and we feel we paid our dues and we had fun writing and drawing almost all of the characters that we’d ever want to do. But now we want to create something, and we want it to be bigger than “Kick-Ass.” “Kick-Ass” went through five printings each [issue] and has sold something like 115,000 [copies] an issue. But we want to beat that. “Nemesis,” we hope, is the next big thing. We’re very excited and think we have something quite unique here.

    So when Mark called, Steve, you were ready to go?

    McNiven: Yes, definitely. Mark is fun to work with. He writes stuff that’s fun to draw, and that’s great when you’re not pulling out your hair. And he makes me lots of money, too [laughs].

    There’s nothing wrong with that.

    Millar: What? I’m in it for the craft, baby. Jesus, you make me feel like Jodie Foster in “Taxi Driver.” I didn’t realize I’m just your wee cash cow [laughs]. Steve’s Harvey Keitel and I’m Jodie Foster. [Laughs] I thought he loved me, but now I see it’s just about the cash.

    OK. Before, we jump into this, let’s put the rumors to rest. “Nemesis” is not an Avengers project, or an X-Men project, or a Marvelman project. It’s not even set in the Marvel Universe. It’s another world that you’ve created.

    Millar: Absolutely. It’s a Marvel book, technically, in the sense that it’s published by Marvel, but like “Kick-Ass,” it comes out via Icon, and that means me and Steve own all the rights just like Johnny and I own the rights to “Kick-Ass.” It’s a sweet deal.

    McNiven: It’s great for Marvel to have an imprint there for us. It’s really a great place to do this kind of thing. Just looking at how well “Kick-Ass” has done. It really gets your hope up.

    When we first emailed back and forth about this project, Mark, you teased me with the tagline your friend suggested: “What if Batman was The Joker?’ I guess the answer to that is you’d have “Nemesis.” What was the genesis of this project?

    Millar: Yeah, a lot of people who’ve read it have been coming up with hilarious tag-lines. “What if Batman was The Joker?” is the tame one. “What if Batman was a total cunt?” is maybe my favourite, although it’s hardly going to be an ad. Marvel President Dan Buckley sort of paid me a compliment, saying, “This is such a stupidly simple and obvious idea. I can’t believe nobody’s ever come up with it before. You are the master of the stupidly simple idea.” Which I suppose is kind of flattering because everyone said that about “Kick-Ass” too. It’s almost too simple.

    But, yeah. “Nemesis” is a reversal of the Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark archetype. What if this genius billionaire was just this total shit, and the only thing that stood between him and a city was the cops? It’s Batman versus Commissioner Gordon, in a weird way. Or maybe a super-villain version of “Se7en.” A billionaire anarchist up against ordinary people. The Joker’s the best thing in the Batman movies, so this guy is a bit of an amalgamation of all the stuff we like.

    McNiven: And we didn’t want to do a little creator-owned book. We wanted to do something that shoots for the Top 10 and competes with “X-Men” or “The Avengers.” We want this to be as big as it possibly can be. We’re aiming directly at the mainstream, too, and have already set up some corporate backing you’ve never seen in comics before, and international press. Mark has been working overtime on this one.

    Millar: I’m a great believer in creator-owned books not being small. I think probably growing up in nineties’ comics did that, seeing things like “Spawn” and “WildCats” that did really well. I just love the idea of creator-owned books outselling Marvel and DC even.

    So the idea that you do your Marvel and DC stuff with big sales and then you do your little creator-owned work on your own, I’ve never been a fan of that. I’ve been really lucky that “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass” have all sold hugely. So with this, I just wanted to do the biggest one of the lot. “Kick-Ass” beat “Wanted” as the biggest creator-owned of the decade, and we’re hoping this beats “Kick-Ass.”

    McNiven: Aim high, buddy.

    Millar: I don’t see why it shouldn’t. Steve is the biggest-selling artist in comics. If you add up all his sales and divide it by the number of books he’s done, he’s the biggest selling artist by a mile. At the moment, he’s the biggest and best of this generation.

    Steve, you need to hire Mark as your agent.

    McNiven: I know. That’s why I work with him.

    Millar: It’s totally true. There are guys who sell well, and then there’s Steve. It’s just a different league. So the idea of getting Steve to go from “Civil War” to “Old Man Logan” to this big, new creator-owned thing to me feels just like Todd MacFarlane going from “Spider-Man” to “Spawn.” So I wasn’t going to give him a little slice of life thing about what it’s like to be a gay Muslim living in Arkansas or something like that [laughs]. It wasn’t going to be that kind of creator-owned. It had to be huge.

    Nemesis is the world’s smartest man, and the bad news for us is that he’s the world’s only super-villain. That means he’s got freeze guns and jump-jets and all these James Bond gadgets and he’s using them against us. To entertain himself, he picks a different cop every year and makes his life a misery. The book opens with him fucking over Japan’s top cop, and then our story, the mini-series, takes place as he shifts his attention to Washington and his first American attacks. The visuals we’ve released here are just single panels from the Japanese segment. It’s the best stuff I’ve ever seen Steve do.

    Do we get to see Nemesis in the Bruce Wayne role – the billionaire playboy, out and about town?

    Millar: I wanted it to be a kind of mystery. I liked the idea of having “who is this guy?’ as a plot thread running through it. Why does he keep going after these cops and flying and training all around the world to end up in America to take on this one guy? So we find out a little more about him every issue.

    McNiven: It’s a clever idea to switch it around so you don’t have the origin at the beginning, as opposed to Batman where you get it right at the beginning. I think this makes it a little more of a compelling story.

    Millar: It’s the reverse superhero concept. A superhero story normally has a linear fashion. You see how he becomes that guy, and then you see him in action. But here, we’ve done the reverse. The origin comes at the end of the story. But he’s the Hannibal Lecter of supervillains in that sense. All the cops are needed to go up against a guy as formidable as this. He’s almost supernatural, he’s so good. But he happens to just be in a costume. Hopefully nobody’s ever seen anything like it before. We’re so used to supervillains fighting superheroes, I just thought, “Imagine if there was only one person on the planet like this, and he was actually a bad guy.” How would cops deal with him, even though he has no super-powers?

    Let’s talk about the main cop, the Commissioner Gordon to Nemesis’ Batman/Joker. What can you tell us about him?

    Millar: Very simply, I wanted to do a book about the world’s greatest villain up against America’s greatest cop. I just liked the high concept of that – the idea of a villain going around from country to country and having a battle of wits with the best guy that he can get his hands on. And he sends them a little funeral wreath with the date and time of when they’re going to die on it, every one dying at precisely that time. All these cops in the Pacific Rim are dead, and then we come in at the American side of the story and see the struggle of this guy in just trying to stop him.

    McNiven: Tell him about the charity auction.

    Millar: Ah, good point. Another thing that I should mention is the two lead characters – the secret identity of Nemesis and also the cop – haven’t been named yet. At the moment, I’ve written the scripts just with kind of placeholder names, but I wanted to do is what I did with “Kick Ass,” which was have a charity auction for the kids at a handicapped school where my brother Bobby works. Doctor Bob works at this amazing place and he’s trying to raise money to send the kids on another special trip. “Kick-Ass” raised a few grand for them, and now Dave Lizewski is a movie star name. There are two names up for grabs on “Nemesis,” and we’ll get details of this auction on CBR in the New Year.

    Steve, can you speak about the look of Nemesis and the cop?

    McNiven: Mark and I have been talking about it quite a bit. We want to make the guys good looking. They’re not ugly mugs. And they’re relatively young, as well. Even though Mark said this cop is Clint Eastwood-level good, it’s like young Clint Eastwood, not “Gran Torino” Clint Eastwood. Not that there is anything wrong with that. We get great mileage out of the old guys. The visual is to try and keep them very clean and very elegant and not go with giant belts and big shoulder pads and pouches everywhere and that sort of stuff. We’ve tried to streamline them and give them more of an iconic look. ??We’re just talking about the different outfits right now. But Nemesis, being the central figure, we really worked hard on his design.

    I started with more of a Midnighter type of look, but we wanted to work with a white costume, something that really stands out in the shadows. Very much the antithesis of a Batman costume with the cape, as well. But in working out that initial design, we realized it was a little too bulky, too much armor. We wanted something smoother and simpler, and so we really distilled it down to something that’s almost the bare essence of a costume.

    A lot of the impact of the costume is going to be more in the acting of the character, as opposed to some costumes where you have giant shoulder pads and huge guns and all that stuff, and it takes the place of any particular acting on the character. This one is stripped down, and we’re trying to let the character of Nemesis come through.

    Millar: Almost the way Batman was a good guy dressed in black, we’ve reversed that to the bad guy dressed in white. It just seemed obvious to me. And there are so few characters out there wearing white, it’s actually an unusual look in comics. There are loads of red and loads of blue and loads of black. We wanted a guy that’s very, very visually distinctive. When Steve sent through the first drawings, I had never really seen anything like that before. He looked quite beautiful for a bad guy. It almost looked like a costume made of moonlight, just because it was this shining light material. It’s visually quite stark, but it also looks like something people could wear in the real world. Again, this is set in our world. It’s not a superhero universe.

    Mark, you’re no stranger to having your projects being picked up as movie properties. Have you already had those talks about “Nemesis”?

    Millar: We actually got a call a few weeks ago when the teaser poster went up on CBR. We were pretty crafty about this in terms of how we marketed this. We had a poster out that said, “‘Civil War,’ ‘Old Man Logan,’ ‘Nemesis,'” and teased it as a potential big event for Marvel. The number of people talking about it and guessing was just insane, which we loved.

    And Marvel was very good about it, not contradicting us. But what was funny was that I got a call from my agent that night – and it was funny because all we did was release a date and a title and no information. And my agent called and said two producers had been in touch saying, “We’re really big fans of this book that Mark and Steve are doing. We really like it.” Are the rights available?” [laughs].

    McNiven: That, my friend, is the definition of Hollywood insincere.

    Millar: I know [laughs]. I couldn’t believe it. But it made me realize how lucky I was my first picture making $350 million and getting Angelina [Jolie] in it. It made me realize how lucky I was getting [Matthew] Vaughn on “Kick-Ass” and the buzz around town being through the roof and “American Jesus” and “War Heroes” and all that getting picked up so quickly. I remember what it was like, literally being unable to pay my bills nine years ago, so to have this level of interest when I couldn’t sell a book not very long ago is just amazing.

    McNiven: Sniff. I’m so touched I think I’m going to cry.

    Millar: So, yeah, if a movie happens, great. If a bed-spread and lunch-box happens, great. But we’re really just focusing on the comic. Anything else is gravy and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

    McNiven: Making comics is a real job.

    Millar: Exactly. Movie guys are pussies.

    Millar, McNiven, “Nemesis,” March 2010. Gentlemen, thanks so much for for your time.

    McNiven: Can’t talk. I’m still finishing a page.
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    It’s pretty clear that this is going to be one of the hottest new titles of the new year. To celebrate the debut of this exciting new book, we’re giving away 10 Free Subscriptions to Nemesis. Everyone who preorders Nemesis #1 before March 1st will be entered into our Nemesis Contest for each one they order.

    *Be sure to come on back to TFAW.com in February to order Nemesis #2 for an additional entry!

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