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The Jundland Wastes of A New Hope aren’t all that different from dunes of snow, are they? Well, have you ever dreamed of dipping your hand into the snow and pulling out and retrieving a rare and valuable Star Wars treasure? If so, this may be the day when your dream comes true!

The folks at Action Figure Xpress are giving away fantastic collectibles each day all week until 12/20 (with a qualifying purchase)!

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Starcrash (1978)

Starcrash_soundtrack I was in relative ignorance about this movie until very recently. The Italian Star Wars-esque space opera starring Caroline Monroe is something that needs too be seen to be believed. Stella Stellar and her companion Akton live a life of tense adventure that eds abruptly when they are arrested by an evil Spock-like guy impossibly named Police Chief Thor and his Southern-twanged robot co-pilot Elle (often pronounced ‘AL’), Stella is put on trial then placed in prison but just as quickly escapes only to be picked up again by Thor and Elle… but this time it’s to do a job for the Emperor of the Universe… played by Christopher Plumber who took breaks from enjoying Rome to film a few quick scenes in which he stops time. Stella and Akton are reunited and along with Thor and Elle are placed on a mission to find a weapon hidden by the evil Count Zarth Arn on one of a few possible planets.

Got that?

Too bad because the movie moves from scene to scene with the logic of a drunken grocery shopping session. The actors claim that something may happen and then it does and there are explosions. Stella fights space Amazons, a giant boy-girl robot, rampaging primate men and is almost frozen to death. She is rescued by Akton and meets the gold-plated masked Simon who shoots lasers out of his eyes until revealing he is no only the son of the Emperor of the Universe but also David Hasselhoff.

To my surprise, Marjoe Gortner who plays the curly headed Akton is actually a former evangelist. His performance is all over the place, at time he is almost background scenery and suddenly he starts shooting energy from one hand to the other, all alone on the bridge, to annoy the ship computer. His subsequent battle with Thor he displays even more new abilities and becomes the all around superman of the film. It’s bizarre to say the least.

Was Starcrach inspired by Star Wars, Barbarella and Jason and Argonauts or is it a shameless rip off? You be the judge, but where Barbarella was an innocent, Stella Stellar is feisty and cocksure, where Jason and the Argonauts was a sweeping epic, this film features thrown together set pieces featuring dubious stop motion animation. Star Wars, a moralizing action adventure/coming of age story has scenes ripped from its frames for quick space battle scenes and high concept pageantry. Ripoff or homage, Starcrash doesn’t really win out in either case.

From the script to the direction and slapdash performances, this movie is a head scratcher. The John Barry (of Black Hole, Zulu and numerous Bond flicks) is strangely out of place in parts and subpar to his other efforts in others. The production was troubled (as you may imagine), and had to be rescues from American International by New World Pictures. If this influenced the content, it may explain why there are lapses in logic mixed with over-explained exposition. It’s like the movie staggers about then sobers up, straightens its collar and tries to explain itself.

In any case, I have rarely had so much fun watching such a brilliantly thrown together movie as I did with Starcrash.

Recommended (with friends and/or cocktails).

Vintage 1978 trailer

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Each year there are astounding exclusive toys and collectibles made available at the San Diego Comic Con. This year, we have Ace from Dr Who (complete with nitro-9, rucksack, baseball bat and rocket launcher from 1988′s Remembrance of the Daleks), black and white Lost in Space minimates, the new Iron Man armor in minimate form and Boba Fett along with his prize Han Solo in carbonite.

… and more!

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And here I am in Cary, very far from the convention. So… do I have any friends who are attending SDCC this year?

New from AFX!

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Action Figure Xpress remains one of my favorite online shops for toys, collectibles, statues and more. From Star Trek to Walking Dead, Marvel Comics and more, there seems to be no limit to the goodies that are available from this site.

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Gladiator Hulk Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
Item # 300221
Regular Price: $599.99
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Availability Preorder – April 2014
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Sideshow Collectibles presents the Gladiator Hulk Premium Format figure. From the Planet Hulk storyline, Hulk has been exiled to the violent planet Sakaar, captured and forced into the great gladiator arena. Ready for battle, he dons a detailed helmet, armor and leather kilt, fighting under the gladiator name, Green Scar. The fearsome combatant wields a hefty broadsword and shield, but wears a restrictive obedience disk that keeps him under the Red King’s control. A fierce warrior and unbeatable opponent, Hulk will soon rise to challenge the Red King in a deadly struggle for supremacy. Crafted in 1:4 scale, the Gladiator Hulk Premium Format figure towers at over 30 inches tall; smashing all puny pretenders in his wake.
The Gladiator Hulk Premium Format Figure measures approximately 30″ H (762mm) x 19″ W (482.6mm) x 15″ D (381mm).

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Star Wars Power Droid Kenner Jumbo Figure by Gentle Giant
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Just like they were when you were a kid, only BIGGER! Gentle Giant continues on with their new line of vintage Star Wars Action figure reproductions with the release of this classic Power Droid!!
Digitally scanned from mint 3 3/4” Kenner originals and reproduced to a substantial 7 1/2” tall. Nothing has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this jumbo figure is fully articulated with “clicking” leg movement faithfully reproduced to be just like the original.
That’s not all, this classic Kenner creation comes packaged on a 1977, Star Wars inspired blister card, featuring original front and “21 back” artwork, in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display!

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Star Trek First Contact Enterprise E Ship by Diamond Select Toys
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Star Trek movies comes one of the greatest Star Trek ships! Diamond Select’s highly detailed Enterprise NCC-1701-E is back in an all-new, film-accurate paint scheme from Star Trek: First Contact. Packaged in a “Try Me” window box so customers can test its electronic lights and sounds, the Enterprise “E” measures 19-4/5″ L x 8-1/2″ W and comes with a display stand.

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AFX Exclusive Star Trek Enterprise Trouble With Tribbles Minimate Set by Diamond Select Toys
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The U.S.S. Enterprise has been overrun with Tribbles! Based on the ship’s appearance in the fan-favorite Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,” this exclusive Minimates vehicle includes Captain Kirk in his green tunic, which he most famously wore when he dealt with his ship’s Tribble infestation. The Enterprise ’s engineering section opens up to reveal a Jefferies Tub, and the bridge opens up to reveal the command chair. Package includes Tribbles and a display stand.

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AFX Exclusive ThunderCats Cats Lair Statue and Minimates w/ FREE Ma-Mutt Figure by Icon Heroes

AFX Exclusive ThunderCats Cats Lair Statue and Minimates w/ FREE Ma-Mutt Figure by Icon Heroes
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Limited Edition of 600
Because every hero needs a place to unwind, Icon Heroes created the museum replica of the Cats Lair. Made of heavy weight polystone, this environment statue measures a massive 7.9” wide x 11” deep x 9.5” tall and weighs approximately 6 pounds. A perfect backdrop for your Thundercats station figures, this environment is detailed with towering archways, mechanical like claws, and blazing red cat eyes. The Cats Lair is the pivotal training ground, operations base, and sleeping quarters for the Thundercats. Sold exclusively by Action Figure Xpress and limited to only 600 pieces, this individually numbered collectors piece is a rare find.
Series 2 Minimates includes Slithe, Monkian, Jackalman, Vultureman, and Wolfrat. Series 3 includes Tygra, Cheetara, Wily-Kit, Wily-Kat, and Ro-Bear Berbil Bill. Each Minimate stands 2″ H with 14 points of articulation and a variety of removable and interchangeable parts and accessories.
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Batman The Joker (1989 Mime Version) Batman DX Series Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys

Batman The Joker (1989 Mime Version) Batman DX Series Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys
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Revisiting Tim Burton’s classic Batman film, Jack Nicholson comes to life with an elegant costume, specially designed figure stage with backdrop, and Hot Toys’ patented Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS).
The The Joker (1989 Mime Version) Sixth Scale Figure features:
Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Jack Nicholson as The Joker in the Batman (1989) movie
Approximately 30 cm tall
TrueType body with over 30 points of articulation
Detailed hair sculpture
Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) patented by Hot Toys Limited
Highly detailed make-up, gesture and wrinkles
Six (6) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
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Marvel Minimates Series 49 Set Of 8 by Diamond Select Toys

Marvel Minimates Series 49 Set Of 8 by Diamond Select Toys
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The third Iron Man movie is almost upon us, and the trailers are promising plenty of action and drama. Well, Diamond Select Toys is promising Minimates! The newest assortment of movie-based Minimates will include Iron Man Mark 47 with the Mandarin, Iron Patriot with Extremis Soldier and two specialty-exclusive sets, War Machine and Maya Hansen and Aldrich Killian with Cowboy Tony Stark. Each Minimate stands 2″ H with 14 points of articulation and a variety of removable and interchangeable parts and accessories.

Star Trek The Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 HD Ship by Diamond Select Toys

Star Trek The Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 HD Ship by Diamond Select Toys
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The U.S.S. Enterprise has seen more than her share of interstellar adventures over the years and now the all-new High Definition ship adds a new dimension to the great lady! Featuring a design based on the digitally-remastered Star Trek television series, this 16″ starship sports additional details now visible on the classic NCC-1701, plus light & sound effects and a removable display stand.

Star Wars Jumbo Kenner Cantina Playset by Gentle Giant

Star Wars Jumbo Kenner Cantina Playset by Gentle Giant
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Just like they were when you were a kid, only BIGGER! Gentle Giant sets the scene with the faithfully reproduced Jumbo Vintage Kenner Cantina Playset! Enjoy a new way to display all of your favorite Star Wars Jumbo Vintage Kenner figures and recapture that sense of wonder you had when you first saw this in the Holiday Wishbook!
Digitally scanned using one of the original 3 ¾” scale playsets, Gentle Giant has rendered this childhood treasure in 12” scale, which works out to be a whopping 37.5” wide, 21” deep and 20.7” tall! Die cut and printed on hefty, high-quality cardstock, our Jumbo Vintage Cantina Playset is an absolute must-have for Star Wars fans and vintage toy collectors alike. Made in USA!
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Iron Man Classic Silver Mini Bust by Gentle Giant

Iron Man Classic Silver Mini Bust by Gentle Giant
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Before the Red and Gold, there was Silver. In 1963, billionaire industrialist and genius weapons designer Tony Stark was critically wounded by a booby trap and captured by the Viet Cong during a trip to Vietnam where he was examining the effects of his technologies on the American war effort. He was saved by a fellow captive, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Ho Yinsen, who constructed a magnetic chest plate that kept dangerous shrapnel from piercing Tony’s heart. Faced with the choice of either constructing weapons for the Viet Cong or execution, Stark and Yinsen secretly concocted a plan to escape. Together, they took the munitions they were given and forged a suit of weaponized armor, inadvertently giving birth to the legacy of IRON MAN. Although technology has evolved over time and Stark has created a wide variety of Iron Man suits, this highly detailed, hand crafted polystone Mini Bust celebrates the original and is a must-have for any serious Iron Man fan.
Featuring a light-up Arc Reactor in the chest plate, this humongous limited edition 1/6th scale Mini-Bust is hand painted, individually numbered and comes with a matching Certificate of Authenticity. Make Mine Marvel!

Marvel Avengers Captain America Patriot Cologne (120 ml) by JADS International

Marvel Avengers Captain America Patriot Cologne (120 ml) by JADS International
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A cologne that pays homage to the confident, stand-up-to-bullies, hard working average Joe in every man. PATRIOT Cologne is both reserved and sexy; like a symbol on a shield or a moniker on a motorcycle helmet. Fresh notes of green lime and white pepper are the first to hit with dry oak wood, sandalwood and tequila accords finishing the adventure. Perfect for any time or place, PATRIOT Cologne puts the Novus Mundus in your strong, sensuous hands for you to embrace and discover.
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What do you mean you’ve never seen Star Wars?

starcraft-lol-and-funny-pics-hd-star-wars-darth-vader-ultima-cena-516657Hard as it may be to believe, I still meet people who have never watched one, let alone all six Star Wars films. The prequels I can excuse for my generation, the OTC for those much younger, but… none?

So the real question is how to help these people, because they do need help. There is of course the oft-quoted ‘correct sequence’ in which to watch all five movies (omitting Phantom Menace altogether), or just sticking to the untouched original trilogy films but that all requires time that neither you nor I have. It’s a right of passage and in the digital age, that bar has been raised in proving one’s self.

I give you… all six Star Wars movies at once.

This week at your comic shop – 3/13/13

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

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

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If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images 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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Doctor Who K-9 Action Figure W/TARDIS Play Set

Doctor Who K-9 Action Figure W/TARDIS Play Set
Travel through time and space with the Doctor! This extraordinary TARDIS Playset based on the sci-fi TV series Doctor Who. The TARDIS Playset’s amazing interior features a detailed Master Control Console! Made of thick dollhouse-like cardboard in a retro 1970s style, in scale with Bif Bang Pow!’s 8″ Doctor Who action figures, the playset includes a bonus figurine of the Doctor’s trusty cyberdog, K-9! Playset measures 11″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide x 5 1/2″ long.
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Wolverine #1

Wolverine #1
By: Paul Cornell, Alan Davis
IT’S HUNTING SEASON!

The best there is at what he does gets an all-new on-going! Pay attention very closely: there’s a mystery here that even Wolverine hasn’t sniffed out yet. When Wolverine finds himself the bargaining chip in a hostage situation, he must make a decision to save a little boy that will follow him forever. . . literally!

How can a berserker fight what he can’t see? And how far will he go to assert his humanity in the face of the Unknown?

Find out when superstars Paul Cornell (CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI:13, Doctor Who, Action Comics) and Alan Davis (AVENGERS, CLANDESTINE, EXCALIBUR, UNCANNY X-MEN) take on the Wolverine!

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The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 (2nd Printing)

The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 (2nd Printing)
By: Francesco Francavilla
* After launching to rave reviews The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 sells out!

*Dark Horse goes back to press for a 2nd printing, this time with a completely new cover by Eisner Award winner Francesco Francavilla!

Black Beetle’s investigation of two local mob bosses is interrupted when a mysterious explosion murders them and a pub full of gangsters-taking out most of Colt City’s organized crime in one fell swoop. Who could pull off such a coup, and what danger might that murderous bomber do to Colt City and Black Beetle?

“Francavilla delivers the pulp noir that suits his style perfectly.”-Comic Book Resources

“The hard-boiled mystery hits the ground running and doesn’t pause to catch its breath.”-Nerdist
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Star Wars #3

Star Wars #3
By: Brian Wood, Carlos D’Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Ross
Princess Leia formed a secret squadron of stealth X-wings to help expose a spy within the Rebel ranks. But taking command puts her at odds with Luke Skywalker at a time they need solidarity more than ever-especially when the spy has alerted the Empire to Han Solo’s latest venture!

* Dream team: Brian Wood, Carlos D’Anda, and cover artist Alex Ross!

* Perfect starting point for new readers!

* Fan-favorite Star Wars classic-era characters!
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Batman #18 Variant Ed

Batman #18 Variant Ed
By: Scott Snyder, Andy Kubert
Welcome guest-artist Andy Kubert!

In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Batman is in danger of losing his humanity!

Fan-favorite character Harper Row returns-will she be able to pull Batman back from the brink?
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Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 4 HC

Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 4 HC
By: Dick Wood, Lev Gleason, Rudy Palais, Charles Biro, Bob Q. Siegel, Richard “Dick” Briefer, R.W. Hall, ARt Gates, Art Mann, Alan Mandel
Crime Does Not Pay-the true-crime comic that enjoyed massive circulation throughout the forties and fifties-was a hit with readers. Issues #34-#37 of this visceral, provocative series are now collected into one fine, head-walloping hardcover.

* new foreword by David Lapham (Stray Bullets, The Strain)!

* Set the pace for the violent pre-Code comics era.

* Look for new Crime Does Not Pay in Dark Horse Presents!
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Monsters From The Vault #31

Monsters From The Vault #31
The issue will feature first-time MFTV contributor, John McElwee’s look at the Ballyhoo that helped promote Bride of Frankenstein during its original release as well as re-releases over the years. Greg Mank returns to our pages with a look at the James Whale film, One More River (1934). Rounding out the issue is Gary Rhodes’ article on the 1947 Bela Lugosi Film, Scared to Death, an excerpt from Candace Hilligoss’s upcoming memoir on the making of Carnival of Souls, and Larry Underwood’s article on who’s truly responsible for the Monster’s look in 1931′s Frankenstein.
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Green Lantern Corps #18

Green Lantern Corps #18
By: Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, Juan Jose Ryp
‘WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN’ continues!

The First Lantern has already devastated Kyle Rayner. Now he sets his sights on Carol Ferris and the rest of the New Guardians.

How will the First Lantern’s unique, sadistic power shatter the lives of Larfleeze, Saint Walker, Arkillo and the rest?

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X-Men Legacy #7

X-Men Legacy #7
By: Simon Spurrier, Tan Eng Huat, Mike Del Mundo
Refusing Wolverine’s offer to join the X-Men, David Haller must now decide exactly how he will carry out his father’s legacy.

But upon venturing into the world on his own, will he be beaconed back to Westchester by his budding fascination with young X-Man Blindfold? And more importantly: How will their future together change the fate of mutantkind?

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Fantastic Four #5

Fantastic Four #5
By: Matt Fraction, Mark Bagley
The F4 travel back to ancient Rome and dine with Caesar on the Ides of March.

Did somebody say, ‘Pass the knife’?

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Ghostbusters Elite Ecto-1 1/18 Hotwheels

Ghostbusters Elite Ecto-1 1/18 Hotwheels

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Uncanny X-Men #3

Uncanny X-Men #3
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo
Everything has changed for Magneto in the last few weeks. Can he prove he is still the Master of Magnetism?

Cyclops and the rest of his crew take the revolution on the road gathering up more new mutants.

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Saucer Country #13

Saucer Country #13
By: Paul Cornell, Ryan Kelly
On election night, Arcadia’s chances of reaching the highest office in the land are too close to call. . . just like Prof Kidd’s chances of holding on to his sanity. In Part Two of ‘President’s Day,’ our heroes are forced to ask: Whose side are the flying saucers on?
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Thunderbolts #6

Thunderbolts #6
By: Daniel Way, Steve Dillon, Julian Totino Tedesco
The team reaches the bloody end of their first mission! The final deadly team member is revealed!
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Threshold #3

Threshold #3
By: Keith Giffen, Tom Raney, Howard Porter
Former Green Lantern Jediah Caul leads an assault on the powers behind the game. . . a very ill advised assault.

Introducing CAPTAIN K’ROT!

In the backup feature, the hunt for Larfleeze’s stuff turns up evidence that the theft was an inside job!

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Thor God Of Thunder #6

Thor God Of Thunder #6
By: Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic
GODBOMB Part One

Somewhere at the end of the time, all the gods of the universe are enslaved, working to build a machine that will forever change the face of creation.

What is. . . the Godbomb? And what can Thor, the last free god in all the cosmos, do to stop it?
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Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #7

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #7
By: Steve Darnell, Jonathan Lau, Alex Ross
In ‘Pyramid Schemes,’ Peter Cannon is in Egypt, where he learns some disturbing facts about the missing Princess Ahmoset.

Meanwhile, as Thunderbolt, his plans to summon the dragon once more bring him into contact with the explosive Sons of Adam!
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Fearless Defenders #2

Fearless Defenders #2
By: Cullen Bunn, Will Sliney, Mark Brooks
DANI MOONSTAR joins the Defenders!

Valkyrie and Misty prepare to take on the Doom Maidens.

Plus: A closer look at our sadistic new villain!
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Shadow #10

Shadow #10
By: Victor Gischler, Aaron Campbell, Alex Ross
Revolutionary Part 3 (of 4) – The Shadow, along with faithful sidekick and pilot Miles Crofton and new partner in adventure George Orwell, pursues The Black Sparrow across the war-torn Spanish countryside. Cranston must decide how he’s going to confront the woman who is both former lover and current adversary, but there is a new player in the mix! Just who is the maniacal El Rey? The Shadow must thwart El Rey’s plot to rise from the debris of a war shattered nation and install himself as supreme ruler.
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Secret Avengers #2

Secret Avengers #2
By: Nick Spencer, Luke Ross, Tomm Coker
‘Bagalia’

Nick Fury knows who he wants for the new Secret Avengers–the deadly mercenary known as Taskmaster!

Trouble is, how to extract S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest prospective agent from the only prison cell in Bagalia — the nation-state built by and for super villains!
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Doctor Who Classics #1

Doctor Who Classics #1
By: Richard Starkings, Andy Lanning, Matthew Dow Smith
Doctor Who Classics is back!

This new series presents strips never before reprinted, and in color for the very first time! In this inaugural issue, enjoy two complete stories featuring the Seventh Doctor, ‘Time and Tide’ and ‘Follow That TARDIS!’ by such luminaries as Richard Starkings, Andy Lanning, and Dougie Braithwaite!
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Age Of Ultron #2 (of 10)

Age Of Ultron #2 (of 10)
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Bryan Hitch
For years the heroes of the Marvel Universe have lived in fear that the artificial intelligence known as Ultron would one day evolve to fulfill its desire to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth — that day has arrived.

This massive 10-part Marvel Universe-spanning event is brought to you by Eisner award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and comics legend Bryan Hitch.
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Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #2

Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #2
By: Roger Langridge, Jason Bone, Walter Simonson
Cliff Secord on the run! Betty in the clutches of the ghastly Otto Rune! And what is Peevy’s connection to the missing scientist? All this and more. . . as the Rocketeer must prevent nothing less than the wrath of the Lord Himself!

More pulp action in the great Dave Stevens tradition!
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Cable And X-Force #5 (Yu Variant Cover Edition)

Cable And X-Force #5 (Yu Variant Cover Edition)
By: Dennis Hopeless, Salvador Larroca, Greg Land
X-FORCE is officially on the run.

Cable must face his daughter Hope, the savior of AVX.

The Uncanny Avengers are hot on their trail!

This variant cover edition comes bagged and boarded.
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Illustration Magazine #40

Illustration Magazine #40
This issue features the lurid and sensational men’s adventure illustration of Bruce Minney. The feature showcases numerous examples of rare original artwork, printed covers, and previously unpublished photographs.

Next up we feature the work of Norman Lindsay, our second feature on the legendary Australian artist.

Our final feature concerns the work of George Stavarinos, a brilliant and influential illustrator from the 80s whose life was cut tragically short.
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Ahsoka Faces Her Greatest Challenge in final Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Drama mounts as Star Wars: The Clone Wars nears completion…

Official press release below:

ashoka_WrongJediThe shocking finale to Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has arrived, with major revelations that will leave characters forever changed. Ahsoka is wrongly accused for sedition and murder, and is to be prosecuted in the High Courts of the Galactic Republic by a zealous Admiral Tarkin. Seemingly abandoned, Ahsoka’s last hope lies in Anakin Skywalker, who hunts the Coruscant underworld for the real murderer in “The Wrong Jedi,” Saturday, March 2nd at 9:30am ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

This episode – the culmination of five years of development of Ahsoka Tano’s character and her relationship with Anakin – is personally helmed by Dave Filoni, who serves as episodic director in addition to being the supervising director for the series. Underscoring the significance of the finale, composer Kevin Kiner arranged an orchestral score for this episode to better resemble the full, classical score found in the Star Wars feature films.

J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

It’s official, here’s the word from Lucasfilm:

Fan poster to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

Fan poster to Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

“Star Wars Is Being Kick-Started with Dynamite”
J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII
After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet. Yes, J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.

Past Star Wars veterans, dating back to the classic trilogy, offered words of praise from their direct experience with Abrams:

Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Muren, ASC, whose credits include the original Star Wars trilogy as well as landmark films such as E.T. and Jurassic Park, also worked with Abrams on Super 8. “He puts everything he has into his work,” said Muren. “He totally immerses himself. He’s got such a visual eye, which is so important to the Star Wars films. It seems that a lot of the same things that were in George when he made the first Star Wars films are also in J.J. I think he’s going to fit into the other movies perfectly, with the energy that J.J. has. We’re kick-starting Star Wars again with dynamite. It will knock people out, including the people who get to work on it. I think it’s a great choice.”

Ben Burtt, responsible for such iconic Star Wars sounds as Darth Vader’s breathing, R2-D2’s beeps and the classic lightsaber, has worked with Abrams as sound designer and sound editor on Star Trek and Super 8. “J.J represents the next generation of filmmakers from those that were making Star Wars when I started,” said Ben Burtt. “When he was a teen, he was a fan of Star Wars, and a great deal of his love for movies came out of his reaction of that first Star Wars film. You feel that he’s already invested so many years in it, and he’s going to propel it forward in a new way. In other words, you’re having a fan who has grown up and developed tremendous directorial skills finding himself at the steering wheel to take the franchise into the next stage. I feel like I’m there watching history turn over from one era to another.”

Matthew Wood, who served as supervising sound editor on Super 8, similarly grew up as a Star Wars fan before working on the films through the prequels. “Working with him, it was so obvious to me that J.J. and I have the same nostalgic love of that era. Now we have someone from that generation who is going to be at the helm of the Star Wars franchise that I’ve known and worked on, so it’s a great circle. Just seeing what he did with Super 8 and capturing those moments, and knowing what was so special about that era, it’s going to speak to a new generation of audience as well.”

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