Marvel Legacy Reviving Value Stamp Program

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If you’ve read any older Marvel books (not the 90’s ones, the actually good books), then you’ve probably seen the Marvel Value Stamp Program in the letters pages from back in the day. It enticed readers to collect “stamps” that were inserted into the books, inviting them to collect them all.

Now, Marvel Legacy is looking to continue its march into nostalgia greatness by reviving the program. This time, readers won’t have to cut up their beloved books, as the stamps will be placed in inserts in each book, with 53 stamps in total, and a collection album on the way, as well. Hit the jump for the full press release!

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Thor: Ragnarok Cosbabies Revealed by Hot Toys

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Hot Toys has been on a rampage, adapting essentially every major blockbuster this year into their beloved Cosbaby line of bobblehead figures. This time, it’s Thor: Ragnarok getting the treatment. The Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby series stands about 10.5 – 15cm tall and includes Thor, Roadworn Thor, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk, Loki, Hela and Valkyrie. Hela, Valkyrie, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk and Loki’s helmet with metallic finishing are only available in their respective collectible sets!

These adorable Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby bobbleheads are armed with their unique weapons and will be available approximately Q3 – Q4, 2017. Hit the jump for a complete gallery of the upcoming line.

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New Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

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Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, unveiled during their Hall H presentation. The new trailer is filled with new footage, as well as better looks at the new Hulk, whom, after being in that form for so long, has developed an increased intelligence and more of an ability to speak!

The trailer even gives us more story, and what to expect as far as Loki’s role in all of this. Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3rd.

New Comic Books: July 19

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While not a jam-packed release week for new comics, everyone brought their A-Game with some fantastic stories that ran the gamut as far as what their goals really were. Ranging from tragic story, to educational fare, it was a great week for readers.

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The second installment of the War of Jokes and Riddles seemed incredibly confusing, at first. I wasn’t sure where it was going, but at the end, when all the pieces fit into place, the origin of Kite-Man had unfolded before me. The tale was tragic, and unsettling. A fitting origin to the best running joke in all of comics. If you’re a fan of Kite-Man and his ridiculous antics, I would absolutely implore you to read this, my recommendation for the week.

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The other DC book this week is on the absolute other end of the spectrum. Superman and the Kent Family decide to unwind with a nice family trip across the Continental United States, educating each other on the history of our country, and instilling the merits of kindness and good in those that they meet. Even helping a wounded veteran secure a part-time job with their kindness. It was a feel-good book that was great to read after the tragic origin of Kite-Man.

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And with that, we have our best issue of Secret Empire. Twists relating to the Hydra mole, and the shocking destruction of the resistance home-base. Alliances were shifted all over the board in this tense and emotional issue, and it made for an overall fantastic read.

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My last book for the week was one I was absolutely looking forward to, as Volstagg has taken up Ultimate Mjolnir and become the War Thor. Venting his frustrations and unleashing hell on the army that made him, the War Thor laid absolute waste to the armies of Muspelheim, and it was badass in every sense of the word. With Jane Foster’s Thor inching closer to succumbing to her cancer, will we see Jane become Thor permanently?

Avengers: Infinity War D23 Footage Description

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While we can’t honestly expect Marvel to put the D23 Infinity War footage online, as it’s likely to show next weekend at SDCC, as well. Descriptions of the footage have been running rampant, and it seems Marvel is pulling no punches in crafting an awe-inspiring finale to this massive 22-film arc they’ve crafted.

You can hit the jump for a full description of the incredible footage shown for Avengers: Infinity War at D23.

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Is Marvel Bringing Back Their One-Shots?

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Tom Holland, star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, has been a boon of secret-spilling when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m sure he has Marvel pulling their hair out, but I’m pretty satisfied with what he’s been saying. According to Holland, Marvel is planning to bring back their acclaimed One-Shot series of short films. While not confirmed, the recent success of the Thor and Daryl shorts indicate a renewed interest for the studio.

I want to do a short. That’s what I want to do. I want to do a 20-minute short with me and [Ant-Man star] Paul Rudd… I think they are planning on doing [one-shot shorts] again. I probably just spoiled a big spoiler. [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige’s probably going to be furious.

New Comic Books: June 21

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This week was immensely short on new comics, but it made up for it with two fantastic titles that were both satisfying, heartbreaking, and shocking. One from each major publisher this week ensures it’s a pretty even race, and for once, I’m recommending a Marvel title for the week.

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My book of the week is Mighty Thor #20, which sees the representatives of the Congress of Worlds, head to the land of dwarves, where light elf refugees have made home. This issue focuses heavily on Volstagg, for good reason. After a Muspelheim attack on the refugees leaves the team separated, Volstagg attempts to rescue some children, but gets lost. They get attacked, and before his very eyes, the flames of Muspelheim turn the kids to ash. The others find him, naked, and bathed in the only thing that can quell Muspelhaim flame: Fire Goblin blood. At the end of the issue, the Ultimate Mjolnir is shown, calling out to Volstagg, as he grabs it, and becomes the War Thor! Volstagg is the War Thor! I’m not sure why none of us saw this coming, but man, it was satisfying to see Volstagg get his due.

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Another satisfying book this week, with the Manchester Black and the Elite arc coming to a close. Superboy defeats Black, and sends his consciousness into a cow, which is fantastic. Not only that, but we see Jon fly, and everything seems to actually work itself into a happy ending. Overall, this was a great throwback arc for the big blue boy scout, and I hope to see more like it in the future.

New Comic Books: May 17

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As expected, this week was filled to the brim with fantastic books, and a few unexpected surprises that filled me with absolute glee. It was a fantastic week for comics, with some of the most incredible stories coming to a close, and one-offs filled with great moments by wonderful writers and artists.

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By far, the biggest surprise this week is Batman #23, The Brave and the Mold. A one-shot story written by Tom King, with art by Mitch Gerads (the same team we talked about earlier with Mister Miracle). I didn’t know this team-up was happening, but seeing Batman and Swamp Thing team up for an intensely personal story was fantastic.

The art was beautiful, and there were quite a few moments in this that legitimately made me smile, and chuckle to myself. It was small, and personal, and affecting at the end. It’s also my recommendation of the week, which is saying a lot this week. Lastly, a variant cover by Tim Sale also helps a lot.

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Superman has been one of the most slow-burn stories in the DC Rebirth era, as far as this main arc is concerned and it’s been intensely satisfying to see it all play out. With that said, there were a few moments in this issue that were genuinely shocking. Lois losing her leg to a rogue piece of shrapnel, and the big reveal of the townsfolk being The Elite, with the big-bad of the story being Manchester Black was great. It wasn’t completely unexpected, with the psychic story notes being so important, but it was nice to see Black used again.

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DC Comics had a huge week this week, with The Button conclusion being another massive book. With Batman and Flash hurtling through time, chasing after Thawne before he can reach his own death was incredible, and the moment in which Reverse-Flash finally reached the mysterious “God” was done so well. The instant change from malice to fear was palpable, and did a great job at completing the loop of the story.

The big mystery still at hand, though remains. After the cosmic treadmill falls apart, the two heroes start to drift apart, nearly losing themselves to time, before a voice that had been calling out to Barry tells them to say his name: Jay. Barry repeats the name, unsure of its origin, and out of the Speed Force, and time itself, runs the silver age Flash, Jay Garrick, to the rescue. Unfortunately, Barry isn’t the lightning rod he needs, and after saving them, he’s taken back to his prison. The final moments of the main story, gives us a close-up look at the button after Thawne drops it, with a familiar blue voice-over, and a familiar blue hand picking the button up.

EPILOGUE: The epilogue also gave us a few questions, showing the button floating in space, as we zoom closer and closer. Showing only the red of the bloody button. Afterwards, we zoom back out, revealing Superman’s shield. Or is it someone else’s shield?

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Marvel also did a great job of releasing some smaller, more light-hearted books this week, with Nick Fury #2, as well. If you know me, and my love of comics, you’ll know the famed Starman Vol. 2 run is my favorite of all time. James Robinson is an incredible writer, and he showed how much fun he’s having right now with the story, as well. An intensely colored spy romp, that was fun, and charming. It was purposely reminiscent of classic Bond films, and they nailed that tone, perfectly.

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Mighty Thor is undoubtedly the most beautiful book in Marvel’s library right now, with Dauterman being a superstar for them in so many ways. This was no different, with his interpretation of the Phoenix Force being the star of this book. I love Jane Foster’s Thor, and her passion and relationship with Mjolnir has reinvigorated the character. Not to mention, having the hammer be the “Tempest Storm” has opened it up to so many new possibilities.

This mostly felt like a stepping stone to many other stories, with the Phoenix heading off to Jean Grey, and Thor prepping for a team up of the ages with the Odinson, and Ultimate Thor. But, as usual, it was a fun read, and the random team up with Quentin Quire was still just so unusual to me, that I couldn’t help but love it.

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Marvel’s flagship event also took quite a few leaps forward this week, with Secret Empire #2. To be completely honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the artwork in this series, but up until the end, I was digging the story on this. Dr. Selvig, scattering the cosmic cube shards across the world, to keep out of the reach of Hydra, and our heroes discovering how to track them and save the world? It was pretty great. Even the Darkforce New York stuff was wonderful, with Kingpin securing himself a following for after this is over, knowing full well the heroes will save the world.

They lost me at the very end. When the old “It’s not really Captain America, because there’s two Steve Rogers” thing happened. It was one of the earliest theories, and also the most basic and lazy way to fix this weird story, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. Hopefully in two weeks, we’ll get some more answers, but for now, Secret Empire remains a pretty standard Marvel event: groundbreaking and convoluted.

Analog EP6: Crush Those Dungeons

Josh and Theo welcome their second guest to the show, dungeon master, Andres! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Thor: Ragnarok, and Transformers: The Last Knight, as well as potential sequels, upcoming television shows, and much more round out the sixth episode of Analog! Check out the links below, and be sure to subscribe on iTunes and Rate and review us!

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Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer

The first official teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is finally online, after months and months of waiting. This film has been in pre-production for some time, now, and it’s been strange to see how slow marketing has been to pick up. In all, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coming out less than a month, I suppose it does make sense, though.

Speaking of Guardians, this trailer is going to seem pretty familiar to fans of the Marvel Cosmic team. The colors and costuming is so reminiscent of James Gunn’s fantastical world, which is absolutely on purpose. We’ve known for some time that Ragnarok is going to be the connecting tissue for the Guardians meeting the Avengers in Infinity War, and this absolutely supports that.

The trailer itself is fantastic. Cate Blanchett looks absolutely divine as Hela, and seeing her incredible helm actually brought to life is wonderful. Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster sounds just like Jeff Goldblum, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. Even Chris Hemsworth has a new look for his God of Thunder after being forced to enter the arena and fight: surprise, surprise… The Hulk! Planet Hulk is in full effect here, with Bruce Banner’s green alter-ego already clearly the star of the show in the arena, so who knows how long he’s been on Sakaar, the arena’s home planet, up to this point.

This was by far just a teaser trailer, with nothing more than introductions to some new major players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be interesting to see the more extended theatrical trailer in a few months.

Analog EP3: Justice League for All

Check out the third episode of Analog! After a slow news weeks, we’re back! Join Josh and Theo with the third episode of Analog, and candid chat about all of the coolest shit in the world!

This week covering Justice League, The Unworthy Thor, Death Note, & more! Give us a listen, and let me know what you think about it.