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Review: Justice League of America #3

jla003There is a decent amount of exposure for the Justice League at DC Comics at the moment.  Not even counting the Justice League United outlier which contains none of the core group of heroes, there are presently three series containing the stories of the Justice League in Justice League, Justice League of America and Justice League 3001.  With three different series, the level of quality seems to vacillate between the great, the average and the not-so-good.  While Darkseid War is elevating the principal series to a pretty high level, and while Justice League 3001 is dragging it down somewhat, Justice League of America continues unabated to tell its standard Justice League story, only with a few twists.

It could actually be said that the story for Justice League of America is still somewhat in its infancy.  After all there is not a lot of cohesion between the separate plot points except in that they all involve Superman to some degree.  Green Lantern and the Flash are stranded on a faraway planet which seems to be Krypton.  The god Rao has come to Earth to provide salvation for its inhabitants, and the team of scientists dealing with temporal energies is trying to find clues as to how Superman continues to show up through their portals on the wrong side of a battle.  Aside from the first issue which included the majority of the heroes together, they are now mostly fragmented into their smaller groups which are dealing with their own smaller problems, not usually one of the hallmarks of a team based series.

While the presentation of the story is sometimes lacking in direction, it is not necessarily to the detriment of the story.  Instead the story here feels like one of the late days of the Silver Age of the Justice League of America.  It hols together pretty well, but it equally seems to be somewhat of the serialized concept of telling the story and then forgetting about it.  For those who are fans of superheroes, this might hit the mark, but compared to some other stories involving modern heroes, it also might seem a bit commonplace, not really trying to be much more than what it is.  For better or worse that is the defining characteristic of this series so far, at least until the creative team decides that it is time to prove otherwise.

Story: Bryan Hitch Art: Daniel Henriques
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Review: Justice League 3001 #3

jl3001-003There is some controversy brewing with this title.  It acts as little more than a rehash of Keith Giffen’s heyday on the Justice League in the 1980s and 1990s, but it is said as well that the treatment of the re-imagined male heroes now in female bodies (the Flash and Guy Gardner, though particularly Guy) is offensive to the transgendered community.  While this may be the case, such an approach to this title is perhaps a little off the mark in terms of its overall theme, that is to say, that the presentation of characters is not only offensive to transgendered women, but probably to most people overall.

Conversely thus far the story has followed a pretty decent concept as the heroes of the JL 3001 world have had to deal with a strange Starro infested world.  They come to grips with that here as the heroes have to deal with the fallout of their intervention to the Starro planet and it is not what it seems (and in fact probably could have been a pretty engaging story under different circumstances.)  Instead the story once again focuses too much on the multitude of problems associated with this series.  For some reason, Giffen just cannot stay away from Booster and Beetle, and they make a return appearance here alongside Fire and Ice.  To some degree one can see this as the evolution of the old Justice League series, just 25 years down the line after a fairly progressive evolution of comics left it behind.  The problem with this series, especially in respect to the transgendered question is that it is offensive, but not only to transgendered.  The presentation of the female Flash character is sterotypical of what men think of teenage girls, without a thought in their heads beyond having a slumber party.  The males of the series, and particularly Superman, are so devoid of real emotion either that they are also caricatures of themselves, especially as Superman is made into a womanizer.

The underlying concept behind this series is inherently fun, as it gives the creative team a wider scope in which to tell their stories, but it proves that Giffen, while successful in some ways, is also a bit of a one-hit wonder with his collection of Super Buddies.  The story here is even serviceable or better, but it ends up being derailed with too much comic relief, which in turn is based too much on gender stereotypes.  There will undoubtedly be fans of the older Giffen works that look to this one with some fondness, but as modern stories in the medium go, this one is off the mark.

Story: Keith Giffen Art: J.M. DeMatteis
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Vinyl Sugar: Zap! Bam! Kapow! ’66 Batman Vinyl Idolz are on their way!

Holy vinyl awesomeness, Batman! The Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder are coming up next in our Vinyl Idolz line!

Batman and Robin, in all their campy glory, are ready to put their bat-gadgets to good use in their fight to protect Gotham!

The Dynamic Duo is joined by the dazzling Batgirl, who refuses to leave the crime-fighting to the men!

Can the three of them stop the Joker from his latest plans against Gotham City?

You’ll have to tune in to find out – same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

Vinyl Idolz: 1960’s Batman in October from Funko.

 

 

 

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Review: Batman Arkham Knight Pre Order Story Packs (Red Hood and Harley Quinn)

Batman Pre-Order DLC packsOne of the things I was looking forward to most with Batman: Arkham Knight was the huge load of DLC that was planned to come out with it. Being that I’m a huge fan of both Batman and the Rocksteady Trilogy, the thought of having more to do in these titles besides the main story was downright exciting. So when I heard that there was going to be a Season Pass for the final title in the Arkham Trilogy, $40 didn’t seem like a bad idea for 6 months worth of extra content. Well, I was as wrong about that as I was about the new Godzilla film, as I was sure it was going to be fantastic. Both were still pretty entertaining though.

When I heard there were going to be pre-order bonuses for the game that featured extra chapters, I had high hopes that they were going to be wonderful additions to the game, especially since I’m a huge Red Hood fan, and this would be the first time playing as both him and Harley Quinn. Well needless to say, I was disappointed in both story packs as they had little to actually add to the game besides 45 minutes of combined gameplay. Yeah, you heard me. Combined. Seeing as how the Pre-order DLC packs are incredibly short, I decided to lump them together in a dual review.

So the Harley Quinn portion of the DLC starts out with you playing as everyone’s favorite sex symbol henchman. Yeah… Henchman. You’re ordered to help break Poison Ivy out of prison and are required to beat up guards along the way. This isn’t a bad setup as the prison is a decent size, with a few rooms to go through. Harley gets her own version of a “detective mode” that is quite hilarious to see, since everyone knows she absolutely nuts.

Batman Arkham Knight Cover ArtThe gameplay mechanics are similar to Batman’s, as you’re forced to eliminate every enemy on the map to progress to the next room. While Harley isn’t a steathy ninja like B-man, she still gets to go into vents and jump up walls. She plays a lot like Catwoman in Arkham City, minus the sweet whip. It makes sense, because from what we’ve seen, Harley is a pretty incredible gymnast, doing all kinds of flips everywhere in the cartoon. She makes it well known to the player that stealth isn’t her “thing,” so the silent takedown is gone and she’s just given a loud beat down with her trusty bat. While I’m a little sad that players weren’t given her giant mallet like in the cartoons, it’s still pretty entertaining to watch her clobber enemies into submission. The downside about this is that despite her lack of stealth, it’s somewhat needed to get past the enemies who all have guns, while you don’t.

There are a couple problems I have with the direction DC is currently taking our beloved Harlequin-based villain. The first is the need to add sex appeal, with the second being the split personality Harley has now. Why DC felt the need to give Harley Quinn all this sex appeal is beyond me. Harley doesn’t need pigtails, cleavage and a thong. She just needs comedy! Her whole appeal, and why she complimented the Joker so well, was the fact that she was a funny character. She used a mallet for crying out loud! The addition of her having a split personality was also unnecessary. It not only destroyed the story of Mad Love, but it cheapened the Joker’s influence, as he wasn’t completely behind Harley’s insanity anymore.

The reason I bring these issues up is because they were added into the game. Harley has a corset, cleavage, pigtails and an inner dialogue as she progresses through her story and it drives me nuts. Why DC felt the need to give depth to Harley Quinn is beyond me, and it wasn’t needed at all.

Overall, while enjoyable, this story pack wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping it would be. If it wasn’t free, I’d definitely regret getting it altogether.

The Red Hood story pack was the DLC I was looking forward to the most. While hearing it was only a Gamestop preorder exclusive, I was a little disappointed that I wouldn’t get it immediately like the Harley Quinn DLC. I was pleased to hear that Season Pass holders would get it eventually, because I really hate going to Gamestop. So when this DLC went live, I had to play it immediately, as Red Hood is easily one of my favorite characters in the Batman Universe.

*Spoilers ahead*

Seeing as how Jason Todd plays a huge role in Arkham Knight, I was excited to see that he would get his own form of DLC, since he’s a very interesting character that would definitely add a lot more depth to the Batman games. A vigilante that kills to save Gotham and using crime to control crime was an absolute brilliant concept that Judd Winick came up with, and using revenge as a means to try and break Batman was absolutely fantastic. Under The Red Hood is my all time favorite Batman movie, yes it’s a cartoon, but the story is amazing!

So after much waiting by the PS4, and avoiding anything on Youtube, the DLC finally came out last week, and I played it right away. You can imagine my surprise when I got through the content in about 15 minutes. The story itself has you, as the Red Hood, proceed to stop Black Mask and his thugs. The downside to all of this is that it’s episodic, so once you complete the objective, you immediately go to the next area. While I think it makes for a better story this way, I would have preferred to go through a larger area, similar to the Harley Quinn story, as it would give players a better chance to see what the Red Hood was capable of.

Being that the Red Hood is every bit as capable at the Dark Knight in apprehending villains, yet crosses that line of resorting to murder, the character always fascinated me as a foil to Batman, which gives the Red Hood so much potential. I would love for DC to dive more into this, giving fans more insight on the darker vigilante that Winick has crafted so carefully.

While Red Hood does kill enemies with his trusty pistols, I feel like they don’t utilize this function enough, as it merely works like the batarang. There are enemies you apprehend that are wearing bulletproof armor, who need to be beaten down instead of simply shot. Why a simple headshot wouldn’t work is beyond me. With his limited arsenal as well, only having a grapple gun and his pistols, your choices are extremely limited. With the Red Hood being trained by Batman himself, one would at least expect the use of more gadgets at his disposal. I guess Rocksteady forgot those elements…

The boss mechanics of both DLCs are pretty standard, with the objective just being to beat up the boss and take down the horde of minor enemies that come to intervene. The mechanics don’t introduce anything new and the battles are pretty easy to get through, offering no real challenge to people who are already used to playing the game. I made the mistake of beating the main scenario first, so the extra chapters didn’t prove to be much of a challenge since Batman’s portions were much harder.

All in all I am pretty disappointed with the DLC tidbits that are offered with the game. The whole experience really makes me regret spending $40. If anything, the amount of content customers are getting is really only worth half as much, as so far all we’ve gotten is a few short DLC chapters, a bunch of costumes and VR missions, and nothing really added to the main scenario. I know Rocksteady is working on some extra Gotham chapters for later DLCs, and I’m sincerely hoping they can redeem my purchase, as I would love nothing more than to feel like my money has gone to good use. So far it’s just felt like highway robbery. Isn’t Batman supposed to prevent that…?

Harley Quinn Story Pack

Story: 3 Gameplay: 7 Side quests: 0 Re-playability: 2 Overall Score: 3

Red Hood Story Pack

Story: 5 Gameplay: 7 Side quests: 0 Re-playability: 2 Overall Score: 4

Diamond Select Toys Coming This Winter: New DC, Marvel, Walking Dead and Muppets

Winter is coming, and you know what that means — another season chock-full of awesome products from Diamond Select Toys! In the new assortment of items currently up for pre-order (and releasing around the end of this year), DST has new offerings from Aliens, the Batman TV show, the DC Animated universe, Ghostbusters, Godzilla, iZombie, Marvel Comics, Predator, Star Trek, TMNT, The Walking Dead, and The Muppets,! Read on for more details, and pre-order at your local comic shop!

Aliens Warrior Alien Ceramic Cookie Jar

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Cookie thieves mostly come out at night, mostly, so make sure your cookies are safe with this detailed ceramic cookie jar in the shape of a ferocious Alien Warrior from the sci-fi classic Aliens! Even if it doesn’t instantly send thieves running from the room, no one will dare lift the jar’s removable skullcap to get at the sweet, sweet cookies inside – there are way too many nasty things inside a xenomorph to take the risk! This approximately 12” tall cookie jar comes packaged in a full-color box. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #AUG152314, SRP: $44.99)

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Batman The Animated Series Batmobile Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Where does Batman get those wonderful toys? He saves up for them! In fact, if Batman used a piggy bank, it would probably be in the shape of the classic, streamlined Batmobile as seen in Batman: The Animated Series. This approximately 12” long vinyl bank looks like it just drove off the streets of animated Gotham City, and has a coin slot in the top and an access door underneath so you can save up for that grappling hook you’ve had your eye on. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #AUG152308, SRP: $29.99)

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Batman Animated Premier Collection Mad Love Harley Quinn Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time for some Harley Quinn romance! The psychologist once known as Harleen Quinzel may have the hots for The Joker, but the Clown Prince of Crime doesn’t always realize what he’s got! This 12” resin statue of Harley Quinn is based on her look in the timeless New Batman Adventures episode “Mad Love,” and depicts a dolled-up Harley wielding her mallet and pistol. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box, this statue is limited to 3,000 pieces and is a must-have item for any fan of Batman, Harley or the Joker himself. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item #AUG152310, SRP $150.00)

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Batman Classic TV Series Batusi Batman Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! We’ll say this for Batman, the caped crusader sure knows how to party! Based on the very first episode of the Batman Classic TV Series, this resin bust features Batman doing his “Batusi” dance moves, which soon became a pop-culture touchstone. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall and featuring the likeness of actor Adam West, this bust comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Limited to 3,000 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #AUG152312, SRP: $59.99)

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Justice League Animated Femme Fatales Wonder Woman PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s not your ordinary princess! As the daughter of the Amazon queen of Themyscira, Wonder Woman was granted strength and flight by the gods, and stands side-by-side with Batman and Superman as a member of the Justice League! This 9-inch-scale PVC statue of Wonder Woman is based on her appearance in the animated series Justice League, and has her placing a raised foot on a broken column, golden lasso at the ready. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #AUG152311, SRP: $45.00)

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Godzilla Jet Jaguar Vinyl Figural Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The robotic hero Jet Jaguar is now the next bank in DST’s line of vinyl Godzilla banks! Originally inspired by a fan submission to Toho Studios, the size-changing Jet Jaguar famously teamed up with Godzilla to fight Megalon and Gigan in 1973’s Godzilla vs. Megalon. Standing approximately 12 inches tall, this vinyl bank has a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door to remove your loose change. NOTE: Bank does not change size. Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #AUG152323, SRP: $24.99)

Ghostbusters Glow in the Dark Slimer Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to see one of DST’s most popular banks in a whole new light! Slimer, the slime-dispensing spud from the Ghostbusters movies is back, and this time, this engorged ghost glows in the dark! The original 8” vinyl bank has been given a glow-in-the-dark color scheme, so you can see Slimer hovering nearby in your room at night, but it still has a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, so he can keep your spare change in his near-bottomless gullet. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #AUG152325, SRP: $24.99)

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iZombie TV Liv Moore Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! You only Liv twice! As a doctor who became a zombie, Liv Moore is the focus of the hit CW show iZombie, in which she solves crimes by eating the brains (and memories) of the victims. And now she’s the newest action figure from Diamond Select Toys! Sculpted in a 7” scale, this Liv Moore action figure includes an interchangeable chopsticks-holding hand, as well as a pipe, coffee cup, hot sauce bottle, and a delicious brain casserole. The figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged on a blister card. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #AUG152313, SRP: $19.99)

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Marvel Minimates Series 64 Secret Wars 2-Pack Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Secret Wars are upon us! With Earth transformed into a fractured Battleworld, with various regions pulled from a variety of alternate realities, DST has created an assortment of Marvel Minimates that spans the globe! From the Armor Wars world of Technopolis, Iron Man 2020 faces off with Ultron from the Age of Ultron’s Perfection! From the Wastelands, Old Man Logan takes on Dystopia’s Maestro Hulk, from Future Imperfect! From the world of Arcadia, A-Force’s Captain Marvel teams up with the new Thor, of the Thor Corps! And finally, A-Force’s Dazzler partners with New Quack City’s resident detective, Howard the Duck! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has up to 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #AUG152318, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Marvel Premier Collection Wolverine Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! He’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does isn’t pretty… except when it really is! The first statue in DST’s revived Marvel Premier Collection series is none other than Wolverine, captured unmasked and mid-stride in a snowy landscape. Meticulously sculpted by Clayburn Moore, this diorama piece depicts the X-Man and Avenger in his brown costume and leather jacket, standing approximately 9 inches tall, on a base that measures 10 inches by 15 inches. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. (Item #AUG152317, SRP: $199.99)

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Muppets Logos Collectable Pint Glasses

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to pour a beverage! It’s time to make some snacks! The Muppets are returning to television this fall, which means you’ll need to have a tall beverage handy for when your laugh muscles get sore. Make sure your drink is fully Muppified with these four different styles of Muppet logo pint glasses! Choose from the Muppet Show, Muppet Labs, Pigs in Space and the Electric Mayhem logos. Each glass ships in a full-color window box. Collect them all!

Muppet Show Glass (Item #AUG152321, SRP: $10.99)

Pigs in Space Glass (Item #AUG152322, SRP: $10.99)

Muppet Labs Glass (Item #AUG152320, SRP: $10.99)

Electric Mayhem Glass (Item #AUG152319, SRP: $10.99)

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Predator Minimates 2-packs Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Clear the LZ, because a chopperload of new Predator Minimates are coming in for a landing! The first assortment of Predator Minimate 2-packs features the original Predator movie’s Dutch vs. Unmasked Predator, Dillon vs. Masked Predator, Predator 2’s Harrigan vs. City Hunter Predator, and a rare one-per-case Mud-Covered Dutch vs. War Cry Predator! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #AUG152315, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Superman The Animated Series Supergirl Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Criminals of Metropolis beware! While she may not truly be Superman’s cousin, Kara In-Ze hails from the same region of space, making her strong, fast and tough under Earth’s yellow sun. So think twice before committing a crime within the city limits! This approximately 6-inch resin bust depicts Supergirl as she appeared on Superman: The Animated Series, striking a confident pose atop an architectural base. The bust comes with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box, and is limited to 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #AUG152309, SRP: $59.99)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 3 Counter Display Asst.

A Diamond Select Release! TMNT fans are loving DST’s line of Ninja Turtle Minimates, and Series 3 kicks things up a notch! Featuring the four turtles in their Vision Quest outfits, this individually foil-bagged assortment also expands on the line’s mutant roster, with Slash, Bebop and Rocksteady, as well as rare, one-per-case figures of Ivan Steranko and Vision Quest Splinter! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has up to 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each full-color counter display contains 18 foil-bagged Minimates, including a full set of all nine characters! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item # AUG152316, SRP: $5.99/ea.)

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Walking Dead Minimates 2-Packs Series 8 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! With the hit comic series expanding in new, shocking directions, and a new TV series on the air, there’s never been a better time to be a Walking Dead fan! This all-new assortment of comic-based Minimates mini-figures spans the time-jump, featuring “New Beginning”-era Carl with Sophia, “All-Out War”-era Rosita with Father Gabriel, Hilltop leader Gregory with a Forest Zombie, and a rare, one-per-case two-pack of new Hilltop leader Maggie Greene with a Forest Zombie! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has 10-14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #AUG152324, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Star Trek TOS Retro Cloth Spock & Khan Action Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! With the 50th anniversary of Star Trek approaching at warp speed, the return of DST’s popular Star Trek Retro Action Figure line is highly logical! Back in stock for the first time in several years, this assortment of 8-inch, cloth-costumed figures includes Mr. Spock of the starship Enterprise, as well as the genetically superior Khan Noonien Singh, each packaged in a collector-friendly plastic clamshell with a full-color insert. Fill the holes in your Star Trek Retro collection, or start your crew from the ground up right here! (Item #AUG152331, SRP: $19.99/ea.)

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Marvel Super-Heroes Snap-Together Model Kits

A Diamond Select Toys release! Assembling a model kit is now a snap! With these snap-together kits of Wolverine, Hulk and Spider-Man, you can assemble your favorite character with ease, then simply add paint! Wolverine stands atop a Sentinel head, is cast in yellow plastic with chrome claws, and has unmasked and masked head options! The Hulk is cast in both purple and green plastic, and has options for fists and open hands, so you can put different items in his hands to “throw” as he rampages on a rocky base! And Spider-Man is cast in both red and blue plastic, and can stand on a web base, or be hung on the wall! Hulk and Spidey are reproductions of classic 1979 kits! Each model is 1:8 scale, stands between 8 and 10 inches tall, and comes packaged in a full-color box with instructions.

Spider-Man model kit (Item #MAY121887, SRP: $29.99)

Hulk model kit (Item #MAR121670, SRP: $29.99)

Wolverine model kit (Item #JUN131966, SRP: $29.99)

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Marvel Super-Heroes Comic Scenes Reproduction Model Kits

A Diamond Select Toys release! Character model kits have been the rage since the boom of the 1960s, and DST is proud to bring back two of the first-ever Marvel model kits, depicting Captain America and Spider-Man! Based on the 1966 Aurora originals, these new editions are enlarged to 1:8 scale, and stand over 8-10 inches tall. Spider-Man, webbing up Kraven the Hunter from a staircase, is cast in red plastic, with a clear web diorama piece. Captain America and his battlefield diorama are cast in blue, with clear water splash pieces. Both require glue and paint for assembly, and each can be placed in front of a full-color cardboard backdrop to complete the scene! Both kits come packaged in a full-color, vintage-style “Comic Scenes” box, with a mini-comic book that contains instructions and an exclusive comic story! Re-create a piece of pop-culture history with your own hands!

Spider-Man model kit (Item #JAN111789, SRP: $34.99)

Captain America model kit (Item #FEB111669, SRP: $34.99)

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Fashion Spotlight: Deadly Joke, Justice For All, and Not My Harley

Ript Apparel has three designs for fans of DC Comics. Deadly Joke, Justice For All, and Not My Harley from BSTGRAPH, inkone, and tweedler92 will be for sale on August 22, 2015 only!

Deadly Joke by BSTGRAPH

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Justice For All by inkone

Justice For All

Not My Harley by tweedler92

Not My Harley

 

 

 

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Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing as the summer begins to wind down?

While you decide on that, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

AV Club – Wonder Woman will officiate a same-sex wedding in an upcoming comic  – Pretty cool news!

CBR – ABC Orders Mockingbird-Centric Pilot Starring Adrianne Palicki – This show is the Coulson of television shows. It’s alive, then dead, and alive again.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman #43

CBR – Hip Hop Family Tree #1

Comic Vine – I Hate Fairyland #1

CBR – Justice League #43

CBR – King #1

CBR – Star Wars #8

CBR – Weirdworld #3

Batman 75th: The Celebration Continues!

The celebration continues!

Funko‘s Rainbow Batman series commemorates the 75th anniversary of Batman!

Mopeez are the latest addition, transforming the Dark Knight into a four and a half inch plush figure that comes in blue, purple, orange, pink, yellow, and green!

Collect every color to brighten up your collection!

Mopeez: Batman 75th Colorways are out in November from Funko.

Diamond Select Toys This Week: Marvel Minimates! Back to the Future Monopoly! Zombie Sabretooth!

It’s New Toy Day, and this week brings several highly anticipated items to your local comic shop courtesy of Diamond Select Toys! In addition to the time-jumping Back to the Future Monopoly game, comic shops will also receive the new Marvel Select Zombie Sabretooth figure, two new assortments of Marvel Minimates, the Hulk Gelatin Mold, and the latest bust in the Batman Classic TV Series line!

Back to the Future Monopoly Board Game

Want to travel from 2015 to 1985 to 1955 to 1885 in the comfort of your own home? Well, now you can! This fully licensed Back to the Future Monopoly board game provides hors of fun as you collect locations and time-hop through the world of the BTTF trilogy! The game board features all-new properties taken straight from the films, including Café ’80s and Doc’s Mansion, plus you get new “Chance” and Community Chest” cards, and new die-cast metal game pieces of the time machine, Einstein the dog, the cowboy hat, the futuristic sneaker, the hoverboard and the famous Hill Valley clock! Game comes packaged in a full-color box resembling a case of plutonium. (Item #JUL152198, SRP: $39.99)

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Marvel Minimates Series 63 Avengers Age of Ultron Wave 2 Asst.

The biggest movie of 2015 is now one of the biggest Minimates lines of all time! With so many characters and looks to choose from, DST is offering a second, completely different assortment of 2-inch Minimates mini-figures based on Avengers: Age of Ultron! Three different two-packs include Hulk vs. Klaue, Hulkbuster Iron Man vs. rampaging Hulk, Vision vs. Hydra Soldier, plus a rare, one-per-case variant two-pack with a translucent Phasing Vision! With multiple looks for the Hydra Soldier so you can army-build the opposition, this assortment will complete your Age of Ultron collection with a vengeance! Each Minimate features 14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color window box! (Item #MAR152071, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Marvel Minimates Series 62: Axis Asst.

The Inversion is upon us, and some of Marvel’s biggest heroes and villains have changed their looks, as well as their minds! This all-new assortment of comic-based two-packs includes Sam Wilson as Captain America vs. Red Onslaught, Superior Iron Man vs. Apocalypse, Carnage vs. Hobgoblin, and Sabretooth vs. Kluh, the evil Hulk! Each two-inch Minimates mini-figure features 12-14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and acccessories. Each 2-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB152165, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

MM62 Marvel Select Zombie Sabretooth Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the world of Marvel’s Villain Zombies, it’s wolverine’s deadliest – and deadest! – foe, Sabretooth! Looking like he went a couple hundred rounds with Wolverine (and the rest of the X-Men), an eviscerated Victor Creed joins Magneto as the second Villain Zombie figure in the Marvel Select line. Standing nearly 8 inches tall, the figure comes packaged in oversized Select packaging with spine artwork, and includes a diorama base that features a damaged chunk of Green Goblin’s Goblin Glider. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #MAR152070, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Hulk Plastic Gelatin Mold

A Diamond Select Toys release! There ain’t no party like a Hulk party, because a Hulk party cannot be stopped! By anyone! Not even Thor! Make your next get-together unstoppable with this plastic gelatin mold in the shape of the gamma-irradiated Avenger’s face. Measuring approximately 8 inches tall, this mold works with any color gelatin, not just red and green, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #APR152306, SRP: $14.99)

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Batman Classic TV Series Mr. Freeze Resin Bust

Everybody freeze! The most cold-hearted of Batman’s foes from the Batman Classic TV Series joins DST’s line of resin busts! Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this detailed rendering of famous director Otto Preminger in his turn as the villainous Mr. Freeze sits atop a pedestal base inspired by the show’s animated opening sequence. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean, he is in scale to DST’s busts of Batman, Robin, The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin and most comic book character busts! Comes packaged in a full color box with a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 3000 pieces! (Item #FEB152152, SRP: $59.99)

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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for?

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Outhousers – Marvel Unveils New Female Hero on The Mary Sue; Declares Diversity Issues Solved – Bwahahahahahaha

ICv2 – Ed Piskor’s ‘Hip Hop Family Tree’ in Development – Well this could be interesting.

KSL – Utah youths create comic books in after-school program – Fantastic to see this type of thing.

Mashable – The Dark Knight satisfies your hunger at DC Comics cafes in Malaysia – How long do we see these types of things in the US?

Kotaku – Arkham Knight PC Mod Lets You Play as the Joker in His Prime – This is pretty cool.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – Sunny Side Up

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