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    Everyone’s doing it! Motor Crush hit’s stands

    NCBD 12 07

    Motor Crush screeches into New Comic Book Day this week. Plus we check on Nightwing and Nova. It’s a M and N kind of week! Remember these are only a few of This weeks new releases 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.

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    Motor Crush #1
    By: Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart

    This new motocross meets battle royale style action series from Image, follows Moto Crush rider Domino Swift. In this story, competitors race each other for titles and vials of “Crush”, a highly effective, but potentially deadly performance boosting drug. In this issue, we are introduced to Domino’s world, which gets turned upside down just days before her big race. Can she regain her edge on her competition before the race, or will her need for Crush get the best of her? We’ll have to see what happens the upcoming issues!

    Motor Crush is the creation of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr. The highly stylized art style and compelling story keep you hooked from page to page. Readers familiar with any of the creators’ previous work will see a lot of similarities to this world.

    A must read for fans of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, Black Canary, Gotham Academy, and Batgirl. [Ashleigh L. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    JUMP ON AND JOIN THE RACE!

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    Nova #1
    By: Jeff Loveness, Ramon Perez

    The Return of Richard Rider! Being back from the dead, newly resurrected but why and how? Back from his dark fate in the Cancerverse (Earth 10011). Trying to piece what happened to him back together, he finds himself back at his mother’s doorstep with questions and little answers.

    Sam Alexander is no longer an Avenger, now a Champion with Ms. Marvel, Totally Awesome Hulk, Spider-Man, and Cyclops(?). Sam is called on by Ego the Living Planet but what might the Planet want from our last Nova Corp Member? Sam would much rather help Ego than deal with the problem of embarrassing himself in front of the new girl at school. Fighting villains is so much easier than first impressions.[Allen B. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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    Nightwing
    By: Tim Seeley, Marcus To

    Finally, Dick Grayson returns to Blüdhaven, and with Marcus To as the artist? The crowd goes wild and the angels sing!

    Our newest story arc opens with Damian interrupted during a practice of his Titan’s rallying call. Touching on how our characters are dealing with Tim Drake’s death (Detective Comics #940). While some of our heroes are pushing through the pain. Our hero is taking this chance to escape, and what better place to run than Blüdhaven—or should I say, Fun-Haven?

    We get a few glimpses of Dick discovering what makes Dick Grayson, not Nightwing. These are hilarious little gems throughout the story. This and the looming implication of a corrupt government framing others makes for a compelling story arc I can’t wait to see all the way through.

    Dick says it best himself, “You gotta keep it sexy and exciting” and boy did they ever. Stellar artwork and characterization throughout the whole issue makes for a refreshing journey for any Nightwing fan.
    [Megan W. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

    Find out what Blüdhaven has is store for Nightwing

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    Millar & Capullo’s Reborn Is Just What Comics Needed

    New Comic Book Day November 16th

    Mark Millar turns his new series on its head this New Comic Book Day. Nightwing gets help with his nightmares, Doctor Strange starts a new arc, a new team of Renegades forms, and our magical cross country tour makes its first stop in Spell on Wheels. 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.

    Nightwing #9
    By: Tim Seeley, Marcio Takara

    It’s common that after story arcs end, a single story issue provides some transition from one story to the other. It’s rare though that such issues are also character defining. Nightwing provides a bit of unseen backstory on Dick Grayson–namely that he has been haunted by nightmares for some time. In an attempt to help, Superman uses Kryptonian tech to enter Nightwing’s dreams. The adventure this takes us on shows not only how important Nightwing is (as the glue of much of the DC Universe), but also how this new Superman really is the back-to-basics version of the character fans have been craving.

    Tim Seeley continues to prove his love for Nightwing. He captures the fun, but also underlying struggle the character has been having recently. It’s this kind of nuance that has always made Nightwing a compelling character. Marcio Takara’s art adds the layer of grit needed, but without this feeling like a typical dark Gotham book.

    Personally, Nightwing is not anywhere near my favorite Bat-Family character, but with how well this book is, this has consistently been one of my favorite offerings from DC’s Rebirth. The balance of well-written stories with a large helping of heart hits this old comic fan right where it counts. I highly suggest you make this a regular pull. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    Reborn #2
    By: Mark Millar, Greg Capullo

    This is it folks. This is where the real journey begins. The glimpse of this realm that we received in the first issue does not prepare you for how fantastical everything is. Mark Millar, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and Fco Placencia really made something special with this issue. At first, you start to see typical tropes from this type of story but then they immediately turn that on its head!

    You get a proper explanation, a good look at the protagonist, a few great mysteries and a great segue into what I am sure will be an epic adventure full of emotion. Read on warriors! [Sean W. at TFAW.com]

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    Doctor Strange #14
    By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Al Vey, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Tim Townsend, Wayne Faucher, Antonio Fabela, Java Tartaglia

    The newest issue of the Doctor Strange comic book lives up to its name–Strange. Get ready to go to “all-new all-different” hell and pal around with Satana, the devil’s daughter.

    Wile the story reads like a quick scene in a larger narrative, I could see people really digging into this. Chris Bachalo’s art is whimsical and frenetic. He really shines when Strange takes on his astral form. Good stuff. Jason Aaron is taking a comical beat this issue and it’s rather fun to experience. I’ve had a lot of fun seeing Strange at his lowest, slowly dragging himself from the muck and rebuilding himself. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Harbinger: Renegades #1
    By: Rafer Roberts, Darick Robertson

    A brand new #1 from the team at Valiant Entertainment. Harbinger: Renegades #1 is a new team of heroes. What looks to be fragments of the old Renegades team with some new faces. Like most team-up books, this issue sets up not only who the team will consist of, even if momentarily, but also who the villain is.

    Rafer Roberts’ writing is great; he creates a real world and gives the characters responsibilities and lives that fit within our reality more so than any other book I’ve seen lately. Darick Robertson does an amazing job with facial expressions–you really see the shock and awe in his line work. With the team just starting to come together, I’m anxiously awaiting the next issue. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Spell on Wheels #2
    By: Kate Leth, Megan Levens, Marissa Louise

    When we last left our trio of witches, they were on a road trip to get back their stolen magical items. Their first stop: Massachusetts. This issue of Spell on Wheels picks up with the gang as they meet with an old artist who purchased one of their stolen pieces. Unfortunately the package hasn’t arrived due to, you know, shipping and all. So the girls wait there until the next day for the package to arrive. Little do they know however it’s not quite that simple.

    I love the dialogue in this comic. It feels like I’m talking to a friend. Another thing I really enjoy about how Kate Leth wrote this is how strong these women are with or without magic. Next stop Connecticut! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Kate Leth’s New Series Casts a Spell on New Comic Book Day

    NCBD OCT 19th

    Has it really been a week since our last New Comic Book Day comic book review? Man, time flies. 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.

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    Star Trek Boldly Go #1
    By: Mike Johnson, Tony Shasteen, George Caltsoudas

    Set months after the events of Star Trek: Beyond, Boldly Go finds the crew of the Enterprise split up as their ship is rebuilt. Kirk has taken over interim Captain duties on the Endeavor along with McCoy and Checkov. Sulu is now first mate on the Concord. Scottie is teaching at Starfleet Academy, and Spock and Uhura are on sabbatical on New Vulcan. That is until a new, yet familiar, threat forces the gang back together much earlier than expected.

    Mike Johnson captures the tone of the new Star Trek series perfectly, while at the same time introducing a classic Trek nemesis to an unfamiliar crew. In many ways he’s combining three eras of the series into one, and expertly so. Tony Shasteen captures the likenesses of the actors from the movies, as well as the clean and crisp aesthetic. If you’re a fan of the recent films, or of Star Trek in general, this is a must read. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

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    Spell on Wheels #1
    By: Kate Leth, Megan Levens, Marissa Louise, Ming Doyle

    Dark Horse’s newest magic comic comes just in time. Not a horror based comic, but with Witches what better time is there other than October?

    Spell on Wheels is the story of three best friends working and living together. One day their house gets broken into and they must go on a road trip to reclaim their belongings. They’re witches, and you can bet that the stolen items are a little more than just a few trinkets…they REALLY need to get their stuff back.

    Kate Leth brings us a fun group of gals for what looks to be a fun adventure. The characters all have their own abilities and traits beyond their magic. I felt like anyone could relate to that feeling of despair and loss after being robbed. While obviously has more to do with the magic they wield, you can relate to their situation. Megan Levens and Marissa Louise do a stand up job within this first issue. I love the character designs. The emotions come through very well with each character. [Martin M at TFAW.com]

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    A-Force #10
    By: Kelly Thompson, Paulo Siqueira

    The A-Force Civil War II tie-in found the team in Colorado on the hunt for bug creatures that were once the cities inhabitants. The problem is, they must find a way to stop this plight from spreading before her teammates turn int these very same creatures.

    This was a fun final issue for A-Force. On top of that it was a good Civil War II tie in. I’m not caught up on Civil War II issues, but I didn’t need to play any catch-up to jump into this issue — it felt very solid as a stand alone story. Kelly Thompson has been doing a bang-up job with A-Force ever since she started at issue #2. Paulo Siquerira, Joe Bennett, and Rachelle Rosenberg do a fantastic job bringing this team to life. One panel in particular made me go “wow!” (It’s spoiler-y so I wont say, but feel free to guess!) You really can’t go wrong with a team made up of Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and Dazzler. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Nightwing #7
    By: Tim Seeley, Javi Fernandez

    Set right after the events of the epic Night of the Monster Men crossover, Nightwing is checking in again with the Parliament of Owls in Australia. Only to find them all dead, somehow linked to the Cult of Kobra. Nightwing tracks down his recent ally, Raptor and discovers that Raptor has been in Nightwing’s life much longer than he thought.

    Tim Seeley has been doing an amazing job of rebuilding Nightwing into the fan-favorite version of Dick Grayson people have been missing. He allows the story to breath on its own, but still fold seamlessly into the events happening with the entire Bat-Family. Javier Fernandez on pencils provides a lot of grit to the story. Nightwing is in a darker place than normal, and I love it. Nightwing #7 is another amazing addition to this great series, with plenty more to come. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    SEE WHY NIGHTWING IS COOLER THAN BATMAN

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    Review: Batman #7 — The Monster Men are Here

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    batman-7-rebirth-coverThe first crossover of the Rebirth era has arrived! Night of The Monster Men kicks off in Batman #7. A hurricane is on target to destroy Gotham. Batman calls on Batwoman, Nightwing, Spoiler, Orphan, and Clayface to help him avert disaster and ensure that no Gothamites fall victim to the approaching storm. The forces of nature aren’t the only adversaries the Bat family will find themselves up against. As the storm grows near, Doctor Hugo Strange is ready to unleash his army of daikaju on the citizens of Gotham.

    Since Tom King took over the flagship Batman series in Rebirth, we’ve been seeing a lot more of Batman’s leadership abilities, mentoring and guiding his team. This welcome theme continues into Batman #7, even though King has taken a back seat to Steve Orlando in this installment. Having Orlando write all of the Monster Men crossover scripts while consulting with the regular writers of the individual titles should lend a nice level of continuity to the crossover itself, but the writing here is noticeably different than King’s solo efforts in the series thus far.

    Riley Rossmo’s artwork has a gritty, throwback quality to it. I probably could have gone my entire life without seeing Hugo Strange’s hairy backside, but the Monster Men themselves are exactly what they should be, monstrous abominations. Colorist Ivan Plascencia brings a muted palette offset by flashes of bright color that sets the table brilliantly for the oncoming storm(s).

    This first chapter of Night of the Monster Men nicely sets up the second installment, found in Nightwing #5, also released September 21, 2016. Part three can be found in Detective Comics #941, releasing September 28, 2016. Parts four through six will conclude the storyline in Batman #8, Nightwing #6, and Detective Comics #942, all releasing next month.

    Batman #7, DC Comics, released September 21, 2016, Rated T, plot by Steve Orlando and Tom King, script by Steve Orlando, pencils and inks by Riley Rossmo, colors by Ivan Plascencia, letters by Deron Bennett, cover by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn, variant cover by Tim Sale.

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: Titans #1 – The Fastest Man Alive

    Review of Titans #1

    Titans #1 CoverFirst, I should start off by saying that I have been waiting for Titans to pick back up as soon as it was announced. When I was younger, I lived and breathed Titans (specifically Nightwing and Wally’s Flash). I loved the comics, I loved the show, and I have continued to love the characters even after the team disbanded and they went their separate ways. So my expectations for this title were pretty high…

    As I dove into Titans #1, I noticed two things right away. First, it gives readers what they want right up front, and that is some quality Wally West time now that he is back in the DCU! Secondly, the layouts look fantastic. Rapmund and Booth really strike readers visually with their layouts in this issue, and it is just as easy to follow as it is pleasing to the eye.

    Abnett puts readers in an interesting place. He rewinds Wally’s timeline just a bit as well as the timeline of his true love, Linda Park. Wally needs to piece his timeline back together and remind the world, his love, and his friends who he really is! With the help of Lillith and the Titans, he hopes to make it all happen! As Lillith reaches deeper into Wally’s memory hoping to recover something, she finds that an old foe has taken up arms once again, and it is up to the Titans to stop him once more!

    This issue takes a good step in the right direction. It shows us that Wally is now back as an important member of the Titans, it sets up a larger arc in attempting to give Wally his life back, and it also rewinds his clock without making him a “teen” titan. Overall, the issue was well written. The dialogue is believable for every character. Furthermore, it reintroduces an old Titan foe we love to hate, and it excites me to see where this series is going!

    Titans #1, written by Dan Abnett, art by Norm Rapmund & Brett Booth, and colors by Andrew Dalhouse. Published July 27, 2016.

    Review by Alex Mitts

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    Batman Day is Coming Up Soon

    Batman Day

    Join us at our Oregon Things From Another World locations as we celebrate Batman’s enduring legacy with generations of fans during Batman Day on Saturday, September 17 from 11AM – 7PM.

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    Stop by the shop to get 10% savings on Batman graphic novels (including Robin, Batgirl, Batwoman, Nightwing, Joker, Harley Quinn and more) and select Batman merchandise. Special 20% savings on some of our favorite Batman graphic novels!

    For those of you who can’t make it to our local stores, we’ll be offering special Batman Day savings at TFAW.com on Saturday, September 17th as well!

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    Do you want to display your Batman art at your local Oregon TFAW store? What about online? We’re looking to showcase awesome Bat-Art for Batman Day September 17th.

    Drop of a copy of your art at any one of our local TFAW stores by Sepbember 16th. Don’t live nearby? Email your art to (jpg format no bigger than 1200px) to social@tfaw.com to have it showcased here in our blog! Be sure to include contact information (website, social media profiles, deviantArt page etc)! Then, stop by the shop or come to the TFAW Blog to see your artwork, along with dozens of other submissions!

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    Think you know the most about Batman? Come prove it. We’ve partnered with our friends at The Beer Store Milwaukie to bring you a special Batman Edition of Geek Trivia from 8-10PM September 17th! Located just two blocks North of our Milwaukie Things From Another World location at the Beer Store Milwaukie for a pub-style trivia event complete with prizes.

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    Review: Nightwing: Rebirth #1 – The Bird is Back!

    Nightwing Rebirth #1 by Tim Seeley & Javi Fernandez

    Nightwing: Rebirth #1When I first picked up Nightwing: Rebirth #1, I could almost feel how heavy the issue was with loose ends to tie up. Normally, I flip through the pages first to get an idea of what I’m getting myself into, and I realize that I am right. Nightwing: Rebirth #1 is going to answer all the questions I still had at the end of Grayson as well as give Dick Grayson a nice, warm welcome back into the DC Universe.

    The issue opens and gives avid bat-readers something familiar in a trip to the arcade with Damian. Though this makes me nostalgic for Morrison’s “Batman and Robin” series, it serves as the platform for Dick catching us up on our story as Damian becomes the surrogate audience.

    The issue does seem to rush cleaning things up a bit in Dick’s life by bouncing from loose end to loose end, but as a reader, this may be the best-case-scenario for how to handle all of the stuff the readers never wanted to see in Dick’s life anyway. In essence, this comic closes a lot of open doors in Dick’s life and lets us, the readers, and them, the writers, get on with how Dick Grayson should be.

    This issue turned out to be a fun little read, but this issue mainly exists to serve a purpose. This issue fills in gaps in stories that got out of hand and gets Dick back into the blue and black costume that readers know and love. Furthermore, this book also serves as a stepping stone and lets readers say goodbye to Agent 37 while welcoming back our old friend, the real NIGHTWING.

    Nightwing: Rebirth #1, written by Tim Seely, art by Yanick Paquette, and colors by Nathan Fairbairn. Published July 13, 2016.

    Review by Alex Mitts.

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    Comic Book Reviews: Uncanny X-Men, Secret Six, Nightwing & More

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    It’s time for our weekly comic book reviews. This week, we take a look at Uncanny X-Men #5, Voltron #2, Nightwing #5, Avengers #21, Secret Six: The Darkest House TPB, and the Spider-Man and Captain America web belts.

    Check out the video, below. SPOILER ALERT! We try not to go into too much detail in our reviews, but a few mild spoilers might slip through the cracks!

    Uncanny X-Men #5

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    Comic Book Reviews: Incredible Hulk #2, Nightwing #3 & More

    New Reviews of Comics and More!

    We’re back with our weekly comic book reviews! This week, we review Incredible Hulk #2, Nightwing #3 , Red Hood and the Outlaws #3, Ghostbusters #3Valve: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories HC, and the Iron Man Armored Avenger Black Widow Model Kit!

    Check out our video below. MILD SPOILER ALERT! We’ll avoid any big spoilers, but we will give out a few details as we go. So were these comics and items Box-Worthy, Fence-Worthy, or NOT Worthy? Listen to our opinions and then post your own below.

    Incredible Hulk #2

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    The New 52 Reviews: Batman, Supergirl, Red Hood & More

    We Review Every #1 Issue of The New 52!

    Welcome back to our comics reviews of The New 52, DC Comics’ rebirth of its superhero (and horror!) universe. This week, we review all 12 of the September 21 titles, including Batman #1, Wonder Woman #1, Green Lantern Corps #1, Birds of Prey #1, Supergirl #1, Nightwing #1, Captain Atom #1, Blue Beetle #1, Catwoman #1, Legion of Super-Heroes #1, DC Universe Presents #1, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #1!

    We’ve divided all of these comics into three bite-sized videos, below. MILD SPOILER ALERT! We’ll avoid any big spoilers, but we will give out a few details as we go. So were these comics Box-Worthy, Fence-Worthy, or NOT Worthy? Listen to our opinions and then post your own below.

    DC's The New 52 #1 Issues

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