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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Gets the Pop! Treatment

Zack Snyder‘s vision for the Justice League has been revealed and fans of the film can collect Pop! Movies: Justice League to show off their love.

You can get DeSaad, Diana w/Arrow, Superman, and Darkseid.


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Review: Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1

Some Future State stories have dealt with dark, dystopian futures, but the lead story in Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1 takes it a step further with Diana, the remaining Amazons, and an aging Superman fighting to defend Swamp Thing, the Green, and basically the symbol of life on Earth from both Darkseid and the Anti-Life Equation. Writers Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad and spectacular artist Jen Bartel tell a story about fighting a war with love to the bitter end as Diana doesn’t want to fight for the dying Earth and instead start somewhere fresh with Swamp Thing and her sisters, but is overridden by the warlike Amazons as well as Darkseid popping in for one last chance to conquer Earth.

Cloonan and Conrad’s writing in Immortal Wonder Woman #1 can be described as truly poetic and matches the emotion-tinged visual from Bartel. The opening sequence has Diana interacting with a hologram of Batman and meditating on their relationship as part of DC’s Trinity’s with Batman telling her that she’s a true symbol of hope to rally around. However, Diana is also a realist about what’s going as she wistfully sees a star blink out of existence, and the story cuts to Apokolips where Darkseid realizes the end aka the Anti-Life Equation is near and abandons his empire, son Orion, and follower Big Barda and immediately heads to Earth. Bartel does a great job of contrasting the Amazons’ perspective of Earth with its reality using an almost beach vacation color palette for when the Amazons decide to defend the planet from an unknown threat to using a dark and rusty one for when Darkseid flies through space to the “husk”.

Jen Bartel is known for beautiful character design and capturing deep emotion out of her figures, but she can also draw one hell of a fight scene when Diana and Darkseid finally throw down with again Superman having one heroic moment and then getting flattened. She channels her inner Jack Kirby with colorful explosions and speed lines every time Darkseid lands a blow, or Diana kicks the Apokoliptian tyrant or gets a grip on him with her lasso. Bartel also uses interesting (or heartbreaking) panel shapes like when she lays one out that looks just like Darkseid’s Omega sanction and ends in a stark, panel of skulls on a stark background. On a more macro-level, Cloonan and Conrad keep the objective of the battle high, yet simple, Diana, the Amazons, and Superman have to protect Swamp Thing from Darkseid and the Anti-Life Equation for a chance at filling Earth (or maybe a new planet) with life again. The stakes of this comic are literally life and death.

The first story in Immortal Wonder Woman #1 is a Ragnarok for the DC Universe courtesy of Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, and Jen Bartel, who makes everyone look epic, pretty, and/or war worn while nailing the look and color palette of utter cosmic darkness too. It’s the last of the old gods battling the embodiment of utter evil with only a small chance for rebirth in the form of Swamp Thing, who is given a frail form and halting speech patterns. It’s also a masterclass in pacing with Cloonan and Conrad getting to the emotional breaking point before hitting that “To Be Continued” with literal tears streaming in the last panel that Bartel draws.

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1

The second story in Immortal Woman #1 is written by LL McKinney with art from Alitha Martinez, Mark Morales, and Emilio Lopez, is set earlier in the Future State timeline, and features Nubia, an Amazon who has taken up the mantle of Wonder Woman while an off-panel Diana is queen of Themiscyra. Like the lead story, its plot has a world-ending conflict as Grail, the daughter of Darkseid, is stealing parts of an artifact connected to various gods that if put together could rip a hole in time and space. Most of this is explained in many expository text boxes by McKinney, who seems to be trying to fit a 4-6 issue miniseries in two issues.

A feeling of being overstuffed aside, “Nubia” is not without its charms. Martinez and Morales are veteran storytellers, who excel at everything from an exciting bout of close quarters combat between Grail and Nubia with a poster-worthy splash of the protagonist saying, “I am Wonder Woman” to capturing Nubia’s pained facial expressions when Aunt Nancy asks her for a favor in return for helping her solve the mystery behind these artifact thefts. Speaking of Aunt Nancy, McKinney’s background writing YA urban fantasy comes in handy with some of the little world-building touches like having her run a night club called the Ebony Web with a spider on the door and with a (quite handsome) minotaur bouncer. With her punnish name, knowledge of almost everything, and propensity for single malt whisky, Aunt Nancy has a lot of personality and would be an intriguing permanent edition to Nubia’s supporting cast, or the Wonder Woman side of the DC Universe as it’s good to see a god from West African folklore pop up. Also, I think this might be the first time that the wonderful city of Atlanta has popped up in a DC comic that I’ve read.

However, Nubia’s heroism and Aunt Nancy’s charisma don’t completely make up for a story that is mostly telling and not showing with L.L. McKinney basically undercutting the two page vision that Alitha Martinez and Mark Morales draw earlier in the story by explaining it all in a wall of text. On more of a new reader front, she also doesn’t really introduce Grail except that’s she strong (By defeating Nubia in combat.), generically evil, and wants the artifacts. If I hadn’t (unfortunately) read Geoff Johns’ Justice League run, I wouldn’t know that she was Darkseid’s daughter and basically the Anti-Life version of Wonder Woman. I mean, this is the comic book equivalent of a two episode mini Big Bad arc on a CW show so we don’t need a super deep villain, but including this context could deepen the threat against Nubia and reality. I really wanted to like the Nubia story and look forward to McKinney’s graphic novel take on the character, but it was disappointed and definitely felt like a first published comic.

Overall, Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1 has one strong, epic story and another story with potential that it doesn’t fully live up to that also shows the difficulty of transitioning from prose fiction to comics. However, this book is definitely worth picking up for Jen Bartel’s career best take on the final battle between good and evil in the DC Universe with punches that make galaxies trembles and facial expressions that will make you tear up while Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad write a Diana, who is trying to cling onto hope in an utterly no-win situation.

Story: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, L.L. McKinney
Art: Jen Bartel, Alitha Martinez with Mark Morales
Colors: Jen Bartel, Emilio Lopez
Letterer: Pat Brosseau, Becca Carey
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Delivers a First Look at Darkseid

Director Zack Snyder‘s vision for Justice League will finally be seen in 2021 on HBO Max but it looks like we’re in for a year of teases before its releases.

Snyder headed online to give a blurry look at his take on the classic comic character Darkseid, the villain teased in Batman v Superman and who was to take a bigger role in Snyder’s version.

It’s hard to judge this take as the image is rather far away and blurry but the shape looks right?

Unboxing: One:12 Collective Darkseid

Darkseid is out now from Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective. The poly-stone figure features magnetic parts and light up features. The figure is huge!

We open up the box and show off what you can get!

You can get yours now:
Mezco (waitlist)
Big Bad Toy Store
TFAW

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The Tyrannical Darkseid Comes to the One:12 Collective

The One:12 Collective Darkseid figure is the first ever fully articulated Poly-Stone figure featuring a newly created One:12 Collective body that encompasses his immense stone physique. Incorporating magnetically interchangeable faceplates and light-up Omega Beam eyes, Darkseid is primarily made of Poly-Stone with casted metal accents to achieve a level of authenticity never achieved with the character. The tyrannical New God is clothed in his signature royal tunic with a real metal helmet, chest plate, waist belt, and includes an Apokoliptian ceremonial cloak with an armored harness. His sentient Mother Box super-computer is also made from metal and magnetically stores on the back of his belt.

Darkseid, ruling dictator of the dystopian planet of Apokolips, seeks to abolish freewill and enslave all life in the universe. A being of unparalleled strength, intelligence and boundless evil, his divine powers make him not only a threat to the heroes of earth, but to every world within his grasp.

THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE DARKSEID FIGURE FEATURES:

  • One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation
  • One (1) Light-Up helmet with four (4) magnetically interchangeable faceplates (removable)
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Approximately 19 cm tall
  • Six (6) interchangeable hands
    • One (1) pair of fists (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of Mother Box holding hands (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R)

COSTUME:

  • Metal Helmet
  • Metal Chest plate and shoulder armor
  • Vest garment
  • Metal waist belt
  • Metal shoulder harness and cape (removable)
  • Boots with metal heels

ACCESSORIES:

  • One (1) Mother Box (magnetically attaches to belt)
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Darkseid figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind. Expected to be released some time between September and November 2018, you can pre-order it now from Mezco, Entertainment Earth, and Things From Another World.

 

 

 

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Diamond Select Coming in 2018: DC, Marvel, Kingdom Hearts, Cthulhu + More!

While kids across the country are getting ready to crack open their textbooks, comic retailers across the country are getting ready to crack open the new Previews catalog, which is chock-full of the latest items from Diamond Select Toys! Scheduled to ship in late 2017 and early 2018, DST’s offerings include items from Thor: Ragnarok, Kingdom Hearts, Black Panther, DC Comics, Joseph Michael Linsner, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Comics and the world of H.P. Lovecraft!

Cthulhu Vinimates Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s 2017, and Cthulhu has a new look for a new year! “Old god” and literary superstar Cthulhu is the latest 4-inch figure to join the Vinimates vinyl figure line. With an articulated neck, he can cast his gaze at the faithful and unfaithful alike, summoning all to join his shambling host! Packaged in a full-color window box, Cthulhu is the perfect addition to your Vinimates or Cthulhu collection and will tower over your Minimates mini-figures! Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #AUG172648, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates DC Comics Vinyl Figures Series 2

A Diamond Select Toys release! The heroes and villains of the DC Universe are back in the second series of comic-based DC Vinimates! Three new 4” vinyl figures – Superman, Joker and Wonder Woman – are sculpted in the block-figure style, each striking an iconic pose straight from the comics. Each Vinimate comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Superman Vinimate (Item #SEP172467, SRP: $9.99)

Joker Vinimate (Item #SEP172468, SRP: $9.99)

Wonder Woman Vinimate (Item #SEP172469, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Flash TV Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! The DC Vinimates line is off to a racing start as it barrels full-speed into the world of DC TV shows! This assortment of Flash characters is based on the hit CW TV show and includes 4-inch versions of Flash, Reverse Flash and Captain Cold! Sculpted in the block-figure style, each pre-posed vinyl figure comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Flash Vinyl Figure (Item # AUG172649, SRP: $9.99)

Reverse Flash Vinyl Figure (Item # AUG172650, SRP: $9.99)

Captain Cold Vinyl Figure (Item # AUG172651, SRP: $9.99)

DC Gallery Batman Beyond Batman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How big is your gallery? For the next entry in the hit DC Gallery PVC Diorama series, DST is leaping into the distant future of Gotham City, to capture the high-tech hero – Batman Beyond! Terry McGinnis hovers above a cloud of smoke with his wings extended and his boot-jets firing in this approximately 10” PVC sculpture. Packaged in a full-color window box, the figure and base feature detailed sculpt and paint work. Dynamically sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #SEP172471, SRP: $45.00)

DC Gallery Batman The Animated Series Robin PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Boy Wonder is joining the DC Gallery PVC line, as Batman’s first sidekick, Dick Grayson, steps to the fore in his classic red yellow and green outfit! With his bolo spinning, Robin can stand on his own or pair with the previously released Batman PVC to form a larger diorama! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this PVC sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # AUG172647,  SRP: $45.00)

Femme Fatales Gallery Sinful Suzi PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Femme Fatales are back! The Gallery PVC line returns to its pinup roots with this PVC Diorama of one of Joseph Linsner’s sexiest creations – Sinful Suzi! Holding her pitchfork, this devilish diva measures approximately 9 inches tall atop a black pedestal base. Packaged in a full-color window box, this seductive sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! Coming soon: Dawn! (Item #SEP172472, SRP: $45.00)

Kingdom Hearts Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! Kingdom Hearts is back! With the 15th anniversary in progress, and a third game on the horizon, the video-game world of Kingdom Hearts is as magical as ever! These four block-based figures take the main characters of the franchise — Sora, Donald, Mickey and Goofy — and transport them into the world of Vinimates, where each 4-inch vinyl figure has an articulated head for additional posing options! Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Sora Vinyl Figure (Item # APR178984, SRP: $9.99)

Donald Vinyl Figure (Item # APR178987, SRP: $9.99)

Mickey Vinyl Figure (Item # APR178985, SRP: $9.99)

Goofy Vinyl Figure (Item # APR178986, SRP: $9.99)

Marvel Gallery Thor: Ragnarok Movie Thor PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let’s get ready to thunder! The God of Thunder is ready to cut loose in his newest outing, Thor; Ragnarok, and DST has captured the Odinson at his most heroic, in the newest Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama! Standing atop a rocky outcropping, this battle-ready Thor wields Mjolnir, ready to face the hordes of Hela herself. Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this PVC sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item # SEP172483, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Thor: Ragnarok Movie Hulk PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The highly anticipated Thor: Ragnarok movie is bringing us one of the most exciting Hulk looks ever, and this Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama captures him at his most enraged! Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, this sculpture of a fully armored Hulk wielding twin weapons is the must-have collectable from Thor: Ragnarok. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, this 9-inch scale diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item # AUG172642, SRP: $50.00)

Marvel Gallery Thor: Ragnarok Movie Valkyrie PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Out of the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe film comes the newest big-screen Marvel character, Valkyrie! Based on her appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, this 9-inch scale PVC diorama depicts actress Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, standing on part of the Grandmaster’s planet. . Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, this 9-inch scale diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! PRODUCT NOT FINAL. (Item # AUG172643, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery NOW! Captain America PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How big is your Gallery? Expand your hall of heroes with the first-ever Marvel Gallery PVC of Captain America! Depicting the star-spangled Avenger in his Marvel NOW! outfit, this PVC diorama of Steve Rogers shows him charging an opponent (or an army of them) as bullets ricochet off of his vibranium shield. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC figure features detailed sculpting and paint work, and is in scale to all Femme Fatales and Gallery releases. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item # AUG172640, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Silk PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the Marvel Universe’s newest Spider-people is now one of the newest Marvel Gallery PVCs! Cindy Moon, the second victim of the spider that made Peter Parker Spider-Man, leaps into action as a 9-inch-scale PVC Diorama, and spinning a web on a spider-symbol base. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item # AUG172646, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Spider-Man: Homecoming PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The first Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-film is here, and we couldn’t be happier! To celebrate, we’ve created a Marvel Gallery PVC figure of Spidey in his new duds, clinging to the side of a building in typical Spider-Man fashion. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this diorama features detailed sculpting and paint and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # AUG172644, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Minimates Series 74 Greatest Stories 2-Pack Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The record-setting 74th series of Marvel Minimates is one for the ages, and it’s only available at comic shops and specialty stores! Spanning four different storylines from Marvel’s history, this assortment of four two-packs captures four of the greatest Avengers in four of their most epic battles, with four new outfits and four never-before-made opponents! From the “Surtur Saga,” Ages of Thunder Thor takes on the first-ever Surtur Minimate! From “Planet Hulk,” King Hulk takes on the first-ever Red King! From “Old Man Logan,” Logan takes on the never-made Ashley Barton Spider-Girl! And from “Secret Empire,” Agent of Hydra Captain America takes on the all-new Ironheart! Each 2” Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts! Each 2-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # AUG172641, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Marvel Minimates Black Panther Movie Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! It came from Wakanda! The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film Marvel’s Black Panther joins the Marvel Minimates Universe with this exclusive box set! Featuring Black Panther, M’Baku, Killmonger and Shuri, this set of four 2-inch Minimates mini-figures features 14 points of articulation on each figure, as well as fully interchangeable parts. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #SEP172485, SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Premier Collection Moon Knight Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! By the blessings of Khonshu, the Moon Knight walks again! The white knight of the Marvel Universe returns in this new, approximately 12” Marvel Premier Collection statue! Depicting the Fist of Khonshu slightly battle-damaged and perched on a rooftop with Egyptian architectural details, this resin statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #SEP172484, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Spider-Man Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The ultimate Spider-Man collectible is here! This large-scale resin statue of Spider-Man depicts a classically styled wall-crawler vaulting over brickwork as his webline whips around him! Dynamically hand-sculpted by the legendary Clayburn Moore, this high-end, 12-inch-scale collectible is a must-have item for any Spider-fan! Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this statue features a hand-numbered base and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a certificate of authenticity. (Item # AUG172645, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Spider-Man Homecoming Movie Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hey, you aren’t the Avengers! Relive the scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming when Spidey takes on a bank-robbing gang of Avengers impersonators with this approximately 12-inch statue based on the film! Featuring a screen-accurate Spider-Man standing atop an ATM and surrounded by discarded alien weaponry and superhero masks, this resin statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item # SEP172487, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Select Black Panther Movie Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The king of Wakanda joins the Marvel Select action figure line! The first Marvel Studios film of 2018 takes us deeper into the world of the Black Panther, and now you can recreate the action of the movie with this 7-inch scale action figure of T’Challa! Packaged with a diorama of the movie’s Warrior Falls, this figure comes packaged in the famous Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #SEP172486, SRP: $24.99)

Superman Animated Darkseid Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Who’s the next resin bust in the Superman series? DARKSEID IS! The legendary ruler of Apokolips arrives in his animated form in advance of his Justice League film appearance, with this bust based on his appearance in classic Superman: The Animated Series episodes. Posed in an intimidating fashion atop a Metropolis architectural pedestal, this approximately 6-inch Resin bust is the perfect addition to your DC Animated Universe bust collection. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #SEP172470, SRP: $59.99)

Review: Mister Miracle #1

Mister Miracle #1“Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer…”- Isaiah 53:10(NIV)

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth, writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads have teamed up to tell a twelve part saga featuring the New Gods, who are probably the King’s finest creation and an inspiration for Star Wars. But Mister Miracle #1 isn’t just about bright costumes, boom tubes, and the anti-life equation. It’s a story about a man, who although he is the greatest escape artist ever, finds out that cheating death is more painful than he bargained for. The comic opens up with cheerful, carnival barker like narration from King, but Gerads’ close-up of the dying Scott and the distorted blood around him in the bathroom

Mister Miracle #1 effortlessly sets the stage for a final, epic battle between the New Gods and Darkseid with the repeated use of the pitch black “Darkseid is” panel and references to Mister Miracle being a Christ figure: the suffering son of Highfather. Isaiah 53, a famous passage in the Hebrew Bible about the suffering of the Messiah, could easily be used to describes Scott’s experiences in this story. His half-brother Orion, the son of Darkseid who was raised on New Genesis, beats him almost senseless when he gets out of the hospital like some kind of bullying ritual until his wife Barda intervenes and shuts him up with a reminder that she and Scott grew up in the torture pits of Apokolips while he got to chill with the New Gods. Later, Barda slaps him when he hesitates to return to New Genesis to fight Darkseid, and the moments of peace are few and far between as Mister Miracle is either getting hit, trying to escape out of one trap or another, or wandering around sleepless.

In his rare moments of peace, Scott is usually talking with or in the arms of Big Barda. Mister Miracle #1Based on the relationship between Jack Kirby and his wife Roz, Scott Free and Barda are one of the iconic superhero couples and are adorable based on their height difference alone. Early in Mister Miracle #1, King and Gerads use the nine panel grid to show Barda’s grief in the hospital while she waits to see how Scott is. Even though they’re immortal beings, Gerads draws Scott and Barda with lines, wrinkles, and human expressions like when tears stream down Barda’s face when Scott has to stay in recovery longer. He even uses subtle visual shorthand like Scott growing a beard to mark the passage of time, one of many tools in his TARDIS-meets-Batman’s utility belt of storytelling skills. For example, Gerads’ Orion has a similar chin to his estranged father Darkseid that is colored in a more shadowy manner compare to his silver helmet and bright, red suit. He is definitely overcompensating for something, and even Highfather dresses more casually than him.

Before getting cosmic, Tom King and Mitch Gerads probe the psyche of one of the most fearless people in the DC Universe. Throughout Mister Miracle #1, Scott experiences his own mortality and has difficulty coping with it like when he hallucinates his old friend Oberon, who died from throat cancer, smoking and telling an old joke. Until Barda tells Scott that he’s alone, it seems like he is just bantering with his old friend because Gerads doesn’t draw their chat like his hazy flashbacks of a TV interview where Mister Miracle darkly jokes about suicide. Scott is a Chosen One figure as hinted by the “I drew God” joke that repeats in the issue, but he struggles with self-doubt and the fact that maybe death is the one trap he can’t escape. The black “Darkseid is” panels that end up engulfing Gerads’ grid show his stress and fear about the war to come. However, Barda is here for him every step of the way helping him up when they return to New Genesis at the end of the comic.

In Mister Miracle #1, Tom King and Mitch Gerads begin their likely-to-be-classic tale on a micro level honing on Scott Free’s thoughts, feelings, and relationships as he hangs out at his house, walks on the beach with his family before going to the macro level of the conflict between New Genesis and Apokolips.  They give us a power couple to root for in the Biblical battle between light and darkness, life and anti-life, a tyrant and the world’s greatest entertainer, and Gerads’ art makes the nine panel grid fresh and sometimes freaky again.

Mister Miracle #1 is character-driven, visually innovative comics at its finest and continues the time-honored Jack Kirby tradition of giving godlike heroes feet of clay.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Knight Models Reveals Darkseid, Parademons, Shazam, Professor Pyg, and Falcones for DC Universe Miniature Game and Batman Miniature Game

Knight Models has revealed the latest releases for its DC Universe Miniature Game and Batman Miniature Game.

The DC Universe Miniature Game gets some villains and a new hero. Darkseid, Parademons, and Shazam make their debut. The Parademons come in a three figure set, one of which can be used in the Batman Miniature Game. Shazam is level 15, Parademons are each level 6, and Darkseid is a monstrous level 25. The game also gets a spray template to use during gameplay.

The Batman Miniature Game gets two new gangs and one figure to go with one of them. Professor Pyg & the Dollotrons features four figures, the Falcone Crime Family features Carmine Falcone and three other mob members, and Alberto Falcone rounds out the new releases.

Check out the images of the figures below and pre-order them today.

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