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    I Just Saw and Loved Wonder Woman — Now What?

    Wonder Woman is a success on so many levels.

    Not only is it the first film to have a female superhero in the starring role, it’s now gone on to break the box office record for a film directed by a woman. The film also single-handedly restored viewers’ faith in the DC Cinematic Universe.

    More than that, it’s given women both young and old someone to look up to. Wonder Woman is now the cultural icon she was always meant to be. She’s more than just a hero: She is female empowerment personified and a role model.

    If you’ve left the theater wanting more action, adventure, and excitement from female superheroes, you’re not alone! However, we know that navigating the world of comics is tricky business.

    That’s why at TFAW we’ve come up with 10 wondrous comics and graphic novels that both star female superheroes and act as great jumping-on points for new readers.

    Did you find a new favorite book or want to recommend something we missed? Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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    Redneck #2: Death and Destruction Have Come To Sulphur Springs

    In Redneck #1, Donny Cates introduced us to the Bowmans, a clutch of vampires that survives on the outskirts of a small Texas town called Sulfur Springs and who own the local barbecue joint. So far, they’ve avoided scrutiny by drinking blood collected from the cattle they slaughter for the restaurant.

    Feedin’ People, Instead Of On People

    Redneck #2 cover
    Cates wastes no time dancing around introductions. By the sixth page, we’ve met most of the Bowman clan. There’s Bartlett, previously human, JV, the patriarch, Seamus, Slap, and Greg, the boys, Perry, the youngest, and Granpa.

    We meet the Landrys later, the only other family in Sulfur Springs who recognize the Bowmans for what they are. A generations-long feud has been simmering, each side waiting for the other to make a move.

    The three brothers head to town against JV’s orders to blow off steam at a local gentleman’s club. Bartlett follows to make sure they don’t get into too much trouble. By the time he catches up, all hell’s about to break loose. Bartlett finds the boys in an alley, about to face off with a group of Father Landry’s kin.

    In the very next scene, Bartlett’s passed out on the front porch of the Bowman homestead covered in blood. He has no recollection of the previous night’s events. Slap is swinging by his neck from a branch, engulfed in flame. The family’s livestock has been slaughtered and left in the sun to rot.

    The Sun’s Setting Soon

    Redneck #2 opens with the Bowmans caring for their dead and contemplating the next move. Traditionally, when a vampire is killed, their brood would ride on the town, “facts and reason be damned. For fear of not killing the right one, (they) would just kill everyone.”

    Shots have been fired. As the sun begins to set, JV has to figure out quickly what he and his family can do to survive. He is a pacifist, but now his wife and son have both been buried. A war is coming to his doorstep, whether he likes it or not.

    This second chapter is absolutely as brilliant as the first. Donny Cates is solidly establishing himself as a heavy hitter in horror comics. Lisandro Estherren’s art sells Cates’ gritty story beautifully. In an exclusive interview with TFAW last month, Cates told us “Lisandro draws ugly things really pretty. That kind of blend of hideous and beautiful, mean and emotional was just perfect for this book.”

    Redneck #1 sold out on its first day of release, so make sure you pick up the second printing that’s hitting comic shops on May 24th.

    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to grab the first printing of Redneck #2. Pre-order your copy today!

    Redneck #2, Skybound/Image Comics, releases May 24, 2017, rated 16+, written by Donny Cates, Art by Lisandro Estherren, color by Dee Cunniffe, $3.99

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    All New Wolverine has a Freaky Friday

    New Comic Book Day August 31st 2016

    For New Comic Book Day this week All New Wolverine Snikts her first Annual as does DC Comics Bombshells, war wages on in Saga, and Dark Horse’s first issue of World of Tanks explodes onto the scene. Remember these are only 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.

    DC Comics Bombshells Annual comics at TFAW.com

    DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1
    By: Marguerite Bennett, Elsa Charretier, Terry Dodson

    I have to say, I had the biggest grin on my face after I finished reading the DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1. It’s got everything – new characters, beautiful and artistic poetry, great action, and fun, flirty humor combined with lots of heart that has become the trademark tone of the series. In this extra-long issue, Amanda Waller enlists the brilliant Frankie Charles to find a former Bombshell, long ago disappeared: Batgirl! Waller knows that Batgirl will be invaluable to the Bombshells’ plans, but after a major loss, Babs went down a dark and twisted path and has become something much stranger – and more dangerous than she ever was before. Only Frankie has the guts, smarts, and savvy to carry off what could either be a rescue operation – or a suicide mission.

    This issue introduces new DC characters that will pump you up (I liked them so much that I even forgot for awhile about how I wish they’d bring in Hawkgirl already). Featuring clever, fast-paced writing by Marguerite Bennett that builds the universe up and bonds you even more to the characters and their story. This is definitely one of my favorite issues of this series (we’re 16 issues in as of press date, for those of you who are just joining us). The art, by Elsa Charretier and Terry Dodson is some of the most cohesive and gorgeous the series has had in recent times. The surprising, amazing line on the last page, well, let’s just say it drops like a bombshell. Don’t miss this giant-sized DC Comics Bombshells Annual! [Steve M. at Portland TFAW]

    All New Wolverine Annual comics at TFAW.com

    All New Wolverine Annual #1
    By: Tom Taylor, Marcio Takara, Cameron Stewart

    It has been a rough year for Laura, the All New Wolverine. She helped her cloned sisters hunt down a group of trained killers, teamed up with Squirrel Girl to take on some baddies, and dove headlong into Fin Fang Foom (like, inside his mouth) to rescue the original 616-Wolverine. On top of that, she’s stepped up to train and raise her clone/sister Gabby – but at least she got a pet wolverine named Jonathan (a gift from Squirrel Girl) out of it all.

    In this truly fun annual issue, you get to see what happens when you cross Wolverine and Spider-Gwen Freaky Friday style. What will happen when Gwen Stacy is thrown into the body of Wolverine, and how will she adapt to the new sets of powers and the loss of her old? How will Laura deal with her new super-strength and being part of a band? Oh, and not to give too much away, but there’s a Wolverine version of Spider-Ham named Wolver-Hampton! I need a book with just him running around with Jonathan the Unstoppable (Laura’s pet wolverine) like they were in a seventies cop drama. All that being said, do yourself a favor and get all covers to All New Wolverine Annual #1, and then read them all, it’s well worth it! [Steve M. at Portland TFAW]

    World of Tanks comics at TFAW.com

    World of Tanks #1
    By: Garth Ennis, Carlos Ezquerra, Michael Atiyeh, Isaac Hanford

    Garth Ennis being no stranger to comics about war. It’s only fitting that he’s teamed up again with Carlos Ezquerra, to give us another fantastic series surrounding WWII and the battles people faced. World of Tanks #1 reads more like Ennis’ other series Battlefields rather than War Stories. It’s more about the fight they’re in, rather than the characters themselves.

    In this first issue, we get our setup – an untested greenhorn British crew go up against one of the toughest German tanks in history. Will they be able to overtake them? Time will only tell.

    With Carlos at the helm of art, he gave this issue a silver-age war story style, and it fits perfectly. One of the key items that draws you into this book – and really all Garth Ennis war books – is his use of slang. Reading the characters dialgue while they use slag of WWII creates the environment quite well. As a War Stories reader, I was quite thrilled with World of Tanks #1 and am looking forward to the second issue. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Saga comics at TFAW.com

    Saga #37
    By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

    After a three month hiatus, Saga is back! The famous team, Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan beautifully start the new arc for this series. We last left off at Hazel escaping a refugee prison and her parents practically ripping apart their marriage and universe to find her! In this issue, we open up with a napping Hazel and her two adoring parents, Alana and Marko – and end with more questions!

    We get to see what our favorite characters have been up to and how much everyone has grown. This issue slowly opens to a new problem our favorite couple and friends will have to face. Whatever could that be?! Pick up a copy of Saga #37 today to find out! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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

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    SDCC 2012 Update: Walking Dead Panel

    SDCC 2012 Video Coverage

    Nothing is off limits (actually, a some things ARE off limits since The Walking Dead #100 just hit the stands yesterday) in this incredibly funny, honest panel featuring the creators behind the comic book series.

    SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t been reading Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead, some important plot points will be spoiled in the SDCC 2012 Walking Dead Panel. Check out the video, below. Our SDCC videos are complete and uncut, so watch at your own risk! Consider yourself warned. Now to the fun stuff . . .

    Walking Dead at TFAW.com



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    We Get a House Call From Witch Doctor’s Brandon Seifert

    Witch Doctor ComicsWhen Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, announced that he would be launching his own Image Comics imprint, Skybound, the comics industry was abuzz with speculation–what would the first series look like? The answer: Witch Doctor, a supernatural medical drama-comedy by Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner. Reminiscent of classic Creepy comics in style and tone, Witch Doctor centers on Doctor Vincent Morrow, who seeks to cure supernatural maladies–such as vampirism–with science (well, and a healthy dose of magic, too).

    We caught up with writer Brandon Seifert and asked him what’s next for Witch Doctor!

    TFAW.com: Can you introduce new readers to Witch Doctor?

    Brandon Seifert: Witch Doctor is a horror medical drama about Dr. Vincent Morrow, a brilliant, eccentric jerk in the Howard Hughes, Nicola Tesla vein. Dr. Morrow’s trying to understand the biology of the supernatural–the better to fight it. So all our vampires, demons, faeries et al, are based on actual stuff from biology and medicine.

    Beyond that, Witch Doctor is the first title from Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Originals line. He found us while we were self-publishing the book, and handpicked us to be part of his new imprint at Image Comics.

    TFAW.com: How long has Witch Doctor been in the works?

    BS: Lukas and I first started working on Witch Doctor around this time year in 2007–so it’s been four full years now! We self-published our first story in April 2008; we started talking to Robert about hooking up with Image in July 2009; and we signed with Skybound and announced the book (in the New York Times!) in July 2010.

    TFAW.com: How did you hook up with Lukas Ketner?

    BS: Lukas and I are both from Alaska, and we both live in Portland now, so we had a lot of the same friends. I met him a few times in completely random contexts, and then we got paired together by a weekly newspaper we both worked for. I’d written a feature story, and they brought him in to draw the cover for it. I really liked the cover he did, and the next time I saw him we established that we both loved comics and wanted to work in the industry. We decided to do a short comic together as a portfolio piece . . . but that comic was the first Witch Doctor story, and it turned from a calling card into something we were actively trying to get published.

    TFAW.com: When did you realize you would be Skybound’s debut title?

    BS: You know, I’m not sure. It must have been a while into the process of talking to Kirkman about it, because that wasn’t the original pitch. He didn’t come to us and say, “Be my launch title!” He just said “Be on my imprint!” (More or less.) When I did finally realize we’d be Robert’s launch title, I kind of freaked out a bit. It’s an enormous honor–and a huge responsibility. Neither of us had done a comic series before, and suddenly we had the entire industry looking at us!

    TFAW.com: What’s it like working with Robert Kirkman’s imprint?

    BS: Daunting! I think we’ve both mellowed out about it, but for a while there we were really anxious about it. It’s really cool and flattering to have been selected for it, but it’s also a lot of pressure!

    We’ve had a really good experience with Skybound. It’s a small company and they’re growing it very slowly, so we’ve gotten a whole lot of hands-on attention . . . which has been very good, as we’re both brand new at this and there’s a lot of stuff to figure out.

    TFAW.com: You’ve mentioned that Witch Doctor is “House meets Fringe.” What were some of your other influences?

    BS: Honestly, though we describe the book that way, House and Fringe aren’t really big influences. I’ve never seen Fringe, and though I mainlined the first season of House when I started working on the project, I haven’t seen any since.

    For me, my biggest influences on the project are Buffy, Hellboy, Doctor Who (especially the current Stephen Moffat-helmed stuff), and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as things like John Carpenter’s The Thing and Aliens.

    TFAW.com: I love that besides being a horror comic, Witch Doctor has a lot of humor, as well. Was that the original intent?

    BS: Pretty much. Dr. Morrow was always going to be a snarky jerk, so there was always going to be a humor element. Plus, Hellboy and Buffy were my two biggest influences from the start, and they’re both pretty funny. How much humor to include has always been a question, but in writing the series I’ve discovered I need the comedy there to keep myself interested in writing it. The more serious it is, the more my brain starts to wander away.

    TFAW.com: Have you done a lot of actual medical research for this?

    BS: I’ve done a ridiculous amount of research for this, starting when we first came up with the idea four years ago. All our monsters are based on actual stuff from biology and medicine, so I’ve read a lot of books about diseases, parasites, evolution and the biology of stuff like bloodfeeding animals.

    TFAW.com: What drives Doctor Vincent Morrow?

    BS: Curiosity. Boredom. Guilt. Ego. He’s a natural problem-solver, and that has a lot to do with his current line of work–but he’s also made some big mistakes in his past, and in some ways his current job is him trying to atone for them. But on the other hand, he’s also a very selfish person, so there’s this constant struggle inside him between the part of him that realizes he’s screwed up in the past and wants to make good on it, and the side of him that likes the kind of attention he gets for coming up with brilliant solutions to supernatural problems.

    TFAW.com: Much like House, Doctor Morrow has some trouble with “normal” human interactions. Are we going to see him evolve?

    BS: We’ll definitely see him evolve–up to a point. Basically, for me, if we ever got to the point where he’s a doctor who’s nice to people . . . that’s not Morrow, and that’s not hugely interesting for me. The thing I love about Morrow is that he’s the jerk who helps you out. The guy who saves your life, and makes you want to strangle him while he does it.

    TFAW.com: What can we expect from issue #4, the miniseries finale?

    BS: Ooh, there’s a lot in there! Our early issues were all stand-alone stories, but Witch Doctor #3 and #4 were our first two-part story–and I think they’re the best thing we’ve done so far. We’ve got a bunch of action, some science, reversals involving the cast that people aren’t going to be expecting–and we set up the larger mythology of the series and some of the threats Dr. Morrow’s going to end up facing a lot in future stories.

    Plus, the art turned out great, and #4 has some of my favorite moments, lines and jokes in the whole series so far.

    TFAW.com: Do you have another story arc in the works?

    BS: Witch Doctor ended up going over really well–and has been selling great!–so Skybound is having us keep rolling with it.

    Up next is Witch Doctor: The Resuscitation, a one-shot coming out in December. It’s a stand-alone story that sort of bridges the gap between the first miniseries and the second story arc–and it’s also going to be a good jumping-on point for new readers. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but the “patient” this time is a guy who wakes up in a hotel bathtub full of ice with a surgical incision over one of his kidneys–except he’s still got a full set of organs! . . . Or does he? Dun dun dun!

    And then we’ll be doing another Witch Doctor miniseries in early 2012. We’ve got a huge number of WD stories planned, so it’s really nice that we can just keep going and start telling them!

    Our thanks to Brandon for the interview! You can order Witch Doctor comics and graphic novels here at TFAW.com. Issue #4 is hot off the presses–watch our Witch Doctor review here!


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    SDCC ’11: Robert Kirkman Panel

    Robert Kirkman gets lots of laughs in this video where he thanks his fans for reading his books and supporting his grocery budget, never working for Marvel again, and playing video games. He never ceases to amaze me with his quick wit. You’ll find out what I mean:

    The Walking Dead



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    Sina Grace Donates Cover to L’il Depressed Boy #1 to the CBLDF

    Sina Grace CBLDF Sketch 2011The L’il Depressed Boy artist Sina Grace has generously contributed to our Third Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction by donating an 11″ x 14″ cover to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! This piece is the second-printing cover to The Li’l Depressed Boy #1, satirizing the ’80s classic movie Say Anything, starring John Cusack. Check it out at right!

    S. Steven Struble and Sina Grace’s cult-hit romantic webcomic, The L’il Depressed Boy, is now published by Image Comics! Grace is also the editorial director of Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s Image imprint.

    Do you need an original The L’il Depressed Boy cover? You can bid on it, and all of the sketches donated by our participating publishers and creators–at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s annual auction at San Diego Comic-Con July 23.

    In addition, we’ll be creating limited-edition autograph cards of all of these sketches and giving them away at SDCC. To pick up yours, visit TFAW at booth #5625 July 21-24!



    Are you going to SDCC this year? Which artists are you hoping to see sketch cards for?

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