THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 1/27/2016

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the links below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

Big Trouble In Little China Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Bill And Ted’s Excellent Comic Book Archive HC, $34.99
Escape From New York #14 (Cover A Jason Copland), $3.99
Conan The Avenger #22, $3.50
EC Archives Panic Volume 1 HC, $49.99
Elfquest The Final Quest #13, $3.50
Groo Friends And Foes Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Hellboy_Winter.jpgHellboy Winter Special 2016 #1 (One Shot)(Cover A Tim Sale), $3.99
King Conan Wolves Beyond The Border #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Mind MGMT Volume 6 The Immortals HC, $19.99
Aquaman #48 (Brett Booth & Rob Hunter Regular Cover), $3.99
Batman And Robin Eternal #17, $2.99
Batman By Ed Brubaker Volume 1 TP, $19.99
BatmangaBatman The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Volume 3 TP, $14.99
Justice League 3001 #8, $2.99
Justice League Of America #7 (Bryan Hitch Regular Cover), $3.99
superman_loisandclarkSuperman Lois And Clark #4 (Lee Weeks Regular Cover), $3.99
Superman Secret Identity Deluxe Edition HC, $29.99
Swamp Thing Volume 7 Season’s End TP, $16.99
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #76 (Batman Black And White #3), $21.00
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #77 (Batman Classic TV Show Original Batcycle), $21.00
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #78 (Batman Arkham Origins Batwing), $21.00
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #79 (Batman Classic TV Show Catmobile), $21.00
DrWho_seventh.jpgDoctor Who Figurine Collection #50 (The Seventh Doctor), $20.00
Doctor Who The Complete History Volume 5 The Eleventh Doctor Stories 227-229 HC (not verified by Diamond), $18.99
Doctor Who The Complete History Volume 6 The Fourth Doctor Stories 75-77 HC (not verified by Diamond), $18.99
X-Files Season 11 #6 (Cover C Robert Hack), $3.99
East Of West #24, $3.50
ODY-C #9, $3.99
All-New All-Different Avengers #4 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
All-New Inhumans #3 (Stefano Caselli Regular Cover), $3.99
All-New Wolverine #1 (Bengal 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Amazing Spider-Man #6 (Alex Ross 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
daredevil_3.jpgDaredevil #3 (Ron Garney Regular Cover), $3.99
Extraordinary X-Men #6, $3.99
Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4, $3.99
Inhumans Attilan Rising TP, $16.9
oldmanlogan_Wolverine.jpgOld Man Logan #1 (Andrea Sorrentino Regular Cover), $4.99
Venom Space Knight #3 (Ariel Olivetti Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor Year 2 #5 (Joshua Cassara Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor Year 2 #5 (Elena Casagrande Regular Cover), $3.99
Batman Arkham Knight Azrael Action Figure, $25.00
Batman Arkham Knight Man-Bat Action Figure, $25.00
Batman Arkham Knight Professor Pyg Action Figure, $25.00

On the Edge of Blade Runner

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Looking for the perfect way to spend a quiet Monday evening? Here’s a wonderful BBC documentary based on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (oddly hosted by comic genius Chris Morris).

I can still remember the cold rainy day when I saw this film (at far too young an age). A groundbreaking film that never fails to make an impression and make me feel like I am watching it for the first time… I love Blade Runner.

As a bonus, here’s a lovely film about the life of author Philip K Dick with some very special cameos.

Two-Fisted Trailers for Batman V Superman

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The superhero movie genre continues to rule the cinema world. From the wish fulfillment of childhood to the mythology of the modern world, superheroes aren’t just commercial properties, they have deeper meaning to the general population, not just comic book fans. Two of the most iconic characters in comic books are undeniably Batman and Superman. Batman is the self-made man, an embodiment of vigilante justice while Superman is the super-powered hero of the people. The upcoming feature film will pit these two legends against each other. This will be the first time these two titans have shared the screen.

It’s also the first time (to my knowledge) that a comic book creator has received creator credit in a trailer.

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Following the events of an alien assault that left devastation in its wake, Batman blames the Man of Steel for the death toll and is determined to make Superman pay. Armed with an impressive array of weaponry, the Dark Knight pits himself against the Man of Tomorrow who has nearly unimaginable power. An intense all-out action film that also will introduce the entire Justice League with Wonder Woman as a co-star and cameos from Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and Cyborg.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is in theaters March 25, 2016

Blake’s 7 ‘The Armageddon Storm’

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The Armageddon Storm – When mercenary Del Grant alerts the Liberator crew to the existence of a new Federation super-weapon, Avon leads an epic battle to avert catastrophe…

Released February 2013
Written By: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright

Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast: Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Tom Chadbon (Del Grant)
Doctor Who is remarkable for its success in its home country and overseas. As much as I enjoy Who, it is truly criminal that Blake’s 7 is not more widely popular. A cult series that ran for four seasons with a definite ending, Blake’s 7 is, just as the opening credits sequence shows when a symbol very similar to the United Federation of Planets from Star Trek, is the opposite of traditional raygun sci-fi. This is reactionary, angry, cynical and bloody.

Developed by Dalek co-creator Terry Nation, Blake’s 7 is anti-establishment action-adventure following the exploits of a small group of rebels hellbent on freeing the human race from the control of the crooked Federation. Unusually, the lead hero Blake exited the program after the second season. Thought dead, the most unlikely successor Avon takes the reigns of the fight against the system of power. Hardly a heroic type, Avon is a sociopathic genius with marginal morals. Joining Avon is the cowardly thief Villa, the psychic terrorist Cally, the straight-laced ace pilot Del Tarrant and the weapon expert Dana. Blake’s 7 was incredibly successful during its time and garnered strong support as a sophisticated sci-fi series.

Thankfully, the folks at Big Finish who have reunited much of the cast to revisit this exciting program in a new series of stories set within the existing canon.

Whereas most of the Big Finish Blake’s 7 audios are short stories, The Armageddon is a larger scale story split across three parts. Avon and his crew meet a fellow freedom fighter Del Grant who has information leading to a wild chase deep within the Federation’s most high security prison and a hostile world at war. The ultimate goal is to find a doomsday weapon called the Armageddon Storm. But there is more at stake. Del Grant is the brother of Avon’s great love, Anna. There is friction between the two regarding Anna’s relationship and fate due to Avon’s crooked life.

A sharply-written yarn with plenty of humor (courtesy of the amazing Michael Keating) and drama, this story fits so perfectly within the world of Blake’s 7, that when I closed my eyes I could easily imagine a televised version. In addition to a superb script and top notch cast, the ‘aural landscape’ is similarly impressive. I was especially surprised by the soundtrack which is lovingly evocative of Dudley Simpson’s work.

If you are a fan of Blake’s 7 and have fond memories of the series, do yourself a favor and buy a copy, pour yourself a glass of wine and sit back for a very special treat. And if you are unfamiliar… start watching the old episodes (before they are pulled down).

Order Blake’s 7 – The Armageddon Storm from Big Finish here.

Justice League Vs. Teen Titans coming from DC Entertainment

JLA-sekowskyThe ultimate team of superheroes, often called a superheroic pantheon, the Justice League was a clever way to combine several top selling characters in one book. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter were the initial lineup and while there have been many iterations, the Big Seven remains the ideal team. Each issue was split into separate parts that focused on pairings of heroes to tackle a particular problem with the final part seeing the entire team tackle the deadliest of foes. It was a proven model that JLA writer Gardner Fox had enacted way back in the pages of the JLA’s precursor, the Justice Society of America.

It seemed only fitting that a teen version of the JLA would be a surefire hit and Robin led a team of Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Speedy and Aqualad. The series remains a cult hit, mainly due to the exemplary artwork of Nick Cardy, but it was the ‘New’ Teen Titans that saw the group meet explosive success. Alongside Robin, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl were new heroes Cyborg, Starfire and Raven. Additionally, the shape-shifting orphan Beast Boy was included as Changeling. In the 80’s, the New Teen Titans was DC’s hot series, on par with Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men.
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In animated form, both the JLA and Teen Titans have been adapted several times from Super Friends to Teen Titans Go all the way to Justice League Unlimited and (the oft-overlooked) Young Justice. A new animated feature will see the teams set against each other in a feature length animated movie. I have mixed feelings about their cinematic endeavors, but on the home entertainment direct-to-video world, DC Entertainment has produced the best cartoons.

DC-Animated-Superhero-Movies-That-May-or-May-not-be-Worth-WatchingStand-out DC Animated features include New Frontier, Under the Red Hood, the Son of Batman/Batman Vs. Robin/Bad Blood trilogy and Earth Two, but there is so much more. Wonder Woman and Green Lantern were also presented in ways that eclipsed other attempts in live action. A Teen Titans animated feature has been hinted at for years so expect the animators to go all out.

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Via CosmicBookNews:

The movie is being directed by Sam Miu with James Tucker on board as supervising producer.

Justice-League-Teen-Titans-01-812x522The voice cast includes:

Jon Bernthal (Walking Dead, Dardevil, Punisher) as Trigon, described as “a ruthless demon who shares a long comic book history with the Teen Titans.”

Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Raven, a member of the Titans and daughter to Trigon.

Fivesome-JLWarJake T. Austin (The Fosters) as Blue Beetle; Brandon Soo Hoo (From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy; Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb) as Starfire; Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Sean Maher as Nightwing; Jason O’Mara as Batman; Jerry O’Connell as Superman; Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, and Christopher Gorham as The Flash.

Justice League Vs. Teen Titans arrives this Spring with the story about: Robin gets sent to work with the Titans after his volatile behavior botches a Justice League mission. The young team then must really step up to face Trigon after he possesses the League and threatens to conquer the world.

The original story is written by Bryan Q. Miller (Smallville and Defiance), with the script by Milller and Alan Burnett; Phil Bourassa did the character designs, and Sam Register is executive producer.

A preview of Justice League vs. Teen Titans will be featured with the Batman: Bad Blood animated movie.

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2016 Movie List

February – Deadpool

March – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

May – Captain America: Civil War , X-Men: Apocalypse

June – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, WarCraft, Independence Day Resurgence

July – The Legend of Tarzan, Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond

August – Suicide Squad

October – Gambit

November – Doctor Strange

December – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Best There Is At What He Does

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The concluding panel of Uncanny X-Men 132

Short and feisty, the claw-wielding killing machine from the Great White North started small in the pages of the Incredible Hulk (a joint creation by Len Wein, Herb Trimpe and John Romita Sr). When the ailing X-Men comic book was revived by Wein and artist Dave Cockrum, Wolverine was introduced and a legend was born. Cockrum fleshed out Wolverine, but it was during John Byrne’s run as co-writer and artist that he saw a rise in popularity during a violent outburst (colored in all red) that made the book sales soar. A fan favorite character, Wolverine evoked the gritty attitude of the “man’s man” 70’s and 80’s action heroes.

Wolverine.jpgLater, Chris Claremont and Frank Miller would add distinguishing characteristics to the Wolverine in a four part solo adventure set in Japan, making him a blend of rugged bruiser and a noble warrior.  There have been many additions and revisions since, but this remains the boiler plate for the Wolverine.

Sideshow Collectibles has developed a Sixth Scale Figure of Wolverine that is every bit as mean-looking and deadly as the comic book mutant.

Every X-Men fan knows what that means. Joining our growing Marvel Sixth Scale figure collection, is the Sideshow Collectibles mutant hero, Wolverine!

marvel-wolverine-sixth-scale-silo-1001761Ok, so while he may not actually be laced with adamantium, Logan is more than ready to let the claws come out. Meticulously crafted on an all-new muscular body design with two pairs of beefy arms, multiple swap-out hands, and a full range of articulation. Fitted in a fantastically tailored tactical version of his classic brown and tan costume, ol’ Canucklehead comes with both masked and unmasked head sculpts, each channeling his unbridled berserker rage. To further honor his impressive legacy, we’ve also included the legendary Muramasa blade, a key weapon from Wolverine mythos.

So what are you waiting for, Bub? If you’re looking for the ultimate Wolverine, let there be no doubt – he’s the best there is!

The Wolverine Sixth Scale Figure specially features:

  • Unique Wolverine body with over 25 points of articulation
  • Masked portrait
  • Unmasked Logan portrait with separate pulled back cowl
  • Two (2) pairs of interchangeable aesthetic arms including:
    – Neutral pose
    – Flexed pose
  • Left and right gauntlets
  • Four (4) pairs of hands including:
    – Fists with extended claws
    – Fists
    – Grip hands
    – Gesture hands
  • Left and right boots
    Detailed fabric costume inspired by Wolverine’s brown and tan appearance
  • Exclusive Muramasa blade with scabbard

Constructed in 1/6 scale, the Wolverine figure has a Sept-November ship date.

Judge Dredd Punches Back

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Comic books can serve multiple purposes. In addition to entertaining, they can act as a statement world events as social commentary. 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd delivered in such a bold way that it became an icon of British comics alongside Dan Dare and Beano.

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The most popular comic book character in the United Kingdom, Judge Dredd is also the most successful mix of sci-fi,horror and comics to date. Created in 1977 by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, the character is just one of many great strips that ran in 2000 A.D. under the editorial leadership of Pat Mills. Set in a post apocalyptic future where mega cities are overrun with crime, the decision is made to endow the police with special powers to side-step the need for the legal process of a fair trial and actually murder criminals on the spot. A brotherhood unto itself, the greatest of these Judges is Dredd, one of a batch of clones designed to be perfect policemen. Embodying the cynicism and doom-laden outlook on the future, Judge Dredd was full of over the top violence, tough guy cops and horrific villains. In short, the perfect statement on Thatcher’s Britain. It also serves as an interesting statement on urban decay and the nature of modern city dwelling societies.- from my 2009 post

Many remember Dredd as being a poorly made movie starring Sylvester Stallone that is so bad it is regularly mixed up with Demolition Man. Few know of the character’s roots or his legacy. In 2012, Dredd was the star of a 3D film which honored the source material. Fans were over the moon to see an adaptation that was slavishly devoted to the comics. Starring Star Trek’s Karl Urban and produced by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Ex Machina), Dredd was a rocking action movie with brutal hyper-violence that was evocative of urban crime yet translated into a future realm. It was perfect.

03_judge_dredd_2012_empire_UrbanDespite the perfection of the Dredd movie, the financial success wasn’t strong enough to garner a sequel. Nevertheless, its fans base has continued to push for another Dredd film and it appears that we may be getting more MegaCity action, just not in the way we had imagined.

Via Wired:

Rebellion has launched Bring Back Dredd, a campaign which currently has more than 136,000 signees. Shepherded by “superfans” Frank Palmer and Brian Ritchie, it’s shifting focus away from a theatrical sequel slightly, and is now targeting producers of the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO to bring it back as a TV series.

“With the success of series such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, andThe Man in the High Castle, the clamour of the growing fanbase for more from the incredible world of the 2012 Dredd movie cannot be ignored,” the campaign text reads. “We call on TV and movie producers to step up to the plate and give us more, either through a pay-to-view TV series or a new movie!”

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2016 Movie List

February – Deadpool

March – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

May – Captain America: Civil War , X-Men: Apocalypse

June – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, WarCraft, Independence Day Resurgence

July – The Legend of Tarzan, Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond

August – Suicide Squad

October – Gambit

November – Doctor Strange

December – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 1/13/2016

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the links below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

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007 Magazine Archives Thunderball 50th Anniversary Special, $29.99
Famous Monsters Presents Broken Moon #4 (Of 4)(Nat Jones Regular Cover), $3.99
Archie #1 (Jae Lee Black & White Variant Cover)(Dynamic Forces), AR
Black Hood #8 (Cover A Francesco Francavilla), $3.99
677142_637077c9951debfb91fa88e381a9aa7dff63ac14.jpgBatman ’66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #2 (Of 6), $2.99
Batman And Robin Eternal #15, $2.99
Flash Volume 6 Out Of Time TP, $16.99
Flash Volume 7 Savage World HC, $22.99
Lucifer_1.jpgLucifer #1 (Special Edition), $1.00
DocSavage_spider.jpgDoc Savage The Spider’s Web #2 (Cover A Wilfredo Torres), $3.99
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #73 (Legends Of The Dark Knight #198), $21.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #48 (Gambit White Pawn), $17.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine Special #5 (Professor X & Apocalypse Alternate Kings), $38.95
Marvel Fact Files Cosmic Special #1 (Rocket Racoon), $32.95
StarTrek_RomulanStar Trek The Official Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #57 (Romulan 23rd C Bird Of Prey), $20.00
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Dan Panosian Variant Cover), AR
Avengers Time Runs Out Volume 3 TP, $19.99
Black Knight #3 (Julian Totino Tedesco Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain America Sam Wilson #5, $3.99
Daredevil Epic Collection Volume 13 A Touch Of Typhoid TP, $39.99
Extraordinary X-Men #5, $3.99
Illuminati #3 (Riley Rossmo Regular Cover), $3.99
Mighty Thor #3 (Russell Dauterman Regular Cover), $3.99
secret-wars-9-christopher-action-figure-variantSecret Wars #9 (Of 9) $4.99
Squadron Supreme #3 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Uncanny Avengers #4 (Ryan Stegman Regular Cover), $3.99
Web Warriors #3 (Julian Totino Tedesco Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who Event 2015 Four Doctors HC, $19.99
Doctor Who The Eighth Doctor #3 (Of 5)(Rachael Stott Regular Cover), $3.99
Trancers Variant DVD, AR

Go back to the Batcave with Lego!

Batman_WestToday, the Dark Knight of Gotham City is regarded as a grim vigilante striking from the shadows, but once upon a time he was presented as an absurd ‘Bright Knight’ in tights. The TV program created by William Dozier will forever be either derided or praised by fans of Batman, but no one can deny that it had a lasting impact on pop culture with its stylish intro credits, unexpected celebrity cameos and exciting vehicles. The property had been tied up with legal concerns until last year and products have been trickling in from action figures to the definitive Blu-Ray set, but it’s time to think small.

Just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Batman ’66 TV series (as it is now known) comes this amazing 2,526 Lego piece set commemorating the timeless program. The set won’t hit the shelves until March, but the announcement is setting the fan community a-flutter with anticipation. 150305-batman-01a.jpg

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Via CBR.com

Although images leaked last week, LEGO apparently wanted to hold off until today — the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the 1966 Batman series — to make it official: The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Classic TV Series – Batcave will arrive in stores in March.

Along with the announcement arrives the first official images of the elaborate 2,500-piece set, which includes not just the Batmobile, Batcycle and Batcopter, but also a whopping nine minifigures.

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Now you can see for yourself the full scale of the Batcave, with its Bat Lab, helipad, garage and Batpoles, which of course are hidden behind the grandfather clock in Bruce Wayne’s study above, in stately Wayne Manor.

As we previously mentioned, the playset boasts minifigs of Batman, Robin, Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Alfred Pennyworth, Catwoman, The Riddler, The Penguin and The Joker (with Cesar Romero mustache, naturally).

Fan creates He-Man “Fall of Grayskull” film

He-Man1Influenced by sword-and-sandal tales hearkening back to the pulps, He-Man is a multi-media phenomenon that companies dream of and is still relevant today. After the success of Kenner’s Star Wars action figure line, lead designer at Mattel Roger Sweet dreamed up the notion He-Man, a kind of eternal warrior who could be dropped into any setting (hence the blend of fantasy and sci-fi). The legendary Donald F. Glut and Earl Norem crafted that universe with back-story and a vast supporting cast cementing the character’s place in history. A range of action figures, comic books and a Filmation cartoon followed. In 1981,a legend was unleashed and remains an iconic part of 1980’s nostalgia alongside G.I. Joe a Real American Hero, The Transformers and others.

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Part of the wonder of He-Man is the sheer breadth of its mythology. The mini-comic was recently celebrated in a wonderful coffee table book which was heralded as a ‘must buy’ gift this past holiday season. But what is most interesting is where the fans can take the characters. In an age where movies can be made and funded on demand, it should come as no surprise that He-Man is the focus of a fan-film.

Via Robot6 at CBR.com:

Mattel’s Masters of the Universe has endured for more than three decades, inspiring animated series, comic books, video games and, yes, that spectacularly bad live-action film. And now it’s the basis for an incredibly earnest fan film.

Funded through a $12,000 Kickstarter campaign, director Daniel Benedict’s “Fall of Grayskull”stars pro wrestler Brian Cage as He-Man, who of course fights his arch-nemesis Skeletor for the power of Grayskull and the fate of Eternia. If you’re a fan of the franchise, chances are you’ll find a favorite character in this 30-minute short: Teela, Tri-Klops, Evil-Lyn, Hordak (played by Val Staples) — they’re all there.

Although the acting and production aren’t exactly top-caliber, “Fall of Grayskull” is clearly a love letter to Masters of the Universe. As I said, it’s earnest, which goes a long way.