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Review: Convergence Supergirl – Matrix #1

consupergirl001Convergence has been a bizarre spectacle so far.  Treading on the excellent ground of some of the great comic book crossovers that have come before, this series is searching the multiverse for characters, time and places that are worth saving, all by way of an unrevealed scheme by Brainiac.  In the continuity of the stories, the characters are fighting for their lives, but the real world experience for readers is something else entirely.  The characters which are being revisited are those which represent for some stalled ideas that never really caught on (Captain Carrot), other weird phenomenon (such as with the Extremists, rip offs of Marvel villains) or just simply experiencing what was on offer for comic fans in a different time and place.  Supergirl Matrix definitely falls into the latter.

As has been shown in other Convergence titles, the heroes are stuck in domed cities, but they are on the verge of having to battle for their existence against others from other domed cities.  Supergirl Matrix is paired with a not-so-evil Lex Luthor who is trying to find a way to escape from the domed city before they are eliminated.  Supergirl ends up with a high-tech device that she is trying to use to determine something which Lex needs to know, but she can’t get on to it before she is faced off against two of the combatants, Lady Quark and Lord Volt.

As opposed to capturing something fun from the past, this issue caught something undesirable.  Certainly the past of comics has a lot of great stories which have been told, but there are also a lot of stories which should remain stuck in some back issue bin, and this unfortunately captures that essence above all else.  It is reminiscent of the 1980s, when comics got a bit darker, but some responded with an attempt at humor for heroes, most of which fell flat.  The humor in this issue is mostly a misfire, the heroes feel out of place, the plot unnecessary to the overall story of Convergence, and all that this issue manages to capture from the past is that it too should probably be buried in a back issue bin.

Story:  Keith Giffen Art:  Timothy Green II  
Story: 4.3 Art:  7.5 Overall: 4.3  Recommendation:  Pass

Supergirls Invade White House Science Fair

Monday was the 2015 White House Science Fair, which featured more than 100 students showing off their projects. One group stood out to me, and that was a Daisy Scouts troop from Tulsa. Their project was a battery-powered page turner made from LEGOs for people with disabilities that have trouble doing so while reading.

It wasn’t the idea that stood out to me, it was what the girls were wearing. The 6 year olds are part of a “Supergirls” Junior FIRST LEGO League team, and all wore capes with a Superman “S” on them. Awesome!

From the White House website:

After chatting with their school librarian, the “Supergirls” Junior FIRST Lego League Team from Daisy Girl Scouts’ troop 411 discovered that some people have disabilities that make it difficult to turn the pages of a book. They came up with the concept of a battery-powered page turner that could turn pages for people who are paralyzed or have arthritis. The Supergirls sketched out a design concept and culled through motorized Lego components and gears to figure out how to build a working prototype. They discovered that the friction from rubber Lego tires could be used to lift and turn the pages of a book. They honed the device with a second motorized component that forces pages to lay flat after being turned over. The Supergirls’ creation was selected by the statewide FIRST program director to be the only project exhibited at an educational conference for librarians and educators in the region.

See, superheroes are for everyone!

Review: Supergirl #40

sg40It was a bit of surprise to learn that this was the final issue of the series as we have seen it under the new 52.  Convergence is coming which is seemingly going to throw characters back together from pre- and post new 52, and that is going to happen first next month with the appearance of Matrix Supergirl in a one-shot.  Although the series has done a decent job of selling comics as opposed to some other series which will be ongoing after Convergence, it appears that this might be the end for the time being for Supergirl as no new series is poised to take over in the post Convergence landscape.

It was with this ignorance that I approached this latest issue of Supergirl, and perhaps this benefited me in my appreciation of the issue.  The story has followed Kara through her exposure to the Crucible Academy, first as a student and then as its foe and finally as its liberator.  What this series has managed to do is to produce a standalone story arc which hasn’t been affected by a crossover into some Superman story arc which has been to the detriment of the series on numerous occasions.  The story line with the Crucible is nothing special, but still helps to tie some science fiction into the character while also reintroducing Maxima into a different light than what she had been known by before.  Supergirl is forced to fight against the mad genius behind the Crucible and manages to save the day alongside her allies.

This accomplishes that this does not really feel like a final issue.  In retrospect after finding this out, a little bit of the plot seems to be shoe-horned in, but equally it felt almost like the lead up into a new story arc.  One might say that this series ends much as it started, with a lot of missed potential, but at the very least this series ends on a relative high note, maybe not accomplishing what it could have, but having been a mostly entertaining run throughout, including this issue.  It is likely that Supergirl will not be gone for long as the character inevitably resurfaces, and to carry on from where it left off might not be the worst for the series or the character.

Story: K. Perkins and Mike Johnson Art: Ema Lupacchino
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Read

DC All Access: DC’s 7 New Series + iZombie Cast

DC All Access talks to the cast of iZombie about what to expect from tonight’s eagerly awaited premiere episode on The CW. Then get the details on this week’s new releases Strange Sports Stories #1 from Vertigo and Supergirl #40 and info on seven highly anticipated new June DC Comics titles from the writers and artists behind them including Justice League, Black Canary, Midnighter, Earth 2: Society, Green Lantern: The Lost Army, Constantine, Starfire, and Batman Beyond. All that, plus fan videos from last week, and a chance to score a beautiful iZombie statue from DC Collectibles!

A First Look of Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

DC Comics and Warner Bros. have released the first images of Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl. The classic character will star in a pilot, Supergirl, that’ll be on CBS.

The show will star Benoist as well as Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Faran Tahir as The Commander, as well as Dean Cain and Helen Slater in unspecified roles.

The costume was designed by Colleen Atwood a three-time Oscar winner who also is responsible for The Flash and Arrow.

What do you all think?

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New Diamond Select Items Coming This Summer!

New York Toy Fair is over, and Diamond Select Toys is ready to start production on some of the brand-new items that were unveiled at the event! Nearly a dozen new items are in the new issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, including Godzilla, Supergirl, Shredder, Sabretooth and Rick Grimes, and you can place your pre-orders today through your local comic shop, your favorite online retailer, and the official DST website!

Clerks Select 20th Anniversary Action Figures Series 1

A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re not even supposed to be here today! DST kicks off a line of action figures based on Kevin Smith’s classic film Clerks with Quick Stop employee Dante Hicks and perpetual loiterer Jay! Each 7-inch scale action figure is captured in the film’s famous black-and-white palette, and includes film-accurate accessories as well as a diorama base that can be used to re-create the exterior and interior of the Quick Stop. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott, and packaged in oversized Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork.

Dante B&W Figure (Item #MAR152061, SRP: $24.99)

Jay B&W Figure (Item #MAR152062, SRP: $24.99)

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Godzilla 1974 Figural Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Watch out, MechaGodzilla! The newest full-figure bank in DST’s line of 12-inch vinyl kaiju is your old foe Godzilla, exactly as he appeared in 1974’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla! And you know what happened in that movie! This 12-inch rendition of the King of All Monsters in his full 1970s glory features a coin slot on his back and a removable tail that reveals an updated and improved access door. Measuring 18 inches long from nose to tail, he is the perfect addition to any Godzilla collection! Sculpted by Gentle Giant. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #MAR152065, SRP: $34.99)

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Marvel Minimates Series 63 Avengers Age of Ultron Wave 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The biggest movie of 2015 is slowly becoming the biggest Minimates assortment of the years, as well! With so many characters and looks to choose from, DST is offering a second, completely different assortment of 2-inch Minimates mini-figures based on Avengers: Age of Ultron! With three different two-packs, plus a rare, one-per-case variant two-pack, this assortment will complete your Age of Ultron collection with a vengeance! The line-up is still top-secret, but each Minimate features 14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color window box! (Item #MAR152071, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The fun and energetic Pinkie-Pie is the next vinyl bank in DST’s line of banks based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic! Perched atop an environmental base, the hyperactive Spirit of Laughter has a coin slot in her base for inserting coins, and an access door underneath to get them out again. Save up for a trip to Sugarcube Corner or to throw a party for your friends! Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. Packaged in a clear polybag.(Item #MAR152064, SRP: $22.99)

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Plants Vs. Zombie Garden Warfare Select Action Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready for a second weird war! The killer plants and zombies of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare are back, and this time, they’ve got even more gear to bring the fight to their opponents! The deluxe assortment includes All-Star Zombie (now with Imp Bomb) vs. Shadow Flower (now with Heal Flower), Foot Soldier Zombie (with Commando Head) vs. Camo Cactus (with Potato Mine), Engineer Zombie (with Turret) vs. Chomper (with Spike Weed), and Scientist Zombie (with Healing Station) vs. Gatling Pea (with Chili Bean Bomb). These deluxe 5-inch scale action figure two-packs will come in oversized Select packaging, and each zombie will come with his trademark weapon. (Item # MAR152055, SRP: $199.92)

All-Star Zombie vs. Shadow Flower Select Figure (Item #MAR152056, SRP: $24.99)

Foot Soldier Zombie vs. Camo Cactus Select Figure (Item #MAR152057, SRP: $24.99)

Engineer Zombie vs. Chomper Select Figure (Item #MAR152058, SRP: $24.99)

Scientist Zombie vs. Gatling Pea Select Figure (Item #MAR152059, SRP: $24.99)

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Superman TAS Femme Fatales Supergirl PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! DST is finally entering the world of the DC Animated Universe! Their first release takes them all the way to Metropolis, the home of Superman: The Animated Series – and the adopted home of Superman’s “cousin” from Argo, Supergirl! Supergirl rests atop a rocky outcropping, ready to hurl herself at the next foe to threaten her friends, her city or her planet. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall atop her sculpted base, Supergirl comes packed in a full-color window box, and is in scale with other Femme Fatales PVC statues. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. (Item # MAR152063, SRP: $45.00)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates First Appearance Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! With this box set, DST is taking the TMNT back where it all began! Based on the Turtles’ appearances in the original Mirage Comics issues that launched a worldwide phenomenon, this four-pack includes Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael in their trademark red bandannas, each with their signature weapons. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #MAR152069, SRP: $19.99)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The next vinyl bank based on the hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series is here, and it’s gonna give the Turtles some trouble! Oroku Saki, a.k.a. The Shredder, makes his vinyl bank debut, standing approximately 8 inches tall with a coin slot in the back, an access door in the base, and the detailed sculpting of a collectable bust! Where the Shredder goes, can the Foot Clan be far behind? Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #MAR152068, SRP: $22.99)

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Universal Monsters Legacy Series 4 B&W Action Figures Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Universal Monsters are back, with an all-new Legacy Series Box Set! Capturing three recent Universal Monsters Select action figures in glorious black-andwhite, this set brings together Quasimodo (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame), a Mole Person (from the Mole People) and a transforming figure of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (from Abbottt and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). The figures look like they just stepped off of the silver screen! Each 7-inch scale figure features 16 points of articulation and a small diorama base. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAR152066, SRP: $50.00)

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Walking Dead Rick Grimes B&W Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Keep your money safe from zombies (and the living) with the unyielding glare of Rick Grimes! Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book, this 7-inch vinyl bust bank of Rick Grimes has been rendered in black-and-white, just as he appears in the pages of the comic! With a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, he’s a bank as well as a collectible-quality bust! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #MAY138201, SRP: $22.99)

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Marvel Select Zombie Sabretooth Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the world of Marvel’s Villain Zombies, it’s wolverine’s deadliest – and deadest! – foe, Sabretooth! Looking like he went a couple hundred rounds with Wolverine (and the rest of the X-Men), an eviscerated Victor Creed joins Magneto as the second Villain Zombie figure in the Marvel Select line. Standing nearly 8 inches tall, the figure comes packaged in oversized Select packaging with spine artwork, and includes a diorama base that features a damaged chunk of Green Goblin’s Goblin Glider. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #MAR152070, SRP: $24.99)

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Calista Flockhart Joins Supergirl as Cat Grant

Calista FlockhartCalista Flockhart is returning to television, and will be joining CBS‘s pilot for Supergirl as Cat Grant. In the television series, Kara Zor-El, played by Melissa Benoist, will be working as a personal assistant to Grant who has her own company, CatCo.

Flockhart break big as Ally McBeal who premiered on The Practice before getting her own series which ran from 1997-2002. This is her first step into the “comic” world of television or movies.

Catherine “Cat” Jane Grant first came to DC Comics in 1987 and was a gossip columnist for the Daily Planet. She was a potential love interest for Clark Kent, twisting up the Clark/Lois/Superman love triangle.

The character did appear in Lois & Clark, and Smallville, and also has appeared in some of the various animated movies and series.

(via Deadline)

Review: Supergirl #39

sg039If there has been an unintentional constant in this title since the new 52, it is that the character’s inability find the right fit in her life is analogous to the comic’s inability to find one defining direction in which to send her.  The Crucible at first seemed like a decent enough idea, a high-school-like setting for a girl that wouldn’t fit in at the regular halls of learning, but no sooner had this interesting concept been introduced than Supergirl was back on Earth, and once again drawn back into the killer of momentum in this series, the crossover into other Super-character titles, this time by focusing on Superboy.

This issue picks up in the aftermath of the attack of the Crucible students in the Roman Colosseum.  What should have been a good setting for such a battle was wasted, and the supposed double cross of her allies made this new direction all the more confusing.  While this forms the beginning of this issue what follows after is a decent turn back towards the potential which this story has.  Kara has to deal with the wounded Comet, and takes him to the only place that she knows is safe, the apartment of her friend Mike in Queens.  The introduction of Mike was a nice touch, a bit of humanity for an otherwise too powerful character.  The story then moves on from here to one which has a decent science fiction basis, which while not new is at least something different for this series.

What results is a story that once again seems to have some potential, after this series non-ending sequence of roller coaster story arcs.  It would seem as though the character and the series are finally getting on track, but equally, it has been in the same place before.  At the very least, this issue shows what this creative team is capable of, only now it is up to them to maintain it into something more noteworthy and solid.

Story: K. Perkins and Mike Johnson Art: Ema Lupacchino
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

A.K.A. Jessica Jones Gets Hellcat, Supergirl Gets Jimmy Olsen

Rachael Taylor has signed on for the role of Trish Walker in the Netflix series Marvel‘s A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The character in the comics is Jessica’s best friend as well as the superhero Hellcat.

She joins Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and David Tennant as Kilgrave.

The premiere date has been set, but the show will debut some time after Marvel’s fist Netflix series Daredevil.

Rachael TaylorIt was just a few days ago that Melissa Benoist was cast as Supergirl, headling the new television show from CBS. Another cast member has been announced, Mehcad Brooks as the classic Superman character Jimmy Olsen.

The characters has been described as “a smart worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara works. He had previously been working and living in National City for mysterious reasons, and his salt of the earth nature piques Kara’s interest.”

No debut date has been announced.

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CBS Finds Their Supergirl

melissa-benoistMelissa Benoist will be going from Glee to capes, as she’s been cast in the lead of CBS‘s upcoming television series based on Supergirl.

The series is based on the characters from DC Comics, and is a project from Warner Bros. TV. The series centers around Kara Zor-El (played by Benoist) who also escaped Krypton before its destruction, much like her more famous cousin Superman. She’s been in hiding not using her powers, but has now decided to stop out into the world and embrace her abilities and chance to be a hero.

Benoist is best known for her role on Glee, which she joined in 2012. She played Marley Rose who was one of the numerous new faces cast to replace the departing series regulars. She can also be seen as Nicole in the Oscar Nominated Whiplash.

This gets CBS into the superhero television series which is all the rage now and includes The Walking Dead, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, iZombie, and more to come.

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