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Rob Liefeld Done with Archie’s The Shield?

Archie Comics and writer/artist Rob Liefeld had been teaming up to update Archie’s classic superhero The Mighty Crusaders characters. Kicking off in June The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield would reimagine Archie’s iconic library of superheroes reintroducing the properties to modern readers.

Over the weekend, Liefeld took to social media to voice his displeasure over a cover that he felt revealed a “key plot point/element”. The retail variant cover was by Tone Rodriguez.

Liefeld said in his post:

When the key plot point/element is revealed on a retail variant cover – it’s probably time to exit the stage on this one…. like seriously?

Archie followed up saying they didn’t “grant permission for this (the cover) to be posted and shared”.

Liefeld followed up with:

Really dumb. It was fun while it lasted… on to the next!

When someone asked if the project was still going ahead, Liefeld responded “died right here”.

Those statements makes it seems like Liefeld is done on the project which hasn’t even debuted yet.

But, the character revealed on the cover and hints as to what it all means were already spoiled. Liefeld hinted to the story in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Archie had already released an image of the character in its initial teasers here and here drawn by Liefeld.

Check out the cover below along with the original teaser image.

Will Black Widow See the Winter Guard?

Black Widow is still a few months away with details limited. There’s a lot of speculation including who will be under Taskmaster’s mask. But, actor David Harbour who plays Red Guardian has let slip we may be seeing the Winter Guard in the film.

The Winter Guard in the comics is Russia’s superhero group and on Instagram, Harbour named a few members of the group in his post. Is it just a tease? Will they make an appearance? Or is it just a mention? We’ll find out on July 9th.

What other surprises are you expecting from the film?

Diamond Select Toys New in Previews: Lobo, Doctor Doom, the Mandalorian and More!

It’s a new month of offerings from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd., and there’s plenty to see! Shipping this winter, we’ll get new DC Gallery dioramas, new DC and Star Wars Legends in 3D busts, a new Marvel statues, new Star Wars busts and statues, and returning Marvel Select action figures! It’s the best of all worlds!

DC Comic Gallery Deluxe Lobo PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Feetal’s Gizz! This Deluxe Gallery Diorama of Lobo on his Spacehog cycle is one of the most deluxe dioramas ever made! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall and 12 inches long, Lobo’s SpazFrag666 is the first vehicle in the Gallery Diorama line, and features the same detailed sculpting and paint applications you’ve come to expect. Cast in high-quality PVC, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item # JUL201911, SRP: $99.99)

DC Comic Gallery Superman Ascendant PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Look, up in the sky! Superman rises above the clouds in this all-new installment in the DC Gallery line of dioramas! Measuring approximately 10” high, this PVC sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed and sculpted by Alterton. (Item # JUL201912, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D Animation Batman TAS Harley Quinn 1/2 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time to rev up your Harley! The Legends in 3D line of half-scale busts continues with the next in a sequence based on Batman: The Animated Series – Harley Quinn! The Maiden of Mirth measures approximately 10 inches tall atop her circus pedestal, is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item # JUL201913, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Animated-Style Doctor Doom Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. Release! Doctor Doom returns! Based on the variant cover artwork of Marvel Comics, this statue of the Latverian monarch depicts him in a pensive pose, perhaps debating which of his adorable attacks to unleash on an unsuspecting foe. Measuring approximately 5” tall, this statue features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Paul Harding. (Item: # JUL201915, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Old Man Logan Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Wolverine gets older and better in this new Premier Collection statue of the Canadian X-Man! With one set of claws popped, Logan sizes up his opponent as an approximately 9” tall statue, featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item # JUL201914, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Select Thanos Infinity Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Let the galaxy celebrate the return of the mad Titan Thanos, seeker of the Infinity Gems and wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet! Inspired by his modern comic book appearance, as seen in 2013’s Infinity limited series, this figure measures approximately 7.75 inches tall with 16 points of articulation and includes an interchangeable unhelmeted head. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. Formerly a Disney Store exclusive. (Item # JUL201916, SRP: $29.99)

Marvel Select Planet Hulk Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Let the games begin! This action figure of the Hulk depicts him in his gladiator armor from the character-redefining “Planet Hulk” storyline in The Incredible Hulk comics. The figure stands approximately 10 inches tall (11.5 inches with his feather crest) and features 16 points of articulation, allowing him to strike a wide variety of combat-ready poses. Accessories include an 8-inch-long battle axe and a 5-inch tall spiked shield. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean. Formerly a Disney Store exclusive. (Item # JUL201917, SRP: $29.99)

Star Wars Rebels Sabine Wren 1/6 Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. Release! The Ghost’s resident Mandalorian and the inspirational tagger of Star Wars: Rebels, Sabine Wren is the next animated character to join Gentle Giant Ltd.’s 1/6 scale bust line! Sculpted in a realistic style, with detailed sculpting and paint applications, it includes helmeted and unhelmeted heads, as well as four interchangeable arms. Limited to only 1,500 pieces, it comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd. Premier Guild orders open 6/19, general 6/20. (Item # JUL201908, SRP: $120.00)

Star Wars Premier Collection The Mandalorian MK3 1/7 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. Release! Everyone’s crazy for a sharp-dressed Mandalorian, so the Disney+ star has donned his MK 3 Beskar armor in this 1/7 scale statue. Wielding a blaster and drawing down on his enemy, the Mandalorian measures approximately 10 inches tall, features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd. Premier Guild orders open 6/19, general 6/20. (Item # JUL201909, SRP: $175.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Darth Maul 1/2 Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. Release! The Star Wars icon gets the Legends in 3D treatment with this legendary half-scale bust! Measuring approximately 10” tall atop its lightsaber-hilt pedestal, and limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard and sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. Premier Guild orders open 6/19, general 6/20. (Item # FEB209258, SRP: $175.00)

X-Classified Revealed As….

For months, Marvel has been teasing a project known only as “X-Classified.” The cover has been blacked out and creative team involved not listed. While there’s been some speculation that the series revolved around the upcoming Extermination storyline/event, we now know it’s something different.

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW

Today’s X-Men: Gold #30 features the wedding of Colossus and Kitty Pryde but, as spoiled by Marvel itself, we know that wedding doesn’t happen. Instead, Rogue and Gambit tie the knot and get married. This is what this ongoing series is about.

Mr. & Mrs. X is written by Kelly Thompson with pencils by Oscar Bazaldua. The main cover is by Terry Dodson with variants for the first three issues by J. Scott Campbell, Humberto Ramos, Skottie Young, Jen Bartel, and Phil Noto.

In January, Rogue and Gambit starred in a mini-series also written by Thompson.

To the surprise of everyone, the Marvel Universe’s hottest couple has tied the knot!

But there’s no time to enjoy wedded bliss when Rogue and Gambit find themselves tasked with protecting a mysterious package that just about everyone in the galaxy is trying to steal. What secrets does this package hold that everyone from the Imperial Guard and the Starjammers to Technet and Deathbirth (with an entire Shi’ar rebellion in tow!) will risk everything for?! Perhaps more importantly, is there anything worse than Deadpool crashing your honeymoon?

About that [Spoiler] at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story

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NOTE: This article contains spoilers. Don’t read unless you have already seen the movie! 

I really liked Solo: A Star Wars Story. I pretty much word-for-word agree with my colleague Brett in his review here, which you should also go read.

But several of my friends asked me the same question. . .  “What the heck? Darth Maul?”

His inclusion is brilliant. A theme of Solo is that everyone has a boss, everyone answers to someone. And so Han’s motivation almost the entire film is just to get a ship and fly away from it all — to be free. It’s a very interesting parallel to Maul, who continually flees from his would-be Sith masters/oppressors and trying to be his own man. However, Han Solo truly just wants freedom. Maul wants revenge.

It’s a masterful inclusion that not only works as perfect nerd candy, but also goes directly to the heart of the theme of the film.

A word on spoilers (looking sideways at you, Variety, and other mainstream outlets whose headlines scream DARTH MAUL!!!! without a thought of spoiling the movie. Of course, none of my friends are terrible enough to spoil the movie in the open– we’re asking in private messages, spoiler-devoted Facebook groups, and so on. Please be like them. Let people enjoy this, because, for me, it was one of the most beautiful reveals in the film. (The others were cameos by both Warwick Davis and Clint Howard and a mention of Teräs Käsi, a reference to the second worst Star Wars video game of all time.)

But back to Darth Maul. Most fans — even big fans — will go into this and say, “Wait. . .  isn’t he dead?”

I will admit, this was my first thought as well, since Maul met his final end on Tatooine in a beautiful duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels.

But then you remember, Rebels is taking place only a few years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope (or, in uber-nerdy in-canon parlance, Before the Battle of Yavin [BBY] or After the Battle of Yavin [ABY]). Maul died approximately 2-3 years BBY, and the events of Solo take place anywhere from 10-13 years BBY.

But, wait, how is Maul still alive after getting chopped in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the end of The Phantom Menace? 

To that, we need to go to to the Star Wars comics and The Clone Wars cartoon, which have a bunch of great Maul-centric episodes and arcs. Let me lay some of them out, and then you can use these handy links to watch them on Netflix. (Really, you should just watch all of Clone Wars. The first season is a bit uneven, but it gets REALLY good.)

Backstory:

Season 3, Episodes 12-14: Count Dooku has a secret apprentice, Asaaj Ventress (again, you should really watch the whole show!), and he is ordered to eliminate her and goes to replace her. His replacement is Savage Oppress, who bears a striking resemblance to Darth Maul (except he’s yellow instead of red).

Darth Maul Returns:

Season 4, Episodes 21-22: Brothers / Revenge: Savage Oppress goes on a quest to find his long-lost brother, who he feels is alive. He finds him — insane — on the junk planet of Lotho Minor, where he has built himself crazy spider legs out of junk and has somehow managed to stay alive. The one thing Maul clings to is revenge against Obi-Wan Kenobi, and he and Oppress leave on a mission to take it. They end up fighting Kenobi and Ventress, who only barely escape. This leads to. . .

Season 5, Episode 1: Revival:  Maul and Oppress rampage across the Outer Rim, beginning to put together an underworld gang of pirates. This is the first time Maul refers to himself as a “Crime Lord.” When the face off against notorious pirate Hondo Onaka teamed up with Obi-Wan, they escape again, only barely alive.

Season 5, Episodes 14-16: Maul and Oppress put together a crime syndicate backed by Black Sun, the Hutts, the Pykes (who are also namechecked in Solo as a rival gang to Crimson Dawn), and rogue Mandalore clan Death Watch. (Of note: Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch, is voiced by none other than Jon Favreau, who also voices Rio Durant in Solo)

Together, under the name of  The Shadow Collective, they take over Mandalore, drawing in the Jedi and exacting a personal price on Kenobi. I maintain that the episode “The Lawless” is better than a lot of the prequel trilogy in its stakes, emotions, and cinematic achievement. Worth a watch, for this scene only:

At the end of “The Lawless,” we see Maul and Oppress defeated and in retreat and then facing off against a very angry Darth Sidious / Emperor Palpatine. At the end, he says, “Don’t worry. I’m not going to kill you. I have other uses for you.”

And then The Clone Wars was cancelled.

Luckily, some of the unproduced scripts outlined what Palpatine’s plans were for Maul, which were then published in the comic series Son of DathomirDuring this, we see Maul go to war against General Grevious and Dooku, and his Shadow Collective in ruins.

Apparently, from this, Maul has been working in the intervening years to form Crimson Dawn, the criminal group that Qi’ra and Dryden Vos work for.

Wait, but is all this canon, you might ask?

Yes. 100% it is.

Back when Lucasfilm hit the reset button on their Extended Universe and turned all of that content into “Legends,” they kept all six of the produced films as canon, along with The Clone Wars, and then all comics and books from thereafter would be officially canonized.

So, that’s how Darth Maul makes sense being included in Solo. One of the best things I can say about Solo is it makes me want a sequel. I’d love to see what happens next as the stories of Han Solo, the Hutts, Lando, Qi’ra, and Darth Maul all are destined to intertwine some more.

For more of my thoughts on Solo in podcast form, check out the Bored as Hell Podcast

Wait, What Just Happened in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #9!? Spoilers Within!

new-rangerUsually, I like to stay away from spoilers, but this one is sanctioned by the publisher and it’s something that’s probably being missed by fans of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It also explains why the comic was sold out at two comic stores I visited today (likely under ordered so expect a new printing).

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #9 introduces a brand new mysterious Power Ranger with shocking origins. The comic from BOOM! Studios is out today in print and digitally.

This marks the first time a new Power Ranger has been created in “Mighty Morphin” continuity since the series debuted over 23 years ago. The mysterious new Ranger is a key architect behind the chaos that has plagued the Mighty Morphin team since the launch of the comic book series. This reveal is part of a long-term story with far-reaching effects and consequences.

The new Ranger, featuring an all-new costume, was developed by series writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, Hadrian’s Wall), main cover artist Jamal Campbell, Saban Brands, and BOOM! Studios. Check out the appearance of the mysterious new Ranger in the art below from the issue by artist Hendry Prasetya.

The identity of this new Power Ranger will be revealed in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #11 by Higgins and Prasetya, on sale in January. December’s issue #10 will feature a “break in the action” story featuring a solo adventure centered on the Blue Ranger, Billy Cranston.

February’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #12 (also by Higgins and Prasetya) will reveal the origin of this mysterious new Ranger.

Expect both of those issues to sell out so make sure to pre-order through your local comic shop (or buy it digitally).

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The Return of the Long-Lost (SPOILER) to the DC Universe

It’s finally here! The oversized, incredible, universe-changing 80-page DC Universe: Rebirth #1 from the genius mind of Geoff Johns is out this Wednesday, May 25th, and with it comes a shocking surprise…

…the return of the beloved Fastest-Man-Alive, the Fiery-Haired-Flash, the Scarlet-Speedster, the “missing” Titan, Wally West!

Lost in the Speed Force until this moment, Wally will rejoin teammates Donna Troy, Arsenal, Garth, Lilith and Nightwing for Titans: Rebirth #1, hitting shelves June 15th.

In order to keep the mystery alive, DC solicited a cover featuring Donna Troy, leaving fans to wonder if the lost Titan would ever make a return. But now that Wally has appeared in the pages of DC Universe: Rebirth #1, we can safely say the secret is out!

You can check out how he makes it home by picking up DC Universe: Rebirth #1 this Wednesday, but you’ll have to wait until Titans: Rebirth #1 to find out how the Titans react to his incredible reappearance courtesy of Dan Abnett, Brett Booth, and Norm Rapmund in June.

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Aspen Comics in December 2015

LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #3

Tom Hutchinson – Story / Allison Borges – Art / Kate Finnegan – Colors

Take a trip back over the rainbow to an Oz you never knew existed! Dorothy Gale and her newfound friends have a new foe on their heels…and it isn’t the Wicked Witch of the West!

Featuring re-mastered content, creator commentary and whole lot more, don’t miss out on the newest BDI launch, LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST!

LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #3 is in stores December 2nd, 2015!

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JIRNI Vol 2 #5

JT Krul – Story / V Ken Marion – Art / Juan Fernandez – Colors

When Ara uncovers a dark truth about an evil sorcerer’s cultish horde, will she be able to save them and herself in this epic finale to volume two!

Creator J.T. Krul, artist V Ken Marion, and colorist Juan Fernandez are proud to present the follow-up volume to Aspen’s smash hit series – JIRNI!

JIRNI vol 2 #5 is in stores December 16th, 2015!

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ETERNAL SOULFIRE #6

JT Krul – Story / Alex Konat – Art / Federico Blee – Colors

Miya is determined to revive the spirit of her murdered father, but at what cost? Don’t miss the climax to this pulse-pounding sixth volume of Michael Turner’s flagship series!

The first all new Soulfire series to make its debut since Michael Turner introduced you to his incredible magical adventure over 10 years ago, is ready to take you on the ride of your life and explore the world of Soulfire as you’ve never seen it before!

ETERNAL SOULFIRE #6 is in stores December 9th, 2015!

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LOLA XOXO: THE JOURNEY HOME Vol 1 TPB

Siya Oum – Story & Art

In the “Wasteland”, Lola, a fierce and resilient woman with a resolve fortified by a lifetime of survival on her own, must journey across the nuclear-decimated United States in order to find the family that was taken from her. As her quest for the truth begins, Lola uncovers the true inhumanity of the Apocalypse, as those who seek to hold power in a new frontier will do so at all bloody costs–including her life!

Siya Oum’s first created series is collected in its entirety, including a comprehensive cover gallery, concept art, and a whole lot more. Don’t miss out on the Lola XOXO: The Journey Home vol 1 TPB!

LOLA XOXO: Vol 1 TPB is in stores December 2nd, 2015!

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Dungeons & Dragons Comics Come to Humble Bundle

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS HUMBLE BUNDLEHumble Bundle, IDW and Hasbro, Inc. are re-teaming for a Dungeons & Dragons-themed comic book bundle. The award-winning publisher has faithfully adapted the iconic fantasy characters of D&D for comic books, and now fans will have the opportunity to pick up the full run in the Dungeons & Dragons Humble Comics Bundle presented by IDW for a limited time.  Customers can name their price for Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt, Vol. 1: Homeland, Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, Dungeons & Dragons Vol. 1 – Shadowplague, Dungeons & Dragons Volume 2, and Dungeons & Dragons Volume 3.

Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Tales, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Vol. 1, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 1, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 2, and Dungeons & Dragons: Cutter.

Customers who pay $12 or more will receive all of the above plus Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt, Vol. 2: Exile, Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 1, Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 2, Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 3, Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 4, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 3, and Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 4.

That’s just for starters as even more books will be added mid-promotion on August 19.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated.  Buyers of the bundle can specify the portion of the purchase price that they want to pay in support of the Hasbro Children’s Fund, which is dedicated to empowering childhood by bringing “the sparkle of Hope, the joy of Play and the power of Service” into the lives of the children who need it the most.

The promotion runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Roll your d20 before time runs out!

Captain America: Civil War may have just split its teams

Marvel’s comics about Civil War basically boils down to this: Whose side are you on? Captain America’s or Iron Man’s?

The 13th instalment of the MCU picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off–with Steve leading the recently assembled New Avengers team in order to keep the humanity safe. However, after another international incident, involving the Avengers, results in collateral damage, there is political pressure, caused by the turned public sentiment against superheroes, to enforce a new system in which the governing body should decide when and how to enlist the team’s services. This fractures the Avengers as they need to try and protect the world from the newest and most menacing villain. Cap isn’t in favor of this as the government could do more harm than good as it has the power to determine who is a hero and who is a villain.

Rumoured to join Captain America are Scarlet Witch, The Winter Soldier, Falcon, Ant-Man and Hawkeye.

On the other side of the coin are Tony Spark, a.k.a. Iron Man, and Black Widow, The Vision, Spider-Man, and War Machine.

In addition, El Mayimbe teased the fans with the following:

“Can you guess which Avenger might be a double agent?”

Can you guess who the supposed double agent is? On which side are you on? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Captain America: Civil War comes out on May 6, 2016

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