Pulls from the Short Box 3.21.18

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What is the point of comics if you don’t read them? Don’t be one of those CGC slabbing comic book “collectors”! Make sure to read them over and over again! Here is a list of what I’ve been reading from my collection:

The Green Goblin (1996)
W: DeFalco / A: Kobasic, Ramos
Issue I’m Reading – #7-13
Total Issues in the Series: 13Green_Goblin12
I was pumped with this series.  It was hilarious and sad and exciting!  I did not want it to end!  Unfortunately, it did.  It ended on a real down note.  Even if this series ended with issue #12 I would be excited – except it didn’t.  Instead they devoted an entire issue to the Phillip Ulrich not being able to get the technology to work on his busted mask and deciding to just be a normal young kid again.  It’s totally worth reading this series – even if the last issue was a waste.

Issue #13: D-  Series: A

The Incredible Hulk # (1962)
W: David / A: Purves, Gustovich
Issue I’m Reading – #347 (1988)
Total Issues in the Series: 474347
The issue that introduces us to Mr Fixit is an absolute blast!  I can’t tell you just how many times I read this issue – it’s paced out so well with a great reveal of Fixit crashing through the roof  and dealing with a group ready to dispatch his new boss.  Marlo makes her first appearance as well where we learn how the Hulk deals with the opposite sex.  It’s so good it’s worth reading again and again – if you haven’t picked up this issue in a while you get it out now!

Series: A+

W: Duffy/Dixon / A: Balent
Issues I’m Reading – #7-9
Total Issues in the Series: 94Catwoman9
The terrible tragedy that ends issue #9 was both sad and touching.  A Catwoman bitter win that leaves a child dead and her new enemy Zephyr gone without a trace.  I may have an issue (no pun intended) getting through the next few issues until I can track down all of Knight’s End but I may get lucky.

So far: B+

Spider-Man/ Punisher: Family Plot (2017)
W: Lyle / A: Too many to list!
Issue I’m Reading- #1 & 2
Total Issues in the Series: 2Spider-Man_Punisher_Family_Plot2
I thought this looked real interesting – and it wasn’t terrible – more like sort of forgettable.  Punisher, fresh off of his new series that started with his apparent death by electric chair.  He didn’t die of course, and instead became the head of a Mafia family that wants Castle to kill Spider-Man.  This is not the Parker Spidey – it’s Ben Reilly – not that it really matters in the story.  Tombstone is the real threat which Castle and Spidey take care of – even though they believe in taking different approaches.  Ultimately, Castle doesn’t kill Spidey and his new benefactors let him off the hook.

Mini Series: C-

Anyways, what are you guys reading from your collection?


MiniMates Avengers: Infinity War Hulk (2018)

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I am looking forward to seeing this epic film – I feel comfortable already calling it an epic because I have all the faith in the world in it – I just wish I knew how much the Hulk would be in it.  The trailers don’t seem to offer any real clue but we do know he’s in it!  The Hulk should be used as a powerhouse against any and all foes but I know fitting 70 different characters might be a bit of a challenge.

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Mark Ruffalo is not an actor to shy away from age – which is why the Hulk seems to be greying on the sides.  I’m not really feeling it though – but I will, as I feel we should all do, is wait until seeing the movie to really judge.  I do love the packaging though – Thanos looks totally bad ass!  I found this at Walgreens a couple of weeks ago for $8.  While the movie version of Iron Spider is not a character I really care too much about I don’t mind him being paired with the Hulk here.

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In Case You Missed It – Round 6

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After weeks of build up we finally get to see Hulk back in action!  There is sort of an excitement paired with real hesitation after reading the issue.  For one, the history of the many Hulk “deaths” were both a fun nostalgic look at the past but also an eye rolling look at the last few “resurrections”.  It’s true – in the last two years or so this is actually the third time the green goliath has graced the MU with his reappearance.  Now, of course, is different due to his alleged “immortality”.

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I do look forward to the new title I’m just a little skeptical about what’s going to be delivered.  In fact, if you want to read something a little more in depth just take a look here.  The real issue I have is seeing the Hulk come back with the strength and power he left with.  He plowed through the Avengers with relative ease – and while that is great to see the Hulk take on opponents without even straining this is also, what I believe, to be the issue with why writers can’t write great Hulk stories!

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Yes, the Hulk is the strongest there is – but at least there should be some build up to it!  The madder he gets the stronger he gets – why is that even an issue if he destroys everything in his path while just mildly annoyed?  The Hulk should be a powerhouse, I agree – but there needs to be a balance where the Hulk isn’t just tearing through an entire team of supers without so much as a stubbed toe.  The issue ends with the Red Hulk playing dress up and giving himself a stupid name.  While I am certainly not going to miss this issue I am also not rushing to the store to snatch it up.

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See if you can Guess What I am Now: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Gluttony! Week 12

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That boy is a P.I.G. Pig!

Smashy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Be careful or you could turn out like this jade monster in the morning!  take it easy on the green beer!

Avengers: Inifinty War Titan Heroes Hulk (2018)

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This is another action figure line that we know what to expect.  No real articulation and basic paint applications – but it’s the Hulk!  Hasbro has once again raised the price on the newer figures.  The Hulk was always a bit pricier – $12.99 vs the regular $9.99 – but now expect to pay $14.99 for a Hulk.  The joints are a bit of an improvement though – we now get a swivel joint that allows the arms to rotate rather than just go up and down.

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I do like the art on the box a lot better – I’m just hoping the Hulk has a bigger role than what we seem to be given in the trailers.  I would love to see another Hulk/Loki moment in the new movie.  With a movie chock full heroes and characters who all need screen time I’m not sure how exactly they will pace it out.  I have high hopes though!

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Marvel Legends Ghost Rider w/ Motorcycle (2018)

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There are quite a few Ghost Rider figures – especially in the Marvel Legends line.  Each new release they seem to get better and better.  While I never picked up the early figures I took notice of how well Toy Biz and then Hasbro was doing with every subsequent release.  The fire aspect of the figure has especially improved leaps and bounds!  When they started using translucent plastic the figures became a thing of beauty!  I contemplated picking up the blue flame Ghost Rider from the Terrax series but never did.  They also did an orange version that looked pretty great but I still never pulled the trigger.  It wasn’t until the Rhino wave when I finally bought Ghost Rider.

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That seemed to be somewhat serendipitous as it was this latest figure that they used to give us the best Ghost Rider figure to date.  Using both the translucent plastic for the flames and a brown wash that makes the skull look like real bone  this figure is hard to ignore!  Every Ghost Rider figure, by the way, should always come with a motorcycle.

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The unfortunate part of the Rhino series figure is that it came with no real accessories to speak of.  This not only comes with the motorcycle which can be displayed with the large flames or none at all but it also comes with a flame laden chain that Ghost Rider can whip around.


The articulation is superb on this figure with the added bonus of the moveable jaw.  I am so happy they continued to offer that feature on the figure because it just makes it that much better!  I much prefer the new light blue paint on the leather outfit than what they offered in the past.

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I think you should go out and get this figure – this could certainly replace all the other figures you have in your collection. I’m not even sure they improve this figure as this might be the best offering ever!

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