Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's not a good sign when I have a figure a week before opening it...


For some reason, I remember poor Mary Marvel, from DC Universe Classics wave 12 in 2010, as just dying on the pegs. She had two variant costumes, but I don't think it mattered, either version seemed to be available forever. I even think some bastard kept returning her at a local Target for newer figures.

The weird thing is, she comes with the torso for the Collect-and-Connect Darkseid, but I don't know if she was more heavily-packed (which would explain why she lingered in stores) or if a lot of Darkseid pieces were left unconnected. I'm in a tough spot here, since the only other piece I have for him was the arm that came with the Spectre! Desaad came with a stupid stand, and I picked up Eclipso, Copperhead, and Dr. Mid-Nite on eBay loose and cheap. The odds of me ending up with a completed one seem pretty long...

I would prefer classic, C&C Darkseid to the New 52 look, though. Still, to me Darkseid is less creepy for all the evil, Anti-Life stuff; than for his seeming preoccupation with corrupting underage girls: Supergirl, Mary Marvel, Secret from Young Justice. Kinda skeevy, man.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Decisions, decisions.

Pac Con is coming up October 24-26, and I've been debating whether or not to go, and then what to get. I'm not usually an autograph collector, but both Stan Lee and William Shatner are scheduled to be there; and there's the temptation to spring for one or both. Maybe? It's $70-75 for one, and while I've got an old copy of Silver Surfer #18 that could use Stan Lee's John Hancock, I'm not sure if I have anything I would want to have Shatner sign.

But whether or not I decide to spring for that, I'm still on the fence about the convention in general. I'm looking for old, cheap, quarterbooks and random issues that probably only appeal to me; and maybe some loose figures if I see 'em. I don't usually care to see panels or Q&A's or cosplay: fun for some, but not my thing. So I don't know if there would be anything for me or not. There may be nothing but scalper-bait, overpriced "collector's items," and unsold backstock.

Right now, I figure I'm going, but not sure what if anything I'm locked onto buying...
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Friday, September 26, 2014

This week felt like five decades, too...


Having one of those weeks where I'm not positive I even read any comics; but I did finish Five Decades of the X-Men, a fun little anthology with stories from, well, if not five decades, five different eras of the team. The sixties story recaps a lot of Lee and Kirby's X-Men #1, while the nineties one brings back Reverend Stryker from Claremont's God Loves, Man Kills. (I think Claremont tried to bring Stryker back himself, in X-Treme X-Men, but I don't know if that was super effective either.)

Some of the stories feature fun bits that may not strictly fit the time period: the seventies story features the Secret Empire, up to the point where it's unmasked by Captain America! The eighties guest-stars Pete Wisdom, who didn't appear until the nineties; and the last story with Rogue, Nightcrawler, and Psylocke features the latter in her "Crimson Dawn" mode. Not the most essential novel, but still pretty good.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Continued on 3rd Page Following," is just one of the reasons I should get this in trade...


There are more than a couple old DC miniseries that are probably far better remembered as trades, than as single issues. I have a random single issue of Dark Knight Returns floating around somewhere, and how many people read that in singles? Ditto Watchmen. Today's book isn't as well known, but at the rate I'm piecing together the run of it, it could take me a millennium: from 1983, Camelot 3000 #9, "Grailquest 3000" Written by Mike W. Barr, art by Brian Bolland, embellishments by Terry Austin.

Actually, I kind of like that it's taking me forever to randomly find issues of this series (I found #9 here bagged in a dollar store with the Path #3) since it took a long time to be published, starting in December 1982 and running until the twelfth issue April 1985! On Wikipedia's article on the book, Barr mentions it took Bolland nine months to draw the last issue, at least in part from an urge to top himself every issue. And it looks really sharp, even though it now seems a fairly traditional Arthur/Lancelot/Guinevere triangle, set in a sci-fi future that wouldn't have seemed out of place in classic DC space comics. There are some mildly subversive gender identity issues--the knight Tristan is reincarnated as a woman, which poses some problems with his lover Isolde remaining a woman--but while somewhat tame, it's done quite well.

Camelot 3000 has been collected a few times...but while I enjoy it in random bursts, I would just have to find the trade by chance as well, rather than just getting it on Amazon or something. The hunt is kind of adding to it...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Secret Weapon."


Pool and Kurt are kind of being jerks to Venom this week, but rest assured they completely support the right for a man and his icky symbiote to do...whatever they do.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Batzooka is ripe for a comeback in the New 52, y'ask me.


The Fwoosh! had an article on its front page about Mego Batman accessories from Figures Toy Company; featuring the Batman Desk Phone, the bust of Shakespeare at the entrance to the Batcave, and the Bat-Shield. All kind of neat, and I ordered a bust; but I can't believe they didn't order the Batzooka!

Although there's a 25-piece pack, Figures was nice enough (and wise enough!) to offer an À la carte option, and I ordered the bust, a Bat-Radio, and the Batzooka! The accessories are scaled for 8-inch Mego style figures, so they're a hair oversized for Mattel's Batman '66 toys. But pretty close!

The handgrip on the Batzooka is probably perfect for Megos, but is a bit much for most six-inch scale figures. However, some of the older Marvel Legends figures, with hinged hands, may work quite well for it. Like a certain someone we see around here sometimes...

We'll check out some of the other accessories later, but as we mentioned a while back, "Blam! Murdered you!" is Rocket Raccoon's current catchphrase in Bendis's Guardians of the Galaxy. And a great track from Adam WarRock!




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Monday, September 22, 2014

"One afternoon on Ord Mantrell..."



Someone on Twitter described the Prototype Boba as "Boba Fett arisen, like Gandalf the White, after his ordeal in the Sarlaac pit." Or to that effect.
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