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Create Chaos with Apocalypse on Marvel Contest of Champions

The Rise of X has begun and after a long slumber, he’s back stronger than ever. Claim your destiny, dominate and become Champion with Apocalypse as he makes his way into The Battlerealm in Kabam’s MARVEL Contest of Champions.

Thousands of years ago in ancient Aqaba, the first living being on Earth to express the mutant X-gene was born, given the name “En Sabah Nur” or “The First One”. As he traveled the Earth, En Sabah Nur deemed himself “Apocalypse” convincing ancient civilizations that he was a deity and manipulating them into fighting wars which he justified as stimulating growth, judgment, and destruction. After conquesting the Earth for many millennia Apocalypse used Celestial technology to enter a period of suspended animation for many centuries, awakening in the current age and deciding the Earth is ready for further examination.

Take a look at Apocalypse’s Champion Spotlight, which details his abilities, history, strengths recommended masteries.

Hasbro Reveals New Wave of Spider-Man, AoA Apocalypse, Moon Knight, and More

To celebrate today’s Fan First Friday livestream event, Hasbro has revealed new Marvel premium 6-inch and deluxe comic figures from their Marvel Legends lines.

In addition to the three Legends 6-inch Retro Spider-Man figures that were revealed earlier this year at New York Toy Fair, three new figures from the wave were revealed during the stream, including Electro, Green Goblin, and Daredevil. Alongside this wave, a handful of other comic figures, including the 6-inch A.I.M. Trooper figure, the 6-inch Moon Knight figure, and two deluxe figures, Marvel’s War Machine and Marvel’s Apocalypse, are also available for pre-order starting today.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SPIDER-MAN RETRO COLLECTION Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SPIDER-MAN RETRO COLLECTION Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL SPIDER-MAN comics. This quality figure with premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for high poseability and display is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, GameStop, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH ELECTRO RETRO COLLECTION Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH ELECTRO RETRO COLLECTION Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL SPIDER-MAN comics. This quality figure with premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, GameStop, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH PETER PARKER RETRO COLLECTION Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH PETER PARKER RETRO COLLECTION Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL SPIDER-MAN comics. This quality figure with premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, GameStop, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH GREEN GOBLIN RETRO COLLECTION Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH GREEN GOBLIN RETRO COLLECTION Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL SPIDER-MAN comics. This quality figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display, and is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, GameStop, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH GWEN STACY RETRO COLLECTION Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH GWEN STACY RETRO COLLECTION Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL SPIDER-MAN comics. This quality figure with premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 4 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, GameStop, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DAREDEVIL RETRO COLLECTION Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DAREDEVIL RETRO COLLECTION Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL comics. This quality figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display, and is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 5 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, GameStop, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

*The full MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH RETRO SPIDER-MAN wave is available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth and Big Bad Toy Store.

 MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH A.I.M. TROOPER Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH A.I.M. TROOPER Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL comics. This quality figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display, and is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order exclusively at Hasbro Pulse.

 MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH MOON KNIGHT Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH MOON KNIGHT Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL comics. This quality figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for high poseability and display, and is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 9 accessories. Available for pre-order exclusively at Walgreens.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DELUXE MARVEL’S WAR MACHINE Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DELUXE MARVEL’S WAR MACHINE Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL comics. This quality figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for high poseability and display, and is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 8 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, Best Buy, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DELUXE MARVEL’S APOCALYPSE Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DELUXE MARVEL’S APOCALYPSE Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE comics series. This quality figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for high poseability and display, and is a great addition to any action figure collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, Best Buy, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.


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Sunday Roundtable: Does Cross Media Comic Promotions Help?

JLA Roundtable atlantisSundays are known for folks gathering around tables on television and pontificating about some of the hottest topics out there, offering their expertise. We bring that tradition to Graphic Policy as the team gathers to debate in our Sunday Roundtable.

On tap this week?

Marvel has announced a new Apocalypse centered event, and the Avengers look to be dealing with Civil War II. Both events tie in to next year’s movies. Is cross media marketing a good idea? Will it help or hurt either medium? Does it get you interested more or less in any of it?

Mr. H: I particularly am not the biggest fan of it as I feel it’s shameless product placement to a certain degree. Also it places the books under a level of predictability which can hamper the creative teams on a roll or just stunt the current progress of a feature monthly title.

Elana: I’d be fine with product placement if it was actually going to be good reading. But this is just going to make things more convoluted.

Daphne: Feeling like I couldn’t understand current storylines unless I bought eighteen other books is exactly what kept me out of comics for such a long time, and what keeps newcomers away as well. Too much cross-promotion just undoes the MCU’s efforts to be (mostly) self-contained and accessible to new fans. If Marvel was using the Battleworlds/Secret Wars reboots as a way to fix the fact that their properties are collapsing under the weight of their own canon, promotions like these just sabotage those efforts. I’m probably going to skip all the event stuff and focus on self-contained stories like I did last year.

Alex: I doubt I’ll read Civil War II, to be honest. I’m more inclined to look at the Apocalypse story line but only because I’m reading Extraordinary X-Men, not because I’m looking forward to it.

But that’s more to do with my general unhappiness with Event and Crossover comics. Like Daphne, I’m going to stick to titles that are unrelated to the crossover/events, or save my money.

Troy: I’m going to be a mean girl for a moment and remark that we kind of already had Civil War II with the whole mess that was AXIS. In some ways cross media crossover, such as Cerebro taking after the cinematic version the comics are subtle and effective. Other examples like Nick Fury Jr’s and Coulson’s inclusion into the comic canon are hamfisted and required a significant degree of gymnastics narrative wise.

Civil War II (AKA III) In the comics feels like the obvious. A desperate plea to cash in on the movie counterpart. I’m really hoping I am proven wrong and that the story does it justice.

Troy: I have to agree Mr. H, above and beyond the predictability issue, I am really worried that a crossover is being announced so soon after a major relaunch. I fear also worry for the creative flow of the narrative. In a way, crossover have tended to hijack stories as of late. You could almost sense the writer’s reluctance or perhaps struggle to make it fit. The all Female X-title during Battle of the Atom comes to mind here. I think it’s safe to say that most if not all comic fans will see the corresponding summer blockbusters. But it’s not necessarily the case that the converse of that is true, particularly the casual movie goer.

Elana: YES the idea that they have to get COMICS readers excited to watch their new movies?!?! Dude, do they not notice that the movie viewership dwarfs the comics readership? Do they not know everyone who reads their comics is already going to see the movie?!? This is just insane

Alex: Even comics fans who don’t read those specific comics will see the movies. Unless it was Fantastic Four.

Brett: I actually have a question to add on top of that. We’ll be maybe 6 issues in to some books, some might be around issue 10 at most. Is that too soon for crossover events? I can name so many books that were killed by being part of an event too early and killing momentum.

Daphne: Oh, it’s way too soon. Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl, for example, only just came out and then immediately got rebooted and then ended up part of other people’s crossover events in the same issues they got relaunched. The cycle is just happening faster and faster.

Troy: I would say it depends on the writers, how they manouever with the mandate they are given. The AvX tie ins for Wolverine and the X-Men volume 1 started very early in my opinion. But they were among the best of the event. They were integrated perfectly into its own story. If I had a preference or a moratorium I would probably lean towards a 15-20 issue limit.

Alex: For tie ins or an event?

Brett: It’d be a tie in for an event or crossing over for some event like they’re doing

Alex: Right. I was thinking that’d be an astronomical number for an event.

Troy: Alex: For a tie in to an event

Alex: When it comes to the tie-ins, I’d rather see the Wolverine and the X-Men style AvX type; those that work without you really needing to read the main arc and don’t detract from the current series, regardless of the number. There’s nothing that makes me drop a book than a long, unrelated set of tie ins to an event I don’t care about.

To answer your question, Brett, I honestly think so, mate. I’m more likely to drop a title six to ten issues in if I have no interest in a crossover than I am after 20 or more (unless there’s only two parts to said crossover).

Mr. H: All great points guys. When promotions do this it just smacks of hack writing. They need to get the message that this isn’t best for their creations long-term regardless of the short term profit.

Alex: There’s a reason that most movie tie in comics are generally sub par (specifically those with “…The Movie” in the title, and not adaptations inspired by movies like Fight Club).

Elana: The idea is insane because what the SHOULD be doing is figuring ways to get the people who are excited about the movies that are coming up to go back and read the comics they are based on. That’s how you grow an audience. Asking your current, limited audience to buy more stuff that’s only going to muddy the plot and confuse things is going to make it worse.

I swear the original 52 thing back in 2006 was the last wonderful crossover. I just loaned it all to a friend who is new to DC comics and he LOVED it. He didn’t know the characters. Didn’t matter. It was nice and contained and a really fascinating concept. If the publishers aren’t going to do something that tight they need to not do it at all.

Paul: I am torn on this topic; I can see this working for the Apocalypse crossover simply because Apocalypse is a long time villain of the X-Men (now we have Archangel and Kid Apocalypse to throw into the mix) so sure we can have them turn up into the storyline. Sure, it’s clearly a ploy to coincide with the movie but if handled properly, could make for some great story telling, what with the time displaced X-Men and all. As for Civil War, well as Troy said, been there done that. I have hard time seeing the heroes of the Marvel U letting another civil war happen after the last time, I don’t care how many reboots the universe has gone through. That is nothing but a shameless cash grab to go along with the movie and readers will know it.

Brett: All great points folks. That wraps up this week’s roundtable. What do you readers think? Sound off in the comments below!

The First Official Look at Psylocke and Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse

Though a leaked, grainy version of the X-Men: Apocalypse teaser trailer is making its way around the web, as per usual Entertainment Weekly has the first official look at some of the characters for next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse directed by Bryan Singer.

The cover shows off Olivia Munn‘s Psylocke, as well as Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse. Also featured is Michael Fassbender in a new Magneto uniform.

We also get some info from EW as to what to expect from the film as well as who Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen are:

As the new film opens, 10 years have passed and Raven (Lawrence), Charles (McAvoy), and Erik (Michael Fassbender) are still estranged, but not for much longer. The Big A awakens from his Egyptian tomb, sizes up the global ’80s vibe, and decides he’s not down with the Reagan era. “It’s a chaotic world of conflict and war and destruction,” Singer says. “It’s one giant civilization that now requires one giant culling. That’s why he needs ­special assistants in this process.” He finds teenage Storm living on the streets in Cairo, Angel (Ben Hardy) duking it out in a fight club in Berlin, and Psylocke (Olivia Munn) working behind the Iron Curtain for the mutant-broker Caliban. But his big get is Erik, who has been attempting to live a “normal” life in Poland. “He’s fallen in love and he’s basically left his metal ways behind,” Fassbender says. Pretty quickly, though, his world is shattered and “normal” is no longer an option. Says Fassbender, “Apocalypse finds Erik at a low ebb and recruits him.”

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Review: Sheltered #1

sheltered01_coverSo, the apocalypse is happening. Or maybe it has already happened. Either way, we’ve seen it. Right? Right. Sheltered is yet another attempt to hop onto the post/pre-apocalypse bandwagon; right off the bat I’ll tell you, Sheltered tries something new, which thankfully makes it stand out from the crowd a little bit.

(SOILERS) Issue #1 quickly sets the scene: a collection of trailers and small houses have been built in the snowy, mountainous wilderness somewhere in North America, probably in the United States (Obama is name checked). This community contains several families preparing for some kind of catastrophic event by building bunkers and gathering water and canned goods. We’re introduced to Victoria (who goes by Vic) and her father, the seeming protagonists, and how they deal with their neighbors. Soon enough, the narrative jumps to two kids, Lucas and Joey, who have been planning a coup, and then successfully murder all of the adults. Probably. Everything is a little unclear.

Therein lies the blessing and curse of the first issue of Sheltered. It sets up an interesting kind of Lord of the Flies in the Snow with Guns kind of environment. That’s fun, and I want to read that book. However, the twist of Lucas and Joey being the ringleaders to lead a revolution against their own parents was essentially given away the first time we see them. Vic says, “those guys are creeps,” and boom. You know something is going down. Furthermore, Lucas, the apparent ringleader, is given absolutely zero characterization, other than having a prominently displayed copy of The Catcher in the Rye in his room. (And could the book choice have gotten any more cliché?) He just seems a sociopath willing to kill his own father. What this means is that issue #2 will again have a lot of world building to do; it was an interesting choice on Ed Brisson’s part to develop a status quo and then immediately change it. And it seemed like all of the kids were in on the plan except for Vic, which makes me wonder, “What kind of personality is Lucas that he could persuade every single kid in town to be willing to kill their parents?”

However, I like where this is going. I want Lord of the Flies in the Snow with Guns and a Cult Leader. I want that very much. I’m excited for the next issue.

The art is also a strange mixture. Johnnie Christmas’ (By the way, what a great name.) art at times perfectly fits the situation, while at others it seems strangely lacking in detail. Characters are gangly with long faces and hands, and it reminds me very much of Jeff Lemire’s style. I have absolutely no problem with that (Underwater Welder, anyone?), however Christmas’ art loses a lot of detail when the panels pull back to mid shots and long shots. Characters lose all facial features and distinctive characteristics; it got to the point where it was sometimes unclear to me who was who when I saw them from a distance. When backgrounds are given detail, it’s frequently beautiful. The setting is without a doubt gorgeous, and the sterile white plays nicely against the angry red bloodshed that comes at the end of the issue. However, usually the backgrounds on long shots lack the level of detail necessary when establishing location.

Another issue I had, which seems like a bigger deal than it actually is, was that ages were impossible to determine. At times Vic looked around 12, whereas at others she looked as old as 24 or 25. Lucas’ father is somewhere between 35 and 60. I say this is less of a problem than it should be because I assume that as the story continues and we learn more about these characters, we’ll learn the ages of the kids via dialogue or thought processes. As I said above, there aren’t many (if any at all) adults left, so . . . that’s not really an issue. But still, I’d like some consistent facial features.

In the end, Lord of the Flies in the Snow with Guns and a Cult Leader with Sometimes Questionable Artistic Choices is one that I have faith will find itself as it continues, and I look forward to reading along.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Johnnie Christmas
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review.

Heroclix Giant Size X-Men Toys “R” Us Exclusives


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Wizkids announced that there’s some exclusives heading to Toys “R” Us for their Heroclix Giant Size X-Men release.  Three new versions of some of the colossal figures will be hitting the store shelves starting May 15.

Heroclix Sentinel Mark VFrom the Wizkids website:

Playable at both the 150 and 300 point values, this version of the Sentinel Mark V is ready to capture and contain the mutant threat!  With consistent combat values and an array of offensive and defensive powers and abilities, your opponents will think twice before tangling with thisSentinel Mark V.

The Coordinated Assault trait is definitely an asset when the Mark V is played as part of a  larger force: the ability to make a free attack against an opposing figure is never to be underestimated! And be sure to also consider the Mark V’s Capture Coils special power when you’re building your force; re-positioning your opponent’s figures mid-battle via a successful ranged combat attack is extremely advantageous.

And let’s not forget the Indomitable ability!

Heroclix Sentinel Mark IIFrom the Wizkids website:

Like the Mark V above, the Sentinel Mark II can be played at two different point values, 100 and 300 points! The Sentinel Mark II has aggressive combat values and an array of great powers and abilities, as well as a slightly longer range (8 as opposed to the Mark V’s 7) with two targets.  Consider also the Indomitable ability and the future’s looking pretty grim for the opposition!

At both point values, the Mark II begins play with the Search and Destroy special power which enables it to not only use Outwit to counter powers on opposing figures, but to also increase its damage dealt with a successful attack by +1 for each action token on the Mark II’s target.

But that’s not all! The Sentinel Mark II also possesses the Coordinated Capture trait which allows it to assist whenever another friendly figure with the Robot keyword makes a successful attack.  If the target of that attack is within 8 squares and has no action tokens when it was attacked, the Mark II allows you to place an action token on that hit figure once actions resolve!

Heroclix ApocalypseFrom the Wizkids website:

At 300 points, Apocalypse is a force to be reckoned with! As you could probably anticipate, Apocalypse begins play protected by Impervious and his  Eternal Schemes trait provides some additional incentive for your opponents to not use their Outwit when this ancient mutant is around.  Eternal Schemes places an action token on any opposing figure within 4 squares that uses Outwit, even if they didn’t target Apocalypse himself!

Apocalypse also begins play with the Master Manipultor special power which allows him to use Shape Change and Telekinesis.  That’s not all though, becuase if Apocalypse uses Telekinesis to move an opposing figure and his (successful) attack roll is doubles, Master Manipulator also deals damage equal to Apocalypse’s damage value!

Apocalypse possesses a wide array of offensive powers to target his foes both near and from afar.  With two targets and 7 range, few figures will be able to hide from Apocalypse, and the Indomitable ability allows him to act without fer of pushing damage (so long as he doesn’t already have two tokens on him anyhow)! Mid- and end-dial Regenerate work to keep Apocalypse on the battlefield, while Impervious and Invulnerability absorb some (if not all!) of the damage dealt by your opponent’s figures.

You can find out the locations of some of the stores these are available at at the Wizkids website.