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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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Review: Thor the Dark World and Thor: God of Thunder volume 1

Thor-The-Dark-World-Wide-ImageTHIS WEEK IN CONFESSIONS: I’m not exactly the biggest Thor fan out there. Might as well get that out of the way early. It’s been established a number of times that I’m a Clint Barton guy, so I wasn’t exactly super hyped going into Thor the Dark World this past weekend, aside from the fact that we were promise TWO whole post credit scenes. I enjoyed the first Thor movie well enough ( which had a Hawkeye cameo!), but I’ve been riding that Captain America The Winter Soldier hype-train since that trailer dropped a few weeks back.

That TL:DR review of Thor: 2 is that it’s fun and a nice step up from the original movie. All the pesky origin stuff is done with, so we get a lot more Thor being Thor and hitting stuff with Mew-Mew this time around,  all while Loki gets that Tumblr crowd money filling seats for repeated viewings. And most of this movie take place in Asgard/the non-Earth realms so there’s a very cool Star Wars/Lord of the Rings vibe to the whole thing that comes across as a giant love letter to Jack Kirby. All of the key players deliver, as Hemsworth’s more mature Thor is easier to root for, Kat Dennings remains a blessing and Tom Hiddleston is still perfect as the trickster god. This movie isn’t exactly the deepest thing playing in theaters, but it doesn’t pretend to be. Marvel has a winning formal for these movies, and The Dark World follows it to a T.

I do have 2 problems with the flick though. The first is the pacing. It starts off slow, but after the first 30 minutes, it takes off at breakneck speed and doesn’t slow down until the ending. And while could have been much worst, it could have been a tad better if certain scenes got a chance to breathe more. My other issue is Christopher Eccleston, and actor I adore from Doctor Who, isn’t utilized properly as the film’s big bad Malekith. I don’t understand why you would  cast an awesome actor like Eccleston and not take advantage of his talents, or flesh out his character more? Any schlub could have played him the version of Malekith portrayed in the film for a fraction of what Marvel paid Eccleston, who’s an ultimately forgettable villains once the credits start rolling/

Despite my issues with the film, it was a fun popcorn film overall, and the mid-credits scene was AWESOME and sets the stage for another Marvel film dropping in 2014 (2 guesses). So go check it out, it’s not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

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Now what if you’re fresh from the theater and want to pick up some Thor comics? “Where to start” you may ask, especially with a character as rich as Thor with great runs by a variety of talents creators like Kirby, Lee, Simonson, Fraction, Gillen, Jurgens and Romita and Copiel (also JMS). Assuming you can read, you’ve probably figured out that I’m going to suggest Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s Thor: God of Thunder, one of the BEST books to emerge from the plenty-strong MARVEL NOW relaunch over the last year.

You may remember me tossing some shade at these creators 2 weeks ago when I was discussing the ending of Battle of the Atom. While I still think critique was justified, Aaron and Ribic are operating on a different level here on Thor:GoT. Volume 1, The God Butcher. It is a very different monster from said event, and quite frankly, the results are much better for it. The elevator pitch for this 1st collection is simple, it’s Thor vs. a serial killer of gods. The hook is that this isn’t the first time Thor’s thrown down with this dude, and this book gets into some Doctor Who level timey-whimey stuff, only a lot more violence. A. LOT. MORE. VIOLENT.

This is the usual level of insanity for a Jason Aaron book, complete with a title that’s a KISS reference, but it’s Esad Ribic who really shines in this book. This title FEELS like a epic fantasy story, with the sort of beautiful brutality you get from Game of Thrones. You many cringe once or twice reading this book, because it does not pull back the punches when the fists and hammers are thrown, and Ribic does a fantastic job of drawing violence. The beautiful imagery is only strengthened by Aaron’s awesome heavy metal scripts, that give Esada a ton of awesome stuff to work with. With little knowledge needed to get into this run, I can’t recommend this series enough. There’s currently 2 volumes of Thor:GoT out now in hardcover, each priced at $24.99 each.

 

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Square Vs Chris round 3, also a Young Avengers review

Trolls trolling trolls, I swear.

Apparently it’s been a whopping whole 1 week since the release of the last set of figures from Square Enix, so the company decided to release another 2 to make up that “massive” gap in time (Not unlike Marvel’s wacky double shipping schedules). This time around it’s Batman, a figure we’ve NEVER seen here on the blog, specifically from the Arkham City game, a game we’ve never seen toys based on. For the record that was sarcasm, Square Enix is the 3rd company to release figures based on the game, and honestly, I have no idea how many Batman figures I’ve looked at over the last few years.

In Square’s defense, these are arguably the best versions of the AC cast to date. The Batman from AC is better than his Arkham Asylum counterpart by being a little less stockier, which is nice, especially when you consider they could have easily just released another repainted version….again. In addition to better sculpt, Bats comes with and interchangeable head, alternate hands, and  both Batarangs and grappling hook accessories. The Catwoman Play Arts is something I’m actually legit impressed with. The sculpt/detailing on the catsuit is great, and I REALLY like the variant head with the goggles down. The 26 points of articulation also helps. She also comes with variants head/hands and a whip. A solid figure for $60 IMO. Keep in mind this not the last time we’ll be seeing the Bat from Squenix. There’s already at least 3 more Arkham City figures on the way, plus a whole bunch of figures based on the Nolan films. Expect a lot of Bat-snark from me through out 2013.

Let’s move into comics since it was kind of a light week for toys. We already told you to buy Young Avengers #1. And you should listen to us, we’ve know winner when we see them. It’s THE best #1 to debut from Marvel since….well okay, Hawkeye, wasn’t that long ago. And to be honest, most of the NOW! stuff has been good. But this is something a little different, but still great.

The Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie/Mike Norton creative team are no strangers to the Marvel Universe- Kieron’s penned the criminally underrated and short-lived  S.W.O.R.D. series, handled Marvel’s mighty mutants in both Uncanny X-Men and Generation Hope, wrote the wonderful Journey Into Mystery, and most recently, is handling writing chores on Iron Man. McKelvie and Norton have been all over the place, working on such books like Secret Avengers, X-Men: Season 1, and The Defenders and a whole variety of covers, and one-shots. Jamie is also responsible for redesigning Carol Danvers last year, giving her that awesome Captain Marvel costume.

And despite spending all that time together at Marvel (let alone releasing 2 volumes of Phonograms through Image), Young Avengers is the first time we’ve seen the British duo release a #1 through the House of M. And both creators and their support artists came out guns a-blazing. The concept is simple enough. The Avengers greatest hits set at age  18, remixed for 2013. The classic arch types are all present. Noh-Varr, created a decade ago  by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones, is Captain America 2013, instead a man out of time, he’s a alien without a home. Lovers Billy and Teddy are the Wasp and Antman, where good intentions are already paving the road to hell.  Miss America Chavez is the Hulk, angry, and down to smash. HAWKGUY (that’s intentional) Kate Bishop is Iron Man- rich, beautiful and brash. And Loki is….Loki. Somethings never change. Especially if you’ve kept up on Journey Into Mystery.

Of course the big question is if the book is any good. It is, and it’s extremely reader friendly, which is important, seeing how all these characters are coming from  other titles. No previous YA-related reading is needed to enjoy this book, and if you’re the type who’s read the 2 previous volumes of Young Avengers, Joe Casey’s Vengenance mini-series,  Journey into Mystery, Hawkeye and Avengers, then you’ll be pleased to see Gillen nail all the characters “voices”, combining a nice blend of action, teen drama and comedy within 20 pages. Visually, this book is just as fantastic. McKelive and Norton’s layouts kill, showing off their range of talent with that 22-panel splash page I posted above, to the book’s final, extremely disturbing  pin-up page. McKelvie/Norton’s art is colored by long-time collaborator Matthew Wilson, making the final product look gorgeous and  Gillen made sure to bring in his JiM letter VC/s Clayton Cowles to maintain how unique it with Loki’s speak/casts magic.

Ironically, in book titled “Style > Substance”, it’s anything but. The team puts as much care into Young Avengers as they did into any of their creator owned books, and it shows in any interview the pair took part in. And at $2.99, you can’t afford not to buy this book. While Young Avengers may not be the first #1 to come out in #2013, it’s definitely the first book that feels like 2013. Buy it upon sight. You’ll thank me later.

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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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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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Earth’s Mightiest Tie-Ins

By Chris Troy

The internet is a crazy place FPNYC Faithful! After checking some of my Twitter followers, it turns out Avatar Press’ co-founder Mark Seifery is following me, which is all sort of cool, despite the fact that “Crossed” is something I don’t have the stomach for. But their books (strictly for the 18+ crowd) are rad, so if you like writers such as Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Gath Ennis and Jamie Delano, I recommend checking out some of catalog, which you can obviously find here at FPNYC.

So anyone with half a brain can probably tell by this article’s title that we’ll be discussing some of the new Avengers toys that have come in this past week. Hasbro’s going all out once again, offering action figures of various sizes, as well as a variety of roleplaying props. This is only the first wave of collectibles, so expect a ton more as May get closer.

I would usually give Nerf/Hasbro some crap for repacking some older toys from the previous Avenger solo movies, but when Hulk Hands are added to the equation, I really can’t hate on that. Although they replaced the electronic sound effects for a plastic Hulk mask, which is WHACKKKKK, because it means I’m going to have to yell “Hulk Smash” and provide my own sound effect noises. I mean kids will. Yes, that is what I meant.

Aside from that, you have Cap’s shield which is pretty much a large frisbee (nothing wrong with that) as well as another reissued toys from last summer, the Nerf Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer). There’s also the re-released Iron Man Electric Helmet from the 2nd Iron Man film. Prices range from $12-$30, depending on the item. We also carry a line of Avengers masks/helmets (Thor, Iron Man, Cap) that run for about $15 each. And keep an eye out the the Hawkeye version of  the Nerf Bow and Arrow, which will be out soonish I imagine.

Next up we have the “Ultimate Electric Avengers”, focusing of course on the Avengers’ trinity. As a nerd, I find the use of the word “Ultimate” humorous, because of how influential the “Ultimate” version of the characters were to the movie designs and eventually vice versa. All the characters have the ability to “make sounds and noises from the film” and each have a unique action figure. Cap can throw his shield,  Thor can swing his hammer and Iron Man’s…has a light up chest. Huh.  That’s…..something. Anyway, each of them retail for about $30 per figure, which for a 12″ figure that have lights and sounds and action functions, aren’t so bad.

Wrapping things up, we have the 3.5″ inch figures, in which Hasbro has hit the floor running with the volume of figures released so far. The single carded figures consist of a few comic and movie versions of the characters, mostly variants of Thor, Cap and Iron Man, as well as a Hulk, Loki and Ultimate Hawkeye. Obviously more characters will be released as the line progresses. There’s also some deluxe figures, packaged either with some air assault accessories that go for $20, or with vehicles, that go for $30. Expect more coverage on this figures as time goes on.

Hasbro is going all out for “The Avengers” which makes sense, as it’s a license to print money. If you like what I’ve shown ya, come by the store, or check out the store on our website, where you can probably save some $$$!

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I hope you like Tiny Avengers

by Chris Troy

Alright so Marvel has literally dropped the release mic this past week, unleashing a plethora of new product related to the upcoming Avengers movie (go look at that extended Super Bowl trailer now!) and I want to talk about them, because they ARE RAD. But we’ll get back to that later.

Alright, so the next wave of NECA Gears of War 3 figures is in stock and again, I’m a fan of them. NECA’s female sculpts aren’t always the best, but their angry buff guys and monsters are usually solid toys. This applies to the 2nd wave of Gears figures, which are some of their most articulate figures to date (what with 30 some-odd points or articulation each). The wave consists of Dom Santiago, Damon Bard (my personal favorite!), and Augustus Cole aka THE COLE TRAIN BABY WOOOOOOOOOO! I’m assuming anyone who’s played any of the Gears games got that reference. Anywho, each figure goes for about $18 bucks a pop for each 6″ figure, which also come with various weapons from the games. For less than $20 bucks it’s a solid deal.

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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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Countdown to New York Comic Con part 1

By Chris Troy

HOWDY FPNYC FAITHFUL!  We are only a few short days away from New York Comic Con, and as of the time of writing, FPNYC is SOLD OUT of all passes for the biggest comic & pop culture convention on the Northeastern Coast (Fairly certain east coast as well, but there’s a small chance that I may be wrong). Myself and Loran will be at the con all weekend (well Loran for a day), covering the convention for Bleedingcool.com and tweeting 140 character one liners over at @anarchris if you want to keep tabs on the convention and see what X-Men related characters I dress up as during the weekend (yup, cosplay is happening).

For the first time at the  convention, Hasbro is finally showing NYCC some love by hooking the con up with not 1, but 2 Marvel exclusives for the show. Representing the Marvel Universe line is the “Compound Hulk“, who appeared in a single issue of Jeff Parker‘s current run of “The Hulk” title. Much like the silver age Composite Superman-Batman, Compound Hulk is half Green Hulk, half Red Hulk, possibly the strongest there is. Possibly. And why SDCC got a exclusive Avengers themed Mini-Mugg box set, NYCC gets one based on the 90s crossover “Maximum Carnage.” This mini-5 packs gives us Carnage, Eddie Brock/Venom, Spider-Man, Demogoblin, and J. Jonah Jameson, with mean this 5 pack is a menace and a threat (to my wallet!), and well worth the money already. Continue reading

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The Weird, Esoteric, and Confusing Wold of Comic Book Collecting

By Unkiedev

Did you go see THOR this weekend? Want to start reading the comic? Marvel and Forbidden Planet have you covered, bunky! Here it is: Journey Into Mystery #623! No, Thor’s comic book isn’t called Thor; that would make too much sense. No, Thor isn’t on the cover to his comic book this week…one cover has Loki and the other cover features Wolverine of the X-men for some reason.

Listen, I know it’s weird, esoteric, and confusing. Welcome to comic book collecting!  While we’re at it, let’s look at some other great books out this week:

DC has a plethora of fine titles, but might I make some recommendations? In the Bat books we have Batgirl #21 where the young batlass struggles with the price of side-kicks and hangers-on in the form of shotgun-toting vigilante the Grey Ghost. Seeing as how Batgirl is a sidekick/hanger-on herself, this should be interesting! Continue reading

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Birthers blog claims Loki is behind the disappearance of Obama’s birth certificate.

Oh my God, you guys, this could be the funniest thing I’ve ever read in my entire life.  This Birthers blog, entitled “Heretical Ideas”, seems to think that Loki from Marvel Comics is the reason why our President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. of A.  If you don’t know anything about the Birthers, give me a second to explain: they are this far right wing group who somehow, through something not called logic, seems to think Obama is not born in the U.S. and cannot legally be president.  Regardless, these people don’t react well to facts: the President released his birth certificate which says he was born in Hawaii, and the state of Hawaii authenticated his birth certificate.

So, the debate should be dead, right? No, no, not at all:

Another metaphysical possibility demonstrating that Obama is not a citizen is Norse Mythology. Prominent in Norse myth is the God Loki, who is a trickster god associated with fire and magic. Loki, like other gods, has enormous power over the universe. Indeed, in the Marvel Comics saga “Ultimates 2,” it was revealed that Loki has the power to shuffle the very fabric of space and time itself, making things disappear from perception. Loki used these powers in the “Ultimates 2” saga to ensure that Thor was captured and imprisoned so that he could not interfere with Loki’s conquest of Asgard.

Clearly, Loki could have used his powers to change the fabric of space-time in order to make it appear that Obama was born in Hawaii when he, in fact, wasn’t.

I mean, its the kind of thing you just let speak for itself, I really shouldn’t add any further comment to any of this, but GOD DAMN I’m floored.  Big props go to Laura Hudson at Comics Alliance for finding this gem of human stupidity.

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