22nd July 2014

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Catching Up A Bit

Catching Up A Bit

Unfortunately, I’ve managed to get quite a ways behind on some of my reading the last few months, with a number of personal things going on in life. This week’s been a bit of a catch-up week as I work on resolving the issue…I don’t like being behind, especially when it means I’m buying stuff “just because I’ve BEEN buying it” rather than an actual interest…and typically, once I’ve gotten to about…

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21st July 2014

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Monday Blasts From the Past

Monday Blasts From the Past

Quite a few years ago now, I picked up–finally–a collected volume of the Man of Steel. It was a new edition as a first volume in a series collecting in order the ’80s “reboot” of the Superman franchise.

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However, it’s only just in the last couple weeks that I’ve finally acquired a copy of the older edition of the book. It’s not in great shape, unfortunately…but for $2.60ish (less than the price…

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16th July 2014

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Seasons Spinnin’ ‘Round Again—The Years Keep Rolling On

Seasons Spinnin’ ‘Round Again–The Years Keep Rolling On

seasonschangeii001Sometimes it seems odd to me that people ever have any trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy. I’ve made such a distinction, internalized it so, that even in my dreams I cannot fly–if ever I have some fantastic dream where I’m in the role of something or someone that can fly, it’s a clinical knowledge, but when it comes time TO fly, I’m at a loss.

But that’s really neither here nor there at…

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8th July 2014

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Leonardos – July 2014

Seems there’s a new TMNT movie (or should I say NT movie, based on the toys’ packaging) coming out soon…

Leonardos – July 2014

Seems there’s a new TMNT movie (or should I say NT movie, based on the toys’ packaging) coming out soon…

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2nd July 2014

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Bargain Bin Haul: GI Joe and Quantum & Woody

Bargain Bin Haul: GI Joe and Quantum & Woody

This week proved to be another fantastic week for bargain finds, as the local shop had just recently bought a huge collection.

Having bought a large run of GI Joe comics recently, I was offered another SIGNIFICANTLY larger run…

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The “gem” of the run is easily the final few issues of the original Marvel-published series. If I were to attempt to purchase these off eBay, these six issues alone–#s…

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1st July 2014

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X-O Manowar #26 [Review]

X-O Manowar #26 [Review]

xomanowar026Tall Tales

Writer: Robert Venditti
Penciler: Diego Bernard
Inker: Alisson Rodrigues
Colorist: Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artists: Clayton Crain and Trevor Hairsine
Assistant Editor: Josh Johns
Executive Editor: Warren Simons
Published by: Valiant
Cover Price: $3.99 ($5.99 Chromium Cover)

I’m not often a fan of the main character not being in a book, and for those solely reading this title,…

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28th June 2014

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Superman (2011) #32 [Review]

Superman (2011) #32 [Review]

Superman #32Men of Tomorrow – Chapter One: Ulysses

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Klaus Janson
Colorist: Laura Martin
Lettering: Sal Cipriano
Cover: Romita Jr., Janson, Martin
Published by: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

I wasn’t going to buy this issue. I’d been annoyed by the ads the last couple months, and wasn’t a fan of the art from previews…to say nothing of being annoyed AT the previews…

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25th June 2014

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Bargain Bin Haul: Kid Eternity

Bargain Bin Haul: Kid Eternity

Flipping through the quarter-bin today, I found two volumes of the Grant Morrison Kid Eternity mini-series. A bit furtrher into the bin, I found the third. I thought I was missing a fourth until I saw the “of 3″ and satisfied, pulled all three.

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I didn’t even notice until I got the issues home and was taking the photo seen above that the three covers form a singular image. Definitely an added…

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20th June 2014

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More Than Doubling my GI Joe Collection

More Than Doubling my GI Joe Collection

full_stackThough I had limited exposure as a younger kid, I consider my true “introduction” to GI Joe to be the Image/Devil’s Due relaunch back in 2001 (as a friend pointed out, it was interesting timing, debuting September 12th, 2001).

Even letting the series go after a few issues, I got pulled back in for the Serpentor story around issues 22-25, and stuck around as Devil’s Duestruck out on its own, its…

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18th June 2014

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TMNT: Turtles in Time #1 [Review]

Turtles in Time (part 1) Writer: Paul AllorArtist: Ross CampbellColorist: Bill CrabtreeLetterer: Shawn Lee…

TMNT: Turtles in Time #1 [Review]

Turtles in Time (part 1) Writer: Paul AllorArtist: Ross CampbellColorist: Bill CrabtreeLetterer: Shawn Lee…

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16th June 2014

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Let’s Try This Again: New Line of DC Toys

Let’s Try This Again: New Line of DC Toys

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Back in 2008, I got in “at the beginning” of Mattel’s Infinite Heroes line of 3.75″ DC toys. Sadly, lack of selection and other factors seemed to quickly doom that line (whereas the Marvel 3.75″ figures from another company are doing quite well, or at least are still around with a much more significant presence than DC stuff).

Several weeks ago, I happend across this new line of DC character…

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13th June 2014

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Great Find: ‘The Batman Vault’

Great Find: ‘The Batman Vault’

I’d come across this volume at Barnes & Noble quite unexpectedly. It was on a bargain table labeled as “up to 75% off publishers’ prices.” For the price of 3-4 single issues, this is a $50 volume, and though it’s rather outdated (2009 copyright), it has proved its worth alone in the time I spent unwrapping and “flipping through” the thing.

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While it hasn’t always been reflected in my following…

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12th June 2014

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Armor Hunters #1 [Review]

Armor Hunters / Part I: Quarry Writer: Robert VendittiArtist: Doug BraithwaiteColorist: Laura MartinLetterer:

Armor Hunters #1 [Review]

Armor Hunters / Part I: Quarry Writer: Robert VendittiArtist: Doug BraithwaiteColorist: Laura MartinLetterer:

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11th June 2014

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Valiant Chromium Returns: Armor Hunters #1

Valiant Chromium Returns: Armor Hunters #1

It’s been some twenty years since I first got a copy of the original X-O Manowar #0 from the original Valiant. It was the first “chromium” cover I recall, though it was soon followed by the likes of Superman #82 (the “return” of Superman), X-Men: Alpha, X-Men: Omega, Ninjak #1, and others.

In more recent years, such “enhanced covers” have been pretty few and far between, in my observation (though…

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10th June 2014

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A New Gundam Phase Begun

A New Gundam Phase Begun

oldgundams11-some years ago (my senior year of college) several friends and I would meet up pretty much weekly for Friday dinner and a trip to at least one of three local game/toy stores. Toward the latter part of spring semester, we found a deal on a couple basic Gundam models for about $2/ea. So thoroughly enjoying putting them together, I bought a couple more expensive ones (the $2 bait models worked,…

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