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Batman #111

It was new comic book day yesterday! What did you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBLDF – All the Graphic Novels Challenged in 2020 – Here’s to the year when there will be none.

Book Riot – A Starter Guide to the Loki Comics – A nice and helpful guide!

ICv2 – IDW Prices Public Offering – You can own a piece of IDW!

Reviews

Geek Dad – Batman #111
Collected Editions – Green Lantern Season Two Vol. 2: Ultrawar
Toysmatrix – Sweet Paprika #1
Comics Bulletin – Transformers: King Grimlock #1

Marvel Studios’ Disney+ Series Comes to LEGO

LEGO has revealed a new wave of blind bag minifigures that will be available starting September 1st. The figures come from the Marvel Disney+ shows WandaVision, Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and What If?.

Included in the set are:

  • Scarlet Witch
  • White Vision
  • Monica Rambeau
  • Sam Wilson/Captain America
  • Bucky Barnes
  • Loki
  • Sylvie
  • Captain Carter
  • Zombie Captain America
  • T’Challa Star-Lord
  • Zombie Hunter Spidey (Steve Rogers)
  • Gamora/Thanos

Check out the figures below!

Those Two Geeks Episode 124: Black Widow and Loki discussions (with spoilers)

Alex and Joe babble on about the two recent MCU offerings Black Widow and Loki with full spoilers, though minimal actual recap of the actual plot.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – Can New Distribution Models Help Comic Creators Address Persistent Economic Uncertainty – In the old days this would be called diversification and be a “no duh”.

The Mary Sue – The WandaVision and Loki Finales Are Eerily in Sync at Critical Moments – This is pretty cool.

Reviews

The Beat – M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1
Collected Editions – Planet of the Apes Omnibus: Before the Fall

M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1

Loki with Julia Serano & Tea Fougner: Queers, Alligators, and Kangs

THE Julia Serano explains why Loki and Sylvie have no time for your gender essentialism, Tea Fougner delves into Loki’s gender fluidity in comics and we all wish the queer showrunner would stick around another season.

Julia Serano is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer, biologist, and activist. She is best known for her nonfiction books Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. Julia’s first foray into fiction, entitled 99 Erics: a Kat Cataclysm faux novel, won the Publishing Triangle’s 2021 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and was an Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) 2021 silver medalist in LGBT+ Fiction.

Julia’s Loki essay https://twitter.com/JuliaSerano/status/1413186947862859776

Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate. When she’s not reading comics for work, she’s reading comics for fun, drawing comics, dressing up as comic book characters, or watching comic adaptations on television. https://twitter.com/teaberryblue

President Loki and Kid Loki Comes to Funko Pop!s

It should be no surprise but the popular President Loki and Kid Loki from Marvel Studios Loki can now be added to your shelf. Funko is releasing the two Pop! Marvel figures that can be ordered now.


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Those Two Geeks Episode 121: The Comic Book Market Volatility

Alex and Joe talk about a couple things, starting with the minor change to the Wandavision ending, then touching on Loki (no spoilers beyond episode 2) before delving into the insanity of the current comic book speculation market.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Disney+/Captain America Wave

Let’s just dig right in . . .

Vision: With a wave based entirely on the Disney+ wave of the MCU, the figures need to accurately reflect the look of the show. And I think Vision does particularly well in that regard. The face sculpts in this wave are a big level-up, with you can tell. I also like the choice of making the cape semi-transparent; it’s a very cool look and no other Marvel Legends figure has something quite like it.

Scarlet Witch: I love the WandaVision outfit. It’s a terrific design, and the figure really captures it. In fact, it has a few details packed in that I overlooked on screen. It’s really nice work, but the best thing about the entire figure is that face. This IS Elizabeth Olsen; it’s an incredible likeness. Similarly, that hair is beautifully done. This is a figure where intent, design, poseability, and execution all come together so smoothly. Just a top-flight job all around.

Winter Soldier: I thought it was an interesting choice that, considering the Winter Soldier figures all the way back to that two-pack many years ago, Hasbro opted not to include a weapon with this figure. I kind of like that, especially since weapons weren’t really Bucky’s thing in this series. The detail on the vibranium arm might be my favorite part. I found this to be a good update figure for the MCU, but it’s not particularly distinguished outside of costume detailing.

Zemo: Two heads are definitely better. Again, great face sculpt, but there’s just something a little cooler about the masked version. Maybe it’s because we finally got to see it in live-action in the series. At any rate, excellent job on Zemo’s coat, and the shush/pointing hand is a clever inclusion. Speaking of clever, throwing in the Winter Soldier code book was a great touch. Only negative: the coat sculpt makes the figure a little hard to stand.

U.S. Agent: Yes, I’m aware that the big upset is the lack of white stripes. And yet, this still looks good. The figure really captures the look and attitude of John Walker. For me, the main minus is that there was no additional Cap shield, no black and red Agent shield, or no janky homemade shield. But as a figure itself, it’s well-done.

Captain America: What a terrific job they did on Sam. Great likeness, tremendous realization of the suit, and good poseability. The shield and backpack look great, the paint ops are on the point, and they really nailed the look of the goggles. This is my favorite of the group next to Wanda. Of course, he isn’t really complete without . . .

BAF: Cap’s wings and Redwing: I do get where some fans were upset that the BAF was the wing structure. However, I can see why that is with what they were going for. The wings are great, with additional hinges and moving parts.  The addition of a flight stand specifically designed for the figure makes sense, and Redwing is icing. Frankly, I’m pleased that they figured out a way to give us a Sam Cap that looks this great.

Loki: You notice that I keep addressing fandom gripes? Before the show even started to air, discontent mounted over the outfit chosen for Loki. And then . . . it’s exactly what’s he’s been wearing. Seriously, people will demand things as esoteric as Patch Wolverine in a tux, but bitch about TVA Variant Loki? The likeness is there, the costume is show-accurate, and it’s Loki unlike any other we’ve had. Damn it, I like it.

All right, campers. What do you think?

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Djeliya

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments with your ideas. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Marvel’s Loki Joins Fortnite Because That’s What You Do These Days – Who hasn’t joined Fortnite?

ICv2 – 22,000 Comics Donated to Special Forces – Nice to see this.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Ancient romance awakens in HONEY & VENOM – Free comics!

Reviews

Screenrant – Djeliya
CBR – Ordinary Gods #1
Comics Bulletin – Transformers: Beast Wars #5
The Beat – Witchblood #4

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