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BIGGEST NEWS EVER!

YES, Ben Affleck is now Batman, but somehow the media is missing the bigger story. We know the former Daredevil star has been signed to play Mr. Wayne in multiple cross-company movies, so as to give Warner some Tent-Pole clout to combat the face stomping Marvel/Disney is dishing out with THIER superhero movies, right? Well, think. What is the other big film franchise that Warner owns which is going begging for some new screen time? THAT’S RIGH! As revealed by me, exclusively for the Forbidden Planet blogs and Daily Planet, this brand new, probably untrue rumor-train is about to leave Platform 9 3/4 towards destiny. You heard it here first, folks:
Ben Affleck BATMAN IS GOING TO FIGHT HARRY POTTER!
HOLY PLOT HOLES, BATMAN

What is going to happen in the planned Superman/Batman movie is a supposed showdown between The Big Blue Mass Murderer and BatBen. Batman will need to find an edge in the fight, and we know that Superman is only really weak against three things: Kryptonite, Movie Reboots and MAGIC!
I’m sure they’ll patch things up by the end so they can march merrily on to the planned Justice League film, but let’s wait just one Damon minute. Batman, being the greatest detective in the world, will realize that the biggest threat to Earth’s safety is a rogue magician trying to stop Superman the next time ZOD and the Funky Bunch wants to punch Earth’s clock. Batman will then declare war on the biggest magical threat in cinematic history, the Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!
Batman vs Potter! Two battle scarred orphans duke it out over (I presume) a trilogy of Summer blockbusters! Watch the Caped Crusader solve the greatest mystery of his career, namely “You wouldn’t hit a kid with glasses, would you?!”
BACK TO REALITY

I’m looking at the DC comics solicitations for this week’s comics, and I’m not seeing any tie in books for this new film project. Or am I?
Scholastic is rereleasing the Potter books this week with brand new covers by illustrator Kazu Kibuishi. They’re saying this is in honor of the series 15th anniversary, but eagle eyed fans will notice how closely in style with the films these new book covers are. Marketing is all about brand recognition, and neither Scholastic nor Warner can take any chances you will want to miss their new Potter/Batman mash-up masterpiece.
DC is publishing some pretty swell titles, including Aquaman #23Justice League #23, Batman Superman #3 and the Batman Incorporated Special #1. This latter features a solo Batcow support story! Justice League #23 is one of the final chapters in the big DC event, Trinity.
Wait a minute…
Marvel has New Avengers #9 on the stands this week as a tie-in with their big event called Infinity. Are both companies doing cross-over events named after numbered groupings?! Please TRY and convince me you two companies aren’t constantly ripping off each other’s ideas.
Image has some sexy, secret books out this week..sort of. They do have a certain book outthis Wednesday called Sex #6, and a book called Secrets #3.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to wrap this column up. A movie crossover event as big as “Harry Potter and the Dark Knight Showdown” is going to sell out as soon as the news breaks! I need to go to my local cineplex RIGHT NOW to ensure that I’m first in line! Hopefully the theater owner won’t call the cops on me and have me ejected from the premises after I explain I’m waiting in line for a film that doesn’t exist yet that I just made up. He’s got a bad track record with that. They called the cops when I told them I was waiting in line for X-Men meets Star Wars movie I predicted, as well as when I was pitching a tent out front for Aliens Vs Predator Vs Twilight. I can’t help that I pitched a tent. I just love Jacob!

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The week in Troy’s Toys.

Swear to Glob that’s probably the unintentional dirtiest title attached to an article of mine to date.

In case you somehow missed the news yesterday, New York Comic Con 2013 tickets go on sale tomorrow at FPNYC. More info can be found here: http://www.fpusadailyplanet.com/2013/08/09/new-york-comic-con-2013-tickets-on-sale-at-forbidden-planet-nyc-monday-august-12th-at-7pm/

If you’re interested in going, I urge you to get there early, as these things have been selling out everywhere real fast. Also prepare to deal with some sort of line, which is pretty much unavoidable at this point, and is good training for the show itself. NYCC be crowded man.

So let’s take a look at some new toys, yes? If you’ve been keeping up to date on these reviews, you should be aware that I’ve not been particularly kind to the DC Collectibles Injustice 2-packs. There’s a new set available, and man, I’m glad the company’s step up their game, as the new figures are actually quite excellent. There’s 2 sets available,  Superman/Nightwing  & Black Adam/Aquaman and as you can tell by the image attached, the sculpts are really solid. While I know the redesigns are not everyone’s thing, you have to admit the detailing on this figure’s sculpts are nuts, even if the faces are still kind of off. That’s the trade off with dealing with 3.75″ figures. Also worth noting that at least one figure per set comes with accessories, as Nightwing comes back with his fighting sticks and Aquaman comes with a trident. They’re fairly priced at $30 a pop, and I imagine these won’t be around as long, given how popular these character are…despite Aquaman’s presence. (And the traditional Aquman joke has been made, hurray!).

Mattel has also put out some new DC toys, all of various degrees of quality. There’s one of the final Justice League Unlimited 3-packs in stock, featuring Dr. Destiny, Toyman and Firfly, the later 2 available for the first time ever. Stylized and limited in articulation, this a definitely a collector’s only set. Then there’s the newest wave of Batman Unlimited figures. Aside from a New 52 Batman figure that’s been released at least 4 times, there’s a creepy as hell Vampire Batman based on the classic Elseworld stories, as well as the first “Beware the Batman” style figure. Truth be told I’m not that crazy about that Beware figure in a 6″ scale, but that’s a matter of taste, not quality. The Vampire Batman is  horrifying, and I mean that in the best way. It’s nice to see some new sculpts come out of Mattel, even if both of them are Batman-related.

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a look at anything Marvel related, mostly because it’s been awhile since we’ve gotten anything from Hasbro Marvel-related. Thor 2 doesn’t open until November, Iron Man 3 stuff has been out for, I’ve yet to see Wolverine stuff anywhere, and there’s been nothing from the Universe/Legends lines in months. However there is the Ultimate Spider-Man toy line, which is 100% for kids, and currently in stock. Based on the hit Disney XD cartoon, there’s both 3.75″ and 6″ inch figures, usually packaged with some sort of action accessory. It’s cool to see something aimed at kids, considering most Marvel stuff is aimed at collectors, but it makes them difficult to review from an adult perspective. I’m mean they’re great for kids, and man, we now live in a world where Nova and Iron Fist are now household names. Good on Disney-Marvel right? If you’re interested, we got ‘em in stock, although the pricing is all over the place, because there’s a ton of different types of toys available. Hasbro is definetly looking to get money= get paid with these toys.

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ONE STEP BEYOND

Writing for the Forbidden Planet blog, or the Weekly Planet in shop newsletter is unlike writing for other media. For starters, unlike my blog, webcomics or reporting for other websites, you guys and gals actually READ this thing. Another difference, we at the Forbidden Planet want you to read some of these comics. It may shock you to know that we have an invested interest in you shopping in our stores.
YES, I may get to to pot shot big target books like Age of Ultron (too bad it sucked, as it’s going to serve as the basis for the next Avengers Movie) or Superman (why no undies?), but my “job” as it were is to recommend titles. So we can generate sales. So we can pay the bills. So we can secretly fund the church of Scientology.
Kidding. All that being said, I have been warned before by my editors that my continued existence here with the Planet is dependent on me giving a more upbeat diagnosis of the comics industry, and trying to turn my tastes to a more contemporary timeline. All that being said?
SOD THAT
DON’T buy Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 when it publishes on August 28th. BUY THE HELLBOY JUNIOR TP, instead!
Itty Bitty Hellboy looks fun enough, but have you seen the Hellboy Junior Trade? IT IS AMAZING! Hellboy Junior was one of the most f’ed up comics ever published by a major company, and when your character is turned into a movie franchise, that counts you a major. THE TOP NAMES in cartooning turn in pages of the most vile cartooning filth outside of an adults only book. Hilarious, raw and crazy stuff from talents such as Bill “Ren & Stimpy” Wray, Dave “Weasel” Cooper and Pat “GreatestLiving Cartoonist who isn’t Sergio Aragones” McEown, not to mention Glenn Barr, Hilary Barta and loads more.
Hellboy Junior is stupid funny on a level that shouldn’t be allowed. EVEN if you aren’t a Hellboy fan, the comic is a no holds barred display of the finest cartoonists ever assembled under one cover tearing the proverbial mickey out of comic’s history.
We probably have a few copies of Hellboy Junior kicking around (maybe in the warehouse?) but hopefully we can get some ordered for you by the time Itty Bitty Hellboy arrives on our shelves in a few weeks. You win, the store wins, and I get to hold onto what little artistic integrity I still hold as a reviewer.
MORE GOODIES
THIS week, do consider picking up Dark Horse’s B.P.R.D.’s Vampire #5 by the fantastic brother team of Gabriel Bá and Frábio Moon? Marvel has Uncanny X-Men #9 as well as FF #10, Daredevil #29 and Captain Marvel #14. DC will have a smattering of impressive annuals, including the Superman Annual #2, Batman Annual #2, Detective Comics Annual #2, Flash Annual #2 and the Animal Man Annual #2.
It’s startling that these characters have only been around for two years, but they’ve already amassed such cultural relevance.
Image has a new issue of that understated title, Sex #5. We should also see a fine assortment of lovely licensed comics from IDW, and if we’re VERY lucky, that new Sam Keith Art Collection, as well. Bully!
DOING MY JOB
I want you all to enjoy the finest comics the world has to offer, and I am telling you right now that the Forbidden Planet has them. Please continue to use your discretion as to your favorites, but also avail yourself to my years of expertise. The collaboration between me the writer and you the reader is the spark of discovering new material, and one person’s old material is another’s NEW.
Please read any of this week’s amazing new titles, though I DARE you to check out the insanity of Hellboy Junior.

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I have bought some comics, and most of them are written by Matt Fraction.

Before I get into “This Week in Matt Fraction Comics” (stalkingmattfraction.tumblr.com), let’s take a quick look into two of DC’s digital-first offerings – Batman ’66 and Injustice: God Amongst Us. Both these books are INSANE, and I mean that in 2 completely different ways. The former, written by Jeff Parker and drawn by  Jonathan Case, is an all new on-going series that takes place in the Mayor Adam West/ Burt Ward 60s Batman series, and is fantastic. Assuming you like your Batman campy, because if you don’t then this book is definitely not for you. I certainly don’t mind, and this book takes advantage of not being restricted to a TV budget, and the results are superb. Well worth the cover price IMO. Injustice:GAU has about a dozen creators attached to it, and is insane because of what goes down in this SUPER GRIMMDARK DCU. The book, a prequel/side story to the hit fighting game, starts off with Superman murdering his wife and unborn child under the influence of Kypronite-infused Scarecrow gas, and contains such moments as Superman, now Emperor of the World, outing Batman’s secret identity via Twitter. It is a GLORIOUS train wreck, one I cannot help but laugh at. Each of these books are $4 a pop and you enjoyment may vary.

Let’s move to the part of the article where I gush about Matt Fraction comics yes? Hawkeye Annual #1 dropped this past week, starring Kate Bishop Hawkeye, not the Hawkguy, continuing to sett up the new status quo on this book. Fraction’s on words, and Javier Pulido, last seen drawing issues 4 & 5 of the main series returns, bringing amazing visuals. Javier drawing kick-ass females come as no suprise to anyone who remembers his time on Ed Brubaker’s Catwoman run. Something I really dug about this issue was how Pulido & Fraction handled Katie-Kate’s internal monologue. Instead of using thought balloons, the creators opted for little panels with a Peanuts-esque Hawkeye waxing poetically, leading to often hilarious results, and was a neat alternative to having thought balloon clog up the page. Having Pulido draw this issue is also very fitting because the issue’s villain , Madam Masque’s, presence in the book is due to events that happens in the 2 issues he drew. For $5, you definitely get your money’s worth with this book, as it’s a fantastic done-in-one that helps build the overall narrative of Fraction’s HAWKGUY series. I’m sure no one is surprised when I say that I loved it.

Another Fraction-penned book with amazing art was collected in FF Volume 1: Fantastic Faux. The first volume of this NOW!-rebooted series does not however, collect the first bunch of issues, rather collects issues 4-8 of the series. The book is being collected in chronological order, meaning you’ll need to buy the first volume of Fantastic Four to get issues #1-3. MARVEL COMICS EVERYONE!

Back to the book itself, these 4 issues are drawn by legendary artist Mike Allred, which is as good as having Jack Kirby back at Marvel, with Joe Quinones swinging by to do a guest issue. Note, Joe is definitely more than ideal to draw this book with Allred is playing catch up, so no complaints on that front. The book is definitely a lot bigger in scope and more dramatic than Hawkguy in terms of tone, but still has some off-beat humor as seen in Fraction’s more personal work. Much like F4, it theme of Family is still a big one, only with a more non-traditional cast. Also Allred was born to drawn the Fantastic Four, so seeing him in action this book is a treat, especially with his wife Laura’s colors bringing Mike’s pencils to life.

In terms of content, the new FF continue to struggle with the slew of problems left as a result of a world without an F4. There also is a ton of stuff done with the Inhumans, which is probably setting the stage for the new Inhuman series Fraction is doing post Infinity, the big Marvel event starting in office. While it doesn’t connect with me on a personal level like Hawkeye does, FF is definitely a great book, and one worthy of your time!

That’s all I was allowed to spend on comics this week. Next time, The Enemy Within concludes, Dazzler: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. hunts the Uncanny X-Men and I take a look at the 3rd volume of Fatale.

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Troy’s Toys 4/27- Oh look, imports!

What is the haps Forbidden Planet Faithful? No time for crappy intro jokes, we got a ton of new stuff to look at, so let’s get to it!

If you’re an avid gamer like me, you probably own a 3DS by now (And if you bought a Vita instead, my condolences). You may also may be a strategy RPG fan, which means you’re probably playing Project X Zone (or SMT IV. Or Fire Emblem Awakening still. I may have not though this through.) For all of you not in the know, PXZ is a cool crossover RPG featuring characters from Capcom, SEGA and Bandai-Namco franchises. Not exactly the deepest SPRG, but fun regardless, at least in my opinion. I mention this because I was looking through our import toys section recently and spotted 2 females from the game in VERY cool action figure form (NOTE: If you’re looking for something a little more Street Fighter, Devil May Cry or Tekken-ish, obviously Square Enix has you covered). From Bandai’s D-Art line is ::: Takes a breathe ::: Alisa Illnichina Amiella from God Eater Burst (Avail on PSN for your PSP/PS Vita), and from Max Factory, Figma T-Elos of Xenosaga fame (Playstation 2. It….took awhile Xenosaga to get quality figures apparently)!

It’s been some time since I’ve last taken a look at any high-end import figures, but not much has changed since. The Figmas are still a little on the fragile side, but T-Elos does comes with the usual insane amount of accessories you’d expect from the line, and still maintains a ridiculous amount of articulation. Plus I’m a big fan of how T-Elos armor came out in the final product, despite there not being much of it. And no complaints in the sculpt or paint department, despite the fan-servicey design. A slight downside is that she’s not strapped like the KOS-MOS Figma, which came with a bad-ass Gattling Gun.  Instead you get a pistol, variant parts and a stand.

Alisa is also guilty of not being the most modest dresser, but she’s a cool figure. Her joints are well hidden, which for a super-poseable figure, is nice. Her design translates well into the 3rd dimension, and I really like how the plaid paint job came out. Also, her hat is removable, which amuses greatly for some reason. She also comes with a HUGE sword, which I’m a fan of. Oh and variant faces, hands, blah blah blah, you know the drill by now. Both these figures go for about $70, which isn’t too bad considering their imports, but they may not your thing. If they are, then I suggest you get here soon, because supplies are limited.

Making a surprise appearance on our shelves is the Chris Nolan take on the Batmobile, the Tumbler  (WAY different from the Batmobile Tumblr btw) from the Revoltech line. You’d think there wouldn’t be much to offer from a vehicle-based Revoltech, but no, it’s actually pretty sweet. This spring loaded badass can transform between modes, open up it’s cockpit so you can place a tiny Batman figure in there and…has a blue flame speed effect. Alright so that last one isn’t that cool, but again, I’m easily amused. There’s also a surprisingly sturdy clear stand packaged with it, so you can make the Batmobile look airborne (with help from the blue flame. Go Flame!). This 5 1/2 long vehicle retails for about $45 which is GREAT for a Revoltech, especially one that probably won’t be in stock for too long.

That’s is for toys this week! Next time we got some new Heroclixs to look out, some classic Sci-Fi figures getting new awesome figures and…..more Batman figures from Square Enix ::: insert multiple profanities here :::

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FREE IDEAS

The top picks for this week on many reviewer’s lists will probably include IDW’s X-Files Season 10 #1, the comic book continuation of the hit paranormal investigator drama which started it all. It will probably also have Age of Ultron #10, the top secret finale to Marvel’s latest crossover which will introduce a new status quo to the Marvel Universe and feature art drawn by the EiC himself, Mr. Joey Q.
Might I also call to your attention the always fun A+ X, which drops this week with #9, featuring a back-up story by Adam “Empowered” Warren? Might I also recommend the new 100 Bullets comic from the original creators, 100 Bullets Brother Lono #1, which picks up right where the old title left off? OR the ALWAYS ENJOYABLE Sergio Aragone’s Funnies #8?
I can? Super! You folks should really buy those books…and while we’re addressing each other, dear reader.
Occasionally I try to give back to my community by supplying to you, my loyal and trustworthy readers, FREE ideas you may utilize to make yourselves millions. True, many of these ideas are only applicable to the rich and powerful, but they say one should write for the audience you’d like to have, and they will find your words through the prism of time.
BIEBER COMICS
Someone needs to negotiate the comic book rights to Justin Bieber…and not just the Beeb, but One Direction, Little Mix and the rest of those garbage no talents. WHY? HOW many times do you hear the comic book press and publisher complain about the girls comics market?
Yet the idea to publish comics young ladies might want to read seems to never get used. I can only think this is because everybody on the planet Earth HATES young girls and doesn’t want them to have any fun…and Cindy Lauper says that that is all they really want. Some fun.
That last idea was so good, I can coast on the next couple…let’s see now:
EDIBLE COMICS
How many times do you hear the comic book press and publishers complain that nobody is eating their comic books anymore? Never? That’s because you can’t…yet! If we start printing comics on edible tortillas or ultra-thin sheets of soy, we can add a new dimension to the experience: TASTE!
Did you ever wonder what Wolverine TASTED like?! Well now you can find out, without having to have to stalk Hugh Jackman, tackle him at a movie premier and lick his pits. (Btw, he tastes like smokey canadian maple bacon.) Blood could taste like real blood to boost sales on vampire titles, and everybody will want to lick their favorite super heroes and super sheroes…in public. to see what Wonder Woman tastes like.
Wow, I really phoned that last idea in. This NEXT idea is going to be a smash!
SEQUEL COMICS
You know what was a great comic? Batman and Robin #20! When did that come out, like about a month ago? I’ve got a great idea! How about a sequel to that fine comic book. They could call it Batman and Robin #21! It could come out this week, and it could be about Batman fighting Batgirl because he wants to resurrect Damien. While we’re at it, let’s make sequels to Wonder Woman #20, Justice League #20, and Supergirl #20 this week as well. And let’s have a comic book that is going to kick off DC’s summer event, staring the mysterious Pandora! We can call it Trinity War Pandora #, and we can also make it come out this week!
Well, I don’t know if those ideas are going to make anyone a million dollars, but these NEXT ideas might!
PREQUEL COMICS
This week, let’s make some prequel comics! To set up the stupendous events of next month’s super comics, such as Indestructible Hulk #10Kick-Ass 3 #3 and Superior Spider-Man #13, why don’t we release titles this week so people will know what happened before? We can call them Indestructible Hulk #9, Kick Ass 3 #2 and Superior Spider-
Ah, you get the idea.

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BROCK OF AGES

GO TEAM VENTURE! The Venture Brothers is back on the air after 3 long years! Austensibly a parody of Johnny Quest, the Venture Brothers has grown into a touching story about people with extraordinary abilities failing in ordinary ways. Packed with nerds, super-hero wannabies and other marginal social pariahs, the Venture Brothers is about US, viewed through the mirror of the pop culture we love.

There is LOTS to celebrate with the Ventures back on! Forbidden Planet has a decent amount of Venture Brothers action figures, shirts, bobbleheads and other assorted merch. Don’t see what your looking for? Have any of our talented staff help you find it…or draw it for you! SURE! Wanna’ see Brock Sampson fight Empowered in the new (amazing) Empowered Special #4 out from Dark Horse this week? Just bring up your copy, add on a few extra bucks and DEMAND a Forbidden Planeteer draw Brock Sampson into the action with a sharpy.
THAT’S the kind of extra mile I’ve just committed our unwitting staff too. WARNING: Artistic abilities may vary
SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT

While we reel with the memories of last Sunday’s season premier and patiently await this Sunday’s new episode, let’s check out the following comics, available now, which are either great substitutes or inspiring source materials.
You should own The Complete Tick for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is written and mostly drawn by Ben Edlund. Ben is the current writer for Supernatural, but was an Angel writer and Joss Wheedon collaborator. Did you know that Edlund is also the only other human being to get a writing credit on The Venture Brothers besides Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer?
TRUE! Edlund wrote “Viva De Los Muertos,” as well as having story credits on “Careers in Science” and “Guess Who’s Coming to States Dinner?” This is because A) he’s great, but also B) Jackson Publick, a.k.a. Chris Mccullogh took over writing duties on the Tick comic once Ben left to work on the first Tick TV show. Chris wrote The Tick Karma Tornado (It’s…ok.) as well as wrote some GREAT episodes of both the Tick cartoon and live action shows.
Venture fans who DO NOT know the Tick origins of Jackson Publick’s career owe it to themselves to check it out! Also, I think Doc was Edlund’s roommate at College. It gets incestuous, I know.
For a bright, happy version of what the Venture Universe could look like, one should check out Tom Strong from Alan Moore and artist Chris Sprouse. Tom Strong is a semi-forgotten title, having been overshadowed both by Moore’s previous work and subsequent. As part of the ABC line of comics, Tom was the centerpiece, yet couldn’t compete with Top 10 and Promethia, the more interesting titles it shared a spotlight with.
Tom Strong is, like Rusty Venture, a super-scientist, born of scientific parents…only Tom is amazing at it. Where Rusty “Doc” Venture has a spindly robot handed down from his father which never seems to work right, Tom has a cool Victorian robot butler that half runs on steam. Where Doc has two sons who resent him and his life choices, Tom has a beautiful daughter, excited to follow in his footsteps.
Tom Strong is everything Rusty will never be, a beloved science hero with great hair and a working jetpack. Tom’s adventures are thrilling, new and exciting, and will remind you of the Venture Brothers for how DISsimilar they really are.
And do read Top 10 and Promethia. They are required.
WHEN THAT HAPPENS

Maybe you have a favorite show that’s NOT the Venture Brothers. Silly. Maybe they do make a comic out of it, or maybe they don’t. Next time you write a comics column, you should recommend it, and swell books like it…till then you should watch the Venture Brothers. Not just because I told you too…but because I told you too and I have a taser.

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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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YOU put the I in “COMIC.”

The comic book hits of tomorrow are written and drawn by the genius’ of today! I hope each and every one of you out there is creating your own amazing stories to thrill and entertain. Forbidden Planet has an excellent small press section, and there is no reason you books cannot be amongst them.
Until then, dear reader, maybe you’ll check out these other titels?
DREAM TEAM
Image has a brand new title out this week called The Dream Merchant #1, and Dark Horse has The Dream Thief #1 (of 5). Listen, we have GOT to get these two characters together! They might work out a plt for Inception 2.
Joking aside, both look like interesting sci/fi supernatural thrillers. In the Dream Merchant, a young boy has haunting dreams of an alternate timeline which has been erased by sinister forces. His dreams unlock the secrets to getting that reality back, but should he follow them or go back to sleep?
In the Dream Thief, an ancient mask worn by our hero once makes him the conduit for vengeful spirits while he slumbers. Think Poltergeist meets the Mask.
Here’s a helpful piece of advice: If you’re in a comic book and you should find a strange, creepy mask? JUST LEAVE IT ALONE! Same goes for drinking serums in laboratories, or flying in space or trying on any jewelry you find in a treasure chest or tomb.
Speaking of tombs,
MASTER OF HORROR
Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher #1 (of 2) is a new horror comic out from Richard Corbin and Dark Horse. I don’t know much about the writer on this book…Edgar Allen Poe? What comics has he worked on before? Can anyone tell me if this guy has done any superhero stuff, I’d like to read more of his work. Still, Richard Corbin is one of the best in horror books. If you’ve seen Corbin’s work then you know he’s both cartoony and horrifying, grotesque and fun all at once!
Kinda’ like this next book; John K. Presents Spumco Comic Book HC (34.99) is my NUMBER ONE pick this week! IDW continues their fine work reprinting in large format print classic material from hard to find sources. Spumco Comics is a collection (plus new material!) of the comic works of John K., the animation super star behind Ren and Stimpy. John K. has a unique style, and humor so low-brow people will wonder if you have any brows at all.
THE BIG TWO
DC has the second issue of their He-Man relaunch title (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #2) as well as Justice League #20, and the 30 page, final issue of Sword and Sorcery #8. DC is gearing up for their big summer specials, as well as a few surprises for our pal He-Man!
Marvel is swinging back with Age of Ultron #8, FF#7, and Wolverine and the X-Men #29 amongst others. Both Age of Ultron #8 and the latest Wolvie title are alternate future versions of the current Marvel Universe. Alternate titles are always fun! I suggest you read these now, so when you pick up the Return to the Age of Ultron Universe title Marvel will be publishing in 10 years, you’ll know what’s going on.
STILL DRAWING?
How’s your comic going…you know, the one you’r working on? WHAT? You haven’t started it yet, you’ve been reading my column?! DUDE/M’AME, drop this thing like your butt in a bouncy castle and get working on new comic books!
Don’t forget to clip all the pages of your comic book together with staples. Comics without staples is just a series of nonsensical leaflets which won’t stay together.

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SIMPLY THE BEST

All of the Forbidden Planet crew had an excellent time this past weekend on Free Comic Books Day! I’m sorry I couldn’t make it out in person to see everybody, but I unfortunately don’t exist anymore since Wolverine and Sue Storm went back in time to “take care of some business” in Age of Ultron #6. That’s right, I’ve been retconned out of existence.
STILL LUCKY
I still consider myself lucky, really. I’m sure the Avengers or whoever will work the problem out. Reading the LA Times in Limbo, a crazy story caught my eye! Apparently a dangerous suspect was arrested by police after a foiled hit-and-run assault which culminated in the perp trying to muscle her way into a Free Comic Book Day event at a Los Angeles comic shop! Comic book fans, some in costume, gazed in amazement as the suspect forcibly tried to hide in the shop after smashing her get away vehicle through a nearby street sign, only to have the car coast into the wall where the fans had JUST been standing.
The arrest was made possible by the shop owner who held the doors fast when he realized something was amiss.
Comic book retailers working hand in sweaty hand with the LAPD to arrest criminals usually left to Spidey, Nightwing and other fictional (street level) do-gooders. This sort of activity reminds me who the REAL super-heroes are…you know who?
THAT’S RIGHT
YOU! You are the greatest, bravest heroes we have! On behalf of Forbidden Planet, I want to thank you, the readers, fans and supporters for giving us a reason to open our doors! Retail is tough, comic book retail is FREAKIN’ tough, but not half as tough as you folks and your unswerving loyalty to comics.
Thank you for choosing Forbidden Planet as your watering trough for refreshing comics! If there’s every anything more we could be doing, a book you’d like us to carry or material you’d like to see, please be sure you let us know. We exist to serve…well, the rest of the staff does. I don’t (currently) exist at all. Stupid Wolverine.
IF I DID
When I do come back, hopefully with an eyepatch and some crazy new powers, I’ll have to hunt down the back issues of this week’s hot books! The Walking Dead #110, Batman (and Batman and Robin ) #20, Bravest Warriors #8, and some new Richard Corbin horror material from Dark Horse and Creepy Comics #12 all have to be mine!
The main Star Wars book has been a fun read, and Star Wars #5 hits this week, too! Plenty of back issues to scoop up if you haven’t been following it yet. SPEAKING of “star” properties, Star Trek Into Darkness drops this week, and the latest issue of IDW’s Star Trek Ongoing #21 picks up RIGHT after the movie ends! I repeat: DO NOT read Star Trek Ongoing #21 on Wednesday, but do read it Friday after you’ve seen the movie! I can’t wait!
Deadpool #9, Thor #8 and Avengers #11 round out a decent roster of Marvel Must Haves, and with that I lay another column to a close.
At the end of the day, the Forbidden Planet stays open because of you. We are gracious for your business and we hope you come back, soon. As long as you’re there to help, The Forbidden Planet will be there with all your comics, sci-fi, horror, Manga, and various plastic objet d’art you need.
Be good, stay safe, and see you next time!

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AN APPETIZER OF APOLOGY

Age of Ultron continues to improve, though it had little room to get worse. Issue six was very good, and shows what this series could be. I have to print a mild retraction: I gave issue four a real shellacking over the (And there will be AoU SPOILERS from here on in) casual death of She-Hulk.

Brian Michael Bendis decided to kill Shulkie by shooting her in the head with a laser, which I found a bit foolish as heroes with less constitution than She-Hulk, such as Hawkeye, Spider-Man and Captain America, have been heroing for years without getting shot in the head from the ever preset barrel of a laser pistol.
Until Age of Ultron #6, where Cap gets killed from a laser to the head. *SIGH. Anyone who wants to argue “Who would win in a fight” now has the answer. “Whoever has a laser.”
That’s Right. Han Solo can kill the entire Marvel Universe!
MAIN CORSE OF COMICS
A great week to be a comics fan! Free Comic Book Day is RIGHT around the corner, and Forbidden Planet will be the place to catch the goods! Till then, may we suggest you pay money?
Adventure Time Originals Vol. 1 Playing with Fire is a brand new graphic novel from the Adventure Time team which focuses on Flame Princess doing some solo adventureing. COULD be great!
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 was well done, and I’ll buy my ticket for #2 this week. I want to see where this ride goes. Also from Marvel is FF Now #6, some X-Books, some Spider-Books and some Avenger’s books…and one more thing.
Powers Bureau #1 and #2 are getting second printings this week…I think I’ll take a nibble. Brian Michael whatshisname is a writer you either love or hate, but credit where credit is due, homeboy writes some nice dialog. Powers was a tight title. Let’s see if Powers Bureau can live up to its predecessor.
DC will be entertaining us all with Aquaman #19 and Justice League Dark #19, among others. Aquaman’s going to fight an Ice King! I hope Gunther is in this issue!
Some top third party titles include Image’s Invincible #102 (YAY!), Dark Horse’s The Massive #11 and IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #21. This last title gets my money because, once again, Original artist Kevin Eastman is making a visit back home for art detail. That man can draw some stealthy Japanese murderous terrapins.
That should be the new title of the book!
AND FOR DESSERT?
As they say in Ratatouille, “How about a little perspective.”
Convention season is firing up, not to mention the oncoming crop of comic book movies, events and Free Comic Book Day. In Short, the Summer is almost here! At the same time, recent world event, whether it be shootings, bombings, earthquakes, fertilizer plant explosions, monster attacks or the Zombie apocalypse can make one feel like a gnat at a Nascar race.
One of the things that makes comics and geek culture so great is its ability to take us away from the pain and tragedy of the real world. It’s called “Escapism.” That doesn’t mean the badness goes away. How do we take bad our society from the crazies, global warming, destruction and Yetis?
We have a s much fun as we possibly can and try to make sure everybody else is doing the same!
Let’s make this Summer the best Summer in recent memory! Share your comics! Bring friends to the movies! Celebrate everything that makes life worth living, and share that passion with those around you. LET the Summer of FUN begin!

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WEIRD WILD AND WACKY

Great balance this week of exciting mainstream stuff, indie stuff and web stuff coming to press for the first time!
DC has a few more WTF covers trickling in this week. You know, their gatefold covers revealing crazy plot twists? Batwoman #19Justice League #19 and Nightwing #19 should (hopefully) keep the ball rolling on controversy…I know Wonder Woman #19 is reaching for that goal itself. Her gatefold involves her fighting a well known character, but making out with that self-same character in the fold!
Kinda’ lame, I know. Superman and Batman get gatefolds revealing WHO they might be punching/getting punched by. Wonder Woman, being a woman, is defined by her sexuality.
Check out the cover to this week’s Captain Marvel! Captain Marvel’s off to fight crime on a cool flying jet-bike! Good job, Marvel!
SPEAKING OF WHICH
Last week I did a good deal of grousing about Age of Ultron, but this week Marvel is bringing us Age of Ultron #6 and Wolverine and the X-Men #27. Both of these books look like a whole heck of a lot of fun!
Both will feature time travel, where Cap and team go forward to kick Ultron’s can and Wolverine going back in time to kill Antman as a back-up plan. That’s right: Wolvie #27 will feature Logan travelling back to Silver Age Marvel to kick some pint-sized, lycra butt. THIS could be great. Wolverine and the X-Men has been one of the better X-books lately, and with fun, action packed issues like this it is easy to see why.
Also from Marvel, Superior Spider-Man #8 (ALWAYS and interesting read) and Cable and X-Force #7. Cable and Cyclops are going to have a little Father/Son chat, now that they’re both crazy fugitives and all. This should be nice and awkward.
POWER
Solicitations for DC claim they have a new He Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 , as well as a reprint of Paul Pope’s ultra-cool Batman Year 100. He-Man and Batman need to admit their feelings for each other (Mutual distrust and dislike) and finally get on with the big fight they’ve been putting off for years! Dissolve all this tension, you two, and punch each others faces in!
OOOH! Now I have to draw a Batman/He-Man Mash-up. Let’s see: Joker as Skeletor, Catwoman as Beastman, Killer Crock as Merman and whatnot. Jim Gordon as Man-At-Arms is a given, but would it be more fun to make Barbara be a Batgirl/Teela or Orko?
INDIES AND WEBS
Adventure Time #15 hits the stands just in time to lighten the comic shop mood, and Ghostbusters #3 continues a pretty good story, imho. IDW also has the collected Mars Attacks IDW TP. Absolutely a must for fans of weird, wild and wacky action.
MEANWHILE, Double Fine Action Comics Vol. 1 and 2 hit the shelves, bringing Scott C.’s incredible webcomic to the tangible shores of print! Scott C. is as funny as he is talented, a brilliant cartoonist whose simple doodles drip with warmth and detail.
I’m also VERY INTRIGUED by Top Shelf’s Crater XV HC. It is a collection of Kevin Cannon’s webcomic which he’s also been publishing in his anthology comic Double Barrel. It looks great, and at $19.99 it looks well worth the purchase.
Happy Comics, Kids! I’m off to draw the most bad-ass Penguin/Trap Jaw mash-up the internet has ever seen. If the whole dang’ tube system has gone all “Skynet” tomorrow, you’ll know why.

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Creature of Habit

Hey FPNYC Faithful, let’s see what kind of neat stuff we got in this wee-

::: Checks out shelves ::

::: Bangs head against wall repeatedly :::

Don’t get me wrong y’all. I like talking about toys, and letting the 6 of you who read this know what’s new in releases this week, but man, I can only talk about Super Hero toys so much. And as fate would have it, this would be the week where we’re hit with a plethora of super hero toys. One specific one, a character I was talking about literally just last week.

For those not in the know, WB games is releasing “InJustice” this week, which a DC-based fighting game in the vein of Mortal Kombat, only was less violent. Which means tie-in toys. We’ll be seeing some DC made ones in a week or 2, but Mattel struck first by tossing an Injustice Batman figure in the newest wave of DC Unlimited figures. New 52 Superman is also re-released in this wave, which is fine because it’s actually a decent Superman figures, as well as the new 52 Wonder Woman. The newest figures in the line are actually pretty good by the way. It’s been hella fortnight since we’ve seen a Wonder Woman figure from Mattel, and this one (an all new-figure BTW) captures the look designed by Jim Lee/ Cliff Chang quite well. It also does a nice job of covering up the fact that WW’s current on-going is violent (and awesome) as hell. As for Injustice Bats, I’m not crazy about the design, but since it’s original, it forced Mattel to make a new sculpt, which means this figure is also 100% new. It’s also fairly articulate and shiny, which makes me wonder if all Unlimited Batman figures are to be shiny from this point on.

In addition to the new DC Unlimited line, there’s a new wave of  Batman character only -based Unlimited line of highly articulate figures on our shelves. One with no less than 3 different versions of Bruce Wayne. No, I can’t make this up, especially given the selection of this line.

The new 52 Batman and Batgirl are brought back for this line, and look, another Dark Knight Returns Batman (those animated movies must have really sold well for DC to be pushing tie-in merchandise this hard) being one of the 2 new first time offerings. The other….::: clears throat:: Planet X Batman with Batmite. Aka Batman of Zur-An-Arrh. What’s that mean? Yo, I’ve read Batman R.I.P. (Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel) and I suggest you do the same, because that is the only way any of that would make sense. Anywho, the re-packs are good if you missed them the 1st time around (the new 52 Bats goes great w/ the new 52 Supes and WW), and at least the new offerings are unique to say the very least. Both Unlimited lines are $20 per figure, and given the hype behind Injustice, you may wanna grab the figure before the game drops. Both DC and Mattel are going to be pushing tie-in toys hard these next couple of months, and given Bats popularity, he’s probably going to be one of the harder figures to fine. Not that there’s a shortage of Bat-toys or anything…

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Stand tall for the Beast of America. Or Againist. Your choice.

Welcome back to FPNYC’s offical Bioshock blog (Blogshock? Bioblog?)!! “REAL” Bioshock fans will get the reference in the title, which only make sense if you own a TV. And continue to not comment on the blog. Good times.

I mentioned the existence of a “Bioshock Infinite” art book last week, and now that I’ve beaten the damn game (REALLY good doesn’t even begin to cover the quality of the game, or it’s ending, play it for yourself and I’m fairly confident you’ll agree), I picked a copy of it for myself because I may have an addiction problem of sorts.

So what did I think of it? I’ll get to that in a minute, because I just want to point out that I am  loving the fact that we’re getting quality artbooks based on western video game over here. Bradygames have released some okayish ones, but the books released by Udon (where the crap is the Bayonetta on Udon??)  and more recently Dark Horse are really well packaged, and make for really good reads/collectibles. MORE OF THIS PEOPLE, CHRIS APPROVES!

“The Art of Bioshock Infinite” is a 184 page hardcover released by Dark Horse Comics that clocks in at 9 x 0.9 x 12 inches and retails for $40. While some chapters are light on text, it’s a relatively spoiler-free read, and chock-full of gorgeous art. There’s a lot of cool concept art for things that never made it into the game, or went through a ton of changes. At $40 it’s hard to recommend this book for any non-fans, but if you sunk 12+ hours into the game like I did within a week of it’s release and need a new fix, this is a good way to get it until the board game and/or the Heroclixs drop.

::: Swears this is the last time he’ll mention the game until said ‘Clixs or more toys are released. You are powerless to stop him :::

::: Makes another smarmy remark about reviewing yet another wave of Batman Play Arts figures:::

The newest, and possibly final wave of Arkham City Batman toys via Square-Enix have hit our shelves and man, they are beefy. This time around we’re graced by an extremely jacked version of Tim Drake as Robin (new 52 continuity joke goes here) and the AC take on the classic Dark Knight Returns version of Batman (Frank Miller joke goes here). As you can tell, there’s A LOT  of plastic involved with this figures, which means you’re definitely getting your $60-worth with these figures.

While I’m not crazy about cage-fighter Robin (AC’s continuity is a tad silly in some areas) look, I have to admit that the figure captures the design well. Both he and Batman sport 26 points of articulation, and come with variant hands, heads, and some accessories; a bo staff for Robin, and a grappling hook for Batman. I would have gone with a mud-covered mutant gang member corpse myself, but that’s just me. And yes, Robin IS in scale with the standard AC Batman & Catwoman figures, and I guess the DKR Batman too, even though blah blah canon, blah blah nerd, blah blah prostitute joke.

I am such a good blogger you guys.

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