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Diamond Select Toys On Sale Now: Cobra Kai, Mortal Kombat, Boba Fett and More!

Get ready for the biggest brawl of all! A plethora of new items hit comic shops this week from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd., and they’re all inspired by some of the toughest fighters in the business! The karate masters of Cobra Kai take on Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, while Marvel’s Thing takes on a team of killer kaiju! Also, Boba Fett was there!

Cobra Kai Deluxe Action Figures Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Sweep the leg! A follow-up to the classic film The Karate Kid, the hit Emmy Award-nominated Netflix TV series Cobra Kai is now a series of deluxe action figures from DST! Each 7-inch figure – Johnny Lawrence, Danny LaRusso and John Kreese – features over 16 points of articulation, plus interchangeable hands for a variety of martial arts moves. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg and Rocco Tartamella. (Item #AUG212419, SRP: $24.99)

Godzilla Vinimates Vinyl Figure 2-Packs

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s the return of Godzilla! The popular Godzilla Vinimates 4-inch vinyl figures are back in a series of two-packs, pairing past with present, and pitting enemies against each other! Godzilla 1954 meets his future counterpart, Godzilla 1999! Godzilla 1962 faces off with Mechagodzilla! Burning Godzilla 1995 teams up with Rodan! Each 4 inch figure features an articulated neck, and comes packaged in a full-color window box built for two! Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #AUG212421/22/23, SRP: $19.99)

Marvel Premier Collection Thing Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s clobberin’ time! The ever-loving blue-eyed Thing arrives in the Premier Collection as an all-new classically styled statue! The Fantastic Four’s rocky curmudgeon strikes a fighting pose in front of a poster announcing an upcoming wrestling match, and clocks in at about 9 inches tall. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, this statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Co-design and hand sculpt by Clayburn Moore, co-design and concept illustration by Caesar! (Item #APR212360, SRP: $175.00)

Mortal Kombat Gallery Scorpion PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get over here! From the hit Mortal Kombat video game franchise, wearing his outfit from Mortal Kombat 11, Scorpion launches his kunai at an opponent in this dynamic, deluxe Gallery Diorama. Cast in high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Salvador Gomes. (Item #SEP201918, SRP: $74.99)

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett Legends in 3D ½ Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Star Wars universe’s favorite bounty hunter is now a Legend in 3D! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this half-scale bust of Boba Fett is based on his appearance in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna! (Item #MAY212117, SRP: $200.00)

Preview: The Thing #6 (of 6)

The Thing #6 (of 6)

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
RATED T+
In Shops: Apr 06, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WALTER MOSLEY’S FORAY INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE GOES OUT WITH A BANG!
It all comes down to this! The secret power behind Mot is revealed at last – but with it comes a very personal threat to Ben Grimm! Can the Thing battle his way past the one foe that waits for all of us and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat? And in order to do so, will it mean working hand-in-glove with Doctor Doom?

The Thing #6 (of 6)

LILY C.A.T. celebrates its 35-year anniversary and it still shows we’ve much to learn from it

Lily C.A.T.

When I first started reading up on Lily C.A.T. online I came across a description of it that showed up way too often: an anime version of Alien (1979) where the monster is a cat. It doesn’t really do it justice.

The setup does resemble Alien in that it takes place in a spaceship and that there’s a foreign entity wreaking havoc on its crew. Its kind of science fiction, like Alien as well, leans more towards horror than actual sci-fi, but the movie is quick to shed that comparison in favor of something that mixes other classic movies in for a surprisingly deep story about time, the fear of becoming obsolete, and the dangers of progress. And yes, it does have a cat, but it’s no mere monster (although it can be quite frightening).

Lily C.A.T. is the creation of Hisayuki Toriumi, one of the minds behind the classic Gatchaman. Released in 1987, the movie, set in the 23rd century, follows the men and women (and cat) of space cruiser Saldes, a ship that was hired out by the Syncam Corporation to take surveyors into a new planet with unique mining possibilities. The trip reaches its destination, but before the crew has the chance to get off the ship and survey the planet, strange deaths and disappearing corpses keep them in place until they can figure out what’s caused this nightmare scenario just as they reach the end of their first 20-year cryosleep journey.

In comes the cat, a creature that might be a clone or copy (or something else) of another cat that travelled with one of the crew members. Her name’s Lily and it’s quickly established something isn’t entirely feline underneath all her fur. It doesn’t take long for a hulking monster to reveal itself, it’s presence offering part of the explanation as to why the crew is being consumed and what the cat’s role is in all this.

Lily C.A.T.

One of the main attractors of the movie is Yoshitaka Amano’s character and creature designs. Amano, known for his work on Vampire Hunter D, Final Fantasy, and Speed Racer, creates a monstrous mass of horror that seems inspired more by John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) than H.R. Giger’s designs for Alien. It’s a brutal manifestation of hunger that holds a certain mystery as to its killing methods and why it consumes the bodies of those it kills.

This is where comparisons to Alien stop. As the ship’s crew starts to dig into the events that are taking place on the Saldes, character motivations and trust issues start revealing deeper concerns afflicting its crew. For a movie that’s just over an hour long, there’s a fair amount of existential dialogue taking place and they range from thoughts on humanity being overtaken by technology, ideas on how time becomes obsolete when travelling in space, and the importance of fulfilling one’s duty despite being presented with the possibility very little of it matters given the circumstances. Here it veers into 2001: A Space Odyssey territory.

Lily C.A.T.

As the movie progresses, it becomes evident that its central computer might be seeing the monster and its biochemical components as a rare find that could benefit the Syncam Corporation’s bottom line if brought back to Earth. The crew slowly realizes that their presence at this point is mostly superfluous given the computer is capable of navigating the ship by itself and of containing the creature to certain areas for a long trip back home with the new cargo.

The realization inspires the ship’s captain, Mike Hamilton (played by Mike Reynolds in the English dub version), to reexamine his decision to dedicate his life to space travel and he sacrificed in its pursuit. He goes on to provide one of the movie’s most existentially unsettling monologues. Hamilton speaks to the price space travelers pay in terms of time, framing it as a pursuit that is appreciated on a very lonely stage.

Undergoing twenty, thirty, or forty-year time jumps for deep space travel means those left behind continue aging naturally while the traveler artificially extends his or her life span. It means travelers sacrifice a lot for a system that, at the same time, is trying to eliminate human input entirely at every turn. The insight Captain Hamilton provides in his monologue allows for a more complex type of questioning when it comes to tried and true sci-fi tropes. It leaves an impression and promotes the further exploration of genre ideas that we’ve seemingly taken for granted way too often.

Lily C.A.T.

There’s a subplot concerning criminals that make their way into spaceships to go on illegal time jumps to avoid arrest for serious offenses. Again, time is a factor that puts into question the entire notion of duty, especially if we think about it as something that runs on an invisible timeline we’ve never thought necessary to consider before.

These and other variations on the sci-fi formula are what make Lily C.A.T. such an impressive and important example of classic anime. Toriumi’s vision considers a profound worry for the things humans sacrifice in service of progress, especially how our limited foresight can put us on a road towards obsolescence. The movie offers a warning that’s as prescient now as it was when it came out, perhaps more so given what’s come to pass since its original release. Give it a watch and don’t get too distracted by the cat. There are other things to worry about when humans venture deeper into space.

Preview: The Thing #5 (of 6)

The Thing #5 (of 6)

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
In Shops: Mar 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

“THE NEXT BIG THING” CONTINUES! What began as just a simple altercation in Manhattan has now spiraled into a cosmic showdown on the moon, as the Thing faces off with a trio of familiar villainous faces from the past! And should he win out, the greatest and most implacable enemy of all is waiting for him in the wings! There’s drama, action, romance, revelations, surprises and excitement as Walter Mosley and Tom Reilly’s epic adventure reaches its penultimate issue!

The Thing #5 (of 6)

Preview: The Thing #4 (of 6)

The Thing #4 (of 6)

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

BEN GRIMM’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE MARVEL UNIVERSE UNDER THE GUIDING HAND OF WALTER MOSLEY CONTINUES!
Guest-starring the Silver Surfer! The battle with the Champion of the Universe leads the Thing and his friends to the Blue Area of the Moon and the domicile of the Watcher – where strange things are transpiring and new enemies await! Can a regular guy from the Lower East Side make it in the far-flung cosmos?

The Thing #4 (of 6)

Preview: The Thing #3 (of 6)

The Thing #3 (of 6)

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WALTER MOSLEY’S FORAY INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CONTINUES!
It’s time for the greatest rematch in the cosmos as Ben Grimm collides with his old sparring partner the Champion of the Universe once more! But this time, it’s no prizefight! The stakes are life or death – not just for the Thing, but also his newfound friends and maybe the world itself! A pugilistic parade of paragon perfection!

The Thing #3 (of 6)

Preview: The Thing #3 (of 6)

The Thing #3 (of 6)

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $3.99

WALTER MOSLEY’S FORAY INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CONTINUES!
It’s time for the greatest rematch in the cosmos as Ben Grimm collides with his old sparring partner the Champion of the Universe once more! But this time, it’s no prizefight! The stakes are life or death – not just for the Thing, but also his newfound friends and maybe the world itself! A pugilistic parade of paragon perfection!

The Thing #3 (of 6)

Preview: The Thing #2 (of 6)

The Thing #2 (of 6)

(W) Walter Mosley (A/CA) Tom Reilly
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 15, 2021
SRP: $3.99

WALTER MOSLEY’S FORAY INTO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE CONTINUES!
From the stage at Radio City Music Hall to a secret underground conclave situated deep beneath Central Park, bashful Benjamin J. Grimm fights and fights and fights to rescue his newfound love, Amaryllis, from the seemingly unstoppable Brusque! But there’s more going on than meets the eye, and the Thing’s epic journey continues to take larger and larger steps, from the gritty urban setting of Yancy Street to the far-flung reaches of the cosmos!

The Thing #2 (of 6)

Around the Tubes

The Thing #1

It’s new comic book day! What are you getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day.

Kotaku – Japan’s Manga Piracy Crackdown Continues – This has been interesting to watch.

Good Housekeeping – 20 Best Graphic Novels for Kids of Every Reading Level – What would you add to the list?

Reviews

Toys Matrix – Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1
Atomic Junk Shop – Meadowlark
Talking Comics – The Thing #1

Review: The Thing #1

The Thing #1

The Thing #1 kicks off a new series that’s described as “sweeping.” And after reading the debut issue, it might be a bit too “sweeping.” The story has Ben Grimm embarking on a journey that has potential but doesn’t quite click for a first issue. It seems he’s having a bit of bad luck, he in fact might be cursed. That lands Grimm in trouble and a rift between himself and his love. We get the start of Ben’s journey, whatever that might be.

Written by Walter Mosley, The Thing # has a lot of potential but doesn’t quite get across exactly what it’s going for. There’s some interesting aspects, like what would Ben attempting to date be like and what a jail to hold him would be, but overall, the story has a choppiness about it. There isn’t a smooth narrative, instead it has its moments setting up what’s to come with the end result coming off more like a puzzle of which we’re missing some pieces.

A dark ominous figure overshadows the story. Who that is, isn’t really teased much. Why they’re doing what they’re doing isn’t as well. Instead, we just know there’s this enemy that’s manipulating events and making Ben have a really bad few days. It’s a setup but one that leaves a bit too much unanswered.

Tom Reilly‘s art is interesting. With color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Joe Sabino, it captures a sadness and frustration as far as what’s happening to Ben. There’s some scary moments that come off well and create enough of a visual tease to play off of the dialogue that only dangles further mysteries. The Thing looks great with a style about the comic that feels a bit like a riff on Jack Kirby.

The Thing #1 is an interesting start but not one that really excites. It has its moments and potential but there’s just too much that feels rather random or unexplained to really get the reader excited for what’s to come. There’s a clear threat but beyond being an annoyance, it doesn’t feel much like one. The Thing #1 might take the whole “thing” to heart a bit too much and feels like it leaves a lot of things hanging.

Story: Walter Mosley Art: Tom Reilly
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.65 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read


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