Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Let's Talk Comics! Cable Returns! Fear Itself: The Mighty!

Hullo again!

Doing my usual rounds on the 'net, I chanced upon to teaser images from Marvel. One is for the current storyline and one for a future storyline [which just so happens to star a character from the future :D].

But first, the teaser image of..THE MIGHTY...Avengers! [LOL]

Anyhoo, the picture above pretty much speaks for itself. If you're following the Fear Itself storyline, you'd be happily surprised [or not] that Tony pulled through with his weapon-making in Asgard and has now equipped most of his Avengers brethren with it. It's looks pretty awesome once you dismiss the fact how Tron-like some of them looks. Wolvie looks more feral, Tony in Destroyer Armor or something that looks like it is something to look forward to. Ironfst's weapon seems like it's just a long chain with a hammer head on the end and Spiderman...wristblades..? Really? Well, they all do seem powered-up, even Doc Strange's trenchcoat seems like enhanced..prolly a +12 Trenchcoat of Agamotto? [LOL].

One more thing that's nice is seeing red She-Hulk...with a sword that fits her. I would like to see her more around the marvel U. It seems that for now she's confined within the pages of the Hulk Comics. Hopefully with this, she'll be more "active".

This make's the ending for the storyline really interesting. We all know everything'll turn out ok but what're the implications? I'm inline to find out. 


There's no rest for the weary as after the whole Fear Itself brawl is over [and possibly the "Revengers" story arc as well]. The Avengers seems to in trouble...this time by a mutant who came back from the dead, Cable in Avngers: X-Sanction.

Well, we all know [most of us really] that Cable sacrificed himself to save the team sent to the future back home safe. Thus resulting in his death and the hatred of Hope Summers to Cyclops. Nothing was left except for his bionic arm! and then these...who couldn't lament over these iconic shots:

A few months later we're being teased with alot of pictures and hearsay and now [with the picture of Cable among the dead Avengers] it seems that they are bringing him back. Now this completely nulls my "Nate Grey/Xman is going to become Cable" theory I mentioned in the last comics post but it's interesting nonetheless.

Alot of questions pop up upon seeing the new teaser picture. I can't think up of new theories for this one but hopefully there'll be more info on it soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Let's Talk Comics!

Hi guys! After my first toy review, let's talk shop about comics. I'm not really going to go into detail for now,just a few brief summaries of a few comic books I've read the past few weeks as well as the storylines.

I'm sort of on the fence liking and not liking both the "Fear Itself and "Spider Island" storylines from Marvel. I mean in "Fear Itself", they've taken out Bucky and there's a dark forboding feeling that Thor will be really, really hurt [and/or die]. It does have a few ok points as we see Tony sacrifice his pride and sobriety to help the heroes out.

"Spider Island" is a different thing. It's like the "Clone Saga" again but juiced-up on steroids. Everyone [seemingly] gets spider powers courtesy of the Jackal [Spiderman/Peter Parker obsessed much?] and he goes power mad with it along with his spider crew [one of which is Captain America[?] according to an issue of Venom]. I guess the only thing I like is the possible re-emergence of Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly! I've seen and geeked out on the teaser picture about it and I can't wait to see if he really comes back.

"Schism" is an Xmen storyline currently unfolding and it features a break up of the Xmen due to their different views. Mostly [as I've seen on the preview pics], it'll Cyke and Wolvie beating the hell each other out. Surprisingly, on those pictures, my respect for Cyke grew more as he manages to both attack and defend from the attacks of Wolvie and a Sentinel[?] despite being cut bad. The two teams under Wolvie and Cyke has already been made known and its shows that even blood relation won't be a factor as Rachel Summers and Havok are on Wolverine's side. Questions do abound though, like why is Sebastian Shaw even doing in Cyke's line-up? And [from the comments I've seen] where are the other X-kids?

One note on the Xmen thing though, since this is all coming down and X-Man/Nate Grey is back and regaining his strength, will this all be a prelude to the upcoming "Cable Reborn" storyline? And why do I have a hunch that Nate will "be"/"become" Cable...?

I've recently read the New Avengers Annual and it featured WonderMan's "Revengers". Basically they're all heroes themselves...or at least most are anti-heroes. Good to see ol' D-Man out if his Wolvie look-a-like costume though. Anyhoo, from what I've read, the whole thing feels like it's just WonderMan butt-hurting about the Avengers not listening to him.There isn't really any agenda at all. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Moving over to the DC side and it's reboots. I didn't read "Flashpoint" and didn't finish reading "Brightest Day" so to be honest, I don't get what the heck is going on [LOL]. But I decided to pick up a few #1's. Green Arrow seems great so far. A seemingly young Green Arrow and his crew battling evil. I like his "trick" arrows too. They're much more complicated than I thought.

I also read Stitchery and I didn't get what's happening. All I know that thy're recruiting Apollo and then get their butt kicked. I even LOL'ed at the part where J'onn said that he's a Hero but when he needs to be a Warrior, he can be one in StormWatch. Hmm, too X-force much?

 JLA is a re-telling of how they all came to be in one team. Bats and GL show up in the first issue. I really liked their rapport and how Batman is still such a bad-ass...and how GL is a pompous douche at times. We get a surprise at the end of the issue and the inevitable cliffhanger but it's worth it.

JLI on the other hand....well, it's nice to see how they tried to do the whole thing. I had fun reading the team's rapport with each other. Booster is trying so hard. Rocket Red is poking fun at August General In Iron' name [but really, who in the world would be name a hero that?] and Guy Gardner wouldn't be caught dead with the team but he will eventually [I think] since Ice is also with the team.

Well, that's it for the meantime. Hope you enjoyed reading! Till next time~

Monday, September 12, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger = Red Skull

Hullo guys!

This will be my first [hopefully not last :D] figure review and it will be Red Skull from the Captain America Movie toyline. I've had him in "storage" and have just opened and played around with him a few hours ago :D

Red Skull is Captain America's most fearsome enemy. There are actually three people who had been named "Red Skull" but the most renowned is Johannes Schmidt [long time enemy of Cap].

Red Skull is shown wearing a green uniform unlike the black one he wore in the movie [he wears the black version in the new Cap and Red Skull 2 pack]. He is bundled with a Luger, a blue Cosmic Cube and [whoop-dee-doo] a rocket firing big gun.

Unfortunately, as seen in the pic above...they didn't include a holster for his Luger :[ The rocket firing gun look's a bit weird and it's handles are very rubbery, I didn't even bother trying to let the figure hold it :/

Red Skull's right hand is a bit constricted but you can still fit in his Luger and some guns from the Joeverse.

The Red Skull's left hand is open enough to hold the Cosmic Cube....but not enough to hold it in place. If it's held other than the position above, it'll definitely fall from his hand.

Red Skull with both the Luger and Cosmic Cube.

The details on this figure is great. The face details are notably just like Hugo Weaving's. Articulation is pretty much decent. My only beef is that he doesn't have swivel/hinge ankles and he doesn't have a chest pivot unlike the rest of the Cap Am figs. Also the lower part of his uniform pretty much nulls any movement of his legs. What's the point of giving him thigh cuts if he cant move his legs up and down? :/

His scale is a bit off as well. He's pretty much on par with his fellow figures from the Cap toyline and seems the same height as MU Bucky. However, he falls short standing beside SDCC Captain America [well, that fig is actually a bit tall anyways LOL]. the same goes when he's side-by-side with MU Dr. Doom [2pack version] and Mail-away Cobra Commander.

But still, that doesn't take away the fact that other than the Red Skull from the MU Invader's Set and the new 2 pack, this is a great figure. This is even better than the variant version [what's the deal with the white gloves anyway?]. The articulation may be lacking but you can still pose him a couple number of ways. Also, he can be wonderfully modded to make this fig even better. It's a bit rare to find him on the pegs these days but he's a great addition to your Joeverse and MU collection.

And now....for a bit of FUN  :D

Simple headswap but Red Skull's head is too big for CC's ball joint. So it's a bit of a loose fit. 

Presenting....the Villains United Lady Gaga fanclub members! Monsters, put your claws up!

The ever present "I'll look menacingly at my left hand" pose for villains everywhere!

Marvel Comics presents: WHAT IF...Red Skull became Captain America?! [which actually did kinda happen during the last parts of Captrain America REBORN Arc]

That's all guys! Thank you for reading up on my first figure review. Hope you liked it. :D

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

D'you remember...September?

It's been an eventful September so far. Aside from being the 15th month of being together with my girlfriend, it's also the month I gave her "her baby" Pancake! So more or less, it's like a birthday for Pancake since she turned 1 this year.

I'm also celebrating the start of my new work [training has ended] and my first pay as well [but it still seems like months away D:]. Work has been pretty much the same except for of course the lack of my old friends/officemates and of course, the difference in rules but it's pretty much awesome so far. My new co-workers are very much friendly and helpful. We had a small get together last month when our client from Korea came and that's where we mostly got along.

My younger sister went to Singapore [just last week] and from what I hear she's doing ok. I'm glad for her that she got the opportunity to work over there. I hope she does fine. I'm also glad that my cousin, an aunt and a close friend also lives/works there, she has a few people to go to just incase for emergencies.

Hobby-wise? Well, not that good since a new job means a new payroll which means [as aforementioned above] the pay will be coming late [due to the cut-off when I got in the company]. So I skipped a few good deals and missed out on an exclusive distribution but it's fine. Sooner or later, i'll have those things anyways LOL.

September...is also the month I list a Father for the second time. My stepdad died this month last year ad it still feels like we're still not over the fact that he's gone. He was a good man to my Mom and a great dad to my half-siblings so it was a really tremendous loss. We will miss him forever.

It's still the stat of September, there's still a few weeks to go...let's see what's in store and what adventure will come :D

advenuring through September!
- the alansong -