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SDCC 2014: Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Comics

At San Diego Comic-Con Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment announced the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away.  Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.

Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe!

It all starts this January when Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin take fans back to the days following the destruction of the first Death Star in Star Wars! Discussing the flagship series, writer Jason Aaron tells Marvel.com, “Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.”

However, the return of the Rebel Alliance to Marvel Comics also invites the return of its opposition, the Imperial Forces of the Galactic Empire and in February 2015, Kieron Gillen plans to delve into the psyche of one of the vilest villains of all time with the new ongoing series Darth Vader. Witness the struggle for the freedom of an entire galaxy – from the Dark Side!

Then, in March 2015, Mark Waid & Terry Dodson bring you the harrowing tale of loss and hope in the 5-issue limited series Princess Leia! Fresh from the Rebel Alliance’s victory at the Battle of Yavin, Leia must confront the reality that her homeworld has been destroyed. But in the light of such tragedy, there is always hope. Skilled equally with diplomacy as she is a blaster, witness the rise of one of the greatest heroines in history as she takes her rightful place as one of the Alliance’s peerless leaders!

STAR WARS #1
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Coming January 2015!

 

DARTH VADER #1
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by ADI GRANOV
Coming February 2015!

 

PRINCESS LEIA #1 (of 5)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Coming March 2015!

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Ready 4 Vader 2016? The Sith Lord Polls Better than Potential 2016 Presidential Candidates

On Tuesday FiveThirtyEight released a poll on various Star Wars characters and how popular they are. Jar Jar Binks is the most reviled character in the series. That’s not surprising at all. But, with a net favorability of -8 that makes the least likeable character still more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently has a net favorability rating of -65.

What’s fun though is The Washington Post decided to compare the favorability of all of the various Star Wars characters with that of potential 2016 Presidential candidates and other well-known politicians. Not shockingly, there’s a lot of Star Wars characters who might have a good chance getting elected.

Darth Vader has a net favorability higher than all of the candidates and he killed younglings! Emperor Palpatine also has a better result than the majority of the potential candidates. I base that on the fact he could efficiently get the Death Star built.

Check out the full results below and get ready for Ready 4 Vader, Darth Vader for President!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Spread01_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! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Top Pick: Spread #1 (Image) – When humanity unleashed an ancient evil that nearly consumes the earth, one man (with a potential immunity to the mass) might hold the key to survival. Spread the word, this looks good, and is likely to be a sell-out hit.

Grayson #1 (DC) – If Dick Grayson in a new spy thriller series doesn’t grab you, their tag line HAS to: “You might think you know Nightwing – but you don’t know Dick.”

The Life After #1 (Oni Press) – Josh Fialkov’s trippy new series is an interesting look at the after life. As with Fialkov’s other work, this is one that’s not to be missed.

Lumberjanes #4 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – Are you reading one the freshest series to come out in a LONG time? This female powered series revolves around mysteries at a summer camp. Fun, with a diverse cast, and empowering, this is the exact type of comic we should be seeing more of.

New Suicide Squad #1 (DC) – With new members (Joker’s Daughter, Deathstroke, and Black Manta) and new locations (Russia!), Task Force X just got a jolt of adrenaline.

Spider-Man 2099 #1 (Marvel) – I have mixed memories of comics in the 90s. A bright spot was some of Marvel’s 2099 line, especially Spider-Man. Because fans demanded it, Marvel is bringing it back, but with a twist. Miguel O’Hara is stuck in the present, and must deal with being a time-displaced Spider-Man.

Star Wars #19 (Dark Horse) – It will be a sad day when not only this series, but Dark Horse’s Star Wars license comes to an end. At least Dark Horse can hold their head high knowing they’ve done this intergalactic universe true justice.

The Strain Vol. 1 (Dark Horse) – Get the comic before the television series debuts this Sunday. I’m sure on Monday, everyone will be buzzing about this modern vampire tale.

The United States of Murder Inc. #3 (Marvel/Icon) – A mob tale with a twist. Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s series is so good, it’s right up there with some of my favorite movies about the mob.

The Walking Dead #129 (Skybound/Image Comics) – Writer Robert Kirkman has shaken up the story, and given us some new perspectives in the world of Rick Grimes and his people. This is the peace after the war, but is it easier to maintain than constant battle?

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It’s a new week, getting us closer to San Diego Comic Con! The news was quiet over the holiday weekend, but here’s some interesting stuff you might have missed.

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CBR – ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Adds Two New Cast Members – Still waiting to hear folks apologize for jumping the gun during the first round of casting.

Bleeding Cool – Stephen Amell Is Raffling Off Two Arrow Statues For Charity – Very nice!

Kotaku – The Exo Suit Ushers In A New Age Of LEGO Space Exploration – Digging the use of the original planet with ship symbol.

Previews – Round-Up

New news is good news!

 

Are you rich? Do you like expensive toys? Are you Bruce Wayne? Then this is the item for you! Hot Toys has released more detailed info on their 1/12th scale The Bat Collectible Sets. Available in two flavours, “normal” and Deluxe, The Bat comes loaded with some cool features and accessories all scaled to the 6 inch figures.

The normal set includes:

  • Six (6) front LED lights, Six (6) LED lights in the middle of aircraft, Two (2) LED light up back engines
  • Functional cockpit door, Two (2) seats
  • Moveable front dual rotors, Rotatable underside propellers, Articulated flaps at the back
  • Two (2) machine guns, Two (2) side panel rocket launchers
  • Remote control for LED light-up and propellers spinning functions
  • One (1) Batman Collectible Figure
  • One (1) set of collectible stands for The Bat

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The Deluxe set includes:

  • Six (6) front LED lights, Six (6) LED lights in the middle of aircraft, Two (2) LED light up back engines
  • Functional cockpit door, Two (2) seats
  • Moveable front dual rotors, Rotatable underside propellers, Articulated flaps at the back
  • Two (2) machine guns, Two (2) side panel rocket launchers
  • Remote control for LED light-up and propellers spinning functions
  • One (1) Batman Collectible Figure
  • One (1) Selina Kyle (Catwoman) Collectible Figure
  • One (1) set of collectible stands for The Bat
  • One (1) fusion reactor

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While I’m not the biggest fan of The Dark Knight Rises (easily the weakest of the 3), these sets are pretty cool. The regular set will run ya $690, while the Deluxe comes in at a cool $780. Start saving your pennies bat-fans! Pre-orders are up at Sideshow Collectibles.

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In another baffling move from Hasbro, another Walgreens exclusive has been announced. This time you’ll be heading to a pharmacy to buy a Star Wars Black Series Prototype Boba Fett. A repaint of the original release, this time deco’d in his white prototype armour. He’ll be avialble this fall and can be pre-ordered at SDCC if you live no where near a Walgreens. Both completely viable options for your’s truly, a dweller North beyond the boarder.

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Sideshow has yet another piece of awesome up their sleeve, with the Dr. Doom Premium Format Figure. Measuring just under two feet tall on the base, and featuring interchangeable classic and modern versions of his mask, a fabric costume, and armored battle-suit. The Exclusive edition of includes an additional swap-out hand armed with a cosmic ray gun.

Both versions are priced at $389.99. Pre-orders start June 26th a Sideshow Collectibles.

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And finally……”Get away from her you b@#%h!” and get onto my shelf! NECA has finally take the wraps of the long awaited Queen Alien, and it’s a doozy.

From NECA:

In honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Alien franchise, we’ve created our most massive and most ambitious Aliens figure ever! The terrifying Xenomorph Queen is based on her appearance in the 1986 Aliens film. She stands over 15″ tall and is over 30″ long, with over 30 points of articulation, including a spectacular poseable tail. Bring some of the movie’s most thrilling scenes to life in realistic detail, because the Queen is completely in scale with our current Alien action figure line. Includes a display stand and two different interchangeable inner mouths.

I. WANT. THIS. NOW. I have the old McFarlane Queen and this one blows it out of the water. The sculpt, the paint, articulation, and scale are leaps and bounds ahead of anything that has come before. I want to go and buy more Aliens so I can have a sufficient brood for their Queen arrives this fall.


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Diamond Select Toys this week: Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Marvel Select and The Walking Dead!

It’s another big week for Diamond Select Toys, with four items shipping to comic shops across North America! But while one of them is definitely a toy, three are items you’re gonna want in your kitchen! Check out the details below!

Star Wars Boba Fett Magnetic Metal Bottle Opener

Boba Fett? Where? On your brand-new bottle opener, that’s where! Make sure you always have a way to open tasty beverages with this solid metal bottle opener, depicting the portrait of Boba Fett, super-cool bounty hunter extraordinaire! It measures 4 inches long, has magnets on the back and removes bottle caps like Boba Fett captures a bounty — with style! Comes packaged in a collector’s slip case with a full-color wrap. (Item #JAN141922, Suggested Retail Price: $18.00)

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Pulp Fiction Jack Rabbit Slim’s Pint Glass

The next movie to get the Reelware treatment from DST is Quentin Tarantino’s groundbreaking film Pulp Fiction! Celebrating the film’s 20th anniversary, DST is taking fans inside the world of the movie with a 16-oz. pint glass from the famous Jack Rabbit Slim’s restaurant. Whether you fill it with a five-dollar milkshake or another tasty beverage, the Jack Rabbit Slim’s logo will always remind you of the first time you watched Vince and Mia do the twist. Packaged in a window box. (Item #MAY142227, SRP: $10.99)

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Walking Dead Zombie Heads Silicone Tray

Party like the Governor with this all-new Walking Dead silicone tray! Based on the comic book artwork of Charlie Adlard, this flexible tray can be used to cast up ice, gelatin and even chocolate in the shape of a half-dozen zombie heads, as well as the famous Walking Dead comic book logo! Fill up the fishtank and let the fun begin! (Item #JAN141924, SRP: $15.00)

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Marvel Select What If? Captain America Figure

During the epic superhuman Civil War, rivals Captain America and Iron Man fought each other tooth and nail. But what if they had worked together? This 7-inch-scale Marvel Select figure depicts Captain America as he appears on the cover of What If? Civil War #1, wearing a suit of armor designed for him by Tony Stark himself. Cap features 16 points of articulation and includes his trademark shield, a deluxe “blast-off” display base, and a removable display stand. Figure comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with spine reference artwork. (Item #FEB142062, SRP $24.99)

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What did you get? What was awesome?

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ICv2 – Amicus Briefs for Kirby Mounting – This should be interesting.

Kotaku – Star Wars: Episode VII’s Cast, Now In Lego Form – Awesome.

GamePolitics – DFC Predicts $100 Billion in Video Game Software Sales by 2018 – That’s an impressive number.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #3

Comic Vine – Avengers Undercover #6

Comic Vine – Batman #32

Comic Vine – C.O.W.L. #2

The Fandom Post – Fell Vol. 1: Feral City

Comic Vine – Ghostbusters #17

Comic Vine – New Avengers Annual #1

Comic Vine – Outcast #1

CBR – Superman #32

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #26

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