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Storm (Pyramid X) Joins the Contest – MARVEL Contest of Champions

Storm (Pyramid X)

Submit yourself to En Sabah Nur as Storm (Pyramid X) enters the contest on Kabam’s MARVEL Contest of Champions.

This is not the Storm you know. She has been indoctrinated into Pyramid X by her God Apocalypse. Storm is able to channel her weather-bending abilities through her ornate wand Heset’s Ruin, to raze entire cities and subjugate those who do not submit to En Sabah Nur.

Check out Storm (Pyramid X)’s Champion Spotlight, which details her abilities, history, strengths and weaknesses.

Storm (Pyramid X)

Hasbro Reveals Storm and Stepford Cuckoos Marvel Legends

MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH STEPFORD CUCKOOS Figure

(HASBRO/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2020)
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MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH STEPFORD CUCKOOS Figure

MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH RETRO COLLECTION STORM Figure

(HASBRO/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2020)
Available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse on 12/9 at 12pmEST

MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH RETRO COLLECTION STORM Figure
MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH RETRO COLLECTION STORM Figure

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Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Retro X-Men

Greetings and welcome back! Today we’re looking at the Marvel Legends Retro X-Men assortment, which is in-stores now. I’ve also seen this referred to as the Vintage X-Men wave, but HasbroPulse lists the figures as Retro, so we’re going with that. We’d like to thank Hasbro for providing these figures free for the purposes of review. Let’s get started.

Dazzler: When the announcements came down, this was the figure in the group that made me the most excited. You’ve probably seen people refer to this one as “Outback Dazzler.” If you didn’t know, that’s in reference to the ‘80s storyline just after “Fall of the Mutants.” The world believes that the X-Men died fighting the Adversary, but they’re really operating out of the former Reaver base in the Australian Outback. This ran from Uncanny X-Men #229 to, more or less, issue #253 (most of the X-Men finish going through the Siege Perilous in #251, the same issue where Wolverine is crucified by the Reavers; Jubilee rescues him, and we start seeing where the X-Men are popping up around the world in #253. Got that? It’s good stuff, and it also includes costumes for Rogue (black and green) and Psylocke (the armor) that would made cool figures, too). Dazzler also sported this costume in the X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men animated pilot and the awesome stand-up arcade game by Konami.

AND . . . I am NOT disappointed. This is a great figure. It’s one of those cases where it feels like the character was peeled right off the page. Marc Silvestri drew the bulk of that run, and they did him proud here. The only possible improvement, in my opinion, would have been the inclusion of an extra “finger-gun” hand. But man, did they get the little details right. The red band on the leg, the star on the other leg, the separate belt, the jacket, the headband, the fit of the gloves . . . those bits are all outstanding. I’ve also been increasingly happy with the hair work that the ML team is doing; their rendition of Dazzler’s do is no exception. This is superior work, and I can’t believe that we’ve gotten both classic renditions of Dazzler in such a short time.

Storm: Honesty time. I was bummed that this wasn’t First Appearance/Dave Cockrum-costume Storm. The line needs that figure. However, I understand this iteration of Storm was in big demand, and they did a bang-up job on her. The hair and face sculpts are the stand-outs, here. The cape is good; it can be a little difficult to pose the figure with the cape, considering the shoulder pieces, but those pieces are a necessary (and nice-looking) inclusion. The lightning effects are an obvious, but welcome, inclusion. This figure is a fine piece of work, but I was not its target audience.

Wolverine: Marvel Legends: Keeping Wolverine short! Yes! I love the continued emphasis on Wolverine’s diminutive stature. This is also a figure that’s been long-awaited by big portions of the fandom. It reflects that costume that Wolverine wore in his first ongoing solo series, right from the cover of the first issue. The angry/berserker face is inspired by that cover as well. It’s a nice-sculpt and definitely poseable, and it comes with extra non-clawed fists and a samurai sword. It’s also appropriate that we get this version in an assortment with . . .

Silver Samurai: I honestly can’t believe it’s taken this long to get to Silver Samurai in the Legends vertical, but I’ll take it. This guy’s got insanely detailed armor, a perfect in-character expression, and solid work on all the details from the helmet on down. I like that he’s big, but not excessive; he’s not Cull Obsidian-sized, after all. Silver Samurai first appeared in 1974, and for a few years he battled the likes of Spider-Man, Daredevil, Black Widow, and Shang-Chi. He and Viper ran up against the New Mutants in issue #5 and 6 or their original series before heading into the classic battle with Wolverine and Rogue in Uncanny X-Men #172-174. For that reason, I took some extra pics with Viper (Madame Hydra) and the appropriately-costumed Wolverine. This one looks good, kids. He’s a great addition to your gallery of X-villains.

Iceman: I think this Iceman is (don’t say it, don’t say it) pretty cool. I like the crystallization effects in the paint op, and the separation on the belt is nice. The ice-sled stand is a good piece. I’m not sure how much demand there was for Iceman after the recent previous version, but I suspect that there were a fair number of people that missed that one that now get a chance to own this one, and increased availability or repeat offerings are never a bad thing. I’m marking this one for display with my X-Factor subsection, which is also going to include . . .

Cyclops: In the land of awesome head sculpts, the new Cyke is royalty. Let’s roll back to the history a minute: this costume debuted on the cover of the original X-Factor #1, and it was also the costume used for the very first Cyclops figure from the original Toy Biz line of X-Men figures in the ‘90s. There was a previous ML variant of this outfit, but this new figure is The Stuff. Aside from just generally great sculpting and the classic “two-finger trigger gesture” on the left hand, it’s a strong representation. The best part, for me, would have to be the two heads and the optic blast accessory. The first head has a terrific “energy leak” feature, demonstrating the smolder that artists frequently depict as emanating from Cyke’s visor, post-blast. The second head is made to accommodate the insertion of the optic blast accessory into the visor, and it’s just great. Hasbro has really upped the game on power accessories in the past couple of years (Psylocke’s butterfly, the frequent magic/light/energy attachments, the lightning, etc.), but this is a champ. It literally looks like a Walt Simonson-drawn optic blast. As a big fan of Scott Summers, this figure is DEFINITELY made for me, and it is most welcome.

There you go, mutant-lovers. How do you feel about this wave? What’s your favorite? Tune in next week when we take a look at the X-Force wave that features the Wendigo Build-A-Figure. Thanks for reading!

Review: X-Men: Grand Design – X-Tinction #1

X-Men: Grand Design - X-Tinction #1

Cartoonist Ed Piskor wraps up the 1980s era of X-Men comics in the first chapter in the final installment of mutant magnum opus, X-Men: Grand Design – X-Tinction #1. On the first page, he picks a narrative through-line (The fate of baby Cable and his parent Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor) and a Big Bad (Mr. Sinister) and then runs with it to an optic blasting, dimension hopping, ginger psychic battle finale. Along the way, he writes one badass Storm and synthesizes complicated X-Men concepts like the Siege Perilous, Roma, the Outback years, and the deal with Forge and the Goblin Queen into one action-packed, entertaining narrative.

X-Men Grand Design: X-Tinction #1 has all kinds of interdimensional and psychic events in it, and this gives Piskor an opportunity to diverge from his underground comics meets Paul Smith, early John Romita Jr, and Marc Silvestri (Any time the Reavers appear.) style and use cool techniques like “ghosting” his figures against a black ground. He first uses this when Kitty Pryde is stuck in her phase state, or when Storm is on a physical journey with Forge’s ally Naze to get her abilities back. It transports the reader to a world beyond the melodrama of superhero comics and uses the mutant powers to further the story or tell something about Storm, Cyclops, and Madelyne Pryor instead of just making the punching look cooler.

Speaking of punching, Ed Piskor does not neglect one of X-Men comics’ usual strengths: well-choreographed team fight sequences. And he uses those fights in an economical way pulling off a three panel sequence that some writers and artists would pad for half an issue. Other than his retelling of the classic hand to hand fight between Storm and Cyclops for the X-Men leadership, my favorite fight in X-Tinction is a three panel old school/new school fight when Archangel flies Iceman up to freeze some of the Goblin Queen’s goons and Colossus and Rogue punch them out. In a single panel and thanks to some big Jack Kirby poses, you know that Colossus and Rogue are the team powerhouses while Archangel and Iceman rely more on strategy and subterfuge in a callback to the fights in the first volume of Grand Design.

The only real weakness I could find in X-Men: Grand Design – X-Tinction #1 is toward the end of the issue. Up to this point, Piskor is easily juggling the Storm and Madelyne Pryor/baby Cable subplots and crafting a downward spiral for the X-Men as their team’s strength is diminished by the Marauders and the Mutant Massacre. This leads into the Outback years, the big Madelyne Pryor reveal, and after some psychic foreshadowing: the return of Jean Grey. However, Piskor immediately throws the original five X-Men into the narrative without mentioning X-Factor or establishing their return. It makes for a cool team-up sequence, but muddies the narrative a little bit.

However, Piskor does redeem himself with a funny final couple pages where the different X-Men basically ask each other, “What the hell is going on?” Like Arcade, Ed Piskor has set up a death trap of continuity mimicking the increasing density of the X-Books with multiple titles and crossovers in the late 1980s, and it looks like he will use X-Tinction #2 to get our heroes, er, readers out of it. Even if the different characters’ backstories are a little opaque and it’s hard to keep track of a growing cast of characters, Piskor’s storytelling is always smooth with clear narration and bright eyed artwork.

Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design – X-Tinction #1 is an achievement in focus as he chooses not one, but two characters with convoluted backstories (Cable, Madelyne Pryor) to be the anchor point of his exploration into late 1980s X-Men comics. For all the cool digressions and sizzling subplots, Piskor rides the momentum of this mother/father/child/ex-girlfriend/creepy scientist guy melodrama from page 1 to page 40 and even plays telekinetic baby keep away along the way. Like Renaissance painters who would find their own story out of a complex tapestry of Biblical stories and classical mythology, Ed Piskor turns the “X-Overs” of the late 80s into a powerful family drama that happens to involve eye beams and psychic powers.

Story/Art/Letters: Ed Piskor
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.2 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

C2E2 2018: The Women of Marvel Panel (Sort of) Gives An Update on the Storm Solo Comic

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On Sunday afternoon at C2E2, the Women of Marvel convened to celebrate some of Marvel’s best female creators. The panel was moderated by Marvel new media producer, Judy Stephens, and included special projects editor Jen Grunwald (Who was at the first Women of Marvel panel in 2009.), colorist Rachelle Rosenberg (Mockingbird), artist Jen Bartel (America), and writer/artist Katie Cook (Secret Wars: Secret Love). The panel was pretty announcement-light and mainly focused on the creators’ processes and inspirations for getting into comics, like a nifty time lapse video of Rosenberg coloring over David Marquez and Paulo Siqueira’s art on the upcoming Hunt for Wolverine #1 in a scene that gave me all the Kitty Pryde feels.

However, there were a few small bits of news and previews of Rachelle Rosenberg, Jen Bartel, and Katie Cook’s art on upcoming titles. Rosenberg is coloring a cover for Hunt for Wolverine #1 with over 275 characters in it. It took her 36 hours to finish and would make for a great dorm or even office poster. Bartel is drawing a backup in the The Mighty Thor: At the Gates of Valhalla one-shot, which is a transitional one-shot between the current Mighty Thor series starring Jane Foster as Thor and the upcoming Thor relaunch with Odinson as the protagonist. She is doing 15 pages of interior art for a story featuring the sadly underused characters of Thor’s granddaughters  and is the first female artist to draw them. The preview was fairly enigmatic and featured Jane Foster as Thor and a beautiful rainbow colored by Bartel herself before Matthew Wilson (WicDiv) lays down the finished colors.

The final piece of new art was an adorably twisted preview of Katie Cook’s story in the upcoming Thanos Annual that is set to be released on April 25, 2017 to coincide with his big screen appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. It is her most violent work yet and is about a cute alien people group, who are literally killing themselves to get Thanos some MacGuffin that he needs to have to take over the universe or something. I love Cook’s design for Thanos, and humorous versions of the darker and edgier parts of the Marvel Universe are always welcome.

But the real “news” at the panel and probably the reason you clicked on this article was that Jen Bartel kind of, sort of gave an update on the Storm solo ongoing comic that she is doing with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Black Panther) that was soft-announced in October 2017 around New York Comic Con. I asked Bartel if there was any news or updates about the status of Storm, and she said that she is “talking regularly” with Coates and the comic is still happening. However, there is no set in stone “timeline” for the first issue’s release at this time.

From this quick response (Which can be heard in recorded form on an upcoming episode of the Women of Marvel podcast.), I deduced that Storm is currently in the scripting and/or drawing process and that perhaps Marvel is holding back more news about it for San Diego Comic Con in the summer or another con that is closer to its actual solicitation and release date.

Also, I really want Katie Cook to do an Alpha Flight miniseries or one-shot because of her enthusiasm for the character Snowbird and her ability to turn into a  bear or any animal native to Canada.

The X-Men Join Marvel Future Fight

Netmarble Games Corp. has released a new update for its hit action role-playing game Marvel Future Fight welcoming six of the most popular mutant heroes known as The X-MenCyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Storm, Beast, and Wolverine – and also their infamous enemy Magneto, the Master of Magnetism. Taking on the role of Wolverine, players will fight their way through a new Epic Quest, becoming increasingly powerful until the last quest is completed, at which point they unlock Cyclops, Storm, Beast, and Rogue. This update also introduces new growth materials, such as X-genes, M’kraan Shards, M’kraan Crystals, and Phoenix Feathers that will help these mutant characters grow stronger.

In addition to the X-Men, two new uniforms are also being added for other characters in Marvel Future Fight: A royal suit uniform for the Inhuman known as Crystal and a special unmasked uniform for the fan-favorite Gwenpool.

This update also brings improvements to the Daily Missions format to include chapters instead of stages, allowing players to select from the various chapters to play for certain rewards in order to obtain materials needed. There is also a new system in place called the Contents Status Board that will allow players to check on the status at the main lobby for all the contents that have daily limits at once.

The full list of characters joining Marvel Future Fight today includes:

  • Cyclops – The leader of the X-Men, who can shoot powerful energy from his eyes.
  • Jean Grey – A founding member of the X-Men with great telepathic powers who can also transform into the cosmic being known as the Phoenix.
  • Wolverine – One of the most famous X-Men, who has an advanced healing factor, adamantium-laced skeleton and retractable claws.
  • Storm – One of the most powerful, noble and respected members of the X-Men, who can control nature itself.
  • Beast –While he may look like a bouncing blue monster, Hank McCoy possesses a brilliant mind and a love of science.
  • Rogue – Evolving from an enemy of the X-Men to one of their most valued members, Rogue can fly, is super strong, and can absorb the powers of anyone she touches.
  • Magneto – While Magneto – who has the ability to control magnetic fields — fights for the survival of all mutants, his misguided actions have made him the most feared foe and #1 archenemy of the X-Men.

Marvel Future Fight is available worldwide in the App Store and Google Play.

WizKids Shows Off Marvel Dice Masters Deadpool: Storm, Multiple Man, and Fantomex

WizKids‘ next Dice Masters set, Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool, is out in November and the game publisher has been showing off some of the cards and dice you’ll find within. On their Instagram account, the company has revealed three new common cards for Storm, Multiple Man, and Fantomex which are all a part of the X-Men team affiliation.

Storm: Thunderclap is a two cost BOLT character whose fielding cost for the first two levels is a cheap 0. But, it’s the card’s ability that could be the most interesting. When you field her, you can spin target ? energy in your opponent’s Reserve Pool to a BOLT face. It’s a combo card, it’s just a question of what combo to use it with and with more and more cards requiring you to keep energy in your Reserve Pool for defensive measures, this could be an interesting one.

Multiple Man: Duplicitous Nature is harder to figure out what it does. The card is a 3 MASK and has Underdog that involves doing something with a die from your Used pile when fielded. I could make guesses as to what that is, but it’d only be guesses.

Fantomex: E.V.A. is our final card and I believe that’s a X-Men symbol in its ability (though looks Hydra too) and it says character dice not of that type can’t block Fantomex unless the defending player moves one die from their Prep Area to their bag for each Fantomex character die they declare blockers for. At a cost of four SHIELD to purchase and a relatively cheap fielding cost for the stats, this is an interesting card, especially for drafts.

Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Dorbz: Classic X-Men in November

The super-human mutants are coming as Dorbz!

Collect Storm, Psylocke, and Sabretooth, as well as Cyclops, a founding member of the X-Men who can emit energy blasts from his eyes!

You can also get Dark Phoenix, one of the strongest mutants to ever live, and Emma Frost, who can turn herself into diamond! Keep an eye out for Emma Frost’s diamond chase variant (a 1 in 6 rarity)!

Be sure to look for Cable, available exclusively at Walmart!

Dorbz figures are approximately 3-inches tall and come packaged in a window display box.

Dorbz: Classic X-Men are out in November from Funko.

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