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The Collector Sector - The Week of May 11th, 2011

The USG Collector Sector for the Week of May 11th, 2011
It's payday, you have some extra money, and you don't know what geeky awesomeness to buy? Take some advice from the experts at the USG, and enter the Collector Sector!

Special Thanks to for the low down on the books that are coming out!
It's a great site with a ton of information, and you can personalize your pull lists! Whats not to love?

Hellboy: Being Human (One-Shot)
Writer: Mike Mignola

Artist: Richard Corben
Colorist: Dave Stewart
A horrible witch and her zombie servant host a dinner party for a family of corpses, and
Hellboy and Roger turn up to blast them all back to hell in this team-up story from Roger's early days at the B.P.R.D.
* Art by Richard Corben (Hellboy: The Bride of Hell, Hellboy in Mexico, Hellboy: The Crooked Man).
* Features an early team--up with fan--favorite Roger!
* Twenty--eight story pages of blood--curdling horror!

"Each comic is able to effortlessly welcome and envelop you back into its strange world filled with odd characters and even odder ideas. I've cherished every one of my forays into the world of Hellboy." -IGN


Batman Incorporated #6
Written by GRANT MORRISON; Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM; 1:25 Variant cover by FRAZER IRVING
Man-of-Bats is a self-styled hero and community leader who protects his Sioux reservation from crime and
disease. His son, Raven Red, can't seem to keep his father's often-embarrassing enthusiasm in check - and he dreams of escaping his father's shadow to become a big time hero. But what happens when this homemade Dynamic Duo become the targets of a sophisticated, well-connected killer from the shadows? Can the intervention of Batman
save them befo
re it's too late?

Batman: Arkham City #1 (of 5)
Written by PAUL DINI; Art and cover by CARLOS D'ANDA
It's been a year since The Joker took over Arkham, and Gotham is still trying to get back to normal in this all-new, 5-issue miniseries bridging the gap between the hit videogame Batman: Arkham Asylum and the exciting, upcoming sequel, Batman: Arkham City! And now, an attack by a pair of super-powered twins increases the threat level and triggers
Gotham City's new mayor to call for drastic measures.

The Flash #12

Written by GEOFF JOHNS; Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL; 1:10 Variant cover by GEORGE PEREZ
"The Road to Flashpoint" concludes as everything Barry Allen knows and cares about is lost. What is the Flashpoint? Find out in the upcoming FLASHPOINT #1!

Flashpoint #1 (of 6)
Written by GEOFF JOHNS; Art and cover by ANDY KUBERT; 1:25 Variant cover A by

Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are
strangers, and close friends are differ
ent, gone or worse. It's a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war - but where are Earth's Greatest Heroes to stop it? It's a place where America's last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of The Outsider, The Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces! It's a world that could be running out of time, if The Flash can't find the villain who altered the time line!
Red Robin #23
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA; Art and cover by MARCUS TO and RAY MCCARTHY
The "7 Days of Death" begin with assassination attempts on Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox by the international assassin Scarab - but isn't she in jail? To find the killer, Red Robin may have to spring the real Scarab from prison! Is this an assault on Wayne Enterprises, or do the first two days of death signal the start of a deeper conspiracy?

Superman #711
Superman meets Sin City as the "Grounded" storyline takes The Man of Steel to Las Vegas!
But waiting there for Superman is an out-of-control Livewire, who has become more powerful and erratic than ever. Can Superman (with the help of Jimmy Olsen) shut her down before she shuts all of Vegas down, and more important, is Superman somehow responsible for her condition?

Titans #35

After his teammates' betrayal and the loss of another eye, Deathstroke must reunite the splintered group if they're to have any hope of escaping Drago's island. Meanwhile, Osiris and Isis return to Kahndaq to reclaim their thrones, and the Tattooed Man returns home to Liberty Hill, where he runs into Vixen.

Total Recall #1

(W) Vince Moore (A) Cezar Rezak (C) Darick Robertson (M), Cezar Razek (1~5)
Inspired by the hit 1990 science fiction movie, Total Recall. Read the story of what happens next! Having killed Cohaagen and given Mars an atmosphere, Douglas Quaid (the man who was Hauser) simply wants to live happily-ever-after with the woman of his dreams, Melina. How can Quaid have his happily-ever-after with Mars in chaos, new enemies coming to the red planet, and a mysterious stranger walking about? Check out issue Total Recall #1 to find
30 Days of Night: Night, Again #1 (of 4)
By: Joe Lansdale, Sam Kieth
Fleeing the site of a secondary vampire infestation in the cold, wilds of Alaska, a band of survivors arrive at a climate change facility during the final days of a long period of extended daylight.
The inhabitants of the research compound are trying to determine the nature of a strange object found in the ice when the survivors arrive, leading to a frightening and bloody confrontation between humans and vampires and an odd and unexpected guest!
Moriarty #1

By: Daniel Corey, Anthony Diecidue
It is the dawn of World War I, and Sherlock Holmes has been dead for 20 years.

Holmes' enemy - Professor James Moriarty - is a lost man. MI5 blackmails Moriarty into
finding Holmes' long-lost brother, Mycroft, but what at first appears to be a routine case
leads to a web of intrigue that involves a psychic box and its creator, a woman from

Moriarty's past, and a new villain that threatens to be greater than Moriarty ever was!
MORIARTY is a new science fiction-noir starring the nefarious Professor Moriarty, arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, written by DANIEL COREY, with art by ANTHONY DIECIDUE and letters by DAVE LANPHEAR.

Amazing Spider-Man #660

Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI
'Parental Supervision Required' THIS ISSUE IS PACKED!!! The SINISTER SIX versus
the FF... and by FF, we mean ALL of the Future Foundation! Know what's not a good place for children, even super powered kids? A full-scale battle with the world's deadliest super villains! It's not 'Bring Your Kids To Work' Day, not a field trip, and it's definitely not a game! This is a high stakes battle and there's no way it will end well... You also get part 3 of the death-defying team up of Spider-Man and Ghost Rider by Rob Williams and Lee Garbett. And also this issue...our 2nd in a series of 'Infested' preludes leading to this summer's top secret Spidey event! Phew!

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #518

Written by DAVID LISS

T'Challa vs. Vlad The Impaler - the final battle! He's left a wake of destruction across Hell's Vlad feels the wrath of the Panther! From dark alleys to rain-soaked rooftops, T'Challa must end the bloody career of a ruthless monster, but at what terrible cost? Plus, don't miss the shock ending that will launch the next arc of the series that has Aint It Cool News raving 'I bet you a red billy club Liss and Francavilla will be up for an Eisner...This is
good comics!'
Daredevil: Reborn #4 (of 4)
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Cover by JOCK
Is this the final end for Daredevil...? For years he was known as the Man Without Fear. But now, trapped in his own very personal hell, Matt Murdock must confront the darkness within himself - and what he finds there terrifies him to the core.

Fear Itself: The Worthy #3
Jeff Parker, Declan Shalvey
The world will know Fear. The world will know The Worthy. The world will know Titania...

Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #1 (of 6)
Penciled by MIKE NORTON
FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN! With a growing sense of uncertainty and despair gripping the nation--and the world--the remnants of the Initiative program are sworn in as fe
deral agents charged with keeping the peace. Their ensuing actions, however, threaten to plunge America's young heroes into civil war! Featuring AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE stars THOR GIRL, ULTRAGIRL, CLOUD 9, KOMDO and HARDBALL--plus FIRESTAR, GRAVITY and some very cool surprises--YOUTH IN REVOLT brings the horror of FEAR ITSELF to the doorstep of a generation!
FF #3
Penciled by STEVE EPTING

Character Variants by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
FF #3 X-Men Evolutions Variant by TBA What has become of the surviving members of the Council, loosed upon our world by Valeria? That's what Reed Richards and the new FF must now discover!

New Avengers #12


X-Men Evolutions Variant by KHOI PHAM
SECRETS!! Who were the first Avengers? That is the question and this chapter will bring you
the shoc
king answer. And how will the first mission of the earliest Avengers affect the survival of one of the most beloved Avengers of the modern day? The Dark Avengers team of Bendis and Deodato reunite and bring comics legend Howard Chaykin with them!
X-Men #11
Penciled by TBA
X-Men Evolutions Variant by DAVID LOPEZ Jubilee has been turned by the dark forces of

the undead. And though the battle with the vampires is over, Jubilee's own battle has just begun. Now a vampire living amongst an army of mutants, Jubilee struggles to find her place and to keep her vampire cravings at bay. But unbeknownst to her, one of her fellow X-Men may just hold the key to curing her of her thirst for blood. Could Professor Xavier's own encounter with a vampire hold the key to her salvation?

The Darkness #91 (MR)
By: Phil Hester, Sheldon Mitchell, Bane
The battle between Jackie Estacado and the very source of his power, The Darkness ensues in earnest
! Estacado has been lied to, beaten down, and betrayed over and over again over the last few years; but he has also studied, learned, and grown. Will Jackie Estacado take control of his destiny or will he end up another in a long line of pawns for The Darkness?

Once again I must give a nod to our friends at Mattel and MattyCollector!  Begining on Monday, May 16 at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time (11:00 A.M. Central) the latest batch of fast-moving exclusive offers goes live.  Along with a few non-exclusives that may prove hard to find on store pegs.  This is going to be a big one for fans of Masters of the Universe and pretty much any Green Lantern collectors out there.  Hmmmm...I wonder if our resident GL Geek will be taking notice of this week's Buy Me, Fanboy? 

So with Andrew in mind I lead with a couple of exclusive Green Lantern offerings followed by those that, while available elsewhere, are certainly easy enough to find on MattyCollector come Monday.  So we begin with that unlikely member of the Green Lantern Corps (you can thank the Crisis on Infinite Earths for leaving the Guardians no choice but to bring this jerk on board), Guy Gardner!

The smart-mouthed Green Lantern and Justice League Europe member Guy Gardner gets the vintage Mego action figure treatment!  And you can only get him online...if you hurry.  Yes, I see this one selling out perhaps even on Monday.  Before the end of the week if not.  Mattel has shown considerable love for the Green Lantern mythos in this series of articulated action figures with cloth costumes.  Guy Garnder's unique (and I dare say quite '80's) take on the traditional GL garb is captured in every detail.  Right down to his ridiculously oversized boots!  He even comes with the necessary power battery lantern to keep up the good fight in his own way.

Green Man Green Lantern Movie Masters Action Figure ($25)
About a month ago I profiled this particular Green Lantern figure based on the upcoming feature film.  Well it is finally getting offered to a collectibles-hungry public.  To learn more about the Green Man, check out the Collector Sector from the week of April 13.  This is another I believe will go quickly as it is the only venue through which you can purchase this figure.  If you are seeking to gather thogether all of the movie incarnations of the Corps then you won't want to miss out on this gigantic figure!

And if you are looking to get all of the movie figures, there is one currently in stores, G'Hu.  Rick has this figure already but some of the others from the same series (which allow you to build the massive robotic Green Lantern Stel) have proved elusive.  And in my experience some figures are hard to find in some areas of the country while others are commonplace.  If you can't find this guy (or any of the other five from this particular run), the MattyCollector offerings may help you get old Stel built and be worth the price of $15 a pop! 
The remaining figures in the Stel series are not based on the movie incarnations of characters but rather their comic appearances (since Mattel alredy has many slated for their Movie Masters line).  The remaining figures in this run are Sodam Yat, Star Saphire: Carol Ferris, a three-pack featuring Dex-Starr, Despotellis, and B'dg, and two figures that come with interchangable heads (and in one case hands as well) so they can be one or the other of two different characters.  These figures are the Green Lanterns Medphyll and Naut Kei Loi and the Red Lanterns Shallox and Nite-Lik!

And then there are the latest Club Eternia offerings for Masters of the Universe.  It seems that both He-Man and She-Ra's legends are alive and well over at Mattel.  And with good reason.  The Eternians have certainly put that toy company on top for many years running.  Some of the latest batch are re-releases while some appear to be new to the "Club".

She-Ra and Catra ($20 each)
I don't know too much about She-Ra or her (it would seem to me) arch nemesis.  But I am sure to long-standing fans of the show and the action figure lines the re-release of She-Ra and the addition of the evil Catra will be most welcome.  Each comes with a variety of accessories which include classic and updated looks to each of their "masks".  One of the things that is really remarkable about the contemporary MOTU line is the use of extra heads or accessories to give collectors the option of the "classic" or "modern" look.

Whiplash ($20), another re-released figure is a good example of this fact as he sports a head invoking his original toothsome countenance and his less comical reimagined look.  Also being offered again is the airial hero Stratos ($20).  This winged warrior captures the feel of his predicessor while having an updated look all his own. 

And not to step on Rick's toes I had to share something with our great friend Stu (of the Midnight Movie Cowboys) in mind.  The DVD Basement features the upcoming new releases on a very timely basis, so I think I can get away with this one solely because it is nothing that will be available right away.  And since it is a personal favorite from childhood I can't resist sharing the news in my segment of the Collector Sector. 

The DVD in question is Herculoids: The Complete Animated Series and will be available from Warner Archive and WBshop beginning June 14, 2011.  Preorders are being accepted for the two-disc set (containing all 18 episodes plus a featurette) for $29.95. 

And don't worry Stu, I'll be happy to order one in for you.  I have a feeling I will want this one for myself as well.  I loves me some Herck-a-Loids!  (Thanks to Rick for letting me horn in on some DVD action, by the way.)

So with that I will bid you a fond farewell and remind you to...Get Out There and Collect!  (Especially you Mr. Green Lantern Farmer!)

Before I jump into things here in the DVD basement, I have it on good authority that the DC Universel Legends Green Lantern figures that have the pieces to build Stel (and he's a HUGE figure as you can see here in this picture) are all Wal-Mart Exclusives only.  Which might explain why they are so elusive.  Sure, you can plunk down $20 at the comic book store but why would you want to when the thrill of the hunt is so much more fun? 

Anyway, here are the releases for the this week on DVD and Blu Ray.  Not a whole hell of a lot to be honest that really piqued my interest as far as newer releases but a couple of really solid older films that are getting a single release for sure.

Simply classic film and the kickstarter of a really successful franchise.  There is great talent at work here and this movie is creepy, thrilling, and definitely does not disappoint.  The Blu Ray transfer is nothing short of perfection.

James Cameron delivered one hell of a thrill ride with this one!  While Alien was moody, atmospheric, and creepy, Aliens goes from suspense film to just full on action.  This movie doe snot disappoint, the action sequences are insane, and the final fight with Ripley and the Queen Alien is jaw droppingly awesome!  Highest possible recommendation!

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Redford and Newman in one of my favorite westerns ever.  This movie is exciting, hilarious, and even heartbreaking.  The script by William Goldman is brilliant and the music and directing is top notch.  Definitely a recommended movie if you have never seen it!

I will be seeing this one soon.  I have to.  So many people have been talking it up that I need to see what everyone is talking about and I have to experience this movie and George C. Scott's incredible performance for myself.  Once I do, I will be posting it as a continuing my film education article for sure!

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