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For those in the US, hope you all have a safe and fun 4th of July! For those who aren’t and have to work, here’s some news you might have missed to make the day go by quicker.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Batman: Arkham Knight‘s Secret Intro Is Great – Pretty cool.

CBR – Tokyopop Returns — But Don’t Call It A Comeback – Interesting.

Kotaku – This Week’s Superman Comic Is Basically About Ferguson – A good read.

City Lab – Ka-Pow! Developers Are Using Comic Books to Sell Condos – Pretty cool to see!

Fusion – Diversity in comic books began all the way back in the 1940s with one visionary artist – Some great history here!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Secret Wars #4

SDCC 2015: Mondo Brings Ant-Man, Superman, TMNT & More to the Show

Mondo has released a sneak peek at its offerings for San Diego Comic-Con 2015, featuring the best in artist-driven collectibles for characters, films and comics. This year, more than ever, Mondo is showing off a wide variety of products from an amazing team of designers and world-class artists. Below is a small sampling of the posters, vinyl and collectible figures that will be on hand at their booth #835.

POSTERS

Here’s a first look at the Ant-Man screen print from artist Kevin Tong. “In designing the poster, I wanted to show Ant-Man’s scale, the intensity of his transformation, and really just trying to make a poster as fun and dynamic as the movie,” said Tong.

The poster is printed on holofoil, a unique reflective surface, adding a dynamic element to the print. The regular version of the poster will be on sale at a future date via Mondo’s official site. Mondo will be releasing a diverse selection of posters throughout the convention, including the debut of an awesome new license.

Ant Man (Foil Variant)
Artist: Kevin Tong
24″x36″
Edition of 175
$85

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COLLECTIBLE FIGURES

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1/6 Scale Figures

Just last year Mondo announced that they were making a big step into the world of high-end collectible figures. At this year’s Comic-Con Mondo continues that promise to deliver jaw-dropping figures with a first look at its line of 1/6 scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Leonardo is the first in a series of 1/6 scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures, inspired by the original Eastman & Laird comic book from the 1980s. Standing approximately 11 inches in height, and featuring 25+ points of articulation, Leonardo includes interchangeable hands, multiple accessories, and a choice of the classic red mask from the comics, or the famous blue mask from the cartoon series! All four turtles will be on display at Mondo’s booth. (Price TBD)

TMNT_Leonardo - Mondo

 

First Hellboy Statue

In 1991, comic artist & writer Mike Mignola did a black & white illustration at a comic convention of a demon character that bore the name “Hellboy” on his belt. This was the genesis of the filed-horned fighter of the supernatural known and loved today. Mondo is excited to bring the original concept to life with a 12″ polystone statue showcasing all the strange and fun details of the original drawing. In addition to all the sculpted details, original Hellboycolorist Dave Stewart was enlisted to design the color scheme for the piece. Now is a Hell of a time to bring this piece of comic history home! First Hellboy is currently available for pre-order at MondoTees.com ($200)

Come by the booth to see more collectibles including an early preview of a Godzilla sculpture based on Phantom City Creative’s poster design – it’s truly a one-of-a-kind piece.

First Hellboy FirstHellboy_OriginalSketch (Mike Mignola)

 

VINYL

Aliens – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Academy Award-nominated score for Aliens is an appropriate musical companion to this wildly successful sequel. Much like the film, the soundtrack is a departure from the original, but equally beloved. Composer James Horner took the reigns from Jerry Goldsmith and made something his own: blending the suspense and horror that the franchise is known for, with an element of fun that is unique to this entry.

This deluxe edition soundtrack features over a dozen cues that have never before been released on vinyl, including 5 bonus tracks. Commenting on the design, artist Killian Eng said, “I wanted the alien to play a big role but at the same time incorporate its shape into the materials of the space station, almost like it becomes the station itself, keeping the marines in a steady merciless grip.”

Composed & Conducted by James Horner
Artwork by Kilian Eng
Pressed on 180 Gram Queen (Blue & Black swirl) Vs.
Power Loader (Yellow with Black Stripe) Colored Vinyl
$35

 

01. Main Title (5:13)
02. Bad Dreams (1:22)
03. Dark Discovery / Newt’s Horror (2:07)
04. LV-426 (2:03)
05. Combat Drop (3:29)
06. The Complex (1:34)
07. Atmosphere Station (3:11)
08. Med.Lab. (2:04)
09. Newt (1:14)
10. Sub-Level 3 (6:36)
11. Ripley’s Rescue (3:19)
12. Face Huggers (4:24)
13. Futile Escape (8:29)
14. Newt Is Taken (2:04)
15. Going After Newt (3:18)
16. The Queen (1:45)
17. Bishop’s Countdown (2:50)
18. Queen To Bishop (2:31)
19. Resolution And Hyperspace (6:27)

 

Bonus Tracks

20. Bad Dreams (Alternate) (1:23)
21. Ripley’s Rescue (Percussion Only) (3:20)
22. LV-426 (Alternate Edit – Film Version) (1:13)
23. Combat Drop (Percussion Only) (3:24)
24. Hyperspace (Alternate Ending) (2:08)

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Superman: The Animated Series – Die-Cut Single

Mondo is thrilled to announce the Superman: The Animated Series Die-Cut single featuring the character’s iconic emblem cut in the shape of the Man of Steel’s “S” in classic red vinyl or Kryptonite green vinyl. Commenting on the artwork, Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative said, “I wanted to make this a companion piece to my packaging design for Batman: The Animated Series. While Batman is darker and more serious, Superman needed to be bright, colorful and energetic to reflect the tonal differences between the two.”

The single features the theme music of the inimitable Shirley Walker, whose leadership on this and Batman: The Animated Series set the standard for the music of the DC Animated universe for decades to come. This release is an essential companion piece to last year’s Batman: The Animated Series Die-Cut Single.

Music by Shirley Walker
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
LP Single Die-Cut with screen-printed B-Side
Pressed on Classic Red Vinyl or Kryptonite Green Vinyl
$25

 

Side A

01. Superman: The Animated Series – Main Title (1:07)
02. Superman: The Animated Series – End Credits (0:35)
03. The New Batman / Superman Adventures – Main Title (1:05)
04. The New Batman / Superman Adventures – End Credits (0:35)

Review: Action Comics #42

ac042With the Truth segment of this Superman crossover finished after one month, the story now moves on to Justice, a change of some sort which is not immediately evident to the reader.   The move to deconstruct Superman to show that he is super beyond his powers is an intriguing venture, but thus far there has been very little of a unified approach as to how he is being portrayed.  The somewhat directionless approach has spilled over into four different series, but with each one set in a different time and place with different stakes on the line, and so it makes what is going on a bit hard to grasp.

The heart of the story line can be likely tied to Action Comics.  Superman-Wonder Woman and Superman-Batman looked at his relationship with those two heroes, and the main Superman book seemed a bit hesitant to get into the new Superman, Action Comics has thus far been responsible for the setup and delivery of most of the differences.  AS was previously shown, Superman returns to Metropolis, mostly powerless and faces against a police force that is tired of cleaning up after him, and yet also a group of citizens who stand by him for all that he has done.  As a shadow beast attacked the neighborhood, he was forced to intervene, and the two groups, both pro- and anti- faced off.  This is the followup to the first issue of this arc, where Superman attacks the shadow beast, and where the citizens face off against the police.  The battle with the shadow beast is fun enough, especially as Superman realizes that he can’t do everything that he used to, but the protests of the citizens come up a bit empty.  In a story with a superpowered alien fighting a shadow beast, it is the protest which comes off as the most unlikely part of the story.

Stories from the big two comic publishers often have a problem of avoiding controversy.  Four years ago the Occupy Wall Street movement took off and caused some people to reconsider what they took for granted as the system in place in North America for economics, and now finally DC has gotten around to its own demonstration, though this one is seemingly self-aware.  It should be said that the plot point of superheroes getting sued is one which should probably never be breached in comics.  Just like their fantastical powers which defy most of what we know of science, it is a state of being in the superhero world that superheroes are not responsible for their damage, otherwise most superhero books would turn into one lawsuit after another.  While the action here did a decent job of living up to the name of the titular series, the setup does not, nor does it really do justice to any comics.  This new direction for Superman is still trying to change the boundaries of what defines the hero, it is just not really clear if it is going about it the right way.

Story: Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder Art: Aaron Kuder
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Pass

SDCC 2015: Funko’s Tenth (and final) Wave of Exclusives!

Funko has announced their FINAL batch of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives! Their goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.

In an effort to provide more of their products to Con-goers, they are NOT offering a pre-buy option this year.

Without further ado, here is the FINAL installment of Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list!

Pop! Heroes: Batman v Superman – Batman v Superman 2-pack

Pop! Heroes Batman v Superman - Batman v Superman 2-pack

Pop! TV: Breaking Bad – Blue Crystal Heisenberg

Pop! TV Breaking Bad - Blue Crystal Heisenberg

Funko is excited to announce the debut of Pop! Tees at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con! Pop! Tees transform your favorite Pop! figures into collectible apparel!

All shirts will be available in Men’s sizes XS – 3X, except for Black Widow, which comes in Women’s XS – 3X!

Funko is excited to announce the debut of Pop! Tees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con!  2

They’re even packaged in their own Pop! Tee box!

Pop! Tees: SDCC Freddy Funko

Pop! Tees SDCC Freddy Funko

Pop! Tees: Masters of the Universe – Disco Skeletor

Pop! Tees Masters of the Universe - Disco Skeletor

Pop! Tees: Freddy Funko 8-Bit Pixelated

Pop! Tees Freddy Funko 8-Bit Pixelated

Pop! Tees: Ghostbusters – Burnt Stay Puft

Pop! Tees Ghostbusters - Burnt Stay Puft

Pop! Tees: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Skyline Group

Pop! Tees Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Skyline Group

Pop! Tees: Marvel – Black Widow Shield (Women’s Sizes Only)

Pop! Tees Marvel - Black Widow Shield (Women's Sizes Only)

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get that you liked? Anything that you didn’t?

While you decide, here’s some news and reviews from around the web you might like.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Batman: Arkham Knight Is Full of Superman Easter Eggs – Cool to see.

ICv2 – Confessions of a Comic Book Guy–And That’s a Good Thing – A good read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies #1

Talking Comics – Black Canary #1

Flickering Myth – Bullet Gal #12

CBR – Fight Club 2 #2

CBR – Jem and the Holograms #4

Comic Vine – Superman #41

CBR – We Are Robin #1

Review: Superman #41

superman041So far since the end of DC’s Convergence company wide crossover, a different direction has been taken for Superman.  As told through the loosely connected Truth story line, Superman has been depowered to a relative degree and seemingly repurposed as something closer a street level character.  The implementation of this new direction has been a bit clunky across various titles as it has affected Action Comics, Superman/Batman and Superman/Wonder Woman.  As this story line returns to the titular series for the hero, it goes back a bit to explain just what has happened to the hero to turn him from super-everything to more like an enhanced street fighter.

This issue starts off with the new Superman, presumably to remind us that he is in fact depowered, but then quickly flashes us back to the time before (though to be fair almost right before.)  Clark and Jimmy are on a story, trying to figure out what is going on with a suspected arms deal, and Superman is forced to intervene after the arms deal goes bad.  More troubling, there is someone behind the scenes that is playing the two of them, including the fact that they have figured out that Clark and Superman are one and the same.  In pursuing this story, Superman almost inadvertently exposes his secret to Lois as well as he is forced into saving a hostage.

The Truth story line has been a bit disappointing thus far, as it has attempted to take a different look at the hero, and mostly has come up a bit short.  This carries on here, but inexplicably this is not so much of a look at the new hero, but rather gives us what is basically the old Superman back, save for a few panels mixed in with the newer version.  As opposed to the story line which can’t seem to find a good direction in which to take the character, this newest installment instead can’t decide whether to give fans the new version or the old version.  There are likely still fans clamoring for answers as to what exactly happened to Superman to get him where he presently is, but aside from those readers, this issue comes off as a bit too ordinary.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: John RomitaJr.
Story: 6.7 Art: 6.7 Overall: 6.7 Recommendation: Pass

SDCC 2015: LEGO Reveals a Superman Exclusive Set

LEGO has revealed another exclusive set that will be available at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The set is DC Comics focused. Specifically it recreates the cover to Action Comics #1 with Superman hoisting a car over his head.

The set is 145 pieces and will retail for $39.99 at the show.

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Review: Justice League of America #1

jla001The DC Comics Universe is in a bit of flux at the moment.  Superman has been depowered to a degree and Batman is presumed dead and Jim Gordon has replaced him.  With DC’s two most popular character out of commission, it makes the present continuity a little challenging, especially as a few of the other major characters are undergoing some changes as well.  Some simply don’t recognize these changes, as the Darkseid War in Justice League attests to, but other series are trying to stay current with the changes elsewhere.  This newest series of the Justice League acts as a bit of middle-of-the-road approach to giving fans the heroes that they are used to.  Superman is still Clark Kent in his secret identity at the Daily Planet, Batman is still alive, and Wonder Woman’s costume hasn’t changed.  In short this story is based sometime in since the founding of the Justice League and the beginning of the new 52, a period which is said to be five years but which has not been explored in great detail thus far since the DC relaunch.

This oversized issue has two basic plot points that are presumably somewhat linked together.  In the first Superman is dealing with a mysterious organization led by a mysterious scientist who is somehow pulling a dead or dying Superman out of the timestream, but on numerous occasions, and appeals to the present Superman to find answers.  Meanwhile the remainder of the Justice League has been drawn to a power plant in Metropolis as a supervillain unknowingly lies in ambush for them.  While the first half of the story adds a bit of intrigue, it is soon taken over by the second half and this quickly turns into an all out brawl that the League is best known for.  A relatively significant developments occur and the characters are left at the end to deal with a new threat.

The approach here is an interesting one.  While there is change underway with the heroes elsewhere at DC, this is evidently a case of “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.”  By throwing the heroes back to an earlier time the die hard DC fan can get their dose of their favorite heroes while DC also tries to appeal to some new fans with the different versions of Batman and Superman in other places across its universe.  As it stands this works pretty well, a relatively common story for the Justice League, but also one which pulls out all the stops and goes for a big show as opposed to a slower approach.  It is big and brash but also a lot of fun, and worth a look for those that miss their usual heroes.

Story: Bryan Hitch Art: Wade Von Grawbadger and Bryan Hitch
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read

Review: Doomed #1

doomed001The Truth story line from the Superman comics is one that is meant to make the character more approachable to the average fan, while also giving long term fans something more to read as the character’s fundamental meanings are laid out to be more apparent.  While it has only been partially effective in doing so, the intention is evidently there, to make Superman more of a likable hero than superpowered alien god.  That being the case, it makes one wonder why a different approach was not taken for this examination of the archetypal superhero, and Doomed serves as an example of a different route which could be equally effective.  This series is also interesting as DC has played at the idea of a Hulk rip-off before, notably with the new 52 version of O.M.A.C. but it has never really worked.  The dynamics of the Marvel characters are such that they are hard to replicate, but perhaps DC has found its green goliath after all, except in this case as one that can kind of turn into Doomsday.

The story here follows Reiser, a bit of a scientific prodigy who has gotten himself a job at S.T.A.R. Labs.  Although he is first introduced in his Doomsday persona, it is is not Doomsday which really defines this first issue.  The character is shown as a fish out of water, as the Metropolis, the City of Tomorrow, is seemingly replaced with New York City.  The character has to fight transit to make it to work, is hired basically as an intern, and has to squeeze an extra roommate into an already cramped apartment.  As these sequence of events take place he is accidentally exposed to something which causes that he has some kind of powers, although they are not powers that he seems to be interested in.

If there was meant to be a shake-up in Metropolis, then this is evidently a better route than the story arc that is dominating the other Superman titles.  This is s fresh take on the city and its superheroes, and the first real bit of something different for the city in a long time.  The character feel real and they are approachable, and his supporting characters even beg for more panel time as they themselves seem to have interesting stories.    Although this might be a little low on some people’s reading list, it probably shouldn’t be.  It was a fun read and it leaves the reader waiting impatiently for the next issue.

Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Javier Fernandez
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Superman/Wonder Woman #18

sww018After a fairly mediocre turnout elsewhere, Truth finally arrives to this title.  This story arc/crossover is one which takes everything that we know about Superman and turns it on its side, as the still super Superman has to learn to deal with powers that aren’t as impressive as they once were.  Looking a lot more like the character from Action Comics #1 (the original), the character is seemingly meant to appeal more to the street level fans of comic books as he can now bleed and be hurt, and as his super strength is not quite what it once was.  At the same time it helps to highlight just what Superman does as a hero, that he won’t stop despite the odds, and while the story has been a bit cliched in this manner, it also hasn’t been a complete disappointment.

This issue is perhaps one of the weirdest as to how this all works out.  Superman has confronted Lois elsewhere as well as the stand-in Batman, but this issue is the first to show this non-powered Superman with Wonder Woman, who is arguably at her most powerful level ever in her publication.  Six months ago she was arguably more powerful than Superman, now it is without question, at least until he inevitably goes back to full strength.  This changes the dynamic a little bit for this series, but also surprisingly doesn’t as Wonder Woman as usual in this series takes the passenger seat to Clark’s adventures as they are drawn into a government cover-up/mystery in Smallville.  The reader is introduced to things which would likely have been part of the Superman mythos if they actually did exist before in comics, but the way in which they are introduced here is kind of sloppy as plot developments that don’t really follow, and as the cover-up gets to be weirder and weirder.

There are those that like the idea behind this series as they have always wanted to see what Superman and Wonder Woman would look like together, but in order for this to be more than a stunt and fanboy service they would also need to provide a story line that is worthy of the union, and so far in this series there hasn’t been one.  That this series is thrown into the mostly mediocre Truth crossover from Superman doesn’t help much either as it once again doesn’t give this series much to build on.  Instead the story here is about par for the course for this series, if not a bit worse, as Truth drags down a little bit what has mostly been an average series.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Doug Mahnke
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

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