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    It’s the True King of the Jungle

    It’s interesting to try and imagine what other people think, especially if that someone is famous. For example, you can’t help but wonder how George Lucas feels about the universe he created with his films or how Walt Disney felt when Disneyland opened.

    Reading Predator: Hunters #1, I wonder how Shane Black feels, knowing that he created one of the most iconic monsters in film history, and that his horrifically beautiful creatures inspire such wonderful stories like this.

    Predator Hunters #1 Cover A
    The first thing that really struck me about this comic was that, yet again, we’re introduced to a new style of Predator; one that is wholly unique to this comic, and stands out in its primitiveness. It wears armor, but the plates are tortoise shells and bone, and it wields a terrible weapon, one that is very obviously hand-hewn (and no less lethal than anything else you’ve ever seen them carry). More so than any other Predator we’ve seen yet, this one stands out as the deadliest and truest king of the jungle.

    The next thing that I noticed was that there are good guys, bad guys, bad bad guys, and good bad guys. It really speaks to the talents of the writer, Chris Warner, that, in the space of 12 pages, he wastes no words but paints a perfectly clear picture of who and what every character is. It’s like watching a puppet master at work, but you, the reader, are the marionette, and he gets you to love or hate the characters he wants you to love or hate.
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    From an artistic perspective, Francisco Ruiz paints a great picture…quite literally. Not every penciler can make still pictures look like they’re in motion, and Ruiz makes the panels feel like they’re flying during the high action; however, he also keeps you drawn into the still moments with subtle changes. As your eye drifts over the page, you’ll feel camera motion and see the characters move from panel to panel and page to page at just the right pace. It’s like watching anime – full speed action at a thousand miles an hour transposed against subtle direction and camera angles.

    Of course, no art is complete without colors and inks, and the subtlety of both throughout the book only add to the depth created by the writer and penciler. Good colors make readers feel something, and throughout this book every shaft of sunlight was warm, and the depths of the jungle were fascinating.

    Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Predator universe, a fan of action comics, or just someone looking for a good read, this one is definitely worth a pickup.

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    Review: Predator Vs Judge Dredd Vs Aliens #1 – The Mega-Crossover

    Review of Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #1

    predator vs judge dredd vs alien #1We’ve seen Judge Dredd take on a Predator before. We’ve seen him take on Aliens before. Well, the ante has officially been upped. Welcome to a sci-fi geek’s wet dream: It’s Predators Vs Judge Dredd Vs Aliens!

    The stage for this epic showdown is set far from the walls of Mega-City One—Alabama, to be precise (and if you thought Alabama was weird now, try the dystopian future…). Dredd and his posse of Judges are motoring across the Cursed Earth wasteland in pursuit of a robotic messiah and his fanatical followers who left half a city block in ruins. After stopping at a shady desert saloon for a quick skirmish, the Judges’ chase takes them into a zone where the locals dare not tread: the Alabama Morass.

    The Morass happens to be the territory of a gang of animal-headed mutants, led by their creator, Dr. Reinstot—a sort of backwoods Dr. Moreau, if you will. Earlier in the episode, Dr. Reinstot’s cronies had captured a Predator who was trespassing on their turf. Always looking for fresh bodies on which to perform his gene-splicing experiments, Dr. Reinstot is particularly excited about this new specimen, for whom he has some special plans.

    As the Judge convoy speeds through the swampy jungle, they are unaware that their presence is being monitored by Dr. Reinstot, who is keen on adding these intruders to his experimental queue. However, right about that same time, another group of trespassers arrives. Turns out Reinstot’s prisoner left behind some sort of homing beacon before being captured—and you’ll never guess who’s coming to the party.

    With John Layman (Chew) on the script and Chris Mooneyham (Five Ghosts) on pencils, the series is in more than capable creative hands. Not to mention dutiful: If the first issue is any indication, fans of the representative franchises can rest assured of the characters being treated with the utmost reverence. And though we haven’t seen an Alien yet, we’re sure as hell going to, so strap in and get ready for a gruddamn good ‘n’ gory time!

    Predator Vs Judge Dredd Vs Aliens #1, Dark Horse/IDW Comics, Released July 27, 2016, Written by John Layman, Art by Chris Mooneyham, Colors by Michael Atiyeh, Letters by Michael Heisler, $3.99.

    Review by James Florence.

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    New Comic Book Day — Reviews for MMPR #1, Green Lantern #50, Black Widow #1 & Predator #1

    We’re back again with reviews of a few books that we really enjoyed from this week’s new releases. Check out our other New Comic Book Day blog articles to see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment below or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you want us to do more of these types of reviews!

    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.

Predator Life & Death comics at TFAW.com Predator: Life & Death #1
    By: Dan Abnett, Brian Thies, Rain Beredo, David Palumbo

    The next Predator/Alien/Prometheus event begins and stirs up some blood in Predator: Life & Death #1. This issue gives us a basic set we need. Where are they, why are they, and the hunt itself.

    Looks like the Wayland-Yutani Corp wants to start some more terraforming of planets but before they send their people down, they send the USMC to make sure there are no pirates already taking the planets resources (yeah, pirates–guess they learned from LV-426).

    It’s a good setup to what could be a fantastic Predator story. The pacing is good with strong characters. Brian Albert Thies’ art works very well, accompanied by Rain Beredo’s colors. I look forward to finding out more about this planet, its secrets, and why this mysterious ship is there. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Black Widow #1
    By: Chris Samnee, Mark Waid

    This is one of the best hooks for a series I have read in awhile. Black Widow #1 is packed with action and so many questions that you just have to read the rest of the series. I fell in love with the art and color scheme as how well it matches the tone of the first issue. Mark Waid is back at it again, and has ceased to disappoint me every series he creates.

    Natasha is not a character that will disappoint you in any way, shape or form. She plays by her rules, no matter what those might be. If you love espionage, action, and one of the best female spies in the Marvel universe, I highly recommend picking up this issue immediately! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]

Green Lantern #50 comic book review at TFAW.com Green Lantern #50
    By: Robert Venditti, Billy Tan, Juan Gimenez

    Everyone has differing ideas of when their life took a turn, and when they were their best version of themselves–able to overcome adversity despite the odds. This experience of inner conflict is regularly explored in the DCU. Hal Jordan faces himself at one of his lowest points in Green Lantern #50. This all happens because of the magic of the DC Multiverse and the return of Hal’s previous incarnation as Parallax.

    Hal has other plans and this Multiversal bleed appears to be leading him to some strange new Rebirth along with the rest of the DC Universe! If the rest of the DC titles begin to experience this change, shifting them towards something familiar yet new, the entire Rebirth initiative will be something quite tremendous to witness. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1
    By: Kyle Higgins, Hendry Prasetya, Matt Herms

    It’s been about two months since issue MMPR #0 first hit the shelves and after reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1, I can tell you that it’s still really good. Kyle Higgens does a great job developing the characters we grew up with in a way that feels the same as they ever were but, updated so that new readers won’t get lost in mythology.

    I really, really enjoy Hendry Prasetya’s character designs and Matt Herms’ colors. Even the small glimpse of a past foe was a really cool nod to the show. If you’re a Power Rangers fan–old or new–this is a great comic for you!

    PS: Be sure to pick up the MMPR #1 TFAW Exclusive Variant (pictured here); only 500 were produced, and they’re going fast! We teamed up with one of our Sean “Cheeks” Galloway (Hellboy Junior, WoW: Pandaria, Teen Titans Go, Wednesday Comics) for what we think is a pretty incredible cover. [Martin M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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

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    Comic Book Fans Crown the Best Comic of 2015

    Over the last few weeks, we highlighted some of the best selling, most talked about series of the year for our Best Comics of 2015 posts. During a week-long voting period, fans got to weigh in and choose their favorite and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    Archie vs. Predator Wins as Best Comic of 2015 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics at TFAW.com

    Congratulations to Alex de Campi, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jason Millet, John Workman and the rest of the team who put in long hours to bring us such a fun series to read.

    Thank you to everyone who voted, we couldn’t have crowned the winner without you!

    If you haven’t picked up your copy of the Archie Vs. Predator HC yet, or picked up the individual issues and are looking for a really great collection to add to your book shelf, we’ve got you covered!


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    January Product Review Contest Winners

    Every month, we choose a few outstanding product reviewers and send them free stuff as part of the Product Review Contest. It took awhile for us to wade through all of last month’s great product reviews, but we finally got through them. Without further ado:

    Jonathan from St. Petersburg, FL wanted to let other Mignola fans know what he thought of The Black Goddess TPB.

    B.P.R.D. has been building up to a thunderous explosion in the latest volume. The Black Goddess sees Abe and company tracking down and confronting the elusive Memnan Saa. Character moments shines with Abe’s anger over Liz’s kidnapping, Kate’s curiosity over Saa’s history and Johan being manipulated by an old enemy of Memnan Saa’s.

    I find myself more interested in B.P.R.D. than Hellboy lately due to the fact that the story seems to be going somewhere. Over in the Hellboy comic we find out Hellboy is related to King Arthur, that’s great. I’m seeing Dragons attack frog monsters in the B.P.R.D. world and crazy cultists manipulating characters while others fight back. John Arcudi seems to really help Mignolia in the writing department. As always Guy Davis artwork is awesome. I hope these guys continue to tell more stories together.

    Tamara from Oklahoma took the time to write reviews of a bunch of stationery sets. If you’re in the market, check a few out and see what she had to say.

    Last, but certainly not least, Ryan from New Jersey had some pretty well-written reviews for us last month, one of which was for Aliens Vs. Predator #1.

    I don’t know how much more you can hype up this AVP series. A story line which I though was dead for close to two decades is brought back.

    Stradley is back to bring you a third chapter of AVP and if it’s anything like the first two (which are both contained in Aliens Vs Predator Omnibus 1 (if you haven’t read them, you should)) then it’s going to be one of the best comics of the year.

    And Also coming back is Machiko Noguchi, a character I thought was long forgotten about. And Machiko is bringing in something I’ve always wanted in a AVP series, CONTINUITY!

    The story in this first issue jumps right in, it slows for a bit to reintroduce the main character, and then sets the story up for the rest of the series. I have absolutely no complaints, this is great!

    The art is also very good, it definitely shows the artist’s style. It’s something new, it’s like a step aside from what has now become common and it pulls it off in a way that isn’t artsy and hard to look at. At first it was a bit off putting but every time I come back to it I appreciate it more and more.

    And the final thing is the covers, these are the best covers I have ever seen! I’m astounded that it’s just one artist doing them all. Raymond Swanland is definitely going to be a name I remember from this series. I really wish that there was a poster for one of these comics.

    This series has the line up to make a great limited series. It has everything a fan of AVP could want and for new comers it fills in all the gaps to make it nice and easy to read. I’d still recommend reading the first AVP and AVP: War but it isn’t necessary to enjoy this story.

    If you want a comic with action and a good story, this is it.

    There’s hunters, there’s killers, and everything in between them so it’s best if you just check this out and see what I mean.

    All three of this month’s winners will get $25 TFAW gift certificates to pick up anything they want! Thank you to everybody who submitted product reviews last month and congratulations to the winners.

    As always, we’re choosing our product reviews carefully, so please don’t submit duplicate reviews or submissions from other merchant websites. We’re also looking for reviews of the product rather than company or service reviews (though we value these as well!).

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

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