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Exclusive Preview: Shang-Chi #5 (of 5)

Shang-Chi #5 (of 5)

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Dike Ruan, Philip Tan (CA) Marcus To (VCA) Iban Coello, Skottie Young
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE GRAND FINALE!
• SISTER HAMMER launches her final attack on the Western world with her army of vampires!
• Will SHANG-CHI and his family be able to stop her?
• And will Shang-Chi finally accept the destiny laid out by his father?

Shang-Chi #5 (of 5)

Early Preview: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic
(Variant Covers) Alex Ross, Art Adams, Mahmud Asrar, Russell Dauterman, Dave Johnson, Alan Davis, Mike Del Mundo, Frank Cho, Rian Gonzales, Jeff Johnson, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Land, Todd Nauck, Dan Panosian, Joe Quesada, Khary Randolph, Ron Lim, Otto Schmidt, Walt Simonson, Superlog, Skottie Young, Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $4.99

NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.

What’s the point of an eternal battle?

For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.

But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

Eternals #1

Preview: Strange Academy #6

Strange Academy #6

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

BATTLE IN THE BAYOU!
• What happens when the students of Strange Academy face the ancient evil order called THE HOLLOW in the swamps of New Orleans?
• Nothing good, that’s for sure!
• The students have stepped too far out of their element – now what price must they pay?

Strange Academy #6

Early Preview: Black Cat #1

Black Cat #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) C.F. Villa, Nina Vakueya (CA) Pepe Larraz
(Variant) Taurin Clarke, C.F. Villa, Skottie Young
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE CAT IN BLACK IS BACK!
Feeling lucky? Knull’s attack on Earth interrupts the Black Cat’s latest heist, and if you know Felicia, you know that’s a problem. So the Cat and her crew aim to steal something of greatest value to both Knull and Earth’s hope of survival. You’ll have to pick up this issue to find out what! This issue guest-stars the X-Men! Captain America! And Doctor Strange! DO NOT MISS IT!!!

Black Cat #1

Preview: Strange Academy #5

Strange Academy #5

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The founding of the Strange Academy came with some gigantic risks. So far the students and teachers haven’t felt the sting of those risks. That changes this issue.

Something horrible is bubbling up in the bayous outside New Orleans and the students of Strange Academy are going to have to wade in and uncover an evil that they are not ready to handle.

Strange Academy #5

Review: Strange Academy #4

Strange Academy #4

What does a game of tag look like at the Strange Academy? After a trip to the French Quarter of New Orleans, the students are still in having fun mode taking the classic game and giving it a magical spin. While chasing each other, we get to jump through worlds through magical doors allowing for an instant change of scenery and new challenges. Strange Academy #4 continues to deliver some fun before the oncoming storm.

Writer Skottie Young continues to set up the world of Strange Academy. The characters and settings are new. And with that, Young has focused on worldbuilding than throwing our characters directly into conflict. With that, the first four issues have delivered more fun than fights. That’s not a bad thing at all. We’ve gotten to know the characters and their personalities a bit more that way. It also is clear this is the set up before characters start getting off. Young is creating an attachment between the reader and the characters. With their fun personalities, we care about them more which makes upcoming threats more ominous and more likely we’ll experience greater tragedy.

Young delivers a kinetic issue full of world jumping and youthful fun. We know the shit will hit the fan soon but we can also sit back and just enjoy the fun the characters are having. And it’s chaotic. Beyond the game of tag, the issue also deals with a library run amok in a way that’s unexpected. Strange Academy #4 seems to have a goal and that’s to remind us that there’s danger everywhere and it’ll come from unexpected locations and at unexpected times.

Humberto Ramos provides the art with Edgar Delgado on color and Clayton Cowles lettering. There’s a lot to pack into the issue and it’s impressive with what’s done. Between the library setting and the different worlds presented the issue literally hops around. It delivers so many locations and “looks” but at the same time it all feels coherent and of the same world. That’s helped by the eye-popping coloring. The team also emphasizes the fun. We can see the joy so many of the kids are experiencing as they chase each other and wind up in new locations. There’s an enthusiasm mixed with energetic fun.

Strange Academy #4 is another fun issue of the series. It’s clear what the team is going for and what’s coming. The issue is the calm before the storm. That’s not a bad thing as the slow build has been a great way to introduce the characters and world. I care about these characters a bit more this way and it also hasn’t relied on shocks to keep us coming. Instead, much like the students with each other, we’re getting to know everyone and familiarize ourselves with the school. For those interested in kids attending a school for magicians, this is the one you should attend.

Story: Skottie Young Art: Humberto Ramos
Color: Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Strange Academy #4

Strange Academy #4

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 28, 2020
SRP: $3.99

TAG, YOU’RE IT! The students at the Strange Academy blow off their homework for the craziest game of tag ever.
• Every door of Strange Academy holds a surprise – one takes you to Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, another to Weirdworld, another to Asgard; and some doors’ destinations are unknown even to Strange himself.
• The students plan on stepping through every door, and at least one of the students will bear some significant consequences of their actions.

Strange Academy #4

JM DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Kevin Maguire, Brian Michael Bendis, Gerry Conway, Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos, all go virtual for Baltimore Comic Con Live

Take part in the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming the weekend of October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! The programming for the virtual event is jam-packed with comic book excellence!

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE: Bwa-Ha-Ha

Panelists: JM DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, and Kevin Maguire
Host: John Siuntres
Friday, October 23, 2020 – 6pm ET / 3pm PT

The men behind the comedy classic of the 80s and 90s return for a victory lap in a discussion of this comedy classic take on the world’s greatest heroes.

BENDIS & CONWAY

Panelists: Brian Michael Bendis and Gerry Conway
Friday, October 23, 2020 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

A one-on-one conversation between two of the most important writers at the Big Two, representing nearly 50 years of comics. Join Brian Michael Bendis (SupermanUltimate Spider-Man) and Gerry Conway (Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man) in a no-holds-barred discussion.

STRANGE ACADEMY

Panelists: Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos
Host: Chuck Lindsey
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 12pm ET / 9am PT

Sit down with the creators of the new Marvel hit series, Strange Academy.

Diamond Select Toys October Previews: The Crow, The Child, Wonder Woman & More!

It’s October, when one’s thoughts naturally turn to the spooky, but it’s also time to think about the spring! The October Previews catalog is out, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have a bunch of products, spooky and otherwise, coming to stores in Spring 2021. With busts, statues and figures based on Marvel, DC, The Crow, Star Wars and Nightmare Before Christmas, it’s the best of all worlds!

Crow Movie Gallery Crow at Window PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Eric Draven gets some fresh air in this all-new Gallery Diorama based on the 1994 Crow movie! Standing in front of a broken window with a crow on his shoulder and a guitar by his feet, Draven stands approximately 9 inches tall, and is made of high-quality PVC with detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #OCT201994, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Man of Steel Kryptonian Superman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Look, up in the sky! Superman appears to hover above the ground in this new deco of a popular classic! Wearing his all-black outfit from Man of Steel, this approximately 12-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 Joe Menna, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #OCT202003, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Black Adam PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Getting ready for his big-screen debut, Black Adam smashes his way out of the Shazam/Captain Marvel mythos and into the DC Gallery Diorama line of sculptures! Hovering above the ground with lightning crackling around him, this approximately 11-inch sculpture of Teth-Adam features a removable cape, and is made of high-quality PVC with detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed and sculpted by Alterton! (Item #OCT202002, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Wonder Woman 1984 PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Bulletproof and beautiful, the star of Wonder Woman 1984 strides off the screen, deflecting bullets off of her magic bracelets. Bearing the likeness of actress Gal Gadot, this approximately 9-inch sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #OCT202004, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Animated Style Hulk Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The madder Hulk gets, the cuter Hulk gets! Bruce Banner gets adorable in this statue inspired by the variant covers of Marvel Comics. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this design is based on the artwork of Skottie Young. 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 #OCT201996, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Doctor Doom 1/7 Scale Resin Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Doctor Doom displays his mystical side in this all-new mini-bust, depicting the Latverian monarch in his trademark armor, wielding fire that appears magical in nature. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this mini-bust of Victor Von Doom is limited to only 3,000 pieces and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Juan Pitluk! (Item #OCT201997, SRP: $69.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Hawkeye with Pizza Dog PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! A man’s best friend is his dog, and a dog’s best friend is pizza! Hawkeye and his sidekick Pizza Dog spring into action in this all-new Gallery Diorama, inspired by modern Marvel Comics. Cast in high-quality PVC, this approximately 9-inch sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item #OCT201998, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection X-23 Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s the best there is at what she does! Laura Kinney pops her claws while standing on top of a fallen Sentinel head in this deluxe statue from DST! Part of the Premier Collection, this approximately 10-inch statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color bx with a numbered certificate o authenticity. Designed by Uriel Caton and sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #OCT201999, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Select Silver Centurion Iron Man Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Ol’ Shellhead is back! Iron Man returns to the Marvel Select line wearing one of his fan-favorite armors, the Silver Centurion armor of the 1980s! Looking ready to fight in the Armor Wars or found the West Coast Avengers, Tony Stark’s alter ego features 16 points of articulation and multiple interchangeable parts. It comes packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # OCT202000, SRP: $29.99)

Marvel Video Game Gallery Spider-Man Spider-Punk PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to go into the Spider-Verse! Tour the noisy, crowded clubs of New York City with the most hardcore Spider-Man of all, Spider-Punk! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, this sculpture of the nonconformist hero shows him surrounded by barbed wire, his guitar slung over his shoulder. This Gallery Diorama is made out of high-grade PVC, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios! Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #OCT202005, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Video Game Gallery Spider-Man Noir PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Forget it, Jake, it’s the Spider-Verse! Enter the dark and dirty alleyways of New York City with the darkest Spider-Man of all, Spider-Man Noir! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, this sculpture of the hard-boiled hero shows him crouching on a rooftop, overlooking his city. This Gallery Diorama is made out of high-grade PVC, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios! Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #OCT202006, SRP: $49.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas D-Formz PVC Figurines Series 2 Counter Display

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Nightmare Before Christmas continues, with another assortment of delightfully adorable D-Formz! PVC figurines of Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie and Sally each turn up twice in this assortment, along with rare one-per-case figures of Santa Claus, Dr. Finkelstein, a variant Jack, and glow-in-the-dark versions of Jack, Sally and Oogie Boogie! Each 3-inch figurine comes packaged in a blind box, as part of a 12-piece counter display. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #OCT202001, SRP: $7.99/ea.)

Legends in 3D Star Wars The Mandalorian™ The Child ½ Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Child is growing up! This half-scale portrait of the Child captures the co-star of Star Wars: The Mandalorian™ at approximately 5 inches tall, atop a pod-shaped pedestal. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza! (Item # OCT201995, SRP: $120.00)

Review: Strange Academy #3

Strange Academy #3

For those looking for alternatives to that other school for kid wizards, then look no further than Strange Academy. For three issues the series has introduced to this crazy world full of magic and a new generation of characters all of whom are full of energy and personality. It’s a fun, fresh series, and Strange Academy #3 continues every bit of that while setting up what’s to come.

Written by Skottie Young, the issue mainly has the students heading out into the French Quarter for some much needed fun. Of course things don’t go smoothly, though it’s not quite the over the top action one might expect. Young takes the issue in a much different route.

Strange Academy #3 is an interesting comic in that the premise could have easily had the students fighting “big bads” in a one-off issue but instead the stakes are fairly low. Instead, Young focuses on the students and their interactions. Yes, this is an issue that drops them in crap so that we can learn more about them and see them bond and interact in an environment that’s not the school. It’s all about the personalities and friendships here.

And Young nails the issue.

Every student featured feels like they get their moment, no matter how brief, that adds to the character and lets us know a little more about them. On top of all of that, the issue does some foreshadowing for what’s to come and sets up what’s clearly the first major bad for the series. It’s an issue that might feel like a throwaway in some ways but in reality it’s all about the setup and adding depth to make us know more about, and maybe care for, these characters.

Humberto Ramos‘ art with Edgar Delgado‘s colors is absolutely amazing as expected. Fantastic writing and fantastic art are the name of this series and the issue does not disappoint. Each character and moment is full of so much personality and energy as is Ramos’ style and the exaggerated nature of it all just adds to the youthful feel of the series. The lettering by Clayton Cowles is amazing as well. There’s some subtle things done depending who’s talking where the font style might change but unless you really pay attention you might not notice. It’s a small detail that adds so much to the series and characters.

Strange Academy #3 is another home run for the series and team. This is just a fun series with some great characters showing so much potential. It’s a series I look forward to with every release and a comic I can sit back and enjoy with a smile on my face. If you haven’t been reading it, you’ve been missing out.

Story: Skottie Young Art: Humberto Ramos
Color: Edgar Delgado Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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