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Unboxing: The Walking Dead: All Out War Collector’s Resin Diorama

Recreate “that scene” with the Walking Dead: All Out War “Eeny Meeny Miny Moe..” collector’s diorama from Mantic Games.

Licensed by Skybound, the diorama features six miniatures depicting the scene where Negan makes his brutal decision to make an example of one member of Rick’s group.

We open up and show off what you get!

You can order yours now!

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Unboxing: Skybound’s The MegaBox “Heroes”

Geek boxes are all the rage and Skybound Entertainment has launched one of their own! Skybound is the company behind The Walking Dead, Outcast, Invincible, and more!

The second MegaBox is all about “Heroes” featuring toys, comics, and more!

So join us as we crack open the inaugural MegaBox and show off what’s inside!

The MegaBox ships once a quarter and you can order the next one now!

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What’s everyone excited for? Sound off in the comments below.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Marvel’s Problem Isn’t Diversity — It’s Much Bigger (And It’s Not Just Marvel’s Problem) – An interesting read.

CBR – Batman & Harley Quinn Animated Film’s Voice Cast, Villains Revealed – Solid cast.

Tabletop Gaming News – Mantic Running The Walking Dead Special April Offer – A pretty great offer for Walking Dead and board game fans.

Kotaku – In Their War With The Wall Street Journal, Top YouTubers Just Played Themselves – Sigh. People will ignore reality and create their own.

Newsarama – What Exactly Is Marvel’s Secret Empire ‘Hydra Takeover?’ – Both intriguing and disturbing.

The Walking Dead S7E16 The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

walking-dead-5 photoThe stakes continue to grow higher as paths cross; the group enacts an intricate plan.

The Walking Dead‘ wraps up its seventh season with a bloody extended episode that teases us a quick war that may end before it even begins.

Last episode saw Dwight defecting letting Rick know Negan is on his way and allowing for Rick to plan with the Scavengers to take on Negan and his Saviors. Things don’t go easy with double crosses and a shootout battle that feels like the cathartic release we’ve been craving this entire season.

But, the episode is an interesting one as it really focuses on Sasha in her sendoff episode. We know her character has to take off in some way due to the actress being cast in the new Star Trek series, but how will it go down?

That’s where the episode is interesting in that it teases you the entire time taking us through a construct of Sasha as she talks to Abraham in a dream-like sequence where we don’t know if this is her imagining things and hallucinating or if she’s dead and that’s juxtaposed with moments between Sasha and Maggie. It bounces between the two and it’s touching in numerous ways as an almost angel and devil on the shoulder debate.

I’m not going to spoil the crosses or the battle, but it’s absolutely worth it and the best moment of the season. This is the first volley in the massive war to come and there’s lots of emotional moments and small nods throughout the battle to keep you wondering who is on what side. Is Dwight turning into a face? Is it a put on? There’s lots of clues. And who turns and when is most interesting.

What I think is solid in this episode is that I felt like I was on the edge. I didn’t know where it was going to go and who was going to get killed and who would live. That’s impressive. I’ve read the entire series and still this episode had me guessing. Would it vear from the comics?

What’s great too is the Kingdom and Hilltop each have their moments as they still debate their actions and decide if they’ll rally or not. It’s quick but also a build up to the release.

But, it’s the end that stands out as Maggie and Rick recount what they’ve been through. It’s not just Rick, Maggie takes center stage as in the comics the series becomes her story as much as his. She steps forward as the leader in ways and we see that here. It’s solid and touching and as the episode wraps up it’s emotional. We’re taken through where they’ve been and get glimpses as to where it’s going as we’re reminded for all of the bang, the show is still about the people.

Overall rating: 8.65

The Walking Dead S7E15 Something They Need

walking-dead-5 photoA group of Alexandrians embarks on a journey; one member of the group must make a heartbreaking decision.

The Walking Dead‘ is setting up the next season which most assuredly is “All Out War” as Rick and his crew head to grab the gun cache we discovered exists in the isolated community of women from earlier in the season, Oceanside.

The episode is an interesting one as it shows where Rick’s head is right now and sets things up for what’s to come. While there’s some negotiations in an attempt to get the guns, there’s also a full out assault, though a non-lethal one, and it’s interesting where things go and who is willing to stand up and fight Negan and who’s not.

By the end of it all ends there’s some good stand up moments and you can see some of the characters breaking out at some point and going mainstream.

What’s great is some of the walkers we see at this point. The episode really takes advantage that Oceanside is ocean side and we see walkers ravaged by water and some of what you’d expect. It’s some amazing make-up and the detail is amazing. It puts the Pirates of the Carribean to shame.

But, it’s not all Oceanside.

Sasha is slowly slipping into madness in Negan’s custody where she still plots to kill him and Negan attempts to bring her on his side. Then Sasha attempts to bring Eugene to hers with a twist that’s really interesting and throws up the question as to where Eugene’s loyalty really is. We know it won’t end well with Sasha as the actress is heading to another series, it’s just a question as to how she’ll go.

The final part of the episode involves Maggie and Gregory. Gregory is a snake and the episode goes back and forth between his attempting to take out Maggie and not. Will he snap and turn her and Rick in? That’s part of the tension of the episode and Gregory is one that’ll get is comeuppance at some point. But, things are revealed about Gregory that’s key like he’s never killed a walker before. You can see Maggie slowly standing up and taking over the leadership role at Hilltop and this episode is another piece in that puzzle.

Then there’s the end of the episode where… well I’ll leave that one to viewing.

The episode is all about the build-up to the season finale which is the next episode and then the eventual war that’s about to break out between Rick and Negan. This is the set up with the pieces of the puzzle coming together. This is slightly different than how it shakes out in the comics so as a reader, I’m fascinated to see where it goes and what changes. You can feel the tension building to what I’m sure will be a cathartic explosion.

Not the best episode, but there’s more than enough action and lots of interesting interactions that’ll keep fans pleased.

Overall rating: 7.85

The Walking Dead S7E14 The Other Side

walking-dead-5 photoThe Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone, with plans of taking more than supplies.

The Walking Dead‘ continues to build the tension as the episode focuses on Sasha and Rosita going after Negan and Negan’s crew heading to Hilltop to get a new doctor now that theirs is dead.

The episode falls into the slow and plodding but full of tension type of show with things building throughout and everything presented being rather subtle. You never know what will set off an explosion and lead to greater escalation. This is an episode full of subtle things.

An example is early on with Jesus talking the Maggie where he officially comes out on the show. It’s something fans have wondered since his comic counterpart is gay and its been confirmed that he is, but this is the first official nod to it. The interaction with Maggie is excellent and his movement and look to see Maggie’s reaction says more than words could. The same goes with Maggie’s reaction. It’s a touching moment.

There’s the Hilltop issue with Daryl and Maggie having to hide. The tension there isn’t the will they be found question. The tension is if Gregory will turn them over. The dude is a snake and it’s a question of when he’ll turn them in, not if. That’s the build up here. But, it gives Maggie and Daryl a moment to talk where Daryl has an emotional moment that you can tell he feels guilty over Glenn’s death. It’s great acting and as a viewer I felt the pain being presented on screen.

The bigger part of the episode is Sasha and Rosita’s plan to assassinate Negan. But, that goes sideways as they come across Eugene. Now, it’s left to the viewers to decide. Has Eugene really been brainwashed and going along with Negan? Does he have a plan? The show plays it really well so viewers are unsure of where things are going with him. Sasha and Rosita’s plan is busted though which leads to Sasha to take matters into her own hand. We know things are probably not going to go well for her since the actress who plays her is going to another show, but you never know!

The episode is good in the subtle things it does, but is another episode setting up the war to come. Not the best, but there’s a lot of small things to keep viewers engaged and looking to dissect. The episode is full of tension, but never quite delivers in that department.

Overall rating: 7.65

The Walking Dead S7E13 Bury Me Here

walking-dead-5 photoThings do not go as planned when a group of Kingdommers delivers goods to the Saviors during a routine supply drop-off.

The Walking Dead‘ focuses primarily on the Kingdom in this episode that ramps things up through tragedy and sees one character slip towards bloodlust. The episode is very Morgan-centric as it tests his pacifism as things become tense with the Saviors.

The episode focuses on the Kingdom’s payment to the Saviors which is sabotaged by a member of the Kingdom in hopes it’ll spark the war between the Kingdom and the Saviors. It’s a twist that was easy to see coming and of course if goes horrifically wrong.

Those events orbit Morgan who is forced to make a decision and teeters on the brink of going back to his blood fueled days or if he remains the pseudo-pacifist that he has become. He’s presented with the truth as to why things went wrong with tragic results and

But, at its heart is Morgan and all of the tragedy he’s experienced over the seasons. There’s lots to his backstory that we don’t know and you see some of it come out here. This is a man who is traumatized from his actions and like someone experiencing PTSD it comes out here in his actions and what he says after. It’s a flip in many ways with the killer released, the Morgan we knew seems to be gone, but at the same time it’s not the warrior leading an uprising. This unleashed Morgan seems more to have accepted the world as is and that it’s kill or be killed.

But also important in this is Morgan’s interaction with Carol who he reveals exactly what has happened in Alexandria. As much as Morgan’s shift is important, Carol’s reaction is more so becoming the catalyst for what seems like the Kingdom’s shift. We’re not 100% sure that’s the case, we have to wait until next week to be sure.

The episode is one that mixes slow with shock twists. There’s multiple deaths, interesting reactions, and character development and depth added. It’ll be a pivotal episode in some ways and the ramifications will reverberate for a long time to come. The Walking Dead is its strongest when it mixes character development and shocking moments and this episode gives us that and then some.

Overall rating: 7.95

The Walking Dead S7E12 Say Yes Review

walking-dead-5 photoThe group scavengers for supplies; back in Alexandria, someone must make a morally challenging decision.

The Walking Dead‘ gives us an interesting episode as various members head out to go scavenging in hopes of finding guns so they can pay off their end of the bargain with the garbage people. It’s an interesting episode because while there’s some solid action sequences a lot of the episode is focused on Rick and Michonne as they spend time alone. Rick keeps mentioning how he’d like a few more days to scavenge with her and it feels like it’s almost a vacation for the two of them.

It’s cute to see the two as they find supplies including weapons and food in a destroyed carnival that feels like the thing of nightmares at times. It’s all rather interesting because it feels like the series is foreshadowing death. It’s a topic the two discuss, so makes you think something is being set up that might shock the viewers. It also could just be moments to set up the relationship more and we the viewers will feel a bit more tension if either of the two is put into danger.

But, other than that, there’s not a whole lot that happens in this episode. Rosita and Sasha scheme to take out Negan, but it’s an episode focused almost completely on Rick and Michonne. This is one of the “character” moments that some fans seem to flip out due to lack of action. But, the episode is a solid one focused on relationships and how they exist in this new world.

The setting of a building and a carnival is amazing in that there’s so much detail and every little bit gives the viewers a story. The walkers, the weapons, where things are placed, there’s just an amazing attention to detail that tells a story itself and the viewers are left to figure all of that out themselves.

The moments are subtle, the acting is key, and you almost forget how messed up the world is. Almost. It’s a good episode focused on characters and relationships.

Overall rating: 7.85

Why Wasn’t The Walking Dead #163 February’s Best Selling Comic?

On Friday we reported Diamond Comic Distributor‘s initial release about February’s top selling comics. The stats saw Image Comics see a massive bump in unit share during the month built off of the back of The Walking Dead #163 which was sold for just 25 cents. The issue sold over 750,000 copies but wasn’t the top selling comic of the month. That honor went to Star Wars: Darth Maul #1. But, why was that the case? I asked Diamond for clarification as to the reason for this.

There’s nothing nefarious about this anomaly. According to Diamond:

The way the charts are formatted with comics that are promotionally priced below $1.00 is that they do not count on our top charts, but their retail dollar and unit sales do count toward the publisher’s overall market share numbers.

The more you know!the-walking-dead-163

New York Toy Fair 2017: McFarlane Toys, a Tour of the Booth

At New York Toy Fair 2017, McFarlane Toys walked us through their booth with products ranging from The Walking Dead, Rick and Morty, Destiny, NFL, One Punch Man, South Park, Steven Universe, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Labyrinth, and more!

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