Damian Wayne, our latest Character of the Month, has one win (vs. Hit-Girl) and one loss (vs. Raphael) in our Battle of the Week segment. For his third match — his penultimate one — we wanted to spice things up a bit and have someone fight by his side. Now, we could have been mean and had him team-up with someone he’s not the biggest fan of (e.g. Tim Drake or Jason Todd), but considering the little dude was beat up in his last fight, we thought it would be nice to have his father by his side for this one. Will the two Waynes overcome their opponents from Marvel? Daredevil, the skilled martial artist with superb agility and reflexes, and Elektra, the swift and deadly assassin, have found themselves in quite a fight.
We all know Batman’s combination of skill and gear means he can hold his own in a thrilling fight against either of these opponents, but what about Damian? How will he fare against his opponent and what kind of distraction will that create for the Dark Knight? If Daredevil or Elektra take down Bruce’s son, how will that impact the Dark Knight’s actions? Which side do you think will win? Really give this one some proper thought before casting your vote. Also, read the rules! Seriously, they provide important details like where the fight takes place and how far apart these two teams begin.
- Combatants are in character. This means their usual set of morals apply.
- This is a random encounter (no prep for either side) and both sides have standard gear. Both sides have no immediate knowledge of their opponents.
- This is the standard versions of all the characters.
- They’re fighting in a generic downtown city setting. It’s unpopulated, at night and all standard city lights remain on. Assume they start roughly 20 feet apart and visible. However, there is a good amount of cover in the location (parked vehicles, bus stops and such) and the entire area is on limits (alleys, rooftops, building interiors, the sewer, etc).
- Incapacitation, knockout, or death all count as elimination. Making a tactical retreat counts as a loss, too. “What’s a tactical retreat?” It’s leaving the fight with the intention of not returning to the battle in the immediate future. Going to another spot in the environment to catch your breath for a moment or for a tactical advantage is not a tactical retreat.
- Hey, you know what would be really cool? Treating everyone else in the debate with respect. If you think someone’s saying something that just isn’t true, go ahead and stick to the facts to point out why. There’s no need at all to drop insults just because you disagree with someone. Seriously, this is just talking about a fictional fight, there’s no need for immaturity and mudslinging.
- If you think the poll isn’t going how it should, making an informative post about why a character is being underestimated and spreading the word is far more useful than complaining. Just saying.
- One more thing: you don’t need to write an essay to have your post highlighted in Friday’s article. Sometimes concise posts can be way more effective than a flood of paragraphs.
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- The results of the poll.
- Thoughts from the staff.
- Viner arguments for both characters.
- If we’re lucky, blurbs from industry talent.
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This used to be a VIDEO FEATURE for over one hundred episodes. We’ve changed the format to a text version as most seem to prefer it this way. Let me know in the comments below.
Each week we take a look at the other Best Stuff you might have missed….
Best Definition of a Hero
Being a hero isn’t easy. A lot of people think you need a fancy costume and some sort of superpower. As we see with the young Kamala Khan, she seems to have already figured out what a hero really is.
We can all be heroes. We just need to do the right thing, even when it’s hard.
Best Last Request
There’s so many crazy things happening in this story arc. We’ve seen heroes inverted into villains and vice versa. When the mutants gene bomb was about to go off, it appeared the technology was even too much for smarty pants Spider-Man to stop it. That’s where Carnage came in and said he could muffle the blast, even if it cost him his life. He did have one last request for Spider-Man to carry out.
Best Ringtone for Batman
How cool would it be to have Batman in your cellphone contacts? We have to assume he has a special line just for certain people that can’t be traced back to Bruce Wayne. If you had Batman in your contacts, what ringtone would you select for him? This might not be the one I would pick but it’s definitely the best ringtone of the week.
Best Double Flashback
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a scene like this. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Jean Grey in a scene like this. Regardless, it’s still super-cool to see. What makes it different is we get a mind-reading flashback between young Jean Grey from ALL-NEW X-MEN and Jean Grey from the Ultimate Universe.
Best Homage Cover
Best Reason Heroes Should Have Proper Dental Insurance
Being a hero isn’t easy. Wait, we already said that. Whether or not a hero has superpowers or not, one thing they will want to have is insurance, especially dental insurance. Getting your teeth knocked out could really ruin your smile plus it could put your secret identity at risk when people started wondering why you kept losing teeth. Red Robin knows the importance of a good medical plan.
Best Statement on a Certain Brand of Beer
Beer comes in many different varieties and brands. Not all beer is created equal. Here, we see one person’s opinion on certain brand.
Best Statement on Fear
You may not have a choice in what scares you. But you do have a choice in what you do next.
Best Retro Cover
This cover just oozes all sorts of coolness. It was the regular cover too.
Best Return of an Old Version of a Character
Even though Billy Batson is in the Justice League in the New 52 and as great as the current version is, there’s still something missing. In this issue we got to take a trip back to see the older version we’re more familiar with.
Best Scene to Give you Nightmares
This is a creepy book. The idea that someone could pledge you or a family member to witches is scary enough. But to come across a friend that is somehow stuck inside the hollow of a tree? Maybe it’s time to move to the city?
Best Use of a Sidekick
Batman has a lot of gadgets and suits. With the city being quarantined and the search for patient zero, Superman and Batman are out and about with Batman in a special suit. He refers to it as the Haz-Bat suit. Superman asks about the name.
It’s a pretty cheesy name. The question is, did Robin really come up with it or is Batman using his sidekick as a scapegoat?
Best Spider-Man Quip
This is a balloon I want to see in next year’s Macy’s Day Parade. Hobgoblin deserves to be in the parade.
Okay, maybe not, but I’d love to see it.
Best Touching Moment
I know, I know. Some will cry this is a spoiler. But considering Peter Tomasi, the writer, and DC Comics have already spoiled it, people should know it’s coming. Plus, the title of the story arc is ROBIN RISES…
I won’t spoil what happens on the pages that follow. You’ll definitely want to see that.
Best Venom Transformation
That pesky Venom Symbiote. With Flash Thompson, and the Venom Symbiote hanging out with the Guardians of the Galaxy (actually, he’s hardly even been on any adventures with them), the suit has gotten a little out of control. It’s been jumping around trying to claim other hosts. One that we see in the issue is pretty great.
Best Poll of the Week
This week deals with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Venom Symbiote. While we do see the Venom Symbiote on some different members of the team, which do you think would be cool to see for more than a few panels?
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That’s all I came up with this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. Special thanks to @djfanco and @AlexBeaN7 for their suggestions. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Fridays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.
Let us know what you think of this format. Answer the poll question. Be sure to always look for the best stuff and remember, you too could be a hero, if you do the right thing.
Thee producers of the upcoming Netflix Daredevil are touting the series as “the exact opposite” of the Ben Affleck film, comparing its gritty tone and crime drama flare to movies like The French Connection and Taxi Driver.
Additionally, the following photos (via Entertainment Weekly) have been released from Marvel’s upcoming series, featuring Charlie Cox as the title character:
Each week we take a close look at a comic book collectible. That means taking it out of the package. Even though we just looked at the Superman Sixth Scale figure from Sideshow Collectibles a few days ago, we’re going to look at another amazing figure, Captain America and Steve Rogers Sixth Scale figure set from Hot Toys.
This is an amazing set. There’s actually two full figures. That means it’s going to cost you more than the average figure from Sideshow Collectibles. It’s available for preorder right now HERE.
This isn’t the first time I’ve looked at sixth scale Captain America figures. Over the summer we looked at the Golden Age costume version from The Winter Soldier (you can see the video and images HERE) and the figure from Captain America: The First Avenger (HERE).
The Captain America figure comes in his stealth S.T.R.I.K.E. suit from when he was working with S.H.I.E.L.D.
It looked great in the movie and makes another great Cap figure. The detail in the costume and stitching is simply amazing.
It’s a new figure so of course it has a new head sculpt. There’s so much going on in the suit even if a lot of the details are subtle. If you’ve watched the video at the top of the page, you’ve seen the close details with his pants, pockets, and so on.
The figures come with their own stands but it’s always nice to see them able to stand without one.
There’s a tiny S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem on his right shoulder and, if you want, you can put a little hook on his back to place his shield back there.
He also comes with a little handcuff like they tried putting on him in the movie.
Then there’s the Steve Rogers figure.
I think I might like this one a little better. He comes with the scratched up shield and a helmet he can hold (it won’t go on his head.
I think what impresses me more is the details in his street clothes. His jacket has a zipper. The jeans look worn and not like they were just made for the figure. There’s a lot of nice touches like the belt buckle and boots.
This figure also has a little more movability. The S.T.R.I.K.E. suit is a little thicker and it’s a little harder to move his arms up compared to this one.
We also looked at the Winter Soldier figure (video and images HERE). They look pretty great together.
This figure also has a longer neck joint. It goes deep into the figure. This prevents any seams from showing at his neck or jawline. You can even inter-change the heads if you want Cap in costume but without his helmet.
Where does that leave the Steve Rogers figure? You could always put the helmeted version on him.
As you can see in the video and some of these pics, there are several different hands. This allows you to put the figures in many different positions or situations.
You can compare these Cap figures to the past ones.
I do think each time the figure somehow keeps getting better.
As mentioned above, the figure is now available for preorder. Click on the link for more information and some more pics:
The two figures will cost you $339.99. That’s not bad considering the Winter Soldier figure was $239.99 on his own (but did come with a ton of weapons and accessories) and the Golden Age Cap was $209.99.
I shouldn’t have to tell you by now but the Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles figures are truly amazing. These are figures you can proudly display. This article may have “toys” in the title but clearly these are not toys. At the same time, there is so much articulation and accessories, you can almost play around with how you want to position them. That’s what makes them more fun than a statue.
With the gift-giving/receiving holiday almost upon us, it’s not too late to consider this set. It won’t ship until January but, again, you can preorder now (before it sells out). Visit Sideshow Collectibles to check out what else they have. Of course a big thanks to Sideshow for letting us get our hands on these figures early. Let us know what you think of them.
We take a close look at this upcoming set from Sideshow Collectibles.Source: ComicVine
Damian Wayne, a.k.a. Robin, has been selected by the community as our latest Character of the Month and honestly, that’s pretty surprising since he tends to be a polarizing character. Some think he’s confident and lovable. Others think he’s abrasive and obnoxious. There’s just no denying he has quite an ego and tends to be pretty blunt. Love or hate the kid, we thought it would be fun to take a look at his history of rude yet hilarious comments. If your favorite one isn’t below — which is very possible since the kid has made dozens of hysterical remarks — go ahead and share it in the comments.
In BATGIRL #5-7, Robin and Stephanie Brown have an uneasy alliance. Okay, calling it “uneasy” really is putting it lightly. I mean, it reaches a point where Damian “jokes” that he wants to stab the heroine. Eventually, he tries to understand why Stephanie puts on the costume and fights crime. Everyone has a good motive or tragedy, so what’s her deal? She explains it’s not for vengeance, but to inspire others and give them hope. Naturally, that wouldn’t really register with someone like Damian — a kid who has been training with the League of Assassins since the age of 3 — and when she calls him out for being too young to understand, she also thinks he’s looking at her chest (to be fair, it certainly looks like he is in the panel), so she calls him out on that, too. That comment may embarrass some and cause others to apologize, but that’s not Damian’s style. Instead of giving a reasonable response, Damian fires back with totally uncalled for and amazingly mean reaction: “What ‘chest’?” Ouch. Good for Stephanie for taking the high road and walking away. Don’t feed the trolls, Stephanie!
Have you ever said “hi” to someone and the person completely ignored you? If so, we bet you thought that was pretty rude of them, yeah? Well, it sure beats how Damian responded to the first greeting he received from Tim Drake! When Damian finally met his father and was taken back to the Batcave, Tim had the audacity to do two things. First, he said, “Hi, how are you?” How dare he? The second thing: he’s Robin. Seriously, Tim should know better. Damian views Tim as unworthy and adopted. He wants to inherit everything and views Tim as just someone who’s in the way. So, when he doesn’t respond to Tim’s greeting, Tim follows up with a lighthearted comment. If you know Damian, then you know lighthearted just isn’t his thing and he makes that crystal clear with his response. The scary thing is, Damian does severely injure the guy several pages later.
When Supergirl needs help solving a mystery, she seeks out the world’s greatest detective, Batman. Unfortunately for her, she doesn’t find Bruce Wayne. She does, however, find a Wayne: Damian Wayne. The little dude agrees to help and seems to have no problem rudely reminding Supergirl of the fact she’s an alien, not human. Instead of viewing her as an ally, he treats her like another tool in his utility belt. When x-ray vision becomes helpful, he quite literally orders her to do it and comments that Batman and Superman had the same dynamic. Mutual respect between Bruce and Clark? Nah, Bruce was just using him all of those years! Damian may be brilliant and understand far more than many of us ever will, but being polite must be a baffling concept to him.
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Seeing as Damian is
sometimes usually difficult to get along with, Dick Grayson wanted to give him more experience interacting with other young heroes and hoped the wee lad would make a friend or two along the way. So, Grayson brings him to one of his former teams: the Teen Titans. Well, Damian kind of gets off on the wrong foot, but you honestly didn’t expect anything else from him, did you? He assumes he’s being taken there to lead the team and immediately wants to remove Beast Boy from the roster. He of course expresses this opinion with the utmost amount of “respect.”
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A villain doesn’t need to wear darker colors to be all kinds of frightening. Joker is proof of this and so is Flamingo, a twisted villain who eats faces. He doesn’t dress to intimidate; the way he conducts himself and what he does has that covered. He wears bright shades of purple and has pink hair and, with the right writer and artist, the foe is absolutely horrifying. However, Damian disagrees and expresses it in a way that Bruce really wouldn’t be proud of. Now, it’s possible Damian may be a little intimidated by this threat, but there’s about a zero percent chance of him ever expressing that. He’d much rather make a crude comment about the way the guy dresses.
Remember that uneasy alliance between Stephanie Brown and Damian? The two had to team-up once again and it made Stephanie realize she wants to help Damian. Yes, he gives her plenty of grief, but despite their differences, he’s still a fellow hero and really just a 10-year-old kid. Sure, he’s a gifted fighter with a brilliant tactical mind and what not, but he can’t seem to simply enjoy life. She hopes to fix that by taking the little Wayne to a moon bounce. Damian’s flipped across the rooftops and all that, but can she appeal to his inner child and make him enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures? It looks like he does, but of course he’s too cool to admit it and once again brings up his desire to stab her.
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“Best! Batman! Ever!” You’re darn right, kid! While Batman is away, the Damian shall play! Stepping into a costume that’s a total nod to BATMAN #666, Damian goes out to save Gotham City from all of the usual nonsense and craziness that occurs on its streets every day. He may just be a 10-year-old child, but that 10-year-old has no problem obliterating criminals and proving he has what it takes to save lives. If you watch him in action, it’s easy to root for him and add him to your list of favorite heroes. How can you not love seeing the underdog beat down the goons? But upon hearing how he responds to the people he saves and expressing what he thinks about the happy kid he just saved? Well, he may lose a few fans. Damian, a simple “you’re welcome, but please, call me Batman” would have worked!
Damian has said plenty of rude things over the years, but which one is your favorite?
Like many, I always felt Christopher Eccleston’s tenure as the Doctor was too brief. I would have loved to see more adventures with him and even what happened before that Doctor Who series began. Thanks to Titan Comics, looks like we’ll get to see the ninth Doctor in comic form at least. He’s even bringing a couple friends along.
The comic is headed our way on March 11, 2015. Mark your calendar. Or time travel to March if you have access to a TARDIS and let us know how cool the first issue is.
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Blair Shedd
Number of Issues: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp Publisher: Titan ComicsPrice: $3.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Diamond Order Code: JAN151599
BRAND-NEW 5-PART MINI-SERIES STARRING THE NINTH DOCTOR AS PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON!WRITTEN BY THE CO-AUTHOR OF BESTSELLING ‘WHO-OLOGY’, CAVAN SCOTT!
The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!
Leaving World War II behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market!
Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?
Each week we search for and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through theirs sites so be sure to check them out.
That’s it for this week. Hopefully we’ll see new sketches during this coming holiday week. If not, Happy early New Year.