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Friday, May 13, 2016

Strange Natives: The Forgotten Memories of a Forgetful Old Woman Review

Strange Natives: The Forgotten Memories of a Forgetful Old Woman was my one purchase at the recent Summer Komikon. My friend Jerico Marte is the artist for the book, and I got it as a show of support for his talent. What I wasn't ready for was how ambitious the book is.

Paolo Herras penned this tale that takes us through time, from the age of illustrados through the modern, seen through the eyes of an old woman named Grasya, who's running from a past too painful to remember.

Butterflies are a recurring theme throughout the book, which Herras uses as a metaphor for memories to great effect. Small, fleeting, harmless, memories may flutter by but may swarm and engulf us if we let it. The book transitions from the present to the past plenty and often, as the old lady is swept through her own memories and forcing us to confront them with her, which is a nice touch. It's a tough read through sometimes, as Herras sometimes digs too deep into his metaphors, but when he gets it right, the story becomes an enthralling, interesting read. There is a lot of tragedy here, a lot of painful loss...but there's also a bit of hope, and a warning of the consequences should we forget the mistakes of the past.

Jerico Marte marks his full-length comic book debut in Strange Natives, and he's firing on all cylinders. Every page is a labor (emphasis on labor) of love. Marte draws the hell out of this book, with a style that's reminiscent of vintage Aeon Flux. Herras' characters take on an otherworldly, almost dream-like feel under Marte's pencils, which is a perfect fit for the story. I have watched Jerico's art evolve through the years, and I can safely say we haven't seen him at his full potential. I can't wait to see what more he has to offer.

Strange Natives: The Forgotten Memories of a Forgetful Old Woman is a book you don't pick up on a whim. This strange, supernatural story needs you to be open for anything, to learn how to take the past and keep it close so yesterday's pain won't ruin your future.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Marvel Legends Civil War Giant-Man Series Black Panther Review


Captain America: Civil War has been rocking faces off people everywhere, in no small part thanks to its new characters, namely a certain King of Wakanda called the Black Panther! So it's no surprise that I found myself wanting a toy of this sexy beast. Enter Hasbro's Marvel Legends, who has released an action figure version of Black Panther in their Civil War tie-in wave. I was lucky enough to snap one up in my local toy store before it disappeared...and you know what that means, right? Toy review!

I am in love with this toy. One look at it and you'll know why: the sculpt is gorgeous, perfectly capturing the intricate weave detail of Black Panther's movie costume, and the silver highlights on his mask, amulet, and gauntlets are well applied. Hasbro took no shortcuts with this toy, and it shows.


Black Panther in Civil War was as limber as his feline namesake, and thankfully his articulation reflects this. When it comes to joints, Black Panther comes with the whole shebang: double jointed knees and elbows, swivel waist, ab crunch, and a neck joint with a good range of motion. There's not an angle where he doesn't look badass, whether it's getting ready to pounce on Soviet super soldiers, or going toe-to-toe with Captain America.


Black Panther comes with no accessories except an alternate unmasked head of what's supposed to be Chadwick Boseman, the actor who plays T'Challa in the film. The sculpt is too soft and too cartoony to enjoy any resemblance to Boseman, but Hasbro isn't exactly known for their likenesses. Still, it's a cool addition, so you can actually display Black Panther with his helmet off to give your toy display some much-needed royalty!


Seriously, I could sing praises for this toy all day. I mean, the worst you could look out for is misapplied paint. It's not everyday Hasbro gets a Marvel Legends figure this right, so this Black Panther figure is a welcome surprise. Bandai is releasing an S.H.Figuarts version of Black Panther soon, but I dare say it's found stiff competition in Marvel Legends...and at half the price too!


Marvel Legends' Captain America: Civil War wave found its star, and it's name is Black Panther. Highly detailed and oozing with character, this toy would be the highlight of any action figure collection.

It's out in stores now, but I hear Black Panther is short-packed at one per case, making him pretty rare. And with an action figure this good, it will make him even rarer. I was very very fortunate to see one of him on the pegs, so I snapped it up knowing I might never get an opportunity like that again!

I hope you found this review useful. What did you think of Civil War? Let me know in the comment box! Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Life-Sized Iron Man Replica Costume is the Stuff of Legends


Now you too can walk around feeling like Tony Stark with your own life-sized Iron Man Mark VII replica armor costume!

Chinese propmakers and certified crazy dudes Killerbody is blowing minds with their Life-Sized 1:1 Iron Man Mark VII Replica Costume. Check out this video and tell me this isn't a time to be alive.



Standing at an imposing 6 feet 3 inches tall (1.92 meters), Killerbody's Iron Man Replica Costume is loaded with features, from light up eyes and opening faceplate, to panels all over the armor that open up to reveal missile payloads as seen in Marvel's The Avengers!

While you may feel like Tony Stark, you'll need a Tony Stark-sized bank account to own this baby, as it's rumored that the whole costume complete with electronics will set you back almost $10,000!

Not sure how the quality holds up against cosplay armor done by private propmakers, but the sheer balls to create (and sell!) something like this is impressive in itself. Check out more photos and info at the Killerbody site.

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