I Don’t Even Like Marvel vol. 2 – A Guide to DC Heroics figures

Posted by under *like, Toys | Leave a Comment |

A few months back I wrote about Marvel’s Heroics figures. A series of tiny, blind boxed, 97 cent non-articulated figures. The figures walk an odd line between featuring detailed costumes while having almost blank faces. It was a sad tale about a quest for a Hulk or Captain America figure neither of which I found. This is a very different article. This is all about DC Heroics. And this time it didn’t matter who was in the plastic balls, because I wanted them all anyway. I’m a sucker for all things DC. Always have been. One thing I learned in purchasing this batch of DC figures is that if you turn the plastic ball so that the wrapper runs perpendicular to the split in the ball, you can place just a little pressure on the crack and it will open enough to allow you a peek at what figure is in the ball without actually opening it. Blind box foiled!

Read more of this article »


Decision Time – DC’s “New 52” edition

Posted by under *mixed, Comics | Leave a Comment |

KevinMLD spent a lot of time here discussing what titles were expected to be hits and misses for him this month from DC Comics’ line-wide relaunch referred to as The New 52. I’ve remained relatively quiet while considering his recommendations and spending my time talking about some of September’s Other #1s. I did sample a fair number of New 52 books as well and not surprisingly, I went with almost all super hero titles choosing to leave most of DC’s “Dark” and “Edge” stuff off of my pull list. In fact, even though I feel like I invested a lot in the New 52 this month, I bought fewer than they’re shipping in one week and it’s time to evaluate whether I’ll be back for issue #2 of any of these titles.

Kevin has agreed to join me in running down these books and his perspective as someone who’s followed DC’s publishing line closely over the years should be very different from my own as I’m relatively out of touch with it.

Read more of this article »


New 52 Week Two Predictions: How’d I Do?

Posted by under *like, Comics | Leave a Comment |

Last Wednesday, in recognition of the second full week of DC Comics’ New 52 promotion, I recommended the five new DC titles that I thought were most likely to be worthy of your attention and your money sight unseen. Now that we’ve had a week to digest them, the question is how did I do? I think it’s safe to characterize the entire promotion as a monster success for DC at least in terms of PR for month one: tons of sellouts, reprints and series being ordered in the six figures. Overall, I can honestly say the quality of the actual product has been stronger than I was expecting. The books I personally recommended for week two in order of expected quality were as follows: Batwoman, Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Green Lantern, Batman and Robin, Deathstroke, and Superboy. So how were they in reality?
Read more of this article »


REVIEW: Green Lantern #67 War of the Green Lanterns Part Ten

Posted by under *dislike, *like, Comics | Join The Discussion |

DC Comics’ War of the Green Lanterns crossover spanning their entire Green Lantern line of titles wrapped up this week. Not only did the crossover come to an end, but Part Ten (Green Lantern #67) was also the final issue of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern series that launched in 2005 following Green Lantern: Rebirth. This is the title that reintroduced Hal Jordan into the DC Universe and spawned a number of events including the very popular Blackest Night. The status quo was definitely shaken up in the wake of the latest threat to the DC cosmos and it will be interesting to see how this translates to DC’s line-wide relaunch in September.

Spoilers for War of the Green Lanterns, the current and forthcoming Green Lantern series, rainbows and what’s on the other side will follow.

Read more of this article »


The “NEW” DC Universe begins in September

Posted by under *mixed, Comics | Join The Discussion |

Action #1

It’s been a crazy few weeks for DC Comics fans with the reveal that the current series Flashpoint would lead to a complete relaunch of the entire DC Universe in September as the company will be releasing new first issues for fifty-two titles. Interestingly, DC has promised a reimagined DCU featuring in many cases younger, more modern takes on their classic characters and a more diverse line overall in terms of both the ethnicity of their characters and the genres of books they publish. A previous attempt to comment on this news when very little was really known about the relaunch resulted in what amounted to a nasty letter to comic fans about their phony outrage and their tendency to rush to judge was out-of-date before I had typed the last word. As a result, I’ve recruited PTB to help keep the discussion grounded and offer his perspective as a non-DC fan.
Read more of this article »