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Kotobukiya DC Comics Supergirl New 52 ARTFX and Statue
Kotobukiya DC Comics Supergirl New 52 ARTFX and Statue
Offered by Toy Zany
Price: CDN$ 67.95
4 used & new from CDN$ 57.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware...., July 18 2014
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Buyer Beware! This is a very small statue. It is about 6" high off the base. I was expecting that this would at least be as large as the other Kotobukiya statues. I have mini-busts that are almost as large as this. It doesn't even fit securely into the base. It has a small magnet on one foot holding it in place. Okay to buy this at list price, on release,from a comic book store, but these independent suppliers charge $20 over list and it's just not worth the inflated price.

300: Rise of an Empire (Bilingual) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet]
300: Rise of an Empire (Bilingual) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet]
DVD ~ Rodrigo Santoro
Price: CDN$ 26.98
7 used & new from CDN$ 22.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars A sequel of paltry proportion, June 25 2014
One of the worst films of the decade and a sequel that pays a disservice to it's predecessor. "300", although told in a fantastical way, was a story that was at least based on some fact, mirroring the abstract style of Frank Miller's graphic novel. "Rise" was sheer fantasy and had an almost laughable tie-in to the original story.These filmmakers must think modern audiences completely mindless and, given some of the startling good reviews seen here, they may well be justified. This was a poor attempt to capitalize on the success of the original simply by handing the viewer a smattering of slow motion bloodletting. The script was non-existent and completely unbelievable. What follows are a few of many examples; The Greeks are supposed to be farmers and tradesmen but every one of them are built like they just walked out of Gold's Gym; there is a lot of posturing where thousands of soldiers just stand at attention for hours in silence, trying to look menacing, waiting for battle; almost every spoken word is a motivational or moral speech of some kind; mounted Greeks jumping horses from ship to ship; ships without lights attacking at night and in bad weather...great strategy; I thought the Greeks had the "fire" not the Persians?; Greek soldiers wearing bare chests and bikini briefs...who needs armor; archers firing arrows thousands of yards with a Greek short bow and spot on target; I could go on and on....The only near good thing about this film was that I rented it on cable for $6, but in retrospect, it was $6 that would have been better spent elsewhere.

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 3
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 3
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 53.30
31 used & new from CDN$ 50.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Before art overshadowed story..., May 30 2014
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Nowadays , "Supe's" books are more focused on art and it takes ten complete issues to complete a story arc. Ah...back to the days when writers could write complete stories in 10 pages and "epic" stories in one Giant Size issue or Annual! With all of the DC Archives produced, fans have long awaited the full release of the Silver Age "Curt Swan" Superman (the 200 series). Unfortunately, to date, this era Superman can only be found in this Man of Tomorrow series with some team-ups and cameos in World's Finest (with Batman & Robin), Supergirl and some of the Legion Archives. All of that aside, this issue does not disappoint. A plethora of great writers including, Jerry Siegel one of Superman's co-creators, and of course those iconic Curt Swan covers that we have come to know and love. It would be terribly disappointing if DC Archives fall short of producing more than Golden age Superman books. There is a reason why Silver Age books are so popular..."because they have the best stories and art ever....duh!" Any lover of Silver Age comics will love this book!

The Art Of Joe Jusko (Signed Edition)
The Art Of Joe Jusko (Signed Edition)
by Joe Jusko
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 62.99
5 used & new from CDN$ 62.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware, May 21 2014
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Arguably, today's best fantasy and pop culture artist. In my early comic collection days, had a subscription to Savage Sword of Conan and couldn't enough of Joe Jusko or Earl Norem's fantastic cover art. Had never even read a Warlord of Mars book until I saw Jusko drawing covers and now I have a comic box full of them. Book contains some of Joe's best work and does not disappoint from that standpoint.However, buyer beware, the spine on this book is ridiculously fragile. When I first opened it, the pages almost came off in my hand. Disappointing when you pay top dollar for a signed and numbered edition.

Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man: Avenging Spider-Man 2-disc DVD (Sous-titres français)
Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man: Avenging Spider-Man 2-disc DVD (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Drake Bell
Price: CDN$ 24.97
21 used & new from CDN$ 9.37

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1.0 out of 5 stars They cancelled Spectacular Spider-Man to produce this?, April 29 2014
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Spectacular Spiderman the animated series, arguably the best Marvel animated series to-date, was cancelled in mid-season with a cliff-hangar ending, supposedly to make way for this new " Ultimate SM" series. What a total disappointment. No character development; no adult plots; no drama; lame/juvenile humor and too much of it; no attention paid to the source material. I guess real comic book fans will just just have to stick to the DC feature films and hope Bruce Timm makes another series because, with the exception of Avengers EMH, Marvel has yet to produce and complete a decent animated series.

Spectacular Spider-Man: Comp First & Second Season [Blu-ray] [Import]
Spectacular Spider-Man: Comp First & Second Season [Blu-ray] [Import]
Price: CDN$ 44.87
21 used & new from CDN$ 35.29

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Marvel Animated Series Ever Created, April 25 2014
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I was always of the opinion that Bruce Timm's DC Animated Series (Superman, Batman, JLA) have always been superior to any series that Marvel has produced (with the possible exception of the Avengers EMH), until I recently purchased and began watching SSM. This series blew me away. It was the closest thing to the original Amazing Spiderman comics produced to date. Great story telling and character development outweighed any critique of the actual animation. It was great to see Spidey as he was written, "a teenager" trying to cope with puberty and the weight of his power/ responsibility. I was really excited to see all of the old favorites, especially the four love interests in Spidey's angst-filled life, Betty Brant, Gwen, M.J. and Felicia Hardy. It was like reading the old Lee and Ditko books and contained some of the earlier, more obscure villains, like the Enforcers and the Shocker. I wasn't really familiar with "Tombstone" as the NYC crime lord. Had they replaced him with the Kingpin it would have been absolutely perfect. I bet Stan loved this one. Too bad the series ended abruptly, Excelsior!

Passion [Blu-ray] [Import]
Passion [Blu-ray] [Import]
Price: CDN$ 16.27
25 used & new from CDN$ 8.72

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5.0 out of 5 stars DePalma's best, Dec 21 2013
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This is the best Brian De Palma film ever, and I've seen them all. Great performances by the mostly female cast. The film left you guessing throughout and, even at the end, we were still "cliff hanging" when the credits rolled. This is the best erotic thriller since "Basic Instinct". Thoroughly enjoyable pace and the eroticism was more imagined than "in our face" like any true "Hitchcock-ian" piece.

Man of Steel [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Man of Steel [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Diane Lane
Price: CDN$ 14.99
23 used & new from CDN$ 9.28

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Superman since Christopher Reeve, Dec 21 2013
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After a lot of botched attempts they finally got it right! Henry Cavill was terrific as the last son of Krypton and this is the best Superman movie since the early Christopher Reeve films. The star-studded cast was amazing (Crowe, Ladd, Costner) and all were perfectly cast but, for me, it was the villains who stole the show. Michael Shannon was a terrific General Zod and Antje Traue was equally menacing as his Kryptonian sidekick. Within the ingenious plot, there were times that the viewer could emphasize with the villains, whose only crime was their commitment to the survival of their Kryptonian race. Although Jor-El was well intentioned and refused to go against the laws of Krypton, it was General Zod who dared to question their decision to stay on the doomed planet and chanced to overthrow them. I have been a fan of the "Man of Steel" since I was a boy and this was one of the better re-telling's of Superman's origin. The film was fast paced and exciting and the effects did not disappoint. The Krypton scenes made you feel like you were on a planet much further advanced than our own. This is the best live action DC comics movie ever! Let's hope they keep up the momentum and kick some Marvel ass! This one would have made Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster proud!

Star Trek Into Darkness [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Star Trek Into Darkness [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Chris Pine
Price: CDN$ 11.98
16 used & new from CDN$ 5.94

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor man's remake, Dec 21 2013
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SPOILERS!!!!
What we have here is a poor man's remake of what may arguably be the best of the original
Star Trek films, "The Wrath of Khan". The film had no continuity with respect to the original "Khan" series episode, "The Space Seed" nor the film. They even stole lines from the original film and switched roles with Kirk dying saving the Enterprise versus Spock's, now revered, "the needs of the many..." death. A total travesty and an insult to the original film. Are they so hard up for new material that they have to steal from the original series? Even the new Star Trek comics, emulating the "new" characters, are just re-spins of the original Star Trek TV series. It's bad enough that we have to forget the Vulcan "Pon-Far" (vulcan's mating every seven years, undergoing the Cali-Phi, etc.)and stomach the, supposed, emotionless Spock, from what is now Star Trek "lore", necking with Uhura. The first film was bad enough when Kirk became "instant" Captain of the Enterprise foregoing all of his years as Ensign on the "Farragut". Yet, even with that divergence, the first film was better than this new drivel. I loved Star Trek ever since I watched the series in the 60's, loved "Next Gen", "Voyager", and even the prequel "Enterprise" series and I can tell you that if they continue down this path, my 5-year journey ends here.

Marada the She-Wolf
Marada the She-Wolf
by Chris Claremont
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.52
43 used & new from CDN$ 13.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production, Nov. 22 2013
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This review is from: Marada the She-Wolf (Hardcover)
The stories are every bit as good as when I first read them many years ago. One of Claremont's best! Marada remains provocative and fascinating and ranks right up there with all classic women warriors. This hardcover production is superb. You won't be disappointed.

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