Friday, June 21, 2013

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Ava

Putting superheroes and fantastical warriors to the side to say...

Happy Birthday to Ava Lee Ferguson

She is one year old today!

Daddy loves you sweetie!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wolverine and the Xmen are due out in So to give us a taste, we were given a few previews. The first preview is the Chase figure Phoenix Five Cyclops


Let's start with what the heck is a Phoenix five. I didn't read the story. It didn't interest me, and you can get the just of it from Wikipedia. In a nut shell, during the Avengers vs. Xmen storyline instead of one mutant being possessed by the Phoenix Force, five of them were. These mutants include Cyclops, Magic, Emma Frost, Namor, and Colossus. This upped there powers and when one of them was defeated, the Phoenix Force would leave them and be divided between the remaining members. This lead up to the only thing I liked about the series. I heard that during a battle Cyclops felt he needed more power, so he took out his ally Emma Frost and absorbed her power. I thought that was funny and totally awesome!

Enough about that, on to more important stuff...the figure! This chase comes in at two different point values, 295 and 150. Already the figure comes out swinging as we know that there are going to be four other chase figures (the rest of the phoenix five) that will have a nice synergy with it. I love the the Phoenix Five trait. The "We're Beloved, They're Mistrusted" trait is also neat and seems to fit thematically.

Playing figure at 150 points:
Coming in at 6 clicks of life, this figure falls in the same trap that most figures with multiple costs options do; Other figure in its 150 point weight class average 7 - 8 clicks of life. Still the traits are powerful enough to warrant some sort of balancing. For it's cost, the combat values are decent and consistent. Cyclops has a 9 range, but doesn't have the Sharpshooter ability. Having Running shot and a potential 6 clicks of damage at the start is impressive and with the new rules (if you aren't familiar with the new rules, check them out at for Ranged Combat Expert, there is the option of trading damage for accuracy i.e. a ranged combat action with 12 attack / 4 damage or 11 attack / 5 damage. This figure also sports the Power Cosmic and Xmen team abilities. While the Power Cosmic team ability grants this figure willpower and the ability to not have it's powers countered, the Xmen team ability allows for something interesting. With 2 clicks of support, this figure can receive a click of healing from a fellow Xman with the team ability and then possibly use support to restore the click taken. While this isn't extremely powerful, it's not a bad way to keep the longevity of the team going. The figure starts with Pulse Wave and then goes to Psychic/Penetrating Blast. So for the whole dial, this figure is ripping through damage reducers. For defense, Cyclops has Invulnerability and the new pink power Invincible. The Power Cosmic keeps foes from countering his defense, but this doesn't help when opponents are using Exploit Weakness or Psychic/Penetrating Blast. I'm not sure how I feel about the Invincible power yet.

 Figures in 150 point Cyclops weight class: Hulk Robot, Gardner, Thanos, Nova Prime, Skirn, and Skadi.

Playing figure at 295 points:
At full cost, you get an additional 4 clicks of life, the Siege Courageous trait, the Phoenix Force Blast attack power, higher combat numbers, and a few other standard powers. The Siege Courageous trait allows you to place any figures with the Phoenix Force keyword anywhere on the map once per game. While it's nt as powerful as say Big Barda's Boom Tube trait as after moving you end your turn; still if you plan ahead, positioning can be key. Whether a strategic retreat or preparing for an all out assault next turn. Cyclops not only has 5 damage, and outwit on his first click, but he also has the Phoenix Force Blast. This allows Cyclops to make ranged attacks that effect additional targets that are 2 squares away from the initial target and split his damage between them. If an opponent isn't careful, you can use this to deal with figures hiding with stealth. While I'm not a fan of Invincible defense power as of yet, I am a fan of a 19 defense and defense powers that can't be countered. Running shot and Hypersonic speed give you more options for attacking.

There are few figures in 295 Cyclops weight class: Void, Sentry, Odin, and Phoenix

This figure is well put together. Still it's mostly, if not all, about ranged attacks. Since it lacks the sharpshooter ability, some of the goodness that is Cyclops gets shut down when it is based. The sculpt looks extremely cool, but from the looks could be susceptible to easily breaking.

I give this figure a B+

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Does the black guy live? Movie Reviews This week....Man of Steel!

Man of Steel Does the black guy live?

Solid B grade for Man of Steel!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Upcoming Mighty Avengers sports a minority filled cast...

The new Mighty Avengers title is going to feature a majority of minorities. You heard right. Luke Cage is going to head up a team of Avengers with She Hulk, White Tiger, Spectrum (Monica Rambeau - aka Captain Marvel, Photon, and Pulsar), a all new Ronin, Falcon, Blue Marvel, Superior Spider-Man, and Power Man.

Mighty Avengers

 Well I for one am excited about this title! I've always loved She Hulk and Monica Rambeau. It's good to have her back!  Luke Cage grew on me some time ago, I think I started liking him when he was called a "cape chaser" in a book I read once. I'm interested in White Tiger as I'm warming up to the character. Part of that is due to playing her heroclix figure. The White Tiger from the Incredible Hulk set is 58 points of kick butt awesome sauce. So I'm interested to see what she is going to do. I am hoping that this new Ronin is a girl dressed as a man (a la Mulan). I was a big fan of the (Echo) Ronin. Not sure about Blue Marvel yet. I enjoyed his origin story, but not sure how what they are going to do with him. Power Man hasn't appeared much. I don't like the costume that much, but from what I hear about his powers, I'm interested in him. Falcon is the only member I'm like meh about. I think they are going to need to do something to make and keep him interesting. Superior Spider-Man is another character that I only know from articles I've read. So I'm a little unsure how to feel about him.


All in all, I'm excited about the characters and how they are going to interact.

As for the creative team, Greg Land is the artist...and I'm a little worried...just a little. I haven't seen much of his work, but I have seen a lot of HATE sites for him. I honestly don't see anything wrong with his stuff. But there are sites that try and break down all of this craziness that he is accused of. All I can say is WOW. My only fear is that a little of his stigma might rub some readers the wrong way...BEFORE they read the book. I've usually been able to look past art if I liked the story.

SO my VERDICT is give this book a chance when it hits the stands!

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The quest for Comic Con 2014 continues...

On my quest to Comic Con 2014, I am not going to dress as this guy!

This is Hobie Brown aka THE PROWLER
He was a window washer who had a racist boss. He invented some devices to make window washing safer and got fired for it. So naturally he did what anyone would do after that. Used his gadgets to make a super villain costume. He decided to steal the Daily Bugle's payroll as The Prowler and then return as Hobie Brown to give the money back. It didn't work out. He later became a part of Spider-Man's supporting cast.

The Prowler's suit used compressed air for various effects: making his cape ridged for gliding or firing cleaning fluid, explosives, flares, gases, and darts from this gauntlets.  Or in a pinch he just uses his gauntlets or boots to fire blasts of compressed air. His gauntlets also sport steel tipped climbing claws while his boots are shock absorbent for leaping and falling.

First Appearance Amazing Spider-Man #78 and he was created in part by Stan "the man" Lee.

Truth is, years ago I spent $300 to get to make me a Prowler costume. It turned out okay. I wore it for Halloween and people kept calling me Spawn. GRRRRR! I am tearing up the house looking for the only pic I took with it on.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Quick response (SO NO SPOILERS) to:
Episode one - New Deal

A few familiar faces show up in this episode.

Nick E. Tarabay - Ashur from the Stars series Sparticus

Jack Coleman and Adrian Pasdar - Noah Bennett and Nathan Petrelli from Heroes

Not going to ruin anything, but if you've been a fan of Burn Notice; this episode still has that flavor that I think made us fans love the show.  It's definitely worth checking out and I welcome you to post your own response after watching it.

BOTTOM LINE - Good episode, nothing really surprising, but still a decent start. I'll be watching, will you?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

And so it begins...

Okay. I've never been to the San Diego Comic Con....

So I'm making it my mission to go to the CON in 2014!

I'm also planning to construct a costume of one of my favorite black heroes for the event.

Care to take a guess who?


So I have a year. I will be posting on my progress, stay tuned...