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This contest is over! Provisional congrats to @KevinBrettauer, @joncx and @crobertdimitri!!
I am – Hercules!!
In celebration of my first decade manning Ain’t It Cool’s TV desk, we are giving away TV box sets like they are going out of style! All you have to do is: 1) “Follow” me on Twitter. 2) Monitor my Twitter account on Monday, 0ct. 11. At some point today I will post a question on that Twitter account. Three of the first readers to correctly answer this question via Twitter will win Wolverine and the X-Men: The Complete Series, hitting shelves Tuesday. IMPORTANT!! The question will begin with “XQ.” IMPORTANT!! Your Twittered answer MUST begin with @hercAICN. Don’t screw this up! IMPORTANT!! This contest is available only to residents of the United States. IMPORTANT!! If Herc provisionally declares you a winner, immediately forward your shipping address and phone number to If you fail to do so within 24 hours, Herc will assign the prize to another. Even if you’re a giant loser today, look for more supercool prizing in the coming days and weeks!
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  • Oct. 11, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Good toon, looks nothing like the box art

    by textual

    Very good stuff, though that box art is horrible box art.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    too bad its U.S. only...

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    might even have created myself a twitter account for this. well, fuck it...

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST


    by ShogunMaster

    You can just download everything on Now everyone is a winner!!

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 5:38 a.m. CST

    I almost forgot about Wolvie and the X-Men

    by CCon99

    Whatever happened to Season 2? I remember them saying season 2 was going to be part of the Age of Apocalpyse storyline.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    I miss Goth Rogue from X-Men: Evolution

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Skunk stripe, Southern accent, tight leather miniskirt, see-through top...Jesus!

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    ccon: its canceled

    by palewook

    official reason given, marvel was unable to secure financing for the announced 2nd season. <p>

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Anyone watching the Avengers webisodes?

    by Chewtoy

    Over on Disney's XD site, I think, they're running new 5 minute Avengers episodes daily leading up to the new cartoon's launch... 20 mini episodes in all.<br><Br> It's pretty decent with an insane amount of characters and encompasses all of the Marvel Universe from what I've seen. Wolverine has a cameo in the 1940's Captain America segment, and Fury calls for the MRD to come and collect Whirlwind when they find out that he's a mutant.<br><br>It's hard to judge from 5 minute segments (of varying quality, although they do all string together to tell a larger story) but it looks to be a solid show for Marvel fans, and a reminder of how much fun the Marvel Universe is when it's not completely segregated.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Best X-Men Cartoon was on FOX Saturdays

    by Unlabled

    Y'all remember that? That was by far the best iteration.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Surprised this didn't last

    by BizarroJerry

    Little kids I know will tune into anything starring superheroes. And this seemed like a pretty good series. It kind of combined the comics stories with the recent movies.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I never like the fact that

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Wolverine was leading and Cyclops was walking around like a moppy teenager

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Pretty sloppy series

    by UtinniPuccini

    It had the right diea, but it tried to jam in as many characters and storylines as it could, and as a result wasn't able to really develop any of them. Wolverine had to be a part of everything, sometimes they would just completely shoehorn him into an episode (such as the Mojo episode). What surprises me about all this is that most of the creative team had previously worked on X-Men: Evolution- which had some crappy ideas, but at least they took the time to develop their characters and plots and not just rush through them the way WATX did.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    it''s in my netflix que....along with another

    by rben

    x-man cartoon series, a bunch of adult swim things, a few foreign films and a gaggle of tv series. i must have about 350 discs in there. it's ridiQlous!

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    There's Cyclops, lagging behind

    by Star Hump

    and wearing a long black trenchcoat, too. Something very wrong about the cover art... and hell, the entire series for that matter.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    I Never Heard Of This Series Before?

    by Media Messiah

    Because of the contest, however, I just looked it up on You Tube...and I saw episode 26, and it is excellent. It truly honors the X-Men.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    So Media, I'm curious about what you think about

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    the last 5 years or so of the X-Men Comics?

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    room23storeblogspotcom: Sadly, I Haven't Seen Them

    by Media Messiah

    Years ago, finding a comic book shop was easy, and even if you couldn't find one, stores like 7-Eleven, at least...carried them--now, however, there's nothing in terms of 7-Eleven carrying them...and comic books shops, well, they are disappearing? Barnes & Noble have them, but not much of a selection, and you have to live in a upscale, or near upscale find a B&N. You'd think Marvel and DC would insist in stocking their merchadise at video game stores, Walmarts, or somewhere, where their books would have a large presence in the zeitgeist of popular culture, but they have dropped the ball--that, and the fact that they are over-pricing their comic books. They seem to not realize that they can use those books to cross-promote licensed product spin-offs from those comic books and their characters therein, from toys, to video games, etc., thus moving product--but when they price-out comic book readers and collectors, or make comics hard to find, very few can buy the books, and those that can, will only buy so many. Hell, I recall a time when I would pick-up 3 and 4 issues of the same comic per month, 1 for me to read, and the others to collect (and I did this with many different titles)--but when the prices went sky-high, I had to cut-back, and then when comic book shops began disappearing, I stopped collecting, not because I wanted to stop, but unless you are in a major city like New York or LA, you have zero access to buy these books, or close to zero access to buy them. <BR><BR>BTW, this might be crazy, but it would be a good marketing move for Marvel and DC to contract with the book writers behind Harry Potter and Twilight, and similar popular book series, to do some hard-back book trilogies...on characters like the X-Men, Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc. This would be a good way to cross promote these characters and their mythologies to the large readerships that follow those female writers, and other famed writers like them. Such books...can be used to traffic kids, their families, and young adults, educators and even the mass-media, to comic books--in regard to reading them, and looking upon them as a respectable genres for entertainment and learning. Is it a gimmick? Yes? But if it works, it could help to attract kids back to to comic books--as a whole generation, has stopped reading comic books. If that doesn't change soon, save for online comic books, hard-copy comics...will die-off, largely in just a decade, or maybe 2 decades, or so. <BR><BR>PS: X-Men should bring back some of its most prominent writer/creators, those who are responsible for its most classic storylines (arcs) lay down some new story arcs, of that strength. That said, it is only going to happen if Marvel compensates them properly. You'll notice, they keep adapting their works for X-Men cartoons and movies, but they fail to give them, those writer/creators, credit, or profit participation, for said works, in order that others can steal authorship, and thus, any, and all, related royalties. These folks, should they come back, will certainly be asking for credits, and royalties for future works, should their works be adapted in other mediums--and, they likely will be asking for compensation on their past efforts for Marvel, that were adapted.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Yeah, comics are pretty much non-existent these days.

    by Shermdawg

    It's a shame too, there's something really fucking wrong seeing a pharmacy without a spinning rack of comics nearby. But like Media said, they became too expensive in the late 90's, even more so with the constant crossover events, and with videogames becoming more popular with the jump to 3D, kids started sinking their cash elsewhere. Pretty soon all of your usual (mainstream) spots for comic purchases (grociers, pharmacies, Wal-mart, gas stations) were phased out. <br><br> I'll be honest, after catching up on several of my favorites via wiki, I'm not much of a fan where they took the storylines, but you know what? I'd probably buy them if they returned to mainstream outlets for a reasonable price. And by reasonable, I mean around $2. Shit, just bring back the old paper, that should greatly cut down on costs. I don't want to collect them, I just want to read them....but I want to read them in a non-digital format. Having said that though, I'd actually be willing to subscribe to a digital library of Marvel's entire backlog if they ever came up with a service like that.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Media Messiah/Shermdawg

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Yeah, I'm 24 and I remember back when I was a kid all of those spinning racks of comics at drug stores and Gas Stations. I remember when 7-11 was actually a cool place to hang out for Comics and arcade games. Also how most restaurants and grocery store along with the arcades had video games. I sucks how thats practiaclly died out now. <br> <br> I used to collect the actual comicbooks, but because of price and because I hated the idea that just looking at the things made them go down in value. So I go to my Borders and get the trade paperback/graphic novel versions, its cheaper and I don't have to worry about if I ruin it. Also I get 20 - 40% of through Borders Rewards. I live an hour away from LA, but I prefer Borders over the Comicbook stores because of the discount.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    This series was terrific

    by billybigbollocks

    I guess it WAS canceled after all, what a shame. I'd been hoping for more. Very sad.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I've got them all...

    by Shermdawg

    ...unwatched sitting on my DVR. I think I'll save until First Class comes out.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Room23storeblogspotcom: I Miss The Spinning Racks Too

    by Media Messiah

    Hopefully, Marvel and DC, will make a deal with Borders and Barnes & Noble to have full comic book sections in their stores. I know that they have limited sections...and selections, therein, including graphic novels, but they should have expansive selections--just as they have special book sections for kids, and for adults. Such an area should feature collectors bags for storing comics, comics related toys, DVDs, and video games, etc.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    PS: And Bring Back The Spinning...

    by Media Messiah

    ...comic book racks to 7-Eleven and grocery stores.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST


    by room23storeblogspotcom

    It kind of ticks me off when I go to Borders and see three rows of Manga books and only a half a row of Trade Paperbacks. But I guess thats whats popular now. <br> <br> Yes bring back the spinning racks and bring back arcade games.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Where abouts do you live MM?

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I grew up in a small town (Souer D Alene Idaho) so I know what its like to not have a Comicbook store.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Room23storeblogspotcom: Northern California

    by Media Messiah

    Just 45 miles north east of San Francisco.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Room23storeblogspotcom: You Know, You're Right...

    by Media Messiah

    ...about the video games. One thing, attracts traffic to another--and the comics attracted some kids to the video games, and the video games attracted other kids to the comics. <BR><BR>As per manga, it is more popular, because those behind manga are taking the necessary steps to sustain...and expand its popularity, and the comics industry needs to do that for comic books--the reason why they need to try and expand their presence in Barnes & Noble...and Borders, even stores like Walmart or Target, if others are not game--and they should do a lot of instore promotions, including book signing tours, celebrity tie-ins (ala store appearances), etc., to attract fans--celebrities such as those that voice animated DVD movies for DC and Marvel, and even TV adaptations such as Smallville, and movies--ala Ironman, Spiderman, Batman, etc. They should also have comic book and graphic novel and toy give-aways, so on, and so forth. They have to do these kinds of promotions...that mirror that of the Potter franchise and Twilight, to reverse the trend of comics falling in the marketplace. The comics industry can learn a thing or two from the way those two book franchises were promoted to mass market popular culture and book readers. <BR><BR>The Bay Area use to have Comix and Comics, it was big store chain here--then suddenly, when the industry ran into trouble, there was a big collapse of the store, along with other major comic book shops.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Northen California

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    What part? I used to live in Concord about 7 years ago while I was going to the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I remember that in Concord there was Full Color Comics in Concord. Theses a couple of stores in San Francisco also. I used to go to Wonder-Con every year also.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I agree with you about the need for more promotion at the mentio

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I'm curious though about how much interest there would be in something like that. I guess that Marvel/DC would be able to drum up interest with enough advertising though.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Room23storeblogspotcom: Napa

    by Media Messiah

    There isn't much of a presence up here of comic book shops.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Room23storeblogspotcom: Comic Book Promotions

    by Media Messiah

    I figure, if Marvel...and DC and smaller distributors, along with the strongest comic book store operations, and convention organizers, were to combine their resources and open-up small comic book shop operations in stores like Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Walmart--similar to how you might find a McDonalds in Walmart, or a Subway sandwich shop, or even a bank outlet in a grocery store, or even placing sub--outlets in places like Disneyland/Disneyworld, and other amusement parks, like Six Flags, it would work. The ends justifies the means. It would certainly pay for itself--and give them a higher profile in the marketplace. I would even suggest that they have instore exclusives, in regard to merchandising to help attract interest. <BR><BR>Also, they do need to lower the prices of the books--I would even suggest starting special low-priced lines for kids to get them started collecting, and place those in toy stores and video game stores--and make sure they have plenty of product tie-ins; again, one feeds the other, and back again. In a addition, they should start a fund the schools program, to help underwrite the salaries of teachers, and school personel, as well as fund school supplies. The pay-off in trade? They will supply the schools with books made appropriate for school reading that feature comic book characters. Again, they should be thinking the Harry Potter and Twilight business model here--and create books that cater to that audience and their parents--and teachers. This is like planting seeds, for a future harvest, you get kids interested in your product, and thus you cultivate them, and move the consumer traffic to your product. They have them with their films, and TV series, as committed viewers, and the branding has been excellent, but there is a disconnect in terms of the kids wanting to buy comic books--or knowing how to find shops, even if they wanted to make such purchases--and other retailers, and this is a way, a channel, to change that.<BR><BR>Lastly, I would suggest that Marvel and DC open-up comic book display shops in movie theater lobbies. These would be shops that would be there during summer months, and winter holidays, when comic book oriented feature films are most likely to play on film screens. This is a perfect way to reach kids, teens, young adults, and families with these products and cross promotional items, and more importantly, to introduce them, or re-introduce them to comic books and comic book buying patterns.