By Chris Troy
I like Jack Kirby as much as the next guy, but I really don’t feel the need for New York to be experiencing Kamandi: The Last Boy (available in an omnibus) -like conditions. The store will be closing at 2pm on Saturday, and chances are it won’t be open on Sunday because, as you well know, a hurricane is going down. With any luck it won’t be as bad as the media is making it out to be and all will be well come Monday sans some MTA nonsense. Just keep some important supplies on hand and make sure you keep your eyes and ears in tune to the news.
Anywho, enough of me repeating what’s probably been said on twitter, time to talk toys.
Flashpoint is concluding this week and apparently it’s a big thing, as it’s leading into a reboot which I’ve only mentioned half a dozen time on this blog ever since it’s been announced. I’ve pretty much skipped buying/reading the entire mini-series because I don’t give a toss about Barry Allen or Geoff John’s obsession with the silver age meets “grim dark’, as well as the dozen various tie-in mini series (To be fair, I’ve heard from several trust-worthy sources that both the Batman and Frankenstein minis were solid). However the new Justice League also drops on the same day, which will be the first book set in the new DC Universe, and features Jim Lee on art duties. This is very much a big deal, as the 40 page book is the 1st time Lee’s done interior art since I believe “All Star Batman & Robin“, which if I remember correctly, took forever to come out and is currently on hiatus while Frank Miller continues to profit from his madness elsewhere. Either way, both book should be available come Wednesday at Midnight (That’s Tuesday night leading into Wednesday for those who always get that mixed up.) for about $4 a pop for all interested parties.
The thing that’s impressed me most about Flashpoint is that DC Direct managed to get the tie-in toy line out on shelves while the event was still going on (let alone on time!). This 4 figure set is based on the artwork of Flashpoint artist Andy Kubert, and continues the trend of having at least one Batman figure in it (Spoilers: To be fair it’s not Bruce this time around, but Thomas. Meaning once again DC has ignored the Dick Grayson Batman). Aside from Bat-Dad, there’s Barry Allen (I remain the jaded fan and refuse to refer to anyone other than Wally West as the Flash), a heavily armored Wonder Woman with a sword, and Mega Man. Er, I mean Cyborg. All joking aside, Cyborg is probably the best figure in set, and the Kubert redesign is really good in my opinion, much better than that what he looks like pre or post reboot. You know the drill, $20 for each and I’m fairly certain most of them will be on the shelves when the store reopens. Be safe out there East Coast, and if you see any sharks swimming down your streets, assume the worse and that the Fantastic 4 will be by shortly to stop Namor.