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James McAvoy Goes Bald for X-Men: Apocalypse

Director Bryan Singer Tweeted out a photo of actor James McAvoy who will finally be losing his hair to portray Professor X in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

#Xavier reborn (in process ) #jamesmcavoy #XMEN #XMenApocalypse @xmenmovies

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

 

WizKids’ X-Men: Mutant Revolution is Out Now

X-Men Mutant RevolutionWizKids and Gale Force Nine have released the new HeroClix strategy game X-Men: Mutant Revolution, in North American retail this week.

X-Men: Mutant Revolution allows you to play as classic X-Men characters — including Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, and Storm — as they lead their school against its rivals. In the game, 3-4 players will recruit heroes and students, training each team and sending them on missions to spread your vision for mutants to the world.

In the aftermath of the Phoenix event, new mutants are appearing all over the Earth. Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, and Storm each have a vision for the future, but will they unite humans with mutants, or will they tear the world apart?

The game features:

  • Play as Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, or Storm as they lead their school with unique powers and abilities. Recruit heroes and students. Train your team and send them on missions to spread your vision for mutants to the world.
  • X-Men: Mutant Revolution HeroClix Strategy Game is a head-to-head battle for the future of mutant-kind, where 3-4 people play as leaders of the mutant schools.
  • Based on the best-selling game Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery from Gale Force Nine.
  • The X-Men: Mutant Revolution Strategy Game includes four (4) character miniatures and Bidding Dials featuring an all new application of WizKids’ patented Combat Dial system.

Diamond Select Toys This Week: Mr. Fusion, Dragon Age and Buddy Christ!

It’s another big week for Diamond Select Toys at your local comic shop, as eight new items are shipping to stores! Not only are there new Minimates from Dragon Age, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Classic X-Men comics, there are new busts from Sin City and the Batman Classic TV Series, a plush Buddy Christ, a Godzilla pizza cutter and our long-awaited Mr. Fusion prop replica! There’s something for every collector and every fan in stores this week from DST!

Back to the Future 2 Mr. Fusion Electronic Prop Replica

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s almost 2015, which means we’re only months away from inventing Mr. Fusion, the device that turns garbage into energy! Arguably the biggest technological leap between the 1985 we saw in Back to the Future and the 2015 we saw in Back to the Future II, the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor is now a realistically scaled 18″ electronic replica from Diamond Select Toys, complete with a sound effect to let you know that the sealed processing unit has been opened and is ready to process household waste into 1.21 gigawatts of energy! Runs on included batteries. (Item #OCT142188, SRP: $399.99)

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Batman Classic TV Series Penguin Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Batman’s rogues gallery continues to grow as the Penguin joins the Riddler and the Joker in DST’s line of busts based on the Batman Classic TV Series! This 6-inch-tall resin bust captures Burgess Meredith as fowl fiend, wielding a deadly umbrella and an equally deadly sneer. Bust sits atop a colorful base inspired by the show’s animated opening credits, and comes packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #DEC142214, SRP: $59.99)

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Dragon Age Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! On your next Dragon Age quest, why not keep your companions in your pocket? The legendary video game series kicks off an epic line of Minimates with this debut four-pack featuring the Grey Warden Alistair; the bard, Leliana; dwarf rogue Varric Tethras (with Bianca); and Morrigan, Witch of the Wilds. Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 10-14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card. (Item #DEC142215, SRP: $19.99)

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Godzilla 2000 Sculpted Pizza Cutter

A Diamond Select Toys release! Destroy all toppings! A monstrous hunger requires a monstrous slice, and you can cut yourself off a big one with this palm-sized pizza cutter featuring the sculpted face of Godzilla, King of the Monsters. Based on his appearance in “Godzilla 2000,” this menacing utensil will cut a path through a deep-dish pie like Godilla cuts a path through Tokyo! Packaged in a full-color box. (Item #DEC142216, SRP: $14.99)

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Marvel Minimates Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Single Pack Display

A Diamond Select Toys release! For a movie as big as “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” one assortment is not enough! This colorful countertop display holds 18 individually blind-bagged Minimates based on the movie, including multiple types of Ultrons, Iron Man’s Iron Legion, plus one-per-case Minimates of Baron Strucker and Nick Fury! Every bag contains one 2-inch Minimate mini-figure, featuring 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. (Item #DEC142220, SRP: $5.99/ea.)

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Marvel Minimates Series 60 X-Men Vs. Brotherhood Asst.

A Diamond Select Release! Some of the X-Men’s most memorable costumes and memorable foes return in this all-new assortment of Marvel Minimates! Exclusively available through Previews, this assortment has the X-Men’s Strike Force team (as seen in Uncanny X-Men #275) take on that era’s Brotherhood of Mutants, a.k.a. Freedom Force! Plus each two pack of 2-inch Minimates includes bonus parts to create an alternate X-Men character! The two-packs include Wolverine (with Forge parts) vs. Blob, Banshee (with Gambit parts) vs. Pyro, Storm (with Psylocke parts) vs. Avalanche, and a short-packed, one-per-case two-pack of Jubilee vs. Destiny! Each two-pack is packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum!  (Item #NOV142181, SRP: $9.99/two-pack)

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View Askew Buddy Christ Plush Doll

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the films of Kevin Smith, it’s the most marketable religious icon of all! Buddy Christ is a friend who is always willing to hear your problems, and now he’s also super-cuddly! This 8″ tall plush doll features finely stitched details, is made out of soft plush material, and will fit anywhere you want him to go, including your backpack. Wherever you go, he’s gonna go! Comes packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #OCT142187, SRP: $19.99)

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Sin City Movie Marv Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Sin City is no place for the soft or weak. Luckily, Marv is as hard as they come! We made this collectible 6″ bust of Marv out of high-quality resin, so he and his gun Gladys will blend into your bust collection, no matter how tough a crowd it is. Set into a rocky base, he’ll stand guard on your shelf. your desk or even the bar at Kadie’s Club Pecos! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean. Limited to 1,000 pieces. Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #NOV142178, SRP: $59.99)

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Review: X-Men #26

xmen026The introduction of an all female X-Men caught many fans off guard when it was announced over two years ago.  It is not that the fans were not prepared for an all female team, because the new team was as a response of fan requests, but rather because the all-female team was taking over the mantle of the team’s masculine name which did not accurately respresent their gender.  Regardless the fans got what they wanted even if the fit of the characters to the title was never as strong, as some of them debated over the use of the name in story.  What was noteworthy about this title was how effective the series was, in that while there were occasionally some lighter moments, that the femininity which was displayed was not of the trivial kind but instead allowed all of these powerful characters to interact with one another.  With the advent of Secret Wars, X-Men is due to be canceled.  This might come as a surpirse for a series which has been doing well enough both in sales and in its critical reception, but then again a lot of other series are being canceled to coincide with Secret Wars.

The story here wraps up the last story arc of this series.  After journeying to the desert and finding the semi-intelligent version of Krakoa, the team was trapped underground and forced to struggle for their lives.  Both Storm and Rachel Grey managed a way to the surface and the battle continued, but not before a moment was taken to reflect on the actual meaning of their actions, especially so that their own Krakoa was sick back at the X-Mansion.

The resolution to this story is as good as the series could give, given its feminine focus, but at the same time this story arc marks the end of what was a project that never really was.  Although the quality of this X-Men title was never in doubt, it never really either broke through either.  Most of the stories were interesting and engaging enough, but most also never really rose above what one might consider an average story line from any other comic.  Such was the case here again with this story arc and this issue, and while the run has been strong enough over the past couple of years, it still feels as though more could have been done.

Story: G. Willow Wilson Art: Roland Boschi
Story:  8.3 Art: 8.3  Overall: 8.3  Recommendation: Read

A First Look at Sophiee Turner and Lana Condor as Jean Grey and Jubilee

Director Bryan Singer went to Twitter and posted a photo of the second day of shooting for next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The photo is of actors Sophiee Turner and Lana Condor who will play Jean Grey and Jubilee in the movie.

Fun second day with @sophie_789 @lanacondor #JeanGrey #Jubilee #XMEN #XMenApocalypse

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

A first Look at Kodi Smith-McPhee as Nightcrawler

If you weren’t quick enough, you might have missed it, as the picture has gone bamf! To celebrate the first day on set director Bryan Singer posted to Instagram and Twitter a first look at actor Kodi Smith-McPhee as Nightcrawler in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. After a little time up, the image was deleted for unknown reasons.

So what do you think of the look? Reminds me a bit of the design for the character from the X-Men: Evolution cartoon mixed with Alan Cummings version from X2.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Now Available from GraphicAudio

days of future past graphicaudioIt’s the most iconic X-Men story of all time – like you’ve never heard it before! A true Movie in Your Mind, experience this groundbreaking tale brought to life as only GraphicAudio could.

In the far future, mutants have all but been exterminated. Crushed by the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Only a small group remain alive, powerless, locked away in concentration camps. The key to saving their future may lie in the past. Now, Kate Pryde leads a desperate mission to the past to warn the present-day X-Men of coming danger. But is she too late?

GraphicAudio transforms the Marvel prose novel X-Men: Days of Future Past into an unprecedented audial experience as the story should be told.  You’ve never heard mutants time-travel quite like this before!

Available from www.GraphicAudio.net and via the FREE GraphicAudio Access Mobile App which allows customers to directly download titles on their Android or iOS smartphones and tablets.

You can check out a trailer below.

Team Rubio, X-Men and Walking Dead Fans

On Monday I ran a story about how the team for Marco Rubio noted that they’re fans of Marvel and DC Comics‘ television shows and movies. It was a rather odd thing to include in a Presidential Twitter bio. After a few Tweets pestering them why they didn’t show any love for indie comics, I decided to go with an easier one. Now we know what they’re fans of.

So a series about the apocalypse and another that focuses a lot on tolerance/racism/and exclusion. Some lessons to be learned from both as the campaign chugs along.

 

 

 

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic day tomorrow! Don’t know what to get? We’ll have our picks in a few hours! Until then, here’s some news to keep you busy.

Around the Tubes

Nothing But Comics – Light Reading: How Much Do Comic Books Weigh? – Fun read and info.

Kotaku – The 20 Best X-Men Artists – Agree? Disagree?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – All-New Captain America #5

CBR – Giant Days #1

CBR – Silk #2

Nothing But Comics – The Valiant #4

Bleeding Cool – Wytches #5

Humans & Mutants Alike Will Tremble Before the Warzones! of Age of Apocalypse #1!

His war has been won. En Sabah Nur stands triumphant over the bones of his enemies. None will be left alive! This July, return to one of the most iconic X-Men stories of all time in Age of Apocalypse #1 – a new Secret Wars series! Be there when writer Fabian Nicieza returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he helped create, as brought to life by artist Gerardo Sandoval!

Apocalypse rules his domain on Battleworld with an iron fist. The few humans left alive have been enslaved. The mutant rebellion has been crushed – it’s survivors, scattered. But the terrorist insurgents known as the X-Men will not go quietly into this grim future. They will fight! They will end Apocalypse’s reign of terror! Even if it means their very lives!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Nicieza said:

This Age of Apocalypse, taking place on Battleworld, is a story about the choices heroes have to make after they’ve already lost. What are the X-Men about if a dream of coexistence between humans and mutants has become a lost cause?

But the fight is not yet over. A very special mutant named Cypher may hold the key to turning the tide. A weapon to be pointed directly at Apocalypse and fired. Now, the hunt is on as Magneto and his X-Men attempt to rescue Cypher from the clutches of Cyclops & Havok’s Elite Mutant Force, Dark Beast and his vile experiments, and the new Horsemen of Apocalypse!

But even if they win, have they already lost? Find out as one of the most iconic X-Men stories ever is reborn on Battleworld!

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art & Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
On Sale in JULY!

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