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    NCBD: Bounty, Justice League Rebirth, Punisher, Batman 66 meets Steed and Mrs. Peel

    Batman teams up with the Avengers? The creator of Rat Queens takes us to space, The Punisher contnues his path of destruction, and the Justice League go through a Rebirthing-all this week for New Comic Book Day. As always these are only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our previous blog articles to 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.

    Bounty comics at TFAW.com

    Bounty #1
    By: Kurtis Wiebe, Mindy Lee, Leordo Olea

    Sisters Nina and Georgie steal from the rich and give to the poor, and keep some for themselves. Hey, they have to eat, too. From Rat Queens creator Kurtis Wiebe and artist Mindy Lee. Comes this Robin Hood-Esq space tale.

    This 40-page introduction really lays out the landscape for the new series. Kurtis has proven in the past he can write both funny and engaging teams with Rat Queens and this is no exception. I had a ton of fun with the sisters and their teammates. Bounty hits on elements seen in popular series like Firefly and Cowboy Bebop, but dials up the sci-fi, and futurism so that we end up with something unique, but familiar at the same time.

    If you’ve been enjoying Rat Queens this is an instant pick up. If you don’t know what Rat Queens is, well, 1) you’re missing out, and 2), this is an excellent point to blast off with an awesome new series. Don’t be the last one to the loading dock. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Justice League comics at TFAW.com

    Justice League Rebirth #1
    By: Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel

    It’s a brand new day for the Justice League! After the Superman of the New 52 sacrificed his life to protect all human life, there was a void left in the Justice League. Now as they mourn the loss of their friend, they face the task of picking up the pieces.

    A large alien threat attacks, bringing together Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and rookie Green Lanterns – Simon Baz, and Jessica Cruz. Our Pre-Flashpoint Superman has made his presence known to few, but he cannot help but see this threat and rush into action to help the heroes of this Earth by stepping into his former role.

    Batman is skeptical of the Kryptonian and wants to keep a close eye on him. Knowing what we do about Superman, it won’t be long until he proves himself to the team. Solid art and a well-paced story give this opening room to grow and establishes a new threat which I am sure we will be seeing more of in the future. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Punisher comics at TFAW.com

    Punisher #3
    By: Becky Cloonan, Steve Dillon, Declan Shalvey

    Previously in Punisher, Frank Castle goes up against Condor, a mob that’s manufacturing a drug called EMC which is making people stronger, faster, and immune to pain. While Punisher takes out all of Condor’s head men, This leaves the DEA to come after Frank. After all, he is killing all their evidence for their case. His next hit is Josiah, one of the makers of EMC. However, Josiah comes with a catch. A little girl strapped with explosives and a father who is ready to hit the detonator as soon as the Punisher shows up.

    I love the intense, on-edge feeling this series has been giving off so far–each issue has a fantastic fight scene. This issue thickens the plot of the story, and each issue has a fantastic fight scene. I am really intrigued to see where Becky Cloonan (writer of Southern Cross and Gotham Academy) takes this series. A definite must read for new and old fans of Punisher! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Batman 66 Meets Steed & Mrs. Peel comics at TFAW.com

    Batman 66 Meets Steed & Mrs. Peel #1
    By: Ian Edginton, Matthew Dow Smith, Michael Allred

    Last Time on Batman 66….
    Well, I don’t know what happened last time actually, but I can tell you that this is the first time we’ve EVER seen Batman team-up with the Avengers! No, not those Avengers from Marvel, the other ones from across the pond, Boom Studios’ Steed and Mrs. Peel.

    With the Gotham Museum hosting the White Star Diamond from the Royal Family, everything looks to be fine until Catwoman appears, and she’s on the prowl for new accessories. Although Batman and Robin were too late, British Secret Intelligence agents Steed and Mrs. Peel were on the case. But could it be that something more sinister is going on? Was Catwoman behind it all? Will Steed and Peel ever be called The Avengers again? Find out next time, Same bat-time, same bat-channel!

    Overall, this was a fun issue to read for me having some history with Steed and Peel, as my father watched them when I was a kid. Ian Edginton does a good job keeping the Batman 66 series in tone with the show. It felt like watching an episode. Tied with Matthew Dow Smith’s art and Jordie Bellaire’s colors this worked exceptionally well. Great start to this six-issue mini-series. [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 Best Comics of 2015 – Part 4 of 5 – Image Comics

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

    Now that we’re firmly in the new year, and the effects from the champagne have worn off, we want to stop and remember the great books that were released last year. What follows is the fourth in a series of five Best Comics of 2015 pieces we’ll be posting through January 6. Missed the earlier installments? Check out Part 1Part 2, and Part 3. Starting January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    Superheroes are all well and good, but if you want to dig your teeth into something with a little more meat, creator-owned series are where it’s at. With series for virtually any taste, Image Comics really pushed hard in 2015 to draw us in and captivate us.

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

    Rat Queens
    By: Kurtis J. Wiebe, Stjepan Šejić, Roc Upchurch

    Looking for a fantasy comic that is different than all the others? Like, WAY different? Good. Pick up Rat Queens. This book has all the classic high-adventure elements you would expect and so much more. Led by a cast of strong female characters, each issue is violent and vulgar but also has more heart than most series on the stands. Similarly, each of the four Rat Queens are fully realized, complex characters. They feel like real people, which is something many series seem to struggle with.

    But who are the Rat Queens? Hannah, Violet, Dee, and Betty are a raucous, drunken, crass group of mercenaries and your new best friends. They are the Dungeons and Dragons party you wish you had. This book is a fantastic ride that you should hop on as soon as possible to see for yourself! So many people have thanked us for bringing them on board this series. [Jeff B. at Portland TFAW]

    Birthright
    By: Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan

    After their youngest boy Mikey goes missing in the woods, the Rhodes family is torn apart. A year passes and someone shows up that looks like Conan knowing a little too much about the disappearance of little Mikey.

    If you haven’t picked up Birthright by Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Nailbiter, Illuminati) you are sorely missing out. One of Image’s best series continues this past year as we figure out about what happened to Mikey, and what could happen to our world.

    I don’t read a ton of fantasy comics, but this one got me hooked from issue one. I’ve introduced this book to people who don’t typically read comics and comics fans who don’t really like fantasy series, and they’ve all come back and told me that they can’t stop reading this book. It’s wholly engrossing and transcends genres.

    The first two volumes are available for order, and I can tell you the series has only gotten better with time. I can’t wait to see where Joshua Williamson takes us next. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Bitch Planet comics at TFAW.com Bitch Planet
    By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson IV, Cris Peter, Clayton Cowles, Rian Hughes, Lauren McCubbin

    Taking a page from the sexploitation flicks of the ’60s and ’70s and borrowing from the best that the sci-fi genre has to offer, Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Bitch Planet is one of the best comic book series on the shelves right now. DeConick knows how to tell a violent, gripping story with gravitas, and is particularly talented when it comes to writing complex characters.

    This series is all about power. The power we give up to others. The internal strength that one can tap in to. Societal power that forces us into different roles. Bitch Planet more than a comic book at this point. The team has expertly created a movement of Non-Compliance, and I can’t wait to see where they lead us. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

    Fables comics at TFAW.com

    Saga
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

    What more can be said of perhaps the best series out there? If the shelf full of awards Saga has won, it’s constant presence bestseller lists, or the series’ amazing reviews hasn’t convinced you to check it, out this blog won’t either. But seriously, go read Saga. Like, right now. We’ll wait… finished it yet? All caught up? Good. It’s awesome right?!

    What other series blends fantasy and science fiction so seamlessly? What other series has such visionary art? What other series possesses the sheer charm of Saga? Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples come together and make a truly unique universe. It’s a crazy one, filled with robot royalty, magic using satyr people, dragons, living spaceships and GHUS! Oh and intergalactic space wrestling. Can’t forget that.

    With all this insanity it’s easy to forget the best part of the series — the characters. This creative team’s real success is how endearing these characters are, even the “villains”. Nearly every issue has an incredibly compelling cliffhanger that has us readers on an emotional rollercoaster. And just like the intergalactic space wrestling, we live and die with these characters every issue. [Dustin K. at Universal TFAW]

    The Wicked and the Divine comics at TFAW.com The Wicked & The Divine
    By: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, ‎Matt Wilson

    Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie sucked me in, and I’ve been waiting with baited breath for each and every issue of The Wicked and The Divine, or WicDiv for short. There’s a huge cast of characters to follow, and Gillen’s world-building ability rivals J.R.R. Tolkein and George R.R. Martin.The series centers around two themes: Death and Fame.

    The twelve (or possibly 13?) Gods are reincarnated on Earth every 90 years to to fight the world’s darkness, but the kicker is that they only have two years–after that, they’re dead. Fame is also a strong theme in the series. These Gods are both famous and infamous. Adored and revered. Hated and envied.Fantastic story aside, I swoon every time I crack open the newest issue.

    McKelvie is a wickedly talented storyteller in his own right, with panel construction and linework that consistently has me taking a moment to think about what I’ve just seen. This series is also evidence that Matt Wilson is one of the best colorists in the industry. I can’t get enough of this series. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog in the coming days as we’ll be posting our final 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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