The Beat’s Weekly Toy Review & Preview!


By: Nicholas Eskey Welcome back to another exciting episode of “The Beat’s Weekly Toy Review & Preview! We have a humdinger of an episode today kids, as a lot of collectible figures have been announced recently. Since I couldn’t narrow my favorites down to a short list, be prepared for a longer than usual post. […]

Preview: Legend, a spectacular world where cats and dogs rule


“Funny animal comics” were a time-tested genre for comics in the 50s heydey, and some of the finest comics since then feature anthropomorphic lead characters—like Usagi Yojimbo and Blacksad, to name only two. But a newer genre born of the currentgraphic novel era is “unfunny animals”—think We3,  Duncan the Wonder Dog, The Autumnlands and Beasts […]

Preview: How C-3PO Became The Red Arm Droid


Today Marvel released a preview for STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1. The book written by James Robinson (Armor Wars, Earth-2) and illustrated by Tony Harris (Ex Machina) is out this March . Only the spectacle of the Star Wars universe could reunite these two award winning creators as they reveal the mystery behind C-3PO’s red arm in The […]

Preview: Will Hyperion be Marvel’s next star?


Of late, Marvel’s Hyperion character has been getting a wee bit of a push. There were several Hyperion toys at Toy Fair and now an all new all different Hyperion #1. Hyperion started as the “superman” in the JLA analog The Squadron Supreme, and he’s had many realities, many versions and now he’s got a […]

Preview: P.A.C.O and Donut, a new all-ages series from Benjamin Roman


Back in the long ago days of the TokyoPop original English manga explosion, one of my favorites was a book called I Luv Halloween by Keith Giffen and Benjamin Roman, a world building comedy about a Halloweentown where people could be very naughty indeed. Giffen has gone on to many other things, like helping reinvent […]

Preview: Miss Fury is back in a new #1 by Bechko and Lau


Miss Fury is a golden age heroine who was actually crated by a lady cartoonist, June Tarpe Mills. Originally published by Timely, Miss Fury was a rich socialite who donned a black panther costume to fight crime, as so many women of the era did, or at least women in comics books. She’s come back […]

PREVIEW: Xena #1


One of the great female characters of the 90s is back in the Comics this April when Xena #1 debuts from Dynamite. Written by Genevieve Valentine with art by Ariel Medel, it’s a rousing reintroduction of a seminal character, the warrior princess of a savage land, who accompanied by her very good friend Gabrielle had rousing adventures without apology.