Batman V Superman images previewed in Entertainment Weekly

Batman_V_SupermanThe paperweight that thinks it is a magazine Entertainment Weekly has premiered some interesting images from the upcoming ‘dukeroo’ between the iconic heroes Batman and Superman. The new images depict the civilian identities of Batman and Wonder Woman (Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince) as well as a fully coiffed Lex Luthor and more.

While I viewed the Man of Steel as a decidedly strong step in the wrong direction, taking the colorful world of DC Comics into a world of muted grays and blues… I want this movie
to be a success.

I also want that Batman V Superman tee director Snyder can spotted wearing on set.

Directed by Zack Snyder with a script by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg and is scheduled for release on March 25th, 2016.

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Batman vs. Superman becomes a trinity with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

The Amazon Princess is joining the still untitled ‘Superman Vs. Batman’ movie from Zack Snyder and David Goyer that will pick up from the events of The Man of Steel. Henry Cavill returns as Superman and will be facing off against Batman played by Ben Affleck, the latest in a growing line of actors to take up the cowl of the caped crusader.

The plot remains a mystery, but may be influenced by Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns comic from 1986 since Snyder has been meeting with the author.

The addition of a third hero to the film could make an already busy movie all the busier, but it could also quicken the pace toward a fully fleshed out Justice League of America, thus fulfilling many a comic book fan’s dreams.

Announcement below via SuperHeroHype
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Warner Bros. has announced this morning that Gal Gadot, most well known for appearing in the “Fast & Furious” films, has landed the role of Wonder Woman/Diane Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.

In a statement, Zack Snyder stated: “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

Batman vs. Superman will feature the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, facing off against Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Also starring Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, the Zack Snyder-directed Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on July 17, 2015.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

wonderwomanDespite the inclusion of many female creations, comic books and the action adventure pulps that inspired them are mainly a man’s world. However, that’s not to say that there is not an audience that is entertained and inspired by woman heroes. The role of the superherone is firmly established today, but once upon a time that was not the case.

The most popular and successful superheroine has to be Wonder Woman, a creation by William Moulton Marston, also inventor of the lie detector. Marston felt that young men needed a strong female role model to protect them. Princess Diana of Themyscira was created by Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons from the very clay of the island itself. Her desire to have a daughter in a society populated entirely by women was granted by Athena. One of the few characters of her ilk, Wonder Woman was on a mission of peace, yet also a trained warrior princess. Earning her place as an ambassador to the ‘world of men,’ she left Paradise Island for a n unknown world of danger.

Popularized in print, Wonder Woman is one of three superheroes to remain in circulation from her inception (alongside Batman and Superman). She has also been adapted into other mediums. appearing in the Super Friends cartoon series and in the live action Wonder Woman program.

From 1975-1979, Lynda Carter starred as the Amazon Wonder Woman. Rather than simply an exciting TV series full of action and skimpy outfits, Carter injected some positive messages of female empowerment and peace. It was a bold move, and one that the studio was reluctant to pursue (it was dropped later on), but the mere presence of a strong woman who more often than not saved her male companion rather than the other way around made an impact on young viewers.

Strangely, no modern version of Wonder Woman has appeared since her TV program aside from a stellar animated feature and as part of the Justice League animated series. Nevertheless, the superheroine is a vital part of Western popular culture and one that continues to inspire and empower people fro, various backgrounds. A PBS documentary explored the phenomenon to a great degree which I highly recommend.

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The full documentary can be ordered here.

Recommended:

Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess Archives Vol. 1

Wonder Woman: Amazon. Hero. Icon.

Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals

Cathy Lee Crosby, the other Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is without a doubt one of the casualties of modern comics. Everyone knows who she is, everyone loves her… but there are so few stories that you can point someone toward. There’s the Perez run of course and everyone knows of the Lynda Carter TV series… but that’s almost it (I do like the Byrne run, there are some interesting moments with Phil Jimenez and the Rucka material is worth looking into). Even though Lynda Carter is the iconic representation of Wonder Woman, the program itself is all but unseen.

So… here’s something even more obscure, a precursor to the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman starring Cathy Lee Crosby as a crime-fighting heroine (who bore a passing resemblance to the comic book character).

Wonder Woman 1974 TV pilot coming December 11 to DVD

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The Warner Archive Collection continues its rollout of fanboy-centric DC Comics properties with the December 11 DVD release of the original 1974 television pilot, WONDER WOMAN, starring Cathy Lee Crosby.

Before Lynda Carter took the heroine back to World War 2 for her “New, Original” incarnation in 1975, statuesque tennis pro-turned-performer Cathy Lee Crosby swung the magic lasso in a very different TV incarnation of WONDER WOMAN. As developed by scribe John D.F. Black (Star Trek, Shaft), and seemingly influenced by her recent turn as a mod, cat-suited crime-fighter in the pages of her DC Comics home, this Amazon Princess was more superspy than superhero. Still, many of the expected wondrous elements from bracelets and lassos to Paradise Island and invisible jets all make an appearance, albeit with a sleek, seventies espionage super-action refit. Three years before taking up residence on Fantasy Island, Ricardo Montalban plays laconic lothario Abner Smith, who lurks at the top of the conspiracy to make off with ultra-secret code books – leading Agent Prince to discover an Amazon sister-in-exile (Anitra Ford).

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The DC Comics 52 Explosion Phase 2

The relaunch of DC Comics is in its next phase. Mere months after debuting 52 monthly books, some based on established characters while others were dusted off old concepts (such as OMAC). A handful were canceled to make way for Earth-2, World’s Finest, G.I. Combat and Dial H… and now we are seeing another cycle of death and rebirth as three more books are chopped and three new ones arrive.

What is more unsettling is that DC editorial seems to be struggling with some of their cornerstone properties. Superman and Catwoman will both be on their third change in creative teams, just what is the problem there?

In any case, September has been dubbed Zero Month and will take readers into the hallowed and well-traveled origins of their favorite heroes while also bringing in some new blood.

I have very mixed feelings about the four new books, Talon, Sword of Sorcery, Team 7 and Phantom Stranger but I must applaud the variety that is represented here. Talon is by the hot talent at DC Scott Snyder whom I have deeply enjoyed since he took over Detective then Batman, Phantom Stranger has Brent Anderson on art chores and the character is one of my favorites. Sword of Sorcery does nothing for me, but it’s great that another fantasy title will be joining Demon Knights. Team 7 seems like a 1990’s flashback, but there is a fan base for such things, so… what do I know?

TALON #0
Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale SEPTEMBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• A new series featuring the Court of Owls’ unstoppable killing machine!
• Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon ever to escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin just wants to live a normal life…but that’s impossible, since he’s being hunted by his former masters!


TEAM 7 #0
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art and cover by JESUS MERINO
On sale SEPTEMBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Threads of the entire DC Universe collide in this new series set in the early days of The New 52 from writer Justin Jordan (The Strange Talents of Luther Strode).
• As Superman emerges, so too does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind!
• Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash, Slade Wilson are Team 7 – and their story will change everything you know about The New 52!


THE PHANTOM STRANGER #0
Written by DAN DIDIO
Art by BRENT ANDERSON and SCOTT HANNA
Cover by BRENT ANDERSON
On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Learn what happened to The Phantom Stranger after the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY story!
• Who has been sacrificed? Who is guilty? Who can save us? And who…is The Phantom Stranger?
• Major players in The New 52 will be introduced in these pages!

SWORD OF SORCERY #0
Written by CHRISTY MARX
Backup story written by TONY BEDARD
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN
Backup story art by JESUS SAIZ
Cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
On sale SEPTEMBER 19 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• In this new series featuring the long-awaited return of AMETHYST, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother. She’s about to learn why it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld — and has powerful enemies hunter her!
• AMETHYST is written by Christy Marx, best known for her work on animated TV series including G.I. Joe, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more, as well as the comics series Sisterhood of Steel.
• And in the backup story set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior BEOWULF is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.

In addition to the new titles, there are several zero issues that explore the origins of the New 52 DCU.

Shazam takes center stage in Justice League #0 while Aquaman #0 establishes the king of the seven seas and the fabled continent of Atlantis.

Earth-2 #0 stars the sadly deceased Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman of that parallel world and Green Arrow, the Flash, Wonder Woman and Hawkman all get special secret origin tales.

DC Universe Presents #0 introduces a new version of the Ditko classic heroes Hawk and Dove (has anyone outside of Ditko ever made sense of this due?) just as Captain Atom, Voodoo and Resurrection Man bow out with a zero issue… strangely.

It all strikes me as very bizarre to reboot your universe and a few months down the road amid the carnage of cancelled comics, special issues are released with origin stories. These are just quarter bin fodder as far as I can see. That’s not a slight on the material as most of it looks quite good, but it does appear to be a marketing disaster. The only issues that I plan to pick up are Batman, Batwoman (drawn by JH Williams!), Detective Comics (written by Gregg Hurwitz!) and Nightwing and that’s just because I’m in a bat-fever.

My main complaint isn’t with the material at all, but the scatter-shot nature of the releases.

There are some gems in here such as young John Constantine in Justice League: Dark written by Jeff Lemiere and an early Animal Man story by the same author. Legion of Superheroes will feature artwork by the always exciting Scott Kolins and Legion Lost welcomes the excellent Pete Woods.

GI Combat looks like an astonishingly superb issue that establishes the new Unknown Soldier, as well as more tales from the War that Time Forgot.

Even with all my whinging, there is a lot of high quality material here (hiding in the middle of the awful looking Grifter, Hawkman, Superman, Firestorm and the unlikely physique of Catwoman) and I hope that readers take the time to flip through a few, if only to respect the hard work and outstanding talent that went into them.

What issues are you picking up?

New DC fighting game ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’

Official Press Release

What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat? Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Injustice: Gods Among Us, an all-new game in development by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game franchise Mortal Kombat. The game is scheduled for release in 2013 for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system and the Wii U(TM) system from Nintendo.

Injustice: Gods Among Us debuts as a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many others. Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale.

“With Injustice: Gods Among Us, we are creating an all-new franchise with incredible battles set in the DC Comics Universe,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “NetherRealm Studios is the extremely talented team behind the latest Mortal Kombat hit and it is developing a game unlike any other in the fighting genre.”

“We can’t wait to reveal Injustice: Gods Among Us because it will give our fans and gamers an epic experience as they battle like gods as their favorite DC Comics villains and heroes,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “Our team is excited to make a fighting game that is filled with fast-paced action, incredible story-telling and iconic DC Comics characters.”

For more information, visit http://www.injustice.com .

About DC Entertainment DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes–a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes–to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

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About NetherRealm Studios NetherRealm Studios is a leader in the development of interactive entertainment, and the creator of the billion dollar Mortal Kombat franchise. Mortal Kombat has spawned two theatrical films, multiple television series, and has sold over 28 million games to date. Located in Chicago, Illinois the award-winning NetherRealm team has been working and creating games together since 1992. Additional information about NetherRealm Studios can be found at http://www.netherrealm.com .

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Welcome to Earth 2

A new title joining DC’s New 52 will arrive in just two months. Not just another monthly book, Earth 2 will establish another reality parallel to the established universe (which is still unclear on a few things). Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other familiar characters exist on this other Earth, but with key differences.

Previously, Earth-2 in the DC Universe was a reality in which the superheroes fought in WWII and aged, had families, etc. The Batman of Earth-2 was an older married man with a daughter, Robin wore a redesigned costume and Power Girl was Superman’s cousin. After the Crisis of 1985, these continuities merged, causing inconsistencies that writers struggled valiantly to resolve. When the Multiverse came back into existence at the close of the year-long comic 52, the possibilities for other realities opened up. Finally those story opportunities are being explored in a new comic by James ‘Starman’ Robinson.

If this all looks familiar, it’s because Geoff Johns attempted something similar back in 2008 in the Justice Society of America monthly series. Likely it was put on the back burner due to the massive shake-up of continuity and DC Entertainment’s formation.

The parallel reality will be explored in a set of new books:

EARTH 2 – Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Nicola Scott. The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.

WORLDS’ FINEST – Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: George Perez and Kevin Maguire. Stranded on our world from a parallel reality, Huntress and Power Girl struggle to find their way back to Earth 2. Perez and Maguire will be the artists on alternating story arcs.

Designs by Jim Lee for Wonder Woman and Batman have surfaced along with a new female Robin by Kevin Maguire along with a few snippets of information, reproduced here from CBR:

“I’m excited and eager to let people know all the facts about the new EARTH 2 comic, but for now I have to remain vague,” teased Robinson. “Earth 2 is a world that’s very like our own, but at the same time vastly different. It has known great conflict and danger…a dark menace defeated but at a great cost both to the Earth and to its superheroes of that time. Now, in the present as new menaces emerge to attack the Earth, so new heroes must emerge too, learning to work as a team (or perhaps Society is a better word) while facing these new threats head-on. Who are these heroes? Will their powers include speed, bestial fury, and maybe even green light? Wait and see.”

“Due the events that open the saga of EARTH 2, Wonder Woman is already the last Amazon of this world and she is determined to avenge her sisters…at whatever cost,” Robinson told DC’s blog, The Source. Series editor Pat McCallum weighs in as well, hinting at Earth 2 being a rather violent place, saying, “It’s one of the mysteries we’ll be getting into with the series. While there will be recognizable faces and settings on EARTH 2, don’t for a moment think you’re on familiar ground. Do that, and you let your guard down…and then you’ll end up like the rest of the Amazons.”

“Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter?” series editor Pat McCallum told the blog. “Right out of the gate that should tell you we’re dealing with a different kind of Dark Knight here. More ruthless, dangerous…the costume is familiar and yeah, there is a Wayne under the mask, but we’re looking at a man desperate to save the only family he has left. ‘Earth’ 2 is about to become a very bad place to be a bad guy.”

More as it comes…

Do the clothes make the (super)man?

The thoroughly post-modern Superman of 2012

The costumes that our iconic funny book heroes wear are as important as the deeds they perform or how well they stack up against other heroes. I’m not a big fan of Stephen King, but the argument of who’s stronger; Popeye or Superman interests me. It of course falls flat when one contender is a swarthy spinach munching seaman and the other a flying god-like being with his underwear on the outside of his pants (pre-52).

... it was the 70's. Don't judge.

That said, there have been several versions of editorial attempting to expand the fashion sense of Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Thor, each with their own set backs.

The Mighty Thunderstrike (Thor in the 90's)

Azrael, Batman in the 90's

Mike Deodato's biker-chic Wonder Woman

The Future Foundation Spider-Man costume

Superman Re/Superman Blue (let's call the whole thing off)

There was also the catchall solution of the 1990’s, the leather jacket. It actually made a come back in 2000, so don’t be surprised if the new Defenders start sporting Members Only coats.

Jackets... (The Avengers make a statement)

... Jackets... (Fantastic Four - Fashion Victims)

... Jackets (X-Men)

But nothing can prepare you for laundry day gone wrong when a rushed bachelor superhero finds that his long johns have become mixed in with another hero’s uniform… with awkward results.

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The return to the designs that made these heroes so impressive back in the day seem to arrive in cycles, made all the more noticeable when Hulk wears biker shorts or Superman sports a mullet. It begs the question, if it ain’t broke, why try and ‘fix’ it? Does anyone yearn for the Iron Spider costume or the all-body thong outfit that Thor rocked back in the day?

What’s your take? Should the heroes stick to what works or have there been some successful experiments that challenged the status quote (such as the black/white Spider-Man suit)?

Susan Eisenberg brings Wonder Woman to life in DC animated feature Justice League: Doom

Wonder Woman tackles Cheetah in Justice League: Doom

Official press release below:

Susan Eisenberg, the beloved voice of Wonder Woman in the popular Justice League and Justice League Unlimited television series, reprises her role for the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie,
Justice League: Doom.

The all-new, PG-13 rated Justice League: Doom will be available February 28 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViiolet™ Digital Copy.

Eisenberg has focused her career in voiceovers for animation, video games and commercial use. In addition to her work for the past 12-plus as Wonder Woman for Justice League and Justice League Unlimited television series and the DCU films Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and Justice League: Doom, Eisenberg can also be heard in a variety of animates series, including Jackie Chan Adventures, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and The Super Hero Squad Show, as well as video games like Star Wars: The Ford Unleashed – Ultimate Sith Edition and Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight. She is one of nine actors return



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This week at your comic shop – 11/16/2011

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

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(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 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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My Greatest Adventure #2 (of 6)

My Greatest Adventure #2 (of 6)
Written by AARON LOPRESTI, KEVIN MAGUIRE and MATT KINDT Art by AARON LOPRESTI, KEVIN MAGUIRE, MATT RYAN and SCOTT KOLINS Cover by SCOTT KOLINS

When Batman goes hunting for answers Garbage Man might be able to provide, things start to look up for the toxic man. Meanwhile, Robotman follows a zombie trail from Zanzibar to a strange island filled with even stranger creatures, and Tanga encounters an alien monster that might be too much even for her!
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Batman #3

Batman #3
By: SCOTT SNYDER, GREG CAPULLO, JONATHAN GLAPION

As Bruce digs deeper into the mystery of the recent owl murders, he soon finds himself face to face with a shocking enemy – an enemy the Wayne family has secretly been at war with for centuries.

Be there for the first shots of the war for the soul of Gotham City. Friends will become deadly enemies and secrets will be revealed – revelations that will change the Bat-family forever.
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Avengers Team Logo Dyad Flex Fit Cap

Avengers Team Logo Dyad Flex Fit Cap
The logo of the Avengers is featured on this flex fit cap!
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Justice League #3

Justice League #3
By: Geoff Johns, Jim Lee
The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee continue to make history as they unleash the amazing Amazon, Wonder Woman, who joins the battle against a bizarre threat! And the not-yet World’s Greatest Heroes need all the help they can get!

Justice League By Lee T-Shirt

Justice League By Lee T-Shirt
Graphitti Designs celebrates the beginning of a new episode in the DC Universe with the new Justice League T-Shirt. Features the art of Jim Lee screenprinted in full-color on a heavuweight, 100% cotton shirt. Stick around and see what your favorite characters are up to.
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Captain America Nylon Guitar Strap

Captain America Nylon Guitar Strap
Musicians rocking late into the night with Peavey Electronics’ Marvel Comics guitars will want to accessorize their instrument with Peavey’s Marvel Comics Nylon Guitar Straps. These guitar straps, featuring designs of Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Thor, Ghost Rider, or The Punisher, attach securely to Peavey’s top-notch guitars.

Captain America The First Avenger DVD

Captain America The First Avenger DVD
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. Directed by Joe Johnston, and starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Stanley Tucci. Available in Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack and Standard DVD formats.
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Amazing Spider-Man #674

Amazing Spider-Man #674
Written by DAN SLOTT Penciled by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant by PASQUAL FERRY

THE VULTURE RETURNS! It’s a brave new city! As the costs of Spider-Island continue to rise, Spidey’s first enemy returns! High-rise robberies and teenaged jumpers force Spidey into a high flying new adventureÖwith a less than friendly partner.
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Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1

Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #1
Covers: Alex Ross (Main), Michael Avon Oeming (1-in-10), Sean Chen (1-in-15), and Wagner Reis (1-in-25) Writer: Sterling Gates Artist: Wagner Reis The enigmatic soldier known as Captain Victory leads an elite group of intergalactic rangers through the mysterious and deadly cosmos, fighting against forces set on the destruction of life, itself! But who is this man, and what does he want? This special introductory issue written by Sterling Gates and drawn by Wagner Reis starts with a bang, as the deadliest battle Captain Victory and his men have ever fought begins!
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Batman Arkham City HC

Batman Arkham City HC
Tying in with the release of the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY video game, this special edition collects the entirety of the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY miniseries including all five digital-first chapters!Combined, this collection bridges the gap between the original smash hit BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM video game and its highly anticipated sequel. Find out the real motivation behind Mayor Sharp’s plans for the new criminal gulag and how Hugo Strange is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

The short digital stories reveal more about how characters other than Batman react to the rise of the new city-within-a-city.
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Wasteland TPB Vol. 06 Enemy Within

Wasteland TPB Vol. 06 Enemy Within
(W) Antony Johnston (A) Christopher Mitten, Remington Veteto (C) Ben Templesmith The hit sci-fi western epic continues! After the Sand-Eater attack, the city of Newbegin is in turmoil as the Sunner rebellion gathers strength and Marcus seems to lose interest in the council. Follow the next six months through the eyes of Jakob, Skot, Yan, Dexus, and Golden Voice, with a chapter dedicated to each point of view in this latest collection of the series that Comics Should Be Good called ‘a masterpiece!’
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Thor World Eaters TPB

Thor World Eaters TPB
Written by MATT FRACTION, DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING Penciled by PASQUAL FERRY, MARK BROOKS & SALVADOR LARROCA Cover by PASQUAL FERRY Asgard lies in ruins. Balder the Brave has proven his mettle as a warrior, but is an uncertain king; his people rightly wonder whether they can endure one more turn of bad luck. So the last news they need to hear is that a trans-dimensional force of implacable evil is headed their way. The World Eaters have learned that Asgard has abandoned its place in the natural order of the Nine Worlds and now resides in the skies above Oklahoma, and they aim to take it – but that’s not the last claim they plan to stake. As they ravage Alfheim, Muspelheim and the other branches of the World Tree, Thor must stir his family of gods to action to face a most dire threat, at a time when they simply have no margin for error.

Collecting THOR #615-621 and #620.1.
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Avengers Academy #22

Avengers Academy #22
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE Penciled by SEAN CHEN Covers by RODIN ESQUEJO New students! New staff! New West Coast Academy! o A Classic Avenger is murdered…and everyone’s suspect! o Captain America, Luke Cage, and Hawkeye guest-star to…fight the Avengers Academy?

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Flash The Road To Flashpoint HC

Flash The Road To Flashpoint HC
By Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul
Make way for Hot Pursuit – the latest speedster to come out of the Speed Force! He’s here to make sure no one breaks the speed limit – hero or villain! And just wait until you see whose face is under Hot Pursuit’s helmet!

This title collects
THE FLASH #8-12
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Marvel Classic Comic Covers 11 X 14 Photo 18 Pc Disp

Marvel Classic Comic Covers 11 X 14 Photo 18 Pc Disp
Some of the greatest comic book covers of all time can be yours with these official 11″ x 14″ photo reproductions! Fans will find covers such as Captain America #100, Tales of Suspense #58, and The Incredible Hulk #1 at a size perfect for framing.
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Legion Of Super Heroes #3

Legion Of Super Heroes #3
By: PAUL LEVITZ, FRANCIS PORTELA, CHRIS SPROUSE, KARL STORY
The strongest man in the universe is rampaging on the surface of Panoptes, and the Dominators are massing in the skies above – and naturally, The Legion is stuck between the two!

They don’t have the raw power to stare down either threat – but what they do have is a plan…one that puts some of their own in even greater danger behind enemy lines!
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Batman Arkham City Two Face Wants You Previews Exclusive T-Shirt

Batman Arkham City Two Face Wants You Previews Exclusive T-Shirt
Based on this autumn’s highly-anticipated video game from Ubisoft, Batman: Arkham City!
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Thunderbolts #165

Thunderbolts #165
Written by Jeff Parker Penciled by KEV WALKER Cover by JOE QUINONES WILL THE THUNDERBOLTS ONCE AGAIN FALL UNDER THE POWER OF ZEMO? Captain America and Namor have fallen before an army lead by the corrupted Human Torch. Now the only chance to keep the forces of the Red Skull from tipping the balance of war is The Thunderbolts! But for the Bolts to exist in the future, Zemo must not fall- will they switch sides once more? Jeff Parker and Kev Walker bring you the conclusion of the GOLDEN AGE THUNDERBOLTS!
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Batman Black & White Statue Arkham Asylum

Batman Black & White Statue Arkham Asylum
From within the walls of Arkham Asylum, The Joker orchestrates the most elaborate scheme of his career: create an unstoppable army of Bane-like creatures to take over Gotham City. Only Batman, using an amalgam of detective, combat and stealth skills, can end his arch-nemesis’ plans.This very special Batman Black & White statue was developed using actual character designs from the best-selling game Batman: Arkham Asylum, current holder of the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever,’ and the winner of several industry game awards.

This statue based on the video game design measures approximately 7.25″ high x 6.25″ wide x 4.75″ deep, is painted in monochromatic tones, features a Bat-logo-shaped base and is packaged in a black and white box.

Limited Edition. Manufactured to order.
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Pogo Comp Syndicated Strips HC Vol. 01 Wild Wonder

Pogo Comp Syndicated Strips HC Vol. 01 Wild Wonder
(W/A) Walt Kelly Foreword by Jimmy Breslin Our first volume (of 12) collects approximately the first two years of Pogo dailies and, for the first time, full-color Sundays. First created in the 1940’s, Pogo blended nonsense language, poetry, and socio-political satire, presaging later strips such as Doonesbury and The Boondocks. Special features in this premiere volume include a biographical introduction, an extensive glossary by comics historian R.C. Harvey and a foreword by legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin.
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Marvel Classic Character - The Fantastic Four #3: Human Torch

Marvel Classic Character – The Fantastic Four #3: Human Torch
Appearing in 1961, the Fantastic Four was the first superhero team created by writer/editor Stan Lee and artist and coplotter Jack Kirby. It ushered in the “Marvel Age” of comics and was an immediate success.

The third statuette in this series is Johnny Storm, better known as the Human Torch. Brother to Sue Storm and an original member of the Fantastic Four, the Human Torch is featured in his classic “Flame on!” pose. This ongoing character lineup presents these characters just as they originally appeared, but the statues feature a rougher surface texture, visible seam lines, and other slightly distressed aspects, such as paint-application techniques. Sculpted by Yoe! Studio.
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Nightwing #3

Nightwing #3
By: KYLE HIGGINS, EDDY BARROWS, JP MAYER
The Big Top comes to the Windy City! After the massive events of issue 2, the circus heads to Chicago – and Dick Grayson is along for the ride! But as Nightwing puts pressure on ex-Haley connections in search for answers about his past, one lead may be far too explosive to handle!

Be here as Nightwing takes his quest for the truth to the Second City!
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Green Lantern Corps #3

Green Lantern Corps #3
By: PETER J. TOMASI, GERALDO BORGES, SCOTT HANNA, ALEX GARNER
Things go from bad to worse as Guy Gardner and John Stewart’s squad of Green Lanterns is vastly outnumbered by the Intruders, a force that knows how to neutralize any green ring’s power. And these invaders have made it abundantly clear: this is personal.
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Next Men HC Vol. 02

Next Men HC Vol. 02
John Byrne (w & a & c) Scattered across time and with no idea where their fellow Next Men may be, Bethany, Nathan, Tony, Jasmine, Jack and Danny find themselves alone. But their impact on history and their role in events continue as master craftsman John Byrne unwinds the conclusion of the first arc after his return to Next Men.
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Avengers Origins Luke Cage (One Shot)

Avengers Origins Luke Cage (One Shot)
Written by ADAM GLASS & MIKE BENSON Penciled by DALIBOR TALAJIC Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF NEW AVENGERS… What makes someone a hero? An Avenger? Is it super-powers? An?indomitable will? An innate sense of right and wrong? For Luke Cage its one terrible mistake that has haunted him his entire life. But can a lifetime of good deeds make up for his years spent on the other side of the law? And will that past ever let him go, or will it tear him to pieces?
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Batman Toon Tumblers Box Set

Batman Toon Tumblers Box Set
Toon Tumblers pay tribute to the heroes of the DC Universe with two box sets of glasses perfect for dinnertime use or for collecting! Each boxed set comes with four glasses that feature the characters of a corner of the DC Universe, such as Batman’s Gotham City or Green Lantern’s cosmic adventures. The Green Lantern set features images of Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Sinestro, Kilawog, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner. The Batman set comes with a variety of characters, from his allies to his enemies. Collect them all!

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Wonder Woman #3

Wonder Woman #3
By: BRIAN AZZARELLO, CLIFF CHIANG
Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life – and when it’s revealed, Wonder Woman’s life will shatter like brittle clay.

The only one more shocked than Diana by this revelation? Bloodthirsty Hera herself – so why is her sinister daughter, Strife, so eager for the truth to be told?

Wonder Woman Silhouette T-Shirt

Wonder Woman Silhouette T-Shirt
The grace and form of the Amazon Princess takes center stage on the new Wonder Woman: Silhouette T-Shirt. Features this cool graphic imprinted in color on a deep red 100% cotton heavyweight shirt.
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Bionic Man #4

Bionic Man #4
By: Kevin Smith, Phil Hester, Jonathan Lau, Alex Ross
Covers: Alex Ross (main), Jonathan Lau (1-in-10) Writer: Kevin Smith with Phil Hester Artist: Jonathan Lau Colorist: Ivan Nunes Colonel Steve Austin, a man barely alive…’ These words echo through the operating theater in which man is melded with machine to become the most powerful new hero of the twenty-first century: The Bionic Man! But will Steve’s transformation from human to cyborg be completed in time to save the world from the mysterious menace of the maniacal Hull.
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Batman Arkham City Bold Logo T-Shirt

Batman Arkham City Bold Logo T-Shirt
Based on this autumn’s highly-anticipated video game from Ubisoft, Batman: Arkham City!
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Monstrous Coll Steve Niles & Bernie Wrightson HC

Monstrous Coll Steve Niles & Bernie Wrightson HC
Steve Niles (w) o Bernie Wrightson (a & c) From the creator of 30 Days of Night comes a collection so terrifying, so huge, so gritty and raw that it had to be called MONSTROUS. Collecting the collaborations between two living horror legends–Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson–this tome includes three complete tales: Dead She Said; The Ghoul, and Doc Macabre, each a piece of the dark, dangerous universe Niles has created in the shadows of the world we think we know. Enjoy them here, collected together and in oversize black and white form for the first time.
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Flashpoint Reverse Flash T-Shirt

Flashpoint Reverse Flash T-Shirt
The changes created by DC’s Flashpoint take form on three new series-inspired shirt designs.The Flashpoint Batman, Wonder Woman and Reverse Flash T-Shirts all feature screenprinted symbol on heavyweight, 100% cotton garments. Read the comics, wear the shirts and watch Flashpoint unfold.

Flash #2

Flash #2
By: Francic Manapul, B. Buccellato
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO 1:200 B&W variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL On sale OCTOBER 26 ï 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US ï RATED T Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information. The Fastest Man Alive learns he can make his brain function even faster than before – but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price. Plus: The mystery behind Barry Allen’s friend Manuel Lago deepens as Barry investigates his kidnapping at the hands of Mob Rule!
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Elephantmen #36

Elephantmen #36
By: Richard Starkings, Axel Medllin, Moritat & Axel Medllin
Hip’s remark ‘Seems like the Elephantmen are in season,’ continues to ring true.
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Green Lantern War Of The Green Lanterns HC

Green Lantern War Of The Green Lanterns HC
By: Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert
With the entire Green Lantern Corps against them, the four Earthborn GLs – Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart – make a choice that will rank among the most memorable in GL history. But not all of them agree on what has to be done and what lines can be crossed.Can these warriors overcome their differences in time to save the universe? Find out in this new hardcover collecting the War of the Green Lanterns saga.

This title collects
Green Lantern #63-66, Green Lantern Corps #58-60, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8-10
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Captain America #4

Captain America #4
Written by ED BRUBAKER Pencils & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN Fantastic Four Anniversary Variant by MARKO DJURDJEVIC Brubaker and McNiven continue their heart-stopping run on Cap with a nightmarish trip down memory lane – and that’s bad news when your memory lane goes right through World War 2!

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Dr Who 4th Doctor & Sontaran 8-in Action Figure Assortment

Dr Who 4th Doctor & Sontaran 8-in Action Figure Assortment
Travel through time and space with the Doctor! Reminiscent of the best-selling action figures of the 1970’s and 1980’s, Bif Bang Pow!’s amazing Doctor Who figures stand 8″ tall and feature episode-specific fabric clothing, in addition to multiple points of articulation. Based on the incredibly popular BBC television series, they embody that distinctive look and feel of the longest-running sci-fi TV series in the world. This release features Tom Baker’s famous portrayal of the fourth Doctor and the Sontaran Major Styre, as seen in the classic season 12 story, ‘The Sontaran Experiment.’ Collect them both!
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Fear Itself #7 (of 7) Point Three

Fear Itself #7 (of 7) Point Three
Written by MATT FRACTION Pencils & Cover by ADAM KUBERT Variant Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA Odin decides the final fate of AsgardÖand it will never be the same. ï The heroes of the Nine Worlds bid farewell to one of their own. ï THOR NO MORE!
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Marvel Minimates Series 42 Assortment

Marvel Minimates Series 42 Assortment
A Diamond Select Release! Art Asylum Designs & Sculpts! Diamond Select continues the longest-running collector line in toy history! Springboarding off of this summer’s blockbuster Marvel movies, Series 42 expands the comic-based worlds of Thor and Captain America, celebrating some of the characters from both universes that have never before been done as Minimates! This series features Civil War Captain America and Arnim Zola, Armored Thor and Beta Ray Bill, an exclusive Stone Man with Thunderstrike, and a short-packed variant set with an army-building Stone Man and the Eric Masterson version of Thor. Each Minimate stands 2.5 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and a variety of removable and interchangeable parts and accessories.
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Spider-Woman Statue

Spider-Woman Statue
A Bowen Designs Sculpt! Making her Marvel Comics debut in Marvel Spotlight #32 (September, 1977), Jessica Drew a.k.a. Spider-Woman, was an overnight sensation, moving to her first solo series in April , 1978 and running 50 issues. Today, she’s a part of the current New Avengers line-up, and is an intergral member of the team. Sculpted by Mark Newman, the arachnid Avenger stands 14″ tall and is ready to swing her way into your Marvel statue collection!
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Tokidoki X Marvel Punisher Navy T-Shirt

Tokidoki X Marvel Punisher Navy T-Shirt
Excelsior, True Believer, as the fourth season of high-fashion apparel pairing classic Marvel characters with the cheerfulness of the tokidoki universe comes your way in 2011!

Acclaimed artist Simone Legno brings his unique design aesthetic to the Marvel Universe with his Fall 2011 collection, giving the House of Ideas a hip and hot makeover for the 21st-century.

Whether it’s a Iron Man hanging out with a troop of lovestruck monkeys, Wolverine sharing a corndog with a hooded admirer, or an angry Thor caught in the grip of his berserker’s rage, tokidoki x Marvel brings the fun to Marvel’s classic, beloved characters.
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Astro City The Dark Age TPB Book 02 Brothers In Arms

Astro City The Dark Age TPB Book 02 Brothers In Arms
By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross
In the concluding volume of THE DARK AGE two brothers, one good and one evil, must deal with family secrets and social upheaval, involving heroes from Jack-In-the-Box to the Blue Knight and the final fate of the mysterious Silver Agent

This title collects
BOOK 3 #1-4 and BOOK 4 #1-4

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Punisher #5

Punisher #5
Written by GREG RUCKA Pencil & Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant by MIKE PERKINS RUCKA AND CHECCHETTO CONTINUE THEIR STUNNING RUN. Frank Castle. Bloody. Hurt. Fallen. Getting there first is everything.
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The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic

The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars fans the world over are buzzing in anticipation of what promises to be a defining moment in the history of multiplayer online gaming: the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic. The game follows the escalating war between the Jedi and the Sith thousands of years before the events of the Star Wars films, and its innovative design allows players to choose sides and help shape the history of the galaxy. This gorgeous, full-color volume features the detailed art behind this highly anticipated release from BioWare and LucasArts. With character sketches, interviews, and artwork featuring the game s new weapons, starships, and previously unexplored worlds, The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic is the ultimate chronicle of the newest Star Wars experience.
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Marvel Art Of John Romita Jr HC

Marvel Art Of John Romita Jr HC
He grew up in the shadow of a comics legend, but he didn’t stay there for long. John Romita Jr. may share a few things with his dad – an abiding loyalty for Marvel, an acumen for drawing some of the best Spidey panels to ever see print and a reputation as a master storyteller – but he’s done it all his own way.

THE MARVEL ART OF JOHN ROMITA JR. celebrates JRJR’s three decades-plus in the industry he’s helped redefine with his explosive artwork. Compiling images that run the gamut of his career – including his work on Iron Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, the Avengers and, yes, Spider-Man – this deluxe art book will tell one of the great stories in comics: the career of John Romita Jr.
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At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Works of Weird Fiction (Tomb of Lovecraft)

At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Works of Weird Fiction (Tomb of Lovecraft)
When Prof. William Dyer, a geologist from Miskatonic University, investigates an abandoned, hieroglyphed city forged with weird non-human geometry in the ice-wastes of Antarctica, he uncovers evidence of an ancient and cataclysmic war waged between races of malignant aliens: long before the advent of the human race, the Elder Ones battled for supremacy with the Star-spawn of Cthulhu, leaving behind a lurking protoplasm of unimaginable cosmic evil. At The Mountains Of Madness is a crucial work in Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, the author’s first interpretation of his occult paroxysms in science-fictional terms, dating dark entities back to the primordial aeons of the Earth’s existence. This new edition also includes Lovecraft’s two other major “science fantasy” stories: The Whisperer In Darkness and The Shadow Out Of Time, plus the related poem-cycle Fungi From Yuggoth, and a new introduction by DM Mitchell (editor, The Starry Wisdom).
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Legion Of Monsters #2 (of 4)

Legion Of Monsters #2 (of 4)
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS Art & Cover by JUAN DOE

RIDE, MONSTERS, RIDE! Humans are being killed in a wave of monster attacksÖbut the monsters are innocent! With a mystery murderer on the loose, and the survival of humanity at stake, Elsa Bloodstone and her sworn enemies the Legion of Monsters team up and hit the road!
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Captain Swing HC

Captain Swing HC
Cover: Raulo Caceres Writer: Warren Ellis Art: Raulo Caceres

From the sparking-mad mind of Warren Ellis, the creator of TRANSMETROPOLITAN and PLANETARY, comes an electrical romance of a pirate utopia thwarted! In the London of 1830, newly-minted copper Charlie Gravel keeps seeing things he’s not supposed to: a crooked Bow Street Runner with a flintlock revolver, high-flying vessels that are not supposed to fly, and the violent Scientific Phantasmagoria popularly known as Spring-Heeled Jack. With the coming of Captain Swing and his Electrical Pirates, history shall never be the same! This crackling new graphic novel is illustrated by Raulo Caceres in a stunning woodcut style, capturing the classic literary feel from days of yore. Available in softcover and hardcover formats, with illustrated covers by Raulo Caceres.
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Incredible Hulk #2

Incredible Hulk #2
Written by JASON AARON Pencils & Cover by MARC SILVESTRI Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant by MIKE DEODATO

The Hulk and Bruce Banner are now separate entities-but Bruce wants the Hulk back! The Hulk is assigned to take Banner downÖbut Bruce isn’t going without a fight.
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Wonder Woman Transformation By Hughes T-Shirt

Wonder Woman Transformation By Hughes T-Shirt
Adam Hughes is responsible for an incredible artistic double-header on the new Catwoman: Dash and Wonder Woman: Transformation T-Shirts. ‘Dash’ features a front and back imprint of everyone’s favorite feline screenprinted in full-color on a natural-colored shirt. WW: Transformation displays WW in motion on a white 100% cotton shirt. Catch more of Adam’s artwork in the new ‘Art of’ book from DC Comics. NOW AVAILABLE for sale in Canada and UK.

DC Universe Online Statue Wonder Woman

DC Universe Online Statue Wonder Woman
DC Direct continues the statue series based on art from one of the most anticipated online games of the year! The DC UNIVERSE ONLINE STATUES are from Sony Entertainment’s Massively Multi-Player Online Game, based on the art of Jim Lee!Set to include many heroes and villains from the game, each character is shown in a dynamic pose, atop a consistent base. This statue features Wonder Woman in fierce Amazon warrior stance, sword and shield in hand!

This limited edition statue is hand-painted, cold-cast in porcelain and measuring approximately 7.8″ high x 4.5″ wide x 3.5″ deep, this statue is packaged in a 4-color box.
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