Tag: Mike Del Mundo

Latest stories

  • ,

    You Choose The Best Comic Book of 2016

    Best comics of 2016

    A lot of amazing books have come out in 2016. With Marvel revitalizing their line, DC’s Rebirth, to so many independent and creator-owned books dominating the stands, 2016 has certainly been a comic book year to remember.

    With that in mind, the staff at TFAW took a look at sales numbers, fan buzz, and our personal favorites of the year to create a list of the 25 best comics of the year. Now we want you, our awesome customers, to vote on this list to decide definitively what the best books of 2016 are.

    Voting will take place from Jan 1st through Jan 31st, so head on over to our  Facebook page  and cast your vote. Let your voices be heard and recognize all these amazing creators and publishers for all their hard work.

    Superman Vol. 01 Son of Superman
    By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason
    The New 52 Superman is dead, but hiding among us for years was the original Big Blue. Now, a world without a Superman is in desperate need for Clark to leave the good life on the farm with Lois raising their son. This story simultaneously brings Superman back to formula, but also takes him in a direction he’s never really been before.

    Bitch Planet Vol. 2: President Bitch
    By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma
    Powerful and gut-wrenching, Bitch Planet continues to explore themes of patriarchy and non-compliance. A must read for SJWs, feminists, and people who truly appreciate comics as an artistic medium.

    Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 01 The Lies
    By: Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, Matthew Clark
    Wonder Woman has been interpreted in many ways over her 75 year existence. Instead of trying to hide this, Greg Rucka’s approach is to embrace this to try and get to the real heart of who Wonder Woman is. Not just a great jumping on point for new readers, but a definitive take on the character that will hold true for years to come.

    Black Hammer Vol 1: Secret Origins
    By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart
    Black Hammer is another in a long line of grand ideas by one of comics brightest stars, Jeff Lemire. This book has a unique take on superheroes and the art by Dean Ormston & Dave Stewart instantly ensnares the reader.

    Rough Riders Vol. 1
    By: Adam Glass, Pat Oliffe
    History in the making! Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison make up an American dream team engaged in an epic shadowy war! Monsters and Mayhem folks!

    The Mighty Thor Vol 1: Thunder in Her Veins
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
    Marvel is changing things up by casting Dr. Jane Foster as the new Thor. The goddess of thunder shines in this series as she comes to grips with heroism and her own mortality. Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman are the perfect pairing. Also: Loki.

    Divinity II
    By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
    After Abram came crashing home in Divinity vol 1. Spending his entire life in the depths of space, Divinity II tells the tale of Myshka. Still beliving in the Communist ideal. She intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory

    Old Man Logan Vol 1: Berserker
    By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
    What happens when an older, more gruff version of Wolverine comes to the main Marvel Universe? A whole lot of fighting. He’s on a mission to to prevent a terrible future from happening. Andrea Sorrentino’s art is breathtaking.

    Detective Comics Vol. 01 Rise of the Batmen
    By: James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Al Barrionuevo
    Batman is notorious for being a lone wolf (bat?), but he’s always had his family behind him. Now it’s time to take the Bat-Family to the next level. Lead by Batwoman, Batman puts together a team of Red Robin, Orphan (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, and Clayface to be ready for whatever threat comes Gotham’s way.

    Vision Vol 1: Little Worse Than Man
    By: Tom King, Kevin Walsh, Mike Del Mundo
    Vision has the perfect family: a wife, two kids, and a dog. Look elsewhere for over-the-top nonstop heroics; this book proves it’s the little moments that matter. Truly impeccable dialogue and top-notch art await!

    March Book 3
    By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
    The third and final installment in civil rights activist John Lewis’ story in the battle for civil rights in the United States. 1963 was an incredibly turbulent time in America’s history, and John Lewis was not only in the middle of it, but a leader in getting us out of it, long before becoming a congressman. March will remind you there are real heroes in this world.

    Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol 1: Black Squadron
    By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto
    With crisp and clean art by Phil Noto, Poe Dameron is one of the most beautiful of Marvel’s new Star Wars comics. Charle Soule explores Dameron’s uncanny skills and matching bravado.

    Paper Girls Vol. 2
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
    Continuing where Vol. 1 left off, the misfit group of paper girls from 1988 find themselves transported to present day. Our main characters are forced to look at who they are, and who they may…or may not become. This superstar team continues to tell one of the craziest sci-fi stories currently on the shelves, while staying focused on the heart of any good story, the characters.

    All New Wolverine Vol. 01 Four Sisters
    By: Tom Taylor, David Lopez, Bengal
    With the death of Logan, clone daughter Laura Kinney (X-23) steps up to be Wolverine and the best she is at what she does. This book is bloody, emotional, hilarious, and beautiful. This is one of those unique books that can present adult subjects in a way that people of all ages can understand. Clone or not, All-New Wolverine definitely has soul.

    Dept. H Vol. 1: Pressure
    By: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
    Not your average murder mystery! An in depth(see what I did there) story taking place on a deep sea research station. Family, lies, secrets and creatures make for a spectacular, well-paced adventure.

    Steven Universe & Crystal Gems Vol. 01
    By: Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland, Kat Leyh
    They are the Crystal Gems. They always save the day! If you think they can’t. Here is proof that they always find a way!

    Monstress Vol. 1
    By: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
    A fascinating look at an alternate 1900’s Asia where monsters of god-like power are normal. Witness the journey of one teenage girl struggling to survive while trying to tame her own MONSTER.

    Black Panther Vol. 01 Nation Under Our Feet
    By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze
    Wakanda under the microscope. On the brink of civil war, treason and terrorist attacks ensue in T’Challa’s homeland. Witness Black Panther fight to save his country from all fronts.

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 01
    By: Kyle Higgins, Jorge Corona, Goni Montes
    “It’s Morphin Time!” This fantastic new series starts after the Green with Evil Saga. Takes us through a different path from the show, one that keeps it at the top of my reading every month. Perfect for fans new and old.

    Saga Vol. 6
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
    Set three years after the end of Vol. 5, our story opens with Hazel in kindergarten. For a story that’s followed a family on the run through space since issue 1, Vol 6 shows them living a domestic and stationary life for the first time…and it doesn’t go too well for them. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to be a dominating power tag team.

    Sheriff Of Babylon Vol. 01 Bang Bang Bang
    By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon
    Currently known for his fantastic work on Batman, Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s The Sherriff of Babylon, is a suspenseful crime noir tale set in Bagdad circa 2003. King’s CIA experience in addition to Gerad’s life-like art style gives this series the accolades it deserves.

    Beauty Vol. 01
    By: Jason Hurley, Jeremy Haun
    The first STD that people actually WANT! In this world, The “Beauty”, transforms your body into its most beautiful version. People are literally dying to get it but the public is unaware of the side effects. Detectives Vaughn and Foster are on the case.

    Faith Vol. 01 Hollywood & Vine
    By: Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Jele Kevic-Djurdjevic
    Starting off as a side character in Harbinger back in 2014, we were given a full ongoing series of Faith Herbert this year. Written by the wonderful Jody Houser. This is a series meant for Fan-boys/girls, as Faith herself is as much of a geek as we are.

    Gotham Academy Vol. 03 Yearbook
    By: Brenden Fletcher, Moritat, Mingjue Helen Chen
    Our favorite students go back after their adventures last year, telling tales before everything went to chaos. Gotham Academy is an all-ages series perfectly suited for those wanting to move to Gotham, but are not old enough to drive there.

    Legend of Zelda Legendary Ed GN Vol. 01 Ocarina Time
    By: Akira Himekawa
    Viz does it again. While this is a reprint, if you’ve never read the Manga adaptation of the celebrated N64 game Ocarina of Time, this is a perfect time. Collecting vol 1 and 2, You get the complete tale.


    Honorable Mentions

    2016 had so many amazing titles that it was nearly impossible for us to narrow it down to 25. With that in mind, here are some honorable mentions of books that you should definitely check out. Odds are they made your own personal top 25.

    Batman Vol. 1 I Am Gotham
    By: Tom King, David Finch
    Gotham City has two new heroes, Gotham and Gotham Girl. With these super powered saviors doing what Batman can’t, is he really what Gotham City needs anymore?

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 04 Kissed Squirrel Liked It
    By: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
    I an age of dark and gritty superheroes, The Unbeatable Squirrel decides to have fun with the universe it lives in instead. Be prepared to smile.

    Dark Knight: A True Batman Story
    By: Paul Dini, Eduardo Risso
    Legendary Batman writer, Paul Dini, was beaten within an inch of his life. This autobiographical tale shows just how these iconic characters like Batman can get us through the darkest of times.

    Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
    By: Chris Roberson, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Dan Dos Santos
    Set after the events of the previous series, Leaves on the Wind, No Power in the ‘Verse continues the tale of our favorite Browncoats

    I Am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1
    By: Kengo Hazawa
    A slightly crazy artist, and one of the few people in Japan that actually owns a gun, is neck deep in the zombie apocalypse.

    Please follow and like us:
  • , , ,

    Avengers #1: (Some of) The Gang’s All Here

    Avengers #1

    Once again Marvel has relaunched its flagship Avengers title to chart new territory after its most recent superhero civil war. The names are largely the same, but the faces look a little different.

    In Avengers #1, Thor is here, but it’s Jane Foster, not Odinson. Wasp is in the lineup, but it’s Nadia Pym, not Janet Van Dyne. And, of course, Sam Wilson now wields Captain America’s shield.

    Kang’s Revenge

    Writer Mark Waid wisely chose time-traveler Kang as the villain for this initial story arc. Kang, introduced via the original Avengers title, has proven himself to be a worthy adversary over the years. Kang is seeking revenge on Vision and his teammates in the most fundamental way–by stopping them from ever existing in the first place.

    Marvel’s editors wisely gave artist Mike del Mundo free reign to use splash pages and even two-page spreads to showcase his eye-popping battles. He’s a worthy successor to icon Alex Ross, who drew the issue’s magnificent cover.

    As with many of the recent Marvel Now titles, the issue teases the end of Civil War II, without giving away the goods. We know that Tony Stark is out of the picture. Self-described gazillionaire, Peter Parker is funding the team and providing their headquarters and a new stealth quinjet.


    Will Stark return to the team he helped to found? Will Team Kang will ensure he’s even born? Waid’s solid foundation will provide the answers.

    Avengers #1, Marvel Comics, Released November 2, 2016, Written by Mark Waid, Art by Mike del Mundo, Cover by Alex Ross, $4.99.

    Please follow and like us:
  • ,

    Review: Spider-Man Deadpool #6

    Review of Spider-Man Deadpool #6

    spider-man deadpool #6In Spider-Man Deadpool #5, we saw Peter Parker die (twice) at the hands of Deadpool. Instead of going to hell, where ‘Pool expected, Parker ended up somewhere else, fighting for his life (soul?) against Mysterio and his manifestations of Gwen Stacy, Uncle Ben, and Doc Ock. When Deadpool arrived to help Pete fight his way out of wherever this was, DP called in a favor with his old flame, Death, and got Peter sent home. And then…we have a one-shot guest issue.

    Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman fills in for Joe Kelly on Spider-Man Deadpool #6 with a story that is definitely not in sequence with the time line that’s been established in the rest of the series. We’ll have to wait until next month to find out what happens in the aftermath of Pete’s brushes with death, why Patient Zero was dressed as Peter Parker and masqueraded as Pete at Parker Industries, and how Peter Parker/Spider-Man feel about being assassinated (twice) by the Merc’ with a Mouth.

    So…A few months ago, definitely before Spider-Man/Deadpool #1, but some time after Amazing Spider-Man #1, Deadpool learns that a movie is (finally) being made about his exploits and gets offered a job doing stunts for the lead actor, Donald Dryons (a spitting image of Ryan Reynolds, but with a mustache, so clearly NOT Ryan Reynolds). ‘Pool convinces Spider-Man to tag along to Hollywood, promising him an executive producer credit on the film.

    The story is very funny. There are several tongue in cheek self-deprecating jokes, and some shots fired at DC as well. My favorite gag in the issue (and I’m only giving one, so that you, dear reader, will get to experience the rest for yourself) is a movie poster advertising the new blockbuster film “Nighthawk V Hyperion: Yawn of Boredom.”

    Aukerman does a great job writing quips, one liners, and gags for both titular characters. Reilly Brown has drawn several stories for Spider-Man and Deadpool franchises, so he’s no stranger to the appearance or ambulation of either character. SMDP6 works well as a one-shot. If it were released on its own, prior to the current series, it would be a stand out. Unfortunately, being thrown into the middle of this awesome series will draw natural comparison to the regular creative team.

    Spider-Man Deadpool #6, Marvel Comics, released June 29, 2016, pencils by Scott Aukerman, art by Reilly Brown, inks by Rick Magyar, LeBeau Underwood, and Scott Hanna, colors by Jason Keith, letters by VC’s Joe Sabino, Cover by Mike Del Mundo, $3.59

    Review by Brendan Allen

    Please follow and like us:
  • , , , , ,

    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]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

    Please follow and like us: