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    Creator Spotlight: Becky Cloonan

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    A Brief History of Becky Cloonan

    Becky Cloonan is an award-winning comics writer and artist. Born in 1980 in Pisa, Italy, Cloonan is best-known as the first female artists to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics.

    After attending New York’s School of Visual Arts, she was part of the Meathaus collective. She subsequently collaborated with Brian Wood on Channel Zero: Jennie One in 2003.

    Cloonan’s manga-influenced style has served her well. Her first solo graphic novel, East Coast Rising: Volume 1, was released by Tokyopop in 2006. That title marked Cloonan’s third Eisner Award nomination in 2007 (Best New Series).

    Her work on the 2004 twelve-issue comics series Demo was also nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2005 (Best Limited Series and Best Single Issue or One-Shot)

    She did the art for the series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon. Cloonan also co-created and did cover art and stories for DC’s  Gotham Academy. Other works from Cloonan include Flight, Nebuli, American Virgin.

     

    In addition, in 2015, she was voted #3 of the top 50 female comics artists of all-time. She was also one of only two creators to make the list as both writer and artist. And she was voted #14 among all-time top writers.

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    You Choose The Best Comic Book of 2016

    Best comics of 2016

    A lot of amazing books have come out in 2016. With Marvel revitalizing their line, DC’s Rebirth, to so many independent and creator-owned books dominating the stands, 2016 has certainly been a comic book year to remember.

    With that in mind, the staff at TFAW took a look at sales numbers, fan buzz, and our personal favorites of the year to create a list of the 25 best comics of the year. Now we want you, our awesome customers, to vote on this list to decide definitively what the best books of 2016 are.

    Voting will take place from Jan 1st through Jan 31st, so head on over to our  Facebook page  and cast your vote. Let your voices be heard and recognize all these amazing creators and publishers for all their hard work.

    Superman Vol. 01 Son of Superman
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason
    The New 52 Superman is dead, but hiding among us for years was the original Big Blue. Now, a world without a Superman is in desperate need for Clark to leave the good life on the farm with Lois raising their son. This story simultaneously brings Superman back to formula, but also takes him in a direction he’s never really been before.

    Bitch Planet Vol. 2: President Bitch
    By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma
    Powerful and gut-wrenching, Bitch Planet continues to explore themes of patriarchy and non-compliance. A must read for SJWs, feminists, and people who truly appreciate comics as an artistic medium.

    Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 01 The Lies
    By: Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, Matthew Clark
    Wonder Woman has been interpreted in many ways over her 75 year existence. Instead of trying to hide this, Greg Rucka’s approach is to embrace this to try and get to the real heart of who Wonder Woman is. Not just a great jumping on point for new readers, but a definitive take on the character that will hold true for years to come.

    Black Hammer Vol 1: Secret Origins
    By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart
    Black Hammer is another in a long line of grand ideas by one of comics brightest stars, Jeff Lemire. This book has a unique take on superheroes and the art by Dean Ormston & Dave Stewart instantly ensnares the reader.

    Rough Riders Vol. 1
    By: Adam Glass, Pat Oliffe
    History in the making! Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison make up an American dream team engaged in an epic shadowy war! Monsters and Mayhem folks!

    The Mighty Thor Vol 1: Thunder in Her Veins
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
    Marvel is changing things up by casting Dr. Jane Foster as the new Thor. The goddess of thunder shines in this series as she comes to grips with heroism and her own mortality. Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman are the perfect pairing. Also: Loki.

    Divinity II
    By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
    After Abram came crashing home in Divinity vol 1. Spending his entire life in the depths of space, Divinity II tells the tale of Myshka. Still beliving in the Communist ideal. She intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory

    Old Man Logan Vol 1: Berserker
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
    What happens when an older, more gruff version of Wolverine comes to the main Marvel Universe? A whole lot of fighting. He’s on a mission to to prevent a terrible future from happening. Andrea Sorrentino’s art is breathtaking.

    Detective Comics Vol. 01 Rise of the Batmen
    By: James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Al Barrionuevo
    Batman is notorious for being a lone wolf (bat?), but he’s always had his family behind him. Now it’s time to take the Bat-Family to the next level. Lead by Batwoman, Batman puts together a team of Red Robin, Orphan (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, and Clayface to be ready for whatever threat comes Gotham’s way.

    Vision Vol 1: Little Worse Than Man
    By: Tom King, Kevin Walsh, Mike Del Mundo
    Vision has the perfect family: a wife, two kids, and a dog. Look elsewhere for over-the-top nonstop heroics; this book proves it’s the little moments that matter. Truly impeccable dialogue and top-notch art await!

    March Book 3
    By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
    The third and final installment in civil rights activist John Lewis’ story in the battle for civil rights in the United States. 1963 was an incredibly turbulent time in America’s history, and John Lewis was not only in the middle of it, but a leader in getting us out of it, long before becoming a congressman. March will remind you there are real heroes in this world.

    Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol 1: Black Squadron
    By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto
    With crisp and clean art by Phil Noto, Poe Dameron is one of the most beautiful of Marvel’s new Star Wars comics. Charle Soule explores Dameron’s uncanny skills and matching bravado.

    Paper Girls Vol. 2
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
    Continuing where Vol. 1 left off, the misfit group of paper girls from 1988 find themselves transported to present day. Our main characters are forced to look at who they are, and who they may…or may not become. This superstar team continues to tell one of the craziest sci-fi stories currently on the shelves, while staying focused on the heart of any good story, the characters.

    All New Wolverine Vol. 01 Four Sisters
    By: Tom Taylor, David Lopez, Bengal
    With the death of Logan, clone daughter Laura Kinney (X-23) steps up to be Wolverine and the best she is at what she does. This book is bloody, emotional, hilarious, and beautiful. This is one of those unique books that can present adult subjects in a way that people of all ages can understand. Clone or not, All-New Wolverine definitely has soul.

    Dept. H Vol. 1: Pressure
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
    Not your average murder mystery! An in depth(see what I did there) story taking place on a deep sea research station. Family, lies, secrets and creatures make for a spectacular, well-paced adventure.

    Steven Universe & Crystal Gems Vol. 01
    By: Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland, Kat Leyh
    They are the Crystal Gems. They always save the day! If you think they can’t. Here is proof that they always find a way!

    Monstress Vol. 1
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
    A fascinating look at an alternate 1900’s Asia where monsters of god-like power are normal. Witness the journey of one teenage girl struggling to survive while trying to tame her own MONSTER.

    Black Panther Vol. 01 Nation Under Our Feet
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze
    Wakanda under the microscope. On the brink of civil war, treason and terrorist attacks ensue in T’Challa’s homeland. Witness Black Panther fight to save his country from all fronts.

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 01
    By: Kyle Higgins, Jorge Corona, Goni Montes
    “It’s Morphin Time!” This fantastic new series starts after the Green with Evil Saga. Takes us through a different path from the show, one that keeps it at the top of my reading every month. Perfect for fans new and old.

    Saga Vol. 6
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
    Set three years after the end of Vol. 5, our story opens with Hazel in kindergarten. For a story that’s followed a family on the run through space since issue 1, Vol 6 shows them living a domestic and stationary life for the first time…and it doesn’t go too well for them. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to be a dominating power tag team.

    Sheriff Of Babylon Vol. 01 Bang Bang Bang
    By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon
    Currently known for his fantastic work on Batman, Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s The Sherriff of Babylon, is a suspenseful crime noir tale set in Bagdad circa 2003. King’s CIA experience in addition to Gerad’s life-like art style gives this series the accolades it deserves.

    Beauty Vol. 01
    By: Jason Hurley, Jeremy Haun
    The first STD that people actually WANT! In this world, The “Beauty”, transforms your body into its most beautiful version. People are literally dying to get it but the public is unaware of the side effects. Detectives Vaughn and Foster are on the case.

    Faith Vol. 01 Hollywood & Vine
    By: Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Jele Kevic-Djurdjevic
    Starting off as a side character in Harbinger back in 2014, we were given a full ongoing series of Faith Herbert this year. Written by the wonderful Jody Houser. This is a series meant for Fan-boys/girls, as Faith herself is as much of a geek as we are.

    Gotham Academy Vol. 03 Yearbook
    By: Brenden Fletcher, Moritat, Mingjue Helen Chen
    Our favorite students go back after their adventures last year, telling tales before everything went to chaos. Gotham Academy is an all-ages series perfectly suited for those wanting to move to Gotham, but are not old enough to drive there.

    Legend of Zelda Legendary Ed GN Vol. 01 Ocarina Time
    By: Akira Himekawa
    Viz does it again. While this is a reprint, if you’ve never read the Manga adaptation of the celebrated N64 game Ocarina of Time, this is a perfect time. Collecting vol 1 and 2, You get the complete tale.

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    Honorable Mentions

    2016 had so many amazing titles that it was nearly impossible for us to narrow it down to 25. With that in mind, here are some honorable mentions of books that you should definitely check out. Odds are they made your own personal top 25.

    Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham
    By: Tom King, David Finch
    Gotham City has two new heroes, Gotham and Gotham Girl. With these super powered saviors doing what Batman can’t, is he really what Gotham City needs anymore?

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 04 Kissed Squirrel Liked It
    By: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
    I an age of dark and gritty superheroes, The Unbeatable Squirrel decides to have fun with the universe it lives in instead. Be prepared to smile.

    Dark Knight: A True Batman Story
    By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso
    Legendary Batman writer, Paul Dini, was beaten within an inch of his life. This autobiographical tale shows just how these iconic characters like Batman can get us through the darkest of times.

    Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
    By: Chris Roberson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Dan Dos Santos
    Set after the events of the previous series, Leaves on the Wind, No Power in the ‘Verse continues the tale of our favorite Browncoats

    I Am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1
    By: Kengo Hazawa
    A slightly crazy artist, and one of the few people in Japan that actually owns a gun, is neck deep in the zombie apocalypse.

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    NCBD – Lumberjanes Gotham Academy, Wacky Racers, Action Comics, Prometheus

    New Comic Book Day 6/8/16

    Several great books hit the shelves this week — Hanna-Barbera collides with the world of Mad Max for Wacky Racers, Lumberjanes meets Gotham Academy, Action Comics is back to its old numbering and a new story, and Prometheus returns. These are a few of this week’s new 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.

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    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #1
    By: Chynna Clugston Flores, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Mingjue Helen Chen

    Lumberjanes Gotham Academy brings together the two best trouble-making-teenage-teams in comics from Boom! Studios and DC comics. What’s better, it’s filled with puns, bright colors, and friendship.

    The first part of the issue gives us snapshots of each groups personality. Gotham Academy’s “Detective Club,” are investigating a missing teacher. Which leads them into the mysterious woods. Meanwhile, the Lumberjanes’ scout leader needs to find her own missing person: fellow Lumberjane Rosie. The Lumberjanes strong-arm their leader (in a scene involving a literal severed arm!) into giving them the call to gear up and find their friend.

    The teams are hardly hostile to each other, though we start to see how this miniseries can explore their differences. The super sleuthing GA crew is already having trouble adapting to the bombastic friendship and maximum energy of the Lumberjanes. They’ll need to overcome these differences if they’re going to stop the evil forces at work and save everyone! [Tim S. at TFAW.com]

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    Prometheus: Life and Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Andrea Mutti, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    While this issue is the first of the series, it also serves as part five of the Life & Death crossover. This takes off where Predator: Life & Death #4 ended. Although Dan Abnett wrote it in a way that you could pick this issue up with no problems getting the full picture of this epic crossover.

    A post hostile encounter with Predators, the remaining USCM plan on leaving LV-797 (Tartarus) with leftover “Xenotech.” A large vessel that looks very familiar. Although things go south when something wakes up and changes the vessels course.

    Andrea Mutti has this really cool “retro” style tagged with Rain Berbedo’s colors in this issue. From page one it took me back to the 80’s Aliens & Predator stories.

    With little known about Xenomorphs, Predators or the Engineers, Prometheus: Life & Death serves as a catalyst to a new venture in the Alien/Predator universe. These “gods” are definitely scarier than what we’ve seen before. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Action Comics #957
    By: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher, Mikel Janin

    Action Comics begins its Rebirth, returning to its legacy numbering, and putting it back on track to be the first superhero comic book to legitimately reach issue #1000! The thing I’m most excited about is that Dan Jurgens — the guy who brought us the original Death of Superman — is back directing the Big Blue Boyscout’s adventures.

    Prior to Rebirth, the New 52 Kal-El had sacrificed himself to save the world. With help from the Pre-Flashpoint Superman who returned to DC Universe. Wanting to keep his head down to take care of his wife and son on the farm in Kansas. This created an open position for a new protector of Metropolis — one which Lex Luthor set his sights on by emerging in his power armor, the iconic S shield and red cape emblazoned on it. Kal-El (Pre-Flashpoint) travels to Metropolis intending on confronting Lex and proving that he is the true Superman. All this, plus another exciting return!

    This issue gives our beloved Superman back to us. He’s in better form than we’ve seen across any media in years, and I could not recommend this issue more! An incredible point for jumping back on, coming in fresh, or revisiting a character who you’re only familiar with on screens. No matter who you are, this is the Superman book for you. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

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    Wacky Raceland #1
    By: Ken Pontac, Leonardo Manco

    Earth lies in ruin, covered in an apocalyptic desert, radioactive lakes, flesh-hungry mutants, and nanotech dust storms. On this world, the Wacky Racers compete in a series of races put forth by a group called the Unseen and the voice of the announcer, who will do anything to keep them. Winning means a grand prize of a place in Utopia, the last bastion of humanity.

    Let’s be clear: this is not your grandparents’ Wacky Racers. They swear, fight, and have a blast doing it. Dick Dastardly still drives the Mean Machine with his now-cybernetic dog Muttley, and Penelope Pitstop is still the baddest woman to ever get behind the wheel. With her trusty car, Compact Pussycat. The main twist in this issue is that the omnipotent announcer has installed all the racers’ cars with an AI system that has all the memories of the racer. Making the cars apart of the race through their own interactions with each other. I truly enjoyed this first heart-pounding issue, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next race.

    Also in this first issue, you get a small backstory on Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear. I’ll give you fair warning — it’s downright crazy. This book continues the bold rebranding of the Hanna-Barbera comics, which include Future Quest and Scooby Apocalypse. [Steve 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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