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    Yield or Die

    Doctor Jane Foster has possibly the most awkward double life in comics. When she wields Mjölnir, Foster is the Goddess of Thunder. She has all the power of Thor. Foster reverts to her human form when she isn’t holding the mystic hammer.

    Complicating Foster’s situation is the cancer that is slowly killing her. Every time Foster transforms into Thor, all toxins are purged from her body. That includes the chemo cocktail that keeps her cancer at bay. Few even suspect the mighty god and the dying cancer patient are one and the same.

    The Asgard/Shi’ar War Story Arc Begins Here

    In The Mighty Thor #15, the gates of Asgard are breeched in spectacular fashion. Gladiator and his Shi’ar henchmen blast through Heimdall to cross Bifrost and set upon the city. The Asgardians are caught off guard by having their immovable sentry so easily dispatched.

    It is up to the Thor and the Thunder Guards to thwart the invasion. In a seemingly impossible development, the gods appear to be at a considerable disadvantage. These alien trespassers are not to be underestimated.

    Jason Aaron’s script is packed with action, but also serves to introduce and develop several characters that will be key in the upcoming arc. This is especially impressive considering that Aaron is pulling double duty here. He is also killing it with The Odinson in Unworthy Thor.

    Russell Dauterman showcases his mastery of angles and perspective in this chapter. His panels and gutters tell a story on their own. You won’t find a standard 9-panel grid anywhere in this book. As the chaos builds, Dauterman gets further and further away from ordered layouts, adding another layer of tension to the story.


    The Mighty Thor #15, Marvel Comics, Released January 11, 2017, Rated T+, Written by Jason Aaron, Art by Russell Dauterman, Color by Matthew Wilson, Letters by VC’s Joe Sabino, $3.99

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    Thor Gets His Groove Back

    New Comic Book Day Nov 2nd

    For New Comic Book Day this week, Dark Horse Comics blows up a new issue of World of Tanks, Unworthy Thor begins, and Justice League starts a new arc “OUTBREAK.” It was hard narrowing down this week’s new releases to arrive at this week’s reviews, but that’s the job. 😉 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, folks.

    World of Tanks #2
    By: Garth Ennis, Carlos Ezquerra, Michael Atiyeh, Isaac Hanford

    After the explosive first issue, our WWII tale of a British tank team fighting against their German counterparts gets more intriguing. The comic splits up parts between the two teams, taking viewpoints from both sides. The book does an especially good job at highlighting where each team is and what pressures await on the battlefield.

    When it comes to comics about war you can’t go wrong when Garth Ennis is writing it; this series is no exception. The artist Carlos Ezquerra has worked with Ennis before on Battlefields, so the series in in highly capable hands. With a style full of grit, you can almost feel the dirt and grim on the pages.

    This series, based around the hugely popular MMO World of Tanks, is sure to satisfy you off the screen and drag you into the trenches. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]


    The Unworthy Thor comics at TFAW.com

    The Unworthy Thor #1
    By: Jason Aaron, Olivier Coipel, Matthew Wilson, Russel Dauterman, Joe Sabino

    Though the reason has yet to be revealed, Thor was deemed UNWORTHY in the pages of Original Sin. He has since relinquished the name of Thor and searches for redemption as The Unworthy Thor, and the first issue of the 5-issue miniseries is a fantastic entry–great for new readers and longtime fans of Jason Aaron’s take on the character.

    For my money, there’s no better Thor writer than Jason Aaron. Period. This series is a snapshot of the Odinson at his lowest point. He’s depressed, drinking way too much, and self-loathing. This is the equivalent of a major star getting embroiled in controversy and falling from grace.

    I’m not going to ruin the issue by revealing the events of the last few pages, but I am excited to be along for the ride for what I am calling “Thor Gets His Groove Back.”

    One last thing: I’ve gushed about Aaron’s writing (albeit not as much as I want to), but I would be remiss if I didn’t say that Olivier Coipel’s art and Matthew Wilson’s colors are out of this world. I’ve come to expect a lot from these artists, and that’s because they bring it. Every. Single. Issue. Highest marks for this one, true believers. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]


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    Justice League #8
    By: Bryan Hitch, Neil Edwards, Fernando Pasarin

    After the Justice League’s victory over the Kindred, the team has saved the world, and although many were spared, one innocent civilian lost their life. While various members deal with what this means, someone (or something?) hacks into the Watchtower and the Batcave, ultimately putting the entire team — and the world — in danger.

    Told from the point of view of Cyborg, Bryan Hitch does a great job of demonstrating why Victor Stone is one of the most capable and underestimated additions to the League. In a world ruled by connection-based technology, the man who has access to it all could be the greatest hero, but also the most vulnerable to corruption. Neil Edwards’ pencils do a wonderful job of highlighting the somber moments, but hits with a bang in action scenes. He’s an artist who frames shots similar to the way Hitch does in his art, making them a great collaborative team.

    Justice League #8 continues to be a great book featuring the most powerful super team in comics. Be sure to pick up this great jump on point. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]


    The Wicked and the Divine comics at TFAW.com

    The Wicked and the Divine #23
    By: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Kevin Wada

    Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as teenagers. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead.

    The team behind critically acclaimed Young Avengers and Phonogram have taken us on a hell of a ride for the past two years in The Wicked and The Divine, and the series just keeps getting better. We were able to get our hands on a copy of the WicDiv #23, and I’m here to give you the skinny on the issue and lay out the case for why this is the best series on the shelves.

    I couldn’t think of a better case study to attest to Gillen’s talents as a writer. I’ve been a fan of The Wicked and The Divine from day one, but this issue has really amplified my love of the series. I was reminded of Marvel’s Front Line series of the past decade in that this issue gives us a different perspective of characters like The Morrigan, Baal, Amaterasu, Lucifer, and Woden. I like that the team is experimenting with these one-off issues because they make the reading experience unique. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]


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    The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 2 of 5 – Marvel


    As we look forward to the new year, we want to stop and remember the great books that were released in 2015. What follows is the second in a series of five Best Comics of 2015 pieces we’ll be posting through January 6. Missed Part 1? Check it out here. Starting January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    Marvel Comics is home to Jessica Jones, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and a host of other amazing characters. With millions of fans worldwide and decades of quality storytelling under its belt, the publisher is the largest comic book company in the United States.

    The Best of Marvel Comics (in no particular order):

    Silver Surfer
    By: Dan Slott, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Joe Sabino

    The new Silver Surfer series by Dan Slott, Michael Allred, and Laura Allred has been a complete delight. I’ve been in love with this series from day one. You tell me that the Allreds are working on an ongoing story and I’m on board, but add in Dan Slott’s characteristic wit and you know you’re in for a great ride.

    The aspect of this series that really shines is that Slott grounds the cosmos-spanning series by pairing Norrin Radd with a loveable companion, Earth’s Dawn Greenwood. We get to discover the universe alongside Dawn, and marvel at the enormous power of the Surfer. Slott gives us exactly what we want in the form of Galactus, and as tensions rise, we see the greatness of his storytelling — but you’ll have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about.

    Like I said, the Allreds are tremendously talented, and I couldn’t think of a better artistic pairing that would result in a light-hearted, fun series. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, trust me when I say you’ll LOVE this series. Lucky for us, a new story begins in January when Slott, Allred & Allred take us on a new/continuing journey. [Josh C.]

    By: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee, Charles Soule & Ron Garney

    This was a big year for Daredevil, what with the series debut back in April, and the end of Mark Waid & Chris Samnee’s amazing 58 issue run. Then to top it off we had the return of Daredevil just last month after Marvel’s Secret Wars crossover event with Charles Soule and Ron Garney as the new creative team.

    I started reading Daredevil on a regular basis with Mark Waid’s run. It’s got that great edgy darkness in the writing that is just enough to please Miller fans. Yet, tied with Samnee’s pulp style visuals, it keeps the story from being all dark all the time. Charles Soule’ comics hint at the darkness found in the Daredevil television show and nods Brubaker/Benids runs. We’re only 2 issues in so far but it’s still got me begging for more. Ron Garney’s art is definitely more in line with the Alex Maleev/Micheal Lark style, and I dig it. [Martin M.]

    Star Wars comics at TFAW.com Star Wars and Vader
    By: Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen, Simone Bianchi, Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca

    2015 saw the beginning of a new era for Star Wars comics and Marvel exploded out of the gates with superstar talents Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. This ongoing series follows the exploits of Luke Skywalker in the aftermath of his destruction of the Death Star. The whole gang joins him as the Rebel Alliance continues to fight against the Galactic Empire! With a classic mix of action and lighthearted moments, this story feels like Star Wars in every way.

    As the year went on, the hits kept coming with A-list artists Stuart Immonen and Simone Bianchi going the book. Bringing Mike Mayhew and Leinil Francis Yu on deck for 2016 (and it doesn’t look like Jason Aaron is going anywhere!) make it clear that Marvel is keeping Star Wars filled with top talent for the foreseeable future!

    There are two sides to every story. And fans have always wanted to see the story from Darth Vader’s perspective. Well, Marvel’s got them covered with a story line from the Sith Lord’s viewpoint in the ongoing Darth Vader comic book series. It’s the entire galaxy against Vader until he makes some unlikely allies who absolutely steal the show: Doctor Aphra and her droids! These are the sadistic yet charming villains that Kieron Gillen was born to write and one look at Salvador Larroca’s art will have you rooting for the bad guys! [Jeff B.]

    Mighty Thor comics at TFAW.com

    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Jorge Molina, Joe Sabino

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a better comic book than Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman’s Thor and Mighty Thor. Talk about heroics–Aaron expertly weaves the story of Jane Foster (Thor’s ex-girlfriend) as the new Mighty Thor.

    She’s been in the hero business ever since Marvel’s Original Sin, but the team really dialed things up this year. Foster’s cancer has gotten worse, and Thor’s old enemies have started attacking in earnest. In the face of all of this, her grace and bravery shines through.

    I’m really excited to see Russell Dauterman’s art each month. He’s a relative newcomer on the comics scene, but it feels like he and Aaron have been working together for decades. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself enamored with Dauterman’s depiction of facial expressions, the flow of lightning, and little pieces of Earth and flesh flying through the air. A truly magical series. [Josh C.]

    Spider-Gwen comics at TFAW.com Spider-Gwen
    By: Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez

    One of the hottest new characters actually spun out of Marvel’s Spider-Verse crossover (see what we did there?). When you get down to it, Spider-Gwen is a retelling of Spider-Man. Except that Gwen Stacy, got bit by the radioactive spider.

    What I really enjoy and connect with here is that it’s the same Parker-humor that we all love but coming from someone that we’ve all missed. I instantly connect with the character due to her strong ties in Spider-Man lore, while still being curious about her Earth (Earth-65 if you follow that sort of thing).

    One of my favorite moments came during Spider-Verse when Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man (Peter Parker of Earth-616) meet, there is this quick but very emotional panel that really pulled on my heart strings.

    This alternate Earth is one that is rich with past Marvel lore and new events that you’ve just got to discover. If you’re looking something old, new, but maybe not red and blue, you’ll want to pick this book up. [Martin M.]

    Honorable Mentions:

    Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog in the coming days as we’ll be posting four more Best Comics of 2015 lists. At the end, YOU will decide which one will be crowned as the Best Comic of 2015!


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    7 Damsels NOT in Distress – Gift List Ideas

    Does your favorite fan have a thing for strong female characters that wield a Lasso of Truth, really big hammers, or a good sharp stake? Then we have the list to help you find that special gift!

    These lovely ladies are not waiting around for someone to swoop in and save the day–they’ve got it covered. TFAW is pleased to present 7 of our top Damsels that are taking care of business themselves. To paraphrase Aretha Franklin: thank you they’ll do it themselves.

    #1 – Wonder Woman – Queen of the Amazons

    Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 01 Not only can she hold her own, but sometimes she’s the one to swoop in and save the day when Superman and Batman can’t hack it. Check out this amazing Woman with a capital “W” out in the latest Sensation Comics series:

    Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 1

    Your Price: $13.49

    By: Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver, Phil Jimenez
    This book collects Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1-5 starting with a call from the oracle because all the Bat-heroes are on the sidelines.

    Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman TPB Vol. 2

    Your Price: $13.49

    By: Jae Lee
    Diana and Cheetah battle over a phoenix egg, a space mission to represent the Justice League, and a teenaged Diana takes a trip to Man’s World all in this exciting collection.

    Click for other in-stock  Wonder Woman Gifts or click to visit her Theme Page .

    #2 – Harley Quinn – Our Favorite Unbalanced Villainess

    Pop Arkham Asylum Nurse Harley Quinn Vinyl Figure While she might be a recurring resident at Arkham Asylum, this petite gal in red and black motley carries a big hammer, a mean punch, and a huge torch for the love of her life, Mr. J aka the Joker. She’s not even afraid of a big, six-foot, rat–I mean bat–that likes to ruin the plans of her and her Puddin’.

    Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn POP! Vinyl Figure

    Your Price: $9.89 (Stock May Be Limited)

    One of the many newer POP! Vinyl figures from DC’s Batman Universe.
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    #3 – Mighty Thor – Wielding the Hammer Because SHE is Worthy!

    Mighty Thor #1 After the new Thor picks up the mighty Mjolnir, she is transformed into the Goddess of Thunder! Her new godhood comes with threats of war through the Ten Relms, more enemies, and even more personal threats. Check out this new issue 2015 #1 or the Premium Hard Cover that collects Thor 2014 Issues #1-5.

    Mighty Thor #1
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

    Your Price: $4.49

    Thor Premium Hard Cover Volume 1 Goddess of Thunder
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

    Your Price: $14.99

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    #4 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 10 Vol. 3 - Love Dares you When you spent your high school years next to a Hellmouth you pick up certain skills in order to survive. Buffy has spent ten seasons putting a whole host of vampires and demons to rest personally. Catch up to the Slayer with these issues:

    Season Ten Vol. 3 — Love Dares You TPB

    By: Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon, Rebekah Isaacs,
    Megan Levens, Dan Jackson, Steve Morris

    Your Price: $17.09

     Click for other in-stock  Buffy Gift Ideas

    #5 – Spider-Gwen

    Spider-Gwen #1 Imagine if Gwen Stacy not Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. Then take that story, add an amazing costume design, and then turn everything in her particular Spider-Verse a few degrees from what you might expect, and you end up with the fun and full-of-energy Spider-Gwen:

    Spider-Gwen #1
    By: Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez

    Your Price: $3.59

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    #6 – Lara Croft

    Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen Some characters are lucky enough to become icons. Lara Croft is one of them. One part Indiana Jones, one part Black Widow, and a heady mix of pulp adventure; Lara has taken that formula and created a fan base all her own. Catch up with these titles:

    Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen #1
    By: Corinna Bechko, Randy Green, Andy Owens,
    Michael Atiyeh, Jean-Sebastien Rossbach

    Your Price: $3.59

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    #7 – Rat Queens

    Rat Queens #13 Last but not least, if you are a Dungeons and Dragons or a Pathfinder fan, and haven’t read Rat Queens ; you’re missing out. This pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, are guaranteed to win you over. Funny, violent, smart, check out the Rat Queens here:

    Rat Queens #13
    By: Kurtis J. Wiebe, Stjepan Sejic

    Your Price: $3.59

    Click for other in-stock Rat Queens Ideas

    Still not sure what to get? A TFAW Gift Certificate is a one-size-fits all treat, or feel free to contact us directly via Live Chat at TFAW.com. You can also call us at 800-862-0052 or email us, and we’ll be glad to help you select the perfect gift for that special geek in your life. – See more gift list ideas at the TFAW Blog .


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    October Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Silent Hill Downpour Annes Story #1 review at TFAW.comEvery month, our customers submit hundreds of product reviews that help others determine how great (or not-so-hot) certain comics, graphic novels, and other collectibles are. We took a look at the reviews that were submitted in October and are awarding $25 gift certificates as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. And the winners are (insert drum roll here):

    Our first contest winner is Coniah in Tacoma, WA! Coniah wrote a review for the all-new Thor #1 caught our eye:

    If you’ve been out of comics for a while or not following the main Thor title, this issue does a good job of helping catch you up to the most recent events leading up to Thor Odinson’s being unworthy of Mjolnir, and there’s a great sense of action and scale as well. Overall, it’s a pretty solid issue with only one drawback, in my opinion, not enough of the new Thor.

    The Strain Volume 1 HC review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Mary from Manhattan, KS. She had this to say about Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #1 (of 4):

    If I could give this six stars, I would. HAWKEYE. DRESSED UP AS HAWKEYE FOR HALLOWEEN. Also: plot thickening, villains somewhat revealed, and shenanigans. Love this series!

    Grayson #1 review at TFAW.comLast but not least, John from South Dartmouth, MA dropped by to share his thoughts about the new Ghostbusters #15 (Subscription Variant):

    I have been a GB fan since I was a kid and was very excited for the comic book series when it came out. Good story in the spirit of the original movies. I love how some of the variant covers are throwbacks to not only the original movies but the Real Ghostbusters cartoon series like this cover.

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors 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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    Marvel Relaunches Comic Book Series With Marvel NOW!

    Marvel Now Point One at TFAW.comDon’t know where to start when it comes to the Marvel Universe? You’re in luck, friend. The House of Ideas has taken a cue from DC and will be rebooting much of their line with #1 issues in the coming months. They’re calling this reboot Marvel NOW! Featured in the image here is the Marvel NOW Point One issue. It’ll get you up to speed on what’s going on.

    Check out our TFAW Newsletter to learn more about other Marvel NOW! titles like Uncanny Avengers, Fantastic Four, All-New X-Men, and many more. We recently added the new series to the website, so search for “marvel now” (without the quotes) or drop by our special Marvel NOW! page at TFAW to see ’em all–seriously, you gotta check it out.

    There’s never been a better time to start reading these Marvel books!


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    May Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    As part of our monthly Product Review Contest, we’ve picked three reviews and are awarding $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

    Bill from Mansfield, MA is the first of this month’s winners. He wrote some really thoughtful reviews last month, but the one that caught our eye was for Dark Horse Presents #11:

    A good anthology book is hard to find these days but Dark Horse Presents never fails to deliver. It offers up stories from a variety of genres so you’re always bound to find something you absolutely love while being introduced to stories you may not have otherwise tried.

    Luke from Enterprise, OR also wrote a couple of reviews last month. His review of Dial H #1 caught our eye:

    The legendary Mieville makes the leap into comic books and lands neatly bringing his own niche of “New Weird” fantasy imaginatively into the graphic medium. The shifting hero concept is great. The first is no dissapointment.

    The book is a neat mix of noir and steampunk, with a potential for so much more. The designs from Mieville’s mind to Santolouco’s translation are fitting and epic. Very cool stuff going on here. Small complaint is that the characters are not as three dimentional (metaphorically speaking, although 3d book from Mieville would be a trip). Overall this should go in your buy pile if you like Steampunk, Noir, or a little bit of weird in your life.

    Once you see Matheus’ review of J. Michael Straczynski’s Thor Omnibus HC, you’ll know why we picked his review. Here’s what he had to say:

    At the time of Avengers Disassembled, was screwing Thor in Asgard, and experiencing the dreaded Ragnarok the gods, in a difficult decision he broke the cycle and made the Asgardians not come back again, to finally rest in peace (actually recommend reading this arc, Oeming be writing a lot). But the gods REALLY die? Answer: no.

    And with that Marvel called J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel to count the rebirth of Thor and all his supporting cast. The beginning of the work is spectacular, with the reason for the back (as long as people believe in gods, they do exist), the pursuit of Thor by his friends to bring them back (and unwittingly bringing the enemies as well), the most evil Loki ever, the conversation with Odin, the beating that the Homeric Iron Man takes, and tied amazing that the writer makes Loki: the death of Bor, the real reason for going to live in Asgard Loki and the spectacular 600th edition.

    But problems began after editing 600. JMS is known to hate that interfere with their work, and then Marvel was preparing ground for Siege, and of course the main characters were the Asgardians, and the main topic of all was the fall of Asgard. Only JMS had led the gods to Latveria and did not intend to undo it anytime soon. Outside the plot would be applied Grounded in Thor (yes, really. Even make more sense). Then the author made the edits tantrum 601-603 plus Finale kinda sloppy.

    It is noticed that everything was rushed, the excessive emphasis on Bill, Loki returned to its original body without any reason, he taking the Odin Force Thor (prank perhaps?), The question of the body of Sif (the original body was Loki because when she returned the body had no sign?), using the Strange as magician supreme being at that time nor was he let out all the roll of Latveria to the next writer.

    Regardless of all this, the art team is wonderful, Olivier Coipel redefining all Asgard, and drawing as well as ever and still has the Marko Djurdjevic reservation. Finally, 13 issues were wonderful and 4 with a bitter taste.

    Wow, what an in depth review, Matheus! Good stuff. We want to thank everyone again for sharing their product reviews last month. You guys really do a lot to help other customers each time you submit a review. Thanks for your efforts! You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

    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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    Movie Update: Thor Trailer, Superman Pic, Wonder Woman Cast!

    Wow! The past two days have seen a lot of comics-related movie developments–and most of it seems completely awesome!

    First, Wonder Woman has been cast for the new David E. Kelley Wonder Woman television show: Adrianne Palicki from Friday Night Lights! This seems promising to me: not only is she legitimately Amazonian in height, at 5′ 11″, but from what little I’ve seen from her on Friday Night Lights, she’s adept at playing strong yet vulnerable, which would make her version of Wonder Woman relatable.

    Next, newly anointed Superman Henry Cavill appears on the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly wearing the iconic “S” on his chest. It’s hard not to compare anyone to the phenomenal Christopher Reeve, but so far, so good.

    Lastly (and perhaps most excitingly!) we’ve got a new trailer for Thor, and it looks EPIC! Check it out:

    So what do you think? Are we entering a new era of awesome comic book movies and television, or are you underwhelmed? Post your comments below!

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    New Captain America and Thor Super Bowl Trailers

    Wowsa! I admit, I’m not much of a football fan, but all comics junkies got a huge treat during this year’s Super Bowl: the first trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger aired, as well as a new trailer for Thor, out May 6. Check them both out below:

    Looking to get caught up with Captain America and Thor before the movies come out? Check out Captain America #615.1 and Thor #620.1–two excellent issues due out in May that are great jumping-on points for new and lapsed readers.

    So what do you think? It was a little disconcerting to see Chris Evans as a 98-pound weakling, but the Captain America trailer shows flashes of humor that are promising. As for Thor . . . Chris Hemsworth is pretty. I didn’t see much spark between him and Natalie Portman, but it’s a short clip. The action sequences look great, and the costumes for both Avengers look pretty darn good–not overly cartoony. Captain America’s suit is an interesting vintage version that looks like it would actually be functional, and Thor’s got the chain-mail sleeves!

    You can also check out stills from these trailers at Comic Book Resources!

    What’s your take on these trailers? Are you looking forward to the movies? Post your comments below!

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    Artist Chris Samnee Talks About the End of Thor: The Mighty Avenger

    Thor: The Mighty AvengerOne of my favorite new comic book series of 2010 has been Thor: The Mighty Avenger, by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee. It is extremely difficult to take a character with decades of history and continuity and “re-boot” it in a way that’s A.) accessible and appealing to new readers and B.) doesn’t inspire nerd rage in longtime comic book fans. Thor: The Mighty Avenger has been a huge success on both fronts, and although it’s not technically an “All-Ages” comic (it’s rated “A”: appropriate for age 9 and up), it’s an excellent addition to Kids Comics Month.

    Depicting a more human-sized Thor who has been banished to Earth to find redemption, Thor: The Mighty Avenger has been having a blast depicting Thor’s romance with Jane Foster, his camaraderie with the Warriors Three, a hilarious battle with Captain Britain, plus robots, sea monsters, Namor, and much more. Samnee’s incredibly expressive, fun artwork has perfectly complemented Langridge’s deft writing.

    Unfortunately, one area Thor: The Mighty Avenger has not been a huge success is in sales: while issue #1 debuted with about 20,000 copies sold, sales eventually dipped below 10,000, and the series ends in January with issue #8. This has prompted an online campaign to save the book, so who knows? You should probably order Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 01 The God Who Fell to Earth to be on the safe side.

    Without further ado, in honor of this very special book, we present an interview with artist extraordinaire Chris Samnee (name rhymes with “Omni”):

    Thor The Mighty Avenger #5TFAW.com: Hi Chris, thanks for “chatting” with us today! First, I wanted to tell you how much I’ve been loving Thor: The Mighty Avenger. It has been delightful, and it’s inspired such an enthusiastic fan response. Did you have any idea how beloved the book would be?

    Chris Samnee: Thanks so much. It’s my pleasure. As for feedback I really had no idea what the response to the book was going to be like. Upon reading the first outline that Roger Langridge had put together I knew it would be a new fresh take and that it looked like it was going to be a ton of fun for me to work on. I was just keeping my fingers crossed that readers would like it as much as I did.

    TFAW.com: Had you been a fan of Thor previously? What kind of research did you do before you started the book?

    CS: I had read plenty of Thor and Avengers comics growing up and was familiar with the character, but for some reason he never really spoke to me. After being offered the job on Thor: TMA I picked up the Marvel: Essential volumes of Thor by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and started at the very beginning. Reading those early adventures gave me a much better idea of what Thor’s character really is, without all of the baggage he seems to have amassed over the years.

    TFAW.com: Thor has had so many incarnations over the years and years–and years! How did you create his look for this series?

    Thor The Mighty Avenger #7 Page 1CS: Thor’s look in Thor: TMA is sort of a cross between Kirby’s classic interpretation of Thor, Coipel’s Thor, movie Thor and a healthy dose of what I think would look neat on him. The original editor of the book, Nate Cosby, had given me a few hints at what the movie’s incarnation of Thor would be and asked if I could give Thor the metal sleeves. Beyond that Roger and I fought for the blue pants. They seem to bring his look back a bit closer to the Silver Age version.

    TFAW.com: Even though Thor is many eons old compared to a human, he’s relatively young in Asgardian years–and he looks it in the book. He’s a much more human-sized Thor here; sometimes he has his godly moments, and sometimes he looks like a kid playing dress up. Was that intentional?

    CS: Well, I wanted this incarnation of Thor to be a bit more relatable, a bit more down to Earth. According to editor Nate Cosby, he’s closer in power level to the Superman seen in the Fleisher Studios cartoon from the ’40s. Beyond that–as he was banished to Midgard–he was stripped of Mjonlir and de-powered. A slighter build on Thor for this story works as a bit of a shorthand for that.

    TFAW.com: What’s it been like, working with writer Roger Langridge?

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    SDCC ’10: Bryan JL Glass Talks Mice Templar and Thor: First Thunder

    Live From San Diego Comic-Con 2010

    Yes, we still have SDCC ’10 video to share! One highlight this year was our interview with writer Bryan JL Glass! We caught up with him at the Image Comics booth, where he teased the next story arc of The Mice Templar and talked about his upcoming Marvel Comics miniseries, Thor: First Thunder.

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    SDCC ’10: Preview Night! Walking Dead & Much More

    Live From San Diego Comic-Con 2010

    Tonight was Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con 2010, and we were there to cover it for you! We got up close and personal with AMC’s The Walking Dead Set, checked out stuff from the Tron, Captain America, and Thor movies, looked into the My Little Pony and He-Man action figures, visited the Dark Horse Comics booth and much more.

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