Hear me out on this one. I’m not a toy critic. This isn’t a review. I’m just a guy who likes giggling at the weird details of the world. And the Detroit Steel LEGO set definitely counts. I’ve been obsessing about this toy since it was first announced, and since I had the day off from work on Monday, I decided to go out and pick it up at Walmart. Wasn’t too expensive, and it actually adds to the collection of LEGO superhero mech-suits I’ve been putting together.
So it’s a fine LEGO set. No complaints. Fun to build. Nice to have.
But the devil is in the details. I would love to know the thought process that went into putting this LEGO set together and picking out all the individual elements. None of them go together, either in comic, film or television. It’s a weird mishmash of ideas. How does that get designed?
Granted, none of this matters and I’m only poking at air. Who cares that the new LEGO set doesn’t hold up to rigorous comic book scrutiny? I can almost guarantee this article will not have any significant bearing on your day. There are probably a million better things I could be doing with my day and/or life.
But I can promise that this will be the greatest, most intense critique of the LEGO Detroit Steel Strikes! playset that you’re ever going to read! Join me after the jump!
Holy New Year, comic book fans! Not only were there five Wednesdays in December, but the last one fell on New Year’s Eve, which apparently means that both DC and Marvel decided that nobody was going to bother buying comics. Both companies released less than a handful of comics this week, knocking my review pile down to a total of two comics!
The first is the latest issue of Batman Eternal, because DC decided to keep to that weekly schedule of theirs. It’s not as bad as previous issues, but it’s still not the breakthrough we’re all hoping for here at the end. Marvel released the first issue of their new SHIELD series, introducing characters from the TV show into the comic book Marvel Universe. It’s actually very good, and wins Comic Book of the Week with ease!
Since it’s such a slow week, I also decided to finally read and review The Valiant #1 from a few weeks ago. Some of you have no doubt heard of Valiant Comics. It’s always been in the back of my mind, and someone recently recommended to me that I start picking up some of their comics. I’m always trying to stretch beyond Marvel and DC, so why not?
But was it worth the cost? Read on!
Comic Reviews: Batman Eternal #39, SHIELD #1 and The Valiant #1.
The ladies of Portland, Oregon definitely seem to have a thing for Agent Phil Coulson.
Those lovely ladies are The Doubleclicks, and they have good taste in secret agents.
Well there is now!
In what has to be one of the silliest, most ham-fisted attempts to force the Marvel comics universe to look like the Marvel movie universe, the company is doing away with the classic Nick Fury and has invented, out of the ether, a brand new Nick Fury that looks exactly like the one appearing in next week’s The Avengers movie. He’s got the eye patch, he’s got the goatee, and most importantly, he’s black. They even came up with an insane, soap opera-esque way that he can be called ‘Nick Fury’.
Meet Nick Fury Jr., the long lost son of the normal Nick Fury, who just happens to bear a striking resemblance to Samuel L. Jackson.
It boggles the mind that Marvel would be this desperate to try and get fans of the movies to pick up the comics. Haven’t sales shown that this doesn’t work? There is no huge increase in comic sales correlating with big budget movie releases. The crossover in sales just doesn’t happen!
But Marvel doesn’t seem to care. They’re more than willing to throw continuity and common sense in the garbage if it means even a tiny bit more brand awareness. I hate when executives get their hands on the creative properties.
Join me after the jump for a bit more explanation.