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    Green Lanterns #9- One Ring To Rule Them All?

    Green Lanterns #9 revisits a character we first saw in Geoff JohnsGreen Lantern run, Frank Laminski. In Green Lantern #30, Laminski was piloting a craft called the Flaming Spear when he lost control and had to be rescued by Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern.

    Writer Sam Humphries takes us back to Frank Laminski’s childhood and shows us the events that make a meek middle child into a borderline sociopath. Always overlooked by his rocket scientist parents, his teachers, coaches, and peers, Laminski continually strives to be noticed, to be special.

    The day he almost dies in the Flaming Spear, Laminski realizes that he set his sights too low. He becomes obsessed with obtaining a Power Ring and becoming the next Green Lantern. His life becomes a mess of insane risks, moonlighting as a vigilante Lantern, trying desperately to be noticed by the Ring and to be chosen.

    When he ultimately finds himself weighed, measured, and found wanting by the Ring of Power, Laminski is at the end of his rope. In the lowest point of his despair, he discovers there’s another Ring. Anyone who goes to the trouble of obtaining the Phantom Ring can wield it.

    Artist Robson Rocha does an amazing job showing depth of emotion in this chapter. He explores an intense range of expression on Laminski’s face, from anguish to elation. The character’s body language and ambulation tell us just as much about Frank’s mindset and mental health as his facial expressions.

    Green Lanterns #9 is a perfect place to get started on Green Lanterns Rebirth. Chapter 9 kicks off a new story arc (The Phantom Ring, part one), gives a character study on the next Earth adversary, and a brief but informative narrative exposition on the history of the Lanterns on Earth. This is one of those rare issues that invite new readers along for the ride while providing all the elements regular readers are looking for in their favorite title.

    Check out the Green Lanterns series.

    Green Lanterns #9, DC Comics, Rated T, Released October 19, 2016, Written by Sam Humphries, Art by Robson Rocha, Inks by Jay Leisten, Colors by Blond, Letters by David Sharpe, Cover by Robson Rocha and Joe Prado, variant cover by Emanuela Lupacchino, $2.39

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    Review: DC Universe Rebirth #1

    Review: DC Universe Rebirth #1

    dc universe rebirth #1DC Universe Rebirth #1 comes with a bold personal guarantee from DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, “If anyone wants to check out comics, wants to check out ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ #1 and doesn’t like it, they can mail (the comic book) to Warner Bros., to me, and I will send them a check, I literally will, for both postage and for the book. I will buy all these books back because I believe in this issue a lot. I think it’ll do very well. I hope it does well. But I seriously will, I’ll buy back this book.”

    This story is told entirely from the perspective of pre-New 52 Wally West, the third Flash. Wally has been trapped within the Speed Force since the time rupture that occurred when Barry Allen travelled back in time to save his mother from being murdered, inadvertently causing the Flashpoint event that gave birth to the New 52.

    In order for West to return to Earth, he needs to make an emotional connection with someone who remembers that he existed. He has to convince one of his old friends that there is a force at work, more powerful than Darkseid, that has robbed them all of 10 years and has rewritten reality. If West fails to make a connection and establish an emotional anchor, he will be absorbed by the Speed Force and become part of the energy that empowers future speedsters. Every attempt he makes to cross dimensional boundaries drains West physically and weakens his spirit.

    In the interest of spoiler free review, all I’ll say about the final reveal of the issue is that it’s a biggie, guaranteed to generate heat.

    I was very impressed that Johns made no apologies for the New 52. Instead, he took an opportunity to reconnect with the history and legacy of the DC universe, while acknowledging within the story plot that something has been very wrong and needs to be corrected. He’s provided us with all the setup required to get back to an era of hope and optimism that used to define the DC Universe.

    DC Universe Rebirth #1, released May 25, 2016, writer: Geoff Johns, artists: Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez, ink: Joe Prado, Matt Santorelli, color: HI-FI, Brad Anderson, Gabe Eltaeb, letters: Nick J. Napolitano.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    NCBD – Civil War II, Superman, Green Lanterns, Bebop & Rocksteady, and Spider-Women

    New Comic Book Day 6/1/16

    This is a big week. We have 2 Rebirth titles, Civil War starts up again, and Bebop & Rocksteady get their own adventure for New Comic Book Day. As always these are only a few of this week’s 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.

    Civil War II #1
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez

    The long awaited Marvel event is here! Written beautifully by Brian Michael Bendis and exceptional art from David Marquez, Civil War II is off to a great start!

    Everyone fighting side by side as a team against some ungodly monster. As soon as the city is saved, Tony throws one of his famous “We saved the world, so lets drink!” parties. During this party, however, people start to ask ,”How did the Inhumans know exactly when that monster would appear in the city?” We are introduced to a new Inhuman named Ulysses. His new found powers are that he can see possible future events in the form of visions. This is what immediately divides the room. Captain Marvel quickly tries to recruit Ulysses saying that this could save the world from any danger. Iron Man disagrees: he believes the future is not something that should be messed with. This is the morality that causes tension between the two, and fuel is quickly added to the flame! At the end of the issue, you will be just as heartbroken and at the edge of your seat as I was. This just begs the real question though… whose side are you on? [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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    Superman Rebirth #1
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza

    Superman is dead. Long live Superman! After several years of trials and tribulations, the final arc of Superman’s New 52 story arc culminated in Clark making the ultimate sacrifice to save the people of Earth. The Pre-Flashpoint Superman had come through, and is wearing the solar suit he wore after his death at the hands of Doomsday, in ‘the Death of Superman’ and a beard (which I rather hoped that he would keep).

    Superman knows a thing or two about sacrifice, and this new Rebirth comes directly with the knowledge and respect of honoring that cost. The Superman of the New 52 is gone, but the Superman we knew before is back and ready to carry on in the tradition of arguably the greatest superhero alive.

    The Rebirth titles that I have read so far have me ready to dive deeply back in to the DC Universe, and this issue really sets the stage for our Superman’s return. The art and story returned to me the vision of this hero that I had when his death rocked the nation. This is certainly a title that I will be proud to continue, and my hope has be inspired once again by the Kryptonian I’ve known since childhood.

    Thank you, Superman. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

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    Spider-Women: Omega #1
    By: Yasmine Putri

    A fun end to one of the better event books I’ve read. Spider-Women: Omega closes out a well-told adventure into an extra-sized issue, and while it didn’t do anything to greatly change the status quo of any of the characters involved, it did show why each of the main heroes are worth reading.

    Dennis Hopeless and Nico Leon are the main creative team on the last issue for the finale, and do a good job of juggling characters and giving them each a moment to shine. It’s a Spider-Women book, and none of them are pushed to the side here.

    If you are interested in this title don’t start here though, luckily there is a collected trade coming out in July and can be found here: Spider-Women TPB.

    If you are looking for an entertaining and fun comic you can’t do much better than this. [Kyle S. at TFAW.com]

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    Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1
    By: Geoff Johns, Sam Humphries, Ethan Van Scriver

    DC’s Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 reads like a checklist of proper ways to start a series. Ominous threat? Check. Compelling characters? Check. Intriguing premise? Check. Throw in some humor and Justice League cameos, then cover it in stellar artwork and you’ve got an awesome #1.

    Our story follows two rookie Green Lanterns: Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. While Simon puts out a “tough-guy” persona, internally he’s filled with doubts about his place in America (where he’s been falsely accused of being a terrorist). Jessica is struggling to find her own place as well. With social anxiety in one hand and a Green Lantern ring in the other. Suddenly, their rings register a threat and are whisked off to battle an alien invader.

    The dynamic between them is equal parts interesting and hilarious. As they try to one-up each other as a way of justifying their own position as Earth’s newest defender. It’s like watching two siblings argue over who deserves more desert. But they’ll need to work out their differences quickly. As our mysterious narrator says “The Prophecy said there was the Blackest Night. Then the Brightest Day. But now comes something else…” [Tim S. at TFAW.com]

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1
    By: Ben Bates, Nick Pitarra

    Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver and IDW Comics bring us the beginning of a story that will no doubt lead us through the ages with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in tow!!

    Bebop and Rocksteady stumble into a time traveling debacle, as our Turtle pals finding an old friend, Renet the Time Master! As the turtles begin to unfold a deeper mystery, Bebop & Rocksteady (the real heroes of this tale!) blunder on and reveal the likes of which these two (and me) did not see coming! The art by Sophie Campbell (TMNT, Jem & The Holograms, Wet Moon), Dustin Weaver and Ben Bates mirrors this kinetic romp through time. A raucous time shall be had by all! [Ethan S. at Portland TFAW]

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    New Comic Book Day — Review for DC Rebirth, Captain America: Steve Rogers, Scooby Apocalypse #1 & Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1

    NCBD 5/25

    We’re full of new series this week for New Comic Book Day. With a little of everything. DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and our second Hanna-Barbera series. Remeber these are just 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 your thoughts on these books here or 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.

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #1
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz

    Steve Rogers is back as Captain America! Throw the confetti and start the welcome back party! Since Kubik returned Steve’s super solider serum to him in the Avengers Stand Off Series, Cap jumps right back into action.

    With the agreement that there will be two Captain Americas now, Steve adopts his old 1940’s shield while Sam keeps the original. Jumping straight into this issue, we are confronted with the same song and dance the Captain has been dealing with since day one.

    Hydra is returning at full strength and they’re not holding back. Well, that’s just fine because Steve has the help of Jack Flag and Free Spirit. Things should be easy for him right? Nope!

    This issue plays with your emotions from the all-powerful speech Red Skull gives, to the touching back story of Captain America’s childhood. Trust me, any Captain America fan will throw this comic into another dimension after they read the last page. I almost did! This is a comic you do NOT want to miss! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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    DC Universe Rebirth #1
    By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank

    When time in the DC Universe has fractured in the past, it has caused a ripple effect throughout the Multiverse. Speedsters, usually a Flash, are a good focal point of these events as they have experience and understanding of traveling through the Multiverse.

    When the New 52 launched, it created a ripple effect in the fandom, where some people felt lost and grew to realize that some of their favorite legacy characters and relationships built over the years were simply gone. Undone by Flashpoint.

    This story follows one such lost legacy character who remembered the Post-Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint DC Universe. In a way that works intuitively and takes the reader on the journey of rediscovery. There is an event on the horizon, which is changing the Universe once again. We are beginning to understand some of what happened due to this. It could be a great jumping on point, and a point to jump back on for those who left, and especially meaningful to those who loved the tone that DC had carried for decades.

    Comics events can often come across in ways that don’t pay off, but if this is the opening salvo, I am more than willing to find myself delving deeply in to DC in ways I haven’t in years. Being an 80 page spectacular for only $2.99 is icing on the cake! There is a bigger story that is unfolding here, and I am unwilling to spoil that for any of you. Don’t miss this issue! Witness the Rebirth of the greatest characters in superhero comic books. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

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    Scooby Apocalypse #1
    By: Jim Lee, Howard Porter, Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Hi-Fi, Nick J Nap

    Today, DC’s second series from their re-launching of Hanna-Barbera hit’s the shelves. Scooby Apocalypse written and drawn by a large array of talented comic professionals. Including Jim Lee, Keith Griffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, and Nick J Nap.

    Like all great #1’s we get a good set up piece. We all know that Scooby and the gang have been together solving mysteries. In this series however we get HOW they came together not just solve a case, but save the world. All the personalities are still there. From Fred’s overbearing Macho-man attitude (even though he get spooked like no other *Mole people!*); Shaggy’s free love, care for his pal Scooby, and food; Daphne’s ego, and Velma’s smarts.

    This is easily the most out-there idea from the DC/Hanna-Barbera comics. It is very fluid in the way its story unfolds, and it will be interesting to see where their adventures lead. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1
    By: John Arcudi, Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart

    We last left off with our intrepid hero Lobster Johnson working a case to find a missing transient, which led him on an amazing adventure in the sewers. After he investigated a strange priest who was practicing more then religion.

    Well, he’s back again to save Midtown from a pair of monstrous, and seemingly indestructible metal men. How will he be able to stop this unrelenting menace from destroying the city and leading its trail of chaos past the streets of New York? How will an old friend factor into the plan to put an end to this insanity? You’ll have to read and find out.

    Lobster Johnson and his team are always good for a thrilling noir Lovecraftian story that makes you feel like it could almost be possible.

    Mike Mignola is one of my hands-down favorite writers, artists, and just plain creators. With this series, he continues to build more and more depth in his ever expanding world alongside John Arcudi, who has been a staple in the Mignolaverse for years. Alongside amazing art by Tonci Zonjic and longtime colorist, nine time-Eisner award winner, Dave Stewart. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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    The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 3 of 5 – DC Comics

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

    Happy New Year from your friends at TFAW! Now that we’re in 2016, we want to stop and remember the great books that were released last year. What follows is the third in a series of five Best Comics of 2015 pieces we’ll be posting through January 6. Missed the earlier installments? Check out Part 1 and Part 2. Starting January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    It all started with DC Comics. Superman. Batman. Green Lantern. The Flash. These are the heroes we’ve grown up with, and the ones who epitomize what it means to be a hero. DC was dogged by critics and fans this year, but the following comics demonstrate that the publisher still puts out great books month after month.

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

    Batgirl
    By: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr

    I’ve got to start by giving due recognition to Gail Simone. She’s an all-star writer who made me fall in love with Barbara Gordon and her work in the New 52 was solidly in the top of the class. When I first heard that DC brought on a new creative team for Batgirl, I was upset. Really upset. That being said, I cannot recommend the Fletcher/Stewart/Tarr Batgirl series enough.

    Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher’s take on Barbara Gordon is a revelation. She’s more complicated than most of the other heroes in the DCU. She’s confident, yet vulnerable. She’s a college student, a romantic, a caring friend, a superhero. This series could serve as a great character study in college classes across the country.

    Babs Tarr’s art perfectly matches the tone of the writing, and suits Barbara’s character. It’s fresh, fun, and cute (in the best way). The redesigned Batgirl suit is modern, functional, and steps a thousand feet away from hyper-sexualized female costumes we’ve seen time and time again. Tarr has a great eye for human form and visual perspective. Her consistent attention to detail in each and every panel shows how much love she has for the book and the medium. She’s a superstar, and I’m looking forward to following her work in the coming decades. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Sandman Overture
    By: Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams III, Dave Stewart

    Sandman is back! Neil Gaiman has returned to one of his most beloved creations with Sandman Overture. One of the most anticipated books of the last several years came to its jaw-dropping conclusion in 2015 and is now collected into a hardcover that can join the Sandman collection on your shelf. We finally learn the story leading up to the events of Sandman #1 and how Morpheus came to be in the situation we found him in all those years ago.

    Revisiting a classic story is often risky. Comparisons to the original are inevitable and it would be so easy to fall short. Fear not! This is Sandman in every way you could want. Gaiman is able to pick up and dust off his characters as if it hasn’t been over 10 years since we last saw them. Reading Sandman Overture feels like going on a strange, new adventure and visiting with old friends at the same time.

    Sandman has always been blessed with amazing artists, but J.H. Williams III and Dave Stewart will blow you away! With chameleon-like ability, Williams’ style can drastically change depending on the needs of a particular scene. His pages are full of hyper-detailed, realistic panels to psychedelic landscapes (and everything in between) all set in the most unique page layouts we’ve seen all year. [Jeff B. at Portland TFAW]

    Omega Men comics at TFAW.com Omega Men
    By: Tom King, Barby Bagenda, Toby Cypress, José Marzán, Jr.

    When DC announced that Omega Men would end with the sixth issue, fans cried out for more. Even though the series had comparatively low sales numbers, DC decided to publish the rest of the 12-issue run. That was great news for fans and new readers alike, because you don’t have to be well-versed in DCU lore to read this series. It’s driven by a compelling story with characters I wasn’t fully aware of when I started reading it.

    Starting off with a death of a well-known character is definitely a way to get attention, and it doesn’t happen all that often. After breaking the neck of White Lantern Kyle Rayner, the Omega Men pose an immediate threat to the Lantern Corps. The reader is instantly drawn into the series and we find ourselves trying to figure out where this series is going next. A really great series. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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    Fables
    By: Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha

    Fables has the impossible task of living up to the stories that inspired these characters…and it does so in spades. Bill Willingham never pulled a punch in thirteen years of writing this series. Every character was filled with pathos and gravity. These were weighted characters in a fantastical setting and as a reader you couldn’t help but feel every victory, every death, every defeat. Every character had a journey, and a role within the story, and some of these played out over thirteen glorious years.

    While Willingham’s words were powerful, they were truly brought to life by his partner in crime — Mark Buckingham. He renders every emotion exquisitely. Most of the big name artists and books go for the big splash page, or action sequence and ignore the details. Not Bucky. His strength is in the real character work in each panel. Every character has their own unique expressions and the reader can’t help but feel what the characters are being put through. The rest of the creative team also made Fables truly great — Klein’s beautiful lettering, Leialoha’s inks, etc. Fables is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. No other series can compete with Fables‘ brilliant thirteen year run. Comics in 2016 is going to be a much darker place without new issues of Fables on the shelves. [Dustin K. at Universal TFAW]

    Justice League comics at TFAW.com Justice League
    By: Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Jason Fabok, Francis Mapul

    This is what superhero comics are about, and one of the biggest advantages of a shared universe. Massive threats to the entire DCU, heroes coming together to face seemingly impossible odds, epic throwdowns.

    Geoff Johns’ Justice League has been a thrill ride from day one, and this year’s Injustice League and Darkseid War have built on several years of strong storytelling. This is one of DC’s flagship titles, and they’ve put a lot of effort into pairing Johns with artists like Ivan Reis and Jason Fabok to produce one of the best books on the shelves every single month. These guys are all at the top of their game–just crack open an issue and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
    [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Honorable Mentions:

    Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog in the coming days as we’ll be posting two 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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    September Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    The Wake #3 review at TFAW.comWow! With so many fantastic product reviews to choose from last month, it was nearly impossible to narrow the field down for this month’s picks. Nevertheless, we’ve picked three of our favorites as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. Below, you’ll see who won from September’s Product Reviews. $25 TFAW gift certificates are on the way to the folks who posted them.

    Steven from Chicago, IL stopped by with his five star review of Scott Snyder’s The Wake #3:

    I don’t give five stars on any review lightly. This is so far a brutal yet lovely series. I can’t wait to see how it gets wrapped up in issue 10. Please support this book and Vertigo since they seem to be telling amazing stories.

    Trillium #1 review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Paul from Indianapolis, IN. He had this to say about the Trillium #1:

    Interesting first issue. It has two covers, you can start with either one, that track the story of the two main characters until they meet in the middle. The story told enough to make it an interesting first issue as well as leaving enough questions to be answered in later issues. Excited for the rest!

    Usagi Yojimbo TPB review at TFAW.comLast but not least, Dustin from Redmond, OR wrote a review for the Forever Evil #1 that we had to share:

    Really fun book. the big fold out page with just about all villans was fun to look at to see how many I could name. A proposition is made to them all, will be interesting to see who does what. Only slight problem is I’m not sure how Lex Luthor could’ve gotten out unscathed from what happens to him in the begining of the story. but hey, comics.

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

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    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

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    Throne of Atlantis–The Justice League Battles Aquaman’s Brother & the Atlanteans!

    Throne of Atlantis comics at TFAW.comThis December, Geoff Johns pits the Justice League against Aquaman’s brother and the whole of Atlantis! The new Throne of Atlantis story begins in Justice League #15 and continues in the pages of Aquaman.

    As the team grows to trust each other, they’re going to deal with some of the things they don’t know about each other. This is the debut of Atlantis to the New 52 universe, and you can bet that the surface world will never be the same after this story. Throne of Atlantis marches us toward DC’s tentpole event of 2013, Trinity War, so don’t miss out on any of the action!

    Like we’ve done for all of DC’s special crossovers–Death of the Family, Rotworld, H’EL on Earth, Throne of Atlantis, Hawkman Wanted, Rise of the Third Army, and Before Watchmen–we’ve created a special page that will serve as your one-stop shop for all the Throne of Atlantis comics.

    THRONE OF ATLANTIS

    SEE ALL JUSTICE LEAGUE COMICS & MORE

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    April Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    As part of our monthly Product Review Contest, we’ve picked three reviews and are awarding $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

    Nicholas from Phoenix is the first of this month’s winners. He’s written a bunch of great reviews for Mass Effect stuff these last couple months, and we couldn’t help but notice his review for Mass Effect: Invasion #4:

    Amazing. This story has almost nothing to do with Commander Shepard, but Aria T’loak is a likeable anti-hero in this action packed comic. Cereberus begins to show its true colors as humanity’s worst attempt to invade the bastion of sin in the Terminus Systems. A “must read” for any Mass Effect fan.

    Next up is Ed from Arizona, who wrote some of the most in-depth reviews we’ve seen in quite some time. Here’s an excerpt from his three-star review of Geoff Johns’ Superman Secret Origin:

    Geoff Johns is an immensely talented writer, and I can understand his desire to kinda/sorta want to put his own creative stamp on the Man of Steel in SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN, but there’s a part of me who firmly believes this isn’t all he wanted to do with Clark Kent and his alter-ego, Kalel . . . with another Super-flick headed to the box office, methinks the suits probably saw the need for housekeeping, so why not hand the reins to a proven innovator like Johns?

    Knowing how the industry tends to re-visit already established characters once more after a major relaunch, perhaps the book is required reading in order to not feel inundated or lost with the monthlies that have followed since this six-issue miniseries came to be.

    Still, what Johns accomplishes here isn’t so much adding any fresh perspective as it feels like cashing in. I didn’t walk away from those same sentiments when John Byrne did it, and I certainly didn’t walk away with that sense of disappointment when Jeph Loeb did it with the still stellar SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS . . . couldn’t we have brought something “fresh” to the perspective of Superman instead of trampling out another corporate rehash of what everyone already knew? Recommended only for newbies to the Superman universe, as any serious long-term fan has already tackled this stuff elsewhere.

    Good stuff, no?

    Finally, Logan from Minneapolis stopped in to let us know what he thought about Archaia’s Rust HC Vol. 1. Here’s what he had to say:

    Picked this up @ C2E2’12 and read it on my way back from Chicago. Loved it! Fantastic start to an amazing book series! Artwork is amazing! Can’t wait for the next book! Only 4 stars because it’s part 1 of a 6 (I believe, or 4) book series. 5 stars once I can read the entire story! Can’t wait for the live action movie too!

    We want to thank everyone again for sharing their product reviews last month. You guys really do a lot to help other customers each time you submit a review. Thanks for your efforts! You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

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    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

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    Batman Earth One Arrives This Summer

    Geoff Johns and Gary Frank explore Batman's origins in Batman Earth One original graphic novel Superman Earth One was a resounding success. It lit up the sales charts, and successfully pulled off a reinterpretation of a beloved character. Earlier this month, we opened the Previews Catalog to see that Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are going to tell a brand-new story–this time for Batman. We’re excited to say that Batman Earth One is now available for pre-order at TFAW, and we encourage you to pick up a copy.

    In this all-new take on the Batman mythos, Bruce Wayne is on the hunt for his parents’ killer. His target? The Mayor of Gotham City! Batman Earth One sheds new light into Bruce Wayne’s transformation into Batman and his first year as The Dark Knight. This one’s sure to be a winner.

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    Comic Book Reviews: Conan, Sacrifice, New Avengers & More

    Watch Video Reviews of This Week’s Comics!

    Are you ready for this week’s comic book reviews? We take a look at Conan the Barbarian #1, Green Lantern #6, Sacrifice #3, and the New Avengers Vol. 2 TPB, and we had some pretty strong reactions! Still undecided? Take a look at our previews for Conan the Barbarian #1 and Green Lantern #6.

    Check out the video, below. SPOILER ALERT! We try not to go into too much detail in our reviews, but a few mild spoilers might slip through the cracks!

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    Comic Book Reviews: Justice League #4, Daredevil #7 & more

    New Reviews of Comics and More!

    It’s time once again for our weekly comic book reviews! This week, we review Justice League #4, Daredevil #7, Lady Mechanika #3, the Siege HC, and the new Star Wars Commander Resin Statues. Find out which of this week’s new releases are “Box-Worthy,” “Fence-Worthy,” and “Not Worthy.”

    Check out the video, below. MILD SPOILER ALERT! We’ll avoid any big spoilers, but we will give out a few details as we go. So did these comics and items make the cut? Listen to our opinions and then post your own below.

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    DC Comics to Relaunch 52 Titles Starting in August

    DC Comics Relaunches 52 TitlesWow. Both DC Comics’ Senior VP of Sales, Bob Wayne, and USA Today report that DC Comics will relaunch 52 titles–both in print and digitally–starting August 31, restarting them all at issue #1 and featuring new character origins and costumes in an effort to “introduce readers to a more modern, diverse DC Universe.”

    This world-shaking event kicks off with Justice League #1, which teams up Geoff Johns and Jim Lee for the first time.

    From USA Today:

    Starting this summer, the publisher will re-number its entire DC Universe of titles, revamping famous characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and others from its 76-year history for a more modern and diverse 21st century.

    The first book to be released under this new era: Justice League No. 1, out Aug. 31, a series by writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee that reunites the famous lineup of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

    Johns promises a focus on the interpersonal relationships within DC’s trademark superteam. “What’s the human aspect behind all these costumes?” he says. “That’s what I wanted to explore.”

    In September, more than 50 more first issues will debut, introducing readers to stories that are grounded in each character’s specific legend but also reflect today’s real-world themes and events. Lee spearheaded the redesign of more than 50 costumes to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.

    “We looked at what was going on in the marketplace and felt we really want to inject new life in our characters and line,” says Dan DiDio, who co-publishes DC with Lee. “This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”

    In an even more important move in the competitive comics industry, DC is making issues of all the renumbered titles available digitally via apps and a DC website the same day they arrive in comic shops. It marks the first time a major comics publisher has done so with its popular superhero titles.

    The company has come in second to Marvel every year since 2002 in market share, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

    While the two companies are making millions off movie adaptations of their comic books, print sales for both have dropped in recent years, as new technology gives readers many more options.

    “We’re allowing people who have never bought a comic book in their lives to download them on portable media devices and take a look,” Lee says. “Having the ability to give people access to these comics with one button click means we’re going to get a lot of new readers.”

    He says what makes this plan so ambitious is that it’s not just about changes in characters or costumes but setting the stage for how comic books will be consumed in the future.

    “We’re trying to set the table for the DC Universe’s future success and health.”

    What do you think of this new development? Does it signal a new and vigorous chapter for DC Comics, or will this turn out to be a larger-scale version of Marvel’s Heroes Reborn (which also featured the talents of Lee), which was quickly dropped?

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