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.

Jun 032011
 

Welcome to Pulp’s Statue Symposium.  Today, you probably wouldn’t guess, but we’re discussing all statues.  Mostly because we’re getting in some gorgeous statues next week…..statues….statues.  Did you get that we’re talking about statues?

Enough about statues!  Onto statues.

First is the freshest Women of the DCU mini-bust offering, a new Harley Quinn sculpt.  Previously, there was a Harley sculpt that depicted her popping out of a Jack-in-the-Box, but this new sculpt has Harley innocently licking on a lollipop.  Her base is a spread of Joker playing cards, which looks rather nice.  What am I telling you this for, just look at the picture on the left.

Next up is the first villain in the impressive line of DC Dynamic statues that have been dropping like crazy this year.  The Dynamic statues are the ones that have famous characters like Batman, Green Lantern, and Superman shooting up out of detailed character-centric bases.  So, for this Sinestro statue, he’s rising ever-menacingly out of a cyclone of yellow energy.  A perfect contrast to the extremely popular Hal Jordan DC Dynamic statue from a couple of months back.

The hit parade continues with two new Ame-Comi PVC statues.  Again, this line of statues has produced some slickly redesigned versions of classic DC heroines and villainesses like Batgirl, Catwoman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman.  Well, this week Raven and, Aquaman‘s wife, Mera join the PVC pack.  As always, these ladies are presented in an exaggerated Anime style.  That means bright colors and big eyes.  If you want vibrancy in your statue, then these are the ones you need to hunt down.

Last but not least (and I mean that in price), is the epic, awe-inducing, mind-blowing bookend Green Lantern versus Sinestro!  Falling into another statue series, this time Ultimate Showdowns, this two piece statue has Hal and Sinestro on two independent bases that can be joined or used as bookends.  Adding an extra bit of awesome, these two figures can swivel on their bases and their heads can turn in any direction you want, allowing you to choose the battle pose these characters will remain in.  As one other added bonus, if you have any of the other statue in this Ultimate Showdown series, you can join these bases with them.