Green Lantern Toy and Game

Details of the first of theĀ upcoming figures tying into June’s Green Lantern film are now out. There’s 2814 of these made (because that’s the number of the sector Hal patrols), showing actor Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, with a wearable ring, from Mattel. Also at the same site you can discover more details of the tie-in game, called Rise of the Manhunters, which goes on sale on June 1.

The costume on the figure looks the best we’ve seen so far and I’d imagine it’d be pretty close to the final version in the film, and the game intrigues me as it’s Hal teaming up with his mentor Sinestro to fight the Manhunters, who were basically the Guardians of the Universe’s first attempt at galactic justice before they realised aliens with rings are better than robots.

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Entries for Amazon’s annual novel award will be open from Jan 24 to Feb 6. You can find all the details here, but here’s the basic info:, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, is pleased to announce the fourth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the international competition seeking the next popular novel. The competition will once again award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.

Not bad at all, though of course you’d already need a novel finished, or pretty much done, unless you can afford to take a long holiday to prepare. Your manuscript must be between 50,000 and 150,000 words. The official entry guidelines are here.

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2010, hello 2011. Here’s a pic from one of this year’s most anticipated new mini-series, Who Is Jake Ellis? from Nathan Edmondson and Tonci Zonjic. It goes on sale Jan 5 from Image Comics and my review of #1 should be up at Broken Frontier around the same time.