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Wizkids’ 2015 Convention Exclusives include Spider-Ham, Loki, Adam Strange, Animal Man and more!

Wizkids has announced their Marvel and DC Comics Heroclix 2015 Convention Exclusive figures.

As prize figures, the Marvel figures that will be released include Spider-Ham (as Spider-Man), Loki, Agent of Asgard, and a new Ghost Rider.

Group1They will also be selling two new Marvel Heroclix exclusives on top of the three figures above which are just prizes. The two figures include the Supreme Intelligence, and a new Doctor Strange. The Supreme Intelligence will cost $50 and Strange will be $15.

group21DC Heroclix players aren’t left out of the awesomeness. For their three prize figures, they’ll see an Adam Strange, The Weird, and Animal Man figures.

group51For their two convention exclusives that’ll be on sale, DC fans are getting a Brainiac Skull Ship and Felix Faust.

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Brainiac will cost $70 and Faust will cost $15.

The figures will first be offered at the Wizkids U.S. Nationals Event in Maryland this April.

Also, Wizkids has released a new ATA for the Squadron Supreme that will allow you to use these figures as a team. Since they’re Primes, you should only be able to use one per force, This ATA helps you get around that.

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Review: Spider-Woman #3

sw03covExcept for die-hard Spider-Man fans that were planning on buying every single issue of Spider-Verse, there are very few who though that launching the first issue of Spider-Woman into a large company-wide crossover was a good idea.  Now two issues later the series is still dealing with the same burden.  The obvious pratfalls of such an approach are numerous.  Among the most prominent of these are the fact that the character doesn’t get a chance to start on his or her own without being overshadowed by guest stars and that for the fans interested in the character or series and not the crossover, that each issue has to stand by itself.  Looking at this individual issue in this light reveals that it succeeds in the first sense but fails in the latter.

There is some good here, and that is the characterization of the main character, almost overflowing with life as she tries to break out of the confines of her own series.  The story opens with her in a cat-and-mouse game with someone that is keeping her captive just happens to love an alternate version of her.  Her dealings with him are humorous and do the character justice, and her depiction in a Victorian era gown (with a bit of dark gothic thrown in) throughout the issue is also a fun representation of the character.  Where the problems come from is from the other half of the equation and that is in the storytelling.  For the non-reader of Spider-Verse, it is hard to make sense at times of what exactly is going on here.  There is a mansion, which leads to a pocket dimension with a friendly spider-god and then there are pirates (?).  Where any work of fiction depends on either strong characters or a strong story, this issue is almost there with the strong character, but she is hopelessly lost in story which has no firm direction.  Truly, based on previous success of this character, the series is likely to succeed by siphoning off Spider-Man fans, but there are other fans too, and it seems as though this is forgotten.

What the reader is left with is a mess, kind of parallel to when one watches a horrible movie that is well acted.  The characterization is wasted here on an incoherent mess that loses sight of its own goals in being able to hold this together.  There is still a lot of potential for this series and this character, only it seems as though won’t be realized until the Spider-Verse is wrapped up and pushed aside.  Until then, readers will continue to get a glimpse of what could be while trying to decipher the rest.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Greg Land
Story: 6.5 Art: 8 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

Hikari Friday Mystic Powers Spider-Man

It’s time for Hikari Friday! The LIMITED EDITION Mystic Powers Spider-Man Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure is available for pre-order from Funko!

Mystic Powers Spider-Man Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure

Mystic Powers Spider-Man is limited to 1000pcs worldwide.

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The Internet Archive also brings us Superman, TMNT, Spider-Man, Rocketeer, Fantastic Four, and X-Men Games to Play

X-Men 2 - The Fall of the MutantsThe Internet Archive is becoming an amazing arcade, especially with its release of 2,400 MS-DOS games on top of the hundreds of Atari and arcade games it already hosted. Add on top of that a new browser-based emulator that’s still in beta, and you can experience some classic games that are still as fun to play today as they were twenty something years ago.

I went through the archive and pulled out the comic related video games from the 2,400. This is on top of the couple I reported about earlier today.

The Amazing Spider-Man – published in 1990 by Paragon Software Corporation for the Amiga, Atari ST, and Commodore 64, this game has Spider-Man rescuing Mary Jane who was kidnapped by Mysterio. Primarily a platformer the game also includes puzzles, mostly to deactivate Mysterio’s tricks.

Fantastic Four – published in 1986, this text adventure takes you through Latveria to battle Doctor Doom.

The Rocketeer – published in 1991 by Walt Disney Computer Software and developed by NovaLogic Inc., this game has you participate in several action sequences that mimic the same sequences in the Rocketeer movie, like racing a plane, a shootout in a warehouse, and hand-to-hand combat on top of a flying blimp. It’s based on the Dave Stevens’ original comic book series and the movie made by the Walt Disney Company.

Superman – The Man of Steel - published in 1989 by First Star Software and developed by Tynesoft Computer Software, you play as Superman on a mission to save a kidnapped Lois Lane from Darkseid and Lex Luthor. The gameplay consists of different action-oriented sections including 3D flying, overhead vertical scrolling and side scrolling. Sections are linked by comic book graphics which tell the story…. so that’s kind of cool.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Manhattan Missions - published by Konami and developed by Distinctive Software in 1991 this is a side-scroller where you battle Shredder. Players have 48 hours to complete the game, I mean really 48 hours… and you need to rest your characters to gain health! Luckily you can save the game to reload it later, so you don’t have to play for 48 hours straight.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II – The Arcade Game - also released in 1991, published by Image Works, and developed by Konami, the game is a 3rd-person perspective side scroller. Here, April is kidnapped by Bebop and Rocksteady and you must save her by facing familiar foes. I lost a lot of time and quarters playing this one.

X-Men 2 – The Fall of the Mutants - released in 1991 by Paragon Software, players must assemble a team of five X-Men from a selection of fifteen, and eliminate the evil mutants while playing in a top-down RPG-style environment. When battles commence the player has two choices for how the combat takes place: either side-scrolling action, or turn-based RPG-style combat. In the side-scrolling action fights, the player can use each of the team members’ powers to kill the foes.

So, any favorites or fond memories of these?

Review: Inhuman #10

Inhuman 010The latest issue of Inhumans is one of two stories, and it is two stories which are cleverly balanced against one another, despite not directly dealing with each other.  Since its relaunch Inhumans has been one of the most interesting series in Marvel.  It is a fairly common theme in comics to have a group of outsiders and to have them desire some kind of assembly to make them feel more comfortable amongst themselves.  This is the case with the X-Men but it is also the case with the Inhumans, though the approach here seems to be more that of a true diaspora.  Instead of people finding out that there are others like them and seeking some acceptance, the people here already knew that there were others like them, only they can’t figure out how to get back together.

So far in this series, Medusa has been undoubtedly the breakout star.  As she struggles to find acceptance for new Attilan, she takes center stage both inside and outside of the comic.  While she is central figure here, the role that Axis played upon her is also not used as a detraction, but rather as an attraction.  The past two issues could have turned into an all-out slugfest but it did not.  What this series really needs is a pull to keep the stories interesting, and it has that in the Reader and Xiaoyi, the only problem being that they are not enough of a draw to keep most fans coming back.  What is enough of a draw though is a battle of Medusa versus Spider-Man, and so this is where the balance comes in.  The battle between the two heroes is a bit artificial and out of place, but it still provides the draw for the reader to be introduced to the more compelling story behind the scenes.

This issue does what it must.  It provides a bit of fluff to draw in the reader but also keeps the main story going in the background.  This duplicitous approach is perhaps needed, but is also indicative of what some comics need to do to survive.  Evidently though, Marvel is very interested in the concept of the Inhumans, and they will be doing everything that they can to keep the idea alive and relevant.  This issue does that at the very least, providing both some mostly meaningless fun but also the necessary gravity for the series to keep going strong.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Stegman
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

Hikari Friday Distressed Spider-Man and Gemini Collectibles Exclusive Infrared Astro Boy

It’s time for Hikari Friday! The LIMITED EDITION Distressed Spider-Man Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure is available for pre-order from Funko! The LIMITED EDITION Gemini Collectibles Exclusive Infrared Astro Boy Hikari Sofubi Figure is available for pre-order exclusively from Gemini Collectibles!

Distressed Spider-Man Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure

Distressed Spider-Man is limited to 750pcs worldwide

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Gemini Collectibles Exclusive Infrared Astro Boy Hikari Sofubi Figure

You can pre-order Infrared Astro Boy exclusively through Gemini Collectibles.

Infrared Astro Boy is limited to 750 pieces. Visit www.geminicollectibles.net to pre-order now.

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Who Will Rule New York City’s Underworld? Find Out in Amazing Spider-Man: Spiral!

This March, experience a Spider-Man story like you’ve never seen before as Peter Parker takes on the criminal underworld in Amazing Spider-Man: Spiral, a brand new 5-issue series beginning in Amazing Spider-Man #16.1! Legendary Spidey writer Gerry Conway returns to the webhead along with blockbuster artist Carlo Barberi for an all-new tale of crime, corruption, and the dark corners of the Marvel Universe that will alter the landscape of the criminal underworld!

Spider-Verse may be over, but Peter Parker’s troubles are just beginning. A crime wave rips through New York City. The underworld is still in flux following the Kingpin’s removal from Shadowland. Gangs wage turf wars unchecked on the streets of Manhattan. The gang war is heating up and Spidey is going to do something about it!

Only he’s not alone! Police Captain Yuri Watanabe meters out her own justice both as a member of the NYPD and as the vigilante known as THE WRAITH! But do she and Spider-Man play by the same rules? How far is she willing to go to keep New York safe?

In an interview with Marvel.com Conway said:

Hammerhead; Tombstone; the Circus of Crime; Black Cat and Mr. Negative – they’re all at each other’s throats because there’s no single overlord of crime currently running things in New York. Things only escalated, especially after the Goblin King fell out of the scene and Doc Ock is no longer operating as the Superior Spider-Man – keeping a lid on everything.

Only one criminal can rule the underworld. But that won’t stop them from waging war in order to claim the throne. Who will come out on top? And who will be left standing when it’s over? Find out when the epic Amazing Spider-Man: Spiral kicks off in Amazing Spider-Man #16.1! this March!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1
Written by GERRY CONWAY
Art by CARLO BARBERI
Cover by ART ADAMS
On Sale March 2015!

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The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing that’s fun?

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BBC News – Egypt: ‘Spider-Man’ photos aim to show daily struggles – Well ok then.

 

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Diamond Select This Week: Spider-Man Busts, Walking Dead Bank, and Mechagodzilla Opener!

This week is a very good week if you’re a fan of busts, bust banks, and the severed noggins of robotic monsters! Not only is Diamond Select Toys shipping their Spider-Man and Green Goblin resin busts from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they’re also shipping their vinyl bust bank of The Walking Dead‘s Michonne, and their neck-up metal bottle opener of Godzilla foe Mechagodzilla!

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Spider-Man Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Thwip! The new Spider-Man movie had fans buzzing like flies in a web, and now the web-slinger is getting a brand-new bust from DST! Depicting Spider-Man in his trademark crossed-arms web-shooting pose, this bust measures approximately 6 inches tall with its web-festooned base, and is a great addition to any fan’s shelf! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #MAY142220, SRP: $59.99)

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Green Goblin Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The new movie Green Goblin is one creepy customer! Spider-Man’s most famous foe recently got a cinematic makeover, and now DST is capturing the new look in this collectible bust! Measuring approximately 6 inches tall atop its base, this bust of the classic Spidey villain is a must-have for any fan of the franchise. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #MAY142221, SRP: $59.99)

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Godzilla Mechagodzilla Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Constructed of Space Titanium, Mechagodzilla battled the real Godzilla to a standstill on more than one occasion, and was only defeated when his head was torn completely from his body. Now his head lives on as the newest Godzilla bottle opener from DST! Made of solid metal, this 4″ tall rendering of Mechagodzilla’s noggin can hang on your refrigerator or slip into your pocket, ready at a moment’s notice to open a bottle, or possibly destroy Tokyo. Comes packaged in a collector case with a full-color slipcover. (Item #JUN142091, SRP: $18.00)

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Walking Dead Michonne Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Zombie banks beware, there’s a new, more deadly bank in town! Joining Rick in his battle against the undead, Michonne is the next 8-inch bank in DST’s Walking Dead line. The perfect companion to our two Pet Zombie banks, this bank of Michonne has a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, but has the sculpting and detail of a collectible bust.  (Item #JUN142081, SRP: $22.99)

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Marvel HeroClix: 2015 Spider-Man Symbiotes Monthly Organized Play Kit

heroclix_marvel_spiderman_symbiotesThe Marvel HeroClix: 2015 Spider-Man Symbiotes Monthly Organized Play Kit (OP) contains everything a retailer needs to bring HeroClix players into their store for weekly events – including new limited edition figures not found anywhere else!

Each Monthly OP Kit ships the last week of the month for use in the following month or anytime thereafter.

Each OP Kit includes prizes to run multiple events, with each event giving away prizes for 1st, a fellowship drawing and a flex prize. A suggested schedule and format guide makes it easy for stores to run HeroClix organized play for the first time.

This Monthly Organized Play Kit includes four copies each of three different Limited Edition figures: Spider-Man, Venom and Agent Venom! The Marvel HeroClix: Venom is an all-new sculpt and dial, while both the Marvel HeroClix: Spider-Man and Agent Venom figures are alternate paint versions with new dials.

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