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The Strangest Members of the Justice League

snapperThe Justice League of America is best defined by its core of main characters.  As opposed to other major superhero teams like the X-Men, Avengers, or Teen Titans, the core seven members of the team are considered as almost sacrosanct.  Without Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter, the League is considered to not be at full power (though Manhunter has been somewhat replaced on this list by Cyborg.)  That being the case, the membership of the League has mostly remained constant over its publication history, but as with every team there are always the odd ones that find their way in.

Snapper Carr – The modern reader of comics might not recognize it immediately at a glance, but the history of comics is the history of trends.  Characters that might seem to represent some diversity in the modern day such as Power Man/Luke Cage or Shang Chi were in fact added to comics as they helped to capitalize respectively on the popularity of blaxpoitation and kung fu films.  One character long before them was Snapper Carr.  Although he existed as a sidekick more than actual superhero, he was nonetheless a vital member on some missions, (such as the first involving Starro).  The character was inspired by the Beatnik generation which was somewhat popular at the time, and for those that might look for a related Marvel character, they would be wasting their time, because the trend of beatnik characters came and went long before Marvel got established.

daleDale Gunn – After the X-Men took over the medium of comics in the 1970s it was determined that the Teen Titans became DC’s best hope to fight against this success.  After the youth oriented book performed well it was decided to give the Justice League a makeover as well, and what resulted was what has become known as Justice League Detroit, a weaker version of the team, but one focused more towards the street.  Out were Batman and Wonder Woman, in were street level characters like Gypsy and Vibe, the latter of which was enough of an attempt to cash in on the breakdancing genre that was actually popular for a while, for those that remember their Electric Boogaloo.  The stranger character though was Dale Gunn, introduced as a ladies-man character that was the custodian/tech expert for the new team, who wore a superpowered suit of armor in his first appearance, but then just faded into the background.  Zatanna and Vixen both fell in love with him almost from the get go, but his impact was never really noticed after a few issues.

maxMaxwell Lord – Whereas the X-Men had Dazzler and the Outsiders had Looker, the Justice League never really managed to capitalize on the big hair and big money 1980s, or at least they wouldn’t have except for the influence of Maxwell Lord.  The character was essentially a Gordon Gecko rip-off, and one whose moral code was also somewhat skewed.  He served as the bank roll for the team, but had delusions of heroism at times, and eventually went bad when he almost had every superhero killed during Infinite Crisis.

Blue Beetle – The Justice League of the post-Legends DC Universe was one very different from what came before.  Legends was kind of an attempt to do the final clean-up on what had happened during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and it resulted in a new Justice League.  Whereas a lot of titles were getting darker at the time, or at least geared more to a mature audience, this team went the opposite route, becoming goofy.  Another trend at the time was that the Justice League becoming a dumping ground for characters who couldn’t hold their own series.  Thus the League assimilated Booster Gold, Blue Beetle and Captain Atom among others, but it really became the Blue Beetle and Booster Gold show, with their not-so-serious antics proving to be the fodder for most issues as opposed to real threats.  The character had been serious before, but never really recovered before being killed off.

drfateZan and Jayna – The so-called Wonder Twins didn’t come from the Justice League exactly, but instead came from the children’s show spin-off, the Super Friends.  It might have seemed likely that the characters might have just retired into obscurity as many others did, but they were actually revived for a time in the 1990s.  As a bit of a running joke before hand they never really caught on, and were used for only a few issues.

Dr. Fate/Guy Gardner – These two are not exactly the strangest characters exactly, except in how they were used.  Once again another influence of the post Legends Justice League, the writer Keith Giffen was a big enough fan of gender swapping some of his characters.  Not as in the usual sense of making a separate character like Supergirl or Batgirl, but in simply finding a way to switch genders.  It was done first with Doctor Fate and recently with Guy Gardner.

Ambush Bug/Super-Chief  – After Infinite Crisis the creators promised to give exposure to pretty much every character that had ever shown up in the pages of DC Comics.  This meant that some strange and obscure characters had to be brought in.  In this case it was a Firestorm led Justice League that contained among its members the Ambush Bug and Super-Chief.  They showed up for a couple of panels and then were never seen of again.

poisonivyPoison Ivy, Lex Luthor and Captain Cold – It turned some heads in the pages of the Waid led JLA when the rotating cast of team members included what was kind of Catwoman for one issue.  People wondered how it was that a thief was allowed membership to the team, even when she didn’t really join.  This was later rendered somewhat moot in the era of rooting for the bad guys in comics.  In the modern day, many series focus on villains, and Lex Luthor, Captain Cold and poison Ivy have worked alongside the Justice League, the latter in the most recent issue of Justice League United.  As villains become the new cool characters, it is not surprising to see some join the ranks of the superheroes.

To read the list of the strangest members of the League is partially a way to read the trends which have defined the medium of comics since the team’s inception.  There have been characters that have been stunts, or put in place to take advantage of what was happening in popular culture.  The team usually goes back to the main seven, but it is interesting to note that they are not always there, and sometimes some odd choices are made.

Review: Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #1

Green Lantern Star Trek 2“The Crossover Event of 2015!” is the tagline on the many variant covers of IDW‘s Star Trek and Green Lantern miniseries. Unfortunately, that’s the overstatement of 2015.

The lukewarm first issue contains hardly any Green Lantern at all, so fans of that universe will find little to excite them. Instead, it takes place almost entirely on the Starship Enterprise, but it leaves behind the wit and depth of character that make IDW’s ongoing Star Trek series such a pleasure these days. Mike Johnson also writes the ongoing series, and he gets in a few fun moments of banter between Kirk and Spock. But he has so much plot to cover that his dialogue lacks its usual spark. Bringing the Green Lantern rings into the Star Trek universe shouldn’t take too many narrative somersaults, but somehow, this gets bogged down in setup.

Angel Hernandez‘s art is another weak link here. The current penciler for the ongoing series, Rachael Stott, and her predecessor, Tony Shasteen, have set a high standard for Star Trek comics art- both have a talent for capturing not only the facial features of the actors, but the nuances of their performances. In comparison, Hernandez’s characters look expressionless and stiff, like he’s trying so hard to get Chris Pine’s nose right that he overlooks the mischief in Kirk’s eyes. Space-scapes and even wide shots of the Enterprise‘s sickbay look oddly flat and distorted, deadening the drama of explosions and alien planets. Hernandez’s minimalist settings and angular character designs make sense in his work for DC, but his style doesn’t translate here.

The crossover’s premise is cool enough that I really wish it worked. A fan-favorite villain from the pre-reboot Star Trek movies makes a welcome appearance, but he feels wasted so far. If you’re looking for your Star Trek fix, stick to the excellent ongoing series. If you’re here for Green Lantern, you’ll see so little of him here that you’ll feel ripped off. It’s too bad, because with a lighter touch and less ambitious mythology, this could have been a fun crossover.

Story: Mike Johnson Art: Angel Hernandez
Story: 6.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Green Lantern #42

4647863-gl_cv42_ds“I’m not a Green Lantern anymore.”

We open up our tale racing across the stars in dashing fashion as the crew of a class 3 light cruiser named Darlene is streaking post-haste through the cosmos. As we adjourn inside captain: Hal Jordan, former Green Lantern turned renegade is transporting some very important cargo on a tight schedule. The cargo’s name is Trapper. He is a bounty hunter who tried to collect the wrong check and now finds himself in the comfort of a plasma barred cell. Hal seeks to show him the error of his ways via the means of taking a trip. The destination: Ketleth Prime, a distant planet. Hal is transporting Trapper as well as a native of that World, Virgo there.

Along the way Hal receives much heckling from both his captive and his spacecraft (and you thought Michael from Knight Rider had a raw deal) but he remains focused on his objective. However Hal receives a big surprise when he arrives at the coordinates where Ketleth Prime should be. When he investigates closer it appears to be that the planet, is now made entirely out of stone. This sends Virgo spiraling into grief. After a few tough moments, Hal not knowing what to do allows Virgo to grieve.

4647869-5+gl_42_5Before any kind of reprieve can be made, Hal’s ship Darlene warns him that a full-fledged armada is right outside his window. Now not being the one to shy away, Hal makes ready for confrontation. What makes the dynamic so interesting is even though he is a pariah in the eyes of the Green Lantern Corps, he’s still not willing turn his back on them. It’s very old school honor and I like it.

Trapper’s buds show up with an enormous fleet and he laughs thinking that Hal is all but done for. A great moment of dialogue is exchanged as Trapper says to Hal “You against my whole crew? Does this heap even have cannons?”  Hal just brazenly replies “No, because I don’t need any.” He then shows why he is the Embassador of Badassery as he fires up his Krona Gauntlet and floats outside the ship to handle the whole armada himself.

4660594-img_0108Hal then shows us why “will is skill” and any weapon is the greatest one in his hands, as he fully unleashes unbridled power on the fleet. On a personal note here, I go back and forth on Billy Tan’s art a lot but it’s the moments like this one that he makes me eat my words and just smile back at the page slack-jawed. I’ve heard people also give a lot of criticism on Hal’s new duds (which I absolutely love btw) and I think it’s unfounded. This is comics and entertainment folks, things will come and go and things will change (remember all the guns and extra pouches and cheesy violent code names in the 90’s?) but as long as the creative teams tackling this, respect and honor the essence of the character it’s perfectly fine. Besides I think Hal’s new costume is great and encompasses the changes to his character. It makes complete sense as he is now an individual and not considered a “Space Cop” anymore. No need for a team uniform. The long coat and costume change give him a much more lone gunman style look which I just think is freaking cool. Bottom line to me, if it walks like Hal Jordan, talks like Hal Jordan, and kicks an incredible amount of ass, then it’s Hal Jordan.

B5QCP06mThe remainder of the issue shows Virgo dealing with his grief, Hal having some trouble asserting dominance over his gauntlet (it’s sentient and strong willed too, giving a great dynamic as open’s the question as to who wields whom?) and the return of a very powerful Green Lantern villain who finds himself in despair as well.

Overall: This was a fun read that took sci-fi and gave Hal a touch of Chuck Norris (Hell I bet even Hal wishes he was Chuck) as he took on the entire fleet himself. After last months issue which started slow it turned it around for me, and I absolutely dug it. I liked the story and the art and they meshed great for some entertaining moments. Seeing Hal cut loose with the Gauntlet had me cheering. This is how you do a GL book, adventure, witty banter, and action..action..action! With the return of a classic lantern villain at the end, I am excited to see where this one goes next. We may be in for some strange alliances. It’s true he may not have the ring anymore, but if this momentum can continue there are sure to be plenty of “Brightest Days” ahead. Till next time guys, I gotta recharge the battery. Over and out!

Story: Robert Vendetti Art: Billy Tan
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Diversity In Comics: We’ve Come A Long Way, But We’re Not There Yet

THOR 001_coverThe comic book industry has been making great strides when it comes to introducing more cultural, and ethnic, diversity in the last decade. Superheroes are no longer just straight white men with the odd woman around, but depending on who you talk to about diversity in comics, you could easily  be mistaken for thinking that there really isn’t any. There is diversity, but not as much as perhaps there should be.

Beginning with Luke Cage, the Black Panther, and Shang Chi in the 60’s and 70’s, Marvel Comics did begin to slowly introduce ethnically diverse characters to their roster, but in a medium traditionally dominated by straight white superheroes, diversification had been a comparatively slow process. Not because publishers were against diversifying their lines (although that may have been a part of it for some) but because the publishers wanted to make money, and because the existing popular characters they had were primarily white, and it was those that were selling the comics. In roads have been made over the years, however, with the previously mentioned characters, and also characters such as Marvel’s Northstar, who famously came out in a 1992 story, finally married his long term boyfriend a few years ago; and the hugely popular Kamala Khan, the current Ms Marvel, is a Muslim American teenager.

Stan Lee has been quoted as saying in an interview with Newsarama about the casting of a white Peter Parker as the latest on screen Spider-Man;

I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it’s so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to,” he also added “it has nothing to do with being anti-gay, or anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that. Latino characters should stay Latino. The Black Panther should certainly not be Swiss. I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it’s so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to. Hell, I’ll do it myself.

While he certainly has a point, it can be difficult to launch a new superhero into the public consciousness, but by casting a person of colour into a previously white character it can be an immediate show of support.

The same is also true for replacing existing characters in story for various reasons; most recently Steve Rogers retired as Captain America and so The Falcon stepped up to the plate. Thor Odinson became unworthy of his hammer, and then gave his name (Thor) over to the woman who was worthy. Likewise for reinventing existing characters; when DC rebooted their universe with the New 52, the Green Lantern Alan Scott was a gay man.

Progress is being made, but we’re not quite there yet.

Just in the last month there have been some controversies; during a recent Batgirl story objections were raised over the portrayal of a male character impersonating the lead character (however in the collected edition, the creators revised their original script).

More recently, Image Comics has long been championing diversity and inclusion for all with many of the comics they publish. Up until, that is, Airboy #2 came out this week. Whether it was the creators’ intent to show the cultural differences between the modern day and the Golden Age (from which Airboy both literally and figuratively comes from), and how far we’ve come as a society from the 1940’s in accepting transgender individuals, (or not – I may be giving too much credit here to a misguided depiction of support for the LGBTQ community) the message that many have received loud and clear from Airboy #2 isn’t one of support and acceptance, and as such, it isn’t resonating very well – if at all.

As an industry this is obviously not the message we want to give.

Regardless of the intentions behind that scene in Airboy #2, this kind of portrayal of transgender individuals not only harms the progress the industry has made in the past, and continues to make, but it can also potentially harm real life individuals.  Admirably, the writer of the comic recognized the outcry and responded.

Comics have come a long way when it comes to inclusion and acceptance for all, but we, as an industry and as a community, still have a long we to go. We need to ensure that comics are inclusive to everybody, and when they’re not then we should follow the examples that the very comics we love have shown us so many times, and speak out in favour of those who are being treated unfairly.

It was Stan Lee who said “with great power, there must also come great responsibility,” and we’ve all got the power to speak up when we see something that isn’t right.

Also published on Ramblings Of A Comics Fan.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

We Stand on GuardWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

We Stand on Guard #1 (Image Comics) – Brian K Vaughn is taking on giant robots and Canada. Sign me up. I’ve been awaiting this one since it was announced at Image Expo.

The Bunker #12 (Oni Press) – Josh Fialkov’s time travel comic has been amazing with each issue and the fact is, I have no idea what will happen. It’s just beyond amazing and one of my favorite comics.

Red Skull #1 (Marvel) – If there’s one character that can mess up Doom’s new world, I’m convinced it’s the Red Skull. Maybe we’ll get the first hints as to how Doom will fall here?

Secret Wars #4 (Marvel) – The first three issues were solid in the best Marvel event in quite some time. It’s interesting to see where it all goes, and I’m along for the ride.

The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image Comics) – Did you read the last issue? That alone is the reason I’m looking for this one. I seriously have no idea what’s happening next.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I’m a sucker for anything set in the 40’s, and the Spirit is no exception. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard the comic was being released. I even though the movie was pretty decent. Did I just lose my nerd-cred?

Detective Comics #42 (DC Comics) – I’ve always been a closet Harvey Bullock fan, so to have at least a two-part story focused exclusively on him? There is no way I couldn’t pick this up.

We Stand On Guard #1 (Image Comics)A military comic that features giant robots and is written by Brian K Vaughn? What’s not to love?

 

Elana

Top Pick (tie) The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image Comics) – Ack! My heart! It’s been smashed somewhere on the floor! It’s listening to “People Who Died” and “Rock and Roll Suicide” on repeat.

But Don’t You Cry Tonight (Gillen/McKelvie still love you, baby). There’s an underworld bellow us (BAYBAAHH) and Persephone is the goddess who comes back from the dead every spring.

This month’s issue is a flashback to Inanna’s origins. So put on Purple Rain and pretend you don’t know what’s to come.

Top Pick (tie) The Humans #6 (Image Comics) – It’s been reported that this issue is going to start giving us some more material about the women in The Humans and Johnny’s long lost former girlfriend. I’ve always appreciated how even in this male-centered story all of the female characters are easily identifiable and unique. This issue could make good on that promise.

But that’s not what I read this comic for. That’s just my intellect talking. I read it because it’s in my guts. (Teaser of a thought piece I’m working on).

It’s safe to say this comic will continue to be some of the best crafted, most addictive, least office appropriate reading you’ll find.

A-Force #2 (Marvel) – All of everyone’s favorite female heroes on one team! I was a bit thrown off by this new issues’s summary page. It describes Sister Grimm and Ms. America as foster sisters. Brett and I had interpreted them as a romantic couple. But let’s see where this goes. Hopefully there will be girl kissing and sharks being punched. And more She-Hulk.

Airboy #2 (Image Comics) – Hey Kids! Airboy is appearing in a comic of the same name! But I’m not reading this for a WWII Boy Adventurer. I’m here for the gonzo struggles of the artist as a middle aged man. (Read my review of issue 1 to find out more.) Will this comic’s writer and artist– this story’s actual protagonists– despoil the golden lad of the Golden Age? Pretty sure all of the hangovers we’re ever had, all put together are less interesting then the hangover that this creative team is about to experience (and they invite us along for the ride).

I want to warn our readers that there is seriously transphobic content in issue 2. I did not have a review copy when I put this issue on my picks list and wrote my endorsement based on my having enjoyed issue 1. Now, having read this issue I am not endorsing it.  We will be discussing the problems with it soon. I’m really disappointed.

For more on this, you can read our post “Airboy Crashes and Burns With Transphobic Second Issue

Years of Future Past #2 (Marvel) – This Secret Wars title seems to have gone entirely under the radar. That’s a shame. It’s a Claremonterrific spin-off of the classic X-Men Future Dystopia, the one that birthed all those crazy X-Men continuities. The book’s got heavy handed but emotionally resonant political metaphor to spare. It also has Kitty Pryde married to Colossus (though he’s only the 2nd best member of the Rasputin family for her to be in love with) and they have a daughter! And she meets Logan’s mysterious son “Cameron”. Ooooo. Who’s he named for?

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Secret Wars #4 (Marvel Comics) – Sheriff Strange, Lord Doom. Marvel’s version of Game of Thrones continues and it’s been epic! Unlike Convergence, part of me doesn’t want to see it end. If only Doom can win…

Action Comics #42 (DC Comics) – Truth continues and we see the “Man” without the “Steel” try to adapt and overcome everything put in his path. Last month was a joy and I’m waiting to see where this month takes us. Hopefully up, up and further!

Barb Wire #1 (Dark Horse Comics) The return of the bounty hunting Babe! Adam Hughes cover alone sold me on this one. If the inside is as good as the cover, I won’t need to keep the receipt.

Green Lantern #42 (DC Comics) – Everyone’s favorite renegade: Han.. er.. Hal Jordan continues his outlaw journey through the cosmos without the Corps by his side. Doesn’t mean it won’t be any less action packed!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47 (IDW Publishing) – Evil Baxter Stockman, a horde of Mousers and half- shelled heroes. Is it 1984 again? That’s well and ok with me! Me thinks it’s Cowabunga time again!

 

Paul

Top Pick: A-Force #2 (Marvel) – All the women from the Marvel Universe on an island, fighting and protecting their island from outside threats…led by She-Hulk? YES PLEASE!  This is one of the few Secret Wars tie ins that I have really enjoyed, AND it has been reported this title will survive as an on-going title with the MU figures itself out.  I highly recommend getting on board with this one.

X-Tinction Agenda #2 (Marvel) – The second Secret Wars tie-in I really enjoyed, this title sees Havok and the mutants of Genosha dying from a virus running rampant, and their only hope is charging into X-City against Phoenix and taking the help they need to save their people.  Definitely a show down I look forward to seeing.

Years of Future Past #2 (Marvel) – Kate Pryde, along with her parents Shawdowcat and Colossus, have broken free from their prison, and with a handful of fellow mutants, have to race through their ruined city to try and save their surviving friends.  I’ve always enjoyed stories showing a bleaker future, and how the X-Men, no matter their numbers, band together to try and set things right.

 

Review: Justice League of America #1

jla001The DC Comics Universe is in a bit of flux at the moment.  Superman has been depowered to a degree and Batman is presumed dead and Jim Gordon has replaced him.  With DC’s two most popular character out of commission, it makes the present continuity a little challenging, especially as a few of the other major characters are undergoing some changes as well.  Some simply don’t recognize these changes, as the Darkseid War in Justice League attests to, but other series are trying to stay current with the changes elsewhere.  This newest series of the Justice League acts as a bit of middle-of-the-road approach to giving fans the heroes that they are used to.  Superman is still Clark Kent in his secret identity at the Daily Planet, Batman is still alive, and Wonder Woman’s costume hasn’t changed.  In short this story is based sometime in since the founding of the Justice League and the beginning of the new 52, a period which is said to be five years but which has not been explored in great detail thus far since the DC relaunch.

This oversized issue has two basic plot points that are presumably somewhat linked together.  In the first Superman is dealing with a mysterious organization led by a mysterious scientist who is somehow pulling a dead or dying Superman out of the timestream, but on numerous occasions, and appeals to the present Superman to find answers.  Meanwhile the remainder of the Justice League has been drawn to a power plant in Metropolis as a supervillain unknowingly lies in ambush for them.  While the first half of the story adds a bit of intrigue, it is soon taken over by the second half and this quickly turns into an all out brawl that the League is best known for.  A relatively significant developments occur and the characters are left at the end to deal with a new threat.

The approach here is an interesting one.  While there is change underway with the heroes elsewhere at DC, this is evidently a case of “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.”  By throwing the heroes back to an earlier time the die hard DC fan can get their dose of their favorite heroes while DC also tries to appeal to some new fans with the different versions of Batman and Superman in other places across its universe.  As it stands this works pretty well, a relatively common story for the Justice League, but also one which pulls out all the stops and goes for a big show as opposed to a slower approach.  It is big and brash but also a lot of fun, and worth a look for those that miss their usual heroes.

Story: Bryan Hitch Art: Wade Von Grawbadger and Bryan Hitch
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read

Fashion Spotlight: GreenPool, Team Redpuff Boys, and Merc with No Bunghole

Ript Apparel has three designs for Marvel fans. GreenPool, Team Redpuff Boys, and Merc with No Bunghole from hugohugo, PrimePremne, and mud will be for sale on June 13, 2015 only!

GreenPool by hugohugo

GreenPool

Team Redpuff Boys by PrimePremne

Team Redpuff Boys

Merc with No Bunghole by mud

Merc with No Bunghole

 

 

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Diamond Select Toys Coming This Fall: New Items from Batman, Aliens, Godzilla, PvZ and Kevin Smith!

The motto of Diamond Select Toys is “The Best of All Worlds,” and this new batch of products scheduled for late 2015 comes from a lot of worlds! Whether it’s the physical worlds of Earth, Oa, Krypton and LV-426, or the thematic worlds of cartoons (Batman: The Animated Series), movies (Godzilla), and video games (Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare), these new items definitely span a galaxy or three. Check out what’s coming out below!

Aliens Minimates 2-Packs Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The game is not over, man! DST returns to the world of the classic 1986 action movie Aliens with an all-new assortment of 2-packs! Four new sets include Pvt. Vasquez with Pvt. Hudson, Jumpsuit Ripley with Newt, Pvt. Frost with Burning Alien and a rare, one-per-case set that has Pvt. Crowe with Attacking Alien and Eggs! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangpeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUN152094, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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Batman Animated Series Harley Quinn Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Add some laughs to your bust collection with the Harlequin of Crime! Dr. Harleen Quinzell, a.k.a. Harley Quinn, is the second bust in DST’s line or resin busts based on Batman: The Animated Series! Capturing Bruce Timm’s timeless design in three dimensions, this approximately 6” tall bust of the Joker’s madcap assistant sits atop a decorative base inspired by the show and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity.  Limited to 3,000 pieces! (Item #JUN152096, SRP: $59.99)

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Batman Animated Series Femme Fatales Batgirl PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Gotham City’s gorgeous guardian is the next Femme Fatales PVC Statue to come out of Batman: The Animated Series! Based on Bruce Timm’s timeless designs, this approximately 9-inch tall statue depicts Batgirl, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon, in full crimefighting mode, and is the perfect addition to your Femme Fatales statue collection. Comes packaged in a full-color window box. Also available: Supergirl and Poison Ivy! (Item #JUN152097, SRP: $45.00)

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Back to the Future Time Machine Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Remember that time you wanted a refreshing rink, but didn’t have a bottle opener? Well, now you can plan for the future with this sculpted 4” metal bottle opener depicting the famous time machine from Back to the Future! It won’t travel back in time to open past drinks for you, but the magnets on the wheels will keep it mounted on your refrigerator so it will always be there, time after time. Comes packaged in a full-color slip case. (Item #JUN152100, SRP: $18.00)

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Femme Fatales Tarot Version 2 PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The first Tarot Femme Fatales statue was one of DST’s most popular ever, so DST is reteaming with Broadsword Comics for an all-new take on the titular enchantress! Featuring an entirely new sculpt, this PVC statue of Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose, measures approximately 9 inches tall atop an open-book display base, with a large sword and her pet cat Pooka.  Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! Coming soon: Raven Hex Version 2! (Item #JUN152099, SRP: $45.00)

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Godzilla Classic Rodan 1993 Vinyl Figural Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Whether you be a friend, foe, or Godzilla himself, beware the coming of Rodan! The giant winged pteranodon began his film career as a threat to Godzilla and the world, but since then has become one of Godzilla’s occasional allies, battling invaders from outer space to protect his home planet. This 8” vinyl bank is based on Rodan’s appearance in 1993’s Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II, and has a wingspan of 10 inches! With a coin slot on the back and a removable head, you’ll be able to save your change for the next Godzilla bank release! Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JUN152102, SRP: $29.99)

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Gotham Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the biggest shows on TV just got tiny! Based on the smash TV show Gotham, this box set of four different Minimates mini-figures kicks off a full line of characters taken from the lawless streets of Gotham City.  Detective Jim Gordon, Chief Sarah Essen, forensic scientist Edward Nygma and brutal businessman Black Mask each stand approximately 2” tall with 14 points of articulation, and each features interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUN152105, SRP: $19.99)

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Justice League Animated Green Lantern Battery Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Always wanted to join the Green Lantern Corps, but couldn’t afford the gear? Now you can save the galaxy and save some green at the same time! This nearly 12” tall vinyl bank is designed after the Green Lantern power battery seen in the Justice League animated series, but with a coin slot on top and an access door in the base, making this more than just your average prop replica. It’s just like a real power battery, except instead of storing energy, it stores your change! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #JUN152104, SRP: $29.99)

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Podcast Pals Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes Vinimates Vinyl Figure 2-Pack

A Diamond Select Toys release! Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith have visited your home through the magic of podcasts, but now they can live in your home forever, as vinyl figures! Better known as Jay and Silent Bob, Jason and Kevin are best buds, whether they’re on stage, on-screen or in a recording studio, and now these 4” Vinimates vinyl figures of the pair are packaged together, joined forever in plastic matrimony (at least until you open the box). Sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, these two static figures come packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUN152095, SRP: $19.99)

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Marvel Select Savage Hulk Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Whenever a new Hulk figure appears in the Marvel Select line, the results are always “smashing”! Based on the character’s earliest appearances, this all-new Savage Hulk action figure wears the tattered outfit that harkens back to his origins, when nuclear scientist Dr. Bruce Banner was caught in an atomic blast and first transformed from a man into a monster. Sculpted by superstar Marvel Select sculptor Gabriel Marquez, this Hulk figure stands approximately 9 3/4″ inches tall with 14 points of articulation. He comes packaged in oversized Select-style packaging, perfect for display or storage, with reference artwork on the spine. (Item #JUN152106, SRP: $24.99)

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My Little Pony Dr. Whooves Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The mysterious pony with the hourglass cutie mark is now the mysterious sixth vinyl bank in the My Little Pony series by DST! Based on his appearance in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, this pony (sometimes known as “Time Turner”) sets all the clocks in Ponyville, and is sure to delight any fan of the popular animated series. Not just a pretty sculpt, this 7” vinyl bank has a coin slot in the base for storing your spare change, and an access door for getting it out again. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #JUN152103, SRP: $22.99)

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Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Select Deluxe Yeti Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Are the Plants winning in your Plants vs. Zombies toy collection? Even the odds a little with DST’s deluxe action figure of the Zombies’ secret weapon, the Yeti! Measuring approximately 8 inches tall, this oversized Zombie comrade features multiple points of articulation, and comes packaged in the famous Select-style packaging, perfect for display or storage, with reference artwork on the spine. (Item #JUN152101, SRP: $24.99)

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Superman Animated Logo Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to remove a bottlecap in a single bound! Draw on the strength of the Man of Steel with this solid metal bottle opener in the shape of the Superman logo from Superman: The Animated Series. Like Superman himself, this 4” opener can bend metal and remove bottlecaps with ease, and two magnets on the back allow it to hover on your refrigerator until it’s time to swoop in and save the day! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUN152098, SRP: $18.00)

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Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What did everyone read and enjoyed?

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Publisher’s Weekly – 13 Great LGBTQ Comics – Some great suggestions.

DC Comics – Download the Official Bat-Mite Photobomber App – This got me to laugh.

Calgary Herald – Artists come to comic book shop owner’s rescue after thieves break in and steal merchandise – Fantastic to see this happening.

iO9 – Finally, A Hulkbuster Toy That Can Fit An Iron Man Figure Inside Itself – This figure is awesome.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Action Comics #41

Comic Vine – Airboy #1

The Beat – Airboy #1

Comic Vine – Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1

Comic Vine – Armor Wars #1

Comic Vine – Batman Beyond #1

The Outhousers – Brides of Helheim #6

Comic Vine – Darth Vader #6

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #41

Comic Vine – Justice League #41

Comic Vine – Secret Wars #3

Talking Comics – Secret Wars Journal #1

Comic Vine – X-Tinction Agenda #1

Comic Vine – Years of Future Past #1

Review: Green Lantern #41

Green Lantern #41 Cover“Renegade”! Beginning a new chapter in Hal Jordan’s life as he becomes the universe’s most wanted outlaw! And wait till you meet Hal’s new partner, Darlene – she’s definitely not what you’re expecting!

I’ve read DC’s various Green Lantern series for years at this point, but fell off in recent months as I got distracted, and a glut of comics were released (sadly something had to go). This issue felt like a perfect hopping on point, to see what I’ve been missing, and it’s been a decent amount apparently.

Green Lantern #41 marks the beginning of a new status-quo for Hal Jordan as he’s on the run, a wanted man, and sporting some tech to get him his green glow.

Writer Robert Venditti has been on the job as part of the team dismantling the Green Lantern universe in a way. There was a point, while fun, the GL world was bloated with characters, and rings (it was if Oprah was giving them away). Now Venditti, and the other writers tackling other facets, have pared that world down, stripping rings, and leaving us one hell of a mystery as to what happened to the Green Lantern Corps at the end of the book.

Jordan is again the loner, brash pilot who’s off doing good, but doing it the way he sees fit. There’s a freshness about it, including an updated look for Jordan that I really dig.

Helping Venditti is Billy Tan and Mark Irwin on art. As expected, the art is fantastic. For some reason the various Green Lantern books have been blessed with solid art over the past few years (as long as I can remember). That continues here with aliens that look cool, and a display of action that enhances the writing. There’s some very cool moments that pop art wise.

A fantastic starting point, this issue not only has me excited for what’s to come, but also has me wanting to go back and see what I’ve missed.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Billy Tan, Mark Irwin
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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