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ResurrXion Teases Generation X #1

Marvel continues to roll out teasers for ResurrXion. Their latest is a beloved past from the past, Generation X #1. That’s on top of Iceman #1, Jean Grey #1, and Weapon X #1.

What’s interesting about this teaser is that it’s not just the classic team from the 90s, but also includes New Mutants and more.


ResurrXion Teases Jean Grey #1

Marvel has been released teases for ResurrXion this week and so far has teased Iceman #1 and Weapon X #1. Today with a new image we now get Jean Grey #1.


An Ending. A Beginning. Marvel Teases ResurrXion


Review: Death of X #1

death-of-x-1-coverWhat happened eight months ago that set the Inhumans and X-Men on a collision course? Find out here! The Inhumans travel to Japan where one of the Terrigen Clouds creates a shocking new Inhuman. The X-Men travel to Muir Island where the second Terrigen Cloud causes something truly terrible. When these two events collide, a war of catastrophic proportions explodes!

If you’ve wondered what happened in the eight-month gap between Secret Wars and where the Marvel universe picked up, then Death of X is for you. It begins to fill in that missing information that’s been teased ever since but not completely spelled out. We know there was a conflict between the Inhumans and Cyclops, but not exactly what happened and we know that Terrigen Mist is causing mutants to get ill and die. The cloud brings life to some and kills other. Some would say that’s a metaphor for the Inhumans’ and X-Men’s roles in the Marvel universe.

Written by Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule, the comic takes us through the earlier moments of the Terrigen Cloud’s travels around the globe and a slow reveal that what’s good for one isn’t good for the other. It also answers some questions about characters we haven’t seen since the Marvel Universe was kickstarted. Yes, there’s a death of a character we’ve been wondering about and we see the Terrigen Mist begin to impact others too, likely resulting in their death.

It’s interesting to get some background finally and see what Cyclops’ last lashing out was like, and unfortunately that’s what it feels like when it comes to that character. We get some of the classic leader, but towards the end Cyclops feels more like Magneto than the character once was. He’s gone full villain turning to violence without any thought or reason being given (ironically something Champions which debuts this week rails against). If you’re not a fan of Cyclops’ heel turn, you probably won’t be happy here.

The art by Aaron Kuder is hit and miss. I’m not quite sure if the issues I saw was Kuder’s line art or the coloring, but there’s some oddities. For instance a panel with Emma Frost has her neck look pencil thin and those sorts of tiny issues feel like they’re peppered throughout the comic. It’s enough that I noticed it, but there is some good art, it’s just not the draw (pun intended).

The first issue is doing what it promised, to fill in the gap of the eight months and for us to finally find out what happened to Cyclops and the first fallout between the Inhumans and mutants. For those that care about that clash and the upcoming event that feels like it’ll probably be round two of that clash, this is something that’s a must.

Story: Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule Art: Aaron Kuder
Story: 7.5 Art: 6.95 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Entertainment Earth Spotlight: X-Men Marvel Legends Wave 1 & Deadpool

The X-Men Marvel Legends 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 1 brings your mutant favorites to life in a stunning 6-inch scale action figure form. Each figure includes awesome accessories and amazing detail, plus a build-a-figure piece. Ages 4 and up.Case features 8 individually packaged action figures, including:

A case features 8 individually packaged action figures, including, Wolverine, Deadpool, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Iceman, Cable, Havok, and Phoenix, plus the build-a-figure Juggernaut!

The figures are hard to find so you can get the entire wave through Entertainment Earth! Or, if you want a specific character, you can do that too!




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wicdiv1831_coveraIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d folks enjoy? 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!

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LA Review of Books – The X-Men and the Legacy of AIDS – Some interesting history here.

iO9 – The Newest Batman Video Game Makes a Harsh Change to the Dark Knight’s Origin – Well that’s interesting.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Amazing Spider-Man #18

Newsarama – Batman #7

Newsarama – Civil War II #5

Newsarama – Green Arrow #7

Comic Attack – The Gwan Anthology

Newsarama – The Haunted Mansion

Newsarama – Raven #1

Newsarama – Seven to Eternity #1

ICv2 – Tetris: The Games People Play

Comic Vine – Trinity #1

Newsarama – Trinity #1

Newsarama – The Wicked + The Divine 1831

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saga37-coverIt’s Labor Day here in the US, but that’s not slowing down team GP who’s recovering from Dragon Con and Baltimore Comic Con. We’ll have lots of coverage over the next few days.

Until that kicks off, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Kotaku – The Only Superhero I Want To Play Is Rogue – Who do you want to play in video games?

Comic Attack – Represent & Make Room: The Story of FlameCon 2016 – The convention to go to!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Angel Catbird Vol. 1

Comic Attack – Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5

Talking Comics – The Legend of Wonder Woman #9

Talking Comics – Monty the Dinosaur #1

Talking Comics – Saga #37

Talking Comics – Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1

Talking Comics – Tokyo Ghost #10

Diamond Select Toys In Stores This Week: Alice & NBX Minimates, Joker & Superman PVCs and More!

It’s New Toy Day at comic shops and specialty stores across North America, and Diamond Select Toys is delivering a ton of toy goodness! In addition to three new assortments of Minimates – Predator, Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Nightmare Before Christmas – this week also brings two new PVC figures, Superman and the Joker, as well as a resin statue of the X-Men’s Rogue! Plus, the NBX Sally Coffin Doll is back with a new face!

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A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to go through the looking glass! DST takes on the sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland with a new assortment of Minimates mini-figures based entirely on Alice Through the Looking Glass! Four two-packs feature the Mad Hatter with the Red Queen, Time with the White Queen, Alice with Tweedledee and a rare one-per-case set of Ribbon Fantasy Alice with Tweedledum! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Each two-pack is packaged in a full-color blister card.  (Item #APR162615, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Batman The Animated Series Gallery Joker 9” PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! This is no joke – the Joker is the second figure in the Batman: The Animated Series Gallery line! Joining the previously offered Batman, as well as the classic cartoon’s numerous Femme Fatales, this 9-inch scale PVC figure of The Joker depicts him wearing his famous wide-brimmed hat, with one foot on a ringmaster’s pedestal, and is sculpted with a high level of detail with exacting paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box, he is in scale to other Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item # MAR162250, SRP: $45.00)


Marvel Premier Collection Rogue 12” Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! This is the statue you’ve been waitin’ for, shugah! The Marvel Premier Collection continues its tour of the icons of the Marvel Universe with this statue of the X-Men’s Southern belle, Rogue! Depicted in mid-flight, the power-stealing sweetheart is wearing her fan-favorite 1990s yellow-and-green costume, with leather jacket, and measures approximately 12” tall. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this numbered resin statue is packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item # MAR162239, SRP: $150.00)


Nightmare Before Christmas Collection Sally Coffin Doll Unlimited Edition

A Diamond Select Toys release! Expand your Halloween Town doll display with this new release in the Nightmare Before Christmas Collection! Measuring 14” tall, this detailed, articulated doll of Sally the Rag Doll features a new head sculpt and a real fabric costume, and looks as if she just stepped off of the big screen. The 14-inch tall doll is in scale to all other NBX Collection and Cofficn Dolls, and comes in a coffin-shaped window box. The perfect gifts for any Halloween lover! (Item #APR162621, SRP: $49.99)


Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Foil Bag Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! What’s this? What’s this? It’s the third series of single-packed Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates, and it features a mix of new characters, new costumes and returning favorites! There are 18 foil bags in the assortment, each containing one of eight different figures – Jack, Sally, Unraveled Oogie Boogie, Pajama Jack, Melting Man, Mrs. Finkelstein, Glow Pumpkin King and a rare one-per-case Glow Easter Bunny! Each comes packaged in a full-color foil bag, arranged in a space-saving counter display with full-color artwork on all sides. (Item #APR162620, SRP: $5.99/ea.)


Predator Minimates Foil Bag Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hunt continues! The new assortment of 18 foil-bagged Predator Minimates features eight different characters from Predator, Predator 2 and Predators — Berserker Predator, Shaman Predator, Cloaked Jungle Predator, Cloaked City Predator, Keyes, Mac, Noland and the rare, one-per-case Hawkins! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation as well as fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each Minimate is packaged in a sealed foil bag, in a space-saving countertop display featuring full-color artwork on all sides.  (Item #APR162618, SRP: $5.99/ea.)

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Superman The Animated Series Gallery 9″ Superman PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The last son of Krypton is the first Superman: The Animated Series Gallery figure from DST! Depicting an angry Man of Steel climbing over a crumbling statue of Darkseid, this 9-inch scale PVC figure features high-quality paint applications over high-grade plastic. In scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, Superman comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #APR162619, SRP: $45.00)


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croakIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone looking forward to this week? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Vulture – The Queer Subtext of X-Men Shines Bright at Flame Con – Some solid coverage of Flame Con

Nerdist – Why Teen Titans Is DC Comics’ Most Important (But Undervalued) Franchise – Agree? Disagree?

Comics Alliance – ‘Supergirl’ Confirms Superman Baddie Metallo for Season 2 – This could be cool.

The Beat – It sucks to be a middle-aged comics pro case  study #1: Phil Hester – We need to take better care of comic creators and provide them a safety net.

The Beat – It sucks to be a middle-aged comics pro case study #2: Ted McKeever – We need to take better care of comic creators and provide them a safety net.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Croak #1

The Beat – The Fun Family

ICv2 – The Metabaron Book 1: The Techno Admiral the Anti-Baron

Advance Book Review: Your Favorite Superhero Sucks

you favoriteReading Your Favorite Superhero Sucks by Hooded Utilitarian editor, comic critic, and writer for The Atlantic Noah Berlatsky elicited three main responses from me: laughter, anger, or pondering. I laughed as he savagely took potshots at inept comic book artists Philip Tan and Igor Kordey in essays about Batman and Cable respectively. I was a little angry when he spent an entire essay nitpicking about why Iron Man didn’t save Jessica Jones and “plot holes” in shared universes but smiled a little bit when Berlatsky begrudgingly wrote about some of the reasons he enjoyed her Netflix series

As long as you’re okay with seeing your (super)heroes slung through the mud,  is an entertaining and wide-ranging work of superhero criticism as Noah Berlatsky covers the gamut from Silver Age Wonder Woman comics to recent Marvel blockbusters like Avengers  and Ant-Man and even superhero TV shows. Each chapter is titled “XYZ superhero sucks” and is a short essay critiquing a facet of them. No nook and cranny of the superhero world is spared from his biting wrath as he talks about Joss Whedon‘s inability to craft a believable romance and a strong female character in one narrative (I would counter with Zoe and Wash’s relationship in Firefly even though they don’t fall in love per se during the show.), the fact that Aquaman has always been a supporting player, and that the Hulk is a racist African American caricature. (He’s a character that I’ve never been too fond of. There’s a reason that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a one-off novel.)

Probably, the most enlightening essays of the bunch for me were Berlatsky’s well-researched piece about why there are no great Wonder Woman stories, an article about how writer Christopher Priest showed how Black Panther didn’t fit the superhero mold in his run on the book, and also how Stan Lee and Jack Kirby‘s X-Men run is racist, sexist, and just plain bad. I also enjoyed the essay about X-Men Days of Future Past that was paired with the Lee/Kirby one that discussed how Bryan Singer showed “genocide without context” in the film. This idea works even better with X-Men Apocalypse  when Magneto (Under the influence of Apocalypse.) destroys Auschwitz as his tragic backstory as a Holocaust survivor that Singer decided to make the first shot of X-Men in service of yet another CGI disaster movie sequence.

Berlatsky’s thesis for why there are no great Wonder Woman stories is that William Moulton Marston‘s vision for her was so contradictory. (She’s a powerful woman, but also likes to be bound. She is peaceful, but also likes to punch people.) Wonder Woman isn’t like a Spider-Man, Wolverine, or Batman, who Berlatsky says are ciphers and get fit into a bunch of different types of stories. (I think genre jumping is one of Batman’s strengths as a character.) Then, he goes into a deep dive of Denny O’Neil and Mike Sekowsky‘s run on the title starting with Wonder Woman #178, which took a giant dump on Marston’s vision with Wonder Woman saying she is a monster, Steve Trevor acting like a creeper, and plenty of hippy slang and psychedelic art. But unfortunately, O’Neil and Sekowsky couldn’t build up a new vision of Wonder Woman in place of Marston’s, depowered her in the next issue, and gave her a stereotypical Asian martial arts sensei named I-Ching. The rest of the essay is a hilarious chronicle of just how terrible Wonder Woman comics were in the Bronze Age except for some of Diana’s groovy outfits.

Honestly, we as fans of superhero comics often take these brightly colored underwear wearing mostly white men too seriously. I know I’m guilty of going on multi-tweet rants about how Marvel or DC is “misusing” one of the small parts of their intellectual property. Sometimes, we need to sit back and listen to someone, like Berlatsky, who doesn’t give superheroes the benefit of a doubt and isn’t afraid to probe their weaknesses, inadequacies, and utter failure at mirroring reality or being ethical. Because the (non-animated) Justice League is a scrub superhero team, and everyone knows it.

“Your Superhero Sucks” also show the potential of comics criticism to be more than just a mouthpiece/cheering squad for big companies or an exercise in pretentious shelling out the latest Drawn & Quarterly. It can be entertaining, insightful, and provocative just like criticism in any other medium.

Your Favorite Superhero Sucks is set to be released as a self-published e-book on September 19, 2016 and can be preordered here.

Overall Rating: 8.0

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