Oh, hey! Didn’t see you there! I’m just sittin’ here paging through my copy of Diamond Previews (February 2013 edition) and seeing what swell new items catch my eye! In fact, I list a few of them here…why don’t you grab your own copy of Previews and follow along?
p. 81 – WTF April:
So one of the Big Two companies is doing a month-long promotion called “What The [Expletive] April.” I am looking forward to “MILF March” featuring all the superheroes’ mothers.
p. 152 – Man of Steel Superman 1:6 Scale Iconic Statue:
Whoa, hold up, let’s not jump the gun on using the word “iconic” there, friends.
p. 154 – Aardman Batman and Robin (Classic) Action Figure 2-Pack:
I have no idea what possessed anybody to even suggest this be done, but I’m glad they did.
JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE:
p. 244 – Sesame Street #1 Imagination:
“One of these things is not like the other / One of these things just doesn’t belong” is what I shall sing to the children as I show them the five variant covers on the first issue, and I shall judge them by the cover they single out, oh yes.
p. 253 – Archie #643 Archie Meets Glee, Part 3:
So is this actually published by Archie, or is Fox publishing comic books just that happen to look like Archie? I’m not sure anymore.
p. 372 – Did I Do That? The Best (And Worst) of the ’90s SC:
Nostalgia for the ’90s? Already? I can’t imagine anyone having…
…YEAH OKAY, FINE.
p. 382 – Star Wars “Wraith Ring” Black T-Shirt:
Wait just a second, Previews…are you trying to tell me there are nerd-centric t-shirts that come in black? The devil you say!
p. 384 – Shawarma T-Shirt:
Oh, you have a lot to answer for, Joss Whedon.
p. 385 – Cross-Processed T-Shirt:
So let’s see here…about that “#hipster” tag. Is it saying that Spider-Man is a hipster? That the person wearing the shirt is a hipster by virtue of being a Spider-Man fan? That the person wearing the shirt is a hipster because he recognizes the incongruity of Spider-Man and a Twitter-esque “#hipster” tag and thus is wearing the shirt ironically? That the actual name under which the shirt is being marketed is kind of a stretch, and that somehow incorporating the term “octothorpe” would not only be more accurate than “cross,” a Doctor Octopus reference could probably be squeezed in there too since we’re all about the Doc Ock right now.
Shorter version: it’s like the people responsible for the 1960s Teen Titans comics traveled to the future to design this shirt.
p. 399 – R2-D2 Tinned Mints:
I had all kinds of jokes for this, and believe you me, “NOT A SEX TOY” is the least offensive of them.
p. 414 – Giant Microbes:
Hey, wait just a moment…wasn’t that middle dude in the second row in Prometheus?
p. 420 – Puppet Master 1/1-Scale Replica:
When I was but a young Mikester, maybe about four or five or so, I had a Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist doll and, on occasion, just having it in my room would scare the hell out of me.
…So basically if I’d had these Puppet Master dolls at age five, I probably would have had a heart attack.
p. 422 – Star Wars Darth Malgus Mini-Bust:
Now that Disney owns both Star Wars and Marvel, I guess it was only a matter of time before Doctor Doom got lightsabers.
p. 427 – Star Wars Boba Fett Silicone Ice Tray:
I hear they skipped making the Ice Planet of Hoth Ice Tray because, you know, anyone who has a fridge with a built-in ice crusher can do that.
p. 435 – Bruce Lee HD Masterpiece Action Figure:
“BRUUUUCE! You left your Fists of Fury all over the living room floor! Can you pick those up, please?”
“OKAY, MA! Sorry, Ma!”
“And put away your Head of Vague Irritation, too…I don’t like they way it looks at me.”
“Okay, Ma, geez!”
p. 447 – Happy Man Corkscrew:
Man, this Se7en merchandise has taken a weird turn.
p. 462 – The Beatles Yellow Submarine Monopoly:
Do not pass the sky of blue, do not find the sea of green.
p. 462 – Dungeons & Dragons Clue:
“The Beholder…killed Mr. Koboldy in the torture chamber…with the polearm.” “Can Beholders even use polearms?” “SHHH!”
p. 470 – Jedi Junkies DVD:
This hard-hitting documentary examines the impact of death sticks on the Force-using populace. Is your padawan hooked?
p. 470 – Repligator DVD:
I suspect the gator head wouldn’t be a problem for some of those folks out there.
p. 471 – The Complete Space: 1999 Megaset 30th Anniversary Edition:
Oh, I sure do remember all those great episodes of Space: 1999, where Commander Koenig would complain about President Clinton, and they’d all gather around and play the station’s Sega Dreamcast, and they’d download stuff from Napster, and Dr. Russell was hooked on The Sopranos. Man, that Space: 1999 was a good show.