Large Metroid Figure (2017)

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I’m still not sure why it took so long for a 3D figure of these creatures to come out but either way – I’m so glad they finally did!  Metroid is an amazing game that Nintendo brought out in the 90’s.  Samus, landing on an alien planet, had to survive this hostile environment, collecting new life and an arsenal of missiles, until the final stage.  The final world didn’t have many new creatures – but what it did have was super dangerous and not easily killed.  There were tiny cheerios that might’ve been easy to kill – but with so many of them it’s easier to just run away.

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The metroids were another animal all together.  They would clutch on to you and begin sucking the life power out of you!  The only way to get them off was to use your power ball bombs!  You had to freeze these suckers and then use your missiles just to destroy them.  Such an awesome game and wonderful childhood memories of the hours it took to defeat this game.

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Have a Hulky Valentines!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all!  Hope you have a loved one to squeeze!

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Catching Up With 2.14.18

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I am catching up with the titles on what I pick up off the new release rack. What am I reading? Below are the current titles I still purchase with a quick synopsis and rating:

The Incredible Hulk – $3.99
W: Pak / A: Land
Current Issue – #712
Will Amadeus Cho release the monster or will he keep on smirking his way through the most uninteresting book on the shelves?  What tries to capitalize on the Hulk/Thor rivalry of Thor: Ragnarok and at the same time tries to give us the “Silver Savage” moment of their own, Odinson pairs off against Cho.  With everyone begging for Cho to let the Hulk out we think we may finally see this Hulk really let loose only to be let down once again with Cho staying in control and doing the predictable.

So Far: C-

Venom – $3.99
W: Costa / A: Garron
Current Issue – #161
Venom Inc. didn’t make much sense when all was said and done.  What started off as sort of interesting turned like a dime with the final issue where Flash, Brock Parker and Hardy all take down a overly large Price symbiote.  Liked the premise and liked the ride – until the letdown of an ending.

#161 was a stand alone issue with Spiderwoman being conviced that Venom is on the right side of the fight this time.  I love that we actually get self contained stories!  I missed them so much!  The issue was decent.  Still worth the pick up.

So far: B

Weapon X – $3.99
W: Pak / A: Cinar
Current Issue – #13
The crew, fighting off a drugged up horde of super soldiers, has a new ally – the original Nuke.  Most of the crew is against the psychotic member – and for good reason.  Ultimately, the crew has to decide whether or not to fight a losing battle or dope up with a chance to fight their way out!

So far: B+

Thanos – $3.99
W: Cates / A: Shaw
Current Issue – #15
I am so torn between my love for this series and the way they treat the Hulk.  The reveal of who the new Ghost Rider is was definitely a surprise and only a slightly better surprise was who Thanos has to bettle next!

So far: A+

Batman: White Knight – $3.99
W: Murphy / A: Murphy
Current Issue – #5
Batman done and messed up real good!  Now he’s a wanted criminal!  With Wayne the only person around convinced the Joker is still a threat he has taken it upon himself to go against his whole family and those who have believed in him over the years and take him out.  Of course, that lands our caped crusader into really hot water as Gordon puts out a warrant for his arrest!

So far: A+

She-Hulk – $3.99
W: Tamaki / A: Lindsay
Current Issue – #162
When your entire book hinges on a simple gimmick without a plan to execute you get garbage like the 2008 Red Hulk series and this one right here.  ”

Jen Walters is back! But this time… Grey! Why? Who knows! Is she going to revert back to Jen Walters in the day and Hulk out at night like the original grey Hulk?  No?  Are you going to explain why she has had this color change?  No?  Great!  We love it!”

The “House of Ideas” has fallen on sad, sad times.  This series is a perfect representation on what is wrong with Marvel books these days.

So far: D

Marvel Two-in-One – $3.99
W: Zdarsky / A: Cheung
Current Issue – #2
The new Two in One series is off to a great start with Thing and Human Torch looking for the rest of the FF.  Infamous Iron Man comes in to goad and prod Grimm and it’s classic and hilarious.  With only 2 issues in I look forward to reading what comes next and seeing the classic Thing and Johnny Storm back again!

Issue: B+

Spirits of Vengeance – $3.99
W:Gischler / A: Baldeon
Current Issue – #5
This mini-series was totally worth every penny!  I wish people would read great comics like this so we would get more!  Ghost Rider as a main character doesn’t interest me much – but as one part of a team he’s so much more interesting.  Santanna, Hellstorm and Blade all add a genuinely interesting and enjoyable piece to the ensemble where the quartet stops a catastrophic event that would lead to the destruction of the world.  Even with a heavy handed plot like that the issues were action packed and entertaining as heck!

Final Issue: B+  Series: A

Bane Conquest – $3.99
W:Dixon / A: Nolan, Wright
Current Issue – #9 (of 12)
Bane keeps his enemies close and his other enemies even closer as he abducts babies and upsets Kobra – and underworld society that wants to bring Bane down. With only 4 issues left this series has been a thrill a minute. You don’t want Bane for an enemy, or a comrade, because you should always know – Bane is out to come out on top!

So Far: B

Papergirls – $2.99
W:Dixon / A: Nolan, Wright
Current Issue – #20
The only Image title I read is also one of the best! At least in my opinion. Four girls trying to avoid people from the future as they time travel and meet their future selves. This series is so full of twists and gratifying, shock endings that reading this book is treat every month!

So Far: B

Anyways, what are you guys reading? Are you reading any of the same titles? What do you think?

Keep an Eye Out For Cap!

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In the latest Comic Shop News we were served a sneak peek at the upcoming issues of #699 and the legendary #700.  Both seem to guest star the Hulk!  The original green bruiser!  Even better?  It seems we’re in for a classic throw down between the Hulk and Thing!  Issue #700 can’t get here fast enough!

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How Did He Get an Invite?

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This scene from Batman vs The Incredible Hulk makes me giggle every time I see it.  As much as I love the story – when Batman and the Hulk hallucinate their worst enemies coming at them I can totally understand the Leader, Rhino, Abomination, Two-Face and Scarecrow… but Killer Moth?  How in the hell did that guy get an invite?  Even Batman’s subconscious version of him is surprised he was invited to the party!

Stress Ball Hulk Dorbz (2017)

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One of my favorite little gems from the Marvel Collector Corps box was this little, squishy green Hulk that looks eerily similar to the original Hulk Dorbz.  I can only hope to get a hold of another one soon!  It is interesting – while being part of the MCC is usually a thrill itself, thanks to eBay you should be able to get a hold of anything you’d like.  You may be paying a premium for them though – and it seems like there are a whole slew of people who are just part of the subscription service to do just that.  Search out Hulk stress ball and you’ll find this little guy all over the place for anywhere between $6-$30.

Looking forward to the next box – Wolverine themed – but I know if I ever decide to drop this club I know I will be able to get a hold of anything I want from the ‘bay!

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In Case You Missed It…

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It’s been known for a while that the latest Avengers book – No Surrender – will “spark” the return of the original (and only) Hulk!  The storyline is 5 issues in and we now know that the Grandmaster is playing one of his famous “games” pitting heroes vs villains.  This time he’s playing against another Elder of the Universe – one that the Grandmaster himself betrayed all those years ago.  Of course, the Avengers have tied things up in the game and while everyone knew they would the Grandmaster’s foe has a trick up his sleeve.  And then this scene ends the book:

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I’m pretty sure that little spark marks the return of our favorite Jade Giant.  While it’s been far too long without him I still won’t be happy until the imposter is taken out of his self titles book.