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Become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. with customized badge at NYCC

SHIELD Badge & IDeFX Inc. will offer a replica of Agent Phil Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. badge as a New York Comic Con 2013 exclusive. However, fans can deputize themselves into S.H.I.E.L.D. by preordering the badge on Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. Pacific/noon Eastern from efxcollectibles.com. Those that preorder can provide a photo, name and birth date to add an extra layer of personalization to the included ID card, as opposed to just getting Phil Coulson’s. Badges must be picked up on site at New York Comic Con (Oct. 10-13).

According to eFX, S.H.I.E.L.D. badges are made from the “original master molds of the screen-used badge,” while the ID card is made from the original digital files. The personalized ID cards are only available through pre-order. Each badge is $50 and part of a 1,500-unit run.

Beyond inducting yourself into S.H.I.E.L.D., personalized ID cards also present an ample opportunity for cosplayers to put their favorite obscure character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s peacekeeping force. Personally, I can’t wait to see an ID badge with Amadeus Cho’s name and photo on it.


Food or Comics? | Batwoman, 20th Century Boys, Regenesis and more

Batwoman #2

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList, and tell us what you’re getting in our comments field.

Chris Arrant

If I had $15, I’d first grab hold of my favorite of DC’s New 52, Batwoman #2 (DC, $2.99). J.H. Williams III has successfully kept up to the immense expectations he accumulated following his run with Greg Rucka, and the artwork seems to benefit even more by J.H.’s input into the story as co-writer. Next I’d dig down for two of my regular pulls, Northlanders #45 (DC/Vertigo, $2.99) and Uncanny X-Force #16 (Marvel, $3.99). For my final pick, I’d have to miss a bunch of other titles for the chance to get the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 #4 (Image, $4.99). I love the anthology format, and having that plus the good cause plus the a-list talent makes it a must get; seriously, can you imagine one comic book containing new work by Frank Quitely, Williams, Mark Waid, J. Michael Straczynski, Matt Wagner AND Craig Thompson? BELIEVE IT!

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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Fear Itself #3

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList, and tell us what you’re getting in our comments field.

Chris Arrant

If I had $15, I’d first do a two-fisted grab of this summer’s big event series Flashpoint #2 (DC, $3.99) and Fear Itself #3 (Marvel,$3.99). It’s required reading if you’re writing about comics like I am, and as a reader I’m intrigued by both. Two questions come out of this: 1. I wonder which one jiggered their release dates to come out the same week as the other event book, and 2. I guess DC will have to take off its “Holding The Line at $2.99” logo, or at least add some fine print. Next up would be Uncanny X-Force #11 (Marvel, $3.99); Rick Remender and the artists here have made this the best x-book on stands, hitting me right between the eyes by revisiting older storylines and characters and giving them a modern spin. Lastly, I would get Turf #5 (Image, $2.99), because I’m one of the biggest Tommy Lee Edwards fans out there.

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Where the Marvel Heroes live

No trip to Hollywood is complete without buying a map to the stars’ homes. Now you can do the same thing for New York City superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Only – thanks to Dorkly – the map is free. They tell you where to find your favorite heroes’ hangouts, but the best part is that they also have photos of the real life buildings that inspired the fictional ones and/or reside at their addresses.


Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Hellboy

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Michael May

If I had $15:

I’d get Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish ($3.50) to see Hellboy fight some giant robots in space, Salt Water Taffy, Volume 4: Caldera’s Revenge ($5.99) to see Jack and Benny sign aboard a spooky ship in search of a Moby Dick-like whale, and Sweets #5 (2.99) to see Kody Chamberlain wrap up his delicious New Orleans murder mystery.

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WonderCon | SHIELD wants you!

Secret SHIELD Documents taken at Wondercon '11

TOP SECRET

You would think that a captive audience inside the Moscone Center this WonderCon would be the prime location for a recruiting booth. Instead, SHIELD set up on a corner across the street, inviting passersby to enlist in the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Attended to by a few ‘plain’ agents in suits, there were a couple tactical officers helping people through the paperwork needed to apply for SHIELD; the officers were friendly and incredibly well informed on the showpiece of the enlistment booth: a 2012 Acura TL. This car is part of Honda’s luxury line and hearkens back to the early heavy-duty look of the mid-size sedan. The 2012 Acura TL is based priced at around $35,000 but SHIELD applicants got an exclusive look at the SHIELD Tactical Package, highlighted by SHIELD decals, flashing lights and a roof-mounted sonic cannon, a.k.a. the Hulkbuster. The EX-5000 is one of many features Stark Technologies, Inc. outfitted for SHIELD vehicles, along with enviro-clone projected holograms, 9 Speed HYPER-Shift Transmission and a self-detonating recon clone. As this Tactical Package was for SHIELD agents ranking 1.5 in clearance, the vehicle was outfitted with bulletproof, hyper-traction tires rather than any sort of repulsor tech probably given to higher ranking agents.

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WonderCon | Marvel recruiting new SHIELD agents in San Francisco

Attendees at this weekend’s WonderCon may find themselves being recruited for a new line of work — SHIELD agent.

Folks staying at one area hotel report a flyer being left on their door that says the occupant has a “unique skill set” that makes them an ideal candidate for “interplanetary threats.” It also directs them to tune into a channel on their TV. My apologies for the graininess of the images; sometimes in the spy game, you take what you can get:

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Weaver shares extras from SHIELD, including uncensored monster sex

If you’re a fan of Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver’s incredibly imaginative, layered and awesome SHIELD book for Marvel, you’ll want to check out this post from Weaver’s LiveJournal. The artist shares several “extras” from the book, including a variant cover sketch, “quiet math” equations and the uncensored version of a panel featuring Isaac Newton having sex with a Deviant, which I’ll include after a SPOILERS WARNING for issue 3 and a NSFW warning …

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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Baltimore: The Plague Ships

Baltimore: The Plague Ships

If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for Food or Comics? Every week we talk about what comics we’d buy if we only had $15 to spend, if we only had $30 to spend and if we had extra money to spend on what we’re calling a “Splurge” item.

So join Brigid Alverson, Chris Mautner and me as we run down what we’d buy this week, and check out Diamond’s release list to play along in our comments section.

Brigid Alverson

If I had $15…

I’d start with the first issue of Baltimore: The Plague Ships ($3.50), because it’s written by Mike Mignola and it has Europe flooded with vampires. Looks like fun. And then, because I can’t get enough Mignola, I’ll take issue 2 of Hellboy: The Storm ($2.99).

Dark Horse is launching its updated Magnus: Robot Fighter series, written by Jim Shooter, this week. Issue #1 looks pretty sweet, and it’s 56 pages for $3.50 (including the original Magnus story from 1963), so I’ll give that a try.

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Everybody Loves Leonardo

Leonardo Da Vinci in S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver

Leonardo Da Vinci in S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver

Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever is the upcoming Warner Bros. action movie written by frequent comics scribe Marc Guggenheim and starring artist/inventor/genius Leonardo Da Vinci as a prototypical action hero in the Indiana Jones/James Bond/Batman mode. Perhaps you noticed Jeffrey Renaud’s interview with Guggenheim on the topic for our sister blog Spinoff Online … and perhaps you noticed the similarity of the idea (cooked up by Hitman producer Adrian Askarieh) to that of Jonathan Hickman’s new Marvel comic S.H.I.E.L.D., which features Leonardo and several other real-world and Marvel-Universe geniuses as members of a secret society dedicated to saving the world.

Well, you’re not alone: Jonathan Hickman noticed it, too. In a tweet directed at fellow Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis, Hickman linked to the Guggenheim interview and wrote “This … is going to be AWESOME! ;)” Bendis replied, “i know, right? where do they come up with ideas like that?”

Now, there are enough winky emoticons and tongue-in-cheek phrases in there to mitigate against any perceived outrage over the similarity between the projects on the part of Hickman or Bendis. Meanwhile, Leonardo’s the guy who gave rise to the term “Renaissance man,” for pete’s sake — it’s hardly as though his astonishing, evocative talents have gone unnoticed by the world’s writers of fantastic fiction prior to the release of S.H.I.E.L.D., as anyone who’s read The Da Vinci Code can tell you. Still, it’s funny how, for the moment at least, everything’s coming up Vitruvian.

Straight for the art | Leonardo Da Vinci, Agent of Shield

Weaver's Da Vinci

Weaver's Da Vinci

By Dustin Weaver. Apparently this is an actual variant cover to the first issue of the new SHIELD series. I wasn’t planning on checking this out when it’s in stores, but now I may have to, just on the slight possibility that Da Vinci will, in fact, be doing awesome super-hero spy stuff on the inside.


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