Friday, April 14, 2017

Captain Picard Master Series 1:6-Scale Articulated Figure Pre-Ordering to be Released


 
"At noon PDT, Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx) will release for pre-ordering the much-anticipated Captain Jean-Luc Picard Master Series 1:6-scale articulated figure. The figure is expected to ship in May.
Our Captain Picard figure has more than 30 points of articulation, allowing him to be displayed in a number of dynamic poses. He features an authentically styled Star Trek: The Next Generation uniform with simulated leather boots and detailed 24th century accessories, including a phaser, communicator badge, tricorder, Personal Access Display Device (PADD) and the Captain’s Earl Grey tea cup. He also comes with multiple hands for a variety of poses and gestures.
 Picard will be priced at $179.95. An exclusive version of the figure will only be available directly from qmxonline.com and select international distributors. This version will feature an additional phaser rifle and an extra set of hands for holding it. The exclusive edition Picard figure will be priced at $199.95.
The Captain Jean-Luc Picard Master Series 1:6-scale articulated figure is one of many Star Trek products QMx will be releasing in 2017 that celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek®: The Next Generation."

You know you want your very own Jean-Luc Picard

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Kill Shakespeare Past Is Prologue: Juliet #1

By Reboot

"And if a gentleman showed himself, I'd be happy to take his arm."

Conor McCreery is at it again with trying to kill Shakespeare! That's right, IDW's Kill Shakespeare created by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col is back in a fifth installment for the prequel, Past Is Prologue: Juliet. This time Conor McCreery is flying solo as writer with artist Corin Howell, colorist Shari Chankhamma, and letterer Chris Mowry.

So how does issue #1 of this new installment stack up? I was just getting to that.  But before I do let me give you the premise, especially for those unfamiliar with Kill Shakespeare as this is also a good starting point for the series.

Kill Shakespeare is a world where Shakespeare's creations, heroes and villains alike, are all real and he's looked up to as a powerful background figure like the Wizard of Oz. Earlier installments have shown off many of the different characters interacting including Juliet, but we never quite got her full backstory.

As many of you are hopefully aware, Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet dies at the end of the play. In Kill Shakespeare: Juliet #1, it's immediately revealed that she had survived the poisoning. Sad and Resentful, Juliet wants to escape from her family to end her life and be with Romeo, but plans don't always work out the way we originally envision them, especially of you're created by William Shakespeare.

Conor McCreery weaves a story here that is dealing with a few less characters than previous installments. It's also a bit of a slow burn. Previous installments have started with a bang and slowed down after, or start with a mystery to keep you turning the pages. Conor's approach here is to take it slow, lay down the groundwork and build on it all the way to the end. It's different from some of what I've seen before in Kill Shakespeare, but it works here.



Corin Howell debuts as the new Kill Shakespeare artist and it's a fantastic debut. I'm not sure how much of it is Conor's scripts or how Corin lays out the pages, but they're mostly very dense with the overwhelming majority of pages being a minimum of five panels. You really feel like you're getting a lot of story in this comic. These layouts are honestly incredible. Most of the pages do an excellent job of bringing your eyes from top center down to bottom center in a way I don't often see done. The last page is the best example of this, and is honestly the best page in the whole comic.


Shari Chankhamma had previously colored Kill Shakespeare which really helped give the book the feel of previous volumes. Shari does an excellent job through the book, but in particular for me the second to last scene where Juliet meets The Player is gorgeously colored and shaded, and the last page is colored perfectly. Really, that page is so incredibly executed.

While Kill Shakespeare: Juliet #1 is somewhat of a departure from the formula we've seen in the previous four volumes, it's an excellent, well paced march to tragedy that is nearly impossible to pull off in a prequel. It's also a great introduction to the series, so please, if you haven't read any of the series yet and want to jump in, this is the way to do it.

Kill Shakespeare Past is Prologue: Juliet #1 hits the shelves on Wednesday, April 5th.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

QMx to Release Batman: Born of Blood Master Series Art Print



Just in time for the first appearance of Batman, the team over at Quantum Mechanix, Inc. is set to release a beautiful new print as a part of their Master Series program.

Per the press release: 
"Commemorating the day the caped crusader first appeared on comic book stands (March 30, 1939), Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx) is announcing the first release of its Master Series fine art program with the Batman: Born of Blood art print, created by pop culture illustrator Doaly. Capturing the turmoil of the Dark Knight’s tragic origins, the limited-edition lithograph is printed on heavy, museum-grade metallic paper stock and embellished with an embossed QMx logo for authenticity and added exclusivity.
 The Batman: Born of Blood art print measures 24” x 36” and is limited to a hand-numbered edition of 500. Priced at $49.95, it will be available directly from qmxonline.com and select retailers. On sale Tuesday, April 11th at 12pm PT, rolled copies will ship during the first half of May in sturdy, acid-free tubes." 
It looks like QMx is off to a strong start. I can't wait to see what print they do next.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy: Buffy's Impact of Mental Illness



It's Buffy's 20th Anniversary and you're going to see tons of memories and reflections about the cast/crew and Buffy's impact on society and how amazing she is. Instead of repeating what many will discuss, I want to take a few moments to reflect on Buffy’s impact on me.

Like most people, high school was a strange time for me. Aside from the hormones and figuring out who I am as a person and navigating relationships and friends and all that fun stuff, I was also struggling with severe depression and anxiety. My mental illnesses caused me to miss a lot of opportunities and time. I honestly don’t remember large chunks of that period, but one thing I do remember is Buffy. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: Grass Kings #1

By Reboot

“Welcome to the Grass Kingdom. Where fools like you come to get their asses kicked.”

Reboot here again. Back so soon, I know. I’m a pretty big Matt Kindt fan though, so when I heard that he was writing a new comic, Grass Kings, at BOOM! Studios with Tyler Jenkins illustrating and Jim Campbell lettering, I wanted to review the first issue of this six part miniseries. Lucky for me [insertgeekhere] got a review copy. Get ready for some reviewing!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review: Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy Trade!

By Reboot


Courtesy of BOOM! Studios
Hey everyone! Reboot here again. It's been a little while since I reviewed a trade paperback collection and what better way to jump back into that than with the big Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy cross-over from BOOM! Studios with DC Comics collecting issues #1 - 6!

Before I jump into it, there are quite a lot of names that should be mentioned so let's start with that. This limited series now collected in a trade paperback was written by Chynna Clugston Flores, penciled by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, Kelly Matthews and Nicole Matthews, inked by Maddi Gonzalez and Jenna Ayoub, colored by Whitney Cogar, and lettered by Warren Montgomery.Lumberjanes was created by Shannon WattersGrace EllisNoelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen.Gotham Academy was created by Becky CloonanBrenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl. While other people were also involved in bringing this book to life, this is the bare minimum number list of names of those who should be acknowledged before I continue. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Destiny Teams Up with McFarlane!


Tempe, Ariz., - February 15, 2017– In a collaboration of legendary proportions, McFarlane Toys is proud to announce that it is once again partnering with Bungie – this time to create Guardian action figures for Destiny, scheduled for release this summer.

Developed by Bungie and published by Activision, Destiny is a first-person action shooter that features cinematics storytelling alongside cooperative and competitive gameplay. Players create a unique character and become legend through completing a series of shared activities in a social world. Destiny has entertained a legion of engaged players across more than 30 million unique accounts since its initial release in September 2014.

Best known for attention to detail and immense creativity, McFarlane Toys has produced action figures and construction sets for some of the biggest properties in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. This upcoming partnership with the creators of Destiny will not only continue that tradition but expand on it. Fans of the emerging action franchise can look forward to a new selection of game-accurate action figures, 10-inch figures, and role play items.

McFarlane Toys' initial wave of Destiny toys will include fully articulated figures that depict Guardian Classes, including the Titan, Hunter, and Warlock. These figures will debut in new window box collector packaging and will come with a Destiny branded detailed base.

"Detail, depth, and customization, that's what Destiny gives its players, and that's what made it the biggest new video game franchise launch," said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. "With our upcoming Destiny line, fans can expect that same amount of detail and customization that we have built our own reputation on."

McFarlane Toys' Destiny figures will be available at major retailers this July carrying an MSRP: $19.99. For more information about Destiny visit www.destinythegame.com.  The community can interact directly with the developer at www.bungie.net. For more information about everything McFarlane Toys, fans are encouraged to check out www.mcfarlane.com as well as the McFarlane social media channels for updates and news.
 
ABOUT MCFARLANE TOYS
Grammy-and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, is the creative force behind McFarlane Toys, one of America's top action figure manufacturers. McFarlane Toys has become an industry leader, redefining the standards within the action figure market. For complete information on this pop-culture powerhouse, visit http://www.mcfarlane.comhttp://www.facebook.com/mcfarlanetoyshttp://www.twitter.com/Todd_McFarlane and http://www.instagram.com/mcfarlane_toys_official.

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