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Writing updates takes time, finding all the relevant information to your audience is just as hard. With that, we’ve joined our brothers and sisters at BAM. and released their NewsWire platform with a comic focus.

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We’ll poll active publishers and creators for information, if you’re a publisher or indie that we haven’t indexed yet, follow the contact link on the NewsWire site and submit your site for consideration. There are no promises but the goal of the site is to capture as much data for readers as possible.

Check it out, we’ll continue to post updates on BAMFAS but this is an effort to level the playing field for everyone that reports comic news, stop running everywhere, just stop by our newswire from now on.

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Review – America’s Got Powers #3 of 6

Script: Jonathan Ross & Bryan Hitch
Story: Jonathan Ross & Bryan Hitch
Art:  Jonathan Ross & Bryan Hitch
Inks: Paul Neary & Jason Paz
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Jeff Mariotte
Published by: Image Comics

Issue 3 of America’s Got Powers is here and we’re fresh off a confrontation between Tommy and his Mom about his role in the games. The fate of his brother Bobby has changed and the stakes just a whole lot higher, unfortunately there’s so many other things going on in this story that issue 3 puts that to the immediate side. Instead we focus on the facility and the endless dirty secrets within, one of which will prove to be one of the most cruel and abusive secrets so far.

The series has been a bit everywhere to help explain background, political interests, personal stories and the mystery of the crystal, for those hoping to hit some stability I’m sorry to say you wont find it. The layers just keep coming and the mystery behind Tommy / Zero is only getting deeper, what power does he hold and why do they so desperately want to find out what it is in the arena. We found out some of those details and honestly they’re really upsetting to say the least, what was a supernatural miracle has turned into dark experimentation.

Ross and Hitch have put together a solid issue, so much so that it’s hard to speak very much on it without spoiling the issue heavily. One has to just know the powers released in this world aren’t contained to any limited group and this gift to the world is only just starting. The only thing to figure out is which side will all of these power users end up on as the larger scope reveals itself, also will there be any real conclusion with only 3 issues left to pass through? The questions keep coming at this point and it’s worrying to think of how this will possibly even wrap up right now.

Release date: August 22, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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Review – The Walking Dead #101 – Something to Fear

Creator, Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils, Inks: Charlie Adlard
Letters: Rus Wooton
Editor: Sina Grace
Gray Tones, Cover Color: Cliff Rathburn
Cover Art: Charlie Adlard
Published by: Image Comics

Walking Dead #101 is here, I really don’t know how to open this given the ending we saw in 100. It was basically one of the highest selling books of 2012 and honestly it was also probably one of the most brutal  events in a comic at the same time. If you’ve been skirting around reading the issues and just getting by on reviews I can’t really stress how hard of a hit 100 is and that if you’re interested just get it and take it in.

That said, 101 is here,  everyone is pissed, Maggie, Carl, Sophia. There’s no way to get past what happened to Glenn and how absolutely screwed they all were the minute Negan’s men showed up to surround them. Given the ammo shortage and everything else going on and the kids in the van, it was impossible to even attempt a last stand in such a case. Now comes mourning, continued rage and of course revenge. The group makes the last leg of their original journey ensure Maggie and Sophia make it safe in their trip. The rest of the concerns fall to the wayside though and it’s an emotional punch for all of them, even Carl.

All isn’t lost in 101, while the group is mentally beaten at this point, they’re still in the fight and a recent  capture makes the possibility of their survival that much stronger. When they said it was a whole new world they forgot to take into account the issue of new threats and greater foes, it’s doubtful that Rick will make the same mistake twice after this incident. The series got violent but it’s about to get much uglier as they buckle down for some large confrontations between Negan and the camps. If only they could also tackle that small issue of ammunition, given they only have a week to prep their shipment for Negan they really don’t have that much time available to them for any new plans.

Compared to 100, The Walking Dead #101 is a shorter trip but the possibilities seem endless for how this battle is going to go forward. Kirkman takes the speed of the issue to a slower pace to let people catch up with the recent trauma while setting the groundwork for the next battle, Adlard continues to deliver on emotion and gestures and as a whole it’s a well-rounded issue that tries to address the immediate fallout that strikes Rick’s group.

Release Date: August 15, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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[Updated] Comic-Con 2012 Exclusives? We have a growing list for SDCC

Yes it’s a Comic-Con 2012 Exclusives List just in time for SDCC 2012!

It seems each year the exclusives start trickling in earlier and earlier.  We have compiled a list which will undoubtedly continue growing in the weeks to come.  Make sure you keep checking back, we will be updating often!  Here we go…

Acme Archives (#5629):

  • Scout Trooper Character Key. Comes matted and measures 8” X 6”. Limited to 1000 pieces and has a price tag of $39.
  • Speeder Bike Sketchplate. Limited to 1000 pieces and costs $35. Starting July 11th the sketchplate will be available in limited quantities on http://www.acmearchivesdirect.com/
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Action Figure Express (#3345):

SDCC attendees can pre-order these exclusives now through July 6th here: http://www.shopafx.com/20sandicoatp1.html

  • Masters Of The Universe He-Man Power Sword Letter Opener.  Open your mail in style with this 7″ letter opener. $20.
  • Thundercats Classic Thundertank Statue.  With a detailed cockpit, this polystone statue is limited to only 600 pieces and costs $70.
  • Marvel Minimates Alpha Flight Box #1.  This set includes Guardian, Marrina, Puck and Northstar. The set comes with extra accessories, is limited to 3000 sets and costs $20.
  • Marvel Black Widow Bishoujo Statue with Hawkeye Mask.  Beautifully detailed this statue is limited to 2000 pieces and runs $65.
  • DC Universe Plastic Man Be@rbrick.  This Be@rbrick is limited to 2000 pieces and cost $20.
  • Peavey McFarlane Spider-Man Rockmaster Electric Guitar.  By far one of the craziest exclusives this year, the guitar features art by Todd McFarlane taken from Spider-Man #1.  There are only 100 of these available and they go for $275.
  • Captain Action Exclusive Variant-Capitano in Azione (Italian Captain Action.)  This figure comes in a retro box and his Italian Beretta pistol.  It’s limited to less than 100 pieces and will run $130.
Action Figure Express Gallery
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Aspen (#2321):

  • Soulfire: Hope #1. Price and edition size TBA
  • Idolized #0.  Price and edition size TBA.

Avatar Press (#2701):

  •  Crossed: Badlands #1 Jacen Burrows exclusive cover, limited to only 850 copies and priced at $5.99

Bandai Japan Collectors Label, Tamashii Nation:

  • S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla.  This 6” figure is made by Yuji Sakai, has 29 points of articulation and measures 15” head to tail!  The figure is based on 1994′s Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla and features box art by Yasushi Torisawa. $55.00
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Bif Bang Pow! And Entertainment Earth (#2343):

  • The Twilight Zone-Kanamit’s Cookbook Set.  This set includes a Kanamit figure, a cookbook journal and it’s packaged in a themed tin.  Taken from the legendary Twilight Zone Episode “To Serve Man” it will set you back 29.99.  Available for pre-order here.http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BBP05801E
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Bluefin Tamashii:

  • Dragon Ball Z-Super Saiyan Son Gohan Special Color Edition.  This will be only be released in the U.S. Price and edition size TBA.
California Browncoats (#A-07):
  • USB Bracelet.  These flash drives have 8GB of storage and have “Browncoat” written on the band and a kanji that says “Equality” on the buckle.  As an added bonus they come pre-loaded with some music.  Limited quantities available.
  • USB Key Chain. This key chain has the same elements as the bracelet above except of course that it’s a key chain and not a bracelet.
  • Firefly 10th Anniversary Pint Glass.  There aren’t many details for this yet but it’s safe to say it will be awesome.
  • 57th Overlanders Challenge Coin.  This super detailed and crazy awesome coin was designed by Adam Levermore and is a must have for Firefly fans!
California Browncoats Gallery
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Camilla d’Errico (#4723):

  • No Ordinary Love Fine Art Resin Statue.  While not an “official” exclusive this is the first time this AMAZING statue will be available.  Camilla’s booth will only have 7 (!) of these available at Comic-Con.  The statue is based on her painting of the same name .  These statues will undoubtedly sell out fast.
  • Kuro Vinyl Toy.  They will have 3 black Kuros and 3 SDCC Edition Glow In The Dark Blueberry Kuros.
  • Donnie Darko “Little Dressup Doll” Men’s and Women’s Shirts.  Based on Camilla’s painting of the same name 30 men’s shirts and 20 women’s shirts will be available.
  • “The Dandelion Crown” Fine Art Print.  A limited edition of 50 prints with only 25 available at Comic-Con.  Each print is hand signed and numbered.
  • “No Ordinary Love” Mini Print.  Measuring 11″ X 14″.
  • “Kuro of Thrones” Print.  This print is a tribute to Game of Thrones and measures 11″ X 17″.
  • “Mamabot ver 2.0″ Print.  Measuring 11″ X 17″.
  • “33 Dragon Tears” Mini Print.  Measuring 11″ X 14″.
  • Eyes On Walls Printed Vinyl Wall Murals.
Camilla d’Errico Gallery
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Dark Horse (#2615):

  • Star Wars: Knight Errant-Escape #1. Limited to 2000 copies.
  • Good Luck Troll: Limited Edition.  To kick off the upcoming Good Luck Troll line, Dark Horse is offering a green body, white haired Troll.  The
  •  Troll will be reactive to black light, is limited to only 1500 pieces, and will be sold at the Dark Horse Booth.
  • Pirate Domo Qee. This 3″ adorable pirate Domo is limited to only 1500 pieces.  Price TBA.
  • Marvel Classic Character: Iron Man Gold Variant.  This Syroco- style statuette stands 4 3/4″ tall and comes in a tin box complete with a pin-
  • back button and booklet.  Limited to a run of only 200, the price is TBA.
  • Marvel Classic Character: The Hulk Green Variant.  Like The Iron Man statuette, this Hulk is also a Syroco-style statuette standing 4 3/4″ tall. He comes packaged in a tin box, with pin-back button and booklet. Limited to a run of 200, the price is TBA.

 

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Dark Ink (#5629):

  • Prometheus “Ampule Chamber” Giclee Print.  This print is by concept artist David Levy and measures 13″ X 19″.  The print is limited to only 79 pieces and will cost $89.  The print can be pre-ordered now through July 4th (for SDCC attendees) here: http://darkinkart.com/prometheus-ampule-chamber-comic-con-2012-exclusive/ Non-attendee ordering will begin July 11th.
Dark Ink Gallery
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Diamond Select (#2607):

  • Battle Beasts Minimates Exclusive 2 pack.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • The Walking Dead Rick and Zombie Minimates 2 pack.  The first set to be released in what is sure to be an awesome line.
  • Star Wars R2-R9 Bank.  What’s Comic-Con without Star Wars Exclusives?
  • Marvel Minimates Amazing Spider-Man 2 pack.  Set includes Spider-man and Lizard.
  • Marvel Minimates Avengers Vs. X-Men Box Set.  Set includes Cyclops, Emma Frost, Colossus and Hope Summers.
  • Amazing Spider-Man Movie Metallic Bust.  This guy measures 10” tall and is limited to only 600 pieces.
  • Femme Fatales Apparition Darkchylde Variant PVC Statue.  Based on Randy Queen’s artwork, this statue measures 11” and is limited to only 100 pieces.
Diamond Select Gallery
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DKE Toys (#4728):

  • San Diego Ji Ja by Mr. Clement. These adorable birds are hand painted by Mr. Clement, limited to only 50 pieces and will set you back $50.
  • Android Summer Edition: Variant Set by Andrew Bell. This two piece set is limited to only 1000 pieces (sets) and will cost $25. The set includes one Android grillin’ some meat and the other is ready to attend AndroidCon!
  • CrapZombies Set by Van Beater. Limited to 100 sets, these two guys will cost $20.
  • Flocked 5” Treeson by Crazy Label and Bubi Au Yeung. These come in a pink version and a blue version. There will be 150 of each color and will cost $40 each. These guys are really adorable!
  • Gold Daibutsu by Erick Scarecrow. 7″ tall, a very limited run of 18 pieces and costing $140.
  • Vrah Citric Summer Acid Edition by Healeymade.  Super limited edition size of 12!  There will be a signing at the booth on Friday the 13th at 1pm and they will cost $80.
  • Bones by Mike Egan.  This guy comes in at 8″ tall and is hand painted/manufactured by Luke Rook, Lullubell and Grody Shogun.  Limited to only 80 pieces and costing  $45.  There is a potential for more than one colorway!
  • Deathead from BIC Plastics and David Flores.  Coming in a green colorway and standing 10″ tall this guy will set you back $100.  David Flores will be at the DKE booth on Friday the 13th at 2p.m. signing.
  • …Of All Ages by Scott Wilkowski.  An awesome run of toys, like the Labbit for example with a spin by Scott Wilkowski.  Wilkowski has taken already awesome things and somehow managaged to make them even more awesome by putting skeletons and more into the toys.  Each of the six figures will come in two different colors, limited to 25 of each color, so that means 50 of each figure.  The list is as follows: Ferg’s Misfortune Cat-$125, David Horvath’s Flatwoods-$125, Frank Kozik’s Labbit (5″)-$150, Ron English’s Mousemask Murphy-$250, Brandt Peters’-Skelve-$300 and Kathy Olivas’ Two Faced Hazel-$300.
  • BUNNYWITH by Alex Pardee.  There are 5 different glow in the dark 3″ figures in the BUNNYWITH series that are going to be released at Comic-Con. On Wednesday: Bunnywith, Thursday: Bunnywith No Legs, Friday: Bunnywith Mesmerizing Eye, Saturday: Bunnywith Hammerhead, Sunday: Bunnywith Siamese Twin.  Each figure will cost $5 and comes with a corresponding vinyl sticker. Alex will be at the booth on Saturday, July 14th signing at 10a.m.
  • Melty Misfits Cardpack by Buff Monster and SideKick.  This 7 card pack comes with the SDCC exclusive Messed-Up Melvin.  Each pack will cost $5 and 200 packs will be available.  Buff Monster will be signing at the booth on Saturday, July 14th at 1p.m.
  • The Toy Whose Name We Cannot Speak by The Sucklord.  This toy has a name but apparently not one that we should vocalize, luckily we are able to look at it!  This figure measures 5″ tall and will cost $150 with only 9 (!) pieces available.  The Sucklord will be at the booth signing Friday, July 13 at 11a.m.
  • Mao Bust by Frank Kozik.  This clear, red vinyl bust stands 15″ tall.  It is priced at $300 and limited to 25 pieces.
  • Young Gohst by Ferg x Grody Shougun.  This 3″ white Japanese vinyl is limited to 50 pieces and priced at $35.
  • Reanimated Monster by Grody Shogun.  This toy is interactive, he comes with a string then when pulled brings the monster to life!  $35
  • Slenderman by Fuei Shokai.  This figure is 6″ tall and is the special SDCC Kage version.  This figure is very limited, only 9 pieces are available an it’s priced at $55.
  • Figment by Brendan Monroe.  Measuring 12″, there will only be 100 of these made, 50 in clear red and 50 in clear blue.  Price TBA.
  • Gay Enterprise 2 Pack by Suckadelic.  2 figures measuring 3 3/4″ tall on a  detailed blister card.  Limited to a run of only 30 sets and priced at $150.
  • Gay Empire Licorice Leslie by Suckadelic.  This all pink lesbian Leslie measures 3″ tall.  She is limited to only 70 pieces and is prices at $70.
  • Gay Energon: Roddimus Pride by Suckadelic.  This figure measures 3 3/4″ tall and is limited to only 40 pieces,  it’s priced at $125.
DKE Toys Gallery
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Dragatomi (#4935):

  • Custom Android Blind Box Series.  This series will feature 62 different androids by 25 different top-notch artists.  Due to the limited amount available a certain amount will be allocated for each day and they are priced at $80 each.
  • Frostbite Molezilla by Plaseebo.  This super limited edition figure, 5 pieces, costs $165.  This guy is awesome, so if you want him you better go to the booth first thing!
  • Dragatomi Hug by Blamo.  These hand painted mini resin figures are limited to only 15 pieces and priced at $25 a piece.
  • Nightgamer by Plaseebo.  Another super limited figure, only 5 pieces available, handpainted AND motion activated color-changing LED light!!  This guy is AWESOME and he costs $250.
  • Horrorange Ice Scream Man by Brutherford.  Dragatomi is clearly the place to be, this amazing piece is limited to a run of 30 and costs $75.  Each is signed and hand numbered.  Also available is a mini version of the piece which measures about 3″.  It, like the larger version, is also limited to 30 and costs $20.
  • This Is Your Brain Custom Toy2R Jumping Brain by Mikie Graham.  Modeled after the popular 1980′s anti-drug campaign, this limited edition set costs $45 and is limited to 10 pieces.
  • Custom Blind Box Dunnys by Rsin.  A limited run of 18, these custom Dunnys will cost $60 each and be sold in limited numbers each day.
Dragatomi Gallery
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Factory Entertainment (#3351, #3450):

  • Men In Black-Worm Guy Shakems.  This figure is 7” tall, features a “wobbling” motion and has the Worm Guy drinkin’ his coffee and smoking a cigarette. Limited to 500 pieces and costs $25.00
  • KISS-Mount KISSmore Polystone Sculpture Scaled Edition.  7” wide and 5” tall this take on Mount Rushmore features The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman and The Catman in a way you’ve never seen them before. Limited to 500 pieces and costs $35.00.  Can be pre-ordered here. http://www.factoryent.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=408161
Factory Entertainment Gallery
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Film Cells LTD (#418):

  • The Dark Knight Rises Original Minicell.  This 7″ X 5″ framed cell is taken from the actual film and will be limited to 100 pieces. Price TBA.
  • The Dark Knight Rises Starfire Prints Glass Coaster Set.  Limited to just 50 sets, this 4 piece coaster set features custom art.  Price TBA.
Film Cells LTD Gallery
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Funko/Disney (#4829): 

  • Monsters Inc. Sulley Pop! Vinyl with Metallic Boo.  Sulley is 9″ tall and Boo comes in at 3″ with a metallic paint job.  Limited to 480 pieces and price is TBA.
  • Fantasia Twin Pack Pop! Vinyl.  3″ tall, featuring Sorcerer Mickey and Chernabog.  480 pieces, price TBA.
  • Nightmare Before Christmas Glow In The Dark Oogie Boogie Pop! Vinyl.  3″ tall, 480 pieces and price  TBA.
  • Frankenweenie Sparkysaurus Disney Store Exclusive.  This vinyl figure is limited to 1000 pieces, price is TBA.
  • Art of Monsters Inc. Sully Colorations Exclusives.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Flocked Winnie The Pooh.  480 pieces and price TBA.
  • Mahna Mahna and Snowths Metallic 3-pack.  480 pieces and price TBA.
  • Toy Story Alien Metallic. 480 pieces and price TBA.
  • Cheshire Cat.  480 pieces and price TBA.
  • Vinylmation So Tasty.  There are 8 figures in this line.  The figures are scented and based on food truck fare.  These will only be available at Comic-Con.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Vinylmation Parks.  There are 5 figures in this line.  Price and edition size TBA.
Funko/Disney Gallery
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Furry Feline:

  • Puffridge Dragon.  Handmade and made of fleece. Price and edition size TBA.
  • DragonMaster Ringo.  Ringo wears a Bruce Lee costume.  Handmade and made of fleece.  Price and edition size TBA.

Gentle Giant (#3513):

All Gentle Giant SDCC Exclusives Can Be Pre-Ordered If You Are A Premier Guild Member!

  • Mars Attacks Bust.  It measures 7.5”, is limited to 550 pieces,  is highly detailed and will cost $75.
  • Pale Man Statue from Pan’s Labyrinth.  This statue is awesome looking, is limited to 300 pieces and has a price tag of $225!
  • Deluxe McQuarrie Stormtrooper Mini Bust. Limited to 1800 pieces this bust comes with interchangeable parts and costs $85.
  • Thanos Marvel Mini Bust. Limited to 500 pieces and armed with the Infinity Gauntlet this guy runs $75.
  • Blade II Blu-Ray with Reaper Mini Bust. There will 500 copies available and will cost $99.
  • Blue Snaggletooth 12” Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure. This Star Wars figure is limited to a run of 2000 and costs $80.

Gentle Giant Gallery
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Hallmark (#2913):

  • 4-LOM and Zuckuss 2 Pack.  This set is taken from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back depicting the bounty hunters in ornament form.  These sets cost $35 and be limited to a run of 1000.
  • A Human Hero.  This Keepsake Ornament features Batman from 1986′s “The Dark Knight Returns.”  This guy will cost $25 and will only have a run of 875.
  • Cylon Centurion.  From the 1978 series Battlestar Galactica, this cylon will be gold plated and will be the first Keepsake Ornament to come equipped with sound.  The Cylon will cost $25 and have a run of 750.
Hallmark Gallery
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Hasbro (#3329):

  • Star Wars-Vintage Collection.  A set of six 3 3/4” figures packaged in a carbonite freezing chamber box.  An “extra” bonus in this set is a 7th figure of Jar Jar Binks in carbonite.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Kim Arashikage (Jinx) variant (white)
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Kim Arashikage (Jinx) (red)
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation/Transformers Shockwave HISS Tank mash-up.
  • Decepticon Bruticus-Fall of Cybertron
  • Transformers-Rust In Piece Cliffjumper.  Comes packaged in Cliffjumper’s head!
  • Marvel Universe 3.75” Masters of Evil 3-Pack. The set includes Baron Zemo, Radioactive Man and Tiger Shark. This set will cost $29.99
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Derpy Pegasus. Edition size unknown and this pony will cost $19.99. (DERPY!!!)
  • Marvel Legends Uncanny X-Force Collectors Pack. This three figure set comes with 6” versions of Archangel, Wolverine and Psylocke. The box also doubles as a nifty display with art by Clayton Crain. It is priced at $49.99.
  • Avengers Super Helicarrier. Huge (an extra foot longer) and comes with an all new Captain America and S.H.E.I.L.D. Agent Maria Hill. This will set you back $129.99.
  • Jem and The Holograms Special Edition: Hollywood Jem.  Jem stands 12″ tall and is fully articulated.  She comes with some accessories and is priced at $125!
Hasbro Gallery
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Holzheimer (#3845):

Holzheimer Gallery
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IDW (#2643):

Image/Skybound (#2729):

  • Limited Edition The Walking Dead Governor T-Shirt.  An awesome shirt featuring artwork by Charlie Adlard and adorned with the quote “Kill Them All.”  $25 each or $27 for XXL at the Skybound booth.
  • The Walking Dead #100.  Seven different covers to commemorate the milestone in the series!
Image/Skybound Gallery
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Jun Planning USA/Groove USA (#4150):

Jun Planning Gallery
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Kaboom!:

  • Adventure Time Marceline Queens #1. Limited to 2000 copies and the price TBA.
Kaboom! Gallery
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Kidrobot (#4529):  Kidrobot, like in years past, is offering their exclusives on specific days of the Con. While the official pictures aren’t out yet we do have a sneak peek that will definitely get your interest peaked. The list breaks down as follows:
  • Wednesday-Preview Night, July 11th
    • Pre-Release Futurama Hypnotoad.  The figure measures 4.5” and has pulsating color changing eyes!  He will set you back $39.95 and if you can’t make it to the Con this year he will be released into retail stores on August 2nd!
    • The Simpsons Homer Buddah.  The name explains it all and there will only be 500 of these guys available for a price of $50.
  • Thursday, July 12th
    • Cyborg 7” Labbit Excelsior Edition.  Only 300 made and from 12-2pm Chuckboy will be there signing your brand new, wave of the future, Labbit.  $75
  • Friday, July 13th
    • Mahākāla Dunny Prosperity Edition.  An 8” four armed, three eyed, trident waving protector.  Only 300 made, Andrew Bell will be there from 12-2pm to sign.  $100
  • Saturday, July 14th
    • Skullslinger Tuco Edition.  Winged and ready to fight, this 11” Skullslinger is ready to be signed by Huck Gee from 12-2pm and go home and start trouble at your house. Only 300 made and costs $100
  • Sunday, July 15th
    • Live screen printing by Ryan the wheelbarrow.  Here’s your chance to own a custom made, one of a kind Kidrobot t-shirt.
    • Limited edition of 78 heather gray mens shirts, these will cost $38 and are customizable.
Kidrobot Gallery
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Kotobukiya:

Kotobukiya Gallery
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Kozik/3DRetro (#4734):

  • The Boob Ball by Buff Monster.  This silver edition will be available for $34.95 and limited to 150 pieces.  Signings will take place Friday July 13th at 1 p.m.
  • Phantom Ghost Shrympee by David Chung.  Served in a super cute package, these glow in the dark figures are priced at 14.95 and limited to only 100 pieces.  David will be signing at the booth Saturday, July 14th at 1p.m.
Kozik Gallery
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Kuso Vinyl (#4937):

  • Chester Runcorn Absinthe Edition by Doktor A.  This ridiculously cool guy is limited to 100 pieces and costs $65.
  • Driver Crappy Cat by VanBeater.  A steal at only $10, this cat is limited to 200 pieces.  He stands 2.75″ tall and VanBeater will be signing at the booth on Thursday July, 12th from 12p.m.-2p.m.
  • Revolver Girl Barenaked Edition by Rotobox Vinyl Anatomica.  Only 100 of these will be available and will be priced at $75.  She comes with guns, removable towel and a mini comic.
  • Dragon King Longstreet by kaNO Kid.  Limited to just 75 pieces this guy is priced at $70.
  • The Forest Warlord Kamikaze Edition by Bigfoot One.  Coming in at 11″ tall this figure is limited to 100 pieces and priced at $95.
Kuso Vinyl Gallery
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Martin Hsu (#5015):

  • Dragon Boy OG Colorway by Martin Hsu.  This limited edition 7.5″ tall figure has a run 0f 300 of which 50 will be available at Comic-Con.  They are priced at $85.
Martin Hsu Gallery
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Marvel (#2329):

  • Amazing Spider-Man Variant Cover #688. Limited to 6000.
  • Astonishing X-Men #51. Limited to 3000 copies.
Marvel Gallery
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Mattel (#3029): You have the option, starting May 30th, 2012 to log onto MattyCollector.com at 9 am PT to purchase the following exclusives.  After successfully paying for your items you will be sent a confirmation email, which you will need to print and bring to the Marriot to pick up your items. All exclusives must be picked up by 7 pm on Saturday, July 14th.  You will also need to show I.D. AND your Comic-Con badge.

  • Masters Of The Universe Vykron Figure.   Comes with three different outfits (Barbarian, Spaceman and Military Warrior).  The SDCC exclusive is the only one that will packaged as a Barbarian (other two outfits are included in the package).  $30.00
  • DCU Tiny Titans.  5 pack of 1 1/2” figures including Robin, Raven, Starfire, Cyborg and Beast Boy.  The set also comes with a cute display base and costs $20.00
  • DC Comics Vertigo Death.  Neil Gaiman’s awesome 8” Death figure.  It’s very detailed and comes on a rad skull base! $25.00
  • Ghostbusters Dana as Zuul Gatekeeper of Gozer.  6” figure of Dana Barret as Zuul on a bench style display base. Comes with 2 interchangeable lower bodies. $25.00
  • Disney Pixar Cars 2012 Comic-Con Mater.  This die-cast car is from a scene in Cars 2 and features moving parts. $30.00
  • Polly Pocket DC Comics Villains Set.  A set of 3 including Polly, Lila and Lea as Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. $19.99
  • Bruce Wayne To Batman The Dark Knight Rises Movie Masters Figure.  The box features Wayne manor on the outside and the Bat Cave on the inside.  The inside also features lights and sounds.  The packaging is pretty cool!  You get the Bruce Wayne Figure, The Bat Suit and a bunch of weapon accessories. $30.00
  • Hot Wheels Scooby Doo Mystery Machine.  Die-cast and comes in a Scooby Snacks style box. $20.00
  • Hot Wheels K.I.T.T. Knight Industries Two Thousand.  In commemoration of Knight Rider’s 30th anniversary, “this collector’s edition sits in an acrylic case nestled in distinctive Knight Industries packaging with scanner lights and three different iconic K.I.T.T. Phrases.” $40.00
  • Monster High Scarah Screams Doll.  Fan chosen, this Monster High exclusive will cost $25.00.
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Medicom & Diamond Comics (#2401):

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Mimoco (#4936):
  • Mimobot Bane designer USB flash drives. Limited to only 500, this guy is pretty adorable!
  • Adventure Time Fionna Mimobot.  Limited to 500, price TBA.
  • Star Wars Biker Scout Mimobot.  Limited to 1000, price TBA.
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Monogram International (#3744):

  • Deluxe Eraser Boxed Set with 18 Marvel Characters. This set includes all the favorites plus a special gold Iron Man and a silver Captain America. Limited and priced at $25.
  • Thor Resin Bust Bank. Limited to 150 pieces and priced at $25.
  • Kingdom Hearts 4 Piece Resin Figurine Set. The set includes Mickey, Sora, Goofy and Donald. Also included in the set is a Kingdom Hearts logo key ring. The set will be $90 and is limited to only 200.
  • Deadpool Bust Bank.  Limited to 150 pieces and costing $25.
  • Gold Avengers Resin Desk Figures.  Each hero or villian is attached to a letter and when put together they spell out Avengers.  “A” is Captain America, “V” is Iron Man, “E” is Giant Man, “N” is Hawkeye, “G” is Hulk, “E” is Vision, “R” is Loki and “S” is Thor.  The set will cost $150 and is limited to 50 sets.
  • Frankenweenie Bronze Statue.  The statue features Victor and his pet.  There will only be 30 of these available and they will cost $125.
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Mr.Toast (#4831):

  • Super Toast-Mr. Toast dressed in super hero garb. Limited to 1000 price TBA.

Multiverse Studios / Sota Toys (#2846):

  • Street Fighter Yellow Blanka Bobble Budd.  Blanka stands 3.5″ tall and is limited to 1000 pieces.  He is priced at $11.99.
  • Mega Man Proto Man Bobble Budd Pre-Release.  Get this guy weeks before he’s available to the general public. He’s priced at $11.99 and has a run of 4000.
  • Darksiders Samael Statue by Sota.  This highly detailed, 13.5″ resin statue comes complete with an LED light-up feature!  The statue is priced at $249.99 and the edition size is 350.
Multiverse Studios / Sota Toys Gallery
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Munky King (#4539):

  • Target by Luke Cheuh.  This absolute must have (I hope) stands 6.5″ tall with an awesome bullet ridden backdrop.  It also comes with a removable bucket and brush accessories.  This is a limited run of 250 pieces and will set you back $140.  Luke will be signing and customizing these at the booth, the schedule is TBA!
Munky King Gallery
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Neca (#3145):

  • Marvel HeroClix Giant-Man Super Booster-Comes with base and invisible Ant-Man.  Ant-Man has his own base but he is invisible to the naked eye! This figure will run you $40 with an edition size of 300.
  • The Cloaked City Hunter Predator-7” tall, awesomely detailed and comes with a trophy skull prop.  Priced at $25 with an edition size of 1500.
  • Hero from the Sky Ash.  To commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Evil Dead 2, NECA has delivered a fully articulated, sepia colored, Ash figure.  The figure comes with an awesome base and chainsaw and shotgun accessories.  Priced at $25 and the edition size is 1000.
  • Black & White Comic Book Freddy from The Dream Child.  This 7” grayscale Freddy Krueger comes from one of my favorite A Nightmare On Elm Street’s, The Dream Child.  Not only do you get the awesome figure but you get a sliceable Mark Gray paper prop!  Freddy’s accessories include a skateboard and of course his hat.  Priced at $25 and the edition size is 1000.
  • Assassin’s Creed Eagle Vision Ezio Auditore. 7”, translucent, articulated and to top it off comes with an articulated eagle prop!  Ezio also has three sets of interchangeable hands to mix and max as you see fit.  Priced at $25 and the edition size is 1500.
  • Gears of War 3 Elite Theron 7” figure.  Articulated, featuring a red & black paint scheme and armed with a Torquebow.  Priced at $25 and the edition size is 1500.
  • Portal ASHPD “The Cave Johnson” Edition.  LED’s, sound effects, signed photos, this things got it all.  Limited to only 500 pieces  and priced at $150.
Neca Gallery
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October Toys/Toy Break (#4838):

  • Bellicose Bunny: Radioactive Glow In The Dark Edition by Nathan Hamill.  This 7″ figure is limited to 50 pieces and priced at $49.99.  Each figure comes with a special print.  Nathan will be signing at the booth Saturday, July 14th at 3p.m.
October Toys / Toy Break Gallery
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Play Arts Kai:

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum Batman Black and White Edition. This badass Batman measure about 9.5” tall, is extremely detailed and is quite frankly awesome! Batman will cost $59.99, is limited to 1000 pieces and can be pre-ordered here: (you don’t have to attend Comic-Con to get one of these!) http://store.na.square-enix.com/store/sqenixus/search?keywords=batman
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum The Joker Black and White Edition. The perfect companion for the Batman above, this Joker is amazing, at about 8.6” tall he is highly detailed and a must have. He will cost $59.99, is limited to 1000 pieces and can be pre-ordered here: (you don’t have to attend Comic-Con to get one of these!) http://store.na.square-enix.com/store/sqenixus/search?keywords=batman
Play Arts Kai Gallery
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Quantum Mechanix (#2944):

  • Shepherd Derrial Book.  A must have for Firefly fans, this Little Damn Hero 4.5” maquette captures everyone’s favorite mysterious character.  Book is a polystone figure, hand cast and hand painted.  He holds a Bible in the front and a shotgun in the back!  Priced at $39.95 and limited to 1000 pieces, includes a stand and certificate of authenticity.
  • Admiral Adama Animated Maquette.  Battlestar Galactica’s fearless leader measures in at 5.9”, is hand cast and hand-painted.  The base features Galatica’s Phoenix emblem as a nice detail. This figure will cost $59.95, have a run of 1000 and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Retro Outlaw (#J-08):

  • Evel Fett.  12” vinyl Boba Fett mixed with daredevil Evel Knievel.  This figure looks to be awesome! Price and edition size TBA. Source: sdcc.co
Rotofugi & Squibbles Ink (#4736):
  • Squadt Gohst s003 (PLAYGE) by Ferg.  This 6″, pipe bomb throwin’, gun totin’, hoodie wearin’ guy is limited to 60 pieces (125 piece run but only 60 available at SDCC).  He will be available starting Thursday, July 12th.  They will be selling 20 a day through Saturday, July 14th.  This guy will run you $125.
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Sideshow Collectibles (#1929):
  • Hawkeye Premium Format Figure – Classic Hawkeye fan? This premium format 1:4 scale figure captures the original appeal of Hawkeye in an action stance. Price and edition size TBA.
  • Galactus Maquette – coming in at 33 inches this is a huge addition for any fan of Galactus, carrying all the appeal of crafted Sideshow products. Price and edition size TBA.
  • Doctor Doom Legendary Scale Figure – the mask rolls in at 1:2 scale so adults may be a bit disappointed about not being able to integrate this into their current costume plans but it’s still a sweet addition for those who are big on Doom. Price and edition size TBA.
  • Star Wars Tech Mo’r and Doikk Na’ts Bith Band Sixth Scale Figure.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • G.I. Joe Green Beret Lt. Falcon Sixth Scale Figure.  Price and edition size TBA.
Sideshow Collectibles Gallery
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Skybound (#2729):

  • The Walking Dead Bloody Poncho Michonne.  Edition size is unknown and she has a  price tag of $25.00.  Comes complete with her arsenal of torture devices and katana sword!
Skybound Gallery
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Steam Crow (#4207):

  • Nosferatu 90th Anniversary Print.  This ridiculously awesome print is limited to 150, measures 12″ X 18″ and costs $25.  Each print will be hand signed and numbered by artist Daniel M. Davis and will be printed on 50 year archival paper.   30 will be sold each day so make sure to get their early before the day’s allotment is gone.
Steam Crow Gallery
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Super7 (#4729):

  • Pocket Baseball Boy by Brian Flynn.  This guy stands 3″ tall and is a bright yellow vinyl with red stitching. Price and edition size TBA.
  • Fossilla by Joshua Herbolsheimer.  This gray, unpainted dinosaur stands 9″ tall and has articulated legs, arms and head.  It also comes with a bonus backing card.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Taoking sculpted by Cosmo Liquid.  Standing 9″ tall with articulated legs, arms and tail this guy also glows in the dark!  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Foster Caramel & Cream by Brian Flynn.   This adorable 3″ cannibal cookie is a must have.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Milton Rainbow Sherbet by Brian Flynn.   This brightly colored walking ice-cream cone stand 3″ tall and would look perfect next to Foster!  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Pumpkin Boy Skulletor by Brian Flynn.  This guy stands 6″ tall and is re-imagined take on Super7′s mascot Mummy Boy.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Zombiefighter Marbled Red Swirl.  This guy stands 6″ and has an articulated neck and arms.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Rose Vampire Casket Cruiser Chocolate Racer by Joshua Horbolsheimer.  measuring about 4″ long, this brightly colored figure also has free-rolling wheels!
  • Frederick The Beetle by Super7 and Monster Family.  This 4″ figure is articulated and is cast in pink translucent vinyl with glitter!  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Hollis Turd by Super7 and Monster Family. Standing 4″ tall this figure is articulated at the neck.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Honoo by Super7 and Monster Family.  Standing 4″ tall, he is cast in a translucent pink vinyl and very brightly colored.  Articulated at the neck, the price and edition size is TBA.
  • Leroy C. by Super7 and Monster Family.  Cast in translucent green vinyl this happy dinosaur measures in at 4″.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Little Prick by Brian Flynn.  This underwear wearin’ cactus is cast in glow in the dark green vinyl and stands 4″ tall.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Power Mister by Sun-Min and David Horvath.  The Ugly Doll creators have made this guy from translucent gray vinyl and metallic glitter.  Price and edition size TBA.
Super7 Gallery
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Symbiote Studios (#4533):

  • Symbiote Panda Vinyl Toys.  There will be 4 different types of these and they will cost $12.99 each.  10% of all sales will go towards Pandas International!
  • Symbiote Cat Vinyl Toys.  There will be 4 different types of these and they will cost $12.99 each.  10% of all sales towards the Hermitage Cat Shelter!
Symbiote Studios Gallery
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ThreeA Toys (#2643):

ThreeA had a presale for their SDCC exclusives on June 27th, it was closed almost as soon as it opened.  Only people who where lucky enough to get their pre-orders in will be able to get these at the show.  That’s the bad news, the good news is if you are a 3aa member you will have a shot at these exclusives starting July 12th!

  • Zomb by Ashley Wood and IDW.  Limited to 250 pieces in blind boxes.  There are two different Zombs, so try your luck and see which one you get!
  • Portal Companion Cube Square.  This is a must have for the Portal fanatics out there, there are two VALVe exclusives from ThreeA toys this year.  This one will cost $40.
  • Team Fortress 2 Sandvich.  This is the second VALVe exclusive.  It will run $50.
  • Mighty Squaro-Price and edition size TBA.
ThreeA Toys Gallery
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Tokidoki (#4731):

  • Cactus Rocker Blue. This guy will no doubt be limited and he costs $39.95.  Edition size TBA.
Tokidoki Gallery
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Tonner (#4149):

  • “Zombie Boy” Rick Genest Doll. As seen in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” video, this piece is limited to only 500 pieces and Rick will be at their booth signing on Friday the 13th at 11 a.m. and at 3 p.m. Price TBA.
Tonner Gallery
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Toynami (#3229):

  • Angry Panda Plush.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Hello Kitty Chun Li (Street Fighter) Plush.  Price and edition size TBA.
  • Naruto Nine-Tailed Chakra Mode Action Figure Pre-Order.  Price and edition size TBA, this figure will be received in the mail AFTER Comic-Con.
  • Skelanimals The Dark Knight Rises Plush.  Price and edition size TBA.
Toynami Gallery
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Toy Tokyo (#5336):

 

Triforce (#2846):

  • Batman: Arkham City Catwoman Riddler Trophy. This awesome replica stands 19” tall, features a working LED light effect, is limited to 100 pieces and costs $400. It will be available at the Triforce booth for pre-order.
Triforce Gallery
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Underground Toys (#3751):

  • Doctor Who: Victory of the Daleks’ Collector Set.  The set includes a Winston Churchill figure with head and right hand.  Edition size and price TBA.  No pictures have been released yet.

Vannen Watches:

  • The Walking Dead Wristwatch-The watch features a one-handed Rick on a three-handed watch!  The watch will be signed by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard and gets its inspiration from The Walking Dead’s 100th issue which will also be out at Comic-Con!  It will cost $85.00 and edition size is TBA.

Zenescope & The CS Moore Studio (#2301):

Zenescope & The CS Moore Studio Gallery
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The Walking Dead Escape at Comic-Con 2012! Updated!

Walking Dead fans get ready for an experience like no other. If you have ever dreamed of being a zombie/walker (really?), a survivor in a zombie apocalypse (who hasn’t?) or you are just a little weird and have wanted to watch humans and zombies fight it out on the sidelines (me!), then this years San Diego Comic-Con is where you need to be. The Walking Dead Escape is going to offer fans the chance to dodge walkers through an obstacle course at Petco Park. If you sign up as a survivor before June 9th you can save some money. The tickets cost $70 right now until June 9th, $80 from June 10th – July 10th and if they are still available, $90 for walk ups. Update: If you just want to watch tickets are $15.  All the information on how to be a walker has been released and it is as follows:  Horde Walker half shift (2.5 hours) $39, Horde Walker full shift (4 hours) $39 (with a $20 credit 14 days after the event so it’s really $19).  Horde Master (lead your own horde) pay $39 now and if selected receive a $39 credit 14 days after the event.  If I’m reading this correctly that seems like free to me!  Horde Hero, this is the big daddy of the event, you get fully made up in zombie make-up, you can get your zombie on as long as you want and you get zombie training (I don’t know what this is, but I like the sound of it), this will cost $149.  As an added bonus, all make-up will be done by Greg Nicotero and KNB EFX! All walkers and survivors will receive an exclusive, special edition 100th issue of The Walking Dead and all spectators will receive an exclusive, special edition poster of the cover of the 100th issue! You don’t have to worry about fitting this into your busy Comic-Con schedule because it will take place over 3 days with a bunch of different times to accommodate everyone!

Order your tickets here!

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Review – The Walking Dead #99 – Something to FEAR Part 3

Creator, Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard
Letters:  Rus Wooton
Inks: Charlie Adlard
Editor: Sina Grace
Gray Tones, Cover Colors: Cliff Rathburn
Cover: Charlie Adlard
Published by: Image Comics

For those following, Something to FEAR has been on a streak lately, taking Rick through the new challenges of being not just a leader or guy helping them survive but instead as a visionary as well. Given all the death and trauma they’ve seen it takes more than just a guy good with a pistol to get things done and this time the group is relying on him not only to help keep them safe but to give them a place to really setup at.

Issue 99 paints the image we saw Rick talk about, settling in and forming bonds, a life and looking at a larger picture of something more in this world than just endless zombies across the land. Characters like Glenn reveal huge changes coming not only to the story but their own lives and each hit that comes in chips away at the foundation that we once knew for the group. Characters falling in love was a thing of the moment before, now it’s something they feel grounded in with a community at their fingertips, I doubt TWD team has such hope and unicorns planned for their fate though but for a moment you see everyone taking up a change of pace.

Where we go to issue 100, well it’s a bit of a given to say that Negan’s forces are mad at the recent stonewalling they’ve gotten to their efforts to breach the Hilltop and it’s about time for the payback to hit. The current issue sets up a huge pitfall for the group and it might send Rick spiraling out of control given his recent bonding as part of this community. Time will tell but it’s certainly looking like a bloodbath is coming and the happy days of sunshine and skull smashing are about to come to an abrupt stop. Lets just hope that Rick and the others can secure enough weapons and ammo for the storm given their supply issues could put them on the run if they’re caught short.

It was fun riding out the Something to FEAR story to this point although I did get derailed from the reality that this is The Walking Dead and 100 is likely to take a sledgehammer to everything we’ve seen built up over the past few issues. Also for those wondering, the art team continues to hum along with great expressions, gestures and characters through the book, the consistency seems to rarely shift in this series which is always a pleasure.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 
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Review – The Walking Dead #98 – Something to FEAR Part 2

Creator / Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard
Letters: Rus Wooton
Inks: Charlie Adlard
Gray tones & Cover Color: Cliff Rathburn
Editor: Sina Grace
Cover: Charlie Adlard

The stage is set and the fight is on, Rick and the group are making their stance against Negan leaving a trail of bodies anytime they collide against them. Eugene and Abraham are off hoping to secure a facility to produce more bullets for the group but it’s not all as it seems, with so much tension going on there is danger around every corner for this group.

Issue 98 takes us into the heat around this secret mission from the duo, off to prove they’re onto a new development we see Eugene and Abraham venture out. Unfortunately Negan hasn’t taken the recent decimation of one of their patrols that well and they’re out not only for payback but for the Hilltop and its occupants as well for retribution. As with anything in this series, casualties are always high and with them right at the gates to the Hilltop there’s an extra threat to the security of the compound for the people. Rick’s party is faced with not only Negan’s forces gearing up for a hostile clash but with low ammunition and the undead gathering around the gates for even greater problems. Add onto this a hostage situation and the passing of one of the Hilltop members by the violent actions of the Negan forces.

Rick took up the mantle of leader when they came to the Hilltop, promising a future for all of those who have endured with him so far. After reading through the latest issue it’s hard to say what future they might have, walking among the dead until they’re put out of their misery or fighting Negan’s forces to the death as they struggle to hold on. It’s certainly not a happy outlook right now but it never really is in the world of The Walking Dead.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 
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Review – The Walking Dead #97 – Something to FEAR Part 1

Creator/Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard
Inks: Charlie Adlard
Letters: Rus Wooton
Editor: Sina Grace
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Cover Color: Cliff Rathburn
Cover Art: Charlie Adlard
Published by: Image Comics | Skybound

The future is coming, at least in Rick’s eyes in The Walking Dead 96. After making a deal as new protectors of the Hilltop the group has a new task, taking on the community from Negan and putting a stop to their current shakedowns and abuse on the Hilltop for supplies. It’s a tall task for such a small group, Rick and company will have to make their way through a group built on violence and intimidation before they can really embrace the dream of starting to live again.

Issue 97 takes off with the group already moving into action, making dangerous trips into the wild to recover supplies for the community. Of course tension is always alive in the story and Carl presents his own twist to the problems going on for the folks on the Hilltop, fortunately for fans of Carl there aren’t any life altering experiences to be had in this issue. Rick showcases himself as a leader figure and starts growing from a survivalist to a dedicated strategist who moves to establish dominion and power to those who oppose or threaten the group. It’s a welcome shift given how wild the organization of the team had gotten, Rick stands tall even in the face of large numbers and doesn’t flinch even for a moment, the question of course remains to wonder how this will all pan out with Negan’s forces.

There are also side stories building within the issue, the split with the community members of the Hilltop continues behind closed doors as those eager to accept Rick into the bunch are picked at by those still at odds with the choice. Carl brings new developments to the story as well, while still recovering he’s able to note the lost memories are starting to return and the vivid descriptions shock the entire pack. As a final touch Glenn and Maggie hit their own news that has hints sprinkled in throughout the issue, Glenn has a lot to think about now and the survival of the community will become a critical focus for him. It’s a packed issue for story and there’s a healthy spread of story for everyone to enjoy no matter who your favorite is.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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Review – The Walking Dead: A New Day Episode 1 – Xbox 360

Walking Dead fans get excited. The first installment of Telltale Games, The Walking Dead 5 part game series is here and it’s good! In case you’ve missed all the news, it’s now available on PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3 for the pittance of $5 per episode.

Background

I played The Walking Dead: A New Day on the Xbox 360 and the game took about 2 to 2 ½ hours to complete. You play as Lee Everett, a convicted murder who, because of the recent zombie outbreak, finds himself injured and trying to survive in a world that no longer makes any sense. Lee soon meets a little girl named Clementine, who has been alone for days and is bad ass enough to have survived on her own. They quickly bond and the adventure begins.

Along your travels you meet a bunch of different characters that are new to The Walking Dead cannon in addition to a couple familiar faces. Slowly, you begin to learn some of your character’s back story and get a feel for the other characters in the game.

Graphics

The game itself has both a mix of the T.V. show and the comic book and strikes a really awesome balance between the two. Since some of the people you run into along the way are characters we already know (and love) there is a familiarity with what is going on and the cel-shaded graphics makes the game look like you are right in the middle of the comic book. I love the graphics, there were times throughout the game that I couldn’t get over how close to the comic it really looked which added to the overall experience of the game. The game, like the show and comic book is very character development heavy, which is why I think that they are both as great and compelling as they are. The game does an excellent job really fleshing out the characters and making you either really like them or really hate them. There is one character in particular, Larry, that you meet along the way who really infuriated me. I kept hoping there would be a time somewhere in the game where I would be able to kick his ass.

Gameplay

While there’s not a ton of zombie action (a complaint I hear about all the time in regard to the T.V. show), I think it’s exactly the way it should be. The Walking Dead is about the characters, their coping strategies and if and how they survive through extreme circumstances. These aspects are perfectly captured in the game. The game is dialog and choice heavy, a kind of Choose Your Own Adventure game that is very interactive both in your decisions and with your in-game environment. This format is nice and gives you a good bang for your buck because you can play the game multiple different ways by simply choosing different answers.

Throughout The Walking Dead game you interact with people (and your environment) and are given multiple choices in your conversations. The choices are on a time limit (some seemed longer than others) and the choices you make affect your game play in the future. The characters you interact with remember the things you tell them, so if you lie, you better remember that in future conversations. The choice aspect of the game often times made me feel very tense and anxious, but in a good frantic kind of way. It made me feel like I really needed to think about the answers I was going to give and the choices I was going to make, except I didn’t have much time to think creating situations where I had to make snap decisions.

There were definitely some challenging parts to the game. There are a couple of tasks that you must complete to progress and they proved a little frustrating. After I figured out how to complete them it was a “smack yourself in the head” kind of moment, because they were not actually as difficult as I made them out to be. For the achievement hunters, you get all 8 achievements on the first run through just by completing the story. My only gripe, and it’s a minor one, is that there were a couple of times in the game that the camera angle/control got a little wonky, it didn’t actually affect my game play in any way but it was a little annoying.

Conclusion

It is well worth the $5 and at that price there is no excuse for Walking Dead fans to not get this game. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the next episode!

Gameplay:★★★★★★★★½☆ 
Story:★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Visuals:★★★★★★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★★★★★★☆ 
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Review – America’s Got Powers #1 of 6

Story: Johnathan Ross
Script: Johnathan Ross
Art: Bryan Hitch
Inks: Andrew Currie, Paul Neary
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Published by: Image Comics

San Francisco is a hub to many changes in society and living, what comes next is beyond that in every way as a mysterious rock shifts the course of the residents in a radical direction. Not exactly what you would expect from a reality tv themed comic name but it’s what they’re delivering. The new comic from Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch pits children born from this massive event against each other in the hottest new reality series for the chance to become a Hero.

Okay so that’s half-true, it’s a private funded program to teach, train and examine the genetic background of what makes this possible in this pool of young fighters. The research has been going on for years and could reach a head soon with results that would allow them to return to society but such a thing is cut short by the higher powers. While these powers were not a primary source of income, the show itself is their main front to get funding through ratings, merchandise and promotions from the intense situations all of these candidates face. For fans there are only 4 top heroes, The Quarterback, Blur, Whispa and Ice, these top heroes await their newest team member to arrive out of the new competition so they can lead a new generation. Unfortunately our narrator  Tommy Watts is not part of that elite group of super powered beings, he’s a clerk that walks us through the start of this story and soon finds himself drafted into the middle of it, not only as a low-end merchandise clerk but soon as a focal point to the show and the world. Sometimes it’s the most unexpected figures that deliver the biggest results in a world like that, Tommy proves it to be true in this opening story as we see a guy working a 9-5 hating his job shoot forward to the highest tier possible.

The story is a bit of a shift it breaks itself up into the Tommy, America’s Got Powers and the dark figures looming far above the stadium calling the shots on all of this. The three narratives do cross over each other during the course of the issue and by the end of it we see it all coming together for a single punch in issue 2 after all hell breaks loose in the arena. It’s a casual story-line that turns to deliver a hard cross at the last second, with extremely detailed art and original environments coming from the team it’s easy to get lost in the drag that Tommy experiences and then feel swept up as the pace of the action and story move quickly with little notice. As an original series and a mini-series there is some potential to be had, given their control of the first installment it seems safe to expect Ross and Hitch to continue delivering strong entries into this series.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

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