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NYCC 2019: Diamond Select Toys Round-Up: DC, Marvel, Godzilla, Mortal Kombat and More!

New York Comic-Con is behind us, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. had over a hundred upcoming pieces on display at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC, and most of them are already up for pre-order! With products from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, Godzilla, Mortal Kombat, The Rocketeer, John Wick, The Iron Giant and more, it’s the best of all worlds!

Cthulhu Gallery PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Cthulhu awakens! The first-ever Gallery Diorama of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu depicts the old god rising from his place of dreaming in R’lyeh. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, and hand-sculpted in extraordinary detail by Eli Livingston, this sculpture is cast in high-quality PVC with detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #SEP192500, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Deathstroke PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Deathstroke the Terminator is slicing his way into the DC Gallery Diorama line! Slade Wilson wields double swords in this dynamic sculpture, which stands approximately 10 inches tall on a diorama base. Cast in high-quality PVC, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #SEP192495, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Green Lantern PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Beware his power, Green Lantern’s light! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this PVC sculpture of Green Lantern features detailed sculpting by Joe Menna based on a design by Joe Allard. As he flies through space wearing a ring-constructed armor and shield, Green Lantern is making sure your sector is safe! Packaged in a full-color window box with an opening front panel. Previously a GameStop exclusive. (Item #SEP192501, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Robin PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Tim Drake arcs over a smokestack in this dynamic new entry in the DC Comic Gallery Diorama line. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this sculpture of Robin is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item #OCT192536, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Aquaman Black Manta PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! In the “wake of Justice League, the Aquaman movie is on our sonar, and DST is offering a new PVC diorama based on the film! This exclusive 9-inch sculpture of Black Manta features detailed sculpting by Rocco Tartamella based on a design by Mark Wong, with fine paintwork that compares with a high-end resin statue. This diorama is in scale to all other DC Movie Gallery PVC dioramas, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Previously a GameStop exclusive. (Item #SEP192502, SRP: $49.99)

DC TV Gallery Batman Animated Grappling Gun PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Dark Knight returns in this all-new Gallery Diorama based on Batman: The Animated Series! Depicting Batman firing his grappling gun, this approximately 10” sculpture is made of high-grade PVC with collectible-quality sculpting and paint applications. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #SEP192496, SRP: $49.99)

DC TV Gallery Teen Titans Go! Robin PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Teen Titans Go line of Gallery Dioramas continues, with the leader of the Titans, Robin! Depicting the Boy Wonder as he appears on Teen Titans Go!, this sculpture stands approximately 8 inches tall on a diorama base. Cast in high-quality PVC with detailed sculpting and paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #SEP192497, SRP: $49.99)

DC TV Gallery Teen Titans Go Starfire PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Teen Titans Go series of DC Gallery PVC dioramas continues with Starfire, soaring over a base featuring Silkie the caterpillar! Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this sculpture is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #OCT192535, SRP: $49.99)

Godzilla Gallery Godzilla 1993 Deluxe PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The next series of Godzilla Gallery Dioramas, based on Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, kicks things off with the big G himself! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this sculpture of Godzilla from 1993 is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza. Displays with Rodan, coming soon! (Item #OCT192531, SRP: $69.99)

Godzilla Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 2

A Diamond Select Toys release! The King of the Monsters returns for a second series of the smash-hit Godzilla Vinimates line! Burning Godzilla, Godzilla 1962 and Rodan team up as 4-inch vinyl figures, each with an articulated neck and tail for additional posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield.

Burning Godzilla (Item #OCT192532, SRP: $9.99)

Godzilla 1962 (Item #OCT192533, SRP: $9.99)

Rodan (Item #OCT192534, SRP: $9.99)

Iron Giant Gallery Superhero PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! For the 20th anniversary of the movie, the Iron Giant gets all heroic in the first-ever Gallery Diorama based on the classic animated film! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this sculpture is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard. (Item #OCT192537, SRP: $49.99)

Jay & Silent Bob Re-Boot Action Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time for a reboot! Just as Kevin Smith reimagines the Bluntman and Chronic movies in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, DST is relaunching the View Askewniverse toy line with two new action figures! Jay and Silent Bob each sport their new outfits for the movie, and each features multiple points of articulation and movie-specific accessories. Each comes packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Patrick Piggott. (Asst. #OCT192530, SRP: $29.99)/ea.

John Wick Gallery Catacombs PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Beneath the streets of Rome, John Wick battles for his life in this PVC diorama based on the second film in the John Wick franchise. Wielding a powerful shotgun, with a round exiting the barrel, this approximately 9” diorama is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint. Packaged in a full color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #SEP192489, SRP: $49.99)

John Wick Select Chapter 2 Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! John Wick is back with an all-new action figure inspired by the second John Wick film! Based on his appearance in Chapter 2, this figure bears the likeness of actor Keanu Reeves and features the most articulation ever put on a Select action figure, for a wide range of poses. Wick comes with his nameless dog, an arsenal of accessories, and a blood oath marker. Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #OCT192538, SRP: $29.99)

Legends in 3-D Movie Avengers Infinity War Thanos ½-Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! This bust was inevitable! The massive, half-scale Legends in 3D line continues with none other than Thanos, intergalactic despot and wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet! Based on his appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, this approximately 11-inch bust is limited to only 1,000 pieces and includes a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #OCT192542, SRP: $175.00)

Legends in 3D Video Game Mortal Kombat Sub Zero ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Fatality! This killer bust of Sub-Zero is the next release in the Legends in 3D line of half-scale busts! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, the bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 1000 pieces. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a hand-numbered, full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Salvador Gomes. (Item #SEP192490, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Animated Black Panther Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Black Panther sinks his claws into a giant ball of yarn in the newest animated-style Marvel statue! Based on the variant cover to Black Panther Vol. 6 #1, with art by Skottie Young, this approximately 4-inch statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #OCT192544, SRP: $39.99)

Marvel Animated X-Men Wolverine Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Ripped from the screen in the 1990s, this resin bust captures Wolverine as he appears in the classic X-Men the Animated series! With his claws and teeth bared, Wolverine is ready for action in this approximately 6-inch bust, featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications inspired by the animation style of the show. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item #SEP192492, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery FCBD Emma Frost PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Try to keep your mind clear when you look at this sculpture of the X-Men’s resident Femme Fatale, Emma Frost! Shipping exclusively to stores participating in Free Comic Book Day (May 2nd, 2020), this approximately 12-inch diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #OCT190014, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Jubilee PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The X-Men’s resident sparkler enters the Danger Room in this new Gallery Diorama! Wearing her trademark yellow coat and dodging the Danger Room’s attacks, Jubilee stands approximately 8 inches tall, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. She comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #OCT192543, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Iceman Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! This is one cool statue! Founding X-Man Bobby “Iceman” Drake slides along on an ice trail in this breathtaking Premier Collection statue. Cast in translucent material and measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this dynamic sculpture is limited to an edition of 3,000, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item #SEP192493, SRP: $199.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Miles Morales Spider-Man Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to go into the Spider-Verse! Other-dimensional spider-hero Miles Morales spins a web in this new Premier Collection statue. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this approximately 9-inch resin statue features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #OCT192545, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Select Avengers Endgame Iron Man MK85 Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! I am Iron Man! The latest Marvel Select action figure comes from the world of Avengers: Endgame, and it’s Iron Man! Wearing his Mark 85 armor, this 7-inch scale figure of Iron Man comes with interchangeable hands, including the Nano Gauntlet, and an alternate version with snapping fingers. Packaged in the display-ready Select figure packaging, with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #SEP192494, SRP: $29.99)

Mortal Kombat Gallery Sub Zero PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Everybody freeze! The first Gallery Diorama in the Mortal Kombat line is the iceman himself, Sub-Zero! Launching a frosty attack, this approximately 9-inch diorama is made of high-grade PVC and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio. Sculpted by Salvador Gomes. (Item #OCT192541, SRP: $49.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas Milestones Jack and Sally Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s snowing in Halloween Town, and Jack and Sally have finally gotten together in this all-new statue from DST! Measuring approximately 14” tall, and inspired by the final scenes of the movie, this Milestones statue of Jack and Sally is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #OCT192539, SRP: $199.99)

Rocketeer Gallery PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Rocketeer flies into the wild blue yonder in this, the first-ever Gallery Diorama based on the classic Disney film! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this sculpture of the Rocketeer taking flight is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #SEP192491, SRP: $49.99)

Star Wars Premier Collection Rey Dreamer Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! While the world gets ready for the Rise of Skywalker, DST and Gentle Giant Ltd. look back at where Rey’s journey began, on the sandy planet of Jakku. Depicting the heroine as she appeared in one of her earliest scenes, dreaming about other worlds, this approximately 1/7 scale statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by the Silva Bros., sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #OCT192540, SRP: $150.00)

Team Sonic Racing Gallery Shadow PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the newest Sonic game, Team Sonic Racing, it’s the evil Shadow the Hedgehog, spinning out in his black racer! Measuring approximately 10 inches long, this PVC Diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #SEP192499, SRP: $49.99)

Westworld PX Man in Black Battle-Damaged Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Return to the World of Westworld with this new, battle-damaged, Previews-exclusive version of the Man in Black! Featuring newly sculpted parts and a blood spattered paint scheme, this 7-inch scale action figure of the Man in Black includes multiple accessories and interchangeable hands. Packaged on a full-color blister card. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #SEP192498, SRP: $19.99)

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Retro X-Men

Greetings and welcome back! Today we’re looking at the Marvel Legends Retro X-Men assortment, which is in-stores now. I’ve also seen this referred to as the Vintage X-Men wave, but HasbroPulse lists the figures as Retro, so we’re going with that. We’d like to thank Hasbro for providing these figures free for the purposes of review. Let’s get started.

Dazzler: When the announcements came down, this was the figure in the group that made me the most excited. You’ve probably seen people refer to this one as “Outback Dazzler.” If you didn’t know, that’s in reference to the ‘80s storyline just after “Fall of the Mutants.” The world believes that the X-Men died fighting the Adversary, but they’re really operating out of the former Reaver base in the Australian Outback. This ran from Uncanny X-Men #229 to, more or less, issue #253 (most of the X-Men finish going through the Siege Perilous in #251, the same issue where Wolverine is crucified by the Reavers; Jubilee rescues him, and we start seeing where the X-Men are popping up around the world in #253. Got that? It’s good stuff, and it also includes costumes for Rogue (black and green) and Psylocke (the armor) that would made cool figures, too). Dazzler also sported this costume in the X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men animated pilot and the awesome stand-up arcade game by Konami.

AND . . . I am NOT disappointed. This is a great figure. It’s one of those cases where it feels like the character was peeled right off the page. Marc Silvestri drew the bulk of that run, and they did him proud here. The only possible improvement, in my opinion, would have been the inclusion of an extra “finger-gun” hand. But man, did they get the little details right. The red band on the leg, the star on the other leg, the separate belt, the jacket, the headband, the fit of the gloves . . . those bits are all outstanding. I’ve also been increasingly happy with the hair work that the ML team is doing; their rendition of Dazzler’s do is no exception. This is superior work, and I can’t believe that we’ve gotten both classic renditions of Dazzler in such a short time.

Storm: Honesty time. I was bummed that this wasn’t First Appearance/Dave Cockrum-costume Storm. The line needs that figure. However, I understand this iteration of Storm was in big demand, and they did a bang-up job on her. The hair and face sculpts are the stand-outs, here. The cape is good; it can be a little difficult to pose the figure with the cape, considering the shoulder pieces, but those pieces are a necessary (and nice-looking) inclusion. The lightning effects are an obvious, but welcome, inclusion. This figure is a fine piece of work, but I was not its target audience.

Wolverine: Marvel Legends: Keeping Wolverine short! Yes! I love the continued emphasis on Wolverine’s diminutive stature. This is also a figure that’s been long-awaited by big portions of the fandom. It reflects that costume that Wolverine wore in his first ongoing solo series, right from the cover of the first issue. The angry/berserker face is inspired by that cover as well. It’s a nice-sculpt and definitely poseable, and it comes with extra non-clawed fists and a samurai sword. It’s also appropriate that we get this version in an assortment with . . .

Silver Samurai: I honestly can’t believe it’s taken this long to get to Silver Samurai in the Legends vertical, but I’ll take it. This guy’s got insanely detailed armor, a perfect in-character expression, and solid work on all the details from the helmet on down. I like that he’s big, but not excessive; he’s not Cull Obsidian-sized, after all. Silver Samurai first appeared in 1974, and for a few years he battled the likes of Spider-Man, Daredevil, Black Widow, and Shang-Chi. He and Viper ran up against the New Mutants in issue #5 and 6 or their original series before heading into the classic battle with Wolverine and Rogue in Uncanny X-Men #172-174. For that reason, I took some extra pics with Viper (Madame Hydra) and the appropriately-costumed Wolverine. This one looks good, kids. He’s a great addition to your gallery of X-villains.

Iceman: I think this Iceman is (don’t say it, don’t say it) pretty cool. I like the crystallization effects in the paint op, and the separation on the belt is nice. The ice-sled stand is a good piece. I’m not sure how much demand there was for Iceman after the recent previous version, but I suspect that there were a fair number of people that missed that one that now get a chance to own this one, and increased availability or repeat offerings are never a bad thing. I’m marking this one for display with my X-Factor subsection, which is also going to include . . .

Cyclops: In the land of awesome head sculpts, the new Cyke is royalty. Let’s roll back to the history a minute: this costume debuted on the cover of the original X-Factor #1, and it was also the costume used for the very first Cyclops figure from the original Toy Biz line of X-Men figures in the ‘90s. There was a previous ML variant of this outfit, but this new figure is The Stuff. Aside from just generally great sculpting and the classic “two-finger trigger gesture” on the left hand, it’s a strong representation. The best part, for me, would have to be the two heads and the optic blast accessory. The first head has a terrific “energy leak” feature, demonstrating the smolder that artists frequently depict as emanating from Cyke’s visor, post-blast. The second head is made to accommodate the insertion of the optic blast accessory into the visor, and it’s just great. Hasbro has really upped the game on power accessories in the past couple of years (Psylocke’s butterfly, the frequent magic/light/energy attachments, the lightning, etc.), but this is a champ. It literally looks like a Walt Simonson-drawn optic blast. As a big fan of Scott Summers, this figure is DEFINITELY made for me, and it is most welcome.

There you go, mutant-lovers. How do you feel about this wave? What’s your favorite? Tune in next week when we take a look at the X-Force wave that features the Wendigo Build-A-Figure. Thanks for reading!

Marvel’s Mutants Band Together in Uncanny X-Men Update for Marvel Future Fight

Three members of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men Super Hero team have officially been added to MARVEL Future Fight, the popular Super Hero mobile game by Netmarble Corp. Agents can now add these characters to their roster of Super Heroes and undergo new missions to unlock new skills, uniforms, and more.

MARVEL Future Fight players and Uncanny X-Men fans now have the opportunity to save the timeline with fan-favorite X-Men Super Heroes Iceman (Modern)Jubilee (Classic) and Bishop (Disassembled). Agents can also prepare for battle with brand new uniforms to collect, including new X-MEN RED uniforms for Storm and Jean Grey, a new DISASSEMBLED uniform for Psylocke, and a new UNCANNY X-MEN uniform for BeastMARVEL Future Fight’s new ‘Uniform Ranking’ system allows players to view popular uniforms at a glance, and with the ‘Uniform Dibs’ function, players can quickly identify uniforms they want to buy.

A new S.H.I.E.L.D Academy Mission and guide, along with a shortcut function for players to complete the mission quickly, is now available for players to participate. In addition to X-Men characters Iceman, Jubilee, Bishop, Jean Grey, Storm and Beast now having unlocked the ‘Unleash Potential’ functionality, the Super Hero Jean Grey can now be upgraded to Tier-3, with new ultimate skills to be added once the upgrade is complete. Additional updates to MARVEL Future Fight include:

  • A brand-new stage to the Dimension Rift that features Bishop
  • The Bishop Comics Card now available for Agents to collect
  • Rewards for clearing Shadowland floors past Floor 31 for the first time have been added

MARVEL Future Fight recently celebrated its four-year anniversary with 100 million players across the world. The game is currently available worldwide in the App Store and Google Play.

Preview: Iceman #4

Iceman #4

(W) Sina Grace (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) W. Scott Forbes
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99
• New York is finally throwing its first Mutant Pride Parade!
• But it may also be the last, as Mr. Sinister escalates his attacks on Iceman!

Iceman #4

Preview: Iceman #3 (of 5)

Iceman #3 (of 5)

(W) Sina Grace (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) W. Scott Forbes
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS!
• Guest-starring Spider-Man and Firestar!
• Iceman is on a blind date…but what’s a super hero date without a mad villain to crash it?
• What’s Iceman to do but call…his Amazing Friends?!

Review: Iceman #1

Iceman is back from writer Sina Grace with new series artist Nathan Stockman and colorist Federico Blee. In the first issue of the new series, Grace and Stockman indulge in a little team-up action (and jog down memory lane for X-Men fans of the late 1980s) as Iceman and Bishop work together to prevent a new mutant massacre of the Morlocks. They have a really quirky dynamic with Bishop playing the serious focused on several possible futures, and Iceman being the one with the bad jokes and clunky Kanye references. However, Grace gives Bobby a little more self-awareness than the previous volume where he was just coming into his own as both a gay man and omega level mutant and trying to balance coming out to his parents and his first real boyfriend. In Iceman #1, he’s still developing as a person, but is a little more self-assured, which makes the book a little more fun.

Speaking of fun, Iceman #1 has some seriously action-packed setpieces courtesy of Nathan Stockman and Federico Blee beginning with a literal cold open where Bobby saves an old lady from a homophobic bad guy in Hell’s Kitchen while trying to meet a cute guy. (Oops, I have to put a dollar in the clunky dad joke jar.) One thing I love about heroes like Spider-Man is the intersection between their personal life, especially romance, and superhero action, and Grace and Stockman really get that dynamic with a gay superhero. It’s also seriously empowering to see a queer superhero kick a homophobic bad dude’s ass by completely encasing him in ice. And as a humorous cherry on top, pulling out an ice “glass” slipper on the dance floor made me laugh and cringe. Northstar really needs to give him dating lessons. This opening sequence really sets the tone for the first issue with Grace and Stockman, who seamlessly transition from fight scene to conversation without losing momentum handling everything from a main villain reveal to a text message conversation between Bobby and Kitty with style and grace.

Iceman #1 shows again why having an actual gay writer on an X-Book makes the X-Men as LGBTQ people more nuanced and powerful. In this case, there is the Morlocks. Sina Grace uses them as a metaphor for LGBTQ folks who don’t want to pass as straight or assimilate into a patriarchal, heteronormative society. That’s totally cool as Bobby begins to understand after a short conversation about why they don’t join the revolving door of the Xavier School. I also like how Grace refers to the Morlocks home as a “safe space” instead of creepy tunnels or whatever like previous writers.

However, in the context of the story, the Morlocks’ separatism and non-conformity leads to them being targeted by Mr. Sinister and the Marauders, who think they are hampering upward mutant mobility. At best, they’re the Marvel Universe version of Log Cabin Republicans, and at worse, they’re the “no fats, no femmes” guys on Grindr. To give them a little more real world relevance, Grace even makes the new look Marauders organize via the not so nice parts of the Internet like real hate groups. And Mr. Sinister is kind of a perfect villain for Bobby because he’s all about finding the perfect genetic potential, which Bobby kind of is as an ice golem creating omega level mutant.

Just like its protagonist at times, Iceman #1 is a highly confident start to Sina Grace, Nathan Stockman, and Federico Blee’s new series. It gives Bobby both a personal life as well as integrating him into the X-Men as a team, has well laid out action, and the most groan-worthy of dad jokes plus quirky banter between him and Bishop. As an added bonus, Grace writes the Morlocks with respect and empathy transforming them into badasses, who fight for their home and friends and won’t conform to society’s standards instead of empty cannon fodder like in the original “Mutant Massacre” story.

Story: Sina Grace Art: Nathan Stockman
Colors: Federico Blee Letters: Joe Sabino

Story: 8.8 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Archie 1941 #1 (Archie Comics) – Archie hasn’t been one to dive into real world issues but this new series takes on the Riverdale kids as the US ramps up for World War II. A great concept that should be something new and interesting.

Cemetery Beach #1 (Image Comics) – Warren Ellis and Jason Howard team up again and the creative team alone has us interested in this series about a professional pathfinder.

Crowded #2 (Image Comics) – The series about a world driven by apps and jobs driven by them, including one that allows you to buy assassinations, is great so far. That ending of the first issue had us even more excited for what’s next.

Fantastic Four #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was amazing and a fantastic return for Marvel’s first family. We want to know more about where everyone’s been over these years.

House of Whispers #1 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – The Sandman universe is back and we’re intrigued to check out this second series to spin out of it.

Iceman #1 (Marvel) – The first volume was great and writer Sina Grace will hopefully recapture the magic of it.

Infinity Wars #3 (Marvel) – Folks don’t seem to like events but they keep buying them. This event has beaten our expectations and so much better than any of the lead up.

Journey Into Mystery: Birth of Krakoa #1 (Marvel) – We’re hoping for a throwback to the weird sci-fi comics of the past.

Low Road West #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A nuclear strike has left the East Coast uninhabitable and five teens are sent west away from the wreckage that was their home. They’re stuff in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and are fighting to survive. The concept sounds fantastic and we’re completely sold on it.

Marvel Rising Omega #1 (Marvel) – DC’s Superhero Girls has been a fantastic line and we’ll see if Marvel can pull off that magic with their own characters.

Mech Cadet Yu #12 (BOOM! Studios) – The series wraps up and has been amazing every step of the way. We want more!

MCMLXXV #1 (Image Comics) – Meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter who wields an enchanted tire iron. Well ok then!

Moth & Whisper #1 (Vault Comics) – The city’s best theives has disappeared and been replaced by their daughter?! The concept sounds very interesting and definitely unique!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The classic television comes to comics. Will it translate? We’ll find out!

The Nameless City Vol. 3 Divided Earth (First Second) – An excellent all-ages graphic novel series that mixes fantasy with martial arts.

Newbury & Hobbes #1 (Titan Comics) – The mystery novels come to comics.

Poser #1 (Waxwork Comics) – A horror slasher story with a music twist and it has an original soundtrack? Yeah, we’re sold on this one.

Ruinworld #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The first two issues of this all-ages fantasy series has been fantastic so we’re excited to read more of this webcomic turned physical comic.

Welcome to Wanderland #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new twist on fairytales and the coming of age story.

The Wrong Earth #1 (AHOY Comics) – The kick-off series to the new comic publisher, this sendup of superhero comics has us excited. AHOY has promised more to their comics and this is our first chance to see what that’s all about.

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Preview: Iceman #1 (of 5)

Iceman #1 (of 5)

(W) Sina Grace (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) W. Scott Forbes
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

He’s back!
Iceman is back! Which is good, because someone is hunting the Morlocks for sport. Now it’s up to Bobby Drake to prevent another potential Mutant Massacre. But who’s behind this horrific hunt? You won’t believe it if we tell you! Guest-starring Bishop!

FlameCon 2018: Writer Sina Grace Talks Iceman, Dad Jokes, and Li’l Depressed Boy

Sina Grace is a veteran L.A. based comic book writer, artist, and former editor whose body of work ranges from graphic memoirs like Not My Bag, Self-Obsessed, and Nothing Lasts Forever to an Iceman ongoing series for Marvel Comics. He has also done the artwork for the cult Image comic The Li’l Depressed Boy, which is written by Shaun Steven Struble. Self-Obsessed was made into a webseries starring Grace as himself and co-starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Amber Benson and Adam Busch.

At FlameCon, I had the opportunity to catch up with Sina Grace and chat about his upcoming Iceman miniseries and some other projects.

Graphic Policy: You’ve got the new Iceman coming up. What sets apart this miniseries from your initial run on the character?

Sina Grace: I’m really excited that I get to come back to the series after a passage of time. So, Bobby’s sort of done with the chapter of growing he went through in those first eleven issues, and in this one, we get to see him a little more settled in his skin. The reader will have so much more fun watching him do what he wants to do now that he’s like, “I am an omega level mutant. I am awesome.” He’s finally settling in.

With that comes a lot more fun and also some new challenges.

GP: What are some of those challenges?

SG: I’ve always thought that if you’re known for being an omega level mutant that means people with good and bad intentions are going to be paying more attention. Their eyes are on you. I’ve made it no secret that Mr. Sinister is the bad guy, and he kind of realizes that there’s something special about Bobby. Because Bobby is realizing there’s something special about Bobby. And you don’t want Mr. Sinister to be obsessed with you, I’ll leave it at that.

Then, similarly, we see Emma Frost come back into the fold, and their relationship is so rife with tension. I think one of the last times they had a very big talk about him, she seemed to be disappointed by his immense potential and how he never lived up to it. This series is really going to focus on him living up to his potential and being around people who can bring more out of him.

GP: I’ve talked to a lot of Iceman fans online, and they’ve wanted him to have more romantic and definitely more sexual relationships. What is Bobby’s dating and romantic life going to be like in the new series?

SG: I’m excited to keep Bobby single for a while. I think it’s going to be really fun to have him be single in the Marvel Universe and sort of show what that whole world looks like. How easy or how hard is it to be a mutant and in the X-Men and looking for romance. Usually, with all these other X-Men, they can date within the pool, but aside from Pyro, who they just wanted it to be what that evening was, there aren’t a lot of suitors out there.

He is dating. We get to see what that looks like for him. It’s adorable, but I’m not ready to have him fall in love just yet.

GP: You’re working with a new artist on the series, Nate Stockman (X-Men Blue). What has collaborating with him been like?

SG: Nate Stockman, and I’ve been so lucky because I’ve been saying this about the other artists, is really collaborative and so open minded in terms of taking notes from a writer who knows how to draw and has drawn comic books. Nate is injecting this level of humor that we didn’t quite hit with the previous artists, and I’m so happy because again and again I will say that this arc is a celebration. We got the book back. Bobby is a happier person. We’re just here to have a blast. It’s like a bonus round.

Nate really brings that energy. He’s just so happy and kind, and that’s all you can ask for in a collaborator. He also has really good insights as a storyteller and has helped me become a better writer in the end too.

GP: I saw Bishop on the cover of Iceman #1. What role is he going to play in the series?

SG: He’s mainly in issue one. He does show up at the end of the arc. I wanted a character where it’s the same thing as Bobby Drake. He’s always kind of around. But he’s always in the periphery. Bishop is like that too. There’s a lesson to be learned in the first adventure with them preventing the Mutant Massacre together that I felt he was able to speak to Bobby in a different way and help him understand things. I’ve always been drawn to the character, and I wanted to spend some time with him and see how his brain works. He’s cool.

GP: Yeah, wielding that big gun in X-Men Legends was when I fell in love with him.

SG: He’s also lived out the thing he needed to do in this timeline, and again, he’s in the periphery and on a similar, but different journey. So, I wanted to have these two personalities next to each other for that adventure.

GP: One thing that stands out about your Iceman is that he makes a ton of dad jokes. Why did you decide to make that a big part of his personality?

SG: It’s one of the consistent things about him. If you go through all these books, he makes really dumb jokes. His humor is a little stale, but I had to lean into as a writer because if you only do one or two, people think you can’t write a good joke. So, I kind of had to write 10 or 15 so readers would understand this is about the character kind of cracking wise.

Also, we talk a lot about how Bobby had been hiding a part of his identity from everyone. He’s filling the air. He’s nervous. These are nervous jokes. We’re going to be massaging that in the story talking about that, and how he changes on a micro-interaction level. Maybe, he’s gonna fill the air a little less with dumb jokes, or maybe his jokes will just be good. We shall see.

GP: Yeah, they’re a big part of his character. So, the X-Men have been used as a metaphor for LGBTQ themes for years. What experiences do you as a gay man bring to these characters that a straight writer couldn’t?

SG: I talk a lot about how the power of diverse storytelling lies in the details and specificity. On the way to the interview, we were talking about how opening up the restrooms at FlameCon and making them gender free opened my eyes to “Now I can’t just pop in and pop out. I have deal with a line.” But, cool, I’m aware of my privilege.

There’s no way you can have insight into a story so it’s not even in your eye line. But we bring the specifics of what the experience feels like. Case in point, in issue six of the first series, he falls head over heels with a guy he meets in L.A., Judah Miller. And he thinks about wanting to move to L.A. Resisters, and people who didn’t the like book as a whole, thought that was dumb, and gay Twitter had my back and was like, “No, girl, listen. This is what happens when you just come out, and you’ve spent your whole life thinking you can’t have something.”

You do latch onto the first person who gives it to you and make very questionable decisions about moving across the country. I almost moved to Seattle for love. So, the thing I bring where I can have a character do something that works for the sake of dramatic storytelling, but is still rooted in a reality. I think if a hetero, cis writer did this, it would come off more problematically.

GP: Speaking of your experience, you’ve written a lot of autobio comics, like Self-Obsessed and Not My Bag. How do you switch gears from writing so personally about yourself to writing about a corporate property?

SG: I think actually switching back and forth makes doing both easier for me. I have a space where I can be myself and talk about myself and reconcile questions about the world that I have that may not be interesting to everyone. I have a space for that with an audience that is willing to watch me go down these paths. And, then, because I have this safety valve, I can really look outside myself when I’m speaking to an audience that is 10,000 to 20,000 readers, and I can think about stuff that a larger group of people would want to have explored.

I like that I have both. What’s awesome is that Marvel readers aren’t like, “Let’s go look at your slice of life tales.” They love action books so it’s very safe space to go down some deep ends.

GP: In those autobio books, you have playlists, and I low key got into Jenny Lewis because of Nothing Lasts Forever. Do you have playlists for Iceman?

SG: I create playlists for any character with a big speaking role in my comics because I find music to be a fascinating look into someone’s psyche. On a very surface level, it’s a good way for me to be like “My brain is different from his brain.” So, Bobby listens to stuff I don’t listen to.

I joke that I don’t much care for The Weeknd, but Bobby likes him. He likes the War on Drugs a lot. I don’t mind them. They’re actually good. But I wouldn’t have pursued them. They’re in his wheelhouse. They’re what he likes. I was dating a guy, and we spent the date joking about what he would listen to versus us. The great debate is if Bobby Drake listens to Coldplay. I don’t have the answer yet.

It’s a good exercise. Like for Daken, I was listening to a lot of dark, nihilistic, and loud music like Health and Nine Inch Nails. Dirty Beaches too. He’s a very swagger-y guy. It’s a cool tip to tell burgeoning writers. This is how you get into a different groove and force yourself into something: a different conversation.

GP: That’s good advice. I have one last question. I’m a big fan of The Li’l Depressed Boy. Any news on that front?

SG: Our only goal with this new series of The Li’l Depressed Boy is to have the entire arc done before we put it on the calendar. I don’t think anyone likes when a book ships late, and the series comes from a personal place for both [me and Shaun Steven Struble]. We’re just letting it take the time it needs. But there are pages drawn. There is a ton of script written out.

Shaun and I are lifelong friends and partners so as long as we’re in love with each other and the book, it’s always going to be on our minds and always going to be made. Having the book come out on time and having it be the best it can be is more important than anything. No rushing for us.

Iceman #1 will available from Comixology and local comic book stores on September 12, 2018

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