Batman V Superman Action Figures, Gal Gadot Wonder Woman Barbie Revealed

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

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Not a lot to add here. USA Today broke these images first, noting that the Superman and Batman figure set will be a Comic-Con exclusive, and JEEZ MATTEL I WISH IT HAD BEEN PART OF YOUR DANG PRESALE. They look to be in scale with previous "Movie Masters" for DC movies, and the box has lights and sounds like the Man of Steel exclusive they did a couple years back.

Gal Gadot Barbie seems to have her proportions pretty much right.


Godzilla in Hell Is Maybe the Greatest Comic Idea Ever

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 10:26 am

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Years ago, I made a short video with toys called "Godzilla vs. Satan," starring the Emmerich Godzilla and the Spawn movie Malebolgia. For those interested, it ended with Satan making Godzilla his personal puppy and playing fetch with him.

IDW had the same idea, but without the second-rate imitators I was using. Godzilla is actually going to fuck shit up in the evil part of the afterlife. How is this not already being greenlit as a movie sequel? Better - more realistic - question: how is Guillermo del Toro not already claiming he's going to make this movie, only to have it still not happening five years from now?

This is why comics are better than movies sometimes. The AV Club has the full story, and more images.

New Comic Book Day: DOUBLE SIZED SUMMER SPECTACULAR

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:30 am

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We're a week out from San Diego Comic Con, and everybody and their mother is pushing out enormous comic news. Conveniently timed, too, since DC is a month past their post-Convergence launches, so following the latest happenings in comic books right now is like trying to follow election news the week of Halloween. In that spirit, we've got a SPECIAL DOUBLE-SIZED NEW COMIC BOOK DAY COLUMN WOOHOO! *throws confetti at monitor*. As soon as I shake all this glitter out of my keyboard, we'll start with an interview with Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang about Batman Beyond, their ongoing series about Tim Drake in the now-hard-canon future of the DCU. Then we'll get to some reviews, because there were some awesome comics out this week. Join us below the fold for the column equivalent of a summer BBQ!

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The 7 Types of Comic Book Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 (and Which Ones to See)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

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San Diego Comic Con is about a week away, and it is packed full of incredible programming. Everyone is incredibly excited about the biggest geek event of the year, and with so many great comic book-related panels, it's hard to pick through what's worth your time and what's superfluous fluff. Fortunately, that's what we at TR are here for.

Comic panels tend to fall into several broad categories, and not everyone will be interested in every type. We've broken them down into 7 different kinds of comic panels you'll see at SDCC, and picked out the best from each one. Take a look!


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7 Things We Learned About 8House: Arclight From Brandon Graham

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Brandon Graham is one of the most interesting people working in comics right now. He started out writing underground porn comics for alt-comix and American manga publishers, and from there built his profile through creator-owned work until he spearheaded the relaunch of Rob Liefeld's Prophet as a Heavy Metal-style sci-fi series. The critical and sales acclaim he won headlining Prophet helped him convince Image to start a line of books with some of his favorite creators called 8House, the first of which, 8House: Arclight, launches on July 1st. We had a chance to talk with Brandon via email about Arclight, editing his own line of books, working with his significant other and the pundamentals of comic writing.

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James Gunn Just Confirmed an Utterly Unsurprising Title for Guardians of the Galaxy's Sequel

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 2:09 pm

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It's Guardians V Howard: Dawn of Duckiness.

Nah. If only. It's...

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WB Will Let New Line Handle Vertigo Comics Movies, if They Ever Make Any

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

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In a move that would seem to suggest the cinematic universes will be kept separate, Warner Bros. is moving all Vertigo-inspired comic-book movie projects to its New Line division, responsible for all the Peter Jackson Tolkien movies, and gneerally giving filmmakers a bit more freedom.

For this to work, however, they actually have to make some Vertigo movies. And considering Constantine just got canceled on TV, and Preacher's going to AMC, what's next? Well, there's Sandman, which has been in development hell forever, and most recently has had Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached. There's Guillermo del Toro's Justice League Dark, announced three years ago and nowhere near beginning shooting. A Swamp Thing reboot with modern special effects is something fans - by which I mean me - would like to see, but only with the budget to do it right, which is hard to obtain for a "mature" title.

Point is, this is all posturing for now, but I hope it means we're one step closer to getting some DC movies that aren't just about superheroes. Get it right, and it's something that could be very different from the Marvel model.

Marvel's Hulk Officially Goes From "Incredible" to "Totally Awesome"

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

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In a move that seems linguistically a couple of decades too late - why not "the Sick Hulk, Bro"? - Marvel is changing up both the adjective clause and the identity of the big green guy. Via press release:

"For decades, Dr. Bruce Banner has buckled under the weight of his fearsome alter ego, the Incredible Hulk," Says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. "Now, someone else is going to take away Banner's burden, hoist it onto his frail shoulders like it weighs no more than a leaf, and embrace the pure fun being the most powerful being in the Marvel Universe. It's the Hulk like you've never seen him before: unleashed, unapologetic and totally awesome."
Alonso adds that the change will be "grounded in the history of the character" - so just like how female Thor turned out to be the most obvious contender of all for the role, I'm gonna just go ahead and call this as Rick Jones, sans any evidence beyond his being the easiest choice.

Who do you think Totally Awesome Hulk will be? And do you think Marvel just saw that another company had green superheroes who say "awesome," and wanted in on that deal? Hulk want pizza too? Why is the left hand blacked out? Who's gonna do my laundry today?

So many questions.

9 Possible Re-Definitions of the Word "Nerd" for the Modern Age

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

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I'm perhaps the 10,000th person to observe this, but it bears repeating: The definition of "nerd" has, in the last 20 years, changed dramatically, perhaps even losing its meaning altogether.

I went to high school in the mid 1990s. At that time, my interests earned me scorn from most people. I enjoyed betting together with friends to play Dungeons & Dragons at lunch, had extensive conversations about Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I voraciously read superhero comics. I was a teenager, but I was still eager to watch Saturday morning cartoon shows. I was heavily involved in my school drama program. I played the flute. My favorite records were Broadway showtunes, "Weird Al" Yankovic albums, and anything that was played on The Dr. Demento Show. In addition to all this, I was a noisy, awkward, chubby weirdo. I doodled a lot and made bad jokes to anyone who would listen. I was a virgin. I was, by the parlance of the time, a nerd.

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Mattel's 1966 Yvonne Craig Batgirl Figure to Be Toys R Us Comic-Con Exclusive

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:43 am

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Mattel basically had a goldmine handed to them when the 1966 Batman merchandise licensing issues were finally cleared up, and they blew it with insanely high price points, ugly conspicuous joints and scarce distribution (I've seen exactly one Penguin and Catwoman, ever). Don't even get me started on the trading cards that are supposed to form a backdrop yet made so there's no way to line them up properly on the included stands.

Nonetheless, they are the only figures of Adam West and company that you're likely to get any time soon in that scale, and if you've been collecting them, you might want to know that Batgirl is coming to Comic-Con - as a tail-ender in a line that isn't doing well, there probably wasn't any other option. I mean, how is it that Figures Toy Company is making the likes of Egghead and Mad Hatter, and even episode-specific variants? Don't just say "parts reuse" - Mattel does that too.

Don't expect to ever get her signature Batcycle, but Batgirl will be available at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12. [also note that the Star Wars "Black Series" exclusive on that page is 3.75" scale, not 6" as listed. So it's all repacks]