Progressive Ruin presents…the End of Civilization.

§ July 26th, 2012 § Filed under End of Civilization § 22 Comments

Didn’t I just do one of these? Well, none of you stopped me, so here’s another one…another long slog through that sizable tome men dare to call…Diamond Previews. Pop open your copy of the August 2012 edition and follow along…if, you know, you’re not busy or nuthin’:

p. 48-9 – B.P.R.D. 1948 #1:


p. 73 – Marvel Classic Character Series 2 #5 Iron Man:

I mean, just look at that. Iron-on-iron crime, that’s a damn shame.

p. 116 – Deathstroke #13:

“Be careful back there, Zealot! This pavement is hot! OOH OUCH OUCH OW”


p. 136 – Masters of the Universe The Origin of Skeletor #1:

“So what was it, Skeletor? What turned you to a life of evil?”

“Well…many years ago, I was forced to appear in an awful cartoon that primarily existed to advertise toys.”

“My…my God.”

p. 184 – Cyber Force #1:

“Thanks to the support of fans through Kickstarter and participating comic shops, you can get the first FIVE issues of CYBER FORCE at no cost.”

Of course, the next step will be paying readers to pick up your comics, but there are some titles shadowhawk even that won’t work for.

p. 306-7 – Watchmen Rorschach Toaster:





p. 337 – Haganai I Don’t Have Many Friends:

Hey, I don’t remember signing off on a manga biography about me. I especially don’t have any skirts that color.

p. 344 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show TP:

Oh, good, they’re finally collecting this mini-series from way back when. I ruined my copies using the water pistols during the rainstorm scene. …Yeah, that’s how they got wet. Absolutely.

p. 426 – Create Your Own Superhero Action Figure Kit:

The Watchmen “Lower Manhattan” and Tarot Witch of the Black Rose “Haunted Vagina” expansion sets are available separately for collectors 18 and over.

p. 428 – The Walking Dead Plush Assortment:

Two thoughts: 1) I never in my life thought I’d see plushy tombstones; 2) Does Rick have Velcroed detachable bits?

p. 430 – Batman Arkham City Batarang Full-Size Replica:

“Step right in, sir…Doctor Batman is ready to administer your prostate exam.”

p. 430 – Cable Classic Statue:

Oh, c’mon, it’s not that classic…you can see his feet. And his head is almost in the proper proportion to his body. I CALL FOUL

p. 434 – Star Wars Sebulba & Young Anakin Mini-Bust 2-Pack:

Surely this will irritate Sebulba fans who’ll feel forced into buying a Young Anakin statue, as well as irritating Young Anakin fans who’ll have to…ah, who am I kidding? There are no Young Anakin fans.

p. 445 – Rambo III John Rambo HD Masterpiece Action Figure:

Please enjoy the one time the words “Rambo” and “Masterpiece” appear this close to each other.

p. 446 – Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny Kanu Unchou “Sword Version 2” PVC Figure:

“…She is bent over, displaying her panties and revealing part of her ample chest as her too-small shirt hikes up.”

Yes, yes, tell me that again, only more slo…I MEAN I’m shocked, SHOCKED, at such filth in this catalog!

p. 449 – Star Wars Yoda 12-Inch Mouth Moving Plush:

Wallace Shawn in his most challenging role yet!

p. 449 – Star Wars Princess Leia 9-Inch Talking Plush:

Does not have the moving-mouth feature of the above Yoda doll. Sorry to disappoint you, you pervy weirdos.

p. 468 – Geek Battle Trivia Game:

Not to be confused with the “Geek Battle Overhand Slap Fight Game.”

p. 473 – Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Edition Monopoly:

Do not pass GO, because someone on some Doctor Who message board will start griping about how the Doctor passed “GO” incorrectly, and how they wouldn’t have done it that way in the old days, before Russell Davies got his hands on it and ruined everything, and it totally violates continuity since the Third Doctor once said he was prohibited from ever actually passing “GO” and why don’t they finally reveal that Mr. Monopoly is actually the Rani, what are they waiting for?

p. 473 – South Park Collector’s Edition Monopoly:

Do not pass GO, do not…um, kill Kenny? Do they still kill Kenny? I have no idea, I haven’t seen this show in years.

Marvel Previews p. 43 – Daredevil End of Days #1:

Matt Murdock’s the final secret? That his the editor was kidnapped?

Marvel Previews p. 49 – Dexter #1:

So therefore this is based on the novels, and not the TV show, which, by the way, have gone in fairly different directions. So either this will have no likeness rights for the TV show actors, which will annoy fans, or it will have likenesses of actors but still be in the novels’ continuity, which will annoy fans, or it will be vague enough to be either in the TV show continuity or the novel continuity, with character likenesses close enough to pass for the actors without requiring specific permissions (if they’re even required in the first place, depending on the contracts) but will still annoy fans, because when aren’t they annoyed, really.

…But I’ll still probably buy it.

Marvel Previews p. 67 – Wolverine Max #1:

AT LAST, Wolverine gets to use his swears, just like in the movies seen by every child under 12 who won’t be allowed to buy this comic.

22 Responses to “Progressive Ruin presents…the End of Civilization.”

  • FxHx says:

    Dr. Batman, C.P.A. Does your taxes by day. Works the E.R. by night.

  • philfromgermany says:

    Lower Manhattan? I applaud you, sir!

  • Adam Ford says:

    Hee. You said “Rani”.

  • Harvey Jerkwater says:

    Alan Moore gets royalties for the Rorschach Toaster. (I think.) What goes through his mind when he receives the small toaster-royalty checks? Me, I’d laugh my ass off.

    “The bread asks for marmalade. I look down on my plate and whisper ‘no.'”

  • Jason says:

    Regarding Skeletor, I would have thought having a skull for a head alone would have dictated a career-choice in villainy. Not many skull-headed accountants or engineers on Eternia.

  • LFC says:

    A Rocky Horror Picture Show comic? Doing some digging this is from 1990. Is this just a Halloween deal or is there an anniversary coming up I missed?

  • Old Bull Lee says:

    Jeez Mike, it’s like this whole site revolves around plugging stuff your friends are involved in. :)

    As long as Cable has his comically-oversized gun. With a tiny thin magazine that holds the projectiles that shoot out of the huge barrel.

  • ExistentialMan says:

    “Hurm Your Toast”

    No thank you.

  • David says:


    You owe me a keyboard. No marmalade indeed…

  • philip says:

    I’m not a praying man, but I would pray if it would get George Lucas to do just one more tweak to the Star Wars movies in which Wallace Shawn re-dubs all of Yoda’s lines.

  • The most “interesting” thing about the Monopoly is that after a few editions using contemporary logos 9taxi cab, blue meany), it’s a return to the Pertwee logo from the TV Movie, which looks very odd next to the nuWho Daleks. I’ve always preferred it. Be interesting if its being shifted back on to TV for the 50th anniversary.

  • Derooftrouser says:

    A young Anakin statue?


    Also, I thought you said you were going to ‘annoy’ us Who fans, not ‘accurately represent’.

  • MrJM says:

    I didn’t know Tony Stark played the concertina.

    — MrJM

  • Evilbeard says:

    The Lone Locust of The Apocalypse!

  • FxHx says:

    Dr. Batmantis, C.P.A.

  • Jeff R. says:

    Tripped hell; Zealot appears to have cut off her own feet accidentally.

  • Sleestak says:

    Oh dam scrolling down i thought for certain that was Dexter vs Wolverine

  • Snark Shark says:


  • Zirbert says:

    I was sure you were going to have a punchline at the end saying, “Only three of these products are fake. Guess which ones!”

    Or are you seriously telling me that the Rorschach toaster and Walking Dead plushies are actual products that will soon be available in a retail venue near me in exchange for cash?

    Excuse me, I need to update my Christmas wish list…

  • Bill Reed says:

    First, do no hurm.

  • Dan Latta says:

    Looks like Liefeld took some anatomy lessons. Some.

  • Bear says:

    Oh, Lord, every damn series… “She’s the Rani!” “He’s the Rani!” “That’s the Rani!” “They’re all the Rani!”


    Also, WHAT’S A RANI?