UPDATED: WWE's Sheamus to Play Rocksteady in Ninja Turtles Sequel

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm


Are you not entertained? The Celtic Warrior was spotted on the set interacting in a scene with a pre-mutation Bebop, whose purple mohawk and nose ring look hilarious. It appears these villains might look a whole lot more faithful than anything in the first film, which in turn may lead to a sliver of hope the Turtles themselves will look better too. It also seems like this movie might explain Sheamus' bizarre new mohawk/braided beard look. Does this mean we can expect a "Hollywood Sheamus" gimmick when the film comes out?

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Grumpy Cat Will Have a Comic. My Reaction Can Be Summed up in a Grumpy Cat Meme

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:09 am



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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - The Comic Book

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10:07 am


Coming this October from IDW and Chiaroscuro's Troy Little, Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Graphic Novel) should make the perfect gift for people who like visuals with their drug-addled dialogue, but have become so allergic to Johnny Depp that they cannot watch the Terry Gilliam movie (I recently learned there are quite a few folks who fit this category).

There are very few sure things to do with Las Vegas, but this seems like a sound bet to me.

New Comic Book Day: A Unicorns In Comics Panel

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

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How about that Women in Comics panel at Denver Comic Con last weekend? The one with no women on it? That makes a ton of sense, to be honest. Why would anyone want to talk WITH girls when you can talk AT them instead? I mean, the safest way to make sure that I'm interested in a subject is usually hectoring lectures about my proper place within that fandom. That's how I got into Transformers - two dudes standing in the toy aisle of an old KB, telling me that my Ultra Magnus was just a repaint and that I wasn't a real fan because "Rodimus Prime is for kids, kid," waiting for me to lose interest. You the real MVP, Denver Comic Con.

This week in comics: women! And men. And giant floating heads. And evil snake gods. And sarcasm that translates well. But first, romance!

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DC Bombshells Get Articulated Figures - Sadly, They're Tonner Dolls

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:30 am


Everyone seems to love DC Bombshells - the pin-up art-style renditions of DC's female superheroes that began life as a series of statues and have migrated to all kinds of spin-off merchandise, including - almost as an afterthought - tie-in comics.

Everyone (by which I mean Rob Bricken and I, because nobody else's opinion counts) thinks Tonner dolls are creepy, and about as unsexy as the Bombshells artwork is appealing. Action figures would seem like a no-brainer for the line, while having them be Tonner seems like a literally brainless decision.

Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn make up the first series, and their price is in the same ballpark as the statues themselves. But at least now you can presumably put Harley's flying goggles on her eyes if you want.

Cap'n 'Murica Leads Some "Bad Lip Reading" Redneck Avengers!

Monday, May 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm


Bad Lip Reading is funny. Bad Lip Reading taking on a larger concept is amazing.

Incidentally, at my own wedding, I gave out Avengers action figures as boutonnieres. My one groomsman about whom we'd always made redneck jokes specifically chose Thor for being a "long-haired redneck." This video is fulfillment of that prophecy.

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DC Collectibles Exclusive Batman Figure Based on Jim Lee's Penciling

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:04 am


You know - whatever issues I have with Jim Lee's whole New 52 piping obsession, I love figures like these. NECA's Ninja Turtles are some of my all-time faves, and this may be a first - a figure painted to look like a pencil drawing.

How have the Sin City toys never done this?

"Blueline Edition" Batman will be a Previews Comic-Con exclusive - which means he's one of the ones you'll actually have a chance to get.

UPDATE: see Jim Lee reveal it below...

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Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales Kicks off 1/6 Toy Line With Liesel Van Helsing

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

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From Executive Replicas, the company that recently announced a 12" Stan Lee doll, comes what would seem to be a no-brainer of a line - 12-inch figures based on Zenescope's busty, scantily clad reinterpretations of fairy tale characters. Each one features a seamless outer skin over an articulated, stainless steel skeleton, and ironically, I think this is one case where business will do well by being full of busts. Up first? Liesel Van Helsing, who features the additional selling feature of being steampunk.

The daughter of the famed vampire slayer has never looked so good or lifelike as she comes dressed in her signature outfit of fishnets and trenchcoat with steampunk accents for optimum hunting. Ready to drive a stake into every black vampire heart, the figure offers a multitude of poses and comes packaged with her signature weapons.

She'll retail for around $160, with preorders starting in June and fulfillment in July. Two more detailed pics are below...

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8 Things Today's Comic-Book Movies Can Learn From Annie

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:00 am


This past weekend, I went to see a live, touring production of Annie for the first time since I was a very young child. It probably goes without saying that this was not my idea, though it may require uttering that I had myself a fine time. And that wasn't just because all the cocktails were doubles, and the concession stand, thinking that anything colored red could be considered Annie-themed, had liquid nitrogen on hand to make a sub-zero raspberry sorbet from what looked like a witch's cauldron. Nor was it just because my wife was taking me out and paying for everything.

No - the truth is Annie is a good show, and has endured for many years because of it. It is also a show based on a comic strip that launched in 1924, making its central character, Little Orphan Annie, a longer-running media franchise character than Superman, Batman, or anyone from Marvel.

It occurs to me that we could learn some lessons from that fact...

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Comic-Con Exclusive Dark Knight Returns Batman vs. Mutant Leader Figure Set by Mezco

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:17 am


Assuming everyone isn't so burned out on Frank Miller that they retroactively hate his earlier greatness too, this could be the hot ticket in summer con exclusives. Mezco's 1/12 scale cloth-costumed Dark Knight figure was a hot enough ticket already, and their announcement of the first-ever Mutant Leader at Toy Fair a big deal. Now we get a box set of both with exclusive battle deco, alternate parts, torn Batsuit and a polystone base. At $150 it's not cheap, but that's still only half a Hot Toys or Sideshow figure, and it's guaranteed to look cooler than whatever pale imitation of this scene Zack Snyder puts onscreen.

As with other Mezco Comic-Con exclusives, there are extras available to preorder online directly, starting tomorrow. So there's nothing wring with this offer that you can't fix with your own two keyboard hands.