Tagged: Marvel Comics

Hyped for next Wednesday

Looks like I’ll be searching through the couch cushions for change again next week.  Here’s my projected pull list, I say projected cause I always end up buying more than I plan.

7 Billion Needles Vol 3 – Manga! Yeah I read that stuff too.  This one reminds me a lot of Parasyte but with a female lead.

Avengers #10 – The Hood, The Illuminati, and The Infinity Gems… Oh my!

Crossed Psychopath #1 – My favorite comic book creator David Lapham back with a new Crossed series.  I just finished the last Crossed run Family Values (also by Lapham) and let me tell you, its just as sick, if not sicker than Garth Ennis’ original run.

Bullseye Costume T-Shirt

Deadpool #33 – Deadpool in space.

Deadpool Team-Up #884 – Deadpool and The Watcher, best team-up yet.

Detective Comics #874 -More Scott Snyder, Batfans approved!

Gotham City Sirens #20 -Harley out for Joker blood.

Metalocalypse Dethklok #3 -Ca ca ca comic books.

Punisher In Blood #4 – Jigsaw is back and boy is he pissed, and so is Frank Castle for that matter.

Secret Avengers #10 – Watch your backs Secret Avengers its Bizarro Nick Fury and a guy who can actually kick Steve Rogers ass.

Vampire Tales Vol 2 – Finally! The 2nd digest sized collection of the Marvel Vampire Tales magazine.  I loved the first volume and was super stoked when I noticed this one is hitting shelves this week.  Even Matt D is reading vampire books on the train nowadays.

See you next Wednesday…

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Marvel vs DC Round 2: Clash of the Rising Sun Statues

By Christopher Troy

Hey there FPNYC faithful, cold enough out there for you? (The answer should be yes, because it’s cold enough for me dammit) It’s the new year and FPNYC recently got in a huge shipment of new collectibles in , ranging from  Gunpla, Figma, Nedroids, Play Arts/Formation Arts and DC and Marvel-based figures, amongst others. There’s too much to cover on a single blog entry, so brave the elements and swing by the store and see what we have in stock. Chance are you won’t be disappointed with our expanded selection!

Moving along, FPNYC faithful may remember that sometime last year I compared Marvel and DC action figure selection, trying to see which company could make the best tiny plastic men and women. I was checking out the Forbidden Planet collectibles selection  this past week and something came to my attention- both Marvel and DC still produced anime-influence statues of their female characters, despite the continuing downward spiral of the anime industry. Clearly this means I should do an article covering this.

DC  Ame-Comi Statues

Retail price: $60-$70

The Ame-Comi line dates back to the early/mid 2000s, when DC Direct was attempting to cash in on the anime craze that had infected America (also see CMX, the dead manga line they use to run w/ Wildstorm…which is also dead. Funny how that works out huh?), and instead of having actually Japanese artist redesign their characters (outside of several manga versions of Batman), DC hired Canadian art studio UDON to redesign their characters with a heavy Japanese anime influence. This “influence” meant for the most part stripping down the character’s costumes and increasing the size of their “assests”, because clearly, that’s how “The Anime” works.  However, there was clearly a market for such figurines (men liking half-naked comic book women. Shocking I know!)  as the line is still going strong, recently releasing 2 figures based on Green Lantern Jade and the Star Sapphire.  And yes, they’ve even managed to make a Batman Ame-Comi, a male at that, despite the fact that they turned Robin into a girl (Yes, I know there’s been 2 female Robins, but the statue is based on the Dick/Jason/Tim style of Robin). DC Direct, please don’t change. Ever.

However, there’s only been one Batman released (to date). Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Catwoman all have seen several variants based on their histories, and there’s been some statues for lesser known characters like Steel’s niece and Power Girl. More recently, DC Direct has released smaller versions of the older, harder to find releases, for half the price. Nice if you’re late to the game. Continue reading

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Iron Man 2: The Review

By Devin T. Quin

In Iron Man 2 Robert Downey Jr. plays a booze swilling, millionaire at the forefront of civil defense who battles foreigners in order to secure his father’s legacy. It’s like the George W. Bush story, only Tony Stark fights his own battles! ZING!

In case you missed the first movie, Tony has an artificial heart he uses to run a powerful battle suit called the Iron Man Armor. As we join him in his sophomore film endeavor he has successfully privatized world peace, making a bundle as a scoundrel war profiteer, although his mechanical heart has burned out and is slowly killing him…So it’s more like the Dick Cheney story only Tony Stark actually SHOWS UP at Senate Committee hearings into his possible criminal malfeasance! WHOOOooHOOO! I’m on a roll!

At his side is his best friend, the decorated military hero James Rhodes a.k.a. War Machine played by Don Cheedle and love interests Pepper Potts and Scarlet Johansen. He is menaced by Micky Rourke who’s character name, I believe, was Ivan. The toys on sale for the movie name him as Whiplash, though he’s never called that in the film, which proves that toys are filthy G.D. LIARS! Continue reading

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Comic Book Cooking

Nearly a third of Marvel’s comic book characters have roots in a neighborhood of New York City known as Hell’s Kitchen. Nick Fury grew up there, as did the yarmulke sporting rock monster known as the Thing. Daredevil calls Hell’s Kitchen his home, as did Stiltman, Vermin and Ms. Lion.

That so many Marvel denizens live in the same neighborhood is understandable. Most of the Marvel stories take place in the city that never sleeps, and let’s face it… the rents in Williamsburg are astronomical right now. The fact that now-legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby grew up in Hell’s Kitchen probably didn’t hurt matters, either.

Maybe this “Hell’s Kitchen” connection can explain the curious artifact of comic’s past: The Marvel Comics Cookbook.

Stan Lee Presents the Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook was published in 1977 by a division of Simon & Schuster called Fireside books. Fireside books also published the famous “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way,” the indispensable book detailing Marvel comic secrets. Stan Lee Presents the Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook was, how should we say, LESS indispensable?

Ostensibly written by Stan Lee (I mean, it says he wrote it right on the cover…that means that he wrote it, right?) with illustrations by Jack Kirby, John Romita and any other Marvel bullpen artist needing a pay check at the time, the book was packed with bizarre recipes, anecdotes and other forgettable food moments that you wouldn’t shake a Hostess Fruit Pie at. Continue reading

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Of Monkeys and Masters

By Unkiedev

The end of a millennium is always an opportunity to look backwards in nostalgia, but it seems when we crossed over from the Twentieth to the Twenty-First centuries we never stopped looking back.

This is a nice way of saying that, while individual comics can still be a hoot, on the whole the medium seems to be treading thin water, idea wise.

Hit Monkey #1, Daniel Way (W) Dalibor Talijic (A), Marvel

Just as the Chinese have a revolving wheel of animals to represent a calendar year there is a somewhat established cycle of go-to-funny characters we cheap humorists use when we want to mail in a joke. I think it goes Pirate, Ninja, Robot, Monkey, Caveman, Zombie, Cowboy, uhm… Richard Simmons, Nerds, Santa Clause, Bigfoot, Filipinos. Something like that…

The point is that, while the separate elements of a business suit wearing, serious toned, silver pistol toting Rhesus Monkey as a hit man seem good on paper it is the complete lack of originality BEHIND the desperate quirkyness that make him fail. Continue reading

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Mega Nihei Strike!

By Mat K.

Anyone out there read the series “Blame”? Or subsequently, “Noise”? Of course you have, that was rhetorical. They’re only the best dark future cyber-punk series to come out since Ghost in The Shell. Does anyone else remember a Marvel Comics mini-series called “Wolverine: Snikt!“? In case you never got around to reading it, it was wolverine in a dark alternate future fighting giant murderous robots of some kind. What’s that got to do with anything? Well obviously the common thread is Tsutomu Nihei. Nihei is the new master of robo-apocalyptic futures and how to kick ass in them. “What’s this all about?”, you say? Nihei’s new series is finally getting released and it’s called BioMega. Continue reading

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Best Comic Buys and Reviews

Unkiedev's Amazing StuffForbidden Planet would like to congratulate Devin T. “Unkiedev” Quin for his nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in the “Worst Crossword Puzzle” category. All of us here at the Forbidden Planet Weekly Planet wish Mr. Quin “The Best of Luck!”

RERUNS

DC is retelling Superman’s Origin’s AGAIN in this week’s Superman: Secret Origins #1 (of 6), a new miniseries from Action Comic’s team Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Maybe this time it will be different. After all, the American judicial system ruled that DC owes tithes to the estates of original Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster regarding Supe’s time honored origin: That he was the last son of Krypton, rocketed to Earth by his daddy scientist yadda yadda yadda.

Here’s how I’D REBOOT the Superman origin: Superman is actually a White Blood Cell of the Cosmos, a living part of the Universe sent to clot the wound that is Humanity! He alone needs to set the Earth on the right path to healing. Along the way he could fight off evil celestial diseases, such as Space Lock-Jaw or Space Mumps! Continue reading

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News roundup from WW Philly and HeroesCon.

Last weekend, there was quite a bit of news coming out of Philadelphia and Charlotte, and this wouldn’t be much of a news site if we didn’t give you SOME idea of what happened.

  • The big news spinning out of HeroesCon was Longbox, essentially an iTunes for comics.  The brainchild of  “Comic Book Tattoo” editor Rantz Hoseley, Longbox will provide single issue downloads for .99 cents with Top Cow and Boom! Studios being the first two publishers confirmed to use the service [via Comic Book Resources].
  • Marvel Comics announced a crop of new “Dark Reign” titles called, The List. Which is basically Norman Osborne’s s#@$ list of people he wants to wipe out as director of HAMMER. Marvel has the list of creators involved.
  • Phil Jimenez will be replacing Simone Bianchi on “Astonishing X-Men”.
  • DC Comics mostly showed off their “Wednesday Comics” at HeroesCon and announced that Brian “100 Bullets” Azzarello will be teaming with Rags Morales on a new “Doc Savage” mini series.
  • “Booster Gold” co-writer and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” producer Jeff Katz announced the first four comics coming out of his American Original imprint.  Brian Lynch (“Angel: After Fall”) teams with Greg Whitta (who adapted “Akira” for the screen) for “Daybreak” a comic akin to the style of old John Carpenter/Kurt Russell movies.   Also, Katz will be writing a noir called “Vengeance is Mine” drawn by Filip Sablik. Scott Aukerman will be editing a comedy anthology. But most interestingly, Katz picked up “Blastosaurus” a indie comic self-published by 23-year old New Zealander Richard Fairgray. The comic follows a dinosaur detective who has been brought into the future to fight Velociraptor street gangs. Katz compares it to being similar to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

So, what do you think? I’m personally looking forward to see how “Blastosaurus” turns out and I’m glad that “Astonishing X-Men” will be back on a regular schedule.  Let us know what you think of these new stories in the comments.

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