While they aren’t full on Comic-Con exclusives, they are available early. Each of the following toys will be available in the months to come at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide but Comic-Con is the only place to get em’ early! Pick them up at the Entertainment Earth Booth (#2343).
Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope DVD with Morgan Spurlock and Joss Whedon Mini Figures. The figures are made by NECA and this is your first chance to have Joss Whedon in figure form for the first time! $30
Classic Masked Predator Cloaked Action Figure. NECA does it again, this 8″ figure is fully articulated and comes with accessories. $20
Just Us League of Stupid Heroes Batman and Robin 2-Pack by DC Direct. Mad Magazine’s poster boy, Alfred E. Neuman gives us his take on The Dynamic Duo. $50
X-Factor Collector Pack. This six piece set from Hasbro includes Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Iceman, Apocalypse and Mr. Sinister. Each figure is 3 3/4″ tall and comes in a package featuring art from X-Factor #1. $50
My Little Pony Zecora. This glow in the dark pony from Hasbro will cost $10.
Winx Club Princess Bloom Doll from Jakks Pacific. This 11 1/2″ doll is articulated and glittery. $30
Regular Show Mordecai from Jazzwares. Comes with sketch book. $15
Adventure Time Finn and Fiona from Jazzwares. 2″ tall and wearing their talent badges, these guys will run $15 for the set.
Halo 4 Master Chief by McFarlane. $15
The Hobbit Invisible Bilbo. The 6″ figure is arriving just in time for The Hobbit, comes in a numbered collector’s edition box. Price TBA.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Donatello, Raphael, Michaelangelo, and Leonardo have a new look in honor of their new Nickelodeon series. They are available individually for $30 or you can get the set for $100
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: James Harren
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
After earning his freedom, Conan and the shaman start to head towards the dock but are met by more guards who taunt the Cimmerian. Informing him that his beloved Belit has been captured by their commander who plans to have his way with her. Unable to tell if what the solider is saying is true, the news enrages him and drives the warrior into a berserker like rage, he begins to slaughter every solider including the horse’s the men ride. After dismantling the soldiers, Conan and the Shaman rush to the docks to meet up with Belit and as they ride an unsure Conan starts to wonder if life with Belit will be worth it. For as long as he’s with her, violence and trouble will always follow him, he wonders if that is the only life a pirate can live . As his mind races with these questions and doubts, the Shaman notices a conflicted Conan, he manages to reassure the Cimmerian that Belit has chosen him. Not moving though to cast doubt that yes violence will follow, instead sharing that if he tried to get her to understand him better life my not be as troubled what he thinks it would. At the docks, Conan notices Belit is late to the ship, he also realizes what the solider said was true and without hesitation he takes off to save Belit with a promise of bring her back no matter what.
The Argos Deception Part #3 is relatively short, as a result this is more of a synopsis, the issue is straight forward with lots of action and I mean lots of action. One of the many strong points in this issue is the writing as the narrative monologue is great, Wood makes it feel as though someone is telling the story reminiscent to the King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword monologue’s. I mentioned in the first two reviews that this Conan seems more human, struggling with new emotions he never had deal with before, the main of which are fear and doubt. Wood navigates the fear and doubt Conan has in the beginning into his biggest strength, examples of that are best shown when he’s told Belit is captured and when he arrives to save her. In those two particular moments, Conan’s emotions are on his sleeve and you can see he’s no longer fighting for just himself.
James Harren’s work in this issue is top-notch to say the least, Harren tells the story with a cinematic feel in each panel. He really brings strong thematic scenes from the first page to the last. Harren really nailed it on this issue is all I can really say. The action sequences and the level of detail he brings to each character in their facial expressions will not go unappreciated, particularly in Conan when his fighting. You can see the emotional rage as he swings his sword and feel the depth of what he’s struggling with.
Final Thoughts: This was a very good issue it has all the right ingredients, fans and even Non-Conan fans would like this issue with how well they pulled it off. My biggest beef is that The Argos Deception adventure was too short yet again, with only 3 parts the story seems rushed and it finishes just when it was getting good although I will say I’m interested on how the next story is going to be after this improvement from Queen of the Black Coast.
Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover Art: Massimo Carnevale
Published By: Dark Horse
This beautiful hardcover edition of Orchid Volume 1 collects issues 1-4. As an added bonus, Volume 1 also contains all of the codes needed to download the free songs by Tom Morello that originally came with each individual issue. Aside from getting one of the best new comics out there, there is a little piece written by Morello about his inspiration for creating Orchid and a few sketches of some of the main characters (a couple more pages of sketches would have been nice). This hardcover edition is a great way to catch up on this AMAZING series and it really allows you to dive right in and see what you’ve been missing. It was a treat to go back through and reread the story and rediscover Scott Hepburn’s phenomenal art. Whether you are a new or old fan of the series this book is definitely worth picking up!