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New from Diamond Select Toys: Green Hornet, Cobra Kai, Star Wars and Marvel!

A new Previews catalog is on its way to comic shops, and it’s got a new batch of Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. products for you to pre-order! Not only does this month kick off the first-ever Green Hornet product from DST, it also showcases a new Cobra Kai figure, a new statue and diorama from the Marvel Universe, and three exciting new Star Wars collectibles! It’s the best of all worlds!

Cobra Kai PX Johnny Lawrence Eagle Fang Deluxe Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Bite like an eagle! Johnny Lawrence returns to the Cobra Kai action figure line in his all-new Eagle Fang uniform! With a stylin’ new shirt and a headband on, the karate master is ready to launch his new dojo in this Previews-exclusive action figure! Standing approximately 7 inches tall with over 16 points of articulation, this dynamic action figure features interchangeable hands and a variety of accessories, all packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella and Chris Dahlberg! SRP: $29.99

Legends in 3D Green Hornet Kato 1/2 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Evildoers beware! The high-kicking sidekick to the Green Hornet is now the latest Legend in 3-Dimensions! This ½-scale, approximately 10-inch bust of Kato features the approved likeness of Bruce Lee, wearing his trademark hat and mask. Limited to only 1000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. SRP: $175.00

Marvel Animated Style Scarlet Witch Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Witch is back! The Avengers’ resident sorceress conjures up some cuteness in this, the newest animated-style statue based on the Marvel artwork of Skottie Young! Measuring approximately 5 inches tall, this resin mini-statue depicts a super-angry Wanda Maximoff about to cast a spell as she hovers above the ground. Limited to only 3000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Casen Barnard! SRP: $49.99

Marvel Comic Gallery Nova PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Richard Ryder, reporting for duty! The Nova Corps’ most famous member joins the Marvel Gallery line as a dynamic diorama! Made of high-quality PVC and featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, Richard Ryder hovers above the ground in a crackle of blue energy. This sculpture stands approximately 12 inches tall and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Sam Greenwell. SRP: $49.99

Star Wars Clone Wars Bo-Katan Kryze 1/7 Scale Mini-Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Mandalorian leader is captured in her animated look in this all-new 1/7 scale resin bust. Depicting Bo-Katan Kryze with her dual pistols in hand, this bust also comes with both helmeted and unhelmeted heads, for two dynamic display options. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this bust is limited to 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding! SRP: $99.99

Star Wars The Mandalorian Ahsoka Tano 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived! Gentle Giant Ltd. is ready to offer their mini-bust of Ahsoka Tano, as seen in the second season of The Mandalorian. Depicting her with her twin lightsabers crossed and at the ready, this approximately 7-inch mini-bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Limited to only 3,000 pieces. Designed by the Silva Bros., sculpted by the artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd.! SRP: $120.00

Star Wars The Mandalorian with Child Premier Collection 1/7 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The most dynamic duo in modern television, Din Djarin and Grogu, team up for this all-new Premier Collection Statue from Gentle Giant Ltd.! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this 1/7 scale statue depicts the Mandalorian with Grogu in his travelling pouch, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 1000 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by the artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd.! SRP: $200.00

Review: X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 begins as CSI: Krakoa and then blossoms into a goddamn operatic comic book. Leah Williams and Lucas Werneck (Plus some bombastic and beautiful colors from Edgar Delgado.) structure the issue into almost three acts. There’s X-Factor (Plus babysitters, the X-Men and X-Force) investigating the Scarlet Witch’s murder, scanning the scene of the crime with Rachel Summers’ chronoskimming and Akihiro’s senses, and an autopsy and X-Ray on her body. This is followed by Magneto being treated as the key suspect of her murder, and lots of fighting and cutting dialogue. The third act is a sad, meditative one with almost poetic captions from Williams as Scarlet Witch’s old Brotherhood of Mutants teammates share a drink together before flowing into the cliffhanger for next issue. Like a good grunge song, X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 has a good balance of “loud” and “soft” moments, and Werneck is game for it all drawing everything from an ornate double page spread of Wanda’s body in a verdant autopsy theater to showing Polaris’ shocked expression as she realizes someone close to her might be the murderer.

The main thing I loved about The Trial of Magneto is what a meaty read it was. Leah Williams packs those 36 pages with everything from Krakoan in-fighting to bonkers battles and characters showing off their abilities in a story relevant and finally just allowing individuals to grieve. She and Lucas Werneck take break from the “fighting Magneto/mystery solving” part of the plot to cut away to Vision mourning for his ex-wife, or Kyle comforting Speed, who stands vigil alone at his mother’s body wishing Wiccan was there to help figure things out. (He’s stuck in the current “Last Annihilation” crossover.) Williams shows great range as a writer coaxing a variety of tones from characters through her dialogue and narration with the help of letterer Clayton Cowles, who uses an all-caps font to great effect when Quicksilver becomes totally consumed by grief and rage. She has spent time developing the cast of X-Factor, and they are ready to be put in a stressful situations like where Magneto saying Polaris is “unhinged and inconsistent” hurts more than any metal claws or piece of debris. Northstar’s leadership abilities (and super speed) come into play as he is sassy towards the interfering X-Force and X-Men while saving the day and preventing Quicksilver from bludgeoning his father to death. Like a proper crossover/event miniseries, The Trial of Magneto has a large cast of characters, and they all get to shine.

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1

Trial‘s strong characterization extends to the art where Werneck sets up some iconic panels like Laura, Logan, and Akihiro all leaping into the master of magnetism with quips and a devil-may-care attitude. I love how Wolverine doesn’t give a damn that Magneto pulled out his adamantium skeleton back in the 1990s and is just there to run interference while the next generation does the ass kicking. This bond between the claw mutants is nicely set up earlier in the comic when Laura and Logan basically finish Akihiro’s sentences as he figures out how Wanda was murdered. Edgar Delgado’s colors come in handy during the forensics sequences differentiating between the past and present using a sad red that comes back towards the end of the book where Toad, Mastermind, Blob, and Quicksilver are drinking and grieving. They’ve come a long way from the schemes and overwrought dialogue of the Silver Age and pack a real emotional punch while Leah Williams’ narration verbally captures the mood of the scene. The tiki bar has turned into a wake.

Connected to grief and emotions, The Trial of Magneto also has a lot of rage beginning with Magneto tossing his helmet to the side during a Quiet Council in an aerial panel from Werneck. He has had enough and is total unchecked id who just wants to resurrect his daughter because mutants are beyond such petty things as life and death. And getting egged on by Mystique and other members of the Quiet Council doesn’t help things. Williams’ writing for Magneto can be described as majestic and blunt as he says whatever he feels about everyone around him and fights the combined forces of X-Force, X-Factor, and X-Men featuring some big damn, wallop-packing panels. There are also some chilling panels of Krakoans celebrating her death while Magneto listlessly walks by that are probably the most disturbing scenes in a bleak comic.However, the show is almost stolen by Quicksilver, who immediately becomes this series’ beating heart and shows how much folks really cared about Wanda even though she was seen as a pariah on Krakoa.

In a truly dramatic entrance, Quicksilver arrives on the scene of The Trial of Magneto #1 almost invisibly as he startles Cyclops, and then Leah Williams and Lucas Werneck cut to the next page where Magneto’s head is being used as a punching bag with panels rocking back and forth across the page turning layout into speed lines. However, actual speed lines come into play when Northstar restrains an angry Quicksilver in a great riff on the classic speedster-on-speedster battle. Williams and Werneck know the tropes that make superhero comics so exciting and visceral and deploy them in emotionally resonant ways, which is why The Trial of Magneto #1 is such an epic read. Quicksilver also 100% lays his feelings about Wanda on the page, and Lucas Werneck draws quite a few close-ups of him crying because of his sister’s passing. He also feels guilty because he has felt responsible for her well-being since back in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants days. (Seriously, their tender interactions are the highlight of some pretty sub-par comics, Jack Kirby art aside.) Werneck’s facial expressions do the lion’s share of showing this guilt, rage, and melancholy and even though I can’t remember the last time I saw Pietro in a Marvel comic, I want to give him a hug.

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 has the melodrama, action, questionable morality, and high stakes emotions that are what make X-Men comics so great. Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck, Edgar Delgado, and Clayton Cowles craft a comic worthy of a white cape wearing anti-hero grieving his daughter (and being a little bit dodgy), who is almost beaten to death by his son. Oedipus (Re)X sans the incest bit and with more metallic manipulation.

Story: Leah Williams Art: Lucas Werneck
Colors: Edgar Delgado Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Diamond Select Toys New to Pre-Order: Vision, Scarlet Witch, Iron Giant, and More!

It’s almost time for a new Previews catalog to arrive, full of new items from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd., and here’s a sneak peek at what’s in it! In addition to a new figure based on the popular WandaVision series, and the first-ever set of G.I. Joe Minimates, there are products based on Marvel, Star Wars, The Crow, The Iron Giant, and Lord of the Rings! Read on for details, then pre-order through your local comic shop!

The Crow Movie Gallery Rooftop PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Crouching on a rooftop, Eric Draven stalks his prey in this all-new Gallery Diorama based on the cult-favorite movie The Crow! With the Crow on his shoulder and steam circling his feet, this approximately 10-inch sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #APR212361, SRP: $49.99)

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Minimates Series 1 FCBD Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Yo, Joe! Who fights for freedom wherever there’s trouble? The all-new G.I. Joe Minimates line! Based on the popular Real American Hero looks, this first box set includes Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Storm Shadow and Cobra Commander, and it’s exclusively available to retailers participating in Free Comic Book Day! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and includes interchangeable parts and accessories, and all come packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #APR210053, SRP: $29.99)

Iron Giant Select Battle Mode Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Iron Giant attacks! Celebrate the dark side of the Iron Giant with this all-new action figure featuring gun hands, undented angry head and of course, light-up eyes!,This approximately 8.5-inch action figure features approximately 16 points of articulation and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in our display-ready Select action figure packaging. (Item #APR212366, SRP: $29.99)

Lord of the Rings Deluxe Action Figures Series 3 Asst,

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Evil one has risen! Complete your 13-inch build-a-figure of Sauron with this, the third series of Lord of the Rings Deluxe action figures! Aragorn and a Moria Orc are the two figures in this series, each with weapons and accessories – the orc even includes alternate heads so you can customize different orcs! Each 7-inch scale figure features multiple points of articulation, as well as detailed sculpting and paint applications. Each comes packaged in a full-color Deluxe window box. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #APR212365, SRP: $29.99/ea.)

Marvel Animated Style Apocalypse Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The first mutant makes his animated-style debut in this all-new statue based on the Marvel artwork of Skottie Young! Measuring approximately 4.5 inches tall and almost as wide, this detailed statue of X-Men foe Apocalypse features art-accurate paint applications, and comes on a simple black base. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #APR212359, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Thing Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s clobberin’ time! The ever-loving blue-eyed Thing arrives in the Premier Collection as an all-new classically styled statue! The Fantastic Four’s rocky curmudgeon strikes a fighting pose in front of a poster announcing an upcoming wrestling match, and clocks in at about 9 inches tall. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, this statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Caesar, hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item #APR212360, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery VS Vision PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Vision appears! A long-awaited addition to the Marvel Gallery line, this approximately 10.5-inch-tall sculpture of the synthezoid Avenger depicts the Vision on a battlefield base, phasing through a piece of rubble. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR212358, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Select Scarlet Witch TV Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s Wanda! The Scarlet Witch arrives in the Marvel Select action figure line with a figure based on her final look in the WandaVision Disney+ series! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, Wanda wears her latest outfit, and comes packaged in the famous Select action figure packaging. It features 16 points of articulation, as well as detailed sculpting and paint applications and an interchangeable hooded head. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #APR212357, SRP: $29.99)

Star Wars Return of the Jedi Boba Fett Milestones 1/6 Scale Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Boba is back! The recently revived bounty hunter is captured at his moment of triumph, in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, in this all-new 1/6 scale statue. Standing in Jabba’s throne room, blaster at the ready, Boba Fett measures approximately 12 inches tall and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Joe Menna! (Item #APR212362, SRP: $250.00)

Star Wars Rebels Darth Maul 1/7 Scale Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Sith warrior is now the latest animated bust! Based on his appearance in the Star Wars: Rebels animated series, Darth Maul wields his double-bladed lightsaber in preparation of facing his Jedi opponents. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this 1/7 scale mini-bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #APR212363, SRP: $59.99)

Star Wars Rise of Skywalker Emperor Palpatine 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! As seen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the evil Emperor Palpatine returns! This all new 1/6 scale bust captures Sith lord Palpatine’s appearance in the latest Star Wars film, and stands approximately 7 inches tall. Limited to only 1500 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by the Silva Bros., sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd.! (Item #APR212364, SRP: $120.00)

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: An Avengers Retrospective Part 2: Four Against…(Issues #17-35)

The Avengers #17

Guest contributor Eugene Selassie is back with the second part of his retrospective of Marvel‘s The Avengers. He started at the beginning covering the first sixteen issues. He’s back discussing issues #17 to #35!


We continue my biweekly recap of my deep dive, reading every single issue of The Avengers from the beginning. In the second half of the Stan Lee era of the book, we see more of a focus on the personalities and the private concerns of each Avenger. We also notice a shift in the power levels of the villains they face to complement the more grounded roster. The political thriller vibe of some of the arcs, predating The Ultimates by about 35 years, was welcome…but the racial caricatures were not. Several allies and Avengers mainstays debuted around this time. Finally, these issues really hit home how much a different inker can completely change an art style.

The first few issues of the “kooky quartet” era established the dynamics of the team rather quickly:

  • Captain America was now unquestionably the one in charge. Steve Rogers exuded even more confidence in action than in previous Avengers stories, if that’s even possible. Complex team strategy and tactics are now on full display with this roster, which was a treat. On the contrary, Cap’s constant brooding while alone at the mansion sometimes felt a bit off-putting. So did the fact that he took on a mission that could’ve caused an international incident, just to look good for SHIELD recruitment (issue 18). When Steve quit the team at the end of issue 22, it could have led to the end of the Avengers, if not for Kang’s subsequent attack, which brought the team back together. Cap was a bit of a dick at times. It felt justified when he was dishing it back out to Hawkeye. Conversely, demanding that Hank Pym prove he’s the real Giant-Man, even though Hank explained that there have been health concerns and the strain of changing size could kill him, went a bit overboard. Equally perplexing was insulting Hank to snap him out of his funk, but from what I’m discovering, that was a common storytelling device at Marvel during the Silver age.
  • Hawkeye was the wild card of the bunch. The action man archer trying to repent from Tales of Suspense #57 up through Avengers #16 is gone and the cocky Clint Barton that we all know and love is present. I laughed heartily because Clint’s luggage wasn’t even unpacked yet before he started mouthing off to Cap. Around issue 25 is where we start to see Clint at least being self-aware that he’s a jerk and gives Cap too much crap…yet he does nothing to actually correct this. He and Cap bickered like an old married couple.
  • While the Scarlet Witch was written not as ineffectively as Jan was in these early issues, Wanda Maximoff is still treated the way all women were written in that era. She pined for Steve 50% of the time. Also, her being a brunette back then really threw me for a loop. Her powers were not as dangerously unpredictable as they would later be written as.
  • Quicksilver’s personality is the furthest from modern renditions. Pietro Maximoff is not quite a pompous ass yet. The one trait that does carry over to modern times is him being overprotective of his sister, Wanda. His personality, for the most part, is just him shouting “don’t talk to my sister that way!”. One minor facet that I never knew existed was both Maximoffs having a fondness for show business. Pietro, especially, took a liking to daredevils and high wire acts in the circus. In battle, he was quite effective, although he used the “tie people up in cloaks/curtains/blankets shtick as his offense…a lot.

While the team still took on “foes that no single hero could withstand” in several of these stories, there was a noticeable pulling back of the power levels of foes to coincide with the lesser powered roster.

  • The Swordsman appears in issues 19-20. This is where we get our first glimpses into Hawkeye’s past as Swordsman’s protégé and Clint getting pulled into a life of crime due to his mentor’s actions
  • Power Man (Erik Josten) in issues 21-22 makes three times (along with Wonder Man and Swordsman) in less than two years that the “villain pretending to be a hero” shtick was used against the Avengers.
  • The Keeper of the Flame (issue #31) was a change of pace in that we hadn’t seen any sort of cult leader in the book as of yet. Their eternal flame was powered by cobalt. Cobalt is treated like plutonium in this issue in that they treated it like it could destroy the entire planet. The Avengers figured both sides of this ancient conflict over ownership of the flame pose equal danger to the globe, so they snuffed out the flame. This felt like the “ending of Rocky IV” level of tone-deaf in the slightest and “violating the Prime Directive” at the worst.
  • In issue 32, the hate group, known as the Sons of the Serpent, shows up and viciously attacks a random Latinx bystander. One would think that the concept would feel dated…the last few years have proven that, sadly, they’re still relevant.
The Swordsman The Avengers #19

This period also is the starting point for several familiar faces in the annals of Avengers history, to make their appearance. It was good to see Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne again (issues 26-28). Hank now refers to himself as Goliath. A fun fact I never knew is that Wanda designed and created his blue and yellow Goliath costume. Jan seemed much less flighty, but within the span of six issues she was captured and imprisoned three times, then is knocked out cold after falling out of a tree, ugggh. Hank’s size-changing has caused health concerns and at one point, he gets stuck at ten feet tall, with no way to shrink or grow without fatal results. To assist him in research towards a cure, Tony Stark refers him to one of the most brilliant bio-chemists on the planet, Bill Foster, who would one day become Goliath. Foster was attacked just down the block from Pym’s house by the Serpents in issue 32. Pym went into a full-on rage and canceled all experiments so he could make sure the Avengers made the Serpents a top priority. Not saying there’s anything wrong with Pym, more so than any of the other Avengers, taking umbrage with racially motivated hate crimes and wanting to plant his foot up the asses of those responsible, but I was surprised how “woke” he was. To get more intel on the Serpents, Steve reached out to Nick Fury. Having not read anything with the O.G. Fury in almost a decade I realized how much I missed him. This also marked his first appearance in an Avengers comic. Of course a barber shop is a front for a SHIELD base. This felt oddly on point for a 60s spy organization. Unbeknownst to the Serpents, one of their recruitment meetings has been infiltrated by the Black Widow. It would seem that her road to redemption began here. What also began here was an unsavory pattern.

Issue 18 saw the team go toe-to-toe with the mammoth cyborg dictator known as the Commissar…a bad East Asian stereotype. Issues 32 and 33 revealed that the mastermind behind the Sons of the Serpent was actually a Communist General…who was a bad East Asian stereotype. Issues 34 and 35 revealed that Living Laser had hired himself out to those looking to stage a coup in the fake Latin American country of Costa Verde. Guess what, they were bad Mexican stereotypes. I had to facepalm at a lot of this. I’m hoping that there’s not too much more casual racism masked as patriotism in these early years because that will severely hamper my reading experience.

One thing that stood out more than anything was the different inkers that worked with artist Don Heck. In all of my years of reading comics, I’ve never seen an art style change so drastically with the changing of an inker on a book, until now. The legendary Wally Wood brought a level of intricate detail to the layouts yet unseen during Heck’s run. Shifting to John Romita inks was fun as he was a master of highlighting the character’s acting and emotion. Frankie Ray’s inks were not as detailed as Wally Wood’s but still got the point of Heck’s pencils across, which were probably in their purest form here. The style then drastically shifted when Frank Giacoia did the inks, giving the book an almost “romance comic” vibe. All of these craftsmen were highly talented. I just never knew an inker alone could change the look of a comic to this degree.

I’m very excited to get to the next leg of this journey, the Roy Thomas era of the book. It’s here where new members of the team begin coming in fast and furiously. Hope you’ll return for the coming of Hercules, Black Panther and several others. Until next time, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Diamond Select Toys Coming This Summer: Bruce Lee, Castlevania, DC and Marvel!

It’s a new month with Diamond Select Toys, which means another month’s worth of amazing offerings slated for the not-too-distant future! The first Bruce Lee D-Formz, the first Castlevania Gallery PVC, and new PVCs, statues and Minimates from Marvel and DC Comics made their debut in the January Previews catalog, so read on for details, and pre-order through your local comic shop, or your favorite online retailer!

Bruce Lee D-Formz PVC Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! These PVC figures pack a 3-inch punch! Inspired by the life and looks of Bruce Lee, this assortment of 3-inch D-Formz PVC figures is blind-boxed, for a surprise attack with every purchase! With five different designs to choose from, plus two rare, one-per-case variants, each assortment of 12 contains a full set. Designed and sculpted by BigShot ToyWorks. Includes a countertop display. (SRP: $7.99/ea.)

Castlevania Gallery Trevor Belmont PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The last Belmont returns! Trevor Belmont muscles his way into the Gallery PVC line with this dynamic diorama, based on the hit Castlevania TV series on Netflix! The hard-living hero double-fists a wooden stake and his trademark whip, ready to take down whatever creature of the night crosses his path. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC sculpture is made of high-grade plastic and features detailed paint applications. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! Packaged in a full-color window box. (SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Batgirl PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Batgirl of Burnside strikes! Standing atop a miniature roofscape of her chosen neighborhood, Batgirl strikes a pose for her first PVC Diorama in the DC Gallery line. This approximately 9-inch sculpture depicts Barbara Gordon in her modern-day costume and is in scale to other DC Gallery PVCs. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by James Marsano. Packaged in a full-color window box. (SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Vinimates Series 5 Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! The DC Comics VInimates line keeps going with another assortment of the DCU’s greatest heroes and villains! This new batch includes Justice League member Aquaman in his classic costume, Shazam! in his modern garb, and the ruler of Apokolips – Darkseid! Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, striking a pose straight from the comics, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Aquaman Vinimate (SRP: $9.99)

Shazam Vinimate (SRP: $9.99)

Darkseid Vinimate (SRP: $9.99)

DC Movie Gallery Dark Knight Rises Catwoman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play! Selina Kyle stands tall in this new PVC diorama based on the Dark Knight Rises! Depicting the catsuit-clad cat burglar on the ledge of a Gotham City building, this sculpture by Rocco Tartamella was based on a design by Shawn Knapp. The diorama stands approximately 9 inches tall, is made of high-grade plastic, features detailed paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (SRP: $45.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Jack Sparrow Half-Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s the ultimate treasure for any pirate! Those who love the Pirates of the Caribbean films will be sure to parlay for this Legends in 3D bust depicting scallywag Captain Jack Sparrow. Featuring the likeness of actor Johnny Depp, this approximately 10-inch resin sculpture is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Carnage PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let the carnage commence! This 9-inch PVC Diorama marks the arrival of psychopath Kletus Cassady into the Marvel Gallery line, as he swings an axe-shaped hand atop a rocky outcropping. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton, this sculpture is made of high-grade plastic, features detailed paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. The perfect companion to our Venom PVC! (SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Scarlet Witch Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Avengers Assemble! The Scarlet Witch joins her teammates in the Marvel Premier Collection with this decidedly classic take on the hex-casting heroine! Wearing her timeless red-and-pink costume, Wanda Maximoff casts a spell as pink energy swirls around her feet. Standing approximately 11 inches tall, this resin statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered window box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Iron Man MK50 Unmasked PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How high-tech is your Gallery? This unmasked PVC Diorama of Tony Stark in his tricked-out Iron Man MK 50 armor is based on his appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, and is sculpted in an approximately 9-inch scale. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint details, this piece comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (SRP: $70.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Hulkbuster MK2 PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Banner’s got a brand-new ride! As seen in Avengers: Infinity War, the Iron Man Hulkbuster MK2 armor plays a major role in the final battle against the armies of Thanos. Now, you can own your own Hulkbuster, as part of the Marvel Gallery line of PVC dioramas! Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this sculpture is cast in high-grade plastic with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios from a design by Joe Allard. Packaged in a full-color window box. (SRP: $70.00)

Marvel Movie Minimates Captain Marvel Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the most anticipated movies of 2019 is almost here, and DST is offering an all-nrew bosx set of Marvel Minimates based on it! This four-pack includes Captain Marvel, Kree soldiers Att-Lass and Minn-Erva, and the Skrull Nuro! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. The set comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Video Game Gallery Spider-Man PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hit video game Spider-Man sees its first Gallery PVC Diorama! The web-slinger himself kicks things off with this pensive piece, perched atop a Spider-logo in his new, already-iconic costume. Measuring approximately 10” tall, this PVC sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar. Sculpted by Cortes Studios. (SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Select Captain Marvel Starforce Uniform Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s official! The next highly anticipated release in the Marvel Select action figure line is none other than Captain Marvel herself, in her Starforce uniform! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall with approximately 16 points of articulation, this movie release will feature the likeness of actress Brie Larson, and is sure to be the next sought-after figure in the line! Packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. (SRP: $24.99)

Review: Scarlet Witch #15

5712144-15Witchcraft has been saved. Now Wanda has an even harder thing ahead of her – planning her life now her task is done.  But first she must face a witch-demon who possesses a young boy with a bloodline connection to witches of yore.  Join us as Wanda must battle evil both in present-day New York…and Havana, Cuba in 1954!!

Scarlet Witch was a title I was very excited about when I heard of it’s debut, and Wanda has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters.  Over the years, writers have taken liberties with her powers; some focusing on her mutant ‘hex’ power, others delving into her ‘chaos magic’.  This series took Wanda’s abilities more in a supernatural direction, really showing this character as a witch.  It was an intriguing endeavor, Wanda out on her own to fix witchcraft and find the person or persons who were destroying it.  The series definitely had its high points and low points, but I think any fan of Scarlet Witch would say they enjoyed the ride.

James Robinson gives a nice ending story to close out this series.  It really shows how the character has changed as a result of her journey, and how she’s ready to face her future.  We see a more confident Wanda, not second guessing herself or apologizing anymore for past mistakes.  On the road to fix witchcraft, Wanda has also managed to heal herself and Robinson ends this series showing us that Wanda knows what she wants for herself and she is going after it, promising that we definitely have not seen the last of the Scarlet Witch.

Vanessa Del Rey’s art definitely adds to the supernatural feel of this issue.  Most panels are very dark and muted, except for Wanda and her signature color, which conveys her power and presence thanks to color artist Jordie Bellaire.  The art has a very “sketch” feel to it, but really lends itself to the mood of the issue, even though some of the faces look awkward in some panels.

Overall, this was a good story to send Wanda off onto the next chapter of her adventures.  It shows us Wanda is more confident in her powers and how she has come into her own, no longer relying on her brother Quicksilver to be her protector and no longer being weighed down by the guilt of things that happened in her past (her mental breakdown in Avengers Disassembled; her uttering ‘no more mutants’ in House of M).  Wanda’s story that begins this issue, the ending of her tale and who she is with at the end of the story shows us that Wanda knows exactly what she wants her life to be and she is no longer going to hide away but embrace who she is.  I am very excited to see where Wanda turns up next, and I look forward to seeing her in action again.

Story: James Robinson Art: Vanessa Del Rey Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mondo Releasing Daredevil by Greg Ruth and Scarlet Witch by David Aja Posters Thursday!

Tomorrow Mondo will have a couple of new Marvel posters for Daredevil and Scarlet Witch by two artists they’re working with for the first time, Greg Ruth and David Aja.

Up first we’ll have two posters for our favorite guardian of Hell’s Kitchen, ‘ol Hornhead himself, Daredevil! Greg Ruth is an incredibly talented artist and we couldn’t be more happy about working together. Late last year, we came across this Daredevil artwork from Greg and were completely blown away. Daredevil standing tall as a watchful protector over his city’s seedy underbelly. We contacted him immediately and, thankfully, here we are.

Daredevil by Greg Ruth. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 275. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Daredevil (Variant) by Greg Ruth. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 150. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $65

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They’ll also have a pair of posters by the great David Aja celebrating his amazing cover artwork for the current Scarlet Witch series. The cover art he’s been creating for the current Scarlet Witch series is seriously top notch.

Scarlet Witch #3 by David Aja. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 125. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Scarlet Witch #6 by David Aja. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 125. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, January 19th.

Preview: Scarlet Witch #14

Scarlet Witch #14

(W) James Robinson (A) Shawn Crystal (CA) David Aja
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2017
SRP: $3.99

A RACE AGAINST TIME TO SAVE WITCHES EVERYWHERE!

WANDA’s latest journey for answers has her traveling through alternate dimensions! Amid perils new and old, Wanda, AGATHA and NATALYA will have to fight AIMLESS ONES and INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMONS to discover who is responsible for weakening magic… but with every spell, THE SCARLET WITCH’s lifespan is cut ever shorter… Will she be able to find the source in time?

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Preview: Scarlet Witch #13

Scarlet Witch #13

(W) James Robinson (A) Jonathan Marks (CA) David Aja
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 07, 2016
SRP: $3.99

In search of answers about her mother and her own past, Wanda (and Agatha Harkness) once more set foot on the Witches’ Road for a perilous journey to the very end of it and the heart and soul of witchcraft itself.

Along the way Wanda must face friends and foes from her bizarre life – all of whom conspire to stop her in her quest!

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