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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

/Film – FX’s Y Cast Adds Transgender Character Original to the Series – Interesting.

Newsarama – Nimona Animated Film Delayed 10 Months – Boooo!

Newsarama – Hulu’s Runaways Ending With Season 3 – Huh. Will the other Marvel Hulu series survive?

Newsarama – The King’s Man Pushed Back 7 Months by Disney/Fox – Hrm.

Reviews

Newsarama – Black Cat Annual #1
The Beat – Dissident X
The Beat – Funky Town
The London Free Press – The Handbook to Lazy Parenting
The Beat – Nicola Traveling Around the Demon’s World
Talking Comics – X-Men #2

Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. Spring Preview!

Winter has barely begun – and we’re already looking forward to warmer weather – so it’s about time for a Spring Toy Preview! The following items will ship from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. in Spring 2020, and they include products from the worlds of Star Wars, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Teen Titans Go!, Bruce Lee, Rocketeer, Westworld and more! It’s the Best of All Worlds! Pre-order through your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!

Bruce Lee Premier Collection 80th Birthday Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! This approximately 11-inch statue of Bruce Lee celebrates his 80th birthday in 2020. Depicting Bruce in his trademark white shirt, standing on a Taijitu (yin-yang) symbol with a dragon coiled around the base, this resin statue is limited to an edition of 3,000, and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Erick Sosa. (Item #NOV192329, SRP: $150.00)

DC Premier Collection Justice League Animated Batman Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The epic trinity of Justice League resin statues kicks off with none other than Batman himself! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this animated-style statue depicts the Dark Knight preparing to throw a batarang and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Superman and Wonder Woman coming soon! Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #NOV192326, SRP: $150.00)

DC Comic Gallery Red Hood PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The vigilante formerly known as Robin is now the Red Hood! Bradishing a sword, Jason Todd leaps into action in this new, approximately 9-inch-tall Gallery Diorama. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Joe Menna! (Item #NOV192327, SRP: $49.99

DC TV Gallery Teen Titans Go! Raven PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Azarath Metrion Zinthos! The final member of the Teen Titans joins the team of Gallery Dioramas already in progress! Depicting resident sorceress Raven hovering over the ground, this approximately 9-inch tall PVC sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box, designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #NOV192328, SRP: $49.99

Legends in 3D Movie Avengers Endgame Rocket Half-Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Avengers’ shortest member gets a big bust from DST! Measuring approximately 8 inches tall, this half-scale bust is based on the character’s appearance in Avengers: Endgame. It is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #NOV192331, SRP: $120.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Star Wars Episode 9 Kylo Ren Half-Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Star Wars Episode 9 is nearly upon us, and the world is bracing itself for the Rise of Skywalker! This Legends in 3D half-scale bust captures the masked visage of antagonist Kylo Ren, detailing all of the cracks and seams of his repaired helmet. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, it is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #NOV192324, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Animated Deadpool Merc For Hire Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Mercs for sale! The Merc with a Mouth has never looked cuter than in this new statue from the artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd. Based on Skottie Young’s cover to Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #1, Deadpool runs a stand selling mercs (and lots of weapons) in this limited-edition diorama. Ap­­­proximately 8 inches tall, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #NOV192332, SRP: $125.00)

Marvel Animated X-Men Magneto Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The groundbreaking animated-style line of X-Men busts continues with the Master of Magnetism himself, Magneto! Looking like he just stepped off the screen from the hit cartoon, Magneto raises a fist in this 6-inch resin bust, featuring detailed sculpting and animation-inspired paint details. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color window box with a certificate of authenticity. (Item #NOV192333, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Vision Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Behold the Vision! Depicting the synthezoid as he first appeared on the cover of 1968’s Avengers #57, his hand outstretched ­towards the viewer, this approximately 11” statue was hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. (Item #NOV192334, SRP: $150.00)

Star Wars Darth Maul Crimson Dawn 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Based on his appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story, this 1/6 scale bust of Darth Maul depicts him in his outfit from the film, holding his trademark double-bladed lightsaber. The crime boss of the Crimson Dawn cartel measures approximately 6 inches tall and comes in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by the Silva Bros., sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #NOV192325, SRP: $120.00)

Rocketeer Vinimates Vinyl Figure 

A Diamond Select Toys release! Stepping off the silver screen, this Vinimates vinyl figure of the Rocketeer is 4” tall and packs in a lot of detail! sculpted in the classic Minimates block-figure style, it features an articulated neck and comes packaged in a full-color window box! Designed by Barry Bradfield. (Item #NOV192330, SRP: $9.99)

Westworld Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Return to Westworld with this new assortment of action figures based on the HBO television series! Key characters Bernard, Teddy and Clementine make up this assortment, each with multiple points of articulation and character-appropriate accessories. Each figure measures approximately 7 inches tall and comes packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Asst #NOV192335, SRP: $19.99/ea.)

DC Video Game Gallery Injustice 2 Batman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! This 1:8 scale PVC diorama of Batman is based on his appearance in the game Injustice 2, and shows him striking a superhero landing in his pursuit of evil. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this sculpture is made of high-grade plastic and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #NOV192337, SRP: $49.99)

DC Video Game Gallery Injustice 2 Harley Quinn PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! This 1:8 scale PVC diorama of Harley Quinn is based on her appearance in the game Injustice 2, and shows her wielding a massive hammer and preparing to draw her sidearm. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this sculpture is made of high-grade plastic and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #NOV192336, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Endgame Ronin PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! From Avengers: Endgame, it’s the mysterious Ronin! This 9-inch scale PVC Diorama is based on the character’s appearance in Avengers: Endgame. It is made from high-grade plastic, features collectible-quality sculpting and paint, and comes packaged in a full-color window box with an opening door panel featuring character artwork. Sculpted by Dave Cortes. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #NOV192338, SRP: $49.99)

Super-Articulate: To Haslab or Hasnot?

Hasbro logo

Greetings, campers. As you know, Hasbro embarked on a couple of ambitious fundraisers this year with the Jabba’s Sail Barge and Unicron on their Haslab crowdfunding platform. Both succeeded, which is no surprise. However, the Marvel collectors out there have begun to discuss in earnest the idea of what Marvel Legends thing a Haslab project might try to bring to life. Let’s look at some potential suspects.

1. The Blackbird

X-Men Blackbird

Obviously, a Marvel Legends vehicle would be a rather large thing. If you wanted to put together a Blackbird that had seating to accommodate multiple figures, you’re likely talking three feet in length at least, not to mention wingspan, etc. However, this is sort of in line with the Sail Barge. The problem with a vehicle devoted to one specific team is that you have to bank on enough people wanting to back it to make it happen. Of course, the X-Men have that fanbase, so it’s a distinct possibility.

2. A Quinjet

See above. The real question here would be if they attempted an MCU-style vehicle or the classic comic-style Quinjet. The comic style might be a little easier to pull off; it’s not as wide as the film version and has more of a basic, compact shape. The advantage of the Blackbird is that it looks very similar in comics, animation, and film, partially due to being based on the real SR-71. With the Quinjet, it’s had a couple of different looks that are fairly divergent. It would be cool, but a lot of it depends on the style.

3. Master Mold

There have been a few versions of Master Mold, and they come down to “really big ass Sentinel” in some cases. However, the Master Mold is the Sentinel that produces OTHER Sentinels, so the idea of a Master Mold with the open chest cavity that you can pull BAF Sentinel parts from sounds awesome. In the recent House of X/Powers of X run, we saw a new iteration, Mother Mold, which is a giant head as part of another machine/satellite. While that’s wildly cool, it might not be the thing.

4. The Danger Room

I see this as pretty viable. A Danger Room could be part diorama, part series of traps/accessories that you can plug into a mostly featureless room. An exemplary version would include a control room as well. But I really like the idea of a customizable Danger Room bristling with flames, buzzsaws, spikes, and more.

X-Men Danger Room

5. Asgard

I’d see this as a playset combination of the Throne Room, Yggdrasil, and a Bifrost component. It would make a great display area for the rather large number of Asgardians we’ve gotten in the past few years (but still no Warriors Three or Balder. For to shame, Hasbro).

6. Stark Tower (or Hall of Armors)

There have been a lot of calls for some variation of Stark Tower, Avengers Tower, or even Avengers Mansion (I think that the class Buffy Library playset could even be a good inspiration for how to execute the Mansion). That said, I think that an actual Hall of Armors would kill in the fundraising stage. Both the miniatures and the Lego versions were popular. Picture a Hall of Armors/Tony’s workshop with the first-ever Marvel Legends version of Dum-E included. It would also be a cool place to include a couple of offbeat armors that haven’t been made previously as exclusive ML figures, like Mark XXXVIII (aka Igor).

7. Four Freedoms/Reed’s Lab

This one speaks for itself. A room with crazy Kirbyesque machines and a Negative Zone portal. What’s not to love?

8. Krakoa

When I say Krakoa, I’m NOT saying the current island home of the mutants, although I would advocate for the inclusion of a Krakoa Gate. I’m talking about Giant-Sized X-Men #1 Krakoa in all of its huge Lovecraftian glory. Picture setting that up and covering that sumbitch in X-Men. Glorious.

Giant Size X-Men Krakoa

What about you, readers? Do you have your own Haslab ideas? What do you think of Haslab in the first place? Did you back the Sail Barge or Unicron? Sound off, and let’s talk.

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X-Men #2

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Newsarama – Russo Bros. to Produce Marvel vs DC Docu Series – This could be interesting or just inflame things.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Kyoko follows one girl’s rebellion in the face of incredible odds – Free comics!

Reviews

The Beat – Arab of the Future 4
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Family Tree #1
Flickering Myth – Folklords #1
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Olympia #1
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Runaways #27
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Steeple #3
IGN – X-Men #2

Review: X-Men Milestones: Fatal Attractions

Magneto is back and his Acolytes, lead by Exodus, are bringing mutants to their sanctuary Avalon to protect them from the oncoming epidemic known as the Legacy Virus!

Collecting Uncanny X-Men (1981) #298-300, #303-304, #315, X-Factor (1986) #92, X-Force (1991) #25, X-Men Unlimited (1993) #2, X-Men (1991) #25, Wolverine (1988) #75, and Excalibur (1988) #71

Story: Scott Lobdell, Peter David, Fabien Nicieza, Larry Hama, Shana David, Joe Quesada, J.M. DeMatteis
Art: Brandon Peterson, Joe Quesada, Jan Duursema, John Romita, Jr., Jason Pearson, Chris Bachalo, Richard Bennett, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, Adam Kubert, Ken Lashley, Roger Cruz, Chris Batista, Buzz, Tom Grummett, Jae Lee, Chris Sprouse, Paul Smith, Darick Robertson, Matt Ryan
Ink: Al Milgrom, Dan Panosian, Dan Green, Mark Farmer, Matt Ryan, José Marzab, Jr., Andrew Pepoy, Richard Bennett, Cliff Van Meter, Bob Wiacek, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Hanna, Kevin Conrad, Terry Austin, Tom Palmer, Keith Williams, Josef Rubinstein, Mark Pennington, Cam Smith, Randy Elliott, Randy Emberlin, Mark Nelson, Bud LaRosa, Hilary Barta
Color: Marie Javins, Ariane Lenshoek, Glynis Oliver, Tom Smith, Steve Buccelato, Kevin Tinsley, Ericka Moran, Joe Rosas, George Roussos, Mike Thomas
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos, Richard Starkings, Bill Oakley, Pat Brosseau, Steve Dutro, Lois Buhalis, Jon Babcock, Dave Sharpe

Get your copy in comic shops now and bookstores on November 26! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: X-Men #2

X-Men #2 cover

X-Men #2 is an interesting comic in that it feels like it’s both a continuation of what writer Jonathan Hickman has laid out and ignoring it at the same time. Charles Xavier is dead, having been assassinated in X-Force #1. So, while security is of importance this issue doesn’t feel all that different than usual. A mysterious island as emerged and Krakoa is being drawn to it. Is it an issue? Is it a threat? Cyclops takes his son Cable and daughter Prestige to investigate and see.

Hickman gives us an odd issue. The characters feel a bit off and there’s not much reflection on the death of Xavier. Instead, the focus is on the trio exploring the new island. And that feels… weird. There’s a lot of “son” and “dad” thrown around. The awkwardness of this trio just isn’t there. It feels like rather playful banter and relationship that’s rather healthy and not the muddled mess we’ve known. It could be that in this timeline this is the new standard but like so much of what Hickman has written the characterizations feel off. None if it is bad, it’s just different.

Leinil Francis Yu‘s art is solid and the quality that’s expected. Joined by Gerry Alanguilan on ink, Sunny Gho on color, and Clayton Cowles lettering, the art looks sharp. It’s a case where the art exceeds the story. The characters are solid and there’s some interesting designs and detail on the what’s presented.

The comic isn’t bad. There’s some solid humor. It also continues a concept Hickman began in House of X. What the comic feels like is a continued set up. Much like the first issue X-Men #2 is attempting to lay the groundwork for what’s to come. And those final pages makes what’s to come intriguing. First by what’s revealed and second by what’s said. Sadly, a comic isn’t made by its final pages and the lead up is awkward and head scratching. X-Men #2 has its moments but that’s not quite enough.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Ink: Gerry Alanguilan Color: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Clayton Cowles Design: Tom Muller
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Roku #1

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

iO9 – Watchmen‘s Ideas About Trauma and Legacy Are Making the Show More Mystifying – It’s a hell of a show and this is part of it.

Comicbook – Bernie Wrightson Comic Book Cover Estimated To Command Up To A Million Dollars At Auction – Well deserved.

Newsarama – DC Names New Publicity & Communications Director – Interesting move and congrats on the new position.

The Beat – Comics going uptown: The Color of Power: Heroes, Sheroes, & Their Creators exhibit opens November 16 – Sounds like an interesting exhibit.

The Comichron – October 2019 comics sales estimates: X-Men #1 launches near 256k copies – For those that enjoy the horse race.

Reviews

Newsarama – Fantastic Four #16
Comics Bulletin –
Roku #1

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Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

Check out some news and reviews from around the web from over the weekend as you kick off your week!

The Comichron – Blockbuster: X-Men relaunch powers October 2019 comics orders; $56.35 million month is fourth best in decade – October was a good month for comics.

Deadline – ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’: Sang Kim Joins As Showrunner Of Netflix Series Following Steven S. DeKnight Exit – Not sure what this says about the health of the show.

Newsarama – Disney+’s Moon Knight Lands Umbrella Academy TV Creator – A good addition considering the Umbrella Academy’s reception.

Reviews

CBR – Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1
CBR –
Olympia #1

Jonathan Hickman Makes the X-Men Giant-Size

The plans Jonathan Hickman has for the X-Men aren’t just big; they’re giant-size. Fresh off launching the X-Men into an exciting new era in House of X and Powers of XMarvel revealed at MCM Comic Con London that Jonathan Hickman will be joining forces with the industry’s top artists to craft a stellar new series: Giant-Size X-Men. Starting in February, each issue will combine Hickman’s captivating storytelling with the iconic art of a different superstar artist to depict grand-scale adventures focused on specific X-Men characters. 

And it all begins with Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost #1! The new mutant nation of Krakoa is the place for fresh starts, and Jean and Emma, known for their fierce rivalry, will unite to rescue Storm from danger. The two powerful telepaths are in good hands as artist Russell Dauterman will be the first to partner with Hickman for the series. Dauterman will be accompanied by expert colorist Matt Wilson.

Giant-Size X-Men was first used as a title in 1975 in a legendary special issue by Len Wein and David Cockrum. It not only marked a new genesis for the team, introducing iconic characters like Storm and Nightcrawler, but is credited for catapulting the X-Men into the powerhouse franchise they are today, a legacy that Hickman and others will now honor month after month. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements about other upcoming Giant-Size X-Men issues and the artists and characters you can expect to find within their pages!

Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost #1
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