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Super-Articulate: Catching Up on DC Multiverse (Batman Ninja Asst. Part 1)

Greetings again, friends! We have a veritable title wave of DC Multiverse to catch up on in our next couple of installments, as well as a look at the Imaginext Remote-Controlled Batmobile. We’re getting started today with five figures from the DC MultiverseBatman: Ninja Collect + Connect figure assortment. But first, we thank the fine folks at Mattel for providing us with these figures for free for the purposes of review. That said . . . Titans Together!

Nightwing: Four of the six regular figures in this group are Titans affiliated characters, and we’re starting off the ur-Titan, the original Boy Wonder himself, Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing. Nightwing has a pretty prestigious figure history at Mattel, having appeared in number of comic and animation-based lines. He lines up in verticals that include the mainstream DCU and animated product, as well as Imaginext. This particular version is a really nicely done piece; it’s look is taken from the recent Rebirth era in the comics.

One of the cool things about this particular figure is the hair. There was a singular look that Nightwing had in regard to his hair in the recent Titans series, via artist Brett Booth and others. Well, the sculpting and design team nailed it. On top of that, the general overall look of the figure is impressive. This is a rock-solid Nightwing. The figure comes with two sets of hands (fists and “holding”) and two escrima sticks. (I’ll talk about the individual Collect and Connect pieces in part two when I assemble Batman: Ninja).

Starfire: This is a really good representation of Kori. Focusing on the hair for a minute again, I really like the translucent effect that they used on the plastic; it allows light to pass through while also giving it a fiery and otherworldly vibe. It’s a nice resting effect for the character that gives the hair a unique look. The costume reflects that one that Kori’s been wearing in the Rebirth-era DCU, and that’s great. I have zero problem with her classic Perez look, which I love, but it’s been made a few times. This is a whole new take, and I dig it.

In terms of comic accuracy, Mattel went with the heeled boots here. Frankly, that doesn’t always work out, as figures with heels tend to fall easily. However, I had no problem standing or posing Starfire with the heels; even with the large hair, the figure is incredibly well-balanced. That’s a big win for displaying collectors. I also think that the face sculpt is fine work, with the individual tendrils of hair in front being a nice touch. This figure comes with two green energy signature/blast accessories. I found them to fit really nicely and up the display presentation of the figure.

Rebirth Wally West Flash: OG Wally West is one of my two favorite DC characters. I was a massive fan of Mark Waid’s run, and I was sad that he vanished from the DCU. I like the newer Wally, but I was also glad when our guy here made his return. For me, this was the figure that I anticipated the most from this assortment. I’m not disappointed.

Wally here has a number of cool touches. He’s got the silver accents. He’s got the two shades of red. He also has some cool hair. (Is 2019 the greatest year for action figure hair across all companies? It might be.) Including two sets of hands (fists and flat running/sprinting posed hands) makes complete sense. The silver lightning effects attach to the wrists to give the look that occurs when Wally is using his speed in the comics, which definitely shows that Mattel is paying attention to the books when they make the figures. Like Nightwing, Wally’s been represented a bunch of times in several formats, going back to Justice League, even. This is a fine version of the character that we’ve had back for a few years, and I was glad to see Mattel give it some love.

Green Lantern John Stewart: Not a Titan, but a stalwart of the DCU. With his somewhat recent return to the Justice League and his long history in animation and comics, John is definitely a DC A-lister. I’m glad to see him get a good treatment here. Of particular note are the eyes; the eyes might be the most “alive” set of eyes that I’ve seen on any of the DC Multiverse figures. That’s a really refined job there; it took some real craftsmanship to get that set and expression.

The figure overall is a pretty smooth sculpt. John doesn’t require a lot of extra details; just precision in the paint op and general quality, and this figure’s got both. In terms of extras, John comes with some alternate hands. The rest one is a ring-hang with a blooming energy signature. It’s a cool effect and looks good for display. It’s another strong showing from the team.

Black Lightning (CW TV version): Black Lightning (co-created by Tony Isabella and a Trevor Von Eeden) is back! This is a great representation of the TV version of Jefferson Pierce. First of all, that facial likeness, even around the goggles, is terrific. You can tell its him at a glance. It’s really well done.

The best thing about this figure would be all of the little fine details. The circuitry layout, etc. is captured really nicely and just pops under the right light. It makes the figure distinct from other figures. It’s a very cool effect. Also worthy of praise are the extra hands; we get three pairs here, including fists, holding, and electrified. I shot a picture of the lightning hand from the side to capture that “mid-action” look, and I think the piece turned out well. I’m historically less sure of TV or film-based figures, but this turned out to be a really good one.

So where’s Beast Boy? And the completed Batman:Ninja figure? You’re going to have to wait for the next installment for those! We’re going check out Garfield, assemble the Batman, and quite possibly check in with a couple of underwater inhabitants of the DCU. What do you think of these? Did you have luck finding them in your area? What’s your favorite? Talk to us here and on social. Thanks for reading!

One:12 Collective John Stewart – The Green Lantern is Now Available for Pre-Order

Intergalactic guardian of Sector 2814, John Stewart, is presented in his Green Lantern Corps uniform – intricately detailed and featuring a 3D chest insignia. Included is a real light-up Power Battery lantern as used by the Green Lantern Corps to recharge their power rings. Activate the light-up feature by placing the right fisted hand in the recess of the lantern.

John Stewart – architect, U.S. Marine veteran, intergalactic guardian, and hero. After his service in the Marines, John Stewart was selected by the Guardians to be inducted into the Green Lantern Corps, bear the power ring, and protect Sector 2814 where his home planet, Earth, is located. An active member of the Justice League, Stewart stands along side the other great heroes of the DC Universe to uphold justice and protect his planet, sector, and fellow man against the powers of evil.


  • One:12 Collective body with over 32 points of articulation
  • Two (2) head portraits
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Approximately 17cm tall
  • Eleven (11) interchangeable hands
    • One (1) pair of fists (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of flying hands (L&R)
    • One (1) lantern holding hand (L)
    • One (1) smoking ring effect hand (R)
    • One (1) star ring effect hand (R)
    • One (1) blast ring effect hand (R)
    • One (1) shield ring effect hand (R)


  • Fitted suit with 3D chest insignia
  • Wrist gauntlets
  • Combat gloves
  • Mid-calf boots


  • Power Battery with ring activated light-up function
  • Energy Ball FX
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective John Stewart – The Green Lantern figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind.

The figure is available for pre-order now through Mezco, Entertainment Earth, and many others.

Review: Sinestro #7

sinestro coverThis series already on the eighth issue, and perhaps more troubling, it is also on its second crossover into other comics, the first being Futures End and this issue representing the second tie-in to Godhead.  As a comic reader I tend to give comic crossovers the same consideration as I do series, and so I will only buy into a crossover if I really am interested in it, not just as an exercise to complete a story tied-in to a series that I am following.  In my case, Godhead was not as interesting to me, and so with this being the only cosmic title that I read from DC, it was bound to be choppy in parts for me.  At its best then, this issue would have to have some qualities of standing on its own, but if this is the case, then this issue does not come up to the necessary standard.

First the good though, as there were some redeeming moments in this issue.  Sinestro is almost completely exactly in character, as his sneaky and manipulative best.  As he teases and toys with Bekka throughout the issue, he has other concerns with the gathering of the other Lanterns, namely trying to get them organized in some way to achieve some kind of counterattack.  It is here where the issue kind of falls apart, as almost every other character from the various Lantern titles is reduced to a punchline for Sinestro’s condescension.  As John Stewart argues with him, he almost agreed with him that he is not a capable leader for the Corps, despite that being a role that he performed admirably on numerous occasions.  So too is Soranik reduced to dealing with a reaction from friends that is out-of-character for almost everyone involved.

In the end there are a few neat plot developments in this issue, but the characters are so off-the-mark that it ends up being a distraction from the series, instead of supplementing it.  As is always the case, when a story’s characters fail then it is up to the plot to carry through, but it ends up being too little and too late to redeem the story here, especially as a sizable part of this issue was eaten up by action sequences which did not move the plot along.  Perhaps given the right opportunity and fewer tie-ins to the other titles, this series might stand a better chance to establish its anti-hero in the titular role, but as of now, the lack of focus on this series as an independent story is hurting it.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Ethan Van Sciver
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Listen to Graphic Policy Radio Episode 34

Did you miss the return of Graphic Policy Radio this past Tuesday? It’s ok, because you can catch the archived episode and listen to it on the go! This week we take on a varied amount of topics including mutants, DC Comics, killing little kids on comics, John Stewart and more!

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The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone have on their plans?

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WWGP – Pistol Annies Launching Interactive Graphic Novel Online Leading Up to “Annie Up” Release May 7Wonder why they wen that route?

Kotaku – There are 18 Armors in the Official Iron Man 3 Game. Can You Name Them?Fun quiz time!

CBR – Bendis & Andreyko’s “Torso” To Be Adapted by Sundance Favorite Lowery Cool.

Bleeding Cool – What Exactly Did Robert Venditti Say About Plans To Kill Off John Stewart?Still think it could be a good storyline.

Kotaku – When Video Game Artists Get To Redesign Comic Book SuperheroesSome I really dig.

The Hollywood Reporter – Terry Moore’s Horror Comic ‘Rachel Rising’ Heading to Television (Exclusive)Yay!

Comics Alliance –Robert Morales, Writer Of Marvel’s ‘Truth: Red, White And Black,’ Passes AwaySad news.

The Mary Sue – DC Comics Pulls The Plug On Executive Column After Too Many Tough Questions From FansIn what other industry do fans have this much access to decision makers?

Kotaku – See What Censorship Has Done To These MangaHuh.

Kotaku – Injustice: Gods Among Us: The Kotaku ReviewI need to get this game.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Age of Ultron #6

Comic Vine – B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth – A Cold Day In Hell #106

Comic Vine – Cable and X-Force #7

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #12

CBR – Daredevil #25

Comic Vine – Iron Man #8

Comic Vine – Jirni #1

Comic Vine – Justice League of America’s Vibe #3

The Spectrum – Mind MGMT Vol. 1

Spandexless – The Private Eye

Comic Vine – Red Hood and the Outlaws #19

Comic Vine – Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Ninth Assassin #1

Comic Vine – Superior Spider-Man #8

Comic Vine – Venom #34

Updated: Graphic Policy Radio Returns Tonight!

GP Radio pic MondayWe took some time off, but Graphic Policy Radio is back this Monday for the latest episode of comics and politics geekiness.

We’ve got a lot to catch up on but some of the topics we’re discussing are:

  • It’s cool to kill kids again in comics. We discuss the death of the latest Robin and other kids being offed.
  • Is Mutant a four (ok six) letter word? We talk about Uncanny Avengers and Havok’s declaration.
  • There was rumors about the death of Green Lantern John Stewart, but those plans were publicly denied. We talk killing off the beloved character.
  • Our favorite recent reads and recommendations for comic fans!

Tune in, call (619) 768-2952 to chat or chat with us on Twitter, @graphicpolicy!

Update: With today’s tragic events in Boston, the show will return this Tuesday, April 16 instead.

Neal Adams on John Stewart and DC Comics

NealAdamsAt Wizard World St. Louis this past weekend Neal Adams was on a panel where he discussed race in comic books as well as the creation and current rumors of the planned death of Green Lantern John Stewart. Those rumors have since been denied by DC Comics, but, according to various sites, this plan is what lead writer Joshua Fialkov to recently and abruptly exit writing the Green Lantern comics.

In deciding who could be the back-up to Hal Jordan, Adams explained that it didn’t make sense to have another white guy as Green Lantern. Looking at things like Olympics, you see a myriad of different types of people.

Here’s what Adams had to say on the character and controversial subject (I did my best to transcribe the audio):

I get the script. First page of the script I read it. He’s an architect. Good. He’s out of work. Makes sense. A black architect, not being able to go to work. Very sensible. Name, Lincoln Washington. So I go to Denny. “Denny, I’m guessing you didn’t name this character.” Denny says no. I’m guessing Julie named the character. He says yes. I go to Julie’s office and close the door. Julie. Lincoln Washington. (Julie says) “What’s wrong with that name? I know lots of guys with that name.” That maybe true, but it’s what we call a slave name.


John Stewart has made such a difference…. I’ve had black guys come to my table and cry because it’s made such a difference.


John Stewart is a message we send into the world. That and Barack Obama, which is pretty good too.

And on the rumor of Stewart’s death:

I had Jim Lee called and I had Dan Didio called. Ok. Because I can do that. They said “No that’s bullshit. That’s total bullshit.” Now that could still be a lie. You know. It could happen.

You can hear audio of the full panel at Batman News.

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It’s the weekend, so I plan on relaxing, no idea about you. Enjoy this round-up of interesting stories from around the internet.

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Robot 6 – Voice of John Stewart speaks out on Green Lantern death decreeI like how we’re plotting by committee now.

The Beat – Siegel Superman case ends (almost)And then everyone gets a bunny.

The Beat – Sullivan’s Sluggers is back on IndieGogoMore and more I wish I hadn’t contributed to this.

Comics Alliance – DC Announces 1966 ‘Batman’ Comic By Jeff Parker, Jonathan Case and Michael AllredWasn’t a fan of the show, so yeah.

The Mary Sue – Was Robert Redford Just Added To The Cast Of Captain America?Ok… Only if it includes the rest of the cast of Sneakers.

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Talking Comics – Five Ghosts, The Haunting of Fabian Gray #1

CBR – Saga #11

52 Reviews, Part 3

So, for the fun of it, I’m going to be collecting all 52 DC #1 issues. And I’m going to review them all. Keep in mind, though, that I’m generally a Marvel fan and, while I’m working may way through DC’s recent big events, I’m only up through the middle of Countdown and I haven’t read any of DC’s non-event comics in a long time, so I’m coming at these stories with a bit of a disadvantage in terms of chronology and character knowledge. Since DC is certainly trying to attract new readers, though, this makes me come at them with a perspective similar to their hypothetical new fans…

Batman #1 (DC) – Maybe DC should just stick to stories about Batman or written by Scott Snyder. They seem to do well with those. I’ve liked all of the Batman issues of DCnU and this one is no exception. Greg Capullo does a great job on the pencils on this one. This story gives us a great intro to many of Batman’s enemies, reaches out to Batman’s wider universe of allies, gives a great nod to his past and leaves us with a great mystery at the end. This is a very good comic.

Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5

Birds of Prey #1 (DC) – Unlike some of the other creative teams this week, Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz at least try to balance the “hotness” of their female characters with a good story and clothing that is functional. Sure, they’re still models and there is still some titillation, but the costumes are legit for superheroines and the women are well-written characters in a well-written story.

Story: 8 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5

Blue Beetle #1 (DC) – So far, this is DC’s best attempt at diversity. There have been a number of other minority characters in the new comics, but they all seem to be colorblind attempts at diversity, with the black characters not being stereotypical, but also not being distinguishable from white characters beyond the visual elements. In this issue, Jaime Reyes is written as a real human being and his Hispanic heritage is not ignored and he doesn’t descend into a characature, either (although a few of the other characters come dangerously close). There is also a great Spanglish joke that was my favorite moment of the week.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Captain Atom #1 (DC) – The art is a bit too loose for my tastes and I’m not sure that I like this particular take on Captain Atom, but J.T. Krul does commit to a particular vision of the character and does a good job of being consistent and creating a coherent narrative and personality for Captain Atom and his supporting cast. Definitely worth a continued look.

Story: 7.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 7

Catwoman #1 (DC) – The art by Guillem March is bad enough to sink it (near-Liefeldian body proportion problems mixed with Macfarlane-esque contortions). Tht title of the story is “most of the costumes stay on,” which has to be ironic, since in the three pages before we learn that title, we see five separate panels showing Selina’s bra-covered breasts. The rest of the issue has naked hookers and a throwaway woman who is beaten and killed for no particular reason. The story seems like a man’s revenge fantasy of what a woman would do to a man who had brutalized and killed another woman. Sort of like his heart’s in the right place, but he doesn’t quite understand women. And the concept is undercut by the wall-to-wall TNA and the uncomfortable Batman sex scene. One positive note: through 39 DCnU issues, Catwoman’s contact Lola is the first female character I’m aware of who isn’t skinny. She’s still in skin-tight clothing and is somewhat sexualized, but it’s something

Story: 1 Art: 4 Overall: 2.5

DC Universe Presents #1 (DC) – Another issue where there is a coherent vision for the character and an attempt at creating a style and tone for the series that, while I may not love it, I can appreciate the quality of what is being done. This issue has some interesting things in it, including a possibly unintentional homage to the movie Fallen, with Denzel Washington, that works well.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Green Lantern Corps #1 (DC) – This issue isn’t perfect, but it’s still very entertaining. The Guy Gardner-John Stewart team-up works well. Artist Fernando Pasarin’s strength appears to be the big, epic shots. In a GL story, there are a lot of those and most of them in this issue are breathtaking. Definitely a series to keep reading. So when I said above that DC is really getting it right on Batman, I’d add the Lantern stuff to that, since I think all of the Lantern issues have been well done, too.

Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (DC) – Not surprisingly for a Legion comic, there are too many characters here to really grab on to any of them. It’s not a bad issue, it’s just not something that is really interesting. Good, but not great.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Nightwing #1 (DC) – It’s a little confusing at times and the art isn’t my favorite, but it’s very good, if necessarily derivative of Batman comics.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 (DC) – This comic is very sexist. It’s all about objectifying Starfire, her having sex with random people in the perfect male fantasy, and spying on her and posting pics of her in a bikini on the Internet without her knowledge. I think Jason Todd and some kind of plot are in there too.

Story: 1 Art: 7 Overall: 4

Supergirl #1 (DC) – The issue is all action and the action is pretty good. The art isn’t great and I keep getting the feeling that if she turned the wrong way, Supergirl would accidentally be bottomless, that’s how skimpy the bottom of her costume is. Also, it seems like DC is relying too much on the “reveal” of a major character guest appearing in another issue, despite it not really being a surprise most of the time. This is at least the fourth or fifth time that Superman or Batman has shown up on the last page of a comic starring someone else. This one does have a lot of potential, though, so I’ll be back.

Story: 7.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 7

Wonder Woman #1 (DC) – I’ve never cared for Wonder Woman since I’m not a huge mythology fan and I was prepared to really dislike this comic. I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. While this issue has some of the same wardrobe problems and male fantasy takes on what women should be like that other issues this week have, they are minor here compared to other issues and this one is superior because of a very good story. The comic is almost cinematic in its tone and Diana is clearly established as a strong female character, something we can’t say for Catwoman or Starfire.

Story: 9 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25