It’s one of two new comic book days today! What are you going to get? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
It’s a new week and we’ve got reviews, interviews, and previews all lined up! What geeky things did you all do over the weekend? Sound off in the comments. While you wait for news to kick off, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Taskmaster is one of those characters that deserves such a spotlight and generally has been underused through the years. Whenever he’s be used, he’s stood out and weirdly never became a huge hit. Even as a background character he’s stood out over the years and become even better in recent decades. From a generic villain with some cool powers to a smart-ass super villain with cool powers, it’s his personality that has been the focus. Taskmaster #1 nails the character down, mixing action, humor, and some intrigue.
Written by Jed MacKay, Taskmaster #1 has the character on the run after he’s possibly framed for the murder of Maria Hill. There’s now a price on his head and he’ll have to prove his innocence.
The comic is beyond fun with a great mix of action and humor. It kicks off with Taskmaster as a partner during a golf tournament to raise money for mobsters. It’s the kind of set-up that sets the tone so well. The duo he’s facing features Bullseye promising a gold game even I’d watch. But, what it really does is set the tone. The comments between the two are great and really let you know what type of character Taskmaster is. From there’s action, some more laughs, and a focus on what we can expect going forward.
It’s a solid opening that has such a firm grasp on its voice and tone. There’s little doubt as to what you’re going to get with the issue and now the series. It’s a comic that establishes itself and makes you ask why it’s taken so long to get something like this.
The art by Alessandro Vitti is great. Though Taskmaster features a skull mask, you’re still able to get a full feel as to what’s going on when it comes to emotions. The comic has an exaggerated aspect to it with the action having an almost Looney Tunes aspect of it. It’s just over the top as Taskmaster must deal with his would-be assassin having to use what he can to fire back and ducking the bullets flying at him. Guru-eFX provides colors while Joe Caramagna does the lettering and the art team just nails it all down.
Taskmaster #1 is a hell of a lot of fun. Not sure what else to really say. There’s a mix of action and humor and anyone can pick up the comic and enjoy it. It’s not deep. There’s no deeper themes. It’s a simple frame job that has the main character in the crosshairs of others who want him dead in revenge. It’s a simple concept but executed so well. I was hoping the comic would be entertaining and it exceeded my expectations getting me to laugh out loud and leaving me with a smile.
Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.
7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up (Graphix) – Why would any kid want to be an adult? This graphic novel explores the challengese of growing up.
Great Naval Battles of the Twentieth Century (Dead Reckoning) – In this collection, Jean-Yves Delitte and Giuseppe Baiguera plunge you into the heart of three of the twentieth century’s greatest naval battles: Tsushima (1905), Jutland (1916), and Midway (1942).
The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott (Avery Hill Publishing) – Billie Scott is an artist. Her debut gallery exhibition opens in a few months. Within a fortnight she’ll be completely blind. Already getting tons of praise, read our early review here.
Miskatonic #1 (AfterShock) – Miskatonic Valley holds many mysteries – cultists worshipping old gods, a doctor deadset on resurrecting the recently deceased, a house overrun by rats in the walls – but none more recent than a series of bombings targeting the Valley’s elite.
Plutocracy (NBM) – 2051. The world’s largest company, The Company, has seized power on a planetary scale and runs the world as if it were a business. In a plutocracy, the richer one is, the more powerful one is. A citizen decides to explore how the world came to this situation.
Power Rangers #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new era for the Power Rangers is here and it’s a perfect opportunity to dive in and see what you’ve been missing.
Punchline #1 (DC Comics) – The hit character gets a spotlight in a not so veiled exploration of Trump’s America.
Scarenthood #1 (IDW Publishing) – With the kids away the parents away in this ghost-hunting/demonic entity fighting twist of a story.
Terminal Punks #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – Mutant animals are unleashed at an airport and four punk teens take them on.
Taskmaster #1 (Marvel) – Framed for the murder of Maria Hill, Taskmaster is on the run attempting to survive and prove his innocence.
(W) Jed MacKay (A) Alessandro Vitti (CA) Valerio Giangiordano Rated T+ In Shops: Nov 11, 2020 SRP: $3.99
TASKMASTER HAS MURDERED MARIA HILL! Or at least that’s what the whole world thinks. Now the greatest spies in the business are hunting him down and won’t stop until Taskmaster is dead or clears his own name! Follow JED MACKAY (BLACK CAT) and ALESSANDRO VITTI (SECRET WARRIORS) on a globe-spanning adventure that will send ripples through every corner of the Marvel Universe’s espionage community!
It’s a big week for comic shops, as Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have delivered a treasure trove of new products across North America! With busts, statues, dioramas and action figures based on Star Wars, Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Ghostbusters, there’s something for every kind of fan!
DC Comic Gallery ‘90s Catwoman PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The 1990s were spectacular, and one of the many spectacular things about that decade was Catwoman’s costume! With her long black hair and purple leotard, Catwoman leaps straight off of the comic page and into a cluster of cats in this all-new Gallery Diorama. Measuring approximately 6” tall, this PVC diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by James Marsano. (ITEM #APR202648, SRP: $49.99)
DC Comic Gallery Diorama Bane PVC
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Venom-infused super-villain is coming for Batman, and he’s doing it in the Gallery Diorama line! This approximately 9-inch PVC diorama of Bane depicts the muscle-bound misanthrope clutching Batman’s cowl in one hand, with his Venom tube snaking down the other. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #JAN202452, SRP: $49.99)
DC TV Premier Collection Justice League Superman Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! The epic trinity of Justice League resin statues continues with the Man of Steel! Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, this animated-style statue depicts Superman hovering over a white architectural base and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Displays with Batman, available now, and Wonder Woman, coming soon! Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #JAN202451, SRP: $150.00)
Legends in 3D Movie Ghostbusters Mr. Stay-Puft Half-Scale Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! That’s a big Marshmallow Man! The Villain of the original Ghostbusters film gets captured in his largest scale ever, with this approximately 10-inch resin bust! Sculpted in half-human-scale, this portrait features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Limited to only 1,000 pieces! Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #FEB202405, SRP: $175.00)
Marvel Comic Gallery Mysterio PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Is it real or is it Gallery?! We don’t need hypnosis to convince you that this diorama of Mysterio, master of illusion, is an amazing installment in the Marvel Gallery line! Depicting the Spider-Man foe rising out of a cloud of green smoke, this approximately 9-inch sculpture is made from high-grade PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #MAR202629, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Comic Gallery Taskmaster PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The ultimate opponent is now the ultimate Marvel Gallery Diorama! Famous for his ability to mimic people’s fighting styles and soon to appear in the Black Widow movie, Taskmaster wields his sword and shield in this approximately 9-inch sculpture. Cast in high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (ITEM #APR202654, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Comic Premier Collection Black Panther Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Black Panther strikes a pose amid the greenery of Wakanda in this elegant statue. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this piece is made of high-quality resin and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It is limited to 3,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore. (Item #JAN202456, SRP: $150.00)
Marvel Movie Gallery Captain Marvel Binary PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Captain Marvel goes higher, faster and farther in this new Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama! The star of the Captain Marvel movie hovers above the ground and glows with binary power in this approximately 11-inch sculpture. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint, and cast in high-quality PVC, the diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #MAR202630, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Select Thing Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s clobberin’ time again! The ever-lovin’, blue-eyed Thing is back in the Marvel Select line, in one of the most hotly demanded re-releases the line has seen! Measuring over 8 inches tall, this massive action figure features 14 points of articulation, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Digger. (Item #AUG202102, SRP: $29.99
Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker Sith Trooper 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust
A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has come! The new Star Wars movie introduced the world to Sith Troopers, with their distinctive red armor, and this new mini-bust depicts one wielding a matching blaster rifle. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this 1/6 scale bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #FEB202400, SRP: $120.00)
The Mandalorian™ The Mandalorian 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust
A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! People can’t stop talking about The Mandalorian on Disney+, and now the highly requested mini-bust is here! Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this 1/6 scale bust depicts the bounty hunter with blaster and flamethrower at the ready, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Bust comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #FEB202399, SRP: $120.00)
The Mandalorian™ The Mandalorian (Beskar Armor) 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust
A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Mandalorian gets an upgrade in this all-new bust of him in his Beskar-metal armor! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall at 1.6 scale, this piece is a must-have for any fan of the Disney+ TV show. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! (Item #DEC198807, SRP: $120.00)
Comic shops across the North America are receiving a ton of new products from Diamond Select Toys! There’s something for everyone this week, including action figures, statues, Gallery Dioramas and D-Formz, based on Marvel Comics, Marvel movies, DC Comics, DC movies, Godzilla, Nightmare Before Christmas and horror movie classics! It’s the best of all worlds!
DC Classic Movie Gallery Batman 1989 PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the most iconic Batmen of all time takes the stage with this all-new Gallery Diorama of Batman from Tim Burton’s 1989 movie Batman! Standing atop a distinctive piece of Gotham City architecture, Batman spreads his cape and prepares to dive on some unsuspecting evildoer. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this diorama is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item # MAR202618, SRP: $49.99)
DC Comic Gallery Lex Luthor PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Destroy Superman! Lex Luthor dons his powerful armor to take on Superman in the newest DC Comics-inspired Gallery Diorama! Raising his hand to fire a Kryptonite-fueled blast, this sculpture measures approximately 9 inches tall, 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 Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #MAR202619, SRP: $49.99)
Godzilla Deluxe Gallery Rodan 1993 PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s the ultimate team-up! Rodan joins forces with the previously offered Godzilla to form a diorama tribute to 1993’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II! Sculpted in a pose from the iconic movie poster, Rodan measures approximately 8 inches tall and is cast in high-quality PVC with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Displays by itself or as a pair with the Godzilla 1993 diorama. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza. (Item #MAR202621, SRP: $74.99)
Horror D-Formz PVC Figurines Series 1 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The horror, the horror! Three horror legends unite for the first assortment of Stylized D-Formz PVC figurines! Pennywise, Annabelle, the Nun and Regan from The Exorcist fill out the assortment, along with rare variant Nun and Regan figures! Each figurine comes packaged in a blind box, with 12 boxes in each counter display. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd. (Item #FEB202404, SRP: $7.99/ea. )
Marvel Comic Gallery Agent Venom PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! We are Venom! Flash Thompson dons the Venom symbiote once again for this new Marvel Gallery Diorama! Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this sculpture of one of Venom’s most popular pairings is cast in high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #MAR202623, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Endgame Rocket PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Guardian of the Galaxy finally gets his own Gallery Diorama! Based on his appearance in Avengers: Endgame, this sculpture of Rocket measures approximately 7 inches tall on a pedestal base, 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 Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #MAR202625, SRP: $39.99)
Marvel Select Black Widow Movie Taskmaster Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! The long-awaited Black Widow movie is almost here, and the villain is just as cool as the heroine! Taskmaster arrives on the big screen to menace Natasha this spring, and he’ll be on toy shelves this summer, as part of the Marvel Select toy line! This approximately 7-inch action figure includes multiple accessories and 16 points of articulation and comes packaged on display-ready Select action figure packaging. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #FEB202410, SRP: $29.99
Nightmare Before Christmas Milestones Jack and Sally Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s snowing in Halloween Town, and Jack and Sally have finally gotten together in this all-new statue from DST! Measuring approximately 14” tall, and inspired by the final scenes of the movie, this Milestones statue of Jack and Sally is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #OCT192539, SRP: $199.99)
Previously announced titles, Widowmakers: Red Guardian and Yelena Belova and Taskmaster will be at your local comic shop this November! These action-packed series will serve as a perfect introduction to the covert cast of characters who make up Marvel’s world of espionage and will star in Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, Black Widow.
Writer Devin Grayson, one of the creators of Yelena Belova — the Red Room recruit who once nearly killed Natasha Romanoff — returns with a brand–new story drawn by rising star Michele Bandini in Widowmakers: Red Guardian and Yelena Belova. Yelena has spent years trying to figure out who she is. Once she thought the Black Widow mantle was her destiny, but fate had other plans. Now the past is catching up with her — and with Alexi Shostakov, a.k.a. the Red Guardian! Alexi has worn many titles, including husband to Natasha, but while the Widow played her avenging games, the Red Guardian waited in the shadows. Now a new day is dawning — and this time, no one will stand in his way. The first issue features a cover by Mike McKone.
Meanwhile, the world believes Taskmaster murdered Maria Hill! Now the greatest spies in the Marvel Universe are on the hunt and won’t stop until Taskmaster is dead. Follow writer Jed Mackay and artist Alessandro Vitti in Taskmaster, a globe–spanning adventure that will send ripples through every corner of Marvel’s espionage community and beyond! The first issue features a cover by Valerio Giangiordano.
With the announcement of the Black Widow movie – and the action-packed trailers that followed – the world was introduced to a fan-favorite character from Marvel Comics: The Taskmaster! Now an international superstar, his big-screen debut has been delayed until fall, but Diamond Select Toys and the Disney Store are taking this opportunity to release a fully comic-accurate figure of the Taskmaster at ShopDisney.com and Shop.Marvel.com!
The Taskmaster is the ultimate warrior, able to duplicate and counter the fighting style of any opponent. Measuring approximately 7.5 inches tall and featuring 16 points of articulation, this action figure includes a shield, sword, pistol, bow, three removable arrows, a bow-firing hand and an interchangeable alternate head depicting a more modern masked appearance. It comes packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference.
We’re all sad that theBlack Widow movie has been postponed until fall, but one thing hasn’t been postponed – the next Marvel Select action figure, based on the film! The Taskmaster is almost here, and not only does he fill the frequently-requested movie villain slot, he’s a villain who’s just as cool as the heroine!
Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, this approximately 7-inch action figure has 16 points of articulation and comes with multiple accessories, including shield, sword, bow, arrows and alternate hands. The 173rd release in the Marvel Select line, Taskmaster comes packaged on display-ready Select action figure packaging.
Look for Taskmaster to hit comic shops and specialty stores, including online retailers, this summer!