Dec 172011
 

Let’s see if our “beloved” distributor can accomplish a holiday miracle and actually ship us what we ordered this week. If they manage to do so, here’s some of the awesome items to drop next week.

Because it demands to be mentioned first, there is a plethora of Sonic Screwdriver merchandise coming in. And not just the normal 10th or 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver, no. This time around you get them both…plus a whole lot more. Yes, folks, with the new Doctor Who Personalize Your Sonic Screwdriver kit you can build up to 80 different versions of the Sonic Screwdriver. That’s Matt Smith’s, David Tennant’s, and about every other Doctor you can think of. But wait because it comes in pieces it probably doesn’t make all the cool sound effects the other screwdrivers have, right? Wrong! And if that wasn’t enough, we’re also getting in the Master’s Laser Screwdriver (Pictured to the left) and a restock on River Song‘s Future Sonic Screwdriver. Pick these babies up while you can, because with gift giving in full swing they will go fast.

And if that’s not enough timey wimey-ness for you, then you’ll just have to check out the Doctor Who Ongoing v.2 trade paperback (and don’t worry if you didn’t get the first volume because we still have a copy). This volume contains issues #5-8, which is cool because #6-8 has been the best storyline thus far. That trilogy of issues carries the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to a recreation world where travelers can emerse themselves in whatever fantasy world they choose. Be a cowboy, be a gladiator, go to Atlantis, whatever suits you! But, as is always the case with the Doctor, things go haywire and the fantasy worlds become real. Eventually there’s a talking dinosaur and about a thousand versions of the Doctor running around. Pick up the collection and find out how it gets to that point!

To bridge the gap between comics, here’s some statues.

Ooooooo!

Awwwwww!

Ooooooo!

Awwwwww!

I know I’ve had a bunch of people asking about a White Lantern Sinestro, so here’s a mini bust for all you Sinestro nuts out there.

Hazzah!

Hooray!

The newest edition to the Batman Black & White line of statues comes from Patrick Gleason’s (Batman & Robin) exaggerated take on the character. Basic pose, but exceptional design.

Before he was writing the Dark Angel Saga in Uncanny X-Force or Frankencastle in The Punisher, Rick Remender wrote an epic series by the name of Strange Girl. Set in a post-rapture Earth, the lengthy adventure follows a young, emo girl and her demon buddy as they embark on a road trip across the country hoping to trick their way into the great hereafter by way of an open gateway to heaven. Any fan of Preacher or Y the Last Man will fall madly in love with this book. Luckily, you won’t have to search out any other volumes after it, because this is the Strange Girl Omnibus so it’s got every single issue of the entire series.

Finally, a new miniseries from the creator of iZombie, Chris Roberson’s Memorial. A blend of fantasy and horror, Memorial is the story of a young girl named Em who, after losing her memory and attempting to rebuild her life, must to battle with primal forces of the universe. Oh, and she’s got a talking cat on her side. Roberson has proven he can handle the fantastical through his Vertigo work, so I’m sure he’ll be up for the challenge of a series this demanding. Those who love iZombie or Locke & Key while probably find a comfortable fit in Memorial.

Dec 102011
 

It is that time of the year.  The holidays are upon us, the snow is imminent, the packages are…wait, oh no, I forgot to THAT gift for THAT person!  Sweet fancy Moses, what am I going to do?!!!  I need it, like, RIGHT NOW!!!!

Don’t worry.  Calm down, grab a cup of hot coco, and peruse your way through ole Pulp Fiction’s last minute holiday gift idea post.

To start off, we’ve got a little stocking stuffer for the Marvel fan out there.  Avengers X-Sanction starts up this Wednesday and it promises to be a slam-bang, all-out-action fest.  Cable has been sent back through time to protect the future (as Cable is apt to do), but this time his mission is to eliminate the Avengers.  This, of course, rubs guys like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man the wrong way.  Fighting, smashing, punching, bashing, exploding, and general disharmony will ensue.  Bringing Jeph Loeb (Batman Long Halloween) back together with Ed McGuinness (Hulk), Avengers X-Sanction is sure to be a gorgeous, action packed book.

Next up, one for the Guillermo del Toro-vampire-novel-Chuck Hogan fan (any fan of these individually would also apply).  Based off of the novel Hogan and del Toro co-wrote, The Strain #1 combines vampires stories with the idea of a worldwide outbreak.  The plot: a plane lands at JFK, but when it doesn’t empty its passengers a team is called into investigate.  Wonder what they’ll find?  Barrowing the stylized artwork of Mike Huddleston (Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker), this book’ll satisfy the horror fanatic in your household.

Time for some statues.  ’Cause statues are cool.

As is the Doctor.

Yup, Matt Smitth, 11th Doctor, now has his own sharp looking mini bust.  I can almost hear the Sonic Screwdriver it looks so real.

And since we’re talking statues, I might as well mention the newest DC Dynamic edition, The Joker.  I have seriously been waiting for this thing to come out for months and months.  Out of a series of statues that have looked absolutely amazing, this is far and away the best!  The way they’ve incorporated the gas from the gas bombs into the base is brilliant and quite colorful.  If you know a Joker fan or someone who’s been collecting the DC Dynamic statues, this is a must have!

Mark Millar is the most talented human to ever touch a keyboard in all of time or space.  Or so he would tell you.  The fact is, Millar is one heck of a writer having turned out sensational, classic stories like Wanted, Kick-Ass, The Ultimates, Nemesis, and Old Man Logan, but many forget he ever touched Marvel‘s golden child, Spider-Man.  Luckily, Marvel did not forget and is packaging all of his Spider-Man related material together in one big Ultimate Collection.  As you might imagine, Millar made Spider-Man his own by redesigning popular villains like Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, and the Sinister Six.  Anyone who thinks they’ve read everything Spider-Man needs to pick up this forgotten gem of a run.

So I’m legally obligated to mention this next product or else I lose my comic book store employee license.  Yes, folks, the Fables volume 16 tpb comes out this Wednesday.  Whoa, whoa, sit back down, it’s not out yet.  When it does hit, though, this collection enters the superhero territory.  Pinocchio hits on the bright idea that he can turn his friends into superheroes to battle the enemies of Fabletown.  Okay, I know you can’t wait any longer, come set up your tent outside the store.

Lastly tonight is the Pulp Fiction toy corner.

We’ll start with the newest set of Green Lantern action figures.  Series 5 contains four characters as usual, most importantly this time around, Sinestro in his Green Lantern uniform and Guy Gardner.  The rest of the set is filled out by Soranik Natu (Sinestro‘s daughter) and Brother Warth of the Blue Lantern CORPS.

The grand finale, though, comes with the new Arkham City action figure set.  This time around the figures in the set include Batman sans mask, Harley Quinn in her new costume, and Robin.  As you can see they are B to the A.

Dec 032011
 

Banks may not be the most popular entities right now, but I’d wager a guess that they might earn a little more love if they all looked like last week’s Deadpool Bust Bank or this week’s Black Costume Spider-Man Bust Bank.

Occupy Spider-Man Bank just doesn’t seem as likely.

If you’ve been a comic reader for a while or know anything about Marvel comic history, you may have heard that The Defenders get laughed at a fair amount.  To be fair, they were comprised of a rather unusual group of heroes (I mean, how the heck did Hulk, Dr. Strange, and Namor ever have anything to talk about?).  However, as is the way with comics, everything that was made fun of can be serious again, which is the case with Matt Fraction‘s new Defenders #1.  Starting up this week, the new take on the classic team is once again lead by the master of magic himself, Steven Strange, but also claims Namor, Iron Fist, Red She-Hulk, and Silver Surfer.  Yes, another eclectic roster, but in Matt Fraction‘s hands that means good reading.  Especially considering his run on the Immortal Iron Fist is one of the most exceptional comic runs in recent history.  Add to all of that the fact that the team will be chasing down the new Black Hulk and you’ve got a recipe for insanity.

Another book that dredges up the hits of the past, polishes them off, and places them all shiny and new into your lap is Dynamite Comic‘s Voltron #1.  The first thing you’ll notice about this book is the gorgeous painted cover by industry legend Alex Ross.  As usual, Ross conveys childhood nostalgia with every stroke.  Inside the book, you’ll find Ariel Padilla’s artwork to be equal parts colorful and explosive.  Story-wise, the book pulls from all incarnations of Voltron to create a fresh take on the characters for new and old readers alike.

If you’ve been following the DCU Online Statue collection, you’ve likely noticed they’ve all been top quality sculpts of fan favorite characters.  You’ve probably also noticed that the Joker has not been among the releases thus far.  Well, this Wednesday, that changes.

Feast your eyes on the Crown Prince of Crime’s DCU Online Statue.

Just not too long, he’ll dose you in acid.

Okay, so you’re preparing for your holiday feast, getting the turkey cooked, the stuffing stuffed, the potatoes mashed, and the nog egged.  Then you dip a cup into the bowl of eggnog, take a sip, and realize…something’s missing.  Think.  Think.  Wait a tick, that’s it!  The X-Men is what’s missing!

And that’s where the new Uncanny X-Men and Avengers Toon Tumbler Pint Glasses come in handy, adding that extra little spice of nerd that’s so desired in your holiday meal.

Sep 162011
 

If it’s Comic List Highlights and it’s Pulp Fiction, then it’s time for your New 52 Update.  In the New 52 Update we, the comicly nerdy, employees of Pulp Fiction tell you, the hungry for information, customers which DC Relaunch books ship this week with a one word description of each.

*Batman – BIFF!  *Birds of Prey – Fempower  *Blue Beetle - escarabajo

*Captain Atom – Soulja  *Catwoman – Prrrr

*DC Universe Presents - Acrobatic  *Green Lantern CORPS – Plural

*Legion of Superheroes – Future  *Nightwing – speedo-less

*Red Hood & the Outlaws – Wanted  *Supergirl – Collar

*Wonder Woman – Spoooooooky

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Like, literally don’t, in this case, because the Venom displayed on the cover to the right is not exactly who appears in the story.  The statement could also apply to the protagonist of this new Rick Remender penned Venom Volume 1 Hardcover, though, as Flash Thompson is not your mild-mannered, wheelchair-bound, ex-soldier.  No, sir, he is, in fact, the government’s newest secret weapon:  Venom.  Having agreed to don the symbiote in limited forty-eight hour periods, Flash is sent on covert missions to take down the worst of the worst.  Illustrated by former KC-ian Tony Moore (and original Walking Dead artist), this book is a violent, gruesome, action-packed force to be reckoned with.  Do you dare?

So how about that new crack drug they’ve got these days?  Or that new Hubble Telescope?  Crazy stuff, right?  Ooo, ooo, and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man?  Terrific!  Wait a tick, it’s not 1988, it’s 2011!  Then what the hey is The New Teen Titans:  Games HC doing coming out next Wednesday?  Yeah, just a bit late, George Perez and Marv Wolfman are finally (FIIIINALLLY) done with their epic Teen Titans story.  It’s been in the works for over twenty years, folks, and judging from the earlier Titans works of Perez and Wolfman that time can only mean this baby is perfection.

I know what you’re saying out there, “What is with all these collars on my Super Family characters?  Where are the good old days when costumes ended at the neck?”.  Well, I understand you’re pain (actually, no, but let’s say I do for this situation).  Luckily for all you cranky folk out on the Interwebs Pulp Fiction has a solution for your craz…um, reasonable complaints.  That would be the new Women of the DCU Supergirl Bust.  Stealing a move from her older cousin, Kara is busting out of those nasty chains that seem to continually end up wrapped around Super Family members.  Classic pose.  Classic costume.  Classic statue.