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Iron Man #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? 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 in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – Miles Morales Spider-Man Game, Horizon, And Sackboy Also Coming To PS4 – Cool! We can save some money and still enjoy Miles’ adventure!

The Beat – Stumptown canceled due to COVID-19 delays – Booo!


Talking Comics – Iron Man #1
Screenrant – Pantomine #1
Laughing Place – Star Wars #6
Screenrant – Terminal Punks #1

The Mandalorian Second season Gets an Official Trailer

The new season of The Mandalorian starts streaming Friday, October 30, only on Disney+.

The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire. “The Mandalorian” stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito. Directors for the new season include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed, and Robert Rodriguez. Showrunner Jon Favreau serves as executive producer along with Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson, with Karen Gilchrist serving as co-executive producer.

Preview: Star Wars: Darth Vader #5

Star Wars: Darth Vader #5

(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) In-Hyuk Lee
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• DARTH VADER’S search for revenge against those who hid his son Luke reaches a terrible climax – at the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA!
• What secrets does he learn? And who will pay as a result?
• All the answers are coming – in the ruins of POLIS MASSA – the birthplace of Luke Skywalker!

Star Wars: Darth Vader #5

Preview: Star Wars #6

Star Wars #6

(W) Charles Soule (A) Jesus Saiz (CA) R. B. Silva
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• THE FORCE led LUKE SKYWALKER to someone who can provide him with great insight into the path to JEDI wisdom…
• But their meeting will change Skywalker FOREVER. Luke thought his duel against his father, Darth Vader, was the ultimate test. But Luke’s trials have only just begun.
• The galaxy needs Luke Skywalker. And a Jedi needs a weapon!
• Meanwhile, Vader continues his search for his long-lost son, and the REBEL ALLIANCE finds itself on the verge of a losing all hope.

Star Wars #6

Hasbro Announces Hasbro PulseCon this September

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) today announced the first-ever Hasbro PulseCon, a 2-day virtual event that gives fans unprecedented access to their favorite Hasbro brands, music & entertainment. Taking place on September 25-26, 2020 exclusively on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube Channel and hosted by SYFY Wire on-air correspondent, writer, and producer, Jackie Jennings, Hasbro PulseCon promises fans in the US and Canada a front row seat to panels, talent appearances, brand reveals, product giveaways and more; connecting consumers to their favorite brands in an immersive, one-of-a-kind setting that, along with the eOne portfolio, will bring fans the best in entertainment, music, and toys. Announcements for new innovations and product reveals will take place for brands including Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. JoeMagic: The GatheringPower RangersTransformers as well as premiere partner brands MarvelStar Wars, Ghostbusters, and more.

Hasbro PulseCon delivers the experience and connection of conventions for free and right from the comforts of fans’ homes. Highlights from the virtual event will consist of live unboxings, over 50 new product reveals and pre-orders, coveted Hasbro PulseCon exclusive merchandise, livestream panels featuring celebrities and audience Q&A, and surprise experiences. “To be a part of this new virtual experience that celebrates fan culture and incorporates so many different iconic entertainment properties is truly a thrilling opportunity and I can’t wait for fans to check it out,” says Jackie Jennings, Hasbro PulseCon host.

Fans will also be able to get their hands on Hasbro PulseCon exclusive items, available only at Hasbro PulseCon in the US & Canada, including:

Ghostbusters Plasma Series Tully’s Terrible Night (Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $49.99 / Available: September 2020)

G.I. Joe Classified Series Snake Supreme Cobra Commander Action Figure (Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 / Available: September 2020)

Power Rangers Lightning Collection Mighty Morphin Lord Drakkon Evo III Figure (Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $49.99 / Available: September 2020 )

Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy: Quintesson Pit of Judgement 5-Pack (Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $69.99 / Available: September 2020)

Marvel Legends Series 6-Inch Hellfire Club Collection (Ages 4 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $79.99 / Available: September 2020)

Marvel Legends Series 6-Inch X-Men Marvel’s Logan & Charles Xavier Figure 2-Pack (Ages 14 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $49.99 / Available: September 2020)

Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Star Wars: The Clone Wars 501st Legion ARC Troopers Figure 3-Pack (Ages 4 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $49.99 / Available: September 2020)

Star Wars: The Black Series Heroes of Endor Figure Set (Ages 4 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $109.99 / Available: September 2020)

Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch-Scale Hoth Wampa Figure (Ages 4 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 / Available: September 2020)

Underrated: Star Wars The Last Flight Of The Harbinger

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet-pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Star Wars: The Last Flight Of The Harbinger

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Star Wars comics in general. I said then that I’m the biggest Star Wars fan in the world, and even though I did enjoy (all) of the live action movies to some extent, I’d never really read many of the comics.

Despite being a big comics fan, and a relatively new Star Wars fan, I never once thought about reading the comics that were going to reintroduce us to the world and build upon what was known from the movies. It just never occurred to me. Star Wars was something I watched not something I read.

That changed this year when I found a rather significant haul of Star Wars trade paper backs for a remarkably decent price, but that’s not news for regular readers of this column. One of the books I had picked up was a trade collecting the several issues from Jason Arron’s Star Wars series (issues #20-25). The story takes place some time after the events of A New Hope but before The Empire Strike Back. Most of the book focuses on our favourite rebels steals a Star Destroyer to break a blockade while confronting an elite squad of Stormtroopers called SCAR Squad, with a single issue looking at an older Obi-Wan Kenobi fighting off a bounty hunter on Tatooine during his secret guardianship of Luke (who’s around ten or so here).

There’s also a bonus story with R2D2 that’s of the fun but easily forgettable type that you’d usually find in a Sunday paper.

The Obi-Wan story fleshes out Luke’s uncle, and opens a door for an eventual live action story set around this period by showing that Obi-Wan doesn’t need to be fighting a galactic threat to be a hero – there are plenty of more intimate battles he can fight whilst staying within close proximity to the Skywalkers.

But the meat of the story, and the part that lends the book its title, focuses on the Rebel’s capture of a Star Destroyer, first by dedicating an issue to explaining who SCAR Squad is, and then by showing the action unfold. That we get a look at what the Rebel’s did off camera during the intervening years adds another layer to the original movies, and it really does serve to give you the sense that the Rebellion versus the Empire wasn’t limited to a few battles, but was a much larger galactic conflict by a band of guerrilla fighters. With the The Last Flight Of The Harbinger taking place mainly over a day (at most) and flashbacks, Aaron shows without any other context, that this really is a protracted war and not a series of minor conflicts with some lovable characters.

I read this as a standalone book without realizing when I purchased the trade that it was volume four in Aaron’s collected Star Wars run, and it didn’t hamper my enjoyment at all. Perhaps because these are characters that are so embedded without the public consciousness coupled with the fact that the story is entirely self contained (with only one or two references to previous events) meant that I didn’t need to know what had gone on before to enjoy the book in hand. Which ultimately is a hallmark of the Skywalker Saga; with so many years in between some of the movies, you rely on the legendary yellow scroll and a general sense of who is who to get by more often than you don’t.

Or maybe I’ve grown to care less and less about What Went Before if the story is good.

Star Wars comics may not be for everyone, but if you’re a comic reader (and I assume you are if you’re reading this), and a Star Wars fan and you haven’t read these stories, then you owe it to yourself to check out the books being published by Marvel. If you have read them, then I shall gladly listen to the “I told you so” if you want to follow it up with “now read this…”

Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales #4 (of 5)

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales #4 (of 5)

(W) Michael Moreci (A) Arianna Florean (A/CA) Derek Charm
In Shops: Aug 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

This exciting weekly series explores a time of great upheaval in the galaxy-the Clone Wars! While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights fight against incredible odds, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clones, pinned down for the duration, swap war stories that feature your favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series, such as Padmé Amidala, General Grievous, and many more!

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales #4 (of 5)

Preview: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3

(W) Alyssa Wong (A) Marika Cresta (CA) Valentina Remenar
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• Separated from her crew, DOCTOR APHRA finds herself in peril at the hands of RONEN TAGGE’S mercenaries!
• Could there be a traitor in their midst?
• And can Aphra outwit them before the curse of the city swallows her and her new team whole?

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3

Diamond Select Toys In Stores Now: Bruce Lee, Sub-Zero, The Mandalorian and More!

Summer’s almost over, and there’s a cold wave headed for comic shops thanks to Diamond Select Toys! The long-awaited Sub-Zero Gallery Diorama hits stores this week, along with a statue of the cold-hearted Vision, and two pretty cool dudes, Bruce Lee and the Mandalorian. But to balance it out, the Predator brings the heat, Rey basks in the desert of Jakku, and Batman bakes in a heavy suit of armor!

DC Comic Gallery Dark Nights Metal Batman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! That’s some heavy metal! Batman dons Tenth Metal armor for his battle against the Dark Nights in this exclusive 1:8 scale PVC diorama based on the epic Dark Nights: Metal storyline! Wielding a sword and shield as he steps over cleaved tentacles, this approximately 9-inch sculpture is made of high-grade plastic and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #FEB202413, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D Movie Bruce Lee 1/2 Scale bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Just in time for Bruce Lee’s 80th birthday, this half-scale bust captures the martial-arts legend’s portrait, measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a dragon pillar. Cast in resin and featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, it is limited to only 1000 pieces and includes a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #DEC192337, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Star Wars The Mandalorian ½ Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The most hotly anticipated TV show of possibly ever is here, and DST is celebrating with a bust of its titular star, The Mandalorian! This half-scale resin bust measures approximately 10 inches tall and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios.  (Item #DEC192331, SRP: $200.00)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Vision Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Behold the Vision! Depicting the synthezoid as he first appeared on the cover of 1968’s Avengers #57, his hand outstretched ­towards the viewer, this approximately 11” statue was hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. (Item #NOV192334, SRP: $150.00)

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)

Predator Gallery City Hunter PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hunt continues! The Predator line of Gallery Dioramas moves on to Predator 2, capturing that movie’s City Hunter in a moment of triumph! Raising a skull and spine over his head, this sculpture of a masked Yautja warrior stands approximately 11 inches tall with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Made of high-quality PVC, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, hand-sculpted by Eli Livingston. (Item #FEB202406, 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)

Unboxing: Animation Legends – Star Wars: Droids, Ewoks, and Mighty Mouse

Animation Legends is a bulk animation cell service that sells original artwork from classic cartoons. With a regular rotation of shows, the catalog is updated regularly and gives you a chance to get favorites.

We decided to give the company a spin buying a three cell package from three different shows, Star Wars: Droids, Star Wars: Ewoks, and Mighty Mouse.

What’d we think and what’d we get? Tune in and find out!

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