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Chris’ Comics: Black Widow #3

portrait_incredible (9)Black Widow #3

Chris Samnee, Mark Waid, Matthew Wilson

Marvel $3.99

With the excellent Black Widow #3, I recommend anyone who hasn’t read the comic yet to flip directly to the final page. Yes I know that sounds odd,  not to mention super spoilery, but trust me. I’ll wait.

 

RIGHT?!

 

One thing I’ve really enjoyed about this run so far is how minimalist it feels in terms of the amount of dialogue spoken by the character. Writer Mark Waid is a favorite of mine, and he’s usually a dude who fills his books with a plethora of pleasant words. Here on Black 5176762-3+bwidow2016003_int3-2Widow, it feels like Waid has scaled back on dialogue, letting the art of Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson tell the story, which is an incredibly smart creative choice by the team. Half the issue is without dialogue, and it’s all the better for it, as readers get to enjoy Samnee and Wilson’s art without being covered up by words balloons. And it works in Waid’s favor as well, as he makes the dialogue that is spoken feel all the more important.

Issue 3 sees Natasha return to Russia to retrieve data for the dude blackmailing her. While doing so, it revisits parts of her origin, but doesn’t let it bog down the narrative. I love the decision by Waid and Samnee to NOT do an updated origin story in this title so far, assuming the reader knows the deal with Natasha is. Thanks to the Marvel movies, the lot of us know Nat’s deals, so not going down that route is truly appreciated.

In terms of visuals, there’s so much to like about this issue. My personal favorite comes at the close of the second act, where Natashan takes down an enemy in hand to hand combat. In a single page, Samnee draws Natasha’s take down, while referencing her background in BWIDOW2016003-int3-4-36210ballet. Not only is the composure of the page brilliant, but the choreography is beautiful as well, as Matthew Wilson does the lords works on the colors. There’s some really good mixture of purples, blues and blacks on this page, with red being used to focus on 3 key images. The color red plays a huge role in this issue, which makes a sense give the character’s history and iconic hair, and I love how Wilson and Samnee use it in so many ways. Black Widow may only be three issues deep, but man it’s definitely one of the most visually interesting books on the market.

I feel bad that I don’t get to talk about Mark Waid more on this book, but given how Samnee and is credited as both as a writer and an artist, it’s hard to tell exactly what he brings to the table specifically. But the book is excellent, which is a trademark of most of Waid’s work.

Black Widow manages to be way darker than their previous collaboration on Daredevil, but never in a way that feels depressing. It’s a more serious and action heavy read, with zero time for jokes and quips. That being said, the quality of this book is the real reason it’s so enjoyable, and after that brutal cliffhanger,I’m eager for more.

 

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Chris’ Comics: Black Widow #1

Black_Widow_1_CoverBlack Widow #1

Chris Samnee, Mark Waid, Matthew Wilson, Joe Caramagna

Marvel $3.99

FACT: Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, & Matthew Wilson have done some great work for Marvel, both individually and as together a creative team.

FACT: In my opinion, Marvel has been pretty good at putting out female lead books over the last few years.

FACT: Black Widow, arguably Marvel’s most recognizable female character currently, needed an A list creative team (no offense Phil Noto) assigned to her series ASAP.

Someone at Marvel has agreed with me on that last fact, because the team who did a GREAT job on Daredevil are now on Black Widow. And the debut is, as I quote a friend texted me about the comic, “UGH, such a good!”

Often when a new creative team is assigned a character, the first issue is stripping down of what works for the character and the establishment of a new status quo. Not with Black Widow, as the team assumes that the reader knows what Natasha Romanov’s deal is. This debut issue for the Samnee, Waid, Wilson team is a 20 page chase scene, in which Natasha BW4has taken a thing from SHIELD, and SHIELD wants the thing back.

I love how quickly things escalate in this comic. The book starts off establishing that Widow is at odds with SHIELD, as she takes out a bunch of agents without much effort.  The scene quickly reminds the reader that Natasha is an unbelievable bad ass, from there, she’s fighting dudes twice her size, jumping out of a Hellicarrier, dodging agents in flying cars; all sorts of crazy action stuff. It’s the comics version of Crank, which is compliment by the way.

I like how Waid keeps the dialogue to the minimum, resulting in Samnee’s art carrying the bulk of the story. Chris Samnee is easily one of the BEST artist’s working in comics todays, and which a few changes, this probably could have worked as a wordless story. I’m grateful it’s not, as  Joe Caramagna does some really good sound effects work, and his choices of tumblr_o3jvjoYypd1uiitobo1_1280font give the book a cool pulp magazine vibe to it. And I love what Matt Wilson brings to the book, drowning the book in reds, which could be read (heh) as something symbolic, given who are lead it. And as I’ve stated, Samnee’s work is amazing, be it drawing an 14 panel single page fight scene, the aforementioned Hellicarrier scene which is gorgeous, or a intense motorcycle chase through the streets of Manhattan. This issue is another chapter in the gospel that is “Chris Samnee is real good at comics”.

Black Widow #1 isn’t a comic who wanted an in-depth look instead the mind of Natasha Romanov. It’s a 20 page action move that celebrates the character and re-establishes how great this creative team is. Fans who enjoyed this team’s run on Daredevil will love this comic, and anyone who wanted a new Black Widow series will surely be pleased. I fall in both categories, and am still blown away at how good this comic was. It’s another must read series from Marvel, which I’m glad to see is becoming more of a thing this year.

 

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Four Can’t Miss Items – Daily Deals for November 6th 2014

Game of Thrones Hand of the King Replica pin

Marvel Select’s Black Widow action figure, March written by Congressman John Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, and some cool as hell GoT and Trek baubles round out today’s Daily Deals

Marvel Select Black Widow AF… ($25) $5.99

Game of Thrones Hand of the King Replica Pin($15) $4.99

Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701 Bottle Opener… (19.99) $4.99

March Book One… ($15) $3.99

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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Troy’s Toys, But With Comics- The Sexy Start of the New Year

So the Image Expo 2014 has come and gone and man, screw them. I have a limited budget for comics stuff because living in  New York isn’t cheap, and they go and announce like 3 or 4 books I don’t have the budget for, but from creators I REALLY like. So that sucks for my bank account, but great for me…..spiritually I suppose? I dunno, but if you want to get caught up on what went down, go check our friends at Bleeding Cool and Comics Alliance for details, interviews and pictures.

Now that the holidays (and MAGfest 2014, wooo) has passed, comics have began shipping normally once again. Which means no more waxing poetically over books I really liked in 2013, and back to discussing new comics.

sex-criminals-4-web-72Sex Criminals #4

Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky

Image, $3.50, 20 pages, plus letters from pervs

Haha, J/K, I’m just going to talk more about Matt Fraction comics to start off the year!

I want to say this is the issue where guff gets real, but this also a comic where Chip Zdarsky draws a pizza vagina in the letters section. Another fine reason as to why this book is Time’s Comic Book of 2013.

sex-criminals1-fourth-printingBut yeah, shit gets real in this surprising dense 4th issue. Fraction and Zdarsky get a lot done in the span of 20 pages, and not all of it are butt sex jokes and funny named pornos. I mean yeah, those are there, but there are also times of serious business too. It’s a lot more like the first issue where tragedy and humor are perfectly mixed, only there’s more drama and action ( like there was any shortage of that in this book, HIYYOOOOOO) this time around. And hey, we even get some questions answered! And no worries, the intro page remains hilarious (good luck trying to read that one out loud), and the letter page….well like I said, pizza vagina, so the same as usual.

Sex Criminals was one of the most refreshing reads of 2013, also known as the year of Luigi,  and it starts off 2014 strong. I’m super excited for the conclusion of the first arc next month, and you all can look forward to me suffering from withdrawal as the book goes on a brief hiatus after that.

Also hey, we got that 4th printing cover in stock (pictured above), which I’m still laughing about. There’s also the upcoming 4th printing, but for a 2nd time cover coming in a few weeks, because people are dumb and didn’t pre-order this book the first time around, or just really like odd-photoshopped covers. I’m obviously in the later category.

 

STK629100All New Marvel Now Point One

A lot of people. No serious, a lot of people worked on this comic, look at the credits page, it’s the last page in the book and see how right I am!

Marvel, $5.99, 52 pages

Marvel did one of these last year that I didn’t care much for, with the exception of the Mike Allred Ant-Man story ….written by Matt Fraction (whomp whomp whompppp).

Marvel was definitely aiming for the Tumblr crowd with this book, which is fine, because it’s still good without pandering for “Likes”/”Faves”/”Reblogs”.  My personal highlight is the G. Willow Wilson/Adrian Alphona Ms. Marvel story. While the character was announced a few months back, the only appearance she’s made so far was at the end of the the first volume of the current Captain Marvel book. Here we get to see what she’s made of, and it’s a very fun read, as it’s a fresh take on the super powered teenager story, that’s a tad self aware, careful not to cater to stereotypes, and shows some cool uses of the lead’s power set. Additional props to Ian Herring’s colors which really make the story pop.

Allred’s back this year, with Dan Slott with a Silver Surfer story that’s all sorts of great. Mike Allred is at his best when he’s channeling Jack Kirby, so seeing him take to the cosmos is a real delight for me. Also it’s been some time since I’ve seen Dan Slott write something not Spider-Man-related, so seeing him flex those muscles again is fun. And speaking of good looking books, Phil Noto’s Black Widow story is a visual tour de force. Nate Edmondson and Clayton Cowles are great on words and colors, don’t get me wrong, but this story is Noto’s show, and he excels are delivering some fantastic visuals. The  Al Ewing/Lee Garbett Loki story that bookends this title is fun and the James Robinson/Steve Pugh All New Invaders story shows potential. The Avengers story wasn’t that bad either, but I’ve seen better from Rags Morale, although Nick Spencer delivers on the script end. . But for $7 bucks, I can’t complain, as the title served it’s purpose. It’s successfully gotten me excited about a bunch of titles Marvel’s publishing, although I’ll probably only be only buying one of them monthly.

Alright I talked about 2 comics for a long time today. I’ll be back to review the first volume of The Wake real soon!

 

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Troy’s Toy: The One when Marvel makes a come back.

Still no Wolverine Legends, or whatever the crap they’re supposed to be called. I’m hearing September at this point, supposedly comics shops exclusives, so that’s cool. Well it’s only cool if I can snag both Emma Frost and Cyclops. Otherwise it’s the WORST THING EVER.

Remember last week when I was a huge liar and said there’s been a severe lack of new Marvel stuff out there? Hasbro’s gone done called me out by releasing a BUTT TON of new Marvel things. First up, what will ultimately phase out the Marvel Universe line (BOOO!) is the initial wave of Avengers Assemble figures. Based on the new animated series currently airing on Disney XD, the first wave consists of Iron Man (not pictured), Captain America, the Hulk, Falcon, Black Widow and the Red Skull. I bought myself the Black Widow because it’s arguably the best Widow figure to come out in the 3.75″ inch scale. Each of these figures posses somewhere between 12-15 points of articulation, fairly good sculpts and all non-Hulk figures come with S.H.I.E.L.D gear aka, spring loaded weapons that you can aim at your cat when she’s being dumb (yes I’m speaking from experience). I’m really digging the Widow figure, which I’m fairly certain it is re-worked movie Avengers figures with a non-ScarJo looking head sculpt. They’re $15 a pop, and I’m sure the short-packed characters are going to be harder and harder to find with every passing week.

The Marvel Legends line gets a HAWKGUY FIGURE BROS, BRO BRO BRO SERIOUSLY BRO HAWKGUY.  That’s Tracksuit Dracula for Rocket Raccoon line, who’s the build a figure for this wave. Includes is Black Panther, 2 members of the Wrecking Crew (I think Wrecker and Pile Driver, hell if I’m gonna google them), 90s Jim Lee Era Jean Grey, the 2012 Scarlet Spider and Hawkguy….Hawkeye if you’ve ignored my sage-like words to buy the book and am not in on the joke. Note, the variant figures will probably ship in the new few weeks- Pile Drive, Heroic Age Hawkeye, White Phoenix Jean Grey, and Age of Apocalypse Jean Grey. I’m not too crazy on Jean’s face sculpt with the final product, but the rest of the line is fine. Obviously I am a big fan of the Hawkguy, which means he too was bought this week. These figures are more in the 20 point range of articulation, and go for about $25 bucks a pop. I’d grab em as soon as possibly, except maybe for 90s Jean, and hope that the Phoenix version is better. Oh, and the Blade/Punisher figure from last year was re-released, now with a red skull on his chest to mirror his current look in Thunderbolts.

And to complete the Marvel trifecta is a quartet of new Marvel Universe figures. Spider-villains Rhino and Mysterio make their Marvel Universe debut with a pair of sharp figures, and are joined by a iconic take on Captain America, and Elektra, who I also think is making her MU debut. I don’t know, I think to ignore Elektra whenever she’s mentioned. But each of these figures are great, ESPECIALLY Mysterio, with his big dumb fishbowl. Not unlike the AA line, these also are going for $15, and are worth buying immediately because they’re gonna be harder and harder to fine as the series is phased out. And again, MYSTERIO PEOPLE, WHY WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO BUY HIM AND HAVE YOUR SPIDER-MAN/MEN ASSAULT HIM?

Yes I’m aware I have some weird criteria for toys to buy. What of it?

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The Semi-annual big ol’ look at Marvel toys

HUMBLE BRAG: PAX East is in a few days, which means next week I’ll have a fun little write up about the show next week. Insert your jealousy/rage/apathy/excitement here.

Happy St. Paddy’s day FPNYC Faithful! I thought about doing a special themed article tied into the holiday, but doing an all-green or all-Irish toy list would be lame, and writing up posts drunk is genuinely frowned upon. So instead the theme I’m going with will be “Oh man, lookit new Marvel toys”, a topic I am certainly super-familiar with.

We’ll start with taking a look at a pair of newish Non-Hasbro made Marvel figures! NCA is producing a line of 1/4th scale Avenger figures and is starting off with Captain America himself. It has the best likeness to Chris Evans to date (excluding the Hot Toys stuff) and stands at a whopping 18″. Articulation wise we’re looking at about 25-30 points overall. and when it comes to accessories, you get a pair of alternate hands and Cap’s iconic shield with functional straps. Not bad for about $90, but I wish the shade of blue they went with was a little darker.

And if you want something a little more high end, the Hot Toys Black Widow figure is currently in stock. Hot Toys could have been lazy and just reused their Iron Man 2 Widow, but no, the figure is all-new and rocks a super-eerie likeness to ScarJo herself. It’s actually a far superior figure overall when compared to her IM2 counterpart, and may be one of the BEST female Hot Toy releases to date. This amazing figure comes with a stand with her name on it, a Chitauri weapon, extra hands, 2 pistols, and alternate “Widow Bite” fists/gauntlets. It will set you back about $200, but these are Hot Toys. You pay for what you get.

The Marvel Universe line comes out swinging in 2013, with not only a new wave, but with 2 new 3-packs as well. The first MU wave has a few re-releases (Golden Age Cap, the Hulk in both classic and World War Hulk flavors, Beast and Ultimate Spidey), but makes up for it with some really obscure characters. There’s classic Angel (with a red and white variant), Nova (the Rich Rider Nova-Prime version), Nighthawk, the 80s version of Hercules (with a mace!) and Puck (with Snowbird in bird form). I’m a big fan of the Nova figure myself, but for a wave consisting mostly of B and C-listers, this is a solid set. For the “Greatest Team” 3-packs there’s 2 classic team being represented. The West Coast Avengers set comes with classic Hawkeye (a retooled Dark Avenger Hawkeye if I’m not mistaken) his then-wife, now ex, Mockingbird and War Machine ( a repaint from the IM2 comic line). The other team is the late 80s/early 90s X-men with brown and yellow Wolverine ( I think a reworked Dark Wolverine or one from that Cap/Logan two pace from a few years back, but  I could be wrong), Art Adams-era Longshot, classic Jim Lee era Rogue and X-baby Cyclops. Considering it’s 3 figures for a price that’s cheaper than buying them separately, it’s quite a deal.

Look at that, we’ve ran out of time and we didn’t even get a chance to even look at all the new Iron Man 3 stuffs! It’s like I planned it out this way for a future article or something…. (hehehe I r smart!).

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Chris Troy and the uneventful convention. Also toys!

So Baltimore Comic Con was this weekend, and truth be told, it was pretty uneventful, especially when compared to Heroescon or any of the bigger shows (SDCC, NYCC). To be fair though, BCC was an excuse for  the Hyatt bar to be “hopping” (that’s still acceptable slang right?) on Saturday night, as I got to talk to the likes of John Romita Jr (AvX, Kick-Ass, Amazing Spider-Man), Mark Waid (Daredevil), Reilly Brown (Cable/Deadpool, Amazing Spider-Man), Pablo Rivera (Daredevil as well), and Phil LaMar (Futurama, Justice League) among others. I also may have accidentally call Savage Dragon creator Erik Larson “David Finch”, and gotten Mark Waid to take a photo of him flipping the bird so that I could send it to a friend, because I’m five. Good times! And here, have a photo of my wife as Black Widow hanging out with awesome Carol Danvers cosplayer Bettie Bloodshed. This is literally the most exciting photo I currently have of the convention. Oh well, NYCC is next month, we have tickets available for sale. You should go because they literally have Elmo as a guest. Also because it’s a pretty great show.

(( All joking aside, BCC is a pretty great con, but coming off of C2E2 & Heroescon, I am le spoiled!)

Alright less con talk, more toy talk. I mentioned that the new wave of Marvel Universe figures are out in a previous article , so it’s probably about time  to take a closer look at the line so as to recommend what figures to look out for. This wave is a bit of a mix, as there’s some REALLY good stuff, and some… not so much. Starting off we have the Beast, which man, is so close to being the best Universe figure to date if it wasn’t for one major flaw. Beast’s arms are flimsy as hell which is a shame, considering the fact that  he has a great paintjob, amazing sculpt, and 29 points of articulation. Yeah 29, meaning he’s more poseable than most Legends/DC Classic figures. Considering Hank clocks in at 4″, that says a lot. I bought him to complete my OG X-Men set, which you should too if you have any interest in the Marvel Universe line. Continue reading

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Injustice for all: Super Hero Lego sets are killing my wallet.

Back from Maine suckers, you miss me? No? That’s….fair. The vacation was fun, but now I’m back, pimping out toys to the masses (and peeing myself in terror at those giant crab photos, what the hell is wrong with Australia???). And man, do I have some dope toys to pimp out.

In the early 2000s, Lego began to experiment with superhero-based sets after hitting a gold mine with the Star Wars and Harry Potter licenses. They managed to secure the rights to both Spider-Man (based on the 1st two Sam Raimi movies) and the Batman universe (mostly comic stuffs) and they sold alright, but the Spider-Man line died out within a year. Batman on the other hand would go on to inspire a hit video game, which saw a sequel earlier this summer. However, the time between those releases saw the superhero movies take over the box office, thanks in part to the Marvel Movie Universe and Nolan’s Batman trilogy. So 2012 saw the return of both Marvel and Lego DC sets, but instead of focusing only 1 character per universe, Lego decided to go for each respective universe. The results are, unsurprisingly, awesome.

Instead of starting off with Spider-Man again (although he’s on the way). Lego decided to start the Marvel line off with some Avengers tie ins. This was a genius move; it’s the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time, there’s a ton of Avengers, and WHY WOULDN’T YOU, RIGHT? There are currently 3 sets on the market. The Captain America Bike set with Cap and 2 “Alien Soldiers” ((still trying to be spoiler free! )) and Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape set with the God of Mischief, Iron Man, and Hawkeye go for about $25 each. There’s also the massive Quinjet set, which comes with 3 vehicles, an alien soldier, Loki, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow. That set is pushing the $80 dollar range, but seeing how you’re getting nearly 750 Legos plus 5 mini-figs, that’s pretty good. There’s also an X-Men-related set available, featuring Magneto, Deadpool, Wolverine, and a helicopter. That’s another set in the $25 range, but you can’t put a price on the happiness one gets from a Lego Deadpool. Continue reading

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Avengers Black Widow review

With the Avengers movie finally out, I figured it was time for me to get some of the figures. Thing is, none of them really impressed me. They all seemed too gimmick-laden, and most of them didn’t look as good as the ones from the individual movie lines. Heck, they didn’t even give us a Hulk in the proper scale. Not only that, it didn’t have much of a “comic series” line like Captain America and Iron Man 2 had. I just liked the diversity that brought to the table. But now, in the line’s third wave, we got something I was hoping to see during Iron Man 2: Black Widow!

Unless some kind of miracle happens and we get a Maria Hill figures, Black Widow is going to be the only female in the Avengers line. Unfortunate, but really, I don’t think any of the other female Avengers would have worked in the movie. But as I always say, it’s better to have a lack of diversity than forced diversity or inaccurate representation.

One that that had been keeping me away from the Avengers movie figures is the kind of… unexciting sculpts. They felt doughy and lacked character. Thankfully, Black Widow doesn’t have that problem. In fact, I’d dare say she actually looks better than the canceled figure from Iron Man 2. I also like her better with the shorter hair.

Let’s be brutally honest here… Hasbro’s not the best at sculpting female faces in this scale. You can either get something fantastic like Agent Helix, or something… very questionable like the movie Baroness figures. Thankfully, Black Widow is pretty good! She’s not perfect, and she doesn’t have a dead-on Scarlett Johansson likeness, but it’s certainly good enough. Her hair is well-sculpted and all the paint applications on her face are nice and clean. Well done.

Her figure is very well sculpted, aside from two minor issues. Her right hand lacks a trigger finger, which makes dual-wielding her pistols a bit more challenging. Her holsters are also a bit odd, with the left one being lower than the right one. I don’t see how that’s very practical… Continue reading

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Merch Point

The Avengers movie is AWESOME, you have to go see it right now! Well, it was alright. Actually, I kinda’ didn’t like it. I know that’s strange, I mean, the director has done such impressive work, and it had that REALLY hot girl in it…what was her name? Dang it, it’s on the tip of my tongue. You know, she has the crazy red hair and the skin-tight cat suit. UMA THURMAN, that’s the gal.

I don’t see what all the fuss is about…folks have said that the Hulk steals the show, but he wasn’t even IN this picture. Plus, and let’s be honest, it was cool seeing Sean Connery, but the whole weather dominator thing was a little hokey.

I just felt like I wasn’t seeing the same movie as the critics.

WHAT NOW?

Did you know that the Forbidden Planet has a plethora of other, totally fun and non-Avengers related products that you can purchase and enjoy while you try to fill the empty shell that is the wasted time in your life between rewatchings of the Avenger’s movie?

OF COURSE YOU KNEW. You had to walk in the door just to pick this newsletter up, right (or maybe you’re reading this on our blog, between reviews for many of these fine non-Avengers related products)? You must have seen all the kick-ass stuff littering the display cases, shelves and walls. Did you need Doctor Who TARDIS salt and pepper-shakers? Do you need an officially licensed Hellboy or Buffy Ouiji Board? Do you need recreations of old hot rod plastic model kits?

You need it as much as you need this week’s Wonder Woman comic, or the new issue of Amazing Spider-Man. If only there was a place which had new comics AND fun, geeky chotskis, plus t-shirts, GI Joes and spiffy card games.

UPSTAIRS, and yes, I am aware that, to some of you, it is news there is an upstairs; there are card games, role playing games, dice games and MORE! In fact, the upstairs alone is a role playing game…you pretend that you’re a customer looking for nifty manga, and we pretend that we’re clerks. In reality we’re hard-light holograms, and the entire store is one giant holodeck. Continue reading

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The Summer of Marvel (part 2)

When we last talked, “The Avengers” wasn’t in theaters, and as of today, it has made ALL the money. Well at least a billion dollars worldwide. Will this mean cheaper Marvel comics for fans and an office with more than one bathroom for their employees? No and no. Does this mean a ton of tie-in merchandise? Yes and yes.

First off, there’s the comics “Fury’s Big Week” is one of 2 tie-in books, which ships in trade format this week. Collecting the 4 issue Avengers Prelude comic, is details Nick Fury’s actions prior to the Avengers flick. The 2nd tie-in series is “Black Widow Strikes“, and issue 2 ships this week as well. Written by Fred Van Lente, it’s an insanely great book (let alone tie in) and is worth a read if you dig the Black Widow/Avengers movie-verse. “Fury’s Big Week” retails for $14.99, and “BW Strikes” goes for about $2.99 per issue, and will be on shelves this Wednesday.

Moving on to the toy ends of things, we have the inexpensive Avengers Mini Figures. Standing at 2″, these $4 figures consist of the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Loki all sporting their movies designs. Granted the lack of Phil Coulson, Black Widow and Nick Fury sucks, these are small inexpensive figures, so what do you expect. They’re good for the kids or desks, otherwise I would go with the the 4″ inch figures, which we’ll look at soon. There’s also  a 6″ line in the “Marvel Legends” mold, but those are Walmart Exclusives, so screw that. Diamond Select is also coming out with a whole slew of Minimates that tie into the movie, and they’ve just announced that Agent Coulson will be getting the Minimate treatment, making it the best toy to be released this year. Continue reading

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Mrs. Peel, We’re Needed.

BOOM! Studio’s Steed and Mrs Peel #2 may not be for everyone as it is A) Written by Grant Morrison, B) Based on semi-obscure 60’s British spy/sci-fi show “The Avengers” and frankly C) A BOOM! Studios book.

I am SHOCKED to find I missed plugging a fun Grant Morrison book. SHOCKED I say.

I think I could draw these three factors on a triangle and tell you “Choose any two reasons why you won’t buy this book.” There are those; and I suppose after some of his Bat-Book hi-jinx I can understand how you feel; who vowed never to pick up a Grant Morrison book again. Then there are those of you who have never seen The Avengers, or who would never buy any titles not from Marvel or DC.

Let me point out a few things The Avengers have brought to fandom, shall I?

A WORLD WITHOUT THE AVENGERS

Let’s forget that the TV show of the Avengers predates the first Bond movie by a year…after all, the Bond novels existed before the Avengers TV show, right? One thing to consider, however, was that The Avenger’s was the first to rely on heavy gimmicks, such as trick umbrellas, hidden walkie-talkies and bladed hats.

It’s the Avengers, not necessarily Bond, that gets credit for Spy-Fi. Without the Avengers, I don’t think there would have been a Nick Fury: Agent of Shield.

You wouldn’t have Emma Frost, the White Queen, tromping around in her skivvies in the X-Men, that’s for sure. Legendary X-Scribe Chris Claremont is a Brit, and John Byrne, though born in Britain is actually a Canadian…both of these men watched the BBC during formative years, and (shamelessly) mined The Avengers for ideas to put in comics. Continue reading

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Of Arkham City and Marvel Universe figures

By Chris Troy

Happy Halloween FPNYC Faithful! Hope whatever you have planned for this/weekend doesn’t involve being dressed as M.O.D.O.K. and drinking a ton of tequila, because that’s my plan for the year (and as of writing, it’s been 12+ hours later and I’m STILL hung over). That being said, anybody pick up Arkham City for their Xbox or PS3 yet (I think PC users still have to wait a bit)? The game is damn good, as it improves on several things from Rocksteady‘s previous release, the million units selling Arkham Asylum. If you’re a fan of Batman and/or excellent video games, it’s worth your time.

And if you’re a Bat-video game fan, you REALLY need to pick up the Arkham City tie-in graphic novel. I know, I know, tie-in books usually blow and are usually widely ignored when it comes to the actual game’s, but things are different with this one. It’s written by the game’s  head writer Paul Dini (who was also one of the original creators involved with the 90s Batman Animated series, as well as runs on Bat-books like Gotham Sirens & Detective Comics) and drawn by the game’s concept artist Carlos D’ana. The hardcover collects the mini-series & web-only episodes, which connect the 2 games, as well as some behind the scenes artwork. A solid collection to add to your book shelf.

Last week I mentioned I picked up some new Marvel Universe figures, and promised to give a review of them this week. So unless I want to be labeled a liar, I better do so. X-23 & Commander Steve Rogers were the 1st two ML figures I’ve purchased since Spider-Woman, and man, the line has come a far way since then! Hasbro has been getting better with these figures since their debut a few year back, but now it’s really showing how much the line has improved. Continue reading

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NYCC Wrap-up/Recap!

by Chris Troy

::: Coughs for several minutes before vomiting up several organs of varying importance:::

Once again, New York Comic Con has come and gone, this time giving me a case of the death, along with a ton of freebies, like posters, shirts and comics that I would never buy. The con was awesome and if you want a recap of what I did that doesn’t involve toys, I suggest you check out the article I typed up for BleedingCool.com, which can be found right here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/10/18/cosplaying-with-seth-green-chris-troys-nycc/

As for toy news from NYCC that you should care about:

– Next year’s Avengers toyline will have figures in-scale with Marvel Universe/ Marvel Movie figures as well as Marvel Legends sized figures. (3.5″ and 6″ to those unfamiliar with what the hell I’m talking about) On display were Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Hulk, & Loki for both lines, in addition to Black Widow, Thor, and Nick Fury for the 3.5″ figures.)

-The 2nd wave of the returning Marvel Legends line will consist of Big Time Spider-Man, Daken, Madam Hydra, Fantomex, Bucky, Captain America, Madam Masaque, Thunderball, and Build-a-Figure Arnim Zola. As good as the Avenger figures looks, these looks amazing, and I will end up buying WAY too many of them.

-DC Direct & Mattel both had “Arkham City”-based figures on display. Mattel’s will be 2-packs, and will feature characters like Harley Quinn, Robin, Batman, and the Joker. DC Direct, is making single cared figures of Batman and  literally ALL his villains from the game, as well as oversized deluxe characters from the first game like Venom-Joker, Killer Croc, & Bane. Also Catwoman, who I guess we can consider an alley at this point.

-Square Enix also had Arkham Asylum figures on display, Batman and the Joker of course. Also, photos of an armored Batman & Harley Quinn. In addition to these, there were Halo Play Arts Kai, Deus Ex: Human Revolution (which we just got in!), Serrah from Final Fantasy 13-2, as well as fully painted prototypes of the new Street Fighter 4 line, consisting of Ryu, Chun-Li, Akuma, and Cammy. Without a doubt, these are the BEST looking Street Fighter figures to date, so expect me to rave about Cammy when she drops in 2012. Continue reading

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Review: Marvel Universe Doctor Doom

By Loran

I’m really starting to think I need to put more “rhythm” into my comic character collecting…

I got Deadpool before any of the other X-Men, Ms. Marvel before Captain Marvel; I own Iron Patriot and no Captain America (which I need to fix), I don’t have a good Hulk figure, I own Black Widow and Namor for… some reason and I have more Iron Men than I really need. And of course, I continued this by getting Doctor Doom before anyone in the Fantastic Four! At least there’s a boxset to help fix that now. Besides, he’s Doctor Doom. Who needs reason to own him?

I always thought Doctor Doom was kind of cool, probably because I like Destro from G.I. Joe so much. He’s kind of like the prototype for Destro, even if was a bit cooler, at least in my opinion. This mold was previously used in one of the Secret Wars comic packs with Wasp and Absorbing Man, sporting a much more “animated” color scheme. Whether you like the animated look or the “realistic” look is really a matter of opinion, but either way, this one gives you the option of just getting Doom by himself. Continue reading

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