Madman Sale

Not Mike Allred’s cult comic book hero, but rather the distributor of anime and manga goodies. Just in time for Christmas, they have  a bunch of stuff on sale from toys, shirts and DVDs. Head on over to their website to scope out the complete list of sale items.

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Here’s a few key items to check out in the meantime:

Capcom Girls Cammy – Street Fighter Figure (Web Exclusive) Only $26!
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya: Tsuruya-San Statue (Web Exclusive) Only $55!
Madman Magnet Only $1!
Samurai Champloo Tshirt Range Only $5-$8!
Ghost in the Shell Trading Figures (Web Exclusive) Only $2!
Excel Saga Trading Figures (Web Exclusive) Only $5!
Neon Genesis Evangelion Cd Soundtrack Only $10!
Death Note 4.2″ Mini Figures (Web Exclusive) Only $10!
Bleach Tshirt range Only $10!
Neon Genesis Evangelion Figures and Statues Slashed! As low as $10!
Neon Genesis Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone – Rei Ayanami in Plug Suit (Web Exclusive) Half Price at $50!
Transformers Statue Range Prices Transformed as low as $30!
Transformers Omega Supreme Statue (Web Exclusive) Massive Statue, Massive Discount to $200!

City of Dust #2 Review

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Radical Publishing have done it again. The company’s Freedom Formula had me drooling over the pages and now we have a new contender. City of Dust by Steve Niles, the writer most known for his horror work (30 Days of Night) shows that he can cross genre boundaries with ease. The second issue reads a lot quicker than the first one, after last month’s set up of the premise and characters, and the premise is this: a sci-fi city where the words dystopia, totalitarian and Big Brother seem appropriate descriptions. Yes, it may remind you of 1984 and the under-rated 2002 film Equilibrium (starring Christian Bale) with the government stamping down on works of fiction and seeking to control its citizens through strict laws. However, City of Dust is shaping up to be a series that shakes off such simple comparisons. It has a look that will appeal to fans of Blade Runner and Minority Report – all gloss and sheen, but with a hidden dark side, and Niles brings in elements often unfamiliar to such tales to give it a new edge. Mainly those elements involve something Niles is very familiar with; nasty beasties and gore. Melding sci-fi and horror is a wise move, and this series needs it to lift it above the obvious comparisons mentioned.

Protagonist Philip Khrome is a detective who, as a child, dobbed in his father for reading him a bed-time story; an act which is illegal in his city as such fantasies can warp minds and lead to all sorts of weird behaviour. Fanboys will be familiar with this theory. Last issue Khrome was discovered reading a children’s book red-handed (under a corpse no less) and in issue #2 is investigated by the doubting GBI for his actions. More is revealed about Khrome’s relationship with his father as he discovers that the corpse and his imprisoned Dad are somehow connected. Plot points are also set up here that will surely lead to Khrome questioning who he can really trust around him, including his fellow cop, Sonja. There are also more obvious horror themes here than last issue, with the various creepies beginning to reveal themselves (as the GBI discover the hard way) and presumably make their way into the real world to show that they can not be so easily forgotten. A showdown between jet pack, ray gun wielding police and drooling inhuman creatures ought to be fun to witness, if that’s where Niles is going with this.

The book looks great, as many have come to expect from Radical. Choosing Imaginary Friends Studios, the Singaporean based art studio was a real find. It may be hard to discover extraordinary, new talent in this industry and Radical have looked where perhaps no other company has- outside the obvious fan base and disovered some real gems. Zid, this series artist continues to give the book a CGI look that’s a touch shy of Adi Granov, with just as much depth and texture. The motion and action are less than the first issue, but we have scary looking monsters and gruesome deaths to make up for it, and there are two double page spreads that are very impressive indeed. Radical needs to lock Zid into an exclusive contract, and quick. The variant covers that each title receives is also a nice touch and this has got to be the best of the bunch. You’ll be hard pressed to decide which of the four you want to take home.

There are only three issues left of this series, so hopefully Khrome wakes up, monsters show up and the city changes its view on what’s acceptable reading material after all is said and done.

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