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Black Cat Review: Marvel Legends Amazing Spider-Man 2 Infinite Series Green Goblin Build-A-Figure Collection

Black Cat w/ whip

Like Carnage in my last review, Black Cat was another character that got a Marvel Legends figure back in the ToyBiz days, which I also never managed to get. This one was exclusive to a Spider-Man Vs. Sinister 6 box set. As with Carnage, I was happy to see Hasbro offering another chance at a figure of an important character in the Spider-Man mythos.

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Marvel Legends Carnage Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2 Infinite Series Green Goblin Build-A-Figure Collection

Aren’t second chances great? A figure you missed out on gets rereleased, retooled, redecoed or remade and… well, hopefully you can find it this time.

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Disney Buys Lucas Films: Why This is Good News

It is an energy field found in all things. It unites us, it binds us, it brings the galaxy together. Those words sparked more hope, inspiration, and deep feelings of what it means to be a good person than the entire sum of the rest of my whole life has to this very moment. I was hooked young, some of my earliest memories are of watching the Star Wars trilogy. Read the rest of this entry

ANO On Assignment Part 2: Meet Natalie

I say thee awesome!  Photo by Ryan Shewchuk Photography

In my endeavors to find the nerdy corners of Sin City it became clear I would need some help; a guide of sorts to direct me to the local flavors a humble tourist might overlook.  This led me to contact a local expert; in the year or so I’ve been writing and telling you about all occurrences of nerdiness I have been lucky to run across some of the best events and people I’ve ever known.  When I tracked down a local expert I wasn’t fully aware of what I was getting into; it has been more than an honor to sit down and chat with one of the most truly righteous people I’ve ever met.  She is a mom, an entrepeneur, a nerd, a writer, a costume maker, and a very nice lady.  I’m talking about Natalie Midkiff; keep that name in your head this woman is going places.

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A Bit About Ideas

What a good month this has been to be a nerd; specifically this one. We’ve had the biggest movie ever come our way (and I loved it), we had Free Comic Book Day, and I finally got my hands on a copy of Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga #1 (seriously, third printing, turns out the book is kinda popular). How did I feel about this book you may ask (seriously go ahead and ask, it’ll make the part where I tell you seem more natural), well I don’t want to give away the entire review but I’ve read it three times now in two days. To put that in perspective I don’t even read Walking Dead a second time (well, usually), and that is probably my top comic running right now (well, after Saga it’ll probably drop to the second spot). Enough lead in, let’s get to the meat of this here tasty meal.

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I’m Going to Call it Vindication

Yea that’s right. We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!

Earlier this morning I was woken up with news from a friend of the site that Avengers had broken all the previous records and had the largest opening weekend of all time.  Take that, Harry Potter.  Of course if you want more than just the word of some nerds there are official news stories saying the same thing.

So what does this all mean?  It means that finally we’re all vindicated for loving these comics so much, for believing you can stay true to the source material and still get a good flick everyone will want to see, oh and that this is the most rad time to be a nerd ever.  Enjoy the moment guys, we’ve earned it.  Also, seriously, if you haven’t seen it yet get going before someone can spoil it!  Run!  For the good of the city!

Anyone want to start making plans for a midnight Avengers 2 viewing and party?  I know I do.

Free Comic Book Day!

Happy Free Comic Book Day everyone!  The first Saturday in May every year the industry gets together to release a bunch of free comics for people to pick up and enjoy.  I made my way out to my LCBS and grabbed my haul (a few of my top choices seen above) and the place was packed.  Good to see so many people coming out to celebrate comics.  Also picked up a copy of Saga #1 (third printing!) finally so expect a review of that to come.  They also had artists signing and doing sketches for free so make sure if you get a chance you go check it out.  Of course the best way to end a day of celebrating comics is to go out and see The Avengers, so make a day of it!

For anyone interested here’s a list of comics for free you can check out and see which ones you might want to pick up.  Support the store too of course, buy yourself some books or some trades.  Comics!

Perfect Assembly

So, this movie comes out today, you might have heard of it, its The Avengers. If you’re like me (by the way I’m sorry) then sometimes you’re sitting there reading a comic book and thinking to yourself: “Man I wish I could enjoy this without having to go through all the trouble of reading.” Okay, maybe no one has thought that, maybe I made it up. The point here is somehow someone has in fact done this very thing. The Avengers is a comic book brought to life, panels jumping off the screen and turning into fully imagined real life manifestations. I suppose though, what you all really want to know is if it was good or not. Let’s find out.

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Comic books and libraries, together at last

My name is Ryan, I am a heavy reader, and I prefer comic books.  I enjoy all kinds of books, of course-I read through Lord of the Rings for the first time around third or fourth grade, and I’ve read Moby Dick multiple times for fun.  I enjoy anything from Kurt Vonnegut to Elmore Leonard to Star Wars novels.  And while the Star Wars books are currently catching up in this department, nothing on the printed page spells total immersion for me quite like superhero comics.

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The Fab Five (or something like that)

This is where I'd rather be.

It just so happened recently that my apartment needed unpacked; glad to do this, I proceeded like some great explorer. Taking time to carefully examine and unearth each worldly possession I hadn’t seen in some time, I finally came across the multiple boxes of comics I’d managed to accumulate in the last several years. As each page of printed entertainment came out and was reflected upon, I began building lists in my head of which ones were brilliant purchases (Guardians of the Galaxy!) and which ones could have been skipped over entirely (I’m looking at you, World War Hulk). Finally one pile began to be revered more than any of the others.

I began turning to this pile; the list of titles a good solid handful that I couldn’t imagine not having in my collection.  These books felt as important as my Stephen King or J.R.R. Tolkien books.  As I finished and began finding places to put them I realized what I had here — a collection of the best comics from the past five years the industry had to offer.  These were books that either hit very close to home, were so well done you could use them as teaching aids for future comic creators, or were just the best examples the genre had to offer.

I’ve read each of them multiple times, cherish them and still collect them, even after cutting down my pull list to a scant few.  Some had reached the end of their run, their entire story contained in one long over arching collection; others are still in publication to this day, and with a little luck, will continue to do so for the next five years.  What follows is a collection of five titles. Of this stack these are the best of the best. The five books I will always recommend. The five best comics of the last five years.

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