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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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Marvel Universe: The Wolverine Buyer’s Guide

By Chris Troy

Happy post Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday (who says the holidays are commercialized) FPNYC Faithful! If you’re anything like me (which if so, I’m sorry to hear that), you probably spent most of your weekend in a food/football/shopping coma. If not, I’m extremely jealous of you, unless you were working.

So let’s talk toys shall we? I’m going to attempt to start a new feature for the blog, highlighting the evolution of certain popular characters throughout a particular line. The easiest would be Batman, but that would be a month’s work of articles (hmmm..). Instead we’ll go with something a littler easier, Marvel’s most popular mutant/Canadian: Wolverine!

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Surprisingly, the 1st Wolverine figure that came from the Marvel Universe line was not in his modern costume, but his X-Force costume (back when it was written by X-Men:Evolution creators Craig Kyle & Chris Yost, and was mostly all claw-based characters). It’s actually a really great figure, despite Wolverine never actually using a gun during that run of the book. Post-X-Force Wolverine’s release, Hasbro released several Wolverine figures in his classic yellow costume and brown one in the Wolverine: Origins line, as well as several figures based on Hugh Jackman’s version of the character. Since that took care of the iconic costumes, the Marvel Universe line saw the release of 3 other variant Wolverine costumes: his maskless yellow/blue jumpsuit from Jim Lee‘s run on Uncanny, his Weapon X Operative outfit (also designed in the 90s, which explains the pouches) and his classic first appearance costume from Incredible Hulk #181. I’m not particularly thrilled with ANY of these figures to be honest, but different strokes for different folks and all that. Continue reading

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Prediction: The Scary Future of Comics

Ah, the New York Comic Con. Did you have fun? I didn’t. I was trapped in a cage beneath the surface of the waves by burbling, sociopathic Mermen. YES, still.

NOT going to a con means the following week is a scavenger hunt for information. We prowl the usual web forums, pages and announcement blogs trying to find all the info we required to get us up to speed for the new reads. Youtube is a great place for this sort of thing, as whole panels will often be thrown up in totality.

My job as a comic book journalist shall not be deterred just because I’m locked up in Mer-Alkatraz. Using telepathy, a special holistic blend of observation and an uncanny amount of guess work I have pieced together the highlights and biggest news stories of the con. Here begins my coverage of the New York Comic Con…as seen from my vantage point, miles below the surface of the sea.

1. Joss Whedon will ruin his good thing!

Bolstered by the financial success of Buffy season 8 it has been announced that Dark Horse will be printing not only Buffy season 9 this year but also Angel, Dollhouse, probably more Dr. Horrible, Firefly, etc. This will be great, for a while.
Then they’ll force Titan A.E. comics down our throats, followed by Whedon projects too horrible to ever make it off the launch pad. Dark Horse will degrade into a clearing house for failed Joss Whedon projects. “Joss Whedon is my master now” T-shirts will be replaced with “Whedon’t want any more of your stupid comic books, Joss” shirts. Continue reading

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New Serenity Tales Today!

Dark Horse Comics releases a new Serenity/Firefly comic today, and if you’re as much of a  fan of the series as I am that’s plenty reason to be excited.  Featuring three stories of Wash (the ship’s pilot who met his unfortunate demise in the 2005 Serenity movie and portrayed by actor Alan Tudyk) the new comic is written by comedian Patton Oswalt (!!!), whose bitingly witty pen is a perfect fit for the adventures of our wise-cracking aviator.

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Highly recommended if you’re a fan.

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Complex interviews Joss Whedon.

Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku Friend (and neighbor) Tim Leong interviews Joss Whedon for Complex Magazine this week.

In the lengthy interviews, Leong talks to Whedon about his Astonishing X-Men artist John Cassaday’s turn behind the Director’s Chair this season on Joss’s show, Dollhouse. The multi-platform writer also shares ideas on Buffy Season 9, his movie Cabin in the Woods and well, his dancing.

Whedon said about his X-Men artist Cassaday that he’s going, well, f–k up so much.

Cassaday, I know he can tell a story, I know him as a person, his sensibility, the way he is with other people and I just feel that this step is logical for him, it’s something he’s been pursuing for a while. We’re now in position to take this risk, because we have so many good people he knows he’s in a comfort zone. He’s got Soloman watching set, none of us are directing around the time that he is so that we could be there for his prep. And that’s just very exciting for me because he has a visual sense that goes beyond most of the people that I work with. The only problem we have is he wants to storyboard his episode, and I’m like, “You do know that it’s a script that will be late, right?”

Though with Dollhouse, A Cabin In The Woods, Buffy and Dr. Horrible being so successful on the Internet and the Emmys,  then I have to say that it looks like he may be the best multi-platform writer we’ve ever seen. Now all he has to do is write a novel and he may end up being one of the best writers ever. At least one of the most ground-breaking.

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What to Watch.

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This week is chock full of season premieres.  Here are a listing of some of the genre-friendly things I’ll be setting my DVR to.

  1. This is the first time I’ll admit on the Internet that I’m a fan of Ghost Hunters. The show on Syfy follows a bunch of New Hampshire plumbers who use scientific devices to detect ghosts. Its actually  kind of interesting in that documentary style in the sense they use devices like digital recorders, infrared cameras and electronic magnetic detectors to prove the presence of ghosts.  Sometimes they catch some stuff on camera that is actually pretty neat. My girlfriend likes to give me crap that the reason I watch it is for Kris Williams, but the fact remains I’ve watched it long before she was on the show.  Regardless, I’m not going to deny that she is popular and judging by her 15,000 Twitter followers, I’m not the only one who digs her presence. The show is on tonight at 9pm.
  2. Everyone won’t shut up about Flash Forward. Coming from Batman Begins and Dark Knight screenwriter David S. Goyer, this show promises to have a Lost level of annoyance. At least in my mind, but it does seem to be a cool concept. The show premieres tomorrow night at 8pm.
  3. Friday night has a few reasons to stay home.  Smallville in its new time slot at 8pm will open with Lois Lane (the awesome Erica Durance) meeting the future Metallo (Brian Austin Green).
  4. Also on Friday night is Dollhouse.  Joss Whedon’s show that got a second chance, premiering at 9pm.  I’m kind of intrigued to see why it got a second chance because the first few episodes I watched last season had me walk away from the show pretty quickly.  Throughout the three episodes I watched I found myself saying out loud: “C’mon, Joss, you can do so much better than this.” Apparently the show got ALOT better as the season progressed, which I would say isn’t that hard to do because it started out terrible.  Though, it had its problems with network interference according to Joss’s talk with Ira Glass last night.  Regardless, check out the new trailer for the show.
  5. The other show I’m pumped to check out is Stargate Universe, that doesn’t premiere until Oct. 2. From what I understand its supposed to be very much in line with the original Stargate movie, which as a seventh or eighth grader was totally awesome.  Especially with the spectacular Robert Carlyle and freakin’ Lou Diamond Philips.

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Dr. Horrible hijacks the Emmys.

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I was waiting with baited breath last night in hopes that Neil Patrick Harris’s evil counterpart, Dr. Horrible, would make an appearance at last night’s Emmys.

Just as I was suspected Joss Whedon’s creation did show up, and so did the entire cast of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, politely interrupting us from a bunch of boring accountants talking about how they tabulated the Emmy votes.  Giving an acceptance speech, for an award that was apparently created just for him.

In other scifi related/Emmy news, Michael Emerson, who plays Benjamin Linus on Lost, won as well.  He deserved the award, he is especially creepy and fantastic.

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Dr. Horrible sequel being worked on.

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King of the Nerds Joss Whedon told MTV News that they are working on the sequel to his groundbreaking online musical series, “Dr. Horrible”.

“We’re in there plugging. The writers are trying to put something together,” Whedon told MTV News. “We haven’t even decided on a venue. We have a story and we’re working that. We’re just starting with that.”

“Doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, [we’re just] just figuring out the story,” he explained. “We’re really excited about what it is. More, I cannot say.”

The soundtrack was one of the best I’ve heard all year.  Having watched a couple of episodes of “Dollhouse” compared to this I think Whedon is more interested in playing in the Dr. Horrible and feature film playground than national television.  This is happy news that there will be more Dr. Horrible, but considering stars Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris have full time shows in “Castle” and “How I Met Your Mother” it could be tough to get them back together for a sequel.

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Final SDCC News Tidbits.

Sorry for this not coming on Sunday, but there was no coffee in the house and I don’t function without coffee in the house.  So, spinning out of Comic Con we got quite a number of the the answers we were looking for.  So here we go:

Coming up we’ll have a list of all the things that came out of Comic Con that’d we like, David Tennant’s final thoughts on leaving “Doctor Who” and some other announcements.

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Get Your PhD in Horribleness Today!

by Jeff Ayers

There’s a special place in hell reserved for friends and relatives who, every time you have any kind of congress with them, will not shut up about how much you need to experience something they enjoy.  Having endured weeks and months of such brow-beating by my noodge brother to check out Joss Whedon’s online supervillain musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog I finally relented and bought the newly released DVD at Forbidden Planet this past weekend.  I’m now so enamored of it I AM that jerkface who will relentlessly encourage you to do the same.

Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris) is an aspiring supervillain, shy and loser-ish and secretly in love with the girl at the laundromat (Felicia Day), and consistently foiled by his nemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) at every turn.  Conceived by Whedon during the last Writers Guild strike and brought to life by members of his troupe/family on the cheap, this is a real gem.  Think Mystery Men but good.  And a musical.  The songs are quite witty, much in the same vein as Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s celebrated episode “Once More With Feeling,” the dialogue snappy and witty, and the performances spot on.  The end result is one charming and rewarding little film to be enjoyed by Whedon devotees and noobs alike.

Lastly, I know it’s available for peanuts on the dollar, if not free, on the interwebs.  That’s just swell, dandy, and peachy.  Frankly, I couldn’t care less that I ponied up the dough for the DVD.  There’s so much extra material added to the disc to make a purchase worth it.  Commentaries, songs, docs; about ninety minutes of extra stuff that you’ll enjoy over and over.  Plus it’s easier to be that noodge when you’ve got a tangible product to ram down the throats of others.

And to Mr. Fillion, who walked into Forbidden Planet one unbelievably hot afternoon last summer as I was leaving for the day, and whom I totally mistook for a friend of mine who’s a big Nationals fan and said, “Hey, man. Are you watching that game against the Mets tonight”  and who proceeded to, rightly, look at me quizically and walk away:  Sorry, dude.  You’re pretty cool, I dig your work, and you and my friend are dead-ringers.

Is Morena Baccarin a good kisser?

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Call Me Stupid

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture – it’s a really stupid thing to want to do.” -Elvis Costello

An anonymous email received in response to last week’s column- wherein I recalled the laughable early 90s art of Rob Liefeld with reverent regards to the schlocky comic stories purveyed at the time, that nevertheless entertained and titillated my imagination, called me out on my apparent disregard for the artists’ efforts. Also his dynamic influence, his success, and his congeniality (none of which did Icall into question, for the record). To paraphrase the gentleman’s missive, for space and language’s sake, “Who the hell do you think you are? What do you know about comics? Have you ever done one yourself? What did Liefeld ever do to you?”

Said email left me flummoxed, frankly. I felt I’d written nothing snarky or vile enough to warrant a disgruntled reader. Aside from pointing out a few gaffes, I was nothing but complimentary and affectionately nostalgic for those dopey books.

As to my credibility in writing about comics, the awesome thing is I get paid for discussing them- I don’t even need to have a license to write about or sell this stuff! It puts food in my kitty-cats’ tummies, and rock and roll in my soul. You and I may not see eye to eye on some things, dear readers, but please keep in mind that most of what appears in these pages is largely informed OPINION, and rarely critique. And there’s very little on this sphere that’ll stop me from discussing this material with you kids. That being said, my email address will conclude this article if any of you punks out there would like to tussle. Or hug via words, whatever the case may be.

No one ever said I could even touch the rim, but that never stopped me from entering the dunk contest.  Let’s put on our Superman outfits and jump from the free-throw line, shall we?

Notable New Releases Week of 3/12/08

Jack Kirby King of the Comics HC It’s finally here (so quit buggin’ me)! The long-delayed hardcover retrospective of Jack “King” Kirby’s artwork from publisher Abrams is in stock and EGADS is it an eyegasm! It’s 224pgs. of bodaciousness! If the over-used and abused term “Know Your Roots” should meaningfully be applied to anything in this jumbled up universe it should apply to this man’s integral contributions to the comics form. No. Integral is too small of a word in this instance, really. It is no stretch to state that without Mr. Kirby’s creations and talent, comics as we know them would not exist. You’d be pursuing your art and entertainments in some other medium, and I’d be writing about tires or gutting fish right now.

Serenity: Better Days #1- Not to diminish the show, nor the comics, nor anything else you like about Buffy, but you can keep it. My Joss Whedon fandom to this point has, for the most part, been Firefly exclusive. The erstwhile television show’s been off the airwaves for a few years now, and I felt its cinematic continuation, Serenity, left much to be desired. Happy happy joy joy, then, that Dark Horse Comics, who does licensed storytelling right, is publishing new adventures in Whedon’s SF/Western series, written by the creator himself!

Justice League International HC Volume 1- Were there a Holy Trinity of a comic book creative team in the 80s it would be Frank Miller, “Uncle” Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley on The Dark Knight Returns. If there were a second, it would be Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire’s classic run on Justice League. This book collects issues #1-7. Better tie your ass to your pelvis. (You know, cuz you’re gonna laugh it off.)

Barefoot Gen Vol. 5 TP- From the publisher… “Cartoonist Keiji Nakazawa was seven years-old and living in Hiroshima in the early days of August 1945 when the city was destroyed by an atomic bomb. Begun in the mid-70s, his Barefoot Gen series of comics is one of the most heavy-duty manga out there; revelatory, thought provoking, very deep, baby. Volume One begins shortly before the bomb was dropped, and ends on the day of the bombing itself. Volume Two, The Day After, tells the story of the day after the atomic bomb was dropped. Volume 3 picks up the story with Gen, his mother and his baby brother searching for a place to rest in the bomb’s aftermath. Volume Four resumes nine days after the bomb, as Gen and his mother continue to struggle for food, shelter, and water amid chaos and vast human suffering. In this new reprint, Gen becomes entangled with black market gangs and faces an internal struggle of honor, ethics, and duty to resolve his and his family’s problems.”

My mother used to tell me I’d never get by on my good looks.
Guess she was wrong.
JEFF
jeff(AT)fpnyc.com

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When Writers Attack!

by Jeff Ayers

Further proving this writer’s hypothesis that damn near  everyone involved in the pop arts these days wants to be associated with comics & geek culture, an onslaught of prose novelists are releasing comics in the near future, led by this week’s Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures #1 from Laurell K.Hamilton.  Other recent medium-hoppers of note include espionage/suspense  writers Greg Rucka (52, Whiteout) and Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis, Justice League), as well as fantasists Raymond E. Feist, Tad Williams, and Orson Scott Card.  Movie and TV personalities are also jumping aboard as director Reggie Huddlin, Lost producer Damon Lindelof, Buffy creator Joss Whedon, and Allan Heinberg of The OC are all writing comics, too.

While this trend is anything but new, the sheer number of projects granted to these fledging comic authors is daunting to say the least.  One wonders if the job pool for established comic writers will soon be shallower by way of  this new wave, regardless of the former’s prior successes, their knowledge of the medium, and their ability to make a deadline.  Indeed, many of these newer ongoing projects from “outside” writers are plagued by release dates not met and rush-jobs churned out on account of the writer’s other, more profitable, obligations.  However, as long as their comics maintain a consistent level of quality and punctuality they are worth note.

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