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Need a few extra days to bang out this week’s new toys article,  which means another “filler”-article where I get to talk comics instead. I am excited for times like these, and am probably the only person who is.

If you would have told me the quality of the X-men line would be as good as it is now post-AvX a year ago, I would have called you crazy. And by crazy I mean something more offensive, because I’m kind of a jerk.  But at this time in 2012, we had Kieron Gillen on “Uncanny”, Jason Aaron on “Wolverine and the X-men”, Christos Gage on “X-men Legacy” and Rick Remender on “Uncanny X-Force”, all amazing book in their own right.  12 months later, Aaron is the only one of those writers still involved in the X-books, and the line has only gotten better!

Part of that improvement has come with Brain Michael Bendis taking over writing duties on the recently relaunched “Uncanny X-men“, as well as the launch of “All-New X-men“.  “Uncanny” follows Cyclops, Magneto, Emma Frost and Magik and their new Mutant Revolution, putting them at odds with their fellow X-men and the government., which means SHIELLD and the Avengers. It also touches upon Scott’s new status quo as the face of a rebellion, which is an interesting character study, given how he used to be such the boy scout. “All-New” is the tale of the original 5 X-men being dragged into the present via Hank McCoy and all the drama surrounding that. “All-New” feels just  fresh as Bendis’ work on “Ultimate Spider-Man”, and has a great blend of humor, drama. and action. All of Bendis’ strong scripts are enhanced with having great artists drawing them- Chris Bachalo and Frazier Irving handle art duties on Uncanny, and Stuart Immonen and David Masquez draw All-New.  Both books are $3.99, and the 8th issue of All-New shipped this past week, and Uncanny comes out this upcoming Wednesday. As someone who was concerned about the quality when Bendis took over these titles, I’m quite glad those concerns were put to rest.

With Uncanny getting relaunched, Wolverine and the X-men becomes the elder title in the core  X-family ( As enjoyable as “Astonishing” has been, it’s very much doing it’s own thing.). Not that that’s a bad thing mind you. Aaron’s script still feel like classic Claremont scripts with a nice modern twist to it, as the focus on the X-kids has been nothing short of great. Nick Bradshaw has stepped up and become the series’ main artist, with Ramon Perez currently drawing the current arc which involves Wolverine taking the students on a field trip to the Savage Land. Much like Uncanny, it’s $3.99 per issue.

“X-men, but with a classic Vertigo twist” is the best way to describe the relaunched X-Men Legacy, which now follows the journey of Legion in this post AvX world. Simon Spurrier wrote an amazing “X-Club” mini-series after post-Schism X-men series, and it’s good to see Marvel put enough faith in him to get an on-going. Easily one of the best books Marvel’s been putting out, and definitely it’s weirdest, and easily worth the $2.99 to add it your monthly pull list.

Marvel wouldn’t be Marvel with having a dozen books with Wolverine in them, which is why we currently have 2 Wolverine titles. To be fair, Savage Wolverine is more of a Shanna the She-Devil max-series written and drawn by Frank Cho, which has so far delivered a fun story with amazing visuals. Paul Cornell and Alan Davis are handling the new solo Wolverine title, which are also an impressive creative team in their own right, and should be a great run too . Both are $3.99.

And as they say, the best is yet to come, as May will see the launch of “X-men” under creators Brain Wood  and Oliver Copiel is set for a May launch. The first all-female X-book ever looks to be a great read, given the creators involved, and will only serve to make the line stronger. As someone who’s never been THAT into the core X-books, Marvel NOW has definitely done it’s job into increasing the appeal of the X-Men side of the Marvel universe, with books that read and look great. If you’ve ever been tempted to get into X-men, now’s the time to do it.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW CHAPTER 7: Against The Evil Galactic Empire.

(note: This weeks column will be structured like a Choose Your Own Adventure. If you do not understand what a Choose Your Own Adventure story is you should call your parents and ask them why they didn’t give you a better childhood.)

So here we are again. Me at my computer, drinking chocolate milk like an adult. It’s 3 AM. I had a really long day and I don’t want to get into the details. On the bright side I had dinner at a Chinese restaurant next to Peter Scolari. I also thought I recognized the guy sitting on the other side of the room but I realized after dinner that I thought it was Walter Cronkite and I am pretty sure he’s dead. So that was either not him or the craziest celebrity sighting ever. Peter Scolari isn’t dead, right? If he is, you all should check out this Chinese spot on 74th and Amsterdam. It’s like Dawn Of The Dead but with soup dumplings. Anyway, enough about me. What’s going on with you? If you are reading the newsletter in Forbidden Planet please proceed to PARAGRAPH 1. If you are reading the blog on FPNYC.com skip ahead to PARAGRAPH 2. If you are reading the newsletter somewhere outside the store please jump to PARAGRAPH 3.

1. I see. Well, it’s good to see you in Forbidden Planet again. It feels like it’s been a while. Did you see Forbidden Planet’s own technical wizard/artistic muse Tyler yet? He’s here somewhere. He is always in the store. If you find him you should give him a hug. He will act like he doesn’t want you to, but he does. Maybe he’s downstairs. Duck under the rope and look for him in “The Dungeon”. (editor’s note: customers are not allowed to duck under the rope or touch Tyler.) Go on. It’s fine. Never listen to editors, cops, or your parents. The Dungeon is cool. It is full of Abominations and staff members eating halal food. Anyway, thanks for reading this before you do your shopping. You seem like a real savvy customer who wants to TRY SOMETHING NEW. Would you be offended if I made a suggestion? If you want to hear Matthew’s recommendation for you hurl onward to PARAGRAPH 4. If you want to act like a weirdo jerk and not hear his recommendation then slither ahead to PARAGRAPH 9.

2. Oh that’s cool. And hey, thanks for coming to FPNYC.com. There’s so much stuff on the internet. Some folks would have you believe there is too much stuff, but those folks are sociopaths. Either way, it really means a lot to me that you came all the way out here to the middle on internet nowhere to read this of all things. You can’t tell right now, but your dedication to our little blog just made technical wizard/evil henchmen Tyler tear up just now. He is acting like he has something in his eye but he doesn’t. He is an emotional dude. Don’t judge. Anyway, I think it’s really cool that you came here. I know you could be watching that video of the guy teaching the baby wolf how to howl or trying to figure out what Hawkeye from the Avengers would look like if he were a sexy lady. But you have a dedication to seeking out some of the worst comics journalism of all time and I think that is swell. That reminds me, do you know what book you might like? If you don’t know what book you might like and want to find out hop along to PARAGRAPH 6. If you are some freak who somehow already knows all of the books he/she will ever like crawl forward to PARAGRAPH 9.

3. Hey. Sorry to cut you off but I got something to say. I don’t want to be a jerk here but I am a little annoyed. Why would you come into Forbidden Planet, pick up a newsletter, and then wait to read it until you left? How are my book recommendations going to help you now? You can come back in a few days and hope that all the books I’ve recommended aren’t sold out, but I make no guarantees. A lot of people read this newsletter in the store and I am very persuasive. Anyway, I am not mad or anything, just disappointed. Our technical wizard/ jackbooted thug Tyler is really mad though. Next time you come into the store you better hope he isn’t in. Lucky for you, Tyler is almost never in the store. Anyway, I want to prove to you that I’m not mad. I want to recommend a book. Cool? If you want to be cool with Matthew launch yourself over to PARAGRAPH 8. If you don’t want to be cool with Matthew or anyone else creep on to PARAGRAPH 9.

4. I think you might like DARK HORSE PRESENTS #20. It’s one of the great comic anthologies of all time, showcasing amazing legends and exciting up and comers in all genres. Two cool new stories begin in this issue; Michael Avon Oeming‘s dark superhero story THE VICTORIES, and Geoffrey Thorne and Todd Harris‘ intriguing JOURNEYMEN! Josh Williamson‘s great take on the old pulp hero CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT is a great read for anyone who appreciates fun action, which you seem like you do. And this issue also has another installment of one of my favorite new series of 2012- THE WHITE SUITS. Crime and conspiracy stuff done in a fresh and stylized way, THE WHITE SUITS short story makes DARK HORSE PRESENTS worth the cover price alone. Anyway, pick this one up. It’s right over there on the shelf. I’m sure you’ll like it. If you pick up DARK HORSE PRESENTS #20 walk over to the register where one of the register jockeys will ring you up and say “do you want a bag and board for this?” even though it won’t fit in a bag because it is prestige format. THE END. If you choose not to buy DARK HORSE PRESENTS #20 lurk on over to PARAGRAPH 9.

5. The ground you are standing on momentarily groans like an old man before it gives way. You fall for what feels like a lifetime but is only a moment. Mercifully, you stop with a violent splash. You have landed in what seems to be water… maybe. As you look up you can just barely make out the fading sunlight. It’s beautiful, shades of red and orange blend together like a Gauguin. You barely hear tires kick up dirt as your only “friends” drive away. Are they laughing? The water is violently cold, a cold you could have never imagined. It fights its way deep into your muscles, into your bones even. They burn against the cold but it is a losing battle. The pain begins to give way to an almost peacefulness as treading water becomes harder and harder. Hypothermia begins to set in and you find that you now think of yourself in the past tense, “I was so young.” The universe doesn’t care though. THE END.

6. This is what I wanted to show you. It’s DAN THE UNHARMABLE. Have you read the single issues? No? Well that’s fine because this is the first volume of the collection. It’s by David Lapham. You may know him from such disturbing and ultraviolent books as CROSSED, CALIGULA, or FERALS. Or you might know him from a personal favorite of mine, STRAY BULLETS. STRAY BULLETS is one of the smartest and best slice of life/crime/I don’t know what books ever written. It’s LOVE & ROCKETS but with more murder. Lapham has an extraordinary ability to blur lines between the disturbing, the tragic, and the hilarious. DAN THE UNHARMABLE tells the story of an immortal private eye who gets caught up in a very personal case. It is violent, crass, low brow, funny, and exciting. Lapham can pull off this kind of schizophrenic storytelling in ways no one else would think of trying. If any of that interests you grab this and proceed to check out. If you order a copy of DAN THE UNHARMABLE vol 1 sit by your mailbox for a few days until the postman puts it in your hand. Thank your postman. It’s a thankless job. THE END. If you choose not to buy DAN THE UNHARMABLE Vol. 1. scurry on over to PARAGRAPH 9.

7. Her lips graze your neck and you can feel your pulse quicken. Her warm breath on your skin makes your toes tingle. She whispers something you can’t quite make out and your whole body starts to go numb. “Did she just say my real name?!” you think to yourself. Startled, you go to push her away but your legs give out before your hands can respond to your mental commands. You fall to the ground like a hostage dropped out the front door during a botched bank robbery. You hit the ground head first and your neck twists violently but painlessly to the right. The acrid taste of bile creeps up the back of your throat and fills your mouth. You can see part of your body you have never seen before; your back. Sticking straight out like a flag, the syringe she used is clearly visible. She leans down over you and sensually whispers one last sentence to you, “The universe wanted you dead.” No it doesn’t, you wanted to be able to tell her. It just doesn’t care. THE END.

8. So these Marvel Now books have been really great. Strong and smart editorial leadership has managed to put together a lot of really smart and interesting books without abandoning what came before them. THOR, ALL NEW X-MEN, NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN MARVEL, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, there are almost too many good Marvel books to name right now. Well two more enter the fold this week with #1 issues. Ron Garney and indie hotshot Sam Humphries launch an all new UNCANNY X-FORCE this week. Mohawk Storm is all you really need to know. Mr. Humphries likes to take his stories down unusual paths and that is just what an X-Force book should do, go where you least expect it. This may not be high on a lot of folks lists, but neither was Rick Remender‘s run on UNCANNY X-FORCE, and that ended up being one of the best Marvel books in 10 years.

In addition to UNCANNY X-FORCE #1, this week sees YOUNG AVENGERS #1. Most people don’t know this because most people didn’t read it but Allan Heinberg‘s YOUNG AVENGERS series was absolutely brilliant. It was a great idea grounded in very smart, very human characters. If Marvel played their cards right that book should have been the hit that Brian K. Vaughan‘s RUNAWAYS was, but they didn’t and it wasn’t. Well now Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, known separately for doing all sorts of really good stuff but known together as the team behind the brilliant and shamefully underloved PHONOGRAM are reuniting to make the Young Avengers count. There are a ton of great characters to fall in love with here and both of these guys excel at really good down to earth storytelling. And both Gillen and McKelvie are British indie rock dudes so hopefully they will throw in some references to The Arctic Monkeys or Caves or Chvrches or chip butty or stab vests or 56 Up or something else Americans don’t understand. I am excited to see a new young Marvel team act like a bunch of chavs. I hope someone calls Captain America a geezer. $5 says they throw in a reference to Ziggy Stardust before issue 6. That stuff is like their bible. If you want to go back to the store and buy copies of UNCANNY X-FORCE #1 & YOUNG AVENGERS #1 do so soon. Forbidden Planet are keeping some copies warm, but it’s cold out there. Hurry, hurry, super scurry! THE END. If you choose not to buy either of these books mosey on over to PARAGRAPH 9.

9. “Well it doesn’t seem like I have anything I can offer you. I tried to be nice. I tried to be helpful. I recommended cool new books. You seem uninterested. You seem like something is bothering you. Oh well. I hope you have a great life though.” With that your time with TRY SOMETHING NEW comes to an end. You can read on and find out if Unkie Dev still likes Hellboy a lot. You can go even further still and find out if that other guy still likes incomprehensible Japanese robot toys. But you won’t. Your ennui pushes you out the door. You need to walk. You wander for hours only to find yourself in a deserted part of town. Nearly deserted. You think you are being followed now but you can’t be sure. You duck into an alley to get away or maybe it’s just to clear your head. Why would someone be after you? You decide to stay in the alley just to catch your breath. You are safe. No one wants to hurt you. A misguided feeling of relief washes over. You decide to make the most of the alley and look into some people’s windows because, well, because you’re not a good person. As you look into a dingy studio apartment you catch a reflection in the window of a crazed, half starved man looming behind you. All at once three things enter your head. The first is “Was that tech wizard/escaped mental patient Tyler?” The second is “Was that a brick in his hand?” And the last thing to enter your head is the aforementioned brick. As you bleed to death in the backstreets of Anytown USA you finally understand that neither Tyler nor the universe ever cared about you. You realize that you wasted a great opportunity. You realize you should have TRIED SOMETHING NEW. THE END.

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Avengers Vs Quality -What I pulled this week

So my ankle been’s acting up, as has my left kneecap. My lower back kind of hurts t00-GET IT? I SAID PULL IN THE TITLE AND YOU THOUGHT I WAS REFERRING TO COMICS BUT THEN I STARTED TO TALK ABOUT PHYSICAL PAI-never mind this joke is bad and I feel bad.

Loran is a bit behind thanks to the college year starting up, and the my next toy article is still being worked on.  Which means if I want to get paid, something needs to be tossed on the ol’ Daily Planet, or the powers that be will send me a displeased e-mail. It’s a lot more threatening than it sounds, I assure you. So, to please the pay-gods, I’ve decided to type up an article about what comics I bought this week, and if they’re worth your money.  Warning, slight spoilers below for those who trade wait.

The 11th issue (or “Round”, as it’s called on the cover) of AvX (Avengers Vs. X-Men) dropped this past week and man….I’m torn. Writer Brian Michael Bendis is probably the weakest of 5 “Architects”  working on this book,  as issue 11 is….kind of rough in the script department. Marvel having 5 different writers on this thing did not do it much service, as characters and the story  struggle to have one consistent voice,, not to mention act incredibly out of character at times, making either side hard to pull for. The Phoenix 5 (er 2…1) are suppose to be the bad guys for the last 5 or so issues, but the Avengers have been jerks since issue 1. It’s a rough read and the hyped up death is pretty weak, considering this is the UMPTEENTH time this character has died. Luckily,Oliver Coipel handles the art for this issue, so it’s a pretty trainwreck.

However, Uncanny X-men #18 follows the proud Marvel tradition of  being a book that is ” A tie-in book that’s actually better than the main series”. Kieron Gillen has been KILLING on this series, making the Extinction’s team fall from grace way more compelling that the core AvX series has, and we have Ron Garney drawing this issue, which is a HUGE step up in the art department. The book gives  more of an in-depth look  of the battle and events from AvX #11, and the B-story focuses on a plotline that dates back from “Fear Itself” with a shocking twist. “Uncanny X-Men” #18 is well worth the $4, where as AvX #11 is strictly for completionists, or fans of Coipel’s worth to the point where the plot means nothing to you.

I only pull 2 books from DC monthly, and they happen to come out on the same week this month. They also happen to be quite excellent. Batman #0 drops with the EXCELLENT team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. This issue focuses on Bruce Wayne from 6 years ago, fresh from his global training, ready to make a change. It also brings back and semi-reinvents some baddies that tie into another Bat-book, and sets the stage for a story in 2013. The back-up, written by James Tynion IV & Andy Clarke, focuses on 5 supporting characters, and how Batman’s present influences them, and shapes their destiny. This is the PERFECT jumping on point for this series and a great issue overall. Well worth the $4.

Sean Murphy’s Punk Rock Jesus #3 came so very, very close to being my book of the week. It’s a great mini by Murphy, who’s been kicking all sorts of ass on various Vertigo titles these last few years. This is the 3rd chapter of a 6 issue mini where the clone of Jesus Christ is the focus on a reality tv show, and the world that the Clone of Jesus (Chris) is born into is beginning to take it’s toil on the boy, which means we should be getting a heavy dose of punk rock next issue. Also the last 4 pages are the perfect cliffhanger, making the wait for #4 quite painful. A great creator owned title, and the $3 will get you a story I’m surprise DC will publish and some of the best art coming out of the big 2 today. Buy it now, and then double dip for the eventual trade.

And while both DC releases were amazing, Uncanny X-Force #31 is without a doubt my pick of the week. Rick Remender’s final arc is halfway through, and after having their asses hunted down and kicked several times, X-Force is ready to go on the offensive and take the fight to the new Brotherhood. Literally in this book is amazing, from the script to Phil Noto’s pencils, to the coloring and letting. I could gush on more, but I’m sure you get the point. Granted it’s a $4, 20 page book, it’s well worth the money. Buy it on sight, unless you’re not reading it, then buy all the trades and get caught up.

That’s it, which is bad, because I am not so great wrapping up articles. So um….buy comics. Preferably at Forbidden Planet NYC. Setting up a pullist with us would be fine as well.

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The Summer of Marvel (part 1)

Any long-time FPNYC blog reader knows by now that I kind of favor Marvel when it comes to the big 2 Comic Publishers. I try not to be biased, as both publishers have their share of faults (:: cough :: Jack Kirby got screwed ::cough:::), but I love their characters as well as a ton of the creators working on them, and the Marvel movies have been pretty enjoyable so far. That, and occasionally they have a event I care about that seems like a ton of fun, despite having a weak premise. AvX (Avengers vs. X-Men) is this year’s “NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME”  event , and unlike “Fear Itself“, I’m actually enjoying ( and buying) it. While the majority of the Avengers and X-books tie into it, you can just read the main AvX series without having to buy a ton of tie-ins. However, if you’re in it for the fights, “AvX:Vs” may be more of your thing, as it’s a bunch of Marvel’s best artists drawing expanded battles from the series. Plus since both books are running $4 and issue, it comes with a free digital download code to redeem. so at least you’re getting 2 copies of the books basically.

So now that I’m done shamelessly plugging Marvel’s big event book, let me plug the latest line of Marvel Legends figures. Wave 2 is out in stores, and MAN, is it flying off of the shelves pretty much everywhere. Bucky-Captain America and Drax were the first figures to drop, as they were the only 2 without variants.  The remaining 5 figures are now dropping, and all but 1 have some sort of variant, which is kind of cool, as the majority of them are more than a simple color swap. Take Spidey for example. This is HARDLY the first time your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has gotten the Legends treatment. HOWEVER, this is the first time he’s been available in his “Big Time” green/black outfit, or his Future Foundation costume. I really like both costumes to be honest, and am legit torn which one to purchase.  Spidey, like Modern Thor before him, has no accessories or build-a-figure pieces though, so if you’re not in love with this costumes, you can skip him.

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New Arrivals: Rather be playing Zelda edition.

by Chris Troy

THE BEAST IS DEAD! CHRISTMAS IS OVER, AND NOW YOU HAVE CASH AND/OR  GIFT CARDS TO USE ON CRAP THAT YOU REALLY DON’T NEED, BUT YOU WILL ANYWAY, DESPITE YOUR WIFE YELLING AT YOU FOR THE AMOUNT OF TOYS & STATUES CURRENTLY IN THE LIVING ROOM…whoops, projecting in my articles again. Anywho, hope you had a happy whatever holiday you celebrate(d), as mine was pretty rad and full of new video games.

First and foremost: SH Figuarts update. If you recall last week’s article, I mentioned that Figuarts MechaGodzilla was a thing that we would soon have in. Change “soon” to “Currently in stock.” Much like his organic counterpart, Mecha-G is made up of 2 different materials; die-cast and zinc alloy. I really like that Bandai is going this route for these “MonsterArt” figures. He also comes with some variant pieces, nuclear breathe, and a stand for said breathe. In non-Kauji Figuarts news, we also have the Super Sayian Vegeta (Dragonball Z) Figuarts in stock. I have a nature bias towards Dragonball figures, as I was working at a Toys R Us at the height of DBZ’s popularity, so occasionally I have flashbacks to being swarmed by small children and neckbeards rushing me to get to the shelves, only to find out that the only figures we had in stock were some canon fodder villains.

That being said, the Figuarts are arguable the best DBZ figured made to date (which says a lot, as there’s been a ton of them over the years, crapped out by a varieties of companies in both the East and the West). The Prince of all Sayians is well-sculpted like most Figuarts, and comes with a variety of variants hands and faces. We have limited quantities of all these figures in stock, so get ‘em while we still have em. Ebay prices are scary yo.

I’d also like to point out that we have a ton of newish Heroclix figures instock as well!  For Marvel and DC-related things, we have both the Incredible Hulk and the Superman series in stock, as well as some non-comic book based properties in, like Gears of War and the Lord of the Rings. If you play, you’re gonna to want to pick up those LOTR Clix up ASAP, as the Hobbit trailer dropped last week, so there’s been a huge surge in anything Tolkien related as of late. Continue reading

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Review: Final Fantasy Dissidia Play Arts and Big O Figma

By Chris Troy

Happy Labor Day weekend FP Faithful (I assure you it was LD Weekend when I wrote this!). If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent your weekend drunk as hell in various locations (we’ll assuming everyone who reads this blog is of age) and catching up on various Netflix supplied programming and recent issues of your pull list regulars (If you haven’t been reading Dan Slott‘s “Amazing Spider-Man” or Rick Remender‘s “Uncanny X-Force“, you really owe it to yourselves to get caught up ASAP. Same goes for Robert Kirkman‘s “Invincible” ). And if you have some free time on your hands, swing by Forbidden Planet, where out import/Japanese toy section has received a ton of new merchandise in, which we’ll be looking at today.

The Big O” isn’t exactly the hottest nor the biggest anime series on the market. Those who were brought up on the early Toonami/Adult Swim era of Cartoon Network remember the show as an tribute to Batman: The Animated Series with a mecha flair to it. Yes it’s as awesome as it sounds, and aside from model kits from back in the day, it didn’t receive too much merch, as it obviously pre-dates both the Figma and Revoltech lines by many a year. Luckily for us, Max Factory decided to revisit the modern classic by releasing a  Dorothy Wayneright Figma for the 102nd entry of the popular line. You may be asking why not a Roger Smith (the main character, who I’m fairly certain is named after the dude from the Cure.) Figma, which does exist, but only as a Japanese exclusive because Japan and God hate me so very much.  Regardless, Dorothy is a very cool Figma, despite being very by the books. A little pale in the color department yes, but fans of the show should not that’s fairly accurate to the character. Accessory wise, you get the standard amount of various faces & hands, as well as a base. plus a broom a kitty familiar to those who’ve watched the show. She goes for about $45 dollars, which is a fair price for non-deluxe Figmas. We only get limited amounts of Figma at a time, so if you want her, best be coming to grab her now.

I haven’t looked at a Square Enix Play Art release in quite some time which is a shame, as they usually put out some good stuff every so often. The 1st wave of the Dissidia: Final Fantasy line has hit our shelves, offering  2 characters we’ve seen before, and well as Cloud Strike, who’s been released a number of times in different waves, making him Square’s Batman/Wolverine. The Dissidia releases may look similar to their previously released counterparts, with subtle differences here and there (Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy 8 being the most obvious with his new shirt and little side skirt thing). Not to mention Cloud and Squall’s sculpts are a little more feminine/thinner than previous releases. And while the pretty boys from Final Fantasy 7 and 8 are going to the most popular with the fans, Final Fantasy 12’s villain Gabranth is probably the highlight of this wave. The sculpt and the amount of detail in the armor is really nice, surpassing the originals, which was the highlight of the FF12 line as well. Each figure retails for about $50, which yes, it pricey, but seeing how we already almost sold out of Cloud, shows people are willing to pay that much for these figures!

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I shall call them….Minimates!

By Chris Troy

While I’ve been known to sing the praises of the Marvel Legends line here on the FPNYC blog, it’s worth noting that Diamond Comics/Art Asylum’s Marvel MiniMates line has been around just as long as their 6″ counterparts! The line debuted in the early 2000s, and unlike the Marvel Legends line, has never faded from toy shelves, even ending up with figure lines based on DC Comic charters, as well as a large variety of movies, cult TV shows, and a few other comic properties here and there. The figures are usually released in 2 or 4 packs, come with tiny figure-specific accessories and all sport about 8-10 points of articulation. They’re small, about the size of Lego characters (the lines inspiration) and the average 2-pack retails for about $10, while a 4-pack runs about $20. Today we’ll be looking at the latest line, based on last Summer’s Shadowland mini-event, as well as an Uncanny X-Force 4 pack.

To be honest, the Shadowland arc was pretty weak as a story, but who cares about that right? (Me that’s who. And yes, I’m excited for the Waid relaunch come July. It’s Mark Waid afterall!) The 38th(!) wave sees three 2-packs; Shadowland Daredevil with his on-again off-again lover, assassin Elektra, a Hand Ninja and White Tiger (Angela Del Toro) and Big Time Spider-Man with modern Iron Fist. The chase figure for this wave was the original White Tiger Hector Ayala, who met his tragic end during Brian Michael Bendis’ excellent run on Daredevil.   I ended up buying  the Big Time Spidey and Modern Iron Fist 2-pack, because they’re 2 of my favorite Marvel characters, and packaging them together is how you sell me on Minimate set! Continue reading

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You must read Uncanny X-Force HC Vol 1

This coming Wednesday Marvel’s Uncanny X-Force Volume 1 The Apocalypse Solution hits the shelves.  Written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Jerome Opena, so you know its got the Matt D approval.  You’ll see me pushing their Fear Agent, or Punisher regularly.

When the singles of this came out people were in here rabidly eating them up.  Gone by Thursday night the latest.  When asked for  back issues I would have to ask the person “Where have you been?.. . Man.”   Every one loves a new X-Book.  Not only does this have some of the most beautiful art I’ve seen in modern comics, this one is easily accesible by guys like me who have a hard time following X-Books. I’m not totally lost because I haven’t been reading all 17 different X-Titles coming out each month.

I like comics that only need one book on the shelf to get the point across, thats why I read stuff like Punisher and Fear Agent in the first place.  Gimme a comic with one guy up against everyone in a no win situation over one with a team beating on one dude any day.  But we can trust our buddy Rick to do a heck of a job writing a sick and twisted team book easy enough for new comers to enjoy yet involving current X-Universe stuff to keep hardcore fans pleased.   So thats the X-Scoop on this X-Trade that you can order from our X-Web Store, or buy in our X-Store on X-Wednesday.

Did I mention it has Deadpool in it.

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New Comics of the New Year!

By Devin T. Quin

Welcome to 2011, where a whole new calendar YEAR of fun comic book activities awaits us! We should definitely start planning out our itinerary now so that we don’t miss out on any of the disappointment, greed and debilitating poverty that is our reward for being good little comic book collecting boys and girls.

The first and most important event of the year? UNKIEDEV’S BIRTHDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd!

THAT’S RIGHT, it’s my friggin’ birthday! I accept cash, Forbidden Planet gift cards, ANYTHING by Steve Mannion and opportunities to humiliate people at the game Settlers of Catan. What would I really like for my birthday? Well….

MOCCA ART FESTIVAL : April 10th and 11th

MOCCA might be my favorite comic convention of the year. By being a highly visual exploration of comic book art it automatically includes the business of comic books into its scope in an understandable way.

Every year they have great guests who have made contributions to expanding American comic book art. The venue itself fills with new artists and enterprising comic book publishers. It’s an entire con of artists alley! Juxtaposing struggle with success shows the way it can all be done: Try to be the best artists you can and you can have a career being an artists!

Guests this year will include Art Spiegleman, Kyle Baker, Gahan Wilson, Paul Pope and Frank Miller. Yes, THE Frank Miller…a guy who should know better than to show up at MOCCA.

For my birthday you can show up at MOCCA and toss a tomato at the guy. Be sure you yell out “THAT’S for the SPIRIT,” or “Go be a homophobe in some OTHER obscure hobbie!”

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY : MAY 7th

Set your watches for the first Saturday in May when comic book retailers try to pump new blood into the vampiric corpse of comic books! Anybody who shows up on May 7th (While supplies last) will get a free comic book to hopefully spark an interest in the hobby and ensure numbers for the coming year.

If there’s a flaw (and as this at least the fifth year they’ve done this so I highly doubt it’s a money loser) it is that whatever comic book the patron receives is whatever the industry wants to spoon feed them. There won’t be happy accidents where people pick something new that catches their eye, only something corporately suggested. Imagine going to an all you can eat buffet with only Hostess brand Twinkees, Ho-Hos and Cupcakes. Continue reading

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