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Super-Articulate: Flashback Edition – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You may have noticed that a number of cast members of Buffy the Vampire Slayer have acknowledged the 22nd anniversary of the beginning of the show within the past week. Since I’ve been wanting to experiment with some more video content, I decided to combine those two things and put together a look back at the Moore/Moore Action Collectibles/M.A.C./Diamond Select Buffy and Angel lines. While I don’t own them all, a complete checklist can be found at FigureRealm.com (here and here).

Quick note: at one point I mention that there wasn’t a Kendra, but in fact there was; I do not have it. Hope you enjoy, and please join the conversation.

Review: Iceman #6

Writer Sina Grace, new series artist Robert Gill (Who ups the beefcake level considerably), and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg give Bobby Drake a fresh start on the West Coast in Iceman #6 as he reunites with his former Champions teammates: Angel, Hercules, Darkstar, and Ghost Rider (The Johnny Blaze version) in L.A. They start by sharing memories about their fallen friend Black Widow (Who was brutally fridged in Secret Empire by HYDRA Cap.), but the story gets much lighter. The banter between the short-lived superhero teammates is pretty fun, and best of all, Iceman finally gets to go on a date and do gay things with a cute guy out West.

Iceman #6 is a little short on action with the bad guy being a Hollywood effects wannabe/single mom, who decides to make her big mark by building a Sentinel and wrecking the city for some reason or another. Her motivation is pretty weak, and she’s basically just there to set up a superhero team-up in the next issue and set up a funny joke mixing Iceman up with the Silver Surfer. (Because they both wear trunks and nothing else sometimes, I guess.) But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Grace and Gill spend most of the issue establishing the bond between the once and future Champions and having Bobby flirt, dance, and yes, even make out with a guy he meets while waiting in line for a new pair of cool shoes. Judah uses even more ,and it’s nice to see someone finally show Bobby the ropes of being an out gay man with the painful coming out to his parents arc out of the way.

He does doing anything crazy or innovative with panel layouts, but Robert Gill brings a real energy and sexiness to his artwork in Iceman #6. My main problem with his art is that his civilian designs for Johnny Blaze and Angel are a little too similar, and I had to use context/comics backstory clues to realize that Bobby and Warren were having a heart to heart on the Hollywood sign, not Iceman and Ghost Rider. However, he more than redeems himself in the sequence where Bobby and Judah cut a rug on the dance floor that has a swirling energy and a blue from Rachelle Rosenberg that is part romantic, part “in da club”. Gill uses a couple inset panels to show off Bobby and Judah’s moves and flirting before zooming out for a big damn Hollywood kiss. He captures the fashion, fun, and friendship of my favorite gay bars and clubs, and some highlights are Hercules’ deep V and Ghost Rider trying to find parking for his bike next to some leather daddies. Grace’s writing digs into a nice vein of awkwardness, self-realization, and adrenaline that I definitely felt the first time I kissed a man  Yay for stubble on cheeks!

With the return of the Champions combined with Bobby going on its first date, Iceman #6 hits a nice sweet spot between Bronze Age era nostalgia and modern slice of life. Sina Grace writes the interactions between Bobby and the Champions like a college reunion (He even studied accounting in grad school during the original series.) with the memories of the past being the main conversation topic except for when he chats with Angel, who is like the good college friend you’ve stayed in touch with over the years. It’s also nice to see him go on a date and use his superhero buddies to impress his date while Robert Gill’s art is definitely more aesthetically pleasing than some of the previous visuals on Iceman.

Finally, the Iceman smooching in this issue is a great belated National Boyfriend Day present.

 Story: Sina Grace Art: Robert Gill Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

A Cup Tea & A Few Comics Issue Three: The Marvels Project

In what may or may not become a new feature – although with this being the second post under that tagline, it’s looking more likely that it will be – I decided to make a cup of tea (PG Tips again) and sit down and read a comic or two whilst I drank said cuppa. My intention isn’t to read review copies, or digital copies if I can help it, but either graphic novels, TPBs, or floppy comics because I much prefer to relax with a physical comic. I may have read them before, or they may have been on my To Read pile for far too long.  Whether this happens monthly, weekly, daily… never again… will depend entirely on the time I have.

This week, I sat down with Marvel’s The Marvel Project graphic novel.

 

I should probably switch up my cup for these pictures sooner or later, eh?

Anyway, I really enjoyed this. It’s told from the perspective of The Angel, a long forgotten hero from the Golden Age of superhero comics, and set in the year or so before the U.S.A. entered into WWII. Despite Captain America featuring on the front cover, this isn’t a Captain America story. It’s a tale of the time during which Americans were aware of the war in Europe but had yet to enter the fray. The Marvels Project is a genuine page turner – I devoured the entire trade in a single sitting, bar a bathroom break, and never actually touched my tea until I was several issues in.

Reading about superheroes and vigilantes from the late 30’s to the 50’s or so has always been a (not-so) guilty pleasure of mine. I love the that time period in American history, and as most of the pulp novels and superhero stories set in that time are typically based in New York or Chicago, it’s always a win-win for me. But with my misgivings about Hydra-Cap prevalent in my head as I finally decided to read this TPB, I was worried that I’d not enjoy the story – and I’ll admit they did cloud my judgment initially when Steve Rogers appeared in the comic, but after a few pages I was reminded just how great a character he is when written well, and consequently I was able to enjoy Captain America’s presence in the remainder of the comic.

For me the highlight was the way the story was presented; by having The Angel as both the narrator and the closest thing to a central character in the comic. The story telling style was very reminiscent of Hollis Mason’s autobiography snippets in Watchmen adapted to comic form. Every page was a joy to read, and thankfully the TPB is a completely standalone story.

I picked this up for $5 at my LCS. It’d be a bargain at twice the price.

Writer: Ed Brubacker Art: Steve Epting Colourist: Dave Stewart

Review: Angel Season 11 #1

stl029890In the final season of the Angel TV show, beloved supporting character Fred Burkle (played by Amy Acker) was animated by the Elder God Illyria after her death. In a similar manner, Angel Season 11 #1 has some familiar faces, like Angel, Fred, and even flashbacks to Angel’s earliest days as a vampire in Ireland, but the comic reads like popular licensed characters going through the motions of a run of the mill horror\mystery\time travel story. Piling up genres and setting the comic in Ireland doesn’t add much to a snooze of a read.

The best Buffy and Angel comics have nailed the ways characters have spoken as well as their relationships and motivations and making changes in line with this. For example, Christos in Angel and Faith had Faith helping Angel find redemption by raising Giles from the dead, and there just happened to be other dimensions along the way. Unfortunately, writer Corinna Bechko just throws Angel and Fred into a haunted hotel in Dublin, has middling artist Gerardo Borges throw up some creepy imagery when he can’t even get Angel’s expressions straight, and adds some gimmicks like time travel to give the plot forward momentum. It seems like there will be a conflict between Fred and Illyria, but Bechko and Borges just use the latter to get them out of any plot snafus. She is like Superman of the Silver Age and gains abilities to fit the plot’s needs with no consequences to speak of so far.

With the exit of Faith as a co-headliner, Angel Season 11 #1 has the task of building a supporting cast, which is a problem that its sister title doesn’t have. Except this whole issue is just Angel and Fred running around a hotel pel-mell, looking in a coffins, and following random spiders. There is no relationship building or real tension between our two leads, and it seems like they are just there to fill the quota of two leads in a supernatural themed procedural. (Mulder and Scully, they are not.) Even when Giles’ immortal aunts Lavinia and Sophie show up, the writing for them lacks its comic relief.

The one positive in Angel Season 11 #1 is Michelle Madsen’s color palette. She uses a grey screen print tone to give the demon that Angel and Fred (Later Illyria.) battle a kind of Wicker Man vibe and uses a similar effect in the opening page with some black to introduce a still brooding Angel. Borges’ character poses and action/magical movements are all over the place, but Madsen’s sparkles of energy are a reminder that the Buffyverse is a place of wonder even if the stories set in it sometimes aren’t the greatest.

Angel Season 11 #1 ends with Angel traveling back in time so maybe figures from his past will pop up and playing supporting roles and help this comic transform from Irish Supernatural-lite to the Buffyverse’s “Days of Future Past.” But, for now, it’s just a mediocre exorcism story with a time travel twist, two stiff lead characters, and uninspiring art. It’s definitely not the best way to launch a new season.

Story: Corinna Bechko Art: Geraldo Borges Colors: Michelle Madsen
Story: 4 Art: 5.5 Overall: 4.7 Recommendation: Pass

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Angel Gets a Season 11 with a New Creative Team

Buffy’s first love will receive a solo series and a “re-vamped” creative team in Angel Season 11. Corinna Bechko writes Season 11 while Geraldo Borges illustrates the series, and Michelle Madsen colors the issues. Scott Fischer and Jeff Dekal both created covers.

Angel Season 11 finds Angel being tormented by memories of his past. His visions link his dark past to a Big Bad coming in the future. The goddess Illyria intervenes and assists Angel as he discovers that it might be possible to change the future by traveling back in time to change the past.

Angel Season 11 writer Corinna Bechko shared her excitement for joining the Whedonverse: “I’m thrilled that I’ll be helping to add to a little corner of the Whedonverse, a rich and exciting place that contains infinite possibilities for exploration. Of course, the fact that I’ll be doing so with Angel, one of the most complex and interesting characters, means I have big shoes to fill. But I can’t wait to spend some quality time with him during this journey, and to have a bit of fun along the way!”

The first issue of Angel Season 11 goes on sale January 18, 2017, the day before Buffy’s birthday! Angel Season 11 will have twelve issues total.

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Preview: Angel: Season Six, Vol. 2

Angel: Season Six, Vol. 2

Joss Whedon, Brian Lynch, Kelley Armstrong (w) • Stephen Mooney, Franco Urru, Dave Ross, Stefano Martino (a) • Nick Runge (c)

Angel: Season Six picks up where the television series left off! Volume 2 of a two-volume set, this collection contains Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 4, Angel: Aftermath, and Angel: Last Angel in Hell.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 428 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-679-9

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Back to the Future #1 (of 4)

Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham (w) • Brent Schoonover, Dan Schoening (a) • Schoening (c)

Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines,” part 1: BttF creator/screenwriter Bob Gale returns with all-new tales from the twisting and turning timeline that made Back to the Future a, well… TIMELESS pop-culture phenomenon! Take a trip back to 1985 and be there when Doc Brown and Marty McFly first meet, and then jump even farther back, to 1945, to witness Doc’s involvement in the super-secret Manhattan Project.

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Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson (w) • Troy Little (adaptation, a & c)

In proud partnership with the Hunter S. Thompson Estate, Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a delightfully bonkers graphic novel by Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little adapting Thompson’s seminal book of the same name. Join Thompson’s alter ego Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 176 pages • ISBN: 978-1-60309-375-0

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Nemo Trilogy Slipcase Edition

Alan Moore (w) • Kevin O’Neill (a & c)

With a classic two-fisted spirit of adventure, Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill explore stunning new horizons of their League of Extraordinary Gentlemen universe with the bestselling Nemo trilogy! These spinoff graphic novels follow the terrifying pirate queen Janni Nemo in her confrontations with unearthly Antarctic horrors (Heart of Ice), mechanical metropolitan monstrosities (The Roses of Berlin), and depraved tropical tyrants (River of Ghosts). Now, these handsome hardcovers are joined in a magnificent slipcase gloriously illustrated by Kevin O’Neill.

HC W/Slipcase • FC • $39.99 • 168 pages • ISBN: 978-1-60309-381-1

 

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Upside Down (Book 2): A Hat Full of Spells

Jess Smart Smiley (w & a & c)

Harold, the sugar-loving vampire boy, is back with all his spooky friends for an all-new adventure! In the wake of Book One, witches are no longer plaguing the country… but their hats remain, charged with magical mischief! Jess Smart Smiley returns for a delightful all-ages romp in beautiful black, white, and green.

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Fistful of Blood #1 (of 4)

Kevin Eastman (w) • Simon Bisley (a) • Eastman & Bisley (c)

“She drifted into town with a few days to kill…” Re-releasing the crazed adventure from Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley! Every issue of this special edition will feature artwork re-mastered by Kevin Eastman, all-new colors, and a plethora of sketches, process work and other bonus material, too!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 12: Vengeance, Pt. 1

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Mateus Santolouco (a & c)

The Turtles return from Burnow Island to find unimaginable tragedy. As the family struggles to cope with these events, an enraged Foot Clan prepares its revenge. Meanwhile, Casey prepares for a final showdown with Hun as the Purple Dragons run amok. And, as the TMNT struggle to reunite as a family, a greater threat looms. Collects issues #45–47 and the 2015 FCBD issue.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-450-4

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Box Set, Vol. 1

Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz (w) • Dan Duncan, Andy Kuhn, Ben Bates (a) • Eastman (c)

TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and writer Tom Waltz guide readers through a ground-breaking new origin, and into epic tales of courage, loyalty and family. The Turtles and their allies battle for survival against enemies old and new in the dangerous streets and sewers of New York City. Includes TMNT volumes #1–5.

TPB • 520 Pages • 6.5” x 10.5” • $89.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-472-6

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TMNT Color Classics, Vol. 3 #10

Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Jim Lawson (w) • Lawson (a) A.C. Farley (c)

“City at War, Part 8!” As Master Splinter remains trapped in the Rat King’s clutches, the TMNT must decide if they can trust Karai in a partnership to restore order to NYC.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures #3

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Chad Thomas, Ben Costa (a) Jon Sommariva (c)

The Mutanimals make their Amazing debut! Members of the team are acting strangely, and the reason is unknown. What happens when they determine the TMNT are to blame?

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #51

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Ken Garing (a & c)

A new age begins for the TMNT. The epic events of TMNT #50 have created new opportunity… and dangers. Will the family stay united in the face of a devastating new foe?

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Star Trek/Green Lantern #4 (of 6)

Mike Johnson (w) • Angel Hernandez (a) • Marc Laming (c)

The crossover event of 2015 continues here, as Starfleet and the Green Lantern Corps team up in the middle of a ring-powered galactic war! The evil Nekron has arrived in the Star Trek universe… with his eye on resurrecting the planet Vulcan itself! Don’t miss out on the latest chapter of this franchise-spanning epic!

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Star Trek: Gold Key Archives, Vol. 4

Arnold Drake, John David Warner, Gerry Boudreau (w) • Alberto Giolitti, Sal Trapani (a) • Michael Stribling (c)

Boldly going… where it all started! Presenting the first comic book adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew! Fully remastered with new colors, volume 4 collects issues #19–24, including the stories “The Haunted Asteroid,” “A World Gone Mad,” “The Mummies of Heitus VII,” “Siege in Superspace,” “Child’s Play,” and “The Trial of Captain Kirk.”

HC • FC • $29.99 • 164 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-449-8

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Star Trek #50—Five-Year Mission

Mike Johnson (w) • Tony Shasteen (a & c)

Don’t miss this special anniversary issue that kicks off an epic new 3-part adventure! For the first time, the crew of the new movie franchise will meet its evil Mirror counterpart! It’s Enterprise vs. Enterprise, Federation vs. the Terran Empire, with the fate of two universes at stake!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero: COBRA WORLD ORDER Prelude

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Paul Pope (c)

It’s zero hour for Real American Hero! This table-setter leads into a mammoth 6-part bi-weekly event kicking off with next month’s RAH #219 and #220! G.I. JOE has been fighting the evil forces of COBRA for decades, but now COBRA is ready to unleash its master plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!

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Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Francesca Francavilla (c)

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Transformers #46

John Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

CONQUERORS part 1! OPTIMUS PRIME struggles to find his place on CYBERTRON where half the population hates him and the other half worships him. Meanwhile, on Earth, GALVATRON doesn’t care what anybody thinks.

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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #46

James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)

What does it mean to be a DECEPTICON in a postwar universe? Was MEGATRON’s rise to power the inevitable consequence of configurative determinism? Is it possible to “disprove” an ideology? Who decided that all the badges should be purple? In this issue, the Scavengers ponder at least one of these questions.

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Transformers: Redemption

John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)

INTO THE WILD! The DINOBOTS engaged in some of the most brutal missions of the war—which made them damaged goods in the peace. Now, a mission to change the face of CYBERTRON offers a chance for something they never imagined… redemption.

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Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #4

Georgia Ball (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)

THE ANSWERS! BUMBLEBEE’s search for the truth about the rival AUTOBOT TEAM on Earth leads TEAM BEE to a thief with deep connections… but knowing the truth may be worse than getting lied to.

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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, Vol. 8

James Roberts (w) • Hayato Sakamoto, Brendan Cahill, Alex Milne (a) • Alex Milne (c)

The Decepticon Justice Division discovers that Megatron has joined the Autobots as the crew of the Lost Light start to think that the universe holds no more surprises for them. Of course, they are wrong! Collects issues #39–44.

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The X-Files: Season 11 #3

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)

“Home Again,” Part 2 of 2: Despite his fugitive status, Mulder continues to investigate X-Files along the highways and byways of America. His latest stop is a secluded farm, which happens to be the new home of the infamous Peacock family!

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The X-Files: Season 11 #3—Movie Mash-up Variant

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • Brian Miller (c)

A variant cover from Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Studios, mashing up The X-Files and your favorite movies!

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The X-Files Classics: Ground Zero

Kevin J. Anderson (w) • Gordon Purcell (a) • Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon (c)

Adapts the best-selling novel by Kevin J. Anderson. Dr. Gregory, a renowned nuclear weapons researcher, is not only dead–he’s been charred to a radioactive cinder. Since this is a death on federal property, Mulder and Scully are hastily called in. When a second victim, completely unrelated to nuclear science or Dr. Gregory is obliterated in the New Mexico desert, and then a third dies the same way in Washington, DC, Mulder and Scully begin to focus on the frightening dimension of their task. As they work to uncover the secret unifying element that ties these deaths, it becomes clear that this twisted puzzle has fatal consequences for the entire world.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-456-6

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Godzilla in Hell #4 (of 5)

Brandon Seifert (w) • Ibrahim Moustafa (a & c)

Godzilla’s journey is stymied by an impenetrable wall of living flesh! Cornered, with nowhere to go, he is beset by devilish versions of his greatest foes—Destoroyah and King Ghidorah!

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The Fly: Outbreak

Brandon Seifert (w) • menton3 (a & c)

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human-fly hybrid. Now, his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-443-6

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #5

Chris Ryall (w) • Ilias Kyriazis (a & c)

Will the museum’s gala event for King Ahktenkhamen, a serial-killing couple, and a soul-stealing phone all wrap up nicely here? Of course not! Luckily, Dirk wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Edward Scissorhands, Vol. 2: Whole Again

Kate Leth (w) • Drew Rausch (a & c)

After settling in with Megs and her family, Edward becomes curious about a television “miracle doctor” named April Wells, and enlists the help of friends and townspeople to send her a homemade audition tape. While Megs struggles with her uncertainty about the whole situation, Edward has a quiet hope that, maybe, she could help him. Collects issues #6–10.

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Drive #3 (of 4)

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It was a set up—had to be. And when the dead men at the hotel don’t make it home, those who sent them will ask questions. Then they’ll send someone else. They always do.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution #3 (of 5)

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Holmes and Watson have arrived in Vienna in the hopes of treating Holmes’ addiction, but soon find themselves grappling with something they didn’t expect: a mystery! The adaptation of the best-selling novel continues!

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The Shrinking Man #4 (of 4)

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In the finale to Richard Matheson’s classic story, will Scott continue to shrink away to nothing or find his way back to a world that has let him down (and down)?

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Jem and the Holograms, Vol. 1: Showtime

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Meet Jerrica Benton—a girl with a secret. She and her sisters team up with to become… JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in Jem and the Holograms: Showtime!

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Jem and the Holograms #8

Kelly Thompson (w) • Emma Vieceli (a & c)

“Viral,” Part 2! JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS finish their new video with holographic supercomputer SYNERGY’s help and prepare for a house party celebrating the video’s world wide launch. Meanwhile, THE MISFITS bristle under the new management of… ERIC RAYMOND!

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Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #2 (of 5)

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Atomic Robo’s head is discovered and a new style of bowling is founded. Also: monsters threaten all life on earth!

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D4VE2 #2 (of 4)

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While the robots scramble to locate the [REDACTED], D4VE gets a new face for a hot date, and 5COTTY becomes a hero. It all comes crashing down when D4VE is faced with a decision that will define him and his entire species.

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Skylanders: Superchargers #1

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GET SUPERCHARGED! Join Spyro and all his Skylanders friends as they meet a new group of friends and embark on their most perilous journey to date!

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Angry Birds: Super Angry Birds # 2 (of 4)

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When New Yolk City is in peril, only one team is brave enough… bold enough… mad enough to stand up and fight for the rights of its citizens. They are – the Super Angry Birds!

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #35

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“Siege of the Crystal Empire,” Part 2! The mystery antagonist reveals the next stage in a diabolical scheme! Will our ponies be able to uncover what role Sombra is meant to play before it’s too late?

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Ted Anderson (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a) • Amy Mebberson (c)

A strange flu has descended over Ponyville! Only two friends find themselves immune… Spike and Zecora? Will the unusual pair be able to find a cure?

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My Little Pony Art Gallery II

Various (a) • Sara Richard (c)

A brand new art gallery featuring your favorite Pony artists! Rare and never-before-seen art fill this gorgeous book!

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Vol. 8

Ted Anderson, Christina Rice, Thom Zahler (w) • Jay Fosgitt, Agnes Garbowska, Tony Fleecs (a) • Agnes Garbowska (c)

Rarity helps Cherilee and her sister mend hurt feelings over a long-simmering grudge. A massive event celebrating Ponyville’s founding is nearing but an argument between friends splits the town into two argumentative factions! And, something sinister is happening at Sweet Apple Acres! Bad apples have come alive and are determined to take over all of Ponyville! Collects issues #29–33.

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Walt Disney Comics & Stories: 75th Anniversary Special

William Van Horn, Carl Fallberg (w) • William Van Horn, Walt Kelly, Al Taliaferro, Paul Murry, Al Hubbard (a) • Daan Jippes & Heinrike Goorhuis (c)

“Howlin’ crashwagons!” It’s here! This king-size celebration of Disney’s flagship title brings together Donald, Mickey, Uncle Scrooge, Goofy, Magica, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Big Bad Wolf, Ludwig Von Drake, and a prized pantheon of favorite artists and writers—tracing decades of thrills, memories and mayhem!

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Donald Duck #6

Guido Martina, Harry Gladstone (w) • Giovan Battista Carpi, Harry Gladstone (a) • Dave Alvarez (c)

Donald’s debut as “The Diabolical Duck Avenger” wraps up—but will it finish a Duck family feud? Then Donald’s nephews celebrate a “Birthday Bugaboo!”

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Mickey Mouse #5

Bill Wright (w & a) • Jonathan Gray (c)

“The Ghost of Man-Eater Mountain!” Mickey’s and Goofy’s skiing holiday turns spooky—and near-deadly!—when a spectral kidnapper strikes!

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Uncle Scrooge #7

Romano Scarpa, Joe Torcivia (w) • Romano Scarpa (a) • William Van Horn (c)

“Mummy Fearest”: When Scrooge rebuilds his Money Bin in pyramid form, rival tycoon John D. Rockerduck decides it’s time for a Pharaoh’s curse!

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Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #724

Bruno Sarda (w) • Daan Jippes, Massimo De Vita (a) • Henrieke Goorhuis (c)

Man-eating tigers menace Mickey under the big top in “Search for the Zodiac Stone,” Part 4 of 12. Then we’re celebrating Comics and Stories’ 75th anniversary with a new Daan Jippes Donald Duck adventure!

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Mickey Mouse: The Mysterious Crystal Ball

Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Bill Walsh, Jonathan Gray (w) • Giorgio Cavazzano, Manuel Gonzales, Paul Murry (a) • Amy Mebberson (c)

The adventures of Mickey Mouse return in these kid-friendly-sized collections of classic stories such as “The Lost Explorers’ Trail,” “Mickey Mouse vs. The Phantom Blot,” “The Mysterious Crystal Ball,” and more!

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Sam Kieth’s The Maxx Artist’s Edition HC

Sam Kieth, William Messner-Loebs (w) • Sam Kieth (a & c)

Kieth has long been one of comics most unique talents. Starting with his career-making turn on Wolverine in Marvel Comics Presents, followed by the best-selling Maxx series, and then Aliens, Batman, Epicurus the Sage, and more, Sam’s beautiful and delicate line-work have earned him legions of devoted fans. But now is your chance to see his pages as close to the original art as possible—as if you were peering over his shoulder onto his drawing board!

This artist’s edition will collect the first 6 issues of The Maxx and present a selection of gorgeous covers—all at their full size, all scanned from the original art, and all produced by the multiple Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition team at IDW Publishing!

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 168 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-479-5

 

The Maxx: Maxximized #24

Sam Kieth (w & a & c)

Sara finds herself out on a pier, literally and figuratively, and is swallowed up by exploding fairies and the relentless Yellow Slug, as the self-esteem tape—which plays in his head—does nothing to slow his destructive path of mayhem!

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Empire: Uprising #5

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Now that Golgoth has set his sights on new worlds to conquer, the void left by his absence threatens to tear the Empire apart. Who—if anyone—will ascend to the throne?

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Empire, Vol. 2: Uprising

Mark Waid (w) • Barry Kitson (a & c)

A decade after the groundbreaking first volume of Empire, Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s beloved Eisner-nominated series returns with the all-new Empire: Uprising! It’s been a year since the events of the original series, and much has changed for Golgoth, the first supervillain to finally have conquered the world. But can he hold onto his rein–and does he even want to? Collects issues #1–4.

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Insufferable #6

Mark Waid (w) • Peter Krause (a & c)

What was Malvolia’s plan? How is Praetorean involved in the murder of Galahad’s mother? And who is wearing the Suit of Babies?

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Onyx #4 (of 4)

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Onyx came here to save our planet from a threat from beyond the stars, only to learn here that even greater peril exists at the hands of the very people she’s come to trust.

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The String-Divers, the Quantum Rangers, and Dark Matter Scalar Diver Phil all bend, fold, and mutilate quantum physics in a battle that wreaks havoc across all ten—or is it nine now?—dimensions!

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Zombies vs Robots #10

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Ryall and Fuso conclude “War! ‘Bots!” in explosive fashion! And in a special bonus, 9-year-old progeny Lucy Ryall and artist Nico Peña contribute a one-of-a-kind ZvR tale!

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The October Faction #9

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In their first day of training as monster hunters, the Allan children must now face the most fearsome monster of them all… their mother! And in the process, a terrible secret about their real parents is revealed.

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Danger Girl: Renegade #2 (of 4)

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More details emerge from Abbey Chase’s past as a 16-year-old in Tokyo… learning martial arts and foreign languages from a female member of the secret police. Then, in present-day Brazil, Abbey continues the search for her long-missing father… and for a valuable gem!

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BOY-1 #3 (of 4)

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In the near future, when the drug-addled heir of a genetic-engineering company begins to investigate his company’s murky past, he discovers he is the catalyst in a terrifying global event that will transform him and forever alter the course of human evolution.

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TET #2 (of 4)

Paul Allor (w) • Paul Tucker (a & c)

The city is on fire; the murder remains unsolved; star-crossed lovers are split apart. As the Tet Offensive begins, Eugene abandons his post, and navigates a hellish landscape, desperate to find the woman he loves. But who’s going to save him?

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Ragnarök, Vol. 1: Last God Standing

Walter Simonson (w & a & c)

Ragnarök…the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology…the destruction of the Nine Worlds. And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance. Walter Simonson returns to comics in this stunning all-new series.

HC • 7” x 11” • 148 Pages • $24.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-068-1

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FOR EVERY 10 COPIES PURCHASED OF THE REGULAR EDITION OF RAGNARÖK, RETAILERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO BUY 1 COPY.

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Haunted Horror #19: Special Halloween Issue

Various (w) • Alex Toth, Lou Cameron, Jack Abel, Eugene Hughes, Art Gates, and more (a) • Bernard Baily (c)

A terrifying Spook-tacular Halloween Ish! Steve Banes of the infamous “The Horrors of It All” pre-code comics blog, assembles, Frankenstein-like, this Halloween horror-winner of a comic book! Tremble and read if you dare this frightful fare: “Out of the Black Night”, “Trick or Treat” and many more morbid tales! This Halloween eye-candy won’t rot your teeth—just your brain!

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Popeye Classics #39

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)

Popeye, the beloved swab, is back in this comic that could be hailed as “Bud Sagendorf’s Comics and Stories”! The long-time assistant to Popeye’s creator E.C. Segar took all the great chops from his boss and added more spinach and surrealism for a heady and hilarious mix!  This issue boasts Popeye, Wimpy and Swee’ Pea in a 25-page pot-boiler, “The Mountain That Talked Back!” and more!

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Popeye Classics, Vol. 7

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)

Re-presenting the classic Popeye comic book series that debuted in 1948 by Bud Sagendorf, the long-time assistant to creator E.C. Segar! Carefully reproduced from the original comic books and lovingly restored, volume 7 contains issues #30–34. Also included are more of Sagendorf’s gloriously funny one-pagers, rare photos, and extra artwork!

HC • FC • $29.99 • 200 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-447-4

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GHOSTS AND GIRLS of Fiction House!

Various (w) • Matt Baker, Maurice Whitman, and more (a) • Maurice Whitman (c)

The publisher Fiction House was infamous for what anti-comics crusader Dr. Fredric Wertham called “headlight comics,” i.e. comics featuring the ample female bosom. The Pre-Code publisher used their buxom heroines to star in jungle comics, science fiction tales, and scary GHOST STORIES!

The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics series curates the sexiest and scariest of these poltergeist-infused Good Girl Art comics in a pulse-pounding tome! Your hair will stand on end and at the same time your toes will curl!

HC • FC • $24.99 • 152 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-404-7

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The Complete Voodoo, Vol. 1

Various (w) • Matt Baker, The Iger Shop (a) • The Iger Shop (c)

Good Girl Art, and old-skool horror art by the master Matt Baker and his associates from the infamous art group The Iger Shop!

Filled with lurid pulp-fiction comics like “Zombie Bride,” “The Weird Dead,” and “The Crawling Horror.” This large format, full-color book of terrors, is the first of three volumes and has a fear-filled and fascinating introduction by Mike “The Worst of Eerie Publications” Howlett!

HC • FC • $29.99 • 208 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-455-9

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Gil Kane’s Undersea Agent

Steve Skeates, Gardner Fox (w) • Gil Kane (a) • Gil Kane, Ryan Brown (c)

After the job was done for the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, a new force was revealed in UNDERSEA AGENT! Helmed by comics master Gil Kane, this special hardcover collection includes all of his work from the short-lived series. A must-have for Kane fans, and Tower Comics collectors.

HC • FC • $17.99 • 72 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-444-3

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Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, Vol. 1

Fabian Nicieza, Mike Baron, Barbara Kesel, Tom Peyer, Martin Pasko, Adam Beechen, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Lucas Werneck (w) • Leonardo Romero, Fabiano Neves (a) • Dan Panosian (c)

Rampage Jackson has touched the lives of millions, and when one of them reaches out for help against a terrible threat, he swings into action. With astonishing new super powers and his faithful dog, Andronicus, by his side, he must prepare for bone crunching throw downs in over-the-top adventures! An anthology of amazing self-contained stories, Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier marks the beginning of a bold new era of superhero fun!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-379-8

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Angel: Season Six, Vol. 1

Joss Whedon, Brian Lynch (w) • Franco Urru, Tim Kane, David Messina, Stephen Mooney, John Byrne, Nick Runge, Fabio Mantovani, Kevyn Schmidt, Mirco Pierfederici (a) • Nick Runge (c)

After the Fall?! How about after the show?! Picking up where the television series left off, Angel: Season Six brings all the best moments from Angel: First Night, Spike: After the Fall, and Angel: After the Fall into a two-volume set. With Season Six on your shelf, the memory of Angel will not fade away.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 376 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-438-2

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Dragonlance Classics, Vol. 2

Dan Mishkin (w) • Dave Simons, Michael Collins, Jim Janes (a) • Michael Collins (c)

The adventures in the magical world of Krynn, where the evil Dragonlords rule continue. Collects issues #9–16 of the DC Comics series.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 212 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-439-9

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Silent Hill Omnibus, Vol. 2

Tom Waltz (w) • Steph Stamb, Menton3, Tristan Jones (a) • Justin Randall (c)

This omnibus collects three tales of horror all written by Tom Waltz: Sinner’s Reward with art by Steph Stamb, Past Life with art by menton3, and Downpour: Anne’s Story with art by Tristan Jones.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 284 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-448-1

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V-Wars, Vol. 3: Night Terrors

Jonathan Maberry, Larry Correia, James A. Moore, Jeremy Robinson, John Everson, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Hank Schwaeble, Scott Nicholson, Marcus Pelegrimas, Tim Waggoner, Scott Sigler, Weston Ochse, Sam Orion Nova West-Mensch (w) • Trevor Hutchison (c)

V-Wars: Night Terrors collects stories from the reporters embedded with the Beats (humans) and the Bloods (vampires). New York Times Best Seller Jonathan Maberry and his team of front-line storytellers bring you all-new tales of horror and heroism, of pain and delight, of deadly despair and soaring courage. The war between Beats and Bloods is blazing. Pick a side.

TPB • B&W • $19.99 • 384 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-272-2

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My Little Pony, Vol. 1 IDW LIMITED HC • FC • $95.00 net • UPC: 8277140056600111
Star Trek, Vol. 2 IDW LIMITED HC • FC • $95.00 net • UPC: 82771400642100111
TMNT Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 IDW LIMITED HC • BW • $95.00 net • ISBN: 978-1-61377-813-5
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Toronto Comic Con 2015: Celebrity Q&A with J. August Richards

J. August Richards has been working in film for over twenty years and has over forty acting credits to his name between television and cinema.  He is perhaps best known for two characters in particular, Charles Gunn from Angel and Deathlok from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the latter of which inducted him into the select group of actors that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As a celebrity guest at Toronto Comic 2015, he took part in a moderated Q&A period, and got to talk about his experiences on film.

The Moderator:  You used to be a comic collector, but did you have Deathlok comics?

deathlokmarvelJ. August Richards:  What I did have was The Guide to the Marvel Universe [The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe].  So what happened was that all of my old comic books were in my sister’s house back in D.C.  It just so happened that there was a Christmas break so I went home, I got all my comics, and I was like “I’m going to find Deathlok in this comic book collection” because I was not familiar with the character.  So I was looking around and I saw The Guide to the Marvel Universe and I was like “I’m a virgo, if I know me, I completed this set.”  I checked and I had A through Z Guide to the Marvel Universe.  I went to D and found Deathlok and that is where I started doing my research into the character.  Then Marvel was nice enough to make the old comics accessible to me and I read those to a certain point and then I had to stop, because as you may or may not know, there are three incarnations of Deathlok over the history of Marvel.  Maybe even four, it depends on how you are counting … could be five depending on how you are counting.  They had three very different back stories, the three ones that I looked at, and the circumstances were very different and I still wanted to stay true to the character that we created in the first episode, the father with his son, being a single parent.  That meant the world to me and I thought that whatever happens from here on out, that I had to play a father to a son, and that is who that character was going to be.

skyeQuestion From the Floor:  Will Deathlok show up again in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or in a movie?

JAR:  I like the way that you are thinking.  Unfortunately when I started the show, way back when we did the pilot, I had to sign a contract that prohibited me from talking any future things which would happen from the show, so unfortunately I can’t answer that question.  I need to leave that alone but I like that idea [of showing up in a movie.]

QFF:  How did they come up with the name Deathlok?

JAR:  The character was introduced in 1974, which was the year after I was born.  So I don’t know where they came up with the name, but this would be my guess.  One of the interesting things about playing a character that exists in the comic books is that you can do research in the comic books about that character, and one thing that I learned was that although there were three different Deathloks, they had something in common which was that they were trapped, somewhere between life and death.  So I believe that is where they came up with the name.  It is kind of like that he is locked in death.  And it is a little more relevant in the comic books because in one version, the consciousness is in the machine of Deathlok, so he is like a human being but he’s not quite human.

deathlokQFF:  How long before did you find out that you were playing Deathlok?

JAR:  The day before he turned into Deathlok. When I signed up to do the pilot it was just for the one episode, and then they brought me back for episode eight, and then as I was doing eight then asked me to do nine and ten.  And then I did ten and they asked me to do a bunch towards the end of the season.  That’s kind of how Marvel worked, they want to keep everything top secret, and they want to make sure that nothing gets out and want to make sure that nothing spoils it.  Personally I hate being spoiled, sometimes I will go see movies that I know nothing about except the title, because I just like that experience.

TM:  But that brings up a good point.  As an actor do you prefer some notice?

JAR:  I prefer not knowing, because then you just have to play what’s in front of you.

TM:  One part that we haven’t talked about is Angel, and during that series …

JAR:  At least you didn’t say Heroes.  I meet a lot of people that say “you were in Heroes.”  “No, I was not.”  But the actor that was in Heroes, we look a lot alike.  Leonard Roberts doesn’t think we look alike, he used to say that until his girlfriend invited me to his surprise birthday party, and I showed up late, and when I walked in everyone yelled “Surprise!”  And so when he showed up finally I was like “Now do you think that we look alike?”

gunnTM:  Angel was a spin-off but I have heard people say that they started looking forward to Angel more than Buffy.  Have you heard fans say this?

JAR:   Umm … no.  Angel is so synonymous with Buffy and it came out of Buffy.  I don’t hear that very much myself.  They’re together right?

QFF:  How awesome was it to work with David Boreanz?

JAR:  Like this awesome [holds arms wide].  I love David, he’s so much fun.  He’s just a whole character, you know what I mean?  He’s just a super cool guy, he likes to try to make you break character when the camera is on you, which is so unfair.  I feel like now that I could act with this whole building falling down, because having to do very intensive scenes with him laughing at me and pointing at me, you know I feel like I can act through anything.

QFF:  Have you read the Angel comics that came out after the Fall?

jarjarJAR:  I can’t read that for some reason.  I can’t bring myself to.  When we were in that alleyway which was the last shot of Angel, I said goodbye to the character.  Anything else would feel like someone writing an unauthorized biography about you.  Not that it is unauthorized, just that I don’t get to play it, so I don’t want to know about it.  I want to leave him right there, because I found him to be so heroic and he found what he was looking for.

QFF:  As an actor and as a Star Wars fan, if J.J. Abrams was here, which character would you pitch to him to play?

JAR:  Nice!  First of all if you want to see someone fanboy out, or more accurately fangirl out, I would lose it.  Because I love Star Trek too and what he did with it.  What part would I want to play?  Any part.  I would be an extra.  I would do anything.  Put me in a mask, put me in whatever, I don’t care.  I mean maybe like Jar Jar Binks’ nephew?  Ha ha, never!  That’s the the only one I wouldn’t want to play, but really anything.  Stormtrooper number 12!  But if I had my druthers, I would be a dope Jedi, with like, four lightsabers.

Marvel HeroClix: X-Men 2014 Monthly Organized Play Angel Preview

Marvel HeroClix X-Men 2014 Monthly Organized Play Angel CardWizkids has released a preview of the Angel miniature from the Marvel Heroclix: X-Men 2014 Monthly Organized Play kit. The kits feature 4 copies of 3 limited edition figures that you can’t find anywhere else and all three of the figures interact with the X-Men team base from the Marvel Heroclix: Wolverine and the X-Men set.

Angel features not just a new dial, but also a sculpt unique to this play kit. The other two figures will feature sculpts previously released, but will have new dials.

Angel is a cheap 65 points the figure can be used in the #T002 X-Men Gold Strike Force team base and when attached the figure may now use Energy Shield/Deflection.

Angel is a quick support/attack character, carrying teammates around or using his move and attack ability with Hypersonic Speed. He also comes with Force Blast for the first two clicks.

Angel has 3 clicks of damage for his first two clicks, and his

On the first two clicks of Angel’s damage slot he can dish out 3 clicks of damage to opposing characters. He also has Aerial Recon and Assault, which allows him use Close Combat Expert. Additionally, Aerial Recon and Assault lets the character help his teammates as well by by preventing opposing characters within 4 squares from using Stealth. Angel has the Toughness power to help him absorb some of the damage dealt to him.

Once he’s off his first two clicks Angel gains Charge and picks up Quake in his attack slot. Defensively, Angel switches from Toughness to Super Senses. Aerial Recon and Assault sticks around on Angel’s third click, then is replaced with Exploit Weakness on his last two clicks.

Basically Angel is a solid member of a team, especially an X-Men one since he has that team ability. Your force won’t be built around him, but he’s solid support acting as a taxi to get you to close the gap quicker or as a third attacker.

 

IDW Publishing Brings Angel to Digital Readers

IDW Publishing Brings Angel to Digital Readers
IDW’s acclaimed Angel series, featuring characters created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, available now for iPad, iPhone, Android, Nook, Kindle Fire and more.

[Angel Digital]San Diego, CA (March 7, 2012) – IDW Publishing proudly announces the launch of their complete Angel and Spike series, including all one-shots and miniseries, on digital platforms. Over 150 comics and graphic novels will be available for digital readers worldwide. The first stories, including the 17-issue Angel: After the Fall co-plotted by Joss Whedon, and Spike: After the Fall, arrive today. New issues will roll out weekly over the next two months.

IDW’s first Angel series launched in 2005 with Angel: The Curse. From 2005 through 2011, there were numerous miniseries, one-shots, and 42 issues of an ongoing Angel series. The first 17 issues in that series comprised Angel: After the Fall, a storyline that spun out of the TV series’ final season. Co-plotted by Joss Whedon and masterfully handled by fan-favorite Brian Lynch and Franco Urru, this series is considered the high-water mark in IDW’s run. Along the way, Lynch and Urru also created several Spike miniseries and a final 8-issue Spike series that led directly into the Buffy Season 8 comic series.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work we did on the Angel and Spike comics,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. “Working with Whedon, Lynch, and Urru to extend the Angel TV series in After the Fall was a particular thrill, and I’m happy fans will be able to see everything we’ve done on their digital devices now, as well as print.”

Many esteemed creators worked on IDW’s Angel and Spike series, all of which will now be made available digitally as well. Fans will be able to revisit beloved stories by John Byrne, Jeff Mariotte, David Messina, Peter David, Scott Tipton, Elena Casagrande, David Tischman & Mariah Huehner, and many others.

“IDW is very excited to launch this series,” said IDW CEO and Publisher Ted Adams. “Fans have been demanding to read IDW’s Angel collection digitally for several years. This is an excellent way for people to catch up the entire series.”

Angel can be found in IDW’s Apple iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®, app – IDW Comics, and on the Web at read.idwpublishing.com. The series is also featured in the Comics by comiXology platform for iOS, Android, Web and Kindle Fire, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Amazon Kindle, and Comics + by iVerse.

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About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘sPlatinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

As a recognized leader in digital comics, IDW’s digital partners include: comiXology, iVerse Media, Graphicly, Cryptozoic Comics, Panelfly, Digital Manga, Diamond Digital, NEC, Zero Sum and Smart Ebooks. The IDW digital line is available worldwide on top platforms including: Apple iOS apps and iBooks, Android apps, Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, Kobo Vox, Sony PSP, Nokia and RIM BlackBerry.

More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

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