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    The Trinity comes together in this week’s NCBD!

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews brings us a trio of fantastic comics that you won’t want to miss. From DC we’ve got Trinity Annual #1, Marvel brings us some gamma glowing action in Hulk #6, and last but not least is Action Lab’s Spencer & Locke #2.

    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.

    Trinity Annual #1
    By: Rob Williams/Guillem March

    Trinity Annual #1 is both a standalone story and part of a larger whole, providing an issue that is a great jumping on point and essential reading for longtime readers. Trinity Annual #1 deals with the concept of trinities, exploring the effects that the trinity of Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman have on the DC Universe while also playing with the idea of a dark trinity.

    However, the book isn’t all theoretical concepts, as we get a fair share of action from guest star Etrigan the Demon. When Etrigan and Jason Blood separate, Etrigan goes on a warpath that takes the combined effort of the trinity to stop him. You won’t believe the sacrifice that our heroes make to stop this rampaging demon!

    Trinity Annual #1 contains a reveal at the end which brings together multiple DC books, making this comic a must-read if you’re following the Rebirth storyline. With great writing from Rob Williams and stellar art from Guillem March, this is one comic you won’t want to miss! [Josh P. At TFAW.Com]


    Hulk #6
    By: Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Jeff Dekal, Matt Milla

    Jennifer Walters has been fighting for a long time, both in the streets and in the court. However, one thing that always stays constant is her fear.

    In Mariko Tamaki’s sixth issue of Hulk, Jen is fighting a manifestation of her own fear. It’s a fight that she must win if she’s ever going to save anyone again.

    Hulk #6 was a quick read. There is a lot going on here between the panels. The death of Bruce Banner in Civil War II has hit a lot of our heroes hard, and especially those who know the internal struggle he dealt with.

    Artist Nico Leon has this great way of making this series stand out. It looks almost one part manga influenced and one part Stjepan Sejic, especially when you add Matt Milla’s colors.

    Deconstructed Part 6 isn’t a great starting point, but it’s a solid end to the arc. [Martin M. At TFAW.Com]


    Spencer & Locke #2
    By: David Pepose, Jorge Santiago, Jr.

    Spencer & Locke #2 picks up right where the first book left off, with Detective Spencer still on the case of Sophie Jenkins’ murder. The comic still has the charm and style of newspaper strips like Calvin & Hobbes while retaining the sharp wit and expressive writing style that David Pepose does best.

    Issue #2 takes the action and turns it up to 11, featuring bar brawls, car chases, deadly shootouts, and so much more. If you are the type who wonders what Calvin is like as an adult, look no further than Detective Spencer. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Calvin & Hobbes, you’ll still love the unique style of Spencer & Locke. Since it’s a four issue miniseries, the action moves at a steady pace and never drags.

    This book is a hidden gem that any comic book fan should read. If you’ve yet to read Spencer & Locke, do yourself a favor and add it to your pull list today. [Josh P. At TFAW.Com]


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    Not All Wounds Are Visible

    General Zod’s Black Vault continues to wreak havoc on the staff and inmates of Belle Reve in Suicide Squad #8. While the virus renders sane minds insane, it has a paradoxical effect on Harley Quinn. As her team descends further into madness and a giant Kryptonian stirs, it’s up to Daddy’s Little Monster to save the day.

    Chapter 8 opens with an implosion of Task Force X. Harley Girl is about to be eaten by Killer Croc before Rick Flagg intervenes. Flagg threatens to put a bullet in the nostril of the reptilian freak. Mostly because it may be the only weakness in Croc’s otherwise impenetrable hide. Flagg struggles to maintain control of the tense situation. Meanwhile, the Maid of Mischief attempts to convince June Moon to unleash the Enchantress to battle Zod, who is regaining consciousness.

    A Peek Into Killer Frost

    While the main story wraps up the Black Vault story arc, the backup story introduces a new member of Task Force X. This also leads into the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad crossover, which begins December 21st.

    Rob Williams’ script is packed with action and a sardonic sense of humor. In an interesting character development, Waylon Jones has developed a soft spot for June Moon. The biggest, gnarliest member of the team rolls over and exposes his soft underbelly when Moon’s welfare is threatened.

    Jim Lee’s artwork on the main story is exactly what you would expect from a modern master working with this Suicide Squad cast. The action sequences are insanely busy, but none of the cast is lost in the mayhem. Artwork by Giuseppe Camunculi and Francesco Mattina on the backup chapter is also strong. There is an interesting sequence of panels that show progression with hardly any movement at all.


    Suicide Squad #8, DC Comics, Released December 14, 2016, Written by Rob Williams, Art by Jim Lee, $2.99

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    This is the Suicide Squad We Deserve

    Every Wednesday, we pick a few of this week’s new releases that stand out from the crowd for our New Comic Book Day series of blog articles. If you’re looking to join a series or want to know what’s happening in today’s best comics, keep reading!

    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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    Action Comics #963
    By: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher, Arif Prianto, Clay Mann

    Action Comics #963 kicks off the new “Superman Meets Clark Kent” story arc and picks up with Clark Kent investigating (read: I mean breaking into) a company named Geneticron. When I say Clark, I mean Clark, not Kal-El. No, it’s not Superman pretending to be an ordinary human.

    Lex Luthor’s Daily Planet newspaper recently outed Clark Kent as being Superman, but as true as that’s been in the past, at this moment in the DCU, it’s not. In all the confusion one thing for sure, this Clark Kent is not OUR Superman.

    Dan Jurgens gives us a well-paced issue with flashbacks that help provide context to the story. This is an exciting issue for any Superman fan, and a wonderful place to jump into the Action Comics series. The story has a very Golden Age feel to it. Patrick Zircher and Arif Prianto both do a great job with the art and colors, and exemplify what we’ve come to expect from DC comics. Great layout, bright colors, and solid linework. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]


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    The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter #1
    By: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, David Lapham
    Edgar Salazar, Keith Champagne, Dan Jackson

    Born as a mistake of a powerful vampire known as the Master, Mister Quinlan seeks to destroy the monster that sired him. This gory feud has lasted ages and can be traced back to the ancient Roman Empire.

    If you’ve enjoyed The Strain novels, television series, or comic books, you’re going to fall over yourself to learn more about Mister Quinlan in the new five-issue The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter miniseries.

    The thing is: you don’t have to know anything about The Strain to enjoy this book. Lapham and team lead the reader down a journey of one boy’s birth in blood toward his destiny. It’s a fun and entertaining story in its own right and actually serves as a good entry into this universe — be careful, you will be drawn into this story.

    On their own, Salazar, Champagne, and Jackson are tremendously talented in their own right, but together, their art comes together in such a way that you can’t help but take a second look at the book once you finish. My only criticism is that I have to wait another month to see the next installment of The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter. This is the best book I’ve read this month. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]


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    Suicide Squad #2
    By: Rob Williams, Jim Lee

    The Suicide Squad is once again on a mission they can’t hope to survive. From the emptiness of space to the frigid waters of the Artic Ocean, Task Force X can’t seem to catch a break. They’re hunting a cosmic artifact and — of course — they aren’t told what it is. When they find out what it is, we see that they were sorely unprepared for it!

    The team has gotten out of more dangerous situations than this in the past, but Rob Williams may have just caused Task Force X to go extinct. Suicide Squad #2 also includes a short story that gives us insight into Boomerang’s past. It’s a fun piece by Rob Williams, Ivan Reis, and Marcelo Maiolo.

    Things are just starting to rev up, but it’s not too late to join the Suicide Squad! [Martin M. at TFAW.com]


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    NCBD: Supergirl and the Suicide Squad Join DC’s Rebirth

    New Comic Book Day 8/17/16

    This week brought a strong group of comics. For New Comic Book Day, we continue catch up with The Punisher and Daredevil as a conflict comes to a head, jump into the new Suicide Squad series, continue reading Jeff Lemire’s incredible Black Hammer series, and check out Supergirl’s Rebirth. Remember, these are only a few of this week’s new releases be sure to check the TFAW website to see even more. We’d love to know what you think of these books too!

    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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    Black Hammer #16

    By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart

    We last left Black Hammer with the whole team meeting up to reminisce their past lives with the hero (and their leader): the amazing Black Hammer.

    In this new issue we get to see a glimpse into the background of Gail Gibbons, aka Golden Gail, wherein she was given the gifts of the gods to fight to keep the world safe — or is it a curse? Now Gail, stuck in the body of a nine-year-old, is just trying so hard to get back the powers that she once felt burdened with. We also get to see Walky Talky and The Barbalien trying to get a probe outside the boundaries of the small town that they are trapped in. Also, we get to see a clash with one of their old foes, Doctor Sherlock Frankenstein (best name ever!).

    How will this “family” deal with all the troubles of trying to fit into the small town they’re stuck in, and what steps will they take to find their way home? Are they even in their universe, or are they in a pocket dimension? Could this be an elaborate trap by a villain from their past?

    All that, plus we still don’t know the full story of Black Hammer’s fate. I’m really looking forward to learning more in the next issue of Black Hammer. [Steve M. at Portland TFAW]

    Daredevil Punisher #4

    By: Charles Soule, Szymon Kudranski, Jim Charalampidis, Clayton Cowles

    Daredevil Punisher #4 completes the “Seventh Circle” story, and it’s been a great ride. DD and Punisher have worked together in the past, but they’re at odds this time over a gangster named Sergey Antonov. D.A. Matt Murdock is transferring Antonov to Texas so he can get a fair trial, but Frank Castle thinks he needs to be punished for his crimes.

    Soule wraps up the Daredevil Punisher miniseries in spectacular form, but I won’t tell you how this one ends, folks. What I will say is that it’s really great seeing how far both Daredevil and Punisher will take things, given their conflicting convictions. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    Suicide Squad #1

    By: Rob Williams, Jim Lee

    For anyone who wants to learn more about Suicide Squad after the wonderfully fun movie, you should definitely grab a copy of Suicide Squad #1! The story starts off with Amanda Waller’s inner monologue discussing why she assembled the Suicide Squad — she believes that bad can do good, and she’s . . . well . . . somewhat right!

    The group is sent to retract a cosmic cube in space, and as the group battles motion sickness, Williams provides a flashback of how Deadshot landed right into Amanda Waller’s Task Force X. It’s a great first issue, and I can’t wait to see where this one goes. Pick this issue up before it sells out! [Darcey M. at Universal City Walk TFAW]

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    Supergirl Rebirth #1

    By: Steve Orlando, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Michael Atiyeh

    Supergirl Rebirth serves as a slingshot for those unfamiliar with Supergirl’s past and her place in the DC Universe. The issue starts with a flashback that establishes a potential threat (or possibly ally).

    In the new status quo that is the DC Rebirth, Supergirl only recently crash landed on Earth (like, a few months ago recent), and the D.E.O. is trying to make sure she becomes a hero like her cousin, Kal-El. They’ve assigned full-time handlers Eliza and Jeremiah Danvers to show her the ways of this planet and act as “parents” to her alter ego, Kara Danvers.

    I anticipate good things from writer Steve Orlando; we’re already seeing strong elements of a family drama for this series and I’m excited to see how Kara adapts to Earth and comes to understand our ways.

    Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy are already a good pair, and I’m excited to see how they will continue to come together as a team. Their art is similar to that of Terry and Rachel Dodson, and I couldn’t think of higher praise than that. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]

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    NCBD – Double dose of Harley, a Doctor and The Sheriff of Babylon

    NCBD reviews of Harley Quinn, Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, and The Sheriff of Babylon

    With Suicide Squad hitting the theaters this weekend, New Comic Book Day Is give you a double dose of crazy with Suicide Squad Rebirth #1, AND Harley Quinn #1! Plus Doctor Strange concludes The Last Days of Magic arc, and we talk about an amazing crime series from The Wire writer Tom King – The Sheriff of Babylon. As always these were only a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other 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.

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    Suicide Squad Rebirth #1
    By: Rob Williams, Philip Tan

    There is a high profile Suicide Squad movie coming out at the end of this week, and with DC’s Rebirth taking place across their publishing line, now is a hotter time than ever to reintroduce the concept of Task Force X (the Suicide Squad’s official title) and a few of those characters!

    We are given the purpose of the team – and a structure is formed for brand new readers hoping to jump on board. We get right into it, with Philip Tan’s dynamic artwork that screams action from the start.

    Whether you are headed to or from the movie and looking to check out the comic book incarnation, you won’t feel lost at all starting out fresh, right here in this very issue of Suicide Squad Rebirth [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    Harley Quinn #1
    By: Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin

    Wowzah! This issue is one for the books! Wacky Harley is back at it again with chaos, a good laugh and…zombies? That’s right folks, you heard me, Zombies!

    Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connor are the creative team making this beautiful series and they use every wild card they have! This issue is all what you need to know about Harley Quinn: Her origin, Her triumphs, and that she’s freakin’ crazy! With small references from the ongoing Harley Quinn comic, new readers shouldn’t be too confused.

    Now Back to the zombies, yes…zombies. Harley Quinn and Red Tool run into an unexpected encounter with the undead. Instead of asking questions, they jump straight into action. As blades and hammers are flying and smashing, Red Tool is bitten by one of the undead. Harley, whose not going to lose her friend, chops off his arm to save his life. Then she catapults him in the air! What? Why do you ask? Guess you’ll have to read Harley Quinn #1 to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal City Walk]

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    Doctor Strange #10
    By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Kevin Nowlan

    It’s the finale of 6-issue event Last Days of Magic. Stephen is at his end, with no magic left to help him against Imperator – who seeks to destroy all magic and leave science to rule.
    This finale felt like a great conclusion to the fight that Doctor Strange had been engulfed in. With help from fellow Marvel mystics and mages Scarlet Witch, Magik, and others. Jason Arron was able to create a creative, action-packed, arc surrounding the idea of Science vs Magic. The art is hard-edged and painterly, just as I would imagine Doctor Strange’s personality.

    If you’ve been reading The Last Days of Magic arc as I said, this is a great final issue. If you’re just jumping on board, maybe wait until the next issue of Doctor Strange as things may be a little confusing for first-time readers. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    The Sheriff of Babylon #9
    By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon

    Things start to collide as the third act starts in the 12 issue story The Sheriff of Babylon. I’ve been on board this series from the start. A crime comic smack dab in the middle of the 2004 Iraq war.

    Written by Tom King (Batman, Vision, and the hit tv series The Wire) this well paced episodic story feels like watching a 12 part tv series. Mitch Gerads (Punisher) has been leading the way in this visually stunning noir.

    I really can’t say enough good about this series. Everything feels real, as the twists come you don’t feel like they are out of left field – as if Tom King has already written out everyone’s lives and motives from the get go. The Sheriff of Babylon is only 3 issues away from finishing – and I’m not sure if I’m excited to read it, or sad that it’ll be over. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Free Comic Book Day – Review of Doctor Who

    doctor who the four doctors free new comic book day editionDoctor Who free comic book day 2016 edition features four independent stories with the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth doctors. Each adventure puts the doctor in unique situations. From giant robots, inter dimensional conduits and planet hackers, this comic takes readers through space and time into the Doctor Who universe.

    I have never gotten into the TV show, and knew only a little about Doctor Who before reading this. What I immediately liked was the Doctor’s unique personality. Unique is the only way I can describe it because it changes in every story in this comic. The first story, “Robo Rampage” sees the twelfth doctor saving a city, and cursing human stupidity. It throws you right into the action, and gives you a glimpse of the Doctor Who universe. However, as a first time reader, it does leave you a little lost.

    The second story, “Obsessions” gives an insight into the Doctors mind, and the difficulties of being a time lord. The story is less action packed, and instead focuses on the Doctor and the other characters aboard the Tardis. It contrasts the Doctor with another character that at first appears to be the polar opposite. In many ways he is, and yet in others they are very similar. This comparison adds depth to both characters, yet refrains from getting too deep or sentimental due to the contrasts in personalities.

    The third story, “Lady of the Blue Box” also takes place on the Tardis, and serves as an explanation for the Doctor Who universe, or at least part of it. The story uses a newcomer to the Tardis, and someone who has been there awhile (who is not the Doctor), to explain the obscurities and mysteries of the Tardis. It is mostly focused on explaining the Tardis itself, but the tenth Doctor has some funny moments the accentuate his personality.

    Finally, the fourth story, “Hacked” follows the ninth doctor and two companions to an alien world. All seems normal as the Doctor shows them around, until (potential spoilers) … some strange buildings start appearing. This story really expands the Doctor Who universe. It shows just how long the Doctor has been around, and the true extent of his knowledge. The comic as a whole serves as an excellent introduction to the Doctor Who universe, and left me excited to keep reading more subsequent to New Comic Book Day.

    Robo Rampage. Writer: Robbie Morrison. Artists: Simon Fraser, Gary Caldwell. Publisher: Titan Comics.
    Obsessions. Writers: Si Spurrier, Rob Williams. Artists: Leonardo Romero, Marcio Menyz. Publisher: Titan Comics.
    Lady of the Blue Box. Nick Abadzis. Artists: Eleonora Carlini, Arianna Florean. Publisher: Titan Comics.
    Hacked. Writer: Cavan Scott. Artists: Mariano Laclaustra, Carlos Cabrera. Publisher: Titan Comics.

    Review by Ben Getchell.

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    Review: Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor, Year Two #8

    11th doctor who, year two, #8Si Spurrier was tasked in Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year 2, #8 to take the writing reins from Rob Williams and as a result, the installment opens with a bit of a rushed finish to the story arc from the previous issue. The Doctor and his four companions have escaped the universe’s best defended prison, but are still being followed through time and space by The Then and The Now. We misplace a companion or two and there’s a massive bar fight starring some of the universe’s ugliest jobbers.

    The main focus of this issue is to give background and depth for Abslom Daak’s character. We may have just met the one guy in the universe that the Daleks fear more than The Doctor.

    Warren Pleece’s artwork is simple and easy to read. There are no unnecessary details. Almost too few details, if anything. If the reader is unfamiliar with the television series and is completely unaware of Matt Smith’s and Alex Kingston’s portrayal of the Time Lord and his anachronistic archaeologist wife, the characters look great. Try to compare the two live actors from the show to their counterpart images in the comic, though, and you won’t find great likenesses. That’s a little distracting, but the overall effect of the artwork is enjoyable, engaging, and consistent with the television series and genre.

    Arianna Florean and Nicola Righi tag team brilliantly to provide us with dark and twisty color for an equally dark and twisty narrative.

    An enjoyable chapter in the saga of the loneliest Time Lord, the installment ends with the revelation of a Dalek secret that could end up being the key to proving The Doctor’s innocence and stopping The Then and The Now. Geronimo!

    Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year 2, #8, writer: Si Spurrier, artist: Warren Pleece, colorists: Arianna Florean and Nicola Righi, Cover Art: Tod Nauck, $3.59.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Robocop Returns + Robocop Book & Figure Set Exclusively at TFAW.com

    Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement returns!

    Dynamite Entertainment presents the dynamic debut of their Robocop series written by Rob Williams (Cla$$war) with art by Fabiano Neves (Marvel Zombies vs. the Army of Darkness)!

    Dynamite goes back to basics as it unveils the dystopian, deeply satirical, and all-out violent world of Robocop.

    This Robocop series picks up where the first movie left off and boasts high action and extreme violence with a touch of conspiracy theory.

    Plus: the return of ED-209!

    We couldn’t be more excited to see our favorite crime fighting future policeman back in print, so we put our noggins together at TFAW Headquarters to give him an appropriate send-up.

    Robocop and ED-209 mini figure set
    While supplies last, you can pick up the first issue of Dynamite’s new Robocop series and get a FREE mini Robocop figure complete with busted ED-209!

    The Robocop #1 Book and Figure Set is the same price as the the comic by itself (just $2.80 when you pre-order), but most customers will see $0.50-$1.00 difference in shipping (since we can’t send the figure in a flat mailer).

    Stay tuned to future TFAW.com Newsletters to learn about the next Robocop Book & Figure set! Click here to sign up for the TFAW.com Newsletter.

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