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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s got everyone excited this week?

We’ll have our picks in a few hours, but while you decide, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to keep you entertained.

Around the Tubes

CBLDF – Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.” – Yes it is.

CBR – The Mission: The Black Masculinity Triangle of “Virgil,” “Luke Cage” and “Cyborg” – AS always, Joe has a great read.

Comics Alliance – ‘Flash’ Season 2 Casts ‘Candyman’ Tony Todd as Mystery Big Bad ‘Zoom’ – Interesting casting.

Comics Beat – DC president Diane Nelson to head up WB Consumer Products – And let speculation begin.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Lumberjanes #17

Nothing But Comics – The Z Word

The CW Teases Jay Garrick’s Arrival on the Flash

The CW has teased out the arrival of Jay Garrick on this coming season of The Flash. Eagle eye viewers could catch a glimpse of the iconic helmet in the series’ first season finale.

Who’s excited?

Hold onto your hats, season 2 of #TheFlash premieres in just 36 days!

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Review: Justice League of America #3

jla003There is a decent amount of exposure for the Justice League at DC Comics at the moment.  Not even counting the Justice League United outlier which contains none of the core group of heroes, there are presently three series containing the stories of the Justice League in Justice League, Justice League of America and Justice League 3001.  With three different series, the level of quality seems to vacillate between the great, the average and the not-so-good.  While Darkseid War is elevating the principal series to a pretty high level, and while Justice League 3001 is dragging it down somewhat, Justice League of America continues unabated to tell its standard Justice League story, only with a few twists.

It could actually be said that the story for Justice League of America is still somewhat in its infancy.  After all there is not a lot of cohesion between the separate plot points except in that they all involve Superman to some degree.  Green Lantern and the Flash are stranded on a faraway planet which seems to be Krypton.  The god Rao has come to Earth to provide salvation for its inhabitants, and the team of scientists dealing with temporal energies is trying to find clues as to how Superman continues to show up through their portals on the wrong side of a battle.  Aside from the first issue which included the majority of the heroes together, they are now mostly fragmented into their smaller groups which are dealing with their own smaller problems, not usually one of the hallmarks of a team based series.

While the presentation of the story is sometimes lacking in direction, it is not necessarily to the detriment of the story.  Instead the story here feels like one of the late days of the Silver Age of the Justice League of America.  It hols together pretty well, but it equally seems to be somewhat of the serialized concept of telling the story and then forgetting about it.  For those who are fans of superheroes, this might hit the mark, but compared to some other stories involving modern heroes, it also might seem a bit commonplace, not really trying to be much more than what it is.  For better or worse that is the defining characteristic of this series so far, at least until the creative team decides that it is time to prove otherwise.

Story: Bryan Hitch Art: Daniel Henriques
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Review: Justice League 3001 #3

jl3001-003There is some controversy brewing with this title.  It acts as little more than a rehash of Keith Giffen’s heyday on the Justice League in the 1980s and 1990s, but it is said as well that the treatment of the re-imagined male heroes now in female bodies (the Flash and Guy Gardner, though particularly Guy) is offensive to the transgendered community.  While this may be the case, such an approach to this title is perhaps a little off the mark in terms of its overall theme, that is to say, that the presentation of characters is not only offensive to transgendered women, but probably to most people overall.

Conversely thus far the story has followed a pretty decent concept as the heroes of the JL 3001 world have had to deal with a strange Starro infested world.  They come to grips with that here as the heroes have to deal with the fallout of their intervention to the Starro planet and it is not what it seems (and in fact probably could have been a pretty engaging story under different circumstances.)  Instead the story once again focuses too much on the multitude of problems associated with this series.  For some reason, Giffen just cannot stay away from Booster and Beetle, and they make a return appearance here alongside Fire and Ice.  To some degree one can see this as the evolution of the old Justice League series, just 25 years down the line after a fairly progressive evolution of comics left it behind.  The problem with this series, especially in respect to the transgendered question is that it is offensive, but not only to transgendered.  The presentation of the female Flash character is sterotypical of what men think of teenage girls, without a thought in their heads beyond having a slumber party.  The males of the series, and particularly Superman, are so devoid of real emotion either that they are also caricatures of themselves, especially as Superman is made into a womanizer.

The underlying concept behind this series is inherently fun, as it gives the creative team a wider scope in which to tell their stories, but it proves that Giffen, while successful in some ways, is also a bit of a one-hit wonder with his collection of Super Buddies.  The story here is even serviceable or better, but it ends up being derailed with too much comic relief, which in turn is based too much on gender stereotypes.  There will undoubtedly be fans of the older Giffen works that look to this one with some fondness, but as modern stories in the medium go, this one is off the mark.

Story: Keith Giffen Art: J.M. DeMatteis
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Review: The Flash #43

theflash043Part of the challenges set forth with the new 52 relaunch was how to tell the story of its most famous heroes.  Parts of the heroes identities were so well known and so well established that it would be hard to put a modern spin on what is essentially comic book mythology by this point.  Thus Batman’s history was no different as the hero was born on that night in Crime Alley, just as Superman hurtled to Earth in a spaceship from dying Krypton.  In fact the origins of most of DC’s major heroes has not been changed at all save for one, the Flash.  Some commonalities still remain, but many are different.  In a way it makes sense, as Barry Allen had about twenty years of down time before he came back into mainstream continuity, and the lessons learned from the last days of the silver age taught that there were certain things important about the Flash’s history, but some that needed a touch-up.  In particular is the end of the silver age, the somewhat confusing trial of Barry Allen that helped lead to his death in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

The importance of Eobad Thawne to Barry Allen is a relationship that needed to be maintained though, as important to Barry as the Joker is to Batman or Lex Luthor is to Superman.  Although other villains have more visibility, it is Thawne who is the true arch-nemesis of Barry, plaguing him throughout his existence in one way or another.  As a modern and updated telling of Barry’s nemesis, this is the story that demanded to be told in the new 52, and it is the one which is being told now.  It should be said that the Flash is often one of the heroes that tends to be a bit below the surface in terms of popularity, and it can be easy to see why.  The nature of his stories are a bit more lighthearted than some others, but when it comes to Thawne it doesn’t matter.  Drama must prevail.  The story of Thawne is one that has been teased at for a while now, but one that is still in its infancy in this story arc.  Barry has to deal with his father, has to be there for Wally, and shows signs of reigniting the traditional relationship with Iris, but this is all about the setup for the showdown with Thawne.

In so doing this issue shows that the story line is still in its early stages, with Thawne’s group of villains playing a larger role here than Thawne himself.  What is supposed to be a big story is therefore somewhat diluted by the slower rollout as well as not really changing much from the regular script of this series.  It is fun and does well for the hero, but the the dramatic payoff still seems to be far enough away as Barry deals with the mundane (mundane for a superhero that is) before the bigger fireworks start.  This issue will probably become necessary reading after we see whatever finale is ahead for hero and villain, but for now stays true to the performance of the series, good but not great, with a decent amount of fun.

Story: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen Art: Brett Booth
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics Announces Tons of Additions to Arrow, Flash, & More!

With the fall television season quickly approaching, there’s tons of news coming out for this coming seasons of Arrow, The Flash and more!

Keiynan Lonsdale

Bummed that Constantine was cancelled? Well, the character is back from the dead. Matt Ryan will be guest starring as John Constantine on an episode of Arrow in this upcoming season. There was an effort to get the show moved to The CW when the series was renewed by NBC. Could this be a test to see more of Ryan’s fan favorite Constantine?

Wally West is coming to The Flash! Warner Bros. and The CW have cast Keiynan Lonsdale as West. In comics, the character is also known as Kid Flash! With Iris and Joe West it’s not a surprise the character would eventually show up, but his role, or if he becomes Kid Flash, remain a mystery. Lonsdale is a series regular, so chances are good we’ll see exactly that!

We know DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s villain is Vandal Savage, but who is bringing the classic character to life? We won’t have to wait for the team to assemble in 2016 to find out. It has been announced that Casper Crump has been cast in the role.

Actor Casper Crump

Vandal Savage is immortal, having spent the past 6,000 years moving like a virulent disease through history, whispering in the ears of despots and dictators, all leading to his eventual domination of the world.

First introduced in 1944, Vandal Savage has been one of the DC Universe’s biggest heavies for over 70 years, frequently going up against the Justice Society and most recently fighting alongside Etrigan the Demon and Madame Xanadu in The New 52’s Demon Knights. However, he’s never been brought to live action life before (though he’s appeared in animated movies and shows, including Justice League: Doom and Young Justice).

Falk Hentschel

Crump will first be seen in the role in the crossover episodes of Arrow and The Flash, before continuing onto DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

We know Hawkgirl is part of DC’s Legend of Tomorrow, but we now have a Hawkman too! Falk Hentschel will be taking on the role of Carter Hall.

On DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Carter Hall is the latest reincarnation of an Egyptian Prince who is fated to reincarnate throughout time along with his soulmate, Kendra Saunders. Like Kendra, Carter can access the powers of the Hawk God, Horus, transforming him into the winged warrior known as “Hawkman.”

The character will first appear in crossover episodes of Arrow and The Flash.

JennaDewanCCJuly08While her older sister Lois may still be hunting down stories in Metropolis, it appears that Lucy Lane is heading for National City. It has been revealed that Jenna Dewan-Tatum has been cast in the recurring role of the younger Ms. Lane on CBS’s upcoming Supergirl. Described as brash, funny and as beautiful as her older sister Lois Lane, Lucy is strong, smart and successful in her own right. She’s got a history with Jimmy Olsen and she’s come to town to right a previous wrong. She’ll first appear in the third episode of the show.

While not as well known as her sister, Lucy Lane was first introduced back in the Silver Age, where she worked as both a flight attendant and an air traffic coordinator. She also initially served as a sometimes love interest for Jimmy Olsen, so her “history” on the show with Brooks’ Olsen isn’t all that surprising. However, she’s probably best known to DC Comics fans as the most recent iteration of Superwoman. In pre-New 52 storylines, Lucy obtained powers similar to a Kryptonian by wearing a mysterious suit. Whether we’ll ever see this take place on Supergirl, however, remains to be seen.

The character has previously shown up on Superman: The Animated Series, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Smallville.

Fashion Spotlight: Legacy, Guardians of the Stars, and Speeding Skull

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Legacy, Guardians of the Stars, and Speeding Skull from Melee_Ninja, DiJay, and BSTGRAPH will be for sale on July 15, 2015 only!

Legacy by Melee_Ninja

Legacy

Guardians of the Stars by DiJay

Guardians of the Stars

Speeding Skull by BSTGRAPH

Speeding Skull

 

 

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SDCC 2015: The Flash Highlight Reel

The Flash made waves at Comic Con 2015 when it revealed Zoom as the season two “big bad” during the show’s panel session in Hall H on Saturday, July 11, 2015. The show’s fast-paced highlight reel also served up an exciting recap of all the season one action, just in time to get fans ready for season two, which debuts Tuesday, October 6, at 8/7c on The CW.

DC Reveals a New Logo Treatment for TV

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.

SDCC 2015: DC Collectibles Knocks it Out of the Park

I just came back from an event for DC Collectibles where they showed off some of what’s coming out over the next year or so. The figures and statues on display are amazing as expected. What’s even more amazing was what I wasn’t able to take photos of.

Out in July 2016 is a statue of Power Girl and Superman, both done up like carnival strong men. But, what’s different is, instead of the woman on the guy’s shoulder, Superman rests on Power Girl’s shoulder. It’s an amazing statue.

Even cooler is a figure out in June 2016 based on Batman: Arkham Knight. This figure, Batgirl…. but also Oracle! Yes, Barbara Gordon in wheelchair as an action figure. Amazing to look at with so much detail it blew my mind.

I wish I could take photos. Below is what I could take photos of as well as what else I couldn’t, but was on display.

 

On display but no photos allowed:

Statues

Power Girl and Superman – July 2016
Raven – July 2016
Lex Luthor – July 2016
Wonder Woman – April 2016
The Flash Captain Cold’s Gun – May 2016

Figures

Batman: Arkham Knight – Batgirl and Oracle – June 2016
Batman: The Animated Series – Harley Quinn
Batman: The Animated Series – Firefly
Batman: The Animated Series – Clayface
Batman: The Animated Series – Anti Fire Batman
DC Designer series – Greg Capullo – Survivor Batman <- straight out of Year Zero – July 2016
DC Designer series – Greg Capullo -The Flash – July 2016
DC Designer series – Greg Capullo – Wonder Woman
DC Designer series – Greg Capullo – The Joker

 

More photos to come later!

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