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Defending Good Taste

“The older I get, the more life seems to be the stupid, frustrating stuff that gets in the way of YOU and reading comics.”

That’s what Danny Rand, Iron Fist, said in the first issue of Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson’s new Defenders series.  I’m here to make sure that nothing gets in the way of you, Forbidden Planeteers, and reading The Defenders #4.

The Defenders is one of the most engaging superhero books going.  It has a vibe that’s as hyper-modern as it is old school, with big action, complicated characters, serious weirdness, and more energy than Quicksilver on a cappuccino binge.  In just the first three issues, the team got together, went to Wundagore Mountain, saved the universe, and stole a powerful, mysterious device called the Concordance Engine.

This week’s tale, the first of three issues focusing on individual Defenders, deals with Doctor Strange accidentally revving the Engine, whilst simultaneously finding himself targeted by an unscrupulous young street magician.  Guest artist Michael Lark keeps the strange proceedings believable, while Matt Fraction turns up the pathos.

Believe me folks, the Defenders will surprise you every time – it’s far too cool to play by the rules.  Don’t miss it.

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If you’d like to jump on board the current Defenders series issue #1 is currently available here.

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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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