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The Avengers Revealed for Knight Model’s Marvel Universe Miniature Game

Today the Avengers have been revealed for Knight Model‘s upcoming tabletop game Marvel Universe Miniature Game. This comes the day after the Guardians of the Galaxy were revealed, and the X-Men preceded that. The game will be released with three starter sets, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, and Avengers, that will each included four metal miniatures, character cards, and a mini rulebook.

The Avengers are made up of Steve Rogers as Captain America, Tony Stark as Iron Man, Thor, and Natasha Romanova aka Black Widow. We don’t know who will be in the blister that will be released along with the starter set.

Each character’s description sounds like they embody their comic counterparts. Captain America is a leader who provides boosts to his teammates. His Vibranium Shield acts to help boost his defense and can be used offensively attacking multiple enemies as it bounces off of them in the air. Iron Man is all about the suit which allows him to fly with speed, his built in offensive repulsor blasts, missiles, and the Unibeam. Thor fills the role of the flying tank in his strength, and Mjolnir. He can also bring down lightning and like Cap, use his hammer as a shield. Finally Black Widow is about the stealth and close combat. It sounds like she has an infiltrate ability and uses close combat, firearms, and her Widow’s Bite to take on her opponents.

So, now that all three starter sets have been revealed, which will you be getting? I can’t decide, so I guess it’s all of them for me!

Avengers Marvel Universe Miniature Game

(via Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher)

Beyond the Fourth Wall: The Roots of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

In the latest episode of Beyond the Fourth Wall, Jon and Joe explore the roots of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Their discussion takes them from daredevils and mutants to web-slinging wonders.

The Ultimate Guide To Fill Your Pets Geek Need

With Christmas just around the corner, many of us are stressed to the max with shopping. Who wants to go to a store and shop when you can find just about everything online. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have something neat. Let us help you make shopping for your pets easy with these suggestions.

Doctor who cat box

This is the purrfect way for your kitty companion to travel the universes just like the Doctor in Doctor Who. Visit CacaoFurniture to buy this cat sized Tardis for a mere $60.00.

Zuul

This Zuul is a awesome addition if you have your own little hellion at home or you want to make your Ghostbuster team compete with a villain. This can be found for $150.00 at Olipra.

Captian America Hat

Make your pup part of the Avengers with this Captain America knit hat. Order one at SoChaChaWonderlandTW for $37.28.

Raised Pet Feeder

We all know our bigger pups need to eat higher up, so why not do it in style. Check out this Bat Girl feeder at FastigesMadeWithLove for $50.00.

Star Trek Dog Costume

If you have multiple dogs in your house, perhaps a Star Trek team maybe something that interests you. This is a affordable gift at only $12.00 from thecaliforniachi.

R2D2

For all the hardcore Star Wars lovers out there, this R2D2 costume allows you to bring the cuteness home. This is more costly then your average pet store costume, but well worth it at $60.00 found at HachiCorp.

Spiderman Pajamas

Not like your dog is not cute enough, but come on dogs in pajamas are just a bit cuter. Check out these Spiderman pajamas. This is a cheap gift at $12.00 found at PawsUpbyRoseandPheeb.

Cat Toys Dr Who

If you can’t do the large Doctor Who perhaps this is more affordable. These catnip toys look real cool and are found at CatsCraftsAndGeekery for $8.00.

Indiana Jones Cat Bridge

As a Indiana Jones fan we all remember that bridge. Bring it home for your beloved kitties. This is being sold for $150.00 at CatastrophiCreations.

lightsaber

Give the force to your kitty with these Star Wars cat nip lightsabers. Buy them at FeltySpice for $9.00. Make those YouTube videos come to life.

Whether you are on a budget or can go all out, these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg to spoil your furbabies. Just remember that you and your pet will be geeked out this holiday.

Review: The New Avengers #1

TheNewAvengersMarvel has started rolling out their new Avengers titles following Secret Wars, Uncanny Avengers and The New Avengers being the first ones out of the gate. After reading Uncanny Avengers (which I also reviewed), I was very nervous about jumping into this book; I didn’t want to deal with disappointment twice. Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry about that after reading this book, but I wasn’t completely satisfied with what I had read.

I was very glad to see this title following a story thread from the previous volume, where Roberto DaCosta (Sunspot) had successfully taken over A.I.M, and is now called Avengers Idea Mechanics, working as a world-wide rescue initiative, operating off an island, away from the jurisdiction of any governments, or SHIELD. The team of Avengers brought together is, again, a very odd match up: Songbird, Hulkling, Wiccan, Power Man, White Tiger and Squirrel Girl. Going off into their mission, we get a glimpse into the team dynamic, as well as a look into the tech that AIM is now able to equip them with. It didn’t really feel much like a “team”, but more like pairs being pushed into working together. White Tiger and Power Man stick together (coming from Mighty Avengers) and Hulkling and Wiccan, of course, stick close (coming from Young Avengers). Songbird seems to be the field leader of this group, and seems comfortable in the role; and Squirrel Girl…well, the less I say now about her is better.

Sunspot is the same old Roberto we’ve seen in the last volume of this book, still as confident as ever, even as he is facing an inspection from Dum Dum Dugan and SHIELD. They’ve come to see what exactly this new AIM has to offer the world, and for the moment, is treating them like the good guys. But, SHIELD would like to have one of their own assets on the team as well, someone who can keep SHIELD in the loop on the activities of this group…and Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, is introduced as its newest member.

The villain is revealed, being the Maker, an alternate Reed Richards, who really only comes across as another mad scientist looking to take over the world, and the threat he has created for the team really feels, well, silly…crystal headed zombies gathering energy of the dead? By this point, I was asking myself if this title was aimed at Avengers fans, or something more aimed to a younger, elementary school audience.

Al Ewing brings a story that clearly lays out the reason for this new team, and introduces them to us jumping into action. The team feeling isn’t really quite there, and it feels more like a team up with various couples under the Avengers banner. And then there’s Squirrel Girl. My only reaction to her was….why?? Why isn’t she the kick ass character we saw back in New Avengers who worked as nanny for Danielle Cage (Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter)? We saw her kick Wolverine’s butt and serve as a more than capable member of the team. Now, she looks like something from a BAD children’s cartoon show, and she talks as if she really is just a child (I would guess 5 or 6). Why did they do this? I used to think Squirrel Girl was a decent character, but now just comes across as a joke.

I really enjoy Gerardo Sandoval’s art (it was the saving grace for me for Age of Apocalypse in Secret Wars). I really enjoyed it here in this book, though I found it didn’t work for all the characters. I am having problems with how Wiccan looks more buffed and like a ‘typical’ super hero as opposed to being smaller, more lanky looking. I really liked that about the character; here was this kid that could easily be overlooked, but wielded realty altering abilities. And then again, there’s Squirrel Girl…I have no words. She looks like a cartoon mascot for the team. Again I ask, why?

Overall, I did enjoy this book. A new team with a lot of characters I’m happy to see back in action (notably, Songbird, Hulkling and Wiccan). The team dynamic isn’t quite there yet, but I’m confident as the book goes on, this will get stronger. The team has a clear purpose, and I’m intrigued with this new AIM, and the support staff introduced, that could lead to many interesting stories. The villain wasn’t anything special, and the immediate threat felt a little sub par for an Avengers book, but I did enjoy the ride and I am looking forward to seeing where this book goes. And here’s hoping Squirrel Girl isn’t along for the ride much longer.

Story: Al Ewing Art: Gerardo Sandoval
Story: 6 Art: 7: Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Review: Uncanny Avengers #1

UncannyAvengersSecret Wars is over…kinda…sorta…I’m not really sure…but, we’re starting to see Marvel release the new titles emerging from their latest event, set to re-imagine the Marvel Universe. For Uncanny Avengers, this is the second time this title has been launched this year, and I was disappointed to see this volume of the series falling as short, if not shorter, then the last.

The core reason for this Unity Squad remains intact: to show the world that mutants and non-mutant heroes can work together for a better world; but now they have expanded that to include Inhumans (Marvels latest spotlighted characters) to show a united front to the world. But, as expected, there is hardly any unity in this squad. The roster for this team seems an odd choice to me; Steven Rogers choosing Rogue, Quicksilver, Spider-Man, Brother Voodoo, the Human Torch, a new Inhuman named Synapse…and Deadpool. Yes, Deadpool is now an Avenger. The last member seems to be a point of contention within the group, leading one of them to quit a few pages into the book.  This new team definitely does not feel comfortable, or overly friendly with each other, with even one member making a pretty nasty comment during a press conference in regards to the Inhumans. The team really feels disjointed and forced together.

I’m sorry to see that a lot of the characters from the previous volumes have not made it into this book (Rogue and Brother Voodoo being the only two), and Rogue and her powers seem to have been changed, no longer dealing with the absorbed Wonder Man and the problems that came with him in her head, but rather we see a more classic Rogue with flight and super strength.  For only carrying two characters forward in this book, it would have been nice to see come of the challenges facing them carry forward as well.

Gerry Duggan does an ‘ok’ job of bringing us this new team of Avengers. There is no real reason given as to why Steve chose this new team to serve, and there is nothing really to introduce the new character Synapse to the reader. She’s just here, now an Avenger, and the reader is supposed to care about her without knowing anything about her. The interactions between the team members fall flat for me and do nothing to  reinforce the feeling of a real team. Ryan Stegman’s art feels way too cartoony for me. The over exaggerated facial expressions really ruin some panels for me and these characters look like they haven’t eaten for quite some time, looking more like stick figures. And I really don’t like some of the costume redesigns (Quicksilver has a fast forward symbol on his chest?  Really?)

Overall, I was not happy with this latest relaunch. The characters feel flat on their own, and definitely do not feel like a team; I found the art very distracting and the villain feels very lackluster after the likes of the Red Skull and the Apocalypse Twins. This issue has set the bar very low for the latest volume of Uncanny Avengers, but here’s hoping it can only go up and improve going forward.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Ryan Stegman
Story: 5 Art: 4 Overall: 4.5 Recommendation: Pass

New York Comic Con 2015 Thursday Cosplay

This year’s New York Comic Con brought in over 167,000 comic lovers, many of which were geek-ed out in some awesome cosplay. Thursday lacked some common characters such as Batman & Robin, but had pretty much every version of Harley Quinn you could want. You could build your very own Avenger team with the amount of Avengers cosplay. Anime characters also seemed to be a frequent sight this year. Check out our gallery for just a few of these cosplay pictures and don’t miss the rad Godzilla.

Avengers: Standoff! Unites Earth’s Mightiest Heroes For Epic Crossover!

The blockbuster Avengers crossover of 2016 starts here! It’ll take all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to uncover the mysteries behind Pleasant Hill – and it’s all happening in Avengers: Standoff! this Spring! Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Captain America with a bang as heroes from across the Marvel Universe strap in for an explosive thrill ride!

From the outside it looks like any other remote small town. Only Pleasant Hill is anything but. This gated community has more than its fair share of secrets. Secrets that keep its residents locked away behind its walls. But the time has come for them to finally escape. As their revolt begins – why then are the Avengers trying to keep them inside? And what does it have to do with S.H.I.E.L.D.? What’s hidden at Pleasant Hill might be too much for even the Avengers to handle.

In an interview with Marvel.com, Nick Spencer said:

It was really about trying to craft an event that was very ground-level, very character-driven, where everybody’s in close quarters in a locked-in space. It was a perfect setting for us in the scale we wanted to give and the direction and the feel of the event.

Kicking off this March in Standoff!: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha by Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz – this blockbuster crossover event continues across various Avengers titles this Spring. All-New, All-Different Avengers, Sam Wilson Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, New Avengers, Ultimates, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and more – nobody is safe from Pleasant Hill!

STANDOFF!: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art & Cover by JESUS SAIZ
Coming March 2016!

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Around the Tubes

Just one more day until New York Comic Con! Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Variety – Women Quietly Become a Force in Comic Book World – Not sure I’d call it really quiet. Its kind of been a fight.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – All-New, All-Different Marvel Point One #1

Newsarama – All-New, All-Different Marvel Point One #1

CBR – Avengers #0

Newsarama – Doctor Strange #1

Comic Vine – Doctor Strange #1

Newsarama – Invincible Iron Man #1

Comic Vine – Invincible Iron Man #1

Newsarama – Jughead #1

CBR – Jughead #1

Nothing But Comics – The Steam Man #1

Comicsgirl – Three quick reviews of Harlequin manga titles

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

PaperGirls01_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Old Man Logan #5 (Marvel) – I loved the first Old Man Logan, it remains to this day one of the best Wolverine stories told in the last fifteen years. This sequel doesn’t quiet measure up to those lofty heights, but I never expected it too. This story is a fun exploration of a character that has been missing from our comics for a long time, and I’m enjoying every page.

Detective Comics #45 (DC Comics) – Honestly, if it wasn’t for the possibility of more Harvey Bullock, this comic wouln’t be on my list at all. Who doesn’t love Harvey Bullock?

 

Brett

Top Pick: Drawn Onward (Big Planet Comics/Retrofit) – I picked up a copy of this small press indie book a while ago, and seriously it’s one of the best comics I’ve read this year. A comic that looks at a relationship from two perspectives, you need to read the comic front to back, and then back to front to get the full experience. Absolutely brilliant. You can read my review here.

Captain Canuck #4 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Remember when superheroes were supposed to be fun? This comic series follows Canada’s champion and is exactly that, fun with lots of action!

Cyborg #3 (DC Comics) – A comic that has parts superhero and part reflection, Cyborg’s solo series has been a breath of fresh air in many ways, especially since its tackled so many issues such as race and disabilities head on.

Jughead #1 (Archie Comics) – Archie’s relaunch of their titles have been amazing so far. Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson are masters at what they do, and the fact they’re on this comic has me beyond excited.

Southern Bastards #11 (Image Comics) – The best ongoing comic being produced hands down, no question.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Paper Girls #1 (Image Comics) – The writer of Saga (aka the comic even my Dad will read) and the artist of Wonder Woman team up for some 1988 newspaper girl badassness.

Top Pick: Jughead #1 (Archie Comics) – I never read Archie till the relaunch and boy does this one look like fun. Zdarsky and Henderson are aces at comedy without being mean spirited. Both are zany and oddball talents, making them the most Jughead-worthy team ever.

8House: Yorris Part 1 (Image Comics) – 8House is always something interesting and new. I’d suggest getting all #1 of the 8House mini imprint if you’re hungry from something unique and strange. This book has a euro-comic feel shared by many of the 8House stories.

Cyborg #3 (DC Comics) – A seriously smart comic about disability and race. It’s also great as pure sci-fi. Because those are things good sci-fi is supposed to do.

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – I’ve wanted a new Doctor Strange book for a long time. Jason Aaron’s pitch is a strong one: “Who do you call when things are coming out of your dreams and trying to kill you? He’s the only person standing between us and the forces of darkness, but has he been paying his tab?” –  The mildly de-aged Doctor sounds like he could be the Marvel version of John Constantine. But I’d prefer if it goes its own way since Constantine is winning at Constantine-ing (boy do I love that comic).

The Humans #8 (Image Comics) – Serious shit went down last issue in my favorite historical-fiction/funny-animal/ape-sploitation comic. Now, the biker gang’s old ladies are on the cover of this month’s issue with semi-automatic weapons pointed. That’s all I’m saying.

 

Kenny

Top Pick: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50 (IDW Publishing) – Shredder vs. the Turtles. 90% of my childhood was built around this rivalry and time has made me no less excited to see these mortal enemies go at it again.

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – I have always had a special place in my heart for comic book characters that are so far on the fringe of their own universe that people with outrageous super powers rarely dare to go into their realm and Doctor Strange personifies this better than almost anyone.

The Omega Men #5 (DC Comics) – After all the push back resulting from DC attempting to end this series at issue 6 I had to check out what all the fuss was about and I have yet to be disappointed.

What If? Infinity – Thanos (Marvel) – Anyone who has ever heard a story has always wondered “What if?”. And I always get a kick out of Marvel trying to answer these questions. Especially, ones I never thought to ask like how Thanos joining the Avengers would turn out.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Siege #4 (Marvel) – This has been a fantastic Secret Wars tie in, and I am very excited for this issue….Thanos has arrived!  Can Abigail and the defenders of The Shield survive?  Can’t wait to find out!

Avengers #0 (Marvel) – A slew of new Avengers titles coming down the line, and this issue #0 gives us a look at the new teams.  Very excited to get inside the teams we’ve only seen teaser pics about; the rosters, their missions…and apparently someone is keeping a close eye on these Avengers.  Can’t wait!

Contest of Champions #1 (Marvel) – Heroes fighting in a cosmic game of chess, to see who can wield incredible power.  Yeah, it’s been done before, but with different versions of heroes and villains to pull from?  Ok, I’m interested.

 

Pharoah

Top Pick: Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel)Jason Aaron tackles another iconic Marvel property, and I got a feeling, he is about make this legend, even more relevant and exciting than ever!!!

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)- any storyline that brings back Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson into the Spiderverse, is one at least finding out why, which is only part of the fun.

Batman and Robin Eternal #1 (DC Comics) – The reintroduction of Dick Grayson into Batman’s world??/ I cannot wait to read this, as Dick revisits a case when he was Robin.

Contest of Champions #1 (Marvel) – a classic showdown between Thanos, Maestro, Venom Gamora, and a host of others battle it out

Paper Girls #1 (Image) I love Brian K.Vaughn’s work , as he truly has the Midas touch when it comes to series, especially when it original series , and this one is right up his alley and he teams up Cliff Chang of Batman fame for this one.

Review: Avengers #0

Avengers 0 CoverThe kickoff to the All-New Avengers line begins here, with new stories of the All-New, All-Different Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, New Avengers, Ultimates and Uncanny Avengers! Someone is carefully studying the movements of the Avengers and those in their orbit-but do they mean to harm, or help? Find out the first clues in this special launch issue!

Avengers #0 totally caught me off guard, as the comic has much more in common with a Marvel Point One comic (one is out this week) than a “zero” issue. If anything you can call this “All-New, All-Different Avengers Point One” to get a sense of what’s inside. That’s not a bad thing in this case.

This issue lays the groundwork, so it seems, with the Squadron Supreme acting as the center of the various teases of the new Avengers teams and comics. What’s really interesting though is that the comic sets up conflict, a lot of it, as the Squadron Supreme is presented as sizing up and gathering information on the various Avengers incarnations.

This is pretty cool in that it sets the status-quo for us to quickly find out why each of these Avengers team are different, and what sets them apart from each other. It’s intelligent storytelling and also a subtle advertisement for the half-dozen series that’ll make up the core of this line of comics.

Some of it is familiar, and some of it is completely new… Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight!? But, it comes off as setting up the various new series as exciting and a grand adventure.

The comic does its job in teaching us about the other series, it sets the tone nicely. It got me excited for the new line of comics. It got me to understand the difference between the various teams. It also set up what looks like some coming conflict…. Squadron Supreme looks as awesome as I was expecting it to.

Overall, the comic is solid, and the reason I gave this a “buy” as opposed to the other Point One out this week is that this one looks like it really is the beginning of a greater story as opposed to just teasing a bunch. Not a bad start, not bad at all.

Story: James Robinson, Mark Waid, Gerry Duggan, Al Ewing, G. Willow Wilson
Art: Mahmud Asrar, Ryan Stegman, Victor Ibanez, Kenneth Rocafort, Gerardo Sandoval, Leonard Kirk
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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