18 Dec, 2012

Last Second Gifts Ideas

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Bloggerinos! Frantic to get some shopping done? Still have to buy gifts for your boyfriend/girlfriend, brother/sister, dog/cat etc?! Here’s some graphic novel and figure suggestions for this holiday season, for all your human family and friends!

For the Bronies and the Kids:

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic – As I talked about last time, My Little Pony is one of the most popular phenomena of our current time, and it’s a cartoon that offers positive values for children, and surprising fun for adults. The comic is entertaining and captures the spirit of the show. Get the boxed set of all the first covers, each one featuring one of the Mane Six ponies, or check out the Midtown Comics exclusive cover!

For the girl who wants to save the day:

Princeless – From Action Lab Entertainment, this all ages tale is about a young princess who’s been told since childhood that she must wait in a tower and wait for a prince that will slay the dragon guarding her, and marry him—Well forget that! Princess Adrienne is going to show the world, with her faithful dragon Sparky! It’s a lot of fun, and well worth the read!

For the kids who want dinosaur pets:

Super Dinosaur – From the guy who created the Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, comes the story of Derek Dynamo and his friend Super Dinosaur. They must defeat the evil Max Maximus and other nefarious dinosaurs. How do they do this? Super Dinosaur has a set of robot arms he controls with his tiny T-Rex hands! That gets me every time! There have been a few volumes of the series now, so you can grab a volume or two!

For the 24-7 CoD player/Action Man:

Ultimate Comics Ultimates – Written by Jonthan Hickman and Sam Humphries, this is like any Call of Duty plot, except you’ve got Thor, Captain American and Iron Man in the middle of it! The world is thrown into utter chaos, and the Ultimates get dealt heavy, heavy blows. I don’t want to get into anymore, it’s just immensely awesome! The Ultimate Universe has dire consequences that the regular Marvel Universe just doesn’t.

The Strange Talent of Luthor Strode – In the 70’s, comics used to feature this ad:

It seems cool and all, but it’s not real… right?

Luthor Strode sends away for the booklet, and achieves some amazing physical feats… and then everything hits the fan. If the fan had spikes, spun at mach 3, and was sharp enough to cut atoms in half.

It gets bad. Real bad. But bad is great, because you get to witness the violent birth of a violent hero!

Don’t get this for anyone under the age of 15… it’s a great read, but seriously, mature audiences only!

Avengers vs. X-Men is the ultimate fanboy debate: which team would win? It also happened to be the biggest event of 2012, and in this hardcover collection, you get not only the main series, but the side series, AvX: Vs! The series definitely wasn’t without controversy, but it was a good read and sets the stage for the Marvel NOW! relaunch that’s going on right now.

For the missus (or girlfriend or just a friend that’s a girl or anyone with good taste male or female):

Fables – Fables is such an easy standby… and for good reason: the series is really good! The premise of the story is simple: All the legends we grew up with (Pinocchio, Snow White, etc.) are living in New York City, in a magically hidden neighborhood called Fabletown. These Fables are trying to blend in with us Mundy folk, but they’re also trying to defeat their Adversary and take back their Homelands. There’s hilarity, romance, action and drama in each volume, one of the most beloved series at Vertigo. If you like Once Upon a Time or Grimm (which may or may not have been influenced by Fables), you’ll like this book!

Thief of Thieves – Another Kirkman book! This one, which was picked up by AMC for a TV show. Conrad Paulsen is the best thief in the world, and he just quit. Conrad wants something else, more than money, jewels or anything that can be stolen: his family. Some things, though, can’t be stolen. Doesn’t mean Conrad won’t try. The series brings to mind heist movies like Ocean’s Eleven, and AMC has done a good job with Walking Dead (Season 3 has been AWESOME!), so let’s see where they go with this.

Saga – I’ve mentioned this book numerous times… Brian K. Vaughan is a magic man of story and dialogue, and Saga is his latest opus: a war between a planet and its moon, two star-crossed lovers, and a baby that both sides wants dead. The blend of fantasy and science works really well, and the team of Vaughan and Fiona Staples is amazing. It’s the perfect gateway for both genres of storytelling.

For the figure collector and the kids who love toys:

Is that… DARKHAWK?!? AWWW YEAHHHH! Photo courtesy of Articulation Times

Marvel Universe Figures by Hasbro: These are the perfect playthings for kids and collectors. These figures are ultra articulated and can be posed pretty well (as a kid, I dreamt of articulation like this). Kids from 8 and up can probably appreciate that. For the adult collector, these guys sometimes have rare chase variants, which I know people go crazy over. Either way, these guys are fun. I love taking pictures of them posed.

John Stewart and Atrocitus, photo courtesy of Figures.com

Green Lantern 2-Pack John Stewart And Atrocitus NYCC 2012 Exclusive Action Figure

For the adult collector, Midtown Comics was able to get our hands on a bunch of these NYCC exclusive DC Collectible figures. This is DC Collectibles’ first attempt at figures at this scale, and they did a decent enough job. They have good articulation and come with accessories. John Stewart, being a former Marine, has a construct sniper rifle. Atrocitus, the lead Red Lantern, comes with a red spike of rage. These will look good outside of the package, or preserved in the box for posterity. I happen to have them on display, but I’m not a mint in box guy.

We Can Be Heroes Justice League 7-Pack Box Set

These figures are awesome, and they also support an awesome cause! This set gives you the main roster of the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman) in one package. Proceeds benefit people living with drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. It’s a noble cause, and these big guys are a little sturdier than the small figures I mentioned, so kids can enjoy these toys.

That’s it for this post, if you happen to live in the NYC area, stop by one of our three stores and get some recommendations from the best staff in the world! If you stop by Times Square, I’d be glad to help you with your purchases and offer you recommendations for you and your loved ones, and if you’re ordering online check this link out for deadlines to ship out! Until next time—


–          Raph

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