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    Review: Champions #1: Forging a New Age of Heroes

    Sometimes when the adults aren’t acting their age, it’s time to turn to youth for wisdom. That’s the premise for Marvel’s newest and youngest team of heroes called Champions.

    Disenchanted with the way their idols are acting in the wake of the second superhero civil war, the youngest Avengers quit the team and form their own team of idealistic do-gooders. They recruit a multicultural lineup with an android (Viv Vision), a Muslim (Ms. Marvel), an Asian (Amadeus Cho’s Hulk) and an African-American/Hispanic (Miles Morales’ Spider-Man).

    Writer Mark Waid throws in a nod to the original ’70s Champions team -– which included Hercules, Ghost Rider, and Black Widow. At one point, Ms. Marvel sarcastically asks, “Sorry, am I Hercules?” during a particularly harrowing situation.

    Waid does a good job of navigating readers through the as-of-yet untold end of Marvel’s Civil War II, by showing the youngsters’ frustration without spoiling how the war ends. At the same time, he crafts a compelling conundrum for the heroes who, like today’s police, are being constantly scrutinized thanks to the ubiquity of mobile phone videos. As the character Nova says, “It’s like everyone’s got me on video waiting for me to screw up.” By the end of the first installment, it’s that same scrutiny — as well as a stirring speech from the title’s emotional leader Ms. Marvel — that gives the group legitimacy as well as its name.

    As usual artist Humberto Ramos‘ angular drawings, particular of Ms. Marvel, are stunning. Ramos is a master of facial expressions as well, even conveying anger, fear and frustration on a masked character.

    It’s easy to see why Marvel chose to push this title first as part of its revised Marvel Now lineup. It feels relevant in every way. Hopefully Waid and team can keep up the youthful exuberance.

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    Champions #1, Marvel, Released October 5, 2016, Written by Mark Waid, Art by Humberto Ramos, Inks by Victor Olazaba, Color by Edgar Delgado, Lettering by Clayton Cowles; $4.99

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    There’s a New Batman in Town!

    NCBD Sept 28th

    It’s our favorite time of the week, and that means we’ve got another installment of New Comic Book Day for you! Here 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 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.

    Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes comics at TFAW.com

    Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1
    By: Tim Seeley, David Walker, Fernando Dagnino, Sandra Molina, Duncan Fegredo

    In a change of events from the end of Beneath the Planet of the Apes film, Cornelius and Zira travel back in time to 1901 West Africa instead of 1970’s North America. Here they found a young Tarzan and raised him as their own along with their son, Milo. When the Ape King Kerchak is abducted by hunters, Tarzan and family rush to his rescue, only to place themselves in further danger.

    Writers Tim Seeley and David Walker prove to not only be fans of both Planet of the Apes and Tarzan but both imaginative in finding a loophole in bringing these two worlds together in a way that honors both franchises. All while creating a new exciting direction. Fernando Dagnino’s pencils perfectly capture the feel of both worlds, and dynamically crafts action sequences worthy of the characters. If you’re looking for a fresh new take on classic stories, Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes is a must read. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Batman Beyond Rebirth #1
    By: Dan Jurgens, Ryan Sook, Tony Avina, Jeremey Lawson

    Terry McGinnis is back from the dead, and he may not be the only one. Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 gets you up to speed if you’ve never watched the animated television series or read any of the Batman Beyond comics. With a quick recap of Terry’s Batman origin pulled straight from the cartoon, the issue also gives us some insight on what has happened to Terry’s world while he was gone.

    The main story we get from Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 is that Neo-Gotham’s “Jokerz” gang is up to something much bigger than they have ever done in the past, and Terry needs to figure what that plan is before it’s brought to life.

    Dan Jurgens does a great job setting up what is sure to be an exciting first arc in the Rebirth of Batman Beyond. I always loved how the Batman Beyond series took inspiration from past Batman stories. You can see elements from all over Bat-Lore. It’s almost as if history repeats itself.

    Ryan Sook, Jeremy Lawson, and Tony Avina all do a great job with the hard lines and neon colors of Neo-Gotham. Even if you didn’t watch the show or read previous Batman Beyond comic books, you should jump on this schway series! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Extraordinary X-Men #14
    By: Jeff Lemire, Victor Ibanez, Humberto Ramos

    Still dealing with the aftermath of their recent encounter with Apocalypse, the X-Men are all now split dealing with different issues. Iceman and Nightcrawler encounter Colossus who’s now transformed by Apocalypse. Forge is left with Apocalypse as he tries to find a way to reverse what happened to Colossus. Storm and Magik look for their missing student, Sapna. Finally, Logan and Jean Grey share some quiet moments being away from their in-danger teammates.

    Jeff Lemire splits the group expertly. With so many things happening simultaneously, it can often feel like nothing is really happening, but Lemire is able to keep all these scenes focused on the big picture of the main story, with all of them being meaningful with character defining moments. The art from Victor Ibanez is incredibly expressive. Just the way he draws subtle emotions on Apocalypse’s face is enough to haunt me. Once again, Extraordinary X-Men proves to be one of the most exciting books published by Marvel. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Flash #14
    By: Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia, Steve Wands

    [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Epic. That’s my summation of this issue (and Joshua Williamson’s story thus far). My heart is beating fast. We now know the identity of Godspeed, and it makes things more tragic. After a quick battle against Godspeed in the first four pages of The Flash #7, Barry has to flee the fight so he can recover from a pretty hefty beat-down.

    A few consistent themes exist over the course of The Flash‘s run:

    • timing — being in the wrong/right place at the wrong/right time, or being fast enough to save somebody
    • addiction — the Speed Force has proven especially addictive to villians
    • yearning to right past wrongs

    Williamson expertly weaves these elements together in this issue — he’s crafting a story that is tense and exciting. This story matters; it has emotional weight that you can feel. I’m especially intrigued by how I identify with Godspeed, whose intentions are actually kind of pure. It comes down to how this person is willing to compromise to get to those ends that makes them a villain.

    If you’re just catching up with the story, this will be a fun issue that will quickly grab your attention and spark your love for this character, the writing chops of Josh Williamson, and the awesome artwork that Carmine Di Giandomencio and Ivan Plascencia are putting on the page. Di Giandomencio is laying down some really great stuff — it’s clear he’s studied how to depict movement in this medium, and it’s paying off in spades in this issue. Plascencia’s colors are gorgeous, especially when it comes to depicting the Speed Force. Just outstanding work all around. #TeamFlash [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for International Iron Man, Monstress, Superman & More

    Once again, this week was a really good one for comics fans. With so many great comics hitting the stands, it was hard to limit ourselves to just a few titles from this week’s new releases. Check out our other New Comic Book Day 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.

     	
X-Men Apocalypse Wars comics at TFAW.com Extraordinary X-Men #8
    By: Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos

    This issue kicks off Marvel’s X-Men Apocalypse Wars with a bang! How will Apocalypse make his presence known, and who will be his new horsemen, carrying out his bidding to free the world for his new era of mutant-kind? In this new issue of the amazing Extraordinary X-Men ongoing series, see what happens when Logan and Storm learn of a new spike in Cerebra’s readings. Is Colossus’s newly formed team of X-Men ready for what they’re about to walk into? What will it mean for the future of mutants, and even the world itself? How will Magik help out her new protégé, Sapna, in controlling and understanding her new power?

    There will be plenty of surprises and special guests to round out an exciting addition to this new story in the X-universe. Jeff Lemire brings his unique take to the long and storied history of the X-Men, turning a fresh eye to the classic story of Apocalypse, and he’s accompanied by the amazing art of Humberto Ramos. Now it’s just a matter of time to see if the X-Men are up to the task of fighting back the mutant power known as . . . Apocalypse! [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Superman #50
    By: Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr.

    The long awaited issue of Superman #50 has finally come out! We meet Superman as he is head to head with Vandal Savage, a long-time villain he’s tackled before. Savage takes him to an alternate reality as he grows stronger from a comet heading towards Earth. Showing Superman what could be if Vandal came into power. Superman is plopped down to an alternate universe where his parents are still alive and he’s still with them as a boy! His parents keep thanking the “High Chief” that the planet is still together.

    Can anyone take a guess on who this high chief is? As Superman fights his way to Vandal, he reminds himself that being strong is not always the most important thing — it’s the commitment to his choices that are his true power. Will Superman ever get out of this alternate Universe? Find out in Superman #50! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

     	
New Suicide Squad comics at TFAW.com Archer & Armstong #1
    By: Rafer Roberts, David LaFuente

    For the uninitiated, this will serve as an entry point to the zany, fun world of Archer and Armstrong. For those back on the ride, you will definitely want to keep your arms inside the vehicle for the duration of this. Either way you slice it, this comedic adventure title is going to be a great time for you!

    Archer was raised by the heads of a religious cult in their theme park, and honed as a deadly weapon to assassinate the immortal Armstrong (brother of the “Eternal Warrior” Gilad, and Ivar “The Timewalker”) but on his mission, he discovered that Armstrong was not the great evil that he was led to believe.

    They teamed up, became pals, and the rest is history. As for how ‘the Adventures of Archer & Armstrong’ or ‘A+A’ goes, Armstrong has a magical satchel which is essentially a portal to another dimension, where goblins catalog and keep the items he puts in it so that he can retrieve what he needs at a moment’s notice. We finally get a glimpse of what it is like inside, as Armstrong goes in to the bag to retrieve a lost item deep within. Archer goes in after him, and we are off on another zany adventure with a big bad trapped in the bag, and forgotten about for thousands of years. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Monstress #4
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

    VISUALLY BREATHTAKING…is the first thing that must be said about this comic. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that didn’t share that opinion. Go ahead, try.

    This story continues to display the Marjorie Liu’s extraordinary ability to transport you into another world. Maika, Ren and Kippa are still on the run from the Cumaea AND the Federation but they seem to have caught a second to breath. In addition to catching up with the trio, we are blessed with more back story; questions that are extremely important and that have been on our minds since the beginning are answered in Monstress #4!

    Marjorie Liu has created a world that terrifies me but also makes me envious. Sana Takeda’s artwork is a dreamscape of wonderful imagery that perfectly complements the story. [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

     	
International Iron Man comic book review at TFAW.com International Iron Man #1
    By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev

    (SPOILER ALERT) As we learned in The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Tony’s parents are not his own. This sets up the events that make International Iron Man such a great book.

    Much of this issue is spent on backstory that will serve the rest of this arc, but we do get to see a flashback of a younger Tony Stark back in his school days, working on the timeless art of seduction.

    Bendis’ writing is always top notch — nothing new there. He has such a great grasp of the character and it almost seems like Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel movie screenwriters are paying close attention to Bendis’ every move.

    Alex Maleev’s art is always fantastic. True to form, Maleev delivers captivating, fully fleshed-out art that just begs the reader to slow down and drink it all in. Bendis and Maleev are like Cap & Bucky, Wolverine & Collossus, Iron Man & War Machine — a perfect pairing such that every time they are working together, you’re in for one of the best times that comics have to offer.

    It’s a great jumping-on point for new readers as well as a great companion to Bendis/Marquez’s Iron Man run as well. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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