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Around the Tubes

The weekend is fast approaching. And there’s lots of new comics yesterday to keep folks busy. What has everyone enjoyed so far?

Around the Tubes

CBR – Hot Toys announces ‘movie accurate’ Little Groot – Want!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Alex + Ada #11

Comic Vine – All-New Captain America #2

CBR – Batman #37

Comic Vine – Batman #37

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin #37

Comic Vine – Manifest Destiny #12

Comic Vine – Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #8

Comic Vine – Ms. Marvel #10

Comic Vine – The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures

Comic Vine – Scarlet Spiders #2

CBR – Wytches #3

Diamond Select Toys This Week: Batman, B9 and Marvel’s Villain Zombies!

It’s another New Toy Day at comic shops and specialty stores across North America, when the latest toys and collectibles get delivered. And this week four new Diamond Select Toys items are shipping, just in time for the holidays! DST’s vinyl bust banks of Batman and Robin from the classic 1960s TV series have arrived, as has their metal bottle opener of the robot B9 from Lost in Space, and the latest Marvel Minimates Zombie Villains Box Set!

Batman Classic TV Series Batman Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! This is one bank the Joker won’t dare to rob! Standing 8 inches tall, this vinyl bank depicts Batman as he appeared in the Batman Classic TV Series. With a coin slot on the back and an access door on the bottom, this bust bank of Batman also features collector-quality sculpting and paint applications, and is the perfect addition to any Batman collection. Packaged in a clear polybag. Designed by Barry Bradfield, and sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JUN142088, SRP: $22.99)BatmanVinylBank1

Batman Classic TV Series Robin Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! They say a good sidekick is worth his weight in gold, but is he worth his weight in pennies? This 8-inch bust of Robin as he appeared in the Batman Classic TV Series is actually a vinyl bank, with detailed sculpting and paint to make it resemble a high-end collectible. With a coin slot on the back and an access door in the base, you’ll be saying “Holy savings, Batman!” Packaged in a clear polybag. Designed by Barry Bradfield, and sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JUL142040, SRP: $22.99)

Lost in Space Robot B9 Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Class M-3 Model B9 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot is the most important piece of equipment on the Jupiter 2 mission. In addition to running air and soil tests on the planets they visit, it also opens all of their bottles! This 4-inch sculpted metal opener has magnets on the back, so it will stay on your refrigerator or lunar module until you’re in danger of getting thirsty! Comes packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUL142035, SRP: $18.00)


Marvel Minimates Zombie Villains Series 2 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Villain Zombies are back, to take another bite out of the Marvel Minimates line! This time, Zombie Dr Doom, Zombie Morbius, Zombie Kingpin and Zombie Sabretooth make up the box set, which should have your Marvel heroes quaking in their boots. Each Minimate stands 2 inches tall and features interchangeable parts and accessories.  (Item #JUN142082, SRP: $19.99)

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Review: Batman #37

Batman #37 moves with purely terrifying kinetic energy. With art at a higher production value than just about anything else on the market guided by writing done with a higher level of intelligence and nuance than just about anything else on the market, the latest issue of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman saga impresses more than any issue of the “Endgame” arc thus far. It creates a thrilling and claustrophobic atmosphere that makes it near impossible to look away from the page, and even more difficult not to throw money at DC Comics for the next chapter in the story. It’s amazing.


Snyder’s writing is so grounded in horror that even his superhero stories embody terror in the same general fashion that his straight-horror creator-owned work does. Everything that happens in this issue is suspenseful music to one’s ears, all culminating into a pot that delves into deep fears of Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and other citizens of Gotham. In both “Endgame” and his past arc “Death of the Family,” Snyder and Capullo present more or less the only wholly scary version of the Joker in comic book form, save for parts of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke.

There’s a scene towards the end of the comic that spikes the adrenaline in both Batman and Gordon, delivering sequences that cut to their cores all thanks to the cunningly evil acts of the Joker. Through brilliant page layouts, these two scenes are spliced together to turn the excitement level up from 10 all the way to 20. Batman’s trouble isn’t totally original but shocking and powerful all the same. On the other half of the coin, Gordon’s run-in with the Joker reveals something rather unsettling about his character, aided most by simple, unfocused upon facial expression in his reaction.

The art team of Capullo on pencils, Danny Miki on inking, and FCO Plascencia on coloring has produced one of the most stunning issues of Batman yet with this 37th issue. The first page is a pretty realistic and completely creepy image of Bruce, frozen by paralysis from Joker-gas, trying to think himself out of emotionally breaking. It’s followed up by pages filled with detail that gets across every bit of finesse necessary for all of the twitching fear on strong men’s faces and for all of the little hands creeping in the background. It’s a comic that creates environments that feel cramped but that are still zipped through with a fast pace. Most of the comic is dark, filled with blobs of jet-black shadow, but it’s not without its tints of blue and orange, and occasional bits of jarring color.


Not managing to be quite perfect, some small issues are worth noting. For one thing, unfortunate timing means that this story runs parallel to the “Amazo Virus” arc in Justice League. Both storylines feature an infection damaging large groups of innocent city folk, and a desperate hunt for a “patient zero” to figure out an antidote. This takes away from the oomph of the plot some because of the lame familiarity. It’s still entertaining in its own right, though, and this won’t be an issue for those reading in a trade much further down the line when this comic is inevitably recommended by comic readers of the future for anyone looking for essential Joker stories.

Another mild disappointment that hurts the arc as a whole is the drop in quality from the main story to the backups. These backups, penned by James Tynion IV, are well-written and provide captivating backstory that feels relevant to the main story. However, the art in these backups, while always unique and interesting, are never all that great. The backup of #37 is perhaps the best looking so far, with surreal and scrappy art by John Mccrea. It’s not bad art; honestly, it’s good. Coming off of art from Capullo really does leave a certain impact that makes the “good” art hard to appreciate for what it is, though. Past backups on Batman treated readers to comic book industry greats like Jock and Raphael Albuquerque, and sadly, that’s not what’s currently on the pages of the latest arc.

Most important here is the main story, and it will surely go down in history as something special. Snyder and Capullo have such a strong grasp of the Batman character that it is hard to imagine what the next creative team is going to have to do not to look puny in comparison. Batman #37 is an amazing reminder that despite any sad cancellations and weird continuity changes from DC Comics, there is a downright excellent comic that comes out every month that goes by the simple, unfettered title of Batman.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Fashion Spotlight: Wrong Signal, Logs, and La Harlequin

Ript Apparel has three designs today, a little for everyone. Wrong Signal and Logs and La Harlequin from atutu and hoborobo and adria.wells will be for sale on December 8, 2014 only!

Wrong Signal by atutu

Wrong Signal

Logs by hoborobo


La Harlequin by adria.wells

La Harlequin



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Diamond Select Toys this Week: Aliens, TMNT, Batman and More!

It’s a new week, and that means lots of toys and collectibles from Diamond Select Toys! The first Aliens bank! The Batarang bottle opener! The official Back to the Future lighter! Bluntman and Chronic retro action figures! And new Minimates from Pathfinder and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! There’s something for everybody in stores this week!

Aliens Alien Warrior Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! What’s inside an alien besides acid blood, a metal tongue and spite? Your money! This 8″ vinyl bank of a warrior-class xenomorph from the sci-fi classic Aliens may have a coin slot on the back and an access door on the bottom, but it looks just like a high-quality collectible bust! A detailed sculpt and paint job make this a must-have item for any Aliens collection. (Item #JUN142092, SRP: $22.99)


Back to the Future 2 Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise Zippo Lighter

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Zippo lighter is one of the most distinctive lighters ever made, and we can imagine this all-new Zippo design being sold in Biff Tannen’s hotel and casino, located in the heart of Hill Valley. Flip open this metal Zippo lighter sporting the Pleasure Paradise logo, and it’s sure to warm the dampest spirits. Comes packaged in a full-color collector case. (Item #DEC138390, SRP $29.99)


Batman Classic TV Series Batarang Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys Release! An essential item for any utility belt! In the Batman Classic TV Series, the Batarang served a multitude of purposes, from grappling hook to boomerang to cutting tool, and now we’ve given it another job! This 4-inch solid metal replica of the classic Batarang is actually a bottle opener, using the points and talons of the most famous Bat-tool to pry the cap off of any bottle. With two magnets on the back, it will hang on your Bat-fridge until it’s needed! Comes packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUL142039, SRP: $18.00)


Bluntman and Chronic Retro Cloth Action Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Look, up in the sky, it’s Bluntman and Chronic! The comic book heroes created by director Kevin Smith and featured in “Jay & SIlent Bob Strike Back” are now a pair of Retro-style 8″ action figures! Each figure includes a real fabric costume and a removable weapon, and will fit into your 8″ retro collection like it was made in the 1970s! Designed and sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item #MAR141946, SRP: $19.99/ea.)


Pathfinder Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! From across the world of Golarion come representatives of four of the most well-known races of the Pathfinder RPG! This four-pack of 2-inch Minimates mini-figures includes the heroic Valeros, Human Fighter; the heavily armed Harsk, Dwarf Ranger; the mysterious Merisiel, Elf Rogue; and a vicious Goblin Warrior. Each Minimate features interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUN142089, SRP: $19.99)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Blind Bag Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The heroes on the half-shell are joining the Minimates family, and we’re offering them in a whole new way! Each countertop display contains 18 blind-bagged pouches, and each pouch contains one 2-inch Minimates mini-figure, featuring interchangeable parts and accessories. Each display holds nine different Minimates, including Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, April O’Neil, Shredder, Foot Soldier, Footbot and a rare, one-per-case translucent Raphael! There’s a full set in every case! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUL142033, SRP: $5.99/ea.)


Review: Gotham Academy #3

Gotham Academy 003 - covAlready in its third issue, something has become clear with this series so far.  Although it is based in Gotham, the closer that this ties into Gotham’s superheroes, the weaker the story ends up being.  It is not that this was a weak issue, but it was the most directionless of the three so far, and due in part to the return of Batman into the fray.  Here Olive is joined by one time enemies and now allies in her quest to find out exactly what is happening in the North Hall.  She does this in a variety of ways, partially by using her contacts from detention to her benefit, but also by using her friendship with Maps to get closer to the mystery than she had been before.

Throughout this issue there are a lot of touching moments which work well towards Olive’s character development, but fitting with the series, even those seem to be a little mysterious.  A confrontation with her boyfriend leads to an admission about what happened to her the previous summer, or did it?  And the same happens when she manages to sneak into the North Hall.  There is more there than what she bargained for, but the reader is still not even sure what they are seeing, which incidentally ties them closer to Olive, who has the same problem of not fully understanding what is going on.  This duality between reader and main character can be difficult to achieve, but it works here, as once again as with the previous issue, the reader is working through the mystery surrounding Olive alongside her.

In the end the issue is still a standout, only that it does not reach the same balance as the previous issues.  For a character that has been thrown into the lead in a new series, Olive has been a great mix of interesting character development combined with a plot worthy of such a deep and compelling character.  The problem here is not so much an absence of either the character development or the novelty of the plot, rather as opposed to the previous two issues, the two elements seemed to be more separated.  This series is still one of the stand-outs for DC Comics, and it is only be comparison to the excellent first two issues that this one comes up a bit short, as it still fits in with the overall high quality of writing and artwork so far in this series.

Story: Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher Art: Karl Kerschl
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

When Deadshot met Batman in Jersey Girl

It was announced today that Will Smith will play Deadshot in 2016’s Suicide Squad. Will Smith had a brush-in with another DC alum, Ben Affleck, in a previous film. Affleck who will don the cape and cowl as Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In what movie did this happen?

That’d be comic geek Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl who was at one point attached to write a script for a Superman film, a character Affleck played (as actor George Reeves) in Hollywoodland where he “slept” with Diane Lane who played Superman’s mom in Man of Steel…. Phew….

New Diamond Select Toys Revealed for Summer 2015

Next year is looking bigger and better for Diamond Select Toys! They just unveiled an array of new products due out next summer, from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Walking Dead, Dragon Age, Batman, Godzilla and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back!

Aliens Minimates Series 1 Two-Packs Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Colonial Marines, move out! The first assortment of Minimates two-packs based on the classic 1986 sci-fi movie “Aliens” is getting ready to drop, and it’s simply bursting with all-new Marines and xenomorphs! The four 2-packs include Wounded Cpl. Hicks with Ripley, Pvt. Drake with Battle-Damaged Attacking Alien, Sgt. Apone with Alien, and Cpl. Dietrich with Infected Colonist. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card. (Item #DEC142213, SRP: $9.99/2-pack.)


Batman Classic TV Series Penguin Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Batman’s rogues gallery continues to grow as the Penguin joins the Riddler and the Joker in DST’s line of busts based on the Batman Classic TV Series! This 6-inch-tall resin bust captures Burgess Meredith as fowl fiend, wielding a deadly umbrella and an equally deadly sneer. Bust sits atop a colorful base inspired by the show’s animated opening credits, and comes packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #DEC142214, SRP: $59.99)


Dragon Age Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! On your next Dragon Age quest, why not keep your companions in your pocket? The legendary video game series kicks off an epic line of Minimates with this debut four-pack featuring the Grey Warden Alistair; the bard, Leliana; dwarf rogue Varric Tethras (with Bianca); and Morrigan, Witch of the Wilds. Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 10-14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card. (Item #DEC142215, SRP: $19.99)


Godzilla 2000 Sculpted Pizza Cutter

A Diamond Select Toys release! Destroy all toppings! A monstrous hunger requires a monstrous slice, and you can cut yourself off a big one with this palm-sized pizza cutter featuring the sculpted face of Godzilla, King of the Monsters. Based on his appearance in “Godzilla 2000,” this menacing utensil will cut a path through a deep-dish pie like Godilla cuts a path through Tokyo! Packaged in a full-color box. (Item #DEC142216, SRP: $14.99)


Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Minimates Series 2 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Jay and SIlent Bob return in a second box set of Minimates minfigures based on their biggest film, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”! This time, a mask-wearing Jay and Silent Bob come packaged with Federal Wildlife Marshall Willenholly and notorious jewel  thief Justice — plus a micro-‘Mate of their orangutan friend Suzanne!  Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card. (Item #DEC142211, SRP: $19.99)


Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Monopoly Game

A Diamond Select Toys release! Bring the magic of the movies home with the first board game ever based on the films of Kevin Smith! The cross-country adventure of “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” is now an official, authorized edition of Monopoly, with a game board featuring art and locations from the movie! The game also has new Chance cards, Community Chest cards and game pieces, all set to the same classic Monopoly gameplay! Packaged in a full-color game box with movie artwork.   (Item #DEC142209, SRP: $39.99)


Jay and Silent Bob Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Ceramic Mug

A Diamond Select Toys release! Why drink your Quick Stop coffee out of a foam cup when you can drink it in style? This double-sided ceramic mug depicts frequent Quick Stop customers Jay and Silent Bob in the animated style of director Kevin Smith’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. With their names on the handle, you’ll know who you’re looking at even before the caffeine kicks in! Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #DEC142210, SRP: $14.99


Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Silicone Tray

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Infinity Gauntlet is the most powerful weapon in the Marvel Universe, allowing the bearer to control time, space and reality. And now it can cool your drink! Cast up six ice cubes in the shape of the Infinity Gauntlet using this 6″x8″ silicone tray, or fill the tray up with chocolate to make six tasty treats! Your guests won’t know what hit them! Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #DEC142217, SRP: $14.99)


Marvel Minimates Series 61 Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s almost here – the most anticipated Marvel movie since the last Marvel movie! With the trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” already shattering records, DST is preparing the first assortment of Minimates based on the movie! Four two-packs will feature Iron Man with Black Widow, Thor with Captain America, Hawkeye with Ultron and a rare one-per-case variant pack of Hawkeye in his long coat with a Sub-Ultron! Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #DEC142219, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Marvel Minimates Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Single Pack Display

A Diamond Select Toys release! For a movie as big as “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” one assortment is not enough! This colorful countertop display holds 18 individually blind-bagged Minimates based on the movie, including multiple types of Ultrons, Iron Man’s Iron Legion, plus one-per-case Minimates of Baron Strucker and Nick Fury! Every bag contains one 2-inch Minimate mini-figure, featuring 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. (Item #DEC142220, SRP: $5.99/ea.)


Marvel Select Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Hulk Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hulk smash puny toys! The Hulk returns in a new look for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and DST is revisiting their award-winning action figure from the first Avengers movie with all-new sculpted details! Standing almost 10 inches tall, this Hulk figure sports 16 points of articulation and a spot-on likeness of the Hulk from the film, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #DEC142218, SRP: $24.99)


Walking Dead Minimates Series 7 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The newest series of Walking Dead Minimates is here, and this time it’s war! Featuring characters from more recent issues of the hit comic book series, this assortment includes three different two-packs: Rick with Jesus, Negan with Dwight, and Hunters leader Chris with Zombie Holly, plus a one-per-case variant set of Scavengers leader Derek with Zombie Holly. Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts and accessories, including an alternate head for Holly. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #DEC142212, SRP: $9.99/ea.


Loot Crate Celebrates the End of the Year with Exclusive Funko, DC & Marvel Items

Loot Crate End of Year 2014This month Loot Crate celebrates a selection of geek and gaming franchises that have had significant anniversaries in 2014 for their December crate! It’s going to be BIG – as in, literally the BIGGEST crate they’ve ever delivered, size-wise! With exclusives featuring DC Comics/Batman & Marvel/Guardians of the Galaxy they also have an exclusive Ghostbusters collectible, a variant cover comic exclusive to Looters, and epic Tetris and The Simpsons items rounding things out! Plus, to end the year with a bang they have another EXCLUSIVE Funko POP! Vinyl figure created exclusively for Loot Crate. You will NOT be able to find it anywhere else!

You can order yours now and not miss out!



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DC Digital Announces Huge Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales!

This holiday season, DC Digital provides plenty of things to be thankful for – over 750 things, in fact! To celebrate Black Friday, DC Comics will offer 750 issues of iconic Batman stories on sale for 99 cents each for seven days, running November 25-December 1. Plus, on December 1, fans can also purchase 23 essential Vertigo graphic novels for $4.99 each during the Cyber Monday Sale. Get a jump start on holiday shopping and take advantage these incredible deals.

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