Article by Jarrett Kruse

Article by Jarrett Kruse

I think I speak for all all Action Figure Junkies that we will collectively sigh in relief when 2016 comes to a close after an unmatched year of iconic losses culminating this week with geek goddess Carrie Fisher. With the loss of a bona fide Princess and most of Junkies first crush in action figure form no doubt, it seems a good time to focus on the happy. And you just don’t get happier than toys and year end Top 10 lists!

It was a banner year for action figures with a slew of newcomers and old favorites redefined that made our collective wallets scream for sweet relief. Here we have gathered our ten best that are available here on the Midtown Comics retail website. It was tough to cut the list down to just ten items in our expansive inventory but if one pattern emerged, its that STAR WARS, Batman & POP Vinyls have major staying power.

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This week Gregg, Gavin and Ted chat about The Legend of Wonder Woman’s cancellation, the Spider-Man Homecoming trailer, Super Mario Go, the Gotham City Sirens movie, and Ted reviews Star Wars Rogue One, and everyone gives their pick for a comic related holiday gift.

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There’s a new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man Homecoming, and Ted has now seen Doctor Strange! Also Gregg interviews Tom King about his latest Batman story arc “I am suicide” and their love of Batman the Animated Series.

If you have any suggestions or questions for the show please let us know through our Twitter, Facebook, or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com.  Leave a question on our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show! Remember to subscribe on iTunes!

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Hey there, True Believers! This was a very exciting week for new Marvel comics , so John and Gregg want to recommend a few of their favorite ones!

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Article by Gregg Katzman

Article by Gregg Katzman

Face it tiger, you just hit the big screen (again).

According to The Wrap, actress Zendaya is playing the iconic Marvel character Mary Jane Watson in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Nowadays, casting reveals are almost always going to generate a heated debate online (even though the best course of action is to wait until we at least have some legitimate footage of the person’s performance), but in this case, it’s already causing some very ugly conversations. In the comics, Mary Jane Watson is a Caucasian with red hair, and Zendaya is *gasp* biracial and isn’t a redhead. #NotMyMJ! Is that what truly matters, though? From what I’ve seen, the conversation is focused on ethnicity, but the real question is, can she do Mary Jane Watson’s personality justice?

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Kraven by Skottie Young

Article by Gregg Katzman (and excellent Kraven pic by Skottie Young)

Marvel has a lot of interesting villains. From cosmic heavy-hitters like Thanos to criminal masterminds like the Kingpin, there are a lot of foes who are full of story potential. But, believe it or not, my favorite fiend is one of Spider-Man’s longtime enemies: Sergei Kravinoff, a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter – okay, I guess it’s probably not that hard to believe if you’ve read the title of the article. In fact, I like the guy so much that this is my second time writing about why I think he deserves a comic – the reason is different this time around, though – and, I kid you not, I recently bought myself a bust of the character as an early wedding gift for myself!

To some, Kraven’s a man in a silly costume that occasionally gets punched in the face by Spidey. But to me, he’s a more complex villain – a man who clearly isn’t a good guy (despite technically once being an Avenger!), but he still has his own code of honor. He’s not the kind of guy who wants to blow up a city or take over the world – his stories are smaller in scale and character-driven. He simply wants to be proud of himself and his family. He wants them to be courageous, strong, and able to overcome any obstacle in their way. But what if he wanted to change his ways and use his talents for something more noble? The latest issue of Howard the Duck has placed Kraven on the path to becoming an antihero, and now it’s up to Marvel to capitalize on this story! Yes, the comic focused on being a hilarious comedy, but there’s a legitimately awesome possibility with the character here!

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