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Haven Review: Stan Lee Box #1

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond my control, that being life I’ve not had the chance to take the time and review. The Stan Lee Box! I have been excited for months about this, literal months, and although it’s a older box that does not take away from the excitement I’ve had about being able to open this up and finally take a peak!

So let’s get started shall we?

First up are the two really amazing figures that came in this box the MK 1 of the fire Iron Man armor that Tony Stark made while he was captive.

This lovely little piece is die cast which means its metal, a literal Iron Man armor that is actual metal! I love it, and besides being a beautiful figure to look at and admire it also makes a great paper weight due to its weight! So not only a collectible but also a beautiful desk ornament also!

But let’s not forget the other figure this box came with, and as you all have guessed from past experiences I am a fan of Spider-Man! So what makes me happy, is having my own little web slinger hanging around taking photos of things on my desk and everything and brightening my room with some color! I love not only the design of the figure itself but also the fact that I got two awesome figures both in one single box!

We also got a How to Draw Comics The Marvel Way!  Where it teaches the step by step guide on how to draw your very own comics! So for all those aspiring artists out there who want to start their own comics this alone is already super beneficial to you!  Having clear instructions to be able to help you pursue your dream of making your own comic whether it be a Super Hero comic or a romance comic it’s all up to you!

The box also comes with Raw Hide Kid from the Marvel Masterworks a good piece for those of you out there who love the comics that aren’t focused around everyone’s favorite web-slinger or man of Iron. But speaking of Marvel Master Works, let’s not forget the limited edition variant covers from Monsters Unleashed drawn by Marvel artists and signed!

So not only do you get the comic with it, with protective casing and hard back but you get the drawn versions of it as well! It’s a amazing and beautiful piece for all collectors and comic enthusiast’s alike, I personally won’t be opening these. They are simply satisfying for me to look at and enjoy.

Last but not least, do we have a T-shirt with the big man’s face on it, but we also got Excelsior! The wood shavings that inspired Stan Lee for his catch phrase, and with it comes a info card that explains where the phrase originated and what inspired him to start using it as his catch phrase.

In conclusion the Stan Lee box is completely worth it and I absolutely love it, maybe someday we’ll do a give-away for one, but for now we will enjoy this box and all its contents!

-Daniel Clatworthy

Nerd Editorial: The Deadpool Trailer is Here!

The Deadpool trailer we’ve all been waiting for has finally been released. Last night the green band and red band trailers for the upcoming Deadpool film starring Ryan Reynolds were released and fans are giddy with excitement. For those out there who don’t know, green band trailers are trailers run in front of all films and are the ones you’ll see on television. They start with a green screen proclaiming “this preview has been approved for all audiences.” Red band trailers, conversely, start with a red screen that says “this preview has been approved for restricted audiences.” The content of those trailers only play in front of R-rated movies and contain more violence and stronger language (and occasionally brief nudity) than the green band ones. Some fans were initially worried that FOX would tone down the violence and more adult content found in the source material, but that definitely isn’t the case here. The trailer depicts Wade Wilson in his foul-mouthed, violent glory. We don’t have to worry about the dreaded PG-13 rating-this film is a clear R.

Besides the bombastic, blood-soaked feel, there are other promising highlights as well. The subtle dig at the awful and cheap-looking suit in the Green Lantern flick got a chuckle out of me (“And please don’t make the super-suit green. Or animated!”).  Brief glimpses of X-Men characters Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead can also be seen. I also appreciated seeing the reworked sequence where Deadpool jumps into an SUV and fights the men inside. Similar footage (almost shot for shot the same) was released a year ago as a CGI short to pitch Deadpool as a full length feature-the only major difference I noted was the short played Gwen Steffani’s “Hollaback Girl” while the trailer plays Salt N Pepa’s classic “Shoop.” Both of these songs are inspired choices. Positive fan reaction to that pitch is being cited as a major reason FOX decided to greenlight the film.

There are several differences between the two trailers-the red band trailer has more violent shots edited in, including one where Deadpool stabs a security guard in the head with a knife and a gorier version of the three man kill, where Deadpool offs three men with one bullet. The extension of Weasel’s description of Wilson’s face is also hysterical: “You look like Freddy Krueger face-fucked a topographical map of Utah.” This doesn’t necessarily make the other trailer totally useless however-in it Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and quips “Cue the music!” before pummeling more guys to DMX’s “X Gon’ Give It to Ya.”

The trailer is really promising to fans who hoped the merc with a mouth would get a better treatment here than he did in Wolverine Origins. Ryan Reynolds hasn’t had a hit with audiences in a while, but I think this will change all that. He’s extremely passionate about the character and seems invested in making sure the film has the same edge the comics do. Deadpool will be released in theaters February 12, 2016. I’m definitely going to be there, and I hope you all will too.

Nerd Editorial: Fantastic Four Movie – Flop


I’m not sure I can do this. I don’t know if I have the brain power and necessary writing skills to fully articulate how bad of a film the new Fantastic Four film truly is. I’ve seen countless articles proclaiming it to be the worst superhero film in 20 years-RottenTomatoes rates it lower than Batman and Robin. And it deserves it. This film was a joyless slog and made its 90 minute run time feel like five hours. In an era where there are dozens of comic book movies already made, especially ones that focus on origin stories, this kind of incompetency is unacceptable.

An hour and half is enough time to tell a complete story and properly flesh out four characters. This film feels like the bare-bones of a movie though-scenes happen in an order you expect them to happen, but there’s nothing trying them together in a cohesive whole. The actors have no chemistry together and by the end when they properly team up it isn’t satisfying because the movie has done nothing to convince you these people care about each other, or even like one another.

I’m going to get into spoilers now. Dr. Doom is wasted as a villain-there’s nothing about him that resembles anything in the comics (sidenote-is it really that hard for Hollywood casting directors to find Romani actors? Doom and the Maximoff twins from this year’s earlier blockbuster Age of Ultron are all Romani but none of their actors were). He and Richards get into a pissing contest over who’s smartest and who gets to bone Sue, and he tries to destroy the planet for kicks in the last 15 minutes of the movie. That’s it. That’s all he contributes to this mess. His fight with the four at the very end is shoehorned in because the film realized it hadn’t had an action scene yet and the team needed something to fight.

Sue Storm’s poor treatment is also noteworthy. None of the characters are treated well, but Sue doesn’t even get to go to the planet/dimension (the movie can’t decide what to call it) like the rest of the group does when they get their powers. She just gets hit with a blast from the computer screen when she brings the others back to the base and boom, she’s got her powers. The film doesn’t even manage to get her a decent wig-you can tell what scenes were reshoots by looking out for the awful straw wig Kate Mara wears in them.

There’s so much more to say about this movie. Ben Grimm is absent from roughly a fifth of it and his catchphrase “It’s clobbering time!” now comes from his abusive older brother who used to say that to him before hitting him. Reed Richards is first asked to build a teleportation device by being discovered by Dr. Storm at a high school science fair. The Thing doesn’t wear pants. Don’t’ go see this movie. Some of you might think it’s enjoyably bad and worth a laugh, but it really isn’t. If you want to watch something for a bad movie night, rent Batman and Robin or Catwoman. Fantastic Four is a dull, pointless film that only proves FOX doesn’t care about these characters and should sell them back to Marvel Studios immediately.