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Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Cryptozoic’s Response to WotC - This should be interesting.

Kotaku – Making Batman Poorer Might Actually Be a Pretty Good Idea – Its been done with other characters. Has it been done with Batman?

Kotaku – Metallic Iron Man Figures Are the Best Iron Man Figures – This is impressive.

Gizmodo – Animated GIF clearly shows the massive scale of sci-fi ships – Also impressive.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Arkham Manor #1

Batman News – Harley Quinn #11

ICv2 – Honey Blood Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Secret Avengers #9

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Preview: Zero #11

Zero #11

Story By: Ales Kot
Art By: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Art By: Jordie Bellaire
Cover By: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Cover By: Tom Muller
Variant Cover By: Sarah Horrocks
Variant Cover By: Tom Muller
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140697
Published: October 22, 2014

Iceland, one year later. Zero’s past comes knocking.


Preview: Red Sonja Vol. 2

Red Sonja Vol. 2

Gail Simone (w)
Walter Geovani (a)
Jenny Frison (c)
FC • 208 pages • $19.99 • Teen+

A dying emperor has a last request of Sonja. He is throwing the ultimate send-off party, and needs the six greatest artisans from all the known lands: the greatest chef, swordsman, courtesan, and more. If Sonja brings them in time, he will free a thousand slaves…but if she fails, they will be buried alive right next to his coffin!


  • Issues 7-12 and 0 of the critically-acclaimed series by GAIL SIMONE (BATGIRL, BIRDS OF PREY), WALTER GEOVANI and NOAH SALONGA.
  • Gail Simone’s original script to RED SONJA #0
  • All of the beautiful covers by some of the top artists in the comic book industry including: JENNY FRISON, STEPHANIE BUSCEMA, JOYCE CHIN, NEI RUFFINO, AMY REEDER, STEPHANIE HANS, ALLISON SOHN, EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, and MORE!


Preview: Oddly Normal #2

Oddly Normal #2

Story By: Otis Frampton
Cover By: Otis Frampton
Art By: Otis Frampton
Variant Cover By: Rob Guillory
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140665
Published: October 22, 2014

Oddly Normal’s parents and house may have vanished off the face of the earth, but things go from bad to weird when her dotty Great Aunt arrives on the scene.


Diamond Select Toys This Week: New toys from Clerks, Marvel, Godzilla and PvZ!

It’s another big week for comic shops, as Diamond Select Toys has delivered another super-exciting batch of new products! Their Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare action figures continue to roll out to stores, along with their Clerks 20th Anniversary Minimates set, an all-new Best of Marvel Minimates series, and the highly anticipated Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank!

Clerks Minimates 20th Anniversary B&W Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! These Minimates aren’t even supposed to be here today! It’s the 20th anniversary of Clerks, the legendary first movie by the godfather of geeks, Kevin Smith, and DST is celebrating with a box set of four Minimates! Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob are each lovingly rendered in black-and-white, standing approximately 2 inches tall with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142230, SRP: $19.99)

Clerks4pkBW_Pkg_MAY142230Best of Marvel Minimates Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Release! The best Marvel Minimates DST has ever made are back for a third series! Four more two-packs of Marvel’s most famous heroes get the ultimate Minimate treatment, including Marvel Now Captain America with Spider-Sense Spider-Man, Transforming Grey Hulk with Mark 29 Armor Iron Man, Classic Hawkeye with Lab Attack Ant-Man and Luke Cage Power Man with Dragon Attack Iron Fist! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum!  (Item #MAY142222, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Godzilla Classic Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Release! Godzilla’s greatest foe is launching his attack! A cybernetic copy of Godzilla with superior firepower, this vinyl bust bank of Mechagodzilla is based on how the robotic kaiju appeared in 1974’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Standing 8 inches tall, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door in the base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!  (Item #MAY142233, SRP: $22.99)


Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Action Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Can’t get enough of the acclaimed third-person shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare? Stage your own battles using the brand-new assortment of action figures from Diamond Select Toys! Each two-pack includes a  5″ scale Zombie and an opponent Plant figure, each with multiple points of articulation. Free Garden Warfare bonus content download code in every package!

Scientist Zombie & Gatling Pea 2-Pack (Item #MAR141940, SRP: $19.99)


Foot Soldier Zombie (with bonus Commando head) & Camo Cactus 2-Pack (Item #MAR141941,  SRP: $19.99)


Engineer Zombie & Chomper 2-Pack (Item #MAR141942, SRP: $19.99)


All-Star Zombie & Shadow Flower 2-Pack (Item #MAR141943, SRP: $19.99)


National Book Festival 2014: Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang appeared in the Graphic Novels Super Session at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Gene Luen Yang is a writer of both graphic novels and comics. His work “American Born Chinese” is a creative text that chronicles the Asian-American experience in a way that resonates with teen readers. It was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award; it was also a winner of the 2007 Eisner Award. “Boxers & Saints” (First Second) is a two-volume project that set during the Boxer Rebellion, a war that took place on Chinese soil over 100 years ago between the Boxers (anti-Christians) and their Chinese Christian enemies during a time of national turmoil. This historically based fiction offers two perspectives, as “Boxers” focuses on the story of Little Bao, a boy who becomes a leader of the Boxer Rebellion, and “Saints” follows the story of Vibiana, a girl from the same village who becomes a Christian. “Boxers & Saints” was a National Book Award finalist, noted on Booklist’s Top 10 Religious Books for Youth, awarded Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Yang believes both graphic novels and comics can be used effectively as educational tools in the classroom. He teaches at Hamline University as part of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

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Preview: Wildfire #4

Wildfire #4

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Linda Sejic
Cover By: Linda Sejic
Variant Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUL140591
Published: October 22, 2014

THE CONCLUSION OF THE INAUGURAL WILDFIRE ARC! The government is prepared to firebomb Los Angeles to prevent the spread of the genetically altered plants that are growing out of control and destroying the city. How will Dan Miller stop what he’s helped unleash and the government from destroying LA?


Preview: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 3 TP

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 3 TP

Authors: Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert
Artists: Tom Garcia, Janusz Ordon

The three people to serve as Pinhead—Elliott Spencer, Kirsty Cotton, and Harry D’Amour—have been thrown into various factions fighting a war between Hells that threatens to destroy all of humanity. As the divisions between dimensions dissolve, each of the Hell Popes must decide how far they are willing to go to win the war and to ensure their survival. Clive Barker and co-writer Brandon Seifert, with artist Tom Garcia, bring this epic Hellraiser saga to a thrilling conclusion. This volume also includes stories from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Annual 2013, featuring work by Barker and Seifert, as well as Ben Meares, Jesus Hervas, and Janusz Ordon. Collects Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #9-12, and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Annual 2013.


Preview: The Dream Merchant #5 (of 6)

The Dream Merchant #5 (of 6)

Story By: Nathan Edmondson
Art By: Konstantin Novosadov
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL130522
Published: October 22, 2014

Everything that rises must converge. Winslow embraces his dream and is ready to defend the world from what is already here. The tale draws to a close and the scope of Winslow’s dream is larger than anyone could have imagined.


Preview: Jughead and Archie Comics Annual #6


Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Various
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña?
On Sale Date: 10/22
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

The Riverdale Fall Festival is here, and Jughead’s unable to partake in the one activity he loves most—enjoying his food! Falling leaves provide a scenic backdrop and who doesn’t love jumping into piles of them—but there’s one disadvantage—getting them in your food! Will autumn finally leave Jughead alone and let him eat in peace? Find out in “The Fall of Jughead and Archie,” the hilarious, NEW first story to this fall-flavored Comics Annual!


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