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Diamond Select On Sale Now: Spidey, Ghostbusters, Guardians & Beetlejuice!

It’s New Toy Day at comic shops across North America, and this week, Diamond Select Toys is shipping in a plethora of new products, all of which are exclusively available at comic shops and specialty retailers! Read on for info about products from Alien: Covenant, Wonder Woman, Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice and Spider-Man Homecoming!

Alien: Covenant Movie Vinimates Xenomorph Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Witness the creation of fear! As the whole world braces itself for Alien: Covenant, DST prepares to unleash the top-secret new Xenomorph on their Vinimates vinyl figure line! This 4-inch vinyl figure is based on the new creature design in the new prequel film, and features an articulated neck for further posing options. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #MAY172518, SRP: $9.99)

Beetlejuice Movie Minimates Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s a box set for the recently deceased! The four main characters of Tim Burton’s hit comedy Beetlejuice — Lydia Dietz, Adam and Barbara Maitland, and Beetlejuice himself — gather together for this four-pack of Minimates mini-figures! Each 2-inch figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, including bonus parts for Beetle, Barbara and Adam to transform them into their scariest house-haunting looks. The set comes packaged in a full-color blister card. (Item #JUN172635, SRP: $24.99)

Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Anyone seen a ghost? The Ghostbusters Vinimates line continues with three new 4-inch vinyl figures, featuring the creatures of the classic 1984 movie! Blocky renditions of Mr. Stay-Puft, Slimer and Gozer will expand your Vinimates collection and give the Boys in Beige someone to battle! Sculpted in poses straight from the movie, Mr. Stay-Puft and Gozer each feature articulated necks for further customization. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Mr. Stay-Puft Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172515, SRP: $9.99)

Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Slimer Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172516, SRP: $9.99)

Ghostbusters Movie Vinimates Gozer Vinyl Figure (Item #MAY172517, SRP: $9.99)

Marvel Gallery Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Gamora and Rocket PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Gallery line is blasting off into outer space! Three new PVC Dioramas capture the space-faring cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest blockbuster entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star-Lord with his jet-pack, Gamora with Rocket, and Drax with Groot each measure approximately 9-11 inches tall with highly detailed sculpting and paint applications. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!Coming soon: Star-Lord and Drax/Groot! (Item #MAY172525, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Select Spider-Man Homecoming Movie Action Figure

The most highly anticipated Spider-Man film of all time is here, and this new Marvel Select action figure captures the excitement of the new movie! After his eye-opening appearance in Captain America: Civil War, making a figure of Spidey for Spider-Man: Homecoming was a no-brainer, and this 7” figure features 16 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts. Packaged in the display-ready Select figure packaging, with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # FEB172613, SRP: $24.99)

Wonder Woman Movie Vinimates Wonder Woman Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Vinimates vinyl figure line explodes into the DC Comics cinematic universe with two vinyl figures based on the Wonder Woman movie! With one figure depicting Diana in her training gear, and one in her full Wonder Woman outfit, these two figures will kick off a line that will eventually unite the entire Justice League! Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in a pose straight from the movies, with an articulated neck to customize each pose. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # APR172646, SRP: $9.99)

Order the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends Action Figures Wave 2

You can pre-order the second wave of the Hasbro Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends Action Figures. This set spans the history of the comics and movies for you to continue their fantastic adventures. Each figure includes a piece to construct a build-a-figure. Figures include Star-Lord, Rocket Racoon and Groot, Deaths Head II, Nebula, Gamora, Mantis, Adam Warlock, and Ex Nihilo.

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Preview: Gamora #4

Gamora #4

(W) Nicole Perlman (A) Marco Checchetto (CA) Esad Ribic
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

SUNRISE ON DOOMSDAY!

As planet Ubliex approaches the black hole’s event horizon, GAMORA is on the cusp of getting the revenge she so desperately seeks… in exchange for making deals with gangsters of questionable intent, who claim they hold the key to escape. Yet as earthquakes, fire tornadoes and anti-gravity bubbles begin to tear Ubliex to pieces, Gamora may find herself forced to choose between her vengeance quest and her own survival.

Review: Gamora #4

Laura Perlman serves up peak Gamora in the latest issue of her namesake comic. Things come to a head in this issue of the arc, we are treated to all manner of chaos and action as the Ubilex gets more and more unstable with interactions and the environment itself. Gamora finds a family of sorts and the princess finds her own way but, as expected nothing is as it seems. Perlman goes deep into Gamora’s back story, explores her motivations and, weaves an amazing tale of not only Gamora but all of the main characters occupying her storyline.

If the story itself wasn’t enough to get you hooked, Marco Checcetto delivers some beautiful artwork that is stylized and pop art like, which goes well with the futuristic, otherworldly story that Perlman is telling. Andres Mossa gives Checcetto’s artwork the perfect color palette to convey the bleakness of the Ubilex’s fate and the dire straits of the people inhabiting the planet. The lines are solid and the muted colors add a richness that syncs up well with the sad story being told.

Perlman gives Gamora agency and puts her front and center in her story, showing her weakness & strength and, the way that she interacts with those around her. The story showcases how everything is connected and how every decision has consequences. There are no wasted words or panels and you can foresee the path that is coming through all of the chaos and you find yourself waiting with baited breath to see how it all shakes out. The arc is getting close to reaching its completion and you can see that the moments that will define the hero that Gamora will become are coming.

Overall, Gamora #4 is a solid character story but, it’s not all exposition and character development. There’s a whole lot of action going on and, a sense of realness and urgency. All of the central characters that have appeared in the previous 3 issues make an appearance, alliances are made and destroyed and, there’s a very strong reason to check out the next issue. Perlman tells a compelling story filled with genuine nuance and feeling causing any reader, fan or newcomer to the series, to get caught up in the balanced chaos. The looming destruction of Ubilex provides the perfect parallel and backdrop to the story being told and everything comes together with perfect symmetry making this issue more than worth a read.

Story: Laura Perlman Art: Marco Checcetto Color: Andres Mossa
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Gamora #3

This issue picks up where the last one left off, our favorite anti-heroine at the mercy of a doomsday cult on Ubilex contemplating the ways in which she could die. An earthquake and her cultural captor’s unwillingness to accept that nature trumps their space god gives Gamora the chance she needs to destroy them all and free her fellow captive. Meanwhile the last Badoon heir is actually lamenting Gamora because she thinks she can save her and their destinies are tied. The remaining Badoon higher-ups watch Crystal’s conversation with Klaxon and discuss her ability to bear a male heir to rule and, Klaxon strikes a final deal with the Badoons to turn Crystal over in exchange for all the space dust he can carry. Meanwhile, Gamora is using her new friend to find the princess and learns that she’s actually a good kid and that their destinies are tied.

Without going too deep into spoiler territory the story keeps going along the diamond in the rough road and it’s wonderful. This issue unfolds in the best way possible Gamora discovers things about herself and her intended victim that could change her life. Nicole Perlman writes a truly human story full of emotion and rage, the path of both women is set in stone and steeped in their own agency. There is a purpose and focus for them that in its own way passes the Bechdel test with flying colors. Perlman tells a story of family through blood or belonging and it’s beautiful, human and relatable.

Marco Checcetto serves up beautiful artwork that brings Perlman’s story to life. It provides a storyboard like backdrop to an already brilliant story allowing the reader to get caught up in the story itself. His art is like an added character between the facial expressions and the fine details it impossible to look away and his talent makes it so that you could tell what’s going on by just looking at the pictures.

Overall this issue is a hit and like the issues that proceed it, it works well as a stand-alone. The Gamora series seems to make a point of engaging its readers from cover to cover. The creative crew behind it are adept at telling such a compelling story that you can pick up any issue and jump right in, although you will want to read the issues that precede this one if only to hold you over until #4 comes out.

Story: Nicole Perlman Art: Marco Checcetto
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

super-sonsWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Animosity #5 (Aftershock) – This is one of the best comics to come out in the last year. It’s consistent, interesting, emotional, and just everything I want in a story. I never know where the series is headed next and that is what keeps me coming back.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – WildStorm returns! And Warren Ellis returns with it. I am excited to see what Ellis does with this grittier new and seemingly more grounded approach to some of my favorite characters. It sounds perfect for fans, both old and new.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – Holy cow, it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this! Robin and Superboy go on wild adventures in what I can imagine as fun, action packed, and nostalgic to be everything a teen superhero book should be.

God Country #2 (Image) – What an awesome comic. A comic that takes the idea behind Thor and has some fun with it. This revolves around an old man with Alzheimer’s who remembers everything when he touches a magical sword. There’s also gods and demons, so there’s that.

Batman #17 (DC Comics) – The end of the last issue was intense, even if it was just symbolic. What will Bane do? What will Batman do? This has been coming to a head and I expect the doors to be blown off everything as these two collide. Tom King’s series is really getting some legs and I expect all of the slower issues to pay off soon with the excellent building up to this pressure cooker story.

 

Alex

Top Pick I: Savage #4 (Valiant) – Usually by the time I’m writing this I’ve already read Valiant’s offerings for the week, but in a strange twist I actually haven’t opened the review copy just yet and I’m debating just waiting for the print copy from my LCS to read, but we’re expecting a bout of weather early in the week that may impact the postal service… anyway. Savage has been a really interesting series so far, and I’m really excited to see whether this issue will tie the character into the rest of the Valiant Universe or not. Plus it has some of the best art I’ve seen in a long time.

Top Pick II: Voracious: Feeding Time #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – So… I’ve actually already read this issue, and it’s frigging phenomenal. Why am I excited to pick it up? Because are some visual sequences that I need to see in print.

God Country #2 (and #1) (Image) – I somehow missed the first issue of this series, and would have missed this were it not for the fact that it’s being written by Donny Cates, one of the authors behind The Paybacks, which is al the reason I need to go find these issues on Wednesday.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – The Aliens vibe of the recent arc has been fantastic. Jeff Lemire’s ability to capture the isolation of outer space, as well as the desolation of the waste lands of Old Man Logan’s past is stunning.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – If you put Damian Wayne in a comic, I’m going to read it.

 

Paul

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #16 (Marvel) – The Shi’ar and their royal guard have invaded Asgard, bested some of their greatest warriors and have managed to kidnap Thor, to bring her face to face with their gods. I am pumped to see the Shi’ar and their royal guard back in action and curious to see what their beef with Asgard and Thor is all about.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – This a series that has not disappointed.  I’m not Wolverine’s biggest fan, and I have never read the original Old Man Logan story this book is named after. But I have consistently been enjoying this book and recommend it. This story arc in particular has been pretty trippy. Logan is trying to save Alpha Flight from the Brood; but also in the Wastelands trying to rescue the Cage baby and both are happening at the same time? A great story that comes to a close with this issue; you don’t want to miss it.

Uncanny Inhumans #19 (Marvel) – Maximus has the secret to create Terrigen crystals. This cannot be good for the X-Men or mutants as a whole. Or can it? The tie-ins for the Inhumans vs. X-Men event have worked very well in telling the smaller stories outside of the main battle issues, but I think Maximus’ plan will have larger consequences that will bring an end to the fighting, one way or another.

Uncanny X-Men #18 (Marvel) – So last issue was a little slower, focusing on some character development between Storm and Forge. It was an alright issue that saw the X-Men’s plan to take care of the Terrigen cloud literally blow up in their faces. This issue says Magneto will be deploying his team of secret mutant sleeper agents to aid in the fight against the Inhumans. Secret sleepers you say? That alone has me anxious to read this issue.

 

Shay

Gamora #3 (Marvel) – Gamora racks up enemies like nobodies business, she also unearths some secrets that might rock her world.

Batwoman Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – The issue is a prologue of epic proportions and I’m here for the backstory.

Harley Quinn #14 (DC Comics) – It’s fun with some serious shade to the current political climate and some serious girl power thrown in for good measure.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Killer Vol. 5 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – For those who are unfamiliar with Matz and Luc Jacamon’s epic story the short version is Frank, aka “The Killer” is James Bond for the Third World. Evil political dealings involving oil, assassinations, IMF, political jockeying, imperialism, for a political geek like me, this series has cool and depth. This is the fifth and final installment, and I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up. Will Frank find happiness? Will he go out in a blaze of bullets? How Matz and Jacamon finish the series will be interesting and I can’t wait to see what they have to “say” when it’s over.

Dead Inside #3 (Dark Horse) – A murder inside a prison… sounds like an easy case, right? Nope! The last issue ended with a shocker and this southern noir-ish crime comic has me engrossed.

The Rift #2 (Red 5 Comics) – The first and second issue feel like a classic Amazing Stories or Twilight Zone story. Entertaining and just plain fun. Like comics should be.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – The team-up we’ve seen so far of Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne in Superman has been amazing and for them to get their own series… well, I’m super excited. Having read the first issue, it’s everything I was hoping for with an energy and enthusiasm that perfectly fits it’s two young leads.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – I’m not the biggest Warren Ellis fan (he’s hit and miss for me), but I’m intrigued to see what will happen in this re-imagining of the classic universe. The first issue is a solid start that reminds me a lot of the third volume of Wildcats. In today’s world, that’s exactly what I was hoping for.

Review: Gamora #2

gamora__2The Gamora origin story continues its amazing start Gamora #2. Picking up where the explosive first issue left off we find Gamora headed to the wasteland planet of Ubilex in Thanos’ stolen space ship and headed for a crash landing. Klaxon is headed to the planet as well and they are both on the hunt for the half Badoon heir. Things don’t go as planned for either of them and the Badoon princess is more damn hell in a sort of dress than damsel in distress.

In a surprise turn of events, Gamora finds herself face to face with the Vestigal “intern” princess who has no idea who she is and luckily Gamora doesn’t either because they form a quick alliance against the zealot filled Oculus Cult. Things are off to a crazy but, amazing start and the couple of spoilers I just gave you don’t even touch the surface of all the good stuff that goes down in this issue.

Nicole Pelman‘s writing style is quick, clever and purposeful giving a richness to Gamora’s back story. There is clear motivation behind her action and even though the setting for this issue is literally out of this world the story she weaves is realistic and brilliant at its core. Every word and emotion is intense when it needs to be and cavalier when it has to be providing the reader with moments that feel real and current. Marco Checchetto‘s art work adds an extra layer of brilliance and realism to an already rich story. Every line seems to have been placed with great attention to detail from the pained faces in battle to the thoughtful contemplation in more “peaceful” moments, it gives the reader a sense of being in the story.

Overall issue #2 of Gamora is a great read from cover to cover. Even without reading issue #2 you can jump right into the story and feel like you’re not only part of it but, have a sense that you know what’s going on without Pelman dumbing down the content or spoon feeding you the story.

Story: Nicole Pelman Art: Marco Checchetto
Story: 9.1 Art: 9 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Gamora #2

Gamora #2

(W) Nicole Perlman (A) Marco Checchetto (CA) Esad Ribic
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

OUT OF TIME AND OUT FOR REVENGE!

The story continues as we follow GAMORA to the doomed planet that is UBLIEX. Perched on the brink of a black hole, its inhabitants count down the hours to their planet’s imminent demise as it is swallowed up by the approaching Singularity. Will Gamora find her revenge among the inhabitants of Ubliex before the black hole consumes them all? Or will the citizens of this world – including a doomsday cult, junkie bounty hunters and a young woman with a tremendous destiny – stop her first?

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

div3-aric_001_cover-b_bernardWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Kill or Be Killed #5 (Image) – Ed Brubaker, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Sean Phillips are back and I cannot be more excited. They have done a tremendous job on this book and have proven once again, they hold the crown for pulp crime comics. This comic has me nervous and excited each time a new issue comes out!

U.S.Avengers #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was such a blast, and Al Ewing is on a roll lately, and one of the best things Marvel has going for it. We will see more of the Gold $kull by the looks of it, and probably go a bit deeper on this whacky team. More Red Hulk, he’s great.

The Clone Conspiracy #4 (Marvel) – I am a massive Spider-Man fan, I won’t apologize for that, so therefore I am excited for this issue, and actually enjoy the event. Now obviously if you’re not enjoying what they are doing, don’t listen to me here, but I want to see how this wraps up, and we are almost there. We also get a double Spidey dose with Amazing Spider-Man this week!

Superman #15 (DC Comics) – You get a Superman! And you get a Superman! I’ve loved this run by Tomasi and Gleason and the last issue was so much fun and just crazy. This is one of DC’s most consistent comics and I want to see where they are going after the last wild issue. Also, Red Son Superman, Captain Carrot, and more!

Trinity #5 (DC Comics) – Francis Manapul should be reason enough for anyone to read and drool at this comic. His art is just completely on another level to me, and this book rivals The Mighty Thor for the “prettiest” comic. Also, I actually am enjoying the story of our legendary trinity quite a bit.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity III Stalinverse: Aric Son Of The Revolution #1 (Valiant) – There’s a sense of something awesome about Valiant’s Divinity III, and while the first tie-in was good, it’s this one that has me most excited. Getting a chance to read some more about Aric of Dacia in this setting has me chomping at the bit to get my hands on the comic.

Harbinger Renegade #3 (Valiant) – What can I say? I’m a fan of Harbinger, and with Peter returning to Earth I’m looking forward to seeing how Rafer Roberts reunites the Renegades.

Deadpool the Duck #2 (Marvel) – When the first issue didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out, I kinda got curious to read the next issue. I mean… now that Deadpool The Duck is finally in the comic, I want to see what we get.

 

Brett

Motor Girl #3 (Abstract Studios) – Sam has problems. UFO’s are keeping her up every night, dropping in for parts and coffee, and a suspicious Area 51 fanatic is determined to catch it all on video. To make matters worse, the bank wants to repossess the junkyard and build a casino. But Sam is determined to stop them, especially when she learns the junkyard is sacred ground. This new series by Terry Moore is fun, funny, cute, and the first two issues are some of my recent favorites from anyone.

Curse Words #1 (Image) – A wizard comes to Earth to… conquer it? It’s a bit nebulous in this first issue that introduces is to Wizord, a hipster-ish wizard bringing realy magic to Earth. The first issue is entertaining and launches a stylish new series.

The Mighty Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel) – I think Carol Danvers really came off poorly in Civil War II, but I’m still interested in seeing where Marvel takes her and this series.

Monsters Unleashed #1 (Marvel) – Marvel heroes versus kaiju. Nuff said.

Revolutionaries #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW and Hasbro’s “Revolution” is over and this series looks to bring together some of the characters from the now shared universe into a team book.

 

Shay

Harley Quinn #12 (DC Comics) – Joker + Harley = War of the Roses style mayhem.

Raven #5 (DC Comics) – Raven calls for familial back up to save San Francisco from the orb.

Gamora #2 (Marvel) – Gamora is on a collision course with revenge and things might not be what they seem or go as she planned.

SLAM! #3 (BOOM! Studios) – derby drama and love in comic book form, what more could you want?

 

Review: Gamora #1

gamora__1Before the Guardians…there was Gamora!

Once upon a time she was Thanos’ heartless pet assassin and favorite daughter. Today, she is the backbone of the Guardians of the Galaxy, putting her life on the line to defend the innocent. What was it that transformed her from being used as a tool of her oppressor, to a champion of the powerless? Embark on a journey of revenge and redemption, and witness how Gamora earned her reputation as the Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy.

There’s something to be said for a really good origin story and Gamora #1 hits all the marks and then some. Nicole Perlman delivers some killer writing to this new series and as a reader, you feel like you’re really getting to know the character. We get to see Thanos’ care for Gamora, the mind games he plays with Nebula that keep their sibling rivalry going, Gamora’s excellent and ruthless skills in battle, and her weak spots when it comes to her feelings and emotions. Nothing feels forced or manufactured and every emotion you have for Gamora is authentic.

In this issue we get to watch her enact revenge as a birthday present from Thanos, we see her sister Nebula’s jealousy and manipulation and murderous rage, and we get to see Thanos expressing what could pass for emotions from him. The first issue gives us an origin story that we can believe in with a story that we can follow and enjoy being invested in.

Marco Checchetto‘s artwork is flawless, full of colors where they’re needed to sell the story, and muted tones when they’re needed to draw the reader in. Even without words, you could get the tone, context, and relevance of what is happening in the story from the panels alone.

Overall this issue was a great read that left me wanting more, even though it ended at a nice closing point. It was pretty to look at and fun to read, and it acts as a nice gateway into the world of the Guardians and I can’t wait to read about how her trip to the planet that no one returns from goes, especially with Thanos going after her to save her and a bounty hunter after the same prize that she wants. It’s a set up for an action-packed second issue.

Story: Nicole Perlman Art: Marco Checchetto
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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