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    Newly Formed JLA Versus a Group of Misguided Maniacs

    Whenever a new super-group is assembled there’s an inevitable learning curve for the reader. Steve Orlando has neatly dodged this awkward phase by writing four solo one-shot tie-ins that explore this new JLA roster individually before throwing them all together in Justice League of America #1.

    While it wouldn’t hurt to have already read the Suicide Squad/Justice League series and the five JLA Rebirth one-shots, this issue serves nicely to kick off the new roster. The new JLA consists of Batman, the Atom, Black Canary, Killer Frost, Lobo, the Ray, and Vixen.

    This chapter opens with each member of the new team in their respective cities fighting their own jobbers before they receive their first team call. The Extremists have invaded Earth and are hell bent on conquering the populace to save Earth from herself.

    Lord Havok and The Extremists Thirst for Peace, Prosperity, and Total Submission

    Justice League of America #1 is heavy on action. Orlando wastes no time throwing his misfit team up against a formidable challenge. The Extremists are the NWO in this invasion angle. Hailing from Angor (Earth-8), they represent a familiar, yet foreign, enemy. The Justice League of America must overcome their different moral compasses, experience levels, and personal histories in order to prevail.

    Ivan Reis delivers sharp panels and dynamic splash pages. He plays around quite a bit with angles and perspective. Reis’ character designs are also on point. The Extremists’ designs hint slyly at their origin without giving away the punch line entirely. (Is that a Magneto helmet?)

    This series aims to make heroes more accessible to John Q. Public. In Batman’s own words, “People need to see heroes are human…like THEM, that THEY can be heroes. The JLA will show them that.”

    DON’T MISS THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE EXTREMISTS AND BATMAN. PRE-ORDER JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2

    Justice League of America #1, DC Comics, Released February 22, 2017, Written by Steve Orlando, Pencils by Ivan Reis, Inks by Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, and Julio Ferreira, Colors by Marcelo Maiolo, Letters by Clayton Cowles, $2.99

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    Review: Batman #6 – I Can Help with the Pain

    Review Batman #6

    batman #6 coverIn Batman #5, we saw Gotham Girl give up the goods on her brother Gotham. Not only did she spill it, giving up the secret that gave her and her brother Hank their super abilities, she actually killed Gotham herself in order to save Gotham City. That’s enough to make anyone go 2007-bald-Britney crazy.

    In Batman #6, we see Claire running all over Gotham City battling such low level jobbers as Colonel Blimp and Kite Man. The trouble is, while she’s flying all over Gotham fighting crime, she is trading her life for these small victories. The deal that Gotham and Gotham Girl made takes years off her life in exchange for hours of super abilities.

    Batman is at a loss for how to help Claire deal with her grief, but knows that if he doesn’t intervene, she will be dead within a couple weeks. Batman knows all about grief, but maybe isn’t the model of emotional health when it comes to grief management. Alfred delivers the best line of the series when Batman asks him how he helped Bruce deal with his own grief.

    “…each night you leave this perfectly lovely house and go leaping off buildings dressed as a giant bat. Do you really think I helped you?”

    This issue does an excellent job wrapping up the emotional fallout from the I Am Gotham storyline. It also sets up the next story arc, Night of the Monster Men, where we’ll see Batman working with Nightwing and Batwoman in the first crossover of the Rebirth era. Hopefully we’ll also get to see Duke finally leave the Batcave.

    In case you missed it, Tom King just won the 2016 Harvey Award for Most Promising New Talent. Well deserved, sir. Congratulations!

    Batman #6, DC Comics, rated T, released September 7, 2016, written by Tom King, pencils by Ivan Reis, inks by Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, and Scott Hanna, colors by Marcelo Mailo, letters by Deron Bennett, cover by David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire, variant cover by Tim Sale, $2.69

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: DC Universe Rebirth #1

    Review: DC Universe Rebirth #1

    dc universe rebirth #1DC Universe Rebirth #1 comes with a bold personal guarantee from DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, “If anyone wants to check out comics, wants to check out ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ #1 and doesn’t like it, they can mail (the comic book) to Warner Bros., to me, and I will send them a check, I literally will, for both postage and for the book. I will buy all these books back because I believe in this issue a lot. I think it’ll do very well. I hope it does well. But I seriously will, I’ll buy back this book.”

    This story is told entirely from the perspective of pre-New 52 Wally West, the third Flash. Wally has been trapped within the Speed Force since the time rupture that occurred when Barry Allen travelled back in time to save his mother from being murdered, inadvertently causing the Flashpoint event that gave birth to the New 52.

    In order for West to return to Earth, he needs to make an emotional connection with someone who remembers that he existed. He has to convince one of his old friends that there is a force at work, more powerful than Darkseid, that has robbed them all of 10 years and has rewritten reality. If West fails to make a connection and establish an emotional anchor, he will be absorbed by the Speed Force and become part of the energy that empowers future speedsters. Every attempt he makes to cross dimensional boundaries drains West physically and weakens his spirit.

    In the interest of spoiler free review, all I’ll say about the final reveal of the issue is that it’s a biggie, guaranteed to generate heat.

    I was very impressed that Johns made no apologies for the New 52. Instead, he took an opportunity to reconnect with the history and legacy of the DC universe, while acknowledging within the story plot that something has been very wrong and needs to be corrected. He’s provided us with all the setup required to get back to an era of hope and optimism that used to define the DC Universe.

    DC Universe Rebirth #1, released May 25, 2016, writer: Geoff Johns, artists: Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez, ink: Joe Prado, Matt Santorelli, color: HI-FI, Brad Anderson, Gabe Eltaeb, letters: Nick J. Napolitano.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for Ms Marvel, Harrow County, The Flash & Jonesy

    From new series to longtime and recent favorites, this week had a strong crop of new comics. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the fifth of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.

     	
Harrow County comics at TFAW.com Harrow County #9
    By: Cullen Bunn, Carla Speed McNeil, Tyler Crook

    This issue of Harrow County sees Eisner-winning creator Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, No Mercy) join the team for an issue that takes a pause from our story thus far to focus on one of my favorite characters, the Skinless Boy.

    You can see Bunn’s pacing himself in this issue, letting the story slowly unfold to reveal yet another piece of the puzzle. Even if you haven’t been following the series thus far, I recommend that you check out this issue–you won’t be disappointed. As far as art, I think Carla Speed McNeil was an inspired choice for this issue.

    While different from series artist Tyler Crook’s art, McNeil’s work is haunting in her own right. You can tell she’s been a fan of the series from the get-go, because it’s clear a lot of love went into each and every panel. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    The Flash #48
    By: Robert Venditti, Jesus Merino, Ivan Reis

    Barry Allen is brought in to a task force assembled by the Central City Police Department to bring in the Flash! As if that weren’t bad enough, the other members of the task force include the Rogues: Golden Glider, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Trickster, and of course, Captain Cold.

    It’s going to be a hard time escaping the team that includes the alter-ego of the Fastest Man Alive. Luckily he is in a position to sabotage the efforts of his would-be captors. He’s going to need to think quickly on his feet, which wouldn’t normally seem like much of an issue for the Flash, if only he could keep traction to stay one step (or thousands) ahead. They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but the creative team has been electrifying with this arc of The Flash. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Jonesy #1
    By: Sam Humphries, Caitlin Rose Boyle

    Jonesy seems like a typical teenage girl: She’s cute, lovable and we can all relate with her everyday struggles in high school. However, there is one little thing makes Jonesy unique from all the others . . . she’s got a wacky super power and a pet ferret!

    While dealing with the biggest event for high school, the dreaded Valentine’s Day grams, Jonesy starts to show her super-secret superpower throughout the school day. People start to catch on but she doesn’t care! She is taking charge and taking no nonsense from anybody in this issue but soon ends up finding her sole purpose is to teach her high school a lesson.

    I love how relatable and funny this issue is and it makes you wonder, what is she going to do? What’s her superpower? Well, Jumpin Jehosaphat! Better get to reading issue Jonesy #1! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

    Ms Marvel #4
    By: G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, Cliff Chiang

    Life can be tough for a teenager: you have school work to get done on time, friends to keep up with, family to keep happy — and then there’s always being an Avenger. That seems to cut into all of the other time. In this issue of Ms. Marvel, Kamala has to find a way to balance her home life, school life, and trying to earn confidence from Captain America and Iron Man. No problem at all, right? Especially with some help from her friend Bruno and something he’s been working on in the science lab.

    Yet again, G. Willow Wilson continues to put her amazing and unique spin on an original character, and Nico Leon’s art adds incredible depth to the world of Ms. Marvel and everyone in it. You also read more of Ms. Marvel’s adventures in All-New All-Different Avengers, on shelves now. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below! Be sure to share these posts on Facebook or Twitter if you want us to continue this series of posts. 🙂

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    The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 3 of 5 – DC Comics

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

    Happy New Year from your friends at TFAW! Now that we’re in 2016, we want to stop and remember the great books that were released last year. What follows is the third in a series of five Best Comics of 2015 pieces we’ll be posting through January 6. Missed the earlier installments? Check out Part 1 and Part 2. Starting January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    It all started with DC Comics. Superman. Batman. Green Lantern. The Flash. These are the heroes we’ve grown up with, and the ones who epitomize what it means to be a hero. DC was dogged by critics and fans this year, but the following comics demonstrate that the publisher still puts out great books month after month.

    The Best of DC Comics (in no particular order):

    Batgirl
    By: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr

    I’ve got to start by giving due recognition to Gail Simone. She’s an all-star writer who made me fall in love with Barbara Gordon and her work in the New 52 was solidly in the top of the class. When I first heard that DC brought on a new creative team for Batgirl, I was upset. Really upset. That being said, I cannot recommend the Fletcher/Stewart/Tarr Batgirl series enough.

    Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher’s take on Barbara Gordon is a revelation. She’s more complicated than most of the other heroes in the DCU. She’s confident, yet vulnerable. She’s a college student, a romantic, a caring friend, a superhero. This series could serve as a great character study in college classes across the country.

    Babs Tarr’s art perfectly matches the tone of the writing, and suits Barbara’s character. It’s fresh, fun, and cute (in the best way). The redesigned Batgirl suit is modern, functional, and steps a thousand feet away from hyper-sexualized female costumes we’ve seen time and time again. Tarr has a great eye for human form and visual perspective. Her consistent attention to detail in each and every panel shows how much love she has for the book and the medium. She’s a superstar, and I’m looking forward to following her work in the coming decades. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Sandman Overture
    By: Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams III, Dave Stewart

    Sandman is back! Neil Gaiman has returned to one of his most beloved creations with Sandman Overture. One of the most anticipated books of the last several years came to its jaw-dropping conclusion in 2015 and is now collected into a hardcover that can join the Sandman collection on your shelf. We finally learn the story leading up to the events of Sandman #1 and how Morpheus came to be in the situation we found him in all those years ago.

    Revisiting a classic story is often risky. Comparisons to the original are inevitable and it would be so easy to fall short. Fear not! This is Sandman in every way you could want. Gaiman is able to pick up and dust off his characters as if it hasn’t been over 10 years since we last saw them. Reading Sandman Overture feels like going on a strange, new adventure and visiting with old friends at the same time.

    Sandman has always been blessed with amazing artists, but J.H. Williams III and Dave Stewart will blow you away! With chameleon-like ability, Williams’ style can drastically change depending on the needs of a particular scene. His pages are full of hyper-detailed, realistic panels to psychedelic landscapes (and everything in between) all set in the most unique page layouts we’ve seen all year. [Jeff B. at Portland TFAW]

    Omega Men comics at TFAW.com Omega Men
    By: Tom King, Barby Bagenda, Toby Cypress, José Marzán, Jr.

    When DC announced that Omega Men would end with the sixth issue, fans cried out for more. Even though the series had comparatively low sales numbers, DC decided to publish the rest of the 12-issue run. That was great news for fans and new readers alike, because you don’t have to be well-versed in DCU lore to read this series. It’s driven by a compelling story with characters I wasn’t fully aware of when I started reading it.

    Starting off with a death of a well-known character is definitely a way to get attention, and it doesn’t happen all that often. After breaking the neck of White Lantern Kyle Rayner, the Omega Men pose an immediate threat to the Lantern Corps. The reader is instantly drawn into the series and we find ourselves trying to figure out where this series is going next. A really great series. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Fables comics at TFAW.com

    Fables
    By: Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha

    Fables has the impossible task of living up to the stories that inspired these characters…and it does so in spades. Bill Willingham never pulled a punch in thirteen years of writing this series. Every character was filled with pathos and gravity. These were weighted characters in a fantastical setting and as a reader you couldn’t help but feel every victory, every death, every defeat. Every character had a journey, and a role within the story, and some of these played out over thirteen glorious years.

    While Willingham’s words were powerful, they were truly brought to life by his partner in crime — Mark Buckingham. He renders every emotion exquisitely. Most of the big name artists and books go for the big splash page, or action sequence and ignore the details. Not Bucky. His strength is in the real character work in each panel. Every character has their own unique expressions and the reader can’t help but feel what the characters are being put through. The rest of the creative team also made Fables truly great — Klein’s beautiful lettering, Leialoha’s inks, etc. Fables is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. No other series can compete with Fables‘ brilliant thirteen year run. Comics in 2016 is going to be a much darker place without new issues of Fables on the shelves. [Dustin K. at Universal TFAW]

    Justice League comics at TFAW.com Justice League
    By: Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Jason Fabok, Francis Mapul

    This is what superhero comics are about, and one of the biggest advantages of a shared universe. Massive threats to the entire DCU, heroes coming together to face seemingly impossible odds, epic throwdowns.

    Geoff Johns’ Justice League has been a thrill ride from day one, and this year’s Injustice League and Darkseid War have built on several years of strong storytelling. This is one of DC’s flagship titles, and they’ve put a lot of effort into pairing Johns with artists like Ivan Reis and Jason Fabok to produce one of the best books on the shelves every single month. These guys are all at the top of their game–just crack open an issue and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
    [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog in the coming days as we’ll be posting two more Best Comics of 2015 lists. At the end, YOU will decide which one will be crowned as the Best Comic of 2015!

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

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    Throne of Atlantis–The Justice League Battles Aquaman’s Brother & the Atlanteans!

    Throne of Atlantis comics at TFAW.comThis December, Geoff Johns pits the Justice League against Aquaman’s brother and the whole of Atlantis! The new Throne of Atlantis story begins in Justice League #15 and continues in the pages of Aquaman.

    As the team grows to trust each other, they’re going to deal with some of the things they don’t know about each other. This is the debut of Atlantis to the New 52 universe, and you can bet that the surface world will never be the same after this story. Throne of Atlantis marches us toward DC’s tentpole event of 2013, Trinity War, so don’t miss out on any of the action!

    Like we’ve done for all of DC’s special crossovers–Death of the Family, Rotworld, H’EL on Earth, Throne of Atlantis, Hawkman Wanted, Rise of the Third Army, and Before Watchmen–we’ve created a special page that will serve as your one-stop shop for all the Throne of Atlantis comics.

    THRONE OF ATLANTIS

    SEE ALL JUSTICE LEAGUE COMICS & MORE

    Are you excited for this story? Are you digging Aquaman? Post your comments below!

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