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Review: Marvel Voices Pride #1

Marvel Voices Pride #1

In honor of Pride Month, Marvel Comics dropped a big 84 pages one-shot celebrating both its LGBTQ+ creators and characters. Beginning with a story from Luciano Vecchio that’s not sure if it’s telling the story of queer characters in the Marvel Universe from an in-universe or more of a real-world documentary perspective, Marvel Voices Pride #1 sputters with a story that basically says aliens and shapeshifters brought the idea of being non-binary, genderqueer, or gender nonconforming to this world followed by a text-heavy Allan Heinberg/Jim Cheung Young Avengers reunion. However, it catches its footing with a cute Karolina Dean/Nico Minoru story, and for the most part, it provides a wide spectrum of LGBTQ+ representation with a special focus on the mutant/X-Men side of the Marvel Universe, who have acted as a mostly metaphorical representation to queer fans like myself. However, it’s nice to see characters like Anole, Prodigy, Destiny, Karma, and Jessie Drake get the spotlight along with more prominently featured cis male gay characters like Northstar (His coming out story in Alpha Flight #106 is reprinted at the end) and Iceman. But fans of non-mutant/Runaways/Wiccan and Hulkling characters may be disappointed as characters like Angela, Sera, Hercules, and America Chavez don’t appear except in small cameo roles.

Marvel Voices Pride #1 kicks off with a journey through the LGBTQ+ history of the Marvel Universe from writer/artist Luciano Vecchio. Even though many of his adult characters look like teens, Vecchio has a beautiful art style and color palette. However, my issue with this first story isn’t the form, but the content. As mentioned earlier, this introductory story isn’t sure if it’s being told from the perspective of the real world or Earth-616 even though it’s narrated by Prodigy. It also has a very self-congratulatory, back-patting tone, especially for a company that recently cancelled a book starring many of its queer characters (X-Factor) and mentions characters like Angela and Sera that haven’t been barely heard or seen from since getting their own title in 2015. Even though Vecchio is a queer creator, there’s big “ally” energy in this first story with a heterosexual character, Captain America getting the spotlight, and the implication that non-binary identities came from aliens and shapeshifters. He does successfully lay out what ended up being a thesis for the anthology, which is the connection between mutants and queer identity.

This story is followed by a one page Young Avengers creator reunion as Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, and Marcelo Maiolo chronicle Hulking and Wiccan’s wedding vows. Heinberg’s writing is tender, but this feels like more of a prose piece than a comic. Heinberg and Cheung’s inclusion seems like more stunt-casting to get older queer Marvel fans interested in the one-shot rather than being any kind of substantial addition to their work on Young Avengers. However, Marvel Voices: Pride rights the ship (Pun fully intended.) in its next story featuring two members of Marvel’s other prominent 2000s teen superhero team, the Runaways. Mariko Tamaki, Kris Anka, and Tamra Bonvillain turns in three pages of sweet glances, chatter, and a super adorable kiss as Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean think about what they would tell people if they asked how they met. The long line out of the venue reminded me of the pre-pandemic days when I would wait in line for hours to get a good spot to see artists like Carly Rae Jepsen and Robyn with my fellow queer folks, and Bonvillain’s summery color palette matches Anka’s skill with facial expressions. This story is like the cherry on top of the sundae that he helped build when he was the artist on Runaways and finally put Karolina and Nico in a relationship together.

The next story in Marvel Voices Pride is the first one to feature a trans protagonist, Dr. Charlene McGowan from Immortal Hulk. The plot of Lilah Sturges, Derek Charm, and Brittany Peer is about some “hilarious” misunderstandings when Lady Daredevil aka the artist formerly known as Elektra Natchios and some Z-list, rapping supervillains raid McGowan’s lab when they think she’s producing mutant growth hormone when when she’s actually working on a way to get trans women’s bodies to produce progesterone without taking pills. What follows is Trans 101 with a little bit of ass kicking courtesy Charm, who is in his Bronze Age element with the cheesy costumes and dark shadows. However, other than the fact that’s she a scientist who sometimes makes jokes, we don’t learn anything about Dr. McGowan except that she’s surprisingly cool with microaggressions from A-List Marvel heroes. Kudos to Marvel Voices‘ editorial for getting a trans writer in Sturges to pen this story, but the whole thing feels reductive and geared towards fanboys who know every member of Daredevil or Hulk’s rogues gallery and have never interacted with a transgender person.

Marvel Voices Pride #1

In contrast, Leah Williams, Jan Bazaldua, and Erick Arciniega re-introduce Marvel’s first transgender character, the mutant Jessie Drake in a thrilling manner as she appears in her first comic in 27 years. However, Black Cat is the protagonist of this story and is tracking down Steel Raven, a villain who’s been impersonating her, pulling some sloppy heists, and ruining her reputation. Williams’ quippy writing style works well for the fast-paced short story as Black Cat and Jessie meet, flirt, and figure out their next move in catching Steel Raven. Bazaldua plays with space and transforms what would normally be your run of the mill villain warehouse into something more surreal. She and Williams do succeed in building a connection between Jessie and Black Cat as well as showing off Jesse’s empathy-based abilities, but this is just a teaser for a bigger cat and mouse game. Hopefully, there’s room for more batting of eyes, power showcasing, and insight into the character of Jessie Drake, both in her own series or in Black Cat’s current ongoing, which has been a sneaky good read.

Continuing this positive trend is Crystal Frasier, Jethro Morales, and Rachelle Rosenberg telling a wonderful She-Hulk and Titania. But there’s a twist as Jennifer Walters doesn’t appear, but Jennifer Harris, who was inspired by her to come out as trans and cosplay her at a copyright friendly version of New York Comic Con. As someone who came out as bi around the same time Prodigy did in Young Avengers or when Iceman came out as gay in All-New X-Men, I can definitely connect to the inspirational power of fictional characters like Jennifer did with She-Hulk. She and Titania also have some nice banter, and Frasier and Morales also remind readers that She-Hulk was the original fourth wall breaker with some jokes and exploding layouts.

After the She-Hulk story is probably my favorite story of Marvel Voices Pride #1, which is a Prodigy and Speed one from Kieron Gillen, Jen Hickman, and Brittany Peer as Gillen returns to both the X-Men and Young Avengers franchises. The dialogue between Speed and Prodigy sparkles, and Hickman shows off their chops as a storyteller working in eating pizza, stealing glances at Colossus, and empathizing with Kitty Pryde as Prodigy basically tells his bisexual origin story. His story also acts as a critique of how the mutant books have been good about metaphorical queer representation, but not actual queer representation. This is timely because the book that Prodigy was a main cast member in is getting cancelled. However, this is really a lovely story full of hilarious and insightful writing from Kieron Gillen and pitch-perfect images and comedic timing from Hickman as Speed teases Prodigy for having a crush on Colossus when he ran with the New Mutants. Prodigy is true overthinking, chaos bisexual representation, and I’m personally glad to see him get a spotlight in this story even if it’s only a few pages long.

The anthology takes a break from comics for a bit and features an interview with Christian Cooper, one of the first queer editors at Marvel, and he talks about his experiences at the company and the impact comics have had on his life. After this, there’s a timeline of big LGBTQ+ moments in Marvel Comics. It’s followed up with a cute Anole story from Terry Blas, the wonderful Paulina Ganucheau, and Kendall Goode. Blas connects the idea of Krakoa being a mutant utopia to things like Pride, and the ability to unwind at the Green Lagoon with folks who understand your struggles being the goal of all this hard work and fighting. However, it’s not all big metaphors as he and Ganucheau probe into Anole’s body issues leading to him not wanting to date along with his friendship with Jonas Graymalkin. It all ends on a fabulous final page, and this story is worth checking out for Ganucheau and Goode’s soft, colorful takes on the different mutants.

Sticking with the mutant theme, Anthony Oliveira, Javier Garron, and David Curiel go all in with the mutant as gay metaphor in an Iceman story set during the time period of the original five X-Men. They play on the fact that Magneto was played by a gay man in four of the X-Men films and find a real connection between Bobby and Magneto, who takes a break from the missiles to provide a listening ear to this young man struggling with his identity. Oliveira writes Iceman as having a crush on Angel, and Garron nails the longing glances that he throws at the majestic mutant that turn into words when Magneto sits down to chat with him. They take the subtext (For example, Bobby not being interested in Jean Grey when she joins the team.) of these Silver Age text and transform them into glorious text while also showing off the sweeter side of Magneto, a man who would one day break down when he realized that his crusade almost led to the death of an innocent child, Kitty Pryde.

This story is followed up by one focusing on the relationship between Northstar and his husband, Kyle Jinadu from writer/artist J.J. Kirby. It’s touching to see what Northstar is like away from the cameras and public, and what Kyle loves about them. However, Kirby’s 1990s-style artwork with modern, digital coloring is a mismatch for the story, and I spent most of the time wondering why Northstar looked like a vampire or a block of ice instead of the events of the story. Luckily, the misstep is remedied by a thrilling riff on Sherlock Holmes vs. Professor Moriarty from Tini Howard, Samantha Dodge, and Brittany Peer featuring Mystique and Destiny. The story is adventurous filled with wits matching, chess games, and lover’s embraces and shows how iconic a couple these two are while also showing what a big deal it was for them to be open with their love in a time period where being queer got you thrown in jail. Plus it’s a reminder that queer people have always existed in history. (Or fiction.)

Vita Ayala, Joanna Estep, Brittney Williams, and Brittany Peer continue the theme of both mutants and queer women in a Karma story set during the Hellfire Gala after party where Magik gives her a pep talk to dance (and maybe even smooch) Elle, who as far as I can tell is a new, queer mutant created for this anthology. Karma truly gets the spotlight this story and gets to work out some of her issues with her powers and emotions as she’s afraid that if she asks Elle out that she’ll use her abilities to mess with her free will. However, this doesn’t happen, and we get to see a mutant who has been screwed over so many times be happy for once and get the girl in a beautiful sequence from Ayala, Estep, Williams, and Peer.

Marvel Voices Pride #1

The final story in Marvel Voices Pride #1 again shows that Steve Orlando is perfect for writing violent, queer characters with a sensitive side as he and Claudia Aguirre tell the story of Daken and Somnus, a new character who can make one night seem like a life time together. He used this power on Daken back in the day during a one night stand and then ended up living a long life without him even though he didn’t divulge his oneiromantic mutant abilities to everyone. However, Krakoa and its resurrection protocols are all about second chances, and Daken gives him one in this story. As well as digging deep into Daken’s emotions, Orlando and Aguirre also use this story to remind readers of queer elders, who because of society’s hate, never came out or came out later in life, and this is what makes Somnus’ second chance so special. Also, his abilities are pretty cool and bring a little Vertigo into the X-Books.

Marvel Voices Pride #1 is definitely an up and down ride. Some of the stories mishandle nonbinary and gender nonconforming identities (Also, there are no nonbinary lead characters in this anthology.) or seem to pander heavily to allies while others have issues with their art or storytelling style. (Northstar/Kyle, Wiccan/Hulkling) But, for the most part, it’s nice to see queer creators and queer characters get the spotlight for once instead of being hidden behind things like the mutant metaphor, which is usually Marvel editorial’s approach. Time will tell if we see them beyond this anthology, but most of the creators in Marvel Voices Pride work on books in Marvel’s main line or have had consistent success at other companies or even television in Allan Heinberg’s case so, at least, that’s something they have going for them.

Story: Luciano Vecchio, Allan Heinberg, Mariko Tamaki, Lilah Sturges, Leah Williams,
Crystal Frasier, Kieron Gillen, Terry Blas, Anthony Oliveira, J.J. Kirby, Tini Howard, Vita Ayala, Steve Orlando
Art: Luciano Vecchio, Jim Cheung, Kris Anka, Derek Charm, Jan Bazaldua,
Jethro Morales, Jen Hickman, Paulina Ganucheau, Javier Garron, J.J. Kirby, Samantha Dodge, Joanna Estep with Brittney Williams, Claudia Aguirre, Jacopo Camagni
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo, Tamra Bonvillain, Brittany Peer,
Erick Arciniega, Rachelle Rosenberg, Kendall Goode, David Curiel
Letters: Ariana Maher
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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ComiXology Features Seven New Digital Releases from Marvel, Harlequin, and Cinebook

There are seven new digital comics available now on comiXology. You can choose new digital releases from Marvel, Harlequin, and Cinebook. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Elektra Vol. 2: Everything Old Is New Again

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett, Carlos Meglia, Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Elektra (2001) #16-22.

Armed with superior fighting skills and her razor-sharp sais, for years the femme fatale Elektra has offered her killing touch to the highest bidder. Now, after being confronted with the choice to change or die, Elektra chooses to amend her murderous ways … but can she really reach out for help and find a life beyond killing and death? High-speed action mixed with ethical explorations makes this a book packed with explosive excitement and incredible depth.

Elektra Vol. 2: Everything Old Is New Again

Elektra Vol. 3: Relentless

Written by Robert Rodi
Art by Sean Chen
Cover by Rodolfo Migliari
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Collects Elektra (2001) #23-28.

Experience the life of Elektra, the stunning killer-for-hire, from two unique perspectives – through the eyes of the assassin herself, and through the eyes of her latest mark, completing a unique journey ending on a dying man’s last day – if Elektra has her way, that is!

Elektra Vol. 3: Relentless

Elektra Vol. 4: Frenzy

Written by Robert Rodi
Art by Will Conrad
Cover by Tom Fleming
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Collects Elektra (2001) #29-34.

The beautiful but deadly assassin is hired to eliminate the leader of a violent guerilla movement in Southeast Asia, but will Elektra’s conscience allow her to fulfill the contract when she learns the insane guerilla leader is just an 8-year-old boy hailed as a prophet by his followers? Plus: What happens when the world’s most lethal woman is felled by… the Flu?!

Elektra Vol. 4: Frenzy

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Imaginauts

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mark Buckingham, Mike Wieringo
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #56, 60-66.

As Waid & Wieringo are redefining Doctor Doom in the monthly series, get on board their run from the beginning. Learn the truth behind Mister Fantastic’s decision to turn his friends into the Fantastic Four. See our heroes face off against a sentient mathematical equation driven mad by love, an infestation of insects from another dimension, a cascading wave of molecular instability, and the Thing on a homicidal rampage that only the Human Torch can stop.

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Imaginauts

L’honneur Des Crighton: Les Crightons

Written by Penny Jordan
Art by Takako Hashimoto
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Les Crighton sont une famille anglaise fortunée et réputée, dont les membres sont avocats de génération en génération. Jonathan et David Crighton sont jumeaux. Étant le plus calme des deux, Jonathan vit dans l’ombre de David depuis des années. Son épouse, Jenny, est même sortie avec son frère avant d’être avec lui. Leur idylle a duré jusqu’au jour où David l’a abandonnée alors qu’elle était enceinte. Jonathan lui a alors demandé sa main, comme pour tenter d’essuyer les erreurs de David. Mais voilà que tout bascule : David est victime d’une crise cardiaque et s’effondre lors de leur cinquantième anniversaire. Après avoir découvert que David avait détourné des fonds à l’insu d’un de ses clients, les Crighton sont plongés dans une crise sans précédent. Les querelles familiales anciennes et latentes resurgissent l’une après l’autre, conduisant David à se demander à qui il peut vraiment se fier.

L’honneur Des Crighton: Les Crightons

Chosen As The Sheikh’s Royal Bride

Written by Jennie Lucas
Art by Satoru Nagasawa
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The bride market… It was a competition where Omar, the handsome king of Samarkala, gathered the most talented and beautiful women from other countries to see which one is worthy of becoming his queen. Beth, who took part in the competition in place of her talented older sister, was convinced that she, an ordinary girl, would never be chosen. She only wanted the large sum of money that she could get as an entry fee to fulfill her own important purposes. But when Omar looked at her with a passionate gaze, he made an unexpected confession. “Beth, I need you,” he said. These words were the beginning of a tumultuous romance that would change Beth’s dull life forever!

Chosen As The Sheikh's Royal Bride

Wanted: Lucky Luke

Written by Matthieu Bonhomme
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Riding peacefully along a western trail, Lucky Luke is suddenly ambushed by an unknown assailant. After a quick gunfight, the cowboy loses his mysterious attacker, but happens upon a lone wagon beset by Apache raiders. Another quick fight later, Luke is surprised to find that the occupants of the wagon are three lovely young women! Three sisters on their way to start a new life, and who all find the lonesome cowboy … quite interesting.

Wanted: Lucky Luke

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ComiXology Delivers 7 New Comics For you to get right now

There’s seven new comics available on comiXology right now. You can get comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and AAM-Markosia. Check out the individual issues below!

Captain Marvel Vol. 2: Coven

Written by Peter David
Art by Kyle Hotz, Ivan Reis
Cover by Claudio Castellini
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Collects Captain Marvel (2002) #7-12.

Karl Coven is a serial killer sentenced to die for his crimes, and Rick Jones the star witness in the prosecution’s case. Claiming to be an alien not subject to our laws, Coven’s argument is dismissed, but he gets the last laugh by promptly returning back to life immediately after his death sentence is executed. When a loophole in the legal system requires Coven to be set free, he comes to the attention of Captain Marvel, who’s intrigued by the mysterious figure not only because of his apparent resurrection and immunity to Genis’ Cosmic Awareness, but by the peculiarities of the judicial system that let the killer go free. Rather than annihilate Coven, he suggests that they become the law: Coven to be prosecution, and Marvel to be judge.

Captain Marvel Vol. 2: Coven

Captain Marvel Vol. 3: Crazy Like A Fox

Written by Peter David
Art by Paul Azaceta, Michael Ryan
Cover by Neal Adams
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Collects Captain Marvel (2002) #13-18.

The complications continue to pile up for Captain Marvel as the return of his long-thought-dead mother and the arrival of a new female Captain Marvel force Genis to re-evaluate his life and role in the universe.

Captain Marvel Vol. 3: Crazy Like A Fox

Captain Marvel Vol. 4: Odyssey

Written by Peter David
Art by Keith Giffen, Aaron Lopresti
Cover by Tony Harris
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Collects Captain Marvel (2002) #19-25.

It’s the long-awaited return of Rick Jones’ wife, Marlo. But her arrival may not be the upbeat event Rick had been hoping for…especially when the first thing she attempts to do is annihilate the new Captain Marvel! In trying to head off the horrible fate awaiting Marlo, Marv begins an odyssey into the future – where he immediately discovers he’s the only being in the universe capable of saving the Earth from a conquering, power-hungry alliance of the Kree, Skrull and Shi’ar!

Captain Marvel Vol. 4: Odyssey

Elektra Vol. 1: Introspect

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett, Greg Horn, Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Elektra (2001) #10-15.

Acclaimed crime novelist Greg Rucka takes on Elektra! Who has set out to destroy the assassin’s career – and why? Elektra is determined to discover the truth – that is, if she doesn’t go mad first!

Elektra Vol. 1: Introspect

Küsse, berauschend wie Champagner

Written by Kat Cantrell
Art by Nami Akimoto
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Ein geheimes Wochenende in Las Vegas, wild und verrückt, wie aus ihren verruchtesten Fantasien. Danach hat Meredith den unwiderstehlich attraktiven Geschäftsmann Jason Lynhurst nie wiedergesehen. Bis sie schockiert feststellen muss, dass ihre im Rausch geschlossene Ehe tatsächlich rechtsgültig ist. Obwohl sie Jason gegen ihren Willen immer noch heiß begehrt, muss sie sich auf der Stelle von ihm scheiden lassen – sonst ist ihre Karriere im konservativen Familienunternehmen ein für alle Mal ruiniert! Doch wider Erwarten sagt Jason Nein zu ihrem Plan …

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L’enfant Née de L’amour Secret du Milliardaire Italien

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Masami Shinohara
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Un été, la jeune Charlotte rencontre Riccardo et tombe amoureuse. Elle découvrit alors qu’il est le fils d’une famille noble d’Italie, ne faisait que profiter de ses amours d’été. La dévotion de son cœur et de son corps se terminèrent en tragédie. Quelques années plus tard, les regards méchants de Riccardo la hantent encore et la font souffrir. Aujourd’hui agent immobilier, Charlotte est choquée lorsqu’elle découvre que son prochain client n’est autre que l’inoubliable Riccardo !

L'enfant Née de L'amour Secret du Milliardaire Italien

Monument #3

Written by Richard Perry
Art by RH Stewart
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As Nicole and DCI Venn learn that they have a common enemy, it becomes apparent that Nicole has encountered this new gang over 350 years previously. DCI Venn and Nicole understand that the only way to solve the recent murders in East London is to work together.

Monument #3

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Elektra is back for the Marvel Elektra Sale!

You can’t keep Elektra down and you can get her adventures for cheap with the Elektra is back for the Marvel Elektra Sale! currently running on comiXology.

There are 126 releases from throughout the years including some classic stories. Save up to 67% on collections and individual issues are just $0.99.

You have until February 7 to save on some entertaining comics.

Elektra: Assassin

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Elektra is back for the Marvel Elektra Sale!

You can’t keep Elektra down and you can get her adventures for cheap with the Elektra is back for the Marvel Elektra Sale! currently running on comiXology.

There are 126 releases from throughout the years including some classic stories. Save up to 67% on collections and individual issues are just $0.99.

You have until February 7 to save on some entertaining comics.

Elektra: Assassin

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Marvel Comes to Mondo and Restoration Games’ Unmatched

Mondo and Restoration Games have teamed up with Marvel to create several additions to their Unmatched line of miniatures dueling tabletop games planned for release beginning in thesummer of 2021. Four new sets have been announced:

  • Redemption Row – featuring Luke CageGhost Rider, and Moon Knight
  • Hell’s Kitchen – featuring DaredevilElektra, and Bullseye
  • Teen Spirit – featuring Ms. MarvelSquirrel Girl, and Cloak and Dagger
  • For King and Country – featuring Black WidowBlack Panther, and Winter Soldier

Unmatched veteran artists Heather VaughanOliver Barrett, and Ian O’Toole will be joined by Matt Taylor and Sanford Greene as the key illustrators for the line. The combined weight of their contributions to the worlds of gaming, comics, and entertainment is staggering; fans can expect each standalone title to be as visually impactful as they are mechanically sound. 

Since debuting at Gen Con in August of 2019, Unmatched has released seven titles featuring 19 heroes sourced from myth, literature, television, and movies – presenting players with nearly two hundred possible 2-player battle scenarios. The upcoming Marvel editions will offer 66 possible in-world combat pairings and will feature unique gameplay additions building off the core game ruleset.

(via Board Game Today)

SDCC 2020: Gentle Giant Ltd. Announces Two New SDCC 2020 Exclusives!

San Diego’s Comic-Con@Home is almost upon us, and Gentle Giant Ltd. is launching two new, highly limited exclusive items! One is an all-new Star Wars Concept Bust of the original Mandalorian, Boba Fett, and the other is a variant on an eagerly anticipated Marvel Animated-Style Statue – Elektra! Read on for details, then go to GentleGiantLtd.com to order!

SDCC 2020 STAR WARS BOBA FETT CONCEPT 1/6 SCALE BUST

Before there was Boba Fett, there was the idea of Boba Fett, and designers Joe Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie’s vision of the bounty hunter retained much of its magic on the way to the screen. This 1/6 scale bust is based on their concept, and includes two alternate helmets to represent different designs. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited to 500 pieces. A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Only on GentleGiantLtd.com! $120.00

SDCC 2020 MARVEL ANIMATED-STYLE ELEKTRA STATUE (WHITE OUTFIT)

Elektra celebrates the summer in her white outfit in this highly limited statue! Based on the variant cover artwork of Marvel Comics, Elektra Natchios jumps for joy, sais in hand, and stands approximately 5 inches tall. She comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited to 250 pieces. A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Only on GentleGiantLtd.com! $49.99

Diamond Select Toys New in Previews: Iron Giant, Birds of Prey and More!

A new issue of Previews is almost in stores, and a new batch of products is now up for pre-order from Diamond Select Toys! The new line-up includes action figures from Castlevania and the Iron Giant; new L3D busts of Bruce Lee, the Rocketeer and the Mandalorian; new Marvel Minimates; new Gallery Dioramas; new busts, statues and more! It’s the Best of All Worlds!

Castlevania TV Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! We’ve seen the heroes, now meet the villains of Castlevania! From the hit Netflix animated series come three all-new action figures of Dracula and two of his generals, Carmilla and Godbrand! Each figure features up to 16 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Each comes packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Richard Force. (Asst. #DEC192334, SRP: $19.99/ea.)

DC Comic Gallery Penguin PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Oswald Cobblepot gets the Gallery treatment in this new diorama of the Penguin! Batman’s feather-loving foe looks menacing with his umbrella piercing a Batarang, and a rocket-propelled penguin by his side. Made of high-quality PVC and featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #DEC192332, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Birds of Prey Harley Quinn PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Harley’s back, and this time she’s got her mallet! The star of Suicide Squad returns for Birds of Prey, and this all-new DC Gallery PVC Diorama captures her in one of her all-new looks! Wearing roller skates and holding her trademark mallet, this approximately 9-inch sculpture of Harley is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp and sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #DEC192333, SRP: $49.99)

Horror Movie Gallery Annabelle PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Annabelle is coming home! The Gallery line of PVC Dioramas dives into the world of horror movies with this sculpture based on the Annabelle series! Depicting the doll Annabelle sitting in a rocking chair, this sculpture measures 9 inches tall and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #DEC192338, SRP: $39.99)

Iron Giant Select Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Iron Giant has landed, and he’s the newest Select action figure! Based on the classic 1999 animated film, this approximately 9-inch action figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, has light-up eyes, and features removable Hogarth Hughes and “S” Shield accessories! Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. (Item #DEC192335, SRP: $29.99)

Legends in 3D Movie Rocketeer 1/2 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The high-flying Rocketeer is now a Legend in Three Dimensions! The newest Legends in 3D Half-Scale Bust captures the hero of 1991’s The Rocketeer in a heroic 10-inch portrait, showcasing his distinctive art-deco helmet. Cast in resin and featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, it is limited to only 1000 pieces and includes a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #DEC192336, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Bruce Lee 1/2 Scale bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Just in time for Bruce Lee’s 80th birthday, this half-scale bust captures the martial-arts legend’s portrait, measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a dragon pillar. Cast in resin and featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, it is limited to only 1000 pieces and includes a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #DEC192337, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Star Wars The Mandalorian ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The most hotly anticipated TV show of possibly ever is here, and DST is celebrating with a bust of its titular star, The Mandalorian! This half-scale resin bust measures approximately 10 inches tall and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. NOTE: This item is currently exclusively available for ordering by the Star Wars Premier Guild; join the Guild before Wednesday, November 27, 2019 to get access! Any remaining inventory will be offered to non-members on November 27. (Item #DEC192331, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Star Wars The Mandalorian ½ Scale Bust

Marvel Animated Elektra Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Capturing Marvel’s pre-eminent assassin in a moment of joyous celebration, sais raised above her head, this 5-inch statue depicts Elektra Natchios in the super-cute style seen on variant covers of Marvel comics. Cast in resin and limited to 1200 pieces, this adorable statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Paul Harding. (Item #DEC192339, SRP: $39.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Weapon X PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Gallery line explores the origins of Wolverine with the new Weapon X PVC Diorama! Depicting Wolverine as he appeared while under the control of the Weapon X program, this approximately 9-inch sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #DEC192341, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Juggernaut Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Nothing can stop the Juggernaut! The X-Men’s most unstoppable foe is captured mid-charge in this approximately 11-inch resin statue. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, this sculpture is limited to an edition of only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Sam Greenwell. (Item #DEC192342, SRP: $250.00)

Marvel Minimates Series 79 Guardians of the Galaxy Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Guardians of the Galaxy unite in the record 79th series of Marvel Minimates! The assortment includes three two-packs, featuring Starlord with Adam Warlock, Gamora with Darkhawk, and Cosmic Ghost Rider with Angela. Plus, if you buy all three packs, you get the parts to build Moondragon! Each 2-inch mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. Assortment includes 12 two-packs, four of each style. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #DEC192340, SRP: 9.99/ea.)

Kingdom Hearts Gallery Pete PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The popular Kingdom Hearts game series joins the popular Gallery PVC statue format with this sculpture of the classic Disney villain Pete, who has menaced Mickey and his pals since “Steamboat Willie”! Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this Gamestop-exclusive PVC diorama shows Pete in an Agrabah environment, and features detailed sculpting and collectible-quality paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigsen. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #DEC192343, SRP: $49.99)

Sonic the Hedgehog Gallery Sonic PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The boy in blue is kicking it into overdrive in this dynamic Diorama! Part of the Sonic the Hedgehog Gallery line, this piece shows Sonic carrying a gem and leaping to grab a ring as he races through the Green Hill Zone. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, the sculpture is cast in high-grade PVC with collectible-quality paint applications. Sculpted by Varner Studios! Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #DEC192344, SRP: $49.99)

Sonic the Hedgehog Gallery Sonic PVC Diorama

Sonic the Hedgehog Gallery Tails PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Sonic’s twin-tailed pal takes flight in this dynamic Diorama! Part of the Sonic the Hedgehog Gallery line, this piece shows Tails hovering over a gem preparing to snatch it away. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, the sculpture is cast in high-grade PVC with collectible-quality paint applications. Sculpted by Varner Studios! Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #DEC192345, SRP: $49.99)

Sonic the Hedgehog Gallery Tails PVC Diorama

Men of Steel and Women of Valor: Comic Books and Bible Collide in New Exhibition

Men of Steel and Women of Valor” is a new exhibition of papercuts by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik that zooms from scripture to comics and back, incorporating pop culture pizzazz into an exploration of stories that have been told and retold for thousands of years — but never like this. The exhibition opens in Cleveland on September 6, 2019, at The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion, and Culture.

At the heart of the exhibition is a series of large portraits made of cut-up comic books featuring Superman and Lois Lane, Daredevil and Elektra, the Fantastic Four — transformed into the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs, as well as modern figures. These portraits are a nod to the Jewish custom of inviting guests into one’s sukkah during the fall festival of Sukkot.

Brynjegard-Bialik’s work is emblematic of the 21st century’s mash-up culture, drawing parallels between comic book mythologies and religious traditions, delving into the stories that make us human.

This exhibition focuses heavily on Superman, created in Cleveland in the 1930s by two Jews, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — portraits of whom are included in the show, made of cut-up Superman comics from the past 90
years.

The exhibition also includes portraits of Golda Meir, Israel’s first female prime minister, and Sally Priesand, America’s first female rabbi. The portraits share the walls with landscapes of Jerusalem, stories of fire and water and cloud, and explorations of the Mishnah — all made out of cut-up comic books. It’s a dynamic mash-up of old and new.

“Men of Steel and Women of Valor” will be open from September 6, 2019 through January 10, 2020, at The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion and Culture at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, Ohio. The artist will be in the gallery for an opening weekend October 11-13, 2019.

The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion, and Culture is located at The Temple-Tifereth Israel Jack and Lilyan Mandel Building at 26000 Shaker Boulevard in Beachwood, Ohio 44122-7199.

Coming This Summer from Diamond Select Toys: Bruce Lee, Kingdom Hearts 3 and More!

2019 is almost here, and Diamond Select Toys is already gearing up for summer! With six months to go until swimsuit season, Diamond Select Toys is offering pre-orders on a bunch of great items, based on Bruce Lee, DC Comics, Kingdom Hearts, Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Read on for details, then pre-order through your local comic shop, or your favorite online retailer!

Bruce Lee Gallery Water PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Be water, my friend! The Bruce Lee line of Gallery PVC dioramas kicks off with this 9-inch scale sculpture of the legend executing one of his trademark forms. Depicting his arms in motion, with a sculptural effect never before seen in the Gallery line, this piece represents the strength and grace of the martial arts legend. Sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #DEC182502, SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Flash PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The DC Gallery line is picking up speed! This 9-inch scale PVC diorama of the Flash racing across a wave is the latest in the DC Gallery line. Made from high-quality plastic, this detailed sculpture delivers the look of a resin statue at a fraction of the price, and is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC dioramas. Flash Fact: It comes packaged in a full-color window box! Designed by Caesar. Sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item #DEC182503, SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Dark Nights Metal Dawnbreaker PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! In brightest day, in blackest night, no goodness shall escape his sight! The next member of the Dark Knights to join the DC Gallery line is the Bruce Wayne of Earth -32, the Dawnbreaker! Possessing a power ring and an all-consuming darkness, the Dawnbreaker floats above a cloud of green energy bats in this highly detailed PVC diorama. Sculpted in a 9-inch scale, the sculpture is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales figures and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton. (Item #DEC182504, SRP: $45.00)

Legends in 3D Comic Marvel Spider-Gwen ½ Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Ghost Spider strikes! The breakout spider-hero breaks into the Legends in 3 Dimensions line as the newest half-scale resin bust. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a webbed-up pillar base, Spider-Gwen is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna! (Item #DEC182510, – SRP: $150.00)


Legends in 3D Video Game Kingdom Hearts 3 Sora 1/2 Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Kingdom Hearts is bigger than ever, and now so is Sora! The hero of the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3 joins the Legends in 3 Dimensions line as the next half-scale resin bust! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, Sora is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #DEC182505, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Angela PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s no angel! The Asgardian sister of Thor, having defeated her brother in battle, now takes on the Marvel Gallery line of PVC dioramas! Standing on a crystal-sprouting rock formation, Angela prepares to draw her sword and commence what is sure to be another victory. Measuring approximately 10” tall, this PVC sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #DEC182506, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Kitty Pryde Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the premier X-Men joins the Premier Collection! Kitty Pryde, the occasionally immaterial team leader of the X-Men Gold team, phases through a metal panel with her dragon Lockheed on her arm in this approximately 10” statue. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color window box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #DEC182507, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Ebony Maw PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Black Order is here! Joining his fellow acolyte of Thanos, Corvus Glaive, the sadistic telekinetic Ebony Maw is the next Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama! Holding up a finger to hush any who would defy the will of Thanos, Ebony Maw stands approximately 10” tall atop a diorama base and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #DEC182508, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Netflix Premier Collection Elektra Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The love of Matt Murdock’s life, she is also his deadliest enemy! A formidable match for the hero Daredevil when she was on the side of good, as the Black Sky she became nearly unbeatable. This approximately 10-inch scale resin statue captures her as she appeared on the Netflix TV series Daredevil and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. She comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #DEC182509, SRP: $150.00)

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