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Preview: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5

(W) Gerry Conway (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

It’s family fun night at the Parker household! After their first outing as a Spider-Family, Peter and MJ want to have a nice relaxing night with Annie. So of course the Parker Luck dictates that Sandman has to crash the party!

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Preview: Batgirl #9

Batgirl #9

(W) Hope Larson (A) Jonathan Lam (A/CA) Chris Wildgoose
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“SON OF THE PENGUIN” part three! Meeting your boyfriend’s parents is always stressful. But when by “parents” you mean “the Penguin” and by “meeting” you mean “punching in the face”… well then, you must be Batgirl! Babs gets to the bottom of Penguin’s involvement in Burnside and decides once and for all if Ethan is a hero or a villain.

TV Review: Arrow S5E17 Kapiushon

arrowPrometheus attempts to break Oliver; Anatoly worries about Oliver’s increasingly violent tendencies, which come to a head in a brutal confrontation.

Arrow has had lots of ups and downs this season and at this point things have felt like they’ve dragged on a bit too long, especially when it comes to the Russia storyline that’s a major focus of this season.

This episode is no exception and feels like it splits itself in two as Oliver goes on the offensive in Russia with bodies piling up and then there’s his being held prisoner by Prometheus/Chase.

There’s some really solid stuff here. For those who watched the first two seasons of Arrow, you’ll remember that Oliver was full of bloodlust and had no problem killing those he saw as villains. There was a lot of time devoted to that and he eventually changed his ways.

This seasons dives into that bloodlust building with each episode. It’s a prequel in many ways and directly dives into a subject that was debated a lot in the series. Again, that’s really good and cool. But, with the back and forth with the various Russian mobsters, things have kind of blended together. It’s not too exciting when some of what happens feels like we’ve seen it before and it’s all repeating itself. I’m literally zoning out at it all. And what’s weird is, out of all of the seasons, this prequel story is the most important and tied into the modern day story. It’s an actual important one.

The torture aspect with Prometheus is the villain’s attempt to get back at Oliver for killing his father but in the end he just wants a confession in a way. That leads to Oliver coming to an internal conclusion about his nature and the killing. It’s interesting and catharsis in some ways, but also feels anti-climactic. Oliver’s realization leads to a conclusion at the end of the episode that’ll drive the rest of the season in an interesting direction, one we’ll have to wait and see.

The episode is decent, it’s just dragging it feels like. The departure from previous seasons seems to have caused another problem, a series that’s dragging.

Overall rating: 7.65

Mezco Reveals the One:12 Wolverine

With a shadowy past the X-Men member known as Wolverine was a soldier, mercenary and part of the mysterious Weapon X program. His mutant abilities consist of animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor, and six retractable bone claws in his hands. The bone claws and his skeleton were infused with a nearly indestructible Adamantium compound to make him even more formidable while part of the Weapon X program

The Wolverine One:12 Collective figure features:

  • A newly developed One:12 Collective body accurately depicting the characters physical build.
  • Two (2) newly developed head portraits.
  • Over 30 points of articulation
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Over 15cm tall
  • Six (6) interchangeable hands including
    • One (1) pair of clawed fists (L & R)
    • One (1) sword holding hand (R)
    • One (1) fist (L)
    • One (1) pair of holding hands (L & R)

Costume:

  • Sculpted gloves on each hand
  • Vambrace on each forearm
  • Shoulder pads
  • Belt with sculpted pouches
  • Sculpted boots

Accessories:

  • One (1) Muramasa blade katana
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Wolverine figure is packaged in a deluxe, collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind there are no twist ties for easy in and out of package display.

It’s up for pre-order now and will be out in 2017.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What are folks excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on what to get and wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

AFL-CIO – Getting Kids to Be Activists Through a Graphic Novel – This is pretty cool.

Publisher’s Weely – In L.A., Women Creators Discuss Gender Diversity in the Comics Industry – Sounds like an awesome panel.

The Beat – Tilting at Windmills #258: The dirty secret about variants no one talks about – What do you think about variants?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batwoman #1

Talking Comics – Coady and the Creepies #1

Preview: Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemaker #2

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemaker #2

writer | artist | cover: Francesco Francavilla
incentive cover: Francesco Francavilla (“virgin” art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

It started like a very ordinary investigative case for the Spirit, but just when he seemed to have it all figured out, the tale took an unexpected turn to reveal a larger criminal plan at work. Will Danny Colt find a way out or will this end up with a BANG?

Eisner winner Francesco Francavilla continues building a web of intrigue around our hero in this chilling second chapter.

Preview: Michael Recycle #1 (of 4)

Michael Recycle #1 (of 4)

Eleanor Wharton (w) • Alexandra Colombo & Thomas Zahler (a) • Alexandra Colombo (c)

Join environmentally conscious kid crusader Michael Recycle as he makes the eco-friendly leap from books to comics! Michael’s green adventures are about to get a whole lot messier when he faces threats to Earth’s environment from all over the globe. In the premiere issue, Michael and Solar Lola team up with Bootleg Peg to stop the polar ice caps from completely melting in “Mission Meltdown”! Can the trio save the residents of the North Pole before it’s too late?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Ultimates 2 #5

Ultimates 2 #5

(W) Al Ewing (A) Travel Foreman (CA) Christian Ward
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Philip Nolan Vogt has a decision to make – one that will either save the Multiverse, or damn it forever to somewhere beyond hell. Philip Nolan Vogt is only human… Extra! At the end of this issue, you will know the name of the Cosmic Jailer. Heaven help you.

Preview: Detective Comics #953

Detective Comics #953

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Christian Duce (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“League Of Shadows” part four! Help arrives from a surprising – and unwanted – source… one of Batman’s greatest foes!

Preview: The Great Divide #6

The Great Divide #6

writer: Ben Fisher
artist: Adam Markiewicz
covers: Adam Markiewicz (a), Adam Markiewicz “Homage Cover” (b)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

The shocking conclusion to what critics have called a “flat out impressive” series that “rewrites apocalyptic standards.”  The secrets of the Divide have been revealed, but at great personal cost.  In the face of certain death and against impossible odds, can Paul and Maria save each other – and, just maybe, the world?

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