The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons
Issue # 8.32 — March 14, 2004
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By Comics Manager Tug Baker
This coming Wednesday will be something of a sad day in my
life as a comic book reader. That’s because this Wednesday will bring the last
issue of Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men. While this certainly has been
a long, strange trip that we’ve taken with Grant, it’s been nothing short of
spectacular storytelling every issue and has truly changed the way that we think
about the X-Men.
For those who haven’t, get on it! We’ve got all the New X-Men trades in stock. Give ‘em a shot. You won’t regret it.
Looking for other cool stuff this week? Sure you are — so I've got two extra mini-reviews for you on the heroesanddragons.com web site:
For Tug's complete review, click here.
By The Toyman
Welcome back once again, toy fans! The Toyman has had all his wisdom teeth removed, but that can’t stop him! This weeks review is the long-awaited (and anticipated) review of DC Direct's Kingdom Come Series 1-3.
As a big fan of Ross and Busiek’s mega-hit series, I was one of the legions of fans begging DC Direct for Kingdom Come toys. When the first series was announced, I couldn’t have been happier.
Hawkman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Superman were the initial line-up. What a great beginning! Start with the biggest icons of the series, and do them right. Tim Bruckner, DC Direct's sculptor extraordinaire, pulls out all the stops and delivers perfect likenesses.
DC Direct continues to impress. I am beginning to wonder when Tim Bruckner gets to sleep, though. All are well-sculpted, and DC Direct continues delivering innovative sculpts by combining multiple types of plastics. In this case, they've managed near-perfect recreations of Alex Ross’s paintings.
The sculpts are dead-on likenesses of the characters. The muscle tone is realistic and well-defined. Hawkman’s feathers are intricately detailed. And everyone’s capes look like they are flapping in the wind. These figures are Alex Ross’s art come to life.
The packaging is great. It showcases each figure nicely and really stands out on the shelf. The series' cover art is well-used on each package, and the packages themselves are extremely collector-friendly. The figures could easily be removed from the package and placed back in them for display.
These are collectible toys, no doubt about that — but they are still toys. Sure, they can’t pass the sitting test, but they are sturdy, well-made toys.
DC Direct made many a fan boy happy with the first set of figures based on Kingdom Come — a story often regarded as one of the greatest works of comic book mastery. Who would have thought we would have received three fantastic sets Can we hope for a fourth series?
Of course we can! But like anything else, until we hear it from DC Direct, any rumors of more figures are just that, rumors. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Norman McKay, the Spectre, and a half-dozen other of my favorite characters.
For the Toyman's complete review, click here.
Lord of the Rings CCG League meets this Tuesday, March 16 at 4:00pm.
Warhammer 40,000 Tournament starts at noon this Saturday, March 20.
Last week we brought you the Best Buy exclusive Hellboy preview. This week, our Site to See is the trailer for the long-anticipated Aliens vs. Predator feature film:
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