Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Thursday Morning Superhero: Holiday Gift Guide

 We are approaching the end of 2022 and it is time for my annual holiday gift recommendations.  Per usual there will be gaming, collectible, and comic book related gifts that will hopefully put a smile on someone's face this holiday season.

For the collector:

Troy McClure Simpsons ReAction Wave 2 set from Super7

Troy McClure ReAction
You may remember Super7 action recommendations from the past, including their M.U.S.C.L.E style toys, but this set puts a massive smile on my face.  Featuring Fuzzy Bunny's Guide to You-Know-What, Meat and You: Partners in Freedom, and Someone's in the Kitchen with DNA, you would be a Grade A moron not to pick up this set for someone you love.  Super7 has been blowing it out of the water with their Simpsons lines and you can check this one out here.

Genuine Thoughts and Prayers Collectible Toy from Death By Toys

Thoughts and Prayers

Who wouldn't be flattered receiving 100% genuine thoughts and prayers from you this holiday season! Death by Toys makes an assortment of incredible art toys and I have really enjoyed each one I have in my collection. The quality is top notch and I laugh out loud frequently when I admire them in my office.  You can order your own thoughts and prayers here.

For the gamer:

Werewords Deluxe by Bezier Games

Werewords Deluxe

A mash up of 20 questions and the social deduction game Werewolf, Werewords is always a delight when it hits the table.  I have played this game with kids as young as six and after a quick round that lasts only a couple of minutes everyone should have a solid grasp on how to play.  I highly recommend getting the deluxe edition as it supports more players.  This game is an absolute delight every time it hits the table and we most recently brought it out here after Thanksgiving dinner.  A great casual game to share with your non-gaming friends.  You can pick it up here.

Marvel Villainous by Ravensburger

Villainous Box

In Marvel Villainous, you assume of one of the baddies from the Marvel Universe and attempt to accomplish your specified goal before your competitors do. Each player has their own individual board that determines your action.  When you move to a new space, you take the action on that space.  What makes it more difficult, is that some cards are designed to be played on your opponents board further limiting their ability to take key actions.  It is a tense back and forth and the specific goals and actions are very thematic.  There are also Disney and Star Wars versions of the games so hopefully you can find one that fits the fandom of someone in your life.  You can pick it up here.

For the comic book reader:

Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'edera, and Miguel Muerto

Something is Killing the Children Cover

I was late to the game on this Eisner Award winning series.  James Tynion IV, who is no stranger to horror, delivers a thrilling series that if it isn't in development for a series or movie will likely be soon. When children in a community begin disappearing, a mysterious woman shows up in town who truly understands the horror this community is dealing with.  This is one of my all-time favorite horror series and I would put it up with Locke and Key which is about the highest praise I can give any series.  You can pick up Volume 1 at your local comic book shop or here.

The Siver Coin from Michael Walsh

Silver Coin Volume 1

I am on a role with horror comics so I might as well go with a book that truly surprised me when I started reading it.  Eisner Award winning artist Michael Walsh developed an anthology comic that features a wealth of incredible writers.  The book follows a mysterious silver coin that feels similar to the monkey paw in that it grants its users wish, but at an extreme cost.  Each story features a different individual who found themselves in possession of the coin at various points of time in history.  There is a level of cohesiveness from each story, but each stands on its own and is reflective of its author.  I cannot recommend this one enough and you can pick it up at your local comic book shop or here.

POSTED BY MIKE N. aka Victor Domashev -- comic guy, proudly raising nerdy kids, and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2012.