Something Spider-Man is coming courtesy of Christos Gage and Jorge Molina.
Something Spider-Man is coming courtesy of Christos Gage and Jorge Molina.
It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you like? Dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
iO9 – Marvel Comics Does Its Most Exciting Work in Alternate Universes – Agree? Disagree?
The Comichron – Original, relaunched Spider-Man series lead reorder charts – This is not too surprising.
How to Love Comics – Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1
Miles Morales steps into the spotlight in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse a new animated movie from Sony diving into the world of Spider-Man in whole new directions. And it looks like Miles isn’t the only character making his big screen debut, we’re also getting Spider-Gwen!?
Check out the new trailer above and some new photos below. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes to theaters December 14, 2018.
May is underway, and the newly revealed items from Diamond Select Toys are now up for pre-order! As seen in the May 2018 Previews catalog, a number of items are on schedule to be released late in the year, and we’ve got images and info for you right here! Products based on Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Kingdom Hearts, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Batman: The Animated Series, the Batman Classic TV Series and the Nightmare Before Christmas are all ready to order. It’s the best of all worlds!
BATMAN 1966 ALFRED BUST (MAY182301, $59.99)
The epic line of resin busts based on the classic Batman TV Series continues, with the show’s single most important character – Alfred! The sole keeper of Batman and Robin’s secret identities, Alfred kept house at Wayne Manor and assisted Master Bruce and Master Dick whenever they needed him. This 6-inch bust comes armed with a feather duster, and sits atop a pedestal base inspired by the show’s opening credits. Limited to 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean!
DC PREMIER BATMAN TAS HARLEY QUINN STATUE (MAY182302, $150.00)
There’s nothing like the classics! As many costume changes as Harley Quinn goes through, we always come back to the harlequin suit she wore when she debuted on Batman: The Animated Series. Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, this all-new sculpture captures her classic costume in the animated style, in a limited edition of 3,000 pieces. Each comes with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore!
DC GALLERY BATMAN COMIC WHO LAUGHS PVC STATUE (MAY182303, $45.00)
A Batman who laughs is a Batman who wins! From the pages of Dark Nights: Metal comes the Batman Who Laughs, the leader of the Dark Knights, a team of evil Batmen from across the multiverse. This fully Jokerized Batman stands about 9 inches tall, and features a detailed sculpt with exacting painted details. The high-grade plastic statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alterton!
PREDATOR COOKIE JAR (MAY182297, $49.99)
The jungle savagery of the Predator franchise meets the animal hunger of the kitchen with this new Predator ceramic cookie jar. Depicting the Yautja’s classic appearance in the original 1987 film, this roughly 12″ cookie jar has a removable head for snack (or spine) storage. The perfect companion to Diamond Select Toys’ ceramic Alien Xenomorph Cookie Jar, or to display on its own! Sculpted by Eli Livingston.
MARVEL MINIMATES SERIES 76 ASST (MAY182308, $9.99)
Let the carnage commence! Celebrating its 15th year, the Marvel Minimates line has dedicated its 76th assortment to the epic Spider-Man crossover, Maximum Carnage! Four specialty-exclusive 2-packs make up the assortment – Spider-Man with Black Cat, Venom with Doppelganger, Carnage with Demogoblin and Cloak with Dagger – and if you collect all four you get the pieces to build Shriek! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Designed by Barry Bradfield.
MARVEL GALLERY BLACK PANTHER MOVIE V2 PVC DIORAMA (MAY182305, $45.00)
How hot is your Gallery? The Black Panther braves the flames to become the newest PVC Diorama in the Marvel Gallery line! Vaulting over the flaming wreckage of a car chase gone bad, T’Challa is sculpted in a 9-inch scale and cast in opaque and translucent plastic for a realistic flame effect. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint details, the diorama comes in a full-color window box.
MARVEL MOVIE GALLERY IRON MAN MK50 PVC DIORAMA (MAY182307, $45.00)
A Diamond Select Toys release! How high-tech is your Gallery? This PVC Diorama of Iron Man in his tricked-out Mark 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.
MARVEL GALLERY VENOM COMIC PVC STATUE (MAY182304, $45.00)
Can you smell what the Brock is cooking? Peter Parker-hating Eddie Brock reunites with his partner in hate, the alien symbiote, to become Venom once more in the latest Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama! Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this sculpture depicts Venom mid-merge, with Brock visible under the symbiote, and is made of a high-grade plastic with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box.
MARVEL MILESTONES THOR RAGNAROK GLADIATOR HULK STATUE (MAY182309, $299.99)
This is the big one! Clocking in at approximately 24 inches, this Milestones statue of the Hulk as he appeared in Thor: Ragnarok is one of the biggest DST has ever made! Limited to an edition of only 1,000, this resin statue can be displayed on its own or join with the upcoming Gladiator Thor statue to form a scene from the movie! Each statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza!
MARVEL PREMIER GWENPOOL STATUE (MAY182306, $150.00)
The Merc with a Smirk leaps into the Marvel Premier Collection with this dynamic sculpture! The death artist formerly known as Gwen Poole wields twin katanas as she lands a jetée amid pizza boxes and tiny MODOKs in this limited edition 12-inch-scale statue. With only 3,000 pieces made, the statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full color box. Hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore!
NBX SELECT AF SERIES 6 ASST (MAY182293, $24.99)
Christmas is coming, and the gifts are grotesque! The hit NBX action figure line from DST continues with a sixth assortment, featuring characters and accessories only available on the specialty market! Three different multi-packs make up the series, including Sally with the Mummy Boy and Hanging Tree, the Clown with the Undersea Gal and her tank, and the Harlequin with the Devil and another piece of the gift-making table – combine it with the pieces from Series 5 to form a larger diorama! Each set comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Cortes Studio.
NBX CAULDRON SALLY DLX COFFIN DOLL (MAY182295, $75.99),
NBX PODIUM JACK DLX COFFIN DOLL (MAY182294, $74.99)
The Coffin Dolls line just got super-sized! Just in time for the 25th anniversary, these two new releases of Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas feature new facial expressions and new accessories – a podium for Jack and a cauldron and spoon for Sally! Each 14″ scale doll features a real cloth costume and multiple points of articulation, looking like it just stepped off the big screen! Each comes packaged in an oversized coffin-shaped window box.
NBX TOWN HALL FOUNTAIN DLX MINIMATES BOX SET (MAY182296, $24.99)
Hear ye, hear ye! The Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates line continues with this new, exclusive boxed set, featuring new versions of Jack Skellington, Sally, the Mayor, an exclusive Harlequin Demon figure, and an exclusive Town Square fountain diorama piece! Each 2-pinch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Set comes packaged in a full-color window box.
KINGDOM HEARTS HALLOWEEN TOWN SORA VINIMATE (MAY182298, $9.99)
KINGDOM HEARTS HALLOWEEN TOWN DONALD VINIMATE (MAY182300, $9.99)
KINGDOM HEARTS HALLOWEEN TOWN GOOFY VINIMATE (MAY182299, $9.99)
The adventure continues, as the stars of the Kingdom Hearts game series travel to Halloween Town! In the home of Jack Skellington, first seen in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sora, Goofy and Donald each don a fantastically nightmarish costume, and now each is a Vinimates vinyl figure! Sculpted in the block-figure style, each 4-inch vinyl figure has a ball-jointed neck for additional posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.
Some of our team members are heading to see Deadpool 2 today (we’re excited) but unfortunately we can’t talk about it until Monday (boo). So we’ll be working on some awesome reviews for that. While you wait, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.
CBR – Image’s Infidel Film Adaptation in the Works at TriStar Pictures – Not too surprising.
Comic Book – Kate Walsh Joins Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’ – Very cool!
The Comichron – “Get me Spider-Man!”: Sixteen Spidey #800 variants among week’s Top 25 advance reorders – That’s a lot of re-orders.
Comic Attack – Coda #1
Comic Attack – Oblivion Song #3
Even though he’s mainly known as a member of the X-Men, Wolverine was an Avenger for quite some time in the 2000s and was a part of Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers team. In Hunt for Wolverine: The Adamantium Agenda #1, writer Tom Taylor, artists R.B. Silva and Adriano Benedetto, and colorist Jesus Aburtov get part of the New Avengers band back together as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones chase down a lead that a superhero’s DNA is up for sale at a black market auction. It’s a bit of a spy caper featuring characters with outsized personalities and a unique personal connection to Wolverine that is outlined in the opening, flashback sequence. Unfortunately, the art and colors don’t match the liveliness of the writing, and the book comes across as middling at best.
Throughout Adamantium Agenda #1, Taylor chooses sharp, simple plotting over labyrinthine, continuity heavy ones. The flashback sequence is something out of the M & M ad that has been repeated ad nauseam before every movie in a major theater for the past couple years with the New Avengers trying to defuse a touch triggered bomb for Maria Hill. Because of his healing factor and “unkillableness”, Wolverine goes for the sacrifice play even over Luke Cage and his bulletproof skin that culminates in Silva, Benedetto, and Aburtov’s best sequence: a double page, green tinged explosion.
The bomb plot is an easy way to establish the characters, create an emotional bond between them and Wolverine, and even have a little bit of action. Wolverine triggers the bomb instead of Luke because he doesn’t want his daughter, Danielle, to grow up without a father, and this creates a tender moment between him and Jessica. She has never looked so sincere when she thanks him for this, and even the awkward Ben Day dots that differentiate the flashback from the present scenes can’t kill the mood. Of course, Spider-Man is all jokes and buddy buddy with Wolverine because their awkward friendship is already pretty well documented.
This flashback leads into the present, reunion mission, and Tom Taylor channels his inner Roger Moore Bond film with a bit of an underground base submarine caper. His wit sparkles, especially every time Jessica gets in a quip, with jokes about everything from BitCoin to villain “safe spaces”, and probably the best joke of all is that Spider-Man just wears his regular superhero mask to the super, sketchy masked auction.
Faces aren’t R.B. Silva’s strong suit as an artist in Adamantium Agenda #1, and Adriano Bendetto’s inks don’t seem to make much of a difference except for things like making characters’ clothes seem lived in. During moments of extreme stress and emotion, he runs away from character faces like when Tony Stark is talking to Kitty Pryde about how much Wolverine meant to him, (I.e. the previous flashback) and the verdant Canadian landscape unintentionally becomes the focus on the scene. Silva’s hit or miss facial expressions, clumsy choreography, and some bad lighting choices from him, Benedetto, and colorist Jesus Aburtov really put the onus on Taylor to keep the story entertaining. And he does, for the most part, milking all the awkward humor and explosive action out of an undercover mission featuring characters not really known for their stealth. At least, Tony is at home with the sleazy one percenters.
Adamantium Agenda #1 has one hell of a cast of characters, and Tom Taylor wastes no time having them go on an epic mission with action, jokes, and the occasional heartfelt moment. The final page takes the miniseries in a completely new direction, but Jesus Aburtov’s muddy colors and R.B Silva and Adriano Benedetto’s less than expressive, half-assed superhero house art visuals keep this from being a surefire summer blockbuster hit.
Story: Tom Taylor Art: R.B. Silva with Adriano Benedetto Colors: Jesus Aburtov
Story: 8.0 Art: 6 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Trade paperback copies of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man from the local public library were what got me into comics, and the first Marvel comic I ever subscribed to was Ultimate Comics Spider-Man featuring Miles Morales. So, it’s safe to say that I was rooting for Spider-Man #240 to be a fantastic ending to Bendis’ 18 years on Spider-Man and seven years writing Miles. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case even though Oscar Bazaldua is one of Marvel’s best up and coming artists and can fill a page or double page spread with action and emotion beats. Speaking of emotion, Bendis’ farewell letter at the end is more moving than anything except Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor’s final page. I’m surprised I’m saying this about a Bendis comic, but Spider-Man could have used one more issue with the return of Uncle Aaron/Helicarrier theft storyline ending in Spider-Man #240, and the next issue acting as a proper send off for Bendis’ work with Miles Morales and Spider-Man instead of this rush job/bottle episode.
After a cliched present-to-flashback sequence, Spider-Man #240 has a pretty nice fight sequence between the Champions, the new Sinister Six, and the Latverian army. Bendis and Bazaldua even make the stakes personal with both Miles and his uncle Aaron tumbling off the Helicarrier with a black and gold color palette from Laura Martin in an almost silent double page spread. But, then, it all cuts to black, and we’re back in the hospital. There’s a lot of fades to blacks and hospital scenes like Bendis was simultaneously streaming the ER and Sopranos finale while scripting his own finale. To go with this, there’s a lot of telling and not showing and a bunch of abrupt cuts in the storyline like Bendis was trying to set up a quick subplot or two at the end and didn’t resolve it.
For example, Miles is in the hospital after his battle with the Latverians because there is something up with his genetic code, but we never find out what it is even after a shoehorned Tony Stark cameo. Bendis also seems to be setting up a new path for Miles and his new writer with a connection to espionage, but cuts before the “reveal” of the Marvel Universe big shot, who wants his help. Less egregiously, he resolves a Ganke subplot with expository dialogue and hand waves the ending of the issue’s opening battle with an off panel Avengers appearance. Dialogue is still one of Bendis’ strengths, and he has a lot of fun with the banter between the Champions members (And Goldballs!) without resorting to awkward “millennial speak” like Mark Waid, but seeing Miles’ mom Rio interact with Captain America would have been way cooler than just a word balloon.
Also, Bendis and Bazaldua drop the ball when it comes to the interactions between Miles and his Uncle Aaron in Spider-Man #240, which was the through line of this final arc as Miles tries to help his uncle use his technological skill for good and not crime. Aaron disappears during the final battle and then reappears at Miles’ hospital bed in a darkly lit scene from colorist Martin. Bendis’ writing for Aaron is simple; his time with Miles over the past few days has helped him think about doing good. But then there are some really awkward visuals like a close-up of Miles utterly freaking out when Aaron touches his hand before yet another fade to black. Intentional or not, there is a dreamy quality to the hospital scenes, and it is like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Normal Again” where Buffy think she has hallucinated the past six years of her life. Thankfully, Bendis doesn’t go for “It was all a dream” cop out ending, but the hospital setting limits the type of interactions Miles can have and hamstrings the whole ending.
However, Spider-Man #240 isn’t all bad, and there is one series of scenes that made me smile. Brian Michael Bendis and Oscar Bazaldua spend a decent amount of time closing the curtain on the main constant in Bendis’ run writing Miles Morales: the friendship between Miles and Ganke. (There’s a reason that they’re the sole stars of the final Pichelli and Ponsor drawn page.) After weird medical testing talk, it’s refreshing to just listen to them talk about girls, video games, and how crazy their lives have been. After fighting supervillains and Latverians, Miles just wants to hang out and be a regular teenager. Bazaldua also includes a nice sight gag of Spider-Man (The Peter Parker one) lounging in a web hammock outside the hospital room in a great nod to Miles’ origin as taking on the dead Spider-Man’s legacy in the Ultimate Universe as well as Bendis’ 11 years of writing Peter in Ultimate Spider-Man.
Some cool flight blocking from Oscar Bazaldua, smart color shifts from Laura Martin, and every time Ganke shows up, Spider-Man #240 is an unceremonious end to Brian Michael Bendis’ time writing Miles Morales. There were some good ideas in this storyline, like the return of his “Uncle Ben figure,” Aaron Davis, but it’s squandered with start and stop subplots, and can we seriously stop with the fading to black panels. Bendis stuck the landing with Jessica Jones and Defenders as farewells to his other big Marvel creation and his work on street level and team books, but sadly strikes out in his final issue of the book that got him in the door and made him a star back in 2000.
Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Oscar Bazaldua Colors: Laura Martin with Matt Milla and Peter Pantazis Final Page Art: Sara Pichelli with Justin Ponsor
Story: 5 Art: 8 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass
Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Oscar Bazaldua, Sara Pichelli (CA) David Marquez
In Shops: May 02, 2018
THE END OF AN ERA FOR MILES MORALES!
Marvel Comics proudly presents the final issue of Bendis’ epic (bio-electric) run! Over seven years and across two universes, Miles Morales has been an Ultimate, a Web-Warrior, an Avenger and a Champion. A New Yorker, a student, a son and a friend. And whenever the city needed him (and one time when all of reality needed him), he was always SPIDER-MAN. Don’t miss the chance to see comics superstar Brian Michael Bendis bid farewell to one of his most beloved creations, and to glimpse what the future may hold for Miles Morales.
As the world celebrates the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, perhaps the most anticipated superhero film of all time, Diamond Select Toys has teamed up with the Disney Store to offer two new Marvel Select action figures! These exclusive figures celebrate characters who starred in the stories that have led to this massive blockbuster, one based on the comics and one based on the movies. Both are fan-demanded figures that are sure to round out any Avengers action figure collection!
The first figure is of a classic comic villain, the mad Titan Thanos, seeker of the Infinity Gems and wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet. Inspired by his modern comic book appearance, as seen in 2013’s Infinity limited series, this figure measures approximately 7.75 inches tall with 16 points of articulation and includes an interchangeable unhelmeted head.
The second figure comes from the world of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the film that brought the Spider-Man movies fully into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Depicting Peter Parker in his unmasked appearance, this figure features the likeness of actor Tom Holland as well as three additional sets of interchangeable hands. It measures approximately 6.75 inches tall and has 16 points of articulation.
Both figures will be available for purchase on April 27, in-store and online at shopdisney.com and shop.marvel.com Each figure comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference.