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    10 Free Comic Book Day Books You Need To Pick Up

    Free Comic Book DayEvery year, Free Comic Book Day grows by leaps and bounds. What started as just a few comic companies giving out a handful of comics has transformed into over 15 companies and 50+ comics! With many stores implementing strict limits on just how many books you can pick up, you need to make every choice count.

    Luckily, your friends at TFAW have come through with a list of the 10 comics you need to grab this Free Comic Book Day. Why 10? Because that just happens to be the number of comics we generously give at each of our retail locations.

    If you’re a Portland, Oregon or Los Angeles, Calfornia resident and want to join in on our Free Comic Book Day festivities, check us out on Facebook (Milwaukie , Portland, Beaverton, Universal Citywalk) for all the info you could want about our Free Comic Book Day event, including signing schedules. If you aren’t local, keep an eye on our website as we’re going to offer a sale you won’t want to miss starting on May 6th. Plus every order placed on May 6th will recive a Free Comic Book Day comic at random! (While supplies last)

    Want to visit your Local Comic Shop? Visit ComicShopLocator.com to find your nearest Comic Book Store!

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    Catastrophe Looms in New Bloodshot Miniseries

    A lot of comics come out each week on New Comic Book Day. Some are good, some are bad, and some are worse. Here are a few of our favorites from this week’s new comic book releases. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Deadpool #21
    By: Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish, Ian Doescher

    Holy Tacos! More pages?! That’s right true believers, this is not an ordinary Deadpool comic. This 60 page issue contains two stories! The first, written by Gerry Duggan, unveils Wilson’s great Christmas spirit. Also, Bob and Emily Preston make a nice cameo and Mad Cap stirs the plot for further issues. The writing team for this issue has definitely made this Deadpool more like Ryan Reynolds, and I love it!!

    The second story throws you a huge curve ball by writing in iambic pentameter. For Shakespeare fans this is great, and a fun task for avid readers of Deadpool. Ian Doescher (Of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars fame) still maintains The Merc with the Mouth’s exorbitant humor. While adding a sophisticated spin to it. I give this issue 10/10 Chimichangas, so be sure to pick up your issue today! [Darcey M. at Universal City Walk TFAW]


    Bloodshot USA #1
    By: Jeff Lemire, Doug Braithwaite, Kano

    Bloodshot is a super-soldier. Imbued with nanites that regenerate any and all damaged cells, blood, and bone. This also allows him to impersonate others and enabling him to interface with machinery. Once controlled by the programming of Project Rising Spirit, an elite and shadowy governmental organization, Bloodshot was their enhanced operative.

    Bloodshot USA jumps right into the action as those very same nanites have been weaponized, and now spread like a virus, infecting the populace of New York. Enter Unity, the supergroup of heroes who act as Earth’s protectors.

    Can even the great Unity do anything to stop this outbreak? When a few of the members fall victim to the virus, the prospects look weak for stemming the tide. Splendid art, and well-paced storytelling keep this one moving, and as a longtime fan of the series, I am entirely on for this ride! [Casey D. at TFAW.com]


    Hellblazer #3
    By: Simon Oliver, Moritat

    John Bloody Constantine, is there any other way to say his name? Hellblazer #3 delves into what’s been hunting John as Swap Thing searches for clues as to where his love, Abby, went. Something dark, ancient, and angry is hunting our heroes.

    Simon Oliver did a great job with this issue, ensuring that if you haven’t read the previous two Rebirth issues so far, you can jump in here and be fine. Moritat and Andre Szymanowicz work well together on the art, giving us different worlds when highlighting the various environments we see in this issue.

    It’s always exciting when John is at his wits end with an unknown enemy–that’s also when he preforms best! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]


    What did you think of these books? Are you excited that the Bloodshot movie is in production? Join the conversation and let us know below!

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    With Friends Like These, Deadpool Annual #1

    review: deadpool annual #1

    deadpool annual #1 coverDeadpool and his friends appearing in a Saturday morning kids’ show? What could go wrong?

    Plenty as seen in the main story in this year’s annual, which has Deadpool coming across an old VHS tape containing the rejected pilot for his show, “Deadpool and His Insufferable Pals.” If that sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because it a rip-off of the actual kids’ show, “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.”

    That actual show from the 1980s featured roommates Spidey, Iceman and Firestar hanging out together and fighting baddies like Videoman, Scorpio and Magneto. This version replaces Peter Parker with Deadpool – ushering in the chaos as well as the laughs.
    Deadpool convinces Iceman and Firestar that the Sinister Six have killed Spider-Man. Incensed by the loss of their friend – and inspired by Deadpool’s utter disregard for human life – the trio wipes out the baddies in various non-heroic ways.

    Scott Koblish’s simple, clean drawings invoke the show’s uninspired 80s animation, while writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn nail the stilted dialog from the kids’ show (“That was a fun night of dancing, Angelica!”). Adding Deadpool into the mix provides the needed spice for the saccharine language. Though like his big screen adventure, this version of the show is decidedly not kid-friendly. After Kraven the Hunter grabs a snake from his waste and throws it at Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth responds, “Nice try, Kraven, but I think you’ll find that Deadpool has experience handling trouser snakes.”

    A secondary story written and drawn by Adam Warren showcases some elaborate artwork, though the story is far less entertaining than the Spidey knockoff.

    With a sequel to the Deadpool movie in the works, maybe a version of this cartoon could show ahead of the main feature.

    Deadpool Annual #1, Marvel Comics, Released September 28, 2016, Written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, Art by Scott Koblish, Color by Chris Sotomayor, Lettering by VC’s Joe Sabino; $4.99.

    Review by Tom Smithyman

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    Review: Uncanny Avengers #12 – Pymtron vs. Hulkbuster

    Review of Uncanny Avengers #12

    uncanny avengers #12 coverThe Avengers erroneously believed that Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, was lost forever, killed by his diabolical creation, Ultron. After Hank returned to Earth, claiming that he and Ultron had merged peacefully, it didn’t take long for the sinister Pymtron to attack the Avengers. The Unity Squad called on the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, and Vision for backup and initiated the mysterious Project Icarus, which begins by summoning a massive Hulkbuster Iron Man to join the battle.

    The Uncanny Avengers #12 opens right where the last chapter left off, with Hulkbuster Iron Man and Pymtron squaring off. After Pymtron loses the scuffle and is contained in the Hulkbuster armor, half the team jumps into a spaceship with their oddly restrained captive.

    It doesn’t take long before Pymtron begins busting out of the improvised prison. Whatever Project Icarus is (there’s a huge hint in the name), it doesn’t stand a chance of working if the Avengers can’t keep Pymtron neutralized long enough to reach their destination.

    This issue wraps up The Man Who Fell to Earth. While the story hit all the major points, I feel like the arc could have been drawn out over several more issues. It only took until the cover of the second chapter in the story for the nature of Pymtron to be revealed. The only explanation I can think of for the rushed development of high spots in this story is the inclusion of The Uncanny Avengers in the Marvel Summer crossover event. The Uncanny Avengers #13 will see the team take on Captain America Steve Rogers in Civil War II.

    The Uncanny Avengers #12, Marvel Comics, Rated T, released August 17, 2016, written by Gerry Duggan, art by Pepe Larraz, colors by David Curiel, Letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover art by Ryan Stegman and Richard Isanove, variant cover by Alanna Smith, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: Uncanny Avengers #11

    Review of Uncanny Avengers #11

    uncanny avengers #11In The Uncanny Avengers #10, we saw the return of Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp. She was called in as a favor from Tony Stark to try and assess how much of Hank Pym remains in the newly returned Pym/Ultron amalgam. When Pymtron fails to catch Van Dyne’s reference to Ghostbusters and then also buys into her made up story about a beach vacation that she and Hank never took, Van Dyne takes a hard stance that Pym is dead and Ultron must be destroyed. She temporarily disables Pymtron with an EMP device and the chapter closes with Deadpool pulling the trigger of a rifle aimed at Pymtron’s head at point blank range.

    The Uncanny Avengers #11 opens right where #10 left us. Deadpool doesn’t usually miss what he aims at, so he either intentionally pierced Pymtron’s ear, or lost his nerve. While the Degenerate Regenerate is delivering an ultimatum for surrender, Pymtron punches some sort of invasive electronic device into Deadpool’s chest.

    With the rest of the team chasing after Pymtron, Cable tries to remove the device from ‘Pool’s body, only to discover he won’t be able to unless it is first disabled with another EMP blast. Problem is, Van Dyne’s miniature EMP device only had one shot in it, and she used that one to temporarily disable Pymtron the first time. She will have to wait for it to recharge, then make a decision to either save Deadpool, or take down Pymtron long enough for the team to rescue Pym’s body from the machine.

    The pacing of The Man Who Fell To Earth has been non-stop since it picked up in The Uncanny Avengers #9. The story is blazing right along, and the teaser page promises the action will continue into the next chapter with “Project Icarus,” a secret failsafe the Avengers have put into place for just such an occasion.

    The Uncanny Avengers #11, Marvel Comics, released July 27, 2016, script by Gerry Duggan, art by Pepe Larraz, color by David Curiel, letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover by Ryan Stegman and Richard Isanove, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Review: Uncanny Avengers #10

    Review of Uncanny Avengers #10

    uncanny avengers #10We saw Hank Pym’s return from outer space in The Uncanny Avengers #9. Hank is wearing Ultron, or Ultron is wearing what’s left of Hank. The Avengers’ process of trying to figure out how much of the returning Utron/Pym is their old friend and colleague, and how much is Ultron is deeply unsettling. On some level, they want it to be true that Hank has returned, but there’s a healthy amount fear and doubt that it’s all a trick being played on them by Ultron. At the end of the chapter, Captain America resorts to calling in the leading authority on all things Hank, Janet Van Dyne, The Wasp, Hank’s ex-wife.

    In the opening sequence of The Uncanny Avengers #10, The Wasp arrives to help the team and an apparently reinstated Hank Pym clear some big nasty uglies from the subway. Hank and Janet are reunited briefly before Janet suggests they head off somewhere alone to catch up. It doesn’t take Janet long to suss out the truth that is teased on the cover. She isn’t speaking with Hank. He doesn’t recognize a reference she makes to one of their shared fandoms (superheroes mark out just like we do, apparently) and he speaks out of character about an experience they never shared.

    I can’t help but feel that this twist could have been drawn out for several more issues (or even several more pages), leaving the reader and the Avengers in an uncomfortable state of uncertainty. This may be one of those double switch situations, where the author is leading the reader down a path that isn’t the most obvious, which the folks over at Marvel have been known to do from time to time (Hail Hydra).

    The nature of the symbiosis between Pym and Ultron hasn’t yet been explored. Ultron has clearly demonstrated control at times, but Hank could possibly have control at others. We haven’t seen enough to know yet if any of Hank’s consciousness has survived, or if Ultron is keeping what’s left of the former Avenger alive as a meat puppet.

    Ultron/Pym is clearly a threat to the team and, well, Earth. Will the Avengers be able to reign in this fusion of creator and creation? Will they get any help from Hank? Is Hank even still in there? With so many important questions left unaddressed, you have my attention, Mr. Duggan.

    The Uncanny Avengers #10, Marvel Comics, Released June 22, 2016, written by Gerry Duggan, art by Pepe Larraz, colors by David Curiel, letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover by Ryan Stegman and Richard Isanove, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Review: Uncanny Avengers #9

    Review: Uncanny X-Men #9

    uncanny avengers #9 coverThe Uncanny Avengers #9 kicks off a new arc, The Man Who Fell To Earth, with Gambit in the basement of an art auction house, ready to pull off a heist. His plans are interrupted by a surprise visit from Rogue, who confronts Gambit to confirm her suspicion that he wasn’t actually in Bagalia. It was Red Skull, using the power of Professor X’s harvested brain to disguise himself as Gambit.

    After intentionally setting off the security alarm and exposing Gambit, Rogue gets an emergency call from Captain America, alerting her to a priority alarm from low orbit Earth. A space shuttle has hit debris on re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere and the astronauts are in danger burning up.

    Rogue races to intercept the capsule, but finds she’s too late to help. The astronauts have already been saved. Hank Pym has returned, wearing Ultron like a suit. Hank claims to have seized control of his creation, but Rogue and the other Avengers are understandably suspicious.

    Writer Gerry Duggan teased that there will be a leadership crisis in this new arc. Steve Rogers is back in the field after being restored to his youth and vitality, Cable is used to getting his own way, and Rogue has been acting as de facto leader in Rogers’ absence. Now, mix in an arrogant founding member of the Avengers, who may or may not be under the control of the supervillain robot he created, and we have a potentially explosive dynamic.

    I found myself thoroughly entertained by this chapter, especially the attention paid to small details in both the storytelling and artwork. I’m not completely sold on the shape of Cap’s new shield, though. That’ll take some getting used to.

    The Uncanny Avengers #9, Marvel, released 5/18/2016, writer: Gerry Duggan, Artist Pepe Larraz, colors: David Curiel, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: Deadpool #9 and Deadpool #10

    Deadpool #9Deadpool #9 picks up right after the previous issue, with Deadpool in a fight to the death with Sabretooth. Less than five pages in I was laughing uncontrollably. The first few pages serve as a nice break from the more serious storyline of why Deadpool is chasing after Sabretooth. In classic Deadpool style, this issue didn’t hold back on the gore, violence, and overall twistedness that we are all familiar with.

    As usual, Deadpool inadvertently kills, injures, or mentally traumatizes someone wherever he goes. (spoilers) in this case, it involves Deadpool and a school bus full of children. Watching two nearly indestructible a**holes try to kill each other can be incredibly entertaining. Especially when one of those is Deadpool. The story then reverts to its more serious arc, giving insight into Deadpool’s and Sabretooth’s past. While both men hate each other, they are similar in many regards, which this story begins to explore.

    A nice surprise in this issue is the appearance of another X-man. While the previous issue seemed rather confined to its own world, Deadpool #9 begins expanding into a larger universe. Given how self-contained the Deadpool movie was, it’s interesting to how Deadpool fits into a (slightly) larger world. The comic ends with Deadpool’s bloodlust unquenched, and Sabretooth thinking he can actually talk with Deadpool.

    deadpool #10Deadpool #10 proves that Deadpool is very, very determined to kill Sabretooth, and his efforts are starting to garner unwanted attention. Beginning right where the previous issue left off, with Deadpool and Sabretooth attempting to have a heartfelt conversation. (Spoilers) it doesn’t go well. Once again, Deadpool ends up chasing after Sabretooth, however this time, he causes some minor collateral damage. And by minor I mean a cop car, two helicopters, a semi, and several traumatized civilians.

    As Deadpool causes more trouble, other characters in the Marvel universe begin to take notice, and they quickly realize that someone needs to stop him before he causes too much damage. Tying things into a larger universe enhances both the overall story, and Deadpool’s character. It puts him in a larger context, and shows other people’s opinions of him, which are normally not great.

    Sabretooth also underestimates how serious Deadpool actually is about killing him, and the issue ends with quite a cliffhanger.

    In my opinion, these two comics were a significant improvement over the previous issue. This was in part due to the fact that to begin reading a series on issue #8 will almost undoubtedly leave one confused. Personally I liked issues 9 and 10 more because they focused more on the conflict between the two characters. This focus on the two characters added depth to both, and made for a more enjoyable read. It also allowed for the writers to open up the world by introducing new characters while maintaining a frame of reference.

    While Deadpool provides a good amount of laughs in the moment, after a while it becomes rather monotonous. I enjoy the slapstick humor and senseless violence of Deadpool, however it can be challenging to write about.

    Deadpool #9: Writer: Gerry Duggan. Artists: Matteo Lolli, Ruth Redmond.

    Deadpool #10: Writer: Gerry Duggan. Artists: Matteo Lolli, Iban Coello, Ruth Redmond.

    Review by Ben Getchell.

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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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    Review: Deadpool #8

    deadpool #8Released this March, Deadpool #8 follows Deadpool in his hunt for Sabretooth, whom he blames for the death of his parents. In Deadpool #8, Deadpool continues his search by spending a whole lot of time searching for fingerprints, and chasing down henchmen. This comic takes up a more serious side of Deadpool. He is still killing everyone who gets in his way, but without the dark humor and constant rambling and fourth wall breaks that is normally Deadpool.

    It appears that in this comic, a rare event has occurred; Deadpool actually cares about something.

    In many ways, Deadpool #8 reminds me of the recent Deadpool movie, and perhaps with good reason as it came out around the same time. In both stories, Deadpool is on a self-driven mission that involves going through a bunch of henchmen to reach the ultimate baddie, to rescue, or in this case get information about someone he loves. Unlike the movie, the comic is by no means a love story, however the tone of it is similar. Despite its slightly darker tone, the comic does have some classic Deadpool humor such as him demanding Jarvis to refer to him as “my dope ass fresh prince,” along with some brutally funny deaths. It’s worth mentioning that the Mercs for Money are briefly in this issue, enjoying their full paychecks now that Deadpool is away.

    The writing style is nice, although I do prefer a lighter, more sarcastically cynical version of Deadpool. The scenes jump around a little, with little to no filler storyline, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A noticeable absence in this issue was the fourth wall breaks. The story was relatively contained within Deadpool’s world, which in my opinion made the tone more serious.

    Deadpool #8. Writer: Gerry Duggan. Artists: Matteo Lolli, Mike and Laura Allred. Published March 3, 2016. $3.99 US.

    Review by Ben Getchell.

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