We’ve known Dennis Hopeless for about seven years now. In that time we’ve seen him push himself to become a better writer; a writer that understands character, understands plotting and story, understands how to pace a page. In our opinion, he has succeeded at this. And, apparently, we’re not the only one who feel this way as his first book from Marvel Comics, Legion of Monsters, ships this week.
Some readers out there may be tempted to pass over this book because it doesn’t star characters like Spider-Man or Wolverine or even Daredevil, but I think that would be unwise. Not just because Pulp wants to support a previous employee, but because miniseries like these, ones that star characters writers can play with and flesh out, are the best sort of reading. They’re the kind of stories that surprise readers. The kind of stories that offer more than the standard superhero fair. Just like Grant Morrison with Animal Man, Matt Fraction with Iron Fist, and Rick Remender with Punisher, Dennis takes a group of C-list characters like Morbius, The Living Mummy, and Werewolf by Night and finds what’s compelling about them. Making them the police of the underground Monster City certainly adds to the appeal. Oh, and if you’ve ever read Nextwave, you might be happy to hear that Elsa Bloodstone becomes the next in a line of strong female characters Dennis has penned.
Coincidentally, this week also marks the arrival of Minimate‘s first forays into their Universal Monsters line of figures. There’s the Dracula set, which contains ole Drac himself, Wilamina Harker, Renfeild, and, of course, Van Helsing (not the Hugh Jackman version), as well as the Frankenstein set, which includes the monster, the doctor, Elizabeth, and the bride. My recommendation, pick these guys up, turn on the fog machine, snuggle into the couch with Legion of Monsters, and have a good time.
Not sure if you heard the news, but Dan Didio claims none of the Crisis events from DC’s past occurred in the current universe. Ironically, next week DC releases an Absolute Identity Crisis edition. I say you tell Dan Didio to screw himself and pick up a copy! Okay, frankly, he’ll probably just be happy you paid for it, but you can still show him he sucks by reading an incredibly well written story! For one, Identity Crisis is written by best selling novelist Brad Metzler, so you know the mystery is going to be strong. Second, all of the characters, no matter how unimportant they may seem or how little they are on the page, receive moving characterizations. Thirdly, there has been no better set of cliffhangers in a DC miniseries than in this one. How did those tiny footprints get on that brain? Does Batman remember? Who killed Sue Dibney? Why is Dan Didio such a schmuck? Okay, I added that last one.
Maybe the weirdest product I’ve ever seen come through this store ships this Wednesday. Say it with me: Eight Foot Inflatable Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man. That’s right, a human-sized, blow-up recreation of the giant marshmellow creature from the first Ghostbusters movie. And you know what? Everyone is going to want to own him. Which is because it is amazing.
Also, don’t forget we still have a Ghostbuster Neon Sign, depicting the famous logo, in stock and ready for purchase. Basically, if you own the both of them, you could put on a pretty good rendition of the Ghostbusters movies in your living room. Sounds like reason enough to be.
Wait. Did I say that was the weirdest? Alright, this next one is the weirdest…
I want twelve!