May 132011
 

Welcome to Pulp’s plush corner.

Doesn’t that just sound wrong, in some way?  Whether it does or not, it’s still true.

Marvel unleashes their secret box of cute with four new superhero plush figures.  Can you guess what four heroes they’ve chosen?  Seriously, shout at the computer.

That’s just silly, don’t do that.  Okay, it’s Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor.  Hmm, coincidence that they all have movies coming out soon?  Not as coincidental, they are all super cuddly.

And if you’re sitting there, thinking to yourself, “Man, I wish my plush Marvel figures had some bad guy to fight”.  Well, think no more!  Actually, that’s probably not a good idea, keep thinking.  In fact, start thinking about this new uber darling, My First Cthulhu.  Look how pudgy his belly is!  An elder god has never looked so huggable.

Do you like zombies?  Do you like cowboys?  Do you like zombie cowboys?  Of course you do.  This week welcomes Zeke Deadwood, Zombie Lawman to the shelves; the primary zombie cowboy.  What do creators Thomas Boatwright and Ryan Rubio do with how undead hero?  It’s the classic western tale:  bad hombres are roughing up a town until Zeke rides into town, ready to lay down the law.  This one shot looks like it could have a twisted, humorous sensibility like Rango or Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.

Okay, pay attention, ’cause this is important.  An omnibus version of Geoff Johns a chunk of his run on The Flash his arriving this week and you all need to buy it.  Why?  Because you might be out there doubting that the Flash can be an interesting character and this collection of Johns’ first twelve issues, the one-shots Iron Heights and Our Worlds at War, as well as Secret Files #3.  In these issues (and the ones that follow) Johns was able to infuse Wally West, the then Flash, with a well-rounded emotional core.  In short, he made you care about him.  He always went a step further and fleshed out the backstories on all of the Flash‘s rogues, making each of them way more compelling than they had ever been before.  And when you’ve got guys like Captain Cold and Weather Wizard, that can be a steep mountain to climb.  Fluid, detailed art by the likes of Scott Kolins and Ethan Van Sciver adds to the total package here.  Seriously, this is good comics.  Check it out.

If you think fezs, bowties, and stetsons are cool, then here’s something else you’re going to think is cool:  the 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.  Want to know why you’ll think it’s cool?  Not only is this an exact, collectible replica of the Doctor’s famous deus ex machina tool (complete with green lights and “vir” sound effects), but it’s actually a screwdriver.  Yes, it comes with three tips for various size screws that can be fitted to the bottom of the screwdriver.  Usually, it’d be cool enough just to whip the thing around pretending to open doors and whatnot, but now you can actually screw something together!