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MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH CAPTAIN AMERICA 2-PACK Figures

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $41.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH CAPTAIN AMERICA 2-PACK Figures featuring STEVER ROGERS inspired by MARVEL STUDIOS’ AVENGERS ENDGAME and SAM WILSON inspired by MARVEL STUDIOS’ FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER on Disney+. These quality 6-inch-scale figures feature premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes 2 figures and 7 accessories. Get it now through Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH WINTER SOLDIER Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $22.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH WINTER SOLDIER Figure featuring inspired by MARVEL STUDIOS’ FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER on Disney+. This quality 6-inch-scale figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 5 accessories. Get it through Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 1 6-INCH CAPTAIN AMERICA Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $31.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can celebrate the 20th Anniversary with this classic MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 1 6-INCH CAPTAIN AMERICA Figure inspired by the original 2002 MARVEL LEGENDS CAPTAIN AMERICA figure. This quality 6-inch-scale figure has premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 14 accessories. Available exclusively at Fan Channel retailers like Entertainment Earth.

MARVEL LEGENDS 1 SERIES 6-INCH IRON MAN Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $31.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH 1 IRON MAN Figure, inspired by the original 2002 MARVEL LEGENDS IRON MAN Figure and the character’s appearances throughout MARVEL Entertainment. This quality 6-inch-scale figure features premium design, updated articulation, deco, and accessories – great for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 9 accessories. Available exclusively at Fan Channel retailers like Entertainment Earth.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 3.75-INCH RETRO X-MEN MULTIPACK Figures

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $20.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 3.75-INCH RETRO X-MEN MULTIPACK Figuresincluding WOLVERINE and MARVEL’S PHOENIX inspired by the characters from the MARVEL Comics. These quality 3.75-inch-scale figures feature premium design, details, articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes 2 figures. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse in the US, Canada & UK.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN WOLVERINE 90s ANIMATED SERIES Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $26.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN WOLVERINE 90s ANIMATED SERIES Figure inspired by X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. This quality 6-inch-scale 90s animation-inspired figure features unique sculpting and deco to recreate X-MAN’s classic yellow costume and premium collectible packaging inspired by the series’ VHS box covers. Includes figure and 4 accessories. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse and Shop Disney.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN JUBILEE Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $XX/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN JUBILEE Figure inspired by X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. This quality 6-inch-scale 90s animation-inspired figure features unique sculpting and cel-shaded deco to recreate the character’s animated appearance including collectible packaging inspired by the series’ VHS box covers. Includes figure and 5 accessories. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse and Shop Disney.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SCARLET WITCH Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $22.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SCARLET WITCH Figure inspired by the character’s classic MARVEL Comics West Coast Avengers appearances. This quality 6-inch-scale figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 4 accessories. Order it now through Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH VISION Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $22.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH VISION Figure inspired by the character’s classic MARVEL Comics West Coast Avengers appearances. This quality 6-inch-scale figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Get it now through Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO 3.75-INCH 375 FALCON Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $10.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS 3.75-INCH RETRO 375 FALCON Figure inspired by the MARVEL Comics. This quality retro 3.75-inch-scale figure has premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories.

MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO 3.75-INCH 375 MR. FANTASTIC Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $10.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS 3.75-INCH RETRO 375 MR. FANTASTIC Figure inspired by the MARVEL Comics. This quality retro 3.75-inch-scale figure has premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Includes figure.

MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO 3.75-INCH 375 VENOM Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $10.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS 3.75-INCH RETRO 375 VENOM Figure inspired by the MARVEL Comics. This quality retro 3.75-inch-scale figure has premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Includes figure.

Underrated: Autumn Lands: Tooth And Claw

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Autumn Lands: Tooth And Claw


In another case of “Alex bought something for Underrated without knowing anything about it beforehand,” we have The Autumn Lands: Tooth And Claw by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey, Jordie Bellaire and John Roshell of Comicraft. I had never heard of this series before spotting it at my LCS last week as I restocked the trade shelves (I’m not a nice person, they pay me to do it). Then this week a used copy came in, and I couldn’t turn down a half priced trade.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that $5 was an utter steal for this book. Within four pages I had become absorbed into this wonderfull world of anthromorphic animals, magic and class based society.

Autumnlands is published by Image, with the first volume being released in 2015 that collects the six issues released from November 2014 to June 2015. There was a second volume released in 2017 that collects the eight issues released from November 2015 to January 2017. As a person who only recently discovered the series, I can imagine that the less than frequent release date didn’t help garner Autumnlands much buzz – but I could easily be wrong here as it is entirely possible I just missed it. Like I missed the comics.

Magic is failing in the world, and a group of sky-city dwelling wizards want to bring back the Great Champion so that he can show them how to return the world’s magic. Only… the wizards didn’t bring back a savior, they snagged themselves a soldier. An effective soldier, but a soldier nonetheless. From anther world, or time, or dimension. Into this new world, then, the soldier finds himself embroiled in the politics of a city (or he would if he seemed to care about such things), and it’s through the uses of the types of animals that we can see a class-based commentary begin to form.

Although this is more a rule of thumb than specifically stated, meat eaters, generally, seem to be at the top of the hierarchy, while herbivors are (quite literally) at the ground level. There are exceptions to this, including a wizarding giraffe, however. But put the politics and commentary aside, and you still have a solid fantasy story about a hero who finds himself alone in a strange world who must somehow protect and save those who need him. Busiek delivers on multiple levels with this book, and it’s easy to see why there’s a cover quote telling us it’s his best work in some time.

Likewise, there’s also a cver quote extolling Benjamin Dewey’s art work, and rightly so, as he and colourist Jordie Bellaire deliver the second punch with their all out visual assualt. Rarely have I been so surprised by a book’s visual impact as I was when reading this.

Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw is fatastic, and I’d have been supremely happy with this at twice the price – I’m pretty sure my LCS has volume two (or they did when I put it on the shelf), so I’ll be picking that up this weekend, too. Volume one is going to set you backaroud $10 new, which is an astounding deal for six issues, let alone six issues of this quality. Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw is a really good read, phenomenl, even.

But as with most books covered in this column, it’s a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated. Go read it now. You won’t regret it.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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Underrated: Animosity Volume One: The Wake

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Animosity Volume One: The Wake.



animosity.jpgI’ve had this trade sat in my digital to-read pile for quite some time, and this week I finally got around to reading it. I could give you my take on the central premise, but it sounds so much better straight from the horses mouth (because I basically reworded this the first time I wrote the opening):

“One day, for no reason, the Animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking REVENGE. Collecting the first four issues of the best-selling series, plus the special one-shot issue ANIMOSITY: THE RISE. 

The world is plunged into chaos as the newly-intelligent Animals fight humanity, and simply fight each other, for their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. In the midst of the turmoil is Jesse, an 11-year-old girl, and her dog, Sandor, who is devoted to her and her protection. One year after the incident, Jesse and Sandor begin a cross-country journey to find Jesse’s half-brother, Adam, who is living in San Francisco.”

To be honest I actually went into this series knowing only the bare minimum about it, so when the animals woke up I was actually taken aback by the entire thing. I know. The entire premise of the comic caught me off guard when it happened on the opening few pages of the story. It makes me laugh a little, too.

Centering around Jesse and her beloved dog Sandor’s relationship, and his overwhelming desire to protect her because she loves him. He’s one of the few animals not to hate humanity, and others who are still somewhat fond of humans are typically those who weren’t abused or mistreated in any way – and sadly, humans have done far too much of that in our time on this planet. Marguerrite Bennett‘s script is remarkable; she touches on the bigger impact of animals gaining sentience and the political and economical ramifications of this often in passing but with enough detail to answer some of the questions you’ll be having regarding food sources, population control… there’s a lot to set up in this trade, and for the most part the four issues of the main series collected here succeed in doing that.

There is a time jump that some may find jarring, but as with  any time jumps it will give us something to flash back to in subsequent trades and issues.

Artistically, Rafael De La Torre and Rob Schwager deliver. Their animals are able to convey the requisite emotions and atmospheric design needed to pull you from page to gorgeous page. Animosity‘s first volume is remarkably solid and enjoyable – and well worth checking out.

 


Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Today’s New Digital Releases Includes DC, Kodansha, Seven Seas, and More!

I Am Batman #2

It’s one of two new comic book days and comiXology has your digital comic needs covered. Check out the releases by the publisher below or start shopping now!

AAM-Markosia

comiXology Originals

DC Comics

Fantagraphics

Humanoids

Kodansha

Les Humanoïdes Associés

Seven Seas

VIZ Media

Yen Press


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NYCC 2021: Canto #1 Gets an Exclusive Reprint

Before the movie announcement with Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios, before the Clockwork Fairies and the Curse of the Shrouded Man, Canto began as a tiny knight in search of a heart. Now, the dynamic creative duo of writer David M. Booher and artist Drew Zucker have announced a partnership with Whatnot for a special New York Comic Con exclusive 4th printing of Canto #1 from IDW Publishing to celebrate just how far the tiny clockwork knight has come.

In Canto #1, Canto’s adventure begins! Enslaved for generations, Canto’s people once had hearts. Now they have clocks. When slavers damage a little tin girl’s clock beyond repair, Canto must brave his strange and fantastic world to bring back her heart. Can he overcome the dangers that await to save the one he loves?

Seeking to make a positive community driven marketplace, this is Whatnot’s first partnership for a comic exclusive. Originally launched in June 2019, this exclusive 4th printing of Canto #1 is a great homage to the issue that started it all. Three variant covers will be available based on the original first printing cover. Cover A and cover B (a limited variant without title dress) have new colors by Canto colorist Vittorio Astone. Cover C is a limited black and white variant. The exclusives will only be available at NYCC 2021 at the Whatnot booth, as well as on the Whatnot app during the convention while supplies last.

Both David M. Booher and Drew Zucker will be in attendance at New York Comic Con, Oct. 7-10, with exclusive signings at the Whatnot booth #2057, Friday 12:30pm-2:30pm, Saturday 12-2pm, and Sunday 2-4pm.

Weekly Preview! AfterShock, Scout, and Pixel + Ink!

There’s a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • Almost American #2 (AfterShock)
  • By The Horns #6 (Scout Comics)
  • Carlton Crumple Creature Catcher: Reptoids From Space (Pixel + Ink)
  • Chicken Devil #1 (AfterShock)
  • Redshift #3 (Scout Comics)
  • Seven Swords #4 (AfterShock)
  • Snatched #2 (Scout Comics)

AfterShock and Pixel + Ink provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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Underrated: The Phantom

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Phantom.


First appearing in newspapers on February 17, 1936, the Phantom was the first character to wear the skintight costume that has become emblematic of the superhero (inspired, it turns out, by stage productions of Robin Hood). He was also the first character to wear a mask with no visible pupils; the Phantom’s creator, Lee Falk, explained  that Ancient Greek busts inspired the idea of the not showing the Phantom’s pupils when he was wearing his mask, incorrectly believing that the statues had no pupils, when instead it was just that the paint had faded over the centuries. But Falk felt the pupil-less eyes gave the statues an inhuman, awe-inspiring appearance – ideal for the Ghost That Walks.

The Phantom has been in continuous publication since he debuted as a newspaper strip in 1936, with Lee Falk continuing to write the character until his death in 1999 (let that sink in for a moment. That’s sixty three years on the same character), although before he died, Falk dictated his final Phantom story to his wife from his death bed.

The essence of the Phantom is that he is an undying ghost destined to protect the fictional country of Bengala, located in Africa, from the evil Singh Brotherhood – originally a gang of pirates, though they manage to evolve with the times. The Phantom’s reputation as The Ghost That Walks comes from his longevity – Bengala has been protected by the Phantom since the early 1500’s, but it hasn’t always been the same man. Son takes over the mantle from father, over and over, giving the impression of immortality to his enemies (establishing the character as the first true legacy hero in comics).

The reason I’ve gone in to such detail about the character is because I have finally found the 1996 movie on DVD from Amazon. I say finally because I’ve been looking on and off for this movie for quite some time. It hasn’t been on any streaming service that I subscribe to, and it comes and goes from online stores – usually for more than I want to pay for a Blu-ray. In the end, I needed to bulk up an Amazon order for free shipping, and the DVD was $7* or so – well worth the price for the movie.

*(Before you ask, my wife has Amazon Prime, so I could have gotten free shipping, but for some reason the item I wanted, a low end drawing tablet, gave me a coupon and not her so in the end the DVD was closer to $2 – which is an absolute bargain).

It had been nearly twenty years since I had seen this movie, and after the glut of big budget super hero films, and so I was curious as to whether it would hold up as more than a nostalgic diversion or whether it would still be a good film in its own right. Billy Zane’s performance is solid enough, though the script doesn’t give him much to do; Treat Williams commands the screen as a wonderfully camp comic book villain with just enough of a sinister bent to make you nervous; Kirsty Swanson and Catherine Zeta Jones are both able to play strong, if fairly one dimensional characters; and James Remar is James Remar – an actor who will never give a bad performance (you may see a bad movie with him in it, but it wasn’t bad because of him).

You might think that I’m going to start ragging on the movie, but I genuinely enjoyed it. It was exactly what I hoped it would be, and indeed remembered it as; a good movie that stuck to the core concepts of the Phantom (as I remembered them); the Phantom doesn’t shoot to kill, his horse and wolf are in the movie, the stunts and effects haven’t aged brilliantly, but they’re still not terrible (the only time that you really notice anything is anytime a vehicle crashes into a ball of flames; everything else is forgivable or still holds up).

Yes, it’s a kitschy movie, and the Phantom isn’t the one man wrecking machine that super heroes have become in movies today – which oddly keeps the flick pretty grounded – but it is a really fun film.

I am absolutely going to watch the movie again. And again.

If you’re curious about the Phantom in the comics, well although the character has been in continuous publication in newspaper strips from the 30’s, The Ghost Who Walks has also appeared in several comic books throughout the last few decades – the most recent of which was Dynamite Entertainment’s The Last Phantom, a fantastic 12 issue modern take on this legendary character that I highly recommend. You can find the issues collected under The Last Phantom: Ghost Walk and Jungle Rules


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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