Don’t miss the premiere of Supergirl coming to CBS this fall. You can read our review of the pilot.
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San Diego Comic-Con is over, and while I make my way back to the East coast and recover, here’s some news to keep you busy.
Make sure to come back throughout the day too for tons of news and reviews. SDCC is over, but we’re not slowing down!
Around the Tubes
Paste Magazine – Matt Kindt Announces Dept. H, A Deep Sea Survivalist Murder Mystery – This sounds awesome.
Press Telegram – Comic-Con 2015: Long Beach mayor is a nerd — and it’s awesome – Cool!
Newsarama – Barnes & Noble To Double Size of Graphic Novel/Manga Section – This could be good news.
Comics Alliance – CBS ‘Supergirl’ Adds Peter Facinelli as DC’s Maxwell Lord, Livewire and Reactron to Come – Cool.
ICv2 – Milestone Returns to DC – Woo hoo!
Around the Tubes Reviews
Comic Vine – Archie #1
Talking Comics – Lando #1
Talking Comics – Venture #1
DC Entertainment has revealed the SEVEN new WB/DCE activated logos, which will appear with each episode of Arrow, Gotham, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, The Flash, iZombie and Lucifer, respectively.
In their quest to get new and unique products into the hands of collectors, Diamond Select Toys has frequently teamed up with retailer Action Figure Xpress on exclusive items that expand on DST’s existing lines in very exciting ways. And at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, AFX will offer four new items developed by DST, each more exciting than the last! With new items from Alien, Predator, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Justice League Unlimited, there’s something for every kind of fan!
Predator Exclusive Masked Predator Metal Bottle Opener
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! Predators love the heat, and nothing beats the heat like a cool, refreshing drink. Whether you’re slogging through an impenetrable jungle or walking the beat in a Los Angeles barrio, this AFX-exclusive Masked Predator metal bottle opener will pop the cap off of your favorite bottled beverage faster than you can say “Get to the choppah!” Plus, magnets on the back will hold it fast to your refrigerator or trophy case, so you’ll never have to “hunt” for an opener again! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. Limited to 1500 pieces! (PRICE: $20.00)
Alien Minimates 1979-Style Exclusive Retro Single Pack
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! In 1979, a nearly 2-foot tall Alien action figure appeared on toy store shelves, kicking off global excitement for the Alien film franchise and its numerous toy tie-ins. Now, 35 years later, Diamond Select Toys has created a 2-inch Minimates mini-figure of the Alien that pays tribute to that classic action figure! Contained in a classically styled window box, this single-packed Alien Minimate features 16 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, as well as a translucent skull dome with glow-in-the-dark skull, just like the original toy! Celebrate 35 years of horror! Limited to 2000 pieces! (PRICE: $7.00)
Avengers: Age of Ultron Minimates Exclusive Box Set
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! The biggest Marvel movie yet continues to conquer the Minimates Universe! This five-pack of Minimates based on Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron features new characters and new looks that fans of the movie have been waiting for! Tony Stark, Nick Fury, Iron Man Mk. 45 and Iron Legion #01 take on a more powerful Final Form Ultron in the must-have box set for any Marvel movie fan! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, as well as a clear display stand. Packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to 2000 sets! (PRICE: $28.00)
Justice League Unlimited Femme Fatales Exclusive Supergirl PVC Statue
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! Diamond Select Toys kicks off their line of DC Animated Universe products this fall, but AFX is kicking things off early with an exclusive Femme Fatales statue of Supergirl! Featuring Kara In-Ze in her blue-and-red uniform from later seasons of Justice League Unlimited, this statue of Supergirl poses above an icy arctic landscape, ready to hurl herself at the next foe to threaten her adopted 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. Limited to 1500 pieces! (PRICE: $50.00)
It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not a man. It’s Supergirl. In the new drama from the world of DC Comics, Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, embraces her superhuman abilities and becomes the hero she was always meant to be. This Fall on CBS.
There may be no comic book writer who needs to not only be in his exact element of genre, but also to have the exact right characters to make his stories happen as Keith Giffen. Giffen is perhaps best known for his work in the late 1980s and early 1990s when his humor infused comic book writing acted as a counterpoint to the super-serious and dark approaches used for other heroes. The problem with Giffen then as now was that he needed the right characters to work with in order to make his sometimes serious and sometimes comedic stories work. For instance, when writing Justice League he used Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle as main characters to focus the comedy around through some odd hijinks. The problem was that the pair did not really work well together most of the time instead resulting in some awkward situations. The same could be said for the first issue of this two-parter where Gifffen tried to play the humor of Lady Quark and Lord Volt against one another. For the most part this failed and the first issue did not bode well for the second issue.
That is until the arrival of the Ambush Bug. Put together with the titular hero in this story, the two play off each other well in this story. There are still some groan-worthy moments, but mostly the action and banter keeps itself going pretty well throughout this issue. And while other parts of Convergence have introduced the Extremists who are rip-offs of Marvel characters, this has perhaps the strangest pseudo-appearance of another character, with Convergence’s version of Spider-Man showing up.
This issue ends up being what is perhaps one of the better indicators of the impact of Convergence. While this follows along with the overall story line, it doesn’t dwell on it, and instead focuses on the fun dynamic between Supergirl and Ambush Bug. It doesn’t always work, but it works a lot better than the plot has so far in most of the Convergence tie-ins as well as the overall story. This is maybe a forgettable entry into a sub-par crossover, but it is also one of the more entertaining thus far, even if the story is far surpassed by the interaction of the characters.
Story: Keith Giffen Art: Timothy Green II
Story: 7.7 Art: 7.7 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read
DC Entertainment has announced that CBS has officially greenlit Supergirl. The show has been picked up to series. Starring Melissa Benoist in the main role as Kara Zor-El, Supergirl comes from Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, and is executive produced and co-created by Greg Berlanti with a pilot episode written by Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, and based on characters by DC Comics.
The show focuses on Kara who comes to Earth after Krypton is destroyed. She eventually comes out of hiding at the age of 24.
The pilot episode also stars Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen), Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant), Chyler Leigh (Alexandra “Alex” Danvers), David Harewood (Hank Henshaw), Faran Tahir (The Commander), Dean Cain and Helen Slater (both in unspecified roles). Berlanti, Adler and Sarah Schechter are the Executive Producers.
Convergence 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
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!
It 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