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Toys Toys, but with Comics: #Ladies

Getting straight to the reviews this time around. Hope you enjoyed FCBD, I’m still salty there was ZERO Carol Danvers in that Guardians book. >:(

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Brian Michael Bendis/Stuart Immonen/Wade Von Grawbadger/Marte Gracia

Marvel $3.99

I am pleased.

I’ve been on the verge of dropping All New X-Men as of late. As much as I like Stuart Immonen‘s art, the constant crossover left me burnt out, and Uncanny’s recent hot streak wasn’t doing its sister book any favors. However we’re back to basics with issue 26, and that’s a very good thing for fans of the book named Chris Troy, and probably some others I imagine.

This issue is very light on the action and heavy on the drama. Which may turn some people off, because let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the first talking heads Brian Michael Bendis comic. However, soap opera drama has always been a big part of the X-mythos (seriously where have you’ve been, how did you not know this, tsk tsk ), so seeing adult Scott talk to young Jean while X-23 pines for the absent young Scott works for me, despite being a tad creepy. Please note that Cyclops is like one of my top 3 Marvel characters, so this sort of thing is my jam.

There’s only so many ways I can point out how great Stuart Immonen‘s art is (So great, thanks to Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia), so I’ll just continue to point out what else I like about this issue. No wait, I lied, I want to talk about how perfect those first few pages are. There’s a nice Double Spread that kicks this issue off, which shows exactly how effective an artist Immonen can be. It’s haunting (the desire effect I imagine), and the use of colors really helps to sell the scene. From there, continuing to praise there’s some really solid use of darkness and light for the next few panels/pages that really help build tension. There’s also an impressive use of white space when it comes to a snow scene later one, which serves as how sometimes less is more with panel composition. Also man, peep that cover, and tell me the way Jean’s “new” powers is not dope.

With a great intro and a solid cliffhanger for an ending, the current story arc for All New X-Men is off to a great start!

 

 

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Frank Gibson/Becky Dreistadt/Ian McGinty

KaBoom $4.99

DID YOU KNOW: I am a fan of people I like working on characters I like! See any discussion I’ve praising Fraction/Aja on Hawkeye, which is akin to a verbal and or written handjob for proof of this.

So when you take Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt of the webcomic Tiny Kitten Teeth , as well as Penny Arcade, and but then on Fionna & Cake, and then make the tiny adorable babies, I will throw money at you. Assuming you are a comics retailer what sell said comic, I don’t earn enough to be throwing money around like that.

Anywho, the 2014 Adventure Time annual is printed horizontally, much like those Marvel-vision annuals of the 2000s. Also quick sidenote, if you’ve never read one of those, make sure it involves Grant Morrison and the X-Men, otherwise you’re wasting your time. The way it’s printed, combinbed with Dreistadt’s beautiful printed art, give the book a Sunday newspaper feel, which is neat. And the story is super cute and super fun, focusing in Baby Fionna and Baby Cake’s first major adventure. The art reminds me a lot of the Paper Mario series of video games, and the writing remains faithful to Fionna and Cake’s established voices. It’s the perfect type of all ages story, and a tremendous example of how great comics as story-telling device can be.

 

Ian McGinty contribute 6 single page stories to the annual which are a hoot. His art is more in style to Adventure Time “house”-style than Dreistadt’s, and very charming. He’s able to tell a quick story in anywhere from 5 panels, to a more impressive 10 panels on a single page, and the use of supporting characters is some solid fan service for fans.

For $5, AT Annual 2014 is worth every penny. It’s a charming and fun read, and it looks great. Perfect for fans of the show, and people who like great comics.

 

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Troy’s Toys, but with Comics: Top 5 for 2013 part 1

Happy post-whatever you celebrated/are celebrating “dear” reader. The Santa-man was pretty good to me this year, which was nice because Christmas is expensive y’all.

So yeah, it’s the final week of 2013, and my video game cup run overfloweth. Which means time to crap out one of those best-of lists. I’ve usually done such for action figures and toys, but it’s been a pretty lackluster year for me and toys. Let’s just say that Armored Red Power Ranger was the best toy to drop, kay?

 

2013 for comics however, was great. Super great in fact. I could have easily made this a top 10 and coasted on a list for like 4 weeks. You should expect a runner’s up list at some point though. Because lazy. Anyways, let’s get show on the road.

 

jul1309615) Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake

by Natasha Allegri (Boom Studios) and a whole bunch of rad people.

Boom Studios is doing all-ages comics right with their Cartoon Network/Cartoon Hangover books, successfully merging indie & webcomics talent with popular properties. And honestly, from a quality standpoint Regular Show, Adventure Time or Bravest Warriors could have taken this spot, but I connected with the Fionna & Cake in ways I haven’t with those titles. And given the success of this book and the popularity of Fionna and Cake, I’m probably not the only one.

7dd7fd82a640bbc00cfddffff5c1efa3It’s all thanks to animator Natasha Allegri, who you may know from her recent and super successful Bee and PuppyCat Kickstarter. Aside from creating the pair, she handles writer/artist duties on the main stories in this mini  and her work is phenomenal. Not unlike Saga, her layouts are more like a children’s storybook than a comic books, and the range of emotion she displays in her characters is fantastic. I know saying “So cute!” may sound like I’m doing this book a huge disservice, but I swear it’s not, despite wanting to hug several of the cast member. Just flip through the book and look at the thing Allegri does with Cake the Cat’s expression and form to be amazed. It’s also legitimately hilarious and sweet, a credit to Allegri’s talent.  That’s not to saying that the the back-up comics aren’t also fantastic, it’s just Natasha is playing on a whole different level here with the main plot, which involves a diminutive flame prince, some boys, and evil ice queen and a prince who is both lumpy and from space . The end result is a fantastic bunch of comics, which is a win for everyone.

A simple thing like changing the gender of the cast usually doesn’t end in results like these, but Natasha is damn good, and does more than just tell stories that are all “THEY’RE GIRLS SO LOL BOYS, FLOWERS AND SHIT”. The source material is very progressive and so is this comic, to the surprise of no one I imagine. Which is just another reason why it’s the BEST mini-series in 2013, at least to me.

all-new-x-men-covers4) All New X-men/Uncanny X-men

Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen, Chris Bachalo and others (Marvel Comics)

On paper, All New X-men sounds like a hot mess (despite the guarantee that X-books will always sell) . Taking the original Kirby/Lee era X-men and dragging them to the modern Marvel era sounds lazy, and at best maybe good for a few issues before the continuity baggage ways the book down. I had my reservations going into this book, aside from the art because Stuart Immonen and Chris Bachalo always delivers.

And then I was proven wrong. So very wrong, and that’s fine, because that’s okay.

UNCANNYXMEN1Teaser_cropWe don’t get New Avengers-era Bendis/Immonen here. It’s Ultimate Spider-Man level quality here, only thing time set in the 616 with the entire X-universe at it’s disposable. Which means heavy on the Kitty Pryde and the snark, which I am so okay with. It means Stuart Immonen being the best at what he does, which is draw the living hell out of the Marvel Universe.  It also means Brian Michael Bendis has a whole bunch of new toys to play which, some of which are the best that Marvel has to offer. It also means we get Uncanny X-men, which sees Chris Bachalo and Bendis take on Cyclops, his renegade X-men and a whole slew of new mutants, and it’s GREAT.

For the most part, Marvel NOW! was a huge success for Marvel by shaking things up creatively. None have benefitted better than the X-men under Bendis, which is true because Hawkeye and Daredevil weren’t rebooted. These books are giant love letters to the likes of Kirby, Claremont, Cockrum, Byrne and a few dudes who have the last name Lee, without being clever rehashes. They’re loud, funny and over-dramatic, like any good X-book. And under Immonen, Bachalo and the occasional guest artist, they’re some of the best looking books coming out from Marvel. They’re a ton a fun to read, and I’m geniunely excited to see where Bendis and company take their characters next.

 

That wraps up part 1. Expect Part 2, aka “The Matt Fraction Power Hour” to go live within a day or 2.

 

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What time is it? Adventure Time Gift Idea List Time!

Another day, another gift idea list! In the last couple of years Adventure Time has become one of those trail blazing pop culture phenomenons that just doesn’t seem to have a foreseeable end to its popularity. That being said, when your little one comes to you this holiday season and says “Mom, it would be totally Algebraic if you got me a Lumpy Space Princess this Christmas!” it is still understandable for you to respond with a blank expression, slacked jawed and wide eyed. Don’t worry your kids are not on drugs, this is really something that they are interested in. Ok, your kids may be on drugs but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them happy this holiday.

Lumpy Space Princess Pull String Plush with Sound – Let’s start with that Lumpy Space Princess we we’re just talking about. Let’s call her LSP for short. Pull the string on the back of this 12 inch plush and hear her say some of her most popular catch phrases like “Drama Bomb” and “Oh My Glob!”

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Fold Up Finn Stereo Headphones – Rock out with your… wiggly arms out? These sweet fold up headphones have Finn’s image on each ear piece! Also comes in Jake, LSP, and Lady Rainicorn! See, you thought LSP was weird.

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Marceline Comic Pack – Marceline is one butt kicking, axe grinding, rocker of a Vampire Queen. Get the fist issue of her own comic mini series and a 12 inch plush representation of her in this self contained gift box with carry handle. Perfect for the little Scream Queen in your life.

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Finn Head Belt Buckle – Don’t get caught with your pants down this Christmas when your giftee asks for a sweet new belt buckle. Lucky for you this Finn Head belt buckle is readily available for you to present as a present.

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Fionna and Cake Mad Libs – Remember Mad Libs? Who doesn’t? People who don’t know what fun truly is, that’s who. You’ll be dropping nouns and adjectives till the sun comes up when you give this Fionna and Cake (Finn and Jake’s female counter parts) Mad Libs to your Adventure Time obsessed buds.

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Adventure Time Memory Challenge – Here is a perfect way to get to know the ins and outs of the Adventure Time universe with your gift recipient. This edition of the classic game of Memory replaces the classic images of apples and worms with the Adventure Time Crew! After a few rounds you’ll never foolishly get The Lich and the Ice King mixed up again!

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Oh no! A huge shipment just showed up! I’m gonna have to cut this list a little shorter than hoped to process all this new Adventure Time stuff we got in… looks like this Adventure Time gift list might just have a part 2 in the future.

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Tomorrow is Going to Be Kinda Ridiculous

I love you, Wednesday, but you’re killing me today.

Saga #15, Saga Bryan K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

We’ve processed another HUGE shipment in the FP vault this week and I’m astounded by how much great stuff we’ve just received… a sizable chunk of which consists of The Sandman Overture #1 and our the new ish of our best-selling comic series, Saga. There’s also Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel’s new comic The Fox, a Halloween issue of Adventure Time, Superior Spidey #20, Fabulous Killjoys, Five Ghosts #6 and a hell’a more single issues.

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PLUS(!) The Death of the Family HC Batman volume 3, Avatar The Search pt. 3, Maria M by Gilbert Hernandez, Rage of Poseidon by Anders Nilsen. AND we forgot to highlight last week’s Dogs of War, illustrated by Nathan Fox.

Whew. That’s only scratching the surface and doesn’t even cover a few pallets of new toys (Ahem, cough cough cough Er, that was formerly a link to Boba Fett from Hasbro’s new Star Wars Black 6″ figure series but you kids subsequently went ape and sold us out the same day). See ya tomorrow.

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Last Night was a Blast

MANY many many thanks to everyone who made last night’s Adventure Time Encyclopaedia celebration at Forbidden Planet so special.  So sorry we had to cap the line and turn some folks away, but I’d like to think the hundreds of attendees who met the AT crew here last night walked away happy as all get-out.

Martin Olson, Olivia Olson, Adventure Time, Jessica Diccico, Celeste Moreno, Mahendra Singh
l-r Mahendra Singh, Martin Olson, Celeste Moreno, Olivia Olson, Jessica Dicci

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October 10th – Adventure Time Encyclopaedia Mega-Event at Forbidden Planet NYC

Meet the voices behind ADVENTURE TIME at our signing for the most dangerous book in history!!!

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Join us Thursday October 10th from 6-8pm for an all ages event featuring guests and giveaways from one of the biggest animation franchises on planet Earth!  Appearing here at FP that night will be Martin Olson (AKA The Lord of Evil, and author of the Adventure Time Encyclopaedia), Olivia Olson (the voice of Marceline), Jessica Dicicco (Flame Princess), and AT illustrators Celeste Moreno and Mahendra Singh.

Bring your Adventure Time stuff down to get signed… pick up some great swag and/or the best-selling Encyclopaedia here… come by Forbidden Planet 10/10/13 and meet the stars of Adventure Time!

Special thanks and big ups to the folks at Abrams and Cartoon Network!

UPDATE 10/2/13:  The fine folks at Cartoon Network are providing TONS of neat-o goodies for the festivities!

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This jam-packed Adventure Time GIFT BASKET just arrived, and will be raffled off to all attendees who buy any Adventure Time books or merchandise from us the on the night of the event!  ONE WINNER is gonna walk away with  A LOT of FREE swag, including:

·         Ice King Costume
·         Adventure Time Monopoly
·         Adventure Time Season 2 DVD
·         Lumpy Space Princess Beanie
·         Finn and Jake Watch
·         Fiona and Cake Figures
·         Marceline POP Vinyl Figure
·         Finn and Jake Tin Lunch Tote
·         Finn Talking Plush
·         Jake Mini Backpack
·         Finn Belt

We’ll also be distributing Con Quest medallions to the first Adventure Time fans in line (while supplies last, of course)!

Con Quest Medallion Adventure Time

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Last Week’s Runaway Bestseller: Adventure Time Encyclopaedia

Last week’s HUMONGOUS best-selling book here at The Planet?  The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia [sic]!

adventure time encyclopedia Inhabitants, Lore, Spells, and Ancient Crypt Warnings of the Land of Ooo Circa 19.56 B.G.E. - 501 A.G.E.

Written by the Lord of Evil Himself, Hunson Abadeer (a.k.a. Marceline the Vampire Queen’s dad), to instruct and confound the demonic citizenry of the Nightosphere, The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia is perhaps the most dangerous book in history. Although seemingly a guidebook to the Land of Ooo and its postapocalyptic inhabitants, it is in fact an amusing nightmare of literary pitfalls, bombastic brain-boggles, and ancient texts designed to drive the reader mad.

Complete with secret lore and wizard spells, fun places you should visit and places where you will probably die, advice on whom to marry and whom not to marry, and how to make friends and destroy your enemies, this volume includes hand-written marginalia by Finn, Jake, and Marceline.

Arguably the greatest encyclopaedia ever written since the beginning of the cosmos, it is also an indispensable companion to humans and demons who know what time it is: Adventure Time!

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I have bought some comics, and some of them have won awards!

San Diego Comic Con is going down, and I am not there, but in hot-ass Brooklyn instead. Part of me is jealous of the dozen or so people I know who are in attendance, but then I realize it would cost me at least a grand for a hotel, flight and badge. Also Twitter enables me to follow the big announcements, sans the 30 second previews or what have you attached to them, so there’s that. It is a collection of mix feelings that happens annually, which I’ve yet to get over.

Oh look  Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to the Avengers film. Huh, I guess Thanos is Act 3? :: shrugs ::

Anywho, the Eisners went down on Friday night, and several ( well, more like 4) books I pull took home awards. David Aja, artist on Hawkeye, took was awarded 2 of the industries’ highest achievements, AND HEY , LOOK, VOLUME 2 OF HAWKEYE IS AVAILABLE TO BUY, HOW WEIRD IS THAT TIMING?!

::: Puts on his king of the segues crown :::

Volume 2, in a word,  is amazing. Aside from the fantastic Pizza Dog issue, it also collects 2 of my favorite single issues, #6 (The Christmas issue) and #7 (the Hurricane Sandy issue). This trade is also BRUTAL, as the party is over for ol’ Hawkguy, as his actions from Volume 1 begin to catch up to him, and things are a lot worst for Clint by the time the trade ends. Matt Fraction continues to weave a wonderful narrative, and the always amazing David Aja is joined by talented artists like Annie Wu, Steve Lieber, Jesse Hamm and Francesco Francavilla. I think we’re all aware how much I like this book, and encase we’re not, there’s an annual dropping next week that I will definitely talk about in great detail.

Moving onto more recent single issue releases, Adventure Time #18 dropped this past week, and is another book that took home an Eisner. With good reason mind you, it’s easily the best all ages book on the market, with Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb all doing an excellent job capturing the feel and the look of the show. This issue is one of the densest issues to date, and fair warning, there’s a lot of callbacks to the newer episodes in the series. So if you’re not caught-up, you may be a little lost. It also ends on a hell of a cliffhanger, one that is equal parts disgusting, horrifying and a even little funny if you’re a sociopath like me. The back up by Rachel Edidin and Kel McDonald is also a delight, with McDonald’s art giving the AT cast a unique look, and Edidin’s story ends on amusing twist. Adventure Time remains a great, funny book, and is one of the few books I don’t mind pay $4 for.

Speaking of $4 books :: points to crown :: both Avengers Assemble #17 and All New X-men #14 have dropped, and these are both books that live and die by their artists. The AA/Captain Marvel crossover “The Enemy Within” is now almost over, and the AA chapters are easily the weakest, thanks to some unsatisfying art by Matteo Buffangi and Pepe Larraz. Which is a shame, because Kelly Sue Deconnick’s script is fine, and there’s a ton of stuff that goes down this issue. But it’s ultimately ruined by some less than stellar pencils, which is a shame, because we’ve seen how much a KSD script can shine with the right creator with the earlier issues of this run, not to mention Captain Marvel. Hopefully the whole thing will read better collectively, but if not, at least I have Barry Kitson to look forward to in the near future. Kelly Sue deserves better honestly, given how well she handles these characters, ranging from the A-listers to some more obscure guest stars. respecting their proper “voices” and making it a fun engaging read. Hopefully someone at Marvel will recognize that sooner that later.

Meanwhile, Stuart Immonen is INCREDIBLE over in All New X, as a mostly fight issue wraps up the 2nd chapter of this book. I know it’s not fair to compare this book to AA, especially when Brian Michael Bendis and Immonen work so well together, but it’s hard to ignore the difference in quality between the 2 books. All New X-men blends the required action and drama the franchise is known so well with Bendis’ great sense of comedic timing, and the final result is wonderful. Hell, even the Uncanny Avengers come off a light more delightful here than their own book. While Bendis’ Uncanny has been hit or miss at times, All New is probably the biggest surprise for me out of Marvel Now in terms of personal enjoyment.

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Yet again, comics I have bought

Happy belated 4th of July FPNYC  Faithful, it is disgusting outside, let’s blow up the sun.

Saying I’m a mark for Matt Fraction stuff is like saying that…that’s it’s too hot outside to make comparisons. Any-who, Satellite Sam from Image Comics dropped this past week. Fraction is on word duty obviously, and the art-stuff is provided by legendary creator Howard Chaykin. Chaykin OWNS this book, doing some really impressive panel work and layouts. The fact that it’s black and white also helps the book maintain it’s 1950s vibe, and credit goes to Fraction for dialogue that fits as well. It’s a surprisingly dense read as well, with the debut issue clocking in at 40 pages. For all of you not in the know, “Sam” is a fictional murder-mystery case not unlike the George Reeves story, but with much darker and erotic overtones. Anyone familiar with Chaykin’s past works should not be surprised by this, but if you only know Fraction from his Marvel work, prepare to see a different side of the creator. A overall solid issue, the only down side to it is that it tends to drag in some areas, especially when you compare it to last week’s excellent and shorter issue of Hawkeye. Still for $3.50, it’s hard to dislike this book.

Switching gears, let’s take a look at the other single issue I bought this week. Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake‘s final issue has shipped, and both the wife and I are going to miss this mini-series. Natasha Allegri, the creator of the gender (and species!) swapped Fionna and Cake has created arguably my favorite mini-series of the year, let alone one of the best looking comics to come out in 2013. Allegri’s storyboard background  is evident in this book, which comes across more as a children’s storybook at time more-so than a comic book in terms of layout, and I mean that in a positive way. And props to guest artist Betty Liang for some amazing art in the early pages in the book. Script wise, this book is flawless, characters sound like their animated counterparts, and the story has a lot of depth and warmth to it as well. Fionna and Cake definitely give Carol Danvers a run for her money as the best female leads in a comic as of late, and I’m sure this will not be the last time we’ll see this 2 in the pages of a kaBOOM book. I imagine this thing will look amazing when collected, but this charming mini series deserves to be read immediately, especially if there any young fans of the show in your house. GET ON IT.

The final book I’ll be looking at is the 5th volume of Wolverine and the X-men. Fellow OCD  collectors, as of the 5th trade, the book is now published as a trade paper back, not as a hardcover, which means the prices drops a few bucks and the page count grows. I am okay with this.

After 2 volumes of AvX tie-ins. WaTXM volume 5 is the first collection in the Marvel NOW era…which ultimately means nothing come to think of it. Oh sure there’s a few new mutants and a new instructor, but plot wise it feels more like a 2nd season than a do over, thanks to creators Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw sticking around. Bradshaw gets some assist on the art department by Steve Sanders and David Lopez, two great artist themselves. The 6 issues collected deal with the school expanding, new mutants emerging, FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MURDER CIRCUS, and DATE NIGHT! This book is super fun, and it’s great to get back to the original premise now that the AvX business is dealt with. This book read and looks great collected in trade, and considering you’re saving $6 by buying it in trade, it’s well worth the money if you like X-books that are fun and in the same vein of the early Claremont/Morrison stuff.

That’s all for this week, I only have a few more days to prepare to get excited for Hawkeye again!



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It is hot out, so buy some toys that have been sitting in the AC.

Summer is back, and if it’s not personal this time, I’d be shocked. I’m spare you the exact details of sweat I’ve produced so far this weekend, but just know that it’s been A LOT.

CON NAME DROPPING TIME! I’m Heroescon bound in a few days! I’m super excited to return to Heroes, as it’s probably the BEST 100% comics-focused con in the country. Expect a report next week, full of the usual cosplay, panel, & show floor recaps. This year’s goal is to touch Jason Aaron’s beard, which I imagine will work out fine for me.

So let’s start the look at new toys this week with some Figuarts. I know this is usually Loran’s turf, but lord knows I love me some Dragon Ball. This long running sub-line continues to grow, with some older figures getting re-released (Super Sayian Son Goku and Vegeta, complete with his  now internet-meme-famous scouter), and some new ones joining the mix. Legit new ones, not just variants of pre-existing characters.

Perfect Cell, arguably my favorite DBZ villain, is finally out in Figuarts form and he is awesome. Bandai continues to capture the look of these characters perfectly, as Cell looks like he just stepped out of the manga/anime. And it being a Figuarts, there’s no shortage of articulation, which means we finally have a Cell figure with poseable wings. Aside from that, you get also get the usual collection of accessories-variant hands, faces, and a Kamehameha effect accessories for a variety of neat poses. The DBZ Figuarts usually go for a little over $50 a pop, and well worth it given the quality of the final product.

It’s amazing to see that Adventure Time is approaching “Batman” levels of merchandise of presence of on our shelves. I guess having a hit cartoon show and comic will do that for a brand. And it’s nice to see some sort of synergy between the two. The Marceline comic park packages a plush of the Vampire Queen with the first issue of the recently collected “Marceline and the Scream Queen” mini series, which serves as a nice primer for fans wanting to jump into the comics world. The combination pack will set you back about $17, where as the collected trade runs for about $20. In addition to that, there’s a bunch of AT figurine 2-packs in stock, as well as a pair of 4 packs. Worth noting is that one of those 4-packs is based on the super-popular “Fiona and Cake” episodes, and that will fly off of the shelves real quick.

It almost kills that faux-radical/hardcore gamer in me to close this article out by mentioning we have Angry Bird Star Wars plushies in stock, but I’m soon reminded that I have no less than 4 different versions of the game on my phone. So yeah, hypocrite much? But yes, we have several 5″ plush birds & pigs dressed as several Star Wars characters in stock, retailing for about $15 a pop. You get to choose from Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca (Principal Skinner’s favorite!), a Storm Trooper and of course Darth Vader…in pig form. And now that I’ve properly pimped them out, allow me to go shower. Not that I consider myself dirty to trying to sell you on those plushies, more so because again, super hot out.

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ZZZAX ON, ZZZAX OFF!

Some of the top selling comics of late have been Cartoons. Regular Show, Adventure Time, My Little Pony and Bravest Warriors, the Adventure-Time-esque space adventure are all doing a great deal of business in surprising ways.
WHO is buying these books? Just Kids? Adults? Everybody? The last answer is the most accurate, as any top selling comic needs to appeal across broad audiences. The good news here is we’re getting more kid friendly titles, and more kid business. I guess I’ll have to stop making references to “Mugwumps.”
The bad news is…nothing. Comics are great, and more peeps are loving them! Sweet! My Little Pony Microseries #4 (of 6), Adventure Time #16 and Regular Show #2 are on shelves this week, so make sure you get some! Awwwwww-Yeah!
KICKSTARTING
Oh, no wait! There is bad news. Kickstarter. More and more great books are being sold through Kickstarter, with bonuses and cool swag. WHY is that bad? Because without an internet connection and money to burn funding nifty titles, it is hard to get these books into your mitts…not to mention that the funding can be locked out before you get a chance to find out about it, or that the affordable goals are all taken by the time you do. There’s few outlets for information about all these books, and practically no way to find out about them if you don’t have access to the internet.
The biggest innovation to comic through the 80’s and 90’s was the amazing array of talent in the indie comic market…so much dang talent that the industry had to switch how it did business. The thing was, all these creators still had their product on the shelves, as it was the only game in town.
Now the shining stars are going to come from online…and we might never know about them.
TITLES AND HONORS
Spectrum is the top name in Fantasy and Sci-Fi artwork, and they just announced the latest batch of winners and honorees at their gala banquet somewhere out west. If you’ve never picked up a volume of Spectrum, you should. Every page features the top talents from comics, Hollywood and publishing drawing their hearts out to be the best. Illustrators is Spectrum are the shapers of geek culture to come.
Forbidden Planet has some past volumes of Spectrum available now, and let the staff know that you’re interested in picking up the latest volume when it ships.
GREAT TIMES
Let us take a moment to reflect. From art, to quality of paper, variety of titles and talents…we might be at the high water mark of comic book history. Even if you want to argue there were better stories, artists or titles a few years back, there has never been a better time for reprints! Gorgeous books come out every week, so many it’s hard to keep up!
Many folks, including myself from time to time, get freaked out over the ultimate fate of comics. Between the internet, mobile devices and e-readers, it is difficult to predict what the future of comics looks like…except for one fact.
Whatever shape it takes, style or format, the future of comics looks great!

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New toys, outdated references.

REAL TALK (note how real that is with the use of capitalization, caps-lock AND italics): Forbidden Planet NYC tends to get a lot of stuff in on a weekly basis. Some of this stuff isn’t even Batman-related. And some of it sells out before I take notice. Or I don’t notice it at all, as I usually just beeline to the new comics upon entering the store.

Case in point: Maybe you wanted a statue that wasn’t an anime take on a character you like. Maybe you wanted it to be just a head instead. A head that could double as pen cup as well. GOOD NEWS, WE HAVE THAT VAGUELY SPECIFIC REQUEST COVERED! Marvel and Gentle Giant have teamed up to make a series of desk accessories and have started with everyone’s favorite overexposed Merc-with-a-Mouth, Deadpool! The Deadpool Pen cup will definitely result in a trip to H.R., but will be totally worth it! IT LOOKS GREAT! IT, UM, HOLDS STUFF! YOU CAN USE THE NINJA STARS EMBEDDED IN HIS  HEAD AS ERASERS ( No I’m serious, you can). AND THE ARROW IS A FLETCHING CAP TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOUR PEN/PENCIL IS AN ARROW, HOW CRAZY IS THAT??! It retails for about $106, which for a polystone statue/conversation starters/co-worker keeper-awayer is well worth it.

Okay so maybe you don’t want a Deadpool pen cup because you’re crazy or something. But let’s say you do want to throw your money at something Marvel related that’s not a comic and still totally Canadian related, but not Deadpool or Wolverine. WHAT IS UP WITH YOUR WEIRD REQUESTS?  Questionable tastes aside, Marvel and Art Asylum/Diamond Select has released 2 different Alpha Flight Minimate sets! Set 1 includes Guardian (dead!), Marrina (dead!), Puck (X-Force-d) and Northstar (happily married X-man). And set 3 includes Aurora (Alive), Shaman (dead!), Snowbird (Alive?…) and Sasquatch (????). Each sets retails for about $20 and is definitely the only time you’ll be able to buy a full Alpha Flight roster in plastic anytime soon.

And maybe you’re a jerk/tired of my crappy jokes and you’re trying to drive me insane by forcing me to talk about Batman toys again. Congrads, Square-Enix has you covered, because apparently Batman is their plastic Final Fantasy. The first line of their Dark Knight Trilogy Play Art Kai Black (:: takes a breath::) is out and it’s a doozey of a line up. There’s the DKT Batman, because yo, how are you not going to start off a new Batman toy line without the Bat, and Bane, because ::: mumbles something in a terrible Bane impersonation :::. And we all know the drill by now; top of the line sculpts, solid multiple points of articulation, variant hands, etc. In terms of specific accessories, Batman comes with a selection of militarized (THANKS NOLAN) toys and Bane comes with a broken Bat-cowl, WHICH YOU BETTER NOT THINK GIVES YOU POWER ( ::: high fives self :::) ! These suckers go for $75 a pop, and you’ll want them now before the Catwoman and Joker figures drop in a few months.

Oh, what’s that? You just wanted something Adventure Time related? Cool, the latest wave of Pop Vinyl figures is Adventure Time themed. At $12 a pop you can choose from Finn, Jake, Lumpy Space Princess, Marceline or the Ice King. I would say their “Mathematical” or some such, but I pretty much blew my reference wad on Batman.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 13: To Destroy An Entire Planet!

I am in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con as I write this. ECCC is the beginning of the 9 months the comics industry affectionately refers to as “Con Season.” 9 month seasons. Not so bright. Comics Industry- ok at making comics, less ok at everything else. Anyway, I flew in on the Forbidden Planet jet on Thursday night. Not the nicest private jet I have ever been on but that’s alright. I was just happy the doors closed all the way and the heat worked.

So after 4 days of intensive comics immersion in the form of announcements, chatting, gossip, snooping, and spying, what have I found out for you all? Comics people really like donuts and beer. I tried to find out other stuff but that’s all anyone really talks about. There was some cool stuff though. I saw a guy cosplay as Leeloo Multipass and that made me question my sexuality and vomit in my mouth at the same time. I saw a a bar fight where one man choked another man for 2 minutes and then both walked away like nothing happened. James Robinson called me Patrick for no discernible reason. I found out if you put Adventure Time on stuff you can probably take Scrooge McDuck style money baths. Someone who clearly doesn’t have parents or friends thought it was a good idea to cosplay as Geordi LaForge in blackface. I guess maybe some of the comic writers and artists are doing new books or redoing old books or something. I wasn’t paying attention to that. I am pretty sure there are comics planned through at least June of this year. After that, who knows?

But let’s talk about this week. Since I’ve been around a ton of comics all weekend and I’ve decided I really like ’em I am going to TRY SOMETHING NEW. In an attempt to trick you into buying more stuff and save me the effort of thinking up more jokes, we are going to do this rapid fire style. I am going to call out some books than usual that are good, write a sentence or two, and you are going to buy them. Simple and elegant. GO!

REPTILE MUSEUM #1 & #2. Only issue #2 of Reptile Museum just came out, but consulting my trusty comput-o-tron tells me that it is statistically impossible that you read issue #1 so I will review both right now. Published by Ray Ray Books which, for all I know, is either a dude in his parents basement or a division of Newscorp, Reptile Museum is what we call an indie, mini, or self-published comic. This is annoying because technically everything but Marvel and DC are “indie” so that word is meaningless. Sometimes minis are huge so that word is meaningless. And like I said before, I have no idea if Cody Pickrodt published this or Rupert Murdoch, so self-published is a difficult label to use. Either way, Reptile Museum is great. A clever post apocalyptic story that answers questions and creates them at an equal rate. Two issues in and I have no real grasp of the world at all and I love that. A unique dystopian tale, Reptile Museum spends much more time on it’s characters than it does explaining it’s world. We follow as a character reenters the folds of a mysterious organization and shows himself to be a true badass. That’s really it. But it’s great. This is a huge story scaled down and made small and personal. Mysterious and exciting, this book is well worth your support. Buy it now because you may not easily get another chance.

ALL-STAR WESTERN vol.2- WAR OF LORDS AND OWLS. DC’s most consistently great book is All-Star Western. Jonah Hex is a brilliant character, Palmiotti & Gray handle him in a way that makes it almost impossible not to love and loathe him. Someone at editorial decided to make a book that takes place in the 1880’s cross over with Batman and it isn’t horrible and stupid, it’s actually quite fun. The art is great. It’s one of 3 westerns on store shelves. Go buy it.

SLEEPER Omnibus. Ed Brubaker does superhero crime noir comics. A deep cover superhero begins to lose his identity. Do you like stuff like The Departed, Infernal Affairs, or Donnie Brasco? Well this is better. $75 gets you 2 volumes of Sleeper, the Point Blank prequel, and a ton of bonus stuff. There isn’t much more that I can say other than fans of crime, superhero, great writing, or beautiful art must own these books.

Grant Morrison writes 50% crazy nonsense that is almost impenetrable. Then he writes 50% next level brilliance that is untouchable, fun and smart. Sean Murphy is one of the best artists in comics today. They teemed up on JOE THE BARBARIAN to tell the story of a little boy getting lost in his own fantastical mind. It is the best thing either of them has done in many years. These are the best guys in the business doing their best work. Buy the paperback version out this week and lock yourself in a room so you can read though it a few times.

I don’t care about the Rocketeer. Jennifer Connelly isn’t in the comics so 12 year old me doesn’t make adult me buy them. But then Mark Waid goes and does his thing of taking old things, getting rid of the excess, and making them fun again. Then Chris Samnee comes in and does his thing of making comics that are so pretty they make everything else seem like ugly, busy, squiggles. Both men make ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM a must own book for fans of pulp stuff or inventive ways to make action heroes feel fresh and familiar at the same time.

I just want to run the copy for LOST VEGAS #1 because either they have my sense of humor exactly and the notes to the editor are brilliantly funny OR someone really didn’t do their job. Either way Jim McCann and Janet Lee made RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN which is probably the most brilliant kids book in recent memory. Lost Vegas isn’t a kids book but it looks like it might be as brilliant. So, without further ado, the weird solicitation text for LOST VEGAS #1- The EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of JIM McCANN?& JANET LEE reunite to create a universe filled with intrigue as one gambler-turned-slave has 24 hours to go all in and pull off the greatest heist the universe has seen. (in this next section, can it be like a brochure, like a different font? If not, italics is cool) WELCOME TO LOST VEGAS! Aboard this luxurious casino-filled traveling space-station you will find the highest stakes games from every corner of every planet, unheard-of winnings, and the greatest attractions anywhere!* (Can the below section be a smaller font size?)*the fine print- those who bet it all and lose must work it off as indentured servants to the casino. Escape is not possible. No one is exempt from these rules.

Joe Casey is a great writer. He can do almost anything with style, heart, and humor. None of that matters because his new Image series is called SEX. He wins. SEX #1 is on shelves now. Buying any other comic instead of SEX makes you look stupid.

Cullen Bunn may be getting famous for his work over at Marvel but if there were any justice in the world he would already have been famous for his brilliant western series SIXTH GUN. He returns with a new series called HELHEIM launching this week. Vikings, the undead, gods, and monsters come together in what may be the most fun book of the year. I was lucky enough to see Joëlle Jones art for HELHEIM #1 this weekend and it is quite clear that Ms. Jones has just launched herself into the top tier of comic artists working today. With an art style that falls somewhere between Luther Strode‘s Tradd Moore and B.P.R.D.’s Tyler Crook but feels completely fresh at the same time, this book is painfully beautiful, which is what you want when you are dealing with swordsfights and beheadings.

I seem to do it every week so here I go to do it again. ARCHER & ARMSTRONG Vol 1 MICHAELANGELO CODE is out now. The Valiant relaunch books are great. Archer & Armstrong is buddy cop stuff done pitch perfect. A “struggling with his faith” teenager and a perpetual screw-up immortal are forced to work together to save the world from a problem that is both somewhat their doing. This isn’t life changing stuff, but it is the kind of comic you might fall in love with. This is super hero stuff that feels fresh. This trade is $9.99. If you read superhero books and someone as smart as me tells you that some of the best new ones are only $9.99 for volume #1 you really should buy it. Valiant are leaving cash on the table in order to offer books like this at “TRY ME!” prices. They believe in their books that much, and that should be enough for you.

OK, I wrote the last 2 paragraphs while snoring. I am going to go to sleep and regret not cosplaying as Spoonman or Niles Crane.

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The Best at (Lumpy) Space.

It’s March, which means it’s no longer February. This is the basic concept of months and calendars people, what’s so hard to understand about it?

It also being March means there are 2 video games I”m excited for dropping this month (“Bioshock Infinite” and “Tomb Raider”) as well as the final Mass Effect 3 DLC, which drops this Tuesday. Serving as an unofficial tie-in to this event is the release of 2 new Mass Effect 3 Play Art Kai figures- the female default version of Commander Shepard, and female alien companion Tali’Xorah nar Rayya (yes, I had to Google the proper spelling of that name.). This marks the first all-female release for Kai line since…”Bayonetta” in 2010 FYI.

With the original (male) Commander Shepard, I had issues with the body sculpt, especially in the shoulder area. Female Shepard does away with those issues, and has a better default face, at least in my opinion. Tali’s no slouch either. A little difficult to stand up by herself due to her feet, but a damn fine figure regardless of that. The sculpt alone is worth the price of admission. By now you all know the drill, $60, best damn video game figures out on the market, etc.

Mass Effect isn’t the only space-based new release from Squenix in stock! The first wave of Halo 4 Play Art Kai figures are in stock, and DAMN, they are impressive looking. Granted they’re a lot more bulkier compared to more Play Art releases, they also meet and maintain the same levels of quality in sculpting, variant parts, paint jobs  and articulation their peers posses.  Wave 1 consists of both the Master Chief and the Blue Spartan Warrior, and you should definitely expect to see future releases be variants of said Spartans.

Focusing in on Square Enix based on actual Squenix properties, the 2nd wave of Final Fantasy Trading Art Kai figures are out, consisting of Tifa, Tidus and Lighting. I’d make fun of Tidus for a bit, but he comes with both a body that allows him to ride a Chocobo and a face that make him cry. This is both adorable and hilarious to me. Anywho, not much has changed since wave one with the products, with the exception of there maybe being more animals in this wave (Red XIII comes packaged with Tifa, and Tidus obviously with said chocobo). They’ll set you back $20 each, and if they’re anything like the first wave, expect them to fly off the shelves.

I’ll end the article with a slight shift in focus, one not related to Marvel Comics. As of late, Jazzware has begun to corner the market on Cartoon Network based toys. Another wave of Adventure Time figures has hit our shelves, as well as the first wave of figures based on the equally off-beat “Regular Show”. Aside from new spins on Jake and Finn, this series of AT toys is joined by fan favorite characters like The Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen and Lumpy Space Princess. All very cool, but the lack of Lemongrab is whack IMO. The Regular Show  figures also heavily focus on Rigby and Mordecai, but are forgiven because there are figures that are actually packed with Shudder Shades. It’s amazing what I’ll forgiven when those are involved. Since these are focused on younger audiences, they’re prices cheaper at $10-$20, but if you buy em for yourselves I won’t tell anyone. But you’ll owe me.

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Valentine’s Day Shopping Help Part 1 FPNYC 2013 Bestsellers

Valen’s Day is coming up, and for those of you still stuck for a gift for the geek in your life (and for those of you interested in Forbidden Planet sales… stalkers) here’s a quick rundown of what’s hot and popular in the shop so far this year.  The following are FPNYC’s best-selling items in terms of quantity for their respective departments for the dates covering January 1st through February 10th, 2013.

Follow the links for more details.  Who knows?  Mebbe something on the list below will inspire you.

Graphic Novels

  1. Saga Volume 1
  2. Adventure Time Volume 1
  3. Fables Volume 18
  4. Walking Dead Volume 1
  5. One Trick Ripoff/Deep Cuts HC

boom volume 1 tp adventure time

Art Books and Novels

  1. Legend of Zelda Hyrule Historia HC
  2. World War Z TP
  3. Walking Dead TP Rise of the Governor
  4. Marvel Encyclopedia HC
  5. Gun Machine HC

Blind Box/Box Toys

  1. Star Wars Angry Birds Mystery Bags Wave 1
  2. Dunny Series 2012
  3. Persona 4: The Animation GCC Mini-Figures
  4. Tokidoki Unicorn Blind Box Series 1 (temporarily unavailable)
  5. Living Dead Doll Blind Box Series 2

mystery bags toys

Other Gifty Stuff

  1. MtG Gatecrash Booster Packs
  2. Doctor Who Disappearing Tardis Mug
  3. Heroclix Amazing Spider-Man Boosters
  4. Marvel Select Barbarian Hulk
  5. Doctor Who TARDIS Tin Tote Gift Set
  6. Oh! And anything Sailor Moon!

Doctor Who SDCC Tardis tin tote gift set Biff Pow

…Just a small sampling of what we have to offer, but hopefully this list will plant some seeds and be of some service.  Whatever you do this February 14th, and no matter with whom you spend it (even if you’re flying solo), have fun and enjoy!

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