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    The 2017 Multiversity Holiday Gift Guide

    By | December 4th, 2017
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    If you’re anything like us, gift buying is both a joyous and a terrifying process. We love nailing a person’s birthday or Christmas gift, but live in constant fear that we’re boring gift givers. Well, we at Multiversity are here to help! Need something for that special someone in your life? Here are some gifts that we think would please any comics fan (and some that aren’t comic related at all!).

    For all available items, there is a link to buy these items through our Amazon Affiliate store at the end of each write up. If you’re going to buy an item, consider buying it through our store to help support the site – we appreciate it.

    If you have any particularly cool gift ideas, leave them in the comments!

    Brian Salvatore:

    Lego Star Wars: Luke’s Land Speeder ($28.29 retail)

    Legos are the best, but they are also really expensive. So, I picked a relatively reasonable Star Wars set, one that you could either do solo or as a parent/child project, if that applies to you. Plus, Luke’s speeder is one of my favorite designs from all of Star Wars: it is simple, elegant, and something I’ve wanted since I was a toddler. [Amazon Affiliate Link: LEGO Star Wars – 75173 Luke’s Landspeeder 2017]

    Super Sons Vol. 1: When I Grow Up ($12.99 retail)

    This is a great gift for someone who is down on the ‘dark and gritty’ style of comics that threatens to choke our joy every few years. “Super Sons” by Peter Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez is among the most fun and joyous comics being published anywhere right now. It is all about the sons of Superman and Batman, the brand new Superboy, Jon, and the grizzled at thirteen Robin, Damian, and their adventures together. Good for kids, good for adults, good for anyone on your list. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Super Sons Vol. 1: When I Grow Up (Rebirth) (Super Sons: Rebirth)]

    A Movie Pass subscription ($9.99 per month)

    Sometimes, I pinch myself at all the comics movies that we get. I saw Superman IV: The Quest for Peace at the Emerson Quad in 1987, and even though it sucked, I couldn’t wait for the next comic book film. I had to wait two years for Batman, three more for Batman Returns, and so on. Now, we get so many that it can be financially irresponsible to see them all. That is, until Movie Pass came into my life. For $9.99 a month, you can see one 2-D movie a day, every day, in participating theaters. All the theaters in my area participate, and so my first month’s subscription already paid in dividends, as I saw both Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League as part of the program. [Link]

    Note: can also be used for non-superhero films.

    Mr. Higgins Comes Home ($14.99 retail)

    I am a huge sucker for Hammer Horror, specifically Horror of Dracula, and this original graphic novel by Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell was right up my alley. But it is also a great comic for that person in your life who maybe isn’t a regular comic reader, and may be intimidated by the overwhelming sight of a comic store, stuffed with back issues. It’s a slim book that will make you laugh, stun you with some incredible art and, hopefully, give you a little scare. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Mr. Higgins Comes Home]

    Thor: Ragnarok Soundtrack ($11.99 retail)

    The one area that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has not been able to nail just yet is their scores. There is no iconic theme associated with their films – think the John Williams Superman theme, or the Danny Elfman Batman – what’s Marvel’s equivalent? It doesn’t exist, but with Thor: Ragnarok, they came close. They handed the reigns to Mark Mothersbaugh, founding member of Devo, and film scorer extraordinaire. He brought a synthpop vibe to the film that was unexpected and super fun. It’s good background music, good workout music – it’s just good music. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Thor: Ragnarok]Continued below



    Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp Role Playing Game ($20.00 retail)

    I never thought something like this would exist, but it does. How weird and wonderful is that? If you know a fan of the cult summer camp comedy and/or RPGs, this is a perfect gift for that perfect sounding friend. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp]

    Elias Rosner:

    Akira 35th Anniversary Boxset ($199.99 retail)

    Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo is a property that everyone in America is at least tangentially aware of. Referencing the hyper-violent, loud, gory, beautifully animated movie became the gold standard for anyone who wanted to parody anime (excluding Dragon Ball Z and Speed Racer). While the movie is brilliant, it isn’t even half of the original manga. The movie also marked a turning point for the market and was so big that even Marvel, under their Epic imprint, got in on the localization game by dividing up Otomo’s work into 38, full-color issues. In fact, they developed a brand new computer coloring process, specifically for this series, that set a new path for coloring in the industry. Unfortunately, these issues never got fully collected due to financial difficulties so if you can track down the original floppies, check them out.

    I say all this to underscore just how important this manga is to american pop culture and even american comics. It’s influences are far reaching and deep and for those who want to read the original, there is no better way to do it than with this box set. It is a bit pricey but considering the amount of stuff you get, it’s worth it. It’s the original six volumes (which were around 350 pages each) plus the art book, all finally released in it’s non-flipped format and all in hardcover. Full disclosure, I already own this and it is heavy. It weights 23 lbs and comes in this big art box. It’s the best way to read this classic and I highly recommend it as a gift for any sci-fi fan or any collector of fine comics. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set]

    Journey Into Mystery Kieron Gillen Omnibus ($100 retail)

    I promise this list isn’t going to be all highly expensive, collectors editions of old comics (although the list will probably be all comics). I just felt that, with the Thor movie still relativity fresh in our superhero minds, it would be appropriate to highlight the definitive edition of a run that feels fresh, even thought it is at least half a decade old by now. Kieron Gillen’s “Journey into Mystery” is a tightly plotted story of Kid Loki and his attempts to be both true to who he is and prove that he is not the man he used to be. It is, as the cover underneath the outer slip reads, a comedy in 30 parts – a tragedy in 31.

    To have it all in one book just feels right, like a tome of some ancient tale, and I heartily recommend this to any Thor fan,anyone who is looking for a comic that will stick with them for a while after and keep them thinking, or even anyone who likes watching the trickster archetype truly fulfill that role beyond just prankster or generic evil costume man. I’m unsure if the collected edition has any of Kieron’s notes and thoughts on the themes on the series but for those who have finished reading this, here are his thoughts from 2013 on the ending. It’s a good read. Don’t do it before you finish his series though. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Loki: Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen Omnibus]

    Pluto Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa ($12.99 retail)

    As I promised, a reasonably priced purchase, although to get the full experience, you will need all 8 volumes but one at a time is still a good way to do this. I was originally going to recommend “Monster” by Naoki Urasawa but then I saw that Ken had already recommended it last year (here’s a link anyway) so I decided to pick one of his other works.

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    The best part of Urasawa’s works are that they feel timeless and timely, even when they are obviously set in a very specific time period (“Monster” set in cold war Germany and Czechoslovakia, “Pluto” the future, but a pre-internet version of one). His art is clean and his control of paneling is astounding. It’s cinematic and if you haven’t read anything by him, check it out. He knows how to balance a cast so that even when the main character is missing for multiple chapters, the other characters are so strong, they carry the narrative without you ever wondering where he is. Also, this volume has the North No. 2 chapter which might be one of my favorites parts of “Pluto.” “Pluto” is also a good-old murder mystery that is based on, no joke, a two episode arc of “Astro Boy.” It’s amazing what this man can accomplish. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 1]

    Saturn Apartments Vol. 1 by Hisae Iwaoka ($12.99 retail)

    If you couldn’t tell, I’m a big fan of sci-fi and manga so sorry for overloading you with these. I thought that after recommending a few “well-known” works, I should recommend something that could really use some love. “Saturn Apartments” is a simple yet complex story about a window washer on a space-ship that surrounds the Earth. It is a ring that surrounds the world and the manga is a discussion in class, politics, longing and dreams. It’s a much, much slower work than my other recommendations but the pacing is used to build the world of the ring. It also has this wonderful exaggerated, cartoon-y style but is very detailed.

    It didn’t get much attention when it first came out so I hope that it can start to get some more now. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Saturn Apartments, Vol. 1]

    The Art of Over the Garden Wall ($39.99 retail)

    Something that’s neither comics nor sci-fi? What madness is this? Well, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend something from one of my favorite fall series. Since Over the Garden Wall came out, it’s become a tradition for me to watch it every year. It a creepy series, reminiscent of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and out of the ordinary but also heartfelt and deeply saturated in Americana. So, it only makes sense that an art book for this series would make for a wonderful gift for any animation fan, art book fan, or anyone who loves the behind the scenes aspects of productions. [Amazon Affiliate Link: The Art of Over the Garden Wall]

    Kent Falkenberg:

    Fourth World by Jack Kirby Omnibus ($150.00 retail)

    I’m not sure about you, but where I’m from there’s a very real possibility of getting snowed in for 2-5 days around the holiday season. So this pick is more survival prep than anything else – 1500+ pages encompassing Kirby’s entire New Gods saga. So yes, there might be some logistical questions on exactly how to hold the damn thing or whether or not the spine will hold up. But, seriously, the chance to mainline everything from “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen” to “Mister Miracle” to “The Forever People” and more is just too tempting. If there’s half-a-chance some portion of the holidays will require hibernation, then this pick is essential. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Fourth World by Jack Kirby Omnibus]

    Atari Classics: Swordquest ($15.99 retail)

    This year’s “Swordquest” from Chad Bowers, Chris Sims and Ghostwriter X was a fantastic mashup of intergalactic sorcery, unrealized childhood dreams and a sad sack heist. And while a collected edition of that story won’t be out until next year, this collections pulls together the Swordquest mini-comics that were packaged with the original game. With creators like Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Dick Giordano and George Perez, can you really go wrong? [Amazon Affiliate Link: Atari Classics: Swordquest]Continued below



    God County TPB ($16.99 retail)

    A sword quest of a different sort. This year has been phenomenal for Donny Cates. And not only was this his best work of 2017, it was right up there with the best mini-series overall. Feels like Cates and artist Geoff Shaw are on the verge of becoming the next power couple, like rum and egg nog, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, or some combination of the two. [Amazon Affiliate Link: God Country]

    Aquaman: The Atlantis Chronicles Deluxe Edition ($49.99 retail)

    We’re seemingly on the verge of an Aquaman renaissance. Dan Abnett and Stjepan Sejic recently completed an arc for the ages. And Jason Momoa is giving him a presence on the big screen. What better time to dive into Peter David’s Atlantean world building. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Aquaman: The Atlantis Chronicles Deluxe Edition]

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-Ray ($21.99 retail)

    This may have come out in the summer, but now is as good a time as any for the antidote to the Dark Knight’s recent cinematic and animated missteps. Quite possibly the best Batman feature, and definitely the best way to prepare for the Batman: The Animated Series Blu-Ray box set that’s due in 2018. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm [Blu-ray]]

    Ken Godberson III:

    Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: zakki ($24.99 retail)

    Look. If you have followed me on this site over the year, I’m a bit of a mark for the manga “Tokyo Ghoul”. It stands out as one of the best manga going right now and while the sequel, “Tokyo Ghoul :re” is a bit more action-ey, it’s still a fantastic horror story. So why not treat yourself to an artbook showing off original concept work, paperback covers in much better detail, and original drawings, all with commentary from the series creator, Sui Ishida. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: zakki]

    A Wrestling Subscription (Prices Vary)

    Want to know something? Wrestling is good. Like it’s been really good this year. As such, perhaps you may want to treat a loved one to a wrestling subscription. Best thing is that it isn’t just the WWE. The world of wrestling has exploded with fantastic promotions doing great things. You have the WWE Network giving you access to their archives as well as to their crown jewel right now, NXT, but outside that, you have promotions like Progress Wrestling in the United Kingdom and Ring of Honor (which still follows an older PPV ordering model, but they are in the process of a making a streaming service ala the Network for next year). But for me, the best wrestling for your dollar has to go to New Japan Pro Wrestling. They have had a dynamite year and that’s underplaying it. If your wrestling friend kept talking about Okada vs Omega, this is the promotion it came from and those matches are just the tip of the iceberg.

    NieR: Automata ($49.99 retail)

    To put it simply: this is the Game of the Year in a year that had fantastic video games. I don’t even really want to get into the story because it’s something you have to experience from beginning to end yourself. It’s a smooth Hack-n-Slash game starring characters that I formed such a strong bond alongside a killer soundtrack. Just… if a loved one has a Playstation 4 and hasn’t played this, you need to rectify that. [Amazon Affiliate Link: NieR: Automata – Playstation 4]

    My Hero Academia Vol. 1 ($9.99 retail)

    Have a loved one that likes superheroes? Then they are going to love this. It’s a book that has taken the manga reading world by storm telling the tale of Izuku Midoriya, a seemingly powerless boy in a world full of superpowers. The world rapidly grows into one full of great and interesting characters and is one of the more refreshing takes on the superhero genre in quite a while. [Amazon Affiliate Link: My Hero Academia, Vol. 1]Continued below



    Kate Kosturski:

    Marvel Unlimited Subscription ($69.99/yr for basic, $99.99/yr for unlimited plus): Comics aren’t cheap, y’all — there’s so much out there to read, and you just don’t have the time or the funds to get to it all. With Marvel Unlimited, you can explore the back catalogue of the Marvel universe, from classics to the present day. Issues are added to Marvel Unlimited roughly six months after publication, so if there’s a series you’ve been dying to read – – maybe something you just discovered halfway through its run – – you don’t have to spend all the money buying back issues. Marvel Unlimited plus a massive traffic jam during a summer road trip was how I discovered “Gwenpool the Unbelievable” and since then, it’s been a part of my regular pull.The Unlimited Plus membership also includes some exclusive issues and merchandise, along with special event invites (Marvel has its own panel at NY Comic-Con for Marvel Unlimited Plus members), and discounts at their online shop. [Link]

    CultureFly Supernatural Subscription Box ($44.99 per box annually, $49.99 per box quarterly): My new obsession this summer has been Supernatural and to find a subscription box devoted to the show at NY Comic-Con had me sign up on the spot. I just hope I don’t get too spoiled with this, as I’m only about a quarter of the way through season 5. [Link]

    Baby with Dean Funko ($89.99): Keeping on the Supernatural theme, if you’re member of the family (and we all know family don’t end with blood), this has to be in your collection. Baby the Impala is the fourth main character on the show, even inspiring people to cosplay as the car (including yours truly). It was a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, but I’m starting to see it pop up a few other places, including Amazon. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Funko Pop Rides: Baby With Dean SDCC 2017]

    The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History ($24.95 retail): Women in comics have had a long history, not just as creators, but as characters. This looks to be an amazing history of women in comics, a place to learn from our past and look forward to the future. [Amazon Affiliate Link: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History]

    CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics ($14.99 retail): This pairs nicely with my previous pick. Spend one afternoon reading about the characters, and another reading about their creators. Published by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, this also includes chapters on those women who are imprisioned, threatened, or otherwise prohibited from making comics. [Amazon Affiliate Link: CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics]

    Bag of Holding ($34.99): I love my backpack, and I loved it for getting around NY Comic-Con, but it’s also bulky and impedes traffic. The features on this bag will make getting around a con a lot easier, and since it’s smaller, force me to pack less (I’m a serial overpacker). I especially like the pass through grommet between the pockets to allow you to run a cable to charge devices. [Link]

    Rowan Grover:

    Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set

    Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterpiece is well known by manga and anime fans, and this year it finally got the deluxe set it deserved. Following the tragic tale of two boys who get involved in a government bioweapon conspiracy, “Akira” is fast-paced, exciting, and holds up incredibly well next to comics today despite being 35 years old. This box set contains all 6 volumes in hardcover, plus an extra art book, all in a spectacular casing. It may dig deep into your wallet, but it’s well worth your hard earned cash to own this classic in the best possible format. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set]Continued below



    The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 ($99.99 retail)

    Dennis Villeneuve delved deeper into the complex world of Blade Runner with his sequel this year, and it hit like wildfire. While not everyone was sold on the final product, it’s hard to deny the spectacle and scope of the movie’s production design and art. This book gives a deeper insight into this aspect of the movie in a tasteful coffee table hardcover that’s guaranteed to make you look cool at your house parties. [Amazon Affiliate Link: The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 – Visual Art Book Deluxe Edition]

    Christopher Lewis:

    Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition ($224.99 retail)

    Legendary Bernie Wrightson passed away earlier this year, but his amazing artwork lives on in this IDW Artifact Edition that was released in October 2017. This book collects the artist’s early DC work from horror comics like House of Secrets and Swamp Thing. IDW’s oversized artifact editions are always a wonder to behold, and I would recommend this one for any horror comic fan. [Amazon Affiliate Link: BERNIE WRIGHTSON ARTIFACT EDITION – COVER A]

    75192 Millennium Falcon Lego Set (good luck)

    I hate to do this because this Star Wars Millennium Falcon Lego set was a limited edition and immediately sold out, but if you have the money and can get your hands on one, it will be worth it. 7,500 elements of amazing fun and the perfect gift for any Star Wars or Lego fan (or both).This is something that will take time to build so don’t expect it to take 12 parsecs! [Link]

    Nick Palmieri:

    The Backstagers, Volume 1 ($14.99 retail)

    This collection contains the first four issues of “The Backstagers,” one of my favorite recent miniseries, chronicling the amusing and occasionally mystical lives of that group of high school friends who do so much of the work and get so little credit, the ones in the backstage of their school’s drama program. This passion project expertly plotted and scripted by James Tynion IV (yes, that one), illustrated to cartoonish perfection by Rian Sygh, and with wonderfully magical coloring by Walter Baiamonte is perfect for all you queer teens, queer teens at heart, and fans of upbeat all-ages comics. [Amazon Affiliate Link: The Backstagers Vol. 1]

    Monograph by Chris Ware ($60.00 retail)

    I haven’t seen this personal “art-of”/memoir of sorts, and I don’t know many details about it besides its description as a “flabbergasting experiment in publishing hubris.” I do know that Chris Ware is one phenomenal cartoonist, and if this book is as “expensive, heavy, and fashioned from the finest uncoated paper and soy-based ink” as it claims, it may provide an illuminating glimpse into the mind of the “Building Stories” and “Jimmy Corrigan” creator. At the very least, it’ll be something to behold. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Monograph by Chris Ware]

    Subscription to Filmstruck ($10.99 per month or $99.00 per year)

    I started subscribing to Filmstruck because Matt G had this on his list last year, and the service has only expanded since then. This is the exclusive streaming home of the Criterion Collection, where you can find all your favorite international, classic, and/or art house films, plus hundreds that you’ve either never heard of or always wanted to see. The only other way to see most of this content is via Criterion’s physical discs, which usually have an MSRP of $39.99. So, for a little over double the price of one blu-ray, you can get a year’s worth of access to these hard to find films plus all their commentaries, making-of features, and analysis clips. For a lover of visual mediums, it doesn’t much get better than Filmstruck. [Link]

    Comixology eGift Card ($10 and up)

    As much as I love physical books, you can’t beat the accessibility of digital comics. Even better, you can’t beat the price points when books are on sale: single issues tend to go for a dollar or two, and I’ve gotten collections on sale where it worked out to a quarter per issue. Sure, it’s led to me owning far more intangible products than I’ll ever have the time to read, but it’s better than filling up my bedroom with a ton of physical books that I’ll never have the time to read. Comixology pretty much owns the digital comics market right now, but they’re still in a place where their pricing can be competitive. Add to that the fact that Amazon’s ownership ensures Comixology’s longevity, and you’ve got a good reason to read more digital with them. For the comics lover with too voracious an appetite to handle all the physical books they own, try turning them on to Comixology. [Link]Continued below



    Mark Tweedale:

    Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set ($199.99 retail)
    I don’t need to explain to anyone why Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Akira” is amazing, right? So let’s more on to why this particular edition is amazing: it’s in hardcover (occasionally boxsets are used to disguise rather average paperback editions, but this is absolutely not the case here); it’s got a seventh volume just for all the special features; and most importantly, it’s printed in its original right to left presentation. For me, that last point alone makes this worth picking up. However, considering buying this box set in store. If you look at the Amazon reviews, a lot of people are getting damaged sets. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set]

    Hellboy in Hell – Library Edition ($49.99 retail)
    With the first volumes of the hardcover omnibus collections of “Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible” and “B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth” coming out before 2017 is done, there’s already prime Mignolaverse gifts out there, but the ultimate gift for a Mignola fan has got to be the “Hellboy in Hell” library edition. The artwork is gloriously oversized, all Mike Mignola’s, and this volume boasts a bigger sketchbook section than any of the previous library editions. It is an absolute must buy. [Amazon Affiliate Link:Hellboy in Hell Library Edition]

    The Sixth Gun – Volume Four ($59.99 retail)
    I think it’s a given at this point that the latest “Sixth Gun” hardcover will be on my Christmas gift guide. I’ve been recommending them practically year since 2014, and for good reason. I love Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s “Sixth Gun” and this is the best possible presentation of it. But purely in terms of book design, I can’t help but grin every time I see these on my shelf—Keith Wood knows how to make beautiful books. [Amazon Affiliate Link: The Sixth Gun Hardcover Volume 4]

    LEGO Millenium Falcon (good luck)
    As we all know, LEGO is the best toy ever. And with around 7500 pieces, this is the biggest LEGO set ever. And at that size, the Falcon is actually to scale when compared to the minifigs, so now you can re-enact all you favourite movie scenes without having to worry about not being able to fit all the crucial characters into the cockpit. Plus, this set has the pieces required to switch eras between Classic Trilogy and Sequel Trilogy. It is truly a thing of beauty. [Link]

    ‘But,’ I hear you asking, ‘does it come with Porgs?’ Yes. Yes, it does. Two of ’em.

    Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate ($50.00 retail)

    Tabletop gaming is so much fun, and if you know someone that loves D&D, this may be the right gift for them. Basically, this is Cabin in the Woods the board game, except instead of wandering into the cabin’s basement, you wander into a dungeon and there you unlock some waiting horror. If you’ve played Betrayal at House on the Hill, this is the same game, but with entirely new haunts to fit the D&D theme and some improvement to the overall play. Personally, I love the original game—it’s pretty fast and fun, especially if you’ve got a group of players that’ll go the extra mile and roleplay the haunts instead of just rolling dice. Plus the dungeon is different each time, and the haunts vary the gameplay so much. A little warning though, this is a game that could bug sticklers for rules. Sometimes a haunt triggers in weird ways that can kinda break the gameplay. This is rare, but when it does happen, it’s good to play with people that can improvise a bit. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Avalon Hill Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate Board Game]

    Justin Beeson:

    Solid State by Jonathan Coulton and “Solid State” by Matt Fraction and Albert Monteys ($19.99 retail [book], $9.99 retail [music])

    Anything that Matt Fraction does is worth checking out, but Albert Monteys’ involvement makes this graphic novel a must-buy. Monteys’ “Universe!” was one of my favorite comics in the past few years. I’m also curious to see what they do with the odd form factor of the book. I’m familiar with Jonathan Coulton in name only, but it will be fun to experience the album and book together as complementing works. [Amazon Affiliate Links: Solid State (Comic) Solid State (Album)]Continued below



    The Batman Telltales Games

    I’ve played the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series and it was really fun. They’re making some interesting changes to Bruce Wayne’s story. Now I want to play the rest of it to see where they take the story, along with the the sequel. [Amazon Affiliate Links: Batman: The Telltale Series (Xbox One) Batman: The Enemy Within – Xbox One]

    Batman: Gotham By Gaslight ($18.98 retail)

    The adaptation of Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola’s iconic Elseworlds story may not be out until next year, but it’s never too early to pre-order. I’m just hoping this one is better than their last attempt at adapting an iconic Batman story, Batman: The Killing Joke was painful to watch. [Amazon Affiliate Link: DCU: Batman: Gotham By Gaslight (Blu-ray)]

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    DC Universe 10th Anniversary Collection ($299.99 retail)

    This is ridiculously impractical, and only about half of these are any good, but I’m a sucker for huge movie box sets. [Amazon Affiliate Link: DC Universe 10th Anniversary Collection, 30-Movies [Blu-ray]]

    Leo Johnson:

    Mighty Jack/Mighty Jack and the Goblin King ($14.99 each retail)

    One of the coolest things I’ve gotten to do this year is get my nephew into comics. He’s seven now, so he’s starting to enjoy reading and started to be interested in the comics he saw my brother and I reading. Unfortunately, my collection is much more adult/teen oriented, so I had to find books that he could read, but were still worth reading. Ben Hatke has comics like that in spades. His “Zita the Space Girl” series was a hit with my nephew, but his latest books, the “Mighty Jack” books, really seem to hit the spot. Granted, it’s probably geared more for a kid around 4th grade, but it still works for a reader a year or two younger. It’s a bit of a take on the Jack and the Bean Stalk story, but with more plant-based magic, a young girl with a sword, an autistic sister, and more. It’s a legitimately well-made story that my nephew is enjoying immensely, and one that also doesn’t baby him. Anyone else with younger comic fans should definitely give these a try. [Amazon Affiliate Links: Mighty Jack Mighty Jack and the Goblin King]

    Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing TPB ($19.99 retail)

    Donny Cates and Daniel Warren Johnson are two of the hottest creators in comics right now, making some of the best books out there. But a couple years back, they did a little book together called “Ghost Fleet” that, while critically acclaimed, didn’t sell so great. Now that they’re both doing pretty well for themselves, Image has collected the eight issues of the original series into a trade for the first time. It’s all about badass truckers and supernatural forces and has a dude puking out his eyeballs, so you know it’s a good time. [Amazon Affiliate Link: Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing]

    Jake Hill:

    Razer’s Official D.Va Gaming Gear (Prices Vary)

    Overwatch’s D.Va is a professional gamer, so you can make your gaming experience hella meta by playing as her with her own real licensed gaming peripherals. [Link]


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