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Review: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #18

she-raAlthough introduced fairly early into the stories of He-Man there has never been a very good way to overlap the stories of his sister with his own.  He-Man was at first a toy and then later a television series and comic, which was wildly popular among boys in the early 1980s.

Seeing the success of the franchise in one demographic, the creators tried their hand at a related franchise that would appeal to girls and they came up with She-Ra.  Although the animated show had some success, with two seasons compared to He-Man’s three, it never gained the same traction in terms of a fan base.  The characters were a weird mix of dolls and action figures, with the main character Adora/She-Ra focused equally on love as on fighting her mortal enemy, Hordak.   I remember as a young boy eager to fill out my own collection of action figures, that I took one look at a discounted Bow and scoffing and walking away, such a blatant romantic interest that he has a heart on his chest.  Equally although there must have been some, I never met a girl that collected She-Ra figures.   She-Ra has always been a character in need of a home and never really able to find one.

He-Man and the related characters now exist in popular culture primarily as comic book characters and since the relaunch of DC Comics into the new 52, has formed one of the sole ongoing and reliable series not tied to the main universe.  As a comic franchise it has had its ups-and-downs, though one constant has been an attempt to integrate She-Ra into the storylines.  The conclusion of the Blood of Grayskull story line introduces the character into He-Man universe as well as has probably ever been done.   Gone are the somewhat hoaky aspects of the character, replaced only by a strong story, which spanned 6 issues of the series and 1000 years of comic book time.

This final issue of the story arc is still one that is not going to be extremely moving for a lot of readers, as it borrows heavily from aspects of science fiction, fantasy and comic clichés to give a mostly action-focused story.  Nonetheless it is still interesting to read, well-produced and flows well with the bits of story and dialogue moving the action along well.  Fans of the franchise might be particularly interested in this issue, as after nearly thirty years it gives Adora a proper home and a new meaning.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Pop Mhan
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Infinite Crisis Champion Profile: Surrender to peace, when Starro debuts!

Get an inside look at Starro, the new champion from Infinite Crisis, the free-to-play MOBA from Turbine based in the DC Universe! On Wednesday, November 5, players can excel at pushing and controlling map lanes when this aggressive controller goes live!

Starro is a Star Conqueror. These nomadic and parasitic creatures roam the cosmos in two forms: motherstars and parasites. Motherstars are sentient, while parasites are extensions of the motherstar’s consciousness. A parasite attaches itself to other sentient creatures, allowing the motherstar to control that creature’s mind. Once controlled, the victims work toward growing more motherstars to go out and bring universal harmony to other planets—by conquering them.

Little did the Star Conqueror who came to be known as Starro know how difficult carrying that plan out on Earth would be!

Starro has little concern for what happens to the individuals it controls. They’re a tiny part of the whole. When Starro speaks to creatures it doesn’t control, it does so telepathically, urging them to join in universal harmony.

Fashion Spotlight: Justice, King of the Watch, and I Will Invade This City!

Ript Apparel has three designs today for fans of DC Comics. Justice, King of the Watch, and I Will Invade This City! from Mnemovore, Ninjaink, and mhendrickson39 will be for sale on October 22, 2014 only!

Justice by Mnemovore


King of the Watch by Ninjaink

King of the Watch

I Will Invade This City! by mhendrickson39

I Will Invade This City!

Warner Bros. Announces Static Shock

STATIC SHOCK #1Warner Bros. has revealed some of the details about its digital production unit. The unit named Blue Ribbon Content has unveiled some of its initial development plans, including some more work based on comics.

Already announced is Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, which will debut on Machinima in 2015 as well as the virtual reality experience, Batman: The Animated Series Experience. Warner Bros. has a stake in Machinima, so the project makes complete sense. Some other projects are tied into The CW, the television network that Warner Bros. is also involved with.

Today brought even bigger news, a project based on Static Shock.

The action series include Static Shock, an adaptation of the Static comic from writer-producer-director Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained).

That’s a pretty big announcement quietly put out there. Warner Bros./DC Comics was the first to announce a movie based on one of their female characters, as well as an African American character. Now we have Static Shock out of nowhere. Seems like the company that had been receiving lots of criticism is now beginning to fire on all cylinders.

Here’s more details on the comic related projects:

Static Shock — Writer/producer/director Reginald Hudlin (Best Picture Oscar nominee for producing Django Unchained) leads the creative team behind a live-action adaptation of Static Shock, featuring the African-American super hero Static, aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins. Static Shock is based on the Static comic co-created by the late Dwayne McDuffie with co-writer Robert L. Washington III and artist John Paul Leon, which was originally published by the DC Comics imprint Milestone Comics and, later, by DC Comics. Milestone Media co-founder/comic book artist/TV producer Denys Cowan (the original Static Shock animated series) is collaborating with Hudlin on the new Static Shock.

Batman: The Animated Series Experience — As previously announced, Blue Ribbon, DC Entertainment and visual effects pioneer OTOY are teaming up on an immersive entertainment experience that will see the Batcave from the acclaimed Emmy Award–winning Batman: The Animated Series brought to life via interactive holographic video for virtual reality displays. OTOY is collaborating with series producer Bruce Timm on this interactive narrative experience which will give fans the opportunity to explore Batman’s world like never before, allowing them to feel what it is like to be inside the show’s stylized universe on devices such as the Samsung GALAXY Gear VR, the Oculus Rift, and on forthcoming “glasses-free” light field displays that will power future TV and mobile devices.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

TV Review: The Flash S1E3 Things You Can’t Outrun

theflash_full_costumeAs Barry and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs work to capture Kyle Nimbus a.k.a. The Mist, a dangerous new meta-human with toxic gas powers, they revisit the painful night the particle accelerator exploded and killed Caitlin’s fiancé, Ronnie. Meanwhile, Joe decides to finally visit Henry in jail after all these years, but things take a dangerous turn when Kyle shows up looking to punish Joe for arresting him years ago. Meanwhile, Iris and Eddie continue to hide their relationship from Joe.

Three episodes in and The Flash keeps running away as the freshest “comic” show to debut this year, might be why its been picked up for a full season.

Tonight’s episode introduces yet another meta-human for Barry to fight, but really the episode’s points are two other things. First, it addresses the fact that Barry could run into prison and grab his father. The second is the introduction of Ronnie Raymond. Why is he important? Well, fans of DC Comics will know him as the superhero Firestorm.

The episode is decent, not quite as strong as the first two, but like those first two it does an excellent job setting up what’s to come. We know there’s more Rogues, the Reverse Flash, Firestorm, lots for comic fans. The fact the show is able to do this in a fun package.

Yes the episode has issues, lets face it a vacuum could defeat the bad guy, but that’s not the point. This is a show that’s fun, and that’s something we need more of on tv.

Overall rating: 7.5

DC Comics Mystery Minis in January

How many caped crusaders does it take to change a light-bulb? None. They like the dark.

DC’s most powerful superhero team and mightiest villains have gone miniature! In January Funko brings us DC Comics Mystery Minis. This series features a line of classic DC characters!

See below for the character rarity scale.

DC Comics Mystery Minis DC Comics Mystery Minis 1 DC Comics Mystery Minis 2

TV Review: Gotham S1E5 Viper

gotham cast In the fifth episode of Gotham, Gordon and Bullock search for the source of a new street drug that causes euphoria then death. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot works his way deeper into Maroni’s inner circle and Fish Mooney continues to plot against Falcone.

The street drug aspect of the show is interesting, though a bit silly at times, and that doesn’t help with some of the dialogue that comes off as rather silly. But, as has been for the last couple of episodes all of that isn’t the draw of the episode. The real draw again is Cobblepot’s story.

Cobblepot, in an attempt to get ahead decides to out himself to his new bosses. This leads them to go grab Gordon to corroborate the story. This of course now puts Gordon in a spot, because now some mobsters know his story.

But, lets get back to that drug thing. The drug is called Viper…. you know that sounds a lot like a certain other drug… wink wink nod nod. Oh yeah, it’s mentioned, Venom gets a nod in the series. It was pretty obvious where the story was going with a drug that made people super strong, it’s just an example of Gotham the tv show feeling like it has to tie every little detail into the bigger Batman mythos.

Again, the series strength is when it focuses on Cobblepot, Gordon, and the mob. It again stumbles when it attempts to tie itself too much into the future Batman world. Stick to the basics, and the series would greatly improved. A story of mobsters, with Gotham as a background, is much better than trying to shoehorn in what we all know is coming. Letting it come organically, that seems to be the balance the series is trying to find.

Overall Score: 7

We Talk Hot Mess With Black Milk’s Cameron Parker

This past week Black Milk Clothing from a land down under released their newest collection titled Hot Mess.  While it included prints from a lot of different bits of pop culture, a lot of it focused on comics.  We got a chance to talk with Black Milk’s very own Cameron Parker about the new collection.

hot messGraphic Policy: This is the first of your releases without a strong central theme.  How did you choose what was going to be included in this collection?

Black Milk:  Themed releases are actually a very recent thing for us – in the past, very few if any of our collections were consciously themed around one thing! What we normally do, and what we have done for this release, is take a look at the gear we have in the works that we really love (and there’s usually a lot of that!) and figure out which pieces we can have ready in time, and which pieces the community are super keen for right now.

GP Can you talk a little bit about the overall design of the items?

BM:  When we’re looking for images to use in our prints, there are definitely certain things we look out for. The best prints to work with are very high resolution, so we can move them around, zoom in, change them and so on, and they are or can be made to be repetitive. It’s much easier to fit a print to a garment if we can move it and repeat it in ways to ensure the best placement.

the jokerGPThis is not the first collection to include prints of comic book cover or interiors on your clothing.  How do you go about choosing specific images/covers/interiors to be collected and printed?

BM:  It’s a combination of things. The first question we ask is always “is this cool to look at, is it going to resonate with people?”. If we can get a ‘yes’ to that, we move on to more functional criteria like is the image we’ve been provided with high enough resolution, are the colours going to print well, and can the pattern be positioned well onto our garments? Finding the right images to put on our gear is definitely a process.

GP: Harley Quinn is one of the most popular characters in comics that people cosplay as, and your collection includes her as well.  Why do you think that this character is so endearing to so many?  Especially that she is actually a villain in most cases.

BM:  The villains are always the fun ones, though! We love a bit of villainy here at Black Milk – our Joker pieces were very popular too. Harley is a very multi-layered character, especially in some of the newer comics like Injustice, and I think her complex and very over-the-top character really resonates with a lot of people. She’s a lot of fun.


Some feminine Riddlers

GP The Riddler is a little off-the-mark of someone that is considered to be very feminine, yet it influences three of the releases in this collection.  Why did you choose that character?

BM:  The Riddler gear is included because heaps of people in our community asked for it! That’s the great thing about social media, we can ask the people what they want and then, if we can, we’re sometimes able to give it to them.

GP Any more comics related apparel on the way in the future?

BM:  Hopefully! We love working with the iconic images of pop-culture, and would absolutely be interested in creating more comic-book gear.

GPWho plays a better witch – Margaret Hamilton or Emma Watson?

BM:  Personally I think Billie Burke is my kind of witch!

TV Review: The Flash S1E2: Fastest Man Alive

theflash_full_costumeBarry escorts Iris to a university gathering honoring scientist Simon Stagg. When six gunmen storm the event, Barry changes into The Flash and tries to stop them. While he does save a man’s life, he passes out before he can capture the robbers, which frustrates him. As Dr. Wells, Caitlin and Cisco scramble to find out what’s wrong with Barry, Joe comes down hard on Barry for taking the law into his own hands and risking his life. Barry realizes that it wasn’t six gunmen but a metahuman named Danton Black, who can make multiples of himself. Meanwhile, Iris becomes even more intrigued by the “red streak.”

The premiere episode of The Flash caught me in its speed and fun. The debut was fresh, positive, entertaining, and most importantly fun. The series has a lot to live up to with such a solid start. The second episode isn’t quite as good, but it’s still a fantastic episode that continues along a solid path.

The second episode does really well in building off of the first one. It gives us an idea of the issues that Barry will deal with as he learns about his new powers. It fleshes out his relationship with Detective Joe West. It also has some fun with his balancing his secret identity with his work and social life. It also adds to the mysteries from the first episode as well as winks and nods for fans of DC Comics.

Two episodes in and the series is solid. It challenges The Walking Dead as the best “comic” television show out there right now. There’s something vibrant about it all, it makes me want to come back for more. A great second episode for a series that looks like it’s a can’t miss. I had high hopes for it, and it looks like it’s going to deliver, building on the success of what’s come before, just doing it with a positive and fun spin.

Overall rating: 8

TV Review: Gotham S1E4: Arkham

gotham cast The fourth episode of Gotham bounces back from the previous week’s disappointment. In the episode as a contentious city council vote on the future of the Arkham district approaches, politicians from both sides are in danger. Gordon and Bullock must race to protect the council and an old friend visits Gordon.

When the series was announced I expected more of a cop/crime drama with the city of Gotham and its cast of characters serving as a back drop. It’d have the origins of some of the characters we know from Batman mythos, but that’d be worked in as an organic build. This is the episode that really shows that off, showing a potential the series has.

At its heart, the episode was really about corruption of government and the intertwining of the two with the local mob, an issue that has plagued many cities over the decades. Building development, and renovation plans weren’t really to benefit the people of the city, but instead the developers whose project it was. All of that is covered here in an entertaining way, as Bullock and Gordon race to stop the murders occurring due to it all. That’s all solid, but generally forgettable.

What continues to stand out to me is actor Robin Lord Taylor whose depiction of Oswald Cobblepot has been amazing with each episode. He’s the draw of the series, and each scene he’s in. His scheming and machinations are amazing, especially since we know that one day he’ll become the Penguin. It’s really his show, and his acting, and how much he gets the character down is impressive. Continually a highlight.

While the episode doesn’t blow me away, this points the series in the right direction. Hopefully the rest of the episodes keep heading that way.

Overall Score: 7

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