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    Power Couples

    Power Couples

    It’s Valentine’s Day and love in the air. So, it makes sense to look at some of comics most beloved and enduring couples. These pairs have had their share of ups and downs. In fact, many of the couples have survived and stayed together despite insurmountable odds. As a result, these relationships have provided us with decades of compelling (albeit, sometimes non-traditional) love stories.

    5 Comic Couples That Have Managed to Make it Work (Mostly)

    Kitty Pryde and Colossus

    Kitty Pryde & Colossus – The X-Men have never had great luck with romantic relationships. However, the romance between the iron-skinned Colossus and the phasing Kitty Pryde has often been one of the sweeter, more affectionate stories in the occasionally dark and bleak X-Universe.

    Aquaman and Mera

    Aquaman & Mera – Talk about opposites attracting. Mera comes from a culture of Atlanteans who seek Aquaman’s destruction. In fact, they initially met when she was sent to kill him. Instead, she ended up falling in love with him. If a relationship can weather a few assassination attempts, you can bet they’re in it for the long haul.

    Green Arrow and Black Canary

    Green Arrow & Black Canary – Ask any comics fan and they’ll tell you these two belong together. One of the biggest complaints of the DC New 52 relaunch was the elimination of this relationship. Fan demand lead to the two being reunited in the recent DC Rebirth event. The relationship between Green Arrow and Black Canary is one of the most romantic stories in the modern DC universe.

    Batman and Catwoman

    Batman & Catwoman – This is one of the more on again/off again couples in comics. Catwoman is the one person who can make a loner vigilante like Batman think about actually letting love in his life. Their separate paths in life mean that hopes for anything long term are probably impossible. But there is a beauty in their tragic love affair.

    Superman and Lois Lane

    Superman & Lois Lane – They are comics most enduring couple. It takes a spectacular woman to get Superman to settle down and start a family. And the feisty and intelligent Lois Lane is just that woman. These two are basically an institution at DC and have consistently found their way back to each other for almost 80 years.

    Leave us a comment and let us know which comics couple is your favorite paring.

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    When Comics Aren’t Enough: DC ICONS

    When Comics Aren't Enough - DC Icons
    DC ICONS Breakdown

    Over the past few years sales of action figures have seen a big surge. Most likely due to nostalgia, but with customers and lets be honest here adults, wanting more from their collectibles, the industry has really gotten better as a whole. Companies like Bandai or Max Factory have made a splash here in the states with figures that have 20+ points of articulation, are highly detailed and come with relevant accessories, like different heads, hands or weapons. This allows the owner to have a lot more fun with posing their figures.

    Mainly we’ve seen more US based companies like Hasbro and NECA to take on the challenge to produce articulated detailed figures. But for a long time it was a struggle to get highly detailed, well articulated figures based on DC Comics Characters. Welcome to the DC ICONS series.

    Wave 3 just recently hit our store shelves and our site and I got a chance to take a look at Harley Quinn, based on her appearance from the Batman arc, No Man’s Land. Also in the series is Superman (THE MAN OF STEEL), Atom (FOREVER EVIL Atomica deluxe set with RAY PALMER & RYAN CHOI), & Aquaman (LEGEND OF AQUAMAN).

    Harley Quinn ICONS Box

    I like that toy manufactures are leaving the days of the clamshell packaging behind them. The shape and design of the ICONS series packaging is neat. This pentagon shape is able to show the buyer everything they need to know, no matter how the store is displaying them. This is also great if you are the type of collector that leaves their toys in the package.

    Harley Quinn comes with 3 extra hands (2 left, 1 right), a comically oversized revolver with a cork in it, and her classic mallet. She is also equipped with over 21 points of articulation. Including double knee and elbow joints, a high waist joint and torso rotation. Ball joints at the shoulders and hip. In addition to the ankle joint, the feet have rotation.

    Harley Quinn ICONS series accessories

    It’s really impressive how far the figures have come in the past 5 years. From figures that only have 5-9 points of articulation, to these beasts that can do almost any pose you want.

    If you’re looking for fun, detailed figures of your favorite DC Heroes and Villains, look no further than the DC ICONS series.

    DC ICONS Breakdown

    With various characters out now and coming out soon, like Batman and Green Arrow, you can expect to see characters you may not recognize right away like Deadman or Staic Shock. Also coming out is ICONS Deluxe series that comes with more accessories, Like the Green Lantern and his various parts for fighting off Sinestro. Coming out though is Batgirl with her Bat-cycle. Based on the Babs Tarr art in Batgirl of Burnside.


    All in all the DC ICONS line is a solid line to figures – both for collecting and playing. I’m happy to see US toy lines step up their game as much as the Japaneese toy market has over the years.

    Pick up one of many DC ICONS characters new and old coming out all year long. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    NCBD – Green Arrow, Dark Knight – A True Batman Story, Han Solo, X-Men, & Weird Detective

    NCBD 6/15/2016

    With Summer hitting us, we get to the peak of the season. So many great books came out this week! As always these are just a few of this week’s new releases that got our comic senses tingling. 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.

    Green Arrow #1
    By: Ben Percy, Otto Schmidt, Juan Ferreyra

    Seattle has a problem. Underground Men are capturing the homeless and selling them off to unseen bidders in some dark auction underneath the city. In Green Arrow Rebirth #1 Oliver met Black Canary again to team up and stop these Underground Men.

    This issue starts it off well, continuing the attempt to end the trafficking, and returns Oliver Queen to us while outlining just what kind of hero he is, both in and out of the hooded green leather.

    The art has a contemporary and fun new vision that solidifies the story that is building. This is a new-reader friendly issue, though it would begin smoother after reading Green Arrow Rebirth #1. The Emerald Archer has meant a lot to me for many years. Championing the people as a liberal hero with social justice on his mind, while struggling to evolve his own understanding and view of the world. This is on track to bring us a Green Arrow on par with the likes of Mike Grell’s work on the character. I am very excited to be on board for this book, and can safely recommend to any fans of the tv show who don’t know where to start with the comics! [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Civil War II: X-Men #1
    By: Cullen Bunn, Andrea Broccardo, David Yardin

    As much as I loved X-crossovers like Inferno and Fall of the Mutants back in the day, more recent capital-E Events (Secret Wars aside) have left me cold – tangential tie-ins doubly so. So – the fact that Civil War II: X-Men #1 not only holds up as an unforced and relevant facet of the Avengers’ more central conflict, but feels like the legitimate next chapter in the plot of both Storm’s and Magneto’s teams of X-Men? That was a surprise, and a pleasant one.

    Cullen Bunn earned quite a bit of goodwill among X-fans with his recently-ended run on Magneto’s solo series, and his ability to bring nuance to potentially over-the-top characters helps him juggle a large cast without any characters getting too lost in the background. In particular, Nightcrawler and Psylocke’s reunion is wistfully heartwarming, and Sabretooth and Old Man Logan’s meeting realistically brings out the worst in them, temporarily erasing the progress each has made in recent months in a way that feels earned.

    Andrea Broccardo’s art is a good hybrid of the styles of the books each team of X-Men comes from: more realistic than Humberto Ramos’s and more expressive than Greg Land’s. While the occasional face looks a bit off, he successfully contrasts the colorful heroism of Storm’s team with the bleak intimidation of Magneto’s. Jesus Aburtov’s colors assist nicely, making each team’s palette distinct without either seeming out of place.

    What’s most important, though, is that this first issue successfully sells the series’ premise: both Storm and Magneto have valid points about how mutants should handle the Inhumans’ powerful new precog Ulysses, and their conflict seems tragically believable. We’ll see if Bunn and Broccardo can keep it up as the mutants’ harsh words inevitably turn to blows, but for now, I’m excited to see what happens next. [Miles S. at TFAW.com]

    Dark Knight A True Batman Story HC Graphic Novel at TFAW.com

    Dark Knight A True Batman Story
    By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso

    A uniquely personal story, Paul Dini’s Dark Knight: A True Batman Story will captivate you, stir up fear and anger, and ultimately give you a new perspective on how fictional superheroes can have real-life effects on people’s lives. In this autobiographical story, Dini takes us into the deep into the darkness and details the events of a horrific physical attack and his subsequent healing process.

    Dini is very candid about the attack, and Eduardo Risso’s (100 Bullets, Dark Knight III: The Master Race) art takes us to places we’ve never been in a Batman graphic novel. While reading the book, you are relegated to being a witness of the vicious crime (another testament to the pairing of Dini’s writing talents and Risso’s compelling art), and the hard road of recovery that follows. I’ve never felt more connected to a person I’ve never met. This book is a triumph of the comics medium — expertly weaving in familiar characters and common themes in superhero comics to tell a very personal tale that you won’t be able to put down. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Star Wars: Han Solo #1
    By: Marjorie M. Liu, Mark Brooks, Lee Bermejo

    Star Wars: Han Solo #1 brings readers into the eyes of our favorite smuggler who has now taken on a new challenge. Briefly following the events of the Battle of Yavin, Han finds himself once again helping out the Rebellion. This time as an undercover agent in the oldest and most dangerous race in the galaxy – The Dragon Void.

    I found the comic to move at an exciting speed and it leaves the reader wanting to know more about Solo’s current mission to gain secret information that could help defeat the Empire. A must read for fans of the series. [Travis S. at TFAW.com]

    Weird Detective comics at TFAW.com

    Weird Detective #1
    By: Fred Van Lente, Guiu Vilanova, Mauricio Wallace

    When I saw the words “Cthulhu Crime” on the one-sheet ad, I was hooked. I’m a sucker for supernatural crime comics, so this was a must read for me. I’m here to say Fred Van Lente and team not disappoint!

    Detective Sebastian Greene is someone who does their job just under the radar, until 2 months ago. Now, completely out of nowhere he is solving big cases with little evidence. Something is different, and him being “Canadian” has nothing to do with it!

    When I started to read this I thought, “Ok, another occult cop who is the only one who knows about the supernatural, I’m down”; but Fred Van Lente gave us a whole another spin on this theme. While making our protagonist the only one who can “sense” the supernatural, he gives us reason and backstory right off the bat on how Detective Greene does it. If you’ve read comics like Criminal Macabre, Hellblazer, or are just into Lovecraftian based stories, this is must read! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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

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    The New 52 Reviews: Action Comics, Batgirl, Detective Comics & More

    We Review Every #1 Issue of The New 52!

    It’s time once again for our comics reviews of The New 52, DC Comics’ ambitious re-imagining of its entire superhero universe. This week, we review all of the September 7 titles, including Detective Comics #1, Action Comics #1, Green Arrow #1, Justice League International #1, Animal Man #1, Batgirl #1, Batwing #1, Hawk and Dove #1, Swamp Thing #1, Men of War #1, OMAC #1, Static Shock #1, and Stormwatch #1.

    Whew! It was so many comics, we actually split it up into three videos, which you can view below. MILD SPOILER ALERT! We’ll avoid any big spoilers, but we will give out a few details as we go. So were these comics Box-Worthy, Fence-Worthy, or NOT Worthy? Listen to our opinions and then post your own below.

    DC's The New 52 #1 Issues

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    WNR: Avengers Prime, Chew, Terminator, Casanova

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    So much good stuff this week, and we reviewed them just for you! Check out our thoughts on Green Arrow #4, Chew #14, Machete #0, Namor First Mutant #2, American Vampire HC Vol. 1, the Machete Action Figure, Archie Marries – 70 Years In Making Slipcase HC, Atlas #5, Avengers Prime #3, Casanova Luxuria #3, Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Neverland #5, and The Terminator™: 1984 #1.

    Chew #14

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    WNR: Avengers #2, Superman #700, Criminal Sinners

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    This week’s Wednesday New Releases is a day late, but we’ve got a lot of awesome stuff to talk about! TFAW.com reviews Avengers #2, Joker’s Asylum: Killer Croc, Fringe: Tales From the Fringe #1, Green Arrow #1, American Vampire #4, Superman #700, and Criminal: Sinners.

    Avengers #2

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    Wednesday New Releases: Siege #3, American Vampire, More!

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    Whew! We have returned from Emerald City ComiCon, and we’re covering some awesome comics this week! Listen up as we talk Siege #3, Green Arrow #31Dark Avengers #15, Supernatural: Beginning’s End #3, X-Factor Forever #1, American Vampire #1, Avengers vs. Agents of Atlas #3, and the Funko Iron Man Bobblehead!

    Marvel Siege #3

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