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Marvel Reveals Jean Grey’s X-Men: Red Team

Last week, Marvel announced the continuation of Jean Grey’s story with X-Men: Red, a brand new series written by Tom Taylor with art by Mahmud Asrar with a cover by Travis Charest.. Today, Marvel has revealed the heroes who will accompany the omega-level telepath as she battles against one of mutantkind and mankind’s most dangerous villains! This uniquely qualified strike force includes Namor, Nightcrawler, All-New Wolverine, her sister Gabby, Gentle (a mutant from Wakanda), and the mysterious new character Trinary, whose secrets will be revealed throughout the pages of X-Men: Red!

One more “fan-favorite her” will be joining the team in the first arc as the threat escalates. The announcement says that specialized team will be “not just those she trusts, but allies who can survive the oncoming storm.”

When one of the most dangerous X-Men villains returns to wreak havoc, Jean’s dreams of peace are threatened…and order starts to turn to chaos. It’s mutant against mutant this February in an all-new adventure that will have X-fans on the edge of their seats, as Jean Grey’s team takes on the Marvel Universe – only in X-Men: Red!

Diamond Select In Stores This Week: Justice League, Dark Tower, X-Men, Elf and More!

It’s a Vinimates invasion! This week a vendetta of Vinimates is headed to your local comic shop, courtesy of Diamond Select Toys! From Justice League to Beetlejuice, from Predator to Nightmare Before C­­­hristmas, the 4-inch vinyl figures are sweeping across the pop-culture landscape, and your collection is about to expand dramatically! Also out this week: PVC dioramas from The Dark Tower, a resin statue of Psylocke, resin busts of the Penguin and Doomsday, a Hydra bottle opener, a Nightmare Before Christmas Santa Claus doll, and Minimates from Nightmare, X-Men and Elf! It’s the best of all worlds! Read on for details, then reserve your favorites at your local comic shop or your favorite online retailer!

Batman Animated Series Penguin Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The fowl felon has arrived in the Batman Animated bust series! Oswald Coblepot, the Penguin, is captured in his classic animated appearance, as he appeared on Batman: The Animated Series. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, the Penguin perches on a pedestal base inspired by the show’s art-deco architecture, holding his ever-present umbrella. This piece is limited to only 3,000 made, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172501, SRP: $59.99)

Beetlejuice Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! He’s the Ghost with the Most! Beetlejuice returns for a new batch of VInimates vinyl figures based on the classic Tim Burton film! Three new four-inch vinyl figures depict Beetlejuice in his cowboy duds, and Adam and Barbara Maitland in their spookiest scaring faces! Each figure is sculpted in the block figure style, striking a pose from the film, with an articulated neck for further posing options. Each Vinimates figure comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Cowboy Beetlejuice Vinyl Figure (Item #JUN172636, SRP: $9.99)

Adam Maitland Vinyl Figure (Item #JUN172637, SRP: $9.99)

Barbara Maitland Vinyl Figure (Item #JUN172638, SRP: $9.99)

Dark Tower Movie Gallery PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the year’s most anticipated films is almost here, and Diamond Select Toys has created some highly anticipated collectibles! Based on the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels, this pair of DVD dioramas depicts Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, each piece featuring the actor’s likeness. With detailed sculpting and paint, these PVC Dioramas measure approximately 10 inches tall and come packaged in full-color window boxes. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!

Gunslinger Diorama (Item #JUN172623, SRP: $45.00)

Man in Black Diorama (Item #JUN172624, SRP: $45.00)

Elf Movie Minimates Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! One of the funniest Christmas movies of all time is now one of the most Christmas-y Minimates sets of all time! Based on the classic holiday comedy Elf, this four-pack of mini-figures includes Buddy the Elf, Jovie, Santa Claus and Walter. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation as well as fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Plus, you get a bonus non-articulated micro-figure of Papa Elf! The set comes packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #JUN172647, SRP: $24.99)

Justice League Animated Doomsday Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Doomsday is here! The massive Superman villain is muscling into DST’s line of busts based on the DC Animated Universe, and he is guaranteed to dominate your Justice League collection! Measuring just under 7 inches tall, this resin bust of Doomsday is balanced on a pedestal base inspired by the League’s Watchtower satellite. This piece is limited to only 3,000 made, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #MAY172500,SRP: $59.99)

Justice League Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Unite the League with this assortment of Vinimates vinyl figures based on the new Justice League feature film! Batman, the Flash and Wonder Woman team up to take on the forces of evil in the first batch of figures from the highly anticipated movie. Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in a block-figure style, striking a pose straight from the movie. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #JUN172641, SRP: $9.99)

The Flash Vinyl Figure (Item #JUN172642, SRP: $9.99)

Wonder Woman Vinyl Figure (Item #JUN172643, SRP: $9.99)

Marvel Hydra Symbol Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hail Hydra! Ever feel like every time you open a bottle, two more take its place? Well you’ll be able to make short of those pesky bottles with this solid metal bottle opener in the shape of a Hydra logo! With powerful magnets on the back, it will hang on your refrigerator, waiting, until it is activated to fulfill its purpose – opening bottles! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUL172796, SRP: $18.00)

Marvel Minimates X-Men vs. Brotherhood Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s almost the 15th anniversary of the Marvel Minimates line, and to celebrate, we’re going back to where it all began! This four-pack of Minimates captures two classic X-Men and two classic Evil Mutants in the 2-inch mini-figure form. A classically-styled Marvel Girl and Professor X team up to take on Quicksilver (in his green costume) and Toad – one of the first Marvel Minimates ever designed, in his first-ever release! Each Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, including unmasked hair for Jean Grey, a Cerebro helmet for Professor X, and alternate parts to turn Professor X into Mastermind! Packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #JUL172800, SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Premier Collection X-Men Psylocke Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Hello, ninja! The X-Man Psylocke has been a fan-favorite ever since her 1990s makeover into a psychic ninja, and now DST has created the ultimate Psylocke collectible! This full-size resin statue depicts Betsy Braddock on a burning rooftop, surrounded by ninja arrows. Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, the statue is limted to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #APR172652, SRP: $150.00)

Nightmare Before Christmas Collection Santa Claus Deluxe Cloth

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The deluxe cloth Nightmare Before Christmas doll line continues with a new character! This large-scale doll of Santa Claus is in scale to the previously released Jack, Sally, Finkelstein, Zero and the Mayor, and look like they came straight from the movie! Based on the classic Japanese imports, Santa Claus measures approximately 10 inches tall and features a real cloth costume. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #APR172633, SRP: $49.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Series 5 2-Packs Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! This a new series of Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates will keep you up at night! The cast of creepy characters expands with three new 2-packs: Glow-in-the-Dark Santa Jack with Glow-in-the-Dark Mayor, the specialty-exclusive Corpse Dad and Corpse Mom, and two exclusive Vampires! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation with fully interchangeable parts! Each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #JUN172630, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Nightmare Before Christmas Vinimates Pumpkin King Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! What’s this? What’s this? More NBX Vinimates? This line is truly the gift that keeps on giving! This new 4-inch vinyl figure based on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the stop-motion classic, is of the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington’s seasonal alter-ego. Sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, the Pumpkin King strikes a pose straight from the movie, and features an articulated neck for further posing options. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #MAR172739, SRP: $9.99)

Predator Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Two new Predator Vinimates vinyl figures are joining the Vinimates line, and they may be hard to find! The first is Muddy Dutch, depicting the commando as he appeared, covered with mud, at the end of the film; the other is the Cloaked Masked Predator, cast in completely transparent vinyl for a cool invisible effect! Each is perfectly camouflaged against the other! Each 4-inch Vinimate strikes a pose from the film, and features an articulated neck for further posing options. You don’t want to have to hunt them down later, so pre-order now! Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Muddy Dutch Vinyl Figure (Item #JUN172639, SRP: $9.99)

Masked Cloaked Predator Vinyl Figure (Item #JUN172640, SRP: $9.99)

Around the Tubes

So… who saw Thor: Ragnarok? According to the box office, a lot of you did! We’ll have our coverage later this morning, but until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Comic Legends: Who’s the Mystery Villain in the X-Men Opening Credits? – Good question.

 

Reviews

Comicverse – Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1

Herts Advertiser – Deadpool: World’s Greatest Secret Empire

Talking Comics – Deathstroke #25

Atomic Junk Shop – Snow Day

Austin Chronicle – Spinning

Review: Iceman #7

Iceman #7 has Bobby making an Ice-kaiju to use in battle with his old Champions teammates and also has many character defining moments for him. Writer Sina Grace combines the quick banter and pitched fights of old school superhero team fights with some relationship bits like Iceman going a little further in a sexy way with Judah and chatting with the Champions about his overcompensating, macho ways back in the day at a Russian bakery. Robert Gill’s art is serviceable, and he does something interesting things with spacing like making the new X-Men headquarters in Central Park seemed very crowded compared to Judah and Bobby’s nightly walks in L.A. Rachelle Rosenberg’s colors are much the same way even though she makes Bobby’s ice powers look extra badass.

Even though the story is chock full of superhero guest stars, Grace and Gill manage to chisel out an image of Bobby as a hero and man. Iceman is comfortable in team settings, making the jokes, and teaching the younger heroes, but he also wants to strike out on his own, date a new cute guy, and knows that the X-Men are in capable hands. The “villain” in this issue are special effects designers who are hoping to impress a Hollywood studio with their almost lifelike Sentinel replicas. Some heroes would throw these women in jail or in The Raft or somewhere, but Bobby realizes their mechanical talents and desperateness to be significant somewhere and helps find them professor jobs. He can make dad jokes and be honest, empathetic, self-aware, and sometimes impulsive like the end of this issue.

Even though the Champions don’t have their own movie or TV show, like the X-Men, Avengers, or even the New Warriors, Robert Gill and Rachelle Rosenberg deliver on a monster setpiece to open Iceman #7 and cash in on the promise of last issue’s cliffhanger. Bobby displays so much swag, creativity, and leadership in this fight and basically wants to get it over with so he can Netflix and chill with his man. Gill also draws some close-ups of Angel because he is sexy and hell and also because he and Iceman have a close relationship. Later, Grace and Gill use him for innuendo and class consciousness purposes when his wingspan can barely fit in Iceman’s New York apartment. Tempting as it maybe to transform Iceman into a slice of life, romance book, Bobby Drake has been a hero since the 1960s (In comic book years.), and he’s not going to stop even if he goes solo for real this time.

It looks like the Champions team-up isn’t going to continue beyond Iceman #7 although Sina Grace did a nice job of using it to set up an L.A. setting, connect Bobby to non-X-Men related parts of the Marvel Universe, and also dig into why he acted like a macho wannabe flirt in older comics. Grace, Gill, and Rosenberg use Ben-Day dot flashbacks from Bronze Age comics to explore and critique Bobby’s toxic masculinity when instead of treating Black Widow like a powerful ally, he hit on her and was immediately cut down to size. However, he has learned his lesson over the years and is starting to come into his own as a gay man. And this whole freedom thing goes into overdrive towards the end of the issue. But not after he roasts each and every X-Man before movie night.

Iceman #7 is a real turning point issue for the series in both sexy and non-sexy ways as Bobby Drake shows that he can do both the self-realization and transforming his body into Godzilla ice shapes thing. Also, it’s nice to have the same artist on two (not so) straight issues.

 

Story: Sina Grace Art: Robert Gill Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

TV Review: The Gifted S1E2 rX

Blink goes into shock after exerting her powers beyond her limits; Caitlin and Exlipse must find a sepcial serum that will help Blink recover; Reed faces some difficult choices about his family; Polaris runs into some trouble.

The Gifted gives us an interesting episode that feels like it’s three or four different parts most of which is pretty good. After the first episode I was a bit let down by what was set up, but this second episode seems to have brought things better together and actually given us something new and interesting when it comes to mutants and the live action X universe.

The bad of the episode continues to be Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker whose acting is just horrid. It’s better than the first episode, but that’s not saying much. Thankfully, we don’t get a lot of him, but his scenes at least are interesting to give more of a ominous police state aspect of the show. I’m fully expecting a torture scene as he’s renditioned in the future.

Speaking of police state, Lorna Dane’s scenes are interesting as she’s introduced into the prison population. It’s basically “Mutant is the New Black.” We also get the classic green hair, so maybe “Green is the New Black?” But, these scenes are key in that they give us more of an insight into how mutants are treated. It’s some intriguing things.

But, the thing I thought was the best was the focus on Blink and her powers going out of control after the last episode. It’s a cool scene and where that goes is impressive in that it’s something new. Where it goes is really cool in that the portals put them in a threatening situation and things escalate which creates tension for each time a portal opened. There’s also some fantastic visuals to it all.

The episode is much better than the first and did so while balancing so many different story threads. The visuals were top notch and the plots kept me engaged. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the second episode and it shows a lot of improvement.

Overall Rating: 7.65

Underrated: The Wolverine

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Wolverine.



thewolverineA little while ago on Underrated, I took a look at one of the most reviled movies in the X-Men Franchise, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This week I wanted to take a look at the sequel to that movie because, ending aside, I think it’s a pretty good movie – no, really, take that cyborg thing out of the equation, and I’d give the movie a sold 8.5 or so out of 10. Obviously the cyborg drops the rating some, but I still really enjoyed the movie. And yes, I did see the movie recently.

The funny thing about The Wolverine, at least for me, is that I only recently realized that people weren’t quite as fond of it as I was. Whether that’s because I was so desperate for a great Wolverine movie that I overlooked a lot of the flaws when I first saw it, or that I just simply enjoyed it more than the folks who had a bone to pick with the film. Obviously, I watched this after having seen Logan, which was exactly the Wolverine movie that I, and many others, have always wanted. Does The Wolverine still hold up after the sequel, or is it really as average as people have been saying?

I genuinely don’t think it is, so allow me to give you a few reasons why.

  • The Opening Sequence
    In this case I’m talking about the entire sequence set in the Canadian wilderness. Hugh Jackman pulls off the broken former hero role incredibly well, and much like the prequel I could have happily watched an entire movie centered around a broken Logan on the outskirts of society. Wait.
  • It’s a great homage to Wolverine’s first solo series
    Look I know that the ending is butchered almost entirely by the mechanized Silver Samurai, but once you get beyond that The Wolverine is a brilliant homage and reinterpretation of the Claremont/Miller series from the 80’s with an updated twist. The hallmarks of the series are there, albeit in a slightly modified form in most cases, as the movie does its level best to pay tribute to that classic four issue miniseries.
  • The choreography
    With this movie having a softer rating than its sequel, you’d be forgiven for wanting more of the brutality from that movie to show up in The Wolverine, but considering the rating I think the choreography of the fight scenes is done very well – yes, a lot is left to your imagination regarding the results of said action, but this is still a movie about a violent mutant and you do get a sense of that… even if it is done in a PG13 way.
  • The story 
    Despite struggling at the final hurdle, the movie’s plot is actually better than a lot of popcorn action flicks. It’s certainly no Logan but it’s a better overall product than both of its immediate prequels.

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Yes, the movie has its problems, especially with how it fits (or used to fit depending on who you’re talking to) into the X-Men movie franchise, and how it treats certain characters, but when you look at it as a standalone movie that follows one character after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand… it’s actually pretty good; like I said, I’ve always enjoyed this movie, and that’s why it’s the subject of this week’s Underrated. Plus, without this movie then we’d never have had James Mangold back for the sequel

TV Review: The Gifted S1E1 eXposed

A suburban family is forced to go on the run when the children are discovered to possess mutant powers.

After a lot of hype and build, The Gifted has debuted bringing the world of the X-Men to live action television. The Gifted isn’t bad, there’s just a lot of strange choices though.

The real draw of the show is really how it ties into the greater X-Men universe. You have Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, aka Magento’s daughter, James Proudstar, Blink, mentions of the X-Men and Brotherhood. Hell, even the X-Men animated series theme song rings for a bit. The series goes all in when it comes to tying itself into the greater X world and that’s some of its strongest aspects, because beyond that, this is a series dragged down by bad acting, laughably bad writing, and questionable choices as to its focus.

With only one episode to go by, it’s hard to completely judge the series’ direction as far as its focus, but this first episode is torn between two stories. The first is a family who must go on the run when they discover their two children are mutants. The second story is about about a mutant underground fighting for survival in a world where the X-Men and Brotherhood are missing. Both are interesting topics and direction but the two together becomes a muddled mess at times.

The family aspect can be interesting as the Strucker family must go on the run and the father is a prosecutor who was focused on mutants committing crimes and knows how bad it can be. I’ll skip the idiocy to name the family Strucker, the same last name as the villain in Captain America: Civil War. But, a family slightly “racist” coming to grips with their children being mutants and also a father facing his past actions, all while on the run, that can be interesting and itself would be a solid television show.

Then there’s the mutant underground led by Polaris who is taken off the board too early. This would be a more straightforward X story, and still can be good. That direction’s strength would be exploring the world and name dropping.

The two together though is too much and explores too little relying on the “name dropping” but not diving enough into the characters themselves. And why are you naming two main characters Lauren and Lora!?

And that bad choice is amplified by bad acting and writing. The most prominent of this is Reed Strucker learning about his kids in a car. Actor Stephen Moyer is usually better than this, but the fact this take was used makes me wonder what else was filmed, because this was not good. Just overall, beyond Amy Acker as Kate Strucker, the acting is rather sub-par.

The first episode isn’t bad but it’s also not good. I’ll stick around the see where it goes as it feels like it begins to come together later on but as an episode whose goal is to get me to come back for more, it barely pulls that off.

Overall Rating: 6.4

X-Men: Grand Design by Hip Hop Family Tree’s Ed Piskor Remixes the X-Men History

Marvel Comics and Eisner Award-winning indie cartoonist indie Ed Piskor are teaming up for an unexpected, unprecedented, and uncanny undertaking. Best known for documenting the history of hip hop with the award winning Hip Hop Family Tree graphic novels, Ed Piskor will sample and distill more than 8,000 pages of superheroic storytelling to create a definitive remix of the first 280 original issues of X-Men comic books and 30 years of complicated continuity into one seamless masterpiece of superheroic storytelling. Piskor will write, draw, ink, color and letter all six 40 page issues of X-Men: Grand Design, which Marvel will publish over three years as three separate but interconnected mini-series — X-Men: Grand Design, X-Men: Grand DesignSecond Genesis and  X-Men: Grand DesignX-Tinction.

On December 9th, 2017, Marvel will publish the debut issue of X-Men: Grand Design. On April 17, 2018, Marvel will collect both issues of X-Men: Grand Design, as an oversized paperback collection in the same size and format as Hip Hop Family Tree, and will also include the first issue of X-Men by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby masterfully recolored by Piskor, and a host of recolored classic pinups. Each X-Men: Grand Design trade paperback will feature a classic X-Men comic book, recolored by Piskor.

Preview: X-Men: Blue #11

X-Men: Blue #11

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Douglas Franchin (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

NOW YOU SEE BEAST…
• HENRY McCOY is known for a lot of things–his persona as the X-Men BEAST, his massive intellect…and now a penchant for MAGIC.
• But where did Hank learn this new-found skill?
• And will his teammates still want him around once the secret is out in the open?

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