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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)

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.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends X-Men Caliban Wave

Every year for the past three, the X-Men wave has been one of the most hotly anticipated arrivals in the world of Marvel Legends. This year generated particular excitement, as a number of long-requested characters either got new versions or finally joined the ranks with their first interpretation. Let’s dive in for a look at what’s sure to be a strong seller. But first, we need to thank Hasbro for sending us these figures for free for the purposes of review. We certainly appreciate their assistance.

The wave comes with seven figures; of the group, Gambit contains no BAF piece. The remaining six are Weapon X Wolverine, Jubilee, Forge, Blink, Skullbuster, and Beast (Jim Lee-style). The BAF is Caliban in his X-Force iteration. This is a very, very ‘90s-inspired wave with a particular emphasis on the Silvestri/Lee runs on the book (indeed, this version of Forge, Skullbuster, Jubilee, Gambit, and Beast come right from that era). It hits a lot of sweet spots for obvious reasons. Let’s dig.

Jubilee: It sort of blows my mind that there has never been a classic Jubilee that captures her early appearance from the comic and the celebrated animated series. In the original Toy Biz line, there was a Generation X version and a sort of anime-inspired version (in the Robot Fighters assortment), and Marvel Legends had the scarce BAF the featured the black outfit prominently seen in stories like “Curse of the Mutants.” But the vaguely-Robineseque original look never got committed to Legends plastic. Until now.

This figure is an automatic winner. The body is appropriately teen-scaled. The second head that sports a bubble-gum-bubble is absolute genius. Removable glasses are a solid idea. And the trenchcoat sculpt is tight. In short, Hasbro killed it. I can’t believe that this figure FINALLY exists after literal decades. If the internal goal is to produce the entire line-up seen in the biggest selling single issue of all time, they’ve almost got on. Good on Hasbro, and great work.

Weapon X: I might be the least excited about this figure, because I was pretty happy with the one produced for the line several years ago. However, I love one thing in particular, and that’s the height. Wolverine is SUPPOSED to be short. He’s roughly 5’3” in the comics, but he’s gotten progressively taller in extra-media protrayals, particularly by Hugh Jackman. Still, this is a great sculpt, and I’m well aware that many collectors may have missed the original version. It’s well done, but it didn’t check any boxes for me.

Forge: Similarly, Forge is a redo of a figure made years ago in an exclusive two-pack. Of the two, THIS is the superior figure. It’s a really strong version of the character as he appeared in the issues transitioning from Silverstri to Lee; it’s also appropriate that he appears in the wave with Skullbuster, as Forge and Banshee kicked huge Reaver ass on Muir Island when they began to search for the then-missing X-Men. I love the look of the figure, down to the boots and the two weapons. The original Forge is decently rare, so this is actually a much-needed upgrade that a lot of X-fans are going to scoop up. Another really solid job.

Beast: Holy crap, man. It’s been YEARS since we got a Beast (what, like OG Legends wave 5?). This is a massive, massive improvement and absolutely captures the Jim Lee look. It’s frankly stunning. The figure has size and heft, too. It also comes with two spare hands to give closed fist and open hand options. My singular, minor regret is that there isn’t an extra bespectacled head. But, again, that’s minor. This is a really, really good, much-demanded figure, and it’s, not to be repetitive, another home run.

Gambit: In the wider span of Marvel Legends history, there have been a few Gambits. The “best Gambit” question has now been answered. This one. Part of that comes from the sculpt, which is rock-solid. Part of that comes from the hand attachments, which are perfect. One is a splay-fingered card throwing attachment. Another accessory is a “charged card” that slides between another hand’s index and middle fingers. The staff is well crafted, and it’s a good height. I also like the flair of the trenchcoat and the facial expression. This one’s pretty immaculate, kids.

Skullbuster: I was pretty happy to see Skullbuster. He never got made in the OG Toy Biz days, and he’s never been represented in Legends. In fact, the only extant Reaver in the line is a years-old Lady Deathstrike. As I said, the figure plays a role alongside Forge, so that’s really cool. I LOVE that there’s a second head for Reese, another Reaver; as I’ve said in the past, those little touches make for great value-adds. The ammo belt is well-done, and the pistol is comic-accurate. What a cool, surprising figure.

Blink: OH MY GOD. Blink is beautiful. This is exceptional. Blink has one of the best faces in the line, period. The teleportation portal is great, the “energy knives” look really cool, and the sweep of the tunic/skirt is nicely realized. The figure is also sculpted in such a way that you can pose her in a position that makes it look like she’s emerging from the portal. That’s just nuts. I didn’t know how much I wanted a Blink in the line until I saw it revealed, and now that I see it in person, I’m just crazy about it. My favorite figure from the wave, and one of my favorite Legends this year. A must-buy.

Caliban: I’ve heard a few people say that Caliban wouldn’t have been one of their choices for the BAF. That’s fine; I dig him. The powered-and-sized-up X-Force version is rather cool, and the sculptors obviously had a field day. The head/face is just great, and I like the general mass of the figure. I’d really like to see more X-Force/X-Factor figures realized in the line, and with Caliban, the updated Cannonball, and Boom-Boom, it seems like Hasbro is committing to it. We really need Sunspot, Feral, Siryn, and Rictor, but I get that it takes time. Nevertheless, I like this figure and it was probably the best opportunity for Hasbro to execute on it, so good for them.

It’s a tough call, but this might be my favorite Legends wave of the year so far. It’s a really strong set of sculpts that leverages in some much-requested characters along with a couple of surprises. A whole lot of collectors are going to be saying, “To me, my X-Men!”

Review: Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #17

Like a cinnamon sugar pretzel for Auntie Ann’s, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #17 is a sweet treat of a comic book and a hell of a bit of icing on the cupcake that was Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, and (for the second half of the series) Rachelle Rosenberg’s run on the title. Patsy has finally come into some money thanks to getting back to the book rights to the romance novels and has decided to treat her friends to a nice shopping spree. (Color me jealous.) Cue a bevy of montages, food court scenes, and a celebration of friendship, queerness, and even a touch of fandom at the end.

I really like that Leth and Williams focused on the core cast of Patsy, Jubilee, Ian Soo, and Tom Hale in Hellcat #17. Before the shopping action even starts, we get some playful banter between Patsy and Ian, and it’s hard to believe that they were hero and villain sixteen issues ago until bonding over musicals. The bonds and interactions between characters have been my favorite part of Hellcat so far, and Leth indulges this by going full slice of life in the series finale. Williams counters with some wonderful (and wearable) fashion and adorable set dressing like Patsy’s cat themed cover set and slippers on the first page with a touch of Brooklyn sunlight from Rosenberg to show this is a perfect day. While also being a celebration of fun and friendship, Hellcat #17 also embraces body positivity with the diverse body types of its main cast, and an any outfit can look cool/cute attitude. (Someone needs to show me where Ian got his.)

Hellcat is still a superhero comic, and there is a “villain”, but Leth and Williams have a couple twists up their sleeves as the “Somnambulisters” transform from Z-list villains to vampires and finally big fans of Hellcat and queer teens. Williams uses choppy panels with simple backgrounds, puffs of smoke, and punching when it seems like Hellcat is fighting some of Jubilee’s vampire frenemies. However, she opens it up when it’s revealed that Stevie and Danica are Patsy’s biggest fans, and that fact ends up being facepalm-worthy thanks to dialogue from their very friendly villainous dialogue. (Also, one of the pair sits out during the brawl to take pictures like the other is visiting Patsy’s booth at a convention.) Speaking of dialogue, Kate Leth writes fast-paced, melodramatic teen dialogue and can cut to the core of the subtext behind the banter, which is that Stevie and Danica love each other. It’s a super cute touch to Marvel’s most queer-friendly book that featured a gay bookstore as a hangout/place to meet attractive gingers, like Tom Hale.

In its first issue, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat set out to be a comic book about super-powered individuals who just wanted to make ends meet, have a good, and not fight costumed villains or have run-ins with the authorities. Sure, there were fights against the Black Cat and journeys to hell along the way, but Hellcat #17 recaptures the spirit of Kate Leth and Brittney Williams’ original thesis for the series. Patsy doesn’t knock out the Somnabulisisters, but instead listens to them and finds out they have a passionate for Hellcat and each other. She doesn’t send them to jail, but helps them return their costumes to “Goth Topic” and even recommends they visit Tom’s LGBTQ bookstore to help them with their feelings for each other. This is just like Patsy helping Ian find work moving books at Tom’s store in Hellcat #1 instead of throwing him in jail for badly attempting to steal an armored car as Telekinian.

Even though it has quirky jokes and fierce style thanks to the dialogue of Kate Leth, the facial expressions and costume design of Brittney Williams, and a palette that uses just the right amount of pink from Rachelle Rosenberg, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat is a comic all about community building through organic friendships. It’s great to see characters go from awkward half-strangers or acquaintances from days past, like Tom who was in the Patsy Walker romance comic many moons ago, to friends in arms and finally, in shopping. That’s why it’s fitting that Hellcat #17 doesn’t end in a cliffhanger or final battle, but an overhead shot of friends spending time together.

P.S. Marvel editorial and future creators better not forget about Ian Soo, who will always be my bi bae and had a great arc throughout the series, and his backstory even tied into some of the villain fights.

P.P.S. This comic pair wells with “Safety Dance” by Men without Hats.

Story: Kate Leth Art: Brittney Williams Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #15

patsy-walker-aka-hellcat-15On the outside, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #15 seems like a special catch-all holiday special issue with Patsy, the temps, Jubilee, and special guests like her landlady Sharon King and Ms. America enjoying some mid-February cheer after some stressful times with Civil War II, Hedy, and most recently, Black Cat. But then writer Kate Leth, artist Brittney Williams, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg make a comic take a turn for the reality warping thanks to the common  With trips to Hell and magical bags, Hellcat has always been pretty trippy to go with its slice of life meets quirky street level superheroics, but it’s mostly been contained into special locales. But the weird visuals have arrived fully formed at Patsy’s temp agency building, and Williams gets to draw all matters of mostly adorable and occasionally creepy images intruding on the “real world”.

In addition to featuring a fierce, sentient tiger plush named Mr. Sniffles, chibi Jubilee, and a Canadian flag rocking Ms. America, Leth uses Patsy’s sickness and possible new powers to zero in on how she is changing. She has spent so much of Hellcat fighting and dealing with drama that as soon as it’s party time, she sneezes out the personification of her stress and negative feelings. Instead of doing yet another team up with friends and save the day plot, Leth has Patsy fight her own battles and use her words and agile kicks to overcome her fears. Mr. Sniffles is pretty much Patsy’s subconscious so she uses her knowledge of herself and what’s she really freaked out about (US politics in 2017.) instead of her past or insecurity. It’s also kind of nice to have a superhero uncertain about how the United States is going to turn out under Trump, and this feeling stems from Patsy’s deep friendships with women, queer people, and people of color in both her home, work, and superhero circles.

And in focusing on Patsy’s “secondary mutation”, or whatever the Disney/Inhuman friendly phrase in this day, Leth and Williams don’t neglect her supporting cast. Ian and Tom Hale are hopefully off smooching somewhere, but Sharon King, Ms. America, Bailey aka Attache, and Jubilee each get a moment of badassery, insight, or cuteness. Sharon is really the only character with both feet firmly in the real world of rent and bills, and her resignation-filled dialogue bits are some of Hellcat #15’s funniest scenes. She gets to punch something too. True to her reputation, Ms. America does a lot of punching in this comic and also gets an adorable pajama set from Williams and Rosenberg. And Jubilee seems to be the one constantly getting transformed in different going from tiny to giant in turn of a few pages and is also very understanding about the changes in Patsy’s life and power set.

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Brittney Williams’ artwork on Hellcat has occasionally featured chibis, but she gets to all out with them thanks to Patsy’s new sneezing abilities. Chibi Jubilee puts Skottie Young’s baby covers and Marvel Tsums Tsums to shame especially when she starts petting Mr. Sniffles. But Williams can tap into horror too when Patsy sneezes out a giant wasp that leads to a lot of sad reaction faces from her friends. Rosenberg takes a break from her soft, happy palette and uses an angry pink background for the wasp attack. If you look at the background of every panel, you can tell Patsy’s emotional state instantly thanks to her colors, which furthers Hellcat #15’s goal of being an intense exploration into her character and a general turning point.

Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, and Rachelle Rosenberg throw out a bunch of crazy ideas in Hellcat #15, including connecting the sniffles and Scarlet Witch-lite reality warping powers, and most of them stick thanks to the fact that the weirdness stems from Patsy’s own issues. Also, Jubilee shapeshifting into a cloud will never not be hilarious.

Story: Kate Leth Art: Brittney Williams Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #9

Hellcat9CoverPatsy Walker AKA Hellcat #9 reaches new heights of fun, happiness, and queerness in an issue that features Jubilee being the best assistant ever and rocking the cappucinos, Tom Hale singing “Poor Unfortunate Souls” at karaoke, and a couple of bad boys from Patsy’s past showing up again. Writer Kate Leth delivers a script full of puns, heartful character moments, and just a touch of sadness as Patsy is still coping with her BFF, She-Hulk, being in a coma thanks to Civil War II. Artist Brittney Williams gets to show off her flare for action as Jubilee and Patsy get to team up against her ex-husbands, Mad Dog and Daimon Hellstrom. She can do misty eyed romance and enthusiastic friendship as well, and her fun, fierce, and cartoonish art style solidifies her as one of Marvel’s best current pencilers. And colorist Megan Wilson gets to add hellfire red to her usual pink, blue, and yellow palette, especially as Daimon ends up being too hot to handle.

She doesn’t get much panel time in Hellcat #9, but Leth, Williams, and Wilson elevate Hedy Clarke to arch-nemesis in the space of a single page. Most of the time, Hellcat is a slice of life sitcom, a quirky superhero adventure, or a Saturday morning cartoon, but the opening page of this issue is pure film noir. There’s a close-up on a martini glass and a cold blue backdrop from Wilson. Williams gives Daimon Hellstrom a classy suit, and Hedy Clarke, a red and black dress that pairs well with her stone-faced stare Hedy gives him when she lies about Patsy. And Hedy’s evil plan is pretty damn ingenious as she feeds on Daimon and Mad Dog’s negative feelings toward Patsy and lets them cut loose when she isn’t really in superhero mode. Plus Daimon Hellstrom is quite the powerhouse, and Leth and Williams show that as he ends a fight with one wave of his staff and a creepy pentagram.

Luckily, Hellcat #9 isn’t all darkness and evil. There are puns too. Most of the issue (except for the end of comic fight) is concerned with Patsy trying to make ends meet at her temp agency as she must balance paying rent on her building with paying her employees. Combined with her feeling down about She-Hulk’s injury, Patsy is running out of steam. Enter Jubilee, who is a happy ray of vampiric sunshine into the comic’s supporting cast. The spare roomwhere she holds court is super adorable with its mix of typical office trappings, like an espresso machine and mini fridge, and baby stuff for Shogo Lee, like a Wolverine plush, toy dinosaurs, and way too many sets of alphabet letters. Williams’ skill at background jokes comes in handy in this space, especially when Jubilee’s Magneto mug is concerned. “Magneto was old” could sort of be a thesis statement for Hellcat  as its characters are more concerned with helping out their friends and making ends meet than grand ideologies.

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And speaking of adorableness, the karaoke bar sequence is Hellcat #9 at its most queer friendly as Tom Hale and everyone’s favorite bisexual Inhuman Ian Soo aren’t victims, but joyfully singing, drinking, and maybe even falling in love. Tom’s choice of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” is kind of perfect, and the play of pink and blue from Megan Wilson creates a warm, tingly romantic feeling. (Full disclosure: I had a boyfriend, who had that as his go-to karaoke song too.) Williams also uses glances, little bits of hearts, and hilarious reaction shots from other characters to slowly craft the romance. Also, Leth writes Jubilee as the perfect wing woman with her slick one-liners about Tom not just being Ian’s boss. They should just kiss already, but this is a superhero comic and the smooching is put on hold for fighting. For now, at least.

Hellcat #9 is a flat out fun read as Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, and Megan Wilson put Hellcat and her friends through the wringer while also letting them live a little and enjoy life. There’s action, comedy, romance, plenty of cuteness, and a cliffhanger that is like something out of Stranger Things.

Story: Kate Leth Art: Brittney Williams Colors: Megan Wilson
Story: 8.5  Art: 9.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Review: X-Men #26

xmen026The introduction of an all female X-Men caught many fans off guard when it was announced over two years ago.  It is not that the fans were not prepared for an all female team, because the new team was as a response of fan requests, but rather because the all-female team was taking over the mantle of the team’s masculine name which did not accurately respresent their gender.  Regardless the fans got what they wanted even if the fit of the characters to the title was never as strong, as some of them debated over the use of the name in story.  What was noteworthy about this title was how effective the series was, in that while there were occasionally some lighter moments, that the femininity which was displayed was not of the trivial kind but instead allowed all of these powerful characters to interact with one another.  With the advent of Secret Wars, X-Men is due to be canceled.  This might come as a surpirse for a series which has been doing well enough both in sales and in its critical reception, but then again a lot of other series are being canceled to coincide with Secret Wars.

The story here wraps up the last story arc of this series.  After journeying to the desert and finding the semi-intelligent version of Krakoa, the team was trapped underground and forced to struggle for their lives.  Both Storm and Rachel Grey managed a way to the surface and the battle continued, but not before a moment was taken to reflect on the actual meaning of their actions, especially so that their own Krakoa was sick back at the X-Mansion.

The resolution to this story is as good as the series could give, given its feminine focus, but at the same time this story arc marks the end of what was a project that never really was.  Although the quality of this X-Men title was never in doubt, it never really either broke through either.  Most of the stories were interesting and engaging enough, but most also never really rose above what one might consider an average story line from any other comic.  Such was the case here again with this story arc and this issue, and while the run has been strong enough over the past couple of years, it still feels as though more could have been done.

Story: G. Willow Wilson Art: Roland Boschi
Story:  8.3 Art: 8.3  Overall: 8.3  Recommendation: Read

A First Look at Sophiee Turner and Lana Condor as Jean Grey and Jubilee

Director Bryan Singer went to Twitter and posted a photo of the second day of shooting for next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The photo is of actors Sophiee Turner and Lana Condor who will play Jean Grey and Jubilee in the movie.

X-Men: Apocalypse Finds its Jubilee.

Director Bryan Singer has announced on Twitter the latest addition to the apparently still growing cast to X-Men: Apocalypse. Lana Condor will be the latest actor to portray the character in the film. We couldn’t find much, actually nothing, as far as her previous roles.

Condor is the fourth actress to play the character in a live action film. Heather McComb played the character in the Generation X television film, Katrina Florence was her in the first X-Men film, and Kea Wong played the role in X2 and X-Men: Last Stand.

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