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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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Llama Ddrama

I’ve awoken, cold and shivering on the floor of my cave in a pool of leaves, vomit and mouse parts. I cannot remember the last week AT ALL. The only clues I have are half of a Halloween costume and excerpts from a Forbidden Planet column I have NO memory of writing.

The Costume is some sort of weird pudding bowl hair cut, cowboy boots, and a nail gun…but remember, I only have half of it. What kind of stupid costume is that? What was I supposed to be?

And this column I’ve found. Here’s an excerpt:

“To ward off the Llamas, I’m gonna’ git me a copy of Avenging Spider-Man #1 and a copy of Marvel Point One #1 and I’m gonna’ plop em’ both inna’ cage and I’m a gonna’ make em’ FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT! There can be only ONE #1!!! Oh no, the llamas!!”

LLAMA RAMMA DING DONG

That last part actually makes sense (to me, at least,) but why on Earth did I want to put Avenging Spider-Man #1 and Point One #1 in a cage and potentially ruin their collectible value? Avenging Spider-Man #1 looks awesome!

Let’s put Ultimates 3 behind us and take a look at that gorgeous Joe Madureira cover. Man, if I could only judge this book by that cover I’d say it’s going to be more Spectacular than Spectacular, more Sensational than Sensational. This book looks too dang good to pass up giving it a try…plus it’s a number 1 and that’s for me.

Point One #1 is  a tougher pick up, but still pretty reasonable. Six or seven stories from top writers and artists setting up Marvel’s big event of 2012…which better be pretty dang big, as DC is mopping the floor with the “House of Ideas” in sales of late. Time to pull the bacon out of the frying pan, Stan.

AH! The Halloween costume! I get it now…I was Half-ier Bardem. Clever. But why was I eating mice? Continue reading

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Back to Work To Buy Those Comics

By Unkiedev

IMPORTANT NOTE: Shipping this week is DC’s Nemesis The Imposters #1. Just so we are clear this is NOT the new Mark Millar comic from Marvel staring modified versions of DC’s Batman and the Joker. Let there be no confusion: the Marvel comic featuring evil Batman will be called Nemesis, too. I mean Nemesis #1, not Nemesis #1 from DC. That makes perfect sense, right?

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I’ve been honorably discharged from the Military! RATS! Up till now I’ve had a cushy desk job reading comic books on Uncle Sam’s dime. That’s right: ever since the 1950’s the government has secretly paid a red blooded American male a living salary to sit at a desk and read every single comic book that ever gets released. I guess it was all part of a study to determine if Wertham’s “Seduction of the Innocent” held any water.

I found the job through that “Government Grant Money” book. Ya’ know, the one on TV that is sold by the guy who looks like the Riddler? Continue reading

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