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    The Trinity comes together in this week’s NCBD!

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews brings us a trio of fantastic comics that you won’t want to miss. From DC we’ve got Trinity Annual #1, Marvel brings us some gamma glowing action in Hulk #6, and last but not least is Action Lab’s Spencer & Locke #2.

    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.

    Trinity Annual #1
    By: Rob Williams/Guillem March

    Trinity Annual #1 is both a standalone story and part of a larger whole, providing an issue that is a great jumping on point and essential reading for longtime readers. Trinity Annual #1 deals with the concept of trinities, exploring the effects that the trinity of Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman have on the DC Universe while also playing with the idea of a dark trinity.

    However, the book isn’t all theoretical concepts, as we get a fair share of action from guest star Etrigan the Demon. When Etrigan and Jason Blood separate, Etrigan goes on a warpath that takes the combined effort of the trinity to stop him. You won’t believe the sacrifice that our heroes make to stop this rampaging demon!

    Trinity Annual #1 contains a reveal at the end which brings together multiple DC books, making this comic a must-read if you’re following the Rebirth storyline. With great writing from Rob Williams and stellar art from Guillem March, this is one comic you won’t want to miss! [Josh P. At TFAW.Com]


    Hulk #6
    By: Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Jeff Dekal, Matt Milla

    Jennifer Walters has been fighting for a long time, both in the streets and in the court. However, one thing that always stays constant is her fear.

    In Mariko Tamaki’s sixth issue of Hulk, Jen is fighting a manifestation of her own fear. It’s a fight that she must win if she’s ever going to save anyone again.

    Hulk #6 was a quick read. There is a lot going on here between the panels. The death of Bruce Banner in Civil War II has hit a lot of our heroes hard, and especially those who know the internal struggle he dealt with.

    Artist Nico Leon has this great way of making this series stand out. It looks almost one part manga influenced and one part Stjepan Sejic, especially when you add Matt Milla’s colors.

    Deconstructed Part 6 isn’t a great starting point, but it’s a solid end to the arc. [Martin M. At TFAW.Com]


    Spencer & Locke #2
    By: David Pepose, Jorge Santiago, Jr.

    Spencer & Locke #2 picks up right where the first book left off, with Detective Spencer still on the case of Sophie Jenkins’ murder. The comic still has the charm and style of newspaper strips like Calvin & Hobbes while retaining the sharp wit and expressive writing style that David Pepose does best.

    Issue #2 takes the action and turns it up to 11, featuring bar brawls, car chases, deadly shootouts, and so much more. If you are the type who wonders what Calvin is like as an adult, look no further than Detective Spencer. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Calvin & Hobbes, you’ll still love the unique style of Spencer & Locke. Since it’s a four issue miniseries, the action moves at a steady pace and never drags.

    This book is a hidden gem that any comic book fan should read. If you’ve yet to read Spencer & Locke, do yourself a favor and add it to your pull list today. [Josh P. At TFAW.Com]


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    Alien Day Kicks Off With Aliens: Dead Orbit #1

    This week for New Comic Book Day, we’re kicking things off with the fantastic Aliens: Dead Orbit, just in time for Alien Day! However, that’s not all we’ve got for you as this week also brings us Old Man Logan fighting through space and time and a coming of age Supergirl story.

    As always, this is just a sample of the new books out this week; you can check out everything that came out this week on our website.

    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.

    Aliens: Dead Orbit #1
    By: James Stokoe

    Gonna be upfront and honest here. I’ve been looking forward to this before any artwork was shown. Knowing James Stokoe from his other works, like Orc Stain and Godzilla – Half Century War, I knew this was going to be a fest for the eyes. I love Stokoe’s style. That high color and tiny scratchy detail make it a pleasure to look at. It’s also good that he’s an excellent storyteller.

    This is a new cast of characters on a new ship above a new planet, which makes it an easy jumping on point for anyone. Even if you’ve never seen Ridley Scott’s classic Alien film, you can still buy this comic and enjoy it. Although watching the film will help in understanding the horror of these creatures, it’s not a necessity.

    From this first issue, Dead Orbit looks to be an exciting slow-paced thriller. We all know what the Xenomorphs are capable of. We know what they can do, but can you watch while someone else finds out? [Martin M. at TFAW.com]


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    By: Jeff Lemire, Eric Nguyen

    Jeff Lemire’s final arc of Old Man Logan has been a fantastic read so far. Old Man Logan #22 continues that streak by providing another solid story. In this issue, Logan finds himself transported back to his first fight with Hulk and Wendigo. The setting gives Lemire an opportunity to present some new twists to this story that any Wolverine fan will love.

    The art by Eric Nguyen is impressive and you’ll have no problem following the action. His run on Old Man Logan has been a treat and I’d love to see him on future Marvel books.

    The Past Lives arc has been one of Lemire’s best stories and you won’t want to miss an issue. I can’t wait to see how it all ends. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]


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    By: Mariko Tamaki, Joëlle Jones

    It’s not easy being super, as Kara Danvers can likely attest to. In this third issue, Mariko Tamaki continues to tell a brilliant coming-of-age story. In fact, the story feels like it would make the perfect vehicle for a new Supergirl movie.

    Surprisingly, the book asks more questions than it answers. However, I’m confident that Tamaki can pull off a solid landing in the final book.

    The art by Joelle Jones is still fantastic. Jones and Tamaki make an amazing team that I’d like to see tackle more DC books in the future.

    It’s a shame that Supergirl: Being Super is only four issues long, as this miniseries is one of DC’s best. If you’ve yet to check out this comic, you’re missing out on one of the hottest books DC is currently putting out. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]


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    Marvel’s Asian American Superheroes Assemble

    Amadeus Cho is a gifted young super-genius. He is easily able to identify variables and quantum possibilities in any given situation. Cho is regarded by Reed Richards as being the seventh most intelligent person on Earth. He’s also young, cocky, and reckless.

    Totally Awesome Hulk #15
    Totally Awesome Hulk #15

    Following the events of the Secret Wars, Bruce Banner absorbed a lethal amount of radiation. Cho was able to use nanites to remove The Hulk from Bruce Banner. He then absorbed The Hulk into his own body, becoming Totally Awesome Hulk.

    During the Civil War II event, Cho saved Bruce Banner from a bar fight. After the rescue, Cho revealed to Bruce that he was completely Gamma free. Amadeus gets some needed counsel from Banner on how to balance his human emotions with his monster rage.

    The Big Apple Showdown Starts Here

    Totally Awesome Hulk #15 opens a new story arc. Kamala Khan (Miss Marvel), Cindy Moon (Silk), Shang-chi, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Jimmy Woo and Jake Oh all make appearances in this Asian-American team-up.

    Writer Greg Pak uses this issue to form relationships between heroes that clearly have as many differences as similarities. Common ground is established with the light-hearted debunking of Asian stereotypes.

    Cho gets one of the best lines of the book with “Ohmagod! Asian Superheroes? What are they doing here? Is there a Kaiju attack? Where are the ninjas? Where’s The Mandarin?”

    Mahmud Asrar demonstrates why he’s one of the best in the business. The story is bookended with conflict, but the scenes that really shine are the quiet moments. The reactions of each character when the group is enjoying Kalbi at a Korean BBQ are priceless. Also worth noting is the actual fight between three superheroes over who will pick up the check.


    Totally Awesome Hulk #15, Marvel Comics, Released January 25, 2017, Written by Greg Pak, Art by Mahmud Asrar, Colors by Nolan Woodward, Letters by VC’s Cory Petit, $3.99

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    The Final Arc of Life and Death Begins

    NCBD 12/28/16

    Every week, we’re lucky to get a New Comic Book Day. With new titles, new arcs, and exciting continuations of ongoing stories, Wednesday is our favorite day. This week, Hulk starts over, the final arc of Life and Death begins, and Wonder Woman needs saving?!? Yep! As always these are only a few of the comics that came out this week. 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.

    Aliens vs. Predator: Life and Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Brian Thies, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    This issue kicks off the final arc of Life and Death, which is a crossover story that spans Prometheus, Aliens, and Predator.

    Aliens vs. Predator opens after the events of Aliens: Life and Death. The Colonial Marine ship Hasdurbal is under attack, and those on the surface of LV-223 are unaware of the danger there. What they do know however, is the threat of bugs is imminent. Xenomorphs are coming for them, and they may have to do the unthinkable to survive.

    Dan Abnett‘s Life and Death has been an exciting adventure to read from the very beginning. I hope that these are not the end of the Aliens/Predator/AvP/Prometheus crossover stories. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]


    Wonder Woman #13
    By: Greg Rucka, Renato Guedes, Romulo Fajardo JR, Liam Sharp, Brad Anderson

    With Wonder Woman not quite herself, it’s up to Steve Trevor, the one often being saved by Wonder Woman, to do what he can to save the person he loves. Steve, giving insight to his point of view on his relationship with our favorite Amazonian princess, narrates this entire issue. We also get to see his military and survival training put to the test as he tries to outthink and outlast their pursuers.

    Greg Rucka continues to redefine Wonder Woman while giving the reader a deeper understanding of the character, and how her supporting characters work. Renato Guedes does a great job filling in for regular Liam Sharp, giving us a brilliantly paced book, which often times can be difficult with narration heavy stories.

    Wonder Woman #13 does a great job building up a supporting character, and setting the stage for a new story arc you will not want to miss. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]


    Hulk #1
    By: Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Matt Milla, Jeff Dekal

    I like to see the vulnerabilities in our heroes. The Flash is at his best when he’s up against the ropes. Iron Man excels when he’s forced to think (not punch) himself out of a situation.

    Hulk #1 picks up after the events of Civil War II where she suffered greatly at the hands of one of Marvel’s strongest villains and experienced the loss of a loved one. Jennifer Walters is battling depression, self-doubt, and a rage that she cannot bottle up for much longer.

    While we see hints of the Hulk bursting forth, this issue is about Jennifer and her experiences getting back to her normal life as a lawyer. Mariko Tamaki expertly handles Jennifer’s inner dialog (I went back through for a second reading to just read that) and sets up the tone for the series in this opening bow. Consider me hooked! [Josh C. at TFAW.com]


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    Review: Civil War II #3

    Review Civil War #3

    civil war II #3 coverIn the end of Civil War II #2, precognizant Inhuman Ulysses projected a vivid and terrifying vision onto everyone present. The Incredible Hulk would kill them all. This, right on the heels of Tony Stark pointing out that Ulysses’ visions may be influenced by his emotional state, and Ulysses’ emotional state being turned inside out by Iron Man kidnapping him from his bed in the middle of the night and torturing him (a little bit) in order to map his brain.

    In Civil War II #3, this revelation leads to nearly all of the Marvel Universe showing up, unannounced, on Bruce Banner’s doorstep. Captain Marvel and Iron Man (sans suit) enter the lab to draw Bruce Banner out and explain the situation to him. Stark and Danvers both present valid arguments on their positions regarding Ulysses and his visions. Banner admits that he has been experimenting on himself with Gamma radiation to keep himself from Hulking up, and tells the group it as been over a year since his last episode.

    Then it hits the fan.

    The issue cuts back and forth between a courtroom in the present, where one of the Marvel U is on trial for murdering another, and flashbacks to the field in front of Bruce Banner’s not-so-secret lab, where the crime takes place. I can’t really say much about either scene without spoiling, so we’ll leave it there.

    I said at the end of my review of Civil War II #2 that the pacing of this series was off, and that the build was too slow for a summer series of only 7 issues. Chapter 3 has finally hit the accelerator. The battle lines have been clearly drawn and war is on the horizon (which is good, considering there are only four issues left in this series).

    Bendis’ dialogue is believable, and the emotional state of several characters is finally starting to make sense. If I had one (small) complaint about this entry, it would be the switching back and forth between David Marquez and Olivier Coipel on art duties. Their styles are similar enough, but the differences are noticeable from scene to scene.

    Civil War II #3 (of 7), Marvel Comics, released July 13, 2016, written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by David Marquez and Olivier Coipel, color by Justin Ponsor, Letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles $4.49

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: The Totally Awesome Hulk #5

    totally awesome hulk #5Hulk, or “The Incredible Hulk” has been a universe leading icon and world-recognized superhero of wildly dangerous proportions, for decades. Since his appearance in May of 1962, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creation has become every bit the force to be reckoned with, in comics, and out.

    From the comic-books of the 1960s continuing all the way to present day, two 1970’s television films, a TV-series into the 80s, and his appearance in many cartoons and movies, The Hulk is one of the top figureheads of the Marvel Universe. Spider-Man is arguably the only more recognizable character in Marvel’s catalog of fictional heroes.

    Too many articles have been written about Hulk to even begin to count. Why does this big green character endure? Why are we so interested in reading about this monster? Well, I think it is because he is all of us. Or, at least who we all wish we could be, at times. He’s a good person who is so full of rage that he becomes the ultimate Mister Hyde to Bruce Banner’s Dr. Jekyll. Banner “Hulk’s out” into a huge monster capable of destroying huge cities, or even possibly small worlds, but his good hearted nature often keeps him in check. Well, sometimes, anyway.

    So, who is THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK? And, well… is he?

    T.T.A.Hulk was created by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa and first appeared in Amazing Fantasy volume 2 number 15 in 2006. This Hulk is not Bruce Banner, however. This Hulk is Amadeus Cho, a young genius whose intellect brought the attention of Pythagoras Dupree who had Cho’s house and parents blown up, sending Amadeus on the run.

    With much ado in multiple Marvel storylines, we come to the “All-New All-Different” Marvel event in which The Totally Awesome Hulk storyline lives. Amadeus Cho became the Hulk after the Secret Wars storyline, wherein the original Hulk was affected by a lethal amount of radiation. In order to prevent a potential killing of the masses meltdown, Amadeus used nanites to pull Hulk out of Banner and put Hulk into himself. Now, Amadeus and his sister, Maddy, have begun seeking out dangerous monsters on Earth, though his questionable tactics and containment strategies are still developing.

    So, why did I pick up the first five issues of T.T.A.H.? To be frank (heh heh), it was Frank Cho’s incredible cover and interior artwork on issues 1-4, continued cover art on issue 5, and hopefully beyond. I have met, and spoken with, the über talented artist over the years at Comic-Cons and have loved his art-style for almost two decades, ever since being introduced to his work in Liberty Meadows.

    Mike Choi has taken over the interior art, in issue 5, and is doing a bang up job of it. Now, with the intriguing introduction of The Enchantress of Asgard, into the story, I don’t plan to stop reading this series any time soon, and recommend these comics to Hulk fans, the world over, new and old!

    The Totally Awesome Hulk #5, written by Greg Pak, art by Frank Cho, pencils by Mike Choi. Published April 20, 2016.

    Review by Steve Oatney.

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    Unbelievable Products Now Available at TFAW.com

    Two years ago, we made headlines when we were able to locate and procure Tauntaun Steaks. Sure, we sold out in a matter of minutes, but we’re told those steaks were out of this world.

    This year, we challenged the TFAW Buyers to search for similarly hard-to-find products. They’ve answered the call, putting in massive amounts of overtime these past few months–traveling to exotic locales to find products that will completely change your life. Click on the images or links below to read more about these amazing finds!

    You’ll Marvel at our Super Soldier Serum or Indestructible Adamantium Metal Alloy! (See what we did there?)

    You’ll find inner peace when you schedule your next Anger Management Session with The Hulk!

    Travel to distant planets with the use of our Certified Pre-Owned Tardis or inspire fear throughout the galaxy with the Yellow Lantern Ring!

    Help give a rescued Direwolf Cub a good home!

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    These products are only available while supplies last, so make sure you order yours today! Be sure to use the facebook and twitter buttons above to prove to your friends that you’re so much cooler than they are. 😉

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

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    October Product Review Contest

    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.

    Dixon from Nashville, TN is the first of this month’s winners. His review of Jeph Loeb’s Hulk TPB Vol. 2: Red And Green was a great write-up and it easily caught our attention:

    This is turning out to be one whopper of a good Hulk story! It’s a mystery story, wrapped inside a conspiracy theory, wrapped inside a horror movie (for vol. 2 at least). I’m a big fan of Jeph Loeb and he is taking the reader on one wild ride here not to mention introducing one of the coolest new characters of the Marvel Universe – the Rulk (Red Hulk) who only gets more intriguing as the story unfolds.

    This one gets 5 stars, not because it’s Loeb’s best work (this one is no Long Halloween) but because my son demands it! He is 10, the Hulk is his favorite character, and he loves this story like it’s Star Wars. He told me that only the highest rating will do so I’ll let you take that for what you will. If I was rating it on my own I’d put it at 4 stars. Good, solid, comic storytelling, amazing art (really!) that is winning even if youre new to the expanded Hulk and Marvel universe. You wont be disappointed!

    Jim L. from New York wrote a bunch of fantastic reviews last month including reviews for a bunch of DC’s New 52 books, Marvel’s Greates Comics issues, and Jim’s review of Secret Avengers #12.1, which we’ve included below:

    This self-contained story works well as an introduction to the Secret Avengers. While some issues focus on a small detachment of the super-team, this one features the whole group. It’s not heavy with exposition, but the dialogue gives readers a feel for the characters and their roles. Each member gets at least a few panels as the black ops mission unfolds. Black Widow does her spy thing, Ant-Man banters with War Machine, Steve Rogers leads the group. This “Point One” issue is not dependent on previous story arcs, although there are allusions to past Marvel events. There seems to be more focus on ideas than action in this quick yarn, but it’s accessible to new readers.

    Finally, Laura from Eureka, CA took the time to share her thoughts of the premiere issue of the new ongoing Star Trek series. Here’s what she had to say:

    While I knew that this comic, as we as the others coming after it, would be based around episodes of the original Star Trek series, I think a part of me had hoped/expected that this rebooted version would be more… well, different. Of course, I understand that the particular story being used for this comic has only just begun and there is more than enough room left in it for change. It’s just at the moment, everything is still pretty much the SAME, minus the addition of Chekov and a few changes in the dialogue and whatnot. Otherwise it’s playing out exactly as “Where No Man Has Gone Before” did.

    There’s nothing really new yet, and if things continue, then I definitely won’t be surprised by the ending as I’ll already know what happens, having seen the episode. By no means will I stop reading this (it’s TREK, how can I not read it?), but I just wanted to share my observation thus far. 🙂

    We want to thank everyone again for sharing their product reviews last month. Good stuff! If you’re submitting product reviews, please don’t submit duplicate reviews or submissions from other merchant websites. You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

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    Comic Book Reviews: Walking Dead, True Blood, Loki, Kick Ass, Hulk

    New Reviews of This Week’s Releases!

    Time for your weekly dose of comic book reviews! We’re about a week and a half from Halloween, but we’re reviewing a few creepy comics, including The Walking Dead #78, True Blood #4, and the DCU Halloween Special. Tune in and you’ll also hear what we think about Brightest Day #12, Bruce Wayne: The Road Home Catwoman, Bruce Wayne: The Road Home Commissioner Gordon, Grimm Fairy Tales TPB Vol. 8, Hulk #26, Stan Lee Soldier Zero #1, Chaos War #2, Kick Ass 2 Balls to the Wall #1, Loki #1, and Daredevil #511.

    Hulk #26



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    Interview: Jeff Parker Adds Flash (and SMASH) to Hulk!

    We Interview Hulk’s Jeff Parker!

    Because we are fortunate enough to be located near Portland, Oregon, we are lucky enough to have Periscope Studio, an amazing collective of comic book talent, right in our backyard! So when we heard that one of our favorite writers, Jeff Parker (Atlas, Underground), was taking over Hulk this week with issue #25, we dropped by for a visit to talk to him about it. Besides telling us that Hulk is now going to feature “Sharing, and love, and understanding,” (yeah right!) he also assured us that there will be plenty of smashing, and that Red Hulk is going to have a hard time getting along with his new mission partners–namely, Iron Man and Thor!

    Parker also talked to us about the end of his amazing Atlas series and how Man-Thing is fitting into Thunderbolts. Plus, Jeremy Barlow (Metalocalypse/Dethklok) and Dustin Weaver (S.H.I.E.L.D.) make guest appearances. Because they’re working right near our interview. Because Periscope is literally packed with talent, which brings me back to us being very lucky. But enough about us–watch the interview!

    Hulk #25



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