I might not be sold on the actual movie, but there's one undeniably great thing about the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Merchandising! With the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel returning to the screen later this month, you can't walk into a department store --- or even a grocery store --- without a veritable assault on the senses from action figures, clothes, and breakfast cereals bearing the likenesses of some of your favorite superheroes.
That's right, everyone: Breakfast cereals. It seems that General Mills has decided to capitalize on the upcoming movie by releasing two limited edition cereals. The only problem is, most of us only eat breakfast once each day, which means that the real battle between the two heroes is going down with milk in a bowl. Join me as I delve into both cereals and determine who will rule as the greatest superhero who is also part of a balanced breakfast.
If there's one thing I've learned in a lifetime of reading, selling, making and writing about comics, it's that people who like comic books also tend to have a pretty healthy interest in breakfast foods. That, I assume, is why the people at General Mills decided to spice up their annual revival of the Monster Cereals -- Boo Berry, Franken Berry and the immortal Count Chocula -- with a set of redesigns for their principal characters, courtesy of artists Jim Lee, Dave Johnson and Terry and Rachel Dodson. In other words, your breakfast just got a New 52 reboot.
The whole thing is even marketed as a co-production between General Mills and DC, with the former presumably handling the cereal while the latter concentrated on art. Obviously, this means that these cereals are technically an edible DC Comics title, so with Halloween creeping up on us like a restless spirit, I have taken it upon myself to examine the new look for the spoooookiest of breakfast cereals to find out just how these new designs hold up to the originals.
One of the things about being America's most beloved comic book critic is that strange things tend to show up on my doorstep. Sometimes, it's a Power Rangers Fan Club kit from 1994, and sometimes, it's a copy of the comic book adaptation of Space Jam, and it happens often enough that I didn't think I could be surprised when it came time to pop open a box anymore. And then I opened one up to find two boxes of X-Men themed Twinkies resting on a bed of glimmering golden Easter basket grass.
Yes, those diabolical bakers at Hostess are marking the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past with two new flavors for everyone's favorite golden sponge cake, complete with the somewhat unfortunate name of EXtreme Creme, in Strawberry and Blue Raspberry. And I have eaten them.
Despite its popularity, I have yet to actually read/watch Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan, a series about teens with swords and crazy zipline harnesses protecting their walled city from human-eating giants who look like Mr. Body. As I have said so many times, anime is for nerds, bro, but today, I am suddenly interested in finding out everything I can about the show. Why? Because whatever it is, it has resulted in Japan developing a ten-patty hamburger that sells for $20, along with a keychain and a drink.
"Heart Attack On Titan" jokes aside, the development of the massive tower of meat, available at the Lotteria fast food chain starting today, represents a clear challenge to the people of America. Find out more below!
My breakfast these days usually consists of a cup of coffee and that feeling of crushing despair that comes from a new Funky Winkerbean strip, so I'll freely admit that I might not be eating as healthfully as I probably should. It's just that I don't have time, you understand -- if I were to sit down with a bowl of cereal, there might be a few minutes at the start of my day where I wasn't thinking about comics.
Now, General Mills -- who I am reliably informed is not a new militaristic windmill-themed supervillain, which really seems like a missed opportunity -- has set out to correct that deficiency with its second teamup with DC Comics since 2011. Starting this month and running 'til the end of April, cereals like Honey Nut Cheerios and Trix are going to come bundled with new comics about the Justice League. And the thing is, they actually look really fun.
On the off chance that there just weren't enough reasons for us to hop on a transcontinental flight to Japan and visit Toei's Hero World, the new indoor theme park and museum based around the history of tokusatsu, they've given us a new one, and it is edible. It was pretty inevitable that they'd have a few Kamen Rider and Super Sentai themed menu items to snack on while you were browsing a collection of props or waiting for the bumper motorcycles to open up, but I assumed it would be limited to plastic "Collector Cups" and, I don't know, the Gorenger-themed "Big One" Burger. They are not.
They have, instead, given us delicious looking buns shaped like Kamen Riders' heads. And, you know, also collector cups. Check 'em out below!
Food is a persistent obsession in Jason Fischer's watercolor art. Sometimes it takes the form of delicious portraits of hot dogs and hamburgers; in other cases, they're visually playful, as with his paintings of meat Mario and vegetable Luigi. Plus, on the less foodie front, he reimagines the punishment of the titan Prometheus using creatures from the film Prometheus.
A while back, I wrote about a Kickstarter for the Golden Age Bakery, a business in Chapel Hill built around making edible versions of classic Golden Age comics by printing them on cookies. I can think of no better cause...
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