Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews June 2017: “Talking Shirt”

By Phantom Troublemaker

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in August.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!

NEW WEIRDNESS! I am writing this month’s installment using the Previews website rather than a physical copy of the catalog. The reason for this is that I’m on vacation and didn’t have an opportunity to review a copy after it hit stores last Wednesday.

I don’t like it, but I hope it doesn’t make too much of a difference. The biggest differences are that the online version doesn’t have page numbers and that everything is in alphabetical order. Sort of.

Dark Knights: Metal – DC Comics (Front Cover)

I still don’t totally know what this event is all about, but as I keep mentioning, DC has so much good will with me right now that I’m not only in, but am excited!

You may recall that I got a little tired of the dynamic duo of Snyder and Capullo on their Batman run, but I am totally ready for their take on the larger DC Universe. Especially since so much of the art I’ve seen makes it look like a modern version of Total Justice. I don’t know what in the world Snyder means when he talks about dark matter and underlying universes and whatever as far as the context of this story, but I am eager to find out.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Select Action Figures – Diamond Select Toys (Back Cover)

I have a few of these thanks to my inability to resist creepy new toy lines. They look phenomenal – easily the best-looking NBC figures ever – but are a little on the fragile side. The leg on my Jack fell off basically from me touching it.

That being said, DST does a great job with their lines as far as character assortment and variety go. I fully expect to see the best representation of this movie’s cast out of this line. You’ll notice Diamond kills it with the accessories, as well. I love seeing Zero’s house, Jack’s chalkboard, and the little gift.

Hellboy and the BPRD 1955: Secret Nature One-Shot – Dark Horse (?)

I’ve been loving these stories from Hellboy’s past. I’ve been talking about catching up on the comics for years now and keep forgetting to order the trades. But these trips to the past have been a thoroughly engaging substitute. They’re always grounded in a specific year, though the story might be a one-shot, two issues, or a miniseries. I love that the format is dependent on the narrative and not vice versa.

Hellboy in Hell Library Edition HC – Dark Horse (?)

Ordering this might be putting the cart before the horse since it’s the conclusion of Mignola’s epic Hellboy story, but I do intend to read everything at some point and it would be nice to have this edition already on the shelf waiting for me. I’d say it would even be a motivator to get going on the older stuff, but the massive stack of unread collected editions in the Phantom Zone would suggest otherwise.

Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign HC – Dark Horse (?)

This collects the recent miniseries. I absolutely love Geoff Darrow’s art (who doesn’t?), but I skipped the individual issues in anticipation of the collection. I don’t know if that makes me a shitty comic book fan, but sometimes you just have to prioritize things. Besides, I told you guys to buy it. Doesn’t that count for something?

The Terminator: The Original Comics Series – Dark Horse (?)

I wasn’t the best at keeping up with all of the licensed stuff that Dark Horse published back in the day, and to be honest the Terminator franchise isn’t one of my favorites. But when I see John Arcudi, Chris Warner, James Robinson, and Matt Wagner’s names on a book, I’m gonna buy it.

American Gods Crocodile Bar Shot Glass Set – Dark Horse (?)

From the hit new Starz show that I still can’t quite decide if I truly like or not, here’s some booze accessories!

More on American Gods later, but for now I’ll just say that regardless of anything else, the Crocodile Bar was an incredible set and I want to drink there. With Ian McShane, who is the biggest reason I’m still watching the show.

Update: I'm caught up now, and Emily Browning has made the show ten times better.

American Gods Crocodile Bar Pint Glass Set – Dark Horse (?)

Also available in pint size! Which in this instance means larger! Weird.

Archie VS. Predator HC – Dark Horse (?)

Our pal RT Ewell reviewed the first two issues of this wacky series before going on permanent hiatus and starting his own wrestling podcast, and he liked it. I read the first issue and determined it wasn’t for me, but if you like Archie and you like Predator, maybe it’s worth twenty bucks for you to check this out.

DEPT. H HC Vol. 1 – Dark Horse (?)

The covers for this series always catch my eye. Not to mention my enjoyment of the punny “DEPT.H” (“depth”, get it?) title on a comic that takes place undersea. I’m a sucker for terror and intrigue under the seas, so I feel like I should check this out. I don’t know too much about Matt Kindt, but he seems “critically acclaimed” in all the right places.

Game of Thrones Ceramic Steins – Dark Horse (?)

The simple designs of these appeals to me. House Stark’s stein is pictured here, but Dark Horse is producing steins, coffee mugs, pint and shot glasses for each family. I could use a good stein, but without knowing what capacity of adult beverage it can hold I’m not ordering one. I need at least 24 ounces.

Okay, so I Googled “Game of Thrones Stein” to try and find out the volume on these things and I discovered that there are way more badass containers out there.

The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed TP – Dark Horse (?)

This is a perfect example of why I sometimes wait for trades. I have the first three issues of this sitting at home and haven’t touched them yet. I might as well have waited for this.

Mister Miracle #1 (of 12) – DC Comics (?)

You guys know that I don’t put on airs or anything, so I don’t have any problem telling you that my knowledge of Jack Kirby’s New Gods is pretty much limited to what’s been on cartoons and Grant Morrison’s work from a few years ago (and Mike Allred’s current Bug! Comic). I’m very interested in the concepts, but as I like to say, there’s only so much time to do everything.

This new Mister Miracle comic is by Tom King, whose Batman stuff I am loving, so I’ll be making time for it. This miniseries is launching alongside a number of one-shots celebrating Jack Kirby’s contributions to DC Comics.

Black Racer & Shilo Norman Special #1 – DC (?)

Speaking of tributes to Kirby, this is the first. You’d have to ask our Head of Research, Schweck, about Black Racer and Shilo Norman, but I’ll tell you that the names Reginald Hudlin, Denys Cowan, and Bill Sienkewicz are the ones that have me adding this to my order form. I do wonder if this Mister Miracle has anything to do with the story in the Tom King miniseries.

Darkseid Special #1 – DC (?)

If I had to guess which of the Kirby tribute specials was going to be the biggest seller, I’d choose this one. Everyone is familiar with Darkseid. I bet my mom could even pick him out of a lineup. Faster than she could Thanos, anyway.

Manhunter Special #1 – DC (?)

Intellectually I am aware of the differences between the various DCU Manhunters – the Green Lantern variety, the Kate Spencer version (my favorite), and the Martian one. Are there more? I dunno. I knew the Spencer version was a legacy character but I didn’t really know the roots of the Manhunter mantle. It’s all a little confusing.

New Gods Special #1 – DC (?)

Just reading about the plot of this book makes me want more of the Fourth World. It sounds like Kirby built something truly incredible that’s worthy of a modern revival, but only if done by the most skilled creators working today. It couldn’t be left to the wrong people.

Newsboy Legion & Boy Commendos Special #1 – DC (?)

I mention this only because it’s part of the Kirby tributes. Well, also because it’s by Howard Chaykin. But I’ve got to be honest and say that neither of the concepts here interest me at all. That’s not to say they aren’t good or the book won’t be amazing, it’s just not my bag.

Sandman Special #1 – DC (?)

Sandman, Brute, and Glob might confuse me even more than the Manhunter thing. When I see those names, all I think of are Neil Gaiman’s versions. Maybe as an afterthought the JSA’s Sandman. I need an instructional manual to tie all of this together. Or maybe just some time to sit and read Wikipedia.

Nightwing: The New Order #1 – DC (?)

Fascism is a hot commodity right now, and DC Comics isn’t immune to a little bandwagon action. Nor should they be. This business is about making money, after all. The key point of interest here is the creative team. DC didn’t just throw a couple of green jabronis on a book; this is from the superstar team of Kyle Higgins and Trevor McCarthy, both of whom have proven to be skilled storytellers. Higgins has produced some excellent Dick Grayson stories and McCarthy won me over with his excellent work on Gates of Gotham and Batwoman. I’m truly excited to see where this Elseworlds-esque story goes!

All Star Batman Vol. 2: Ends of the Earth HC – DC (?)

I didn’t enjoy this story as much as I did the first All Star arc, but I still found it to be quite good and a memorable Batman tale.

Batman & Robin by Tomasi & Gleason Omnibus HC – DC (?)

This was one of the few New 52 titles that I found worthwhile and stuck with the whole time. Granted, is was barely altered by the reboot nonsense, but Tomasi and Gleason told some absolutely fantastic stories about Bruce and Damian.

Batman ‘66 Meets Wonder Woman ‘77 – DC (?)

Another case where I waited for the collection. I’m very curious to see how the timeline is addressed and if Batman is portrayed as an old man.

Batman/Flash: The Button Deluxe HC – DC (?)

The mystery set up in DC Rebirth #1 is fascinating to me. I want to know what’s going on and how the Minute Men will fit in. I’m also good with how DC has been giving out the story in little pieces over time and with how this was a mini crossover involving two titles rather than a line-wide behemoth.

The first issue – Batman 21 – was an excellent opener. There were several big moments that felt like they had been built up to. Flash 21 didn’t feel as rewarding, partly because it turns out I am not a fan of Howard Porter’s art. I won’t call it bad, but it just isn’t to my tastes. I haven’t read the final two issues yet, but the first two were uneven at best. I hope the 22s get me back on board.

Batman: Year One Deluxe HC – DC (?)

I discovered this around the same time as The Dark Knight Returns and immediately preferred it. It’s a legendary Batman story and should be required reading for any comic book or Batman fan. I own a trade collection, but this seems like a worthy upgrade.

Harley Quinn: A Celebration of 25 Years HC – DC (?)

Well, you know I’m buying this. I do wish there was a better description, but I trust DC to deliver a worthy tribute to one of their most popular characters.

Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus HC – DC (?)

Just in time for Christmas! With an in-store date of December 6th, this $150 tome collects all of Kirby’s New Gods material. All of the cool kids will find it under their trees (or wherever your seasonal gifts may show up) and I hope I’m one of them!

Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle TP – DC (?)

Here’s a much more affordable opportunity to catch up on some of Kirby’s classic work. I love the little I’ve seen of the Mister Miracle character and can justify putting this on the order form. I LOVE this cover art – just look at the expression on Miracle’s mug!

Superman Rebirth Deluxe HC Book 01 – DC (?)

Everything I’ve read about both Superman and Action Comics since Rebirth started sounds awesome. I feel like every time I have gotten excited about a Superman book DC has lost their way, but I’m hopeful that I can catch up on this one and that the creative teams will maintain their compelling direction.

Mage: Hero Denied #1 - Image (?)

Mage is Matt Wagner’s classic creator-owned comic. I read it back when the first series came out and I have the excellent Graphitti action figure, but I honestly can’t remember too much about it. Time to brush up, I guess. According to the solicit Image will be releasing new printings of the older series, which was a smart thing to mention. The first one was actually offered last month. And they’re both offered this month.

Sexcastle TP - Image (?)

I think I’ve told you people to buy this a bunch of times already, but just in case you missed it – BUY THIS. Or pretty much anything with Kyle Starks’ name on it.

Tim Seeley’s Action Figure Collection Vol. 1 TP - Image (?)

I’ve been a fan of Time Seeley’s work for years and I tend to like him best when he’s doing his own thing. I remember some of these titles from when they were solicited and I have no idea why I didn’t buy them then. But for thirteen bucks I’ll gladly pick up a collection of the guy’s weirdest creations.

Marvel Generations - Marvel (Cover, M?)

Man, I hate being such a dick about Marvel all the time, but so much of what they’re doing is so off-putting to me lately. These books are an example of that, as they just feel off to me. I can’t explain exactly what seems wrong with them, but the biggest offender to me is the Phoenix one. Rachel Grey is one of my favorites and she, for some reason, has just been cast aside in favor of Bendis’ young Jean from the past. I never particularly wanted any Jean Grey back, as the Dark Phoenix Saga is so powerful and good and it’s a tragic arc for a great character.

None of these books have any real appeal for me, mostly because they don’t seem to be set to have any impact on the existing Marvel Universe.

Star Wars Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #1 - Marvel (?)

Whether you like the Prequel era or not, I think you have to admit that further tales of the Jedi of the era is an exciting concept. Especially when this Jesus Saiz cover calls to mind one of the most mind-blowing scenes from Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars cartoons. Marvel has been killing it with almost all of their Star Wars titles, so I’m in for this one. Also, note Denys Cowan on art duties!

Star Wars Rogue One: Kassian & K2S0 Special - Marvel (?)

Some people don’t like it when the backgrounds of our favorite Star Wars characters get revealed. I am not one of those people. I am an Expanded Universe fan from before the term was even being used, so I want exhaustive narratives on every character who got more than .8 seconds of screen time. And I definitely want to know how these two hooked up.

And also I want a television show about them.

True Believers Kirby 100th Comics - Marvel (?)

For their part Marvel is offering twelve different one dollar reprint comics to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday. I was going to list them, but it turns out they’re not just simple reprints but collections of specific stories. The online version of Previews doesn’t list page counts, but I’d say for a buck each I’m buying every single one of these. It looks like most of the characters associated with Kirby’s Marvel work are represented here and I loves me a good ol’ themed smorgasbord.

X-Men Classic Omnibus HC - Marvel (?)

If you’ve been wanting to delve into one of the greatest eras of the X-Men – the 70s – I highly recommend that this is the way to do it. In a slightly confusing format, Classic X-Men was a comic book that reprinted old issues of Uncanny X-Men, but with backup material that looked a little deeper into the lives of the characters. These backup stories enriched an already heavily character-based saga and provided even more support material for the 80s X-Men stories.

Catalyst Prime: Incidentals #1 – Lion Forge (?)

I’m very interested in this new superhero universe coming from Lion Forge, mainly because of the creative talents involved, but also because the publisher did such an excellent job with their Madballs comics. I know that’s a weird connection to make, but the fact that they got the tone so perfect and put all the right people on the book gives me confidence that they know what they’re doing here. Madballs could have been a lame afterthought, but it was a perfect love letter to the franchise.

Galaktikon #1 – Albatross Funnybooks (?)

From Brendon Small, the man who brought you Dethklok and Metalocalypse, comes a high stakes intergalactic extreme rock comic. Based on his album, Galaktikon, we follow Triton, intergalactic hero of the universe, who will face the ultimate outer space struggle: getting over his divorce.

I don’t love Metalocalypse, but I think it’s more from a lack of exposure than from any real issues with the content. This, however, sounds undoubtedly awesome. And that cover is phenomenal. I hope the interior art lives up to the promise.

Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever HC – Microcosm Publishing (?)

One of these is sitting around the Phantom Zone somewhere. I can’t remember what format it is – I want to say a small book or something rather than a comic. I honestly can’t remember much about it, so it’s entirely possible it’s in the “need to read” stack. Whatever the case, this concept is so amusing that I’ll be buying this collection for sure.

The Tick (2017) – New England Comics (?)

The Tick returns to comics! Written by the prolific Cullen Bunn and illustrated by JimmyZ Johnston, this coincides with Amazon’s The Tick TV show, but isn’t an adaptation or anything. As far as I can tell.

The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist – Titan Books (?)

Titan Books is really impressing me with their selections of higher-end art books. I’ll admit that I had to look the name Syd Mead up, but it rang a bell enough that I was compelled to. Mead provided concept art for some of the coolest science fiction movies of our era – Star Trek: The Motion Picture (say what you will about the plot, but the movie was beautiful), Blade Runner, Aliens, Short Circuit (he designed Johnny 5), Strange Days, Johnny Mnemonic, and more. This is exactly the kind of book I love to have on the shelf to pull down and show to people.

Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter #4 – Titan Books (?)

One of the problems with doing this via the Previews website is that it’s a little harder to notice things in the huge blocks of thumbnails, especially since for some reason titles aren’t divided up by publishers. They’re sectioned, but I can’t figure out the method.

My point here is that I almost missed a fantastic cover for an intriguing comic. Freeway Fighter is already up to issue 4, so either the prior covers were underwhelming or I just didn’t catch them, which is entirely possible given the sheer volume of periodicals offered in a standard issue of Previews.

This cover caught my eye, but the concept seems decidedly Mad Max, which is interesting to me. I’m not familiar with the related series of game books. Honestly, I’m not even sure what a “game book” is. I assume it’s something along the lines of the old TMNT role playing game, maybe?

Anyway, this looks cool and I wanted to mention it. I’ll have to try to remember to look out for a collected edition.

Side Note: The other problem is that all of the pervy pedomanga is scattered throughout the regular books, so it’s impossible to quickly skip over it like you can with the physical book. Ugh.

It’s Alive!: Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Movie Posters – Rizzoli (?)

From the Kirk Hammett Collection” is the key phrase here.

The Metallica guitarist is known for having one of the most awesome collections of horror and sci-fi memorabilia in the world (you can do that sort of thing when you’re a gazillionaire). This volume features a selection of some of the coolest posters he’s accumulated over the years. Sounds like a can’t-miss book to me.

Jim Shooter: Conversations – University Press of Mississippi (?)

You might be aware that I have a mild obsession with Jim Shooter. I am fascinated by the stories of his work ethic, high standards, and creative ingenuity. I discovered his blog years ago and devoured every entry. His stories of working at DC and Marvel, the differences between them, and his eventual somewhat ugly ejection from Marvel, despite overseeing one of the publisher’s most financially and creatively successful eras. In my view, Shooter is a misunderstood genius.

Side Note: I am very excited and nervous about the possibility of meeting Shooter at Heroes Con in a couple of weeks. More on that in a future post.

Justice League T-Shirt – Graphitti Designs (?)

This is a boring damn t-shirt. It’s the sort of thing studios usually produce as promotional giveaways for advance screenings. Who is paying twenty bucks for this? There are more boring DC movie shirts, but I’m not going to bother mentioning the rest. If you play along at home with your own copy of Previews, you’ll see them.

Infinity Gems T-Shirt (?)

Speaking of boring, this is a list. Not one ounce of creativity went into designing this thing. I thought of five better ways to represent this information while I was typing the first sentence of this paragraph.

Spider-Gwen T-Shirt (?)

Okay, now this is a cool shirt. The colors pop – super 80s-looking - and the design is neat. I wouldn’t buy it, but I’d wear it.

Adventure Time Metal T-Shirt (?)

I am always down for a good homage to the album cover for Iron Maiden’s classic single The Trooper.

Batman by Mignola T-Shirt (?)

The world can use more shirts with Mike Mignola artwork on them. I like that the shirt is blue. Heck, now that I’m looking at it more, I think I might actually order one. Because I need more t-shirts.

Side Note: I do not need more t-shirts.

Cobra Commander T-Shirt - Idiots (?)

This doesn’t make any goshdarn sense. Nobody on this freaking planet relates camouflage to Cobra Commander. This is one of the dumbest color choices I have ever seen. And that logo looks like some bootleg-ass Panama Beach bullshit, like you’d go into a shop and pick an iron on that some goober designed based solely off of the fact that they know “Cobra Commander” is a thing that exists and no other information. Never mind the fact that it’s printed in white, which makes even less sense than the camo.

Okay, nothing makes less sense than the camo.

This is one of the worst shirts I have ever seen and I hope it burns in Hell.

GI Joe T-Shirt – The Forecast Agency (?)

This shirt, on the other hand, actually makes sense. As a matter of fact, I like it quite a bit because the camo reminds me of Dusty, one of my favorite Joes, and isn’t an overused pattern. But just knowing that the same company made that stupid fucking Cobra Commander shirt makes me want to not buy this one.

And knowing is half the battle.

He-Man vs. Skeletor T-Shirt – Freeze CMI (?)

I like this one, too. It’s way better than the one from a few months ago where you couldn’t even tell what the design was. If they were in their Battle Armor© I would totally order one of these.

MST3K Abstract Ship T-Shirt - Changes (?)

After a couple of duds, the Previews apparel section is on fire this month! I love this Van Gogh-esque design. MST3K is one of those properties where it’s pretty easy to dip into “too geeky” territory, but this shirt hits just the right tone. The addition of (presumably) Jonah and the robots at the bottom is a nice touch.

I dunno. Maybe that looks more like Mike.

Star Trek Command T-Shirt – Freeze CMI (?)

I already own one of these from a different vendor, but it’s getting old and the yellow has always seemed slightly off-spec to me. I always wear it on the first day of a trip, so it might be time to grab a replacement.

The Tick “SPOON!” T-Shirt – New England Comics (?)

Classic! I love how many of this month’s shirts are on colors other than black and white.

Mr. Potato Head Alien Xenomorph – PPW Toys (?)

Well, this is more unexpected than the Spanish Inquisition.

I’ve noticed a much larger variety of geeky Mr. Potato Heads lately, but until now I hadn’t realized that someone other than Hasbro was producing them. I have to say that it feels like this one has gone a little too far beyond the Potato Head aesthetic. It’s basically just a fat Alien.

Granted, that’s appealing in its own way.

Elvira Vegas or Bust Maquette – Tweeterhead (?)

Our pal Johnny Danger just ruined his shorts.

Putting aside the fact that I loathe the company name “Tweeterhead”, this is an awesome design, somewhat loosely lifted from Elvira’s movie, Mistress of the Dark. That being the case, unless there’s a motor inside to spin the tassels on those pasties, I’m going to pass.

I am obviously not clicking on that while I’m at work, so I’ll do my best to remember to check later and see if said motor exists. I’m betting not, though.

Batman ’66 Batmobile – Funko (?)

Funko’s Batman ’66 toy line looks fantastic. I hate to start another one when I already love Figures, Inc.’s so much, but Figures isn’t going to be doing a ’66 Batmobile any time soon (as far as I know). And that Batmobile is a critical component. I’m on the fence here. If you see a review of this in a couple of months, you’ll know where I landed.

Metroid Prime 3 Samus Aran Figma – Good Smile Company (?)

Metroid is one of my favorite video game franchises and I want a good Samus figure badly, but I don’t particularly want to pay a hundred bucks for a six inch figure.

One:12 Collective Wolverine Action Figure - Mezco (?)

Wolverine is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters. After getting my first One:12 action figures, I would have thought it inconceivable that I wouldn’t want a One:12 Wolverine. But those shorts look so dumb. Maybe they’ll look better in person. I don’t know what I’m gonna do here because the only way to see one in person is to order it. And I don’t want to miss out if they do look fine.

There’s another version that has a much better costume design, but it’s the grey and black X-Force costume. I love that look, but it’s not what I want for a default Wolverine figure.

DC Superfriends Retro Action Figures Series 3 – Figures Toy Company (?)

These guys continue knocking it out of the park with these Superfriends Mego-style figures. I love the head sculpts and the fabric costumes are capturing the colors and designs of the cartoons nicely. If I had all of the money, I would absolutely be collecting these.

Ghoulsville Vac-Tastic Masks – Retro-A-Go-Go! (?)

The second wave of gorgeous, oversized masks from Retro-A-Go-Go! and Doug P’Gosh! Me and the missus have plans to order a number of these from both waves, but I don’t trust Diamond to ship them unharmed. I’ll be ordering directly from Retro-A-Go-Go!

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Freddy Puppet Prop Replica - NECA (?)

Dream Warriors is my favorite installment in the Nightmare series and this puppet terrified me when I was younger. I’m thrilled that NECA is making this, but I’m not sure I believe that Previews’ $31 price tag can be accurate. This is an 18” tall prop replica, so I was expecting to pay around twice that. We’ll see. Either way, this is going in the Phantom Zone.

Unaffiliated Thoughts

I just found out about Arkham Insurgency from my son, who is now nine years old and far more knowledgeable about video games than I am. It’s a video game that is a follow-up to Arkham Origins. I found out about this because during one of our many philosophical discussions about the Arkham video game series I told my son that I’d be okay with the same team that produced Origins making a sequel because they had probably learned from their mistakes (of which there were many) and at least it would mean a new Arkham game.
Origins has tons of problems, but it’s still better than most games I’ve played in my life. It’s just nowhere near as good as the other Arkham games, which were made by a different development team.

This sent Phantom, Jr. on an internet quest to find out if anything new was coming from Rocksteady or Rocksteady Montreal, Arkham or not. He discovered Insurgency and now we’re both excitedly awaiting E3 to see if there’s a big reveal.

Let me know what you’re looking forward to in the comments, or join the discussion in the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group!

That’s all I’ve got for this month. Start putting your pennies in your Diamond Select figural bank and remember to drop your order form off at your Local Comic Book Shop!

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