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    Millar & Capullo’s Reborn Is Just What Comics Needed

    New Comic Book Day November 16th

    Mark Millar turns his new series on its head this New Comic Book Day. Nightwing gets help with his nightmares, Doctor Strange starts a new arc, a new team of Renegades forms, and our magical cross country tour makes its first stop in Spell on Wheels. 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.

    Nightwing #9
    By: Tim Seeley, Marcio Takara

    It’s common that after story arcs end, a single story issue provides some transition from one story to the other. It’s rare though that such issues are also character defining. Nightwing provides a bit of unseen backstory on Dick Grayson–namely that he has been haunted by nightmares for some time. In an attempt to help, Superman uses Kryptonian tech to enter Nightwing’s dreams. The adventure this takes us on shows not only how important Nightwing is (as the glue of much of the DC Universe), but also how this new Superman really is the back-to-basics version of the character fans have been craving.

    Tim Seeley continues to prove his love for Nightwing. He captures the fun, but also underlying struggle the character has been having recently. It’s this kind of nuance that has always made Nightwing a compelling character. Marcio Takara’s art adds the layer of grit needed, but without this feeling like a typical dark Gotham book.

    Personally, Nightwing is not anywhere near my favorite Bat-Family character, but with how well this book is, this has consistently been one of my favorite offerings from DC’s Rebirth. The balance of well-written stories with a large helping of heart hits this old comic fan right where it counts. I highly suggest you make this a regular pull. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    Reborn #2
    By: Mark Millar, Greg Capullo

    This is it folks. This is where the real journey begins. The glimpse of this realm that we received in the first issue does not prepare you for how fantastical everything is. Mark Millar, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and Fco Placencia really made something special with this issue. At first, you start to see typical tropes from this type of story but then they immediately turn that on its head!

    You get a proper explanation, a good look at the protagonist, a few great mysteries and a great segue into what I am sure will be an epic adventure full of emotion. Read on warriors! [Sean W. at TFAW.com]

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    Doctor Strange #14
    By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Al Vey, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Tim Townsend, Wayne Faucher, Antonio Fabela, Java Tartaglia

    The newest issue of the Doctor Strange comic book lives up to its name–Strange. Get ready to go to “all-new all-different” hell and pal around with Satana, the devil’s daughter.

    Wile the story reads like a quick scene in a larger narrative, I could see people really digging into this. Chris Bachalo’s art is whimsical and frenetic. He really shines when Strange takes on his astral form. Good stuff. Jason Aaron is taking a comical beat this issue and it’s rather fun to experience. I’ve had a lot of fun seeing Strange at his lowest, slowly dragging himself from the muck and rebuilding himself. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Harbinger: Renegades #1
    By: Rafer Roberts, Darick Robertson

    A brand new #1 from the team at Valiant Entertainment. Harbinger: Renegades #1 is a new team of heroes. What looks to be fragments of the old Renegades team with some new faces. Like most team-up books, this issue sets up not only who the team will consist of, even if momentarily, but also who the villain is.

    Rafer Roberts’ writing is great; he creates a real world and gives the characters responsibilities and lives that fit within our reality more so than any other book I’ve seen lately. Darick Robertson does an amazing job with facial expressions–you really see the shock and awe in his line work. With the team just starting to come together, I’m anxiously awaiting the next issue. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Spell on Wheels #2
    By: Kate Leth, Megan Levens, Marissa Louise

    When we last left our trio of witches, they were on a road trip to get back their stolen magical items. Their first stop: Massachusetts. This issue of Spell on Wheels picks up with the gang as they meet with an old artist who purchased one of their stolen pieces. Unfortunately the package hasn’t arrived due to, you know, shipping and all. So the girls wait there until the next day for the package to arrive. Little do they know however it’s not quite that simple.

    I love the dialogue in this comic. It feels like I’m talking to a friend. Another thing I really enjoy about how Kate Leth wrote this is how strong these women are with or without magic. Next stop Connecticut! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Review: Batman #1

    Review of Batman #1

    Batman #1It’s safe to say that Tom King and David Finch have some very big shoes to fill. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo did such an excellent job with the New 52 Batman series that readers have been waiting with great anticipation to see exactly what the new team will bring to the table.

    Batman #1 jumps right into the action and doesn’t let up until the final spread. In the opening pages, we see Batman and Commissioner Gordon in their familiar places on the rooftop, Bat-Signal illuminating the sky above their heads. Gordon is filling Batman in on the recent heist of three surface-to-air missiles, only two of which have been recovered.

    Just as Gordon slyly suggests the Dark Knight should entrust him with his cell phone number so these rooftop meetings would no longer be necessary, the missing rocket is launched in the background, striking a passing plane. In classic Dark Knight fashion, Batman bails on Gordon mid sentence to prevent the critically damaged plane from dropping in the middle of Gotham. The real time elapsed from opening spread to final teaser is only six minutes, but those six minutes are some of the most tense, action packed, and emotional six minutes I’ve read.

    This chapter nicely re-establishes the classic relationships we expect from previous series and introduces the new dynamic between Batman and his ally Duke Thomas. I’m calling him an ally for now, because we still don’t know exactly what Duke’s new role is in the family. We’ve been told in Batman Rebirth #1 that he isn’t going to be a new Robin and that Batman is trying something new with Duke. We also caught a glimpse of a yellow and black suit hanging in the Bat Cave.

    So far, all of the Rebirth titles have delivered, and Batman #1 is no exception. King and Finch appear to be very comfortable in their new roles. This offering is fresh enough to warrant the Rebirth branding, but remains familiar enough to keep fans of the Snyder/Capullo run interested.

    Batman #1, DC Comics, Released June 15, 2016, Written by Tom King, Art by David Finch and Matt Banning, Color by Jordie Bellaire, Letters by John Workman, $2.39.

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: Batman #51

    Batman #51Batman #51 is one of the best stories from the title since its rebirth in DC’s “New 52” launch. It is also – perhaps not coincidentally – Scott Snyder’s and Greg Capullo’s final collaboration for one of the most iconic titles in the comic universe.

    In a title as storied as Batman, epic cover art seems to come less and less frequently. The collaborative piece created by Capullo, Miki, and FCO Plascencia features the cape and cowl enveloping an oddly bright Gotham City, the Bat Signal in its sky taking the place of the iconic symbol on Batman’s chest. It’s a brilliant blend of the dark nature of the Batman character in juxtaposition to the brightening character of Gotham.

    The unspectacular nature of this story is what’s so spectacular about it. We’ve seen stories of the Dark Knight on night patrols since forever, and at its heart, this story is just that. Driving on the empty streets outside Gotham, Batman experiences a minor earthquake that knocks out power to the city. Suspecting (with undeniably good reason) that this is some form of attack, Batman visits some of the usual suspects, but the culprit is far less expected and far more revealing than you might expect.

    The art reflects the usual quality of Capullo, Miki, and Plascencia, and the narration is conducted in a Book Antiqua-ish font, which adds a nice flavor to the story, especially when the narrator is revealed. Worth picking up even if you’re not following the Dark Knight’s crusade on a regular basis.

    Batman #51, writer: SCOTT SNYDER, pencils: GREG CAPULLO, inks: DANNY MIKI, colors: FCO PLASCENCIA, letters: STEVE WANDS, cover: CAPULLO, MIKI, & PLASCENCIA.

    Review by Robb McKinney.

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Batman #50, Doctor Who, Carnage & More

    Welcome to another installment of TFAW’s New Comic Book Day comic book reviews where we choose a few titles from amongst this week’s new releases and give you a quick review of what you can expect. 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.

     	
Batman comics at TFAW.com Batman #50
    By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo

    Well this is it, citizens of Gotham, the penultimate chapter from the creative team that relaunched the Batman title for the New 52. Bruce Wayne has had a strenuous journey, as usual, but has remembered his true identity: Gotham’s caped crusader. Jim Gordon kept the cowl warm during the arc “Superheavy” in the bat-shaped hole left after the events of the Joker’s “Endgame,” yet now Bruce has returned in a new, while familiar batsuit.

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo really gave this one their all, to weave a tale that simultaneously outlines the reasons Batman has been such a lasting figure through the decades, and what drives the character, while reforming Batman in an entirely rejuvenated body. They are metaphorically able to rejuvenate the reader on a title that has already remained one of the strongest, most consistent titles since DC’s New 52 initiative that began rebuilding the whole DCU.

    There are a great deal of Batman stories that stand the test of time — of which I have been along for the ride on many of them — and though the creative team may move on to do other things after next the issue, they have left a lasting impression on the mythology of one of the greatest characters in fictional history. Before you head to your local movie theater this weekend to see Batman v Superman, be sure to check out TFAW’s great Batman and Superman products! [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    The Shadow Glass #1
    By: Aly Fell

    In the first issue of the new Elizabethan-era series, Shadow Glass, series writer/artist Aly Fell aptly sets the scene for this six-issue story. We’re introduced to the story’s principal characters, including our protagonist, Rosalind (Rose).

    Rose is empathetic, confident, and curious. She also displays anachronistic behavior that defies social norms of the era. This helps us identify with her as a person who’s true to herself, and respect her for that reason. I can’t wait to see where Fell takes us next.

    As for the art, I was very impressed with the polish that Fell brings to the table. She has a good grasp on form, perspective, panel size and placement, and framing within those panels. I really like the muted color palate she’s working with. I found myself exploring the lines and textures of building interiors, and simple things in the background like foliage, ships, and towers.

    This series will be good for fans of Princeless, Locke & Key, BPRD, or Hawkeye‘s Kate Bishop. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

     	
Doctor Who comics at TFAW.com Doctor Who 4th Doctor #1
    By: Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby, Brian Williamson, Alice X Zhang

    Much like an episode of the TV show, Doctor Who 4th Doctor we catch up with The Doctor and Sarah Jane traveling the cosmos for entertainment. Of all places, they land in Victorian London. We’re introduced to the villain and plot is quickly established. Cyclops creatures kidnap Sarah Jane, and it’s up to The Doctor to save her.

    Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby do a good job of making the story feel like an episode of the TV show but playing to the strengths of the comic book medium. Brain Williamson’s depiction of both Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen is spot on.

    If you’re a fan of the Tom Baker years, Doctor Who 4th Doctor will be a great trip for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a new adventure with an unfamiliar Doctor, this will be a fun ride to take. Still can’t get over these awesome covers that Alice X. Zhang has been creating for the Doctor Who series — truly breathtaking. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Carnage #6
    By: Gerry Conway, Mike Perkins, Mike Del Mundo

    Gerry Conway and Mike Perkins perfectly create a very horrific scary movie feel to this series. In Carnage #6 we are given new scenery to kick off this new story arc.

    A 16-year-old girl named Jubulile, who is making a journey across the world. Well . . . until she bumps into an unexpected crash site. Her new passenger recovered from the scene frightens her, and makes her a little uneasy. Who could this be? Well Cletus Kasady, of course!

    He now has the Darkhold, a dead Elder God’s book of magical spells, which makes him that much stronger and crazier. This can only mean massive trouble for our Jubulile. Cletus gets angry, and turns into Carnage. She is now stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean with Carnage. What does she do? Read Carnage #6 to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

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    Geeky Gift Ideas for the Batman Fan in Your Life–You Won’t Believe #3

    Are you looking for that perfect gift for your favorite Bat-fan and not sure where to start? Well, look no further–here at TFAW, we are happy to help you find just the right item for their utility belt. We have a wide selection of Batman products from the monthly comics, award-winning graphic novels, and incredible statues to a ton of other products to choose from. Since 2016 will be a big year for DC Comics flagship superhero–Batman–from television with shows like Gotham to films like Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, entering the Bat-world has never been easier. Here are a few selections to make your holiday hunt a bit easier this season. Buy Batman:The Killing Joke 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition HC at TFAW.comBatman:The Killing Joke 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition HC By: Alan Moore, Brian Bolland Your Price: $16.19 Starting with one of the most famous Batman stories of all-time and written by Alan Moore and art by Brian Bolland, this story not only defined The Joker and Batman as adversaries for decades, but also created story points that have affecting the Dark Knight’s world to this day. Collected in a beautiful hardcover deluxe edition that would fit nicely on any fans bookshelf.     Buy Joker And Harley Quinn Statue at TFAW.comLimited Edition Joker And Harley Quinn Statue Sculpted by: Tim Bruckner Your Price: $224.95 Finally, the item perfect for the fan that is more interested in the amazing villains than the Cape Crusader himself. Based on the Alex Ross cover to Harley Quinn #1 that introduced the already famous animated character to the DC comic universe, this limited edition statue will become the centerpiece to anyone’s collection. Next year will also mark both characters starring in the August release of Suicide Squad, so hop on early as fans know that what makes Batman great is his villains. Buy Absolute Batman The Court Of Owls HC at TFAW.comAbsolute Batman: The Court Of Owls HC By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo Your Price: $89.99 Collecting the beginning of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s ongoing Batman epic, this volume sees Bruce Wayne’s Gotham rocked to its core as a secret society controlling the city from the shadows has now targeted it’s favorite son and his secret identity. Not even old allies like the original Robin, Dick Grayson, can be trusted due to the far reach of the Court of Owls. This oversize hardcover edition includes a ton of extras among the first 11 issues collecting this storyline. It’s also a great way to start with the Batman comics, as this is a good jump on point for new or returning readers. Here are even more gift ideas for the Batman fan in your life:

     

    If you look at these items and don’t think they are just right, or need more help sorting out your Batman 66’s from your Batman Beyond’s, feel free to contact us directly via Live Chat at TFAW.com. You can also call us at 800-862-0052 or email us, and we’ll be glad to direct you to the right Bat-product.

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    New Batman Story Arc Begins in October

    Batman #13 at TFAW.comThe Joker returns in “Death of the Family”–Scott Snyder’s new story arc starting in Batman #13 this October.

    He crippled Batgirl. He killed Robin. What will the Joker do now that he’s returned to Gotham City? What must Batman do to protect his secret identity and that of those who fight alongside him?

    Critics and fans agree, Scott Snyder’s run on Batman has been one of the strongest series in DC’s The New 52 relaunch. If you’ve missed out on the first arc, don’t make the same mistake again. Don’t wait for the trade. Get that feeling of excitement each month and start a Batman subscription today!

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    Scott Snyder Ramps up DC’s New 52 Batman Series

    Batman is more exciting than ever at TFAW.com!

    Scott Snyder (American Vampire) and Greg Capullo (Action Comics, Haunt) are absolutely crushing the new Batman series right now. It’s not some trivial throw-away story–it is deeply engrossing and feels important. The story gives us a lot of insight into the character of Bruce Wayne, and Batman #6 was amazing! (Check out our review here)

    We’re excited to see where Snyder takes this series. If the description for Batman #8 is any indication, he’s just getting started.

    Broken and beaten, Bruce Wayne has retreated from Gotham City to Wayne Manor. But no place is safe, because the Court of Owls is about to strike at the heart of city, and nothing will ever be the same. Be there for the start of the battle for Gotham City’s soul, and the prelude to “The Night of the Owls.”

    There are a bunch of other great books in DC’s New 52 relaunch. Make sure you stay tuned to the TFAW Newsletter and check out our weekly comic book review videos to see which ones are making the grade.

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