By Thor’s hammer! Actually, in this case, buy Thor’s hammer.
Matt Fraction, who’s been driving the Thor bus for a number of months now, is moving to a new book called The Mighty Thor #1. As the Thor film is releasing in a couple weeks, Marvel is creating this title as a simple way for people to jump into the Thor mythos without having to learn decades of history. Heck, Fraction has even said the godly, ye old Thor-speak will be going away to be replaced by an easier to digest, lofty dialog. Also, the genius artist from J. Michael Straczynski‘s famous run on the book, Oliver Coipel, is returning. With Fraction writing the Asgardian-heavy mega-event Fear Itself as well as having gone around the block in the main Thor book a couple times, this should be an excellent read.
For all those that worship at the steampunk alter (I’m sure it would be made of strange gears and vacuum pumps), there is now a tome to gather around: The Steampunk Bible. Brought to you by Jeff VanderMeer, this hefty edition catalogs the history of the steampunk movement, following it all the way up to current day. But, hey, it ain’t all words in this fella, there is some gorgeous pictures to go along with it. If you dig the steampunk, you will want to strap on your jetpack and goggles to come pick this book up.
The Joker may be a psychotic nutjob, but there’s no doubt that the dude is stylish. Nothing sh0ws that more than the new Lee Bermejo designed Joker Black and White Statue. Following in the series of Batman B&W statues, this release is based off of the Brian Azzarelo/Lee Bermejo Joker graphic novel from a couple years back. The story was creepy-as-hell, the art was mind-blowing, and, based on the Joker’s appearance and some story elements, it can be read as a sequel to The Dark Knight movie. Even if you haven’t read the story (DO IT!) you can still enjoy the incredible design of this statue.
Made to compliment the previously released Eaglemoss statue binder, the new Blackest Night Binder is created to hold the magazines that come with any of the Blackest Night line of Eaglemoss statues. If you’ve picked up a lot of these b-e-a-utiful mini statues, then you’ve probably got a stack of magazines piled up with nowhere to go. For that reason, this binder can come in handy. Even if you’ve got your magazines ordered on a bookshelf, this hardcover binder can keep them protected and safe from bending.
Started with Thor and now we’ll end with him, too. This time around, it’s two new action figures for the Thor movie. Obviously, they’re going to start with the heavy hitters, Loki and Thor. Coming from Marvel Select, these two figures share in the consistent quality of the line. Each come with their respected accessories, Mjollnir and a sharp pointy stick. Here’s hoping the movie looks as good as these two figures.