A Couple of X-Men Pics

Marvel’s latest teaser image for X-Men: Second Coming (written by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle, with art by David Finch) is below. The promo by artist Daniel Acuna reveals a gathering of X-Men members past and present. Second Coming kicks off on March 31, and will also be available with a cover by Adi Granov.

Available now is Uncanny X-Men #521 with the nifty Greg Land cover showing everyone’s favourite Master of Magnetism, Magneto. He also seems to be a master of yoga.

New York Toy Fair’s Best

Yes I know action figures have an even geekier rep than comic books, but you gotta admire the craftsmanship in the wealth of pop culture figures, sculptures and busts produced these days. The New York Toy Fair has been running this week, with some great looking figures being unveiled. Here’s a few of my faves. Of course, Star Wars has a huge collection, including a massive 24 inch AT-AT.

Also of interest are the bevy of products from Marvel including Iron Man 2 figures. Who could resist an Iron Man version of Mr Potato Head, entitled Tony Starch? Also available are new Marvel Universe additions, and a few cute playthings for the kids as part of their Super Hero Squad line, which surprisingly includes an armed Captain America. Never too young to learn about the dangers of firearms (and motorcycles) I guess.

DC Comics put their best poseable foot forward too, with the fanboy mash-up of DC Universe and Masters of the Universe, even more Justice League Unlimited figures (4 years after the toon ended) and some awesome figures that look just like Gary Frank’s artwork from the New Krypton mini-series, with Superman’s Earth replacement Mon-El, Supes in his Kryptonian duds, the new Superwoman and Braniac looking his baddest yet. These figures won’t be available until October.

Tom Taylor on The Authority

I’ll meet Tom Taylor for the first time tomorrow night (at a pub of all places, which is a very unusual destination for me) but it’s been great to see his rise amongst the ranks of new comics scribes getting their due, especially as he’s a rare Aussie writing big-time American comics. From Star Wars: Invasion to his just announced job as new writer on The Authority from DC/Wildstorm. I didn’t see that one coming, but it makes perfect sense. As Tom tells it, following Star Wars with The Authority is like “thinking you’re getting your first car and, instead, being handed the keys to a flying battleship that runs on the fury and the sex drive of one hundred caged dragons.”

Here’s the official solicitation info for his first, May releasing ish of The Authority.

On sale MAY 5
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by TOM TAYLOR

Acclaimed writer Tom Taylor (Star Wars: Invasion) takes the helm for a 4-issue arc. The Authority’s journey through space on The Carrier’s unknown mission continues. Their mysterious voyage takes an even more terrifying twist than anything they’ve experienced so far when they discover stowaways of the worst possible kind. Facing a hideous mutiny by overwhelming odds, only one person can possibly save them. But will this reluctant hero break his own vow and return to action?