Dec 292012
 

Anything Finn can do, Fionna can do better.  And in knee socks.

The highly successful Adventure Time comic series gains another tie-in miniseries this Wednesday!  Written by co-creator and storyboard artist from the television show, Natasha Allegri, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake brings the girl power!  Spinning out of a stand-alone episode where the regular protagonists, Finn and Jake, where gender bent into women, this miniseries gives them the spotlight for six whole issues!  As the previous Adventure Time series have sold out as fast as the Ice Queen sliding down a snowy slope, if you want a copy be sure to put your name on the pull before Wednesday or be at the store early!

Vampires have been the new hotness for quite some time now, but they’ve never been Marvel NOW!  Uh, until now.

With this week’s Morbius, the Living Vampire #1, another of Spidey‘s villains gets an empathetic make over.  After breaking out of The Raft prison in Spider-Man #699.1, Michael Morbius is attempting to find his inner good guy and satisfy his natural hunger.  Written by Joe Keatinge, up-and-coming author of Hell Yeah and Glory for Image Comic, the first issue showcases his unique blend of stylistic indy paneling and catchy, quick dialog as well as moody horror.  As is often the case, C-list characters commonly make for the best reads at the big two comic companies (for evidence, see Swamp Thing and Hawkeye), given that the writers have a leeway to put the characters through their paces in ways that the A-list characters can’t be.  Trust me, it won’t suck.  Except, you know, in the ways that a vampire book should.

The other Marvel NOW! release for this next week is Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers companion book, New Avengers #1. Like FF to Fantastic Four, this series will share characters with the main title, as well as some plot elements, making them a shared story, of sorts.  And if you’ve read Hickman’s first issue of Avengers or any of his Manhattan Projects series, you know he’s capable of giant sci-fi craziness and incredible plot twists, both qualities which he will bring to characters of New Avengers.  Starring The Illuminati, the secretive, behind-the-scenes puppet masters of the Marvel Universe, the series will feature Black Panther, Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Beast desperately struggling to halt the collision of two universes.  And fans of the New Universe concept of yesteryear should take note, as it’s rumored to return in this book.

Thanks to a little timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff, the third series of Doctor Who Character Builder Miniatures materializes in the store this Wednesday!  Yes, we know series two hasn’t arrived yet, but, you know, time travel.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter as each set features different characters or key characters in unique costumes.  Set three includes the Doctor in his fancy green longcoat (circa season five), Amy with Silence marks on her face, an alternate universe Rory, River Song, an Ood, and many more (check them all out to the right).  Each figure is compatible with Lego’s, if you wish to build your own Doctor Who adventure set, or feel free to pick up one of Doctor Who Character Builder playsets currently at the store.

Jan 142012
 

Hard to type a sound effect, so…

You might have guessed from that, but there’s a new Tarzan book coming out from Dynamite next Wednesday. Called Lord of the Jungle, this series’ first issue with sell for only a $1 and will follow closely to the original Edgar Rice Burrows stories. Written by Arvid Nelson, respected author of the Rex Mundi series and the recent Warlord of Mars series, this should be both an authentic and enjoyable read.

If you haven’t noticed, the 90′s are kind of coming back right now in the world of comics. Cementing that idea even further is the return of the popular J. Scott Campbell series, Danger Girl. If you’re not familiar with the series, basically it’s every spy movie you’ve seen mixed with the curves of Charlie’s Angels and the slick, smooth line work of J. Scott Campbell. In this newest mini-series, the Danger Girl gang has returned, but with a +1. Yup, a new Danger Girl will be introduced to the team. And she’s a redhead. If that’s not enought to intice, young up-and-coming artist Chris Madden pencils the book in his highly expressive style. And if that doesn’t intice you…come on, it’s explosions and pretty ladies!

Welcome to the Pulp Fiction Jewelry corner here on QVC, tonight we’re going to highlight our new line of DC superhero emblems. First up is the Batman Symbol Necklace, a fine choice for any significant other who’s your own Dark Knight. After that we have a matching him and her Superman/Supergirl set of necklaces, perfect for the stylish nerd couple. Call within the next five minutes and receive a special high five from all the Pulp Fiction employees, because you are awesome!

Lately there have been a lot of blind box releases. There was the Lord of the Rings Heroclix set and the Pathfinder Battles figures, but none of them compare to the words I’m going to type next.

Doctor Who Miniatures.

Yes. They are cool. There are ten possible figures total, including Weeping Angels, Daleks, and, of course, the Doctor and Amy Pond. All of which are designed in a childish, LEGO-ish style that’s perfect for kids or adults who are kids. Collect all 10 and save the universe.

Jul 012011
 

These posts are starting to be dominated by the Doctor!  Can’t say that’s a bad thing, though.

Something else that is most definitely not a bad thing is the new Doctor Who TPB, Ripper.  This collection contains the first four issues of the newest Doctor Who ongoing series, which introduced Matt Smith’s Doctor into the comics.  In these initial issues, the Doctor deals with uncovering the true identity of Jack the Ripper and helping Inspector Abilene catch the culprit.  Tony Lee, the author, has an excellent grasp on the voices of the Doctor, Rory, and Amy, so it feels like you’re reading an episode of the show.

I doubt anyone reading this likes comics (those things are for kids, right?), but we’ll push our luck and talk about a couple more new ones on here.  The first being a dark Japanese samurai graphic novel called The Last Ninja.  At base a revenge story, The Last Ninja follows Kenji, a wannabe ninja, from childhood to adulthood as he seeks vengeance on the corrupt government.  After the death of his grandfather, a trained ninja, Kenji seeks training and revenge against the government agents who killed his grandpa.

One more, if you please.  Mysterious Ways mixes the comic and video gaming worlds as Jason Rubin of Iron Saint and Crash Bandicoot fame teams with Top Cow to produce a dark mystery book about the hunt for a serial killer.  An ex-cop becomes tied to a series of murders which then leads him into being chased by the FBI.  Funny how that happens, right?  The mysterious part?  Magic.  Come on, what else?

Oh, okay, since you’re begging, one more.  Reprinted from the classic French serials is the first volume of comics master Jacques Tardi‘s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.  Some of the more worldly folks out there may have seen the Luc Besson film from last year based on this wild material.  I say wild, because not only do Adele’s adventures take place in an alternate reality 20th century Europe, but there’s a pterodactyl, too!  Basically, Adele is a writer he gets into crazy, sci-fi adventures dealing with mummies, mad scientists, and, as stated, dinosaurs.  The art is obviously terrific as Tardi is legendary in the industry.

Okay, enough comics.  How about some oddly deformed little superhero people?

Yes, tonight we end with two new sets of vinyl offerings from both Marvel and DC.  First up, is the first set of DC Mez-Itz.  These chunky little guys come two to a pack (paired in hero/villain combinations) and contain some of the greatest DC characters including Batman, Joker, Superman, and Green Lantern.  Look at the pictures to the left and marvel.

Speaking of a transition, Marvel also has some large headed vinyl dudes releasing this week.  They include the Pop Vinyl versions of Spider-Man, the Hulk, and two Thor Movie figures (Thor and Loki).  Feast your eyes on the two pictures below.  FEEEEEAAAASSSSST!

Jun 102011
 

The Doctor is in.  In t-shirt form, that is.

We’ve had screwdrivers and comics and RPGs, but now we’re getting t-shirts.  Sporting the most striking image of Matt Smith’s first season, this black t-shirt is stamped with the famous blue whirlwind picture of the Doctor and Amy spinning out of control, TARDIS behind them.  Show you trust your Doctor by wearing this bad boy around.

Oh, and two more of the Doctor Who novels are shipping this week, as well.  One, starring David Tennant’s 10th Doctor, is called Doctor Who: Taking of Chelsea 426 and involves the Doctor investigating the weird occurrences of a green house planet.  The second, Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase, stars Matt Smith’s as he and Amy investigate ruins that hint at an alternate reality having merged with ours.

If you’ve read Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come, you’re aware of the brilliant interpretations they give Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.  Maybe the strongest visual retooling of the bunch, though, Diane’s golden Amazonian warfare attire from the story’s climax.  Well, now you can rip that image straight from the comic and sit it on your desk to admire into infinity with the Covers Girls of the DCU Wonder Woman statue.  Decked out in her Kingdom Come battle armor, this full body statue displays Wonder Woman in all her war hungry glory.

So, you’re going through you checklist for the release of the Green Lantern movie next week.  T-Shirt, check.  Green Lantern:  Rebirth trade paperback, check.  Green Lantern ring, ch…wait, what’s that little piddly plastic thing on your finger?  You call that a Green Lantern ring?  This is a ring (by the way, the previous sentence needs to be said in a Paul Hogan Australian accent).  Yes, the official Green Lantern Movie Replica Ring is cast from the exact ring Ryan Reynolds wears in the film.  Get your nerd on, ladies and gentlemen.

Over a foot tall and ripped from the pages of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s run on Superman, the new Superman Vs. Brainiac statue is epic in all the right ways.  For instance, Superman is designed in the indelible Christopher Reeves-esque likeness that Gary Frank established while on the book.  Outside of that, the version of Brainiac on the statue is also the redesigned version Frank created (which is awesome!).  Finally, Superman is ripping the Brainiac robot’s head off.  His head, people.  Sweet.