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TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E11 The Distance

walking-dead-5 photoAfter withstanding a spectacular storm, Rick and the others meet what appears to be a friendly person, but find themselves mistrustful.

The Walking Dead is in an interesting spot. The season so far has been one of death, lots of death. Maybe it’s about time that some good happens?

The episode is a tense one, really tense, with large parts of it occurring in darkness. A new individual, Aaron, has come forward promising a safe place to live. After everything they’ve been through, can Rick and his folks trust him, and believe what he promises?

For four and a half seasons, the series has been about surviving. At some point the series needs to turn into living as well. Can you build a community after all that’s happened? We have the initial group, Rick and his group are a family, but can it expand from that? That’s where the show is it.

For four and a half seasons it’s been a war for survival, but Rick especially, is presented with a chance to stop fighting, and in a way, come home. Alexandria presents a fundamental shift of not just the series, but the individuals.

The episode is all about the above and more, mixed in with some fantastic scares. We’re at that moment, where a fundamental shift of the series is coming, Get ready for the next phase of The Walking Dead. Hope, it’s as fantastic as it can be.

Overall rating: 9

New Assortment of The Walking Dead Minimates Coming to Toys“R”Us!

The fifth season of The Walking Dead recently returned to television screens, and soon a new selection of The Walking Dead Minimates will arrive at Toys“R”Us with a vengeance! Based on the best-selling comic book by series creator Robert Kirkman, the latest figures from Diamond Select Toys include some of the comic’s most popular characters, as well as the line’s first fan-chosen figure!

Coming to Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and Toysrus.com in March, the new assortment features characters from the “All Out War” story arc featured in issues #115-126 of The Walking Dead, based on artwork by series artist Charlie Adlard. In the arc, Rick’s group teams up with other communities against the powerful Saviors group.

The assortment features four two-packs, each pairing a human character with a zombie. The human line-up includes:

Alexandria Rick Grimes – Living in the walled city of Alexandria with his fellow survivors, Rick leads the community to war against the Saviors. Rick comes packaged with a Balding Zombie.

Negan – Negan is the leader of the saviors, and enforces their draconian laws. He is deceptively polite, but has the potential for terrible violence. Negan comes with a gate-guarding Thug Zombie and his barbed-wire baseball bat Lucille.

Ezekiel – Ezekiel is the leader of the Kingdom, and plays the role of king with gusto. When Rick votes to stand against the Saviors, Ezekiel agrees. Ezekiel comes with a Mauled Zombie. Available exclusively at Toys“R”Us beginning in March.

Andrea – One of the few remaining members of Rick’s original group, Andrea has become an excellent shot, and is Alexandria’s resident zombie sniper. Andrea comes with the Prom Zombie, who was the winner of a poll conducted by the official The Walking Dead magazine to be the next zombie Minimate. Available exclusively at Toys“R”Us beginning in March.

Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and character-specific accessories. A companion assortment at comic shops will feature figures of supporting characters Jesus, Dwight, Chris, Derek and Holly.

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It’s new comic day tomorrow! But, right now, it’s freezing and snowing here on the East coast. Everyone stay warm!

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CBR – “Walking Dead” Producer Says Spinoff Has Not Yet Been Picked Up – Sites misreported and jumped the gun!? Shocker!

The Guardian – When did the comic-book universe become so banal? – Read. Debate.


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Bleeding Cool – Mouse Guard Vol. 3 #1

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CBR – The Sculptor

CBR – Thor #5

TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E10 Them

walking-dead-5 photoGrieving from Beth’s and Tyreese’s death in different ways, the group faces the harsh road to Washington D.C. Meanwhile, a storm approaches.

The Walking Dead has brought us suffering and death the last two episodes. This one is interesting, as it’s a much quieter, and in many ways more disturbing episode.

The desperation of the remaining group isn’t just due to the death of a few of their friends, but a lack of food and water is finally catching up to them. An odd moment happens though, with a supply of water suddenly showing up on the road, which leads the group to being a bit suspicious. But, a storm opens up, bringing them some water, but also the need to seek shelter.

The episode in many ways continues the previous one’s foreshadowing of things to come. Rick has a discussion that the survivors are actually the walking dead, and they’re no longer good people. The storm destroys the area, including the walkers they need to deal with.

The episode also allows for some grieving. Though it’s short, various members are shown in how they’re dealing with their loss, and their situation. It’s all very subtle moments, and there’s not massive breakdowns like you might expect. The entire episode is muted in an odd way.

But, the episode ends with the arrival of a new individual, Aaron. For fans of the comic, you know what might be coming, and that calm and storm is rather appropriate. This season looks to shape up to end in a rather amazing way. I can’t wait.

Overall rating: 9

Toy Fair 2015: Funko, Heroclix, Mattel, Doctor Who, Firefly, and The Walking Dead

toy fair mainThe toy industry’s biggest companies gather at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City once a year to introduce new products, communicate with buyers, and allow journos like me to sniff around for information crumbs and cool photo ops.

This year’s standout was the Funko booth. Funko’s product line seems endless with licensed Pop! Vinyl figures debuting from 80s staples like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, but the coolest thing may have been their Doctor Who pops and the miniature keychain versions that mimic them.

More reAction line figures were also on display from the upcoming George Clooney Disney sci-fi film Tomorrowland, Big Trouble in Little China, Karate KidStar Trek, Boondock Saints, and others.

For Funko’s 6″ Legacy Line, they had the Rocketeer on display as well as their Evolve figures, but Firefly got a lingering glance from me. Fans have been waiting a long time for a full 6″ figure line of these big damn heroes and Funko didn’t disappoint.

At the McFarlane booth, we saw new 3.75″ Walking Dead figures and also an addition to their deluxe 10″ figure line with a Michonne that is unpainted and badass.

Here’s a look at the HeroClix booth’s assorted goodies.

Dark Horse’s Game of Thrones line is truly breathtaking.

Here’s some of what Mattel had to offer, including Hot Wheels’ crossover into the world of Star Wars and Marvel, and Princess Power Barbie.

Over at Mezco, new 6″ Sons of Anarchy figures and a deluxe Jax Teller and Walter White in full Heisenberg mode were on display, as well as an immense 24″ Bugs Bunny.

And finally, NECA brought what I believe to be an actual miniaturized version of Danny Devito in his Batman Returns Penguin costume (that figure is disarmingly detailed) as well as a line for Interstellar and other goodies.

So that’s what we have to show from our trip to Toy Fair. The soul bruises from looking at all of these amazing toys that I won’t be able to buy for quite some time will heal over time, but the memories will last a lifetime… or at least a few months.

Awesome Con’s 2015 Commercial

Watching the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday, I was caught off guard to see a highly relevant local ad. Washington, DC based convention, Awesome Con, launched their 2015 advertising push with the above spot to raise awareness of this year’s convention. Having the ad run during this show was great targeting that put it in front of an audience who would likely be highly interested. Facebook pegs the fanbase for The Walking Dead at 96,000 within a 25 mile radius of the city.

The convention, in its third year, has previously bombarded the Washington, DC area with ads, including posting them on the metro and previous television spots. You have to applaud when someone is doing it right!

This year’s convention runs May 29 through 31.

So, for folks in other regions, anyone else take advantage of the show and run ads for conventions or comic stores?

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Darth_Vader_1_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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Princessless: The Pirate Princess #1 (Action Lab Entertaiment) – A new volume of Princeless is here! Everyone rejoice! The first issue is as wonderful as expected, and features a kick-ass minority woman in the lead. In fact all of the main characters are kick-ass women! Perfect for kids and adults.

Darth Vader #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s relaunch of the Star Wars comics line has been solid so far, and Darth Vader takes the spotlight in his own series. Can’t wait to see what writer Kieron Gillen does with him.

Divinity #1 (Valiant) – The first issue is a fascinating departure from previous Valiant series and the character is nothing like what they’ve done before. The first issue is a trippy dreamlike tale, and its so good. This is not your normal superhero series.

The Sculptor (First Second) – This came out last week, but Previews has it listed for this week. Scott McCloud’s latest graphic novel is an absolute masterpiece.

Southern Bastards #7 (Image Comics) – Jason Aaron’s Southern gothic series has been amazing so far. You never know where each issue will take you. This is one of the first comics I read when I get a chance.


Top Pick: Legenderry Red Sonja (Dynamite Entertainment)-  Two genres meet in an unexpected way as the steampunk meets the red-haired barbarian in a Victorian setting. It is unconventional to be sure, but also a lot of fun.

Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland #32 (Zenescope) – Another great one-shot from the creative team that is taking this series in brand new directions.  It is a cat-and-mouse story where the mouse is another cat.

Morning Glories #43 (Image Comics) – Casey has decided to run for class president in order to save Jade, but she doesn’t have a chance of winning does she?  Not until the unexpected happens.

Secret Six #2 (DC Comics) – Fans responded to the release of this series under the new 52 banner at DC with great interest, but the first issue left many confused.  Combined with a long wait for the second issue, what will fans end up thinking?

Thor #5 (Marvel) – This series has been telling a great story, and yet continues to divide fans over the radical change.  Those that look beyond it will realize that this is no stunt.


Top Pick: Guardians Of The Galaxy #24 (Marvel) – The second chapter of The Black Vortex story line. Frankly, anything concerning the GOTG right now is worth picking up each week as the stories are getting better and much more fun each month.

Darth Vader #1 – If Star Wars #2 was any indication of how this series is going to be then we are on for one amazing ride. The art and writing blend seamlessly to bridge the gap between two amazing movies we have loved for so long.

Morning Glories #43 (Image Comics) – The students at Morning Glory Academy are getting more involved in the politics at school and the inevitable meeting with mysterious Headmaster should be just right around the corner.

Southern Bastards #7 (Image Comics) – The ending to the last arc left all of us with our jaws on the floor. The current arc is just as great and we can’t get enough of this amazing football tradition in the deep South

The Walking Dead #137 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The new arc promises to reveal more about The Whisperers, a new ‘cult-like’ group that we (or our heroes) know little of. Carl has been more of a focus recently and that is definitely a good thing.

Comixstravaganza’s “Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca

Top Pick: Five Ghosts #15 (Image Comics) – Grey vs Van Helsing! – this is one of the most original concepts in comics! Every month, Frank Barberie delivers high-octane high adventure! This is part 3 of the new story arc and it’s Fabian Grey vs. Van Helsing!

Darth Vader #1 (Marvel) – I have always maintained that Vader is either hero or villain, depending on your point of view. The previous Dark Horse series did a lot to paint him as a hero. I hope this new Marvel series does the same. But, for the first time ever, it’s canon!

Doc Savage Omnibus Vol. 1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – normally I’m not a huge fan of trades, but sometimes a series is better when compiled rather than in monthly single issues. I’m feeling this may be true for the new Dynamite Doc Savage series. Plus in many cases you get more bang for your buck with a good collection. And the job Dynamite has done with these classic pulp heroes, it’s more than good, they’ve been great!

Legenderry Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) - Steampunk. Red Sonja. Any questions?

Legenderry Vampirella #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Ditto.

Fashion Spotlight: Crossbow Krispies, The Untold Story, and Blood Sweat and Boomsticks

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Crossbow Krispies, The Untold Story, and Blood Sweat and Boomsticks from AcidFree, carbine, and manospd will be for sale on February 9, 2015 only!

Crossbow Krispies by AcidFree

Crossbow Krispies

The Untold Story by carbine

The Untold Story

Blood Sweat and Boomsticks by manospd

Blood Sweat and Boomsticks



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TV Review: The Walking Dead S5E9 What Happened and What’s Going On

walking-dead-5 photoAfter all the recent trials that the group has faced, a slight detour might be the solution they’ve been looking for.

The Walking Dead is back after it’s winter hiatus to pick up from the shocking ending of its mid-season finale. Everyone is reeling from the shocking conclusion of last season. The episode starts off with a new credit intro, and folks on a mission to get Noah to his home.

Visually, while much remains the same, there’s much that’s different in the first episode of the second half of the season. The use of ghosts, and flashing scenes brings about a fascinating foreshadowing that’s only been done through small hints in the past.The show also isn’t letting the survivors, or the viewers, settle or process the loss of Beth during the last episode. While trying not to spoil things, a shocking moment occurs about a third of the way through the episode.The episode still sets up a lot of mystery. The foreshadowing is also left in clues, scorched earth, how zombies are laid out, it’s all very interesting that should leave long time viewers wondering what’s next, and comic fans excited with what might be coming.The episode, as the show generally is, is driven by the talented cast who show off their emotions, both good and bad, with a tour de force. The show is not about the scares, or the zombies, it’s about the very living people who inhabit the world.But what really caught me this episode is the fascinating visual decisions with setting shots of the world, the use of ghosts, the various filming tricks that show off the world that exists. It shows off life, and death, and the horrors of this new existence. That use of ghosts versus the real world is amazing, catching viewers in shocking moments throughout the episode, it’s a visual decision that’s noticeable, and welcome. This episode is all about the death of the last five seasons, and packed one emotional punch in doing so. If there’s one episode that shows off the under appreciated brilliance and the art of this show, this was it. All of which can’t be appreciated until its final moments. Welcome back The Walking Dead, just wish it was a bit happier of a reunion.

Overall rating: 10

Diamond Select Toys This Week: Aliens, Batman, Godzilla, The Walking Dead and More!

It’s a huge week for Diamond Select Toys, with plenty of toys, kitchenware and office supplies heading to comic shops and specialty stores for New Toy Day! This week, you’ll be able to pick up Michonne’s sword as a letter opener, Spider-Man’s head as a gelatin mold and even the Batmobile as a bottle opener, as well as new Minimates sets from Godzilla, Kill Bill and Sin City! Check out the full list of items below!

Alien Facehugger Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys Release! There is nothing more unnerving than the site of a facehugger alien skittering towards you. Those grabbing legs and prehensile tails make them fierce opponents… and great bottle openers! Your next bottled beverage won’t stand a chance once you break out your 3″ facehugger opener. Its solid metal construction will have that bottlecap off in a split second, and the magnets on the back allow it to hang on your refrigerator door, or the nearest bulkhead, waiting for its chance to strike. Comes packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #SEP142250, SRP: $18.00)


Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys Release! What’s in the glove compartment of the Batmobile? Probably things that won’t fit in Batman’s utility belt, like Bat-pens, Bat-straws… and this solid metal bottle opener of the Batmobile itself! Depicting the famous vehicle, as seen in the Batman Classic TV Series, this 4″ solid metal opener has magnets on the back, so it can park itself on your refrigerator door until Commissioner Gordon calls. Comes packaged in a full-color slipcase. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #SEP142255, SRP: $18.00)


Batman Classic TV Series Riddler Bust

Riddle me this, riddle me thus — who will be the next Batman TV bust? The Riddler, as played by Frank Gorshin, is the fourth in DST’s line of resin busts based on the Batman Classic TV Show! Joining the Joker in the ranks of Batman’s greatest foes, this bust of an unmasked, unhinged Riddler measures approximately 6 inches tall atop a base inspired by the show’s famous opening animation. It’s the answer to what to get if you’re a Batman fan! Packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! Coming this winter! (SRP: $59.99, item #AUG142280)


Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 2 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Classic Godzilla Minimates line continues, with new 2-inch mini-figures of Godzilla and his greatest foes! Series 2 includes tiny versions of Atomic Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Jet Jaguar and Hedorah the Smog Monster, each featuring a variety of interchangeable parts. Mix and match to create your own kaiju hybrids! Comes packed on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #SEP142253, SRP: $19.99)

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Kill Bill 10th Anniversary Minimates Masters of Death Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Beatrix Kiddo was not always a sword-wielding, highly skilled assassin. It took years of training, and the newest Kill Bill Minimates box set features the men who made her what she is today. Pai Mei, Hattori Hanzo and Bill himself join Beatrix Kiddo in the Masters of Death box set, each with 14 points of articulation and a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Comes packed on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #SEP142252, SRP: $19.99)


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Marvel Spider-Man Gelatin Mold

A Diamond Select Toys release! There’s always room for Spider-Man! Make your next dessert a hit with kids of all ages with this Spider-Man gelatin mold, featuring the distinctive face of the world-famous wall-crawler! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, the plastic mold is perfect for chilled desserts, and a must for any superhero-themed shindig. Comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #OCT142190, SRP: $15.00)

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Sin City Minimates Series 2 Hard Goodbye Box Set

They killed Goldie. And now they’re gonna pay. Marv barrels his way into the Sin City movie line, with a four-pack of Minimates based entirely on his storyline, “The Hard Goodbye”! With Marv, Wendy, Kevin and Cardinal Roark in one box set, this is guaranteed to be one of the most hard-boiled Minimates sets ever made! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts, weapons and accessories. Comes packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! Coming this fall! ($19.99, item #AUG142282)


Star Trek TOS Captain Kirk Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Joining first officer Mr. Spock, here’s the second bank in DST’s Star Trek line – Captain James T. Kirk! The stalwart captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise levels his phaser at anyone who would even think about stealing the money you keep inside this vinyl bust bank. With a coin slot on the back and an access door in the base, this 8″ bank features collectible-quality painting and sculpting. Make owning it your prime directive! Sculpted by Patrick Piggott! Comes packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #OCT142192, SRP: $22.99)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Pizza Cutter

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Each of the Ninja Turtles wields his own signature weapon, but there is one weapon shared by them all: the pizza cutter! Designed to resemble Michelangelo’s grinning head, this kitchen accessory can spell victory or defeat for the TMNT, so be sure you have one on hand to help feed the entire clan! Packaged in a full-color collector box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142228, SRP: $14.99)


Walking Dead Michonne’s Sword Letter Opener Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The bad news: Your mailman is a zombie. The good news: Opening letters just got awesome! This letter opener is a 10-inch metal replica of Michonne’s sword from The Walking Dead comic book, and its holder is a 7-inch resin zombie head. Sink the blade deep into the walker’s skull every time you use it, and you’ll feel like a hardened zombie killer every time you go to the mailbox! Packaged in a full-color box. (Item #JUL142042, SRP: $89.99)


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