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Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and Games Wan’s The Trench Not Moving Forward

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The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Warner Bros. has shelved two of its upcoming, and high-profile, films based on DC properties. Ava DuVernay‘s New Gods and James Wan‘s The Trench are not going forward at this time.

In a statment, Warner Bros. and DC said:

As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.

New Gods was a take on the classic Jack Kirby characters with DuVernay directing and working with comic writer Tom King. The film has been in development since 2018. DuVernay is working on the television series Naomi based on the DC character which will air on The CW.

The Trench was a spin-off from the blockbuster Aquaman. The horror-tinged film featured Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald on the script with Wan developing as producer with Peter Safran. Wan is still working on Aquaman 2 which will begin shooting later this year.

While these two projects have been shelved for now, they may happen down the road. It is believed the issue is there was no “natural” place to release the films in the current upcoming plans.

DC is currently focused on a multi-platform approach with films like The Suicide Squad and The Batman bleeding over into television with the HBO Max series Peacemaker and a show focused on the Gotham police department.

DC is still focused on creating a film universe with The Flash, tackling the DC multiverse, being key to what comes next. Upcoming films include Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and projects featuring Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Supergirl, Static Shock, and Green Lantern Corps. There’s also the third Wonder Woman film, newly announced Zatanna, and Superman film produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Promising Young Woman’s Emerald Fennell Tapped to Write Zatanna

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Zatanna is the next DC Comics hero to get a big-screen adaptation. Emerald Fennell has been hired to write the adaptation. Fennell is the Oscar-nominated director of Promising Young Women.

Zatanna comes from Warner Bros.’ DC Films and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and is to be released in theaters.

The is Zatanna’s first big screen appearance but the character has appeared in numerous animated releases from Warner Bros. and DC. The character also appeared on Smallville on The CW played by Serinda Swan.

Created by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson, Zatanna is one of the most powerful magic users in the DC universe. She’s known for having to cast spells in statements backward, which should make for an entertaining film. The character debuted in 1964 in Hawkman #4.

(via Variety)

Review: Justice League #59

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Although the Rebirth numbering is intact, both the Justice League and Justice League Dark titles get a bit of relaunch in Justice League #59. Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, and Tamra Bonvillain bring large scale action and a sequel to Bendis, David Walker, and Jamal Campbell’s Naomi in the lead story. While in the backup “Justice League Dark” story, Ram V, Xermanico, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. tap something a little more mystical as Merlin makes his return, and John Constantine and Zatanna investigate cults and prophecies in rural New Mexico. One of these strives to be modern mythology with all of the biggest toys in the DC Universe toy box while the other one might actually succeed with its riffs on Arthurian legends, the conflict between Heaven and Hell, and the senselessness of human existence underneath it all.

Justice League #59 is a 20 page story, but it feels a lot shorter thanks to an abundance of double page spreads from artist David Marquez. He and Brian Michael Bendis throw readers right into the middle of the fray as a mysterious interdimensional invader named Brutus lands in Kahndaq and confronts its king and protector, Black Adam. This later escalates into a kind of, sort of team-up between Adam and some of the members of the Justice League, which doesn’t thrill a monarch that is more into isolation than cooperation. However, this tension only really shows up towards the end of the battle when Black Adam immediately ejects the Justice League from his land and finally towards the end of the story. Having Black Adam has a wild card is Bendis’ smartest plotting decision, and he definitely fits Green Arrow’s idea of a “dissenting voice” when Oliver talks to the other members about doing “more” as a team.

But, for the most part, this initial Justice League story is lots of punching against a villain that is generically enough called “Brutus”, and the only interesting thing about him is that he’s most likely from Naomi’s home world giving her a reason to appear in the comic beyond being a Bendis co-creation. If you’re familiar with Bendis’ run on the Superman books, there’s a Rogol Zaar vibe to him in that he’s not an interesting character except in his connections to pre-existing characters or lore. You can definitely tell that he’s going to be forgettable character when he decides to peace out in the middle of the battle through an interdimensional portal before

Justice League #59 doesn’t really much to draw readers in beyond being a kind of sequel to the excellent Naomi comic, but it does have its bright spots. David Marquez and Tamra Bonvillain really embrace the wide screen nature of the book and make a middling script gorgeous with Bonvillain contributing deep blues to the bubble-shaped panels when Aquaman and his army of sharks battle Brutus. She also uses really intense red and blues to match Marquez’s speed lines as Superman and Black Adam race to grab Brutus before he disappears. This page is pretty busy, but it drives home the point that Black Adam thinks he’s beyond the Justice League and doesn’t respect Superman unlike the other heroes. (Even the edgy, cocky Green Arrow just wants Superman to agree with him.)

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To go along with the blockbuster visuals, Brian Michael Bendis’ writing is at its best when characters are ribbing or arguing with each other a la New Avengers. He seems to have a lot of fun with Green Arrow and Black Canary, who debate both sides of the Justice League’s current status quo and adds a little extra reverence when Superman opens his mouth. Superman also takes lead during the fight scenes, and you can tell he’s the team leader without any kind of exposition about it. We’ll see what Bendis does with them in future issues, but for now, Flash and Hawkgirl are exposition spouters while Batman just reacts to things. As the one non-powered hero during the fight scene, he may have been trying to make Batman a POV character, but few readers can react to an (ex) billionaire and genius strategist/martial artist. Thankfully, Naomi is coming soon to fill this role, and hopefully, she brings a hook too.

Ram V and Xermanico’s “Justice League Dark” doesn’t have a problem with hooks and opens with the return of Merlin to the mortal plane. If you’ve read V’s work on Future State: Justice League, then you know that his take on the mythical wizard is more nefarious than kindly, and Merlin definitely sets himself up as the Big Bad in the pages of this issue. His actions on the final pages definitely set up a need for a Justice League type of team to take him down as Xermanico’s lovely cathedral window layouts and Fajardo’s warm color palette turns bloody and scarlet. Also, V logically connects the John Constantine/Zatanna plot to Merlin’s rise through the appearance of a fan favorite character and basically shows that their mission was just a symptom of a larger disease. It’s tension and escalation all in ten pages.

However, as well as setting up a big-time enemy for this disassembled team to face, Ram V and Xermanico still find time to explore the relationship between John Constantine and Zatanna. There’s a real softness to their interactions even as Constantine does his usual con man hijinks to get them out of a bind as the narration goes slightly nihilistic and focuses on humanity’s stupidity and willingness to place their lives in religions and cults while there’s literally bigger fish to fry. I love how Constantine cares about Zatanna’s feelings after the loss of her father and the disbandment of Justice League Dark, and Xermanico shows this through a beat panel where their hands nearly touch. Constantine and Zatanna will never be a stable couple, but V and Xermanico know they have great chemistry and use it to carry this initial installment of “Justice League Dark” because while Merlin is quite metal, we need someone to root for.

Thanks to a one-dimensional baddie and the usual Brian Michael Bendis decompression issues, Justice League #59 only gets a slight recommendation for me. However, David Marquez and Tamra Bonvillain’s take on DC’s A-list is truly awe-inspiring, and their Black Adam exudes power and contempt as well. Hopefully, there’s more Naomi, Green Arrow, and Black Canary in future issues and less alien punching bag. But the real reason this comic crosses the line from trade wait to a purchase is Ram V, Xermanico, and Romulo Fajardo’s “Justice League Dark” backup, which features both Arthurian legends and supernatural hijinks and has a formidable villain plus witty, yet emotionally honest writing for its leads, John Constantine and Zatanna.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V Art: David Marquez, Xermanico
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain, Romulo Fajardo Jr. Letters: Josh Reed, Rob Leigh
Story: 7.1 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Justice League Dark #1

Justice League Dark #1 is like the Justice League only weirder and dysfunctional, Seriously, Wonder Woman and Man-Bat are the only two team members until the Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez, and Brad Anderson splash page. In the opening salvo of his series spinning out of the Justice League: No Justice, writer James Tynion IV introduces his main threat both verbally and visually: magic is dying and humanity with it. However, he gives the varied denizens of Justice League Dark humanity and humor and along with Martinez’s engrossing double page spread, keeps the book entertaining and not overwhelmed by the gravity of its stakes like its brother League book.

From the first scene where Zatanna’s simple rabbit in the hat trick turns into a B-horror movie, Tynion and Martinez set up Justice League Dark as a book about the ever shifting and chaotic nature of magic first and punching things later. These priorities are reflected in his choice of cast members, who with the notable exception of Wonder Woman aren’t the team up and fight things type although they are in all out action by the time the final page arrives. Zatanna, who is Wonder Woman’s first choice for her “magical” Justice League team, refuses at first because of complicated reasons like her father’s death and a valid belief that a superhero team isn’t the best way to investigate the dying of magic. In Justice League Dark #1’s first double page spread, Martinez and Fernandez show that Diana and Zatanna don’t have the greatest chemistry with Wonder Woman relying on brute force while Zatanna continues to fall back on her spells even as they backfire in multicolored explosions from Anderson. And the other “members” are even less conventional from Detective Chimp, who is more mopey bartender and comic relief and heavy hitter to Man-Bat,

Speaking of Man-Bat, Dr. Kirk Langstrom almost steals the entire comic of Justice League Dark #1 as he pulls off the whole villain striving for redemption as a hero with humor and quirkiness instead of the cliched brooding darkness. The inviting nature of Man-Bat as a character begins with the visual design with Alvaro Martinez Bueno and Raul Fernandez going for the totally adorable combination of bat head and lab coat and Brad Anderson choosing a more neutral grey instead of going full Goth with his palette. Until the big fight at the end when Martinez and Fernandez make Man-Bat more ferocious and less cuddly with intense line work, they and Tynion craft the character more like Beast from the X-Men and less than the horrific, nocturnal threat of Batman The Animated Series’ pilot “On Leather Wings”. He’s another hit on James Tynion’s “rogues gallery rehab” world tour that kicked off with his heroic and heartbreaking writing of Basil Karlo aka Clayface in Detective Comics.  Hopefully, these small moments of Man-Bat obsessively rattling his scientific credentials, Traci 13 jokingly turning Detective Chimp’s beer into apple juice, and heaven and Hell (Aka Lucifer and Zauriel) squaring off in basically a Goth board room setting continue throughout the series as the threat of the Otherkind ramps up.

In Justice League Dark #1, James Tynion takes one part of his tongue in cheek, yet serious exploration of magic and its consequences and complexities in his Hellblazer run, another part the family dynamic of Detective Comics, and gives the book the blockbuster sensibility of co-writing gigs with Scott Snyder and others on books like Dark Nights Metal and Justice League No Justice even going back to his work on the Batman Eternal weeklies and turns into a fairly delightful concoction. He, Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez, and Brad Anderson create connections between characters before having them punch, bite, or throw tendrils of the Green at things and the philosophy makes the book shine even if the antagonists are vaguer and vague.

Plus Tynion writes Swamp Thing like Treebeard from Lord of the Rings, which is incredibly ingenious.

Story: James Tynion IV Pencils: Alvaro Martinez Bueno
Inks: Raul Fernandez Colors: Brad Anderson Letters: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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DC Comics Bombshells Zatanna Statue for 14% Off

This Bombshell of a statue features Zatanna weaving a spell of transformation on John Constantine. The stunningly stylized resin statue of the Mistress of Magic is fashioned in the popular pinup style of the 1940s and 1950s, and for a limited time she’s 14% off! Shop now and save!

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas Arriving from Diamond Select Toys!

The holidays are fast approaching, and quality gifts are getting harder and harder to find! Luckily, Diamond Select Toys just sent a massive shipment to your local comic shop! Whether the loved one on your shopping list likes Batman, Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Muppets, Nightmare Before Christmas, magic, scarecrows, skeletons or Mandroids, you’ll find a wide selection of stocking stuffers at your local store!

Batman The Animated Series Scarecrow Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! What frightens the Dark Knight? The Scarecrow knows! Thanks to the Scarecrow’s fear gas, Dr. Jonathan Crane is one of the few foes in Batman’s rogues gallery who can strike fear in the heart of the caped crusader. This approximately 6” resin bust is based on the Scarecrow’s appearance in Batman The Animated Series, and sits atop a pedestal inspired by the show’s art-deco architecture. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it is packaged with a certificate of authenticity, and comes in a full color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #JUN162390, SRP: $59.99)

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DC Gallery Batman The Animated Series Zatanna PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The sorceress of the DC Universe is the next DC Animated Gallery PVC figure! Based on her appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, this sculpture depicts stage magician and genuine magic-user Zatanna Zatara posed as if in the middle of a performance, on a stage base, pulling a bat out of her hat. This 9-inch scale figure is cast in PVC plastic and features high-quality paint applications, and is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #JUN162389, SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Gallery Spider-Man Classic PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Marvel’s most popular super-hero is the newest addition to the Marvel Gallery PVC line! Sculpted in 9-inch scale, this sculpture of Spider-Man sees him balanced on one foot atop a New York City rooftop, surveying the city he is sworn to protect! Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications this PVC diorama is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Mat Brouillard! (Item #SEP162538, SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Minimates Series 69: Most Wanted 2-Packs

A Diamond Select Toys release! After 13 years, the Marvel Minimates line has amassed one of the widest arrays of characters of any collectible toy line. But there are still characters in the Marvel Universe left to make! For Series 69, DST has selected frequently-demanded characters to make up one of the most fan-favorited series in history! Black Knight and Enchantress each make their Minimates debut, and our first-ever Tigra teams up with a Classic Falcon. Then, Iron Man foe Blizzard II takes on an armored SHIELD Mandroid, while a rare, one-per-case set pits the original Blizzard I against that same Mandroid! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack is packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUN162395, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Marvel Now! Minimates Blind-Bagged Mini-Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Marvel Minimates are all-new and all-different! This all-new assortment of Minimates mini-figures features eight different characters from across the modern Marvel Universe, each individually packaged in a foil bag. With 18 Minimates in each counter display, customers can get either Spider-Man (Miles Morales), X-23 as Wolverine, International Iron Man, Old Man Logan, Spider-Gwen, Deadpool 2099, Venom Space Knight or a rare, one-per-display Silk! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. The perfect stocking stuffers for any Marvel fan! (Item #JUL162623, SRP: $5.99/ea.)

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Muppets Minimates Series 3 2-Packs

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time for some very special guest stars! The Muppets Minimates line continues with more of your favorite characters from across their history, in four all-new two-packs. Characters include Kermit as Constantine with Patrol Bear Fozzie, Electric Mayhem members Floyd Pepper and Janice, and exclusive two-packs of Mayhem members Zoot and Lips, and Muppet Newsman with Pepe the King Prawn! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation with fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Make your own Muppets! (Item #JUL162619, SRP: $9.99)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! Vinimates are the gifts that keep on giving! The Nightmare Before Christmas makes its grand entrance to the Vinimates vinyl figure format with four main characters – Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie and the Mayor! Sculpted in the style of a Minimates mini-figure, each 4-inch PVC figure strikes a dynamic pose, and features a ball-jointed neck to further customize each pose. Each Vinimate is packaged in a full-color window box.

Jack Skellington Vinimate (Item #JUN162371, SRP: $9.99)

Sally Vinimate (Item #JUN162372 SRP: $9.99)

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Coming Soon from Diamond Select Toys: Deadpool, Jessica Jones & Alice Through the Looking Glass!

It’s June, and the new issue of Previews has a vast array of new items from Diamond Select Toys! Feast your eyes on new items from Marvel Comics, the Doctor Strange movie, Ghostbusters, Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Batman Classic TV Series, Batman: The Animated Series, iZombie, Lost in Space, Predator, Mallrats and the Nightmare Before Christmas! They’re all due out later this year!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! Off with their heads! The newest movie to join the Vinimates revolution is Alice Through the Looking Glass! Four characters from the much-anticipated sequel – Alice, Mad Hatter, Red Queen and new villain Time – are now part of the Vinimates vinyl-figure army. Each 4-inch PVC figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and pre-posed to display their personality. Plus, with their ball-jointed necks, you can add additional attitude to each already perfect pose! Each Vinimate is packaged in a full-color window box.

Alice Vinimate (Item #JUN162363, SRP: $9.99)

Mad Hatter Vinimate (Item #JUN162364, SRP: $9.99)

Red Queen Vinimate (Item #JUN162365, SRP: $9.99)

Time Vinimate (Item #JUN162366, SRP: $9.99)

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Gallery PVC Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! Gallery figures just went through the looking glass! Based on the new big-screen sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice Kingsleigh and the Mad Hatter are now featured in the hot new Gallery figure line from DST, capturing heroes and heroines from the world of pop culture as 9-inch scale PVC statues! Each 9-inch figure features high-quality paint applications, and each stands atop a sculpted base made out of clock gears – interlock the two bases to form one combined diorama! Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

Alice Gallery Figure (Item #JUN162362, SRP: $45.00)

Mad Hatter Gallery Figure (Item #JUN162361, SRP: $45.00)

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Batman Classic TV Series Shakespeare Bust Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Quick, to the Bat-poles! Okay, so you haven’t installed those Bat-poles yet, but if you keep your spare change in this vinyl bank, you’ll save up for them in no time! Based on the bust of Shakespeare that unlocked the moving bookcase in the Batman Classic TV Series, this 20-inch tall vinyl bank features a working neck hinge, so you can tilt the head back to reveal a dial and button, as well as a real, working coin slot! With a coin access door hidden in the base, no one will suspect that this realistically painted bust is secretly a bank, or that you’re secretly Batman. Packaged in a full-color box. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item # JUN162388, SRP: $85.00)

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Batman The Animated Series Gallery Zatanna PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The sorceress of the DC Universe is the next DC Animated Gallery PVC figure! Based on her appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, this sculpture depicts stage magician and genuine magic-user Zatanna Zatara posed as if in the middle of a performance, on a stage base, pulling a bat out of her hat. This 9-inch scale figure is cast in PVC plastic and features high-quality paint applications, and is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #JUN162389, SRP: $45.00)

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Batman The Animated Series Joker Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! You’ll be laughing all the way to the fridge with this fully sculpted bottle opener of the Joker himself! Based on his appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, this solid metal rendition of the Clown Prince of Crime measures approximately 4.5 inches tall, and removes bottlecaps with the greatest of ease. Plus, magnets on the back keep him stuck to your Bat-fridge so you can nab him whenever you want! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item # JUN162391, SRP: $18.00)

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Batman The Animated Series Scarecrow Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! What frightens the Dark Knight? The Scarecrow knows! Thanks to the Scarecrow’s fear gas, Dr. Jonathan Crane is one of the few foes in Batman’s rogues gallery who can strike fear in the heart of the caped crusader. This approximately 6” resin bust is based on the Scarecrow’s appearance in Batman The Animated Series, and sits atop a pedestal inspired by the show’s art-deco architecture. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it is packaged with a certificate of authenticity, and comes in a full color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #JUN162390, SRP: $59.99)

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Ghostbusters Classic Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! The boys are back! As we count down to the new Ghostbusters movie, love for the originals is at an all-time high, and this new line of Vinimates vinyl figures is unlike any Ghostbusters toy line that’s come before! Captured in their iconic ghostbusting poses from the original poster, these 4-inch PVC figures of Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore are sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and feature ball-jointed necks so you can modify their poses. Each Vinimate comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Peter Venkman Vinimate (Item #JUN162367, SRP: $9.99)

Ray Stanz Vinimate (Item #JUN162368, SRP: $9.99)

Egon Spengler Vinimate (Item #JUN162369, SRP: $9.99)

Winston Zeddemore Vinimate (Item #JUN162370, SRP: $9.99)

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iZombie Reelware Max Rager Pint Glass

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready for your next iZombie viewing party with this Max Rager pint glass! Inspired by the hit CW TV show iZombie, this pint glass features the official logo of the famous energy drink that is one of the leading causes of zombie-ism. Humans and zombies can come together and rage in the best way possible when they’re both drinking out of a Max Rager glass! Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUN162384, SRP: $10.99)

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Lost in Space B9 Robot Vinimates Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Danger, Will Robinson! The Vinimates line is expanding at an alarming rate! Based on the classic TV series Lost in Space, this 4-inch Vinimates Vinyl Figure depicts the robot B9 in the style of a Minimates block figure, but in alarmed, arms-raised pose, as if warning your other Vinimates of imminent doom. Figure is cast in PVC plastic, with detailed paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box.

(Item #JUN162377, SRP: $9.99)

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Mallrats Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re not here to shop, they’re not here to work, they’re just here! Finally, after 22 years, fully poseable action figures of the cast of Kevin Smith’s sophomore(ic) masterpiece Mallrats have arrived! Jay and Brody are the first two in the series, each with character-specific accessories – sock full of quarters and baseball bat for Jay; chocolate pretzel and giant cookie for Brody – as well as diorama bases depicting different stores in the mall! Each figure features approximately 16 points of articulation and the actor’s likeness. Packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott! (Item #JUN162385, SRP: $149.94/case)

Jay Figure (Item #JUN162386, SRP: $24.99)

Brody Figure (Item #JUN162387, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Gallery Deadpool PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Merc With a Mouth is now a Merc of Art! Joining the Marvel Gallery line of figures, Deadpool leaps from an explosion, wielding twin katanas, to become the latest dynamic display piece to spring out of the Gallery series! Cast in PVC plastic with high-quality paint applications, Deadpool joins Lady Deadpool, Captain Marvel, Thor, and Ant-Man in the 9-inch scale figure line, and is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JUN162394, SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Minimates Jessica Jones TV Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Return to the world of private investigator Jessica Jones in this Minimates mini-figure box set based on the hit Netflix TV series! Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Trish Walker and Kilgrave each stand 2 inches tall and feature 14 points of articulation. Plus, each character comes with removable jackets and alternate parts, including arms and a screaming Kilgrave head, as well as accessories like smartphones, a laptop and Chinese takeout! Includes four display stands. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUN162392, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Minimates Series 69: Most Wanted 2-Pack Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! After 13 years, the Marvel Minimates line has amassed one of the widest arrays of characters of any collectible toy line. But there are still characters in the Marvel Universe left to make! For Series 69, DST has selected frequently-demanded characters to make up one of the most fan-favorited series in history! Black Knight and Enchantress each make their Minimates debut, and our first-ever Tigra teams up with a Classic Falcon. Then, Iron Man foe Blizzard II takes on an armored SHIELD Mandroid, while a rare, one-per-case set pits the original Blizzard I against that same Mandroid! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack is packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JUN162395, SRP: $9.99)/ea.

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Marvel Select Doctor Strange Movie Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Sorcerer Supreme and soon-to-be-cinematic superstar is the next Marvel Select masterpiece! This 7-inch action figure depicts Dr. Stephen Strange as he appears in the upcoming Marvel feature film, with a screen-accurate costume and the likeness of actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The figure features 16 points of articulation, and comes with a diorama-style base capturing an environment from the film. Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JUN162396 , SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Deadpool Deluxe Glue Model Kit

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to make your own Merc, with the first official do-it-yourself model kit of Deadpool! Standing approximately 8 inches tall, this detailed sculpture of Deadpool depicts him standing on a battlefield littered with unexploded bombs, and includes an alternate head so you can display him masked or unmasked. The plastic parts come unpainted — you paint and assemble them yourself with glue, so you decide how the final piece will look! Comes packaged in a full-color box; paint and glue not included. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #JUN162393, $34.99)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! Vinimates are the gifts that keep on giving! The Nightmare Before Christmas makes its grand entrance to the Vinimates vinyl figure format with four main characters – Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie and the Mayor! Sculpted in the style of a Minimates mini-figure, each 4-inch PVC figure strikes a dynamic pose, and features a ball-jointed neck to further customize each pose. Each Vinimate is packaged in a full-color window box.

Jack Skellington Vinimate (Item #JUN162371, SRP: $9.99)

Sally Vinimate (Item #JUN162372 SRP: $9.99)

Oogie Boogie Vinimate (Item #JUN162373, SRP: $9.99)

Mayor Vinimate (Item #JUN162374, SRP: $9.99)

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Predator Movie Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hunt is on! Inspired by the 1987 action classic Predator, these two new Vinimates vinyl figures capture the hunter and the prey in the new 4-inch scale! Sculpted in the style of a Minimates block figure, these Vinimates of Dutch and the Predator each strike a pose straight out of the film, with ball-jointed necks to further customize your display. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Predator Vinimate (Item #JUN162375, SRP: $9.99)

Dutch Vinimate (Item #JUN162376, SRP: $9.99)

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Strange Comic Trends: Fishnets Times Two

bcThe history of fishnets in the medium of comics is an often bizarre one, and can be traced to their popularity and perception in fashion.  In their earliest days, they were often associated with activities that were considered scandalous, not even necessarily through prostitution, but simply as part of a forbidden dress code.  When the character of Black Canary was first introduced, she was shown sporting the form of hosiery, not particularly effective in crimefighting, but also speaking to the influences of her character, that of a femme fatale, who could dish out a punch to those that mistook her appearance for something else.  For a long time Black Canary was the only character that ever wore them.  Black stockings were common enough at one point in the medium through romance comics, but these were often shown as a sequence of bluish Ben Day dots as opposed to a true black.  It was hard to show female hosiery in any detail and so artists tended to stay away from it.  Zatanna came along and her most common costume featured fishnets, even when she sported various other versions.  Incidentally so too did Black Canary wear other versions of a costume and had even done away with the fishnets after the Birds of Prey reboot of the character in the 1990s.

helsing001aAt some point though fishnets became part of popular fashion, or at least gained the respect that they could be worn without a stigma attached to them.  Instead of a forbidden accessory they now represent edginess or being a little bit different from the pack.  Even then though, it is a rarity to see any comic characters wearing them.  They are still common enough on Black Canary and Zatanna, and two Grimm Fairy Tales characters also wear them often (The Queen of Spades and Liesel Van Helsing).  Strangely in recent years they have also been a common enough accessory of Veronica Lodge at Archie Comics, but this week’s double release of two character from two different companies wearing fishnets on covers might be the first time that it has happened in comic book history (especially considering the numerous variant covers with Liesel all wearing the same).  Although they have been around since the 1940s, they have never really caught on as a stylistic element of most characters’ costumes, and so seeing them twice on the same release day is truly an anomaly.

Who’s Afraid of the Dark?

YES! I called it!! I should explain a little. A few months ago (on my criminally under-listened podcast), I made a prediction. Given the direction DC Collectibles was heading with some of their releases for 2014, we’d be seeing some Justice League Dark figures soon. Today… confirmed! The DC solicitations for July showcased two new figures to look forward to: John Constantine and Zatanna.

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I couldn’t be happier to see these figures. I’ve always loved Zatanna; other than Dr. Fate, she’s my fav DC magic user. She’s been just as good in the New52 as she was in the Pre52. They’ve added some depth to her character and her “relationship” with Constantine has been great to read about. I’m not 100% sold on her face sculpt, but there’s still time for this to improve.

Constantine, on other hand, is near perfection. What an amazing figure we’re getting! The loose tie, unbuttoned collar, and smirk are character-perfect. Just add a little stubble to that baby face, and he’s a grand slam. Also, check the left hand. Aside from the cool rolled up sleeve, it does look like he’s holding a cigarette in his hand. Will Constantine come with a sculpted cigarette between his fingers, or is it simply a “spell casting” gesture? Either way, with that level of articulation, he’ll be puffing away on a smoke even if I have to make it myself. DC looks to be giving each character points of articulation that make sense, as opposed to giving every possible joint to everyone.

John Constantine and Zatanna will be available this October at your local comic book store.

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